The human life is anchored in the experience of the dualities and the struggles and suffering that bondage to the dualities entails. We see the world as consisting of separate beings and forces which oppose, hinder and limit our scope and bring in their trail, a struggle for survival, for growth, for enjoyment and for understanding. The issue we have then to resolve is how to free ourselves of the bondage of the dualities and the ego-personality.
As long as we seek for solutions within the framework of the outer world, we remain locked into the paradigm of the dualities and thus, cannot actually solve the riddle. Once we turn our vision inward, we have the opportunity to untie the knot of the ego-personality, free ourselves from the dualities and thereby open the door to experiencing and living from the standpoint of the divine consciousness.
Sri Aurobindo provides the key to the necessary change in perspective: “Love of the world, the mask, must change into the love of God, the Truth. Once this secret and inner Godhead is known and embraced, the whole being and the whole life will undergo a sovereign uplifting and a marvelous transmutation. In place of the ignorance of the lower nature absorbed in its outward works and appearances the eye will open to the vision of God everywhere, to the unity and universality of the spirit. The world’s sorrow and pain will disappear in the bliss of the All-blissful; our weakness and error and sin will be changed into the all-embracing and all-transforming strength, truth and purity of the Eternal. To make the mind one with the divine consciousness, to make the whole of our emotional nature one love of God everywhere, to make all our works one sacrifice to the Lord of the worlds and all our worship and aspiration one adoration of him and self-surrender, to direct the whole self Godwards into an entire union is the way to rise out of a mundane into a divine existence.”
Sri Aurobindo, Essays on the Gita, Second Series, Part I, Chapter 6, Works, Devotion and Knowledge, pp. 321-322