Working
This is the knot that ties together the stars:
The Two who are one are the secret of all power,
The Two who are one are the might and right in things.

Savitri, Canto Four

THERE’S A DIVINITY


There’s a Divinity that shapes our ends,
Rough-hew them how we will.
-Hamlet, Act V, Sc.ii


Working
That is what man can do at his best, and even at his worst, rough-hew. Ignorant as he is, crude as his instruments are, he can do no better (and happily, no worse either). The ideals he has do not go very far, not much beyond his nose- they are limited by his senses, by his notions, by his immediate reactions to the circumstances of the moment. Even when the ends are commendable, the purposes decent, even when he is happily inspired, the material and means at his disposal are crude and he uses them in a rough and ready manner. What he can achieve in this direction is not even a near but a very far approximate. And when he is otherwise inspired, when suggestions and impulsions come to him from the Hostiles, well, he hews his way, as Hitler did- and some others are doing now- to wrong ends; even there he does not succeed wholly, realizes his design very partially, grosso modo. The stone club in the hand of the palaeolithic man and the atom bomb in the hand of the modern are equally rough instruments, and the ends which they serve, whether for good or for evil, are also gross, neither far-visioned nor deep-inspired, but superficial, strait and narrow, blindly immediate. In either case, however, the Divine remains unaffected, firmly seated behind and in and through both, in and through their ignorant and perverse wills, it is His Will that works itself out and finds fulfillment in the end. Whether one is for or against the Divine, whether one is a God or an Asura, each in his own way contributes to the progressive realization of the Cosmic Purpose. From a certain point of view it may seem as though nothing helps or hinders, all are like a straw in a rushing current.

In our human reckoning, we seem to help the evolutionary course sometimes and sometimes hamper it with our efforts in so far as they are well directed or ill directed. In the practice of spiritual life too, one may be tempted to find a measurable proportion between the personal endeavour and the attainment. However that may be, at the end of all human efforts, the finishing touch always comes from the Divine Grace. Whether we succeed or fail, whatever be the human judgment of the situation, the Grace is sure to intervene in the final stage: to success it will bring more success giving it the peak of fulfillment, and failure too it will transmute into a glorious triumph.
-Nolini Kant Gupta

Other Articles

Janina Stroka

  • TO MY LORD SUPREME
  • Nolini Kant Gupta

  • MYSTIC SYMBOLISM
  • THE IRON CHAIN
  • Champaklal

  • DO NOT SEE FAULTS
  • Amal Kiran

  • ALL OR NOTHING
  • Powered by Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Delhi Branch