Manipulating for power-to-be, external power has the effect of diminishing personality, resulting in collective egoism, which becomes,as Sri Aurobindo says,
“. . . clashing mental ideas, urges of individual and collective physical want and need, vital claims and desires, impulses of an ignorant life-push, hungers and calls for life satisfaction of individuals, classes, nations,a rich fungus of political and social and economic nostrums and notions,a hustling medley of slogans and panaceas for which men are ready to oppress and be oppressed, to kill and be killed, to impose them somehow or other by the immense and too formidable means placed at his disposal, in the belief that this is his way out to something ideal.”
When personality finds inner power, beyond the mental-constructs of the ego, personality ‘comes alive’ with the flow of creative power. Power is immediately based upon ‘intuitive grasp’, without agency, as Consciousness-Force,as Sri Aurobindo says,
“But because the burden which is being laid on mankind is too great for the present littleness of the human personality and its petty mind and small life-instincts, because it cannot operate the needed change, because it is using this new apparatus and organization to serve the old infraspiritual and infrarational life-self of humanity, the destiny of the race seems to be heading dangerously, as if impatiently and in spite of itself, under the drive of the vital ego seized by colossal forces which are on the same scale as the huge mechanical organization of life and scientific knowledge which it has evolved, a scale too large for its reason and will to handle, into a prolonged confusion and perilous crisis and darkness of violent shifting incertitude.”
Experiencing power ‘immediately’ is essential for humanity to realize perfection. When spiritual power is mediated through law, tradition, creed, doctrine, institution our capacity for the Living God dies. Instead of knowing ‘about God’, integral spirituality is being known ‘by God’ in order to know immediately ‘with God’.
Social law external to the individual is an advantage; and yet, can be a considerable disadvantage. It is an advantage when self-control and self-finding are weak, with demands of ‘personal egoism’ needing to be moderated; and also, violent movements of ‘collective egoism’.
It is a disadvantage when mature people are ready to transcend ‘egoism’, becoming one-within-the-One. This internal relating is direct, immediate rather than mediated through ‘constructive thought’.
AUROBINDO QUOTE: An external unity with others must always be an outward joining and association of external lives with a minor inner result; the mind and heart attach their movements to this common life and the beings whom we meet there; but the common external life remains the foundation, - the inward constructed unity, or so much of it as can persist in spite of mutual ignorance and discordant egoisms, conflict of minds, conflict of hearts, conflict of vital temperaments, conflict of interests, is a partial and insecure superstructure. The spiritual consciousness, the spiritual life reverses this principle of building; it bases its action in the collective life upon an inner experience and inclusion of others in our own being, an inner sense and reality of oneness. The spiritual individual acts out of that sense of oneness which gives him immediate and direct perception of the demand of self on other self, the need of the life, the good, the work of love and sympathy that can truly be done. A realization of spiritual unity, a dynamization of the intimate consciousness of one-being, of one self in all beings, can alone found and govern by its truth the action of the divine life.