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Essays Divine and Human

Essays Divine and Human

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  • Publishers: Sri Aurobindo Ashram
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  • Dimensions:8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
  • Edition:2009
  • Author:Sri Aurobindo
  • Publisher:Sri Aurobindo Ashram
  • ISBN:9788170588917
  • Cover Type:Paperback
  • Number of Pages:529
  • Back of The Book

    This book contains short prose pieces written by Sri Aurobindo between 1910 and 1950, but not published during his lifetime. The material consists largely or writings on philosophy, psychology and yoga. There are also some cultural writings and collection of saying entitled Thoughts and Aphorisms.

    The contribution of evil to the good of the world & the harm sometimes done by the virtuous are distressing to the soul enamoured of good. Nevertheless be not distressed nor confounded, but study rather & calmly understand God’s ways with humanity.”

    Publisher’s Note

    Essays Divine and Human consists of short prose pieces written by Sri Aurobindo after his arrival in Pondicherry in 1910 but not published before his passing in 1950. Short prose works written during the same period and published during his lifetime appear in Essays in Philosophy and Yoga, volume 13 of The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo.

    There are indications in Sri Aurobindo’s Pondicherry note-books that he intended to bring out a collection of essays on yoga and other subjects. The headings written above two pieces, “Essays Divine and Human” and “Essays – Human and Divine”, seem to have been intended as possible titles for this proposed book. The editors have chosen the first of these to be the title of the present volume.

    The material has been arranged in four parts:

    I.Essasys Divine and Human – complete essays on yoga and related subjects, arranged in five chronological sections.

    II.From Man to Superman: Notes and Fragments on Philosophy, Psychology and Yoga, arranged in three thematic sections.

    III.Notes and Fragments on Various Subjects, arranged in five thematic sections.

    IV.Thoughts and Aphorisms, as arranged by the author in three sections, with a section of addition aphorisms.

    All the writings in this book have been reproduced from Sri Aurobindo’s manuscripts. He did not prepare any of them for publication and left many in an unfinished state. Simple editorial problems arising from illegibility, incomplete revision, etc. are indicated by means of the system explained in the Guide to Editorial Notation on the next page. More complex problems are discussed in the reference volume.


    Part One Essays Divine and Human
    Section One (Circa 1911)
    Certitudes 5
    Moksha 6
    Man 7
    Philosophy 8
    The Siddhis 14
    The Psychology of Yoga 18
    Section Two (1910-1913)
    Na Kinchidapi Chintayet 23
    The Sources of Poetry 28
    The Interpretation of Scripture 33
    On Original Thinking 38
    The Balance of Justice 46
    Social Reform 50
    Hinduism and the Mission of India 59
    The Psychology of Yoga 64
    The Claims of Theosophy 67
    Science & Religion in Theosophy 72
    Sat 75
    Sachchidananda 84
    The Silence behind Life 88
    Section Three (circa 1913)
    The Psychology of Yoga
    Initial Definitions and Descriptions 93
    The Object of Our Yoga 96
    Purna Yoga
    I. The Entire Purpose of Yoga 98
    II. Parabrahman, Mukti & Human Thought-Systems 103
    III. Parabrahman and Parapurusha 107
    Natural and Supernatural Man
    The Evolutionary Aim in Yoga 108
    The Fullness of Yoga -- In Condition 115
    Nature 122
    Maya 133
    Section Four (1914-1919)
    The Beginning and the End 141
    The Hour of God 146
    Beyond Good and Evil 148
    The Divine Superman 150
    Section Five (1927- and after)
    The Law of the Way 155
    Man and the Supermind 157
    The Involved and Evolving Godhead 161
    The Evolution of Consciousness 165
    The Path 169
    Part Two From Man to Superman: Notes and Fragments on Philsophy, Psychology and Yoga
    Section One Philosophy: God, Nature and Man
    God: The One Rality 177
    Nature: The World-Manifestation 193
    Man and Superman 221
    Section Two Psychology: The Science of Consciousness
    The Problem of Consciousness 271
    Consciousness and the Inconscient 290
    The Science of Consciousness 302
    Secton Three Yoga: Change of Consciousness and Transformation of Nature
    The Way of Yoga 327
    Partial Systems of Yoga 344
    Integral Yoga 356
    Part Three Notes and Fragments on Various Subjects
    Section One The Human Being in Time
    The Marbles of Time 379
    A Theory of the Human Being 380
    Cyclical Theory of Evolution 382
    Section Two The East and the West
    A Misunderstanding of Continents 389
    Towards Unfication 391
    China, Japan and India 394
    Section Three India
    Renascent India 397
    Where We Stand in Literature 398
    Section Four Genius, Poetry, Beauty
    The Origin of Genius 403
    Poetic Genius 404
    The Voice of the Poets 405
    Pensees 407
    A Dream 409
    The Beauty of Crow's Wings 410
    Section Five Science, Rligion, Reason, Justice
    Science 413
    Religion 414
    Reason and Society 415
    Justice 418
    Part Four Thoughts and Aphorisms
    Jnana 423
    Karma 453
    Bhakti 481
    Additional Aphorisms 500

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