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Essays in Philosophy and Yoga

Essays in Philosophy and Yoga

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  • Publishers: Sri Auobindo Ashram, Pondicherry
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  • Dimensions:8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
  • Edition:2012
  • Author:Sri Aurobindo
  • Publisher:Sri Auobindo Ashram, Pondicherry
  • ISBN:9788170589747
  • Cover Type:Paperback
  • Number of Pages:614
  • About The Book

    Essays in Philosophy and Yoga contains the short works of Sri Aurobindo that were written between 1909 and 1950 and published during his lifetime. All but a few are concerned with aspects of spiritual philosophy, Yoga, and related subjects. They include the following material:

    Essays from the Karmayogin, a weekly newspaper edited by Sri Aurobindo in 1909 and 1910

    The Yoga and Its Objects, an important early essay on Yoga, written around 1912

    On Ideals and progress, The Superman, Evoluction, and Thoughts and Glimpses, four small books first published in 1920s

    The Problem of Rebirth, sixteen essays on Karma, heredity, rebirth and evolution, first serialized in Arya review between 1915 and 1920

    The supramental Manifestation upon Earth, eight essays on the future evolution of man, written in 1949 and 1950.

    The early works in this book serve as a fine introduction to the central ideas of Sri Aurobindo’s spiritual philosophy and method of yogic practice. The final work, written shortly before his passing, presents his vision of the future of humanity.

    The changes we see in the world today are intellectual, moral, physical in their ideal and intention: the spiritual revolution waits for its hour and throws up meanwhile its waves here and there. Until it comes the sense of the others cannot be understood and till then all interpretations of present happening and forecast of man’s future are vain things. For its nature, power, event are that which will determine the next cycle of our humanity.


    About the Author

    Sri Aurobindo was born in Calcutta on 15 August 1872. At the age of seven he was taken to England for his education. He studied at St. Paul's School, London, and at King's College, Cambridge. Returning to India in 1893, he worked for the next thirteen years in the Princely State of Baroda in the service of the Maharaja and as a professor in the state's college.

    In 1906 Sri Aurobindo quit his post in Baroda and went to Calcutta, where he became one of the leaders of the Indian nationalist movement. As editor of the newspaper Bande Mataram, he put forward the idea of complete independence from Britain. Arrested three times for sedition or treason, he was released each time for lack of evidence.

    Sri Aurobindo began the practice of Yoga in 1905. Within a few years he achieved several fundamental spiritual realisations. In 1910 he withdrew from politics and went to Pondicherry in French India in order to concentrate on his inner life and work. Over the next forty years, he developed a new spiritual path, the Integral Yoga, whose ultimate aim is the transformation of life by the power of a supramental consciousness. In 1926, with the help of his spiritual collaborator the Mother, he founded the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. His vision of life is presented in numerous works of prose and poetry, among the best known of which are The Life Divine, The Synthesis of Yoga, Essays on the Gita and Savitri. Sri Aurobindo passed away on 5 December 1950.


    Publisher’s Note

    Essays in Philosophy and Yoga consists of short works in prose written by Sri Aurobindo between 1909 and 1950 and published during his lifetime. All but a few of them are concerned with aspects of spiritual philosophy, yoga, and related subjects. Short writings on the Veda, the Upanishads, Indian culture, political theory, education, and poetics have been placed in other volumes.

    The title of the volume has been provided by the editors. It is adapted from the title of a proposed collection, Essays in Yoga, found in two of Sri Aurobindo's notebooks. Since 1971 most of the contents of the volume have appeared under the editorial title The Supramental Manifestation and Other Writings.

    The contents are arranged in five chronological parts. Part One consists of essays published in the Karmayogin in 1909 and 1910, Part Two of a long essay written around 1912 and published in 1921, Part Three of essays and other pieces published in the monthly review Arya between 1914 and 1921, Part Four of an essay published in the Standard Bearer in 1920, and Part Five of a series of essays published in the Bulletin of Physical Education in 1949 and 1950.

    Many of the essays in Part Three were revised slightly by the author and published in small books between 1920 and 1941. The editors have retained the titles and arrangement of most of those books.

    The texts of the pieces have been checked against the texts published in journals and books during Sri Aurobindo's lifetime.




    Part One Essays from the Karmayogin (1909-1910)  
      The Ideal of the Karmayogin 3
      Karmayoga 9
      Man - Slave or Free? 13
      Yoga and Human Evolution 18
      Yoga and Hypnotism 23
      The Greatness of the Individual 29
      The Process of Evolution 33
      Stead and the Spirits 38
      Stead and Maskelyne 43
      Fate and Free-Will 47
      The Three Purushas 51
      The Strength of Stillness 57
      The Principle of Evil 60
      The Stress of the Hidden Spirit 64
    Part Two The Yoga and Its Objects (circa 1912)  
      The Yoga and Its Objects 71
      Appendix: Explanations of Some Words and Phrases 92
    Part Three Writings from the Arya (1914-1921)  
      Notes on the Arya  
      The Arya 's Second Year 101
      Appendix: Passages Omitted from Our Ideal 103
      The Arya's Fourth Year 105
      On Ideals and Progress  
      On Ideals 111
      Yoga and Skill in Works 119
      Conservation and Progress 127
      The Conservative Mind and Eastern Progress 133
      Our Ideal 140
      The Superman  
      The Superman 151
      All-Will and Free-Will 158
      The Delight of Works 163
      Evolution 169
      The Inconscient 176
      Materialism 184
      Thoughts and Glimpses  
      Aphorisms 199
      Thoughts and Glimpses 208
      Heraclitus 215
      The Problem of Rebirth  
    Section I: Rebirth and Karma  
      Rebirth 259
      The Reincarnating Soul 270
      Rebirth, Evolution, Heredity 277
      Rebirth and Soul Evolution 285
      The Significance of Rebirth 295
      The Ascending Unity 307
      Involution and Evolution 317
      Karma 330
      Karma and Freedom 338
      Karma, Will and Consequence 351
      Rebirth and Karma 358
      Karma and Justice 367
    Section II: The Lines of Karma  
      The Foundation 379
      The Terrestrial Law 386
      Mind Nature and Law of Karma 398
      The Higher Lines of Karma 413
      The Tangle of Karma 427
      A Clarification 433
      Other Writings from the Arya  
      The Question of the Month  
      The Needed Synthesis 439
      Arya -Its Significance 441
      Meditation 445
      Different Methods of Writing 448
      Occult Knowledge and the Hindu Scriptures 451
      The Universal Consciousness 453
      The News of the Month  
      The News of the Month 459
      South Indian Vaishnava Poetry  
      Andal: The Vaishnava Poetess 465
      Nammalwar: The Supreme Vaishnava Saint and Poet 467
      Arguments to The Life Divine  
      Arguments to The Life Divine 471
    Part Four From the Standard Bearer (1920)  
      Ourselves 509
    Part Five From the Bulletin of Physical Education (1949-1950)  
      The Supramental Manifestation upon Earth  
      Message 517
      Perfection of the Body 521
      The Divine Body 536
      Supermind and the Life Divine 558
      Supermind and Humanity 568
      Supermind in the Evolution 578
      Mind of Light 585
      Supermind and Mind of Light 588

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