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Sri Aurobindo's Main Works:


The Life Divine

1113 pp Paper Back
ISBN: 0941524612
The Life Divine explores for the Modern mind the great streams of Indian metaphysical thought, reconciling the truths behind each and from this synthesis extends in terms of conciousness the concept of evolution. The unfolding of Earth's and man's spiritual destiny is illuminated, pointing the way to a Divine Life on Earth. Extensive Index

This one volume contains the entire book including:

The Life Divine
Book 1: Omnipresent Reality and the Universe
1 - The Human Aspiration
2 - The Two Negations: The Materialist Denial
3 - The Two Negations: The Refusal of the Ascetic
4 - Reality Omnipresent
5 - The Destiny of the Individual
6 - Man in the Universe
7 - The Ego and the Dualities
8 - The Methods of Vedantic Knowledge
9 - The Pure Existent
10 - Conscious Force
11 - Delight of Existence: The Problem
12 - Delight of Existence: The Solution
13 - The Divine Maya
14 - The Supermind as Creator
15 - The Supreme Truth-Consciousness
16 - The Triple Status of the Supermind
17 - The Divine Soul
18 - Mind and Supermind
19 - Life
20 - Death, Desire and Incapacity
21 - The Ascent of Life
22 - The Problem of Life
23 - The Double Soul in Man
24 - Matter
25 - The Knot of Matter
26 - The Ascending Series of Substance
27 - The Sevenfold Chord of Being
28 - Supermind, Mind and the Overmind Maya


Book 2: The Knowledge and the Ignorance - The Spiritual Evolution

Part 1: The Infinite Consciousness and the Ignorance
1 - Indeterminates, Cosmic Determinations and the Indeterminable
2 - Brahman, Purusha, Ishwara - Maya, Prakritit, Shakti
3 - The Eternal and the Individual
4 - The Divine and the Undivine
5 - The Cosmic Illusion; Mind, Dream and Hallucination
6 - Reality and the Cosmic Illusion
7 - The Knowledge and the Ignorance
8 - Memory, Self-Consciousness and the Ignorance
9 - Memory, Ego and Self-Experience
10 - Knowledge by Identity and Separative Knowledge
11 - The Boundaries of the Ignorance
12 - The Origin of the Ignorance
13 - Exclusive Concentration of Consciousness-Force and Ignorance
14 - The Origin and Remedy of Falsehood, Error, Wrong and Evil

Book 2: The Knowledge and the Ignorance - The Spiritual Evolution

Part 2: The Knowledge and the Spiritual Evolution
15 - Reality and the Integral Knoweldge
16 - The Integral Knowledge and the Aim of Life; Four Theories of Existence
17 - The Progress to Knowledge - God, Man and Nature
18 - The Evolutionary Process - Ascent and Integration
19 - Out of the Sevenfold Ignorance Towards the Sevenfold Knowledge
20 - The Philosophy of Rebirth
21 - The Order of the Worlds
22 - Rebirth and Other Worlds; Karma, the Soul and Immortality

23 - Man and the Evolution
24 - The Evolution of the Spiritual Man
25 - The Triple Transformation
26 - The Ascent Towards Supermind
27 - The Gnostic Being
28 - The Divine Life

The Synthesis of Yoga

889 pp Paper Back
ISBN: 0941524655
"Truth of philosophy is of a merely theoretical value unless it can be lived, and we have therefore tried in The Synthesis of Yoga to arrive at a synthetical view of the principles and methods of the various lines of spiritual self-discipline and the way in which they can lead to an integral divine life in the human existence". Index.

This one volume contains the entire book including:

The Synthesis of Yoga
Parts One and Two Introduction: The Conditions of the Synthesis; Part I: The Yoga of Divine Works; Part II: The Yoga of Integral Knowledge. Part III: The Yoga of Divine Love; Part IV: The Yoga of Self-Perfection.


Introductions to Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy:

The Mind of Light

112 pp Paper Back
ISBN: 0940985705

This is an excellent short introduction to the teaching and spiritual philosophy of Sri Aurobindo. Sri Aurobindo's teaching is founded on an evolution of consciousness as the hidden inner meaning and secret purpose of life on earth. In The Mind of Light, Sri Aurobindo gives us both the conditions for these changes, and the likely direction these changes will take. The book is a guide to the future evolution of consciousness and gives all those who aspire for something more luminous and harmonious a clear indication of the value and goal of their efforts. The book includes an enhanced annotated bibliography to guide the reader further into the the writings by and about Sri Aurobindo and the Integral Yoga.

From the Back Cover:

An evolution of consciousness is the hidden inner meaning and purpose of life on earth--this is the foundation for the teaching of Sri Aurobindo. Sri Aurobindo has been described as one of the greatest sages of our time. His viewpoint spans time and space and brings our somewhat confused seeking and aspiration into focus.

The secret thread running through all existence is the evolution of consciousness. Consciousness is involved within matter, and it successively manifests at higher levels in the course of time. Thus plants, animals, and human beings have come forward through time on this planet. Sri Aurobindo points out clearly that this evolutionary process has not been completed. Within the seeking and aspiration that move through humanity, there is an underlying pressure for the manifestation of a new level of consciousness. He called it the "supramental" consciousness, which is basically a descriptive term for the next level of awareness beyond the human mental capabilities. This new consciousness will refashion both our physical bodies and our mental capabilities into a new integrated, harmonious structure.

Once we recognize the ongoing evolutionary urge of life, and the nature of the present evolutionary process, it becomes clear that a new being must evolve beyond the human. This being will have capacities as far beyond the human as the human has capacities beyond the animal.

In The Mind of Light, Sri Aurobindo gives us both the conditions for these changes, and the likely direction these changes will take. The book is a guide to the future evolution of consciousness and gives all those who aspire for something more luminous and harmonious a clear indication of the value and goal of their efforts.

 

The Future Evolution of Man: The Divine Life Upon Earth

168 pp Paper Back
ISBN: 0940985551
Sri Aurobindo introduces his theme of the evolution of consciousness as the centerpiece of his vision of man's meaning and purpose on earth. This is the best introduction available to the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo. The annotated table of contents provides an excellent overview of the material.

From the back cover:

We feel swept into a movement of accelerated evolution. Our lives are propelled at an ever-increasing speed of change. Our advances in technology lead to dislocations in society as we fail to comprehend either the impact of these changes on human social institutions or the unintended consequences that develop as a reaction to the changes we initiate. The complexity of the systems we are changing goes beyond the capability of the human mind, and at the end of the day, we are confronted with the nightmare of technology threatening our extinction without the ability to put the proverbial genie back into the bottle.

As we struggle to achieve some kind of balance between our technological capabilities and the functioning of the natural world, we eventually reach the point where we can understand that technology cannot, in and of itself, ensure either the survival of humanity or the satisfaction of the deeper urges that underlie our lives.

While some give up hope and lapse into despair and nihilism, others turn toward the deeper spiritual impulses that reside deep within us, and recognize that this tension and pressure is in fact the sign of a deeper change that must take place, the replacement of mental, vital and physical goals with a spiritual one: the outflowering of the deeper inner purpose that drives our evolutionary development on the planet.

We can see in the dreams and aspirations of humanity this true inner evolutionary direction. We dream of peace, harmony, beauty, love, oneness. We aspire toward a spiritual purpose for living beyond the fulfillment of our bodily needs and desires.

Sri Aurobindo offers us an insight into the true meaning of our lives on earth and the present evolutionary crisis we are facing. He reminds us that each being has contained within itself the eventual shape and life force it is meant to express, and that within the human soul is the answer to the current seemingly impossible struggle. Our human destiny on the planet lies in the future evolution of our consciousness to a level that can resolve all the contradictions in a new luminous and harmonious oneness of life and action.

The Integral Yoga: Sri Aurobindo's Teaching and Method of Practice

416 pp Paper Back
ISBN: 0941524760
One of the foremost Indian philosophers of the twentieth century, Sri Aurobindo was also a political activist, a mystic and a spiritual leader. Between 1927 and 1950, Sri Aurobindo remained in seclusion while perfecting a new kind of spiritual practice he called the Integral Yoga. During this period he gave detailed guidance to disciples and seekers, responding to thousands of inquiries. This correspondence constitutes a major body of work on the practice of yoga-sadhana. The present volume brings together a comprehensive selection of Sri Aurobindo's letters, organized by area of interest. An ideal introduction to his work and vision, it will also serve as an invaluable daily handbook for seekers of all paths - beginners and experienced practitioners alike. Glossary.


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ISBN: 0914955888
Software for Windows 9x or higher or Macintosh system 7.1 or higher. Software includes extensive searching, bookmarking and compilation capacities. Included titles are: The Life Divine, The Synthesis of Yoga, Essays on the Gita, Savitri: A Legend and A Symbol, Essays Divine and Human, Essays in Philosophy and Yoga, The Secret of the Veda, The Upanishads, Letters on Yoga, The Human Cycle, The Ideal of Human Unity, War and Self-Determination, The Renaissance in India (formerly Foundations of Indian Culture), Sri Aurobindo: A Life-Sketch.

Sri Aurobindo's Writings:

Sri Aurobindo was a prolific writer over a wide range of subjects including philosophy, yoga, poetry, human unity and much more. Most of his major works have been published in US editions by Lotus Press.

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Bhagavad Gita and Its Message

325 pp Paper Back
ISBN: 0941524787
The Bhagavad Gita, literally "The Song of God," is one of the most important spiritual and religious texts of the world, and is to Hindus what the Torah is to Jews, the Bible to Christians, and the Quran to Moslems. With text, translation, and Sri Aurobindo's commentary, this is probably the finest translation and commentary on the Bhagavad Gita that we have seen.


Savitri: A Legend and A Symbol

816 pp Paper Back
ISBN: 0941524809
In this epic spiritual poem, Sri Aurobindo reveals his vision of mankind's destiny within the universal evolution. He sets forth the optimistic view that life on earth has a purpose, and he places our travail within the context of this purpose: to participate in the evolution of consciousness that represents the secret thread behind life on Earth.

The one volume contains the entire book including:

Part One:

The Book of Beginnings; The Book of the Traveller of the Worlds; The Book of the Divine Mother.

Part Two:

The Book of Birth and Quest; The Book of Love; The Book of Fate; The Book of Yoga; The Book of Death.

Part Three:

The Book of Eternal Night; The Book of the Double Twilight; The Book of Everlasting Day; Epilogue: The Return to Earth; Sri Aurobindo's Letters on Savitri.


The Upanishads

466 pp Paper Back
ISBN: 0914955233
The Upanishads is a collection of Sri Aurobindo's final translations of and commemtaries on every Upanishad or other Vedantic text he worked on. Upanishads are the ancient treatises on spiritual truths as envisioned by the seers, sages and rishis of the civilization of India. Index.

The volume contains: Texts, Translations and Commentaries: Philosophy of the Upanishads; On translating the Upanishads; The Upanishads; Early translations of some Vedantic Texts; Supplement.


Sri Aurobindo and His Yoga

200 pp Paper Back
ISBN: 0941524256
Sri Pandit gives us an overview of Sri Aurobindo's life, his writings and his Integral Yoga. In doing so, he takes time to introduce the major principles of yoga and relates in a simple yet dynamic form the path open to the seekers of spiritual perfection.

Indian imported editions of Sri Aurobindo's writings now available:

U.S. editions of Sri Aurobindo's writings now available:

Lotus Press Sri Aurobindo and related literature menu page providing a complete list of available US and Indian editions, including Sri Aurobindo, The Mother, compilations, Sri M P Pandit and books by other authors

SRI AUROBINDO'S WRITINGS NOW ON AMAZON KINDLE AS E-BOOKS: Many of Sri Aurobindo's main writings are now available on Amazon.com in their Kindle Store for download to your Kindle Reader. If you do not have a Kindle Reader you can download the free Kindle App for PC or for iPhone or Blackberry to access these books. Include are major books such as The Life Divine, The Synthesis of Yoga, Essays on the Gita, The Upanishads, The Secret of the Veda, Bhagavad Gita and Its Message, Future Evolution of Man, Mind of Light, The Mother, Bases of Yoga and more.

 

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