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Item Code: NAK734
Author: Sri Aurobindo
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Language: English
Edition: 2009
ISBN: 9788170588917
Pages: 529
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 710 gm
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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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