The Human Cycle The Ideal of Human Unity War and Self-Determination
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Author: Sri Aurobindo
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry
Language: English
Edition: 2018
ISBN: 9788170580140
Pages: 702
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch
Weight 900 gm

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.

 

Contents

 

THE HUMAN CYCLE

 

Chapter I

 

The Cycle of Society

5

Chapter II

 

The Age of Individualism and Reason

15

Chapter III

 

The Coming of the Subjective Age

26

Chapter IV

 

The Discovery of the Nation-Soul

35

Chapter V

 

True and False Subjectivism

44

Chapter VI

 

The Objective and Subjective Views of Life

55

Chapter VII

 

The Ideal Law of Social Development

63

Chapter VIII

 

Civilisation and Barbarism

73

Chapter IX

 

Civilisation and Culture

82

Chapter X

 

Aesthetic and Ethical Culture

92

Chapter XI

 

The Reason as Governor of Life

102

Chapter XII

 

The Office and Limitations of the Reason

114

Chapter XIII

 

Reason and Religion

124

Chapter XIV

 

The Suprarational Beauty

136

Chapter XV

 

The Suprarational Good

146

Chapter XVI

 

The Suprarational Ultimate of Life

155

Chapter XVII

 

Religion as the Law of Life

173

Chapter XVIII

 

The Infrarational Age of the Cycle 182

 

Chapter XIX

 

The Curve of the Rational Age

192

Chapter XX

 

The End of the Curve of Reason

208

Chapter XXI

 

The Spiritual Aim and Life

222

Chapter XXII

 

The Necessity of the Spiritual Transformation

232

Chapter XXIII

 

Conditions for the Coming of a Spiritual Age

246

Chapter XXIV

 

The Advent and Progress of the Spiritual Age

261

THE IDEAL OF HUMAN UNITY PART I

 

Chapter I

 

 The Turn towards Unity: Its Necessity and Dangers

279

Chapter II

 

 The Imperfection of Past Aggregates

285

Chapter III

 

 The Group and the Individual

290

Chapter IV

 

 The Inadequacy of the State Idea

296

Chapter V

 

 Nation and Empire: Real and Political Unities

304

Chapter VI

 

 Ancient and Modern Methods of Empire

312

Chapter VII

 

 The Creation of the Heterogeneous Nation

323

Chapter VIII

 

 The Problem of a Federated Heterogeneous Empire

330

Chapter IX

 

 The Possibility of a World-Empire

337

Chapter X

 

 The United States of Europe

344

Chapter XI

 

The Small Free Unit and the Larger Concentrated Unity

355

Chapter XII

 

The Ancient Cycle of Prenational Empire-Building - The Modern Cycle of Nation-Building

364

Chapter XIII

 

The Formation of the Nation-Unit - The Three Stages

374

Chapter XIV

 

The Possibility of a First Step towards International Unity - Its Enormous Difficulties

384

Chapter XV

 

Some Lines of Fulfilment

395

Chapter XVI

 

The Problem of Uniformity and Liberty

405

THE IDEAL OF HUMAN UNITY PART ll

 

Chapter XVII

 

Nature's Law in Our Progress

 

- Unity in Diversity, Law and Liberty

417

Chapter XVIII

 

The Ideal Solution-A Free Grouping of Mankind

427

Chapter XIX

 

The Drive towards Centralisation and Uniformity

 

-Administration and Control of Foreign Affairs

437

Chapter XX

 

The Drive towards Economic Centralisation

445

Chapter XXI

 

The Drive towards Legislative and Social

 

Centralisation and Uniformity

451

Chapter XXII

 

World-Union or World-State

462

Chapter XXIII

 

Forms of Government

465

Chapter XXIV

 

The Need of Military Unification

475

Chapter XXV

 

War and the Need of Economic Unity

485

Chapter XXVI

 

The Need of Administrative Unity

-494

Chapter XXVII

 

The Peril of the World-State

505

Chapter XXVIII

 

Diversity in Oneness

513

Chapter XXIX

 

The Idea of a League of Nations

523

Chapter XXX

 

The Principle of Free Confederation

533

Chapter XXXI

 

The Conditions of a Free World-Union

540

Chapter XXXII

 

Internationalism

548

Chapter XXXIII

 

Internationalism and Human Unity

554

Chapter XXXIV

 

The Religion of Humanity

564

Chapter XXXV

 

Summary and Conclusion

571

A Postscript Chapter

579

WAR AND SELF-DETERMINATION

 

The Passing of War?

606

The Unseen Power

612

Self - Determination

623

A League of Nations

634

1919

664

After the War

668

APPENDIXES

 

Appendix I

685

Appendix II

686

 


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