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The Synthesis of Yoga

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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 Barod...

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

 

The Synthesis of Yoga first appeared serially in the monthly review Arya between August 1914 and January 1921. Each instalment was written immediately before its publication. The work was left incomplete when the Arya was discontinued. Sri Aurobindo never attempted to complete the Synthesis; he did, however, lightly revise the Introduction, thoroughly revise all of Part I, "The Yoga of Divine Works", and significantly revise several chapters of Part II, "The Yoga of Integral Knowledge". More than thirty years elapsed between the first appearance of the Synthesis in the Arya and the final stages of its incomplete revision. As a result, there are some differences of terminology between the revised and unrevised portions of the book.

 

In 1948 the chapters making up "The Yoga of Divine Works" were published as a book by the Sri Aurobindo Library, Madras. No other part of The Synthesis of Yoga appeared in book-form during Sri Aurobindo's lifetime. In 1955 an edition comprising the Introduction and four Parts was brought out by the Sri Aurobindo International University Centre. The present edition, which has been checked against all manuscripts and printed texts, includes for the first time the author's revisions to the Introduction and Chapters XV -XVII of Part II, and an incomplete continuation of Part IV entitled "The Supramental Time Consciousness".

 

Contents

 

INTRODUCTION

 

THE CONDITIONS OF THE SYNTHESIS

 

I.

 

LIFE AND YOGA

5

II.

 

THE THREE STEPS OF NATURE

9

III.

 

THE THREEFOLD LIFE

20

IV.

 

THE SYSTEMS OF YOGA

31

V.

 

THE SYNTHESIS OF THE SYSTEMS.

41

PART I

 

THE YOGA OF DIVINE WORKS

 

I.

 

THE FOUR AIDS

53

II.

 

SELF-CONSECRATION

69

III.

 

SELF-SURRENDER IN WORKS - THE WAY OF THE GITA

89

IV.

 

THE SACRIFICE, THE TRIUNE PATH AND THE LORD OF THE SACRIFICE

106

V.

 

THE ASCENT OF THE SACRIFICE - 1

 

THE WORKS OF KNOWLEDGE -

 

THE PSYCHIC BEING .

134

VI

 

THE ASCENT OF THE SACRIFICE - 2

 

THE WORKS OF LOVE - THE WORKS OF LIFE

158

VII

 

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT A D SPIRITUAL FREEDOM

188

VIII

 

THE SUPREME WILL

208

IX

 

EQUALITY AND THE ANNIHILATION OF EGO

221

X

 

THE THREE MODES OF NATURE

231

XI.

 

THE MASTER OF THE WORK

243

XII.

 

THE DIVINE WORK

264

APPENDIX TO PART I

 

XIII

 

THE SUPERMIND AND THE YOGA OF WORKS.

279

PART II

 

THE YOGA OF INTEGRAL KNOWLEDGE

 

I.

 

THE OBJECT OF KNOWLEDGE

287

II

 

THE STATUS OF KNOWLEDGE

300

III.

 

THE PURIFIED UNDERSTANDING

308

IV.

 

CONCENTRATION

317

V.

 

RENUNCIATION

326

VI.

 

THE SYNTHESIS OF THE DISCIPLINES OF KNOWLEDGE

335

VII.

 

THE RELEASE FROM SUBJECTION TO THE BODY

343

VIII.

 

THE RELEASE FROM THE HEART AND THE MIND

350

IX.

 

THE RELEASE FROM THE EGO

356

X.

 

THE REALISATION OF THE COSMIC SELF

368

XI.

 

THE MODES OF THE SELF

374

XII.

 

THE REALISATION OF SACHCHIDANANDA

383

XIII.

 

THE DIFFICULTIES OF THE MENTAL BEING

391

XIV.

 

THE PASSIVE AND THE ACTIVE BRAHMAN

400

XV.

 

THE COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS

409

XVI.

 

ONENESS

419

XVII.

 

THE SOUL AND NATURE

426

XVIII.

 

THE SOUL AND ITS LIBERATION

436

XIX.

 

THE PLANES OF OUR EXISTENCE

446

XX.

 

THE LOWER TRIPLE PURUSHA

457

XXI.

 

THE LADDER OF SELF-TRANSCENDENCE

465

XXII.

 

VIJNANA OR GNOSIS

475

XXIII

 

THE CONDITIONS OF ATTAINMENT TO THE GNOSIS

488

XXIV

 

GNOSIS AND ANANDA

498

XXV

 

THE HIGHER AND THE LOWER KNOWLEDGE

511

XXVI

 

SAMADHI

519

XXVII

 

HATHAYOGA

528

XXVIII

 

RAJAYOGA

536

PART III

 

THE YOGA OF DIVINE LOVE

 

I.

 

LOVE AND THE TRIPLE PATH

545

11

 

THE MOTIVES OF DEVOTION

552

III.

 

THE GODWARD EMOTIONS

561

IV.

 

THE WAY OF DEVOTION

571

V.

 

THE DIVINE PERSONALITY

577

VI.

 

THE DELIGHT OF THE DIVINE

587

VII.

 

THE ANANDA BRAHMAN

593

VIII.

 

THE MYSTERY OF LOVE

599

PART IV

 

THE YOGA OF SELF-PERFECTION

 

I.

 

THE PRINCIPLE OF THE INTEGRAL YOGA

609

II

 

THE INTEGRAL PERFECTION

616

III.

 

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SELF-PERFECTION

623

IV.

 

THE PERFECTION OF THE MENTAL BEING

632

V.

 

THE INSTRUMENTS OF THE SPIRIT

643

VI.

 

PURIFICATION - THE LOWER MENTALITY

654

VII.

 

PURIFICATION - INTELLIGENCE AND WILL

663

VIII.

 

THE LIBERATION OF THE SPIRIT

674

IX.

 

THE LIBERATION OF THE NATURE

682

X.

 

THE ELEMENTS OF PERFECTION

691

XI.

 

THE PERFECTION OF EQUALITY

698

XII.

 

THE WAY OF EQUALITY

709

XIII.

 

THE ACTION OF EQUALITY

721

XIV.

 

THE POWER OF THE INSTRUMENTS

729

xv.

 

SOUL-FORCE AND THE FOURFOLD PERSONALITY

740

XVI.

 

THE DIVINE SHAKTI

752

XVII.

 

THE ACTION OF THE DIVINE SHAKTI

762

XVIII.

 

FAITH AND SHAKTI

771

XIX.

 

THE NATURE OF THE SUPERMIND

783

XX.

 

THE INTUITIVE MIND

799

XXI.

 

THE GRADATIONS OF THE SUPERMIND

811

XXII.

 

THE SUPRAMENTAL THOUGHT AND KNOWLEDGE

825

XXIII.

 

THE SUPRAMENTAL INSTRUMENTS - THOUGHT-PROCESS

841

XXIV.

 

THE SUPRAMENTAL SENSE

862

XXV.

 

TOWARDS THE SUPRAMENTAL TIME VISION

885

APPENDIX TO PART IV

 

XXVI.

 

THE SUPRAMENTAL TIME CONSCIOUSNESS

907

 

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Item Code: NAK606 Author: Sri Aurobindo Cover: Paperback Edition: 2010 Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry ISBN: 9788170586142 Language: English Size: 9.0 inch x 5.5 inch Pages: 928 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 690 gms
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