The complexities of the modern world are often manifested in society through behaviour which is not easily understandable to the reasoning, surface mind. We see countless examples of the conflicting emotions and actions of human beings, unable to make their way among the labyrinthine choices of modern life and at a loss to comprehend their deepest selves. Modern psychology has developed along various lines in its efforts to unravel these threads of human malaise. In one of the new books introduced below, Sri Aurobindo and the Future Psychology, A.S. Dalal covers a wide spectrum of topics in the field of psychology with his gaze fixed on emerging psychological paradigms that he believes will eventually lead us to a psychology of the future, firmly rooted in the vision of Sri Aurobindo.

One example is his essay “Self-Awareness in Psychology and in Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga” where he brings out some of the parallels as well as differences between modern psychology and yoga regarding self-awareness:

One fundamental difference between the awareness aimed at in yoga and the insight fostered by analytical and other psycho-therapeutic methods consists in the effective power for change which the awareness brings.…Intellectual awareness, which belongs to mental consciousness, is relatively ineffective because of the relative impotence of the will-force – the mental will-power – associated with it.…In yoga, on the other hand, the aim is to attain a progressively more evolved state of being than that of mental consciousness, thereby attaining a progressively greater force of one’s being. To attain fullness of being, therefore, is not only, as previously stated by Sri Aurobindo, to be fully aware of one’s being, but also to possess its full force.


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coverSri Aurobindo and the Future Psychology

Supplement to A Greater Psychology
— A. S. Dalal with contributions by Brant Cortright, Michael Miovic, Alok Pandey
ISBN: 978-81-7058-869-6
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 408
Price: Rs 125

Described by its author as a supplement to his earlier book A Greater Psychology, this collection of essays, which brings together both new and previously published articles, continues to examine and elucidate the psychological writings of Sri Aurobindo anthologised in that previous work. Here the author presents Sri Aurobindo's thoughts on such topics as the relationship between yoga and psychology, the concept of the unconscious in psychology, the relation between such terms as "person" and "personality" in the integration of the being, an integral view of cosmic consciousness, and the concept of the psychic being as a major contribution made by yogic experience to psychological thought and spiritual practice. The book also includes contributions by three experienced practitioners who have attempted to apply Sri Aurobindo's psychological thought in their clinical work.

coverSri Aurobindo in Surat

— Narrated by Hiranmayi
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Centre, Surat
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 208
Price: Rs 175

Published to commemorate the centenary of Sri Aurobindo’s 1907 visit to Surat for the All India Annual Convention of the then Indian National Congress, the book acquaints the reader with the major political players of the day and the issues of contention between the Moderates and the Nationalists. Using the words of Sri Aurobindo, convention participants, and observers, as well as facsimile copies of Indian newspaper reports, the author unfolds the dramatic events before and during the convention, when all efforts at compromise and reconciliation between the two groups failed, leading to the climactic moment when the convention dissolved in an uproar of charged emotions. Sri Aurobindo’s leadership in awakening the country to the demand for swaraj is the primary focus of this narrative retelling of the Surat Congress Convention

coverTruth: Nothing Else Than

— A. K. Ray
Publisher: Srinvantu, Kolkata
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 187
Price: Rs 75

A mathematician and a poet, the author of this collection of philosophical essays explores some of the profoundest questions man can ask himself about the creation and the nature of the Absolute as the creator. He adds interest and depth to his own observations by examining the thought of Leibniz, Descartes, Spinoza, Hegel, and Whitehead, all eminent philosophers and some also known as mathematicians and logicians, but it is in Sri Aurobindo's philosophical thought that he finds the widest perspective and most comprehensive view of life. Additional essays include "Entering the Hall of Logic", which delves into the philosophy of logic as it relates to thought and language, and "Into Language: An Introspection", which provides a brief philosophical look at grammar.

coverNirvana and Beyond

— Words of Sri Aurobindo
ISBN: 978-81-7060-273-6
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 72
Price: Rs 25


coverEducare Se Stessi

— La Madre
ISBN: 978-81-7058-874-0
Publisher: Domani, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 54
Price: Rs 60

Per educare se stessi occorre innanzitutto essere coscienti delle diverse parti che ci compongono. Non siamo infatti soltanto un Corpo, ma anche un essere di emozioni e impulsi (il Vitale) e un essere pensante, la Mente. Corpo, Vitale e Mente non solo sono parti separate di noi stessi, ma spesso sono in conflitto tra loro. Riconoscere queste diverse parti e armonizzarle è il primo compito della nostra educazione.

Ma l'educazione non è limitata a questa componente 'umana' del nostro essere. Ognuno di noi, dice la Madre, porta nascosta dentro di lui la possibilità di una coscienza superiore. Tale ricerca e scoperta sarà parte della nostra educazione Psichica e Spirituale.


coverBakta Sri Aurobindo

— Trija Roy
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Pathmandir, Kolkata
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 71
Price: Rs 25



ISBN: 978-81-7058-878-8
Publisher: Sanskrit Karyalaya, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 119
Price: Rs 40



— B. D. Limaye
ISBN: 978-81-7058-863-4
Publisher: Sanjeevan Karyalaya, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 93
Price: Rs 50

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