The Life Divine

The Life Divine

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Author: Sri Aurobindo
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 1132
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788170588450


Now available in Hardcover edition. 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 December 5, 1950.


The earliest preoccupation of man in his awakened thoughts and, as it seems his inevitable and ultimate preoccupation, for it survives the longest periods of skepticism and returns after every banishment, - is also the highest which his thought can envisage. It manifests itself in the divination of Godhead, the impulse towards perfection, the search after pure Truth and unmixed Bliss, the sense of a secret immortality. The ancient dawns of human knowledge have left us their witness to this constant aspiration; today we see a humanity satiated but not satisfied by victorious analysis of the externalities of Nature preparing to return to its primeval longings. The earliest formula of Wisdom promises to be its last, - God, Light Freedom Immortality
--- Sri Aurobindo


Chap. 1 : The Human Aspiration
Chap. 2 : The Two Negations :
i. The Materialist Denial

Chap. 3 : The Two Negations :
ii. The Refusal of the Ascetic

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

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

Part II : The Knowledge and the Spiritual Evolution :
Chap. 15 : Reality and the Integral Knowledge
Chap. 16 : The Integral Knowledge and the Aim of Life Four Theories of Existence
Chap. 17 : The Progress to Knowledge - God, Man and Nature
Chap. 18 : The Evolutionary Process - Ascent and Integration
Chap. 19 : Out of the Sevenfold Ignorance Towards the Sevenfold Knowledge
Chap. 20 : The Philosophy of Rebirth
Chap. 21 : The Order of the Worlds
Chap. 22 : Rebirth and Other Worlds; Karma, the Soul and Immortality
Chap. 23 : Man and the Evolution
Chap. 24 : The Evolution of the Spiritual Man
Chap. 25 : The Triple Transformation
Chap. 26 : The Ascent towards Supermind
Chap. 27 : The Gnostic Being
Chap. 28. The Divine Life

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