A Greater Psychology  -  An Introduction to the Psychological thought of Sri Aurobindo

A Greater Psychology - An Introduction to the Psychological thought of Sri Aurobindo

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Author: Sri Aurobindo
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): A S Dalal/Ken Wilber
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Year: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 426
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788170586593


This book is easily the finest and most accessible sampling of the psychological writings of one of the most brilliant and influential modern world-teachers.

Anyone interested in meditation, Yoga contemplative practices, transpersonal psychology or the contemporary vision of human destiny probably knows or has heard of the works of Sri Aurobindo. His magnum opus, The Life Divine, is acknowledged as a most profound work in the realms of Yoga, Philosophy and the enigma that is life. While Sri Aurobindo’s books are demanding, A Greater Psychology succeeds in bringing his insights to a wider public.

In the first half of the book, A.S. Dalal introduces the issues at the core of Sri Aurobindo’s psychological thought and presents well-organised excerpts of his work on topics including:

1. The nature of Consciousness

2. The Make-up of the human being

3. Self and ego

4. The subliminal and the Subconscient

5. The Psychic Being

6. Sleep and Dreams

7. The Psychology of Faith

8. Cosmic Consciousness

9. The Psychology of collective development

10. Growth towards a greater psychology

In the second half, Dalal offers engaging and lucid essays that further illuminate various aspects of Sri Aurobindo’s thought and vision. He concludes with a glossary of names and terms that makes a Greater Psychology accessible even to those who are only beginning to comprehend Sri Aurobindo.


“When it comes to a 'greater psychology' -- one which includes body, mind, soul, and spirit -- Aurobindo has much to teach us, as is clearly and beautifully documented in the book you now hold in your hands. A.S. Dalal has done a superb job in presenting a balanced sampling of Aurobindo's psychological writings. Because of its fair and representative nature, its comprehensive examples, and the clarity of Dalal's own commentary, this book is surely the finest overview of Aurobindo's psychological thought now available.”--- From the Foreword by Ken Wilber

“… The Greater Psychology awaiting its hour…”--- Sri Aurobindo


Foreword by Ken Wilber Introduction by Arabinda Basu Editor’s Preface Part One An Anthology of Sri Aurobindo’s Writings Consciousness the Reality The manifold Being The Surface Being and the Inner Being The Inconscient The subconscient The Outer Being The Inner Being The Psychic Being Purusha and Prakariti The Gunas of Prakriti Self, Ego and Individuality The Superconscient" Gradations of the Higher Consciousness Liberation and Transformation Validity of Supraphysical and Spiritual Experience The Psychology of Faith States of Consciousness Sleep and Dreams Psychical Phenomena Evolution of Mankind: Psychological and Spiritual Growth of Society Towards a Greater Psychology Part Two Essays on Sri Aurobindo’s Psychology Thought The Nature and Methoodology of Yoga Psychology The Scientific Study of Consciousness Consciousness: The Materialistic and the Mystical Views Sri Aurobindo on the Structure and Organization of the Being Sri Aurobindo on the Self as Experienced in Yoga Self, Ego and Individuality Sri Aurobindo on Human Development Anthology Sources Glossary of Names and Terms Index