Author: Joseph Vrinte
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120819322
This work aims at creating an impetus for a wider and richer understanding of Sri Aurobindo’s and Ken Wilber’s views, without jumping to general conclusions concerning essential differences and ultimate identities; it endeavors to maintain the autonomy and multidimensional richness of each discipline.
The reflections and critical comments aim to analyze and to clarify various discrepancies between them. The author does not assert the superiority of one view over the other and does not want to argue whose thought is the correct one. He goes beyond allegiance to any one approach, as each model contributes something of value to the understanding of the complexity of Being. The author has broad sympathy with the aims and intentions of both thinkers, and tries to supplement this sympathy with a critical impartiality.
The subject matter of this book is so vast that it would be presumptuous to attempt to deal with it comprehensively and it would be pre-posterous to pretend to a final solution to a set of ideas as comprehensive as these worldviews. The author is aware that the contents of this comparative study may appear offensive to the followers of Sri Aurobindo, or be interpreted by Ken Wilber as a misrepresentation of his works, but this study aims at indicating some possible potentials of both integral thinkers that may be utilized.
He tries to stimulate a fruitful dialogue and evaluates this dialogue in a sympathetic manner when he refers to the intentions of both thinkers.
PART I: ASPECTS RELATED TO THE TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGICAL MOVEMENT AND SRI AUROBINDO’S INTEGRAL YOGA
Chapter I: Psychotherapy
Chapter II: Conventional Psychotherapy and Spiritual Disciplines
Chapter III: Metaphysical Psychology
Chapter IV: The Transpersonal Psychological Movement
PART-II: KEN WILBER’S INTEGRAL PSYCHOLOGY AND SRI AUROBINDO’S METAPHYSICAL YOGA PSYCHOLOGY
Chapter V: A General Introduction to Ken Wilber
Chapter VI: Sri Aurobindo’s Metaphysical Vision
Chapter VII: The Psycho-spiritual Nature of Man
Chapter VIII: Sadhana in Integral Yoga and Its Difficulties
PART-III: A DIALOGUE BETWEEN KEN WILBER’S INTEGRAL VIEWS AND SRI AUROBINDO’S METAPHYSICAL VISION
Chapter IX: The Transpersonal Psychological Movement and Integral Sadhana
Chapter X: A Critical Evaluation of Ken Wilber’s Commentary on the Refinement of Sri Aurobindo’s Individual Integral Yoga
Chapter XI: Ken Wilber’s Critical Interpretations of Various Aspects of Sri Aurobindo’s Metaphysical Vision
Chapter XII: Sri Aurobindo’s Metaphysical Yoga Psychology