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The Essential Aurobindo

Writings of Sri Aurobindo
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Lindisfarne
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May, 2001
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9780970109729
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Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950) stands out as one of the most profound and profoundly relevant of contemporary Asian spiritual masters speaking to the West. His vision transcends the distinctive strengths and weaknesses of India and the West, and his teachings brought the heart and soul of Indian spirituality to the 20th century and beyond, and to the task of the spiritual evolution of the world.

The Essential Aurobindo, first published in 1987 and now re-issued in a beautiful new edition, distills the best of his 30 volumes of writings, including The Life Divine, The Secret of the Veda and the epic poem Savitri, providing a concise and valuable introduction to the life and work of an extraordinary thinker, writer, and teacher. In his introduction, Robert McDermott writes,

Scholars and seekers alike will find in Sri Aurobindo an original philosopher committed to natural and human evolution, a yogi second to none in spiritual power, a visionary with a profound sense of the historical process, and the generator of a worldwide movement whose legacy...is an invitation to “the great adventure”... to participate in “the birth of a new world.”

Chapters devoted to Aurobindo’s writings on the destiny of humanity, the stages of evolution, evolution and rebirth, integral yoga and more give readers new insight into our place in the world and our role in its continuing transformation.

Sri Aurobindo founded the spiritual discipline of Integral Yoga, so-called because it integrates the traditional yoga paths of devotion, knowledge, action and meditation. Today there are hundreds of Integral Yoga centers through North America and around the world. He was concerned with the spiritual evolution of humanity as well as the individual’s spiritual liberation, and his students founded Auroville, a city in India dedicated to conscious living and spiritual evolution, which has continued to grow and evolve for over 30 years.

Among Sri Aurobindo’s other books are The Mother, The Ideal of Human Unity, and A Practical Guide to Integral Yoga.

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Sri Aurobindo stands out as one of the deepest and most profoundly relevant of contemporary Asian spiritual masters speaking to the West. His vision transcends the distinctive strengths and weaknesses of India and the West, and his discipline brings the yogas of the Gita to the task of world transformation. His collaborator, The Mother, offers a blueprint for the utopian community Auroville, giving sage advice on the ideal of a spiritually based approach to education. Robert McDermott's afterword in this revised edition recounts the increased significance of Aurobindo's message in the West-especially for America-since the book was first published in 1973. Here is an invaluable resource for understanding the underlying connections and common ground between Eastern and Western teachings and traditions for modern thinkers and spiritual seekers.

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