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Understanding Thought of Sri Aurobindo

by: Indrani Sanyal , Krishna Roy

This volume explores various dimensions of thoughts of Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950), respected as a patriot, nationalist, social reformer, educationist, historian, poet, visionary, Yoga and a philosopher. He interprets Indian philosophical and spiritual tradition dating back to the Vedas and the Upanishads and emphasises National Education, in cultural and spiritual sense.



ISBN: 9788124604021
Year Of Publication: 2007
Edition: 1st
Pages : vii, 312
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 550


Understanding Thoughts of Sri Aurobindo explores various dimensions of thoughts of Sri Aurobindo (1872–1950) who is being respected as a patriot, nationalist, social reformer, educationist, historian, poet, visionary, Yogi and philosopher. Sri Aurobindo is the interpreter of the Indian philosophical and spiritual tradition and one of the ablest exponents of this tradition dating back to the Vedas and the Upanishads. Sri Aurobindo’s emphasis on National Education, more in the cultural and spiritual sense, may provide an answer to the intellectual, moral and spiritual crisis. This volume focuses upon the holistic, interdisciplinary approach to the thoughts of Sri Aurobindo, whose views and actions have left a lasting influence on the development of modern India. Referring to his three major works, The Life Divine, The Synthesis of Yoga and Savitri, as well as over thirty other works where he expounded his thoughts, the well-researched writings reveal the special features of his vision. They focus on his integral approach to the concept of evolution, his notion of integral philosophy and his concept of integral Yoga. The essays include an in-depth study of Sri Aurobindo’s concept of man, of state, and views regarding uplift of humanity. This book contains scholarly articles that seek to unravel the many dimensions of his thoughts. Students, researchers and persons interested in Sri Aurobindo Studies will be immensely benefited from this volume.


I. Philosophy
1. Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo
— Kireet Joshi
2. Integralism: The Distinctive Feature of Sri Aurobindo’s Philosophy
— U.C. Dubey
II. On Evolution
3. Sri Aurobindo on Heraclitus: A Hermeneutic Overview
— Krishna Roy
4. Theories of Evolution and Sri Aurobindo
— Kireet Joshi
5. Sri Aurobindo’s Doctrine of Evolution
— Arabinda Basu
6. Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Approach to the Concept of Evolution
— Dilip Kumar Roy
III. On Education
7. What it is to be Educated? In The Light of Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy
— Indrani Sanyal
8. Relevance of Sri Aurobindo’s Thoughts on Education to Teachers
— Priya M. Vaidya
9. Education: A Faithful Transcription
— Rashmi Sethi
IV. On Poetry and Art
10. “The Word That Knows”: Sri Aurobindo’s Metaphysics of Poetry
— Pabitrakumar Roy
11. Sri Aurobindo’s Understanding of Indian Art
— Supriyo Bhattacharya
12. The Myth of Savitri and Satyavan: The Four Boons
— Vladimir
13. Some Reflections on Sri Aurobindo’s “Essays on the Gita”
— Sarnath Basu
V. On Man and Relation
14. Sri Aurobindo’s Concept of Man
— Kh. Gokulchandra
15. Towards a Theory of True Human Relation: Jean Paul-Sartre vis-a-vis Sri Aurobindo
— Susmita Bhattacharya
VI. On State and Politics
16. Sri Aurobindo and the Uplift of Humanity
— Sushmita Bhowmik
17. The Problem of State in Sri Aurobindo’s Political Philosophy
— Dasharathi Sengupta
VII. On Yoga and Psychology
18. Relevance of Sri Aurobindo in Modern India
— Kittu Reddy
19. Sri Aurobindo’s Conception of Integral Yoga
— V.N. Seshagiri Rao
20. The Mother’s Prayers and Meditations: Another Manifesto of Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga
— Goutam Ghosal
21. Sri Aurobindo’s Views on Psychology: Can it offer a better Therapeutic Model than Psychoanalysis?
— Soumitra Basu
VIII. Sri Aurobindo — A Century in Perspective
22. Sri Aurobindo — A Century in Perspective
— Aster Patel
The Contributors

Meet the Author
Dr Indrani Sanyal, Professor of Philosophy and Co-ordinator, Centre for Sri Aurobindo Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, is in the teaching profession for more than thirty years now. Her areas of specialisation include Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics, Ethics, especially Indian Ethics and Aurobindonian Studies. Dr Sanyal has many published books to her credit, among them are: On Essentialist Claims; Understanding Thoughts of Sri Aurobindo; Sri Aurobindo and His Contemporary Thinkers; Ethics and Culture: Some Indian Reflections; Sri Aurobindo: The Poet, Philosopher and Yogi. She has also edited with an Introduction, 'A Collection of Essays' by Arabinda Basu.
Krishna Roy is a former Professor at Centre of Advanced Study in Philosophy, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Her areas of interest include Phenomenology, Existentialism, Hermeneutics, Social and Political Philosophy. Besides publishing many articles in various journals, she has published Hermeneutics: East and West, and has edited Fusions of Horizons: Socio-Spiritual Heritage of India; and Political Philosophy: East and West. She has co-edited four anthologies: Language, Knowledge and Ontology; Essays in Social Political Philosophy; Theory and Practice: A Collection of Essays; and Understanding Thoughts of Sri Aurobindo. At present she is associated with the Research Department of the Centre for Indological Studies at the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata.
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