The Sri Aurobindo Studies daily blog is sponsored by the Institute for Wholistic Education with a unique, self-directed and systematic study of Sri Aurobindo’s major works. For the last 13 years, we have focused on page by page review, directed headline, commentary and citations from Sri Aurobindo’s and The Mother’s writings. A new post is generated just about daily. The current book under review is a compilation titled Living Within: the Yoga Approach to Psychological Health and Growth, put together by Dr. A.S. Dalal and featuring citations from both Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. You are welcome to join us at https://sriaurobindostudies.wordpress.com
GENERAL ADVICE TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR PARTICIPATION: We took up the daily ‘page by page’ review of the writings of Sri Aurobindo with the idea that it would provide both a comprehensive understanding of Sri Aurobindo’s work, as well as a new depth of understanding. We have found that covering approximately one page per day, and reflecting on the subject and the citations, has enormous benefits so we encourage you to take your time, work at your own pace, and not try to rush through the process. There is no benefit to speed. It is much more important to let the writing sink in and begin over time to transform the view and the interpretation we have in all areas of life. The effect is cumulative and the further one goes, the deeper the understanding becomes. This is not so much an intellectual exercise and there is no need to strain the thought process. Let the concepts simply be absorbed and sink in and begin to address the way all life and action is understood.
You may also find that you prefer a different approach, such as taking up a particular idea or concept that intrigues you, and using the search box to identify all references and follow them through day by day. We recommend a “free progress” form of learning. It is not about ‘information’ but about widening, opening and deepening the understanding within your own being.
The resource at this blog link gives you an enormous capability to direct your own study according to your own interest and at your own pace. We have the following resources available which you can tap into from the home page:
ARCHIVE OF PRIOR POSTS ORGANIZED BY BOOK:
Essays on the Gita
Future Evolution of Man
Integral Yoga: Sri Aurobindo’s Teaching and Method of Practice
Living Within (the current book)
Mind of Light
Rebirth and Karma
Secret of the Veda and Hymns to the Mystic Fire (includes Vedic hymns chanting and translations and commentary)
The Human Cycle: the Psychology of Social Development
The Ideal of Human Unity
The Life Divine
The Synthesis of Yoga
Upon completion of the current title Living Within, we expect to take up another compilation by Dr. A.S. Dalal titled Growing Within as the next subject.
The page by page review of each of these books follows in date order and provides a citation reference to the chapter and page of the book from which the citations and commentaries are drawn.
ARCHIVE OF PRIOR POSTS IN DATE SEQUENCE:
The archive is organized by month from August 2009 through the current month. Within each month the relevant articles appear in date sequence order. The first book taken up was The Life Divine, so study of that text will start with the August 2009 posts.
There is also a search feature which is very useful when you would like to find all references to a particular term or concept across all the books that have been covered. For instance, if you want to find references to ‘rebirth’ or ‘supermind’ or ‘divine life’ simply type the relevant words into the search box and you will have immediate access to all posts with that reference.
There is also a link to a daily podcast which began in the winter/spring of 2021. The podcast converts the daily posts from that time forward into audio files for those who prefer to listen rather than read the posts.
OTHER WAYS TO ACCESS THE DAILY POSTS AND PODCASTS:
The daily posts feed to www.facebook.com/SriAurobindosWritings if you prefer to use facebook for the day to day postings. You may choose to “like” or “follow” that page if you want to get the most recent post each day when it appears. However, all of the archive, search functions and organized presentation for past titles appear only at https://sriaurobindostudies.wordpress.com
DAILY POST REMINDERS: if you choose to “follow” this blog directly at https://sriaurobindostudies.wordpress.com (go to Reader link near top left of home page, do a search in the box for Sri Aurobindo Studies and then click on the “follow” button) you will get a reminder follow up when the daily post goes “live”.
ACCESS TO THE BOOKS:
The print editions of the books are available world-wide through various agencies or centers including S.A.B.D.A. from Puducherry. The USA editions are published by Lotus Press through arrangement with the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Copyright Department. You can find all the USA print editions at www.lotuspress.com Most of these titles are now also available for download as e-books through either Amazon kindle, Apple itunes, or Google play. Some of the links to the e-books are on the home page of the daily blog. All of the current e-book links can be found at the respective title at www.lotuspress.com Also, as each book was completed in the blog, a print and e-book edition of all relevant blog posts has been published by Lotus Press under the general umbrella of Readings in …. (and the appropriate title of Sri Aurobindo). This may provide another convenient way to access the systematic study on your own.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SRI AUROBINDO:
You may wish to visit www.sri-aurobindo.com to get more information about the work of Sri Aurobindo as well as annotations on many of his books
QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS:
The purpose of the blog is to engage the reader in the deeper sense of Sri Aurobindo’s writings, to explore the depths and breadths of the ground he covered, and to make the books highly accessible to the reader. We therefore encourage engagement and are happy to have participants make relevant comments to the post when they have something to add or respond to; and to bring forward questions so that we may try to assist in guiding you to the appropriate references or direction to have those questions answered.
THE BLOG EDITOR:
My name is Santosh Krinsky and I have been actively studying Sri Aurobindo’s work since I was handed a copy of The Life Divine back in 1971. I resided at Sri Aurobindo Ashram from mid 1973 through early 1974 and have been continuously involved with this work since that time. I also act as the editor-in-chief at Lotus Press, the USA publisher of the writings of Sri Aurobindo. I reside at this time in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA with my wife Karuna and we welcome visitors who are interested to join us for meditation, or one on one sessions. We also maintain a library for the use of friends and devotees. We manage the Institute for Wholistic Education, a 501©3 tax exempt organization under the local name Sri Aurobindo Center of Honolulu, Hawaii.
From time to time I have done extensive interviews with organizations such as SelfGrowth.com and Cultural Integration Fellowship. These video interviews have been recorded and are also available as follows:
Cultural integration Fellowship: https://www.facebook.com/LotusPress/videos/1493420001101922 Solving the Existential Crisis of Humanity Through the Evolution of Consciousness with Some Practical Examples (Auroville)
Selfgrowth.com interviews: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxUFpCPprR4&t=1s Solving the Existential Crisis of Humanity Through the Evolution of Consciousness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqCNWy9kGpI Practical Applications for Solving the Existential Crisis of Humanity (with focus on the project of Auroville)
SOME FINAL THOUGHTS:
We hope you will enjoy this process and look forward to the daily study. The posts are relatively short in length in order to fit into just about any schedule. We find this is best taken up either early in the day before the daily activities carry us away, or in the evening when work is done and there is some opportunity for quiet time and reflection. Thank you for joining this program and please don’t hesitate to let us know if we may be of further service in some way during this process. You will note that the blog is already 13 years in process, so you can make of this part of a lifelong pursuit if you so choose, as we ourselves have undertaken to do. Personally, I find this method of approach far more beneficial than simply trying to read through any of the books in a normal somewhat hurried manner the way things are done in university courses. Take your time, reflect, and let this be a light-filled and uplifting part of your day. The benefit is not in the quantity of the reading and study, but in the quality and the impact it has in your life….