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Author: Sri Aurobindo
ISBN: 0941524663
ISBN13: 978-0941524667
Language: English
Publisher: Lotus Press; 2 edition (January 1, 1990)
Pages: 899
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The Synthesis of Yoga is Sri Aurobindo‘s principal work on yoga. In this book Sri Aurobindo examines the traditional systems of yoga and provides an explanation of certain components of his own system of integral yoga.

The Synthesis of Yoga is Sri Aurobindo‘s principal work on yoga. There is an Introduction, The Conditions of the Synthesis, and four parts: The Yoga of Divine Works, The Yoga of Integral Knowledge, The Yoga of Divine Love and The Yoga of Self-Perfection.

Synthesis of Yoga, US Ed. .has been added to your Cart. A letter that Sri Aurobindo wrote in 1936 gives some idea of his purpose in writing The Synthesis of Yoga and his overall plan for the work

Synthesis of Yoga, US Ed. A letter that Sri Aurobindo wrote in 1936 gives some idea of his purpose in writing The Synthesis of Yoga and his overall plan for the work: "The Synthesis of Yoga was not meant to give a method for all to follow. Each side of the Yoga was dealt with separately with all its possibilities, and an indication was given as to how they meet so that one starting from knowledge could realise Karma and Bhakti also and so with each path.

Sri Aurobindo never attempted to complete the Synthesis; he did, however, lightly revise the Introduction, thoroughly . In 1948 the chapters making up The Yoga of Divine Works were published as a book by the Sri Aurobindo Library, Madras.

Sri Aurobindo never attempted to complete the Synthesis; he did, however, lightly revise the Introduction, thoroughly revise all of Part I, The Yoga of Divine Works, and signicantly revise several chapters of Part II, The Yoga of Integral Knowledge. More than thirty years elapsed between the rst appearance of the Synthesis in the Arya and the nal stages of its incomplete revision. No other part of The Synthesis of Yoga appeared in book-form during Sri Aurobindo’s lifetime.

Sri Aurobindo Birth Century Library. Set in 30 Volumes (SABCL). The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo. Set of 37 Volumes (CWSA).

The Synthesis of Yoga book. Sri Aurobindo's book glows with purple light

The Synthesis of Yoga book. Truth of philosophy is of a merely theoretical value unless. Published January 1st 1990 by Lotus Press (first published January 1st 1948). The Synthesis of Yoga. 0941524655 (ISBN13: 9780941524650). Sri Aurobindo's book glows with purple light. Every sentence is as a shock to the system, awakening every cell of the body, and aligning in right relation the workings of the lower to the higher.

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The Synthesis of Yoga - I–II Sri Aurobindo's principal work on yoga.

The Synthesis of Yoga - I–II Sri Aurobindo's principal work on yoga. There is an Introduction, "The Conditions of the Synthesis", and four parts: "The Yoga of Divine Works", "The Yoga of Integral Knowledge", "The Yoga of Divine Love" and "The Yoga of Self-Perfection"

This it is easiest to do by a device with which we are already familiar, since it played a great part in our view of the Yoga of Works; it is to create a separation between the Prakriti and the Purusha

This it is easiest to do by a device with which we are already familiar, since it played a great part in our view of the Yoga of Works; it is to create a separation between the Prakriti and the Purusha. The Purusha,the soul that knows and commands has got himself involved in the workings of his executive conscious force, so that he mistakes this physical working of it which we call the body for himself; he forgets his own nature as the soul that knows and commands; he believes his mind and soul to be subject to the law and working of.

Sri Aurobindo's concept of the Integral Yoga system is described in his books, The Synthesis of Yoga and The Life Divine. Sri Aurobindo argues that divine Brahman manifests as empirical reality through līlā, or divine play. The Life Divine is a compilation of essays published serially in Arya. Instead of positing that the world we experience is an illusion (māyā), Aurobindo argues that world can evolve and become a new world with new species, far above the human species just as human species have evolved after the animal species.

In The Synthesis of Yoga Sri Aurobindo unfolds his vision of an integral yoga embracing all the powers and activities of man. First, he reviews the three great yogic paths of Knowledge, Works and Love, along with Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga and Tantra, and then integrates them all into a great symphony. Index.
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Alsardin
A letter that Sri Aurobindo wrote in 1936 gives some idea of his purpose in writing The Synthesis of Yoga and his overall plan for the work:

"The Synthesis of Yoga was not meant to give a method for all to follow. Each side of the Yoga was dealt with separately with all its possibilities, and an indication was given as to how they meet so that one starting from knowledge could realise Karma and Bhakti also and so with each path. It was intended when the Self-Perfection was finished, to suggest a way in which all could be combined, but this was never written."

The Synthesis of Yoga is a reorganization and continuation of The Life Divine, richer in detail and potential. The Method is found in The Mother and the lETTERS ON YOGA

The style is the ususl opulence. Midway through we find:

"But even if this difficult thing were perfectly accomplished, still the intuition would not be the gnosis; it would only be its thin prolongation into mind or its sharp edge of first entrance. The difference, not easy to define except by symbols, may be expressed if we take the Vedic image in which the Sun represents the gnosis and the sky, mid-air and earth, the mentality, vitality, physicality of man and of the universe. Living on the earth, climbing into the mid-air or even winging in the sky, the mental being, the manomya purusa, would still live in the rays of the sun and not in its bodily light. And in those rays he would see things not as they are but as reflected in his organ of vision, deformed by its faults or limited in their truth by its restrictions. But the vijnanamaya purusa lives in the Sun itself, in the very body and blaze of the true light; he knows this light to be his own self-luminous being and he sees the whole truth of the lower triplicity and each thing that is in it. He sees it not by reflection in a mental organ of vision, but with the Sun of gnosis itself as his eye, -- for the Sun, says the Veda, is the eye of the gods. The mental being, even in the intuitive mind, can perceive the truth only by a brilliant reflection or limited communication and subject to the restrictions and the inferior capacity of the mental vision; but the supramental being sees it by the gnosis itself, from the very centre and outwelling fount of the truth, in its very form and by its own spontaneous and self-illumining process. For the Vijnana is a direct and divine as opposed to an indirect and human knowledge. ~ Sri Aurobindo, SY. 481"

One will note his use of the elements of poetry in the passage; and no study of Aurobindo can be satisfying or complete without a copy of Savitri at hand.
MisTereO
Few spiritual writers have inspired me as much as Sri Aurobindo. Even complex material like this is written in easily accessible language. Highly educated and literate, Sri Aurobindo has truly changed my spiritual outlook with his writing. I used to read a lot of Paramahansa Yogananda, but I find this material far more interesting and poignant. Bravo!
Venemarr
The iconic Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950), the father of integral yoga and integral psychology, is doubtless one of the most profound and influential spiritual philosophers ever to walk the planet. And in "The Synthesis of Yoga," his unique, complex, and intricate vision of Yoga, which explicates his integral philosophy - "All life is Yoga" - is on full display for 900 pages.

Before there was Adi Da Samraj (whose teachings partially derive from Aurobindo's), there was Sri Aurobindo, and to venture into his elaborate expositions of yoga practice and philosophy is sure to deepen and expand one's understanding of spiritual life and Divine Truth.

"The Synthesis of Yoga," along with Aurobindo's magnum opus, the 1100-page "The Life Divine," contain the bulk of his most important and illuminating essays on spiritual life and how it impacts, and can transform, earthly existence. Anyone seriously into Yoga philosophy owes it to him/her self to read these books.

Whereas "The Life Divine" is oriented more toward the evolutionary unfoldment of Divine life on Earth, "The Synthesis of Yoga" focuses more on Aurobindo's analysis of the great traditional yogic paths and how they compare to his own integral yoga. The back cover summarizes what the book is about:

"In `The `Synthesis of Yoga' Sri Aurobindo unfolds his vision of an integral yoga embracing all the powers and activities of man. First he reviews the three great yogic paths of Knowledge, Works and Love, along with Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga and Tantra. Then, in a section entitled `The Yoga of Self-Perfection' he presents his own unique contribution to the field."

If you want to get an idea of the depth and intricacy of Aurobindo's integralism, check out the Wikipedia page "Integral Psychology (Sri Aurobindo)." There you will find that Aurobindo's map/model includes myriad dimensions of mind (Higher Mind, Spiritual Mind, Inner Mind, Psychic Mind, Mind Proper, Thinking Mind, Dynamic Mind, Exterior Mind, Vital Mind, Physical Mind, Mechanical Mind, Mind of Light Intuitive Mind, Overmind, Supermind) and being (Outer Being, Inner Being, Psychic Being, Central Being).

Even though I consider Aurobindo "must" reading for serious students of yoga philosophy and integral or transpersonal psychology, I personally find him a tedious and tortuous read. Although fans of my Amazon reviews have long requested that I review an Aurobindo text, I was in no rush to do so, because, frankly speaking, I did not look forward to revisiting his prolix prose. In my opinion, the two thousand pages of rambling, repetitious discourse in "The Life Divine" and "The Synthesis of Yoga" could have (and should have) been pared down to about five hundred pages by an editor.

Although Aurobindo is greatly revered, he is not without his big-name critics. Fritjof Schuon, the renowned perennial philosopher (see my two-star review of "The Essential Frithjof Schuon") has nothing but disdain for both Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's and Sri Aurobindo's evolutionary spiritual philosophies. Schuon, alluding to Aurobindo's essays on Supermind, writes:

"This neo-yogism, like other similar movements, pretends that it can add add an essential value to the wisdom of our ancestors; it belies that religions are partial truths which it is called upon to stick together, after hundreds or thousands of years of waiting, and to crown with its own naïve little system... It is far better to believe that the earth is a disk supported by a tortoise and flanked by four elephants than to believe, in the name of `evolution,' in the coming of some `superhuman' monster."

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho) considered Aurobindo just an intellectual and not a spiritual realizer, and Adi Da Samraj wrote the following regarding Aurobindo:

"This is really just a visionary or mystical yoga. Aurobindo and the Mother were not truly saints, not sages, not Siddhas, just yogis of a peculiar kind. It is a Westernized yoga. In the West there is a kind of mysticism that doesn't generate a spiritual force. It is just an occupation with internal aesthetic imageries, not of the kind that true yoga depends on. It doesn't have any fire. It is mystical rather than yogic in the traditional Hindu sense. So Aurobindo saw a lot of visions, had a sort of intellectual system in which he synthesized the spiritual culture of this country and added a certain evolutionary notion to it."

I don't at all agree with Schuon's, Osho's, and Da's criticisms of Aurobindo. I think Sri Aurobindo was a great yogi who emphasized the practice of the same Divine Yoga (of uniting one's individual soul with universal Spirit) that both Da and I teach. But I do have my own criticisms of Aurobindo's teachings; however, because this is just a book review, I'll limit them to just a couple of things.

In the chapter "The Realization of Sachidananda" Aurobindo once again fails to elaborate the "mechanics" of a spiritual practice that enables a yogi to realize Sachidananda, the En-Light-ened State of Existence-Consciousness-Bliss. If you're looking for a detailed description of how to actually practice Divine Yoga, Aurobindo is not a good source for this instruction. Moreover, if you're interested in esoteric anatomy, a specific detailed map of how the Descent of Divine Power, the Shakti, transforms a yogi into a realized Self, you will have to look elsewhere, say to Ramana Maharshi and Adi Da.

In summary, if you are a serious, intellectually inclined student of yoga philosophy and/or integral psychology, for sure check out the writings of Aurobindo. But if long-winded, unnecessarily complexified dissertations on spiritual reality, evolution, and synthesis put you to sleep, then look elsewhere for Dharma insights and guidance.
funike
This is a comprehensive presentation of the essence of spirituality. It goes beyond traditional or even Hinduism to explain the myriad ways that man can approach the Divine. As a Christian, I find it illuminates the writings of New Testament writers such as John and Paul. This is not for the dabbler. Only serious seekers will benefit from the immense wisdom in this book.
Whitecaster
In this monumental work, Sri Aurobindo explains in depth how the different aspects of the ancient practice of yoga combine to enhance and promote our spiritual evolution. Speaking from a knowledge that is clearly the product of experience, Aurobindo explores and explains every facet of our human journey as we move toward conscious unification with our Source. One can get the most from this definitive work by moving through it slowly, giving oneself the time needed to understand and absorb its contents, for its scope is both broad and deep, thus making it a perennial reference for the serious seeker.
Kuve
Truly an amazing insight into much much more than we see here. RECOMMENDED but not for the faint hearted but one who is prepared to see way beyond this material world. Buy it and keep it forever and use as your rock in life.
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