Picture of Sri Aurobindo writing

All life is yoga
(Sri Aurobindo)

Texts related to Sri Aurobindo's Integral Yoga,
written by other authors


NB. Most of these articles are located on the IPI website.

  1. Basu, Arabinda (2001). Sri Aurobindo's metaphysical psychology: A brief introduction.
  2. This article briefly explains Sri Aurobindo’s system of yoga and psychology.

  3. Basu, Soumitra (2001). Integral psychotherapy: Personal encounters.
  4. The author presents here his ideas and experiences about integral psychotherapy, a therapy that bases itself on ‘the consciousness paradigm’.

  5. Choudry, Anuradha (2004). The Legend of the Angirasa Rishis and the Lost Cows.
  6. The article bases itself on the psycho-spiritual interpretation of the Vedas as given by Sri Aurobindo. It examines in particular the famous Vedic legend of the Angirasa Rishis and the lost cows.

  7. Cornelissen, R. M. Matthijs (1998/2005). Self and personality in Sri Aurobindo's yoga: An overview of his terminology.
  8. An overview of the terms Sri Aurobindo uses to explain the different parts and planes of our nature.

  9. Cornelissen, R. M. Matthijs (2001). Consciousness and Its Transformation.
  10. Cornelissen, R. M. Matthijs (2001). Towards an Integral Epistemology of Consciousness: A radical proposal based on Sri Aurobindo's work.
  11. A paper presented at the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore during a conference on Consciousness and Evolution (June 2001).

  12. Cornelissen, R. M. Matthijs (2002). Integrality.
  13. An informal talk given at the Cultural Integration Fellowship in San Fransisco, linking the concept of integrality back to the Sanskrit word "purna" (April 2002).

  14. Cornelissen, R. M. Matthijs (2002). Sri Aurobindo's Evolutionary Ontology of Consciousness.
  15. In this article a comparison is drawn between Sri Aurobindo's evolutionary conceptualization of consciousness and the concepts of consciousness more commonly encountered in contemporary consciousness studies. A number of ontological and epistemological questions arising out of this comparison are discussed. A slightly modified version was published as a chapter in Helmut Wautischer (ed.). (2008) Ontology of Consciousness: Percipient Action, Boston: The MIT Press.

  16. Cornelissen, R. M. Matthijs (2003). Onward she passed... Rejection as described in Savitri.
  17. The article takes examples from Savitri, a book by Sri Aurobindo, to explain the concept of "rejection", one of the three main skills needed for any true spiritual endeavour. It traces the crucial role played by rejection in the yoga of Ashwapati and Savitri.

  18. Cornelissen, R. M. Matthijs (2009). What is knowledge? A reflection based on the work of Sri Aurobindo.
  19. This article looks from an experiential angle at the different types of knowledge that are involved in yoga-based research. A slightly shorter version has been included in Matthijs Cornelissen, Girishwar Mishra and Suneet Varma (eds.) (2011), Foundations of Indian Psychology (Vol. 1), New-Delhi: Pearson.

  20. Cornelissen, R. M. Matthijs (2009). Sri Aurobindo, A short biography.
  21. Cornelissen, R. M. Matthijs (2011). Beyond the mask: An exploration of human identity based on the work of Sri Aurobindo.
  22. After a quick attempt at placing "Indian Psychology" within the context of mainstream academic psychology, the first half of this article discusses the methods that Indian psychology uses to explore our human sense of identity. The second half offers some of its salient findings, regarding both, our surface nature and our innermost Self.

  23. Cortright, Brant (2001). Integral psychotherapy as existential Vedanta.
  24. Dalal, A. S. (2001). Reversal of consciousness, thoughts on the psychology of the new birth.
  25. Dalal, A. S. (2004). Sri Aurobindo on Cosmic Consciousness: An Integral View.
  26. The article mainly focuses on the theme of cosmic consciousness as presented by Sri Aurobindo in his writings.

  27. Dalal, Ajit K., & Cornelissen, R. M. Matthijs (2010). Sri Aurobindo: A Yogi and a Poet.
  28. The chapter discusses the biography of an eminent Indian yogi and a poet, Sri Aurobindo. It also throws light on his creative genius as evident in his writings, particularly in his classic work, Savitri.

  29. Huppes, Neeltje (2008). Workshop teaching psychology: The methodology of an integrated approach.
  30. This article is a practical guide for a workshop that explores a new way to understand and teach psychology. It states the importance for change in the objectives and methods of psychology education.

  31. Huppes, Neeltje (2010). Emerging Concerns and Procedures Related to Education of Values: The Vision of Sri Aurobindo.
  32. This article bases itself on the ideas of Sri Aurobindo. It talks about the developmental model of education based on universal principles such as self-awareness and self-development of the students and the teachers.

  33. Yatsenko, Vladimir (2001). Sanjnana, ajnana, vijnana, prajnana.
  34. Yatsenko, Vladimir (2008). Vedic Studies: Hymns to Indra, RV 5.29 - 5.34.
  35. Here are posted the various hymns that are studied at the weekly class held at IPI by Vladimir.

  36. Miovic, Michael (2001). Towards a spiritual psychology: Bridging psychodynamic psychotherapy with Integral Yoga.
  37. This paper argues that “the fundamental questions of metaphysics are not trivial, because the answers we select for them determine the framework of metapsychology, and that in turn influences clinical practice”. In other words this paper attempts to show how Eastern and Western psychologies can be integrated using a spiritual metapsychology, and how this would affect the theoretical basis of psychotherapy.

  38. Miovic, Michael (2004). Sri Aurobindo and Transpersonal Psychology.
  39. This article provides an overview of Sri Aurobindo’s psychological thought and system of Integral Yoga Psychology (IYP). Relevant biographical and historical background are introduced, and Sri Aurobindo's influence on the development of transpersonal psychology reviewed. Using Sri Aurobindo’s cosmology of consciousness as a framework for transpersonal experience, IYP’s model of planes of consciousness and parts of the being is explained and illustrated with quotations from Sri Aurobindo’s writings. Emphasis is placed on the psychic being (soul) and overhead planes of consciousness, as these are central to IYP’s psycho-spiritual method of transforming the ego. Finally, implications for transpersonal development and transpersonal therapy are formulated, and some clinical applications given.

  40. Mohanty, Bindu (2007). Auroville: Towards a Spiritualized Society based on Integral Yoga.
  41. The paper seeks to present preliminary findings from a qualitative research project – an interpretive inquiry — that explores how spiritual ideals held by individuals inform the social psychology of Auroville, a growing international town of 1,800 people from over forty countries.

  42. Mohrhoff, Ulrich (2001). Beyond the cookie cutter paradigm.
  43. This paper brings together the theories of quantum physics with the Indian concept of consciousness.

  44. Narayanan, Annalakshmi (2004). Integral Psychotherapeutic Intervention for Disturbances of Mind, Body and Vital among Adolescents.
  45. Pandey, Alok (2001). Practical aspects of integral psychotherapy.
  46. This articles draws the general outline of the principles and techniques of integral psychotherapy.

  47. Pandey, Alok (2009). Consciousness based approach: An overview.
  48. The article focuses on a consciousness-based approach towards health and healing. According to the author an illness is essentially an inner disequilibrium and that the healer’s task is primarily to help the patient regain the inner and the outer balance.

  49. Patel, Aster (2001). Working in Matter.
  50. Reddy, Ananda (2001). Vedantic yoga-psychology.
  51. Basing itself on ancient Indian thought this article explores the scope and meaning of Vedantic yoga-psychology.

  52. Salmon, Don (2001). Voyaging through worlds of splendour and calm: An experience of integral psychology.
  53. This article illustrates the principles of Integral psychology with the help of various exercises and practical examples.

  54. Sharma, Chote Narayan (2001). Consciousness and its transformation (CNS).
  55. Shirazi, Bahman A. K. (2001). Integral psychology, metaphors and processes of personal integration.
  56. Sibia, Anjum (2011). Life and learning at Mirambika: Towards evolving mind.
  57. This article uses the ethnographic method to examine the teaching-learning process in Mirambika, a centre for learning based on Free Progress Education, as outlined by Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.


Texts by Sri Aurobindo
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