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cover The Philosophy of Evolution
— Rod Hemsell
Available since 20-May-2015
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 346
Price: Rs 350

Comprising the transcriptions of two lecture series given at the University of Human Unity in Auroville, this book aims at discovering a philosophy of evolution that can help to show the way towards a more unified and enlightened civilisation. Part One, titled “Darwin and Sri Aurobindo”, uses Sri Aurobindo’s perspectives to provide a general context and background for an introduction to the subject of evolution from both the scientific and philosophical points of view. Part Two, titled “Mind and Supermind”, attempts to define mind, the limitations of mind, and the rationale for a theory of evolution beyond mind, based primarily on Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy, but including the views of important philosophical thinkers, classical and modern.

 




cover About Savitri: With some paintings (Volume I)
— Paintings by Huta with passages from Savitri and explanations by the Mother
ISBN: 978-81-87372-15-8
Available since 18-May-2015
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 127
Price: Rs 350

In 1968 the Mother began her work on Savitri with Huta. The Mother read out passages from the poem and then, after a deep contemplation, gave her comments, which were tape-recorded and later transcribed by Huta. The Mother named the work About Savitri, and later gave a message for the book: “Savitri—The supreme revelation of Sri Aurobindo’s vision”. Each passage from the poem is followed by the Mother’s explanation and Huta’s painting, inspired and approved by the Mother. Part One covers Book One, Canto One and includes thirty-two paintings. This is a new edition of the book which was first published in 1972.

 




cover Introduction to the Gita
— Sri Aurobindo
ISBN: 978-81-7058-978-5
Available since 14-May-2015
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 111
Price: Rs 70

The essays in this volume were originally written by Sri Aurobindo in Bengali and published serially in the journal Dharma in 1909–10. They discuss the elements pivotal to understanding the Gita: the breadth and significance of its setting, the nature of its chief protagonists, and the circumstances and political objectives that brought the Kauravas and the Pandavas to the battlefield. The essays point to the central teaching of the Gita, which answers man’s most searching questions about God and the world, the purpose of life, and the way to right living.

 




cover Deliberations on The Life Divine: Volume V (Book I: Chapters XXIV-XXVIII)
Chapterwise Summary Talks
— Ananda Reddy
ISBN: 978-93-85391-05-7
Available since 12-May-2015
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 150
Price: Rs 300

This fifth volume of Dr Reddy’s transcribed and edited talks on Sri Aurobindo’s The Life Divine addresses the final five chapters of Book One: Omnipresent Reality and the Universe. In an effort to reach out to those less familiar with philosophic complexities, Dr Reddy uses simple language and examples to introduce the main philosophical arguments presented in these chapters. Subjects considered include the exact nature and origin of Matter, the unity of Spirit and Matter, the principles that govern the destiny of this creation, and the higher ranges of consciousness and their relation to each other. Each chapter studies the main arguments in brief and is followed by lecture notes that encapsulate the contents in outline form.

 




cover Letters on Yoga: Volume IV (New CWSA edition)
— Sri Aurobindo
ISBN: 978-81-7058-962-4
Available since 05-May-2015
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 820
Price: Rs 380

Letters on Yoga—IV contains letters of Sri Aurobindo on the transformation of human nature – mental, vital, and physical – through the practice of the Integral Yoga, and on the difficulties encountered along the way. It is the last volume of Letters on Yoga. Most of these letters were written by Sri Aurobindo in the 1930s to disciples living in his Ashram in Pondicherry. About one-third of the letters in the present volume were not published in the Sri Aurobindo Birth Centenary Library.

This fourth volume is arranged by subject in four parts. The first covers sadhana on the level of the mind (mental difficulties, cultivation of the mind, power of expression, and speech), and is followed by sadhana on the level of the vital (the vital nature, vital temperament, and vital defects; human relations and interactions). The third part deals with sadhana on the physical, subconscient, and inconscient levels and the fourth addresses the kinds of difficulties encountered in the practice of Yoga, how to face and overcome such difficulties, and the nature and function of the adverse forces in the sadhana.

 




cover Auroville Architects Monograph Series: Poppo Pingel
— Mona Doctor-Pingel
ISBN: 978-1-935677-11-6
Available since 23-Apr-2015
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 204
Price: Rs 1650

In this first monograph of a three-volume series on Auroville architects, Mona Doctor-Pingel presents a bird’s eye view of architect Poppo Pingel’s life and his influential work in Auroville, as well as a few brief write-ups on his oeuvre penned by those who have been professionally associated with him. The book includes a brief description of Auroville and a Foreword by Balkrishna V. Doshi. This volume is replete with photographs, both in colour as well as in black and white, providing a visual introduction to the architect’s work. It also carries a few photographs of the city of Auroville in its early years.

 




cover The Divine Journey: Glimpses of the Mother's Life (DVD)
— Prepared by Sri Aurobindo Archives & Research Library
ISBN: 978-93-5210-080-4
Available since 22-Apr-2015
Price: Rs 175

A thirty-minute audiovisual presentation on the Mother's life, this DVD is comprised of photographs accompanied by Sunil's 1978 and 1979 New Year Music.

 




cover The English of Savitri
Comments on the language of Sri Aurobindo's epic Savitri (Book One)
— Shraddhavan
ISBN: 978-93-82474-00-5
Available since 20-Apr-2015
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 512
Price: Rs 500

Based on the transcripts of classes given by her at Savitri Bhavan, the author’s aim as reflected in this book has been to try to read the poetry as correctly as possible, according to the natural rhythms of English speech, to gain a basic understanding of what the words mean and the structure of each sentence, and thereby to enter more deeply into the atmosphere of the poem. Drawing on what Sri Aurobindo and the Mother have written and said about Savitri and on what she has learned from the work of such commentators as Amal Kiran, A. B. Purani, Dr Prema Nandakumar, and M. P. Pandit, the author shares her understanding of the poem. This volume covers the five cantos of Book One.

 




cover Letters on Yoga: Volume I (New CWSA edition)
— Sri Aurobindo
ISBN: 978-81-7058-953-2
Available since 03-Apr-2015
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 590
Price: Rs 290

Letters on Yoga—I, the first of four volumes, contains letters in which Sri Aurobindo speaks about the foundations of his spiritual teaching and method of Yogic practice. The letters in these volumes have been selected from the large body of letters that Sri Aurobindo wrote to disciples and others between 1927 and 1950, but primarily in the 1930s. About one-third of the letters in the present volume were not published in the Sri Aurobindo Birth Centenary Library.

This first volume is arranged by subject in five parts: the Divine, the Cosmos, and the individual; the parts of the being and the planes of consciousness; the evolutionary process and the supermind; the problems of philosophy, science, religion, and society; and questions of spiritual and occult knowledge. Individual letters deal with many subjects relating to these themes, including definitions of the outer being, the inner being, and the psychic being as well as of the planes of consciousness from the supermind to the subconscient, the supramental descent and transformation, doubt and faith in yoga, and answers to questions about destiny, karma, death, and rebirth.

 




cover Sri Aurobindo: Selected Photos
— Compiled by Michael Bonke
ISBN: 978-3-934726-70-3
Available since 18-Mar-2015
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 298
Price: Rs 1900

The 145 black and white photographs in this book have been selected and arranged in an attempt to bring out the depth of spiritual vibration that radiates from Sri Aurobindo’s photos. There are four categories of pictures: Sri Aurobindo’s youth in England and his political period before imprisonment; his time in Alipore Jail and his early stay in Pondicherry, pictures taken by Cartier-Bresson in April 1950; and pictures of his Mahasamadhi. Most are unretouched photographs, arranged without chronology or theme or identifying remarks. At the back of the book the pictures are reproduced in smaller size with dates and some brief comments.

 




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