The three recent publications in English introduced here highlight three aspects of Sri Aurobindo’s life and work. In Letters on Poetry and Art, the soft cover edition of Volume 27 of The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo, there are nearly one thousand letters from Sri Aurobindo to his disciples that reveal his insight on the process of poetic creation, from his understanding of the higher planes of inspiration to his mastery of poetic technique, style, and diction. He weighs in on such subjects as literary criticism, guidance to aspiring writers, great poets of the world, his own poetry and poetic technique, and the role of the arts in the practice of his Integral Yoga. For a detailed examination of the book’s contents see the lead article in the most recent SABDA print newsletter at this link.

As a philosopher of evolutionary thought Sri Aurobindo left his own indelible mark. Sri Aurobindo and European Philosophy is a concise appraisal of how Sri Aurobindo’s thought, based on his inner experiences and spiritual realisations, reflects a deeper understanding and a broader vision of some of the basic ideas expounded in European philosophy. The author begins his comparative study with the three ancient philosophers who so greatly influenced modern European philosophy: Heraclitus, Plato, whose theory of ideas is his most well-known contribution to European philosophy, and Plotinus, the founder of Neo-Platonism, who Sri Aurobindo said “was not a mere philosopher,—his philosophy was founded on yogic experience and realisation”. Sri Aurobindo wrote a forty-page essay on Heraclitus, describing him as a synthetic thinker who reconciled opposites in an integral vision, especially the qualitative states of Being and Becoming.

The book continues chronologically with chapters on the German philosophers Schelling (natural philosophy), Hegel (absolute idealism), and Nietzsche (the ideal of superman). These are followed by the French philosophers Bergson (intuition in the philosophy of life) and Teilhard de Chardin (the Omega Point). The concluding chapters deal with Gebser, who did research in the field of consciousness, and the evolutionary thinker Whitehead and his process philosophy. Through each chapter the author follows the thread of Sri Aurobindo’s thought, pointing out influences, confluences, variations, and new contributions.

Sri Aurobindo: A Postcolonial Reader is a compilation of selected texts by Sri Aurobindo arranged in five categories: his writings on the Veda, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, Indian culture, and the beginnings of a linguistic study. In her introduction, the editor posits the thesis that Sri Aurobindo was ahead of his time in his analysis of the West’s colonial reading of India’s ancient culture. His deep study of the Vedas led him to comment on the centrality of these scriptures and his study of the words and phrases used convinced him that they conveyed meanings at multiple levels. He commented that Western scholars had tied themselves to the lowest possible sense and meaning of the scriptures when in reality “the Rishis arranged the substance of their thought in a system of parallelism by which the same deities were at once internal and external powers of universal Nature, and they managed its expression through a system of double values by which the same language served for their worship in both aspects.” The editor contends that Sri Aurobindo’s assertion that the Veda, instead of being a record of the infancy of a culture, marks the high point of an ancient civilisation in its full maturity is of historical significance in the growth of postcolonial discourse and analysis in India.



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ENGLISH

coverLetters on Poetry and Art
— Sri Aurobindo
ISBN: 978-93-5210-098-9
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 769
Price: Rs 390

This collection of letters, written by Sri Aurobindo in answer to questions from members of his ashram, covers poetry and other forms of literature, art, aesthetics, and the relation of all these to the practice of yoga. The letters are organised by subjects such as the sources of poetry, poetic technique, comments on his own and others' poetry, practical guidance for aspiring writers, and the appreciation of all forms of art. The book incorporates material from volumes of the Sri Aurobindo Birth Centenary Library: Letters on Poetry, Literature and Art; Letters on Savitri; Collected Poems; and On Himself, and also contains around five hundred letters that have not appeared in any previous collection published under his name.

coverSri Aurobindo and European Philosophy
— Wilfried Huchzermeyer
ISBN: 978-81-928152-9-9
Publisher: PRISMA, Auroville
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 193
Price: Rs 399

The primary focus of this study is to show how closely Sri Aurobindo's thought is related to European philosophy. The author maintains that Sri Aurobindo's own inner experience and spiritual perception presented a deeper understanding and a larger vision of the basic thought of some Western philosophers: Heraclitus, Plato, Plotinus, Schelling, Hegel, Nietzsche, Bergson, Teilhard de Chardin, Gebser, and Whitehead. The final two chapters comprise Sri Aurobindo's 1915 essay Evolution and a look at how the philosophers discussed in the book are represented in an analysis of modern theories of evolution.

coverSri Aurobindo: A Postcolonial Reader
Postcolonial response in colonial India
— Compiled from the Writings of Sri Aurobindo
ISBN: 978-93-84721-35-0
Publisher: Centre for Sri Aurobindo Studies, Kolkata, in collaboration with Maha Bodhi Book Agency
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 548
Price: Rs 800

The editorial premise of this compilation from the works of Sri Aurobindo is to demonstrate how, long before the formal articulation of the postcolonial, anti-imperial spirit in the closing decades of the twentieth century, Sri Aurobindo had focused on the complex nature of the opposing ideas behind the West-East cultural confrontation and rejected the Western interpretation of India's ancient culture. After a scholarly introduction the editor has arranged selected texts by Sri Aurobindo in five categories: his writings on the Veda, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, Indian culture, and the beginnings of a linguistic study.The second part contains additonal texts by Sri Aurobindo related to these five categories.

coverThe True Aim of Life - 2
— In the words of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother
ISBN: 978-81-903276-1-9
Publisher: The Resurgent India Trust, Jhunjhunu
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 110
Price: Rs 65

These extracts from the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother highlight the aim of the Integral Yoga, the process of its sadhana, including how to overcome difficulties along the way, and definitions of some important terms specific to its practice.

coverPathways to the Future
— Selections from the Works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother
ISBN: 978-81-7060-377-1
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 42
Price: Rs 30

coverSri Aurobindo's Spiritual Laboratory
— Badal Chakraborty
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Bharat Ashram, Dogachia
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 62
Price: Rs 80

The author spent his formative years from 1944 to 1958 at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. This brief account conveys his understanding and his experience of the purpose and goal of the Ashram as a spiritual laboratory where everyone had the freedom to progress and seek self-perfection. Blending personal recollection with an exposition of the ideals and vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, his book urges a continued effort to work for the transformation of human nature.

ENGLISH/FRENCH

coverThe Path of Later On (DVD) (ENG/FRE)
— A short film based on a story by the Mother
Publisher: Nava Vihan, Pondicherry
Price: Rs 123

Written by the Mother as a school essay in 1893, this simple story of a young student points to the moral lesson of heeding one's inner voice and choosing the right path, and never postponing that choice for a later time. The DVD presents two sixteen-minute film versions of the story, one in French and the other in English, each set to music, told by a narrator, and illustrated with a series of black-and-white sketches. The printed text, in French and in English, is included in the DVD case.

GERMAN

coverVeda-Weisheit
Eine systematische Einführung in die ganzheitliche Weltschau und spirituelle Praktik der Seher des Altertums im Lichte der Veda-Forschung Sri Aurobindos
— Nishtha Müller
Publisher: Nishtha Müller, Auroville
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 204
Price: Rs 600

HINDI

coverBharat Evam Uski Sanskriti Ki Mahanata
— Srima evam Sri Aravinda ke shabdon mein
ISBN: 978-81-903276-9-5
Publisher: The Resurgent India Trust, Jhunjhunu
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 413
Price: Rs 450

Hindi translation of The Greatness of India and its Culture

Description of content for original work:
        This compilation addresses a number of aspects of Indian civilisation and culture, from its essential spirit to its best accomplishments, and measures its power of survival, renewal, and adaptation to the ever-changing needs of its peoples. The passages examine the spirit and forms of Indian religion and culture and how it was characteristic of the race to apply these ideals to everyday life. The extracts also consider the ancient Indian spirit and the Aryan system of education, the value of Indian art and literature, the true nature of Indian polity, the power of the sanatana dharma in India's history and development, and India's mission in the world.

coverJeevan ka Saccha Lakshya - 2
— Srima evam Sri Aravinda ke shabdon mein
ISBN: 978-81-931830-2-1
Publisher: The Resurgent India Trust, Jhunjhunu
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 149
Price: Rs 80

Hindi translation of The True Aim of Life - 2

Description of content for original work:
        These extracts from the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother highlight the aim of the Integral Yoga, the process of its sadhana, including how to overcome difficulties along the way, and definitions of some important terms specific to its practice.

coverAuroville: Sakar Hota Hua Ek Swapna
— Alain G.
Publisher: PRISMA, Auroville
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 36
Price: Rs 180

Hindi translation of Auroville: A Dream Takes Shape

Description of content for original work:
        This brochure highlights how the Mother envisioned Auroville from its inception, the achievements realised in thirty years, and the difficulties in implementing the guidelines she has given. It introduces all aspects of the functioning of this international township. With numerous photographs.

coverSri Aravind ki Prerana
Unke Vyaktitwa tatha Karya ki Panchavidha Dhara
— Sampadak: Dr Indra Sen
ISBN: 978-81-88847-73-0
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Delhi Branch Trust, New Delhi
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 261
Price: Rs 150

SANSKRIT

coverPrathamikam Panineeyam
— Dr Narendra
ISBN: 978-93-5210-097-2
Publisher: Sanskrit Karyalaya, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 57
Price: Rs 50

GUJARATI

coverPurnayoganavaneet
Karmayoga, Jnanayoga, Bhaktiyoga, Atmasiddhiyoga ane Vijnanayoga
— A. B. Purani
Publisher: Sri Aravinda Karyalaya, Anand
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 225
Price: Rs 125

BENGALI

coverPrakrita Hindutva Kake Bole
Bharatiya Sanskriti O Dharma
— Sri Aurobindo ebang Srimayer Lekhar Sankalan
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Society, Kolkata
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 40
Price: Rs 30

coverSahana Devi
Nirvachita Rachanasangraha
— Supriyo Bhattacharya dwara Sampadit
ISBN: 978-93-84101-20-6
Publisher: Sagnik Books, Kolkata
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 464
Price: Rs 500

coverSri Aurobinder 'Bhagabat Jeeban'
— Narendranath Dashgupta
ISBN: 978-81-9316-247-7
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Pathamandir, Kolkata
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 84
Price: Rs 60

TAMIL

coverDurgai Thudhi
— Sri Aravindar
ISBN: 978-81-7058-901-3
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 6
Price: Rs 8

Tamil translation of Hymn to Durga

Description of content for original work:
        Written in 1909 in Bengali, this short prose piece invokes Mother Durga to make herself manifest in India, giving her sons and daughters the courage, strength, and knowledge to fight the powers of darkness that keep her in bondage. Included is the Mother's message: "For those who love India and wish to work for her greatness."

TELUGU

coverSri Aravindula Yoga Samanvayam (Nalgava Bagam)
Atma-Samsiddhi Yogamu
— Sri Aravindulu
Publisher: Samata International, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 294
Price: Rs 250



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