Sri Aurobindo-Theory of Mind


Be conscious first of thyself within, then think and act. All living thought is a world in preparation; all real act is a thought manifested. The material world exists because an idea began to play in divine self–consciousness.

Hierarchy from lowest Inconsistent state of consciousness to higher perfect state of Supreme mind

Several concepts of Mind is described in Western concepts of Mind studies. They are

Psycho-analytical (cf., Sigmund Freud, Karl Jung, A. Adler), Behavioural (cf., Gilbert Ryle), Gestalt (cf., Max Wertheimer,Kurt Koffka, Wolfgang Kohler), Physiological (cf., J. J. C. Smart, U. T. Place, Feigl),Psycho-physical (cf., Karl Popper), Evolutionary (cf., Henry Bergson, Samuel Alexander,Whitehead), Functional (cf., R. Rorty, Peter Smith, O. R. Jones), and Mental or Homo Sapiens-oriented (cf., Roger Penrose).

Iceberg Theory of Mind by Psycho-analyst Freud

With so many scientific concept challenging the Traditional Mind- Theory, Sri Aurobindo concept is still fresh with its truthful & genuine…

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  1. Aurobindo’s book “The Life Divine” is 1,000 pages with a 98 page index. I have read it twice: first when preparing my master’s thesis and many years later when researching for my ebook on comparative mysticism

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  2. If I had known of the existence of Sri Aurobindo when I started having my yearly mystical experiences of Reality from the age of early 15 to late 30’s I’m sure I would not have hidden the fact from the world as I did for 65 years or so. I’m sure I would still be living near where Sri Aurobindo lived in India! He is writing from his own mystical experiences about MY experiences … Reality quite clearly taught us much the same thing, except for the concept of the spiritual hierarchy of the human mind. I didn’t experience that.

    But his mention of people like us being “godlike” and knowing “God” is a surprise, sounds like use of human concepts, absolutely nothing to do with the non human, non biological Reality I experienced.

    I’m reading the ebook version of Sri Aurobindo’s book Ron mentions above. I might have more observations to post when I’ve digested it.




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