Letters on Himself and the Ashram

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Letters on Himself and the Ashram


PART ONE: REMARKS ON HIS LIFE AND WORKS AND ON HIS CONTEMPORARIES AND CONTEMPORARY EVENTS

Section One: Reminiscences and Remarks on Events in His Outer Life

His Life and Attempts to Write about It 5
His Name 8
Life in England, 1879 – 1893 9
Life in Baroda, 1893 – 1906 13
Political Career, 1906 – 1910 17
Outer Life in Pondicherry, 1910 – 1950 28

Section Two: General Remarks on His Life

Remarks on His Life in Pondicherry after 1926 35
His Temperament and Character 44
Heredity, Past Lives, Astrology 55

Section Three: Remarks on Himself as a Writer and on His Writings

On Himself as a Writer 63
Writing for Publication 67
On His Published Prose Writings 74
The Terminology of His Writings 141

Section Four: Remarks on Contemporaries and on Contemporary Problems

Remarks on Spiritual Figures in India 161
Remarks on European Writers on Occultism 183
Remarks on Public Figures in India 184
Remarks on Public Figures in Europe 203
Remarks on Indian Affairs, 1930 – 1946 205
Remarks on the World Situation, 1933 – 1949 209

PART TWO: HIS SADHANA OR PRACTICE OF YOGA

Section One: Sadhana before Coming to Pondicherry in 1910

Ordinary Life and Yoga 227
Early Experiences 231
The Realisation of January 1908 239 Paper icon.png
Experiences in Alipur Jail, 1908 – 1909 263 Paper icon.png

Section Two: Sadhana in Pondicherry, 1910 – 1950

The Early Years in Pondicherry, 1910 – 1926 269
The Realisation of 24 November 1926 270 Paper icon.png
The Sadhana of 1927 – 1929 273
General Remarks on the Sadhana of the 1930s 277
The Supramental Yoga and Other Spiritual Paths 298
Remarks on the Current State of the Sadhana, 1931 – 1947 319

Section Three: Some Aspects of the Sadhana in Pondicherry

Inner Vicissitudes and Difficulties 371
Unusual Experiences and States of Consciousness 383

PART THREE: THE LEADER AND THE GUIDE

Section One: The Guru and the Avatar

The Guru 395
The Question of Avatarhood 399

Section Two: Help and Guidance

Help from the Guide 437
Guidance through Correspondence 450
Sri Aurobindo’s Force 479
Therapeutic Force and Healing 497
Lights, Visions, Dreams 515
Darshan 520
Contact with People Outside the Ashram 526

PART FOUR: THE PRACTICE OF YOGA IN THE ASHRAM AND OUTSIDE

Section One: The Practice of Yoga in the Ashram, 1926 – 1950

Entering Sri Aurobindo’s Path 539
Admission, Staying, Departure 559
The Ashram and Its Atmosphere 630
Sadhana in the Ashram 634
Discipline in the Ashram 672
Rules in the Life of the Ashram 676
The Ashram and Religion 696
Human Relations and the Ashram 705
Work in the Ashram 742
Life and Death in the Ashram 759
Miscellaneous Matters 794 Paper icon.png

Section Two: The Practice of Yoga in the Ashram and the Outside World

The Ashram and the Outside World 811
Yoga Centres and Movements 814

PART FIVE: MANTRAS AND MESSAGES

Section One: Mantras

On Mantras 825
Mantras Written by Sri Aurobindo 829

Section Two: Messages

Messages Written for Special Occasions 837


Notes are paraphrased from the “Publisher's Note” and “Note on the Texts”.