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  • Paperback: 889 pages
  • Publisher: Lotus Press; 1 edition (January 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941524655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941524650
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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truth of philosophy is of merely theoretical value unless it can be lived, and we have therefore tried in the synthesis of yoga rives at a synthetical view of the principles and methods of the various lines of spiritual self-discipline and the way in which they can lead to an integral divine life in the human experience.

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By David Frawley on May 5, 2007
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Of the many books available on Yoga in book stores today, very few deal with the subject in any real depth. Most cater to the popular image of Yoga as yoga postures for physical well-being. Few challenge the reader to a deeper vision of Yoga or of their own inner nature. The Synthesis of Yoga stands apart from the available literature on Yoga, expressing the soul of Yoga to the deepest intelligence within us.

In fact, there are few works of such magnitude and comprehensiveness about Yoga ever written, and probably nothing comparable in the English language. Yet more importantly, this profound compendium on Yoga was not written from an academic or scholarly perspective, or from the view of those who work primarily with the physical yoga. It is a study of Yoga written by one of the greatest yogis of modern India, Sri Aurobindo, who has a reputation of spiritual greatness in India that exceeds Mahatma Gandhi, Tagore and other more well known figures in the West. There is probably no work of such scope and grandeur on Yoga available, and none by an author who was speaking from his own direct experience and realization.

The Synthesis of Yoga deals with Yoga as a means of Self-realization, God-realization and the transformation of humanity. It addresses all the classical yogic paths of knowledge, devotion, works and meditation, including Raja Yoga in all of its aspects. In this book, the term "Integral Yoga," first arises, combining all aspects of Yoga into a comprehensive system for the full development of all of our potentials on all levels of our being. The book shows the relevance of Yoga to all that we are, do, or are meant to become.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hawkins on January 22, 2009
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While bowing to the Venerable David Frawley's excellent review, I thought I'd add my two cents from an experiential perspective.

Many consider Sri Aurobindo's Life Divine - U.S. Edition to be his magnum opus, but for me, Synthesis of Yoga has consistently intersected my sadhana (spiritual practice) in seemingly miraculous ways.

Along about summer of 1995, I'd lost all desire to maintain an existence on Earth, and was spending about ten hours daily in meditation. Needless to say, my landlord was running out of patience. Deep down inside, I'd made a deal with myself that said, "I'm not dealing with the world until my spiritual activation is initiated." This meant that I was ready for homelessness if it came to that.

Things opened up in the nick of time. While I'd met a few people who'd experience a classic "bottom-up" ascent of the kundalini energy -- with all the difficulties that typically accompany that divine experience -- the onset of shakti in my system started in and around the head, spreading outwards and downwards, which was all very pleasant but unexplainable to myself or anyone else. I was ecstatic to have witnessed the rise of these phenomena... though I had absolutely no way of processing them from a place of authority, and I found myself desperate in search of guidance.

My future wife happened to work in a metaphysical bookstore at that time, and she intuitively guided me to this book. She had not read it, but had flipped through it a time or two, and she thought there may be something there for me.

I started on the first page and read all 900 within the space of a couple weeks, barely emerging from my bedroom the entire time.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Donna Miesbach on October 12, 2005
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In this monumental work, Sri Aurobindo explains in depth how the different aspects of the ancient practice of yoga combine to enhance and promote our spiritual evolution. Speaking from a knowledge that is clearly the product of experience, Aurobindo explores and explains every facet of our human journey as we move toward conscious unification with our Source. One can get the most from this definitive work by moving through it slowly, giving oneself the time needed to understand and absorb its contents, for its scope is both broad and deep, thus making it a perennial reference for the serious seeker.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2004
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Sri Aurobindo provides an overview of the field of yoga. This is not a series of physical exercises, but the practices that allow an individual to understand the complex inner psychology and begin to move it toward union with the Divine. After a brief overview, Sri Aurobindo goes into great depth on the paths of knowledge, love and works, and concludes with his own unique contribution to the yoga of self perfection, where he reveals the evolutionary purpose of our human existence and puts the entire struggle we face into context.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rubedo on February 14, 2009
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This is the sort of book that is an automatic meditation as it is read. Read slowly it might take a year or more to get through. But you get enough each day to satisfy. When done with it, start over. But then, Aurobindo has so many writtings, maybe best to move on to another. What a genius! I can't get over how clearly he writes about such ineffable things. "All life is yoga".
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