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Synthesis of Yoga, US Edition Paperback – January 1, 1990
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- Item Weight : 2.6 pounds
- Paperback : 889 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0941524655
- ISBN-13 : 978-0941524650
- Dimensions : 6.1 x 1.9 x 9.1 inches
- Publisher : Lotus Press; 1st edition (January 1, 1990)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #857,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Synthesis of Yoga was not meant to give a method for all to follow. Each side of the Yoga was dealt with separately with all its possibilities, and an indication was given as to how they meet so that one starting from knowledge could realise Karma and Bhakti also and so with each path. It was intended when the Self-Perfection was finished, to suggest a way in which all could be combined, but this was never written."
The Synthesis of Yoga is a reorganization and continuation of The Life Divine, richer in detail and potential. The Method is found in The Mother and the lETTERS ON YOGA
The style is the ususl opulence. Midway through we find:
"But even if this difficult thing were perfectly accomplished, still the intuition would not be the gnosis; it would only be its thin prolongation into mind or its sharp edge of first entrance. The difference, not easy to define except by symbols, may be expressed if we take the Vedic image in which the Sun represents the gnosis and the sky, mid-air and earth, the mentality, vitality, physicality of man and of the universe. Living on the earth, climbing into the mid-air or even winging in the sky, the mental being, the manomya purusa, would still live in the rays of the sun and not in its bodily light. And in those rays he would see things not as they are but as reflected in his organ of vision, deformed by its faults or limited in their truth by its restrictions. But the vijnanamaya purusa lives in the Sun itself, in the very body and blaze of the true light; he knows this light to be his own self-luminous being and he sees the whole truth of the lower triplicity and each thing that is in it. He sees it not by reflection in a mental organ of vision, but with the Sun of gnosis itself as his eye, -- for the Sun, says the Veda, is the eye of the gods. The mental being, even in the intuitive mind, can perceive the truth only by a brilliant reflection or limited communication and subject to the restrictions and the inferior capacity of the mental vision; but the supramental being sees it by the gnosis itself, from the very centre and outwelling fount of the truth, in its very form and by its own spontaneous and self-illumining process. For the Vijnana is a direct and divine as opposed to an indirect and human knowledge. ~ Sri Aurobindo, SY. 481"
One will note his use of the elements of poetry in the passage; and no study of Aurobindo can be satisfying or complete without a copy of Savitri at hand.