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A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought
Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal

1 "In fact, subjectivity and objectivity are not independent realities, they depend upon each other; they are the Being, through consciousness, looking at itself as subject on the object and the same Being offering itself to its own consciousness as object to the subject."

2 "The inner Manas [Mind] has a subtle sight, hearing, power of contact of its own which is not dependent on the physical organs. And it has, moreover, a power not only of direct communication of mind with object,…but direct communication also of mind with mind."

3 "Since the Self which we come to realise by the path of knowledge is not only the reality which lies behind and supports the states and movements of our psychological being, but also that transcendent and universal Existence which has manifested itself in all the movements of the universal, the knowledge of the Self includes also the knowledge of the principles of Being, its fundmental modes and its relations with the principles of the phenomenal universe."

4 "Faith is the soul's witness to something not yet manifested, achieved or realised, but which yet the Knower within us, even in the absence of all indications, feels to be true or supremely worth following or achieving."

5 "A perception of truth is inherent in the deepest substance of the consciousnes; a sense of the good, true, beautiful, the Divine, is its privilege."

6 "Faith is a spiritual certitude of the spiritual, the divine, the soul's ideal, something that clings to that even when it is not fulfilled in life, even when the immediate facts or the persistent circumstances seem to deny it. This is a common experience in the life of the human being; if it were not so, man would be the plaything of a changing mind or a sport of circumstances."

7 "It is only by going inward behind the veil of superficial mind and living within, in an inner mind, an inner life, an inmost soul of our being that we can be fully self-aware."

8 "It is not by 'thinking out' the entire reality, but by a change of consciousness that one can pass from the ignorance to the Knowledge – the Knowledge by which we become what we know. To pass from the external to a direct and intimate inner consciousness; to widen consciousness out of the limits of the ego and the body; to heighten it by an inner will and aspiration and opening to the Light till it passes in its ascent beyond Mind; to bring down a descent of the supramental Divine through self-giving and surrender with a consequent transformation of mind, life and body – this is the integral way to the Truth."

9 "Matter and our physical brain and nerves and body are the field and foundation for one action of a vital force that serves to connect the Self with the form of its works and maintains them by its direct dynamic. The material movements are an exterior notation by which the soul represents its perceptions of certain truths of the Infinite and makes them effective in the terms of Substance."

10 "Spirit is the entire evolutionary process of its own unfolding, from matter to life to mind to higher and superconscient realms of Spirit's own being." Ken Wilber, Foreword

11 "The significance of the lotus is not to be found by analysing the secrets of the mud from which it grows; its secret is to be found in the heavenly archetype of the lotus that blooms for ever in the Light."

12 "The self….is one with the All and the One and in finding it, it is the All and the One that we discover in our self: the contradiction, the separation, disappears, but the self, the spiritual reality remains, united with the One and the All."

13 "Wherever a radical transition has to be made, there is always this triple movement, - ascent, widening of field and base, integration – in Nature's method of self-transcendence."

14 "One can realise the Divine everywhere, the Self in all and all in the Self."

15 "We discover this Self that we are to be not only a static tenuous vacant Atman, but a great dynamic Spirit individual, universal and transcendent….all the inspired descriptions of the seers and mystics cannnot exhaust its contents and its splendor."

16 "Mind has a power for truth;….if its passage is through crooked ways of error, still its goal is always Knowledege: there is in it an impulse of truth-seeking, a power of truth-finding and truth-creation. Even if it is only images or representations or abstract expressions of truth that it can show us, still these are in their own manner truth-reflections or truth-formations, and the realities of which they are forms are present in their more concrete truth in some deeper depth or on some higher level of power of our consciousness."

17 "The highest and real truth of existence is the one Spirit, and it is the power of being of this Spirit which manifests itself in all that we experience as universe. This universal Nature is not a lifeless, inert or unconscious mechanism, but informed in all its movements by the universal Spirit."

18 "We feel the Self as one in all."

19 "The mind in us is infinite; it knows not only what has been seen but what has not been seen, not only what has been heard but what has not been heard, not only what has been discriminated by the thought but what has not been discriminated by the thought."

20 "To be taken up into the divine Being and be aware of our spititual, infinite and universal consciousness as that in which we now live, is to possess our supreme and integral self, our true individuality; it is our power of self-knowledge."

21 "The subliminal mind in us is open to the universal knowledge of the cosmic Mind, the subliminal life in us to the universal force of the cosmic Life, the subliminal physicality in us to the universal force-formation of Cosmic Matter."

22 "The Divine holds our hand through all and if he seems to let us fall, it is only to raise us higher."

23 "Our apparent separative individuality is only a surface movement and behind it our real individuality stretches out to unity with all things and upward to oneness with the transcendent Divine Infinity."

24 "Spirit alone can account for the astonishment that is the glory of evolution." Ken Wilber, Foreword

25 "A spiritual evolution, an evolution of consciousness in Matter in a constant developing self-formation till the form can reveal the indwelling Spirit, is…the key-note, the central significant motive of the terrestrial existence."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite