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Dr. Debashish Banerji's Talk on Sri Aurobindo

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Published on Jun 18, 2012

Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950) practiced and taught a form of yoga which he called Integral Yoga. He described the philosophical and psychological bases of this yoga in his written works.

Though these works contain some references to Indian yoga traditions, they steer clear of sectarianism and attempt to develop a trans-personal psychology of human becoming, leading to what he called a "divine" life. Yet, at the same time that he was formulating his teachings in these works, he also maintained a diary of his yoga sadhana
that was couched in terms of esoteric Sanskrit terminology derived from traditional lineages of yoga.

This talk will consider Sri Aurobindo's own spiritual practices and experiences
in developing his evolutionary psychology of Integral Yoga. In doing this, it will clarify the lineages and goals of traditional yoga followed and attained by him along with what may be considered his new or special contribution. The presentation will be partly based on
Dr. Debashish Banerji's recently published book "Seven Quartets of Becoming: A Transformative Yoga Psychology based on the Diaries of Sri Aurobindo".

Dr. Debashish Banerji is a Dean of academic affairs at the University of philosophical research in Los Angeles and executive director of the Nalanda international. In addition, he is an adjunct professor of Asian art history at the Pasadena city college and a research fellow of Asian and comparative studies at the California institute of integral studies in San Francisco.

Dr. Banerji completed his Ph.D. in Indian art history from the UCLA. Prior to that he completed a master's degree in computer science from the University of Louisville, Kentucky and an undergraduate degree with honors in English literature from the University of Bombay.

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