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Outline for Books



The following are the various ideas for related books:

1. One of the titles can be, 'Introducing Sri Aurobindo'

It is better if this book is an introduction to spirituality however brief it may be, but in essence it should address the issue of why and how man tends to the spiritual quest.

- Distinguish spirituality from religious worship and 'spirits' of the vital that preside over clairvoyance, magic, and so on.

- Occultism of Egypt and spirituality.

- Buddhism and Hinduism, their major bases and beliefs.

- The truth that Sri Aurobindo is a continuation of the world's spiritual quest and that He is radically different from all the others.

- Moksha and the spiritual evolution.

- Transcendent, universal and Individual Purushas.

- Annam, Pranam, Manam, Vigyanam and Anandam of the Upanishads.

- Psychic in each part of the being.

- The ranges of the spiritual mind.

- The Process.

- The Ascent as evolution.

- Transformation.

- The Birth of the Supramental Being.

- The experiments of the Ashram and Auroville.

- His mastery over the forces of Life, Universe and Cosmos.

- Mother's further work and experiments in the body.

- The Material mind.

- Their events and declarations as evidence of their roles in the subtle, universal and cosmic planes.

The number of pages of this book can be between 100-200.

Books on the Life Divine

1. One of these books can be a straight rendering of His Victorian English into modern English. 'The Materialist Denial' may be written omitting difficult vocabulary. Here the involved construction alone will be simplified. The pages can be between 500 and 1000.

2. Commentaries on the Life Divine.

Every essential idea in each chapter can be explained at length and if necessary through examples. The number of pages can be as we choose.

3. The'Life Divine' - rewritten

The entire book with its plan of thoughts and its structure of construction can be preconceived suitable to this period and rewritten, omitting His defences against Buddha and Shankara. Its major sections will be:

Book I

* The Omnipresent Reality (first 4 chapters in LD)

* Man (next four chapters)

* Satchidananda (next five chapters)

* Supermind (next five chapters)

* Life, Mind, Matter and Evolution (next ten chapters)

Book II, Part I

* Process, Absolute, Individual  (first 4 chapters)

* Omit chapters on Illusion

* Knowledge - Ignorance (5 chapters)

* Types of Knowledge (2 chapters)

Book II, Part II

* Reality (1 chapter)

* Progress of Life (3 chapters)

* Rebirth (3 chapters)

* Evolution (3 chapters)

* Transformation (4 chapters)

Each of these heads going into one chapter will make 14 chapters. If no argument of His is to be omitted, it can be in about 700 pages. The central arguments alone can be presented in 200 to 300 pages.

4. 'On Reading Life Divine'

This is meant for yogi-scholars or scholar-yogis who are anxious to know precisely what He says. There are notes of about eighty pages which are with me and no part of it can be cut or abridged. Its aims are:

* To remove the difficulty of the reader to enter into His thought.

* To present to the reader the writing techniques of Sri Aurobindo.

* To show the value of the precise distinctions of terms.

* To lay bare how He is entirely different from all the past.

* To spot out every pitfall that the reader may have.

* To show how understanding is really 'un'understanding.

* To exhaustively show what is real understanding.

* To give him the symbols of understanding.

* To explain the role of concepts in misleading and similarly, the role of language, arguments, explanations and so on.

* This book will help those fully familiar with the  Life Divine to rediscover it.

It cannot be less than 300 pages and can go up to 500 pages.

Books on Mother:

Books on Her writings can be planned in several ways:

1. Her tenets can be gathered as they are, or can be explained or can be contrasted against the truisms of Life.

2. Her yoga of the body can be presented in the context of evolution.

3. How She expressed His yogic force and made it available to sadhaks.

4. Mother as an Institution of the Universe in terms of earthly life.

5. Misconceptions and doubts in the Agenda can be traced to their genesis and the rationale of misconception laid bare.

6. 'The Avatar came not only to reveal but to work'. The truth behind this statement can be explained.

Except the book 'On Reading Life Divine', any other book can be abridged to be a booklet or an article.

story | by Dr. Radut