This paper was presented at
Psychology: The Indian Contribution
National Conference on
Indian Psychology, Yoga and Consciousness
organised by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research
at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education
Pondicherry, India, 10-13 December 2004

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Emotion and its transformation in Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga Psychology

Larry Seidlitz — Sri Aurobindo Center for Advanced Research, Pondicherry.

We find presented in Sri Aurobindo’s treatment of emotions a great paradox and its synthesis and resolution. On one hand, emotions are presented in the most disparaging terms, as the center stage for all suffering, perversion, and obscurity. On the other hand, emotions are viewed as not only deriving from the ineffable Ananda or Bliss which is the very nature and substance of the Divine Existence, but they are also a powerful means into the very heart of that Ananda. This paper will delve into the mystery of emotions as explained by Sri Aurobindo, examine their nature, and trace the lines of their transmutation and divinisation.

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