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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Psychological ideas in the Vedas and their relevance for moderns

R.L. Kashyap — Sri Aurobindo Kapali Sastri Institute of Vedic Culture, Bangalore.

This paper deals with the distinction between the psychological interpretation of the Vedas according to Sri Aurobindo, and other spiritual interpretations. It also grants recognition to the powers residing in the psyche of a human being and the corresponding powers in the cosmos, known as gods. An exposition is also made about the specific psychological powers associated with the various deities. This is followed by a comparison of the view of Vedic sages with those of moderns on the four key ideas of ‘work’, ‘enjoyment’, ‘progress’ and ‘mind’. Finally, the ideas of the Vedas on how to develop psychological powers such as ‘will’, ‘inspiration’, ‘mental clarity’ etc., are taken up.

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