This paper was presented at the
National Seminar on
Indian Psychology: Theories and Models

SVYASA, Bangalore,
December 26 - 28, 2007


Key features of Integral Yoga

Bahman A.K. Shirazi — CIIS, California


Integral yoga and psychology is a synthesis and culmination of thousands of years of Indian approaches to psychology of self-knowledge, self-realization, and transformation of consciousness. This presentation will discuss a number of salient features of integral yoga and psychology of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, highlighting their contribution to Indian psychology as well as psychology in general. Topics covered include: synthesis of different approaches to yoga, reconciliation of various schools of Vedanta, reconciliation of Tantra and Vedanta, reincorporation of the Divine feminine into spirituality, involution and evolution of consciousness, dynamic view of enlightenment, various parts and planes of being, psychological significance of yoga, the Psychic Being (soul) and its role in transformation of personality, the triple transformation, wholeness of personality and the process of integration of consciousness and personality, emphasis on action in the world and collective transformation of consciousness, and establishment of Divine life on Earth.

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