The Aim and Ideals of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram by Sri Aurobondo and the Mother

The Aims and Ideals of The Sri Aurobindo Ashram

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This compilation deals with the aims and ideals of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, its character, and its way of life. The subjects covered include living in the Ashram, the practice of Integral Yoga, the place of work, relations with others, religion, philanthropy, politics, and business. The texts are all brief passages from the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother; most are letters to disciples who were living in the Ashram. At the end, there are notes on Sri Aurobindo, the Mother, and the Ashram, and a glossary.

The book will be of interest to anyone who wishes to understand the purpose of the Ashram and its way of life.



1 The Character of the Ashram  
  The Foundation 3
  The Aim 6
  A Laboratory of Yoga 9
  Growth by Consciousness 10
2 Living in the Ashram  
  Living in the Ashram and Outside 13
  The First Condition of Admission 14
  Qualities Indispensable for Progress 16
  The Necessities of a Sadhak 17
  Comfort and Happiness 19
3 The Integral Yoga  
  What is the Integral Yoga? 21
  The Object of the Yoga 22
  The Call to the Yoga 22
  No Set Method 23
  Self-opening 24
  Surrender 26
  Faith 28
  Sincerity 29
4 Work in the Ashram  
  The Meaning of Work 31
  Yoga through Work 33
  Work and Meditation 34
  Perfection in Work 35
  Discipline in Work 36
  Harmony and Cooperation in Work 38
  Difficulties in Work 40
  Paid Workers and Servants 43
5 Relations with Others  
  Harmony with Others 45
  Criticism of Others 48
  Attachment of Family and Friends 51
  Sexual Relations 53
  A Rule for Behaviour 55
6 Religion, Philanthrophy, Politics, Business  
  Religion and Spiritual Life 58
  Helping Humanity 60
  Propaganda 61
  Politics 63
  Financial Arrangements and Business 65
7 Other Subjects  
  Physical Education 68
  Questions and Answers 70
  Persistent Practice 78
  A Dream 79
  Sri Aurobindo 81
  The Mother 82
  Sri Aurobindo Ashram 83
  References to the Texts 85
  Glossary 91


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