Document Type

Audio File

Publication Date



Through his life Sri Aurobindo provided different formulations of his yoga practice, which he called the Integral Yoga. One may identify at least three such formulations, encapsulated in the blueprints provided by “the Seven Quartets” (Sapta Chatushaya) as expressed in his Record of Yoga, “The Triple Transformation” as expressed in The Life Divine and the idea of “The Mother” as expressed in its eponymous text. The differences in these formulations may have arisen from changes in Sri Aurobindo’s own understanding, the need to address different audiences and/or shifts in practical emphasis relating to the same complex integral phenomenon. In this talk, I will approach these three distinct formulations of Sri Aurobindo’s teaching with a view to understand how they relate to the goal of the Integral Yoga and if at all they can be integrated.


Debashish Banerji, PhD, has a doctoral degree in Indian Art History and served from 1991 to 2005 as the president of the East-West Cultural Center in Los Angeles, one of the earliest institutions in Southern California responsible for introducing a scholarly perspective on Indian culture and the teachings of Sri Aurobindo. At present, Banerji is Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Indian Studies at the University of Philosophical Research, Los Angeles. He is also an adjunct faculty in art history at the Pasadena City College, Pasadena; and an adjunct faculty in Transformative Inquiry Program at CIIS. Banerji has curated a number of exhibitions of Indian and Japanese art and is the author of two books: The Alternate Nation of Abanindranath Tagore (Sage, 2010) and Seven Quartets of Becoming: A Transformational Yoga Psychology Based on the Diaries of Sri Aurobindo (DK Printworld and Nalanda International, 2012).