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The Self and the Structure of the Personality: An Overview of Sri Aurobindo’s Topography of Consciousness
Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga aimed not only at what he called the realization of the Divine, but also at an integral transformation of human nature under Divine influence. For this exceptionally wide aim, he developed an exceptionally deep and comprehensive frame for understanding human nature. His concepts, as discussed in this paper, must be understood on their own terms, which are often different from meanings attributed in the conventional language of Western psychology. This paper provides a detailed account of Sri Aurobindo’s conceptualization of the various centers of identity and of the vertical and concentric dimensions he used to describe the structure of the personality. It explains the importance Sri Aurobindo gave to the location where one places one’s consciousness, and indicates why he argued that consciousness is not only awareness, but also force. Finally, this paper describes how Sri Aurobindo visualized the still ongoing evolution of consciousness and humanity’s role in it.
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Cornelissen, M. (2018). The self and the structure of the personality: An overview of Sri Aurobindo’s topography of consciousness. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 37 (1). https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.24972/ijts.2018.37.1.63