Integral Psychology Conference

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We are standing at the threshold of an unprecedented change in the very structure, the very type of consciousness with which humanity looks at itself and the world. We are witnessing already a stupendous increase in our technical, material-mental capacities, and at the same time we can see the beginnings of a growing appreciation of the most ancient spiritual traditions. But the change Sri Aurobindo envisages goes far beyond both. He sees spirituality itself as evolving. What Sri Aurobindo expects, and has worked for, is nothing less than the embodiment of a perfect Gnostic consciousness. This involves a full, dynamic realisation of the fundamental identity of peace and action, being and knowing, matter and spirit, life and soul, purusha and prakriti in a new harmony of love and oneness. In this paper we will have a short look at some of the immediate effects this change could have for ourselves and for the society in which we live.


Presenter: Matthijs Cornelissen, M.D. is a member of the editorial team overseeing the publication of “The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo” and teaches Integral Psychology at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education in Pondicherry. He received his MD from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1975 and has studied Sri Aurobindo's work for over thirty years. Together with Neeltje Huppes he founded in 1981 the Mirambika Research Center for Integral Education and Human Values, an experimental teacher training college in New-Delhi. His main interest at present is to build bridges between Sri Aurobindo’s work and academic psychology. In January 2001 he organized in Pondicherry the Second International Conference on Integral Psychology, and in September 2002 the National Conference on Yoga and Indian Approaches to Psychology. He has given several presentations on Integral Psychology at universities in the USA, the UK and India.