The Synthesis of Yoga ﬁrst appeared serially in the monthly
review Arya between August 1914 and January 1921. Each
instalment was written immediately before its publication. The
work was left incomplete when the Arya was discontinued. Sri
Aurobindo never attempted to complete the Synthesis;hedid,
however, lightly revise the Introduction, thoroughly revise all
of Part I, “The Yoga of Divine Works”, and signiﬁcantly revise
several chapters of Part II, “The Yoga of Integral Knowledge”.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are in themselves exceedingly brief, less than ten pages of large type in the
original. Yet they contain the essence of practical wisdom, set forth in admirable order and detail. The theme,
if the present interpreter be right, is the great regeneration, the birth of the spiritual from the psychical man:
the same theme which Paul so wisely and eloquently set forth in writing to his disciples in Corinth, the theme
of all mystics in all lands.
Concentration signifies the state of being at a centre (con and _centrum_). Applied to thought, it is the act of
bringing the mind to a single point. Each human being must practise concentration subjectively and
objectively. In other words, each human being aims with more or less precision at concentration on a point
within and a point without his own world. Concentration "without" is illustrated when you devote all your
attention upon Nature, such as learning a trade, a profession, a science, an art or some form of business. This
is _Evolution_, outgoing or positive mental energy.
--"That way Over the mountain, which who stands upon, Is apt to doubt if it be indeed a road; While if he
views it from the waste itself, Up goes the line there, plain from base to brow, Not vague, mistakable! What's
a break or two Seen from the unbroken desert either side? And then (to bring in fresh philosophy) What if the
breaks themselves should prove at last The most consummate of contrivances To train a man's eye, teach him
what is faith?"
Parents and Early Life 2. Mother's Death and the Amulet 3. The Saint with Two Bodies (Swami
Pranabananda) 4. My Interrupted Flight Toward the Himalaya 5. A "Perfume Saint" Performs his Wonders 6.
The Tiger Swami 7. The Levitating Saint (Nagendra Nath Bhaduri) 8. India's Great Scientist and Inventor,
Jagadis Chandra Bose 9. The Blissful Devotee and his Cosmic Romance (Master Mahasaya) 10. I Meet my
Master, Sri Yukteswar 11. Two Penniless Boys in Brindaban 12. Years in my Master's Hermitage 13. The
Sleepless Saint (Ram Gopal Muzumdar) 14. An Experience in Cosmic Consciousness 15.
During the nineteenth century, which has already receded far enough into the perspective of the past for us to
be able to take a comprehensive view of it, the advance guard of the human race found itself in a position
entirely different from that ever before occupied by it. Through the knowledge of cosmic, animal, and social
evolution gradually accumulated by the laborious and careful studies of special students in every department
of historical research and scientific experiment, a broader and higher state of self-consciousness was attained.