Introduction

Born in The Netherlands, Joseph Vrinte worked for thirty years intermittently as a mental health worker in various mental health institutions and a clinic for drug addicts in Amsterdam.
   He graduated from Lucknow University and afterwards joined the Rohilkhand University where he obtained his M.A philosophy/Psychology and his Ph.D under the guidance of his research-supervisor, Dr. J.P Atryea, Ex-Dean, Faculty of Arts, Rohilkhand University.
During his research work, while living in Pondicherry, he was closely connected with the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, where he received the necessary guidance while writing his thesis from various Aurobindonian disciples with an academic background.
   After finishing his initial research-work on Sri Aurobindo’s Metaphysical Yoga Psychology and A. Maslow’s Humanistic/Transpersonal Psychology, he moved to Auroville, the City of Human Unity. He continued his research-work while living and actively participating in various activities within the Auroville community, which generated many of the ideas and experiential processes discussed and critically elaborated in his subsequent books.
   Though these books aim at creating an imputes for a wider and richer understanding of Sri Aurobindo’s integral vision, the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother are not presented in a closed version, and their texts are studied in a more open way and in the context of present-day actualities.
   His published dissertation deals with ” The Concept of Personality in Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga Psychology and A. Maslow’s Humanistic/Transpersonal Psychology”. In this thesis he compares the psychological and spiritual insights underlying Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga and the Humanistic and Transpersonal psychology as developed by Abraham Maslow. This work is acknowledged by Ken Wilber in his “Integral Psychology”, where he refers to the integral approach of Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga.
   As an established researcher in the field of Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga and the Transpersonal Psychology movement, he published his second book,  “The Quest for the Inner Man”: Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Integral Sadhana, in which he endeavors to present in detail a clear reconstruction and systematic formulation of the theoretical and practical basis of the transpersonalist’s and Sri Aurobindo’s views on a new approach and image of man. Au
   During the preparation of his third and major work, “The Perennial Quest for a Psychology with a Soul”: An inquiry into the relevance of Sri Aurobindo’s Metaphysical Yoga Psychology in the contaxt of Ken Wilber’s integral Psychology, he lived in Auroville which generated many of the ideas and experiential processes as discussed in this book. This book aims at creating an impetus for a wider and richer understanding of Sri Aurobindo’s and Ken Wilber’s integral views, without jumping to general conclusions concerning “essential” differences and “ultimate” identities, and without losing sight of the complexity of their integral views.
   While living in Auroville for the last twenty years he published his latest work on ” Reflections upon Psycho-spiritual obstacles on the journey to the Divine”; An insider’s view, where he shares with the reader the various difficulties the devotees of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother come across during the practice of their sadhana.