Introduction

1. The Concept of Personality in Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga Psychology and A. Maslow’s Humanistic/Transpersonal Psychology

2. The Quest for the Inner Man: Transpersonal Psychology and Integral Sadhana

3. The Perennial Quest for a Psychology with a Soul : An inquiry into the relevance of Sri Aurobindo’s metaphysical yoga psychology in the context of Ken Wilber’s integral psychology

joseph-vrinteDr. Joseph Vrinte (1949- ), a citizen from The Netherlands, has worked intermittently for the last twenty years as a mental health worker in various mental health institutions and a clinic for drug-addicts in Amsterdam. The author re-visited India in 1979 where he followed a diploma course of the College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis at the Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute in Lonavla, Maharasthra State. Thereafter, he passed his examination for the diploma of Naturopathy at the Bharatiya Nature Cure College in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

After finishing his B.A from Lucknow University he joined the Rohilkhand University in Bareilly where he obtained his M.A. in Philosophy/Psychology and was later awarded his Ph.D. degree from the same University. 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 psychological movement, he published his second book, “The Quest for the Inner Man: Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Integral Sadhana”, in which he attempts 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. 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 context 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 latest 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 conclusion concerning “essential” differences and “ultimate” identities. This research work is primarily one of observation and analysis of his personal perceptions and inner experiences while living in Auroville.

Some of the contents of these subjective, introspective experiences are, therefore, debatable and naturally open for discussion. During his research work in comparative fields of Eastern and Western psychology he stayed for six years at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India. Since the last ten years he lives in Auroville, where he actively participates in various activities of the community.