A short note before we start Part I — Who am I?
last revision: April 2017
In the Introduction we have seen what psychology presently is and what it could be... We have also noted that the consciousness-centred understanding of reality that supports the Indian civilization is far more "psychology-friendly" than the materialistic philosophy that developed over the last couple of centuries in Europe and the USA. Finally we have explained why we have chosen for the integral vision of Sri Aurobindo to represent the Indian tradition. So now, with all this background knowledge in place, it is time to start our real business, and take up the core issues of psychology. This is, however, somewhat difficult as in Psychology everything is related to everything. As we have seen in the chapter on "Integrality", we can understand the parts only if we understand the whole first.
Unfortunately this cannot really be done in a written text where the narrative is inherently linear. To allow a non-linear aproach to the contents of this text, we have provided besides the linear Contents page, also a clickable "metro map" in which you can see some of the most important issues together in one graphical overview. In case you want to have a quick look at an issue that is of special interest to you, you can try to locate it on this "metro map", click on it, and jump straight to the file in which it has been described.
If you want to go through the material in a more systematic manner it may be better to continue following Infinity in a Drop's linear Contents. Here, Part One starts with the old question "Who am I?" In its first chapter this question is pursued in a simple experiential manner, moving gradually from the surface to the depths. In the second chapter, you will find a somewhat more theoretical overview of the model Sri Aurobindo uses to describe the Self and the structure of the personality. The third chapter gives an overview of the main factors that play a role in making us the way we are. The fourth and lasy chapter of Part One deals with the many different ways by which the differences between people can be described.
There are many good and noble reasons for starting this text with question "Who am I?", but if you would like to start with another issue, for example, "How do we know?", that would also be fine.
EIther way, if you haven't done so as yet, we recommend that you first have a quick look at the "Preface", which gives some background on what this book is about, and then at the chapter on the "Evolution of Consciousness", as without these, the rest of this book may not be fully understandable.
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