This paper was presented at
Psychology: The Indian Contribution
National Conference on
Indian Psychology, Yoga and Consciousness
organised by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research
at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education
Pondicherry, India, 10-13 December 2004

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Indian concept of self and personality


Usha Srivastava — Govt. M.L.B. College, Bhopal.

The self-actualization towards the divine life is the crux of Indian Psychology. Our self is a part of the universal Self, we are all components of the Supreme Reality – this is the universal fact that everyone must realize. As one grows out of one’s consciousness of separation from the world, one begins to know things through a more direct, inner experience, and one begins to rely more on the Supreme force which regulates all things to reveal the secrets of Self-realization. The growth of the self proceeds through the inculcation of positive attributes such as calm, purity, justice, love and equanimity. This growth of the self is not only from below upwards, but also from above downwards – it is the connectivity of the self with the divine power that is the highlight of Indian psychology.