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Essays on the Gita

VOLUME 19
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SRI AUROBINDO

© Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust 1997
Published by Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department
Printed at Sri Aurobindo Ashram Press, Pondicherry
PRINTED IN INDIA

Essays on the Gita

Publisher’s Note
The first series of Essays on the Gita appeared in the monthly review Arya between August 1916 and July
1918. It was revised by Sri Aurobindo and published as a book in 1922.
The second series appeared in the Arya between August 1918 and July 1920. In 1928 Sri Aurobindo brought out an extensively revised edition in book form.
For the present edition, the text has been thoroughly checked against all previous editions and against the manuscripts of the revised Arya.

CONTENTS
FIRST SERIES
I

Our Demand and Need from the Gita

3

II

The Divine Teacher

12

III

The Human Disciple

20

IV

The Core of the Teaching

29

V

Kurukshetra

39

VI

Man and the Battle of Life

47

VII

The Creed of the Aryan Fighter

57

VIII

Sankhya and Yoga

68

IX

Sankhya, Yoga and Vedanta

81

X

The Yoga of the Intelligent Will

94

XI

Works and Sacrifice

105

XII

The Significance of Sacrifice

114

XIII

The Lord of the Sacrifice

124

CONTENTS

XIV

The Principle of Divine Works

134

XV

The Possibility and Purpose of Avatarhood

145

XVI

The Process of Avatarhood

158

XVII

The Divine Birth and Divine Works

168

XVIII

The Divine Worker

177

XIX

Equality

188

XX

Equality and Knowledge

200

XXI

The Determinism of Nature

212

XXII

Beyond the Modes of Nature

224

XXIII

Nirvana and Works in the World

234

XXIV

The Gist of the Karmayoga

247

SECOND SERIES
Part I — The Synthesis of Works, Love and Knowledge
I

The Two Natures...

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