vision I see as life before me: that the ancient Mother India
has awakened once more, sitting on Her throne
rejuvenated, more glorious than ever."
publishing mission is oriented to present the rationale of India's spiritual
integrating the ancient insights and the modern scientific worldview,
which is gradually veering towards the ancient wisdom.
areas of the spiritual heritage, which can guide mankind to further
evolutionary progress and the realization of higher potentials, are
ignored because of the lack of clues to link them with the modern rational
perspective. Our publications are designed to bridge this gap; and readers
from different walks of life welcome them as they facilitate intellectual
assimilation of the ancient wisdom. A deeper awareness of the life-enriching
values of the spiritual heritage is a necessity of our times to avert
the calamities caused by today's over-emphasized materialistic concepts
and to help evolve the higher possibilities of human life.
Science of Human Possibilities
the world over, man is in search of a philosophy of life that satisfies
the intellect and helps express the higher possibilities of life. About
the greater human possibilities, the eminent biologist and thinker Sir
Julian Huxley says: "Once greater fulfillment of life is recognized
as man's ultimate and dominant aim, we shall need a science of human
possibilities to help guide the long course of psycho-social evolution
that lies ahead."
'Integral Books' seeks to make its contributions for the evolution of
this new science of human possibilities through an integrated presentation
of the ancient spiritual insights and the new philosophical vision slowly
emerging from the field of modern science.
The Human Brain
primeval protoplasmic throb that occurred millions of years ago on the
earth finally evolved into the enigmatic phenomenon, the HUMAN BEING
- one who wonders about one's own existence and the mystery of the universe
and continues his quest to know whether there are still higher reaches
The human brain, a conditioned manifestation of the Supreme Reality
with infinite potentials, which Hindu philosophy calls BRAHMAN, has
in it the latent faculties to unravel the mystery of life because it
has the inherent ability to commune with that basic Source.
Meaning of Life
meaning of life and its basis were the subject of engrossing inquiries
of generations of bold and unbiased seekers of ancient India. Modern
biologists say that since the emergence of man millenniums ago there
has not been much structural change in his brain. It follows that to
whatever subject that receptive organ of knowledge is applied to, its
deeper secrets would be revealed to it, irrespective of whether it was
done in the ancient past or in modern times.
The Master Minds of India with a high sense of cultural commitment for
helping the further evolution of man wrote down what they discovered
about the facts and possibilities of life, often in symbolic story forms.
The texts of philosophy and traditional sciences mankind inherits from
them are mines of knowledge about the deeper and consoling facts of
life and universe that would help evolve mankind to the highest stages
the increasing luxuries of life, today, than ever before, man is suffering
from stress and strain, fear and anxiety. He craves for a deeper philosophy
that can bring him satisfying knowledge about himself and his place
in the universe, for, as the ancient Seer declares in the Svetasvatara
Upanishad: "Men may through their technical
skill even roll up the sky like a leather, still there will be no end
of sorrow for them without realizing the luminous One within."
" These meaningful words uttered a few thousand years ago are proving
so prophetic today when the deadly weapons man has invented applying
his best technological skill is threatening to devour him and destroy
this beautiful planet! In such a situation, the spiritual wisdom of
the ancient sages can save man from the catastrophe he has created.
The Need of Our Times
As Sri Aurobindo points out the need of the
times is "to extract from it what can help
us or the world at large and to put it in the most natural and vital
form and expression we can find that will be suitable to the mentality
and helpful to the spiritual needs of our present-day humanity."
An intellectual assimilation of the ancient wisdom is a need of our
times for its application to enrich human life.
publications are oriented to fulfill this vital educative need. A generation
brought up in a background of modern scientific and technological education
is getting alienated from the wisdom and values of this precious heritage
of mankind. Today's materialistically dominant educational system does
not offer any effective means to inculcate life-enriching spiritual
and ethical values. The cultural atmosphere is further vitiated by the
distorted propaganda against India's traditional wisdom and its broad-based
spiritual vision. This calls for intensive intellectual and educative
campaigns to make people, in India and abroad, conscious of the great
treasures they inherit from the seers of Truth. An updated presentation
of the heritage is a vital need of our times to promote a resurgent
interest and faith in it's perennial values.
of India's traditional sciences call for purposeful research for their
better comprehension and best utilization. There were times when the
spiritual knowledge and traditional sciences were effectively applied
for the well-being of the society; many such traditional treasures were
lost because they were ignored and not reassessed and reformulated according
to the need of the changing circumstances. In the ensuing stagnancy,
a vast area of such knowledge remains unexplored. Promotion of research
in this direction and the rediscovery of the traditional knowledge is
one of our avowed objectives.
The dross gathered around the heritage, which obscures its real value,
has to be removed to restore its pristine glory. It can be achieved
only through a rational reassessment of the ancient knowledge, and our
publications are devoted to this need.
Communications we receive indicate that the books serve to instill deeper
interest in many, especially the young generation, who are losing contact
with the profound heritage. They are also proving successful in giving
clues to people abroad about the right perspective for a clearer understanding
of India and her cultural and spiritual traditions. The steadily increasing
acceptance and welcome for our publications inspire us very much and
this goodwill will certainly bring this mission Godspeed.