Central being

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Central Being is a technical term used by Sri Aurobindo to designate the transcendent and eternal spirit, as opposed to the incarnate and evolving Soul, which he calls the Psychic Being, although sometimes it refers to both of them together as the essential spiritual core of the being. These definitions are found in Letters on Yoga vol.I under "Planes and Parts of Being" (pp.265ff in the 3rd ed.)

The Central Being "presides over the different births one after the other but is itself unborm" (ibid p.269). This transcendent Central Being or Spirit is also designated the Jiva or Jivatman, although the meaning of these terms in Sri Aurobindo's philosophy differs greatly from that of much of conventional Vedanta (especially Advaita Vedanta)


  • Sri Aurobindo, (1971), Letters on Yoga, Vol 1, 1972, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Pondicherry

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