Outer being

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The Outer Being in Sri Aurobindo's integral yoga and integral psychology refers to the superficial and limited surface existence which characterises our everyday consciousness and experience. It includes a physical, vital, and mental aspect, and is also the location of the desire soul.

In Integral Yoga it is necessary to go beyond the surface consciousness to the larger life of the Inner Being, which is more open to spiritual realisation. Outer, Inner, and Innermost Being form a "concentric" sequence or hierarchy, which is a counterpart to the "vertical" hierarchy of Physical, Vital, and Mental.


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

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