Thanks, and again, very glad to be here. Since writing earlier, I thought of a few more (since, no doubt, everyone here has hours to spare and no other reading materials! Sorry, I’ll try to make a suggestion at the end to make this easier)
So, Santosh Krinsky, publisher of Lotus Books, has for a number of years been writing daily commentaries on several of Sri Aurobindo’s writings. Here’s a link to his commentaries on the entire Life Divine: https://sriaurobindostudies.wordpress.com/category/the-life-divine/ (he’s still active on FB - I think he’s doing “The Ideal of Human Unity” now)
Soumitra Basu, a psychiatrist working in north India, has written commentaries - a bit more from a psychological view - on most of the first book of the Life Divine, which you can find here: http://www.iiyp.net/lifedivinechapters.php
And finally, for those who would prefer to listen than to read, Rand Hicks has recorded talks he made on most of book 1 over the course of more than a year. http://www.iksc.org/lifedivine.html
They’re all interesting - Santosh’s is, I think, a bit more intellectual, Soumitra’s more psychological, and Rand’s both philosophic and intuitive - if that helps!
Oh, here’s a simple summary:
There is one Being, one Consciousness, one Blissful Conscious Being, and the Infinite Intelligence of that Being, knowing Itself and only Itself infinitely, has the capacity to perfectly integrate the unbounded, vast, Infinite with the ever-unfolding, dynamic, Conscious-Energy appearing as the multifarious finite manifestations that One Being, the mind being the vehicle for that Infinite Intelligence to multiply infinitely without for an instant losing its Unity, the Life being the energy that links mind and matter, and Matter being the appearance of that One Being as seen/felt/perceived by the senses.
or in (somewhat) plainer English,
Through me -but-not-me-and-me-also, That plays, asleep, dreaming, waking, in what to the mind appears to be an unfolding of billions of years and trillions of galaxies and unfathomable complexities but to the awakened integral knowing - the integral knowing of the supramental consciousness - there is no “world” but rather, an endlessly multiplying play of laughter, orgasmically discovering, and rediscovering, through crisis and resolution, and further crisis and more-and-more-and-ever-more-and.