There’s a chapter from Beyond Physicalism, actually, that looks to me pretty interesting. It’s #7, “Hyperspatial Models of Matter and Mind,” by Bernard Carr. Perhaps we could schedule this for an upcoming Café, and relate Carr’s review of these models to the Mereon Matrix, the Hebrew alphabet, and our topology of being? The chapter looks like it brings many strands of recent thought, from Arthur Young on, and adds more fullness to the picture.
I have my own copy of Irreducible Mind, but haven’t yet really dug in. However, I will have to return Beyond Physicalism to the interlibrary loan (courtesy of the University of Wyoming) in a couple weeks. I would be happy to make a PDF scan of the essay for anyone who cannot afford the book, or wouldn’t be able to get it in time. I would distribute the file privately, per fair use, for educational purposes, as in a university course. I could even make it self-destruct.
Chapter #10, “Conscious Body: Mind and Body in Abhinavagupta’s Tantra,” by Loriliai Biernacki, might also worth reading together, as prelude to Aurobindo. If part of what Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga does is bring together Tantra and Vedanta, this would give us some grounding (or refresher, for those who’ve traversed it before) in the Tantric current of thought. I wonder what other reading (or experimental praxes) might be useful ahead of an Aurobindic ascent up our ever-growing mountain of books?
Where’s basecamp in our climb of Mount Supermind? How must we acclimatize to the altitude? What gear and provisions will be required? Will we meet Zarathustra on his way back up, in his eternal return!?
So far I hear interest in The Life Divine as a main route, with alternate routes including The Human Cycle, Savitri, and The Synthesis of Yoga (Pair with, You Must Change Your Life? hmm…maybe, perhaps?) interweaving organically in some way to be discovered? Re: the Routledge edition…
We will need to become more than wealthy to just get all these books in our hands!
I’ve noted Ed’s suggestion w/r/t Irreducible Mind on the (slightly renamed to sound more actionable) wiki post: Cosmos Café: Season 1 [November, 2017 – March, 2018]. Please feel free to update the post as needed, or even seed a new topic in the #commons:cafe or #readers-underground channel if you need a place to park an untimely idea.