Seth and Sri Aurobindo: Extracts from a Dissertation


Here is the beginning of communication that happened over a few months between me and a researcher also interested in Seth… and in Sri Aurobindo too, as it turns out!…

  1. Joyce Kilmartin
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 01:36:49 [Edit]

    I am studying the Seth material for a dissertation. I am using 6 Seth books for this study. Here is a list of sessions in which I believe Seth is talking about a coming shift in consciousness and what it entails. (to add to your list)
    The abbreviations are: SS-Seth Speaks; PR-the Nature of Personal Reality; UR1-Unknown Reality, vol. 1; UR2, vol. 2; DE1-Dreams, Evolution and Value Fulfillment, vol. 1; DE2, vol. 2


    • Bhaga
      Jun 15, 2012 @ 12:19:30 [Edit]

      So sorry, Joyce, that I somehow missed your comment here and am answering it only now!!!
      Also, I couldn’t find the list itself that you mention you are posting for me. What a pity that I couldn’t find that list in your comment, but only the abbreviations list. I’ll try to trace you back and communicate with you more about your research, that I would be so glad indeed to know more about!


  2. Joyce Kilmartin
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 20:59:09 [Edit]

    Hi Bhaga,
    We seemed to have crossed in the night. I only just saw your reply to me. I finished my dissertation in 2012. One section was a comparative analysis of the Seth material and Aurobindo’s The Life Divine, which you may find interesting. Here is a link:
    My best to you,


    • Bhaga
      Jan 08, 2014 @ 07:31:34 [Edit]

      Hi Joyce!
      Great to finally read from you again… and now not just your reply to me, but the whole research document you have put together and are now kindly sending me…
      This is an academic piece of work though, it will take me some time to read it and be able to comment in any way upon it.
      In the meantime would you tell me,if you don’t mind, what personal interest you may have had in all this, that led you to do that impressive research work and finally this entire Dissertation?
      My best to you too, especially as we are starting this New Year 2014!


    • Bhaga
      Jan 08, 2014 @ 07:53:34 [Edit]

      Here I am again… to ask you if you would allow me to post these few exchanges we already had, including the link to your Dissertation, up together now as a separate new Post on my blog, under the title perhaps of ‘Seth and Sri Aurobindo: Extracts from a Dissertation’, so that your Dissertation itself can be accessed (or not, as you prefer) and our mutual comments about it in the future can be read by other interested people, thanks to that more visible and more appropriate place than down here as Comments to the ‘Posts List’?!…


  3. Joyce Kilmartin
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 18:16:35 [Edit]

    Hi Bhaga,
    Thank you for writing back. How did I get to this point? Hmm. I had a conventional start… college, M.B.A., job in the business world, where I labored quite successfully for 20 years. I started getting headaches and was very restless. Nothing seemed to challenge me or get me excited–(except for my family). I stumbled upon transcendental meditation as a cure for the headaches and could not believe how well and quickly it helped. From there, I started reading and learning about alternative medicine, Eastern religions, etc. Decided to change my life. Took up piano playing. My wonderful music teacher introduced me to many life-altering wisdom teachers and traditions. From her I received my first Seth book. That started me on another 25 years of exploration. It’s been wonderful. Here I am now, in a much better state of mind.

    I read feel like I know a little bit about you from this blog. I like your subject matter and the way you write about it. So happy to make your acquaintance.


  4. Joyce Kilmartin
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 18:21:14 [Edit]

    Hello again, Bhaga,
    I’m happy for you to post the link to my dissertation and our communications. A doctoral dissertation must have all of those chapters that build the case for one’s research question. The analysis and results are the most interesting parts, though. I wouldn’t expect very many people to want to read the whole thing.

    Looking forward to future discussions. . .


So, here we are, poised for discussing the relevant parts of Joyce’s doctoral dissertation,as soon as I will have read enough of it to have meaningful questions. Questions by other people visiting this blog are welcome too of course!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. donsalmon
    Jan 11, 2014 @ 04:19:56

    Hi Joyce – I’ve just had a few moments to skim through your dissertation – looks extremely interesting. I’ve just started posting some excerpts from the book, “Yoga Psychology and the Transformation of Consciousness: Seeing Through the Eyes of Infinity”, here: Please feel free to leave comments if you’d like, or email me at




  2. donsalmon
    Jan 11, 2014 @ 04:21:53

    Dear Bhaga – still meaning to get back to you about free dancing. Meanwhile, you might enjoy this story I posted in the Amazon comments section for the book, “Science and the Near Death Experience.”, about the openness of musicians to psi experiences.

    I worked as a pianist/composer for many years, and my main work was with dancers. Your comments brought to mind a wonderful moment many years ago when I was working with a dance trio in Santa Cruz, CA. I had gone out there from New York to perform with them, and we were working on a “structured improv” (there was a general overall structure we agreed on, within which there was much room for “the unknown” – I suspect this cultivates a state in which psi phenomena are more likely to occur).

    The basic structure of the dance couldn’t have been simpler – it opened with the whole trio dancing together, each took a solo, and then at the end, all three came back together and it moved on to a rousing conclusion .

    On the day I’m talking about, I had worked out a structure for the music improv that was mostly to my satisfaction, except for the transition from the last solo back to the rejoining of all 3 dancers. The rehearsal was about 7:30 on a Saturday morning, in a beautiful studio on the campus of the University, maybe a few hundred yards from the ocean. Two people – a musician and a dancer, had stopped by during the rehearsal, and i noticed them standing by the door as we were going through the dance.

    It was a bit cloudy, and the studio was somewhat dark. I remember a certain tension that started to fill the room as the last dancer went through her solo. I don’t know why, but I just “knew” that the ending was going to work out this time. It almost felt like something “took over” my hands, and the music not only sounded better than it had ever sounded before, but it seemed to be more in synch with the dancers.

    As Holly finished her solo, the tension (it was not an unpleasant tension) increased, and Julie and Gayla moved from the back of the studio toward the center to rejoin Holly. Lorna and John were watching from the door, and everyone’s expression changed. There was a tautness, an incredibly focused attention.

    And then as the three dancers moved toward the center, everyone started to smile broadly, and a huge beam of sunlight shone through the clouds and started to fill the room, and everyone just started laughing for joy, and the music and dance was perfectly synchronized. The ending section only lasted a minute or two, and as the piece came to a conclusion, everyone – including Lorna and John, who had been by the door, laughed even louder and we all hugged.

    I remember talking with some of them a few years later, and everyone expressed a similar sense that “something” altogether out of the ordinary had happened at that moment. Of course, this will all seem like silly nonsense to someone like GW, but if you have even remotely glimpsed something like this while listening to some of those great improvisations, you may know what I mean.



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