Kireet Joshi

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Kireet Joshi
Born (1931-08-10) August 10, 1931 (age 86)
Died 14 September 2014(2014-09-14) (aged 83)
Alma mater Bombay University I.A.S.
Occupation As an Educational adviser of Gujarat Chief Minister, 2008-2010 and several other important posts
Known for Yoga, Philosophy, Education, Teacher Training
Notable credit(s) Author of Several Books on Philosophy, Yoga, Education and Teacher Training

Kireet Joshi was an Indian philosopher. Disciple of Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa. In 1976, the Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, appointed Kireet as Education Advisor to the Government of India. He also served as the Chairman of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research.[1]


Joshi was born on 10 August 1931. He studied philosophy and law at the Bombay University. He was selected for I.A.S. in 1955 but in 1956 he resigned from the post of Assistant Collector of Surat in order to devote himself at Pondicherry (now Puducherry) to the study and practice of the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. He taught Philosophy and Psychology at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education at Pondicherry and participated in numerous educational experiments under the direct guidance of the Mother.[2][3][4]

In 1976, Government of India invited him to be Educational Advisor in the Ministry of Education. In 1983, he was appointed Special Secretary to the Government of India, and held this post until 1988. He was Member-Secretary of Indian Council of Philosophical Research from 1981 to 1990. He was also Member-Secretary of Rashtriya Veda Vidya Pratishthan from 1987 to 1993. He was the Vice-Chairman of the UNESCO Institute of Education, Hamburg, from 1987 to 1989.[2][3][4]

From 1999 to 2004, he was the Chairman of Auroville Foundation. As an adviser of Gujarat Chief Minister, he also helped in establishing Children's University and Institute of Teachers Education in state of Gujarat. From 2000 to 2006, he was Chairman of Indian Council of Philosophical Research. From 2006 to 2008, he was Editorial Fellow of the Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture (PHISPC). He died on 14 September 2014 in Puducherry.[2][3][4]


Synthesis of yoga and allied themes[edit]

Books on philosophy[edit]

  • A Philosophy of The Role of The Contemporary Teacher
  • A Philosophy of Education for The Contemporary Youth
  • A Philosophy of Evolution for The Contemporary Man
  • Philosophy and Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and Other Essays
  • Philosophy of Value-Oriented Education (Theory and Practice)
  • Philosophy of Supermind and Contemporary Crisis
  • On Materialism
  • Towards Universal Fraternity
  • Towards A New Social Order

Indian culture[edit]

  • The Veda and Indian Culture
  • Glimpses of Vedic Literature
  • Landmarks of Hinduism
  • The Portals of Vedic Knowledge
  • Stories for Youth in Search of a Higher Life
  • Arguments of Arjuna at Kurukshetra and Sri Krishna's Answer


  • Education at Crossroads
  • A National Agenda for Education
  • Education for Tomorrow
  • Education for Character Development
  • Child, Teacher and Teacher Training
  • Innovations in Education

Teaching learning material for teacher training[edit]

(Edited by Kireet Joshi)

  • The Aim of Life
  • The Good Teacher and the Good Pupil
  • Mystery and Excellence of the Human Body

Monographs related to the theme of illumination, heroism, and harmony[edit]

• Parvati's Tapasya • Nachiketas • Taittiriya Upanishad • Sri Rama • Sri Krishna in Brindavan • Nala and Damayanti • Svapna Vasavadattam • Episodes from Raghuvamsham • Homer and the Iliad - Sri Aurobindo and Ilion • The Siege of Troy • Gods and the World • Socrates • Alexander the Great • The Crucifixion • Joan of Arc • Catherine the Great • Leonardo da Vinci • Uniting Men - Jean Monnet • Marie Sklodowska Curie • Proofs of the Existence of God • Science and Spirituality • Napoleon • Danton • Power of Love (Hugo's Les Misérables) • Lenin

Speeches, Lectures and Videos[edit]

  • A New Synthesis of Yoga as a necessity to overcome the impasse of modernity - Skype
  • Sachchidananda 'The Life Divine' Book I,Ch.9, 10, 11, 12
  • The Ascent towards Supermind
  • Rebirth and Other Worlds
  • Sri Aurobindo's - 'The Life Divine' - The Human Aspiration - Chapter I
  • Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, The Triple Transformation
  • Auroville Education
  • Education for Peace
  • On Education
  • Interview on education
  • The Soul
  • On Death
  • Centre of International Research in Human Unity
  • Ignorance, Liberation and Perfection
  • Dharma
  • On Karma
  • The Synthesis of Yoga - Super school Auroville
  • The Bhagavadgita
  • Mahabharat and the Bhagavad Gita
  • Essays on the Gita
  • Bhagavagd Gita
  • Isha Upanishad - Super school - Auroville
  • Isha Upanishad- MIRA
  • Sri Aurobindo and The Veda
  • Discoveries of The Vedic Rishis
  • Socrates and Plato


  1. ^ The Governing Board > Kireet Joshi Archived 2011-06-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b c "Eminent educationist Kireet Joshi dies of cancer". 14 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Kireet Joshi, eminent educationist, passes away at 83 - TOI Mobile". The Times of India Mobile Site. 14 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Eminent educationist Kireet Joshi passes away". Hindustan Times. PTI. 14 September 2014. 

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