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Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sri Aurobindo as inspiration and Freedom as focus

Dwindling support base of Congress, BJP, and the Left is due to the defective ideologies they follow. Sri Aurobindo provides Integral vision.
Good that Assam remains with a national party but the same can't be said about other results. Building a national alternative is a priority.
@kushanmitra @Rajyasree A new national alternative with Sri Aurobindo as inspiration and Freedom as focus is the only hope for the future.
India is a great functioning Democracy but the functioning of its democracy is seriously flawed and requires large scale repairs. #JoinSEP
No other ideological framework has power of successfully challenging BJP on all India basis except Savitri Era Party which replaces Congress.
All those who pinned hope on the Congress must look for the right alternative and only Savitri Era Party has the potential to checkmate BJP.
@a_r_j_u_n @NkSingh9876 Strict Black and White views are never credible unless one is pursuing an agenda of somebody else in a slavish mode.
@nayanikaaa I don't think there's any immediate danger to Indian nationhood and from this vantage position intellectual readiness can evolve.
@db_is_db @nayanikaaa @sankrant Sri Aurobindo visualises emancipation from the geographical nation idea and embracing a free World Union.

If BJP is really serious about #CongressMuktBharat then it must learn to live without Modi and RSS to follow a more mainstream ideology.
Present atmosphere of entitlement, rent seeking, and profit maximisation may not rule the future scenario as portrayed by Sri Aurobindo.
Educated Indians are oblivious of what Sri Aurobindo is writing in Puducherry right now, 100 years back. World Union
@mnshzz @RachithSridhar @TheLordWalrus Sri Aurobindo theorises on the psychology of social development which predicts a different trajectory.
Right from the PUCL/PUDR days, Democracy and a popular mandate is eluding the country. Autocracy or Remote control have been ruling so far.
Technology is giving a fillip to logic which, in turn, will turn attention to philosophy. Then, all past religions will seek Sri Aurobindo.
East coast stood as rock against the Gujarat model propaganda flooding the country, thus doing a yeoman's service to the Indian Democracy.
Out of the frying pan into the fire: Escaping from the clutch of NAC, Indian Democracy fell prey to RSS, another extra-Constitutional body.
@vamanan81 To believe that there was no grain of truth in those goings on is perhaps a little bit simplistic and being too much partial.
Hindutva camp is triumphant now and juxtapose Bihar and Dadri but are they in any way comparable? This intellectual dishonesty is disgusting.
No one is asking directly why Modi kept an innocent lady in jail for the last two years. "How can the State keep" and such euphemism is used.
@vamanan81 VIF was full of Intelligence personnel; BJP is in Govt. They can tell the truth. Why waste time with Radha Rajan's speculations?
May 19 might prove to be a fair indicator for 2019. Amidst many ups and downs the real winner who would emerge strong is @SitaramYechury
@SureshS43877550 @CaptDheer  [The road's name was officially changed to Swami Shradhanand Marg in 1966.] @cuteonlyvimal @CaptDheer Sensitising on gender issues and respect for Swami Shradhanand needed.
Twitter used to be a safe heaven for escaping from K serials. But now full time bickering among women here to attract maximum no. of trolls.
Like V for verified class, Twitter should assign L sign for the green horns till they reach 140 tweets to demarcate them from cattle class.
History is mostly hated in school but becomes interesting after one completes Engineering or Microbiology, for knowing the genes of Kings.
RSS should build a brand new Maharana Pratap Nagar as a model of Hindu Rashtra so that its economy can be replicated elsewhere in phases.

AAP, BJP, and Congress have failed to give the dreams articulated in the Constitution a shape. Inspiration of Sri Aurobindo is the only hope.
Those who came to political activism via anti-corruption movements of 2011 are five years older now. Sri Aurobindo offers a mature ideology.
@chinmaykrvd Modi should speak also. He should address the media and speak his mind on different issues. Rallies, formal speeches not enough.
@Sheks65 Persons like you should do some hard work to help BJP get foothold in TN.
Please avoid this explanation for your Bharat mata/ Go mata's sake:
Q. Why did BJP lose in the State elections ?
A. Congress has also lost !
I don't nurse visceral dislike for non-Indians. Knowledge has to be respected without denouncing as Sepoy, Abrahamic, or questioning motives.
Research on unearthing the past will always be contested. Evolution and future journey should attract attention as stressed by Sri Aurobindo
Not merely rigour, appropriate direction and right priorities are crucial for knowledge production. Sri Aurobindo has firmly set the agenda.
War exposes weaknesses and more so in knowledge. RW should avoid wasting precious resources and energy fruitlessly on investigating the past.
History and Mythology have their own attraction but Sri Aurobindo wants Indians to take to the path of Yoga and collaborate with Evolution.
@sgiridhar007 My point is to avoid rabid partisanism and judge each scholar's work on merit sans motivated and misleading metanarratives.
@sgiridhar007 Force is neither pertinent in Democracy nor in scholarship. I don't know why you are afflicted with such fascist sentiments.
@sgiridhar007 If force means presenting one's case forcefully, there is nothing objectionable. As regards Rudra, one must abide by the law.
What I am saying is common sense but most don't find it palatable due to indoctrination by RSS. However, we can work upon our differences.

@harigiri941 He has already been rewarded with a RS seat. There are thousands of people who are fighting for different causes, big or small.
So, an inkling of future steps of Modi sarkar can be expected from Twitter campaigns by prominent supporters like SS or MK, it looks like!
Nobody knew Mallya may flee India. Nobody knew Banks write off loans. Nobody knew bribes are paid to Govt. Nobody knew Pragya is innocent.
Hindutva mesmerises adolescents with an imaginary Hindu Rashtra, both powerful and prosperous, thus enabling them to forget own deprivation.
@alok_bhatt Aggressive aligning of religious ideology with commerce and consumer choices is the most vulnerable approach pushed by RW fans.
Security concerns and criminal actions now being judged by ideological affiliation has added a new twist to the Hindutva brand of Statecraft.
Attacking judiciary is the latest fad of Hindutva proponents. Further, their ideological affinity with and preference for Monarchy alarming.
One encounters any number of "proud" Hindus on Twitter who seem to announce they are a different species altogether. God save this breed!
Both, Communism and RSS, don't believe in Democracy and BJP and CPM fighting elections are just a transitional tactic. Frightening scenario!
Most dreadful aspect is the individual does it all in good faith and patriotic spirit while it's the greatest disservice towards the nation.
It's hugely relieving to observe that the current disappointing scenario is a result of intellectual deficiency and Sri Aurobindo has answer.
Never before during the last fifty years the teachings of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo seemed more relevant in view of mind-polluting Hindutva.
Both the Leftists and Hindutva votaries can't digest the synthesis between the East and the West that The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have baked.
@ajith27 Hindutva enthusiasts should start a new or service to reclaim sovereignty of India.

Sri Aurobindo said it long back; neither religion nor economics is the solution. Humanity must move in concert towards a higher aspiration.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo explain how fragile the justifications behind various religions are and why they are going to collapse very soon.
Present confidence of carrying out Development will meet a roadblock. Then the intention of Evolution will come to the fore & pondered over.
Rising above national and religious boundaries will become critical for surpassing Developmental deadlock and Evolution to force its will.
It's a giant step, says Sri Aurobindo, for humanity as a whole. Cultural divides and temperamental dissimilarities will fall by the wayside.
Physical problems that seem unresolvable now will also receive an Evolutionary push. Past religions will have no meaning in this transition.
Time now to ride this wave of Evolution unitedly as human species. Sri Aurobindo gives this clarion call to shed all our earlier divisions.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo pin hope on psychological transformation so that liberation from Mythology, Astrology, and Rituals is possible.
Veda is fundamental to Indian wisdom but strangely no one recommended to a learner. Sri Aurobindo's The Secret of the Veda is an eye opener.
@SavitriEraParty Kena Upanishad provides the clue to the psychological significance of Deities by which Sri Aurobindo reinterprets the Veda.
Reading about the Veda acquaints one with how later day Epics and Mythologies have clouded or distorted the high philosophy the Veda invokes
Hindutva stalwarts ignoring the Veda is really a matter of serious concern and not being aware of Sri Aurobindo's "Secret" is a double whammy.
By eschewing Fire Rituals, Sri Aurobindo turns the Veda into a vehicle for an adventure of consciousness which is the theme of Integral Yoga.
It will be a truly new birth for India when Sri Aurobindo is accorded the honour he deserves and Mythology, Astrology, and Rituals lose grip
@krishnarjun108 Indriya = senses; Indra, their master = mind which is in search of Go = light. Veda = journey + fight with Vritra = villain.
Sri Aurobindo seems almost synonymous with Ashram which is not true. Savitri Era diverts attention towards him as a poet and literary critic.
@LearntLies Adequate study and research needed before casting aspersions of such huge proportion. Dharma divorced from truth no good option.
@LearntLies The book project is welcome but history should be told dispassionately and not in a tone that smacks of victimhood and antipathy.
@LearntLies Conflating too many issues and events can warp the narrative and engender misjudgements. AIT itself is being perceived as fact.
@LearntLies All scholarship are events; even your book, when published, will add to the chain of events and scrutiny of past will continue.
@LearntLies [You see these H shouting "AIT is so bad. It means our religion was imported"]
@LearntLies No, these are storified tweets of @GhorAngirasa who borrows his support for AIT/AMT from the latest findings of @blog_supplement

Endless comments on various religions are vacuous since theory and practice vary significantly. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo establish sanity.
Present day scholars miss the point that Sri Aurobindo introduced the idea of Evolution firmly while older religions never bothered about it.
Evolution along with reinterpretation of the Veda forms Sri Aurobindo's radical transformation of religion debate; a new religion coagulates.
MT's AIT/AMT seems to have been effectively contested but no final verdict yet. Since it's all beyond laymen anyone claiming science kosher.
Hard to find Sri Aurobindo in Contents relating to Social and Political Philosophy. No squeak by Hindutva stalwarts!
Intellectual exercise should enable Hindutva fans to recognise how Sri Aurobindo has demolished the edifice under Christianity and Buddhism.
Imagine how numerous educated people are under the sway of Marxism or neo-Darwinism who can come to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo in one stroke.
Thousands are engaged here to RT mechanically and a slight application of mind on their part to endorse Sri Aurobindo can bring a sea change.
All those who believe in Sri Aurobindo's prediction of The Life Divine must resolutely refrain from valorising past fictional formulations.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are engaged in building The New Creation & any attachment of their devotees to the past is a formidable obstacle.
Pursuing a higher ideal as stressed by Sri Aurobindo can far exceed the kind of enjoyment people derive by scoring brownie points on Twitter.
Those under the illusion that they can serve both, Hindutva and Sri Aurobindo, simultaneously are in for a rude shock. No such luxury exists.
Love and loyalty are the basics, no rocket science, but it's difficult to wake up those who are pretending to be asleep or prefer pet orbits.
Jobs like stenographers, receptionists, nurses, nursery teachers, air hostesses, sales girls etc. reinforce gender stereotypes and hierarchy.
मांझी भी आरक्षण की समीक्षा के पक्ष में

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo spur a thought revolution that is far more significant than women agitating for temple entry or wearing nightie.
Unlike Jagannath temple at Puri, many big temples in Karnataka provide free lunch, thus ensuring allegiance. That inhibits free thought too.
Beware of the vested interests who never recommend Sri Aurobindo's books and want the reign of Mythology, Astrology, and Rituals to continue.
No need for struggling with Sanskrit of ancient texts. Sri Aurobindo has presented the best interpretation of Veda and Upanishads in English.
Avoid pre-modern stipulations in the name of tradition. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo advise embracing Integral Yoga that is free of any dogma.
Reading Buddha, Shankara, Abhinavagupta, or Chaitanya will leave you confused. Sri Aurobindo lays down the most modern version of philosophy.
Vivekananda built a modern temple for Ramakrishna as a replica of Christ but The Mother & Sri Aurobindo surpassed them by sheer philosophy.
@sighbaboo With due respect, the optimism expressed by @blog_supplement doesn't match the Evolutionary vision of Sri Aurobindo. #FiveDreams
The critical attitude is not to give credence to some sequence having a particular consequence just because someone has said with eloquence.
The Hindutva propensity is to take loads of past propositions as granted and thus avoid the trouble of testing and verifying, or creativity.
The Hindutva temperament is comfortable with pushing a predetermined agenda sans an iota of desire to question whether the same is possible.
Instead of looking at history as flow of events, Hindutva folks interpret it as aberration with implicit urge for correcting past injustice.
Mythological worldview coupled with reliance on Rituals leads to a deterministic approach in Hindutva where any ambivalence is frowned upon.
Enfeeblement of intellect apart, unimaginative proclivity of Hindutva fails to fathom future trends in time and suffers loss of opportunity.
Devoid of wonder and exploration religious aspiration too suffers a terrible blow in the hands of Hindutva by turning petitioning for wealth.
The Leftist perspective subsumes many correctives but one place where there is no scope for any disappointment is The Mother & Sri Aurobindo.
Opposing BJP and RSS should never accrue advantage to AAP and the Congress. This should be the guiding principle for all political players.
Those who reach The Mother & Sri Aurobindo through the joy of some group activity or teamwork are likely to be disappointed sooner or later.

Despite phenomenal spread of SM, the hidden working of Big Money, Big Data, and Deep State are beyond the comprehension of ordinary citizens.
Secrecy in RSS functioning and the kind of obfuscation that unfolded with regard to PM's Degree are frustrating episodes within a Democracy.
@Mamdhata @CholericCleric @GVLNRAO War analogies and Kautilyan insights might be right but don't sound nice within a Democratic environment.
@Mamdhata @CholericCleric True, but the whole effort of finding true manhood is the endeavour to overgrow child state and natural instincts.
@Mamdhata @CholericCleric Ethical parameters are discrete & hence their application should be confined to solitary cases for refined picture.
@Mamdhata @CholericCleric Democracy entails electing a Govt and letting it function with its own wisdom & sense of justice dispensing favour.
@greatbong Delivering scripted lines before camera and responding to controversial issues on the spot are two different things. Not easy.
@Mamdhata Characters from ancient epics are lifeless dramatic portraits and hence their conduct can't be transposed to modern situations.
@Mamdhata You are entitled to your grouse but the Govt has a much greater obligation and dharma than merely concentrating on party interest.
@Mamdhata I don't know how far you have read Sri Aurobindo but I think each event is unique and so can't be judged by a fixed set of rules.
@ArmchairPseph @Mamdhata Fine, but what other way to long for Democracy than to aggressively pine for this most nebulous gift of modernity?
@ArmchairPseph You have a certain reputation and you must announce which form of Govt you prefer the most and why. So how to migrate to that.
[@SavitriEraParty Monarchy ]
@sgiridhar007 Legally can be construed here as synonymous to Democratically. But his fulminations in public may not be defendable equally.
@sgiridhar007 One should be responsible for one's own conduct and given his learning & stature, he hasn't exactly covered himself with glory.
@Mamdhata Moral relativism, rather than ticking off in a pejorative sense, I would prefer as simply a diagnosis and a problem to work upon.
@krishnarjun108 One of the functions of civilisation is to prevent incest and suicide. Mental health is a vital area where Veda has validity.
@harigiri941 @sgiridhar007 Examining epics is like examining Sholay or Bajrangi Bhaijaan and compulsions of drama are hardly ethical tenets.
@DigestSas A democracy is about own people and the notion of enemy within it is a bit too far fetched. Respecting dissent and voiceless must.
@sgiridhar007 Privileging Mythology and Monarchy, Rituals and Miracles corrodes the critical and creative faculty of impressionable minds.
@harigiri941 @sgiridhar007 Both movies and epics are works of fiction depicting a slice of life. Real life situations are entirely different.
@harigiri941 Yeah heard of them but there is no reason why I should obey them or agree with what they say. You should follow same principle.
@harigiri941 Critical reason, and not mythological sermon, should be our guide in judging men and events, otherwise one fails as a citizen.
@sgiridhar007 @harigiri941 I don't accept that nothing worthwhile has been created after Mahabharata. Baahubali: The Beginning also teaches.
@CholericCleric @DigestSas @Mamdhata Lao Tsu may differ but ideal Kshatriya spirit in war is the heroic preparedness for supreme sacrifice.
@sgiridhar007 @harigiri941 Yeah what @Mamdhata dismissively terms as Moral relativism! @Auro_Mere @Sheks65 @srin151a

While thinking of reforming the sociopolitical order, it's instructive to ponder over the Evolutionary purpose certain deformities serve.
Much saner to think about the state of India spanning one's lifetime than parroting imaginary past glory or future demographic apprehensions.
Macrobatics by careerists is an entertaining enterprise but lay persons must apply enough caution to cover themselves with adequate cushion.
There are many disappointments in life like you can't have your cake and eat it too. Whether to use Apps or visit the main site is one more.
@sandipsabharwal @smarket Yeah. Book value is a nuisance; only the market price matters and gambling goes on in the name of price discovery!
@indiatvnews INR and Sensex should now be pruned to their "multiplied by 100" level for conserving enormous time and energy for typing them.
RSS must assure the countrymen that it is adhering to Dharma in all its dealings with Statecraft. Else empty slogans being Hindu meaningless.
Anyone deprecating British Raj must never forget how it ushered in Unity, Modernity, and Development in spite of wars, rebellions, & terror.
No one should ever overlook the heroic role that Churchill performed in trouncing Hitler and how India stood by him at that crucial hour.
As Uncle Tom's Cabin, which I had read repeatedly as a preteen, crosses my mind from time to time, the Black issue seems to be really acute.
Watching Schindler's List was a heart wrenching experience. Blessed By Fire on Falklands War also leaves one sad and dejected. Not fiction!

One feels terribly irritated when those who criticise Modi happen to be strong supporters of Congress dynasty. What a travesty of democracy!
@chinmaykrvd All part of Modi's PR game; to generate sympathy wave and unite supporters and fence sitters by exposing hardened detractors.
@India_Policy How the Modi regime is corrupting the minds of young generation is far more crucial to discuss than Nehru or Mahalanobis model.
Each BJP supporter I follow has lambasted Kejriwal and even his parents. People may not follow GDP figures but know what a college degree is.
Oppose AAP, BJP, and Congress for establishing an ethical political culture under the inspiration of Sri Aurobindo's Evolutionary vision.
Current states of BJP, RSS, and Modi Govt. don't reflect ethical ideals so clearly set forth in numerous books. SM regulars skirt the issue.
Wise voices like Arun Shourie, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, and Yogendra Yadav not finding a place in Parliament is a bad sign for Indian Democracy.
RW was expected to produce a superior intellectual environment but their fixation with history and war on AIT is proving to be suffocating.
Finding the golden mean between what the West and Ancient India offer is the most challenging task for the present generation. #FiveDreams
@ragub6 Psychology, Cognitive sciences, and Consciousness studies are the most fertile fields where Ancient India has contributed the most.
@irfhabib They represent two extremes which has harmed the country. Time now to arrive at the golden mean as envisaged by Sri Aurobindo.
Those who are aware of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo understand that history must be looked at with Hitler as focus. Same for future prospects.
Educated Indians must think for themselves instead of blindly supporting their Party. That is how Democracy can get nonstop Oxygen supply.
It will be a truly new birth for India when Sri Aurobindo is accorded the honour he deserves and Mythology, Astrology, and Rituals lose grip.
May 15, 2016: Ex-Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi addressing anti-Reservation meet in Delhi today; @shantprakash presided.
@AnirbanFromRLF There is a general impression that actual writing is outsourced and often provided by the advocates. Is there any truth in it?
@ScrewedbyState A library will have its own administration, rules and regulation. So, finally it's like having miniature States everywhere.

Worth of The Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo is best understood against the trilogy by Hardt and Negri: "Empire," "Multitude," & "Commonwealth"
RSS keeps on reminding a section of citizens that you are terrorists, your forefathers were invaders, and your intellectuals are Communists.
RSS is a prisoner of narratives the ill effects of which has been ably challenged by postmodernism to rescue individual liberty and dignity.
Instead of looking at every child born in India as our own, RSS makes a distinction in terms of religion and spreads antipathy between them.
Twitter facilitates debate but ensuring honesty and integrity of arguments demands high level of virtue and sincerity of purpose by players.
RSS supporters don't question Science but show an instinctive suspicion of Humanities discourse emanating from theWest without justification.
Humanity has made tremendous progress in Science by austere application of logic. Same level of integrity needed in interrogating Humanities.
RSS communication is modelled on the word of mouth which facilitates rumour mongering and propagating unsubstantiated versions of history.
RSS adherents swear by Dharma but when it comes to discourse, their instinctual doublespeak and circumventing the issue comes to the fore.
Leftist academics are equally to blame when it comes to examining sociopolitical reality of the country. They have often served blatant lies.
@PoMoGandhi Complains galore regarding the history books.
@PoMoGandhi I have no competence to respond to you but on one point I feel I'm Sure. Sri Aurobindo is always ignored
@slicesofIife @Whine_King People do hold a thousand things more dear than money. Besides no man is equipped enough to assess value for money.
@sreemoytalukdar Those rising from grassroots having own political base or fighting for a cause should be supported. So, he doesn't qualify.
@EvoLandscapes Just like Sanskrit, Americans now want to dominate Indian and other philosophical streams. They will set the agenda always.
No one talks of expressing dissent in party forums, any more. Now, dissent is being driven out of Twitter also. This is how fascism devours.
@vs70 Your diagnosis is always perfect. But my indications are to the whole ecosystem.
UP matters and the present four cornered fight would benefit BJP. Wanted a fifth axis for chaotic intervention and providing a firm option.
There are thousands of educated Indians who are dissatisfied with the present political parties. They must unite under a new party like SEP.
By joining SEP, you take the responsibility of shaping the future of the country and its fledgling Democracy without resorting to theatrics.
Tweets and texts tend to create a deformed portrait of what is normal and the extent goes up in proportion to their popularity or creativity.
For instance, "Sanskrit devotional stotras chanted throughout India" gives the impression that the whole country is engaged in chanting only.
Those spreading the sentiment that our citizens are two different sets of people and are instigating others to think in those lines are mad.
Savitri Era: Sri Aurobindo inspires for not surrendering to shoddy Hindutva
@Dr_Uditraj Met you at your gate the other day just by chance. Hope to have a session of discussion on how some radical changes are needed.
@sanjivbhatt Your name is now part of history of modern India. The challenge now is to avoid partisan game and maintain credibility. Thanks.

[To discriminate between communities within a country is to sow the seeds of Hitlerism. The fullest equality must..]
[highlight our past achievements should also be given a very unbiased and objective assessment of our past failures]
José Ortega y Gasset & Alphonso Lingis are superb stylists (by Graham Harman). And now, Freud and Donald Winnicott.
@Mamdhata @ArmchairPseph [Paine used "common sense" as a weapon to delegitimize the monarchy and overturn prevailing conventional wisdom]
@thewire_in @OpIndia_com Too crowded now. I was not aware about @myindmakers before "Anushilan Samiti and Jugantar"
@myindmakers @shwetankbhushan Role of Desher Katha by Sakharam Ganesh Deuskar of Deoghar and the Marathi connection:
@sanjeevsanyal Plus [Nolini Kanta Gupta narrates events from his student years the time he spent as a revolutionary]
[CK Prahalad - like Sri Aurobindo - believed India could provide spiritual and not merely technical leadership.]
Two days National Conference inaugurated at NITTE #Nitte #NewsNirantara
Marketime: Jadavpur women have no shame; visiting temple wearing nightie

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Sri Aurobindo inspires for not surrendering to shoddy Hindutva

A software engineer, after enjoying prosperity and comforts, wants his son to be steeped in Indian culture and learn Sanskrit. Seems unfair!
Although school education is considered formative, the chance of a teenager turning rebellious and developing repulsive attitude can be high.
Many RW hands are well read and well informed but, without orientation in Sri Aurobindo's thought, exhibit immaturity and sound pedestrian.
Intellectual curiosity and peer review is what has kept the Leftist scholarship vibrant whereas RW men disregard the value of new knowledge.
Modi campaign brought a large number of young and educated to Hindutva fold. But they should protect their children from being contaminated.
Encouraging children to be influenced by the life priorities emphasised upon by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is the best parental contribution.
Development of the country is a good aim but, as far as one's own life is concerned, its aim should be more profound, advises Sri Aurobindo.
Various ideological discordances come to the fore on Twitter but Hindutva ecosystem bypasses it. Shows lack of rigour in thought and logic.
Research output by some top ranking Hindutva sympathisers should not delude one to overlook the lowly set of intellect that rules Hindutva.
Hierarchy and sycophancy are cornerstone of Hindutva ecosystem that kills countless instances of self-determination. True for knowledge too.
Sri Aurobindo has theorised on how a society evolves and Hindutva can be compared with a horse galloping & gasping to keep pace with a train.
Large contingent of young and educated supporting Hindutva but pure intellectual scrutiny of issues and challenges are smothered by religion.
West and the Left ignore Sri Aurobindo; Hindutva disregards him. That doesn't mean that whatever he has written is worthless or dispensable.
Power and politics provide a very interesting arena to the young for exhibiting talent but they also owe a responsibility to pure knowledge.
Sri Aurobindo has shown that knowledge can live and lead its own independent life without utilitarian considerations and pragmatic pincers.
Keeping a whole people at level of festivals may be politically expedient but no nation can be great if new frontiers of knowledge blocked.
Facts of history, including twisted, imagined, and legends generated versions, are venerated by Hindutva folks while philosophy is ignored.
Higher education is difficult, pursued by a few and hence Sri Aurobindo remains as a target to chase by not surrendering to shoddy Hindutva.
"Integral Management" paper presentation plus visiting several lovely locations in the vicinity of Nitte, Karnataka.

Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Sanskrit as an echo-chamber for an ecosystem built around Mythology, Rituals, and Votebank

No means to escape despicable social realities encountered on a day-to-day basis but The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, mercifully, provide a lens.
The "All life is yoga" formula also is a unique motivator as one's every action turns profound at once as glimpsed in the Odia legend Manika.
Political parties, Corporate world, and Media are running on anti-Democratic and anti-Evolutionary lines. That's reason enough for change.
No point whining about past wrongs. With honest will, everything can change. But our educated mass is callous and support theatre not ethics.
If you want to self-certify yourself as an intellectual, then reading (not following) Hegel’s Phenomenology of Mind at least once is a must.
Unable to forget the tyranny of memorising Declension Tables in school, I don't think it's worthwhile to spend time on learning Sanskrit.
@Ozymandias1993 Not only difficulty but from utility point of view also I have not benefitted from Sanskrit. So I advise the same to others.
@Ozymandias1993 He has to sell his books. I am interested in marketing Sri Aurobindo's books in English like SAVITRI and The Life Divine.
@Ozymandias1993 It means what? You can Google to find out about me more.
@Ozymandias1993 I'm not against specialisation or personal choice. My point is learning Sanskrit shouldn't be thrust on schoolgoing children.
@Ozymandias1993 Each thing has its own merit, even Kathakali. But, considering demands of modern professions, Sanskrit retards intellect.
@Ozymandias1993 My emphasis is on modern professions and school children learning English is more helpful than Sanskrit or Kathakali dance.
@Ozymandias1993 Debate is also part of Indian tradition and accepting what is good for human welfare should be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
@Ozymandias1993 Heritage, tradition, uniting linguistically etc. are your own choice of Ideology but modern India is moving as per Market.
@Ozymandias1993 I give empirical evidence based on my personal experience (I'm 60) and having lived in a Metropoli & observing for 30 years.
@Ozymandias1993 Market doesn't move so abruptly or arbitrarily. It's collective wish and wisdom operating subject to navigation by Evolution.
@Ozymandias1993 Being anchored to Market is not a fault it's a superior virtue. New generation decides what it wants, what language or faith.
@Ozymandias1993 Indians have suffered due to, and fought against, Sanskrit apartheid for centuries and there is still tremendous resistance.
@Ozymandias1993 Market is never perfect; in fact, it is propelled by information asymmetry. Like air, it rushes wherever there is vacuum.
@Ozymandias1993 One thing one can do is not to anchor oneself to the past, any poetic imagination, and march forward applying common sense.
@Ozymandias1993 There are. But it's not question of Dalits alone. Growth of regional languages, prakrit, as protest or evolution are facts.
@a_r_j_u_n @Ozymandias1993 I'm not against specialisation or research, I repeat. My opposition is to school education and when imposed.
@a_r_j_u_n @Ozymandias1993 Sanskrit might have benefited you but that is no assurance for the hope that it would benefit the next generation.
@rajivchandran @Ozymandias1993 irrational coveting fuels Market like people visiting foreign countries and exotic locations. Similar case.
@Ozymandias1993 Indian situation (Market) can't be compared with a tiny Israel or any other Country (Market) for that matter. @a_r_j_u_n
@Ozymandias1993 @a_r_j_u_n Demands of modern professions was the context but I'm not writing a dissertation here. The sense should suffice.
@sgpriolkar @Ozymandias1993 The State is also part of Market. Even climate & planets are included. Human imagination & longing has no limits.
@TejasOmkara @a_r_j_u_n @Ozymandias1993 Modernity demands that we don't think in racial terms and accept cosmopolitanism & liberty as guide.
@Ozymandias1993 @TejasOmkara @a_r_j_u_n Dichotomy is artificial. We are 7b. inhabiting one planet. Market of course generates shifting poles.
@Ozymandias1993 @a_r_j_u_n Historical data is a poor predictor of the future. Further, Market abhors repetitions. India is Uniquely India.
@sunilpandita72x @TejasOmkara @a_r_j_u_n @Ozymandias1993 Indian Constitution is our guide which China, Japan, or Korea can't even dream of.
@srin151a @Ozymandias1993 Market invents ability and its alternative transmission by responding to deficiencies via chaotic interventions.
@srin151a @Ozymandias1993 Nothing is outside the Market and its progression is irreverent of human life span or Calendar divisions of time.
@srin151a @Ozymandias1993 Individuals are surely clueless before the complex dynamics of the Market and hence no one should claim prescience.
@srin151a State is part of Market. Market is never perfect nor assures swift result conforming to fond hopes. Inequity is integral to Market.
@srin151a @Ozymandias1993 Market hates fixed rules and loves to surprise. Human stupidity is the currency with which it runs its Casinos.
@Ozymandias1993 @srin151a Instead of "God," I would prefer "Evolution" in terms of Sri Aurobindo's ontological formulations and #FiveDreams
@mailparam I don't object to restricting yourself to those orbits but you need something else to measure your velocity. You may try Hegel.
Harnessing Sanskrit as echo-chamber for an ecosystem built around Mythology and Rituals may aid create a votebank but is dishonest exercise.
Perhaps the limelight on JNU speech is seducing MRP too close to the RM camp but denouncing motive of other academicians doesn't behove him.
Institutional patronage to Sanskrit can mean huge career leaps for many especially when Govt gives a push. But Mythology must not get boost.
Mother tongue is like mother's apron strings from which one must come out one day to sample what is on offer & which language supplies jobs.
Tweets and texts belong to the human civilisation and no one should claim exclusive rights over interpreting any with language as criteria.
@sathya_adv The Constitution of India has not been implemented in its true spirit till date. Only a new political party can attempt that.
@sathya_adv Right now it's in force and deriving the best out of it should be the endeavour. A political party can pilot changes to Statute.
@a_r_j_u_n @sunilpandita72x Yeah, people are dying everyday and hence all the people can't ratify it at one go. Symbolically RSS may ratify.
When in opposition, blame the Govt and when in the Govt, blame the opposition. This is the story of the great shameless Hindutva tamasha!
Dismal performance of Modi Govt during the last two years seems to have been due to one Rajdeep, if tweets emanating ceaselessly are correct.
Savitri Era: Democracy and Constitutionalism are delicate flowers #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion #Prapatti
[what is really needed is a more vigorous practice of democracy ... The argumentative tradition can be a strong ally of the underdog] Amartya Sen
[@SavitriEraParty @srin151a It almost sounds like Sri Mohapatra is talking about God. ☺️]
[@SavitriEraParty Ah! an Advaitin becoming modern by spewing inanities about the "Market". Well done sir. Alas, your economics is good either]

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Democracy and Constitutionalism are delicate flowers

Prapatti is a pioneer of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's movement in Odisha. Homage to our beloved leader & visionary on his birth anniversary.
Democratic values are Evolutionary triggers which are sure to achieve victory and hence a new party like Savitri Era is the only option now.
Congress, BJP, BSP, SP, or AAP etc. don't want any change; their aim is surval. Only a new party like Savitri Era can bring radical changes.
Murmurs of dissatisfaction are audible from all the parties and joining hands under the Savitri Era Party banner is the most viable option.
Congress tightening its Dynastic rule & pushing a puppet Prime Minister is a fateful tragedy of the 21st Century and for human civilaisation.
Those obsessed with Aurangzeb-Shivaji, Sanskrit, or AIT-OIT etc. are certainly not the tribe who would be interested in future of Democracy.
Most intellectuals agree that there should be change but wouldn't back any new party. This bond with the status quo is a formidable barrier.
@raaxus @a_r_j_u_n @dr_madindian The responsibility of healing yourself of the pitiable ideology that you are afflicted with is solely yours.
@smarket All Nationalised Banks should be taken over by RBI and SBI should be a competing monolith by gobbling its Associates plus Pvt Banks.
Rajya Sabha seats should be filled up by a list system drawn on the basis of State Assembly election results for proportional representation.
Each Lok Sabha and State Assembly Constituency should elect two representatives: one man and one woman securing the highest number of votes.
@bhoopalp Admirable sentiments but concerted portrayal of Muslims as culprits and threatening a 'Mullah at your door' turns them suspicious.
@bhoopalp Agree; foregrounding Sri Aurobindo is one such task. But, misdeeds of past Kings should not be used against present day Muslims.
@bhoopalp Can't understand, with your strongman in power, what sort of danger you anticipate. Why this rumour mongering in orchestration?
Peddling hackneyed angry epithets is no substitute for argument and reason. Educated Indians must read Sri Aurobindo for conceptual clarity
@dr_madindian @a_r_j_u_n Easy to tweet filmy dialogue by being anonymous. Btw, why so many RW ultra-patriots hide their identity? Manliness?
@dr_madindian @a_r_j_u_n I feel happy that you are affected. The contagion of Sri Aurobindo can work miracles with fundamentalist attitude.
@dr_madindian @a_r_j_u_n Democracy and Constitutionalism are delicate flowers which we need to nurture with enormous patience and tolerance.
@a_r_j_u_n Better to talk in terms of an individual than saying 'we'. Rest of the problems are to be handled by our elected Govt. Why fret?
@dr_madindian You choose to be a prisoner of imagined calamities and call yourself mad. I think your self deserves kinder treatment by you.
@dr_madindian @a_r_j_u_n Thanks for being lenient but I am astonished that a puny individual can curse a whole race and a whole people.
@a_r_j_u_n @dr_madindian Interfering in the internal affairs of other nations is not in consonance with modern day international law, I feel.
@a_r_j_u_n Conflating diverse issues clouds thinking. Determining inference beforehand is not a very desirable method of research and study.
@a_r_j_u_n The rules of the game of a Monarchy can't be judged appropriately by the ethical tenets of a democracy, a few centuries later.
@a_r_j_u_n What a King does has its own legality and validity. Spinning narratives and claiming victimhood for present politics is dishonest.
@dikgaj @a_r_j_u_n Questioning the Kings of yesteryears is futile; it's faulty both morally & methodologically. Only spreads needless hatred.
Savitri Era Party has been able to bring awareness about the significance of Sri Aurobindo as a bold thinker [TNM55]
[Patience, like gratitude, is a modest virtue whose value is often downgraded or ignored but not by Sri Aurobindo]
[Integral Yoga depends on members, not on Sri Aurobindo & Mother. The first dogma will be that it is NOT a religion]
Aurora Mirabilis: Nirodbaran, Nirmal Chandra Sahu, and Narad
rainbOwther: Guha, Foa, Verghese, and Danino
Savitri Era Open Forum: Voltaire, Darwin, Husserl, and Sri Aurobindo
Marketime: Hazlitt, Chang, Prahlad, Rajan, and Banerjee
Adam Smith's Lost Legacy
[The contrast is striking. Over 90 percent of Rotterdam in the Netherlands sits below sea level]

Monday, April 25, 2016

Sri Aurobindo as a bold thinker

Politics is about power; that's the common conception. But politics also concerns knowledge as Sri Aurobindo has proved through his writings. His very first paragraph in The Life Divine pulls the rug out from under the feet of the then formidable "God is dead" thesis, so effortlessly. Similarly, one would imagine that Sri Aurobindo is writing commentaries on the Veda and Upanishads to popularise them but, in effect, he is subverting the age old foundations of the Hindu religion. The more one reads Sri Aurobindo's works, the more one is converted. And that is the reason why our learned Nehruvians and Marxists as well as the Hindutva votaries dread him so severely and keep him out of the University syllabus and political discourse.

However, Internet has turned the tables on them and Savitri Era Party has been able to bring awareness to lots of people who, otherwise, would not have been able to know about the significance of Sri Aurobindo's works. As education spreads and communication expands, the Evolutionary agenda of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo will find takers spontaneously among the youth. And then the edifices of the present day parties will begin to crumble irrevocably. [TNM55]

blogs.timesofindia Sagarika Ghose in Bloody Mary
Apr 1, 2015 - Why Yogendra Yadav will always lose out to Arvind Kejriwal ... Yadav is the Karl Marx to Kejriwal's Lenin, the difference being that Marx was .... Yet every political party whether Samajwadi Party and Ram Manohar Lohia or the original Janata Party and Jayaprakash Narayan, requires a bhishma pitamaha, an intellectual ancestor, who becomes the party’s moral voice. It’s a tragedy that with the departure of Yogendra Yadav, AAP has lost its Bhishma. But perhaps Yadav and Bhushan’s mistake was to believe that their formidable cerebral attainments would give them a natural pre-eminence in a system which shuns thinkers and instead gravitates towards those with a mass connect, where, whether we like it or not, winner takes all. As they say in the Hindi belt, Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar.

2. An excerpt from Michel Danino’s book “Indian Culture and India’s Future”.
Voltaire, one of the first to expose the countless inconsistencies in the Bible, could hardly disguise how it filled him with “horror and indignation at every page”. In particular, he found the plethora of laws dictated by Jehovah “barbaric and ridiculous”. The U.S. revolutionary leader and thinker Thomas Paine wrote of the Old Testament in this Age of Reason:
"Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon that the word of God. It is a history of wickedness, that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind; and, for my own part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel."
With the growth of materialistic science, in particular Darwinian evolution, such views which were revolutionary at the time of Voltaire, became widespread. Bernard Shaw, for example, described the Bible god as “a thundering, earthquaking, famine striking, pestilence launching, blinding, deafening, killing, destructively omnipotent Bogey Man.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the courageous U.S. pioneer of woman rights movement, wrote in 1898, “Surely the writers [of the Old Testament] had a very low idea of the nature of their God. They make Him not only anthropomorphic, but of the very lowest type, jealous and revengeful, loving violence rather than mercy. I know of no other books which so fully teach the subjection and degradation of woman.” Mark Twain put it in his own way: 
“Our Bible reveals to us the character of our god with minute and remorseless exactness. The portrait is substantially that of a man – if one can imagine a man charged and overcharged with evil impulses far beyond the human limit… It is perhaps the most damnatory biography that exists in print anywhere. It makes Nero an angel of light and leading by contrast.” 
On another occasion he added, “It ain’t the parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.” Freud, seeing in Jehovah an all too human creation, subjected him to psychoanalysis – a dream of a subject for a psychoanalyst. Aldous Huxley called the Old Testament “a treasure trove of barbarous stupidity [full of] justifications for every crime and folly.” In fact, Huxley traced the “wholesale massacres” perpetrated by Christianity to Jehovah’s “wrathful, jealous, vindictive character, just as he attributed “the wholesale slaughter” of Buddhists and Hindus by invading Muslims to their devotion for a “despotic person”. Albert Einstein said, “I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own – a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty.”
Because a few intellectuals had the courage to state the obvious, the power of Christianity was greatly reduced in the West. Yet I have always marveled that Indians should learn about Christianity neither from those bold Western thinkers nor from their own inquiry, but from bigots who continue to pretend that the Age of Enlightenment never happened. Posted at 3:11 PM

3. Defender of the Faith? The Times Magazine By MARK EDMUNDSON NYT: September 9, 2007
Though Freud hoped that mankind would pass beyond religion, he surely took inspiration from the story of Moses, a figure with whom he had been fascinated for many years. (He published his first essay on the prophet in 1914.) Freud wanted to lead people, and he wanted to make conceptual innovations that had staying power and strength: for this there could be no higher exemplar than the prophet.
“Moses and Monotheism” indicates that Freud, irreligious as he was, could still find inspiration in a religious figure. Something similar was true about Freud’s predecessor, Nietzsche. Nietzsche is famous for detesting Christianity, and by and large he did. But he did not detest Jesus Christ — whose spontaneity, toughness and freedom of spirit he aspired to emulate. “There has been only one Christian,” he once said, one person who truly lived up to the standards of the Gospel, “and he died on the cross.” [...]
Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Freud were all at times able to recognize religion as being what Harold Bloom has wisely called it: not the opium of the people but the poetry of the people. They read Scripture as though it were poetry, and they learned from it accordingly. Mark Edmundson teaches English at the University of Virginia. His book “The Death of Sigmund Freud: The Legacy of His Last Days” is being published this month. Posted at 8:55 AM

4. Two Atheist Philosophers Feuerbach and Schopenhauer
The Preface will make a brief mention of two important atheist philosophers. They did not belong to a particular school and stand on their own, although their influence on other philosophers was significant. 
Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872) - Feuerbach was infamous in his time for his attack on Christianity in The Essence of Christianity (1837) and his Lectures on the Essence of Religion (1848.) In Essence of Christianity he argued that the beliefs of the Christian faith are anthropology turned into religion. He maintained that unconscious processes try to overcome contradictory elements within the self by projection. All the unrealized projection of ourselves into an imaginary, non-human god resolves our difficulty without the daunting task of improving ourselves and other human beings. Essence of Religion took a slightly new direction. Feuerbach added to his original theory by stating that religions are also based on a desire of people to exceed the limits of life which are based in nature. That is why people believe in miraculous concepts and a god independent of limits. Feuerbach was very influential in the 19th Century and is an interesting philosopher for readers of atheistic literature.
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788- 1860) - Schopenhauer was an atheist who was influenced by Buddhist and Indian philosophy. He believed in the reality of the world, but thought that people’s view of it was illusory. His philosophy is contained in his magnum opus, The World as Will and Representation. He maintained that behind the world and managing it was a force he called “The Will.” The will drove people and all of nature to “mate,” “breed,” and “die.” People attempt to maintain the illusion that their life has meaning, but their movement from one desire to another is the basis of their motivation. The way out of this unsatisfactory state of being is either through art, aesthetic pleasure, contemplation, or ascetic self denial. Schopenhauer had a significant influence on Nietzsche (see Existentialism) and on Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper, 20th Century philosophers.
Brayton Polka - 2014 - ‎ReligionSchopenhauer, together with Feuerbach, whose ideas I shall discuss as a preface to Schopenhauer, who both precedes and succeeds him, undertakes to ... the radical optimist (as Schopenhauer would surely have viewed Feuerbach) who ...

India Today- Monday, April 25, 2016 
"Dance is a profession. If it is obscene, then it loses its legal sanctity. Govt regulatory measures can't be prohibitory," the Supreme Court told Maharashtra government. "It is better for women to perform in dance bars and earn than begging on streets or indulging in unacceptable activities," the top court added.

The Hindu, April 22, 2016 SUNIL KOTHARI - Championing the cause of much neglected performing arts of Ganjam District of Southern Odisha, the renowned painter, research scholar, author Dinanath Pathy joining hands with Malaysia’s artistic icon Ramli Ibrahim, through Sutra Foundation ...

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ambedkar ignored what Sri Aurobindo wrote

Reading Sri Aurobindo's books in original and not in translation is important since it's not the substance alone but also the sound of words.
Sri Aurobindo has written at length on Mantra and in his writings both prose and poetry has infused the power of inspired word combinations.
Sri Aurobindo can be considered as one offering a sympathetic framework to build upon.
Most contemporaries of Sri Aurobindo did not read his epochal works. The present generation too is no better but would soon be compelled to.
Ambedkar did admirable study on society and religion but unfortunately ignored what Sri Aurobindo wrote.
If support for Hindutva clouds your thinking and public pronouncements, then the intellectual environment suffers to a considerable extent.
Supporters are terribly disappointed with Modi now, but still fail to understand that BJP has got no fuel to grow further. So, Savitri Era.
No matter if they scrupulously avoid to follow or RT me but what I have been harping on for the last four years is unfolding slowly & surely.
Savitri Era: Any blossoming of credibility anywhere in the age of paid-media therefore is surely a real gain [TNM55]
Savitri Era: Sidelining mythological symbols should form a valid goal - Pratyusha Banerjee or Rohith Vemula as theory
Being organised under the banner of a political party is a better option with long term and additional advantages.
"If wishes were horses, beggars would ride"
What's your take on Minhaz Merchant?
[Sri Aurobindo’s Action does necessarily need to include political aspect of Society into Its scope. ~Barin Chaki]
[Debashish Banerji, professor, South Asian Philosophy, Culture and Art at California Institute of Integral Studies.]
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