Savitri Era of those who adore,

Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Informed reappraisal of Gandhi vis-à-vis Sri Aurobindo

Katju controversy provides an wonderful opportunity for informed reappraisal of Gandhi vis-à-vis Sri Aurobindo and his prophecies. @mkatju
Admiring persons of average intellectual capability in politics, business, and entertainment shouldn't legitimise similar state in academics.
Top intellectuals like @sgurumurthy, @RajivMessage, and @Swamy39 are clearly functioning as instruments of anti-Evolutionary forces. Alas!
If Indians can understand the significance of Sri Aurobindo supporting the British in fighting Hitler, then a major shift can be established.
Modern schooling system has taken over many functions from the Religions but is not able to protect children from the tyranny of Mythology.
Tension between Religions are basically differing Ontological views which The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have been able to bridge with finesse.
For many, Philosophy is merely a discipline whereas for Sri Aurobindo, it's Evolution guiding individuals in the path of "All life is Yoga."
Sri Aurobindo has produced sufficient intellectual fodder for winning Philosophical arguments and backed it up with lots of intuitive Poetry.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo established an Ashram in Puducherry for dissemination of new thought and Philosophy integrating East and West.
Your broad impressions on the Veda, Upanishads, or Gita are drawn from diverse sources, all defective. Read Sri Aurobindo for authenticity.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo emphasise upon individual uniqueness and how one can be free from collective comfort zones and allied delusions.
That great treasure of wisdom is available in Sanskrit works is a superstition & adds to confusion of those who have not read Sri Aurobindo.
Look at Religion, Culture, and Politics through the lens of Sri Aurobindo to partake of his penetrating insights and Evolutionary prophesies.
Neither Western Philosophy nor Indian Philosophy reach at any reasonable solution except Sri Aurobindo.
Philosophy is the best means of remaining free from indoctrination. Sri Aurobindo offers the best Philosophy to cut through theoretical maze.
@Lutyenspundit Most people follow their religion as per convenience. The religion should take onus in proportion to one follows its tenets.
@cpings4 Citizens must be dealt with depending upon their present status and not on the basis of what their dead forefathers did or thought.
@cpings4 Each one has his own notion and potion of culture. Indian situation is too diverse & meta-narratives have little utilitarian value.
@cpings4 If we read Sri Aurobindo, the nation has no exact fixity in the Evolutionary scale, barring being a transitional convenience. Alas!
@cpings4 It's not Universalism either; rather, the most refined form of Anarchy which will act selectively and not simultaneously upon all.
@cpings4 Group-minds are potent actors without the necessity of geographical contiguity or legality of a Nation and its irrational emotions.
@cpings4 No standard means to measure progress as Evolution is not linear and allows its tools to stoop to conquer or ally with adversaries.
@cpings4 No help here from any one else except slowly developing one's critical faculty by reading the books of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo.
Twitter is an excellent source of News and instant comments on them but regrettably, what I get to read of late is History and more History.
Most on Twitter are obsessed with History; 21st Century is beyond their mental horizon. Many also denounce Science but okay with Mythology!
Observing a History-free day on Twitter is necessary to heal people of the habit of stuffing their TLs with needless details of past events.
No one demands a model legal framework with democratic succession provisions for management of Temples etc. by revoking Govt control on them.
RSS' new jugglery 'DNA-wise Hindus' will rank as joke of the Century. Why can't they leave individuals to own their own lives is perplexing.
Just because BSP is weak, don't assume that the Dalit question is no longer of any importance. Dealing with it is the most challenging task.
Whether the Veda is anti-Hindu
[The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs: A Critical Appraisal]
[Overman Foundation - Introduction to Sri Aurobindo Studies: A Certificate Course]
[The Sri Aurobindo Ashram and its Administration Insightful article by Jayantilal Parekh that every sadhak must read.]

Friday, March 13, 2015

No one can forgive Heehs

He has other minor complains regarding the book, but Pankaj Bagaria gives a clean chit to Heehs as regards his crime in page 326 of The Lives of Sri Aurobindo. I don't agree.

Heehs was conscious of what he is writing and tried to build an atmosphere in a perfect screenplay style so that there is no lacuna in the purvapaksha. He has done it like a consummate artist for which he deserves encomiums. The reader is led up the garden path and then told magisterially the hard truth. 

No one can forgive Heehs. He has to suffer ridicule all his life for that single act. Meanwhile, extracts from his great work will be quoted and requoted in more and more books not only in India but across distant seas and lands. [TNM55]

Whether the Veda is anti-Hindu

Envisaging the path of Evolution, The Mother & Sri Aurobindo preached true spirit of religion sans any Mythology, Rituals, or superstition.
Personality cult in politics is derived from Mythology. Following Sri Aurobindo is only way to be free from pernicious effects of Mythology.
To remain prisoner of distorted History is as pernicious as being surrendered to Mythology. Young Indians must reclaim their independence.
Katju has a right to comment on persons and events and all right thinking people must support him for his courage and denounce RS stricture.
RS must withdraw its condemnation of @mkatju and assure citizens that they are free to hold any opinion on anyone and there are no holy cows.
RS must not intimidate citizens for their views on history. Healthy debate and analysis of facts must have priority over propaganda. @mkatju
What @mkatju is pointing at is an honest reexamination of historical accounts. Such academic activity must not be suppressed nor condemned.
Katju's reading of Gandhi may not be far from facts but lacks a holistic sense. Sri Aurobindo turns out to be the best analyser of Gandhi.
@PawanDurani Recite SAVITRI a-page-a-day and join Savitri Era Party for National rejuvenation under The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's inspiration.
Forget Mythology. Understand the Vedic terms in their original sense from Sri Aurobindo and discover their deep psychological significances.
Forget the debate over beef-eating. Go means light as in Golaka, Gomati, Gaveshana, etc. Sri Aurobindo unveils inner sense of the Veda.
Forget Mythology. Indra means mind, the lord of Indriyas (senses) represented by the sky. Learning the Veda from Sri Aurobindo is revealing.
Ostentatious display of Rituals by rich & influential people is blindly followed by others who remain poor, both intellectually & materially.
Mythology eclipsing Philosophical curiosity & intellectual interrogation is so prevalent that festivals are considered the be all & end all.
Engaging with Sri Aurobindo intellectually is the most appropriate course for Indians to understand their roles for the National resurgence.
Mythology and superstitions are so ingrained in Indians that they fail to imagine how life can be without them. Sri Aurobindo shows the way.
Throwing out senseless Mythology and Rituals is a must if India wants to be a modern nation as envisaged by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo.
Dreaming a world-class nation with abysmal country-class citizens is absurd. Indians must follow Sri Aurobindo to see it reach great heights.
Sri Aurobindo built a robust Ontology in his magnum opus, "The Life Divine" upon Judeo-Vedic essences by keeping Mythology and Rituals out.
Sri Aurobindo introduced Logic of the Infinite and Exclusive Concentration to erect an Integral Advaita bridging Judeo-Vedic perspectives.
Hindutva suffers serious infirmities in the eyes of Sri Aurobindo who offers a paradigm that is universal and stems from Vedic perspective.
There is no chance that the modern generation will welcome Hindutva. But then, the question is what's the alternative? It's Sri Aurobindo.
Many women protagonists appear in Sri Aurobindo's poems and plays but few Indians have heard of them or had the chance of reading the texts.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo never encouraged judging with the Gender lens so that each individual proceeds in his or her unique discovery.
@jadhav_in It's up to each individual to decide how he'll proceed with intellectual development and where and how he would breach tradition.
@jadhav_in If it is really an awakening, then it's good. But intellectual churning and critical thinking is a must, else it's all parroting.
Many post pictures of Mythology related sculptures with great pride but never appreciate the grand architecture of Sri Aurobindo's SAVITRI.
Temple sculpture may receive attention as Art but shouldn't privilege Mythology as a dominant influence on Politics, Economics, or Science.
Mythological fiction, not only numbs political aspiration, but also legitimises abhorrent social hierarchies. Sri Aurobindo is the way out.
@cbhanp Following Sri Aurobindo is the most appropriate path for Indians, if creating a futuristic and just society is the objective.
Young Indians deriving esteem and belongingness by hero-worshipping Modi or Kejriwal is understandable. May future grant them understanding!
Emancipation from the tentacles of Mythology, Meta-narratives, & Hyperreality (Jean Baudrillard) is not easy unless one reads Sri Aurobindo.
New political culture must be reason based instead of pandering to symbols or socializing devices. Following Sri Aurobindo facilitates.
Anti-Western sentiments has its own validity but valorising Mythology by relinquishing critical faculty by young and educated is unfortunate.
Those who are interested in working for Hindu interest should form a separate organisation instead of burdening BJP with their narrow agenda.
Books and Films try to create some pre-release controversy to gain attention. Govt. and MPs too help the process, as has happened recently.
AAP supporters are getting rid of their illusion of Alternative Politics; Hindutva enthusiasts yet to be done with dreaming Glorious India.
BJP is happy at AAP discomfiture but forgets that it'd face a similar prospect in the near future. Tanashahi is tolerated for a while only!
@Parikramah Kejriwal brooks no dissent & should have put his detractors tactically in the Margdarshak Mandal taking a leaf out of BJP's book
@amreekandesi Kejriwal would soon realise his mistake of asking for five years only though Delhi was willing to be leased to him for 99 yrs!
The way AAP saga is unfolding, the 49 days jinx looms large and the real RSS machinations may come out in the open sooner rather than later.
Why only AAP, considering their stance on various issues over Twitter, Modi fans can be said to be divided into a dozen factions. Democracy!
Were the members of the new National Executive of BJP elected by the cadre? If not, what kind of internal democracy is this? Just eyewash?
Both AAP & BJP need adequate mechanism for internal democracy and transparent debate on issues of national importance in National Executive.
At critical moments, the Govt must be supported unequivocally when it's acting in the overall National Interest with futuristic perspective.
Modi is turning a victim of his grandiose utterances and assurances; nevertheless deserves support while negotiating tough political terrain.
Decentralisation, transparency etc. are the means and not the core philosophy around which a party should grow. Definite ideology is a must.
@centerofright @swarupdas @doubtinggaurav RS should get new members on PR basis after every State election to have representative character.
@pras4net Nitish is a seasoned politician and specific issues have multiple dimensions. He is surely better equipped than BJP to handle them.
@pras4net Nitish installing Manjhi may not be a model situation but such political exigencies happen. Besides Nitish is best among available.
@pras4net You are mixing too many issues. Manjhi is a non-entity and has nothing to do with my original tweet. I'm optimistic about future.
@pras4net Even after Nitish was democratically elected as the leader, the Governor refused to recognise him and finally Democracy prevailed.
@pras4net Predetermined imposition is the RSS modality but a Democratic party would throw leaders at various levels through open voting.
@pras4net RSS has thousand other flaws and BJP inherits them. Nitish has no such baggage, he can evolve, assimilate and chart new directions
@pras4net The flame of hope kindled during the JP Movement burns still in our hearts despite the bizarre consequences. Future may be better.
Free India has not been able to produce a principled political party yet. Time is ripe now to create one under Sri Aurobindo's inspiration.
Modi & Kejriwal are twin aberrations country is suffering from at present. Bihar win for Nitish Kumar will lead to sanity at national level.
Democracy is an elegant path but the players must always be prepared to face the Great Leader's wrath since questioning him is blasphemy.
All mobs are mobilized today with strings pulled from different corners of the world. Pity that Anna Hazare befooled with his fake naiveté.
YY turns a living legend today and takes a firm seat among the great soldiers of Democratic principles and Transparency in public life. Mar 4
It's regrettable that anyone opting for Naturopathic treatment in future will be looked at with suspicion. Delhi CM must not have feigned!
Like IPTA, Religions have exploited aesthetic needs by pushing Mythology through music, plays and poetry. Sri Aurobindo is the only way out.
Life's aim is not merely following one's Religion but discovering the direction and demands of Evolution regardless of past accomplishments.
Religion, as Sri Aurobindo conceptualises it, is basically aspiration for Perfection and being a willing vehicle of the Evolutionary Force.
Religion does have large dose of utility value for social harmony but needn't be restricted to it. Individual must seek scope for full play.
Savitri deals with the theme of Death & how to overcome it. Sri Aurobindo's most ambitious creation is a must read to understand his vision.
Recite SAVITRI a-page-a-day and join Savitri Era Party to work for National rejuvenation under The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's inspiration.
Odisha is in the forefront in disseminating the Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo among the masses through hundreds of Integral Education Centres.
@BHPanimalwatch Is Pollock aware of Sri Aurobindo's works? Has he commented upon his Vedic hermeneutics?
An extract from Sri Aurobindo's famous letter to his wife dated August 30, 1905: [My third madness is that while ...]
@Zeteticus The Mother & Sri Aurobindo offer the most insightful theories on the subject.
[Sri Aurobindo was also engaged in countering and exposing the Media of the day which was peddling lies & falsehoods]
[The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs – A Critical Appraisal]
[For Humanities/English Lit/Soc Sc junkies: What exactly is the point in publishing 10000th article on Shakespeare]
Online articles are avidly read and recommended on Twitter. References to books and their Professor authors are almost negligible. So sad!
Most people on Twitter suffer from a false self-righteousness which can be healed by understanding the Integral psychology of Sri Aurobindo.
Misfortune of India is some really well meaning people on Twitter repose their faith on people like Modi and Kejriwal and the country weeps.
There're a few seminal studies on Sri Aurobindo
@jadhav_in Integral Yoga of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo
@jadhav_in Religions are not permanent, they reside in the mind. Once someone is convinced about a new thought, the edifice is over. Simple!
@jadhav_in First, you have to decide for yourself whether Veda is anti-Hindu. If yes, you can label the followers of Sri Aurobindo as such.
@jadhav_in In my original tweet, I had mentioned Sri Aurobindo opposing all major religions. So no question of promoting any other religion.
@jadhav_in Although The Mother & Sri Aurobindo never wanted to establish a new Religion or Political Party we are now calling it Savitri Era.
@jadhav_in There's no one who can claim of preaching Sri Aurobindo absolutely right. All are subjective opinions. Each one must read him.
@jadhav_in So make a due diligence, if there's any merit in their claims instead of dismissing them outright. Sri Aurobindo needs to be read.
@jadhav_in SEP draws its inspiration from Sri Aurobindo and opposes all other Parties.
@jadhav_in Not exactly in that spirit. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo worked for re-establishing the Integral Vedic Harmony all over the Globe.
@jadhav_in I'm my own self; it's for others to judge and label.
Bondage to Sri Aurobindo is voluntary and joyful
Savitri Era of those who adore,
Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Integral Advaita bridging Judeo-Vedic perspectives

This is an excellent overview of a very complex scenario. It appears that there can be no second view but, fortunately, Sri Aurobindo was writing in a journal on these kind of topics on month to month basis 100 years back. He foresaw an Evolutionary track for the whole humanity seeking unity but not uniformity. Thus, the present notion of Hindutva suffers serious infirmities in the eyes of Sri Aurobindo, who offers an alternative paradigm that is universal and stems from the Vedic perspective. [TNM55]

Sri Aurobindo introduced notions like the Logic of the Infinite and Exclusive Concentration to erect an Integral Advaita bridging Judeo-Vedic perspectives. Relying upon such modern and Evolutionary contributions must receive priority over over-venaration of ancient texts. [TNM55]

Democracy or political parties don't operate in a vacuum; they are about people and human nature. Without understanding them nothing perfect can we expect. Sri Aurobindo has delved deep into these issues; how an individual should evolve and imbibe values for an ideal mode of collective living including Democracy. The more people read Sri Aurobindo, the greater the chance of social transformation and ethical revolution. [TNM55]

There is no better book than The Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo that explains the existence of God in relation to the world. [TNM55]

Friday, February 27, 2015

Bondage to Sri Aurobindo is voluntary and joyful

Coleridge and Arnold, Emerson and Eliot, Bankim and Bipin: Sri Aurobindo drew his ideas of National Education from diverse sources.
Although Mazzini is said to be his inspiration, Sri Aurobindo blends Romantic poetry with Vedic dialectic to carve out his Nationalist ideal.
Sri Aurobindo explains how ideologies have changed over millennia and role of Indians in following the Vedic dialectic of Integral Evolution
How Sri Aurobindo combated the narrow furrows of medieval philosophies and established the Vedic dialectic of Integral Evolution is heroic.
Sri Aurobindo joins issue with formidable philosophical authorities of the past & hence understanding his arguments diligently is important.
No better book than The Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo that explains the existence of God in relation to world. [TNM55]
@souvickch The Human Cycle
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are the peak from whichever angle we look at. ~Posted by Tusar Nath Mohapatra #SavitriEra
Many are ready to advance number of arguments against Sri Aurobindo but not willing to check a page or two from his works.
Epic Savitri by Sri Aurobindo is a magnificent creation but how many people have read even two lines from it? Colossal indifference indeed!
Now that elections are over, RW ranks are finding it difficult to defend Mythology and Medieval practices which jar with high-flown English.
Widespread superstition that Mythology and Sanskrit can save the nation and if Sri Aurobindo wrote in English he got contaminated, is absurd.
Sri Aurobindo's works are a living testimony of that ancient texts and commentaries are not always free from errors and misinterpretations.
@jadhav_in Unfortunately, Shankara has nothing to say on the Vedas. How do you certify what is original is still a problem with the Shruti.
Mythology is being shoved down people's throat through round the year fairs, festivals, celebrations. Sri Aurobindo invites to Vedic wisdom.
Sri Aurobindo has unequivocally talked about the future course that humanity will take and how dominant religions will fall by the wayside.
The young generation must be protected from the pernicious effects of Mythology, Astrology, and Rituals by exposing them to Sri Aurobindo.
Hindutva has become electorally unviable and no amount of muscle flexing or chest thumping can save this anti-Evolutionary relic of the past.
Modi now understands that Congress should survive as a weak opposition at the national level instead of forces like AAP occupying its space.
Hindutva took a severe beating today by Modi speech but the reason is electoral compulsion and not internal reforms as Sri Aurobindo foresaw.
By asserting ideologies may change, Modi is trying to remind RSS that 31% votes are not enough. Pawar, Lalu, and Mulayam are also allies.
Modi is undergoing his weakest phase and would be amenable to compromises. Forthcoming Bihar disaster can prove to be a great leveller.
Modi and Shah usurping both the top positions is height of hubris and Bhagwat will not rest in peace until Gadkari is rehabilitated suitably.
@inrealisation Merit will continue to matter as long as Universities and their grading exists. Knowledge is hierarchical within a paradigm.
@inrealisation No such watertight compartments for knowledge and bliss and if you are aware of postmodernism, all matters of interpretation.
@inrealisation Thanks for the compliments. No escape from the fact that the world is hierarchical and there is always room at the top.
@inrealisation Reading is a subjective activity and assimilation, still more disparate. So nothing coercive indoctrination here. Free & fair.
@inrealisation You returned to your earlier argument: Whatever happened in history will be repeated in future. Sri Aurobindo is different.
@inrealisation It's education, so that one can be conscious of collaborating with the Evolution instead of being affected by herd mentality.
@jadhav_in Sri Aurobindo restores to the Veda its original significance and majesty which has been appreciated by great scholars afterwards.
@inrealisation Yes as simple as that & every individual should be able to choose for himself his own reading material as well as life's path.
@inrealisation I never said about enlightenment. Let's be honest. What I have been requesting here is to shun Mythology and read Sri Aurobindo.
@inrealisation I don't know why you are bringing in other Religions. Sri Aurobindo's writings are needed for proper understanding of world.
@inrealisation I'm very much aware of my bondage to Sri Aurobindo; it's voluntary as well as joyful, don't think it a threat as you imagine.
@inrealisation Not at all. These are all misconceptions. Every one is not at the same level of Evolution. Not easy to leave Sri Aurobindo.
@inrealisation No man is an island. And therefore, prudence demands that one exercises preference for alliance/reliance after due diligence.
@inrealisation Sri Aurobindo can certainly advise better on what it means to be self reliant than the shallow sociological notion of it.
@inrealisation Why do you fear division and privilege majority or monolith? Must have heard of Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach.
@inrealisation Sri Aurobindo borrows both from India & the West and so its erroneous to bind him within any particular tradition or religion.
Mythological Trinity forces to consider even historical figures in a lot of three. Sri Aurobindo is better judged sans Savarkar or Subhas.
Facts are facts & are to be assimilated through perseverance. Demanding instant substantiation from a Twitter respondent is patently unfair.
@sarkar_swati Since you are an avid reader, I'd encourage you to discover it yourself. @rationalketan @027VivekM @curryputtar @chinmaykrvd
@SMarrtnoj There are ways in which errors of history can be avoided and in this case, Sri Aurobindo relies upon ongoing Evolutionary force.
@SMarrtnoj That's the preliminary approach, and as one gets more convinced and confident, he is engulfed by an urge for disseminating value.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Security and survival gets precedence over ethical

Both history and geography teach that there is no logic or symmetry. Anna-Kejriwal and BJP-PDP alliances are sign of more chaos in politics.
Anna Hazare is much more ethical than most politicians and hence mocking him is wrong even though his understanding of issues may be unsound.
@TRILOKHNATH For the larger cause since Anna lacks organization. The greater point is this RW habit of ad hominem attacks without any qualm.
@TRILOKHNATH Sure, that's the ethical paradigm but the question of security and survival gets precedence which sways away the individual.
@SMarrtnoj @TRILOKHNATH Anna has a Democratic right to lead political protests. Should it be called shenanigans? You may elaborate a bit.
@TRILOKHNATH @SMarrtnoj There can't be strict rules for agitations. Unlike the earlier occasions, Anna can't be accused of fueling anarchy.
@SMarrtnoj @TRILOKHNATH I'm not defending Anna nor his cause but his right to political action and his freedom to choose strategy, partners.
If a suit can be auctioned, why not land? Let there be a proper market for transparent exchange of land for, what they call, price discovery.
Demand for opening more institutions for Vedic learning is justified but unless they teach Sri Aurobindo, they will slide into superstitions.
@SMarrtnoj Threat is much deeper. Sri Aurobindo's anti-rituals interpretation of the Veda is being stoutly resisted for the last 100 years.
@SMarrtnoj I don't find much virtue in this multiple pretext. Sri Aurobindo is a modern and authentic teacher and his verdict counts for me.
@SMarrtnoj It's not merely the question of teachings; The Mother & Sri Aurobindo constitute a new Religion & hence the clash is fundamental.
@SMarrtnoj There may not be any visible conflict but Indians have been unsuccessful in imbibing Sri Aurobindo's Vedic Evolutionary paradigm.
@SMarrtnoj May be your personal opinion but Sri Aurobindo thinks differently. For him, all existing Religions are out of date and must go.
@SMarrtnoj From the political angle, tolerance and choice may be legitimate but when it comes to knowledge, merit matters and validity tops.
@SMarrtnoj Instead of being deluded by dominant and fashionable Civilisational meta-narratives, it's prudent to accept a good path for self.
@SMarrtnoj That's the preliminary approach, and as one gets more convinced and confident, he is engulfed by an urge for disseminating value.
@SMarrtnoj There are ways in which errors of history can be avoided and in this case, Sri Aurobindo relies upon ongoing Evolutionary force.
@SMarrtnoj This is also an admirable piece by Sandeep
@inrealisation Sri Aurobindo borrows both from India & the West and so it's erroneous to bind him within any particular tradition or religion.
@sarkar_swati Please avoid pigeonholing Sri Aurobindo in such a misleading fashion. @rationalketan @027VivekM @curryputtar @chinmaykrvd
Thus, the notion of political is perhaps a little wider when we evaluate Sri Aurobindo. [TNM55]
Compelling habitus of Sri Aurobindo's Letters on Yoga - available now in 4 volumes of Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo
Letters on Yoga are available now in four volumes of Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo after 65 years he passed away.
[Aurobindo lived at a time when East and West were beginning to converge... context can inspire greater sectarianism]
[@rishibagree: Anna Hazare's favorite song:
Idhar chala mein udhar chala, jaane kaha mein kidhar chala, fisal gaya, arey mein gir gaya...]

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Compelling habitus of Sri Aurobindo's Letters on Yoga

Letters on Yoga are available now in four volumes of Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo after 65 years he passed away. These comprise of his personal guidance to a number of disciples during the last 24 years of his life. Letters on other themes have been published in another four volumes. Collectively, they cover an amazing range of subjects treated with incomparable insights. However, a lot of charm is missing since the questions are not included nor the persons identified. The motive, of course, is to focus on the core subject but it can be argued that excluding trivia strikes at the very notion of All life is Yoga.

The four volumes can be said to contain all aspects of Integral Yoga. Interestingly, they were never available to the persons to whom the letters are addressed. So, they had so less to read but had the advantage of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's physical presence in compensation. The Ashram scenario, surely, was an immensely complex and vibrant opportunity with both Masters and the disciples engaged in writing as well as practice apart from other functions of community life. Reconstructing such a rich picture over long years is difficult to imagine today. But by publishing the correspondences in whole may help in creating the desired impressions.

The fact that such huge number of letters were written involving so many actors presents a very interesting situation for sociological investigation. Apart from ordinary human emotions, subjects ranged from deep psychological layers to forceful Divine interventions. Reading such narrations in cold print today may leave us cold but once permeated into our notion of reality, they hold their ground and rebound. Thus, this unique habitus or life-world retains the potential of influencing future political events with its compelling amalgamation of ethics and Evolutionary dialectic. [TNM55]

Sri Aurobindo is a challenge to Social Sciences

The Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo is the most comprehensive book as an entry point to Indian Philosophy. Many older philosophical strands, though sophisticated, bear serious deficiencies and Sri Aurobindo offers a modern Ontological framework incorporating Evolution. The book contains countless references to earlier concepts and schools by way of allusions and comparisons useful for the new entrants. Secondary literature available on the book are also diverse as well as interdisciplinary. [TNM55]

Tusar N. Mohapatra on 19 February 2015 at 3:44 pm said:
Can’t reply so precisely - being a non-specialist - as my job is just like a sign-post. There are adequate works on the subject which can satisfy such queries and concerns. However, may I add what I just tweeted:
What man must know & think and how he should act are dominant concerns for Sri Aurobindo and not merely his material needs and possessions.
Thus, the notion of political is perhaps a little wider when we evaluate Sri Aurobindo. Thanks. [TNM55]

Sri Aurobindo elucidates on the deep significance of concepts like Bhakti, Rasa, or Ananda, beyond superficial festivities and celebrations.
Sri Aurobindo is a challenge to social sciences in the sense Integral Advaita doesn't allow a neat human-centric way of conceiving reality.
By holding "All Life is Yoga" Sri Aurobindo introduces deeper causal dimensions to the popular paradigm of "Social Construction of Reality."
Sri Aurobindo helping his disciples by subtle forces should receive adequate attention like his writings to understand his place in history.
Although he wrote commentaries, Sri Aurobindo was not comfortable with traditional texts, and therefore created The Life Divine and Savitri.
A theory may be unreasonable and unacceptable but serves a valuable purpose of providing a contrast and offering tension for rival emerging.
Ridiculing political adversaries is permissible but losing respect for their scholarly or public contributions must not gain respectability.
It's fashionable now to criticise the West as well as Left-leaning academicians without appreciating how much research work we owe to them.
Indian Universities have produced scores of brilliant Philosophy Professors who are hardly recognised. Roadside Baba snatches away respect.
One may not read but must respect the quantum of labour [The Primacy of Grammar by Nirmalangshu Mukherji] via @amazon
Last Day: Indian Institute of Advanced Study stall in World Book Fair, New Delhi offering 75% off on books published till 2004. @IIASShimla
@rishibagree Nothing is considered of value these days unless covered by Delhi TV channels as National news. Local events are insignificant!
@_Mauna_ Calling it illusion may not be an objective reading of situation. There indeed is a subtle shift which you must come to terms with.
@_Mauna_ Secular / Sickular and appeasement debate that is staple among RSS supporters. The earlier stridency is no more that rampant.
Big day for Indian politics as Nitish Kumar rides to power signaling realignment of anti-BJP forces at the national level reminiscent of JP.
Nitish Kumar returns as CM of Bihar with a decidedly national stature and ambition. He deserves the support and goodwill of the whole nation.
Anna Hazare has emerged as a rallying point for the opposition and we must welcome him in his new avatar sans the taint of Kejriwal & Kiran.
@SMarrtnoj @RameshSethi1 Good economics is beyond the grasp of majority impressions and sentiments. However, latter is supreme in Democracy.
@SMarrtnoj Media, fortunately, represents Market, and hence, can't be faulted. It caters to demand and commerce. Other institutions lagging.
@SMarrtnoj You are thinking of ideal situations and fortunately there have been no Markets on textbook model. Markets evolve from clumsyness.
@SMarrtnoj Market as much needs regulators as agitators. Nothing not even anarchy is excluded from the Market. So let's welcome Anna Hazare.
@SMarrtnoj Market hates to lament about the past mistakes or crying over split milk. If we understand theory Future is full of opportunities.
@SMarrtnoj Nitti gritties are never valid for all time or nations but offer useful historical data which can be harnessed whenever required.
Sri Aurobindo's Evolutionary vision outlined in the #FiveDreams Manifesto is silently at work. Nadkarni Doctrine
[all are in the Divine, all are the Divine and there is nothing else in the Universe] Sri Aurobindo - The Synthesis of Yoga
[The human being is a complex organism which cannot be rammed into a fixed logical process or formula.] Sri Aurobindo

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo: Five Dreams Manifesto

Tusar N. Mohapatra on  said: 
Despite various strands of intervening intellectual revolutions, Sri Aurobindo remains eminently relevant, readable, and as fresh as ever, a century later. Many educated Indians know not much about Sri Aurobindo’s writings barring a couple of quotations from India’s Rebirth
Sri Aurobindo intended to dislodge stereotypical scholarship and inform discourse with sound Ontological moorings but has been stoutly resisted. Sri Aurobindo fights a political battle on the Knowledge front and is loath on compromises. Evolution to higher levels is his firm assurance. The very fact that Sri Aurobindo is not read or quoted widely is itself a political issue & constitutes the core of his Political Philosophy. [TNM55]

The Mother's birth anniversary on February 21 is an occasion to remember the contributions of an extraordinary woman who loved India so much.
The Mother asks to concentrate on change of Consciousness rather than concerning ourselves about religious formulas.
@jaya_k_ @agarwaltraining @radharaju18 Sri Aurobindo too was "Influenced by such diverse sources as the Theosophical"
Sri Aurobindo wrote and published almost throughout his life which influenced many, yet some think his political contribution is negligible.
What man must know & think and how he should act are dominant concerns for Sri Aurobindo and not merely his material needs and possessions.
Sri Aurobindo, not only explains The Secret of the Veda, but also tells the truth about following Buddha, Vivekananda, Tagore, or Gandhi.
It's because of Sri Aurobindo that we understand the deficiencies in the theories of great men like Hegel, Marx, Darwin, Nitzsche, or Freud.
Neglect of Sri Aurobindo by academia has left a whole generation ignorant about and prejudiced against him. Some day good sense will prevail.
Sri Aurobindo indicates not to stop at Dayananda, Vivekananda, Tagore or Gandhi & follow Integral Yoga based on Evolutionary Vedic dialectic.
Sri Aurobindo awakens us to the superiority of Vedic pronouncements that should form the basis of patriotism and not Mythological narrative.
In Sri Aurobindo we find diverse areas like Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Politics, Ethics, Aesthetics, & Yoga converging.
When the whole nation is debating a suit, let's recall how Sri Aurobindo refutes Shankara's interpretation of vasyam as cloth to posit house.
Phobia of the West spread in India by Swadeshi as well as anti-Colonialist enthusiasts is sure to have a debilitating effect on the Nation.
Just like Heidegger's Philosophy can't be ignored due to his brief Nazi connection, a Nation's culture and politics must be seen separately.
Just like home grown medicines, ancient & indigenous sources of aesthetic or intellectual enjoyment may not be the best; need replenishment.
Protectionism is as injurious in trade and commerce as in intellectual discourse. Western Philosophy has turned moribund sans Sri Aurobindo.
If widening and heightening of Consciousness is the task, then one must not remain bound by the history and culture of a particular country.
Mythology numbs the mind and kills curiosity as well as critical faculty. Sri Aurobindo's writings awakens to such dangers and conditioning.
Dharma and Dharmic are clever terms now to sell Mythology. Nothing to do with their sublime significance as explained by Sri Aurobindo. Alas!
No better source for intellectual churning and enrichment than ploughing through the Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo:
Sri Aurobindo's Evolutionary vision as outlined in the #FiveDreams Manifesto is in action silently. Nadkarni Doctrine
Democracy never meant one is a slave of a political party. Education should make citizens more discerning but now blind support is the norm.
@priyankac19 @ma28nav No one, not even the PM, should be deprived of the opportunity to learn and evolve; errors notwithstanding.
Should yesterday's Modi speech be seen as a sign of RSS turning more open and modern with Dattatreya Hosabale assuming a top position?
Concept of Parliament emerged when there was neither TV nor Twitter. Constitution should be rewritten to accommodate instant Citizens' views.
@DrunkVinodMehta @ADhanvantri The fact that Parrikar used to enjoy a huge reputation could be the reason of him being trapped by conspiracy.
[Mahatma Gandhi and His Contemporaries by Bindu Puri] via @amazon
[Integral education: Dr Bodh Bral] via @dailyexcelsior1 The Mother & Sri Aurobindo

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sri Aurobindo conceives a future where current faiths don't matter

Politics grapples with religions whereas Sri Aurobindo conceives a future where current faiths don't matter & fight is for human priorities.
Sri Aurobindo's Evolutionary vision as outlined in the #FiveDreams Manifesto is in action silently. Nadkarni Doctrine
Delineating a neat ideological roadmap for Hindutva, the Modi speech also points to an Ontological primacy by tracing genealogical aspects.
Amazing that concentration of Muslim population in Bihar & elsewhere is seen as a problem! Citizens will live in their country; where else?
Civil codes pushing citizens under the hegemony of different Religions and sundry Scriptures goes against the liberal spirit of Constitution.
High time to decouple Marriage and Inheritance laws from the clutch of Religions and set the citizens free to act with modern sensibilities.
Legal recognition of new Religions like Savitri Era would provide citizens ample choice and freedom to come out of the tyranny of old faiths.
@dkgdelhi Why do those who fast feel a strong need to publicise it?
Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sri Aurobindo cleanses your mind of hatred

Strategy to become PM and policy to remain PM as long as possible have obviously to be different. Modi struck right notes but Bihar pinches!
So reassuring that Kulkarni Doctrine has not run out of steam and will be of use to serious politicians of all hues. @SudheenKulkarni
Modi has just reaffirmed the oft-repeated Constitutional position on Religion whereas on Bihar imbroglio, he owes an apology to the nation.
Modi has inflicted such a punch today that many of his supporters have started speaking Greek and Latin. Modi must atone for his past sins!
@niranjan_takle On this point, speaking is enough; nothing else to be done unless actual events warrant. Even that much is being resented!
@tamhanespeaks @niranjan_takle The fault lies with President then who administered the oath of office to him. But then, each person evolves.
@rohanmintoo @Baisaaa Nevertheless, today will go down as a red letter day in the history of Hindutva movement that is groping for direction.
It's easy to accuse that Delhi verdict is responsible to bring Modi to his knees but to be fair, his Govt has been consistent on this score.
@shaidang Modi has been respectful to Gandhi and that speaks for his policy on religious diversity. His task is to occupy the Congress space.
@shaidang As you tweeted earlier, Modi is trying to win new constituencies and perceptions matter in a variety of ways. It's political march.
@shaidang The whole Hindutva focus has been misleading & younger leaders of BJP-RSS are discovering that it's counterproductive. Hence tweak.
Whether the PM attends a Christian function or joins a Temple ceremony has no distinction from the Vedic perspective and that's Indian ethos.
Those tied to form or stone must endeavor to liberate themselves from bondage & embark upon an adventure of Consciousness via Sri Aurobindo.
Sri Aurobindo explains what is best in Religion and injurious effects of Rituals & Superstition. Mythology as poetry is fine for consumption.
Intellectual lethargy has been a stumbling block for the nation but at present the challenge is overcoming prejudice against Sri Aurobindo.
Learning from Sri Aurobindo cleanses your mind of hatred and adds you to the army of Harmony that is marching towards the future Evolution.
Let your faith not stand in the way of intellectual expansion and reformulation of ideas so that one remains receptive to gifts of Evolution.
Faith is a personal property and must receive protection. Intellect is a public place and must be subjected to perpetual alien interrogation.
No better source for intellectual churning and enrichment than ploughing through the Complete Works Sri Aurobindo:
[Mr. Modi was as unambiguous as he could get] "@the_hindu: Religious tolerance should be in the DNA of all Indians:"

Monday, February 16, 2015

Sri Aurobindo, Gandhi, and the Zeitgeist

@Nikhil_7D Would you elaborate what your understanding of (or, objections to) Sri Aurobindo are, to dispel the ambiguity?
@Nikhil_7D In fact, Sri Aurobindo, too, doesn't insist upon such a strict dichotomy. There are convergences and genealogical affinities.
@Nikhil_7D How to bridge subjective perceptions should be the intention of conversation. Evolutionary Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo is for future.
@Nikhil_7D Natural state, from a scientific angle, should apply for the whole human species. But different Evolutionary stages do occur.
@Nikhil_7D Sri Aurobindo chooses to look at it as a human problem bypassing religious divides and prefers the Antagonism set out in the Veda.
@Nikhil_7D There are many Westerners among Sri Aurobindo's followers which is proof that all of them are not exactly enamoured of old faiths.
@Nikhil_7D Methodological disparity: You are ticking off my reading of Sri Aurobindo as subjective & posit your reading of Dharma universal.
@DivyaSoti @pras4net Sri Aurobindo has written books that are relevant to our times and lives which is not there in Mythological narratives.
@DivyaSoti @pras4net Sri Aurobindo is an acknowledged Social Scientist and Visionary. Just read his books without losing faith in your God.
@DivyaSoti It's better to rely upon Sri Aurobindo's words and tread the Evolutionary path. He assures that mass-conversion of minds possible.
Mythology is a malady from which Indians must liberate themselves to march towards progress & prosperity, intellectual & cultural vibrancy.
Not by spreading hatred but by spraying Harmony that the next Evolutionary goals can be achieved in which past Religions will be transformed.
@_Mauna_ Found too generalised and needlessly accusative. Expect more balanced assessment given the Zeitgeist acted through him for 30 years.
@_Mauna_ You are right; the hypocrite part made a misleading impression. So, you are inferring: Gandhi is okay, but Indians are hypocrites!
@_Mauna_ Mass in India is too scattered and there were meagre mass media. This mass myth in fact is a product of latter day Films and Plays.
@_Mauna_ If not mass, the fact that at least a dozen top minds of the day were swayed by Gandhi's idiosyncratic ways is no mean achievement.
@pras4net @DivyaSoti Gandhi represents Action at a scale no one does & therefore his place in History as well as Academic Theory is secured.
@pras4net @DivyaSoti Gandhi used to marshal Action while Sri Aurobindo preferred the Consciousness route. So, no shifting in methodology.
@DivyaSoti Can't show instant results as past formulas are ineffective. No one has solutions except Sri Aurobindo & Indians must follow him.
@DivyaSoti See, no escape from historical accidents. The point is how to benefit in the present time by taking lessons from the past events.
Jaitley attracting flak from BJP fans round the year seems to be sponsored by him to keep him in news since nothing happens by such tirades.
@anityakr You are right, but lately the suit has taken over from Jaitley as buffer against Modi, it seems!
@anityakr Jaitley's role can be compared to that of Pranab Mukherjee in Congress and he surpasses in articulation too. Surely a jewel in BJP
Many are so slavish that they are not willing to accept that Modi lost in Delhi. Instead, they keep on parroting that the blasted suit lost!
Democratic idea is to authorise the Govt. of law & oder but some are engaged in fear mongering by spreading suspicion about fellow citizens.
When some tweet like having their own intelligence agency or knowing things from secret sources then the Social Media tag becomes anomalous.
No woman minister in AAP cabinet may not be politically correct but signifies a hard reality in terms of ability. Revisit Gender equality?
It's a riddle how someone seeming intelligent can support Free Markets on the one hand and abide by Hindu Rashtra narrative on the other.
@Lutyenspundit Let quality develop on-the-job through trial-and-error as they never got the opportunity to invest in intellectual culture.
Heartening to note that influential voices within BJP ecosystem are taking firm stand against radical elements among them, to Modi's credit.
BJP must aim at replacing the Congress of yore and the recent tryst with NCP needs to be built upon by relinquishing sharp edges of Hindutva.
Instead of spending energy in fighting Gandhi-Nehru-Indira legacy, the wiser course for BJP is to pose as continuation & amend subsequently.
AAP may be owing its genesis to RSS but has come to possess an altogether different identity over time. Will undergo Janata type splintering
@Shahdatt_Allam No, I'm against AAP, BJP, and Congress which represent fascist and dictatorial forces. Support Nitish Kumar at the moment.
@Shahdatt_Allam That's the Indian reality; Nitish Kumar is a fairly experienced and qualified leader with a firm grip on the grassroots.
February 21 is The Mother's birth anniversary. May Indians discover the great significance of her work in Puducherry!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Read the Poems, Plays, and Letters of Sri Aurobindo

Both Science and Philosophy are dependent on past theories but with The Mother & Sri Aurobindo one can start with an absolutely clean slate.
Those who can't read may remain content with wearing caps and masks. Those who can must read the Poems, Plays, and Letters of Sri Aurobindo.
Even if you feel close to Dayananda, Vivekananda, Sivananda, or Osho, reading the works of Sri Aurobindo can offer much intellectual fodder.
That literacy on Sri Aurobindo is steadily growing among RWs is surely heartening but to club Savarkar or Golwalkar with him is horrendous.
Reading the works of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo convinces us how Hindutva is the worst enemy of the core of ancient Vedic wisdom of India.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo steer clear of Rituals and Mythological fictions and present a robust Ontology in consonance with modern Science.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo train how to overcome the predominantly materialistic priorities of Politics & Economics to access Causal realms.
Castes are various stages through which life must evolve. Following different Religions is also like stairs in order to reach the final goal.
Bollywood could never discover an enduring Box-office formula and hence to think that Modi can ensure power for BJP perpetually is a chimera.
@pras4net Anti-Congess initiative goes back to SVD days of which BJS was also a constituent. BJP's emphasis on Hindutva has made it a loner.
Delhi verdict has shown the limits of Hindutva politics & hence Modi would do well to take his rapport with Pawar to the next logical level.
@pras4net Vast space occupied by Congress earlier is a dream for any new player and BJP must occupy the same. That's the greatest difference
Winning elections by borrowing formulas from Advertising industry is no glory. Neither Modi nor Kejriwal command genuine love of the people.
Securing people's mandate doesn't necessarily mean legitimacy for policy or performance. The Democratic parameters are severe at every step.
PMs and CMs so confident about ruling for full five years in a Democracy is laughable. Political churning can throw surprises at any moment.
Nitish Kumar is key to a genuine All India party emerging from the grassroots without resorting to fascist personality cults and theatrics.
@c_ontrarian @pras4net Depending upon situation. It's illogical to allow someone to be power while the right person is going pillar to post.
@SMarrtnoj @c_ontrarian @pras4net I stand by my argument.
@SMarrtnoj @c_ontrarian @pras4net It's not interference; the President acts in consultation with Home Ministry.
@SMarrtnoj @c_ontrarian @pras4net The President is under PM, who ultimately is the arbiter.
@c_ontrarian @pras4net @SMarrtnoj Governor is under President and is not independent. Has powers to do so.
@SMarrtnoj @c_ontrarian @pras4net The provisions are different when it comes to the States vis-a-vis Centre. Governors have leeway.
@SMarrtnoj @pras4net @c_ontrarian My first comment, therefore, was this is a serious lapse on the part of Modi. Should have been avoided.
@c_ontrarian @pras4net @SMarrtnoj Assembly has no power to appoint CM. Governor has to apply his wisdom to invite who he feels has numbers.
@c_ontrarian @pras4net @SMarrtnoj Depending upon how clear is the situation. Even 48 minutes are enough.
@SMarrtnoj @pras4net @c_ontrarian You are straying into academics which is also a diversionary tactic.
@c_ontrarian @pras4net @SMarrtnoj HC action is tangential; Governor should have acted appropriately to invite Nitish instead of delaying it.
@SMarrtnoj @pras4net @c_ontrarian The issue is permitting a minority Govt. in office is Constitutionally untenable and must be condemned.
@c_ontrarian @pras4net @SMarrtnoj HC can go wrong too and they have since amended their decision.
@SMarrtnoj @pras4net @c_ontrarian You are avoiding the issue. As patriots, our first duty should be to protect the sanctity of Constitution.
@pras4net @c_ontrarian @SMarrtnoj Past mistakes don't justify present or future errors. Each situation is unique & Nitish has clear majority.
@SMarrtnoj Laughing away Constitutional indiscretions is nothing unusual but the way our young Democracy suffers is irreparable.
Current Bihar imbroglio is a major failure of Modi as Prime Minister in protecting the Constitution. The matter is gigantic in significance.
You may be politically opposed to Nitish Kumar but delaying his due coming to office by questionable manipulation should be deplored by all.
Young Indians must resolve to get over the Modi and Kejriwal phenomenon like the world learnt to forget the legacies of Hitler and Stalin.
Delhi verdict has outlined the imaginary and illusory nature of Hindu monolith which the BJP ecosystem must get rid of and regain sanity.
No official reaction on Delhi results, yet no major uproar within the Party. BJP seems to have surpassed Congress in High Command culture.
BJP supporters have started expressing misgivings but unable to elicit any response from Modi. Perforce, they valiantly announce allegiance.
@drarora_gaurav @madhukishwar Restricting a god's jurisdiction to a city only is blasphemy!
@pras4net Agreed; instances of lapses would be a legion but that's no excuse for running down everything Nehruvian.
Be Indian; be Sri Aurobindian.
Savitri Era of those who adore,
Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.
[dreamer of human unity aiming at Life Divine, Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950) was father of militant nationalist politics]
[Whitehead was an avowed Platonist & a close follower of Bergson, and as such his philosophy is closer than others to that of Sri Aurobindo]
[Paradox of Being Human by Ramahant Sinari Reply w/ #AmazonCart to add this] via @amazonIN

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Understand Sri Aurobindo to reach right inferences

Sri Aurobindo clarifies that his Philosophy was necessary in view of glaring lacunas found in that of his predecessors, both East and West.
Those pondering over Cultural Nationalism or Economic Liberalism must make an attempt to understand Sri Aurobindo to reach right inferences.
Craving for neat classifications and symmetry is a habit with human intellect which, unfortunately, are a rarity in reality and the society.
Delhi verdict has turned Twitter pundits a bunch of clowns who used to pontificate day & night on virtues of being Hindu and life of Dharma.
Delhi verdict has exposed the bankruptcy of all kinds of political ideologies tried so far. Sri Aurobindo alone has answers for the future.
Modi's most important achievement so far has been to display that he is talking to world leaders on equal terms; it's nothing but illusion!
@pras4net Don't agree fully with such a characterisation but then past mistakes are no justification of perpetrating more in the future.
AAP victory against BJP is commendable but that doesn't mean its methods are endorsed or emulated. Sri Aurobindo is key to India's future.
Right from the IAC-Anna Andolan days, Kejriwal has always been seen not to be very transparent regarding money matters. May be a gotra flaw!
Chances of BJP sliding down fast under Modi is more and hence reverting to Advani would be an attractive judicious view in the time to come.
Why does RSS utter lies in public; lose credibility? "@centerofright: RSS denies it reviewed Delhi poll debacle - :)"
@Vidyut Madhu, Smriti, Saswati, Rupa, and Kiran
Forget Vishkanya; the acrobatics of Panchkanya are no less responsible for the recent BJP downfall. Madhu, Smriti, Saswati, Rupa, and Kiran.
@prabuddhasaha What is your stand? Do you support the hardliners? That's a more important question.
Manjhi is not entitled to be in power even for 10 minutes but Bihar Governor has granted him 10 more days. Travesty of Democratic propriety.
Guardians of Constitution, when manipulate under some Party instructions, turn themselves into caricatures of human honesty and uprightness.
Excellent round-up by @SanjeevFocusED in @FocusTonight with incisive and perceptive observations sans any shouting or distracting gimmicks.
An irony of the current times is that reading any book or magazine is seen as less cool than browsing the same on a tablet or a phone.
Instead of the proposed giant Patel statue India should gather its resources and scientific expertise to build the world's largest telescope.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Kejriwal is a repeat case of Mahanta fiasco

Sri Aurobindo awakes us to the Ontological configurations of human stupidity & futility that gets reflected in Political paradoxes & falsities.
Congress saddled with Dynasty and the Gandhi-Nehru legacy is responsible for giving way to AAP & BJP. Sri Aurobindo holds the right formula.
Both Kejriwal & Modi represent anti-Evolutionary fascist forces but BJP biting dust in Delhi is a clear sign of how Evolution turns the tide.
Kejriwal is exactly the type of character that RSS wishes to mould through its training. So it must have been secretly happy beyond measure.
Defeat in elections is nothing wrong when you stand firm with your ideology and strategy like Congress. BJP, on the other hand, has none.
It should never be forgotten that 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots catapulted Modi to Power and much water has flown down the Yamuna since May 2014.
It's not unusual to garner more than half the votes in direct contests but BJP retaining its National average is no mean accomplishment.
@AgentSaffron Not yet. It's the major opposition in many states and people are eager to become its office-bearers and exercise local power.
High time for all those who oppose AAP, BJP, & Congress to join hands and strive for a truly national Party under Nitish Kumar's leadership.
Kejriwal is a repeat case of Mahanta fiasco. [In 1985, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta was elected as the youngest chief minister of the country.]
Many are hallucinating that AAP has emerged as an alternative to BJP. It's not; only Nitish Kumar has the potential to thwart Hindutva march.
AAP has not held any Party election and the personality cult around Kejriwal is being woven so furiously that it is dangerous for Democracy.
Delhi should be merged with Haryana and East Delhi with West UP. Tiny States are vulnerable to micro-management & upset Democratic verdict.
Victory for Modi !!! [Modi, in fact, wants Kejriwal to win and become subordinate to him and if Bedi gets defeated, BJP doesn't lose much.]
Forget Vishkanya; the acrobatics of Panchkanya are no less responsible for the recent BJP downfall. Madhu, Smriti, Saswati, Rupa, and Kiran.
@kumarsunkara Interpretations are subjective but there are many tell-tale paintings & poems reinforcing earthy imaginations affecting youth.
Reports on Sri Aurobindo Ashram controversy are vanishing [parties demand restorationof facilities to ashram sisters]
Thus, an integral portrayal (and reception) of Sri Aurobindo is, by definition, impossible. [TNM55]
[understand the great message of Sage Aurobindo, partly because of lofty style of his writings - Swami Krishnananda]
[Narayan Prasad - People wondered why Sri Aurobindo giving so much support to a sworn enemy of India like Churchill.]

Monday, February 09, 2015

Integral portrayal of Sri Aurobindo

Preface and Introduction from Bertrand Russell´s History of Western ... - Bertrand Russell - With the possible exception of Leibniz, every philosopher of whom I treat is better known to some others than to me. If, however, books covering a wide field are to be written at all, it is inevitable, since we are not immortal, that those who write such books should spend less time on any one part than can be spent by a man who concentrates on a single author or a brief period. Some, whose scholarly austerity is unbending, will conclude that books covering a wide field should not be written at all, or, if written, should consist of monographs by a multitude of authors. 
There is, however, something lost when many authors co-operate. If there is any unity in the movement of history, if there is any intimate relation between what goes before and what comes later, it is necessary, for setting this forth, that earlier and later periods should be synthesized in a single mind. The student of Rousseau may have difficulty in doing justice to his connection with the Sparta of Plato and Plutarch; the historian of Sparta may not be prophetically conscious of Hobbes and Fichte and Lenin. To bring out such relations is one of the purposes of this book, and it is a purpose which only a wide survey can fulfil.]

On reading the above years ago, I had felt a certain uneasiness which continues to this day. On Reading Sri Aurobindo by Murali Sivaramkrishnan also raises similar methodological issues with regard to Sri Aurobindo's works. Given the complex history of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's collaboration and their varied writings, even a reasonably accurate impression of them is difficult to acquire. Further, books and essays by those connected with the Archives like Peter Heehs and Richard Hartz continue to add new dimensions. The recent article on A God's Labour in Mother India (January 2015) is a case in point. How many people can access or appreciate such research output, however, is a moot point. 

How to connect Philosophy to life? That Philosophy literally cultivates the brain and thereby enriches thinking and spurs ideas should be considered as reward enough. But the specific course of life also decides a person's understanding and areas of emphasis. Sri Aurobindo is busy writing his ARYA articles 100 years back in 1915 which constitutes the zenith of Indian genius. But those who come across a mischievous compilation like India's Rebirth, for instance, never come out of an overall impression of Sri Aurobindo approving religious hatred. Thus, an integral portrayal (and reception) of Sri Aurobindo is, by definition, impossible. [TNM55]

[Sri Aurobindo's Ashram > Jugal Kishore Mukherjee > The Practice Of The Integral Yoga > The Ninefold Daily Sadhana]
[ELEVEN BASIC ATTITUDES When a traveller decides to undertake a long and rigorous journey, he first provides himself]
[Larry Seidlitz — We find in Sri Aurobindo’s treatment of emotions a great paradox and its synthesis and resolution.]
[limitations and pitfalls in contemporary attempts to integrate Indian philosophic/psychological ideas with contemporary science]
[Philosophy can then be viewed as therapy, the function of which is to purge emotions from the soul (Nussbaum 1994).]
[think.: Why should contemporary philosophy care about Indian Philosophy - Posted by Malcolm Keating]
[So Prof Juluri Vamsee is son of yesteryear telugu actress Jamuna, good to know]
[Akeel Bilgrami: ‘Hindu Right’s appropriation of svaraj is hypocrisy’ - The Hindu]

Sunday, February 08, 2015

The Himalayan height of Sri Aurobindo

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have inaugurated a new era for the Mankind which is impossible to be accommodated within any of the old religions.
Sri Aurobindo has rectified many intellectual and ideological currents dominant 100 years back, originating from the West as well as India.
Sri Aurobindo supplies intellectual prop "@rmburra24: Indian spiritual tradition is broad enough withroom forall persuasions & perspectives"
@maulik_doshi @HinduAmericans By reading Sri Aurobindo's works one can gain clarity on the shape of the future and role of individual seeker
@GreatHeretic Thanks. Many will resent the superlative but once one realises the Himalayan height of Sri Aurobindo, there is no alternative.
Congress and RSS represent two extreme worldviews while Sri Aurobindo inspires to grow in consciousness to aid Evolution towards Human Unity.
Proud Hindus should be willing to discuss ills plaguing own society instead of evading them by citing some example of Muslims or Christians.
When booth level work is considered be all and end all of politics then intellectuals like Jaitley may seem of little value but it's flawed.
There is so much poverty on ideology front that much of public discourse revolves around things like who wears what or who is invited where.
Nitish Kumar stands out among present day politicians as the most seasoned and capable leader who accurately feels the pulse of the country.
Hindutva enthusiasts mocking Macaulay was understandable but Lutyens being at the receiving end for wrong reasons is unfortunate and absurd.
The mentality that I like the food of this Restaurant and so others must like it is a very narrow and puerile attitude that contests Nature.
Language, Religion, Nationhood, or Caste identity etc. should be considered as temporary and evolving sentiments for a conscious individual.
People should be free to believe in their preferred Cosmology and so it's illogical to impose archaic versions of boring Mythology upon all.
RSS-BJP scaled its peak in May 2014 and the downward journey is inevitable. Modi's deceitful oratory was a success for a while; not for ever.
Kejriwal's promises before coming to power were as farcical as Modi's vows to change this or that if made PM. Strange, people believe them!
Praising volunteers for hard work in elections is an insult to Democracy. Mature citizens needed, not micro-management of Constituencies.
There are some outstanding and sane voices on Twitter espousing liberalism who on closer scrutiny turn out to be slaves of Congress Dynasty.
@c_ontrarian Exactly, and ensuring such a liberal climate in the country should be the prime responsibility of the young generation.
@c_ontrarian Freedom and banning don't go together except in exceptional cases. What I discuss here is merely conceptual & Govt too is free.
@c_ontrarian Surely, there are messages emanating from elsewhere but first, there should be willingness on RSS' part to learn and transform.
Delhi has proved that RSS kind of Hindutva is not acceptable to the people and so it must redesign its worldview to make room for Modernity.
@c_ontrarian Slightly disagree. RSS is not a private organisation; it works in public domain and hence is entitled to feedback from public.
@c_ontrarian That may be a very technical view but RSS works in our community affecting the thought process of youngsters as well as adults.
@c_ontrarian Public domain & Public funding are two different things; confusion in semantics. Wikipedia too public-edited not public-funded.
@pras4net @fls53 @c_ontrarian Sri Aurobindo, too, can be thought of as an alternative but RSS supporters are used to think of Koran always.
@c_ontrarian I hear it for the first time but there are precedents too. Auroville was taken over by Central Govt. way back in the eighties.
@c_ontrarian RSS views are not static and it's changing over the years in response to additional political responsibilities. A sort of NITI.
@c_ontrarian Well, circumstances were different and may be it was warranted then but a similar situation is brewing in Sri Aurobindo Ashram.
@pras4net @fls53 @c_ontrarian Sri Aurobindo doesn't believe in coercive indoctrination and posits that each individual is evolving. So wait!
@fls53 Nature's way; no escape from Evolution. RSS has been trying to turn the wheel back since 1925 but without much success. You may try!
@pras4net @fls53 @c_ontrarian There are all kinds of people from all continents among Sri Aurobindo's followers. My work is merely online.
@fls53 @pras4net @c_ontrarian Hindus are already divided between those who vote for BJP and those who don't or won't. So, no surprise!
@fls53 @pras4net @c_ontrarian Fine, no problem; but you may like to check this link at leisure.
@pras4net See, once someone becomes a true follower of Sri Aurobindo, he loses his earlier religious identity barring for legal formalities.
@pras4net @fls53 @c_ontrarian That said, there are Sri Aurobindo devotees from different religions as may be found at
@pras4net @fls53 @c_ontrarian Besides, Peter Heehs has been accused to be an Ashramite with "Sekoolar" propensities:
@pras4net Bravo, but I don't think you'd visit a doctor with so many preconditions & so much prejudice. Give Sri Aurobindo benefit of doubt!
@pras4net You are putting some words into my mouth which I have not said. Let's be honest in arguing. Nation-building is not one day's task.
@pras4net Good question and good starting point to compare and contrast and be curious. Google is there to help and open libraries online.
@pras4net Reading Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy and Yoga is primary and accepting him as teacher is voluntary which may or may not happen.
@pras4net I never asserted that "Imams r modern" and I don't think talking about them is essential when we are pondering over our own goals.
@pras4net My comment was on RSS. Your inferring that Muslims are responsible for AAP upswing is an additional dimension; a different topic.
@pras4net Okay, got it; your argument is solid. That apart, AAP carries the additional vice of anarchism. But my intention was to pinch RSS.
@BirdsEyeWeiv Now that they are in power, our job is to point out the right course to them so that they are not goaded by blind supporters.
@BirdsEyeWeiv That's the reason why they were out of power all these years till Modi sought to bypass discourse with stress on Development.
@CRamanaKumar Modi, in fact, wants Kejriwal to win and become subordinate to him and if Bedi gets defeated, BJP doesn't lose much.
In the absence of any viable alternative to AAP, BJP, and Congress, supporting Kiran Bedi as Delhi CM is the best bet for the welfare of NCR.
The way Modi has conducted himself so far, he would prove to be an exemplary PM in the Congress model, while atoning for his past mistakes.
The methods Modi adopted to climb to the top though not palatable are tolerable in politics. Not disturbing the liberal climate is his task.
Signs of impatience of Hindutva enthusiasts with Modi signals his credit in keeping the country upon rails as regards Modernity & Democracy.
President Obama's successive statements on religious intolerance in India during election season, I'd like to believe, are prompted by Modi.
Seems sound, and can be trusted: “A win in Delhi will ensure that RSS does not breathe too heavily down Modi’s neck.”
A stable and well-oiled Party organisation is a sine-qua-non for success in Parliamentary Democracy but AAP has been a laggard on this score.
On Kejriwal's success, a new aberration came to be added to the Indian politics which is unfortunate and will take a long time to eradicate.
RSS driven BJP and Dynasty infested Congress plus many other regional parties are anomalies in Indian Democracy to which a Maoist AAP adds.
Democracy doesn't mean the unwashed majority would frame policy. Their role is to learn about and vote for right elite who play macro games.
Food type, needs and production may see drastic transformation in future with the aid of science and that would alter the face of economics.
[history has been defined by struggle for food. that struggle has been abolished, not just for rich but for everyone]
[Tusar Mohapatra proprietor of the Savitri Era Blogs had in March 2010  argument for making Satheesh’s letter public]
[Review article of "The World of Sri Aurobindo's Creative Literature" by Aju Mukhopadhyay] @aurofrance
[Two features of Sri Aurobindo's psychological thought are its experiential basis & integral nature.]
[pitfalls in contemporary attempts to integrate Indian philosophic/psychological ideas with contemporary science] ~DS
[Sri Aurobindo's Ashram > Jugal Kishore Mukherjee > The Practice Of The Integral Yoga > The Ninefold Daily Sadhana]
[In March 1973 following the resignation of Congress Ministry in Odisha headed by (Mrs) Nandini Satpathy, B.D. Jatti dissolved the Assembly]
@noidaveteran The same had happened in Odisha, but B.D. Jatti was too servile to Indira Gandhi and earned Vice Presidentship through loyalty.
Western disciples of Sri Aurobindo have greatly contributed in systematising his Philosophy Psychological principles.
And today, we seem to be back at the square one: that The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are, basically, Religion. [TNM55]
Sri Aurobindo borrows from the West enormously but refuses to be tied down to its overtly dominant rationalist stance