Thursday, August 31, 2006

Of those who adore The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo's letters written to his disciples on various aspects of the poem are now part of the book. This modern epic written in a modern language is also a modern day scripture. It recounts the saga of human victory over ignorance and conquest of death. Painstakingly composed in a rhythmic meter, each line of the poem is suffused with power of Mantra.
No wonder, thousands of devotees, the world over, recite a page or two from the poem as a daily routine to invoke the Divine presence for physical manifestation of the Supramental Age or Savitri Era. Many even find the answers to their doubts and questions by opening the book at random. On special occasions, continuous recitation of Savitri on a relay basis is also quite common in the Centers where The Mother and Sri Aurobindo are worshipped. Regular camps and conclaves are also organized at different places in the world to study the poem and contemplate over its occult force.
The devotees of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo live their lives in a state of expectancy for the next higher evolution of consciousness. Reading Savitri is itself considered as practice of yoga and a potent vehicle of aspiration. And, therefore, its central role in the Savitri Era fraternity is often affirmed with both awe and affection. wikipedia

Friday, August 25, 2006

The words work wonders

From: "Tusar N. Mohapatra"
To: "Antony Lodoiska" from Mauritius
Subject: Re: Eastern Philosophy
Date: Sun, 02 Jul 2006 11:48:41 -0500

With 54 springs(93-39) in hand, you can work wonders for yourself.
The trick is to cut through the clutter and confusion.
Proceed through the process of elimination.
Keep aside your past baggage for a while.
Forget all your questions and doubts.
Read the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
Be ready to be shocked by your own transformaton.
Bon Voyage

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Beware of betrayals

Tusar N. Mohapatra said: Let us not forget that the book was published in 2003 in the heydays of Hindutva politics. Many people sought that short-cut to fame through that route. But all said and done, Jyotirmaya Sharma, the rare combination of a philosopher-journalist, has not done justice to the legacy of the greatest poet and philosopher of Modern India. The five dreams Sri Aurobindo spoke of in his radio broadcast on the eve of August 15, 1947 is his message to the nation as well as to the world. All portrayals of him must measure up to that level; anything less is a cruel betrayal.
Mukul Kesavan called him the worst poet of Bengal. Irreverence to great men is seen as a short route to glory. But, Jyotirmaya must make amends. He should first write a critique of Sri Aurobindo's philosophy, and then an estimate of his poetry and, thereby, get ample chance to learn more about him. // posted by Tusar N Mohapatra @ 5:19 PM

Savitri Era is our religion

Faith in an unseen divinity and feeling loyal to it by a large number of people is religion. It grows by a gradual process, and over a period of time acquires one or more cultural distinctiveness. By offering an umbrella for identity, it also develops into a strong political conglomerate.
Apart from the teaching, the name, the picture, the life-story, and the place also evoke strong emotional feelings. And then, the words and their various interpretations hold no importance. People in general long for safety, security and unburdening. The aesthetic or intellectual satisfaction is aspired for by a select.
If one is possessed by a feeling that his path has great benefits and others should also follow it; and then he goes about to find various ways and means to propagate it, it is religion. Recommending a book or a blog is not all that harmlessly rational. Rather, a scheming mind operates at the behest of the faith, cult or religion.
And what’s wrong with it? A good Product or a great Brand needs to be endorsed. Of course, the conviction level of the person is important; there must be intellectual honesty, one would demand. But conviction, itself, is irrational, recall Barthes: The Pleasure of the Text.
One is largely driven by the past baggages and is tormented too. A theory of everything is absolutely useless for any particular individual, and hence, is useless for all. The individual needs a theory for oneself depending upon his age, stage, affection and affinity. That found, there is no dearth of pastimes and distractions.
Bertrand Russell in his History of Western Philosophy compares Marxism with Judaism/Christianity under 7 parameters to decree that the former is also a faith. And I think, Savitri Era more than fulfils all the seven. Sri Aurobindo and his Followers
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Web search engines are wholly dependent on correct spelling, and hence it is important to standardize certain expressions:
  • Sri Aurobindo: to take care to always use Sri (as in his signature)
  • The Mother: and not the Mother
  • The Mother and Sri Aurobindo: in that order (as in the photograph) as far as possible, instead of Sri Aurobindo and the The Mother.
  • Mira: as Sri Aurobindo has re-christened her in the mantra, Om Sri Aurobindo Mira , and nor Mirra.
  • Aurobindian: Although Amal Kiran has much defended his introducing of the term, Aurobindonian, it does not cut ice. The last O in Sri Aurobindo is not necessary for pronunciation of the name, and hence a simple, Aurobindian is good for all seasons. Aurobindean, is also another dispensable expression.