Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Advent

Ashram, Samadhi and Matrimandir
Flower offerings, lighting incence sticks
And prayers and meditations before
The photographs of the Twin Avatars.

Darshan days and the long serpentine queues
The queit waiting for food in Dining Hall
Even the Playground, site to meditate
Collective Yoga, religious fervour.

Obeissance, remember and offer
Aspiration, rejection, surrender
Reciting Savitri as a scripture
Life Divine and Synthesis of Yoga.

Songs and Mantras and Matri-vandanas
To work by feeling all life is yoga
Mother’s picture on the study table
Rings, lockets, keyrings, hankys and sarees
Flag, marchpast, the salute and the slogans
Stop press! We are the Savitri Erans.

Savitri Erans as stakeholders

Sri Aurobindo Ashram and its extension, Auroville, are sacred for the Savitri Erans. People spend months in longing and planning to visit Pondicherry. Being places of pilgrimage their thought itself brings spiritual feelings and solace to the devotees. Obviously, phenomenal energy and organization goes into maintaining the activities of the Ashram to serve the visitors.

But if we consider the concept of “stakeholder,” perhaps the Ashram has no mandate for it. Neither Auroville nor the Sri Aurobindo Society has the wherewithal to cater to the expectations of the global spread of Savitri Erans. Most of our promotional activities remain confined within our centres. There is a need to fan out to the world outside on a large scale.

Somehow, the publications and archival activities of the Ashram seem to be secretive. Very little information passes out and very late. We hear nothing about pre-publication programme. The Archives is sitting over a huge stock of historical data and Savitri Erans are eager that they see the light of the day as soon as possible.

Overall, it’s no cribbing, but a yearning for dialogue. Savitri Erans the world over would be happy to listen what is being planned for them, what are the constraints or where they can contribute and in what manner. Just nurturing a sense of participatory belongingness.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Nadkarni's clarion call

In his famous write-up, Sri Aurobindo’s Opposition Why the Indian establishment resisted him, published in The Indian Express on Thursday, March 21, 2002; MANGESH V. NADKARNI had valiantly identified "four of the strongest intellectual establishments in the country, namely,
  • the traditional Hindu religious establishment,
  • the Gandhian establishment,
  • the politically non-committed but eurocentric university intellectuals who are the products of Macaulay’s educational system, and also
  • the leftist, communist/socialist establishment." #

It can safely be said that nothing significant has been attempted by the devotees and followers of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo in the last 4 years, as follow-up action to Nadkarni's clarion call. Effective counter measures, no doubt, are needed and the implementation has to take 3 distinct lines of action: political, cultural, and religious. Savitri Erans criss-crossing the globe must rise to the occasion and become The Mother's hero warriors. Shying away from the challenge would bring us no laurels. Can we acheive something in real terms in the next 4 years, by 2010?

A satellite and Savitri

A satellite is a technological wonder. One simply becomes awe-struck to think how much of human intelligence and imagination has gone into manufacturing it, or, any other scientific invention, for that matter.

Savitri, similarly, is a speculational wonder. To dismiss it as mere poetry and see its imagery as nebulous fantasy is too facile. Savitri contains some concrete conceptions of worlds and ideas that are too distant from our present stretch of intellection.

A satellite, therefore, admire we must, but also grant a similar attention to Savitri to probe clues concerning, say, physics and biology. Broad strokes also matter and scientific details must not elude us for there is no better source-book for Consciousness Studies than Savitri.

Sorry, thank you!

The recipe invented by The Mother and Sri Aurobindo and perfected in the course of 60 years (1914-1973) is absolutely unique and unprecedented. No other religion or philosophy has given such a sure-fire concoction. It is certainly futile on our part to speculate over its formulation or what it foresees.

It is all the more foolish when people attempt to combine it with their own fond formulae in order to present a superior prescription. With that they seek to put themselves at par with The Mother and Sri Aurobindo.

The Mother was always averse to take the name of Sri Aurobindo with someone else for the sake of comparision. Therefore, the Yogic-vision of the great Masters has to be accepted on “as is where is” basis and “take it or leave it” terms. Unsolicited benevolence of repairing the recipe is absolutely imbecile and must be resisted. #

No one can serve two masters

Barindranath Chaki said... Hi Tusar, I will always agree to work with you and others for such a cause, for the cause fighting for Truth. Opposition to the Teaching of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother is but natural. It comes from the old world of darkness and ignorance and falsehood and half-truth. We are for Truth that Sri Aurobindo stands for. We must have to fight, to bring the Transformation to mankind and the Earth, as willed by the Supreme. Barin 26-09-2006 11:17 AM

Tusar N Mohapatra said... But how to tackle the opposition from within? When insiders are busy worshiping multiple gods and acting as Trojan horses, then to think of Truth is sheer phantasy. 7:38 AM

Manibhai's razor

Something atrocious is being perpetrated by the Sri Aurobindo Society newsletter. Religious festivals and the Deities are being given undue importance and instead of appreciating the writings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo about them in abstraction, they are presented literally. It is not unusual to see the picture of the Deities along with The Mother’s and Sri Aurobindo’s being worshipped in some Centres of the Society. Audio CDs & Cassettes are also being promoted.

This kind of revisionism is really astonishing. The two quotations from The Mother cited in the very first page of A Practical Guide to Integral Yoga are quite unequivocal. Then why such compromises are being made? Is it due to infiltration from the RSS?

When Advani extolled the virtues of secularism by praising Jinnah, he was reprimanded. Now, when Comrade Subhas Chakraborty said he was "first a Hindu and a Brahmin and then a Communist", he too is facing the music. Such kind of Puritanism is also needed to be enforced in the Savitri Era religion. Otherwise our dream of a Supramental Age will always remain as a chimera.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Split loyalty

Rohit Mehta, the author of Dialogue with Death and other books on Sri Aurobindo’s thought, was also a noted theosophist. V.K.Gokak has written several perceptive books on Sri Aurobindo’s poetry and yoga, but in his later years his devotion was divided between Sri Aurobindo and Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

Dr Karan Singh loves to recite Sri Aurobindo’s famous poem, “Who” in his sonorous voice, but never forgets also to sing a hymn to his Lord Shiva. Prema Nandakumar’s brilliant Study on Savitri ranks only second to A.B.Purani’s. But she avers that she is a Vaishnava and does not believe in Sri Aurobindo’s notion of physical immortality.

Another scholar, Makarand Paranjape speaks and writes on The Mother and Sri Aurobindo, but always maintains a critical eye. Similarly, there would be thousands of others who try to accommodate The Mother and Sri Aurobindo within the Hindu pantheon of Gods, Goddesses, and Avatars.

That The Mother and Sri Aurobindo came precisely to fight “the past that seeks to endure” is conveniently glossed over. When the speakers, celebrities, and writers openly profess such split loyalty, the next generation too easily imbibes promiscuity.

Unfortunately, in our Seminars and Conferences, these types of persons occupy the chairs of honour and the devotees are eclipsed. A shakeout is certainly the need of the hour, the way Ken Wilber conducted recently to segregate his followers from the pseudos.

Friday, September 22, 2006

The hour of collective action

You are free to search on any topic and read the original writings of The Mother, Sri Aurobindo and their direct disciples by visiting the Sri Aurobindo Ashram website. # posted by Tusar N Mohapatra : 8:41 PM
The resistance to Sri Aurobindo's thought is operating at several levels and they are to be combated accordingly. Not only ignorance and inertia, but also a deep nexus of Political, Cultural, and Religious antagonism is at work aided by technology and management techniques. Not to wake up to such challenges would be imprudent as well as indolence.
Such an urgency warrants a multi-pronged approach involving multiple talents. Savitri Era foresees such a solidarity and calls for an action programme at the international level. There is a large pool of highly educated and multi-skilled personnel devoted to the ideals of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo who can close their ranks. If people are getting organised purely for destructive purposes, why can't the Savitri Erans come forward to work together towards a positive goal?

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Half a dip

There is a good number of journalists and columnists of Bengali origin whose bylines adorn our national print media. But no one ever writes anything about Sri Aurobindo except for occasional critical references. So, when Nilanjana S Roy ventured to recommend the Auroville website recently in the Business Standard, it was a pleasant surprise. She, of course, took care to mention the history of Pondicherry, Taj Mahal, etc. lest her secular credentials would be sullied. #

Savitri Era at war

Barindranath Chaki said... Thank you, Tusar, for this posting. I praise your endless energy and relentless war, like a true Karmayogi. Barin 18-09-2006 11:52 PM

Tusar N Mohapatra said... So kind of you, Chaki babu, for the words of encouragement. During the past one year I have hardly received any feedback except perhaps the following two:
From: "naresh kumar" To: tusarnmohapatra@mail.com Subject: Regarding your blog Savitri era Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2006 02:44:19 -0600 Dear Tusar,
I browsed through your blog about Sri Aurobindo's work and it struck me as an effort to disabuse the general public at large about a perceived inaccessibility of his works, - whether it is owing to his (perceived) difficult diction or owing to a lack of the necessary orientation to receive his ideas the way he intended for his readers, - and provide an orientation that could help read the works.
From: "M Alan Kazlev" To: tusarnmohapatra@mail.com Subject: Integral Transformation - new blog Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 08:48:41 +1000 Dear Tusar,
I've been very impressed by your Savitri Era Learning Forum for some time now. m alan

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Bushfire over the remarks of the Pope
Wake up to Supramental superscope.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Everyone needs a good religion
And Savitri Era is the right one.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Savitri Era of those who adore
Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Be Indian, be Aurobindian

The recent controversy over the singing of Vande Mataram had a positive facet in that the name of Sri Aurobindo reverberated in the Blogosphere and his translation of the poem appeared in a number of sites. But the fact that Sri Aurobindo himself is a great poet and creator of the epic, Savitri was hardly mentioned by any.
Reading a sample of such blogs can be a frustrating experience. Instead of delving a little bit deeper and talking about the teachings or writings, often only a skin-deep nationalism is invoked. While such chauvinism might be offering our youth their quota of self-esteem, the kind of intellectual lethargy that it perpetuates is really frightening.
Reading and discussing the works of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo can be a refreshing exercise. If one really takes pride in being an Indian, then he must be willing to undertake a journey to discover the Himalayan heights of Sri Aurobindo.

Convert to Savitri Era

History very seldom records the things that were decisive but took place behind the veil; it records the show in front of the curtain. --Sri Aurobindo

Spirituality respects the freedom of the human soul, because it is itself fulfilled by freedom; and the deepest meaning of freedom is the power to expand and grow towards perfection.... --Sri Aurobindo
posted by Gagdad Bob at 8:37 AM One Cosmos
Clinical psychologist, spiritual aspirant, and author of the much acclaimed book, One Cosmos Under God, Robert W. Godwin (Gagdad Bob) has remembered the words of Sri Aurobindo in his blog One Cosmos on the anniversary of 9/11. Nothing can be more appropriate than this.
At a time when all the Semitic religions are busy engaged in internecine warfare, the war of words is also begetting a lot of fresh insights as regards civilizational crises. And, Savitri Era must fish in the troubled waters. There can't be a better moment than this to call upon all the people in the world to convert to Savitri Era. Bereft of any theological lacunae, Savitri Era can usher in peace and harmony in the hearts of people as well as in the world. [TNM1296mmyp]

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Savitri Era is unputdownable

Sri Aurobindo, wrote Prof. Sisir Kumar Maitra in 1942, has accomplished the “transfer of the leadership in philosophy from the West to India.” But what we witness today in 2006 is something entirely different. Why?

The whole scenario is not devoid of politics and what is at issue is not philosophy but hegemony. In pursuit of that, there has been constant shifting of goal posts and resorting to gerrymandering. Marginal items have come to occupy the mainstream space in philosophy while the basic metaphysical concerns rank as subaltern. Why?

Sri Aurobindo gave the most full-proof philosophy in the entire human history, but the Westerners are unwilling to accept him at the top. Pseudo-philosophers are lapped up and their books sell in plenty almost as a conspiracy to eclipse Sri Aurobindo. He is discounted simply as a mystic or a revivalist, instead. Why?

Because Sri Aurobindo is an Indian and American hubris can’t digest this. Numerous charts and complicated graphics are being devised in pathetic attempts to cook up all-encompassing philosophies. Many of Sri Aurobindo’s innovations are being recycled. Even then, success eludes such enterprises. Why?

For Sri Aurobindo, as Dr Maitra decreed, stands tall on merit. Every intellectual, every journal and every University will have to swallow this cruel pill. No amount of racial or colonial resistance can suppress the supremacy of Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy. The whole world, whether today or tomorrow, must turn to it where all the whys are answered. [TNM696MMYP]

Friday, September 01, 2006

Purnadvaita or Integral Advaita

Sri Aurobindo, in his The Life Divine, has synthesized all the exant schools of Vedanta and given the most comprehensive resolution integrating cues from the Western metaphysics and modern science. He has also restored the umbilical cord of the Vedantic exegesis with the Vedas. For instance, his strong difference with Adi Sankara over the interpretation of Ishavasyam is interesting.