Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Admirers of Swami Vivekananda are legion, but only a minuscule of them has read the works of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. The majority are either unwilling or incapable of bearing the requisite intellectual strain. As a result, they never graduate from the traditional Shankaracharya school of Vedantic interpretation.
On the other hand, Sri Aurobindo's commentaries with evolution as the pivot find more audience in the Western world than in India. This is not a very pleasant situation. All neo-Hindu sects in India have a big responsibility in promoting intellectual growth of their devotees by advising them to read the works of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. [TNM]
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
XXVIII Supermind, Mind and the Overmind Maya
I Indeterminates, Cosmic Determinations and the Indeterminable
II Brahman, Purusha, Ishwara - Maya, Prakriti, Shakti
V The Cosmic Illusion : Mind, Dream and Hallucination
VI Reality and the Cosmic Illusion
X Knowledge by Identity and Separative Knowledge
XIV The Origin and Remedy of Falsehood, Error, Wrong and Evil Book Two Part II
XXIII Man and the Evolution
XXIV The Evolution of the Spiritual Man
XXV The Triple Transformation
XXVI The Ascent Towards Supermind
XXVII The Gnostic Being
XXVIII The Divine Life I. THE SUPRAMENTAL MANIFESTATION UPON EARTH
Perfection Of The Body
The Divine Body
Supermind And The Life Divine
Supermind And Humanity
Supermind In The Evolution
Mind Of Light
Supermind And Mind Of Light
Sunday, November 25, 2007
If you are going to Pondicherry, Youngman, then you can have this whole compartment as yours.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
At a more deeper level, we hardly have a hand in deciding most of the circumstances in our lives. The child has a distinct personality and future of his own. You are simply a facilitator as a parent. Considering what the TV is teaching the children all the time, what option do we have these days than to take recourse to these alternative schools?
Friday, November 23, 2007
Many felt that these disruptions were basically resistance to the changes that the West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was trying to usher into the State. “Human beings mostly want status quo. And these are basically resistance to change,” they said.]
The saga of man fighting his sevenfold ignorance in order to conquer death, disease, and incapacity is the audacious theme of this poem. The war is real and represents the cumulative struggle of the mankind coalescing with the concurrent. But the beauty of this bloodletting is in its benign culmination in a divine glory that has been foretold. As anomie dwells and entropy swells, the reign of obscurity might seem interminable, but lo! Savitri is here. Sing O lands, sing mountains, now it’s Light for ever. [TNM]
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
That the flowers can do their job as long as they are afresh was an unorthodox idea then. More than anything else a few such avant garde seeming stipulations were sufficient to hook the young minds. The heady feeling of playing football in the Kafla Fandi ground on a couple of occasions with Mamu with the whistle was a perfect trap. No matter, none was able to comprehend even a line from the tantalizing prose of Ideal Child. Even now, one stumbles at each word; feels wanting and unable to face up to The Mother’s eyes, but the book and the blessings, nevertheless, were perhaps one of the finest attempts at sachet marketing.
Dried leafs and flowers were later a common fare in the Botany lab, but those petals sealed in a sachet bearing the ar(u)oma of the exotic name of Pondicherry (now, Puducherry, alas!) was always something special and intimate. The spiritual nomenclature of flowers by The Mother is so refreshingly futuristic. Some day, people will be eager to fathom their significance as endearingly as for, say, any Van Gogh. [TNM]
I just want to add an inconvenient truth which I consider is the most important fallout of the Wilber’s Wyatt Earp fiasco of June 2006. It is after reading your essays published in the Integral world where you expressed your allegiance to The Mother and Sri Aurobindo that I felt inspired to float the Savitri Era Religion in a post dated July 27, 2006.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Visiting Puducherry on the birthday has already become formalized since long. It is difficult to fathom what kind of prayers crowd the minds of the people while queuing for Darshan Day visits. Asking for safety, security, and material benefits are certainly the normal fares. But do we also pray for, say, human unity or universal happiness? And what about aspiring for the Supramental manifestation?
Understandably, these lofty concepts are best left where they are, in the books. Only a minuscule of the Savitri Erans takes the trouble of reading them. Further, what you read today, loses its appeal or simply forgotten a week later. Broadly, it so happens that only those people read who no longer need to. On the other hand, those who should read, don’t.
Listening to lectures has become another short-cut route. Without follow-up self-study one never learns systematically, nor facilitates reinforcement. While, participating in the congregation offers ample vital satisfaction, inter-personal vibrations cause unavoidable distractions. The need for garnishing the speech with humour too has its own perils as seriousness is easily vitiated. And the habit of attending lectures can become addictive to the detriment of reading or writing.
Periodicals are another handicap. They are invariably helpful in the beginning, but serve snippets only. By choosing to read lighter pieces one can feel complacent that he reads. Year after year passes without reading any book. Hence, at some point it is essential to switch to reading a book, preferably in the original language and not the translation.
Finally, in order to follow the writings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo and their direct disciples, one has to read certain other books side by side. For a beginner it is not easy to make a good selection. But then the reading list may include:
Monday, November 19, 2007
But why our columnists denounce this practice is beyond comprehension. If one learns the family trade and joins the same profession following the grand Indian tradition of the castes, then where is the objection? Whether it is Rahul clutching on to Indira’s hand or Ranbir cooing under a RK umbrella, the great secret of democracy is that people love princes. So, let there be no spoilsports. [TNM, Indirapuram]
1. "Preparatory SERC school in theoretical high energy physics"from Nov. 26 to Dec. 15,2007
3. International Symposium on Advances in Neurosciences and Silver Jubilee Conference of Indian Academy of Neurosciences Poster
4. National Conference on Systems Thinking & System Dyanamics(NCSD-2008).
5. International and National Conference on 12-13 January, 2008 (Faculty of Ayurveda, IMS BHU & NIMA)1 2
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Sunday, November 18, 2007
The Mother and Sri Aurobindo worked for The Human Aspiration agenda. It is a larger political goal in the sense that the most primordial urge within each human person to attain perfection and freedom is unleashed.
Issues relating to Bijli-Sadak-Pani to Greenhouse gases are certainly significant and need all our sincere attention, but not to cater to the intrinsic hunger of the human being for harmony is a serious blunder. A synthesis of both the approaches is the right remedy for all our ills. [TNM] 1:47 PM 3:35 PM
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Over and over and again they have emphasized that the human mind is too puny to understand the rationale of what they say. They have told us to simply follow their path without domesticating doubts or getting afflicted with diffidence. They have also warned against joggling with multiple faiths.
It is our good fortune to have got The Mother and Sri Aurobindo in our lives. We are an absolute minority within the 6b+ humanity. Let us just remember how the first disciples came to them without any wavering to build the foundations of the Savitri Era Religion. A world wide following has already been formed on that firm ground.
The imperative now is to take this prelude to the next act. The whole field is fertile and waiting for the broadcasting of seeds of their message. This is the most important task at the moment. The teachings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo has the potential of liberating millions of people from their lives of stupidities. May all the Savitri Erans take resolution to contribute their mite in this gigantic task, on the eve of The Mother’s passing away day. [TNM]
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Defenders of democracy are a growing breed. May India's neighbourhood pay heed. [TNM]
L = Light
I = Immortality
F = Freedom
E = Ecstasy or Bliss [TNM]
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Striving to counter this situation is the need of the hour and Savitri Era Religion is the best bet in the prevailing circumstances. Even if people happen to read the writings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo, may be, for intellectual or aesthetic pleasure, the call to spirituality crops up some day. Similar is the case with the feeling of identifying with the political ideals expounded by The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. The overall idea is to exhibit genuineness, disinterestedness, and goodwill in public which is in short supply today. And then people in large numbers can feel attracted towards this great ideal and be willing to participate in this great adventure. [TNM]
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Therefore, it is difficult to understand why various religious festivals are given so much of prominence in the Newsletter of Sri Aurobindo Society, every month. This creates confusion in the minds of the Savitri Erans. It might be difficult for certain persons to sever links with the religion in which they were born. But personal predicament should not corrupt the ideals of any institution. There has to be some openness and sense of accountability in all these matters. Just seniority should not be the overriding factor. Contentious issues should be discussed in a larger platform so as to meet the challenges of the future. [TNM]
Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
The later can be read along with what is the meaning of ascetic ideals? 6 by Nietzsche in Genealogy of Morals on the one hand and Asceticism in Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham on the other. Further, it is not difficult to find in Sri Aurobindo’s line of argument an affinity with the following: