Tuesday, October 30, 2007
The Mother’s method is to heal with wholeness. The particular or the transitory has an importance of its own; but when compared to the larger reality, it is inconsequential. Most of the sociological and psychological problems we grapple with today arise out of an inchoate metaphysics. The Life Divine is the omnibus answer. But nowadays there are more writers than readers. [TNM]
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Being proficient in some task or acquiring skill in a specific responsibility can give one the impression that it is equivalent to performing Yoga, but the same by itself, howsoever high may be its level of excellence, is not. It is only by consistently maintaining a spirit of dedication to the Mother year after year and undertaking the labor with a sense of collaboration that our work can qualify as Yoga.
It is normal that many may perceive a tense feeling towards The Mother at the initial encounter due to various factors like doubt and envy. But a persistent engagement with her teachings can rid one of all suspicion and diffidence and permit germination of receptivity and dependence in its place. This overarching precondition for devotion to The Mother is religion. Each and every Savitri Eran needs to remember and remind himself continually of this central secret of our Religion. [TNM]
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
“Imagine an entire society of Brittainys and Madonnas and their male equivalents,” Dr. Sanity cautions, but the show must go on. [TNM] [ 6:59 PM]
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Let all be corrected. Savitri Era Religion is the ultimate hope of the Global civilisation. [TNM]
An unabashed confession of how a Western mind falls for "methodology" and "empiricism" even in matters that demands abandonment and living within. [TNM]
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Sri Aurobindo was a master-dreamer. Together with the Mother, he has dared to dream the loftiest of human aspirations. To implant the play of perpetual dance in the whirl of protoplasm of the human cell. Merchants of such celestial dreams, they certainly deserve much larger prosceniums, must vaster amphitheatres, and multiplied decibels. An audience saves a play. And, it is our turn – who are presently occupying the planet earth – to put up a Herculean enterprise to salvage the dream from drowning in the ocean of cacophony. [TNM] 10:43 AM 1:28 PM
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
The entire corpus of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo’s works is now available online. A sustained reading of a few passages a day can open up a new world of imagination and enchantment. [TNM]
The 20th century philosophy, too, has admirably pursued an analogical agenda, but its priests at the present are attempting to reinstate another version of stability i.e., diversity. Savitri Erans will have to fight against this fallacy as envoys of Unity, Mutuality, and Harmony. [TNM]
Monday, October 15, 2007
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Saturday, October 13, 2007
It is upon us, the Savitri Erans, to make our religion a recognizable force. People of other religions will not do it for us. We have to employ all means at our disposal to make a swift headway. No point in just waiting and waiting. Let's get rid of all confusion, hesitation or inhibition. We have to come out openly and forcefully to inform the people at large of the captivating tale of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo and their sublime teachings. We are not forcing our ideas upon anybody; we are not imposing our religion on anyone. Rather, we must help the public to make informed choices about what to do with the rest of their lives. Whether to carry the yoke of the past burdens or march forward towards the future freedom.
Judeo-Vedic underpinnings of our religion make it the most universalistic and futurist one. Countless quacks are operating with formidable resources to shell out fakes to the gullible. Savitri Erans, wherever they are, are the only tribe who can stop this rot. All this is logistics and has to be attempted at the material level. So, simple prayer and aspiration is not enough; we have to extend our hands, and our fingers, to physically carry forward the movement. This is the greatest opportunity to which to dedicate all our competence and capabilities. [TNM]
Friday, October 12, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
- To begin with, religions tend to be identified with an individual who embodies the values its followers hold dear. His life becomes a text and all artifacts connected with the founder become sanctified.
- His beliefs get captured in a central text that becomes the timeless arbiter of all questions that humankind faces. The book contains the word and the utterance of the word is by itself holy.
- The word is also transmitted by intermediaries who represent the religion and interpret it for the common man. The priests are the middlemen who convert religious intent into cultural practice and preside over all important occasions of our lives, sprinkling them with divine beneficence.
- Most religions also tend to have a central place that is a magnet that exerts a powerful pull to its followers and holds the religion together geographically. Pilgrimage to these places is ritualized and is considered holy.
- In everyday life, we have daily praying rituals that remind us of our beliefs. We have periodic customs – like festivals and fasts – that pepper our existence with religious meaning.
- The religion is showcased in grand showrooms that give us a fleeting glimpse of the divine, through magnificent structures. Churches, mosques, temples, pagodas all reach for the sky in their yearning ways.
- To make identity more palpable, many religions prescribe an external appearance that signifies adherence to its belief system.]
So is the take on religion of an eminent advertising professional which applies almost word by word to Savitri Era Religion. It would be of interest to compare the same with what was posted here on July 27, 2006 and August 24, 2006. [TNM]
[Thursday, July 27, 2006 The integralism achieved by the yogic vision of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo cannot be bettered Alan has called for a fresh start for the integral movement with The Mother and Sri Aurobindo as the central focus. But the call of the day is perhaps to leap forth to the next level, call it orthodox or foundational. Many are under the illusion that they can dish out a new synthesis by integrating the different established systems like Sri Aurobindo’s. How easily it is forgotten that, the integralism achieved by the yogic vision of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo cannot be bettered. In fact, no egghead should venture to tinker with their teachings.
And, finally, let’s call a spade a spade. How long would we dither to call the grace of our beloved Masters and their teachings, a religion? It is a religion, make no mistake about it, and the adherents need to put their act together to help it take root. No myths or legends, ours is a stark 20th century faith based on the most comprehensive philosophy. This is a grand testament of universality, take it or leave it. And, this is the greatest ever manifesto for man; seekers of the world unite! The word, integral has already been besmirched. So, should we call our religion Savitri Era, instead? [SE-MMYP, TNM: July 27, 2006] Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 4:15 PM]
[Thursday, August 24, 2006 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.
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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. Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 11:13 AM]
Friday, October 05, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
The Savitri Era Party will consolidate around the ideals of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. We must believe in ourselves so as to leapfrog into public life assignments that dovetail into politics. All this calls for unity and solidarity; our various wings and operations joining as tenons and mortises. Should we call it yoga too!