Monday, June 30, 2008

Savitri Era Party demands independence of Auroville from the hands of Government of India

Thursday, September 28, 2006 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. Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 3:08 PM 0 comments Links

Friday, October 06, 2006 Liberation of Auroville, the original island of freedom
The administration of Auroville is in the hands of Government of India. Although many problems relating to Auroville are still of the nature of, what has come to be known in our electoral politics parlance, BSP or Bijli, Sadak, and Pani, the higher purpose for which it was envisaged can not be articulated from the Public Sector approach. When the rest of the country is witnessing liberalization on an unprecedented scale, it is really ironical to see Auroville, the original island of freedom to be fettered. Two and a half decades after the infamous takeover the circumstances have changed entirely. Savitri Erans must come forward to demand Liberation of Auroville from the Government hands, in one voice. Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 2:55 PM 0 comments Links

Thursday, October 19, 2006 Auroville, locus for a larger discourse
The Economic Times, today, carries a nice leader article, From sin-cities to cities of joy by Pothik Ghosh, which examines several issues relating to urbanization in India. At a time when SEZs are a hot topic and democracy is at war with economics, Ghosh’s vision of reviving our traditional University towns as model habitats comes as a breath of fresh air. Even, reading the names of The Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Bhatkhande Institute of Music & Musicology and Bharatendu Natak Academy in The Economic Times itself is an eye opener. In the context of city-building, education and environment, the name of Auroville immediately comes to the mind. The socio-political concerns that the Aurovillians are engaged with should form a part of the larger discourse that the new India is encountering. The cultural hiatus that the affluent portion of India is struggling with, is also akin to the Aurovillians’ aspiration for material perfection along with spiritual realization. It is for the Savitri Erans to judge all these issues critically so as to develop a harmonized theory for socio-cultural living. Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 10:57 AM 0 comments Links

Friday, February 02, 2007 Spectre of Marx sighted over Auroville
[The recommendation was made in the Chennai Declaration that was adopted yesterday on the concluding day of the three-day international workshop on "Food Security: A Great Threat to Human Security" held at the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSRRF) in Chennai in India...The programme will be completed today through visiting Biovillage and Auroville, a MSSRF project in Pondicherry. By Rafiqul Islam Azad from Chennai Wed, 31 Jan 2007, 09:31:00 The New Nation]

It seems that Auroville is being increasingly identified with Environmental and Sustainable Development issues and becoming an icon of sorts. Dreamt as a city, it is perhaps turning into a nice jungle. Unfortunately these and allied affairs have been appropriated by the Leftist propagandists and activists of the World Social Forum variety. And therefore it signals danger.Auroville needs to be liberated from the grip of Government of India’s public-sector approach on the one hand and the Leftist anti-development attitude on the other. [TNM] Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 3:10 PM 0 comments Links

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 Savitri Erans feel united in their aspirations
[On 28th February 1968 some 5,000 people assembled near the banyan tree at the centre of the future township for an inauguration ceremony attended by representatives of 124 nations, including all the States of India. The representatives brought with them some soil from their homeland, to be mixed in a white marble- clad, lotus-shaped urn, now sited at the focal point of the Amphitheatre. At the same time the Mother gave Auroville its 4-point Charter.]

40th birthday of Auroville today. It is impossible even to believe at the moment what actually happened on that particular day. The events of May '68 are thought to have been linked but the repercussions are certainly far more larger and wider. A solemn occasion for the Savitri Erans all over the world to feel united in their aspirations. [TNM] Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 12:24 PM 0 comments Links

Friday, June 15, 2007 Puducherry, a heaven of peace
Shyam Sunder Jhunjhunwala has lamented (SRI AUROBINDO'S ACTION June 2007) that “The beautiful beach has gone” and Puducherry “is no more a heaven of peace, rather it is an unplanned city full of noise, pollution and garbage.”
50 years down the line, will one say the same thing for Auroville also? By then it might be famous for hospitality with its attendant vagaries but will it still be a symbol for spiritual inspiration?
This brings to mind the question of the suitability of geographical contiguity when we try to conceive an ideal city. The Cyberspace rather is an apt alternative for kindred minds to come together devoid of the cross of the gross. [TNM] Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 11:42 AM 0 comments Links

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 How to liberate Auroville from the Government’s clutch is a big question now
Auroville Foundation is a Government of India entity with 7 nominated members constituting the Governing Board. Obviously, the official website and its journal are not free media. People working under different projects there are like quasi-government employees and enjoy patronages from time to time. Thus, it is hard to expect them to speak out what is right. How to liberate Auroville from the Government’s clutch is a big question now. That the present situation has continued for the last 25 years is utterly shameful and betrays apathy as well as complicity. Can we break this conspiracy of silence? Savitri Erans are requested to take a break from their intense sadhana and do some introspection on curing this ulcer. [TNM] Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 7:55 PM 0 comments Links

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 They have no business to continue in such positions
[For first time, govt to choose IIM directors The Times of India 18 Jul 2007 MUMBAI: This could be the final blow to the long-held autonomy of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).]
Are the 5 nominated members of The International Advisory Council of the The Auroville Foundation well versed with the teachings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo? If not, they have no business to continue in such positions. There are lot many others among the devotees with records of life long dedication to the cause of the Life Divine. The Government must not impose its bureaucratic whims over the organic growth of Auroville. [TNM] Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 6:39 PM 1 comments Links

Sunday, July 22, 2007 A resident of Auroville should become the President of Auroville
The President of India, the Prime Minister, and the members of his Cabinet reside in India. The Chief Minister of Puducherry is a resident of the State. But most of the persons nominated to the Governing Board of The Auroville Foundation are not residents of Auroville. This is untenable; they must resign forthwith. A resident of Auroville should become the President of Auroville. [TNM] Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 9:44 AM 1 comments Links

Tuesday, August 14, 2007 Savitri Era Party demands complete independence of Auroville
On the eve of the 60th anniversary of Independence, we once again demand for complete independence of Auroville from the Government of India control. All the present functionaries are, hereby, requested to resign from their posts in protest, thus facilitating due democratic process to unfurl. No need to extol the virtues of freedom at this juncture.Tusar N. Mohapatra, President, Savitri Era Party. Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 6:27 PM 1 comments Links

Saturday, November 10, 2007 Savitri Era Religion is different from the Neo-Hindu faiths
By building the Matrimandir in Auroville, The Mother has given concrete shape to a model temple for the Savitri Erans. No icon or idol representing the deities of Jurassic religions find place in Matrimandir. Nor any particular ritual or worship. A prayerful, meditative feeling is all that is demanded from the visitors. In Sri Aurobindo ashram in Puducherry also nowhere the visitors are encouraged to worship the deities of other religions. In this respect, the Savitri Era Religion is different from the numerous Neo-Hindu faiths. 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] Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 11:34 AM 0 comments Links

Sunday, April 06, 2008 Savitri Era Party summararily rejects Soli Sorabjee's legal opinion on Auroville
March 2008 issue of Auroville Today approvingly cites the legal opinion of Soli Sorabjee on Is the Auroville Foundation an autonomous body? and reports that "Aurovilians were pleased with" it. Savitri Era Party, on the contrary, summararily rejects the whole attempt to whitewash the issue and demands immediate ouster of the Government of India from Auroville. [TNM] Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 8:36 AM 0 comments Links

Thursday, June 05, 2008 There should be a census of The Mother's actual followers
[ii) The central theme of Auroville is spirituality. The Matrimandir - a building visited by tens of thousands of people each month - testifies to that theme. To call it ‘a giant gold sphere’ is an attempt to create the impression that Auroville is a sect. This attempt is strengthened by the words ‘they follow the vision of someone called the mother and induction takes one year.’iii) The residents do not ‘follow someone called The Mother’. There is complete freedom in each person’s spiritual search, though many are studying the works of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. The teachings of these visionaries are not considered a religion, as was upheld by the Supreme Court of India. The lack of any reference to what they stand for is a major omission in the film. Statement on the inaccuracies contained in the BBC video on Auroville]
"The residents (of Auroville) do not ‘follow someone called The Mother’." Fine. What about the residents of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry? Do they exercise such freedom? If yes, there should be a census of The Mother's actual followers. Savitri Erans will have to organize themselves separately independent of The Ashram and the Auroville. [TNM] Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 4:04 PM 0 comments Links

Thursday, June 12, 2008 Savitri Era Party welcomes N. Nandhivarman's 100 Questions
N. Nandhivarman, General Secretary, Dravida Peravai, in his article, "AUROVILLE’s MATRIMANDIR: AN EYE OPENER," has promised that he will raise "100 Questions for generating awareness about the happenings in Auroville and to ensure Government of India intervenes to effect amendment to Act and initiate corrective measures." [7:06 AM & 12:22 PM] Savitri Era Party welcomes this. [TNM] Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 6:26 PM 0 comments Links

Saturday, June 14, 2008 Savitri Era Party demands free elections, accountability, and transparency in Auroville
[THANKS FOR BBC INITIATED DEBATE ON AUROVILLE - indiainteracts.com By Google Inc. THANKS FOR BBC INITIATED DEBATE ON AUROVILLE indiainteracts.com, India - The New Age commune revealed on TV is guiltier of child neglect than abuse, says Loic Rich. “I was not surprised by the allegations of child abuse at . ...The New Age Living Blog - http://newagelivinblog.com THANKS FOR BBC INITIATED DEBATE ON AUROVILLE indiainteracts.com - Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India “I was not surprised by the allegations of child abuse at Auroville – a progressive European community in India- that BBC news team made this week. ...See all stories on this topic]
The recent BBC (un)coverage on Auroville is admittedly low on propriety but compensatingly high on priority. Probably, years of good work get a bad name all of a sudden, but simultaneously, some sordid goings on also come under scrutiny, which otherwise would not have happened so easily.
The Congress has the satisfaction that it rules at least a tiny patch of Tamil Nadu through Dr. Karan Singh. But the 1988 Act, without territorial demarcation, deems to be infructuous as of today. As such, continuation of the present Governing Body is not only illegal but also illegitimate.
Matrimandir is the sacred shrine for the innumerable adherents of Savitri Era Religion. It is painful for the Savitri Erans to learn that certain high-ranking persons are colluding with nefarious activities and indulging in falsehood. Savitri Era Party wants change and demands free elections, accountability, and transparency. [TNM] Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 6:41 PM 0 comments Links

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 N. Nandhivarman is doing a yeoman’s service for propagation of the Savitri Era Religion
[DRAVIDA PERAVAI 23 Jun 08 SAVE AUROVILLE FROM FINANCIAL IRREGULARITIES] By nandhivarman N. Nandhivarman is doing a yeoman’s service to the evolutionary revolution that was launched by The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. By turning the searchlights upon Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the Auroville, he is generating a lot of awareness as well as curiosity among the public. It is good for the hospitality industry in Puducherry and also for the propagation of Savitri Era Religion. If this nexus can work more openly and systematically, then we shall really be able to take the idea of Human Unity very far. All kinds of issues besetting a globalized world will look forward to a Puducherry rendezvous for their solution. [TNM] Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 10:40 AM 0 comments Links Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Philosophy of The Life Divine by Aju Mukhopadhyay

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Tusar N Mohapatra said... June 28, 2008 2:05 AM
A nice portrayal of Sri Aurobindo's thinking in its historical perspective. Compliments; More power to your pen!

No other book, no other thesis, no other person offer such a fullness

The Life Divine is fundamental to the teachings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo; all other books are accessories. In this book Sri Aurobindo “fabricates” a philosophy representing a Global “assemblage” that forms the foundation of an integral evolution of the humanity.

No other book, no other thesis, no other person offer such a fullness. People of all countries will have to study The Life Divine for the sake of their own welfare. Schools and colleges will be required to tell their students about the significance of learning from this book.

Studying of The Life Divine itself constitutes praxis as long held nuggets of metaphysical notions picked up from popular myths and religions come under scanner to be found to be false. And, the smug impression of many that one knows what the book says is also demolished, brick by brick. [TNM]

Friday, June 27, 2008

Habermasian Communicative Action within the Sri Aurobindian context

from Tusar N. Mohapatra <tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com> date 27 June 2008 10:40

Dear Sankar babu,

Thanks for the appreciative words. In fact, two very fine studies have come up which, in a way, endorse the Habermasian emphasis on Communicative Action within the Sri Aurobindian context. One is,

And the other,

Let’s hope that these stir the imagination of people and we help create a better world for ourselves.

Yours Fraternally,
Tusar

Thursday, June 26, 2008

By sharing our concerns we generate empathy

from Tusar N. Mohapatra <tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com> date 26 June 2008 09:21

Thanks for appreciating these discussions on The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. The fact is that many of us, as devotees, are not used to such critical discourse, and hence, feel that it lowers our consciousness. While that may be partly true, bringing out all dimensions relating to our own lives and thinking is, in a way, a good documentation of the new yoga system that we are following.

Guidance for life and sadhana in the Ashram is a prominent theme in our books. But the world outside is equally challenging as we deal with people who are not aware of what The Mother and Sri Aurobindo want us to be. Although as individuals each of us occupies a unique situation, by sharing our concerns perhaps we generate empathy, and thereby a lead towards solving a human problem. Good day,

Fraternally, Tusar

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sri Anirvan and Ekalavya

from Tusar N. Mohapatra <tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com> date 22 June 2008 21:21 subject Re: sri anirvan

Thanks for the enquiry but I have no personal acquaintance with Sri Anirvan. He is great to us as he was the person at a distant place who, like Ekalavya, received the permission as well as power for the first translation of The Life Divine, which he ably accomplished. This fact alone makes him immortal, as there was no dearth of scholars in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram then.

All the best, Tusar

from Tusar N. Mohapatra <tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com> date 24 June 2008 16:34 subject Re: Sri Anirvan

Dear Debabrata babu,

Namaskar. Thanks for opening up a bit and expressing yourself freely on Sri Anirvan. At one place you say that,

[Sri Aurobindo did not give anyone the permission to translate Life Divine.]

But, I could lay my hands on the following statements:

"Sri Anirvan accepted on condition that their guru, Sri Aurobindo would agree." [from the preface of the book, Letters from a Baul]

and,

"He was the first to translate The Life Divine into Bengali with Sri Aurobindo's full approval. [from the recollections of NKS published in Mother India, April, 2005]

That apart, it was shocking to know that his translation has been abandoned by the Ashram. That means, when I rhetorically compared him with Ekalavya, I was spot on. However, let this matter be debated and some alternate publisher might agree for its publication.

By the way, J.L. Mehta talks about Sri Anirvan's work on the Veda very reverentially in his book, Philosophy and Religion (p.163).

Yours fraternally, Tusar

NB: [the translation has received constant and full attention of the Ashram Trust. PM 6:45 PM]

Hebrew and hermeneutics

[if the effect of hypnotic attachment is successfully produced, if we become convinced that the text hides a secret, we become locked in a power relationship with text and authorship where the author is now a master containing the truth of a secret, and the reader is perpetually inadequate, always close to the elusive truth of the secret of late Heidegger, late Lacan, Deleuze, Derrida, etc., while also always falling short. Far from freeing the reader, far from liberating them, the reader instead is locked in identity as a disciple and apostle of the text, devoting, perhaps in the extreme case of the scholar, their entire life to the hermeneutics of the text that has now become sacred. Larval Subjects April 25, 2008 Style Posted by larvalsubjects under Politics, Writing]

[For the Hebrew alphabet, which had descended from its Semitic forefathers, however, there was at least a slight pictorial connection to the world seen by the eyes. For example, the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet was aleph. This letter was shaped by the Hebrews to pictorially represent an ox, and, in fact, the letter by itself did mean "ox." Likewise, the Hebrew letter "M" resembled water in its wavy structure, and, in fact, the Hebrew word for water started and ended with the letter "M."... I would like to point out a number of important factors that resulted from the Greek adoption of the Hebrew alphabet. First, as mentioned, the Hebrew alphabet had a slight pictorial reference to the world seen by the eyes, such as the first letter, aleph, representing an ox. By the time the alphabet was being used by the Greeks, however, all references to the visual world were gone, because the Greeks lacked the pictorial references the Hebrews had. For the Greeks, aleph did not visually represent anything. It was just a shape on a piece of paper... Is it just a mere coincidence that the world’s most abstract literacy tool (the Greek alphabet) and the world’s most abstract and disembodied philosophy (Plato’s theory of Ideas) just happened to flourish in ancient Greece at exactly the same time in history? -- Plato's Vowels: How the Alphabet Influenced the Evolution of Consciousness
Frank Poletti Esalen Center for Theory and Research 2000.]

Blame it on the alphabet. [TNM]

N. Nandhivarman is doing a yeoman’s service for propagation of the Savitri Era Religion

[DRAVIDA PERAVAI 23 Jun 08 SAVE AUROVILLE FROM FINANCIAL IRREGULARITIES
By
nandhivarman Categories: Open Debate Tags: , ,
AUROVILLE : LET GOVERNMENT OF INDIA ORDER A PROBE
In a letter dated 07.10.2006 to the Secretary-in-charge of Auroville Foundation , the President of Institute of Public Auditors of India, had spelt out his comments on the working of the Auroville Foundation. Dravida Peravai urges the Government of India to institute a high level multi pronged probe into all the aspects and functions of the Auroville Foundation. When China could construct rail and road in the Himalayan heights, the Matrimandir constructed for 4 decades is not an engineering marvel. The Aurovillians themselves in their in house publication displayed a cartoon, wherein two Aurovillians near Matrimandir site will be looking at ants
will and commenting if only the contract had been given to ants, Matrimandir would have been completed]

[These extracts and many more reports aimed at bringing the trusts run as private empires without no accountability enriching the vested interests under the guise of being protected by the umbrella of a Government Foundation, must force the Government of India to intervene, and effect a complete overhaul of the Foundation and its activities detrimental to the Indians living there from ages….. N. Nandhivarman, General Secretary Dravida Peravai 12:47 PM]

[Why are we here? And who are we here for? We have never sat down as a community and looked deeply at the guest situation. With the finished Matrimandir already being described in the national press as a “second Taj Mahal”, it's clearly time to do this. Home > Auroville Today > April 2008 Auroville's visitors and guests - Alan 12:49 PM]

N. Nandhivarman is doing a yeoman’s service to the evolutionary revolution that was launched by The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. By turning the searchlights upon Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the Auroville, he is generating a lot of awareness as well as curiosity among the public. It is good for the hospitality industry in Puducherry and also for the propagation of Savitri Era Religion. If this nexus can work more openly and systematically, then we shall really be able to take the idea of Human Unity very far. All kinds of issues besetting a globalized world will look forward to a Puducherry rendezvous for their solution. [TNM]

The Mother and Sri Aurobindo's Samadhi and the Matrimandir

[Visiting the Matrimandir Auroville Today > April 2008: The main attraction is, of course, the Matrimandir. “If people are given the freedom, they will simply rush straight there,” says Nicole, one of the managers of the Visitors Centre...“For us,” says Gilles, a member of the Matrimandir Access Group, “the Visitors Centre fulfils a crucial role in filtering and informing visitors before they reach us. People cannot understand that the Matrimandir is not a temple, that it is the soul of Auroville, if they have not first understood something about Auroville itself.” The Matrimandir Access Group has its own method of ‘filtration'. Gilles points out that 90% of the day visitors just want to catch a glimpse of the Matrimandir.]

Though the teaching of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo is never supposed to be latched to any physical object, the Samadhi and the Matrimandir have already become an intrinsic part of it. Darshan days will ever remain special for their power to draw people from around the Globe. More and more tourists will turn devotees as the crowds soar in the days to come.

It is difficult to speculate now how Auroville will handle the mad rush of visitors and obviously gaining entry into the Matrimandir will seem like winning a lottery. This Marvel is already causing tremendous heartburn in those who don’t get a chance to enter it after reaching there. The whole Sublime experience of going around in the Ashram and meditating near the Samadhi is negated and the visitor feels cheated when he fails to secure a pass for praying inside the Matrimandir. He and his group return frustrated and the ache lingers for years. How to resolve this is a matter that all Savitri Erans should ponder over. [TNM] [12:49 PM]

Monday, June 23, 2008

Only the utmost limit of height, wideness and fullness of self- expression

[Existence is only one in its essence and totality, in its play it is necessarily multiform. Absolute uniformity would mean the cessation of life, while on the other hand, the vigour of the pulse of life may be measured by the richness of the diversities which it creates.

Only the utmost limit of height, wideness and fullness of self- expression possible to man, if any such limit there be, could be regarded, did we know of it, - and as yet we do not know our utmost possibilities, - as the eternal ideal.

Whatever the ideas or ideals which the human mind extracts from life or tries to apply to life, they can be nothing but the expression of that life itself as it attempts to find more and more and fix higher and higher its own law and realise its potentialities. Location: Works Of Sri Aurobindo > Social And Political Thought Volume-15 > Nature's Law In Our Progress 8:19 PM 8:35 PM]

Life in its rich diversities would always prove riddlesome. Be it desire or competition or biopolitics, any scrutiny of the inventory of details will leave us nonplussed unless the underlying unity is plumbed. The operation of a nisus perhaps needs the tension of a conflictsome scenario and hence, the actual hardly helps. [TNM] [10:30 AM] [11:25 AM]

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Sri Aurobindo posits a grand pillar of possibility

What differentiates Sri Aurobindo from other famous philosophers and savants is his emphasis on evolution linked to a definite teleology. Whereas other notions of evolution are speculative and uncertain, Sri Aurobindo posits a grand pillar of possibility which the world has to embrace unwaveringly.

As regards Reading Marx’s Capital with David Harvey [Roughtheory.org / davidharvey.org] it is really astonishing that such large number of people are still enamored of Marxist thought. Similar is the case with other Masters of Suspicion as well as prominent thinkers. Why this happens is necessary to understand.

Sri Aurobindo spoke about the typal society that does not evolve but relegates itself into a conventional machanicity. Elsewhere, the Devatas have been described as typal beings who, being incapable of evolving further, inhabit their respective domains for ever. Similarly, these powerful thought-systems are typal realms that survive and continue to attract followers.

All teachings – religious or rational – are such typal traps that The Mother and Sri Aurobindo have warned us to keep away from. They are anti-evolutionary, and hence any hobnobbing with them erodes our own sense of certitude. The Supramental transformation will happen only under the benign gaze of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. [TNM] [11:25 AM , 5:23 AM ]

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Opening floodgates of indiscriminate allegations is not decent

India contains all the continents, economically as well as racially. Hence, the way N. Nandhivarman, General Secretary, Dravida Peravai, Puducherry is targeting the Westerners residing in Auroville is not in good taste. Granted, law breakers should be booked and punished, but opening floodgates of indiscriminate allegations is certainly not decent.

There are a large number of people who have made Auroville their home by combating trying conditions, both physically and emotionally. Obviously, they need our sympathy and support. It is hoped that Nandhivarman tones down his tirade especially on the racial criterion. [TNM]

Tusar N. Mohapatra,
President, Savitri Era Party

Many who have read Sri Aurobindo have never read Nietzsche

Debashish Banerji, by far the most erudite among the Sri Aurobindian scholars today, wrote a very perceptive essay on Nietzsche that was published in the March 2004 number of Mother India. With the typical Western politeness he had sternly reminded that,

“Sri Aurobindo’s texts need to be read in a cross-cultural context. They have contexts which are equally eastern and western.”

“Many who have read Sri Aurobindo have never read Nietzsche and acquire some preconceptions of what the Nietzschean Superman is all about. I’d encourage them to divest themselves of these ideas.”

“Nietzsche’s call is going out to the will of man. It is not a simple call to the ego – it is not a call to titanism as has been popularly supposed, it is a call to sacrifice, to vastness, it is a call to the formation of gods within us.”

Eminently edifying, the essay should be available online. [TNM] [Life Divine Colloquia via Skype by Debashish Banerji] [ 1:21 AM ] [http://www.sciy.org/blog/_archives/2008/11/23/3991905.html]

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

If one is not reasonably conversant with Western Philosophy, then his study of The Life Divine is partial, superficial, and simplistic

from Tusar N. Mohapatra <tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com> 12 June 2008 18:11

I can't understand why you are so emphatic about a hiatus between poetry and philosophy. All our scholars - from NKG to RYD - handle them with equal ease, and the same should be the case with you. It is not a question of "our liking," but what we grow into because of "Their liking."

Let me tell you one thing categorically: If one is not reasonably conversant with Western Philosophy, then his study of The Life Divine is partial, superficial, and simplistic. Therefore, there is no escape and it is never too late to start studying philosophy. All the best...

If your thesis is right, then the very word "Integral Yoga" is a misnomer. For, Sri Aurobindo himself has been an embodiment of erudition as well as experience. Thus, creating an "either/or" situation is an error...

  • "No one method was given for Integral Yoga" is too spacious, and there has to be some bare minimum identity.
  • Of these, reading some books of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo could be one.
  • Of these books, reading The Life Divine (in English) should be a target (for those who are capable).
  • As The Life Divine compresses within itself the knowledge of the whole world, the reader is goaded into learning more about its numerous allusions and references.
  • A Westerner will have to learn certain amount of Sanskrit and Indian Philosophy in the course of his reading The Life Divine.
  • Similarly, an Indian will have to familiarise himself with Western philosophy in order to follow the arguments properly.
  • During all this, one need not stop his Yoga or Sadhana or Love or Humility or whatever...
I am sure, you will agree with me that saying "Universal Love is greater than all philosophies" or "Only Universal Love can conquer this world" should not be a pretext for intellectual lethargy...
The beauty of philosophy is that it trains us to be exact and stick to the argument...My original statement was: "If one is not reasonably conversant with Western Philosophy, then his study of The Life Divine is partial, superficial, and simplistic. Therefore, there is no escape and it is never too late to start studying philosophy."

I stand by it, and refuse to be cowed down by "grapes are sour" mentality. [TNM]

Savitri Era Party wants efficiency in the organizations under The Mother's banner

Here it is not a question of siding with the ideals of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo; rather, which economic model we are supporting. Long years of propaganda by the Leftist intellectuals have crippled us, and as a result, we instinctively blame the USA and its role for increasing our quality of life.
If we take the position that the organizations working under The Mother's banner will run in a different way (i.e. in a less efficient way) than other organizations, then we are deluding ourselves. Modernity should not be resisted in the name of spirituality.
Savitri Era Party is clear on these issues.

Tusar N. Mohapatra,

President, Savitri Era Party.

Such questions arise owing to a lack of grounding in The Life Divine

[Can there be a mediator between science and occultism? And does technology have a pivotal role to play in humanity’s ascent to Divinity as some sort of mediator between science and occultism? Open Question to Readers from The Stumbling Mystic by ned]

Such questions arise owing to a lack of grounding in The Life Divine. Contrary to our present notions of technology, the fact is that technology existed from the earliest of times. A stick, a ladder, a wheel are all examples of technology. Even, digitalization depends on the inherent (or, occult) property of Silicon and not solely on human innovation. When we fail to see this unitary working of our world, Sri Aurobindo calls it Constitutional Ignorance. [TNM]

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

From Eco to Žižek, it's all collage, mosaic, allusions

[(title unknown) from enowning by enowning How not to talk rubbish... Existentialism, as such, has its origins with Sartre and his circle in the early forties--e.g., see Sartre's Existentialism is a Humanism (1946)...It's hard to introduce authenticity (let's date it circa B&T, 1927) to existentialism, before it existed as such. Many texts try pass off historical figures like Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Pascal, even the author of the Book of Job, as existentialists. They, of course, can't defend themselves, but thinkers like Heidegger, who were able to respond to such accusations, denied being existentialists. Even Sartre denied being one, after he'd tired of promoting it.]

[Jun 16, 2008 The Hazard of the Public
from Larval Subjects by larvalsubjects. The form of jouissance embodied in this subjective type seems transparently self-evident: to engage in a game of one upsmanship where one can situate their interlocutor in a subordinate position. The phenomenon is no different than the sort of hierarchies that emerge in wolf packs. In these encounters there is no dialogue, no discussion, no development of thought, but only a play of display and counter-display that seems geared towards repeating the word and position of the masters.]

The history of Philosophy spans over 4000 years. But, it’s only about 40 years back that its Truth-claims was contested. And, Philosophy has never been the same again. Philosophy is "writing" now, Literature. From Eco to Žižek, it's all collage, mosaic, allusions. And, nobody is complaining. Jouissance aha! [TNM]

Our homes can be home to readings and recitations in Sanskrit

Odia newspaper Samaya, in its editorial on Saturday, May 24, 2008, fervently pleaded for learning English from the primary level by the children of the State, for securing better employment opportunities.

Arvind Sharma, at Indological Provocations playfully lets out an old anguish “why can’t we revive Sanskrit?

Let the schools teach English; our homes can be home to readings and recitations in Sanskrit. [TNM]

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Does Sri Aurobindo Ashram have a present? Mother India is extremely shy of it

Of late, Mother India is exhibiting acute regressive symptoms. If one judges its June 2008 issue, for instance, apart from the customary book extracts from The Mother, Sri Aurobindo and Amal Kiran, endless tributes, obituaries, nostalgia, and anecdotes fill its pages. It seems that there is no Culture left now. The coverage is so pathetic that its subtitle be better rechristened as Monthly Review of History.

Does Sri Aurobindo Ashram have a present? Mother India is extremely shy of it and lives in the past. Why this fear for the present? Physician, heal thyself! [TNM]

Max Théon, Paul Richard, The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

It was www.kheper.net which had first dug out extensive information about Max Théon to which RY Deshpande [Permanent Link] has now added significant details at Science, Culture and Integral Yoga site. Elsewhere, N. Nandhivarman [Permalink at 12:22 PM] rather mischievously has asked,

[Well it is the Mira Richard’s husband Paul Richard, whose works Aurobindo translated were one of the reasons for his philosophy to blossom. Let impartial researchers dig deep into the writings of both to arrive at a conclusion who influenced whom?]

It would be nice if the Savitri Era lineage is probed in greater intensity without inhibitions and hesitations. [TNM]

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Savitri Era Party demands free elections, accountability, and transparency in Auroville

[THANKS FOR BBC INITIATED DEBATE ON AUROVILLE - indiainteracts.com By Google Inc. THANKS FOR BBC INITIATED DEBATE ON AUROVILLE indiainteracts.com, India - The New Age commune revealed on TV is guiltier of child neglect than abuse, says Loic Rich. “I was not surprised by the allegations of child abuse at . ...The New Age Living Blog - http://newagelivinblog.com THANKS FOR BBC INITIATED DEBATE ON AUROVILLE indiainteracts.com - Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India “I was not surprised by the allegations of child abuse at Auroville – a progressive European community in India- that BBC news team made this week. ...See all stories on this topic]

The recent BBC (un)coverage on Auroville is admittedly low on propriety but compensatingly high on priority. Probably, years of good work get a bad name all of a sudden, but simultaneously, some sordid goings on also come under scrutiny, which otherwise would not have happened so easily.

The Congress has the satisfaction that it rules at least a tiny patch of Tamil Nadu through Dr. Karan Singh. But the 1988 Act, without territorial demarcation, deems to be infructuous as of today. As such, continuation of the present Governing Body is not only illegal but also illegitimate.

Matrimandir is the sacred shrine for the innumerable adherents of Savitri Era Religion. It is painful for the Savitri Erans to learn that certain high-ranking persons are colluding with nefarious activities and indulging in falsehood. Savitri Era Party wants change and demands free elections, accountability, and transparency. [TNM]

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Savitri Era Party welcomes N. Nandhivarman's 100 Questions

N. Nandhivarman, General Secretary, Dravida Peravai, in his article, "AUROVILLE’s MATRIMANDIR: AN EYE OPENER," has promised that he will raise "100 Questions for generating awareness about the happenings in Auroville and to ensure Government of India intervenes to effect amendment to Act and initiate corrective measures." [7:06 AM & 12:22 PM]

Savitri Era Party welcomes this. [TNM]

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

L K Advani, in his effort to pull out all the stops, has started quoting The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

[Home > National Network > Students need to learn Indian languages, patriotism, says Advani
Express News Service: Monday, June 09, 2008 at 2251 hrs
New Delhi, June 8: Stressing on a modern approach towards life while maintaining the Indian personality, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L K Advani has called for an “Indian model” to develop education in the country.
“I am not against English, and I do not think any Indian should oppose English for the sake of it. Over the years, it has become as much a language of Indians as it is a language of Britishers or Americans. (But), one of the ill-effects of globalisation has been the neglect of Sanskrit, Hindi and other Indian languages. It must be arrested and reversed,” he said during his convocation address at Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya in Hardwar on Saturday.
“(We must) develop a strong sense of patriotism among students — (They) should have sufficient knowledge of our national history, society, culture, our heroes, our achievements, and future goals, as it would make them proud to be Indians. There is a need to provide high-quality education in diverse streams of academic knowledge and skills, combined with values, morals and sanskaras. But it is the inner development of personality that can help him learn how to live life. (Thus) the core of the gurukul system is relevant today,” he said.
Quoting from the Mother, a follower of Sri Aurobindo, on the true meaning of education, the octogenarian said, “India will be a decisive player (globally) in the 21st century. A principal reason is our enormous pool of human resources — two-thirds of India’s population is below 35 years. As many as 10 crore young Indians will be voting for the first time in the 2009 parliamentary elections. If this vast reservoir of human resources is properly educated and empowered it can indeed create miracles in the future,” he said.]

The 2009 Elections are fast approaching, and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L K Advani, in his effort to pull out all the stops, has started quoting The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. But, his "Guruji" is someone else, and Savitri Erans need not be taken in by such guile.

As the Karnataka victory has emboldened the Hindutva camp, many may feel tempted to collaborate with them, but that would be a retrograde step. Savitri Era Party has no compulsion for any compromise. [TNM]

Sri Aurobindo expressed his discontent with the Eastern concept of nirvana

[Many years ago, Sri Aurobindo, far more celebrated than I, expressed his discontent with the Eastern concept of nirvana. He sought to embody god in everyday life, not seek to escape the world via nirvana. Like me, he could see the necessity for a change in thought-patterns whereby all humans believed in the spiritualization of the natural world including their own existence. But, unlike me, he couldn’t really see the deity of nature within himself; God was still an outside entity... Brian
Posted by cosmosclub at 10:55 PM Sunday, June 8, 2008]

The last sentence is simply not correct and constitutes a glaring misrepresentation. [TNM]

And therefore the Savitri Era Party

Thanks Mukherjee babu for the good wishes. I have posted excerpts of your interview at Marketime [link 6:18 AM]. The concerns you have expressed can only be taken up in an instituitionalised manner, and therefore the Savitri Era Party. Hope, you join it, and offer your blessings. This is the hour to be heroic.

Yours fraternally, Tusar

Monday, June 09, 2008

Big Bitch Complicity!

[Local concerns over Indian utopia a full investigation by BBC Two's Newsnight into Auroville which includes a detailed response to the allegations from Carel Thieme of the Auroville Working Committee. Some call The Matrimandir, the giant golden golf ball. Enlarge Image Auroville sounds like a throwback to the 60s, advocating no rules and leaders and promising peace and harmony, but Rachel Wright hears claims of exploitation and abuse at the southern Indian community...Watch a full investigation by BBC Two's Newsnight into Auroville which includes a detailed response to the allegations from Carel Thieme of the Auroville Working Committee.From Our Own Correspondent was broadcast on Saturday, 24 May, 2008 at 1130 BST on BBC Radio 4. Please check the programme schedules for World Service transmission times. 7:00 AM ]

[Five mn tourists visited India in 2007
www.business-standard.com Press Trust of India / Puducherry May 27, 2008, 19:19 IST
Around five million foreign tourists had visited India in 2007 which was a big jump from the 3.92 million tourists during the previous year, Union Tourism and Culture Minister Ambika Soni said today.
Around 400 million domestic tourists had also travelled across different parts of the country during 2007, she said. She was speaking after declaring open the Rs 35 crore 'Zest Big Beach-Puducherry' a project of the Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India Limited (MHRIL) at Manapet coastal village near here.
Puducherry will emerge in the near future as a major centre for cruise tourism and efforts to promote this project would be intensified in collaboration with the Union Shipping Ministry, she said.
"We should work together to make Puducherry as a major destination as was done in respect of Sikkim and Goa and other destinations. In the near future Puducherry would emerge as a centre for cruise tourism", she said. Around 74 heritage sites had been identified in Puducherry and "we should look at the best of them for promotion and restoration for the benefit of the people here", she said.
The Auroville International Project and Sri Aurobindo Ashram here were adding to richness, the legacy and also full-fledged projection of Puducherry as a destination.
"There had been lot of questions and eager enquiries about Auroville in different parts of the world from information seekers as they want to visit Auroville to have a new experiment in India", she said.]

[The New York Times Pondicherry's 'Mother' Permalink Published: April 13, 2008
To the Editor: My husband and I were excited to read Matt Gross's article
''French Connection'' (March 30). As frequent visitors to Pondicherry , we couldn't agree more that it is ''just too beautiful and relaxing.'' However, we were surprised by some notable omissions from this otherwise excellent article.
Somewhat to be expected, by focusing on the lingering French influence, Mr. Gross ends up ignoring the rich local Tamil culture and fails to make any reference to Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the ''Mother,'' a French woman whose influence in Pondicherry remains as ubiquitous as her pictures. She was the driving force behind Auroville and the Ashram's many fabulous craft industries, such as silk marbling, handmade paper and incense, quality products that should be on any shopper's list.
Chantal Brandon Lafayette, Ind.]

Matt Gross's The New York Times article Pondicherry’s "French Connection'' (Asia> India > Travel > Published: March 30, 2008) didn't "make any reference to Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the Mother." Rachel Wright's BBC report on Auroville does not mention Sri Aurobindo at all and dismisses the Mother as “a French woman” (broadcast on Saturday, 24 May, 2008). Obviously, such media hype is geared in favour of Puducherry's travel industry such as Zest Big Beach-Puducherry that was declared open on May 27, 2008 by Union Tourism and Culture Minister Ambika Soni. The dates are too close to be ignored. [TNM]

[ Matrimandir is being described in the national press as a “second ...
I am unhappy that your report on Auroville does not mention Sri Aurobindo at all and dismisses the Mother as “a French woman” Dr Karan Singh, chairman, Auroville Foundation. The film has already severely damaged the BBC's reputation for fair and balanced journalism
Make Auroville as Samathuvapuram
Auroville is essentially a practising community rather than a tourist destination A guest’s perspective- from Elle Rasink Auroville Today > April 2008]

Saturday, June 07, 2008

If you are not studying Sri Aurobindo, then you are missing a lot

The Mother and Sri Aurobindo have chosen India. The 101 years of their presence from 1872 to 1973 is a sort of time-capsule that will reign the ages ahead. They have set forth an agenda which is too futuristic but the world must learn to follow it.

India and its identity has been drastically remolded by the teachings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. Those who are averse to it and are avoiding the new vistas that the writings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo open, are, obviously, at the Windows 95 stage.

The Veda, the Upanishads, and the Gita are attracting the attention of younger generation. But, if the teachers are not conversant with the epochal interpretations that Sri Aurobindo has brought in, then they, definitely, are doing a disservice to their students.

Be it poetry or philosophy, physics or politics, no department of study can progress in any meaningful way without incorporating the insights of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. But there is resistance - formidable resistance - from the inertians. Savitri Erans must brace for an aggressive showdown with them. [TNM]

Friday, June 06, 2008

Quest for harmonious living

The Life Divine brings to mind several presuppositions:

§ Life in the medical sense that is precarious but precious.
§ Life in the biological sense that is a commonality and continuity from virus to us.
§ Life in the anthropological sense that is evolving and imbued with possibilities.
§ Life in the anthropic sense that is a supremacy with attendant duties and responsibilities.
§ Life in the sociological sense of a quest for harmonious living.
§ Life in the political sense of striving towards a perfect society.
§ Life in the religious sense of attaining its fruition and fulfillment.
[TNM]

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Problems and concerns of the devotees of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo who live and work outside

from Tusar N. Mohapatra tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date5 June 2008 18:07 subject Re: Fwd: [Savitri Era] There should be a census of The Mother's actual followers

Dear Aju Babu,

Namaskar. If you read my posts at www.savitriera.blogspot.com I have said it several times in the past. The fact is, the problems and concerns of the devotees of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo who live and work outside are different than that of those living in the Ashram and the Auroville. These problems and concerns are not only psychological and spiritual, but also, sociological and political. These need to be addressed by those who face them and understand them.

It should not be seen as a defiance of the Ashram, rather, as an attempt to handle our own affairs by ourselves.

Yours fraternally, Tusar

There should be a census of The Mother's actual followers

[ii) The central theme of Auroville is spirituality. The Matrimandir - a building visited by tens of thousands of people each month - testifies to that theme. To call it ‘a giant gold sphere’ is an attempt to create the impression that Auroville is a sect. This attempt is strengthened by the words ‘they follow the vision of someone called the mother and induction takes one year.’
iii) The residents do not ‘follow someone called The Mother’. There is complete freedom in each person’s spiritual search, though many are studying the works of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. The teachings of these visionaries are not considered a religion, as was upheld by the Supreme Court of India. The lack of any reference to what they stand for is a major omission in the film.
Statement on the inaccuracies contained in the BBC video on Auroville]

"The residents (of Auroville) do not ‘follow someone called The Mother’." Fine. What about the residents of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry? Do they exercise such freedom? If yes, there should be a census of The Mother's actual followers. Savitri Erans will have to organize themselves separately independent of The Ashram and the Auroville. [TNM]

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

"Aurobindian" wins

from Tusar N. Mohapatra tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date 4 June 2008 11:30

Friends,

Now that Alan and Robert have agreed amicably -- through the able and timely intervention by Ned (A Daniel come to judgment!) – to settle the Thea affair between them, we may return to our original intention of consensus building.

In the June 2008 issue of Mother India, that I just received, the article, "The New Spirituality. Or: The Aurobindian Revolution" by Georges Van Vrekhem caught my eye as the term, "Aurobindian" appearing in Amal Kiran turf seemed curious. I was reminded of the following observation by the Life Positive scribe.

[It is quite a tongue twister, but the word 'Aurobindonian' crops up frequently when Georges Van Vrekhem speaks. 'A true Aurobindonian', 'a real Aurobindonian', 'you don't have to be an Aurobindonian to evolve to Superman'… excerpts from an interview with Georges Van Vrekhem: Life Positive, November 2001]

I have already argued for the term, "Aurobindian" in the past, and hope that we all agree on using this term only in the future. This forum is meant for free debate and additions to the mailing list are welcome.

Yours fraternally, Tusar

Sunday, June 01, 2008

The "no religion" prescription by The Mother and Sri Aurobindo is a long term objective

from Tusar N. Mohapatra tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com to Raaye date 29 May 2008 16:50

Dear Debabrata babu,

You are certainly not a retired person as you are a blogtender, and a forceful one at that. I was thrilled to know your acquaintance with Sri Anirvan.

As you are aware, I am insisting on to come to terms with the reality and frankly admit that our faith in The Mother and Sri Aurobindo constitutes a separate Religion which in matter of time will become a Political force. Unless we say it openly, there is every possibility of others manipulating us for their purpose.

I request you to give it a thought, so that we may act in unison in future.

Yours fraternally, Tusar

from Tusar N. Mohapatra tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date 30 May 2008 07:36

Dear Aju Babu,

You have suggested, "Sri Aurobindeans" but there are many variations of the term such as, Aurobindian, Aurobindoan, Aurobindonian, Aurobindonean etc. in usage with or without the suffix, Sri. And then, we leave out The Mother.

The "no religion" prescription by The Mother and Sri Aurobindo is a long term objective and it is futile on our part to insist that it is achieved immediately. Obviously, we have to make do with the present set of social, political, and legal paraphernalia as long as we are in the minority. Reaching a consensus over these issues is an urgency, and I welcome your idea of an open forum.

Debabrata Ghosh's Blog, BABUL"S WORLD is at http://anantaprema.blogspot.com and you may write to him at Email: kripatirtha97@yahoo.com

Yours fraternally, Tusar