Sunday, August 08, 2010

The national spirit & Sri Aurobindo

[The overriding interest is in oneself, not in the means adopted. Choosing not to disbelieve : City : Santosh Desai : TOI Blogs 25 Jul 2010 8:18 AM ]

[The Indian middle class loves someone who takes on imaginary and real villains. … It believes in nothing and stands for nothing. Indian middle class believes in nothing and stands for nothing Jyotirmaya Sharma — author of Hindutva and Terrifying Vision: M.S. Golwalkar, the RSS and India —  Mail Today]

[I think it is a mistake to categorise India as a soft state. It is certainly not a hard one. It is a flexible one with a deep survival instinct. Our science teacher in school would tell us that grass blows with the breeze but never gets uprooted however strong the winds. ‘Neither soft nor hard, just flexible like grass’ Jaithirth Rao in The Indian Express3:57 PM]

[I look to the ancient Indian idea of dharma. My thinking on capitalism has been tempered by my encounter with the epic, The Mahabharata, which I read between 2004 and 2008. … Without a morality of rational self-interest capitalism cannot be defended - Ayn Rand and I from Gurcharan Das]

[I was born in a very spiritual and religious family. But as the family was deeply rooted in Sri Ramakrishna – we were not conventionally religious. Sri Ramakrishna and Vivekananda rid many Hindus – especially Bengali Hindus, of the debris of conservative Hinduism. The disciples and the followers of Sri Ramakrishna and Vivekananda were enlightened neo-Hindus then. My grandfather and grandmother were initiated by Sri Sarada Devi-whom we knew as Ma in our family. All the sons and daughters of my grandfather were initiated by this and that of the twelve sanyasin disciples of Sri Ramakrishna. We lived in Ranchi then permanently. My grandfather was one of the founders of Sri Ramakrishna Mission at Ranchi. So our house was frequently visited by the different sadhus and sanyasins and they stayed in our house whenever they felt necessary. So it was natural for me to grow as a strong believer in God. There was a strong presence of Sri Ramakrishna in our home. Sri Ramakrishna was our God. He was with us in every moment –in all the events good and bad. I loved him-sincerely loved him. I still love him. But I had questions – which grew in numbers and in strength as I kept growing in age. Birth of New Spiritualism After Three Thousand Years  Debabrata Ghosh 10 OCTOBER 2008 BABUL'S WORLD]

Growing up amidst myriad family celebrations and religious festivals in honour of multiple gods and goddesses makes the members of the so-called Hindu society pretty credulous. Competing cosmologies drawn from diverse sources of mythology and branches of philosophy keep the embers of confusion burning in most minds. The national spirit, therefore, struggles to find its feet for ever. Nothing strong and enduring can be built as long as this love affair with perpetual uncertainty persists. The Life Divine and its worldview must rule our minds. Nothing less than a national campaign can achieve this. [TNM]   

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