Saturday, March 19, 2016

Nolini, Amal Kiran, and V.K. Gokak

Sri Aurobindo Centenary Calendar 1872-1972 has two entries for today, March 19:
1910: 'Some Aphorisms of Bhartrihari', translated by Sri Aurobindo, appeared in the 'Karmayogin'.
1946: "To the mystic there is no such thing as an abstraction. Everything which to the intellectual mind is abstract has a concreteness, substantiality which is more real than the sensible form of an object or of a physical event. To me, for instance, consciousness is the very stuff of existence and I can feel it everywhere enveloping and penetrating the stone as much as man or the animal. A movement, a flow of consciousness is not to me an image but a fact." (letter)
Knowing Sri Aurobindo and his intellectual landscape in the chronological order still remains a dream despite technological ease. Amalgamating the letters on Yoga with those on Poetry will present fascinating fields of study and research. Amal Kiran had asked Sri Aurobindo for high quality poetry and became the first recipient of Savitri lines. It was a secret and even Nolini was looking suspiciously while delivering the letters, he mentions. Amal was clever. He had prayed to The Mother for granting him the chance of witnessing the Supramental Manifestation and The Mother kept her word. Had it been an Odia person, he would have asked in the spirit of Bhima Bhoi or Gopabandhu Das that he be the last to be shown. [TNM55]

References:
https://books.google.com/.../Sri_Aurobindo_Year_Centenary_Calendar.htm...
Important events and incidents in the life of Aurobindo Ghose, 1872-1950, Indian philosopher, and his center in Pondicherry.

incarnateword.in/sabcl/29/letters-on-savitri-ii
To the mystic there is no such thing as an abstraction. ... A movement, a flow of consciousness is not to me an image but a fact.

motherandsriaurobindo.in/_.../SriAurobindoAshram/-.../Sri%20Aurobin...
Motilal Roy conducted Sri Aurobindo from the boat to his own house. ... "Some Aphorisms of Bhartrihari", translated by Sri Aurobindo, came out in the 19th March issue of the Karmayogin, and the first two installments of "Chitrangada", a poem by Sri Aurobindo, were also published in the same paper on the 26th march and 2nd April 1910, respectively. Karmayogin was now being edited by Sister Nivedita.

https://books.google.co.in/books?id=2qNaAAAAMAAJ
R. Y. Deshpande - 2000 - ‎Snippet view - ‎More editions
Amal Kiran had the extraordinary privilege of discussing several literary aspects and fine points of poetry with the Poet-Critic and, in the process, he drew out a number of important letters from him; these invaluable letters can now be treated as the ... plane is something new to the general aesthetic world and it is that which has been compel linglybrought out in them.

https://books.google.co.in/books?id=kcFlAAAAMAAJ
Nirodbaran, ‎R. Y. Deshpande, ‎Kaikhushru Dhunjibhoy Sethna - 1994 - ‎Snippet view
What you saw seems to add one more chapter to Amal Kiran's visits to the Press in the old days to carry out some alterations ... If not in anything else, his copious alterations and corrections show him to be a true disciple of the creator of Savitri who made ... 

https://books.google.co.in/books?id=IdTWAAAAMAAJ
1993 - ‎Snippet view - ‎More editions You write as though my life were already carrying "the voices of the mystic Suns". ... You have conjured up the picture of some of you sitting around Nolini after his dinner and before putting him to bed.

The problems with The Mother on Auroville and the CWM are that many of Her words are also missing and that, as these compilations are thematic instead of chronological, it is very difficult to understand how the project evolved along the years – which it did. Auroville, 13th February 2016 Gilles Guigan Auroville Archives 10:04 AM

Sri Aurobindo Studies - The mind is limited in its ability to understand forces and states of consciousness that function outside of its normal frame. At the same time, it does have the ability to get a “sense” of things beyond its own sphere through the process of extrapolating from effects and through means of expanding its normal frame of experience. For example, our vision is limited by the narrow range of the visible spectrum. Yet we know that there is spectrum above and below our normal range. Some of this is due to instruments we have created to measure these ranges, and some due to filters and the determination of effects that take place despite filtering the visible spectrum; in other words, through the effect produced that cannot be explained by the normal direct cause and effect of what can be seen.

Last summer I read *All Can Be Saved* by the eminent historian of colonial Latin America, Stuart Schwartz. ... Religion cannot be isolated from the broader social and political fields in which it is embedded. Nor can it be imagined as a variable, segregated from other dimensions of human sociality and history. There are no untouched religions; it is best to approach religion as one does other deeply intersected categories such as gender, race, ethnicity, and class. 
The book intervenes in a series of contemporary political debates about global politics, religion and rights, examining a set of international religious reform projects and discourses that have become especially influential over the past two decades. ... In all circumstances, the construction and stabilization of any religion-secular binary is shaped by forces, social practices, and institutions that cannot be reduced to either of those two sides. ... Unofficial, unsanctioned, unorthodox practices, traditions, and encounters with the gods are crowded out.

As the country stepped into the twentieth century, the influence of the English language gradually began to be seen on drama as well. With playwrights like Sri Aurobindo and Rabindranath Tagore choosing to write in English, Indian English drama took its birth. ...

11. Sri Aurobindo too perhaps cultivated this preference, and when V.K. Gokak noticed it, Amal Kiran came down too heavily upon him, and incurred a rare glitch. 8:31 AM





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