Monday, January 30, 2017

Futility of various religions and rituals

Tweets by @SavitriEraParty
Savitri Era: Human ingenuity is not an insulation against stupidity https://t.co/GRVYXo8mk6 #SriAurobindo
Adhering to minimum levels of intellectual honesty can help in convergence of understanding in a mechanical manner. Let's cherish that power.
Let not career or comfort compel you to compromise on intellectual front which is our greatest asset. Resolve, rather, to scale newer peaks.
Let not the past devour your present and the future. Literature, Mythology and Fiction conspire to ruin your sentiments laying sedimentation.
Nature is a convenient term for countless invisible actions animating the Universe of which a not inconsiderable share within a human being.
No nation or religion has any qualification to understand the mystery of Nature nor any amount of Mythology or Literature can unravel it.
Reading the works of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is the most effective means to realise the futility of various faiths, religions and rituals.

Misc. References:
[our mind and ego are like the crown and dome of a temple jutting out from the waves while the building is submerged https://t.co/UvzseLwq56
Golgonooza: The Lives of Sri Aurobindo https://t.co/rUrxdKIpxw
“The Ever-Living Presence” Part 09. The Work Before us: Are we Ready?  https://t.co/WShBHArYfh
Friends, here is Part 11 of Nadkarni-ji's "Invitation to Savitri". Namaskar. "... there are the subtle physical... https://t.co/58XDUSBo44


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Human ingenuity is not an insulation against stupidity

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Literal reading of Sri Aurobindo can be deceptive. He, rather, helps to juggle with ideas and ontological constructs as a mental gymnastics.
Purpose of education is to make modern generation aware about wrongs of motheaten theologies, scientific theories, and political ideologies.
There is a real problem of communication,
Due to language, various languages, and comprehension;
Not to speak of vagaries of interpretation.
University syllabus is an arbitrary imposition and not anything Divinely ordained. They need to be challenged and reconstituted every year.
Let not the past to dictate the present. Human ingenuity is not an insulation against downright stupidity or sagacity going down the drain.
Prevailing norms binding individuals to society need to be interrogated ruthlessly without any anchorage to past conventions and religions. https://t.co/HrObBjMwV7
Lens of the past is the best way to skew the vision of the future. Designing the centuries ahead can't continue to draw inspiration from it.
Each and every State of India is a nation. They must be granted Sovereignty and set free as Democratic Republics by dissolving Central Govt.
@blog_supplement Each language is a nation very naturally and hence States should be accorded Sovereign status. Religious identity secondary.
Bengali scholars writing books on society, polity, culture & religion by surveying the whole world but omitting Sri Aurobindo is an anomaly.
A brilliant study like "The Idea of Nation and its Future in India" By Shibani Kinkar Chaube (2017) is an example. https://t.co/1Zf9nqhydr
Election and power politics no doubt are crucial but without winning the ideological war through intellectual prowess, no firm gain possible.
RW lacks number and competence but Left leaning authors are guilty of selective amnesia and conspicuous omissions bordering on conspiracy.
@mediacrooks School text books are not the only source of knowledge. Neglecting scholarship will cost Hindutva heavily for 2-3 dacades more.
@kazhugan @hindupost To give the devil his due, some basic facts have been enumerated. How to remedy the situation however remains a mystery.
@kazhugan Gap arising out of interpretation and uneven inferences is normal but here the problem is of deliberate obfuscation or omission.
@kazhugan Deep layers of sedimentation and resulting prejudices keep Indians chained. Respecting elders is often transposed to old knowledge.
@kazhugan Erratic and evasive responses on account of Colonialism and Marxism are a reality in India and can't be glossed over so lightly.
@kazhugan No disputing there. The contributions have been outstanding but glitches equally devastating. For instance https://t.co/40wCsZSLOu
Suspect what is written or what you have been told. Possible, they are layers of lies forming swathes of falsehood peddled across centuries.
Respect the few years you have been on this planet and your first hand experiences. Rejecting meta-narratives is a sound and safer strategy.
Dissect with precision all agenda-driven information. Most books are careful camouflage of inherent methodological error by clever discourse.
Diagnose the causes of conflict and confusion from widest possible data but avoid any wild speculation as solution. https://t.co/8rSoXSYPvX
Consenting to the cause of any nation or religion robs you of freedom and nose for objectivity. Proclivity toward universality is preferable.
For accuracy sake, all proper names should be mentioned sans honorifics or fond references and it shouldn't be considered as lack of respect.
@dubash The Foreign Minister's picture on the doormat perhaps would have been a more realistic portrayal of the situation obtaining at home.
@dm_ghaziabad Sir, I walked from Lalkuan to Ghantaghar but didn't find any sign of any effort/intention for cleaning such an arterial road.

Misc. References:
[The Imaginary Institution of India - Politics and Ideas by Sudipta Kaviraj] https://t.co/o5SP7uaOvS via @amazonIN
It is being proven that the politics of pure nationalism is a politics of re-infantilising the governed. https://t.co/8cyazU1qep
Bharatiya Thought Is Not Understood In America - https://t.co/02MghYm4gz
[resemblance to M.P. Pandit, a Sri Aurobindo-Mother scholar is intentional though all the incidents are imaginary.] https://t.co/z25oXVhiAK
[philosophers have drawn the boundary, physically & metaphysically,  even more retrograde & rigid than Hegel’s own.] https://t.co/CdbCbYYBCs
[it's Bauman's view that understanding may achieve valid results as an aspect of the ongoing process of social life] https://t.co/Uu3SuQSgb5
[Now everything seems hollow and empty. Damn, I can’t even find perverse satisfaction in being miserable and bitter] https://t.co/RQuhtBOR5l
Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management - Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) Ghaziabad https://t.co/YGoEhdLyp7
Savitri Era Learning Forum: There can't be any final explanation https://t.co/h3R07yOIXp #SriAurobindo #WorldUnion
Plain & Simple: The concept of consciousness continues to resist elucidation https://t.co/b8qb6yWB0g #SriAurobindo
[the concept of consciousness continues to resist elucidation. ‘unsolvable’ aspect of the problem that interests me] https://t.co/no3TnLM89o
Savitri Era: There is no unmixed victory https://t.co/mgnhHeh68G #SriAurobindo #DeMonetisation

[God cannot be empirically significant since God cannot both be empirically significant, and be the cause for such empirical significance.] Posted by Nirmalangshu Mukherji - Friday, 6 January 2017
http://primacyofgrammar.blogspot.in/2017/01/yearning-for-consciousness-part-v.html?m=0

[interpretation produces an unobjective corpus that confirms the biases of the dominant culture, which is then treated as the literature everyone has to master] Posted on 29 December 2016 by Shyam Ranganathan
http://indianphilosophyblog.org/2016/12/29/interpretation-vs-explication-ii-choosing-between-a-truth-and-objectivity/

[But can something pleasurable be pointless? I enjoy philosophy when it’s well done--hell, even sometimes when it’s not, for the same reason I sometimes enjoy lousy films.] By John Horgan on January 5, 2017
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/what-is-philosophys-point-part-1-hint-its-not-discovering-truth/

[it is these independent, critical yet constructive voices that can really add value] Read more at:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/56400870.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

[If educators assume philosophy is pointless, it’s fair to say that most academic philosophers (unlike, say, mathematicians, or linguists) are still territorial, or ignorant, about the viability of their subject beyond the cloisters.] Charlotte Blease Monday 9 January 2017
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/09/philosophy-teach-children-schools-ireland

[All these people understood that they could only grab and retain ordinary citizens' attention with good yarns: powerful, memorable, morally compelling narratives that could prompt the listener to step inside and take a stance. That is the argument Mr Evans makes in a very short, very sharp book, “The Myth Gap”. He observes that all successful movements, including those that overturned slavery and racial discrimination, consisted of a network of small and large communities held together not by common calculations or common acceptance of certain technical facts, but by commonly-proclaimed narratives about the past and the future.] Jan 8th 2017 by ERASMUS
http://www.economist.com/blogs/erasmus/2017/01/climate-change-myth-and-religion

[Khanna recommends a combination of democracy and meritocratic rule—“direct technocracy”—which would chasten the demands of an often myopic public with the long-term judgment of the nation’s “best and brightest.” The author’s model for direct democracy is Switzerland’s, while his exemplar of technocratic oversight is Singapore’s, and he ably discusses both.] KIRKUS REVIEW
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/parag-khanna-20743/technocracy-america/


January 18, 2017 8:13 PM
[emotions are directly tied to our actions... Emotions, then, are creative.] https://qz.com/887524/forget-stoicism-a-leading-philosopher-explains-why-we-shouldnt-try-to-control-our-emotions/


Friday, December 30, 2016

There is no unmixed victory

The philosophy of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo may be valuable for me as a believer but I don't expect others to be appreciative to the same degree.
By combing philosophy blogs from 2005 to 2016, I come to the conclusion that they are mere attempts and there can't be any final explanation
Being a figment and a fragment, it's absurd for me to expect to understand the mystery of the whole creation, or read it through a language.
No philosophy, religion, or poetic imagination can be said to be even partly true since without knowing the mystery of the whole no part is valid
Those passionate about some specific theory or ideology may proceed on their own risk since no secure foundation for it can be established.
Expecting events to be driven by moral norms is an error. Life and the world being a mystery, deducing any kind of order or logic is caprice
[Take the example of the story of Sharmistha, the princess, and Devyani. The lesson is, there is no unmixed victory]
Each Religion is a work of fiction, an alternative narrative, breaking heads or bones over the sanctity or veracity of which is stupidity.
From Ribosomes in cells to Rhizome in culture diversity has varieties of explanations but multiple Religions for human species is illusion
Life is short and everyone is on the way. So, no one knows it fully and all past writings and other content are suppositions or speculations
Solipsism, Reductionism, Relativism, or Nihilism etc are often referred to in a negative sense but each has some truth in it and hold up mirror
The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs initiated wide ranging critical scrutiny in 2008 but people in general have failed to take benefit
Available online, The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs provides rare glimpses into history of freedom struggle. https://t.co/RypbE7JNFI
One advantage of being in Twitter is the feeling of roaming among the most ethical persons on earth although that never happens in real life
Modernity is grateful to India for producing excellent democrats like MGR, NTR, JJ, Mayawati, Mamata Banerjee, Naveen, Mulayam, Lalu, & Modi!
Jantar Mantar protests, TV news channels, and Twitter have acquired so much influence that Indian Democracy has changed beyond recognition.
Modi is sure to create a world record in terms of TRP for his forthcoming address to the nation. Goes well with his megalomaniac enterprises
The way the #DeMonetisation aftermath is snowballing, it looks unlikely that Modi Govt would survive this year. The sword of RSS can strike!
All said and done, the intellectual overhaul #DeMonetisation has triggered within Hindutva bandwagon is the most salutary, evolutionarily.
Savitri Era: NaMo has lobbed PoMo bomb by DeMo https://t.co/YF2OlMeTUm #SriAurobindo #DeMonetisation
Current equations between citizen groups shouldn't be decided on the basis of events that took place or books written 50 or 100 years before
Each State and specified region must delink from the India narrative and decide its fate democratically based on local demography and drive.
The task today is to be independent, objective and honest in holding opinions and examine each issue separately by shunning grand narratives
No knowledge system has explained the human mystery and so recommending any is erroneous and superfluous. Each one must follow unique flow.
If you haven't personally experienced or verified the effect of any ritual, tradition, or knowledge-system, better to avoid recommending it.
One needs to be honest with oneself and ask constantly: Whether what I'm defending is really the right thing to do? Do I have enough proof?
Plurality of opinion may seem normal but is an anomaly on rational criterion. Purified understanding can converge and harmonise perspectives
Human Cycle and World Union are very relevant concepts introduced by Sri Aurobindo which can give a more rounded global perspective. [TNM55]
Literal reading of Sri Aurobindo can be deceptive. He, rather, helps to juggle with ideas and ontological constructs as a mental gymnastics.
This rationalist glorification of human ingenuity dovetails into an overall ontology that is too mysterious and beyond human comprehension. https://t.co/enCFgJeBcY
The theoretical foundation that Sri Aurobindo built by bridging tradition and modernity has no parallel but most don't read due to prejudice
Sri Aurobindo is the most suitable alternative to flawed ideologies ensuing from Marx, Gandhi, Nehru, Subhas, Lohia, Ambedkar, and Savarkar.
There is not a single text or philosophy which can satisfactorily explain the mystery of life and the world or the working of the Universe.
Man and the Divine are two major abstractions in the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo because of which normal human affairs are often sidetracked
Seminal scientific discoveries or political events don't hold much value in Sri Aurobindo's philosophy although they matter for individuals.
Indifference towards normal life is a key defect of Sri Aurobindo's philosophy as there is no reliable method for transformation of emotions
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo advise to replace the ordinary human motivation for diverse aspects of life with dispassion but such a task fails
Life's journey being an unique and unknown trajectory for each person, looking for patterns in collective or religious affairs is a falsity.
Future needn't be defined by past writings or belief; even science doesn't offer any firm standpoint. Life and the world are mysteries still
Intellectual pursuits are driven by career prospects and hence no genuine avenues are being explored. Need to delink knowledge from money.
As a hostage of emotions, man has limited control on action but his perception of the world derives from diverse sources, known and unknown.
Succumbing to psycho-physical methods in the guise of Yoga and philosophical system-building might seem normal but it's not without hazards.
@Nationalistweet In a sense, to teach is to cheat as no one knows the reality and each person is of different make. But for many it's career
Whatever we know, including Vedic, are mere suppositions and probabilities. But life, with its material compulsions, offers diverse careers.
@Nationalistweet Each person evolves according to his own situation (a mystery) and so it's difficult to recommend any particular career.
@Siddhakrishna You have your own background and mission; so it's difficult to come out of that bondage. We are all bonded. @Nationalistweet
@Nationalistweet @Siddhakrishna It's a mystery in the sense that I had no complete control over various happenings and availability of tools
@Siddhakrishna @Nationalistweet I'm hinting at the infinite possibilities that an individual harbours regardless of his past and community.
@Siddhakrishna @Nationalistweet That's where a man is different from the tree. Perception avenues in man is limitless and unique to each one
@Siddhakrishna "Mystery" is how we may define man despite wide biological affinity with most mammals. Perceiving new knowledge is his forte.
Future needn't be defined by past writings or belief; even science doesn't offer any firm standpoint. Life and the world are mysteries still
There is not a single text or philosophy which can satisfactorily explain the mystery of life and the world or the working of the Universe.
Jibana bisayare chinta kariba samastanka pain eka sadharana katha. Kintu jibana kana o kouthipain, taku parjyalochana karibata ete sahaja nuhen. (Odia)

Misc. References:




[Why has intellectual discourse largely aligned with every ruling regime? Read to know] https://t.co/I9pDLFqgvO
[Welcome to the age of anger | Pankaj Mishra] https://t.co/2BIkYP2JXO
[the concept of consciousness continues to resist elucidation. ‘unsolvable’ aspect of the problem that interests me] https://t.co/no3TnLM89oNirmalangshu Mukherji 
Our brains don't fully mature until after we hit 30 https://t.co/nB1fOhDdqF via @MailOnline
Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management: Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF), Ghaziabad https://t.co/YGoEhdLyp7



Tuesday, December 27, 2016

NaMo has lobbed PoMo bomb by DeMo

Tweets by @SavitriEraParty: 
Books like Shakespeare’s Asian Journeys (ed by Bi-qi B. Lei, JC Ick, & Poonam Trivedi) and Hegel's India (by Rathore & Rimina Mohapatra) seek to bridge East and West.
@AudreyTruschke Best wishes. You might be interested in the just published Hegel's India. Thanks. https://t.co/YhmMRtqrZ3 @LangaMahesh
Savitri Era Party: Top tweets by Savitri Era Party https://t.co/0oSxllMypN #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #FreeTheStates #DeMonetisation
Savitri Era: Sri Aurobindo espouses Modernity https://t.co/zgwkUebOLM #WorldUnion #DeMonetisation
@rvaidya2000 Two Gujaratis heading BJP too is a danger signal not only for the party but for the nation as a whole as it violates Federalism
So far, Modi has tried to taste and utilise all privileges that comes with the office of the PM in a super fast speed barring of course Nuke
As #BobDylan was awarded #NobelPrizeLiterature, a strong demand is welling up to award Nobel Prize in Economics to Modi for #DeMonetisation.
Modi evokes a formidable political opposition. So forcing #DeMonetisation or #DigitalPayments is bound to be resisted with multiplied vigour
@_Mauna_ @Flyfiddlesticks @madrasmail https://t.co/EJ2O3D7ta1 #DeMonetisation
News of huge amount of cash seized by police is pouring in. I'm wondering about the gigantic quantities of cash that has escaped authorities
@VikasSaraswat Thankfully, no Hindu-Muslim divide here as is common, or almost a norm, in many cases of allegations of crime or misdemeanor.
Continued hardship faced by 1.3 billion people owing to #DeMonetisation must force us to rethink on Centre so that States become sovereign.
Involvement of non-political players like Ramdev and Anna Hazare since 2010 along with crony-Capitalism has debilitated Parliamentary system
Despite waning of Congress, no other party has national presence. This proves that the Central Govt is an abnormal postulate of Constitution
Recent happenings in Tamil Nadu shows how the States genuinely are nations and are slipping into the imperial or monarchial pattern of Govt.
People of India can taste true Democracy only if the States are granted Sovereignty and the local culture and language receives legitimacy.
The Constitution of India has become like a ship carrying Indians towards Bermuda Triangle. The States as free nations is the only solution.
Parliament logjam is not due to any person or opposition but rather indicates the absurdity of Indian Constitution and the Parliament itself
Those who used to write the most biting tweets have joined the Govt. and hence BJP has been robbed of some valuable intellectual resources.
A dozen people or so tweet on Hindu theme all the year round. No other topic interests them; no earthquake or tsunami can stir them off it.
To the credit of #DeMonetisation, it has been a great leveler. Economists and novices alike are clueless about its impact and are babbling!
Hindutva votaries practice a form of untouchability. By not listening to or engaging with those opposed to them, they miss out on idea front
No doubt there are discrepancies but painting such universal themes like Secular, Liberal, or Human Rights pejoratively by the RW is a folly
NITI Aayog Lucky draws and recounting of cash by Banks are mind boggling things to hear. Therefore it's difficult to imagine what's in store
@AshayNaik1 Sri Aurobindo worked with Tilak and wrote about him. Evolutionary role of Lal-Bal-Pal collectively differs from your perception.
RW visibility should be matched by intellectual muscle as well as integrity which is missing. Even Modernity in India is a problem for many.
Ramdev fined and PayTM cheated are good news and the country seems to be slipping into a chaotic mode. Let the States be Sovereign Republics
Mythology, Sanskrit, and Rituals are against Modernity and Democracy and hence should be avoided except by those who pursue as their career.
Languages can regain their rightful place if the States become independent nations. India as a British legacy is ruining growth of Democracy
No knowledge system has explained the human mystery and so recommending any is erroneous and superfluous. Each one must follow unique flow.
Mythology and Rituals promote casteism; perpetuate feudalism. Children should be exposed to the ideals of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity.
It's a matter of satisfaction that without any power of clairvoyance and just with lens of commonsense, we have opposed Modi since inception
Most Modi opponents belong to some political faction or the other but we have always advised to oppose the AAP, BJP, Congress, and the Left.
Modi is under the clutch of international syndicates and a few domestic corporates. So transparency and genuine Democracy can't be expected.
Modi avoids media and doesn't speak his mind. #DeMonetisation has proved that he has not been honest with fellow countrymen on his intention
@SavitriEraParty Modi has disappointed supporters to a large extent on Hindutva score to keep foreign masters happy. https://t.co/O2wbDkRQ0Y
Dire need for commonsense-based reasoning in the interest of the country and fellow citizens instead of blindly supporting a party or leader
Right understanding of issues can banish Left-Right divide and allow people-centric policies like decentralisation to occupy the centrestage
If you haven't personally experienced or verified the effect of any ritual, tradition, or knowledge-system, better to avoid recommending it.
A minor slant or omission while describing past events can turn the whole story false. So, extreme care is needed not to distort the truth.
One needs to be honest with oneself and ask constantly: Whether what I'm defending is really the right thing to do? Do I have enough proof?
Each person is so different by his or her background as well as future that it is hardly useful to teach or influence. Better to check self.
Methodological integrity is integral to any claim to decent scholarship and shouldn't be sacrificed at the altar of some hue of Nationalism.
Plurality of opinion may seem normal but is an anomaly on rational criterion. Purified understanding can converge and harmonise perspectives
Human Cycle and World Union are very relevant concepts introduced by Sri Aurobindo which can give a more rounded global perspective. [TNM55]
Sober expression of difference and avoiding ad hominem is the hallmark of a mature engagement with theory and navigating through uncertainty
Evolution acts as a tension between the cyclical or mechanical movement of Nature and an emergent urge towards New. https://t.co/l5p9TL71Ds
@postcolonialist I agree with the thrust of the thread but will stick my neck out to look at #DeMonetisation as a shock therapy for people.
@postcolonialist #DeMonetisation has put people in enormous hardships but it has also taken economic lessons to every home and every person.
@postcolonialist As a decision, it would have stood tall but the subsequent 50-50 scheme and push for cashless payments robbed its sanctity.
@maidros78 With due respect to your honesty of purpose, studies like this, despite uneven inferences, should spur an intellectual churning.
@rupasubramanya @postcolonialist https://t.co/gaND3YrpxP
@bhartendu2206 In a slightly lighter vein, may I offer the hypothesis that Rulers seem to be kowtowing before Mercantile class at the moment
Modi Govt has lost credibility; must be said to go. More and more of his fans are realising the folly of supporting. https://t.co/yEMy399bEt
@satyanveshan Nothing personal in this; its all policy and facts based. I think, every responsible and concerned citizen should contribute.
@Oundhakar @postcolonialist Nice way of putting it! But I still hold that an intellectual fermentation is underway and that's the +ve part.
@Oundhakar @postcolonialist I agree. But Hindutva folks are being rewired to think in economic terms instead of Muslims, beef, and temples!
@Oundhakar Defending #DeMonetisation is the greatest intellectual challenge that Hindutva bandwagon has faced during the last hundred years.
@arvindneela Now, FM. https://t.co/SLzpOwoAFK @atlasdanced
@nirvana74v @vimuktaatma Power, Money, and Sex are the most fundamental levers that drive man. Tech can't even be a distant fourth. My 2c.
@satyanveshan Your supposition is not shared by millions of fellow Indians. Not mentioning Cashless push on Nov 8 is one of his recent lies.
@satyanveshan The PM withholding the real intention behind #DeMonetisation on Nov 8 is dishonesty. Winning elections are a different game!
The task today is to be independent, objective and honest in holding opinions and examine each issue separately by shunning grand narratives
Transparency and candour on the part of leaders is a key indicator of genuine Democracy. But in India, we encounter a conspiracy of silence.
It's amazing that despite being in power for 31 months Modi supporters have not been able to earn an iota of legitimacy or build credibility
The very name "NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India)" says it all. It bothers no one that Aayog is superficial and absurd
#DeMonetisation has applied a body blow to the abilities of Modi, Shah, Jaitley, MoF, NITI Aayog, RBI, RSS, VIF, Doval, Bibek Debroy, et al.
Knowledge is neither Hindu nor Christian; neither Buddhist nor Muslim. Hence The Mother & Sri Aurobindo formulated and promoted Integralism.
Books by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo help to shatter set beliefs and unexamined notions; stoke irreverence for past but humility for future.
#DeMonetisation offers the right occasion to think, if India as a country uses USD or Euro, then why its citizens shouldn't be permitted so?
This storm in a Taimur-cup has once again proved the infantile mode of RW thinking and their propensity to be worked up over trivial matters
Sri Aurobindo's plea and messianic zeal for Spirituality almost matches in passion his missionary spirit of Nationalism denting credibility.
Coercive instincts of Modi regime can't be understood by political correctness without Evolutionary dialectics of Sri Aurobindian ontology.
Valorising past ideologies is a losing game as their disintegration or obsolescence is sure. Sri Aurobindo awakes to Evolutionary preference
Dominant religions and political factions compete to rule but The Mother & Sri Aurobindo inaugurated reign of Savitri Era on March 29, 1914.
Constitutional posts demand adhering to strict stereotypes and avoiding subjective flourishes and yet people expect their holders to overtop
Arbitrary use of Sanskrit acts as a cause for largescale alienation and marginalisation in domains from religious rituals to music and dance
Bollywood movies have influenced generations of Indians although they are yet to be accorded theoretical prestige in discourse on ethics.
BJP as a party seems to have gone into hibernation since it has become a cipher as regards policy decisions and scrutinising implementation.
The Supremo and High Command culture prevailing across political parties in India has made Democracy a joke. Time for people to wake up.
The British gifted us Democracy but the present generation is responsible to ensure its quality. RW seems to be against sec-lib-dem trinity!
Modi knows well that no one is his friend except his image. So he is least bothered about the economy or any ecosystem. Circus is his forte!
Someday Modi will build his own statue proving JJ a visionary and Mayawati a prophet. For Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, autobiography was aswarga!
BJP priority is to copy all Congress misdeeds so that supporters can justify them easily. A sly Muslim angle also can be readily discernible
BJP supporters proclaim that India belongs to them and others are mere loiters or exploiters. They long for a form of graded citizenships.
BJP fans won't tolerate any criticism of the Govt nor will judge its steps independently. Always a comparison with past act would accompany.
The height of the planned statues can serve as an indication of how deep the inferiority complex of BJP supporters is which refuses to heal.
Property rights is sacrosanct for Market leading to status quo but Democracy is the means for shuffling fortunes and overhauling hierarchies
Many Modi supporters are quite intelligent and well read but they compulsively justifying #DeMonetisation or #shivajistatue is pathetic tune
A doctor needs to be independent for correct diagnosis but in-house psephologists of BJP feeding it crap is the most redeeming phenomenon.
RSS has a nationwide network of paid-cadre and sympathisers who inter alia function as intelligence personnel or rumour-mongers when needed.
Forging Indian people as a monolith is a pet RSS notion and so Aadhar and Cashless idea are proving to be exactly what RSS has been aspiring
Those working at macro level will obviously find Cashless tempting but respecting privacy and freedom is essential. https://t.co/EhZP6PZaKu
@scribe_it In fact, "Swayamsevak" doesn't mean anything special or formal membership since everyone is a "Swayamsevak" serving self-interest
@sabhlok Resurrecting Gandhi is surely an interesting but strange facet. Pushparaj V Deshpande advocates the same. https://t.co/ff4H96HGYI
@sabhlok States of India as independent Republics, however, is the most needed radical step for stoking Development from the grassroots.
@sabhlok With due respect, #Gandhi, as an icon, has numerous problems and his economics, still larger. Not worth endorsing! @vimuktaatma
All political campaigners like S. Gurumurthy, P. Sainath, Rajiv Dixit, Baba Ramdev, Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal and Narendra Modi are passé
Let's hope that in 2017, people of India recognise the genius of Sri Aurobindo and the political relevance he had displayed at Surat in 1907
Modi is a puppet in the hands of Ambani and International syndicates in the same way as Sonia is of Italian mafia. India is yet to be free.
Mythology, history, tradition, rituals, and culture etc exert hegemony and belittle one's individuality. Safe to be away from metanarratives
@vimuktaatma 20th century philosophy has immense treasure for rescuing individuality within which Sri Aurobindo's interpretations is pivotal
Longing for belonging is normal during adolescence but individuation is basic responsibility as adults. No better guide than Sri Aurobindo.
Sanskrit texts give a false and disproportionate sense of authority and legitimacy disregarding which is essential for cutting complacency.
Literal reading of Sri Aurobindo can be deceptive. He, rather, helps to juggle with ideas and ontological constructs as a mental gymnastics.
Though I wrote an article on EFT twenty years back as a Bank officer, I have avoided using it till now. Hope to retain that freedom in future. [TNM55]
With #DeMonetisation Modi can be said to have lobbed the #postModernism bomb in India as people are grappling with uncertainty & ambivalence
As people scramble to gather a secure meaning of Artha, principles of Dharma are bound to be called into question to undergo reexaminations.
This rationalist glorification of human ingenuity dovetails into an overall ontology that is too mysterious and beyond human comprehension. https://t.co/enCFgJeBcY
@yugaparivartan Hope you add a few citations, - for and against, - your assertions in future instalments so that it bears an academic look.
@gopikamisra @veenavenugopal Even the complain is a pretext to talk about the kid! May be, something ingrained due to evolutionary necessity
@Bhairavaprasada @WordOfTheFree @AgentSaffron @venkateshkm So we even need a Greek national to put sand in our eyes! http://t.co/iYeaS6Pl9G
@KiranKS @dwarakiMN My idea ! https://t.co/PKgY4dMJ7S
@SandeepLaw Why only judiciary, all Constitutional authorities need to be observed on ongoing basis by Civil Society group including lawyers
@Retributions @politico The revenge of Gulf War as video game!
@ibfc007 @abhility @Bodhisatvaa Following too ambitious time tables is the reason why trains are running late invariably. Time to junk them!
@Bodhisatvaa @ibfc007 @abhility If nothing more is expected than the actual, then nothing is pathetic. Expecting too much is root of grief!
@Tweeter_wapsi @c_aashish My vote goes to Millennium Post https://t.co/qVi2RXDpCa
@KiranKS Watched Lucky Star (Malayalam - 2013) on TV on Wednesday with a nice theme and fine acting without understanding the language.
Twitter can be a much more useful forum of conversation if DP is abolished and change of handle name is not permitted. @TwitterIndia
@vimuktaatma @TwitterIndia Frequent change of DP and Name by users becomes difficult to decipher by followers. An unnecessary task on memory
@vimuktaatma @TwitterIndia They are for illiterates, just like our election symbols. Not for people like you, obviously! @rranjan501
@rranjan501 Judging can't be avoided, it's rather essential. But the point is, it should be firm and stable without confusion over identity.
[The trouble with this artistic portrayal of fascism is that Benito Mussolini, the suave gentleman, doesn’t fit.] NM https://t.co/OIMbuE0qbS
[some of Noam Chomsky’s recent views are also problematic in the perspective on fascism I am trying to develop.] ~NM https://t.co/A2Ccj1o0pz
[each country must be investigated to understand power, we turn briefly to the Indian scene.] ~Nirmalangshu Mukherji https://t.co/bLa8CqKnnt
Mind and Resistance: Everybody Loves a Good Fascist--Part VI https://t.co/By3mSvEn9F
Yearning-for-consciousness - part-I https://t.co/YEt1Jq8KUL
[consciousness, belief & knowledge are interpersonal social devices; on par with values such as ethics & aesthetics] https://t.co/aRy5a7rMvd
[My first encounters with Alasdair MacIntyre. 08 Sunday Nov 2015. Posted by Amod Lele] https://t.co/jg2DyumP7G #KenWilber #Hegel
[Philosophy must recognize that there can be more precision in a complex novelistic description than in abstract theoretical discourse] ~MCN
[How should we teach critical thinking? Peter Ellerton, Lec in Critical Thinking, University of Queensland] https://t.co/FdmfHjvchy via @wef
Our brains don't fully mature until after we hit 30 https://t.co/nB1fOhDdqF via @MailOnline
[unrealistic assumptions such as the belief in a perfectly rational, utility-maximizing, autonomous individual.] https://t.co/BrgZ4nCjaU
[In every reactionary there lies a bit of Don Quixote, pining for the Golden Age—and making a fool of himself.] ~ML https://t.co/WGlXqGCLhQ
[Democracy requires a citizenship that meets, deliberates and interacts without fear and hatred. give people a voice https://t.co/vBIRjnQJbK
[Deleuze essay, Foucault on panopticism. Haggerty and Ericsson’s Surveillant Assemblage makes Deleuze’s argument, but is in an easier idiom]
[“If one has to study philosophy one has to analyse Beckett’s Waiting for Godot first" Prof Shobhan Chowdhury Gomes] https://t.co/CO5dVIjN92
[Tolkien, an author I love, including two remarkable Film Trilogies made by Peter Jackson from LOTR and The Hobbit] https://t.co/wMNFI2jHri
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Rehearsals of what a person might someday be https://t.co/QWVhh7Ja4b #SriAurobindo #WorldUnion @2045Initiative
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, A.K. Ramanujan, and Noam Chomsky https://t.co/r6eN4XKWeq #SriAurobindo #IntegralYoga
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Renovating democracy by innovating how communities engage https://t.co/qrNS0qZr3b #SriAurobindo #WorldUnion
Plain & Simple: Max Weber, Maslow, and Sri Aurobindo https://t.co/YoepOOwzHZ
Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management - Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) Ghaziabad https://t.co/YGoEhdLyp7
Listen Soulfull House Mix 2 Program by : Shamika https://t.co/4taXTtEhRZ
@Fact [We are before an extraordinary mystery, which could truly be a fairy tale. The fairy tale of the species.] Satprem https://t.co/gD9foH56fw

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Sri Aurobindo espouses Modernity

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Savitri Era: Dhiren Bhagat, Dileep Padgaonkar, and Fidel Castro https://t.co/7aOGrA3WEZ #SriAurobindo #DeMonetisation #FreeTheStates
Whatever be the intention behind #DeMonetisation its consequences have conclusively proved how India has become unmanageable and must split.
Economic indicators measured by national boundaries is the most fallacious number crunching undertaken. Economy is global as well as local.
Any big move in economic domain is bound to trigger a thousand other unforeseen results. On political front Modi can never occupy mainstream
Democracy has this curious feature that even a majority or height of popularity doesn't always bestow a full scale legitimacy on bold moves.
The path of Democracy is narrow which needs to be trod with ample sensitivity. Sacrificing every other prescription can be forgiven, then.
UP must become an independent country. Carving out four or five Sovereign nations out of UP is more preferable. India must split to progress
@tufailelif @krdave India breaking into 40 to 50 nations of around 50m population is the most viable solution to the present mismanagement.
@krdave @tufailelif That danger is always there and we have already experienced. So smaller nations will serve as an insurance against that.
@vivekas Human body is an organic whole but India is a Colonial legacy. Linguistic States are natural nations that must get back Sovereignty
@Point_Blanc79 Examine ideas; read my blog instead of probing funding and such other mean way of judging things. Each citizen thinks freely.
@Point_Blanc79 I don't think all organisations are required to disclose their funding to you. Try to be rational & fair and respect dissent.
@Point_Blanc79 Don't assume things
React as a responsible citizen
Herd mentality is not good for Democracy
Learn to respect fellow citizens
@vivekas Present reality is that linguistic States are different from each other and 50m population is ideal for a Nation and a Democracy.
@CuriousKudi @vivekas @Point_Blanc79 What are the facts? Where can I find it? I know about the Kalinga kingdom that fought against Ashoka.
@CuriousKudi A modern Democracy with optimum population is good for efficient Governance and States with linguistic homogeneity are ideal.
@CuriousKudi Population has grown four times since Independence and hence India must give way to multiple nations with languages as focus.
@CuriousKudi Democracy & Development is not reaching people. And States being natural nations must get Sovereignty for their full potential.
@vivekas @CuriousKudi Those grand narratives are useless in the present situation. Abnormal population has made our Democracy dysfunctional.
@vivekas @CuriousKudi Read this and subsequent posts: Kashmir and Odisha should be weighed on the same footing https://t.co/wuzoV59Cg6
Sri Aurobindo passed away on December 5, 1950. His vision of a World Union necessitates that the Sovereign States of India form a Federation
India with 1.3b population is a threat to the world peace like China. Independent States with around 50m people each are ideal members of UN
@jitengajaria Ramdev might recommend your name for the top post if he comes across such a fertile brain!
Modi is increasingly proving the anomaly and absurdity of India as a single nation. Let's hope, he is the last Prime Minister to rule India.
BJP headed by two Gujaratis has proved to be the worst crime against Indian Democracy & Federalism. Now time for the States to go Sovereign.
States as Sovereign Republics is the only solution to save 1.3b people from further Modi-made calamities. Let each State craft its own fate.
India refers to geographical area and was never a single nation. Population has grown fourfold since British left making India unmanageable.
Electing a person to rule over 1.3b people is ridiculous and absurd. States as Sovereign nations is an apt solution. https://t.co/wuzoV59Cg6
States built around robust languages with optimum population can be powerhouses for exponential growth & bulwark for international wrestling
India as a nation has been an economic disaster and politically insensitive towards citizens. States as Sovereign Republics can correct that
The notion of India feeds megalomania without commensurate benefits. States as independent nations can be much more cohesive and productive.
Policy reformulations with States of India as focal points can galvanise the people of these new nations into action https://t.co/VMzLz4Rd3K
Tamil Nadu is a nation and must gain Sovereignty. So is Andhra, Odisha, Bengal, Bihar, and all other States and specified Regions of India.
@CNNnews18 Linguistic States of India are natural nations and should be granted Sovereignty; so new nations are born with optimum population
@d_extrovert @Mint_Opinion @ccsindia @atanudey India with its abnormal level of population has become an anomaly. States must be Sovereign.
Each language in India nurtures a nation. British folly of uniting different regions needs to be reversed by granting Sovereignty to States.
Considering from the point of view of poverty and Democracy and Development not reaching people, States as independent countries is the best
Abolishing the Central Govt and granting Sovereignty to the States should be able to solve half the problems Indians are facing at present.
After seventy years, India has reached a dead end as no one can lead it. Centre has to be dispensed with with States acquiring Sovereignty.
Genuine nationalism is language based in India and, therefore, turning the States as Sovereign Republics is the only way for real Democracy.
@SkandaVeera @Nikhil_7D @ArmchairPseph @a_r_j_u_n
[All Roads Lead to Jerusalem!
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@SkandaVeera Result was for the site, I think; not any particular article. Anyway, I'm not informed to the level of such great heights!
@SkandaVeera Fine, if you think so. But for me, writing on India without any mention of Sri Aurobindo signals that something is being evaded
Modern India's topmost poet and philosopher, Sri Aurobindo had passed away on December 5, 1950. His last writings at https://t.co/H7YcMQf4SD
@RakeshSinha01 Many are troubled by this stance but the best theoretical justification can be had from Sri Aurobindo who espouses Modernity.
Raja Ram Mohan Roy was born in 1772 and Sri Aurobindo in 1872. Philosophy and Religion was undergoing heavy churning for a Century in India.
The West was also under the grip of atheist thinking but Sri Aurobindo firmly re-established Vedic message of Divine Perfection and Harmony.
The theoretical foundation that Sri Aurobindo built by bridging tradition and modernity has no parallel but most don't read due to prejudice
Sri Aurobindo is the most suitable alternative to flawed ideologies ensuing from Marx, Gandhi, Nehru, Subhas, Lohia, Ambedkar, and Savarkar.
There is not a single text or philosophy which can satisfactorily explain the mystery of life and the world and the working of the Universe.
Dichotomous formulations like Dharmic-Abrahamic or East vs. West, therefore, are a meaningless conundrum under which are trapped many a mind
Those deluding themselves that Indian Mythology and tradition is superior than other options are like a bunch of blindmen leading blindmen.
Many Hindutva votaries are so certain of their theories that they don't think twice before insulting others for simply disagreeing with them
Instances galore where food, medicine, & similar lifestyle choices are pushed aggressively by Hindutva footsoldiers verging upon fanaticism.
Just like no one can predict correctly the effects of a disruptive measure like #DeMonetisation, Hindutva acolytes must respect Ambivalence.
Internet has gifted unprecedented access to knowledge sources and, hence, blindly worshipping the past must stop to start critical scrutiny.
Quixotic, Nero, or Tughlaq are invoked but nothing explains #DeMonetisation scenario better than "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread."
[“the road to hell is paved with good intentions” serves as a useful reminder and warning in this context.] ~Dr. MMS https://t.co/oIEOGh2Hjq
Y2K valorized Technology; 9/11 focus was on Terror and Religion. #DeMonetisation has brought home the old lesson "It's the economy, stupid."
The way the #DeMonetisation aftermath is snowballing, it looks unlikely that Modi Govt would survive this year. The sword of RSS can strike!
Likely gains from #DeMonetisation in future and present sufferings fall under different and diverse domains and hence not easily comparable.
Thus, all those justifying #DeMonetisation don't have adequate bulwark to substantiate. Their rhetoric is drowning under lingering hardship.
It's clear like daylight that the disruptive pricing of R-Jio is the principal sponsor of #DeMonetisation and Modi has acted like a puppet!
There is no doubt, with #DeMonetisation, Modi has committed political harakiri and can never recoup. His stint will be compared with meteor.
All said and done, the intellectual overhaul #DeMonetisation has triggered within Hindutva bandwagon is the most salutary, evolutionarily.
@ShivaKap Intellectuals are expected to offer critical appraisal in contradistinction to whatever the hoi polloi "trust" in their naivety.
@ShivaKap That's fine, but supporters of Hindutva valorising #DeMonetisation across the board raises doubts on objective thinking. @_Mauna_
Man and the Divine are two major abstractions in the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo because of which normal human affairs are often sidetracked
Seminal scientific discoveries or political events don't hold much value in Sri Aurobindo's philosophy although they matter for individuals.
Indifference towards normal life is a key defect of Sri Aurobindo's philosophy as there is no reliable method for transformation of emotions
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo advise to replace the ordinary human motivation for diverse aspects of life with dispassion but such a task fails
Life's journey being an unique and unknown trajectory for each person, looking for patterns in collective or religious affairs is a falsity.
@vimuktaatma May be but that doesn't help us, the devotees of Sri Aurobindo, as we have to find all reconciliation within his teaching only
@vimuktaatma I don't think such freedom is available to those who follow Sri Aurobindo & The Mother since they demand loyalty and surrender.
@vidyanandgarg Two other booklets, The Mother and The Supramental Manifestation upon Earth are essential supplements https://t.co/wo7CB0TMsK

From a mail:
Various taxonomies and terminologies have come to us via tradition and reconciling them with Sri Aurobindo's system can be problematic. However, if we accept a gradual refinement of one's consciousness, then it is obvious that after a particular point the "l" may not have much value and thus loses relevance. But, I'd prefer retaining the "I" more as a political project and for epistemological purposes so that one can really test and taste whatever is touted as the Turiya. Thanks. [TNM55]

Misc. References:

Object-oriented seduction: Baudrillard reconsidered
Graham Harman
Thanks to the editors of the collection and the librarians of the American University in Cairo for making the article available so quickly, HERE. http://dar.aucegypt.edu/handle/10526/4905
I had an intense fascination with Baudrillard early in graduate school. And though I wouldn’t say the fascination lasted intact across the years, I do still think there’s more going on in his work than many critics think. In any case, this is the first time I’ve published about him.
But for OOO, the inwardness of things can never be brought to light, and thus the reality to be had is not the unattainable one hidden behind the sensual waterfall or rose but the new compound reality of the beholder seduced by these objects plus the objects themselves. This is Baudrillard’s concept of the wager, which he unsurprisingly traces back to Pascal: “No one escapes from this experience of investing an object, as an object, with all the occulted force of objectivity. This is also a part of the absurd wagers we make, as was the case for Pascal’s famous wager on the existence of God.”19 
The name of Kierkegaard obviously cannot be avoided here either. For who has shown better than he that the weight of the evidence will never be able to settle definitely on one horn of a dilemma or the other, and thus that we cannot hope to uncover a reality behind appearance but only to produce a new reality on top of appearance by surrendering to its call? This helps explain why Baudrillard much prefers Charles Baudelaire’s account of art to that of the recently more celebrated Walter Benjamin. Introducing the topic, Baudrillard declares that “the absolute object is one that is worthless, whose quality is a matter of indifference, but which escapes objective alienation in that it has made itself more of an object than the object – this gives it a fatal quality.” [...]
If we read Benjamin as lamenting the loss of a former realism of thingly auras, and Baudrillard as prescribing a hyperreal that actually means a nonreality of simulacra, then OOO is more interested in the new compound real made up of the simulacrum and its admirer, who is seduced by it.

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