Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lessons and skills for the future

Tusar Nath Mohapatra says: Responses to “Mindful love: On Thomas Pfau’s critical appropriation of Thomist moral theory” October 18, 2014 at 4:41 am

Sri Aurobindo wrote a series of essays a century back, later published under the title, “The Human Cycle,” offers an alternative Ontological framework tracing the common source of will and intellect and their role in the ongoing Evolution. Understanding the past is surely important but the lessons and skills for the future needs to be sought elsewhere. [TNM55]

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sri Aurobindo echoes Vico, Herder, and Hegel

While browsing through “Indian Philosophy and the Consequences of Knowledge” yesterday, I noticed that reference to Sri Aurobindo is absent while Gandhi (as mandatorily) is there. Even the chapter on Consciousness, though alluded to certain notions Sri Aurobindo has foregrounded, doesn’t mention him. While this reticence and exclusion is not uncommon, neglecting Sri Aurobindo’s Supramental Evolutionary theory doesn’t do justice to the treatment of the subject. Transformation through Knowledge has also a bearing on our bodily existence and the hope of surmounting Death. Regrettably, such profound applications of Philosophy is being downplayed by current commentators. [TNM55]

Sri Aurobindo, in SAVITRI, confronts the ultimate human question of Death and explores ways and means to surmount it. http://t.co/5aLgfmMFiw
@kshetragnya @Mahaakaala001 @AgentSaffron Also, there's no reason to believe that Buddha existed.
No dearth of scholarly articles and books on Sri Aurobindo but the challenge is how to wean the youth away from Current Affairs & Mythology.
Children learn from the TV & their friends
Adventure, Cricket, and sundry tales
Who'd tell of Adventure of Consciousness
Than Sri Aurobindo?
Economy, Politics, and Foreign Policy
All grist for the Twitter mill
Sri Aurobindo foregrounds the unfathomable
Buried in the Vedic deities.
Tweeting is part activism & part entertainment
Direction is far more important than Content
No other way than Sri Aurobindo at the moment.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have laid the foundation for a perfect and harmonious human society the faint contours of which must be our focus.
In Sri Aurobindo, India has a formidable thinker to guide it beyond the Hindutva, Nehruvian, or Marxist worldview that have pervaded so far.
All Life is Yoga is alright, but learn the right perspective on various political and sociological dimensions in the light of Sri Aurobindo.
The intellectual and political correctives Sri Aurobindo provides is missed by the youth due to the Ashram's emphasis on Yoga & Spirituality.
Sri Aurobindo prepares us to shed fond hopes and pet ideas when need be. India can't progress into the future with Mythology as the vehicle.
Continued neglect of Sri Aurobindo by RW organs like @SwarajyaMag exposes their intellectual bankruptcy, myopic ontology, & shallow notions.
Indian Renaissance encompasses numerous voices drawing inspiration from Comte, Mill, and Mazzini but Sri Aurobindo brings its culmination.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo strived to build highways to the future and, hence, harking back to ancient Philosophy or Mythology is redundant.
Issues like conversion or immigration will not evaporate but Sri Aurobindo's World Union provides a plan-view of the future as a reference.
As many economic operations are international & are crucial for human welfare, Sri Aurobindo's call for World Union is the logical outcome.
It seems that neither Congress nor RSS can be wished away; even AAP is showing no sign of vanishing. Let's hope people turn to Sri Aurobindo.
The Judeo-Vedic synergy fermented by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo forms the inner core for transformation of the whole humanity into Harmony.
Now that signs of ideological vacillation is visible within ruling dispensation Sri Aurobindo's epochal utterances will stand in good stead.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo built the Ashram in Pondicherry and Auroville to experiment harmonious living on beyond mere economic principles.
International realignments will be through ideology for which The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have laid firm foundations through Judeo-Vedic tie.
Colonialism needn't blind us to the brighter side of the West of which the Indian Constitution is a direct descendant. Sri Aurobindo guides.
Sri Aurobindo's Integral vision far supercedes that of Gandhi, Tagore, and Vivekananda, or for that matter, of Bankim, Tilak, and Dayananda.
Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams Manifesto broadcast on August 14, 1947 forms the bedrock of future Evolution in India as well as the World.
Unless you differentiate between Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo so as to respect Quality any talk of RW intellectual ecosystem is infructuous.
@nupur1210 @ThinkersPad Read from page 101 or 361 as they are earlier and relatively easier commentaries. Isha Upanishad by Sri Aurobindo
Traditional Indian Philosophy fetches bread and butter for many scholars and academicians and so they are averse to entertain Sri Aurobindo.
Sri Aurobindo echoes Vico, Herder, & Hegel while formulating a unique teleological account of History & Evolution defying Indian tradition.
Gita, Upanishads, or Veda mean nothing if not accompanied by Sri Aurobindo's commentaries. Indians are yet to understand this simple truth.
The path of Sri Aurobindo is truly Integral since it encompasses Psychology and Philosophy, Poetry and Politics, Education and Literature.
Sri Aurobindo phobia is the hallmark of our born-again right-wing theoreticians-rhetoricians. Surely a sad spectacle! http://t.co/wmr1baHejt
The Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo forces to think in terms of Human race & not past Empires, present Nationalities, or future Economic blocks.
Many assume that Development is not dependent upon Philosophy or Ethics but an intellectual conviction is at the base of any human progress.
Sri Aurobindo established new benchmarks in Philosophy but most Indians are still under the spell of Mythology without any quest for Quality.
Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother
Sri Aurobindo decodes Vedic utterances to add coherence http://t.co/1mGHlyh2U4
Nitish Kumar lacks an all India vote base but compared to Modi and Kejriwal, he still remains the best bet as a PM candidate symbolizing JP.
Bypolls have proved the shaky hold of Modi regime and by projecting a Central leader like Nitish Kumar, a credible alternative can be built.
Congress, AAP, and the Left must accept the supremacy of Nitish Kumar and declare him as the next PM candidate. Other Parties would follow.
October 30, 2013 Delhi Convention didn't yield much result due to leadership tussle. Nitish Kumar's deft move in Bihar has startled all now.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sri Aurobindo decodes Vedic utterances to add coherence

Reading Sri Aurobindo's writings is indispensable for understanding India's past, present and future. Those neglecting can't reach anywhere.
Sri Aurobindo gets just a couple of pages but a masterly treatment in "India and Europe" by Wilhelm Halbfass. http://t.co/916GVWgqpe @amazon
Ambedkar overlooked Sri Aurobindo and hence his lifelong quest for reforming Hinduism from within failed miserably. Conversion proved futile.
Mayawati has discovered the limited use of Ambedkar. If she can fall back upon Sri Aurobindo then a new electoral history could be unveiled.
@kuffir The article fails to articulate how Dalits alone can't take their movement too far and require to build synergy with other sections.
Sri Aurobindo has left behind enough study material to subvert Mythology-based intellectual-empires. Words have power & Evolution is at work.
The Party comes first and not the country; that's the reality & there is no rationality. Choosing the right party, therefore, is a priority.
Political parties are like mini-Nations and nurture a well-oiled, self-sufficient economic-system involving the rank & file. A religion too.
Hindutva flirting with Vivekananda is as mischievous as mixing Gandhi & Tagore. Sri Aurobindo is the only escape route from present impasse.
Sri Aurobindo has set right the Indian thought a century back & no need for further hair splitting or renaming of civilizational imperatives.
As Mythology is the mainstay, theoretical neatness has never been RSS' forte. Hindutva can no longer survive by colourful spectacles alone.
If there is any noticeable difference between Advani and Adityanath within one Hindutva stable then it shouldn't be pushed under the carpet.
RSS supporters fear to debate, define, & desilt Hindutva. Sri Aurobindo helps in removing cobwebs and sedimentation gathered over centuries.
No point in complaining about persons in the past, they all have played their roles well. The strangest behavior now is by Modi supporters!
Modi's functioning so far is Kafkaesque and lacks transparency, yet his fans attribute all kinds of virtues and brainwaves to glorify him.
@DrunkVinodMehta Modi is smiling too in secret. He has been successful in dwarfing Adityanath who was seen growing bigger than his shoes.
Strange that smart and intelligent Modi supporters are dismissive of others in BJP and RSS and show no concern for democratic functioning!
After 90 years of its birth, RSS got a majority to rule at the Centre but within 90 days it displayed that it is unworthy of such a mandate.
Those sold to Mythology and yet claiming to be scientists are a misguided lot. Sri Aurobindo decodes the Vedic utterances to add coherence.
India's future must be thought of on the basis of realities today & not on texts belonging to 2014 BCE. Sri Aurobindo stresses on Evolution.
BSP, AAP and Lok Satta Party are great experiments in Indian politics and their directionlessness proves how a core ideology really matters.
Those who don't like the Congress, RSS, and anarchy of AAP constitute a huge majority for whom Sri Aurobindo can be a fine ideological glue.
AAP, BJP, and Congress can never grow as a true national Party due to remote control. Sri Aurobindo's vision should be the rallying point.
Commerce begets courtesy and RSS' unquenchable thirst for money forces it to keep myriad streams of opinion across continents in good humour.
The present Hindutva model is incapable of surpassing 31% vote-base. Redesigning is the only option & Sri Aurobindo can lend a helping hand.
Your admiration for Adityanath to Vivekananda is well justified but don't toss Sri Aurobindo to the mix. His Evolution thesis is aeons apart.
@RajeevSrinivasa @ScorpiusMaximus @tweetingsourav @db_is_db @sarkar_swati Fine print would force to segregate Sri Aurobindo from Vivekananda.
No fixed methods in the Yoga of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo apart from exclusive loyalty to them and some amount of reading their works.
@ngc1729 There is a book by Sri Aurobindo titled, The Problem of Rebirth. The link is for a blog post while TNM55 my initials+year of birth.
Sri Aurobindo also shares concern on the Problem of Rebirth with Emerson. [TNM55] Posted by Tusar Nath Mohapatra http://t.co/DuQN3252zM
[Sri Aurobindo was by and large indebted to the critical insights of Cousins’ New Ways in English Literature.] http://t.co/CKWd1BmxJw
[tension between Hegel & Nietzsche or that between historicism & will is a constant & living dialog in Sri Aurobindo] http://t.co/q8tVtquQxK
[Kireet Joshi Archives - Lecture Series by Prof. Kireet Joshi on Sri Aurobindo's "The Life Divine" - Chapters 1 to 7] http://t.co/E1dInqF3db
[@LarvalSubjects: I see figures like Adorno as betrayals of Marx because they turn away from Marx’s materialism and return to idealism.]
[Badiou will read differently after I read Derrida than he would have had I read him first.] by @LarvalSubjects

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Emerson, Nietzsche, and Sri Aurobindo

Emerson and the Light of India by Robert C. Gordon has a chapter on Sri Aurobindo where the author notes that Sri Aurobindo doesn't appear to have read even a page of Emerson. However, he enumerates several commonalities between their philosophies and hastens to add that Emerson precedes Sri Aurobindo as far as Evolution is concerned.

Reviewing Cousins' book Sri Aurobindo commented, "Each essay is indeed excellent in itself; that on Emerson is a masterpiece of fullness in brevity, for it says perfectly in a few pages all that need be said about Emerson the poet and nothing that need not be said..." Of course, the essay deals more with poetry than philosophy.

Lastly, Emerson's influence in shaping Nietzsche's thought is a crucial point. Besides, Sri Aurobindo also shares concern on the Problem of Rebirth with Emerson. [TNM55]

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Sri Aurobindo Ashram must be purged of imposters

Ontological intricacies are beyond the common people but Sri Aurobindo foregrounds it to liberate Indian masses from Mythology and Astrology.
Hindutva bandwagon talking of Education is a paradox. Sri Aurobindo holds the key to Modernity by abandoning Mythology-Rituals-Superstition.
Mythology is perpetuated through stone or bronze artworks but children's brain shouldn't be petrified by mythological fiction & superstition.
Estimating Sri Aurobindo in conjunction with Vivekananda is as erroneous as clubbing Gandhi and Nehru or Radhakrishnan and Tagore together.
While one group endeavors to rob Sri Aurobindo of any imputation of Divinity, a rival team in the Ashram strives to reinforce Hindutva mode.
Savitri Era Religion discards claims of both the groups and retains faith in The Mother & Sri Aurobindo as Supreme Divine leading Evolution.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram must be purged of imposters who don't accept the Masters as Supreme Divine or prefer to worship other gods & goddesses.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram is not an old-age home and those who exhibit questionable devotion to the Masters must shift to Auroville or elsewhere.
It's an irony that hardcore devotees are at the margins whereas imposters & conspirators are at the helm of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry.
Posted by Tusar Nath Mohapatra, President, Savitri Era Party and Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum, Ph: 96500-65636 http://t.co/FOlXx7LCvL

Friday, September 05, 2014

Sri Aurobindo shows how to bypass Hindutva trappings

@Sheks65 You are free to disseminate your own interpretations of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's words instead of bothering about what I write.
@kirchan9991 Not much on the ground now as supporters are scattered. You are free to take initiative at the local level to convince others.
Peddling Mythology and Astrology in the name of Swadeshi and Nationalism is a crime against Mother India and the future of her inhabitants.
The Life Divine is a difficult book but Sri Aurobindo packs it with ammunitions to fight Hindutva, Shankara, Vivekananda, and Radhakrishnan.
Hindutva intellectual bankruptcy is responsible for proliferating Marxist scholarship whose analyses worth pondering over but not inferences.
The Science of Living laid out by The Mother forms the backbone of Integral Yoga which has been ably elaborated by Sri Aurobindo in SAVITRI.
Science and Philosophy are signs of intellectual height while Mythology subverts individuality. Read Sri Aurobindo's works for illumination.
Mythology enters a child's mind before his schooling starts & it's a life-long struggle to get rid of its ill-effects. Sri Aurobindo guides.
Those who take pleasure in propagating Mythology, Astrology, and Rituals may carry on but Sri Aurobindo will guide the modern generation.
It's not easy to escape the hegemony of huge temples and elaborate festivals but a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram teaches essence of religion.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo show the way out how to bypass Hindutva trappings without falling prey to the atheist Marxist or Nehruvian traps.
Modern Indians must escape from the Mythology and Rituals industry that is designed to suck them as helpless voters for the Modi machine.
Reading Sri Aurobindo's works can empower the members of new generation to respect Science & Technology and eschew rituals & stones-wearing.
May everyone follow Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy of Unity, Mutuality, and Harmony by abandoning Mythology, Astrology, and Miracle-mongering.
Savitri Era Religion deflates present confusion & controversies surrounding Mythology, Theology, & Astrology in the light of Sri Aurobindo.
Sri Aurobindo's The Secret of the Veda busts many myths and superstitions that have been in currency in this country for centuries together.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Savitri Era Religion demands legal recognition

Two recents Posts elsewhere, The Rationalised Ashramite – by An "Irrational" As... and The “No Religion” Refrain – by Baikunth grapple with the religion issue. But still it's too late and too little. There are apparent confusions too which we may point out in a nutshell.

Religion has been characterized as a set of devotional practices and rituals (specific to a dominant Religion) whereas the real issues are sociological and political. Further, it's not simply a question of what happens within the protected environs of the Ashram or Auroville but rather about the identity crisis of thousands of devotees scattered all over the Globe. Marriage and Minority-Education are two specific fields in India where a categorical legal sanction as a separate Religion can help the followers of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo immensely.

A further point to note is that although Sri Aurobindo was involved with many of his contemporaries tangentially, none of them schould be accorded any importance. Literary and Philosophical comparative studies may be in order but when it comes to his Divine Manifestation and Yogic Vision, bringing in other names is wholly absurd. Jettisoning past baggage is also a crucial element in Integral Yoga. The Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo enables the modern generation to imagine a Universe sans any assistance from arcane Mythology or Astrology.

Now that the Hindutva bandwagon is in power, there would be immense pressure on our Centres and Schools to abdicate our specialities and introduce Mythology. Such attempts need to be resisted with firm hands and steadfast conviction. For this, political identity and unity is also important since Courts are not helpful always. In this context, it's hoped that spontaneous support builds up for Savitri Era Party and Savitri Era Religion. We must expose all those who are eager to brand us as nothing more than just another Hindu sect. [TNM55]

Isha, Gita, and Savitri

Death is the progenitor of all questions, interrogations, and philosophy; all the rest are beating about the bush. Sri Aurobindo attempts to understand Death in his philosophical epic Savitri and it’s worth consulting. [TNM55]

The 18 verses of the Isha Upanishad are far more pregnant with wisdom than the Gita. Sri Aurobindo weaves an astounding Ontology around it.
Sri Aurobindo embodied Evolutionary vigour while Hitler represented wanton destruction reenacting the Vedic Indra vs. Vritra fight in 20thC.
A bottom-up view of Evolution would present diverse contradictions but Sri Aurobindo's top-down thesis constitutes a neat piece of Ontology.
Humans, opines Dunbar, are different because of religion, storytelling, and music for which they have arrived at present stage of Evolution.
Indians are memorizing the same Mythology for generations and undertaking the same pilgrimages for ages. Sameness is so fascinating a force!
How religions have metamorphosed and civilization has undergone countless peregrinations cannot be delinked from Evolutionary plans ahead.
Building Bridges or Statues are not lone indicators of growth. Attuning culture and education to demands of Evolution is the key to progress.
Forget Nalanda. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo offer a free online University for your self-study and Self-culture. Click http://t.co/esiplNnELc
Nalanda had no bicycles, no cars, no electricity, no fans, no printed books, no microscopes, and no computers. So what's the brouhaha about?
Sri Aurobindo: Saga of a Great Indian Sage by Wilfried Huchzermeyer is a concise & brilliant introduction http://t.co/e2PSEMyvma via @amazon
Visiting Sri Aurobindo Ashram has nothing much to do with understanding Sri Aurobindo, rather, there is a likelihood of getting prejudiced.
Popularity is never a sign of true worth & Indians discovering Sri Aurobindo's work through sincere quest for quality will be the real test.
The Life Divine, The Synthesis of Yoga, The Secret of the Veda, The Human Cycle, The Future Poetry, and Savitri are gems by Sri Aurobindo.
Reinventing the Veda & assigning a superior role for the body under an Evolutionary schema constitute signal contributions of Sri Aurobindo.
Sri Aurobindo resolves age-old discords between Sankhya and Yoga, Advaita and Visistadvaita, Vaishnavism and Tantra, and Buddhism and Veda.
Nagging victimhood of Hindutva votaries is a serious psychological disorder which can be remedied by Sri Aurobindo's Evolutionary optimism.
Sri Aurobindo can be safely regarded as an authority & he would seem to concur with Muller but not fully with Besant. http://t.co/4cOeqk1hPd
Irrespective of Party or Coalition the Govt. always speaks the same language and the Opposition barks in the same way. Democracy is amazing!
Even Leftists who inveigh against the System and rubbish the State follow a paradigm of street protests and killings when Police is at rest.
Sameness is surely boring but, strangely, the TV and Movies have made dishing out the same formula highly entertaining for decades together.
The kind of rapturous feeling that every move of Modi evokes among such a large number of people as a coping mechanism against ennui is good.
A group of transgenders have descended in our colony and are singing some lilting numbers. Very few occasions now to listen to live music!
The taste of a South Indian thali went sour when the restaurant charged INR 110 + taxes for the water bottle. India has really progressed!
Old books for 100 rupees each from the Delhi Book Fair. Most of the stalls were doing good business out of such sales http://t.co/ZzJqCEPPtQ 

Monday, September 01, 2014

Rediscovering Sri Aurobindo is the safest destination

Scope for juxtaposing incongruences in arguments by commentators is limitless unless a firm point of reference is affirmed. As regards the specific issues raised here, Sri Aurobindo can be safely regarded as an authority and he would seem to concur with Muller but not fully with Besant. The Life Divine remains a repository of knowledge on such matters. [TNM55]

Savitri Era Religion is a new adventure of synthesizing faith with rationality, tradition with modernity and mundane matters with sublimity.
Amidst noise on Teachers Day, let's not forget that even a brilliant mind like S. Radhakrishnan failed to fathom greatness of Sri Aurobindo.
Ministers are chosen as administrators and are not supposed to be role models for students. Only Sri Aurobindo is the Teacher of the nation.
The West now posits Whitehead as its head-note but Sri Aurobindo is head and shoulders above him in formulating an Evolutionary Philosophy.
From strains of music to motifs on fabric, logic is everywhere. Neglecting Vedic Ontology of Sri Aurobindo will lead to Buddhist Nihilism.
Someone asked about Ganesha and the drinking-milk squad preferred to rant. A basic acquaintance with Sri Aurobindo would have helped answer.
Learning is the engine of progress and spurs innovation but unfortunately the current rulers of India celebrate mediocrity and pedestrianism.
Since when begging bowl has become so honourable? India must value its own assets & Soft Power to win the world as per Sri Aurobindo's Dream.
Scientific attitude & questioning spirit is the cornerstone of human civilisation. No nation can be great by perpetually parroting Mythology.
Skirting arguments and peddling slogans is a hallmark of Hindutva votaries. India can't develop as long as such disregard for logic persists.
@avenger_D You are off-track as I didn't criticise Modi. The question is how anti-Hindus among the Hindus should be dealt with or persuaded.
@avenger_D FPTP-based electoral victory is not the issue I'm discussing. Those numbers are mere indicators of size of Hindutva supporters.
@avenger_D Let's not forget that this victory doesn't have the sanction of 66% sickulars who still form a huge majority and counter-factor.
Savitri Era Religion is a reality today apart from many other offshoots which are clear Hindutva failures. Hold of Mythology falling apart!
Those who have fought against the Congress for over 50 years have reason to be happy but uncritical support to Hindutva impairs credibility.
Hindutva has long privileged spectacles over rational basis of its strengths like Leftists. Sri Aurobindo acts as an umpire as well as coach.
BJP win is hawa-based and any euphoria over interpreting it as victory for Hindutva is utterly myopic. Engaging with "sickulars" is crucial.
Befriending the Chinese and Japanese is appreciated but snubbing fellow Hindu citizens for their alternative views is a Hindutva-downside.
By constantly accusing them as sickular, Hindutva brigade further alienates a section of their own brethren instead of any remedial measures.
Hindutva votaries never care or dare to probe why there is such a huge percentage of anti-Hindus among the Hindus who may not be atheists.
Secular (or sickular) is an euphemism for anti-Hinduism in India which even the Hindutva folks use so approvingly to avoid the stark reality.
Devotees from all over the world visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry & Auroville regularly. So the administration needs to be streamlined.
Several petitions pertaining to alleged malpractices by the Trustees of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry are pending now before the Courts.
Nationalism is not anti-intellect nor synonymous with Mythology. Sri Aurobindo offers balanced food-for-thought curing mental-malnutrition.
Many fail to make any sense of Sri Aurobindo's Evolution. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach is very helpful http://t.co/kMkI1q5ScE
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo strove to bring the East and the West together. Their writings apart, Auroville marches on in its embryonic form.
The Mother met Sri Aurobindo in Puducherry in 1914 and through their spiritual collaboration arose a new adventure of Divine Consciousness.
Migrating to Puducherry in 1910, Sri Aurobindo took leave from political activity and published ARYA in 1914 spreading Synthetic Philosophy.
Sri Aurobindo was in a prominent position when the Congress split in Surat in 1907 and wrote fiery editorials in BANDE MATARAM in Kolkata.
On returning to India in 1893, Sri Aurobindo wrote a few essays in a journal lambasting the weak-kneed policies of Congress against British.
Very few people would be aware of today that Sri Aurobindo had his entire school and college education in England between 1879 and 1893.
Identifying Nationalism with Hindi or Sanskrit is foolishness. Reciting daily a page from SAVITRI by Sri Aurobindo can heal many prejudices.
Much before Peter Heehs' The Lives of Sri Aurobindo (2008), Anita Desai's novel Journey to Ithaca was responsible for indecent insinuations.
Sri Aurobindo never considered various alien rules in India as sheer aberrations and rather emphasized upon their cross-cultural dimensions.
Sri Aurobindo's conversations with disciples are a goldmine of rare insights into historical events & civilizational Evolutionary trajectory.
Sri Aurobindo, not only wrote Philosophy, Poetry, and Literary criticism, but also enough material on himself and his contemporaries for us.
@kirchan9991 It's more about the thrust of what @RajivMessage writes which is patently divisive while Sri Aurobindo calls for World Union.
@kirchan9991 Very much. Ideologically, we are against BJP-RSS, Congress, AAP and the Left but support the legacy of the JP movement of 1974.
@kirchan9991 I don't consider @RajivMessage a worthwhile teacher as his polemical arguments tend to spawn hatred and prejudice among young.
Knowledge won't descend by feeding fish or elephant. Sri Aurobindo has churned the oceans of the East & the West. We must read what he wrote.
Sri Aurobindo will direct you to Shelley, Blake and Coleridge. He will also encourage you to consult Mazzini, Nietzsche, Emerson and Bergson.
Savitri Era Religion doesn't rest on the oars of past glory or pastoral life. Technology must keep pace with Ontology, advises Sri Aurobindo.
Comte, Mill, & Mazzini inspired early Nationalists and Theory has a place even today. Rediscovering Sri Aurobindo is the safest destination.
Swami Vivekananda & Yogi Adityanath in news today for different reasons. Time to remember Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams http://t.co/n1m4iWoiMq

Saturday, August 16, 2014

History of Indian culture and the place of Sri Aurobindo

History of Indian culture and the place of Sri Aurobindo in it is likely to attract more and more attention in the days to come and many superficial observations are sure to add to the confusion. A few points, therefore, need to be borne in mind in order to cut the clutter away.

Sri Aurobindo has almost been firmly appropriated as a co-progenitor of Hinditva ideology which is not correct. He is also accused of introducing an Anglicised or Westernised version of Hinduism by some. But Sri Aurobindo was not interested in any reform movement of Hindu Religion. Further, aligning Sri Aurobindo's name with other great men of the period presents a twisted picture of him. In fact, most of Sri Aurobindo's writings were meant to be motivational or expository and hence can hardly represent his firm opinions.

Despite all these difficulties, certain lines of argument should be treated as the central thread of his thought. For instance, a conscious Evolutionary Force guiding world-action and a Psychic Being driving individual endeavor. This is the basic Ontological truth by which he transforms Religion into Spirituality and binding Sri Aurobindo to any specific Religion or Nationality, therefore, becomes untenable. Besides, discarding familiar categories of the past to understand and accept the future becomes an inevitability. [TNM55]

Thursday, August 14, 2014

ARYA was unfurled on August 15, 1914

The ARYA was unfurled on August 15, 1914 in Puducherry by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo to give the world a new direction, new message of hope.
As more and more people come under the influence of Savitri Era Religion, the whole world will move towards Harmony & Supramental Evolution.
Human life and society is all about right education and India hasn't produced better teachers than The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. #FiveDreams
Many find fault with wrongs done in the past but with Sri Aurobindo, it's the Evolutionary force which is leading us to a brighter future.
Spirituality and Yoga come later; getting oriented to Modernity and Human Rights are the preliminary lessons by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo.
No one can escape cultural inheritance but by reading The Mother & Sri Aurobindo remoulding the personality and thinking can be facilitated.
The way Marxists have defended Modernity is praiseworthy but their opposition toward Sri Aurobindo is symptomatic of intellectual bankruptcy.
Southerners should be proud of the fact that Sri Aurobindo's speech was broadcast over AIR, Tiruchirapalli in the evening of August 14, 1947.
By ignoring Sri Aurobindo, both Congress & RSS have created two unbridgeable ideologies in the country which are total failures. #FiveDreams
Humanities cover a vast spectrum and lack of college education is making people ignorant about these. Reading Sri Aurobindo can compensate.
Celebrity endorsement has atrophied thinking and spawned fanaticism. Sri Aurobindo can rescue our mind from inertia and make fit for growth.
Social structure is more important than who's in Power. Supporting Market, Modernity, English & #FiveDreams of Sri Aurobindo is a great duty.
Modernity is far away from Indian society and fresh attempts to subvert it further is gaining momentum. Sri Aurobindo shows the right path.
Suspect all those who are peddling Mythology & Monarchy in the guise of Development. Sri Aurobindo empowers to fight for Modernity & Market.
Follow The Mother & Sri Aurobindo and say yes to Freedom and Modernity by opposing Mythology, rituals, miracles, Monarchy, and Marxism etc.
Stop extolling rule of Kings or such a model in Democratic facade. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have ushered in Unity, Mutuality, and Harmony.
Mythology and Monarchy has kept Indians subjugated for ages. Reclaim your freedom for Self-assertion through Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo.
Religious rituals were for keeping the subjects loyal to Royalty while in Modern age the focus, as per Sri Aurobindo, is on Self-discovery.
What were considered good for India during long periods of multiple Monarchies are obsolete in Democratic milieu. Savitri Era is the future.
Respect for rock-edicts and palm-leaf manuscripts is fine but don't miss the Collected Works of Sri Aurobindo online. http://t.co/S7aWJUENTD
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's massive contribution to Consciousness Studies is a landmark in the realm of Philosophy, Biology & Neuroscience.
Sri Aurobindo's vision of future Evolution has no democratic, majority-backup at present. It's for the discerning to follow his lead & move.
Don't invest your future in the past. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have enunciated a harmonious course for humanity transcending nationality.
Evolutionary fight against old ideas & religions is on. Younger generation must launch crusade against Mythology, miracles, & superstitions.
What India needs today is a firm and futuristic ideology like Sri Aurobindo's Judeo-Vedic Evolutionary Dialectic and #FiveDreams Manifesto.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sri Aurobindo should be studied on his own terms


Does the Veda fall under ancient Indian Philosophy? Since it’s considered older than the Vedanta and source of many other texts, locating its exact position between religion and philosophy should be a priority. [TNM55]

The part played by ageing in this journey is generally overlooked and should receive adequate attention for a more realistic grasping of the phenomenon. [TNM55]

Most philosophers in India barring Sri Aurobindo don't understand the Veda and so their works are likely to misguide. http://t.co/hdX46H92Ek
The works of Sri Aurobindo need to be studied on his own terms and not under erroneous rubrics like Commie or Sanghi. http://t.co/GtqnnVf5gO

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Savitri Era Party tweets against Mythology

Media attention mostly restricted to Auroville & Ashram visit in Puducherry. Rarely anyone talks about Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy or Poetry.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo visualize advent of Harmony transcending race, religion or nationality and assure its Evolutionary inevitability.
Elevating the individual as key to Evolution, Sri Aurobindo's Integral Yoga steers clear of relying upon Mythology, miracles, and rituals.
Sri Aurobindo deciphered the true import of Vedic terminology so that nomenclature of the Deities turn a coherent indicator of Yogic pathway.
As we approach 100 years of Arya on August 15, 2014, the words of Sri Aurobindo become ever more relevant for human unity and world peace.
The concept of Development for Sri Aurobindo amounts to individual perfection leading to Supermind and physical Immortality on Vedic lines.
Sri Aurobindo, who understood India and the West equally well, has left behind encyclopedic writings critical for the future of humanity.
Apply your conscience and encourage children to respect Science & Modernity instead of dependence on Mythology & unsubstantiated traditions.
Modernity, and not Mythology, can drive India towards prosperity. Follow The Mother & Sri Aurobindo for freedom from the burden of the past.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have laid out lofty ideals for children's education and how they need freedom for flowering of faculties of mind.
There can be no greater injustice than polluting the minds of your young children with Mythological superstitions and meaningless rituals.
Education is meant for finding the truth on our own (for which Sri Aurobindo is an excellent guide) and not for blindly following tradition.
Reading The Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo can convince of the futility of Mythology-oriented festivals & rituals observed by Indian families.
The general aim in academics is to encourage learners to reach farthest ends of inquiry and curiosity while it's moribund in the case of RSS.
Slim electoral victory is no assurance of legitimacy or indicator of popular acceptance. If RSS agenda continues, then BJP will go downhill.
Not recognizing that there exists a large ideological space opposed to it, BJP-RSS are following an ostrich-like policy which will backfire.
Sri Aurobindo's Evolutionary vision far supersedes the RSS and Congress focus. August 15 is the occasion for a thorough reevaluation of him.
@nesoron The Dynasty is surely not the alternative and AAP has floundered. So, what's the choice before the people? Should ponder over that.
There were many stalwarts in the Freedom movement but the role of Sri Aurobindo & his writings are the most relevant for today's generation.
The ARYA came out on August 15, 1914 heralding a new era of Integral Philosophy woven by Sri Aurobindo braiding the East and the West.
Life is a short opportunity to understand its meaning and mystery. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo met on March 29, 1914 to make us aware of it.
Reading Sri Aurobindo takes a life-time. Those who have not been able to discover his significance are obviously a deprived lot. #FiveDreams
Political affiliation need not dictate your intellectual trajectory. Reclaim your freedom and autonomy to study Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy.
Sri Aurobindo guides us to travel to the true source of Religion where Philosophy, Psychology, and Science converge and Universalism emerges.
Once you read "The Life Divine" by Sri Aurobindo, the long-held worldview based on mythological fiction and popular imagination will vanish.
Study the essence of Veda and Upanishads from Sri Aurobindo to avoid falling in the trap of misleading interpretations marketed aggressively.
There is no better interpreter and commentator of ancient Indian wisdom than Sri Aurobindo who synthesizes them with modern day assumptions.
Sri Aurobindo empowers you to withdraw from rituals and miracles, mythology and superstitions and rely upon Science, Market, and Modernity.
Sri Aurobindo is the first to theorise about Evolution of Consciousness and propose an Integral method of Yoga to accomplish the same by us.
Sri Aurobindo bypassed Freemasonry, Theosophy, Transcendentalism, and Traditionalism or Perennial Philosophy to chart a Judeo-Vedic course.
Sri Aurobindo wrote in English and has commented extensively on European culture and literature. Expand your mental horizon by reading them.
Without reading the Essays and Letters of Sri Aurobindo one can never enter the core of his thought and taste supremely revolutionary ideas.
Stand by English, stand by Science, stand by Market, and shun Mythology. Then you can consider yourself as a true son of Mother India today.
English is our window to the world and those who foolishly lend force to campaign against it are like enemies of India's future generations.
The role of Bollywood, despite stereotypes, in spreading modernity and awareness before the TV era is enormous; the art aspect commendable.
No one is free from prejudices but overlooking influences imbibed from mythology & imagining a pastoral paradise is a crime against country.
Historical data apropos march of science or commerce are no assurance of akin future performance. Evolution has many a secret up its sleeve.
India has progressed much in its march towards modernity during the last half-a-century. Any move to thwart it would be absolute treachery.
@BHPanimalwatch You perhaps love labels but the age of understanding the world through strict isms is gone. Postmodernism is great eyeopener.
@BHPanimalwatch Not for me, it lives for ever as a philosophy and alternative view of life. Not to speak of the embedded poetic aesthesis.
@BHPanimalwatch No means to know Sri Aurobindo's stance but it's up to us to think about solutions to problems obtaining in our own times.
Many spread the disinformation that India's traditional Wisdom is available only in Sanskrit without reading Sri Aurobindo's English books.
If language is the question, then English wins hands down. Sri Aurobindo's Savitri and The Life Divine prove it so conclusively. #FiveDreams
@Janamejayan Please write "Sri Aurobindo" the name he assumed in later part of his life and signed in same style & spelling. @Bengalination7
@DigestionResist @ChampakRoy @IntegralUnity Fine, I'd prefer "Prabhu Sri Aurobindo" and omission of Sri is a serious blunder. @artwaniparas
@ChampakRoy @IntegralUnity @DigestionResist The name "Sri Aurobindo" was adopted by him and referring to him Lord is a devotee's prerogative.
@BHPanimalwatch Freedom spurs Market through operation of all human emotions including envy and greed. It's difficult to put a leash on them.
Despite all their defects, Democracy, Market, and Science have no other alternative. Indians must learn to respect them and thwart Swadeshi.
The beauty about the Market is no one need to understand it or direct it. Govt. job is just like removing hurdles for free flow of traffic.
A party in power is particular about collecting funds for next election effortlessly while taking various decisions under the garb of policy.
Mock fights were a regular feature during UPA. The same continues now to keep Twitter wars warm. Manipulating emotions is the whole secret.
A semi-educated as HRD Minister and rescinding a futuristic FYUP are the first sins. With the furore against GM, Govt to slide backward now.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Sri Aurobindo is the only authority as a philosopher

Ganeri may be a granary of knowledge but he errs on giving an academic, artificial, or abstract representation of being a Hindu. What he enumerates are regrettably absent in the ground level practices and their justifications. I may be frowned upon again, but Sri Aurobindo is the only authority as a philosopher to bust the myths of Hinduism and disagree with the so called six Darshanas. He differs with the tradition and sides with Evolution; transcending the past categories is a must to partake of his vision. [TNM55]

English is under debate again and we should be thankful to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo for their epochal initiative in launching the ARYA journal on August 15, 1914. Synthesizing the knowledge of the East and the West, Sri Aurobindo has left behind a huge corpus of writings for studying which adequate familiarity with English is essential. Besides new ideas, Sri Aurobindo introduces us with hundreds of Western poets, philosophers, and playwrights spanning millennia. His own work, fortunately, gives us firm guidance and weans away from their possible influence. This is the most crucial contribution of Sri Aurobindo for the Indians.
Scholarly estimation of Sri Aurobindo is on the rise as a steady stream of new books and journal articles testifies. But the tradition-worshipping milieu is preventing most educated Indians to benefit from them. Independent intellectual culture is a rarity and politically induced theories are considered more credible. Doctored history in curriculum is also responsible for eclipsing Sri Aurobindo from the mindscape of our countrymen. Let's hope that the Nation remembers him on August 15 with renewed vigour. [TNM55]

Monday, August 04, 2014

Democracy, Market, and Science have no other alternative

The beauty about the Market is no one need to understand it or direct it. Govt. job is just like removing hurdles for free flow of traffic.
The question is whether to wait for half-a-Century for Percolation taking effect or unleash brute Market forces to harrow within a decade?
Existing structure of Indian economy must undergo a severe churning and that includes harsh times for many. Avoiding that prolongs poverty.
Despite all their defects, Democracy, Market, and Science have no other alternative. Indians must learn to respect them and thwart Swadeshi.
People matter only during Election and not on a daily basis. Govt must not dither from taking hard, unpopular decisions in national interest.
A semi-educated as HRD Minister and rescinding a futuristic FYUP are the first sins. With the furore against GM, Govt to slide backward now.

Many spread the disinformation that India's traditional Wisdom is available only in Sanskrit without reading Sri Aurobindo's English books.
If language is the question, then English wins hands down. Sri Aurobindo's Savitri and The Life Divine prove it so conclusively. #FiveDreams

Sri Aurobindo conceived the future on an enlightened scale

The 15 people who have become the Prime Minister of India represent diverse backgrounds and characters. Without going into how certain cercumstances were responsible for their occupying the office, it's an interesting study to look at them as mere individuals who made history in their own right while on the job. Their claim to greatness or otherwise was thrown by their evolution through holding office and response to unique opportunities and crises. Needless to mention that what is ordinarily seen as their personal acheivement actually ensues from the genius of countless agencies that remain faceless and hence unsung.

Be it the individualism of Emerson or Nietzsche or the Vedic taxonomy of four Varnas as popularised by Sri Aurobindo, from whichever angle we judge these 15 persons, the Kshatriya aspect is found missing in all of them. Impaired mandate and Party stipulations are surely major barriers but the overall thrust of personality exhibiting a heroic stance has never been a priority. Gandhian simplicity and nonviolence rhetoric has been a dampner for a whole generation of politicians. (The present RSS model also borders on asceticism.)

Sri Aurobindo conceived the future of India on a much more enlightened scale where Wisdom, Power, Harmony, and Service are integrated. We have been prisoners of either wrong stereotypes of the past or the false dreams spread by the West. Sri Aurobindo has painstakingly constructed the right paradigm for the future citizens of the country. Politics and Economics, Ethics and Aesthetics, Sri Aurobindo guides us nicely in every domain of life and action. Besides, to be in consonance with the demands of Evolution is the most crucial aspect of his teaching. Now that Indians are fervently searching for the right path, Sri Aurobindo is right here with his works available freely online. [TNM55]

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Sri Aurobindo has probed the human condition very deeply

Mock fights were a regular feature during the UPA rule. The same continues now to keep Twitter wars warm. Manipulating emotions is the whole secret of political games. When we compare these mean modes of realpolitik with the lofty ideals of political theory, disillusionment sets in. Expecting high morality from an ordinary human being engaged in the most uncertain profession of politics is surely absurd. But a close scrutiny shows that every individual observes a certain level of morality contributing to the common bank and in collective situations these tend to go up. 

Laws, customs, and social circumstances ensure this and then the person's need for recognition by practicing ethics takes over. Still, the chances of a most moral person succumbing to corruption is not ruled out. A more modern and sophisticated way is to derive maximum benefits through networking and nepotism in the guise of altruism. NGOs have perfected this art in recent years with the aid of MBA degrees to preempt any sense of wrongdoing.

Sri Aurobindo has probed the human condition very deeply and dwelt upon the solutions in a forthright manner. Instead of focusing on man's incapacities, he prefers proceeding towards the possibilities. As the Evolutionary force is in operation in our midst, concentrating on historical errors is meaningless. What we must aim at is an ideal society taking shape from within the present imperfections. A clarity of vision and conviction is needed to pursue such a programme and popularising it among the young generation. [TNM55]

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Sri Aurobindo has gifted us a sound philosophy of history

Time and again we have expressed our unhappiness with RSS but driving out Sonia from power is a great relief. Another plus point is you stop hearing RSS whining and victimhood litanies. Confronting real issues can metamorphose RSS into a more inclusive entity. That's, of course, a distant hope and a dream. But, by dealing with a wide cross-section of people would make it more practical and less reliant on Mythology, Miracles, or Medievalism. Reconciling the past affirmations with future aspirations will be the most challenging task for the RSS think tank.

Sri Aurobindo has gifted us a sound philosophy of History taking the whole human evolution into account. Unfortunately, his ideas are not taught in the Universities in India and hence people are ignorant about them. He wrote at a time when nihilistic and pessimistic sentiments were sweeping the Western world. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo ushered in the message of hope, of a sublime future for the mankind and its inevitability. That India will be at the forefront of such an adventure is a matter of immense pride and happiness for us.

Science and technology is only one aspect of progress, the other side being freedom and fulfillment. Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy not only endows us with knowledge but also leads us on the path of Yoga. No other discipline of study has this dual benefit. Many complain of difficulties at the outset but they emerge, The Mother assures, to be overcome eventually. Thus, the more the struggle or wrestling with impediments, the greater the scope for conquest and radical transformation of hostile forces. The final victory, however, is Immortality and Divinisation of Earth. [TNM55]

Friday, August 01, 2014

Differentiate Sri Aurobindo from others

Since I concentrate on Sri Aurobindo in my blogs and tweets, many accuse me of bias from time to time. Three words have been hurled at me as if I'm the sole culprit. Proselytizing is the most hated word although it is as old as the human civilization. Professing and changing religion is approved by the Indian Constitution and so it's surprising why proselytizing is looked upon as so undesirable or demeaning. Helping someone to think and judge for himself is certainly not an abhorrent act.

The second word is evangelism. If the term denotes religious advertisement, then the question is since when advertising has become a wretched job. The whole world thrives on advertisements and if I contribute my mite, then how does it become so negative an act. Besides, my focus has always been to invoke the rational inquiry and critical scrutiny. Not to accept blindly has been a constant refrain. So, such advertising should be welcome in a modern environment.

The third term is hagiography and those who speak against it perhaps consider themselves as Angels who have just dropped from the heaven. From the love of parents to being a fan of political leaders, hagiography is part and parcel of human life. So, writing about Sri Aurobindo who has left behind encyclopedic writings for the progress of human race can never be characterized same as run-of-the-mill hagiographies. Thus, it's for the discerning readers to apply some separate parameters to differentiate Sri Aurobindo from others. [TNM55]

Left fails to assimilate the enlightened views of Sri Aurobindo

Communists do understand the Tusar Nath Mohapatra, 31 Jul 2014 - Asian Age
Communists do understand the electoral reality but are uncompromising in their attitude. They deserve praise for standing by principles and for their belief in theory. 2014 is not the end of history and there are many battles ahead in which Communists will lead from the front. Thus their Death-wish is merely a wishful thinking. [TNM55]

The Left has many ramifications in the Indian polity ranging from Maoist terrorism to AAP in Delhi streets. Their presence in the realm of Art, Culture, Literature, and Academic writing is uncontested. The very bias towards the poor has been their core policy that spontaneously appeals to people's sentiments. But antipathy towards religion leads to their isolation. Unfortunately, they have not been able to assimilate the enlightened views of Sri Aurobindo as regards human evolution and destiny. Their international outlook is limited to economic sphere as they fail to see how higher aspirations can smoothen the rough edges of social hierarchy.

This, we must admit, belongs to the realm of speculation as Sri Aurobindo's prophecies are yet to be empirically tested. The Left, therefore, is within its rights to follow its considered ideologies. But its dependence upon the Muslim vote in India is a blot on its intellectual pretensions. Electoral decimation is bound to force the Left to rethink policy and engage with the majority psychology. [TNM55]

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Enthusiasm about Sri Aurobindo fades away

Religion in India is witnessing enhanced activity since prosperity and logistical support is on the rise. Political mobilisation and need for entertainment is driving more and more people into these celebrations. Live telecasts are responsible for excessive publicity and added legitimacy. Govt. support for smooth management spreads the impression of State sponsorship influencing public participation. But the kind of intellectual lethargy that these round-the-year events infuse among the young generation is a major cause of India's backwardness. Tourism industry gains to an extent but religious austerity prevents full scale spending and enjoyment. 

It's common to notice on Twitter that many become enthusiastic about Sri Aurobindo for a couple of months or so and then it fades away. The glamour of current affairs and sports etc. are so overpowering that people tend to get bored with philosophy. Religious congregations offer an easy and entertaining escape. Being in a crowd prevents from ruminating over the meaning of life or such other serious propositions. Solitary activities like reading or meditation take a back seat. Many prefer and privilege discussions just to get rid of loneliness and boredom and, consequently, become a victim of inauthenticity as outlined by Heidegger.

It's true that it's impossible for any individual to unravel his own mystery within life's short span. Both Science and Philosophy have been a failure on this score as of date. So, the best course is to depend upon the words of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo instead of Schopenhauer and Eduard von Hartmann. But discovering the true worth of their teachings and being convinced of their prophecies is a long-term affair. The challenge for the young and educated adults, therefore, is to proceed with Sri Aurobindo's books in a slow and steady pace. Be Indian, be Sri Aurobindian. [TNM55]

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Mother's role in cementing a Judeo-Vedic project

From Magna Carta to Flipkart, the journey of human civilization is a long and interesting tale of intercourse between the East and the West. Those at the helm of affairs of our nation are grappling with the story of a glorious past and its relevance in the modern context. But, it's not an easy task as history merges with legends and Mythological fiction in many respects. Nevertheless, distilling timeless wisdom from our ancient texts continues to which Sri Aurobindo provided a great filip. The whole clue to the human future has not been monopolized by Science and Technology as of yet. Philosophy has a stellar role to play in moderating and reconciling disparate findings of Science emerging from time to time.

The West has made tremendous advances in all fields of human concern. But the Christian Mythology continuing is a shame for their scientific attitude. Even the best of Western Philosophy is simply a response to the Christian Ontology, either overt or covert. Most of Western Theory, similarly, are drawn from a limited geographical span and are constrained to that extent. For them, the rest of the world doesn't exist and this constitutes a serious handicap.

Sri Aurobindo was well aware of the importance of the West and sought to integrate its contributions with the ancient Indian wisdom. The Mother's role in cementing such a Judeo-Vedic project happens to be a landmark in India's history and this year, we are celebrating her arrival's Centenary. [TNM55]

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

No better source than Sri Aurobindo

Power is a good teacher as RSS is undergoing deep contemplation over a surfeit of issues from FDI to Gay rights to GM seeds. It will also discover many virtues of learning English and other foreign languages. The younger generation will not accept its Mythology-based worldview and hence a rational Ontology like Sri Aurobindo conceives will be in demand. Searching for examples of an ideal society in India's past is an error since Sri Aurobindo points at the future Evolution. Uncritical assumptions are a bane of RSS mindset which is likely to metamorphose due to political compulsions. It has earned some expertise in running primary schools but now the challenge is to redesign Universities and Business Schools. Obviously, much more intellectual inputs are needed than shouting Jai-Shri-Ram slogans. But, it's a tragedy that RSS has been too niggardly in investing in this arena.

Secrecy is another flaw which RSS should do away with. Responding to current issues in a free and frank manner can make it come to terms with reality. Playing hide and seek as regards its relations with BJP should also end. Looking beyond our borders can teach its footsoldiers not to confuse Gaza for Gujarat. Overall, it must not impose its outdated ideas and instead, encourage the citizens to think for themselves and choose or change their own lifestyles. 

BJP too is learning and treading very cautiously. Becoming the mainstream ruling party in the 21st Century is not an easy task and being Democratic and transparent is still more challenging. Ensuring freedom and equal opportunity for all citizens is a sacred duty and BJP must never forget how it skidded in 1992 and 2002. As regards ideological anchorage, there is no better source than Sri Aurobindo and it is hoped that he will be adequately remembered on his birth anniversary on August 15. [TNM55]

Sri Aurobindo might be wrong on AIT

Various remarks by Sri Aurobindo lend credence to the popular notion that most of his writings were direct transmissions of some higher inspiration. Without going into the veracity of such a thesis and keeping in mind the sentiments of the kind of sceptics that Heehs respects, we take the view that the writings of Sri Aurobindo must be subjected to utmost critical scrutiny and weighed for its actual worth. That he wrote a Century back is no excuse nor his lack of access to the books being published at the time he was writing. What and how much we get from Sri Aurobindo in concrete terms today is what matters. The rest can be relegated to literary circles to be read and enjoyed at leisure. Of course, his plays and poems are also replete with thoroughgoing philosophies. His creative commentaries on scriptures too echo thoughts from distant lands and times.

If his views on AIT are at variance with current empirical findings, then we should have no hesitation in differing with him. Or, if his neglect of Islamic thought is disconcerting for some, we must be willing to make amends. The point is avoiding literalism is a must and treating the entire work of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo as frozen in time is erroneous. Further, the rise of Hindutva in the echelons of power would focus more on Sri Aurobindo's utterances supporting it. Disabusing the public of such misuse of his thought and selective citations needs vigilance and prompt response. 

The Ashram, unfortunately, is blissfully oblivious of these tasks and prefers to hide behind the rock-edict that We don't prescribe or proscribe. That's well and good but its Wellwishers have started advising the netizens which websites they shouldn't visit. The controversy over editing of Sri Aurobindo's works including Savitri falls purely in the academic domain. But by stoking it with personal hatred and internal power-struggle, the Ashram Trust is causing colossal damage to the reputation of Sri Aurobindo. It's hoped that the new Govt. at the Centre will find an early solution to the logjam. [TNM55]