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


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]

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sri Aurobindo's belief on the power of the written word

It's generally agreed that Sri Aurobindo's synthetic Philosophy can be better appreciated when read against Nietzsche, Marx, Darwin, and Freud. Concepts like Evolution, Superman, and Psychoanalysis arose during that time and Sri Aurobindo gave his own version bypassing the crudities of Western theories. Philosophy, usually, fights shy of God but Sri Aurobindo commenced his elucidation with the Divine as the centre and the source. Understandably, the thrust of arguments are reversed as also the purpose and consequences. Priorities before us too change accordingly and afford an altogether different perspective. Social values and evolution of political ideals assume special significance as against mere material development and comforts.

Positing Yoga at the centrestage also forms a daring act by Sri Aurobindo. He was not interested in intellectual grasping only but to translate them in our life and action. By conceiving the Evolutionary Force as a catalyst in this effort, he opens our eyes to unseen worlds and their intentions vis-à-vis our instrumentality. That the Universe is moving towards regaining its Order, Beauty, and Harmony removes all traces of pessimism from our minds. Imperfections of the present society pose a challenge to be transformed in the light of Sri Aurobindo's prophecy. Not by avoiding but by grappling with them that seeds of truth can be sown to sprout in the future, assures The Mother.

Mother India of the current month has admirarably put together writings on ARYA commemorating its Centenary. The hope and certitude with which Sri Aurobindo accomplished this venture is something unparalleled in human history. His belief on the power of the written word, thinking, and pedagogy is so overpowering and contagious. Writing about it over the Cyberspace 100 years later, one feels a thrill that can never be explained adequately. Further, the confidence that here we have someone in India who can beat the Western philosophers right from Aristotle to Žižek of our times is so satisfying. [TNM55]

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sri Aurobindo stitches his philosophy with Exclusive Concentration

It's an oft-argued point that Sri Aurobindo stitches his philosophy with Exclusive Concentration which has also roots in the tradition. But his ticking off of False Subjectivity takes away the humanizing element ingrained in the former. How to justify human action and initiative, therefore, entails a deep problem within his Ontological framework. The grid of Swabhava and Psychic Being accumulating chosen experiences further complicates the matter. Overall, the lack of autonomy on our part imparts a body blow to our individuality regardless of the lofty destiny outlined for it in the distant future by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Surrender, finally, cuts away whatever is left. This may hold good in the Ashram situation but outside, one encounters difficulties at every step. Managing an ambivalent social image of oneself is a highly tricky task which runs the risk of being questioned for sanity.

This is nothing new in the path of Yoga but most of the time extremities are avoided through minor-seeming compromises. But on close scrutiny, one is never sure whether the diversion was also intended. Fortunately, we have The Mother's will to fall back upon irrespective of the consequence but spate of failures can lead to dilution of faith. The role of extraordinary persons often generates jealousy and confusion. Why the spiritually oriented are deprived of similar success never receives a satisfactory answer. Whether seeking the highest knowledge has a debilitating effect upon worldly ambitions still awaits a suitable explanation.

The question of latest empirical findings finding accommodation within philosophical traditions is attracting attention. This possibility seems remote so far as Sri Aurobindo's broad-strokes are concerned whereas The Mother's Mind of the Cells can have certain resonances. Besides, the pace of science being piecemeal and disjointed, adjusting the same within an integral picture is too ambitious and reckless. Yet, such ventures do cater to intellectual games and philosophical acrobatics. The followers of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo would find no attraction for such outright speculations. [TNM55]

Whether religion, like democracy, is legitimised by numbers

Excellent appraisal but at one place I felt inconvenient where you say Buddhism is gaining ground. The question is whether religion, like democracy, is legitimised by numbers although that is the most easily available and visible parameter for comparison or evaluation. [TNM55]

Religions which grew in pre-modern days have their own trajectories and time-frame. But a modern religion like Savitri Era ought to be different although many elements remain the same. The intellectual or Ontological underpinning is one major difference; the recent life-stories of the founders is another. The historical backdrops like the World Wars or Colonialism add a certain tension. Eminent contemporaries, moreover, provide diverse narratives for comparison.

Although, we have no means to display the results of Yoga practices as taught by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, there is no ground to refute them either. Science has not been able to explain fully our existence within the Universe so far and hence relying upon Sri Aurobindian Ontology is the next best option. With all these advantages and swift communication mechanism, growth in numbers can come in a very short period with some message going viral in matter of a couple of hours. Sri Aurobindo perhaps alluded to such a situation by "hour of the unexpected." [TNM55]

The Life Divine and the human scene

Money and Power are legitimate elements that drive numerous vocations. Producing Quality work or deriving self-satisfaction are secondary factors. Earning a living or raising a family occupies the top of priorities. Social work or pursuing Arts are rare occurences. Spending is still restricted and hence the economic benifits don't reach the common people in India. Professionalism in many branches of the Service-sector is missing. Patronising handicrafts and cultural traditions is not widespread. Intellectual pursuits are mostly confined to respective professions.

Philosophical interrogation in India is still derivative and original inquiries are nonexistent. The large body of ancient works, on the one hand, and Sri Aurobindo's encyclopedic interpretations, on the other, leave little scope for fresh studies. The mythological upbringing of most in India blunts the critical faculty. Only miracle-seeking is doing good business which offers maximum profit with least investment. Religious-tourism is bursting at the seams being a major source of entertainment.

The basic human problems, however, linger despite myriad isms intervening. Modernity has not helped much in alleviating human suffering. Ashram goings on have burst many myths surrounding the efficacy of Sri Aurobindo's Integral Yoga. In such a scenario, one is forced to rely upon whatever little Science and Medicine brings or the politician distributes. [TNM55]

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sri Aurobindo's ideological highway against Nehruvian-Marxist-Hindutva narratives

It seems that RSS is expanding its intellectual reportoire beyond lambasting Marx and Macaulay as S. Gurumurthy recently tweeted criticising Weber and Popper: "India will go to pieces if Weberian and Popper theories are experimented and families and communities are disturbed. There will be no state." Being in power is probably forcing BJP & RSS to look beyond the Ram temple, Ram sethu, and Saraswati river. But, one wonders if Indian society is so fragile to be wrecked by worn out theories. No doubt, there are intellectual giants among Hindutva supporters but it's a mystery how they reconcile with mythological fiction and loads of superstition. Clinging to the falsehoods of tradition may be due to political compulsion and allied advantages but renouncing reason and its autonomy forces a serious temperamental and behavioural defect.

Sri Aurobindo was not happy about the RK Mission emphasis on Shankara's renunciation and Buddhist humanitarianism. Upon arrival of The Mother when the Ashram took shape in Puducherry, it was on the basis of enterprise and action. Many are insistent on Sri Aurobindo's debts from Vivekananda but the dissimimilarities are too many to be smoothly reconciled. His differences with Gandhi's fetish for nonviolence is well known. Tagore, he appreciated as a poet but not his political pronouncements or sociological assessments. Sri Aurobindo was also not in the same page with Theosophical Society. Further, despite his eulogy for Dayananda's pioneering work on Veda, he refrained from walking along the path of Arya Samaj.

Thus, the ideological highway that Sri Aurobindo had built independently, a Century back, remains as relevant as it used to be then. He provides a robust bulwark against the dominant Nehruvian-Marxist-Hindutva narratives across disciplines and social practices. The liberal and intellectually-anchored environment that he inaugurates is sure to blossom into a rejuvenated India leading the world in matters of collective progress and harmonious living transcending all differences. [TNM55]

Many isuues discussed above from testimony to applied ethics have been duly dealt with by Sri Aurobindo in his epochal book titled, “The Life Divine” which deserves to be the point of departure for any rethinking on the status (or progress, if you will) of Indian Philosophy. Why no one ever refers to his insights on this blog is certainly a mystery, which, I feel, must melt. Why blame science; philosophy not recognising philosophy itself is the culprit. Just imagine, how much you are deprived of by ignoring Sri Aurobindo here! [TNM55]

Friday, July 25, 2014

Individual is the key, underscores Sri Aurobindo

Pushing the envelope is perhaps the most appropriate daily task for the puny human intellect that adds to the collective Evolution. Individual is the key, underscores Sri Aurobindo, in the sense of the agency but the final causal source he locates in the Supermind. So, despite our best efforts, we remain clueless about the goings on surrounding us. Besides, a dramatic turn or an aesthetic circumstance also surprises us from time to time. So, to draw a representative picture of human life is impossible given the diversity concerning history, geography, and culture.

Literature or Psychology unveil only a fraction of our thinking; the rest remain buried in our minds. Dreams and Movies further complicate the matter relating to imagination. All this are very much a concrete part of human reality to the secret of which we have no access. The Spiritual paths recommended by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo too don't assure success by an individual. Further, pursuing excellence in job or business along with Spiritual practice is a tall order. The Gender factor poses many more impediments.

However, the overall scenario is not so pessimistic from the human point of view. That man is the highest conscious being on the planet and hence any happy change will unfold for and through him is a matter of considerable hope. For instance, incidents of successive air-crashes this month is undoubtedly spine-chilling but there must be some higher purpose and better prospects for the mankind hidden behind it. The unseen hand of Evolution is a sure actor in our midst and deciphering its choreography should engage the maximum of our attention. [TNM55]

Sai religion should go separate

The Sai Baba controversy of widespread encroaching upon Hindu temple premises promises to be interesting as well as intractable. This is perhaps the most formidable subversive attempt confronting the Hindu religion pushed insidiously. The Sai Baba empire has grown exponentially far and wide in recent years and certainly not by fair means. All kinds of corporate strategy has been employed to attract followers many of which were also replicated successfully in the recent Modi campaign. That man is succeptible to propaganda is a known phenomenon and whoever rides it can achieve his goal. Therefore, we have no complains against the Sai devotees; each person is free to pursue his faith. But the right course is to portray it as a separate religion and demand legal status as we Savitri Erans do. Else, corrupting another existing faith is not what decent people would do. Further, the question of real estate is also involved with cans of worms underneath.

Be that as it may, it's for the Parliament and the Judiciary to take a call but when it comes to personal level, changing religion, like in remarriage, leaves a scar. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, therefore, advise against swaying someone's faith. The so called Hindu religion has seen many reform movements and ideological wars but this Sai episode unfolds in a democratic, modern, and technologically sound atmosphere. Let's see how far reason and fairness prevails. It also poses a severe challenge for the RSS. [TNM55]

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sri Aurobindo gives the example of the monkey

RSS ideals, at present, are confined to building a Ram temple, a Patel statue, or running a Bullet train since the chances of establishing a Hindu empire covering the whole of South Asia seems remote. Sri Aurobindo's ideal, on the other hand, is human Perfection down to the lmmortality of body and Evolution of a harmonious community life. Obviously, there is a wide gap which appears unbridgeable but Sri Aurobindo gives the example of the monkey who never imagined man succeeding him. Even Google was unthinkable before 1998. Sri Aurobindo's objectives are thus political, practical, and truly materialistic; there is nothing mystical about it.

So, how to go about it? The Ashram model is merely a laboratory and hardly has any visibility or viability. The Internet, on the other hand, presents a huge opportunity to popularize the words of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo and people at all corners of the world coming under their influence. It's a collective effort as no one knows whose tweet or post will go viral one fine morning. We are facing a most ambitious communication challenge in this case and may soon meet success by the grace of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. [TNM55]

Sri Aurobindo alone is the answer

It's a fact that Sri Aurobindo as a political worker and writer found himself in affinity with Lal-Bal-Pal between 1906 and 1910. But his stature as a Philosopher and Seer-Poet far exceeds all his eminent contemporaries. Most educated people in India are either not equipped or too prejudiced to hold a just evaluation of Sri Aurobindo's place in history but that doesn't diminish his genius and greatness. Savitri and The Life Divine alone put him at the top of the world. The Mother was one person who could recognize him in advance in her very first meeting on March 29, 1914. Although outside politics, he had offered advice on several occasions which proves his foresight.

India today stands at crossroads unable to decide which way to go. RSS has discovered that a rigid Hindu-centric agenda is bound to face stiff resistance. The Congress decline has put Secularism under much suspicion. So the middle path, which Sri Aurobindo hewed a Century back, assumes immense significance. By cementing it with Judeo-Vedic Ontology, he makes it relevant, not only for modern India, but also for the whole world including Gaza. Thus, the task is how to understand it correctly and set our policies accordingly. There is no dearth of brain-power in our country now but escaping from the yoke of the past is proving arduous. [TNM55]