Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo signify Evolution and Revolution

The beauty of Democracy is that despite conceding political power to one who has been elected by the majority, it values minority opinion, extends protection to dissent, respects talent; and fosters creative freedom for solitary individuals to excel in the realm of arts and ideas

Tension between the individual and society is well recognised to which Democracy and Modernity add a third dimension entailing power of enforcement of certain norms. But social hierarchies, mostly local, survive in commensalism with religion. Democracy is crippled to that extent.

Judeo-Vedic Evolutionary dialectic enunciated by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo constitutes the fourth dimension which, not only radically modifies the pulls of tradition and religion as well as noble aims of Democracy and Modernity, but also transforms the aim of life of individuals

April 24, 1920: The Mother returned to Pondicherry to help establish the Sri Aurobindo Ashram on November 24, 1926. Sri Aurobindo passed away on December 5, 1950; she continued to lead the discples and build Auroville till she breathed her last on November 17, 1973. @MirraAlfassa

Mystic and spiritual elements occur in all religious traditions and The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are appreciative of their roles. The future, however, is not bright for old religions as they are bound to come under the wheels of Evolutionary juggernaut of Supramental Consciousness.

Influenced by philosophers like Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Paul Ricœur the Western world came very close to know the mystery of the unseen world but cultural barrier prevents it from understanding Sri Aurobindo's investigations.

[How @smurali1234 persuaded Closepet Dasappa Narasimhaiah (1921–2005), doyen of Indian English scholars having studied at Cambridge with F.R. Leavis, to write of Savitri, “if poetry is a mode of meditation, dhyanamantra you would find it here” (CDN, 1987)]

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo can best be described as Evolution and Revolution. Supramental Consciousness is actively working since February 29, 1956 and so, "Nor let worldly prudence whisper too closely in thy ear; for it is the hour of the unexpected." -SA

A few Universities run courses including IGNOU @ignouonlinehelp but Sri Aurobindo is best understood through self-study. Besides, sensitising people on respecting difference and diversity is an important task for which online acts hit the nail on the head.

Unless you mention source, that would be plagiarism. If you are embarking upon independent theorisation, then it's fine; but on my part, I confine myself to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's insights based on the Veda (they are not comfortable with sociological theories on Veda, btw).

Basically, I question your pessimism and how you diagnose various social traits at war with each other. That may be fine empirically but Sri Aurobindo posits an Evolutionary view of human civilisation culminating in Vedic harmony. Understanding that changes the whole perspective.

My feeling is that you have not read which would have clarified many of your assertions or apprehensions. [if I had done so, it would have saved me a number of years of philosophical wanderings in search of a standpoint.] S.K.Maitra

I'm appalled that your ruminations ended in a pall-bearer's role. My sense on the matter is we know nothing definitively about the Universe or our existence. All seem like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Hence, best option is to keep fingers crossed and read The Mother & Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo thought about this a century back and created a body of knowledge available today in 36 volumes. Most scholars of Hindutva have not cared to read his works with attention and harbour either prejudices or thumbnail sketches. "Irreparable loss"

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's writings are freely available online. Besides many blog sites exist where one may come across varieties of views and debates on diverse subjects including comparative perspectives

The Mother's works span over thirty volumes, yet none of our intellectuals (including women) find anything of value therein to tweet about or to take a leaf out of. #MirraAlfassa happens to be first person to realise the prophetic worth of Sri Aurobindo and collaborated with him.

All those who lament about being under a false and overrated image of Gandhi don't muster courage to confront Sri Aurobindo and his subversion of the Hindu monolith. Time to come out of lullabies and discover Hinduism perishing under Evolutionary trajectory, as predicted by him.

A century before 1992 when Babri Masjid was demolished to make way for proposed temple for Ram, Sri Aurobindo started publishing his views in 1893 castigating status quo. His alternative worldview based on the Veda has imparted a body blow to Hinduism from which it can't recover.

Sri Aurobindo marshalling Vedic hermeneutic as a firm substratum for ethics and aesthetics has unearthed millennia old sedimentation on sources of wisdom, although the narrative of Christian stimulus for Enlightenment, Democracy, and Modernity is ordinarily understood as primary.

Mythology fosters anachronism, hagiography, and a retrograde mentality. Science has no clear explanations for mysticism but a blanket authorization to it can open the floodgates of superstition and quackery. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo ask for being acquainted with inner faculties

Kireet Joshi was Educational Advisor to Gujarat CM during 2008-10 and today, one can conceive of Makarand R. Paranjape @MakrandParanspe discharging such a role for Central Govt. Besides, Anirban Ganguly @anirbanganguly is a member of BJP Policy Research and Library. #SriAurobindo

Welcome developments, if true. Criticism on this score by the leftists and being lax on Hindutva front by the hawks are two sure pointers of Modi regime being on the right track. Chasing Nobel has imparted such an civilising effect that all prophets of doom have been proved wrong

The present generation should realise that it can rethink and write a new Constitution taking into consideration current realities and global imperatives. Many errors institutionalised in 1950 can be rectified and a new order in the form of Federation of India can reshape future.

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo seek to repair the human imperfection; the problem is universal and the solution they gave involves all. So, outgrowing hackneyed binaries like Hindu-Muslim, Dalit-Savarna, Feminist-Misogynist, etc. needed to appreciate various nuances of Integral Yoga.

[Relics installation day, Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018: Sri Aurobindo Adhyayana Kendra, Rajgangpur (Odisha) and Matrubihar, Sundargarh (Odisha) installed by Sri Champaklalji in 1984. Sri Aurobindo's Relics has come to Odisha fifteen times to sixty-five places.]

Panel discussion on Protest Music dovetails into opposing political leaders and it's interesting to hear politics in Sri Aurobindo Centre itself. So politics is ubiquitous! @SACACIndia Beyond the Present @Leeterature @toxicslink @Mixtapelive

Marketime: Patterns of the Present and Beyond the Present #SriAurobindo @SACACIndia @desharbendu @toxicslink @Mixtapelive @Bongchild

Six years on Twitter has been a great learning experience and fabulous experiment in communication. Perception about The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is changing in a positive direction and the political dimension of their intervention is coming to the fore. [TNM] #MyTwitterAnniversary

Many women are doing admirable and valiant jobs on Twitter but often seem overenthusiastic and shrill. Obviously, extraneous considerations (perhaps, intrinsic to gender) are at work and hence an obnoxious or even a sinister angle is not unexpected. Quest for truth must lead all.

Many on Twitter dole out the impression that they have better understanding of things since they are inheritors of traditional wisdom which is inherently superior and a panacea for the future. Thank God, citizenship is equal for all in this country; so, no need to kowtow to them.

Many well read and well meaning persons use such obscure usernames and repulsive DPs that their tweets suffer from impaired communication. Being reader friendly and relevant by offering suitable arguments and necessary references is important. @Janamejayan contemplating quitting!

Hunger for greatness of a past civilisation is so great that people are almost blind to present imperfections. For instance, the bus stand at Jewar near Greater Noida is full of so much of dirt that it seemed it hasn't been cleaned in a decade. And no one seemed to bother either.

Heard Ababahikara Swapna by Manoranjan Das yesterday @AkashvaniAIR after three decades where Jharana Das recites Juan Olivarez's [If I had wings on which to fly, Up in the clear blue sky] & Percy Bysshe Shelley's [The fountains mingle with the river And the rivers with the ocean]

Once he ridiculed a "reader" as a failed leader. Same can be said about a "writer" too. Arun Nehru (24 April 1944 – 25 July 2013) used to write a lot of columns.

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The Constitution of India is the illegitimate child of the Colonial masters and their subjects. Granting nationhood to the States like the SAARC countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka is the only option to free 1.35bn people from its many undesirable provisions.

Each language of India is a distinct nation with a rich record of history, culture, and heritage. Population growth has made it impossible for them to be administered efficiently from Delhi in a just and fair manner. So, self-determination and granting Sovereignty is the solution.

Sri Aurobindo favoured the establishment of a free association of free States but India as a huge monolith counts as a barrier. Creation of around 50 new nations with about 50 million population will go a long way in forging the South Asian Federation as a prelude to World Union.

Reading the works of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is a basic step to get oriented on the Evolutionary journey towards Human Unity and a Supra-rational age where all old religions are almost annihilated and a new human race conforming to the Vedic prophecies takes birth #FiveDreams

We are discussing broad principles: 
1) India of 1947 is an anomalous legacy of the Colonial rule and must be reviewed,
2) Parliament to decide converting India into a Federation by granting Sovereignty to the States; and
3) Abnormal population necessitates creation of new nations

I repeat: Constitution is anomalous, population is abnormal, Central Govt lacks efficiency; and linguistic nationality is restive. Grappling with all these in a Democratic manner is necessary instead of waiting for unrest and non-State actors jumping in for exploiting the issues.

1) Each major language of India is a distinct nation and has inalienable right to liberty,
2) Last mile Democracy and Development is more efficient in smaller nations (say with 50m population);
3) An ordinary citizen should be the focus instead of a Civilisational grand-narrative

Churchill also said exactly the same. Freedom transforms and empowers and hence it's futile to speculate on consequences. Fast growth of ASEAN nations shouldn't be overlooked. Besides, liberty itself is invaluable and needn't be measured in material terms.

Maithili or Bhojpuri are not dialects, they have been forcibly grouped under Hindi. The point is I'm only pointing it out; ultimately, it's local people who will demand on the basis of their preferences and priorities, and decide. Further it's not one time affair; process evolves

States are financially crippled at present; always go with a begging bowl. That situation must change; 50m people should be the arbiter of their own fates without any interference from the party high command or Central Govt in Delhi. Sovereignty will empower to market Soft Power.

Current population figure is not comparable to ancient times and political systems are different. Nationalist sentiment ensuing from a language can be vehement and throw caution to the winds; the India narrative is useless for it. No inherent virtue in living in a large country!

Population figures are abnormal; Constitution of India itself is to blame for the Dalit problem and Regional discontent. Creation of Indian Federation by granting Sovereignty to the States is the only solution for fostering the spirit of Fraternity, otherwise the wounds fester.

If Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka can take care of their own affairs, then there is no reason why Assam, Bihar, Karnataka, or Kashmir can't manage themselves as independent nations. Further, population has doubled since 1978 which means another India born in forty years

Just like Dalit problem is "not only economic but social and cultural," language-linked suppressed-nationhood has its own validity for self-determination, no matter what the consequences are. For instance, Odisha has every right to identify its future with glory of Kalingan-past.

Bipin Chandra Pal as well as Sri Aurobindo had endorsed a free association of free nationalities in the manner of Kant's prescription for Perpetual Peace. India, with its abnormal size and population, is proving to be an impediment, like China. #FiveDreams

None of the present political parties is committed to Democratic functioning or Market-oriented approach. Respecting citizens or caring for their freedom and opinion hardly exists. Indians must come out of the spell of established political parties and vote for honest candidates.

Supporting a good independent candidate in each Constituency is the best means to act in the spirit of Indian Constitution and break the dominance of and perversion wrought by the current political parties. Let the dreams of Vinoba Bhave, JP, and V.P. Singh translate into reality

The unenviable compulsion of Modi supporters to vote for him despite running him down, to write newspaper articles with data defending Govt schemes; and to prove to the world that BJP has turned fairly liberal, inclusive, and free from RSS diktat. No wonder, the hawks are fuming!

Never forget that BJP won 2014 by harvesting Muzaffarnagar riots. Never push Hindutva narrative as panacea for all human ills. Stop valorising Astrology, Mythology, and Rituals. Never overlook the benefits of Western (or, Christian) progress. Don't vote for AAP, BJP, or Congress.

Many handles tweet genuine criticism against BJP, RSS, and Modi. One feels that they are defenders of Democracy and civility. But when they start praising the Dynasty, their true colours are exposed. All their liberalism is mortgaged to the altar of Congress and hence spurious.

India was under the rule of British Parliament from 1858 to 1947 but the Civilisational repercussions have never ceased. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo form a formidable link in this Evolutionary trajectory despite Hindutva emphasis on fostering a crude form of muscular nationalism.

Swami Agnivesh told on DD Bihar that the concept of an egalitarian society is very much a Vedic imperative and not merely ensues from Marxist discourse: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. How far such utilitarian interpretation of the Veda would be approved by Sri Aurobindo is a moot point.

Hegel doesn't feature in the list of Indologists but the book titled, Hegel's India by Aakash Singh Rathore and Rimina Mohapatra has reinforced his claims. Besides, he now precedes Nietzsche, Bergson, Alexander, Whitehead, etc to be considered as a pioneer in Integral Philosophy.

After a year of Pre-University in BJB College, Bhubaneswar, I joined Regional College of Education (RIE, Bhubaneswar) run by NCERT in 1972 for a Four-year Integrated BSc.,BEd. Residential course with Botany honours and Agriculture as vocational education, besides Statistics, etc.

After one year as a science teacher in my village, I joined Punjab National Bank at Sundargarh as Agricultural clerk in 1977. CAIIB gave the opportunity to study subjects like Commercial Law, Economic Geography, Accountancy, Forex, etc, apart from in-house Management and Quality.

due to faulty planning GNP lags behind. To employ the masses India has no dearth of intellect and resources even if the population gets doubled. Don’t Blame Population: Blame Planning - Tusar N. Mohapatra, Bhubaneswar, Yojana Students’ Forum April 15, 1976

Tusar Nath Mohapatra,
Savitri Era Party
April 11, 2018

Savitri Era Party (SEP) tries to follow common sense, collective welfare, and faith on Vedic Evolutionary path for its recommendations. "If this is not the solution," said Sri Aurobindo, "then there is no solution; if this is not the way, then there is no way for the human kind."

Indians love being under some big authority; the legacy of long years of Monarchy and Colonial rule is yet to dissipate. Savitri Era Party (SEP) advocates Freedom and supports Market so that people imbibe courage to think freely and act according to their free choice. #FiveDreams

Since its inception in 2007 (Centenary year of Surat split), Savitri Era Party (SEP) has been busy in expanding scope of practical action in the light of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's thought. Their works belong to a certain time period; so conceiving future policies is necessary.

[Just like someone's toothache troubles all in a huge joint family, a minor event in one corner of India harassing 1.3b citizens is absurd. Territory should stop being the defining element of nationalism and be replaced by Soft Power and Goodwill.] Sept'16

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Mother's arrival disrupted Indian Renaissance

Savitri Era: Ayodhya dispute robbed RSS of reason #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #HumanUnity #Auroville #SavitriEra #SavitriEraParty - Tweets by @SavitriEraParty and @NathTusar (from February 15 to March 15, 2018) follow:

Many Hindutva handles keep on singing the glory of Kings, their forts, and empires etc that have no relevance to the challenges faced by the modern generation apart from being anti-Democracy. Protecting oneself from falling into such intellectual traps is important for the young.

Philosophy has flourished both in the West and in India during the last 3000 years, yet nothing certain can be told about the whole creation. Besides, science and mathematics too have their own limitations. So, suspect those peddling Mythology and imaginary rosy grand narratives.

Reading is a lonely affair but one learns proactively through a process of self-discovery. OTOH, Lectures are more of social events with many extraneous attractions thrown in, where communication and assimilation bear the chance of being marred by a host of semiological mismatch.

By installing a person as PM to preside over the fate of 1.35b population, the Constitution of India makes an absurd provision. Modi, however, performing in a comical way with costumes, seems to play Puru in Girish Karnad's Yayati to show how unequal he is to the impossible task.

One can walk on land but for water a boat is needed and an aeroplane for air-travel. Human perception, similarly, operates at different planes and so claiming certainty is erroneous. Even Sri Aurobindo's own statements can be contested. So, an anarchist suppleness of mind needed.

Science is synonymous with exactness but unfortunately at the advanced level it is uncertain. Higher Mathematics similarly is irrational and ambiguous. Instead of as a system-builder, it can be said that Sri Aurobindo helps to grow intellectually so as to be free from fanaticism.

It seems that writing long form is as difficult and taxing as getting freed from the hangover of the harangues it lobs. Additionally, if the whole analysis and documentation centres around some predetermined inference, then its objectivity and neutrality can easily be doubted.

Conceiving one world was an ideal but Internet has amplified its prospects. It is possible to overcome divisions based on race, religion, nation, etc. but language will persist as the fundamental sign of identity. Hence granting Sovereignty to the States in India is most logical.

Sri Aurobindo's ARYA writings sought to interpret and synthesise diverse strands of knowledge floating around at the time. The Life Divine builds a philosophical system but insisting on it being the only one may not be appropriate. Reality can be perceived in any subjective way.

Murali Sivaramakrishnan has dismissed research on Sri Aurobindo "as mere descriptive essays and interpretative monographs." Going beyond the texts to dwell in the free land of ideas is the real challenge; not the past but the future must capture attention.

Not many people in the country are acquainted with Sri Aurobindo's thought and therefore it's ironical to suggest to go beyond his writings. But then, he didn't write about all his experiments and experiences and in that sense the writings he left behind can be termed incomplete.

Shashi Tharoor’s ‘Why I Am A Hindu’ and 'Seventy Years of Secularism' by Sandeep Balakrishna come from opposite political camps. Sri Aurobindo, unfortunately, is conspicuously absent from their worldviews and that's a more representative picture of current intellectual landscape.

Sri Aurobindo had admirers in different political camps and silently facilitated realisation of various Evolutionary goals. He knew shortcomings of leaders and sympathised with them but wasn't opposed to them. Understanding him in entirety without relying upon quotations, needed.

Deeply aware of their exceptional privilege, devotees of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo must stop collaborating with those who oppose their Evolutionary agenda. ["Grant that nothing in us shall be an obstacle in Thy work. Grant that nothing may retard Thy manifestation." -The Mother]

Arrival of The Mother on March 29, 1914 in Puducherry disrupted the journey of Indian Renaissance. With the launching of the journal, ARYA, Sri Aurobindo ceases to be merely an Indian or Hindu; his Global vision ensues. Divinisation of body and a Life Divine become the new goals.

Languages of India are languishing for a long time and Central Govt has become an easy avenue for manipulators and fraudsters. The right remedy is to grant Sovereignty to the States by abolishing the Central Govt. Thus, #MotherLanguageDay tomorrow has added significance in India.

Just like Sri Aurobindo gained much from Subramania Bharati, The Mother too borrowed from Max Théon for presenting an Integral vision of the human future. This Judeo-Vedic paradigm surpasses not only all previous philosophies and religions but also science

Affective Communities: Anticolonial Thought, Fin-de-Siècle Radicalism by Leela Gandhi, The White Woman's Other Burden: Western Women and South Asia by Kumari Jayawardena, and The Graceful Guru: Hindu Female Gurus by Rachel Fell McDermott provide diverse perspectives on The Mother

Monarchy and Imperialism used to pursue expansion of territory but Democracy and modernity focus on humanism. Those taking pride in India as a vast territory overlook the plight of its huge population. States must be Sovereign for Democracy and Development reaching the last mile.

India is an overpopulated country; population has grown four times since Independence. Each State with its distinctive language and culture is a nation like in Europe or Africa. It's befitting to support Sovereignty for the States by reversing British legacy on #MotherLanguageDay

Although "Steven Pinker takes on the tribalists" complete reliance on rationality is also hazardous as The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have always emphasized. But access to spiritual insights is neither volitional nor uniform and so mind remains the sole arbiter of a person's actions.

The ideals of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo now occur everywhere across the globe; no special claim of any particular location. Evolution encompasses the whole planet and innovation can emerge anywhere. Ritualistic pull for any physical structure, though a convenience, is a weakness

While Larry Seidlitz lays bare "Sri Aurobindo’s treatment of emotions as the center stage for all suffering, perversion, and obscurity" as well as liberation from them, the elaboration lacks practical utility. Thus reliance on common sense remains relevant

We operate on two levels: voluntary and involuntary. Questions belong to the 1st aspect whereas innumerable exercises pertaining to the 2nd domain are never bothered by our questions and assumptions. Thus, imagining to erect an all encompassing theory is not very promising.

Like Pascal's wager, Sri Aurobindo relied on some basic Vedic postulates and demonstrated that higher zones of reality can be accessed. Examining his claims can equip one with a good deal of knowledge to move further, instead of interminably pursuing epistemology or scepticism.

Central Govt took over the Auroville Administration in November 1980 against its founding motto. Course of events might have dictated such a drastic step then but it needs to be reversed. A resident of Auroville should be elected as its President through a free and fair election.

Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust (SAAT) Puducherry has turned a hub of malpractices and tyranny. It's surprising that no Govt has been able to move against it or even conduct a decent inquiry. Democratically electing a new Managing Trustee is the only solution but it falls on deaf ears

Overpopulation and prosperity may not be related but overpopulation surely leads to impoverished Democracy as in India. Granting sovereignty to the States on language basis (India as a federation of around 50 nations with max 50m population each) can empower people substantially

History writing has suffered a lot in the hands of the Marxists and Rationalists in the past. Nothing to dispute with your inspiration from Savarkar but examining the whole period with insights from Sri Aurobindo will give a more truthful picture. Same for Subhas Bose. @maidros78

Respecting each person's privacy, choice, and uniqueness is a core principle of Democracy but RSS believes in propagating an one-size-fits-all ideology for 1.35 billion Indians. Nature and Evolution hasn't conceived such a huge project; so Sri Aurobindo's World Union is relevant.

An old fort or a temple may have tourism potential but to limit the future vision for present India in past stones is illogical. Technology has literally transcended brick and  mortar and unified the world. Benefitting from such a situation is real challenge before new generation

Democracy and Civil Society entail that citizens "entrust the power to punish violence to the state and surrender their right to selfhelp" but RSS defies this principle and retains the practice of tribal society in mobilising youth with sticks. Obviously they are no stakeholders

Power and overactive front organisations are attracting more and more people to RSS fold who are unaware of its real colour. Without being a sympathiser of the Congress or the Left, the menace of RSS needs to be communicated in clear terms, otherwise compromising can be suicidal.

A good number of Sri Aurobindo scholars have been recruited by RSS to blunt criticism. With due respect, we expect that they don't distort history like the Marxists nor quote selectively to justify any ideological position. Showing how Vivekananda is different is also important.

Instead of quoting Friedrich von Schlegel or Rudyard Kipling one can derive the most authentic estimation of Indian culture and religion from Sri Aurobindo's writings. In fact there is no one who can judge or offer any critical assessment of his pronouncements barring caricature.

1. The Indian Imagination by KD Verma
2. The Political Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo by VP Varma
3. Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy of Social Development by Ramnath Sharma
4. Integral Advaitism of Sri Aurobindo by RS Misra
5. Sri Aurobindo and the Theories of Evolution by RS Srivastava

Most on Twitter today are part of some organisation or ideology and so only a very few voice independent opinion. Sri Aurobindo wrote under special circumstances; as resistance to Colonial rulers. Therefore, he needs to be read in context. Still his philosophy remains unsurpassed

Syllabus content has so much of power that even Sri Aurobindo has been effectively exiled by the Universities and public discourse. Availability on Internet of such treasures like The Secret of the Veda is dismissed with a wave of a hand. The Mother's works are hardly referred to

Major works of Sri Aurobindo were first published between 1914 and 1921. It's so humbling when they come handy for combating the RSS bluster, a hundred years later, in 2018. Marxist scholars are yet to understand Sri Aurobindo's potential in this respect.

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo fought against fascist forces to protect Vedic Evolutionary ideals. The same task reappears today to stall RSS advances. Having no consistent ideology and speaking in many voices is its strategy. So standing resolutely to resist its temptation essential

Nobel prize can't happen without clutching on to Gandhi narrative. Besides it's not easy to demolish all that has been said in praise of Gandhi. Even saying that Sri Aurobindo was against him won't be wholly correct. How he definitely was an agent of Zeitgeist must be appreciated

When Sri Aurobindo said "Sanatan Dharma that shall expand and extend itself over the world" it's not Hindu religion. Similarly Veda means "The supreme Shastra of the integral Yoga is the eternal Veda secret in the heart of every thinking and living being."

Time to get acquainted with what Marshall McLuhan, Roland Barthes, Jean Baudrillard et al thought about content and communication. The era of searching for truth and fixed meanings (or, even definite events) is long gone and hence the chance of reconciling with fluidity abound.

Unlike his famous contemporaries, Sri Aurobindo hasn't been discussed much in public domain. Apart from his voluminous writings and conversations, the part played by him in the Freedom struggle and later in leading a band of Spiritual seekers is a treasury of luminous information

Although Sri Aurobindo is a playwright in his own right National School of Drama has not been able to acknowledge it till now. Plays from 30 countries are part of the mega celebration but Sri Aurobindo's five plays in English are still unknown. Such apathy and ignorance is tragic

Rousseau, Hegel, Feuerbach, and Marx have presented their own conceptions of Alienation which is generally considered as an indispensable part of the modern civilisation. One good thing about RSS is that its members forever enjoy enchantment and euphoria through group activities.

From Carlos Castaneda's "Erasing personal history" to Jordan B. Peterson's 12 Rules for Life or Amy Morin's 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do, New Age has seen many ways. The Mother's Agenda like Jean Gebser's The Ever-Present Origin shows the path

Ongoing Auroville golden jubilee celebration and the 87-year-old traditional Basanta Utsav at Santiniketan Visva-Bharati University both aspire for human unity and harmony. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo however aver a deeper foundation based on Spiritual awareness of interconnection

Sri Aurobindo's tryst with violent methods can be said to have taken place in Baroda when he arranged military training for Jatin Banerjee in 1899 by hiding his Bengali identity. Uttarpara Speech, delivered a decade later in 1909, offers a mature picture where he abjures violence

Uttarpara Speech marks a turning point in the life of Sri Aurobindo after which there is practically not much difference between his and Gandhi's approach towards violence. Just like, his difference with Shankara's Mayavada is finally perceived by many to be no difference at all.

The only way to remove tradition and rituals is to stop participating and promoting. Cultural and aesthetic value needn't delude one into believing that they have no negative effects. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo therefore advocate a compassionate ruthless clean break with the past

What Sri Aurobindo (1872 - 1950) said or did in the context of Colonial rule can be kept aside; how relevant he is for the future is more important now. So, how best we learn from him the canons of Constitutionalism, Internationalism, and Multiculturalism is far more significant.

Faith marketing is not limited to Christians or Muslims. Different Baba groups holding mega Satsang events undertake large scale recruitment of devotees and collection of funds. Now of course pushing FMCG brands has become a mainstream responsibility thus cementing the fraternity

Sri Aurobindo wrote on Gita and Upanishads but it's better to read them as commentaries instead of assuming as his views. Same as regards most of The Synthesis of Yoga. The Secret of the Veda though unrevised and incomplete is Sri Aurobindo's greatest work

Anyone who once chances upon what Sri Aurobindo has deciphered in The Secret of the Veda cannot return to traditional Hinduism since his worldview gets altered irrevocably. That's the reason why most people dread and dismiss this book as unorthodox by an inauthentic intellectual!

BJP's electoral fortunes are on the rise but Modi understands very well that neither Hindutva nor RSS can ever win legitimacy. He therefore, carefully nurtures a moderate face by invoking Gandhi. He can win Nobel prize if he manages unification of Bengal as an Independent nation.

A very impressive looking attempt fired from the Indic template to record contempt for secular-liberal paradigm but refusal to engage with Sri Aurobindo exposes shallowness of arguments. Just firm statements won't earn intellectual or ethical legitimacy.

March 5: A day to resolve to root out prejudice and superstition prevalent in the name of religion. The situation in India today is no different from that of 400 years back. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo alone usher in an emancipatory and Evolutionary vision.

[On 7 March 1914 Mirra and Paul Richard boarded the Japanese liner Kaga Maru at Marseille. After a few halts here and there, the ship arrived at Colombo port on 27 March...The next day they landed at Dhanuskodi. From Marseille to Dhanuskodi...On 29 March they reached Pondicherry]

20th century notion of nation and demarcations will fade away. Most people now have multiple identities and live at or frequently visit different locations. Social Media is uniting people across cultural and linguistic barriers. A Federal spirit forges Sri Aurobindo's World Union

Ideological purity is utopian since genealogical roots are complex and multilayered. Straightjacketing someone's thought or message is often resorted to with impunity but allowing a larger horizon is more rewarding. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's writings offer enormous scope here.

20th century philosophy and politics form a great melting pot in which The Mother & Sri Aurobindo were giant participants. Diverse shades of theory and praxis adorn the Evolutionary trajectory and Collective Yoga is a great challenge. Marxism needs to be imbued with Vedic harmony

Spiritual development and transformation of human nature was The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's focus but they were modern enough not to encourage traditional methods of seclusion. Instead they promoted music, art, poetry, intellectual gymnastics, along with physical culture, athletics

Intellectuals in India are not aware of what Sri Aurobindo wrote 100 years ago. His role in the Freedom movement is often remembered with other revolutionaries but that's only a minor aspect of his versatile life. Further, The Mother's wide ranging efforts are not much known yet.

There is no gainsaying that Nehru-Gandhi-Tagore-Radhakrishnan paradigm served the nation well in the initial years. From there, next level should be graduating to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's Vedic Evolutionary vision and not falling into the Savarkar-Golwalkar-Ambedkar quagmire.

Marxist scholars tried their best to keep Sri Aurobindo out of the academic discourse as a result of which their books have lost relevance in the changed scenario. Those infected with Hindutva narrative, unfortunately, are trying to follow the same tactic.

My opposition to BJP, RSS, and Modi has become an additional factor for Hindutva votaries avoiding Sri Aurobindo's oeuvre. We don't have clear indications regarding current political choices from either The Mother or Sri Aurobindo, yet fighting fascist tendencies remains crucial.

Two books, Sri Aurobindo and Karl Marx by D.P. Chattopadhyaya and The Meeting of the East and the West in Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy by S.K. Maitra, helped me substantially to understand theory. Later, The Humanization of Transcendental Philosophy by R. Sundara Rajan was pivotal.

Majority rule mustn't be mistaken for majority opinion being correct. Marxists for many years thought their every move as flawless but were proved wrong. Hindutva enthusiasts, similarly, are too sure of their framework but it's better to err on the side of caution and ambivalence

20th century Science and Philosophy have established that Truth is difficult to grasp. Ancient Sanskrit texts are pointers and traditional interpretations are barriers. Sri Aurobindo has done his best to blend Vedic wisdom and Modern knowledge but further refinement is possible.

By composing SAVITRI Sri Aurobindo has shown that a Mantra can be heard in other languages than Sanskrit. Further Ontological speculations available in Sanskrit texts are valuable but not self-evident truths. Thus, over-enthusiasm bordering on fanaticism for Sanskrit is misplaced

Nothing more puerile than associating languages with specific religions or philosophical system. Humanity's quest for knowledge and aesthetic necessities have harnessed various languages across space and time. They all need to be respected and appreciated; The Mother spoke French

Sri Aurobindo can't be decoupled from Plato, Plotinus, or Arnold; he incorporates ethical values in his visualisation of various Vedic deities. Likewise The Mother's epochal attempt in fleshing out the spiritual significance of flowers follows the best of Western mystic tradition

I was a science student and served a commercial bank with an abiding interest in arts and humanities. Ambivalence and incoherence of my tweets I attribute to my modest education, average intelligence, and limited memory. This, obviously, is normal of human condition and finitude!

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking was first published in 1988. The Meeting of the East and the West in Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy by S.K. Maitra was also issued in book form in the same year. Deleuze too foregrounded Maimon, Nietzsche, and Bergson around the same period.

Two Upanishadic insights, - Water does not cling to the lotus leaf and Separating the pith from a blade of grass, - are important pointers for arriving at the philosophical kernel hidden within the shell of Mythological fiction. Sri Aurobindo has unveiled The Secret of the Veda.

Be it Herder or Hegel or "ever-living, ever-working Chaos of Being" of Carlyle, deciphering history has always involved dollops of speculation. But for Sri Aurobindo "random seem the ways...Yet...are foreseen above. Infallibly the curves of life are drawn"

Hindutva grand narrative is false and flawed. Hence, coming out of the grip of its religious and political appeal is the first step. Once the jaundiced view disappears, a scientific and rational perception of reality through the lenses of Stephen Hawking and Sri Aurobindo is easy

We have been demanding granting Sovereignty to different States of India on the basis of language under a Federation like Europe. But those spewing hatred against some language or the other seem to be misguided. Learning multiple languages has many advantages for each individual.

Defeating BJP by Opposition unity may succeed but no one has any formula to break the gigantic ideological bonding that RSS commands. Secular and atheist politics have failed in the past. The alternative woven by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is the only recipe to trounce Hindutva.

Hindutva being the ruling ideology in India today is bound to attract criticism but our opposition is not specific to it. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have inaugurated an Evolutionary Integral paradigm  which is against all past religions, nations, and old political formulations.

Indian Constitution has imposed demeaning identities like SC & ST. BJP wants mobilising Hindus for political campaigns. Modernity demands that people enjoy freedom and act out of unfettered choice. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are harbingers of egalitarianism and Democratic spirit.

[David Reich: differences among populations we see today are actually only a few thousand years old at most and that everybody is mixed.] A lesson for all those who are fighting for or against Aryan Invasion Theory which is misleadingly considered as the cornerstone of our past.

Sri Aurobindo challenging the British rule on Enlightenment ideal: [Nalini Bhushan and Jay L. Garfield: Minds without Fear: Philosophy in the Indian Renaissance - Review by Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach, prof. of philosophy at University of Konstanz, Germany]

Edmund Burke's attacks against French Revolution and Thomas Carlyle's lectures On Heroes, Hero-Worship are well-known. Sri Aurobindo's delineation of Napoleon vis-à-vis Hitler is instructive in the context of his contemporaries like Arundale, Gandhi, Tagore, Subhas, and Savarkar.

Notion of power in a Democracy is a bit complicated. Both, the Ruling and Opposition sides hold different degrees of power. Media wields enormous power so as Street protests. Tweets now have become more powerful tools than books and newspapers. A wink can steal a thousand sleeps!

Sacredness, for The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, is to be found or felt in one's own interior space without involvement of any external prop. Further, it's a continuous process with constant vigilance and remembrance as against periodical visits to a place of worship or some rituals.

Ethics in the expectation of future rewards is received wisdom but Sri Aurobindo doubts it. The Mother would advise, Be good for goodness’ sake; that's of course invocation of transcendental values. Each person performs his or her unique role - good or bad - as per soul's choice.

Ritu Sarin awarded IPI Excellence in Journalism 2017 at IIC

Seminar on Challenges of Democracy at the Constitution Club organised by Ananta Balia Trust, Odisha.

Democracy in danger; Seminar organised by Ananta Balia Trust, Odisha.

Odisha needs a new CM and it must keep BJP at bay. Those who agree on these two basic points can vote for the best independent candidate to create a new paradigm of participatory Democracy. Major political parties have become dictatorial and their stranglehold needs to be broken.

BJD is holding firm against BJP and Congress in Odisha on its own without the crutch of Muslim and Christian votes or any casteist polarisation prevalent in other States. The party must elect a new face as leader for 2019 otherwise is sure to face defeat; it's unpalatable truth.

A section of educated youth in Odisha is getting lured by BJP in the recent past. Exploiting their anti-incumbency sentiments is fine for a political party but holding #Odishaparba in Delhi is too elitist and pandering to Odia nationalism can be counterproductive. Beware of RSS!

Of course the language and our Katak version since a slight variation feels like being slighted. No language is static and it's difficult to check distortions but thankfully old movies and songs have amply documented it for the future generation. It's not parochialism but purity.

Watching videos of Black and White Odia film songs on YouTube remains a dream even today. Hope, #ClassicalOdia activists and organisers of #Odiaparba divert a fraction of their energy towards this worthy cause. @CMO_Odisha too should lend a helping hand for this golden treasure.

Odisha before 1936 was under different rulers and its different regions belonged to different cultures and languages. Imposing homogeneity now seems fashionable but is utterly unreasonable. Bordering States and their languages will continue to hold attraction for several reasons.

Heard Ogo Nirupama for the first time and later Akshaya Mohanty's Badhu Nirupama to compare.

[Bijoy Sarkar (born Bijay Krishna Adhikari, 20 February 1903 – 4 December 1985) was a Bangladeshi poet, baul singer, lyricist and composer.] @aakashaath

[When we apply tools of Physics when studying consciousness, we are not doing science. If somebody, who has a degree in Physics, thinks to be treated as a scientist when encroaching on consciousness studies, then this is a deception of others and self-deception.] Serge Patlavskiy

[All political parties in India are rogue entities. The time has come to make political parties democratic, transparent, accountable and open to scrutiny like holding periodical election of their office-bearers and publishing audited account.] -Sam Rajappa

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ayodhya dispute robbed RSS of reason

Savitri Era: Auroville took birth 50 years back #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #Auroville50

Having captured all top institutions under the Constitution, RSS now wants the Defence apparatus to function under it and recruit its cadre seamlessly. Surely a valid dream for Hindustan metamorphosing as a Hindu Rashtra with RSS presiding everywhere like Communist Party of China.

Confidence of winning 2019 may be giving rise to too much of delusion, but Modi is most vulnerable and lonely right now. He is being tolerated but no one wants him to lead due to dictatorial functioning. Bereft of any intrinsic quality or qualification, he is clinging to position.

My response is based upon the written clarification issued by RSS. There are clear signs of unusual thinking and if pursued will lead to fascist environment. Forewarned is forearmed, as they say.

The PM and Party chief hail from a single State which is unprecedented in a federal polity like India. This I feel is fascist but supporters like you turn a blind eye. There are many other complains but hubris among the cadre leads to overlook.

I'm not aware of your work; you may forward some links. You are free to disagree with my views but it has its own validity and relevance in a multi-party Democracy like India. Btw, I don't find many independent voices like me on Twitter and therefore it's all the more important.

Criticism is part and parcel of Democracy and to counter them effectively is Ruling camp's job where they fail. RSS is yet to develop adequate intellectual wherewithal to be equal to the task. Most supporters tend to bully instead of arguing; "hubris and thuggery" said @NMenonRao

RSS works in the field, mingles with people; even befriends (nationalist) Muslims. But intellectuals worshipping Sita Ram Goel seem to be fanatical in their antipathy towards Muslims; spread venom by spewing vitriol in their discourse. Shows how one-eyed scholarship is dangerous.

RSS loves controversies to simmer so that dividends are reaped over a longer period and falsehoods turn into truth. RJM proved to be highly rewarding; this Army discourse is likely to legitimise a claim on it, the way it's being stoutly defended by supporters, across the board.

[solipsism of tribal identity seems the particular danger now - not the individual per se, but the individual self-identified with a tribe. This generally is accompanied with paranoia about the tribe's being "repressed," even where the tribe-in-question dominates.] -Whit Blauvelt

As far as maturity of Democracy is concerned, India doesn't seem to have progressed much during the last seventy years. Technology has aided manipulation modes and ethical compromises have become common. So-called Dharma upholders have perfected the art of Goebbelsian propaganda.

Democracy implies individuals exhibiting autonomy and exercising free choice whereas Religious Nationalism of Hindutva considers people as immature who must be guided and goaded. This paternalistic attitude and propensity of propaganda detests dissent and alternative dispensation.

Culturally, one can imagine anything and seek inspiration from the products of distant past but, politically, one's citizenship is restricted to one's lifetime only. Adumbrating to extraneous attributes or affiliations, therefore, is uncalled for and inimical to Democratic ethos.

Ideological imperatives in India today too require such tender moments to think freely and rightly.

British left in 1947 but USA & CIA became active to further Western/Christian interest through influential lobbies. Apart from MSM, Google, Facebook, and Twitter continue to exercise hegemony over Indian mind even today. Regressive Hindutva is handicapped before ethical challenge

Many pronouncements of Sri Aurobindo during the Freedom struggle can't be defended in a Democratic set up. JP's call to Police and Army to apply conscience was definitely wrong. Warped logic of RSS relating to Ayodhya dispute (RJM) has robbed it of reason.

Modi Xerox kiosks and Sam Pitroda's STD/PCOs push paved the way for Development. Thus, India is infinitely indebted to the West for what it is today. Modernity and ethical paradigms too are of Western origin including tenets of Democracy and Jurisprudence.

Hindutva, by valorising Mythology, Rituals, and Superstitions, suffers from permanent intellectual impairment. Sri Aurobindo had diagnosed it early on and wrote out correctives. Those enamoured of RSS can benefit from it and that's his great relevance in charged political arena.

Communism triggered not only political and economic upheavals but also unprecedented intellectual ferment. It's fashionable to trash Marxism today but without it world would have been in a primitive state. Hindutva is unable to reconcile with highly refined stances on gender etc.

Savitri Era Party is opposed to AAP, BJP, Congress, and Left but not ungrateful towards their respective intellectual and ethical contributions. Blanket condemnation is as absurd as blind support or indoctrination. Sri Aurobindo provides a sane lens to pursue independent thinking.

The first and foremost task of every citizen is to safeguard and enrich Democracy; all other ideals like Nationalism are secondary. How Siddhartha Shankar Ray had instigated Indira, Sanjay, and Maneka Gandhi to paralyse civil liberties during the Emergency is a permanent lesson.

Common sense perceptions of say, Annie Besant or Subhas Chandra Bose about Sri Aurobindo surely provide a perspective like the latter's own opinions on Gandhi, Churchill, Hitler, etc. Pivotal insights to understand 20th century history; those unaware of are veritable illiterates.

Hobbes held a critical view of human nature whereas Rousseau painted a favourable picture. The dichotomy can really be reconciled if one imbibes the Vedic dialectic formulated by Sri Aurobindo. Ideology embedded in a sound Ontology has the best chance of standing the test of time.

That "Congress Socialist Party founded in 1934 as a caucus within Indian National Congress" still exerts considerable influence throughout the length and breadth of the country in various avatars (including the ruling dispensation) is an interesting facet.

It may be clarified that the quotation at the end of the article on Auroville pertains to Sri Aurobindo explaining the tenets of "religion of humanity" conceived by Comte. So, it can't strictly be construed as Sri Aurobindo’s exhortations unlike the above.

[Overman Foundation's Summer Retreat in the lap of the Himalayas at “Madhuban” in Talla Ramgarh, Uttarakhand, an extension of Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Delhi Branch. Workshops are conducted to enable the participants to reach the higher perfection of living.]


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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Auroville took birth 50 years back

Savitri Era: The Future Poetry was published 100 years back #SriAurobindo

Hindutva certainty breeds fanaticism, the reason being lack of grounding in philosophy. Twentieth century philosophy offers excellent opportunity to test your pet ideas against a variety of highly perceptive perspectives. Ignoring them means ignorance and echo-chamber scenario.

Democracy replaces Monarchy but legitimises hegemony of political parties. People, overawed by their size and spread (amplified in a large nation like India), tend to ignore other alternatives. Such reification of choice is a negation of the very logic of participative Democracy.

Democracy delegitimises religious orthodoxy but establishes political parties as new religions in India. Since Sri Aurobindo is not promoted by any major party his relevance for the future has the potential of exponential popularity. Frustration owing to Hindutva fiasco will help

At this rate, Modi may turn out to be a Gorbachev when India as a British legacy becomes history and the States legitimately become free Republics. #SCJudgesMutiny can have a cascading effect triggering a relook at worn out principles and shibboleths. Evolutionary forces at work!

Digging out such lineages in a vast country like India is a Herculean task and hence it's urgent that the States are awarded Sovereignty by abolishing the Central Govt. as well as the Supreme Court. Rightsizing is essential for effectiveness in Admn. and enabling people's access.

Many followers of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo just quote on Twitter; some refer to certain past events. Time to move on as simply quoting has not much relevance. Issues need to be debated and justifications deduced; that needs thinking. Applying own mind and writing is necessary.

BJP exists primarily on religious glue but it's yet to mobilise 50% votes on its own. So, it will continue to win due to lack of Opposition unity. New players are entering apart from AAP; that makes BJP's task easier. Let's hope that people understand relevance of Sri Aurobindo.

No scientific evidence for ladder of Consciousness that Sri Aurobindo constructs and hence demanding belief on it is unfair. But the fact that the Veda corroborates it is an interesting dimension that warrants sympathetic examination. In any case, his propositions are futuristic.

The 4 Percent Universe theory applies to all aspects of life and therefore it's better to err on the side of caution since discretion is the better part of valor. Ontological speculations of Sri Aurobindo are the most coherent but can't be exact. Same is true for his views on AIT

Public awareness on Sri Aurobindo doesn't travel much farther than "which freedom fighter was born on August 15" like basic information. Ashram approach is confined to Spirituality whereas Auroville is concerned about Development. Political dimension is far away from individuals.

Science has become fulcrum of Theory and even Sociological phenomena are read in terms of fixed patterns or repeatable schema. Present methods of Science are not enough, says Sri Aurobindo, but he hastens to point out that what is subjective today can be a common experience hence

Without laying too much of stress on philanthropy or altruism, The Mother & Sri Aurobindo were on a quest for a perfect society. They valorised individualism but also spoke of collective yoga. Inner love and sympathy dictating an outward organisation and harmony is their formula.

Fighting pessimism shouldn't be the lone criterion and each cited name should be critically assessed for relevance and coherence. One finds many flaws and pitfalls there; so blanket endorsement is neither honest nor advantageous. I'm biased in favour of Sri Aurobindo, of course.

Auroville took birth 50 years back this month in 1968. The political and philosophical fall outs of protests in France and elsewhere in the same year need to be understood in India otherwise its current rulers would like to perpetuate their medieval narrative for another 50 years

Your grouse seems to arise due to inadequate grasp on Sri Aurobindo's thought. His Evolutionary theory is the most revolutionary vision the world has seen so far. One needs to study him as he is instead of trying to fit him in hackneyed frameworks like Hindu, Sanatan, or Secular.

Sanatan, as you define it, is too constricted for Sri Aurobindo as can be seen in this chapter from "The Ideal of Human Unity." Your political preference or religious activism shouldn't distort your quest for knowledge and alter what's in black and white.

[love, mutual recognition of human brotherhood, a living sense of human oneness and practice of human oneness in thought, feeling and life, the ideal which was expressed first some thousands of years ago in the ancient Vedic hymn and must always remain the highest injunction] -SA

It may be clarified that the quotation at the end of the article on Auroville pertains to Sri Aurobindo explaining the tenets of "religion of humanity" conceived by Comte. So, it can't strictly be construed as Sri Aurobindo’s exhortations unlike the above.

Fine. So, what's your complain against Auroville? It's only trying to give shape to Sri Aurobindo's prophecy. People of various countries are living in Auroville and each one is free to follow his or her religion. There is no compulsion nor any sort of imposition. In a plural society, such a liberal millieu is inevitable. Your opinion on other religions is same as their opinion of Hindu.

For you Sanatan is synonymous with Hindu and excludes Semitic religions. You are free to hold such a view; it's valid and legitimate. But those following Sri Aurobindo like me won't approve such a narrow connotation. Human unity accomodates all religions and people of all nations

As a follower of Sri Aurobindo, I'm trying to communicate his ideas that are scattered over forty volumes. It's not logical to judge him on the basis of a couple of quotations. Besides The Mother's writings and conversations spanning thirty volumes also matter. Life long learning.

India's Rebirth is a compilation of quotations and can't replace Sri Aurobindo's 40 original volumes. You are free to propagate RSS ideology but reading Sri Aurobindo can help enlarge your worldview. That's a suggestion but your implying that I'm misrepresentating is not correct.

Fine. My firm view is that RSS has deviated from its original inspiration and as of today no one can follow Sri Aurobindo and RSS at the same time. If you feel that you are capable of doing that, good luck to you. But thanks to Twitter, I share my view without imposing on anyone.

I respect your opinion and more so because of your interest in Sri Aurobindo. There is a great number of Sri Aurobindo's followers who are ardent supporters of RSS, like you. However, I pursue a different line and presume that many people endorse my thinking too, albeit silently.

Agree with you. I think, the word medieval derives its pejorative sense from premodern European situation. But then, all is fair in polemics!

The record of RW sites like @OpIndia_com @SwarajyaMag @myindmakers @IndiaFactsOrg @Pragyata_ @rightlog_in apart from SS & @maidros78 during the last four years in building a dependable source for history is not very promising. Avoiding Sri Aurobindo's thought is a common feature.

Four years in power but BJP by and large sticks to the Nehruvian consensus (a secular and plural polity in a vast country like India) and doesn't claim possessing any superior principles from the Hindutva stable. But some from its ecosystem continue to make such empty assertions.

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Separate State demand for Odisha was a necessity but a subtle aversion towards the Bengali language that persists even today poses a cultural barrier. Odias can gain much in terms of movies & music from Bengali repertoire. Some gems

[Dadasaheb Phalke formed Hindustan Films in partnership with five businessmen from Mumbai. Baburao Painter and his main disciple V.G. Damle eventually put together a working camera in 1918. He was also a film enthusiast and founded Maharashtra Film Company in 1919 at Kolhapur.]

[Suprabha Sarkar had the historic opportunity to sing in the first playback song in Indian films along with Parul Biswas & Harimati in Bhagyachakra (1935), Mora Pulak Jachi and Hindi version Dhoop Chhayon (1935), Main Khush Hona] Musepaper: Aji jharo jharo

Much has been written on how Bankim Chandra's Vande Mataram ignited the Freedom movement but the role of music and poetry in catching the imagination of people goes back a lot farther which keeps various streams of philosophy alive.

Musepaper: Chaiti fuler ki bandhis
Some iconic old Bengali songs

[Vijay Malla was a biggest asset for Kashmiri language and literature. He was young and had to do a lot for ...] Vijay Malla Kashmiri (Gachun Gaam Che) #RepublicDay

All those who dread living in a huge joint family and want to escape its pains must aspire for a Federation of India with the Republic status passing to the States based on languages. There is no inherent virtue or glory in living in an abnormally large and unmanageable country.

People in Europe have deep religious and cultural bonding beyond their national boundaries and the same can happen when the States in the Indian subcontinent are granted Sovereignty. Languages are the best foundations for formation of cohesive nations with manageable population.

Though a votary of Science, Aravindan seemed to push Mythology as a synonym for "Indic framework." He was silent on Sri Aurobindo's psychological interpretation of the Veda but appeared too eager and (uncritically) enthusiastic about Ambedkar's assessment of religion and society.

"Caste prejudice, backwardness, hubris, and thuggery stain our democracy," opines @NMenonRao and every right thinking Indian would readily agree with her. Opposing AAP, BJP, Congress and the Left is the only way to build a new India under Sri Aurobindo's inspiration. @PandaJay

Not only Sri Aurobindo's philosophy but also his "action."

[Another important supporter of Bose’s mission was Anushilan Samiti. This was the Bengali revolutionary organisation which had its roots in the philosophies of Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo.]

Hindutva focuses on the past but Sri Aurobindo promises loftier human excellences taking shape in the future through the process of Evolution. His utopianism involves messianism to a large extent and hence his call for collaborating with Evolution by rejecting past formulations.

[Overman Foundation's Summer Retreat in the lap of the Himalayas at “Madhuban” in Talla Ramgarh, Uttarakhand, an extension of Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Delhi Branch. Workshops are conducted to enable the participants to reach the higher perfection of living.]

[Lilla is at his best tracing the bizarre interplay between German idealism and liberal Protestant tragic effect of this concoction was that it left liberal Protestantism ripe for political exploitation (WW I) and atavistic politics (WW II)]

[... used by a few atheistic scientists (for example, Richard Dawkins) to attack bonafide religions conceptions. Hence it is necessary to scientifically inform the real situation to everyone so that they can confidently practice bonafide religions...]


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