Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Humanity must discover the hidden Harmony

Sri Aurobindo passed away on December 5, 1950 and after nearly seventy years his contribution to theory has not been adequately recognised. His words however are more relevant to actual happenings and certain dramatic turns give hope to the Vedic ideal of Truth, Good, and Harmony
What is popular or dominant today can't be a justification for its future validity. Current political scenario similarly isn't the best available option. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo worked together from 1914 to usher in a new social order. Humanity must discover the hidden Harmony.
It is exclusive and there's no shame or hesitation in saying this. Savitri Era Religion is the solution for the future and the whole world will have to embrace it sooner or later. Tomorrow is the death anniversary of Sri Aurobindo; understanding its significance can bring clarity.
Neo-Hindu sects are the greatest impediment for spreading the knowledge and vision of Sri Aurobindo. They are prosperous, influential, and powerful.
In the context of ideological vacuum pervading in India today, following Sri Aurobindo is the only sane avenue. Understanding this imperative is not easy as grasp over diverse thought currents is necessary. SavitriEraParty has been spreading awareness for developing perspectives.
Better to think about 1840 and various reform movements which cropped up due to Western education. Thereafter, every major stream has contributed; enriched the dialogue. So difficult to label whether something is a damage or not. Sri Aurobindo says in SoY even evil is good later.
Auroville conflict, Agenda dispute, Savitri controversy, and Heehs imbroglio have left The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's legacy much scarred. Simultaneously, many fresh facets and perspectives have come to light. So, redefining their work and worldview is necessary for new generation.
Mother's Agenda is a monumental set which sets the record straight that she was not happy with many things which was going on in her name but permitted out of politeness or practical reasons. Enthusiasm of some disciples resulted in various rituals and so they need to be reviewed.
A better life or harmonious society can't be too far from politics. In fact, all collective action fall in the political domain. Running a voluntary organisation or ensuring fair play itself is a gigantic task. Apt rules and regulations in sync with aims and objectives essential.
There's much confusion about All life is yoga since silence or meditation are ordinarily considered indications of spirituality. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo recommend inner silence and dynamic meditation in the midst of work or unfavorable circumstances to stimulate transformation
This is a common rhetoric but a deeper look won't find much difference. Basically, it's the Enlightenment and Modernity ideals to which Sri Aurobindo adds a high dose of Messianism. Indian/Hindu spirituality otoh has nothing special to offer as spirituality exists in all cultures
Both Marxist or Humanist viewpoints, though valid from a practical angle, have been found wanting in the course of tides of time. Sri Aurobindo's solid logic for unfolding of future Evolution towards Vedic immortality therefore holds out much hope amid widespread disillusionment.
Those brought up on Hindutva diet are complacent about new thoughts and ideas but The Mother & Sri Aurobindo provide a platform for Evolutionary thinking. Substantially material or mechanical solutions are not the right approach, yet their forming the substratum can't be ignored.
One interesting thought experiment is whether a competent scholar could have written all that Sri Aurobindo has written. This is blasphemy for the devotees but the answer is yes. Once one is able to penetrate his web of terminologies, his arguments are fairly simple and elegant.
It's absolutely necessary to shed one's sectarianism for discovering Sri Aurobindo under the universalist lens. Besides The Mother's role in forging this Integral paradigm has to be appreciated in toto. Lastly seminal facets educed by their Western disciples and scholars crucial.
Yes, Sri Aurobindo has deciphered the real meaning of Vedic utterances by just exploring the suppleness of Sanskrit words but he doesn't claim the Veda to be the only important book or Hinduism as the greatest religion. He gives a blow to Perennial philosophy and launches his own
Sri Aurobindo as a lover of poetry was a keen aspirant of Intuition and he applied the same route for his spiritual attainments. So, poetry for him is not merely a cultural tool or means of aesthetic pleasure but a source of opening myriad pathways for Evolutionary possibilities.
Integral Yoga has three basic elements but Aspiration is pivotal. Rejection and Surrender are rooted in traditional paths but an Aspiration - not out of crisis or ambition (arta and artharthi) - but a steady, intense, and prayerful certitude for the promised Harmony is essential.
On the face of it, it would seem Sri Aurobindo is foreseeing the consummation of Enlightenment ideals & Modernity but his stress on spirituality postulates that all actions ensue effortlessly from the Supramental consciousness and not as rational groping or grappling with choices.
The Life Divine providing a rational thesis like Involution as being the cause of Evolution is the easier part since some clues were available in the Veda and Upanishads. But what Sri Aurobindo speculates as the outcome of Evolution is more interesting.
A lot many people indulge in name dropping but I haven't seen anyone on Twitter to have read Sri Aurobindo with passion or dedication during the last 7-8 years. RW stalwarts have exhausted themselves with nothing new to offer but they won't read as they are all celebrity writers.
Democracy enjoins upon citizens to be watchdogs but that doesn't entail power to be the be all and end all of civilisation. Further, past needn't be the sole guide for how the future would take shape. Sri Aurobindo is a profound voice on this score and aspiration is most crucial.
In my assessments, I prefer not to associate Sri Aurobindo with the Ashram or Auroville, for they are local and limited experiments, bound to have shortcomings. The advent of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo needs to be perceived from a much vaster perspective; something unprecedented.
Sri Aurobindo was involved with mass politics for a while but perhaps never believed in the wisdom of the crowd. He was aware of futility of Marxist prophecies and Christian messianism. He wrote about future in the tradition of a teacher without much concern for practical affair.
Basic purpose of Indian Constitution is to orient every person of an ethos transcending narrow boundaries like region or religion. This boils down to an imposition; but Sri Aurobindo charts out the philosophical foundation and a method of psychological practice to inculcate that.
No evading at all; I stand by what I say. Born on August 15, Sri Aurobindo is an undisputed harbinger of modern values ushered in by Bengal Renaissance and left his body once the Indian Constitution was drafted and approved. As a critic, his sweep is wide ranging and prescriptive
Tusar Nath Mohapatra on 25 November 2019 at 2:30 am
The book, Hegel’s India speculates on the influence of Gita for crystalizing his concept of the Absolute. His copious writings relating to Indian philosophy and religion are available in one volume now.
Among crowds of stereotypes and growing platitudes, The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are the only source of newness and possibilities. Apprehending them in an ever newer fashion in order to comprehend their assurances and insistences is a necessary modality. No limit to their wonders.
Sri Aurobindo dreamt the impossible when the country was under foreign rule. Not only freedom but unity of the whole mankind and even beyond that. He was confident that Immortality is not merely a thing of imagination but is attainable. Freedom from death: Savitri became relevant
Sri Aurobindo came to Chandannagar to escape British persecution and later he shifted to Puducherry. Sixteen years later on November 24, 1926, came the Siddhi. No one really knows what it is as its significance is much vaster than what the word denotes. The hour of the unexpected
No one expected that RSS would teach tolerance and liberalism but that's what Hindutva hawks are learning to their chagrin. #KulkarniDoctrine is working wonders so far as Statecraft is concerned. Nehruvian consensus has its advantages but it needed to be repackaged sans Dynasty.
Colonialism and the Freedom struggle of epic proportions followed by prolonged rule by a Dynasty turned the Democracy in India into a sort of mythology. Current phase can be seen as a welcome change towards down to earth participatory politics with the downside of herd mentality.
Most schools tend to draw one to their core while in the teaching of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, the learner is constantly pushed towards the margin. References and allusions galore at each step so much so that one is forced to consult other sources and exegeses for more details.
Both life and philosophy are ongoing affairs - work in progress - never complete; so there can't be any final explanation or ultimate analysis. Those advising on life matters must keep in mind their own age and experience. What you feel today can prove to be puerile a year hence.
Obscurantist sentiments are normal or even fashionable and prestigious at the moment but Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) has been campaigning against such trends since 2005. Championing Integralism through interdisciplinary modes remains our focus with Sri Aurobindo as fulcrum.
Savitri Era: Sri Aurobindo as fulcrum
Savitri Era of those who adore,
Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother. @NathTusar #SriAurobindo
Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management - Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) Ghaziabad
Harnessing Western Philosophy for Self-Management
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SAMSMRITI SAMS Journal 10 (2), 16-17 2016
Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management
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Nitte Management Review 9 (2), 1-18 2015
#MirraAlfassa #SriAurobindo #WorldUnion #SAVITRI

Friday, November 22, 2019

Sri Aurobindo as fulcrum

Obscurantist sentiments are normal or even fashionable and prestigious at the moment but Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) has been campaigning against such trends since 2005. Championing Integralism through interdisciplinary modes remains our focus with Sri Aurobindo as fulcrum.

Who's who and current affairs form stepping stones towards political sensitivity but without a B.A. Degree, the basic grounding remains incomplete. Competent people in all fields should go through the BA text books of various subjects under Humanities. This will bridge many gaps.

Many milked Marxism to their advantage and others drew benefit by selling Gandhian values. Socio-political ideas have failed to blossom fully to their promised extent. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo too have promised a lot. Their legacy remains the only reliable prophecy to cling to.

Harmony, and not hatred, is the essence of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Those possessed by narrow sectarianism but are posing to be well versed in Sri Aurobindo must dedicate themselves to a long term immersion in their works for earning the right understanding of their worldview.

In his pre-Puducherry days, Sri Aurobindo used to focus on the Gita and Upanishads but later on, the Veda seemed to match his universal vision and Evolutionary agenda. This is something unique and unprecedented.

Each one must discover The Mother & Sri Aurobindo in his or her own way without being unduly influenced by laudatory descriptions by earlier disciples. Their divinity too must stand the test of critical scrutiny. Exaggerated promises or expectation of miracles can't be their USP.

Hope, you finally arrive at The Mother who represents the Integral dimension of Sri Aurobindo's philosophy and future vision. Auroville was founded three months before May 1968 swept Europe. She passed away in 1973 and her death anniversary is today. #MirraAlfassa #SriAurobindo

Modern Civilisation is grateful to The Mother for recognising Sri Aurobindo and collaborating with him for the next rung of Evolution. Her emphasis on work and physical culture provides a sound procedure away from philosophical confusion. Surrender, sincerity, and loyalty are key

The Mother came to assure that the present state of affairs is replete with shortcomings and a more harmonious future is possible. Rising above narrow sentiments of region, religion, nation, language, etc. is a necessity for such a prospect. This is an Evolutionary inevitability.

The volume on Isha Upanishad by Sri Aurobindo is certainly a help for all those who wish to fathom the dense prose of The Life Divine.

After Involution, Evolution is on and we are all willy nilly passengers. Thus, Sri Aurobindo gives a direction and meaning to history by modifying Hegel. He adds the dimension of yoga as catalyst for becoming conscious collaborators and accelerating the process. Nothing esoteric.
Of course, it takes time and the aesthetic aspect of reading his works is an additional benefit. Thanks. #SriAurobindo

The Left is no longer ruling West Bengal but it hasn't really left. It's presence can be felt at each step, in every nook and corner; with many a human encounter. The ethos somehow is deep but apparent too. So, occupying the Secretariat is not the only sign of ruling, it appears.

Surely an outstanding presentation. A must read.

Just read how Narasansha (praised by people), an epithet for Indra, can turn into Nrisansha (tyranny) in the volume on Vedic Studies by Sri Aurobindo
You are perhaps echoing The Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt. Or, "A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic," attributed to Stalin. But the fundamental problem is elsewhere. Vritra in the Vedas; it can change forms and modalities.
Beneficiaries don't feel it's bad. Ultimately it's by a band of human beings under whatever brand it may be. So the question is is there any hope of transformation of human nature? Otherwise it will recur despite protests and platitudes. As of now no formula is available to stop.

People perform rituals dutifully but don't expect results to follow invariably. This tentativeness is the reason why religion or astrology survives. The same attitude persists in the field of science too. No one is too optimistic; even on the Development or Governance front, same

One that said New Age books have the potential of causing depression due to heightened expectation. Thanks

Kings, invaders, and empire builders have dominated the history books. Time to replace them with thought leaders and philosophers. How Lacan was perpetually intrigued by the mystery of language and left behind innumerable insights must receive the deserved attention and research.

Heidegger was a contemporary of Sri Aurobindo and his main philosophical work was published within decade of The Life Divine. But his insights into language and poetry inaugurated a whole new turn of Western thought. Sri Aurobindo's deconstruction of the Veda is yet to take off.

Culture is receiving continued patronage owing to its multifarious utility and social security but the challenge is to awaken to Vedic formula of Harmony and Immortality. This task transcends beyond race, region, religion, language, gender, or other divisions obtaining at present
The Secret of the Veda by Sri Aurobindo redefines each and every aspect of Indian wisdom and tradition. While chasing ritualistic externalities is deemed to be prestigious, understanding the very basics of life's imperatives and the fundamentals of religion should assume priority

Savitri Era of those who adore
Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother
Freedom has this outstanding feature of not believing in anything

The lyrics has some resemblance with the bhajan:
dukhi manisara ijata kete na mahata kete

Bansberia Kartik Utsav

In the land of grassroots

Unique destiny

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Freedom of not believing in anything

Tweets in original by @SavitiEraParty and @NathTusar (September - October, 2019)

Sri Aurobindo has written on the significance of Mantra but his unveiling of the secret of the Veda doesn't emphasise on any ritualistic chanting or performance of fire sacrifices. Perhaps, the first stunning effect of a word, a phrase, or a song is Mantra and not its repetition.

The Divine manifestation of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo can't be seen as contingent on their writings or conversations. Their contribution to theory is surely subject to interrogation and critical examination. The same courtesy can't be extended to their being the Supreme Divine.

Identifying the West with materialism at places is one of the flaws in Sri Aurobindo's writings. His assessment of Darwin, Nietzsche, and Freud too needs more sympathetic and systematic appraisal. So students of Humanities should provide necessary cushion for comparative analysis

Reading some books by Sri Aurobindo or visiting Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry can confuse one about him. Knowing him merely as a Freedom fighter or Revolutionary is also equally partial. Understanding him is a lifelong enterprise and going beyond texts, the most challenging.

Sri Aurobindo hails from this place: Konnagar (in between Uttarpara and Chandannagar). Sites of pilgrimage and inspiration.

When the past is narrated in a way to make it interesting, it becomes creative. News served in such a manner is aptly called stories. In fact there's no escape from such a situation; elements of fiction infect every conversation. So being objective or neutral is just not possible

Each one is a wonder and there's no compulsion to rely upon past texts or traditions. Any encroachment upon an individual's autonomy needs to be resisted and tribal leashes like caste and religion must not suffocate freedom. Culture and literature should foster such an atmosphere

Each tea shop is an installation art or a mini museum

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo didn't claim any transformation of human nature yet they reposed immense faith on a harmonious collective life taking root in the course of future evolution. This is purely a theoretical construct without any substantiation. Thus it's a matter of faith.

They wanted us to believe that the West has developed mature democracies and Congress is attempting the same in India. All warts were ignored. The fact is that Democracy has no perfect model and the current fermentation therefore can't be construed as aberration or degeneration.

Two decades should be sufficiently long to forget about 20th century in order to awaken to wide-ranging challenges of the present and the future. Moth eaten myths and legends need to be jettisoned so that the modern generation can build on fresh substratum by applying creativity.

The direct disciples were responsible for spreading this all-knowing Sri Aurobindo impression but such an expectation of him is flawed. It's better to be exact about in which areas Sri Aurobindo has an edge and how they can be disseminated through a critical academic environment.

Sri Aurobindo's writings are difficult and can be bypassed and Sri Aurobindo has written on all aspects of life and has answered almost all questions of existence: these are two extremes and needs to be avoided. Contemporary and future issues are much more complex than his oeuvre

Certain aspects are ontological and can't be described in terms of the performance of Congress, Modi, or for that matter any other leader. Civilisation and Development are cyclical or spiral and geography is a prime factor alongwith temperament of people and happiness parameters.

The individual is not a part of a bigger universe; the universe rather is a part of the individual. All one's perceptions therefore are unique to himself or herself; nothing universal, rational, or scientific about it. This is far more reductionist than the anthropocentric view.

Nothing exists outside oneself: no past or future; no myth or narrative. The world exists solely in an individual's consciousness; all knowledge is subjective. So peddling any authentic history is as illusory as philosophical coherence. Habitus can't be seen as a sign of veracity

Suspect all myths and narratives being assiduously disseminated by the media and academia. Each one is a prisoner of his own trajectory and searching for any universally acceptable ontological framework is surely futile. Thus, all past philosophical formulations are mere stories.

Understanding Sri Aurobindo in the context of both India and the West is not an easy task and articulating it in a sustained manner demands superlative calibre and competence.

Sri Aurobindo simply reiterates this argument; doesn't offer any fresh evidence. So, the matter is far from being decided either way.

Certain characters we learnt about in the school seem eternal: Gulliver, Robinson Crusoe, Don Quixote, Casablanca, Jim Hawkins, Uncle Tom, etc to which can be added Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Bartlebooth, José Arcadio Buendía, and of course, Vladimir (Didi) and Estragon (Gogo).

Nothing seems firm after one year; RW discourse is as confused as ever. Always reacting, ranting, mocking, or outraging; no solid offerings, no publications. That's in the fitness of things perhaps. Even Sri Aurobindo couldn't reach any final conclusions; all his works incomplete

You may not be aware, but you have paraphrased what Sri Aurobindo highlights in the very first chapter of The Life Divine: “Today we see a humanity satiated but not satisfied by victorious analysis of the externalities of Nature preparing to return to ...“
Therefore the Twitter; discussions can spread awareness and stoke curiosity. Brick and mortar organisations have proved to be ineffective and stagnant. Besides, it's one world in the virtual space. #FiveDreams #WorldUnion #SriAurobindo @SavitriEraParty

Despite imposition of Hindi and English local or coloqal languages amazingly hold the fort. Awarding Sovereignty to new nations constituted on the basis of local languages is a most logical demand. Odisha was the first such State formed in 1936. Megalomania around India must end.

Right from 1947, Kashmir has been the bone of contention leading to wars with Pakistan and antipathy towards Muslims. Ram temple movement added momentum to which the so-called appeasement issue was yoked. Hindutva stalwarts try to twist the narrative by equating Islam with Jihad.

Sakharam Ganesh Deuskar's Desher Katha inspiring revolutionaries in Bengal and Sri Aurobindo joining hands with Tilak and Moonje or later Hedgewar refining his nationalism while studying in Kolkatta can't be lost sight of. Thus, it's more synthetic and undergoing metamorphosis.

Religions are discovering that they can't fool all the people all the time. As education and awareness rises people will take a critical look but commercial and entertainment dimensions will linger. Since you are aware of Sri Aurobindo, you should be happy; he predicts collapse.

Let there be no misunderstanding; his interpretation is perfectly alright. Leaders and thinkers are great in their own right; carrying the burden of Evolution. But it degenerates. Freud has unveiled epochal insights worth admiring but his theory might aid anti-Evolutionary forces
I supplied some hints but they aren't exactly as you propose. I have no other means than to rely upon what Sri Aurobindo has said and then joining the dots. And, it turns out to be fairly accurate, by and large. As historians have banished him, present view of the past is warped.

That's nice. Task is to popularise Sri Aurobindo's view of the past, present, and the future. Educated Indians haven't been able to benefit by his writings either due to prejudice or lack of access. But it provides an alternative narrative than Hindutva and Congress-Left combine.

A lot many things are there in Sri Aurobindo's writings like trigunatita bypassing ethics or being heroic despite committing crimes; he also uses the term vibhuti. So all those who have carried the burden of mankind have been instruments of Evolution. Churchill was but not Subhas

I avoid quotations but can offer my own impression; Sri Aurobindo didn't find him worth pondering over. Darwin, Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud posed the major challenge for him which snowballed into Hitler. Fascism continues in various forms and fighting it is the most important task

Freedom has this outstanding feature of not believing in anything. It too can be a sign of utmost humility that one doesn't know. From that safety, it's prudent to reject all knowledge sources and philosophical streams. Then, only two dates matter: August 15 and March 29 (1914).

Nice thread but the whole process seems to be following a pattern in a mechanical manner. Don't know whether it's your own thought or borrowed but an important factor would be the milieu. If it's serving an Evolutionary purpose it'd succeed; if not will face insurmountable hundle

"The present age of mankind" (Sri Aurobindo is concerned about the whole mankind or the human race and not just India or Hindus) is undergoing "a graded psychological evolution of the race" -The Human Cycle - The Curve of the Rational Age (CWSA-25-XIX-192)

Hindutva votaries can never win in the narrative battle because their existence is dependent upon othering. That the other is powerful and can devour it is the fear psychosis they spatter. Thus victimhood and inferiority remain ingrained just like the members of Scheduled Castes.

All said and done, spirituality is of theoretical utility only for it can't deliver on demand. But philosophically, it offers the best possible explanation of our existence as Sri Aurobindo has shown in The Life Divine. Apart from generating optimism, it fights fundamentalism too
Tragedy of India is the British legacy of being huddled under a single nation whereas the reality like Tibetans is local. So I have been campaigning for Sovereignty to States so that various forms of hidden spontaneity come to the fore. Each language must find full efflorescence.

For many discovery of a 1000 years old sculpture is much more important than what Sri Aurobindo wrote 100 years back as if his poems like The Rishi, Ahana, or Love and Death don't mean anything, not speak of Savitri. How can an entire nation be so callous!

Mother worship is common in India especially in Bengal and it was easy for Sri Aurobindo to tap the emotion. Westerners however are too rigid and suspicious in this respect and hence The Mother is still far off for most of them. Transcending either aspect is certainly a challenge

Another misconception is that The Mother & Sri Aurobindo never founded a new religion as they have clarified a number of times. But there was persistent accusations from several quarters that it's being turned into one. So I thought it fit to just name it as Savitri Era Religion.

There's a misconception that Sri Aurobindo is not a philosopher because once he had remarked so. One of his best philosophical writings is The Problem of Rebirth which was serialised in ARYA 100 years back. He never gave the impression of resolving the mystery of Karma. Must read

No gainsaying that the world existed before the person but so far as the person is concerned his knowledge of the world existing before him is subsequent and would dissolve on his death or if he is in coma. So this awareness doesn't float outside the consciousness of human beings

A spider's web can be described without the spider or with the spider. Then how it connects from different points from two walls can also be included. Thus there can be multiple perspectives. By pushing the spider out of the discourse webs of words can be multiplied exponentially

Bulk of character-traits are transmitted through genes and some are emergent. Marriages generally being confined to a caste, concentration of skills and attitudes is not unusual. So, birth-based Varna is a fact. However, Sanskritisation as indicated by M.N. Srinivas is also true.
What you are attributing to Sri Aurobindo may not be accurate. In its origin, Varna was different but it degenerated and Sri Aurobindo won't be blind to such a stark reality. As regards giving children, it sounds too proprietary for each individual pursues his or her own destiny.
It's not a question of what you do or I profess, as if we are autonomous beings functioning in isolation. Resistance to knowledge is the root of the problem; understanding things should be the priority without going ballistic at the first instance. Sri Aurobindo demands humility.

I'm curious to know whether your concern is just because you were born into this religion or on subsequently discovering superior qualities in it? Roughly, the former is political and the later is economic. Faith on gods and goddesses and mythology would approximate as aesthetic.

In a country where majority of citizens have no idea as to what 370 or 377 is, what happened in 1947 can be considered as a miracle. 1992 surely was a step in the backward direction which doesn't seem to be being reversed. Role of lovers of Sri Aurobindo in this scenario crucial.

Roy Bhaskar wrote many books to explicate reality but towards the end of his life he could spot the spider. Then there was nothing much to explain the web in isolation. However, his followers were aghast; how could he commit such a sacrilege! Publishing industry too was dismayed.

India is at the crossroads. No respect for knowledge; it's fashionable and prestigious to push planted narratives. Decibels are more credible than crucibles of truth. Entire corpus of Sri Aurobindo should have been part of syllabus but Universities are yet to evince any interest.

Scholarship shouldn't be resented; persons shouldn't be despised. The content should be the focus. What's good must be appreciated; what's flawed or distorted, deliberately or otherwise, needs to be countered. With sufficient caution and due academic humility; by producing fresh.

No national level institution dedicated to Sri Aurobindo studies. As a result, ambivalence persists on his views on several crucial issues. Even a chair somewhere will be able to produce diverse papers to popularise his relevance and break resistance. But, no one with conviction.

Indian civilisation is a misleading phrase. People lived in pockets near rivers. In the evening, they used to light a fire to ward off wild animals. Used oil or ghee and children hummed some songs. This took the form of yajna over a few generations. The Veda got added to rituals.

Constitution is about how to capture power by distributing favours and patronage. So how to keep the flock together assumes utmost importance and for that all kinds of identity is utilised. However certain books in libraries offer resistance, silently; because the author is dead.

Reach of Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF since 2005) is meager but immense in terms of significance. Many have met tangentially with the potential of engendering diversions in thought and attitude. Thirsting for an anchor by grappling with philosophical uncertainty is the need.

While a day has so much of variety in terms of circadian rhythm and allied psychological rollercoaster that we ride, annual Merry-go-round of seasons seems to have no noticeable effect or causal factors in human functioning. This disconnect is surprising when even sea sees tides.

One basic thing is true. Seduce a person into conversation and after a while he will go on and on revealing many aspects of his thinking or hopes. This can be ascribed to power of language reinventing the person also. But healing can't be thrown out like baby with the bathwater.

When will Delhi retreat? Can Kalinga (Odisha) regain its Sovereign status? @NathTusar #WorldUnion #FiveDreams
Once the States of India get Sovereignty, co-operation as well as competition will soar. Instead of thinking China or Japan, our own capacities will receive focus. International presence and clout will grow manifold. Overall, each new nation will contribute its best to grow fast.

So many people expressing happiness over the Romila Thapar affair seems something like toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue in significance for them.

While publishing the revised edition of Savitri in 1993, Sri Aurobindo Ashram also brought out a separate slim volume collating the old and new lines or passages. A similar compilation is needed for how much old history has been replaced by new findings published by RW journals.

Agree. Can only empathise with a mother's burden; but that's again somewhat empty, for we are worlds apart. You may however consider Sri Aurobindo for some future paper, if an occasion arises. Thanks.

My father, Chintamani Mohapatra was a teacher there during 1950-75 (approx.). He used to teach history. Both my elder brothers studied there whereas I in the village school in Sailo Jharapada.

Modern Odia songs by Akshaya Mohanty, Pranab Patnaik, Md. Sikandar Alam, Raghunath Panigrahi, & Chitta Jena deserve to be listened by people of other languages. Each of them has a golden voice and one can fall in love with their voice even if one can't make out much of the lyrics

Savitri Era: Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo would have remained moribund without Heehs imbroglio
Tweets in original by @NathTusar President @SavitriEraParty
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Sunday, September 01, 2019

Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo would have remained moribund without Heehs imbroglio

Tweets in original by @SavitriEraParty and @NathTusar:

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have written many things and the responsibility is theirs. Direct disciples too have repeated many of them out of loyalty. The challenge today is to avoid making false promises as regards spiritual power since Integral yoga is not at all result-oriented.
When I wrote ten years back "The divine manifestation of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is an unprecedented phenomenon which... is nothing in comparison to what is yet untold about them," it created a mild flutter. Their deed indeed remains largely unfathomed.

I think, I have answered your curiosity here
Possibility is the most important word in Sri Aurobindo's philosophy. Emergent Evolution as popularised by Bergson, Whitehead, or Morgan. The Mother added emphasis on the mind of the cells & their transformation
There were plays and epics, treatises on ethics and cosmology, religious scriptures, discourse on theology, philosophy, and theosophy; and diverse literature on atheist persuasion as well. Then came The Life Divine by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo replacing all cobwebs of confusion.
German romanticism is indebted to Integral thinkers like Duns Scotus (1266–1308), Giordano Bruno (1548–1600), and Jakob Böhme (1575–1624). American transcendentalism and Bengal Renaissance too have their roots. Also the Cosmic Movement of Max Théon (1848–1927) and Sri Aurobindo.
Any admirer of Sri Aurobindo has to go through a prolonged phase of exploring Homer, Heraclitus, Plotinus, Dante, Blake, Nietzsche, Fichte, Spencer, et al in order to develop an integral understanding of him. Those who suffer from West-phobia must shed their inferiority complex.

Savitri Era Learning Forum: German romanticism, American transcendentalism, and...
Assorted tweets collated by @NathTusar Director (SELF since 2005) #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams
It's well known that when one doesn't have any identity or achievement (like in adolescence) one takes up some tribal cause like nation or religion in order to shore up self esteem. But justifying political support (with intention of material gains) as rational is sheer hypocrisy.

Your interest in The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is welcome. Let's hope your comments provoke Indians to check the facts which are fairly documented. Fiction however have their own validity and utility and must not cease to flow in the tradition of Sri Aurobindo modifying many legends

To know how to wait is to have time on your side, said The Mother; patience, perseverance are key. Skill in works is the sense of an instrument and surrender which turns it into yoga, exhorted Sri Aurobindo. Sound nothing extraordinary but form the cornerstone of Integral yoga.

Studying in any university can't be seen as uniformity. Further, there is no intention or expectation of imposing it. Sri Aurobindo's future vision is competing for survival in the global marketplace of contesting ideas. Drawing inspiration is voluntary.
Many thanks for responding. The question, paradoxically, is who will decide whether it's a loss or a gain. I respect your sentiments but Sri Aurobindo would say otherwise. You are aware of his psychological interpretation of the Veda. He has clearly pointed out about the "loss."
All religions will see their demise, Sri Aurobindo has written clearly, due to growth of intellectuality. Technology and material prosperity will help accelerate the process. So, nothing to be unhappy about such a prospect. He assures a better quality of humanity and harmony.
Nothing more atrocious than imposters recommending Vivekananda as an introduction to Sri Aurobindo. So one pollutes his mind and carries that heap of garbage all his life. What Sri Aurobindo encountered in jail is his own exalted imagination of Vivekananda as the latter was dead.
Savitri Era Party is firmly against mollycoddling Hindutva or for that matter any kind of anti-Evolutionary agenda. Savitri Era Religion with The Mother & Sri Aurobindo as supreme divine manifestation is the only direction towards the future. Those playing subversive games retire
Thanks for repeating their names and their enduring work. Being concerned with them, even if critically, is also a form of yoga and has transforming effect. Thus your work is better than Marxists who simply ignore him. As regards Auroville, you can pay a visit as a tourist.
All these years, I have not been overwhelmed or intimidated by dominant narratives with the firm belief that Sri Aurobindo's agenda has the potential of capturing power. I'm sure that the fault lines like Lakshmana Rekha or Radha will implode and ramshackle castles will collapse.
Savitri Era Open Forum: Freud wasn’t afraid to talk about his thoughts
Assorted tweets collated by Tusar Nath Mohapatra @NathTusar Director (SELF since 2005) #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
Trained as a school teacher and having served as one for one year, I think, I continue in the profession here on Twitter. I studied Botany and Agriculture but here I dish out a litany of subjects apart from culture. Overcoming being a philistine or a dilettante is aesthetic yoga.

I might have tweeted any number of links but people don't read nor need any further clarification. Why our educated folk are so reluctant to read Sri Aurobindo is a mystery. Articles on him are generally superficial and misleading. His #FiveDreams however contain seeds of future.
Darwin signifies a watershed; so many fields of inquiry got reconfigured to accommodate his findings. But in India it feels like he never mattered; ancient texts contain all the wisdom. Thankfully Sri Aurobindo took up the pen; after a dozen incomplete drafts came The Life Divine.
Savitri Era Political Action: Sri Aurobindo's agenda has potential of capturing power @NathTusar
"If this is not the solution, then there is no solution; if this is not the way, then there is no way for the human kind" #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
Those who are drawn towards the vortex of Sanskrit texts in their youthful enthusiasm are inviting trouble for all their life. One text will lead to another and then multiple commentaries etc. would rob many pleasures and cause vertigo. Sri Aurobindo's English translations safer.
Sri Aurobindo has hinted at Sanskrit possessing original root sounds that are self-creative. However no such quest is on and subjective findings are suspect. As regards the Mantra aspect Sri Aurobindo's poetic output in English is more accessible and relevant for the modern times
Proof is the very fulcrum of science but since there are immeasurable fields of knowledge beyond the confines of science philosophical speculation comes to the rescue. There epistemology is as crucial as empiricism. I'm not an atheist but against Astrology, Mythology, and Rituals

I remember Kanchan's regular column in The Pioneer when it was relaunched first three decades back spreading alternative perspectives. Some have pioneering roles and that should get due recognition. Countless people might have benefitted from such endeavours. Each word mattered.
Fairly educated and well meaning persons not able to write even one sentence with right spelling, grammar, or punctuation marks has become a common feature like people wearing torn jeans, these days. Adding emoticons and other visuals to the text is another irritating phenomenon.
Savitri Era Religious Fraternity: Comparative works can widen Sri Aurobindo Studies
Assorted tweets collated by @NathTusar Director #SavitriEra Learning Forum (SELF) #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams
My original contributions to understanding or interpreting Sri Aurobindo can be summarised under a number of heads:
1) Against Hindutva, Mythology, & Astrology
2) Vedas against Rituals
3) Against Vivekananda
4) Espousing Modernity & Democracy
5) Nationhood to States & languages.

Some experts on Sri Aurobindo are active in Twitter:
1. Civilisation & culture @kittur @singh_shreepal
2. Psychology & healing @drsbasu2115 @AuroMaa_org
3. Poetry & literature @GoutamGhosal2 @smurali1234
4. Philosophy & yoga @santoshk1 @akazlev
Knowledge seekers may consult them instead of dilettantes

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.
Dr. Murali Sivaramakrishnan's “Sri Aurobindo's Aesthetics and Poetics: New Directions” | Overman . - #GoogleAlerts

No amount of Prime Minister's speech from the ramparts of Lal Quila can remove rampant rural poverty and deprivation. Sovereignty to the States is the only way to ensure last mile Democracy and Development. Parliament must abolish Central govt to turn itself to #BharataFederation

VIP VAK: What isn't considered a social construct?
Assorted tweets collated by @NathTusar Director #SavitriEra Learning Forum (SELF since 2005) Ghaziabad
#SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
Read the Odia translation of an article (Bengali writings - Vol. 6) by Nolini Kanta Gupta (13 January 1889 – 7 February 1983) on Unity of India in the current issue of Navaprakash (Puducherry). He obviously defends the present structure but concedes that the diversity is complex.
Nice thread and resonates with all of us who are born and brought up in a village but then I was reminded of this old column by Dileep Padgaonkar which I had read before my access to Internet.
[Let your grand-daughter live in a hut in my village, tend goats all day and sing your poems to her hearts content.]
You have said many things; would seem as rambling rant but intention is laudable. It's a question of right attitude and convincing content. In the absence of right books people are confused about the ideology. When right knowledge comes humility will dawn.
Human affairs as perceived by way of current affairs is merely a tranche. Even in its totality it's like a few pieces of a jigsaw puzzle without any assurance of being the authentic ones since rest of the pieces are either missing or it's not known whether a puzzle exists at all.
Hindutva votaries need to be polite therefore without flaunting any kind of certainty as regards cosmology or sociology. Superiority and exceptionalism are avoidable hubris. Berating others for their contesting point of view can be unsubstantiated chutzpah. Coexistence is basic.
Let language be the sole defining criteria for a nation when the States get Sovereignty. Preserving all dialects is a romantic idea but hardly practicable; they will perish. Major ones will survive just like merger of Banks. Economics will play a role toward an organic evolution.
I respect you both. Each person has his chosen intellectual trajectory, spiritual destiny, and Evolutionary assignment. Truth is a severely contested domain in the 21st century due to uncertainty of science and it's a catch 22 situation. So, let not there be bar on perspectives.
I feel pity for the Hindutva activists who undertake painstaking research for understanding various nuances of Islam in order to criticise it. Similar is the case of @devduttmyth who valiantly bears the burden of displaying the futility of mythology by wallowing in its quagmire.
I remember Kanchan's regular column in The Pioneer when it was relaunched first three decades back spreading alternative perspectives. Some have pioneering roles and that should get due recognition. Countless people might have benefitted from such endeavours. Each word mattered.
One of The Mother’s many volcanic ideas that shook us in the school days and hooked us to her lasso is that the flowers decorating her photo need not be thrown away daily. Each flower has the right to serve the divine as long as it remains fresh ...
Sites like @AuroEbooks @aurovilletoday @SACAR_IN and @WelcomeSacar are helpful.

Aurora Mirabilis: Hero is the one who can be betrayed with impunity
Assorted tweets collated by @NathTusar Director #SavitriEra Learning Forum (SELF2005)
#SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
The desire to be desired is crucial for self-esteem and how it activates hormones in a moment is the most complex mystery of social existence. Sublimation is not exactly what The Mother & Sri Aurobindo aimed at; Transformation into an altogether new configuration and we must wait
Impersonality is integral to rationality but it's easier said than done. Other spheres of consciousness always wait in the wings and self-interest or self-protection is firm. Education, profession, financial position, age, gender, political affiliation; all have bearing on mind.
War is the father and king of all, said Heraclitus. Randall Collins highlighted how conflicts spur philosophy. Without Heehs imbroglio, the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo would have remained moribund. New frontiers opened by the debates like IY fundamentalism
If you call yourself a Hindu, you can't ignore the Veda. Once you convince yourself to understand the Veda, you can't ignore Sri Aurobindo. A further step would be to know who is this The Mother. Next test will be what's best from the West. Tolstoy you know, but what about Royce?
I have read a few posts by Bruno Marchal who speculates about numbers dreaming or machines going irrational at an advanced stage. So, what are the challenges to face such a prospect? Seems to be too dystopian; any insights on that? Thanks.
Sri Aurobindo spoke of the logic of the infinite; so, trying to find logic in spirituality doesn't hold water.
It may not be a spiritual path at all; just changing costume to avoid public attention. It's his freedom; needn't conform to any prior version.
What existed in 1370 or happened in 1947 has to be corrected and reversed. Tinkering is not healing; deferring is not the right course for solving a problem. Too many nations have been bound together for too many years; they must be set free. States of India must get Sovereignty.
Seems that moment
[Kya samajhkar aaye the ... ki sardar bahut khush hoga, shabashi dega? क्‍या समझकर आये थे ? कि सरदार बहुत खुश होगा शाबाशी देगा ?] #BernieSanders #Kashmir #FiveDreams #BharataFederation
Because Thou Art: Scholarship and learning are means of detecting a wrong
Assorted tweets collated by @NathTusar
Director SELF #SavitriEra Learning Forum
#SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Savitri Era Party keeps the hope of alternative politics burning

Tweets in original by @SavitriEraParty and @NathTusar:

No one in Odisha is willing to look beyond BJD and BJP. Savitri Era Party however keeps the hope of alternative politics burning. Internet facilitating communication is a great enabler and a time will come when educated Odia persons will value seriousness instead of food and fun.
Anti-Congress politics led by Harekrushna Mahatab, Biju Patnaik, and Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo has grown deep roots of regionalism in Odisha. BJP can never connect with the local culture and will remain as an urban phenomenon. So creating a truly democratic party is a challenge.
Our planet is one and a whole, yet many are convinced that it's run by two sets of powers: the so-called Abrahamic and Dharmic. Such a schizophrenia leads to many other maladies with fascist symptoms. Reading The Mother & Sri Aurobindo can cure such myopia and misunderstandings.
Sri Aurobindo's writings and conversations cover more than forty volumes but quotation-wallahs don't go beyond a couple of them. This sort of censorship is not only dishonest but also pernicious. Understanding him at one's own pace is okay but deliberate amnesia is unforgivable.
Freedom has negative connotations; freedom from some original bondage, tyranny, or subservience. So achieving freedom is supposed to be a struggle and constant striving. One possible meaning of All life is yoga is this. Sri Aurobindo chose the word Arya to convey this imperative.
Be it RM or DF, critical appreciation is the key. No one is perfect, so avoiding us & them approach is essential. True for all great men or saints and savants. Necessary to remember the cases of Savonarola, Bruno, or Galileo. Unadulterated adulation is an adolescent's infatuation
I have expressed in the past my resentment against RM's whining against the West and his attempt to undermine unique contributions of Sri Aurobindo. He seems to have mellowed down of late but thankfully minces no words while examining Indian icons. Such critical spirit is welcome
Sri Aurobindo's writings are no doubt difficult and their themes distant. Such esoteric subjects don't appeal the modern generation. So the only way is to offer university courses and for that govt initiative is needed. Otherwise, it will languish in the hands of "half-educated."
When we think of a future as per Sri Aurobindo's vision, his writings obviously are not the only thing that is important. All sorts of intellectual resources are needed. So making selections and archiving them are crucial. All these require trained hands with love and dedication.
In contradistinction to the eagerness of economists to highlight instincts and impulses in driving consumerism, Sri Aurobindo insists upon an Evolutionary prospect of reason occupying the centre stage. Interestingly, this before any copious progress towards palpable spirituality.
Being attached to the philosophy of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo from the age of 8, I often wonder how people manage their affairs without any anchor. A secular or materialist outlook based on ambition and willpower may seem uncluttered but imagining to be tangled with Grace safer.
Criticising some for the preponderance of their certain predilections against that of another set of persons is a common fallacy. Sri Aurobindo's delineation of Mitra, Varuna etc. clearly explicates fourfold division of social organisation as perceived by the Vedic seers of yore.
Not a single credible voice in the ruling faction to prevent supporters from targeting opposite opinion. Vilifying the entire Left or Congress without due scrutiny whether there is some substance in their allegations is unfortunate. This is a sad state of affair; sanity needed.
Never forget that Modi govt came to power after 200 years of intellectual ferment and industrial development [The first railway proposals for India were made in Madras in 1832]. Sweeping changes in 21st century itself is an immense enabler. If it falters despite all these, tragic
I'm confused, whether "Amazon is burning" or "Amazon is building its largest campus in India"
These are staple themes for fledgling scholars to write conference papers which provides the opportunity for delving deeper into unfamiliar domains. Thus their academic relevance is immense. Such studies will be needed more to correct existing hagiographic or Marxist distortions.
Hinduism post Bengal Renaissance is an adulterated religion and puritans have every right to restore the original ethos. Hindutva unfortunately aims at political supremacy by neglecting this. But the Evolutionary arrow as perceived by Sri Aurobindo moves in the opposite direction
A political party by definition represents a faction and hence all its action can't be deemed as correct. Defending Democracy, decency, or fair play often clashes with its own self-interest leading to expediency and steps lacking legitimacy. Ruling party errs more on this score.
People being the core of its whole concern, transparency in functioning as well as formulating policy is a must for any political party but RSS as an extra-Constitutional authority prevents BJP from being so. Such opacity is proving to be a porous receptacle for democracy to grow
Janata experiment lost direction due to power struggle. BJP surprisingly hasn't gone through any thanks to ascetic inclinations of RSS. Politics without power struggle however is staid like business without competition or friendly tournaments. Killer instinct is not all that bad.
Sri Aurobindo warns against False subjectivity and it's instructive to note that professional or financial security often enhances the chance of clutching on to erroneous outlook on various things. Thus it's a double whammy. Personal interest too imparts a skew and jaundiced view
Savitri Era Religion is different from past religions in one important sense. It's a rational religion the philosophical underpinning of which has been laid by Sri Aurobindo in the last chapters of The Ideal of Human Unity, The Human Cycle, and The Life Divine apart from Savitri.
Nothing definite is yet known about the functioning of the universe or even the human body which is hostage to various Hormones and Enzymes. Since we undergo several phases of thought and mood within 24 hours, philosophy, culture, and spirituality serve as cushion against gloom.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo stress on remembering of which japa is a practical version. Emotional investment thus is more reliable than mechanical repetition. An intellectual scenario of Divinity pervading provides a much more secure way. That's how to integrate Jnana-Bhakti-Karma
Many don't know that Sri Aurobindo was a Christian and The Mother, a Jew. So, there is nothing unusual about their Western connection. Besides, their collaboration in bringing out ARYA in August 1914 was meant for integration of East and West by elbowing out Theosophical Society.
Any admirer of Sri Aurobindo has to go through a prolonged phase of exploring Homer, Heraclitus, Plotinus, Dante, Blake, Nietzsche, Fichte, Spencer, et al in order to develop an integral understanding of him. Those who suffer from West-phobia must shed their inferiority complex.
German romanticism is indebted to Integral thinkers like Duns Scotus (1266–1308), Giordano Bruno (1548–1600), and Jakob Böhme (1575–1624). American transcendentalism and Bengal Renaissance too have their roots. Also the Cosmic Movement of Max Théon (1848–1927) and Sri Aurobindo.

"This mire must harbour the orchid and the rose," wrote Sri Aurobindo echoing the urge when nothing was there upon this planet. And we tweet today. So, nothing is intractable, "It's the hour of the unexpected."

Why Apps should access my photographs is beyond me. Strangely, no one is concerned about this simple privacy issue.
Of course, I have flouted the privacy of some by publishing these. So, greenery is the best option but beauty often coexists with filth.

Tomorrow is #WorldUnion Day:
Nov 26, 1958: J. Smith & Anil Mukherjee formed New World Union
May 1959: A.B. Patel joined
April 23, 1960: name was changed to World Union
August 20, 1964: The Mother became the President  and Surendra Mohan Ghosh, the Chairman

There are many strong votaries of mother language but they are yet to be convinced about Sovereignty to the States of India. #BharataFederation as the nucleus of #WorldUnion is sure to supply momentum to realisation of the #FiveDreams of Sri Aurobindo broadcast on August 14, 1947
Each language is a nation and it's high time to recognise and respect that by reversing the British legacy. States must get Sovereignty.
An unusually large nation like India has been responsible for uprooting families to far off locations, depriving them of their own language and culture, and imposing hardships on their old parents and relatives. Sovereignty to States can ameliorate this problem to a large extent.

Smaller nations also since each language is a nation.
(I know repeating this will cause irritation.)

Please find justifications and clarifications at the link below. As regards my views, they are still evolving and may alter further. That language is the most cementing factor among individuals is a phenomenon which I have observed in countless instances.
The legacy of the Freedom struggle and subsequent role of its major players is mostly irrelevant now except Sri Aurobindo who thought for the future and fought status quo. #WorldUnion as one of his #FiveDreams is the most feasible idea to proceed towards Kant's "perpetual peace."
Not only Kashmiri, major languages of India should be recognised for their independent nation status and States given Sovereignty accordingly. This is the minimum to protect and promote our highly rich languages which have survived many onslaughts in the past. #BharataFederation
Anyone who pretends to think for India as a whole is a hypocrite. Various regions are too different to be accommodated within anyone's puny consciousness. Each State must demand Sovereignty to do justice with local sentiments as burying pride under national integration is tragic.

I was not aware of May 1968 when in college, but the impetus generated by Nav Nirman Yuvak Samiti in Gujarat was akin.
[On 20 December 1973, students of LD College of Engineering, Ahmedabad went on strike in protest against a 20% hike in hostel food fees.]

Chinsurah Church, founded in 1825, is a century older than RSS or CPI. Thus, Modernity in India has a variegated history.
India is a mistake and must be rectified. Allowing foreign operators to manipulate the fate of over 1.3b people through 2-3 individuals is fraught with danger. Sovereignty to the States will minimise this risk and provide protection to local initiatives under #BharataFederation.
And before August 15, 2019 ends: Sri Aurobindo needs to be read with due reverence and loads of reference for clarity of understanding. His central focus is in his mature writings and hence his role as a revolutionary is better downplayed. Lastly The Mother is pivotal to know him
Western thought hasn't been able to recover from the blow Derrida imparted to its truth-claims. Hindutva will encounter such a moment sooner or later even if it avoids Sri Aurobindo assiduously. In the meantime allow it to wallow in its shallow reservoir of knowledge of the world
I have said it before: a Bengali person's loyalty towards Sri Aurobindo can't be total for his admiration toward multiple great men or sundry ideologies would interfere. Foreigners similarly are forever inclined towards some Western thinker or the other thus compromising on faith
How Churchill proved to be an able instrument against Hitler in the hands of Sri Aurobindo is well documented. That doesn't mean the former doesn't have blemishes. Both banks of Yamuna have their merits and utilities on different parameters. Eschewing black & white view is needed
RW camp has many experts but they don't know anything about Sri Aurobindo. Besides, their whole approach is propaganda and not seeking diverse knowledge by critical analysis. Some followers of Sri Aurobindo paradoxically are hardcore hatred peddlers. So beware of such charlatans.
Those who are thorough in Humanities have not read Sri Aurobindo and those who have read Sri Aurobindo reasonably don't seem to have an adequate grasp on Humanities. India's foremost ideological treasure as a result languishes due to scant attention and molding force in discourse
Despite their best efforts, The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have not been able to craft a coherent ontology but from a practical angle, #FiveDreams of Sri Aurobindo offer a very tempting vista. Such a possibility is worth believing in so that a critical mass precipitates for fruition.
Spirituality teaches humility and surrender but not sycophancy. The stand of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo as regards nationalism, patriotism, philanthropy, or religious activism is very clear and so there is no need of being overenthusiastic. Personal preferences however are valid.

Freedom today means: Freedom from being certain,
Freedom from the tyranny of grand narratives;
Freedom from group thinking and herd moves.
Freedom from distortion of history books,
Freedom from mortgaging talent to money and career;
Freedom from Astrology, Mythology, and Rituals.

Savitri Era Party has been highlighting the fact that the abnormal level of population in India makes it unfit as an efficient nation and hence should be divided into several Sovereign Republics. Replicating the EU model is commensurate with the 1947 #FiveDreams of Sri Aurobindo.
No country or culture has monopoly on excellence and innovation. Recognising quality and skill should guide. Sri Aurobindo is future and action in consonance with Evolution. His words should be read in accordance with the demands of civilisation and not as mere historical record.
Granting Sovereignty to the States on the basis of languages and forming a voluntary Federation as a prelude to #WorldUnion will be the right course as per #FiveDreams of Sri Aurobindo broadcast on August 14, 1947. Dissolving Central govt by abolishing Parliament is the solution.

For the present I defend Democracy and Constitutionalism since past instances may or may not be a safe guide for the future. Each language acquiring an independent nation status should be the first priority and also a hands off policy apropos what the new nations do to themselves
Not many handles who endorse the campaign by Savitri Era Party for Sovereignty of the States.

One is entitled to optimism and self-inflation but differences between RW luminaries are too wide to be bridged. Denouncing AIT is more important for them than AI.
[the right-wing and Hindu nationalism rose like a phoenix from the ashes in the late 1980s.]

Muslim citizens of India are not responsible for the birth of Islam or its founder. They have no connection with the acts of Mahmud Ghazni, Aurangzeb, etc. Yet they are constantly accused of being unbecoming of human beings by responsible people. Such scapegoatery is condemnable.
Left celebrates plurality, valorises dissent, at least in principle, whereas RW roots for uprooting any contrary opinion. Boycott him, unfollow her, or uninstall the app is the immediate response. Thanks to Twitter my views don't reach many and I'm able to write in relative peace
There are many experts on Indian mythology who keep on interpreting various episodes. But no one ventures into divining what the heavenly inhabitants are doing at present and why any speculation on the matter be seen as blasphemy. Consigning omnipotence to cold storage is unjust.
After their tryst with celebrities from Cricket and Bollywood, adolescents scout for public intellectuals. Most obviously go by peer recommendations or other associations. Crowd and not quality still remains an important deciding factor. Reading bestsellers is one such aberration
Psychoanalytic therapy prods to speak more and more so that what's suppressed comes to light. Besides, each individual evolves, each moment, at each transaction. Possibilities, rather than preconceived impressions about one, therefore, are important.
If you exclude party cadre, paid journalists, agenda-driven researchers, religious propagandists, lobbyists, and salesmen from Twitter, there would be hardly anyone worth following. It also shows how enormous the ambit of falsehood and disinformation is which we keep on consuming
My comment is a bit unpalatable and I'm sure you won't mind. The tweet clearly shows that you have been complacent and not allowed yourself to grow during your prime years. Not to be diligent about what to read or not read is like to go on loosing money by indulging in gambling.
Fine, nothing to dispute with that, especially the feeling and experience aspect except that I was arguing about the logical demands of rationality. Encounter with Gita should lead to something more rewarding in terms of authenticity and utility. But your preference is different.
From another perspective: It's said that Nadira and Amjad Khan could never get a better role than their debut in Aan and Sholay respectively. Bollywood certainly provides a secular mythology for our generation apart from the inexhaustible treasure of music for aesthetic pleasure.

An important post on [mature defense mechanisms - used by "healthy" adults, they optimize one's ability to have normal relationships; enjoy work, and to take pleasure in life]
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo however focus on innate powers capable of sublimation
Jainism and later, Buddhism did their best to derive the ultimate truth through both theory and practice. Tantra intervened with more interesting inputs. But nothing substantial was achieved as has been pointed out by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. So, they don't endorse any method.
After visiting an urinal outside Baijnath temple (Himachal Pradesh) which is in a miserable condition, I discovered perhaps the best one in the Tibetan temple in Mcleodganj, Dharamshala. No fixtures conforming to their Shunya philosophy. My respect for Buddhism has enhanced since
Despite the resolve of the present govt to follow the Constitution's secular spirit many of its supporters focus on religion only. They live in an imaginary homogeneous world where diversity or difference are absent. This of course is a good defence mechanism for mid-life crisis.

Agenda to end discrimination:
1. Reservations on caste lines needs to be abolished.
2. Lifestyle facets like food, clothing, or marriage should be liberated from the clutches of religions.
3. Scenic locations of tourist attraction should be made free from religious installations.

Savitri Era replacing dominant religions of the world and Sovereignty for States of India are some of the futuristic scenarios we are "preaching" drawing inspiration from The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Modernity and liberty are part of the recipe garnished with a bit of Hayek (SC).
Acquiring the right worldview is the prime objective of education. Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) has been offering diverse perspectives to displace the dominance of mainstream narratives since 2005. Even rigorous research of @sarkar_swati or @dharmadispatch suffer from slants
Traditional stress on tapasya however has less relevance in Integral Yoga. Sri Aurobindo would go with the Vedic notion of Freedom being the original, pre-existing state where one must aspire to arrive. Whether aspiration can be seen as striving or imposing restrictions is iffy.

[Sven Erlandson's 2000 book "Spiritual but not Religious". William James' religious experience]
[Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion (2014) by Sam Harris]
Spirituality Without God -Peter Heehs

I write many tweets on The Mother & Sri Aurobindo in a critical tone which I acquired from the Peter Heehs imbroglio (2008).
Many unfounded speculations on Sri Aurobindo float around but his biography by Peter Heehs has documented almost everything on him.

An old pond: #Cuttack #Odisha #KatakaSmruti
Evening scene in #Bhubaneswar #Odisha
The original roundabouts at Rajmahal chhaka or Kalpana chhaka are part of memory now. But the tower overlooking the old glory at Fire station is there. #Bhubaneswar #Odisha
Rasagola of Odisha still commands its stamp of excellence thanks to Salipur or Salepur near Cuttack. A must visit for authentic delicacies.
Pushing a particular religion or mythology in the guise of local language and culture is not a harmless affair. Representing all sections of people under the umbrella of major languages with due sensitivity for the so-called dialects and regional variations is important for unity
Respecting each language and allied culture by awarding Sovereignty to the States will never lose validity. Population figures are also right for adminstrative efficiency and last mile Democracy. Citizens should gear up for such an eventuality by avoiding love for metanarratives.
Anshupa Lake near Cuttack: Home of tranquility and seclusion
Order and chaos

We are seven
The seven men of Hindustan
Men may come and men may go
But we scan the elephant for ever.
No means to describe anything in toto
Yet authors are praised for their depiction
Of characters that are mere fiction
And ethical paradigms are erected around them.
All in vain.

They are seven
The seven seers adorning firmament
Each one a towering luminous figure
But collectively are a huge question mark
Symbolising man's eternal quest
For knowledge and happiness and harmony.
They point however towards an immutable truth
The other pole of man's finitude.


Godavari at Narsapur
Evocative and educative: how ecological concerns can push the Integral paradigm leading to human unity and harmony. Worth ruminating over in the true Vedic spirit.

Legal structure of any management body is full of loopholes and hence local governance is a failure. In our own RWA and other cultural associations, I have the personal experience of being sidelined or ignored. Democracy is yet to show desirable results.

Arun Jaitley is by far the most erudite among the ruling élite today and any ideological reformulation can safely be attributed to him. His pivotal role in navigating through last four years may not be illustrious but the lessons learnt will stand in good stead in the next term.
Arun Jaitley can be said to be the prime intellectual guide of the present regime who deserves encomium for preventing Hindutva hardliners from going berserk. By and large, "Kulkarni doctrine" seems to have concretised and has been internalised by the RSS to the chagrin of hawks.