Sunday, February 17, 2019

Intellectual integrity is integral to Integral Yoga

Tweets in original by @SavitriEraParty and @NathTusar:
Giordano Bruno was burnt at the stake on February 17, 1600.

Every situation or event will have at least four different types of response; of the Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, and Shudras and many others overlapping of course. The Veda brings out this distinction which unequivocally becomes the cornerstone of Sri Aurobindo's contention.

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.

Accumulation of more and more memory can disorient a person and hence nature helps us to forget by erasing brain cells. If a joint family grows too big, then tragedies become everyday affair tormenting all its members. India with its abnormal level of population must get divided.

I don't watch TV but so many tweets against NDTV proves that it is serving the function of the principal Opposition party in a Democracy to its level best when the role of Parliament is actually getting increasingly eclipsed with the possibility of redundancy or even obsolescence.

"This meant a continuous thinking, a high and subtle and difficult thinking on several lines, and this strain, which we had to impose on ourselves, we were obliged to impose also on our readers," wrote #SriAurobindo but his followers unfortunately love to be at picture-book level

Prabhu Sri Aurobindo came along with a galaxy of geniuses: poets, philosophers, artists, and inventors to prepare the field for the Supramental consciousness. Many came before him too so that the contrast or tension becomes amplified. Need to understand this difference and forte.

It's always necessary to remember the shape of Indian map on August 15, 1947 to understand that India is not an integral whole and being deaf to regional self-determination is counterproductive. Graduating to a model like EU is the only way to avoid an ugly, USSR-like, situation.

That's not fair as we are talking about theory only. Each person has to find his way through the maze of propositions and interpretations; nothing is self-evident in this world, I presume.

Many philosophers of Jewish ancestry have displayed exemplary sensitivity owing to acquaintance with the religious texts whereas in India the Veda stands neglected despite Sri Aurobindo's valiant efforts for decoding its true connotations. This is one area where scholarship fails.

Life in the West is much more ordered and less complex than in India, I suppose, which perhaps is the reason for its philosophers like Levinas or Rawls to present such profound conceptions of man. But lack of adequate examination of Indian society is a drawback of their theories.

I'll be happy if you can locate some writings to show that someone has read Sri Aurobindo adequately. Quotation or inspiration can't be seen as sufficient ideological anchor. RSS in any case is accused to be confused. Still, your optimism itself should give hope. @singh_shreepal

Agree, but reverence for Vivekananda is fundamental to RSS ideology, a legacy of Golwalkar, himself. On the contrary, I'm of the opinion that Vivekananda like other popular gurus is a barrier or even antithetical to understand and appreciate Sri Aurobindo.

There is a reason why Congress, RSS, or other political forces are averse to Sri Aurobindo. Of course he doesn't command any vote bank but as an icon also no one is interested in him. Lack of awareness is the primary factor but no deep ideological engagement is major contributor.

Sri Aurobindo migrated to Puducherry in 1910 and Tamil helped him to untangle many knots in understanding the Veda. Indian languages have enormous power and potentialities for driving human excellences and creativity further in the path of Evolution. All they need is nationhood.

Took VRS at the age of 45 and engaged myself in many types of activities which would have been simply impossible had I continued with PNB till retirement. Developing skills for deriving enjoyment from diverse experiences is the key without of course earning money as top principle

Packing everything within 24 hours is the real problem. Jobs should be for 4 hours a day with every 4th day a holiday. Designing professions with ample considerations for quality of life and variety is important. Getting rid of the myth of gender equality is also equally crucial.

Odia cinema: They live on Odia films trivia that will blow your mind, Odisha Sun Times May 10, 2016 Taranisen Pattnaik @TaraniTrotter How puritanism is hurting the cause of Odia, Odisha Sun Times Jun 11, 2018 Shyamanuja Das @OdiaCulture

Eminently pertinent how @drsbasu2115 and @santoshk1 are interpreting Sri Aurobindo's various perspectives on the matter which need to be grappled with vigorously by academicians as well as those literate politicians. #FiveDreams #WorldUnion #SriAurobindo

So sagaciously summarized by @Janamejayan today which everyone must read a thousand times to get freed from the megalomania of a British Empire. #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion

Outrage will die down after a few days but the appeal of languages won't. Respecting each language and coronating them with nationhood is the only lasting solution to the Colonial legacy we have inherited. Waking up to Sri Aurobindo's words on this score is an insightful pointer.

An excellent thread which should be mulled over over and over again in future LitFests instead of discussing inanities and focussing on fake celebrities. Really knowledgeable persons can invigorate discourse and show ways to creative destruction for a genuine benevolent situation

The Life Divine is obviously Sri Aurobindo's response to Evolution but draws basic principles from The Secret of the Veda further elaborated in The Human Cycle and The Ideal of Human Unity. Optimism for humanity turns environmental concerns for our planet significant severalfold.

The Synthesis of Yoga and Essays on the Gita by Sri Aurobindo are excellent for explication of concepts or ethical principles but debatable as texts with some central message or firm ontological framework. The Life Divine, duly revised and expanded by him, holds that rare honour.

Intellectual integrity is integral to Integral Yoga enunciated by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Devotional fervour often makes way for Overmental powers and forces but right intellectual conviction can ensure adequate insulation against such downfalls. Primacy of Aspiration pivotal

Embodied existence within a social circumstance entails dealing with objects and their utilitarian aspects. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo never denounce them and even insist on work as the apt locale for yoga but hoping for transformation through reforms and modifications not sound.

You want war? But how it's possible without more soldiers being killed? Mourning every morning?

Savitri Era: Patra is good, Mohapatra better [give to our heart and mind a titan’s strength, a titan’s energy, to our soul and intelligence a god’s character and knowledge] #SriAurobindo #TheMother #TheLifeDivine #FiveDreams #WorldUnion #SAVITRI @NathTusar

The transmission of the teachings of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is largely academic in nature. Their interdisciplinary implications rather fall mostly at the postgraduate level or above. #TheHumanCycle #TheIdealOfHumanUnity #TheRenaissanceInIndia #SAVITRI

Sri Aurobindo rewrote countless canons of Indian philosophy and psychology ably integrating them with thought currents of the day in the West. His synthesis verily is the acme of acumen that waits for a wider reception. #TheLifeDivine #TheSynthesisOfYoga

No one should occupy office for more than two terms and twelve years in aggregate. Don't vote for those who have already served two terms.
Why maintain a separate IST and INR? Why can't India switch to GMT and adopt Euro? 24X7 life surely needs a common currency and single time.
I love reading Western philosophy but mercifully could not develop any attraction towards their fiction, movies, or music, not even poetry.
Why the Western music seems like a rollercoaster journey while our Hindi evergreen old movie songs are so neatly symmetrical is beyond me.
Zero attraction for TV serials, Cars, or Cricket is also something which I consider as a blessing. The time obviously is consumed by Twitter!
As a child I had promised to myself: No cosmetics and no narcotics which continues to be in force. So, many assume me to be ten years older.
Grey hair is also a good teacher. It alerts to be socially responsible so that one is saved from the temptation of stupidly playing younger.
Community life suffers a lot due to disproportionate reliance on cosmetics especially by women who feel younger & avoid normal conversation.
Savitri Era: Warp and woof of attraction and repulsion harnessing space and time


[we must not confuse Sri Aurobindo’s concept of Hinduism which is beyond any institutional religion that we practise]

[we have to achieve a fourfold transformation: economic, social, cultural and spiritual. In this compilation of quotes from Sri Aurobindo’s writing, the prophet of the Life Divine reveals a glimpse of the ideals we have to realise in our future world.] MSS

[Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF): Buddhism says only Prakrti exists, Vēdānta says only Purusha exists @vakibs @NathTusar @loveofallwisdom

[The Quarrel of Reason With Itself: Essays on Hamann, Michaelis, Lessing, Nietzsche by James C. O'Flaherty via @amazon

[The psychological bases for tribalism persist even when people understand that their loyalty to their nation, skin color, god, or sports team is as random as the toss of a coin, writes Robert Sapolsky.

[Gravitational waves will settle cosmic conundrum-Measurements of gravitational waves from approximately 50 binary neutron stars over the next decade will definitively resolve an intense debate about how quickly our universe is expanding, according to new…

[Philosophy: What exactly is a black hole?-What is a black hole? A philosopher shows that physicists use different definitions of the concept, depending on their own particular fields of interest. -

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Patra is good, Mohapatra is better

  • Tweets in original by @SavitriEraParty and @NathTusar

Lutyens' Delhi has assumed a Kafkaesque reputation over Twitter but most ignore that the Capital has since shifted to an attic in Mumbai.

All languages are basically permutations and combinations of a certain sounds and thus they are all related with many common words and rules of grammar. Sri Aurobindo pointed out that words have several meanings based on their roots which help to decipher hidden meanings of texts
Several words in your tweet are derived from Latin or Sanskrit and so they live in different forms. Most Indian languages are heavily indebted to Sanskrit; so it's not completely dead. But language is a need based thing and let it be learnt voluntarily without nursing any rancour

The hard reality is perhaps the other way round (TOWR) as I highlight in [Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management by Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) Ghaziabad]. What we think is part of plan. Please have a look.

Compiling quotations is a very faulty method of understanding Sri Aurobindo. India's Rebirth made that blunder to misguide a whole generation. Hope, you delve more to form your own opinion like @vakibs who offered a different take on the matter. Denouncing Gandhi outright flawed.

Using Sri Aurobindo's observations against Gandhi has become the only relevance as if Gandhi is central to Sri Aurobindo's project. A part of Uttarpara Speech similarly is used umpteen times with mischievous intent. Some of the Tweeter celebrities have ulterior motives to push.

My plea is simple. With the advent Social Media, myriad perceptions float around and it's difficult to check veracity of competing narratives. So each one must be extra careful to find the truth for himself instead of falling prey to the temptation of disseminating dubious themes

I don't find much difference in the concept of ahimsa of Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo. Both subscribed to Constitutional methods and values of Modernity. Sri Aurobindo's views on Human Unity and #WorldUnion are epitome of peace and harmony. You may like to recheck.

Well, ideological ambivalence of the present govt now borders on irrelevance and that's one reason I support it. Glorification of the past needs to be jettisoned and a modern and rational approach needs to be ushered in in all spheres. Things like Reservation must be thrown away.

I have read them all and feel that all these are irrelevant to our present circumstances. No need to harking back to Mythology or fictional ethics. Areas where Sri Aurobindo is relevant is to be guided by his interpretation of the Veda; people need to be freed from empty Rituals.

My suggestions are a hint only. I'm glad that you disagree and hope that you pursue an independent discovery of Sri Aurobindo's overall message. Thanks. Might be, I agree but I hold on to this view with full responsibility. You may attempt to write a longer post or paper for general information on this issue and it would be in academic interest. Thanks.

I reiterate that I have read them all; at least no textual poverty or malnourishment here, but it's a question of perception which I derive from several authors and commentators. I urge you to challenge this view and examine the issue in an article. Writing brings out dimensions.

At one point in one's intellectual growth, one must be willing to overcome polemics and enter hard-nosed academics. Perhaps, you have to consult several volumes of secondary literature to access alternative perspectives. A simple search of Google books opens so many such shocks.

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

Present India, though a collage of over a dozen linguistic nations, is a Democracy with implicit Modernity. Development similarly implies Science, Technology, as well as common sense. Kumbha Mela comes from culture, tradition, and religion. Important to know primacy of Democracy.

People in general are anxious to know about the future and astrologers exploit this weakness. Interestingly, those boasting of critical reason too fall prey to this game when renowned philosophers make predictions through sophisticated theory. Past patterns are not good pointers.

Although our planet moves along an orbit around the sun, it's never at the same location as the galaxy itself keeps moving/expanding. The concept of rta and rtu signifying order and repetition therefore is terribly hard to explain. So, both chaos and fractal laws seem to operate.

The notion of nationality and citizenship belongs to the past. India must make its borders free and welcome anyone who wants to visit, stay, or vote. In the age of Internet, geographical stipulation for nationality is of diminishing relevance. Sure recipe for Nobel peace for Modi

Democracy in India has travelled in a topsy-turvy fashion but is still considered as an important contribution. Human nature, in general, is incompatible with demands of Democracy and hence nurturing it is part of education and ethics. Further how chain of events shape it matters

It's downright ludicrous the way the name of Sri Aurobindo is being bandied about in the context of the current situation in Bengal. Sri Aurobindo stands for much loftier things and no one is willing to even mention those. How best India can be a model Democracy is the challenge.

Thanks for the suggestion but it's difficult to take any anonymous handle seriously without being aware of its credentials. However, I'm willing to change my views if someone's writing will convince me. No such scholarship on Sri Aurobindo is attempted by anyone from the RW camp.

It's well known that "Sri Aurobindo Ashram is not a religious body or a monastery" but was conceived as a home for seekers free from worries for material necessities. Experience however shows that the experiment has failed as a sustainable model for flowering of human excellence.

Auroville may seem more practical and close to what Sri Aurobindo wrote in The Life Divine and The Human Cycle, or visualised in his poems or even plays, but the hard reality is drastically otherwise. Both Ashram and Auroville display dismal power play in the garb of spirituality

Enthusiasm about Hinduism and its glory as Sanatan Dharma is a common refrain but Democracy as it has evolved in the West involves many qualities that The Mother & Sri Aurobindo valued. Though conceptually Vedic in origin, these qualities are hard to be found in anyone at present

Relinquishing power voluntarily after two terms (like the two children formula or two innings in Cricket) should be the norm otherwise the voters have the responsibility to enforce the same as they have done in the recently held State elections. Restoring Democracy a sacred duty.

Fine. My point is, you must convince me why I should desist from what I write; on what superior ground you say that? In fact I'm in search for learning from someone but unfortunately haven't found anyone on Twitter. If you disclose your intellectual accomplishments that'd be good

Political and economic framework of Sri Aurobindo Ashram is not on a secure foundation as a result of which individuals suffer from survival instinct and avoidable dependence. Almost akin to the slavish mentality of members in a political party. Only values of Democracy can heal.

A sadhak also votes and must apply his conscience without surrendering to adverse elements; the Kshatriya aspect comes into play there. The logical extension of it can mean full scale fight for democratic rights and values which obviously is not outside of sadhana or spirituality

Sri Aurobindo has been aptly described as a Himalayan range; so each one has a limited view. That Modernity etc. are "antithesis" of Sri Aurobindo is a popular but superficial reading which I encourage you to revise. I recommend: Sri Aurobindo and Karl Marx by D.P. Chattopadhyaya.

Scholarship has to be countered by scholarship, i.e., by publishing books and journal articles and not merely by ranting. You may not be equal to the task but as long as convincing alternative narratives are not available, I have the luxury of holding on to the view you despise.

Okay. You have almost composed the abstract of a possible paper by amply problematising the subjects under focus. You have a definite idea which you have to ague systematically in several paragraphs. Just expand by describing different terms and topics and it can be a good paper.

Certain texts and temples are believed to be self-evident truths and the younger generation must free itself from such superstition. Since science has failed so far to explain any final configuration of our existence, diverse speculations compete to fill the space. Caution needed

Sri Aurobindo published The Life Divine during 1939-40. A book of pure philosophy, it makes the whole of Western philosophy obsolete. It also supersedes all streams of ancient Indian philosophy. Universities in India, unfortunately, are not allowing it to be studied in colleges.

Sri Aurobindo's interpretation of the Veda at one stroke alters all strands of received wisdom in India. Rituals and idols no longer enjoy any scriptural justification. Such a system of symbols, though available in Astrological literature, remains buried under mundane predictions

Educated Indians are reluctant to give much weightage to Sri Aurobindo but he has redefined philosophy, religion, and politics in unprecedented ways. Then his poems and plays seek to transform aesthetic pleasure into profound creativity with the potential of materialising harmony

Religion traditionally has been a hostage of business but Modernity promoted culture to loosen the grip. Now culture itself is an instrument of world wide commerce while education caters to the needs of industry. And all these vested interests are amplified by media with impunity

Sri Aurobindo's relevance in this scenario is building a metaphysical bulwark for religion concerning the whole human species. His call for collaboration or a proactive approach towards transformation warrants basic preparedness and receptivity for which scholarship is essential.

It's true that individuals are not free and their ethics is moulded by the demands of profession or big Corporations. In such a situation, being awaken to Evolutionary imperatives is far fetched. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo however are most optimistic about overcoming this hurdle.

Please concentrate on Sri Aurobindo's writings so that the need for rewards is no longer dominant or relevant. Very immersion in Savitri can itself be the means and the end. Just a suggestion. Thanks.

Sri Aurobindo is concerned about freedom and fulfilment; he delves into diverse literature of the West and the East. He keeps a watch on contemporary philosophy and science; writes an epic between epochal World Wars. And reminds his countrymen, with a wink, as it were, August 15.

If “The classic symbol of the Enlightenment is simply light – truth emerging from darkness,” then Sri Aurobindo, by revealing the true meaning of "Go" as light in his The Secret of the Veda, performs the greatest liberating act which the Hindutva obscurantists continue to ignore.

Sri Aurobindo went through diverse experiences, both mundane and sublime, before writing his mature works like The Life Divine. Thus, he is much unlike Spinoza, Nietzsche, or Kant but can be compared with Dante, to some extent; and his futuristic ideas can't be dismissed lightly.

It may be added that, despite some negative aspects, it's profitable to focus on the tremendous educative contributions of Mill, Macaulay, Max Müller, et al during a critical period of Indian history of which thinkers like Vivekananda, Tagore, or Sri Aurobindo are beneficiaries.

If the Amar Chitra Katha generation couldn't reach at Sri Aurobindo it's a colossal loss. Glorifying the past is good but awakening to Vedic Evolutionary vistas is significantly more important and worth the while. By all accounts, Be Indian means Be Sri Aurobindian, knowledgewise

Savitri Era Party has been consistently campaigning for a reappraisal of the Nehruvian consensus vis-à-vis Hindutva omnibus so that what is lacking - as pointed out by Sri Aurobindo - comes to the fore and becomes part of public discourse. This is being stoutly resisted & ignored

Again, everything is not dark during those 900 years and records show highly civilising endeavours even surpassing many spots in the West. Being sympathetic and appreciative of that also is important and a more balanced view of the distant past. In other words, it's progressive.

@bijay_TNIE Your father had advised me to read The Life Divine at Sundargarh in 1984 and I'm always grateful to him for that. Thanks. @skchaki

From Plato to Marx, Utopian visions are part of human civilisation but what Sri Aurobindo delineates in the last two chapters of The Life Divine belongs to a considerably different wavelength. He alludes to a top-down mode of change through flowering of Supramental consciousness.

A section is overactive to restrict Sri Aurobindo to meditation, yoga, and the traditional concepts of Ashram while another seeks to bind him to old religious templates and texts. So, Savitri Era Party has been agressively disseminating his political predictions like #WorldUnion.

My father's name is Chintamani the meaning of which I never bothered about except the intriguing Bilwamangal fable. A gem of white colour with the potential of fulfilling thoughts and wishes; all come into life when we apply Sri Aurobindo's interpretation with white being purity.

Sapta chatustaya is presented as of crucial importance in Sri Aurobindo's teaching but he avoided recommending any system or method. Reliance on forms or physicality is one of its features but The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have always stressed on the descent of higher consciousness.

Keeping track of people and events is part of modern day living and add to it persons from history plus characters from mythology, legends, fiction, and movies. Thus, bothering about others may be quite normal but The Mother & Sri Aurobindo ask for concentrating on own evolution.

Competition is said to be the cornerstone of modern economic system but what reigns is mafia, monopolies, or cartels with govt association. So Capitalism like Democracy remains a chimera since both are inconsistent with human nature. Liberty-wallahs should revise theory suitably.

Surendra Nath Jauhar speaks of his Supreme Discovery of The Mother during a chance visit to Puducherry along with Dr. Indra Sen. On three separate occasions, subsequently, he was debarred by The Mother from visiting the nearby Ashram of Sri Ramana Maharshi

Despite democratic pretensions, politics, media, education, & leisure are all hostage to a pervasive feudal culture. Instead of Marxist angst & alienation, a celebratory engrossing with Heideggerian inauthenticity & trivia seems to be the order of the day.

If Augustine can be mentioned, Sri Aurobindo deserves a glance too. Sri Aurobindo has attempted to reconcile ontological conundrums beyond religion in consonance with science. So, any philosophical quest can’t really be satisfied without "The Life Divine."

Ramalila is on and Ravan is busy playing his ferocious best when the actor's mother arrives to chide him loudly for an unprovisioned home: Dekha Rabana chahani, tene ghara padichhi achhuani. This joke in Odia amply summarises the futility of most of our priorities or stupidities.

Savitri Era Religion has its boundaries clear: Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother. Those who harbour extraneous affinities are undoubtedly trojan horses. So hobnobbing with them in the hubbub of SM shouldn't be dismissed lightly.

Political situation in India is too complex to make any kind of prediction but the usual fault lines must not be taken as firm indicators. Savitri Erans, nonetheless, are a minuscule minority who are aware of the decisive role played by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo in World War II.

The Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo had its completion last month in 1919 and nothing more profound or epochal has been published during the last one hundred years. Educated Indians must realise its significance as the most potent soft power and spread awareness of it in all spheres

Reading Sri Aurobindo's books certainly requires a great deal of patience and persistence but it's commensurately rewarding. Understanding future Evolution and its Vedic impulsion is something unique that #SriAurobindo brings to the table surpassing past philosophical frameworks.

You are a senior student of Sri Aurobindo and his #ThirdDream of #WorldUnion should be the guiding principle for our actions in which India has a central as well as critical role to play. All religions belong to the past but dollops of culture and tradition has vitiated education.

Nationalism rhetoric inculcates parochialism in the young and insulates them from more liberating thoughts. Political parties interested in votes exploit such weaknesses but the task is to overcome narrow ideological avenues to discover wider vistas represented by Varuna in Veda.

Assuming that RSS has evolved a lot during the last five years, it should be closer to Sri Aurobindo's vision than Congress but Nehruvian consensus retains a more universalist outlook, at least in theory. Modi, by clutching on to Gandhi, is trying to represent that aspect as well

The underlying unity is the dominant principle of organising the future society through mutuality and harmony, assures Sri Aurobindo in #TheLifeDivine although such a prospect is obviously far away from present realities. "This mire must harbour the orchid and the rose," #SAVITRI

  • Quotations and external sources: 

[Sri Aurobindo wrote three incomplete drafts of a commentary on the Isha Upanishad that he called “The Life Divine”... THE LIFE DIVINE first appeared in fifty-four monthly instalments in the philosophical review Arya between August 1914 and January 1919.]

[Sanjay Rath - 2000 - (1) Swarga Loka (Heaven): There are four types of Mani.. a. Chinta-Mani of white color adorned by Brahma. b. Kaustubha Mani of the color of the Lotus in bloom worn by Vishnu. c. Rudra Mani adorned by Shiva. d. Shyamantak Mani of brilliant light blue color]

[One cannot imagine a scenario without the Vedas because there is no way to invent a teaching about our duties out of direct experience,... The Veda is our only access to the ought. Either one follows it, or there is no way to know about one’s duties.] -EF

I faintly remembers or even I may be wrong that somewhere Aurobindo expounds eloquently, profoundly that American spiritual significance. I myself believe they are superior among the nations just because their notion of freedom, individuality, equality etc

It needs to be called out that Sri Aurobindo did not reject Gandhiji in his entirety. He rejected some critical flaws in Gandhiji's philosophy and approach which were detrimental to both India's freedom struggle and territorial integrity and to the establishment of new truth.
Agreed. SA has categorically stated that. Gandhi represented a partial truth. He criticised him because there was another more broader manifestation of truth trying to establish itself on earth and some of Gandhihi's rigid adherence was standing in the way.

"We really don’t have a coherent way of conceptualising evil in our secular, rationalist culture."
The best books on evil, a #readinglist by author @adamhaslett

[though both Sri Aurobindo and The Mother warned against a cult around them, they themselves encouraged it... Sri Aurobindo himself deified The Mother and vice versa. The Penguin Sri Aurobindo Reader, 1999 Edited by Makarand Paranjape, a critical insider.]

Sri Aurobindo's musings on the Idea of Free Nationality

"Many of the specific societal pressures that induce trust are as old as civilisation ... What has changed in modern society is scale. Today we need to trust more people than ever before, further away than ever before." @schneierblog

[Calibrating Western Philosophy for India: Rousseau, Derrida, Deleuze, Guattari, Bergson and Vaddera Chandidas
A Raghuramaraju -2019- This book proposes a new way of reading modern Western philosophers in the Indian context. It questions the colonial methodology, or the practice]

[we -or the superman/woman- will come to experience it not as the linear progression of time but rather in its simultaneity of past, present, future. Sri Aurobindo uses Supermind as a vehicle to reconcile history and spirit, the temporal with the eternal.]

[As Sri Aurobindo states in one of his unfinished commentaries on the Upanishads, Smriti (Intuition) is the link between Vijnana (Knowledge by Identity) and Prajnana (apprehension) because Smriti is innate perception; it is the latent memory of the truth.]

"If we’re using optics as a key figure for how people think about revolution then Newton gives us another word: ‘Query’, the idea of questioning, investigating, of opening up problems to people at large." @Princeton Prof. Sophie Gee on the Enlightenment:

[ ... it always amused him when people said Sri Aurobindo was simply writing in the Victorian style of his day. He said the undulating waves of the words reminded him much more of the ancient Greek philosophers’ style that Sri Aurobindo had loved so much.]

[Their recitation builds in a mysterious way an absorbing ambiance of silence that plunges yet into a deeper quiet in a massiveness of sound; they throng even as in booming urgency the pleas would press themselves and insist the materialisation of the boon]

[persistence and patience, understanding and goodwill, and providing an example of action from the state of oneness are the powers that each person who awakens at this juncture needs to put into practice. Speak truth, act with honor, hold goodwill and compassion in one’s heart..]

[I had written a reply to Adhar Chandra Das’s 
criticism of a book by Sri Aurobindo in the Calcutta Review. On going through it, Sri Aurobindo added a line: The physical mind also thinks. It opened a vista for me.] - M.P. Pandit Pandit's books @LotusPress

Patra is good, Mohapatra is better.
[She felt one has to be a fit vessel, patra as mentioned in Hindu spiritual lore, to receive the energy. The vessel should be worthy of the content that comes. She would certainly want to be a worthy vessel to receive..]

@SKS_Mumbai [give to our heart and mind a titan’s strength, a titan’s energy, to our soul and intelligence a god’s character and knowledge]

Savitri Era: March 29, 1914 marks a new alchemy @SavitriEraParty

Thursday, January 31, 2019

March 29, 1914 marks a new alchemy

Tweets by @SavitriEraParty and @NathTusar 

Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management by Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) Ghaziabad

The whole history of Evolution and hereditary traits form human behaviour which changes with one's age. One learns from different teachers and leaders throughout his or her life and hence any sense of autonomy is false and smacks of arrogance. Reading Sri Aurobindo is the answer.

It's no secret that writers, artists, and intellectuals need a measure of financial as well as political protection for carrying on their creative pursuit unhindered. But if they mortgage their conscience by sacrificing all parameters of objectivity, then ethical standards suffer.

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo insist on seeking the Divine as the central principle but what we encounter in life is a web of relationships and group dynamics. All these find reflection in art and literature down the ages but don't point to any solution. Harmony however remains aim.

If foreigners like D, E, F, or G tweet or write, it's treated as gold whereas Indian A, B, or C are era gera! As long as people are content with easy options and avoid search for quality, genuineness, and sincerity, #SavitriEra will remain a chimera. Let's expect change in #Y2019

Hero and heroine run away from home and build a cottage in a jungle. Then they look at each other with delight writ large upon their faces: a familiar scene in many films. RW intellectuals celebrating a book, an essay, or a lecture in euphoric gusto often gives a similar feeling.

As this year is coming to a close, it's worth remembering that nothing has been proved to be true as regards the world or human affairs. Suppositions by science, philosophy, or different religions are juggled with limited applicability and validity. So, quest for truth is a must.

Postmodernist perspective can lead one to see all themes as myth but philosophy of Sri Aurobindo acts as an anchor and point of departure. He too avoids fixed solutions but provides a firm rationale for perceiving the Evolutionary undercurrent behind events and discursive choices.

Those who certify or count as intellectuals have not read an iota of Sri Aurobindo. This speaks of their flawed vision and warped logic. Political permutations dominate discourse but a lot many other concerns need to be addressed; whether 'Knowledge by identity' can be practiced.

Every school of thought has avid peddlers and so, the acute necessity to cut the clutter. Each endorsement is meant to seduce and therefore one must be astute enough to find his way to Sri Aurobindo. Once there, one may feel frustrated due to difficult prose but persistence pays.

Recording my regards towards Niranjan Mohanty, Dharanidhar Pal, Bhaja bhai, Madhu bhaina, Anadi bhai, Purnachandra Mahapatra, Haraprasad Mahapatra and others with whom I was associated in The Mother's work in Odisha in the eighties. (Pic Champaklal, V. Madhusudan Reddy, Prapatti)

In spite of political divisions obtaining in the country (which basically is meant for capturing power), commitment towards Democracy, Modernity, and Enlightenment values is deep rooted, now. Incorporating insights of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo and internalising them is the task.

While maintaining loyalty, faith, and devotion towards The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is of utmost importance, every care must be taken not to trivialise the spirituality they have unveiled. As those are far away and foreign to our present affairs we must wait for the moment of Grace.

The roles of Basavanna, Chaitanya, and Lalon are important in the development of a liberal religious temperament among people. Those recounting history to glorify Nehru, Savarkar, or Ambedkar must delve a bit more into the past so that the reality about Indian Modernity is known.

Odisha needs a new CM because one person occupying the top post continuously for four terms is against the spirit of Democracy. Panda dropped enough indications that he is not joining any national party and that leaves the Hobson's choice of floating his own outfit. cc @mp_office

Wikipedia article on Sri Aurobindo is a contested field; keeps changing every now and then due to ideological differences between its editors. Affinity with Western philosophy, however, is a reasonably fair and informative section for the Hindutva votaries

Culture is a very constricted sector if one goes by the current official or establishment viewpoint. Media offerings too, by and large, follow identical yardsticks. Further, burdening it to promote what is desirable, instead of desire itself, is a major cause of its distortion.

Cinema and TV were responsible for replacing live performances thus devaluing scope for interpersonal encounters or relationships. Projection of mega events as the norm or prestigious also struck at the root of local initiatives and variety. Culture's horizon needs to be expanded.

Education, like culture, has become moribund. Annual courses and official syllabus are anachronistic systems. Govt should follow a hands off approach to allow employers to devise curriculum. Short specialised courses and/or on the job opportunities should be the order of the day.

Upendra Bhanja is the greatest poet of Odisha but I haven't read any of his works. So much of content is available now that one feels buried under them. The point is, unless one reads a reasonably representative amount of literature, how can he or she be called as being cultured?

There are at least a thousand books by and on The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, yet a recent compilation is being projected as an earth shaking event. In its earlier avatar, this book was responsible for spreading false impressions about Sri Aurobindo. So, beware of the author's skew !

The members at Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives have taken considerable pains to publish Sri Aurobindo's writings as impeccably as possible. A Twitter handle is persistently distorting them by inserting pictures against the author's intention. Needs to be sued. #MyTwitterAnniversary

Devotee = stupidity. Nursing such a notion is absurd and one must have the common sense that it's inappropriate to litter another's property. Further, not to hurt religious sentiments of others must be the guiding principle. If perversion continues after repeated warnings, then !

Two decades of the 21st century have confirmed utter groundlessness of all branches of human knowledge. Eulogising ancient texts and tradition, therefore, is fraught with hazards. Religious zeal needs to be re-evaluated so that younger generation musters courage to shed blinkers.

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have created a vast web of words in which one may immerse for years for aesthetic and intellectual pleasure. But it's necessary to remember that they are just indications and not a full-scale unveiling of the mystery of creation as the time hasn't come.

Some Hindutva handles seem to be eternally gung-ho on shastra, dharma, karma, and similar regimen. Apart from delegitimising rituals, The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, thankfully, have altered received wisdom on ontological frameworks like power of stars, kundalini, or karma theory etc.

Even the second stage of a spiritual awakening and widening encompassing the planetary consciousness and its Evolutionary implications, cautions Sri Aurobindo, is not sufficient unless the plenary disclosure of truth embossed by the Supramental light becomes the order of the day.

Devotion involves the much needed vital power and enthusiasm but is prone to degeneration leading to childish or lunatic behaviour. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo recommend a quiet faith built on knowledge. Otherwise one repeats the old formulations and becomes a barrier to Evolution

Harbouring even the faintest reverence for Vivekananda, Ramana, Shivananda, Yogananda, Krishnamurti or other popular teachers makes it difficult to open fully to flowing influence of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Hence the need for aloofness and ruthlessly closing the door on them.

From an ontological point of view, designed in a different way, each individual is chugging along a unique destiny with biological or psychological commonalities distributed as abundantly as the differences. So, respect for diversity in a Democracy, though valid, is dysfunctional.

Futile to expect all to be uniformly informed on The Mother & Sri Aurobindo and hence baseless statements will circulate. But on one thing all should be clear: when they met on March 29, 1914, a new alchemy took place to create something unprecedented beyond all faiths and texts.

Many are eager to stress on the Indian aspect of Sri Aurobindo but his admiration for the intuitive faculties displayed by Keats, Shelley, and Coleridge forms the bedrock of his creative output. That also drives his political stance on Nationalism later dovetailing to Life Divine.

Misgivings on Modi's performance has ensued an introspection on core Hindutva leading to tolerance of a healthy ambivalence. It also coincides with reexamination of Bengal renaissance, upon due scholarly apparatus, with the potential of Sri Aurobindo receiving deserved attention.

No one is a clean slate but if someone can so imagine, it's better to start understanding Sri Aurobindo as a critic instead of revolutionary or yogi. Essays Divine and Human: Writings from Manuscripts (1910-1950), Volume 12 of his Complete Works is ideal.

Understanding the creation in its totality has been a priority for the philosophers which branches off for forecasting the course of political future as well. Sri Aurobindo features prominently in this enterprise and ignoring him amounts to intellectual adolescence and innocence.

For success, both Democracy and Spirituality depend upon a set of normatives supposedly opposite to human nature. Such a tension is beyond the power of human manipulation or collective motivation since imagining any nice play sans evil or vice is an irony.

Preserving the best of Indian wisdom is the task and Sri Aurobindo has accomplished it well. So to clutch at any other definition or person would be anomalous as well as hazardous. Savitri Era is the new banner and all must make an endeavour to negotiate the future under it safe.

Democracy is not meant to be a playground for political science experts or legal luminaries. An ordinary citizen very much understands whether he is being consulted or ignored. Participatory democracy is the key and the present system in India doesn't have any mechanism for that.

Intellectual genealogy of Sri Aurobindo can be traced reliably by a competent scholar delineating his debts to his predecessors and contemporaries but The Mother reminds that he signifies action. It should always be remembered, therefore, that every tiny event is pointing at him.

Philosophy deals with the writings of a few whereas Sociology focuses on mass action and behavioural patterns. Subjective peculiarities therefore are often dismissed as idiosyncrasies and don't qualify for theory. Academic preoccupation with texts and not action is a discrepancy.

Modi definitely deserves a second term and in all probability he will get it. Challenging hierarchy & personality cult is a necessity. No person should be allowed to occupy top Constitutional posts for more than two terms. This is the minimum for securing fair play in a Democracy.

Just like debts have the statute of limitations after which they are time-barred, a maximum limit for being in power has become crucial. This will save political aspirants from indulging in undue ambition and perpetrating noxious manipulations and machinations for retaining chair

Even after reading "a shelf full of books" that Sri Aurobindo wrote, it's difficult to claim any sure hints on future events or political course. Turning a supporter of Modi govt after being a critic on the basis of its non-performance and ideological ambivalence embarrasses many

Past kings can't be ideals in a Democracy and modern India hasn't produced many adorable icons. However, Nabakrushna Choudhuri, Lal Bahadur Shastri, and V.P. Singh are a few good men who occupied top offices. Evolutionary trajectory can throw surprises if people zealously aspire.

No one from RW camp has read Sri Aurobindo and their ignorance shows. Name dropping comes handy and mentioning Uttarpara Speech has become an empty slogan. Conflating Vivekananda with Sri Aurobindo invariably is another sign of hypocrisy. Critical appreciation of thought lacking.

Those eager to capture power are less concerned about the heath of Democracy whereas it should have been the other way round. Lack of internal democracy is common to all political parties and no longer raises any eyebrows. Most people love to be servile and act as sycophants alas

So human nature and self interest is far more wise than the assumed advantages of espousing normative measures that Democracy demands. Furthermore, each one is under the clutch of profession, family, friends, etc. and hence lacks autonomy for moral strictness leading to antinomy.

All are entitled to their religious beliefs but in a plural environment some philosophical common ground needs to be agreed to. This necessitates accommodating ambiguity as well as complexity by sacrificing certainty. Consequently faith takes the backseat which is a cruel reality

Uncritical acceptance of religion is also problematic. When a 30 year old is asked to abide by a text of 3000 years old, it's a negation of human intelligence and sense of wonder. Education like religion is also responsible for dumbing down to a considerable extent. Double whammy

Instead of comparing both countries, combining them will offer a better picture. The planetary reality is more like a Japanese than a Moghul garden with a bias or compulsion for asymmetry. Like the Varna system a division of functions among different nations is a fundamental need

Quality of life & prosperity is on the upswing during the last couple century but Enlightenment ideals are still distant and stay utopian. Sri Aurobindo's assurance of Evolutionary inevitability gives hope but no sign yet in sight of even a mite of transformation in human nature.

Sri Aurobindo's concept of play, however, might be seen as subversive since no definite sequence or value is preferable for Evolution and his scenario of Karma steers clear of a strict rewards and punishment mechanism. This may look like chaos or anarchy but he doesn't prop dice.

Managing man-woman relationships has been pivotal for civilisation and diverse aspects - from art to religion - have been pressed into the service of this crucial task. #Sabarimala is just one example of how the problem remains intractable and Dharma tenets are empty shibboleths.

Those aware of Writing the Self: Diaries, Memoirs, and the History of the Self by Peter Heehs, may now relish a fresh arrival. A Philosophy of Autobiography: Body & Text by Aakash Singh Rathore probes Nietzsche, Maya Angelou, Hemingway, Elie Wiesel, Daya Pawar, Kamala Das, et al.

Savitri Era Learning Forum: Heteropatriarchy, hypergamy, and what have you #SriAurobindo Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother. Posted by @NathTusar Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, 201014
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Openness, transparency, sincerity, freedom of expression @NathTusar
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Enzyme removes barriers and energy humps @NathTusar
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Classroom space should not be eroto-phobic
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Inner peace, relaxation, and greater self-control #SriAurobindo
Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF): Risk taking, guts, and show of superiority and dominance #SriAurobindo @NathTusar
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Increasing number of pseudo gurus and external forms of worship and rituals #SriAurobindo

Perhaps the only song in Odia by Dwijen Mukhopadhyay (12 November 1927 – 24 December 2018) who passed away a month back. [Odia Song....''Barashe Nahin Se Megha.....'' sung by Dwijen Mukherjee from Archival Radio Recordings - Uploaded by odia melody]

Old Bengali songs are the best company when it's raining. A few of my favourites. (Someday, the well rounded Odia script will be used for Bengali, I hope, instead of the present poor man's Devanagari.) @SavitriEraParty

Musepaper: Joy forever Odia songs Cover by Tusar Nath Mohapatra (Original by Dhananjay Satpathy from AIR, Cuttack Sajafula for August 1969. Bana mayuri mo bayasi denare by Bhubaneswari Mishra was companion number besides the duet Jhumuku jhuma. Related: Bana hansi go pagala by Bhikari Bal)

Art meets utility
A victim of Development

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Instead of Where or How, Sri Aurobindo wrote Who

Tweets by @SavitriEraParty and @NathTusar Nov 2018
Savitri Era: The "Self" Sri Aurobindo talked about may be illusory

Many get addicted to managerial responsibilities and use it as an alibi for not reading for want of time. But one must be strict with oneself to have a solid grounding in reading during one's thirties and forties. That is the best gift one can give oneself

India's role in bringing about the unity of the whole of mankind assumes pressing urgency at the moment. The Life Divine possesses a central position in this momentous adventure. “It is the most thought-provoking and thought-shaking book" said S.K. Maitra.

Hindutva enthusiasts are busy fighting people like @Ram_Guha and @ShashiTharoor whereas the real challenge is to grapple with Sri Aurobindo and how he redefines Indian tradition and wisdom. Just mentioning him along with Vivekananda or Dayananda is a lazy exercise which must stop

Superior modes of research and instant access to diverse knowledge-sources constitute an exceedingly advantageous situation for the mankind. Indians need to overcome juvenile love for own culture and the sense of (false) superiority and exceptionalism, a trap made by careerists.

Defending faith and tradition compulsively won't provide the critical faculty. Arguing that faith is autonomous and unchallengable is anomalous and anti-intellectual. Idols, icons, or statues are part of community life but reclaiming individual freedom and free thought is crucial

If Kolkata is written in Bengali as কলকাতা, then why it is कोलकाता in Hindi is difficult to understand. In fact, the correct name in English should be Kalkata without incorporating the Bengali pronunciation. Similarly, Delhi should be Dilli and Pilkhuwa in UP should be Pilakhua.

Congress definitely implies a continuation of the Colonial regime and in that sense Modi Govt is far more genuine. Courts are doing their job of upholding Enlightenment in trying circumstances for which they must be congratulated. Universities unfortunately are in Marxists' grip.

Since science is becoming more and more shaky in its assumptions day by day, it's profitable to maintain an attitude of healthy scepticism without falling prey to atheism. To steer clear of a worldview founded on unfettered mythology and popular culture is another huge challenge.

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo foregrounded spirituality known as Integral Yoga. It can't be taught as a College degree nor there's any time-bound practical course. So endorsing it is a bit problematic and should be left to individual's choice. Reading his books however is mandatory.

After 80K years of human civilisation, it's amply clear in 2018 that the mystery of our existence is hidden and remains a secret. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have written elaborately on higher zones of consciousness corroborating Vedic utterances which are met with "Access Denied"

Looks like LitFests are mushrooming. All those who are in the job of stimulating discourse or navigating the course of narratives need to be extra cautious not to let their enthusiasm get better of them. No superstition, indoctrination, or pushing of unsubstantiated propositions.

Democracy, secularism, judiciary, liberalism, modernity, or science & technology: Indians have got all these almost free; without undergoing tortuous social and intellectual upheavals. How they have evolved in the West and at what price will ever inspire for generations to come.

A telescope, microscope, or stethoscope display the power of science and the urge for precision in knowing things beyond ordinary senses. The kaleidoscope however does the opposite and points to the infinite expanse of the universe and innumerable variations of its choreography.

Hindutva votaries are hell bent on establishing a puritan cultural order conforming to mythological descriptions. That the reality is far more complex and many-layered than any stretch of poetic imagination is often forgotten. Thankfully Sri Aurobindo wrote sense a century before

Hindutva enthusiasts emphasise culture, religion, and tradition over current needs, reason, and evolution. Each individual is free to decide his own way but imposing uniform lifestyle over vast groups of people in the pretext of tradition and promoting superstition is problematic

#Ayodhya is Ajodhya in Odia and many other languages. Sarayu is Saraju and Yamuna is Jamuna. Odia is the only Classical language among all north Indian languages apart from Sanskrit. Babaji Maharaj Sri Ramakrishna Das helped establish the Sri Aurobindo's Relics centre in Ayodhya.

Not many Odia persons are active on Twitter. Among those who have displayed their intellectual might and contributed their mite to the national discourse, @devduttmyth, @ashoswai, and @pratyasharath are prominent. More power to their pen and brain. @OdiaCulture @odiapuanews #Odia

Kings ruled and built; created hierarchies and modalities to reign over mass minds and also to rein in rebellion. All these must be under critical scrutiny now, in a Democratic society as diverse as India. Tradition can't be shoved down the nation's throat hook, line, and sinker.

Seems like a Liberal stance. A welcome change! @viryavaan @zeneraalstuff

The militant camp within Congress represented by Lal-Bal-Pal could be identified as the source of Hindu nationalism, writes Anand Teltumbde @AnandTeltumbde in the @UNESCO Unesco women philosophers’s journal December 2017. Sri Aurobindo is not mentioned but he favoured #WorldUnion

Complains galore: imposition of English, imposition of shuddh Hindi, imposition of festivals, imposition of GST etc. The original sin however is the imposition of a fiction called India. Dismantling it can solve many problems; States deserve Sovereignty.

Mohan Bhagwat undoubtedly is the Man of the Year, 2018 who pulled the rug from under Hindutva firebrands. Although, many suspect him to have pulled a fast one since he appears to be running with the hare and hunting with the hounds, he is unmistakably getting down to brass tacks.

Many jobs offer the opportunity of free travel and often intellectuals get addicted to such hospitality. Corruption crops up and compromise creeps in as usual corollary. Pushing warped logic becomes the norm since he who pays the piper calls the tune. And, then sets in the ruin.

By dropping the word "Dharma," many try to pose as ethical persons but an examined life is not an easy proposition. Reading The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's works makes us aware as to how deep and wide the gaps between the canons of ordinary morality and demands of Vedic virtues are.

While Keshab Chandra Sen (1838–1884), Bankim Chandra Chatterjee (1838–1894), and Brajendra Nath Seal (1864–1938) had stirred the intellectual landscape, Sri Aurobindo borrowed generously from Bradley, Nietzsche, Bergson, James, et al to present a critical and synthetic worldview.

Sri Aurobindo wrote profusely to produce a firm and robust intellectual anchorage which is extremely useful in countering diverse speculative thought emanating from the West. Similarly because of him one needn't stagnate at the level of Vivekananda, Gandhi, Savarkar, or Ambedkar.

Present focus of Hindutva seem to be the outer form: temples, rituals, and crowd whereas Sri Aurobindo stressed on their inner significance and power of psychological progress. Science and AI too are moving in that direction and hence Indians must overcome tyranny of superstition

Modern India is inextricably indebted to the Judeo-Christian/European culture and hence identifying oneself as Hindu is adulterated. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have further cemented it for the future. Building on those shared values is as important as inviting foreign investment.

Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF): Hindu identity is adulterated #SriAurobindo is the answer for all current contradictions, dilemmas, and perplexities pervading the world despite Plato, Plotinus, Spinoza, Schelling, Feuerbach, Freud, Brentano, or Royce.

I expressed my support to the Modi govt nearly a year ago. Mohan Bhagwat's reformulation of RSS worldview has further reinforced my stand. I have no insider knowledge on many grouses nor any in depth expertise to analyse policy. The overall picture, nevertheless, looks promising.

An overwhelming majority of Indians are born after Independence and hence matters relating to prior to that date shouldn't be of material importance. Concentrating on the present is more prudent than bothering about the kings, wars, their tyranny, temples, traditions, or rituals.

The most important book for everyone who seeks to understand #SriAurobindo in depth beyond his popular portrayal as a revolutionary is: "Meeting of East and West in Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy" (1956) by Sisir Kumar Maitra (1887-1963), HoD, Philosophy & Dean, Faculty of Arts, BHU.

Two excellent books:
1. Paradox of Being Human by Ramakant Sinari (2007, ICPR, New Delhi)
2. Philosophical Anthropology: Man: an impossible project? by Battista Mondin (1985, Pontifical Urban University, Rome) Tr. by M.A. Cizdyn (Theological Publications in India, Bangalore)

Dr R.L. Kashyap, Director of SAKSHI Trust, Bengaluru (Sri Aurobindo Kapali Sastry Institute of Vedic Culture) has been relentlessly working for popularising the Veda but Hindutva votaries are more interested in preserving superstitions like #Sabarimala and superficial festivities

Titles printed on book covers are needlessly subdued. Most have used all Caps which is inconvenient to read. When each book struggles for its existence in a book shop or book fair, the title and the author's name should be designed prominently against the background illustration.

Since I detest Mythology, particularly, the religion dimension and not their appreciation as literature, the other option I love to be engrossed with, somewhat irrationally, is history of Western philosophy and story of great philosophers. Their very names inspire. #PhilosophyDay

Odias being associated with food is certainly a positive aspect since Odia cuisine is unique and has rich potentials to strike it big. @OdiaCulture @MANOJNAYAK71

I had migrated to Indirapuram, Ghaziabad twenty years back, in 1998. A lot of development has taken place but faults are everywhere. Hiring an autorickshaw to go to Delhi is still not possible. DTC buses ply within Noida but not in Indirapuram. Ghaziabad has no city bus service.

15th year grand celebration of Shri Chitragupt Puja in our colony ended with a skit by youngsters. Shipra Kayastha Mahasabha (SKM) is also spearheading a fledgling political party to look after the interests of Kayasthas all over the country, it was announced. #ShipraRiviera #SKM

Visited Ambedkar memorial in Noida ten days back. Hardly a dozen visitors or so. Surely needs promotion and appreciation.

Excellent synopsis of myriad dimensions of religion in India today. [Chaitanya's innovation was nagar sankirtana (street-singing) whereby worship acquired a collective and congregational character...Lalan Fakir referred to him as 'the messiah of the poor']

["The problem is that although MRI can tell us where things happen, it can’t tell us *how* things happen."] Instead of Where or How, Sri Aurobindo wrote a poem called Who which perhaps provides the most satisfying answer to the riddle of this world.

Sri Aurobindo once went to Pondicherry Railway Station to see Sarojini off. Amrita(?) remarked how full of love he is to which Sri Aurobindo replied with same love he can plunge a knife onto the disciple. (From memory; unable to locate reference. Not to confuse as Sarojini Naidu)

Funny! Like Nirodbaran, you can attempt a new fiction around Sri Aurobindo using all emoticons. Your flair for spoiling is superb!
[Sri Aurobindo: A Dream-Dialogue with Children - An imaginary dialogue composed by Nirodbaran in which children of the Ashram approach Sri Aurobindo]

Monday, December 24, 2018

1789, 1815, 1919, and 2019

Tweets by @SavitriEraParty and @NathTusar
Savitri Era: Symbolic meaning of Veda is lynchpin to disperse lynch mobs #SriAurobindo @NathTusar

The philosophy of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo has attracted and influenced numerous people during the last hundred years but social and cultural atmosphere doesn't permit to practice with freedom. So, most are forced to compromise and maintain an ambivalent relation with Hinduism.

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have scripted an alternative agenda of Vedic Evolutionary destiny which is moving forward slowly and silently amid the apparent chaos. Clash of rival religious views within a Constitutional environment is assisting this emerging paradigm to precipitate.

Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry doesn't respond to Twitter comments officially; so occasional outbursts of a teacher looks so absurd. Volatility and immaturity in expressing personal opinions is certainly anomalous on the part of a teacher especially one belonging to the Ashram.

Muscular nationalism aspires for a Superpower status for India and Sri Aurobindo is remembered at times in this context, but it's an inchoate representation of what he stood for. Radically altering the present configuration of human civilisation by Vedic principles is his vision.

Although G.N. Devy, the author, knows about Sri Aurobindo, he avoids his pioneering contribution towards Civil disobedience or Passive resistance to keep the focus solely on Gandhi to the point of deification. One who made the word amnesia famous can be accused of the same malady.

Sri Aurobindo wrote a century back with a view to uprooting the dominant religions but many are fighting only to cut their branches today, without reading him adequately. The past is stubborn and Savitri Erans must be equally obstinate to obliterate its influences. No compromise!

Blaming religions or political ideologies as perpetrators of violence in the past is misplaced since in actuality man has been cruel to man as evil his part of his nature. Sri Aurobindo avoids such superficial diagnosis and aims at a radical transformation of human nature itself.

The contributions of Lalon Fakir, a contemporary of Raja Ram Mohan Roy, in developing a philosophical synthesis as well as an enduring religious amity needs to be highlighted. His music still reverberates.

English unifies India today, howsoever tenuously; otherwise the Hindu identity is seriously threatened by linguistic division. Sri Aurobindo's books has given English a futuristic status; his readings of Blake or Nietzsche should enthuse young Indians to be curious about the West

Writings of William Archer (1856–1924), Sir John George Woodroffe (1865–1936) or Arthur Avalon, and James Henry Cousins (1873–1956) or Mac Oisín or Jayaram, prompted Sri Aurobindo (1872–1950) to comment on them elaborately, which have turned gems of literature and criticism, now.

Thread on misleading interpretation of Vedic terms and relevance of Sri Aurobindo.

When I was in the Primary school in the early sixties, the sight of the teacher holding a cane and applying it liberally was normal. Verbal whipping, similarly, seems to be necessary, even today, to make people accept Sri Aurobindo's The Secret of the Veda

Present RSS/BJP collective leadership has shown exceptional sagacity to defend Constitutional values for safeguarding diversity. They deserve all support and solidarity so that hardliners are kept at bay. Other parties coming to power at this juncture doesn't bode well for nation

Hindutva hardliners fail to realise that it's because of their uncompromising attitude that the moderate majority of the country are forced to move away from BJP. Temple oriented template is not going to help the party for occupying the mainstream space. Sri Aurobindo as icon can

Cultural Studies, basically, weaves nonfiction out of fiction. Philosophy, the most robust genre of nonfiction, however, has been found to be fiction by Deconstruction. AI, similarly, is impaired by an irrational phenomenon like Numbers' Dream. So liminality is the most luminous.

That may be the initial impression but Sri Aurobindo foresees an inevitable Evolutionary pressure on mankind to pursue a path towards unification where differences are harmonised. Unity, for him, of course, is not uniformity but rather conforms to a federal framework. #FiveDreams

Read many tweets against Modi by his known supporters which implies that he is on the right track. Govt has done an admirable balancing act in performing its Constitutional duties without succumbing to hardliners clamouring for unjust measures. Now it's for fans to call him fake.

Anyone occupying top Constitutional positions continuously for more than 10-12 years becomes addicted to power and luxury. Vested interests grow exponentially facilitating ease of functioning and to ease irritants out. Democracy must root out such a practice through systemic fiat

Sri Aurobindo talks about 1789, 1815, 1919, and much more... "The human spirit has still to find itself, its idea and its greater orientation."
A must read when 2019 is almost knocking at the door. @NathTusar #FiveDreams #Evolution #WorldWar1 #WorldUnion

Those who find The Secret of the Veda by Sri Aurobindo a bit difficult can read a slim book instead. Aditi And Other Deities In The Veda by M.P. Pandit is an excellent introductory work.
Besides, Vedic Epiphany series by V. Madhusudan Reddy is outstanding.

Sri Aurobindo had valiantly confronted the Western threats but today no one finds it worthwhile to build on his Integralism with latest inputs from scientific research. Conspicuous reluctance of Hindutva intellectuals to enter into philosophical arguments is a crippling weakness.

From @gopimaliwal to @KanchanGupta and @harshmadhusudan, Uttarpara Speech (1909) of Sri Aurobindo has received much attention; @BooksPanda too is reading #SriAurobindo. All very fine; but Sri Aurobindo needs to be read in detail which takes about a decade.

With Gyanchandra at Pragati Maidan Book Fair, around two decades back. Sri Aravind Chetana Samaj used to put up a stall since 1996. Also a poet and an artist, he has been writing for Karmdhara, a journal in Hindi published by Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Delhi Branch. @AurobindoAshram

Opted for VRS from PNB in 2000 on this day. @sahityaakademi Library was of great help for books on 20th century #Philosophy & #CulturalStudies. Formed Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) in 2005, Savitri Era Religion in 2006, and Savitri Era Party in 2007. #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams

Awareness of Sri Aurobindo is very low and misrepresentation of his ideas is quite high. Savitri Era Party has been trying to spread the political aspects of Sri Aurobindo's vision, such as #FiveDreams and #WorldUnion. It has also been opposing undesirable dimensions of Hindutva.

And that precisely forms the foundation of a fresh political formation which has not been tested till now in India, since most don't get the distinction or consider it insignificant or not viable enough. But time is ripe to take this recipe forward and seek approval of the young.

Sri Aurobindo is the most appropriate choice for people of all sections. #Evolution #FiveDreams #WorldUnion

India is so vast in size and huge in population that no citizen can be reasonably aware of its affairs, even in this age of instant communication. So it's more of an idea or notion than an actual nation. States with distinct languages and manageable population qualify as nations.

Good survey and as things change with time and circumstances, they should be accepted as they are; but the author seems to be carrying the burden of changing the course of change. The very confidence that the future can be moulded or managed is problematic like chasing a chimera.

Many of Sri Aurobindo's ideas pertain to his times when the thoughts of Nietzsche, Myers, or Bergson et al were dominant. His synthetic philosophy, therefore, has an edge over traditional Hindu systems and ethical prescriptions. So beware of Westphobia, myopia, and provincialism.

Professional proficiency doesn't equip one to choose between metaphysical systems and it's prudent, therefore, to rely upon some credible endorsement. India is fortunate to have Sri Aurobindo, with impeccable credentials, for such a requirement #FiveDreams

Many brilliant people have confessed that they have made a mistake by backing Modi. (Well, that may prove to be another mistake on their part.) This is an example of how human mind is prone to errors. So pompous announcements on path of Dharma should be taken with a pinch of salt

Politics falls under the secular domain but failure of ideologies has made it to seek future roadmap in religion and philosophy. Sri Aurobindo had foreseen such a scenario 100 years back and drawn the blueprint for an ideal society. Let's follow his dreams #WorldUnion #FiveDreams

Muslim votes are pivotal for winning elections and Democracy in India is warped in that proportion. Hindutva votaries however have the additional burden of survival and securing privileges. From Savitri Era point of view, both concerns are flawed. One needn't bother about others.

States deserve Sovereignty; no shortcuts.

Carlyle popularised the Great Man theory but Spencer opined that they are products of their time. Even Democracy is instrumental in creating a larger than life halo. Management too focuses on success and leadership. The Evolutionary goal however is served by a more inclusive cast

A) AAP remains a symbol of alternative politics despite its dismal record on the ground.
B) BJP is confused as regards ideology but is poised to represent the mainstream.
C) Congress is struggling to regain lost ground but won't be successful.
D) Other Dynastic outfits will stay.

Philosophy means to be aware of where one stands today and take a step forward in accordance with one's uniqueness. Each person being endowed with an entirely different set of capabilities and competence is a wonder and understanding this, beyond myriad rubrics, is an imperative.

Sri Aurobindo finds a number of approving mentions but his agenda may not be in sync with the thrust of this otherwise admirable article. Nevertheless, the utility of Sri Aurobindo as an intellectual arsenal, if harnessed reasonably, would mean a substantial gain for the nation.

From a practical point of view, RSS is a reality and it's evolving. It can't be uprooted so easily but people can be weaned away by offering a different ideology. Such a recipe was formulated by Sri Aurobindo 100 years back but lies unused. That needs to be zealously popularised.

Hindutva victimhood prevents its adherents from exploring alternative viewpoints or appreciating worth in more viable theories. Recognising value is essential on the part of any individual, organisation, or nation and privileging it needs to be internalised otherwise it's demise.

The whole problem is the word Hindu since so many texts and traditions form such an indigestible mixture that reconciling them or following any one poses difficulty. Further, it doesn't offer any definite solution and adds to human confusion. Sri Aurobindo did try to cherry-pick.

Anyone who has read Sri Aurobindo to a reasonable extent would not respect other great men of the period as much. As traditional interpretation of ancient Sanskrit texts have undergone significant transformation in his hands, maintaining a receptive attitude sans rumblings needed

While your analysis may be a good explanation of the past, the future may not be a linear extension of it all. Sri Aurobindo, for example, has made wide ranging prophecies as regards adventure of Consciousness and its Evolutionary trajectory which even science is finding probable

Fine, if the intention of the thread is to highlight your religion and its founder, it's okay. But the challenge is to rationally examine various options available today and foreground viable formulations which MSM neglects. Vigilance against misrepresentations is also necessary.

Modi govt can be credited with for being singularity bereft of any ideological narrative or pushing any pet formula. Apart from the theatrical performance of PM at different locations with costume, the function of the govt, overall, has been amorphous. This is a welcome feature.

I don't read or write in Odia much but listen avidly to songs. Unlike Hindi or Bengali, its words are pronounced without halant effect. Also it doesn't have much discordant sounds like prevalence of d in South Indian languages. Further, Odia letters have an aesthetic rounded form

Having seen so much of technological transformation during the last 63 years, one wonders what else is still possible. Smart phones serve more the visual medium, now and reading has taken a backseat. Uniform platform for books, journals, and blogs for facilitating reading needed.

It's a tragedy of human civilisation that no frontline philosopher from the West could engage with Sri Aurobindo so far. No major public intellectual in India too is excited about him. This also proves Sri Aurobindo's scant respect for efficacy of sole reliance on intellectuality

Savitri Era: Instead of Where or How, Sri Aurobindo wrote Who

Watched Dil Diya Dard Liya (1966) based on Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. [it was controversial because of stark depiction of mental and physical cruelty, and challenged Victorian ideals of the day regarding religious hypocrisy, morality, social classes and gender inequality.]