Wednesday, June 09, 2021

I remember the thrill as a young footsoldier

Many such facts have been popularised by Marxist historians with a view to downplaying Sri Aurobindo's contribution. That's why the pivot of the narrative I push is #SriAurrobindo and from there the perspective changes in infinite ways. The key is to read.

Not same. For perceiving difference, one has to read widely. Then why this urge to conflate them? Approaching them individually might be a better way. As regards #SriAurobindo, his Integral Education is also a precursor of Integral Yoga; the spiritual aim is very much embedded.

Hindutva is a cauldron of confusion and it's futile to engage over it with anyone because each one has his romantic and exaggerated view of it. On practical front like rituals or administration of temples, there are many disagreements. On gender questions, many women resist sync.

Vast majority population of our country are not bothered about Hindutva; they live their lives adjusting to local conditions. Only at the time of elections such issues are hyped up. Even then any pan-India picture emerging is a remote possibility. Weaponising against Muslims bad.

Sri Aurobindo toiled for the larger issues of nationhood and human destiny @auroviryavaan

Humanitarian sentiment expressed from the comfort of home is hypocrisy. Twitter has thousands of handles who are motivational speakers, mentors, or change agents. Most claim to be philosophers and counsellors. But they haven't read anything from #TheMother & #SriAurobindo.

Prejudice against #SriAurobindo is enormous and it's not easy to disabuse people. Willingness to read is minimal. So zero expectation from the present generation. But this is the hour of the unexpected and so any new initiative can come from any corner. A life of expectancy.

Very nicely put. Yet, we must travel back fifty years to discover #TheMother's sense of urgency during #SriAurobindo's birth centenary celebrations. Odisha really experienced a mass movement at that point which continues till date. I remember the thrill as a young footsoldier.
Please check this site maintained by Matrubhaban, Cuttack for detailed information on the matter. It has got lots of old magazines and souvenirs to benefit from. A trip around Relics centres in Odisha is an added attraction. Nearly 1000 schools are there.

Humility and curiosity are hallmarks of a knowledge seeker but somehow you don't betray much. Read this excellent piece and get acquainted with something outside your limited understanding. Purely optional. Thanks.

I'm not imposing anything upon you but since you are writing on metaphysical questions, it would be an error to confine your area of inquiry to a predetermined territory. I'm passing on the information that Sri Aurobindo has written something on the Veda which no one wrote before. 

Obsession, I take as a compliment. I think, I'm the only person on Twitter with this obsession and that's a specialisation built over more than half a century. So, no regrets. Remember me if you need to know about #SriAurobindo at any point. Do me a favour by informing others.

All social phenomena have metaphysical dimension. Marxists are averse to such a proposition. But Universities in their possession is problematic. Young students being indoctrinated is an injustice and coercion. Need to salvage such a situation by introducing #SriAurobindo's books. 

1) Party supporters will support Party
2) Modi supporters will support Modi
3) Opposition supporters will support the Opposition
4) Industry supporters will support Industry
5) Media will support whoever pays
6) People will be indifferent
6) Your responsibility to maintain Others are not serious, sincere, or honest; so better not to bother about them. This feeling comes often. But the task is to build a just and fair discursive atmosphere. Holding on to highest values is a Brahmin quality. Others may falter, compromise but the Brahmin will never.

Twitter is interactive. Say something, share something; retweet something. Let the conversation be more vibrant, more truthful. It's that particular moment. Who will find a tweet inspiring, you never know. So be on the flow. TL should be fluid and not rigid. Data or Archives, no.

Is there any ideal democracy or society? Human civilisation has been perpetually in transition. So, how to compare midst distorted history and doctored narratives. Being blind to positive undercurrents like reinforced federalism beneath the froth of a failed nation, not a virtue.

In The Secret of the Veda, #SriAurobindo tells Inner meaning of Soma Rasa which is ordinarily associated with Alcohol or Narcotics. Even creative persons vouch for some inspiration through intoxication. Bruno Marchal is on record to be a live case. But should we take for granted?

I spoke about life in general. As regards #TheMother & #SriAurobindo, you are right but one might experience different phases like Valavat, like a child and Unmadavat or delirious. So there can't be any rules. Those on Twitter must find pleasure to talk Nama, Rupa, Leela, Dhama.

Books enlighten; they also misguide and feed defective narratives. One becomes a victim of wrong impressions and imaginary scenarios. Most people don't read but those who read turn addicts. They are constantly in need of new books and swallow avoidable information. Save yourself!

Excellent exposition. SAVITRI as security is a perfect definition. Thanks.

I am 65 but fail to understand why the three deities in Puri temple have to be interpreted as Krishna et al. What's the compulsion? Why the poets have been insistent on the Radha Krishna imagery? In the absence of definite evidence, why claim Jayadeba as Odia if poem is Sanskrit?

Pandemic and lockdown were an excellent opportunity to review syllabus but no such long term project was undertaken. School children are suffering from distortion of history and other subjects that are arbitrary. Higher education is no less problematic. But who will bell the cat?

Raja Rammohan Roy introduced wide ranging intellectual fermentation in India which others took up and responded in different ways. #SriAurobindo wrote a century later to diffuse confusion by offering enlightened opinion.
Reading his books is a must for all

Cc @VividHugh 
I agree with you but the problem basically is that. Expecting that an ordinary individual will be strong enough to be able to 1) remove objectionable scriptural injunctions or 2) getting rid of community leaders espousing them is unfair and unjust. Why onus on him?

Adam Smith was absolutely down to earth in his economic theory who believed strongly in price discovery in a competitive environment. His phrase Invisible Hand elsewhere has been misinterpreted as mystical or religious which he was not. Besides, his self interest was not selfish.

[This is not to say that promoting the linguistic-regional identity itself is foreign to the Left; indeed the very idea of forming states on a linguistic basis was a Left idea (since “nationalities” in Communist theory are defined on the basis of language)] Prabhat Patnaik 9.6.21

[Sri Aurobindo's conceptualisation of the evolution of consciousness exceeds Teilhard de Chardin's view of spiritual evolution and...]
[This book is an exposition of Sri Aurobindo's vision of Brahman and the consequent view of the world, including his original conception of destiny of man and mankind.]

Friday, June 04, 2021

As a life long lover of Odia music

I have no insider information or any ecosystem and so I avoid wild allegations. That various groups are conspiring against each other and peddling disinformation is sure but how effective they are can't be gauged easily. Thus my supposed protection comes from this crowd dynamics.

Hawkish responses are so common but not to consider the other side of the picture is a disability. The Govt. and the Courts seem to be pursuing a very balanced approach in extremely trying conditions. How the future plays out shouldn't be seen as predetermined or forced by a few.

Kalinga Gajapati kings of Ganjam region promoted poetry, and music which was later labelled as Odishi by Akashvani, Cuttack. This Dakshini style of singing inspired by Carnatic music or Karnāṭaka saṃgīta has a distinctive feature of waving. Thus, the nomenclature is arbitrary.

Odisha proper was under Bengal Presidency with substantial cultural difference. Mayurbhanj and Jhumar offered a different style. So by appropriating the name Odishi, the claim of Dakhini music of Ganjam is disproportionate. Geeta Govinda has nothing to do with Odia but they sing.

When they demand classical status, the name Odisha or Odishi should not be awarded. Present Odisha has several regions and diverse styles including modern ones. They are all our own and deserve promotion. The hegemony of this Dakshini singing of Vaishnava poetry is unacceptable.

Specialists can sing well and employ all technical delineation but whether listeners enjoy and are willing to spend time can't be confirmed. Apart from constipated manner of singing, the problem of incomprehensible lyrics poses a huge barrier. But most are drawn because of career

I just conjectured that the waving in Odishi might have been imbibed from Karnatik in which I feel it's very prominent. Or even if it's its own it shouldn't claim pan Odisha currency. As a style or pattern it's fine but claiming a third classical status is dishonest and parochial

As a life long lover of Odia music, I have my own framework of aesthetic experiences that's unique. Others have their own configuration based on age, exposure, or expertise. Someone trying to override my format by imposing some uniformity or systemisation may be valid but unjust.

My fascination with Balakrushna Das's compositions in films like Sri Lokanath, Lakshmi, Manikajodi, Nuabou, Jiban Sathi, and Sadhana etc. forms the basic template. I'm not aware of technical aspects but I just love them. Why should I compromise or sacrifice that before "system?"

"Why should I explain to others what I know so intimately," asks Guru Ramahari Das in his Odishi Pathashala series. His effort at systematisation is commendable and with his level of technical expertise he may be right but along with outsiders I too feel threatened. So I protest.

I don't want to blame anyone; each person has his own background and orientation. He would be guided by that. My fear is that any Govt. certification of Classical status will delegitimise my fragile musical fabric about which I have no technical knowledge nor preservation tools.

Instead of characterising any leader in a specific way, it'd be in order to blame it on the nature of politics itself of which they are merely offsprings. Expecting an ideal situation is rather utopian and hence a delusion, unless #SriAurobindo is invoked.

One conjecture:
In many Odishi songs the opening is very short like Ki helare.
Hum tum of Milan has also a similar start. Is it inspired? Further, I had heard that the boat accident was shot at Jobra barrage in Mahanadi, Cuttack, Odisha. #Odia #OdiaMusic

Exactly, any serious intellectual engagement was absent. Modernity in the West had its roots in the Christin ethical framework but importing it by delegitimising local in situ religious grounding created an abnormal and absurd situation which is yet to be resolved satisfactorily.

Very right but I'm simply reproducing what I have read from scores of highly perceptive authors. Please don't blame me if you haven't come across them earlier. But all of them insist that Sri Aurobindo can be described only by superlatives, nothing less. I won't urge you to agree

From the Bande Mataram phase as a political theorist, Sri Aurobindo's transition to the philosopher of a robust Mother-Ontology, is an interesting one. The Divine Shakti of The Synthesis of Yoga disturbs the neat framework that he built in The Life Divine.

The West has ignored Sri Aurobindo almost entirely

External things are so overpowering that deeper perception or perspectives get neglected. Size, quantity, or numbers hoodwink human beings. Tradition is another trap and tribalism is one more. #SriAurobindo alerts about them in The Life Divine. Please read

Excellent. But too much reliance on University syllabus. #SriAurobindo on the other hand has an intuitive approach who goes straight into the heart of things. The Veda is the basis he announces and blends it with Evolutionary imperatives. Not yo be missed.

This book is a mischievous compilation of #SriAurobindo's sentences. It's better to go to the original source and understand them within the right context. That will save from wrong impressions and needles delusions. Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo (CWSA):

Many thanks for your good wishes. I always admire or rather envy your intellect and understanding. May Mother grant due efflorescence to fruition. The time perhaps is further away. Greater challenges or crises may be fermenting! All the best.

Many thanks my long time friend for your good wishes. It may take a month or so.

Crimes committed against Indians during the last one thousand years or more were by Kings and Queens whose sovereignty can't be challenged. It's futile to be sentimental or revengeful about it. Yet, many exploit those episodes to spread venom among the younger generation. Beware!

The West has ignored #SriAurobindo almost entirely although Sri Aurobindo wrote in English. Hardly any Twitter handle dedicated to discussing Sri Aurobindo's thought. Colossal wastage of instant communication facility. Universities are guarding their own agenda and narrative.

Don't find a single public intellectual in India having read Sri Aurobindo as result of which right understanding from a deeper perspective is missing. You can write hundred articles on Sundarbans but deeper ecological and ontological connection can't come without #SriAurobindo.

Actually both books are complementary. When The Mother returned on 24 April 1920, a new era began. Sri Aurobindo wrote on Faith and Shakti in The Synthesis of Yoga by which time The Life Divine had been completed. The genesis of The Mother book is there.

Crimes committed against Indians during the last one thousand years or more were by Kings and Queens whose sovereignty can't be challenged. It's futile to be sentimental or revengeful about it. Yet, many exploit those episodes to spread venom among the younger generation. Beware!

Under post Covid home rehabilitation, my difficulties & deficiencies are many. Muscles are weak but Twitter provides stimulation to intellectual muscles. My tête-à-tête with Internet in 2005 has been such an exciting journey. My focus is on reading #SriAurobindo's original books.

When anyone is not sure of the situation, it's better to be silent and avoid any reaction. But, most act on political lines and parrot nonsense. It's important to understand that life's demands are deeper and hence knee jerk response is uncalled for. #SriAurobindo guides better.

Modi captured power combating unusual circumstances in 2014. But a lot of deceit and theatrics were also involved. He has transformed the Party and its ideology. He is the Party now; no one else has any clue as to how things move or policy issues. Fine, but no escape from Karma.

I have been campaigning for awarding Sovereignty to the States of India on linguistic basis under a loose federal set up. It will create strong internal solidarity as well as international clout. Diaspora can build up more organic ways of reorganising without an Indian identity.

Many worship Sri Aurobindo as the Supreme Divine

#SriAurobindo was born in Kolkata on August 15, 1872 and was educated in England. Was an official in Vadodara and later became a college teacher there. Wrote poems and read a lot to be acquainted with the Indian tradition. Took interest in fighting the British and went to Kolkata

First a college principal and then a writer on political matters in a newspaper, he became well known. Moving around to give public speeches didn't take long. British were rattled. He spent a year in jail as an undertrial. Wrote on religion and philosophy. Went to Chandannagar.

He reached Puducherry in 1910 and took interest in the Veda and metaphysical inquiry. #TheMother came from France to meet him on March 29, 1914. A monthly magazine appeard on August 15, 1914 in which #SriAurobindo wrote on diverse topics. It ran till January 1921. #ARYA100Years

#SriAurobindo Ashram took shape in 1926 as more and more disciples joined. He wrote regularly to them to guide on spiritual growth. Poetry and intellectual matters were also prominent. Political discussion was not excluded and an eye on international situation and war was keen.

Deeper spiritual question led him to write a long poem called SAVITRI. The Life Divine was published in a revised form. Writing on such profound matters didn't go unnoticed. Reverence poured in and many started to worship him as Supreme Divine. He passed away on December 5, 1950.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Towards a victory of simplicity

Developments on various fronts point to fruition of prophecies so boldly announced by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Consolidation and joining the dots are the right task at present. Thus, the era of Only connect is over; Marxists have done enough of them. A more conscious or mindful approach is needed. No one, obviously, is endowed with precience but being led in the right way is possible through sufficient persistence. Some steps can be wrong or may look absurd but the faith on an infallible guidance should be there.

Science and technology have invented many languages to fathom the secrets of nature. Music and art too have played their roles in weaving complexity. But let's keep the confidence that the final formula reveals in ordinary language of everyday comprehension. Neither panoptic nor kaleidoscopic; something like the blue sky. That would be the victory of ultimate simplicity and beauty. TNM 28.01.21 #ARYA100Years (1914-21)

Misc. References

SAFIC Online Course Know Your Rhythm – A Tool for Developing Integral Personality A 6 Day Course Date: 15 to 20 February 2021 Time: 4.30 PM to 5.30 PM IST Facilitators: Arnab Bishnu Chowdhury & Sevastiana Korotynskaia For details visit:

Once (one interpretation of) a Panth of Dharma takes on such attributes of exclusivist monotheism (even if in this case not particularly proselytising yet) this hatred for coexistence is inevitable because as Aurobindo said India is nothing without Dharma. The Mosaic distinction.

"Wilber has acknowledge the influence of Aurobindo, but his theory is marked by problems; being a totalistic structure which includes & renders irrelevant all other metaphysical formulations & systems of practice. Aurobindo's yoga by contrast recognizes radical plurality" Banerji

"Contrary to current general usage, what is meant here by Yoga encompasses a range of psycho-spiritual practices not necessarily associated with physical disciplines. At the same time it is not restricted to, though it includes, the classical system associated with Patanjali."
(Hartz, 'A Larger Self: Aurobindo and the Science and Art of Yoga')

… I am delighted to know that Dr. Purna Chandra Pradhan has written a book titled, “Practicability: Steps Ahead of Probability” on this kind of feeling to help provide some sort of peace out of ethical thinking amidst the developing science of modern era …
… Sri Aurobindo's philosophy says that the transformation of consciousness to Divine Life bringing immortality on earth is already started working in Nature. In this context, limited human calculation and hence probability of prediction …

6. In Search of Territory: Women's Existential Traverse Through Varied Routes M Chakravorty - Cross-Fertilizing Roots and Routes, 2021
… is derived from the traditionalists, an aspirant to the egalitarian society may reply that it is derived from a pre-industrial, pre-technological era in which … details of the ritual as given in this source explains how by uttering the hymns …

A dissertation submitted by Yuria Bartolomé to Pacifica Graduate Institute in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Mythological Studies …

8. [HTML] Social cycle theory (Sarkar) PR Sarkar, A Marga
… Macrohistorians. The theory owes to the work of Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle, which was published in 1949 but originally written in 1916-1918 under the title The Psychology of Social Development. Four Types of People. The …

… 1st edition, UBS Publishers' Distributors Pvt. Limited, 1999. 7. Malik, Pravir. India's contribution to Management. Sri Aurobindo‟s Institute of Research in Social Sciences, 2017. 8. Robbins, Stephen P. Organizational Behaviour …

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Divinity of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo can't come under academic scrutiny

CIIS has been evolving right from its inception and right now they are offering some interesting courses relating to Sri Aurobindo. Leftist orientation is a drawback but also an opportunity for developing an integral perspective. Nothing could develop in India on such a scale, unfortunately.

Divinity of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, however, can't be a matter of academic scrutiny. Sri Aurobindo can be taught on the basis of his writings but his ontology has gone topsy turvy after the religious dimension. So, any strict or rigorous study of their philosophy is fraught with disability.

Thus, a more balanced approach is needed to understand the new phenomenon that The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have inaugurated. Unfolding world events are also pointers and hence rigidity should be avoided. CIIS, obviously, has a big role here. TNM 27.01.21 #ARYA100Years (1914-21)

Misc. References

California Institute of Integral Studies | A Different Path Starts Here. Celebrating 50+ Years. Based in SF Since 1968. Accredited by WSCUC. Transformative Education.
Aurobindo, Steiner, and Teilhard

School of Consciousness and Transformation PARA 6367  3.00

More Integral Growth and Development: Individual Growth and the Evolution of Consciousness

School of Undergraduate Studies BIS 1604  3.00

More Integral Philosophy and Postmodern Perspectives

School of Professional Psychology and Health ICP 8606  3.00

More Integral Yoga Psychology of Sri Aurobindo

School of Consciousness and Transformation PARA 6693  3.00

More Integral Yoga: Theory and Practice

Clear indication of the value and goal

Looks like Sandeep has resumed posting regularly after a gap of three years and discusses a very practical problem of reading the books of different gurus which he himself undertakes for responding to diverse queries. A sort of occupational hazard which, thankfully, I have been spared of.

Ghosal's comment on suffering is candid but shouldn't be intimidating since there's no better joy and security than the feeling of being in The Mother's hands. Secondly, reading is only one part restricted to 1% of the devotees. 

In any case, experience is put at a higher level than reading or intellectual grasp. But observing the political stance of a few who boast of experience alerts against such spiritual powers. So, personally, it's okay with me without any experience! TNM 27.01.21 #ARYA100Years (1914-21)

Misc. References

People who read too many spiritual books can go off-track. They waste their time intellectually resolving some messy conundrums. For example, Sri Aurobindo says A, Ramana Maharshi says B, Paramahansa Yogananda says C : lets intellectually figure out who is correct. The purpose of the spiritual … Continue reading

Sri Aurobindo’s magnum opus on spiritual philosophy, 'The Life Divine'; and 'Savitri', a more complete and poetic description of his experiences and a summary of his spiritual philosophy are most important contribution that can serve mankind well for atleast a few thousand years!

3. Goutam Ghosal @GoutamGhosal2
Assimilation of Sri Aurobindo's wisdom comes only after a great suffering- mere reading of Sri Aurobindo cannot help much. Unless one is broken to pieces by the Mother, realisation doesn't come. Even if one is carrying the sadhana from previous lives suffering is the only path.
For other writers 3 or 4 years are enough. But one has to spend a lifetime to speak or relate 1% of Sri Aurobindo. Suffering is the condition for even 1% of realisation. Hard path!

 of Light - Sri Aurobindo This book is a guide to the future evolution of consciousness and gives all those who aspire for something more luminous and harmonious a clear indication of the value and goal of their efforts. #aurobindo #integralyoga

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Stepping stone towards harmony and beauty

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo were confident that they are offering something new and unprecedented. They never depended upon any past formulation or established system. They spoke many things to facilitate understanding but that needn't be taken literally.

They didn't show any specific commitment towards present mode of life or society and predicted revolutionary changes. All these may be unsettling to many but it's true. But such anarchist tendency should be seen as a stepping stone towards harmony and beauty.

So, those pathetic attempts to portray Sri Aurobindo in terms of one's pet images is wholly uncalled for. Attempting to understand the intention of the Masters and not cram or parrot their words is the challenge. Encountering Sri Aurobindo with an open mind and interrogating him from diverse perspectives is the task. TNM 26.01.21

Misc. References

1. I appreciate that Hägglund is a philosopher in the true sense: he is a genuine lover of wisdom, and a seeker of it. Hägglund is asking questions that Socrates and Plato and Aristotle asked, about what a good human life is.

2. 2019. Afterword to Ananta Giri, ed., Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo

3. Sri Aurobindo, like many postmodern thinkers, is aware of the need to go beyond Aristotelian/Euclidean logic in metaphysics. He expresses this need in advocating what he calls a “logic of the infinite.” ... Sri Aurobindo has a rather special way of dealing with complementarity. His thought depends heavily on a relationship which I call “asymmetrical complementarity.”

4. shift in consciousness ... is not dependent on the form of religious devotion ... Thus, Sri Aurobindo does not require adherence to a specific religious tradition... regardless of one’s religious background, one can take up and practice the integral Yoga and work toward the transformation of human consciousness and life.

5. Makarand R Paranjape 
@MakrandParanspe “The world waits for the rising of India to receive the divine flood in its fullness.” -Sri Aurobindo, Karmayogin
writes in @gulf_news
: An ancient civilisation & modern, invigorated nation pledges to fulfil their own dreams. #RepublicDay

Evolution demands devotion to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo’s Theory of Spiritual Evolution by Peter Heehs encapsulates the genesis of this crucial idea both in India and the West. Ken Wilber made it popular but Sri Aurobindo's distinctiveness hasn't percolated adequately. Thus, rigourous comparative analysis can bring more dimensions to light.

Implications for politics and Global order too are important. Also, for the future of Philosophy. While academic studies are welcome, it's necessary to remember who Sri Aurobindo is. His yogic achivement can't be dismissed lightheartedly. Without spirituality, his works don't carry much weight.

Thus, being loyal to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo in a religious way is key to collaborating with evolution and right understanding of their mission. Just because certain things look impossible today, they can't be rejected. That's the assurance of Sri Aurobindo and fuel of his continued relevance. TNM 26.01.21

Misc. References

Asian Religious Responses to Darwinism, 167-184, 2020

The aim of this book is to present the concept of evolution and the problem of human destiny in the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo. Set against a quintessential survey of practically the whole range of western philosophy, Sri Aurobindo's original view of life and the universe is presented in a lucid manner.

3. Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy of Evolution by V. Madhusudan Reddy
A thesis on "the concept of evolution in the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo and the problem of human destiny."
We have here a quintessential survey of practically the whole range of western philosophy ... It is against this rich and varied background that Sri Aurobindo's original view of life and the universe is presented in a lucid manner.

4. Ram Shankar Misra wrote a doctoral dissertation on the Life Divine in 1952 at the Banaras Hindu University, which was later published as a book titled “The Integral Advaitism of Sri Aurobindo”.

5. Integral Advaitism of Sri Aurobindo Hardcover – Import, Dec 1998 by Ram Shanker Misra (Author)
This book gives a systematic, thorough and authentic exposition of the thought of Sri Aurobindo. The fundamental and living issues, namely, the concept of the Absolute, the supermind, theory of creation, conception of Ignorance, doctrine of Karma and Rebirth, theory of evolution and destiny of man etc., have been discussed in a systematic and critical way and with great clarity, thoroughness and depth.

Sri Aurobindo continues to be the most potent brand

After one hundred years of the last issue of ARYA, reception of Sri Aurobindo is ambivalent due to his scant utilitarian elements and being too slippery for any firm ideological formulation. Aversion of any cult also keeps most away from him or any serious and sincere study of his works. 

Long time students and followers, on the other hand, don't venture out of their safe and succulent zones as a result of which literalism and copy-paste culture proliferates. Scholarship and analysis are conspicuous by their absence. The other extreme is the Western supremacist approach for which he is just another slide under the microscope.

Be that as it may, Sri Aurobindo continues to be the most potent brand and intellectual powerhouse. The trick is not to be overwhelmed by specialised fields and stick to the Integral paradigm. It's not difficult to sense a gradual appreciation of his eminence emerging and recognition of The Mother's contribution.
Misc. References

1. ARYA (A Philosophical Review) Sri Aurobindo Volume 7 
August 1920 - Jan 1921
15th January 1921

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3. A key idea of feminist film theory, the concept of the male gaze was introduced by scholar and filmmaker Laura Mulvey in her now famous 1975 essay, Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema.

4. Nila Madhab PANDA ନୀଳମାଧବ ପଣ୍ଡା @nilamadhabpanda it's a wonderful feeling when artists get the recognition they deserve, Heartiest Congratulations to the extremely talented artist and sculptor from Odisha our Sri Sudarshan Babu on being honoured with the #PadmaVibhushan award Sudarshan Sahoo #PadmaAwards

Dr. R.L. Kashyap represents Vedic Evolutionary trajectory

An excellent post by Scott Preston draws attention to a plothora of ontological issues covering diverse subjects with wide ranging implications for life and society. It also alerts not to take things for granted as huge technological overhaul might be in the offing as part of evolutionary progress.

Thus, more of human cooperation and unity as advised by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo should be the order of the day. Dr. R.L. Kashyap being awarded Padma Shri can be seen as a symbol of such an inevitability. TNM 26.01.21
Misc. References

1. The Chrysalis - Everything You Thought You Knew…. For those of you who follow such matters, you may perhaps have realised that something akin to a second Copernican Revolution is occurring in the sciences ...
The presumed material basis of reality is being subdued the recognition of the primacy of energy. With that shift, the old “mind-body” problem fd metaphysical dualism that has shadowed and bedeviled much modern thinking begins to fade away as a non-problem. It won’t be resolved because it was never a real problem to begin with.

Paradox. It’s another indication of a major shift in thinking, and this article by Graham Priest entitled “Beyond True and False” attempts to explain why that is so.

3. Beyond true and false
Buddhist philosophy is full of contradictions. Now modern logic is learning why that might be a good thing - Graham Priest
Western philosophers have not, on the whole, regarded Buddhist thought with much enthusiasm. As a colleague once said to me: ‘It’s all just mysticism.’ This attitude is due, in part, to ignorance. But it is also due to incomprehension. When Western philosophers look East, they find things they do not understand – not least the fact that the Asian traditions seem to accept, and even endorse, contradictions. 
An abhorrence of contradiction has been high orthodoxy in the West for more than 2,000 years... Yet Western philosophers are slowly learning to outgrow their parochialism. And help is coming from a most unexpected direction: modern mathematical logic, not a field that is renowned for its tolerance of obscurity.

Monday, January 25, 2021

To eat on the floor and not at a table

Uttarpara speech is considered as epitome of Sri Aurobindo extolling Sanatana Dharma.

The following, however, goes against such an estimation.

Misc. References

1. To venerate the Scriptures without knowing them and to obey custom in their place; to reverence all Brahmins whether they are venerable or despicable; to eat nothing cooked by a social inferior; to marry one’s daughter before puberty and one’s son as soon as possible after it; to keep women ignorant and domestically useful; to bathe scrupulously and go through certain fixed ablutions; to eat on the floor and not at a table; to do one’s devotions twice a day without understanding them; to observe a host of meaningless minutiae in one’s daily conduct; to keep the Hindu holidays, when an image is set up, worshipped and thrown away,—this in India is the minimum of religion. This is glorified as Hinduism and the Sanatana Dharma.

 term Bhadralok was given a negative spin by the Brits. It was because Bhadralok's right from Bagha Jatin to Surja Sen to Aurobindo/Barindra to Subhash were all Bhadralok's who put Bombs & Bullet into the heads of Brits. So who were these Bhadralok? Like Bengali is not a "Martial Race" fraud, we should know why the term "Bhadralok" was & is used to show we are useless Bengali & of no power or courage. This was a British creation as it was people from the "Bhadralok" class that put the Lead Bullet into their brains. The members of the clubs Anushilan/Jugantar were from "Bhadralok" class. Educated, commanded important position's which were open to Indians in the government & they dominated the profession.
They had immense pride in their Bengali Literature, Language, Culture & its History.

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

Dr. Anirban Ganguly Nov most profound & inspiring contextualisation of #SriAurobindo's vision & thought. While leaders of ruling dispensation in #WestBengal are obsessed with "Outsiders", here is one of the finest tributes to one of most illustrious sons of #Bengal & of #BharatMata #SriAurobindo150

@kkdr611 Replying to
But then there is the Sri Aurobindo school of thought which is a different type of advaita school (non mayavadi advaita) as against the Shankara mutt. They base it on Rig Veda to bring the divine down to transform the world rather than the soteriology of vedanta.

Aristotle, Kant, Santayana, and Sri Aurobindo

Amod Lele examining Hägglund is most appropriate given his multicultural background and wide knowledge base. Philosophy as an activity for understanding life and the world has no other substitute nor any sign of finality. So identifying genuine efforts from fake, verbose, or agenda driven ones is very important.

A follower of Sri Aurobindo, however, has the advantage of not examining Aristotle, Kant, or Santayana in advance. One starts with the Veda (not in the ritualistic sense) and understands other things as affirmations or contrary opinions. SAVITRI, obviously, provides the final challenge.

The world not acknowledging this profundity of #ARYA100Years is unfortunate but it's a historical fact and the writings, thankfully, are in place:

Many ill-informed drives are underway to harness Sri Aurobindo but they are bound to bite dust for obvious reasons. Let the Savitri Era Narrative march on in its resplendent colours! TNM 25.01.21
Misc. References

1. Love of All Wisdom - Freedom and the good life - Hägglund's problem here is one that would be diagnosed well by the "religious" thinkers he opposes [...] He has fallen into the trap that focus on external goods. [...]: they presume that if the external conditions of our life are taken care of, then the life itself will be a good one. And that is not even remotely the case.

2. Feel Philosophy - Ideal of the overman becomes a task which the state has now to support The Genesis of a Philosophical Poem: Sri Aurobindo, World Literature and the Writing of Savitri Richard Hartz Sri Aurobindo Ashram (India) richardahartz@ho...

3. Savitri Era Learning Forum - Thinking becomes passing Turing's test Saswati Sarkar @sarkar_swati 6h Replugging our article on the leftism of Nehru & Bose https://… Bose ...

4. Savitri Era Open Forum - Don’t constrain yourself by those old notions - Evergreen Essays Sri Aurobindo gives history a spiritual twist - Pragmatism, Spirituality and Society AK Giri - Springer

5. Evergreen Essays - Sri Aurobindo gives history a spiritual twist Pragmatism, Spirituality and Society AK Giri - Springer 3 days ago - … Page 5. For Arvind Sharma, *Peter* *Heehs*and Paul Schwartzentruber who have helped

6. the Orchid and the rOse - Nolini: from student to revolutionary - AuroMaa The Goal of this Yoga (RE 054) - In this reflection, Dr Alok Pandey takes up the question: What is the goal of this Yoga? The post

7. Savitri Era Party - Overstating deployment of human agency - Savitri Era Coach cut off from the engine - The task before Marxists obviously is how to change the world. A basic dissatisfaction with the wo...

8. Sri Aurobindo Studies - Yoga as Applied Psychology to Change Human Nature Yoga can be looked at as a form of applied psychology, utilized by the self-aware soul to effect changes in human nature. The various traditional paths of ...

9. AuroMaa - ‘Meeting the Mother’: Alain, Auroville A concluding part of the documentary series “The Mother. An inner story by Auroville pioneers”. In French, with English subtitles. Directed by Fred Cebro...