Thursday, March 26, 2020

Depth is only so much as you can measure; Je pakshi ude jete dura

Majority is not synonymous with Democracy. Authorisation is by majority vote but thereafter an elite minority rules. Top Party committee, therefore, is of immense importance. Besides, lateral pulls matter. But all these collapsing in a crisis is not improbable. Wisdom is slender.
Concept of a specialist is overrated. In fact, idea comes from outside and is not necessarily a property of any person. Besides, it's irrespective of office or status. Nature has a penchant for dusting off the undeserving for stimulating fresh enchantment. Democracy facilitates.
Current situation is not a spontaneous one but has been forced by Govts as a precautionary measure. No one can predict the future but the lessons are clear.
Earth is one.
Humanity is one.
Religious and National identities are futile.
Smaller nations better as adminstrative units.
Though it's an extraordinary crisis situation, each State declaring a lockdown can be seen as a baby step towards Sovereignty and the Evolutionary intention behind it is unmistakable. Politics and economy undergoing paradigm shift is also inevitable. Sri Aurobindo is at the helm.
I have been active on the web under the banner of Savitri Era since 2005 but couldn't secure the support of anyone. Those who read Sri Aurobindo feel so knowledgeable that any collective endeavour becomes difficult. Yet, there's scope for unanimity like on forming smaller nations
While your assessment is not unfounded, philosophical observations tend to be difficult because of their abstract nature. Idea, when germinates, has its own validity and force irrespective of gestation of reaching common folk. That's the general assumption
Praying is the most contentious aspect since different gods and goddesses look absurd against the backdrop of a monistic virus. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo thought about all these aspects more than a century ago but educated Indians don't bother to listen to them. That's alarming!
Ultimately, it's about understanding oneself; one has to start somewhere. Sri Aurobindo enacted a Gita like situation in Kolkata but the real war he fought was against Hitler in Puducherry. Thus nationalism is not his final motive; its Evolution, and how it can tackle even virus.

Scores of metaphysical frameworks, theological formulations, or contesting ontologies. Myopic worldviews of science add to the woe of which people are helpless prisoners. Thankfully Sri Aurobindo provides the most stable picture of the world and a secure Evolutionary future of it
Events unfolding and the story unrolling while watching a film feels normal but the truth is that every bit of it has been executed in advance. Life similarly is not a spontaneous or random movement as it appears superficially, writes Tusar Nath Mohapatra.
When #SriAurobindo wrote "Earth wheeled abandoned in the hollow gulfs" in SAVITRI, it was to show the huge contrast to what was to come. So, being aware about the intention of Evolution in all activities is the very skill of our works: योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् |
Science and governance are superficial aspects; being aware of the occult dimension is the real challenge. Obviously no one has access to it but some external actions like reciting SAVITRI, either individually or in small groups, can have tremendous effect on building resistance.
Old remedies are ineffective for new diseases; those peddling their own whims as substitute are not the only ones to blame. Collaborating with Evolution is an urgency; the message of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is precisely this. SM helps spread the word; ignore at your own peril.
The importance of the States being awarded Sovereignty should be best appreciated in moments like this. Large nations are monstrosities which need to be obliterated. Time to grant maximum autonomy to the States and freedom to deal with Foreign affairs independently of the Centre.
Various remedial measures are being adopted but reciting a page of SAVITRI by #SriAurobindo everyday can be considered a potent means too. Even having a copy on the desk has its own occult effect. SAVITRI belongs to the whole humanity and its future sans any narrow categorisation

Sounds rhetorical but this is the crux of the problem, especially, after advent of Hindutva and its harnessing for capturing power. That it won't introduce a slew of anomalies is to be naive. In Sri Aurobindo's writings we don't find this dichotomy but now one has to be cautious.
I didn't know my gender, caste, race, religion, region, language, nationality, or blood type when I was born nor had any hand in choosing them. Yet, social existence depends so much upon them and their ossification. The Mother is a symbol for transcending all these constructions.

Sovereignty for the States is a must for local action and innovation. I have been campaigning for the last three years but no one takes it seriously. Sri Aurobindo foresaw a #WorldUnion a century back but he is ignored. Unusually large nations are ineffective and pose a threat.
Any one can support the idea so that people are aware and at least debate. SM is the best means.
Fighting Communism or Hindutva is not the real challenge as the present crisis underscores. Larger Ontological picture is more relevant for which the Yogic insights of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are immensely instructive. Modernity is key but Supraphysical realm matters much more

This handy compilation is three to four decades old but remains neglected. Let's hope both the scientific community and those dealing with Humanities look at it for some bold pointers at this time of crisis. @NathTusar
#SriAurobindo #WorldUnion #FiveDreams
If we believe in the theories of Sri Aurobindo, each of us is evolving and there's no static position or firm identification. More so for those in the public arena. Still more accentuated for those who write or lecture. So, being part of that journey should be the right approach.

What Bankimchandra or Rabindranath did to be remembered? With forty volumes to his credit, Sri Aurobindo is a great poet and writer. As most of his work is in English, Bengalis not knowing him is understandable. You may not know him but his admirers are spread all over the world.
The middle class mentality expects the dirty job to be done by somebody else. So when Sri Aurobindo left the scene, it was not taken kindly. Tagore wrote a novel reinforcing this sentiment which was used to the hilt to marginalise Sri Aurobindo, his books, and religious following
Humility is good but in your tweet you have insulted the memory of a great poet and philosopher like Sri Aurobindo. An apology is due.
Why 11 years? How do you know? Tagore wrote one poem or visited him once later on but that doesn't mean he agreed with him. Sri Aurobindo preferred to keep safe distance from his famous contemporaries because his work and priorities belonged to an altogether different wavelength.
You seem to possess more truth than the British investigative agencies and the Courts had in 1909. We must know your detailed charge sheet against Sri Aurobindo and how they are historically accurate. Spreading baseless rumour on Internet is absolutely irresponsible and unethical
Please desist from off the cuff remarks; it's infinitely important to understand who Sri Aurobindo is, why he came, and how his work is relevant even in this viral crisis. Overlooking it is a colossal loss for the humanity. So being serious about him is the most challenging task.
I don't have any extra information than what Sri Aurobindo has written. And the answer is crystal clear but there's no remedy to prejudice. All our historians suffer from the latter. So self-study is the only recourse although it takes a long time. Chittaranjan Das was his lawyer
Downfall may not be a right description since Sri Aurobindo himself has recorded about the dismal state of affairs prevailing then. Still high humanitarian concerns have fostered on Bengal soil and it shouldn't be measured in merely economic terms. Bengal teaches India even today
Sri Aurobindo stresses on cosmological aspects which are certainly esoteric but his task is to bust obscurity to make it common knowledge just like an invisible virus. Such awareness about hidden forces of life can bring tremendous development in our human affairs. #SriAurobindo
Much more aware and enlightened people are there in Bengal today but they don't get limelight. Plus access to Web. Because human issues have multiplied and become much more complex over the last century. So, you need tons of sensibilities. E.g., judgement on a Foreigner's right.

Attempting to read The Life Divine by #SriAurobindo should form a basic challenge; doesn't matter if the first encounter is a failure. Even that has got many advantages. For all scholarship or expertise is inchoate and infructuous without this crucial tome
The Life Divine is not exactly a guide book for the current crisis but it's a manual for all seasons. A random page can intimate the vastness of the canvas and how subtexts are more crucial. It also assures of the sure steps of Evolution behind the rough and tumble of daily life

An easier course is to allow Sri Aurobindo to explain as he has done in a dozen volumes over a century back. Consulting them can open new vistas of understanding and intuitive interpretation revealing the true Vedic foundation of not only the present crisis but future Evolution.
Please random check at
You can read The Secret of the Veda. The first chapter itself can give a picture of alternative interpretations and how meanings differ radically.
I don't believe that you have read the books by Sri Aurobindo otherwise you wouldn't be discussing these minor points. That's by way of clarification in the interest of knowledge and no offence intended. Thanks.
I have already mentioned the example of a word, Gopalaka in this context for which Sri Aurobindo provides a better interpretation in his The Secret of the Veda. One has to read at least the first chapter to know about it.
One specific word is Gopalaka and how to understand it, for on its meaning stands the whole edifice of defective interpretations perpetrated for ages. Overlooking it doesn't amount to committing any wrong but one who has read The Secret of the Veda can't.
Acquiring knowledge and right understanding is a voluntary thing; can be undertaken by self only. I requested you to read, provided the link, and pointed out a specific defect. Thereafter, it's your choice and level of curiosity. Thanks.
You are right since I want your understanding of things should be addressed by Sri Aurobindo himself. You can start with the first chapter of The Secret of the Veda and then see what happens. That's reasonable, I presume. #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
With due respect, I don't agree with you as nobody has direct access to knowledge. We all use texts and translations that are subject to interpretation. So comparing them has much advantage instead of following something uncritically. The rest depends upon how far one may venture
If requesting to read a book on Veda is such a bad thing to do, then it's futile to be in Twitter. The book, and not myself, should be the subject of discussion.

Many don't go beyond Thoughts and Aphorisms of Sri Aurobindo and quote from it to ridicule others. Life however is more complex and #SriAurobindo himself has written volumes to examine it from different angles. So avoiding any signalling of finality or false promise is necessary.
Limited exposure should not prevent one from appreciating the gigantic treasure of writings in different languages on human affairs by thinkers in diverse fields over the last three thousand years. Sri Aurobindo occupies a very prominent place but hasn't been examined adequately.
Various academic disciplines have their own validity and utility but shouldn't be allowed to dominate one's worldview. For that, The Mother Sri Aurobindo are more appropriate source. Similarly, avoiding ideological straight-jacket of some political party is also a prudent course.
Atheists enjoy all benefits given by God but deny his existence. Similarly, those who denounce liberalism enjoy all its advantages but never realise own hypocrisy of criticising it. Why such duplicity is perpetrated is difficult to understand and that too by the highly educated.

Easy to theorise by riding piggyback on eloquence but history, society, and memory are far more complex affairs. A more realistic response can go a long way in a balanced evaluation of the Evolutionary compulsions of various episodes of the past especially before the West arrived.
While it's natural to examine alternative scenarios to understand this viral crisis, it's profitable to study a living experience like Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Besides, Satprem's futuristic books like The Mind of the Cells or Evolution II are highly relevant.
Good counter view but from the safety of the gallery since advantages of Govt measure is already in place. So, no pressure mounting every minute nor fresh inputs pouring in every hour. You have certain grounds but they are equally speculative to be doable.
Most are debating whether the Govt. is right or wrong but overlook that the present crisis is about the people themselves. How they can collaborate with the right Evolutionary forces is the task but our high profile management experts and trend analysts are unable to sense merit.
Role of media is to scout for alternative and marginalised viewpoints but in our country they rather ignore and supress. When so much of ignorance and confusion on the pandemic prevails, the firm voice of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo should earn prominence. Who can understand this?
The nation can celebrate March 29 in a big way by highlighting the role of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo in producing quality philosophy and universal practice. Recognising how their Integral paradigm can play a big role in fighting the present pandemic is the high need of the hour.
The Mother reached Puducherry on March 29, 1914 and met Sri Aurobindo. ARYA came out on August 15 in which several books were serialised. They knew the importance of right philosophy which is no less crucial than right medicine or vaccine. Educated Indians must realise this fact.
Simply saying don't panic is not enough. There must be proper background to support such positive emotion when faced with extreme situation. That's basically the function of philosophy and amassing some is necessary like Bank balance. Quality matters and Sri Aurobindo is the best
Sri Aurobindo wrote about #WorldUnion a century back but it's yet to percolate. Present crisis provides a very good opportunity to debate the issue. West couldn't produce a World Philosophy due to racial prejudices. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are extremely relevant on many counts

Savitri by Sri Aurobindo is the safest guide
["O seer, in the earth's strange twi-natured life
By what pitiless adverse Necessity
Or what cold freak of a Creator's will,
By what random accident or governed Chance ...
Is it thy God who made this cruel law?]
Mantra from Savitri 
by Sri Aurobindo:
Hers is the mystery the Night conceals;
The spirit’s alchemist energy is hers;
She is the golden bridge, the wonderful fire. ||81.22||
Let the whole world submit to its power and light to face this worldwide crisis.
Was reminded of the poem Thought the Paraclete by Sri Aurobindo
Savitri Era: Sanskrit texts don't contain self-evident truth
#SavitriEra of those who adore
Om #SriAurobindo & #TheMother
Tusar Nath Mohapatra @NathTusar (SELF)

Was there five years back. The best attraction of Karwar beach is perhaps the hill inside the sea. Kali river bridge is also a charming spot. Worth visiting.

Odia identity is more pronounced on the web than the real world
A secular festival like #PakhalaDibasa is a good occasion for some nostalgic sentiments. Similar level of enthusiasm needed to make all old songs available online like
The corollary is that he questioned the authenticity of traditionally revered texts by introducing suspicion and giving credence to parallel narratives. This postmodernist technique might have contributed much for fostering a liberal and plural religious environment across Odisha
1. Sure but not easy like most other things in life. Yet being conscious or judicious should be the task. 
2. Many shortcomings are there and for that coordinated effort of five to six persons needed. Let's hope it emerges from these discussions.
3. Many have contributed greatly.
Many thanks for sharing this iconic and priceless Odia song. Hope you can locate information on the original of Tulasi chaura mule
So, what do you propose? I think govt is doing its part and local organisations are there. It can be given a push but that may not mean promoting quality. Music appreciation is a personal thing and it should develop organically and spontaneously; through a process of elimination.
The media scene was so restricted in those days that to come across a photograph like this was rare. Tima, our Mukri, was popular in Krushi Sansar. Even today, we remember most of our singers by name only and not by their appearance. Thanks @SuryadeoSurya.
Oh, great! Such a futuristic composition but I don't remember to have heard it before. Thanks for preserving for the next generation; you are a veritable institution now.
Only 13 views in the last two months. Sabu kusumara base - enchanting lyrics by Narayan Prasad Singh surely deserves more listeners.
Having almost no personal involvement with records, cassettes, or CDs, I retain my fascination for the soft power of the songs instead of hardware. I might have missed many things but thematic recalling of songs is not on the basis of their placement in albums or time of release.
Thanks. That's because I love them. Radio being the only source of entertainment those days and Odia culture at its best. Those radio plays featuring Himanshu Bhusan Sabat and Jharana Das. Nadiya Bihari Mohanty of SS. There used to be a song: Hajigala bayasa, michhe khoji basana!
Given my near total lack of exposure to other forms of music, what are your recommendations? What are the possible linkages to Odia songs? One is Chandramalli hase; there may be more. But, we are perhaps more attached to the lyrics than the sheer musical element, which should be.
Bayasara Krushnachuda, however, is not in splendid isolation. Thankfully, we have a brilliant rendering by Sisira Das in a haunting tone but the lyrics at places seems to be a bit gender neutral. Rangani also features which reminds of several other songs.
As first Sajafula song, Jhari jhari jae has a historic eminence but I somehow can't reconcile to it being companion to a great song like Asadha shyama sadhi. Bayasara Krushnachuda rather seems apt. Btw I used to sing Asadha shyama in Matlab nikal gaya tune
We had all kinds of flowers in our garden but Krushnachuda came much later. Till then, this heavenly song of Akshaya Mohanty used to do the job. Must rank at the top of what @OdiaCulture
reminisced recently about the connoisseur's song in non-film category
[Naipaul's essay on how, in the Trinidad of his youth, the flowers of the Caribbean were rendered invisible by the unseen daffodils of text-book English poets...frangipani which seemed to me to be redolent of all that was mysterious, desirable and secret.]
[the depth (of any philosophical problem) is, for you, only so much as you can measure.] J.N. MOHANTY (p.199)

Sunday, March 08, 2020

Sanskrit texts don't contain self-evident truth

We have seen three phases in the course of the last sixty years.
1. Socialism will bring equality and freedom from exploitation
2. Market will force freedom and access to equal opportunities
3. Internet will usher in transparency and fairplay
The three have failed; Cartels rule.
Individual is the greatest feat and mystery of creation (Exclusive Concentration principle of Sri Aurobindo) for without it no Theory is possible. Gold is known as noble metal as it refuses to react or corrode. Still ceteris paribus or other things being constant is a supposition.
While this aim sounds impressive, it's impossible to have a view from nowhere. Bias or prejudice lurk always and the urge to win brownie points. The function of philosophy however is to understand the world sans distortions imposed by socio-cultural lenses

There are many comparative studies but I haven't come across any juxtaposing Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo. Especially, Raja Yoga vs. Synthesis of Yoga. Those who are conversant with both can provide outlines for the benefit of young. How far SA is indebted to SV needs to be told
Philosophy is no less a political enterprise with commercial ramifications like publishing and museums. So, reordering is full of hurdles. Spring cleaning, nevertheless, has its utility for blowing cobwebs away. So sane approach needed instead of a full-scale cultural revolution.
The Meeting of the East and the West in Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy by S.K. Maitra is still the best book for understanding not only the basics of philosophy but also where philosophy as a subject is headed. D.P. Chattopadhyaya too.

The area from Ganga to Godavari constitutes a single cultural heritage but three different States and three major languages have brought some sharp divisions. Yet a lot many cultural overlapping are conspicuous. #PrachiValley indicates a much older civilisation to rewrite history

Efforts of the last seventy years have evaporated. Why? It's not easy to diagnose and therefore it's likely to fester. Sri Aurobindo talked about these a hundred years back. The Human Cycle is a classic which has solutions to many problems of the present.

Not enough to be proud of Konark temple alone. How to build the future is very important. There are professionals and experts but there is a lack of thinkers. All have a responsibility to build a hatred-free society. #SriAurobindo helps in the growth of all aspects of personality.

Please look around you. The level of education may have increased to some extent, but ignorance is spreading. Everyone is ready to bow before tradition and worship superstition. Prosperity has made people inactive, the brain lazy. #SriAurobindo is the cure for all these diseases.

So much of content on Sri Aurobindo is available online but young generation is incapable of taking advantage. Obviously some guidance or endorsement is needed. Present ideological frameworks don't permit curiosity to foster. So, an aggressive approach for reaching out is needed.

First and foremost thing to remember is that after the advent of The Mother Sri Aurobindo all past texts and traditions have been reinvented. So unless one is sufficiently acquainted with their priorities, old doctrines and tenets are likely to persist. Nothing less, nothing more.

There's no denying that talk of Gita, Vedanta, Veda, or Yoga repels the young generation. So how the teachings of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo can be imparted is a question of skillful packaging and careful branding. So many radical facets but no qualified educators to disseminate.

Sri Aurobindo valorises volition and Savitri denotes its acme. From a political point of view, fighting hegemony is a perpetual concern and giving voice to the voiceless can never lose value or relevance. Meta-narratives do overwhelm and escaping from their dominance is important.

A timely essay by @KS1729 but The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have taken the concern to a different dimension. Eg The Destiny Of The Body: The Vision and the Realisation in #SriAurobindo's Yoga by Jugal Kishore Mukherjee is an excellent treatise on the subject.

See, politics is still in infancy in India. This is the first occasion to come out of Congress clout but not fully because of International pressure. Hence Gandhi, no change in text books. So, you must understand the constraints. Challenge is to stabilise and then attempt slowly.
That's obvious, he got the core 25% votes but additional 10% too. But that's past. He has to plan future strategies and win more States. As PM he has no dearth of advisors. So the mould that you want him to fit into doesn't exist. It's irrelevant now except as a fond hope of some
We know how he won; image management and event management including Muzaffarnagar. It's a gamble, he had to fight intra-party tussle. No need to recount them now; it's extremely difficult for anyone to succeed in politics. So, its not correct that he won because of Hindutva only.
No one before him had won majority. Modi not only crawled his way to the top but also retains it after six years. Given the diversity of India, he is trying to broad-base his support; this is mere survival. So, where is question of sticking to narrow ideology and loosing his job?

That's great. KB too stresses on his experiences. So, nothing to dispute. But I try to be politically correct and that clashes. Let's hope there will be some resolution in the future driven by circumstances. May be some other perspective emerges.
No disputing with your apprehensions but from what I have observed, it's not in human hands. Always some absurdity becomes normal, I can cite so many examples. So the current phase is also as per Divine plan, there must be some purpose, even contradiction. Expecting ideal in vain.
Overall problem is this:
Each person has his impressions and opinions and it's not easy to reconcile them. It's only by putting faith on Sri Aurobindo that we are able to check or test. But on many points it may not be possible. So what's so apparent to you may seem flawed to me.

Okay, fine. But Grace is more a factor than competence. And Grace unfolds only in the context of consent and work. You know it all.
Why don't you attempt a review yourself; I can publish it. Will generate some interest among the young as regards the task of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo.
What you read is from a review of the book by Gagdad Bob. So the words are his and not of the author. Bob might be paraphrasing in an interesting way for his Christian readers. You can read the post in two parts. A lot of things to know; this is the real context of Sri Aurobindo.

1. Congress and the Left were successful in keeping Sri Aurobindo outside academia.
2. Hindutva has nothing to gain from #SriAurobindo and hence pays lip service.
3. Independent scholars picking him up has remote chance.
4. Public intellectuals don't know him.
5. So, Self-study.

Devotion for The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is spontaneous but, if harnessed to build ecosystem for some ulterior motive, turns out to be spurious. Similarly if their writings are quoted selectively to justify own pet agenda then it's knavery. Breaking resistance to SA is an urgency.

Working for Democracy, Diversity, and Modernity is a necessity in India and Sri Aurobindo fits in well in this project. His #FiveDreams and #WorldUnion are sufficiently futuristic to hold the interest and attention of the young generation. Needed right attunement at right moment.

Instead of working on the ground to create a society where milk and honey will flow, most Hindutva votaries are engaged in whining and spewing hatred. For them, it's self-esteem and career but there should be some consideration for the hapless audience who have to swallow poison.

Being in power Hindutva is attracting more and more people and so it's not surprising many followers of Sri Aurobindo falling prey. This is also true for various Centres and Institutions. May be younger generation won't find any difference but upholding superiority is sacred duty

From the Marxists' point of view who find zero value in Sri Aurobindo, his outstanding relevance is that he exists despite all their attempts to banish him and this very fact is a testimony to his towering scholarship heralding an Integral paradigm. The Mother met him on March 29

Even if political and philosophical dimensions of Sri Aurobindo's writings are kept aside, the artist in him has an enduring appeal. One can read his works to savour the beauty in an ever-widening horizon. This is no less utility apart from the self-management principles of Yoga.

Marrying Mazzini to Bankim, Sri Aurobindo is credited to have forged a novel brand of nationalism but reliance on Sanskrit texts were rather formal. Deeper debts came later but their implications remain unfulfilled to which is hinged the whole future of #SriAurobindo's prophecies.

While people in general not finding any utility in Sri Aurobindo's thinking ability can be understood, erudite followers forcing a straight-jacket is riddlesome. Lack of concrete result leads to idiosyncratic interpretations and whimsical representations. A free-for-all situation.

Sri Aurobindo's writings need to be seen in this light and that explains why a large majority of people are absolutely callous about them. That apart, simply implying that his works are futuristic doesn't absolve them of perceived barrenness. Mystical or poetic is another oblique.

Sanskrit texts have existed for many centuries but human difficulties have accentuated. Further, there's no sure method to ascertain that they contain self-evident truth or their prescriptions will give desired results. So at best they constitute a habitus prone to motived misuse.

Though unrevised, The Bourgeois and the Samurai essay is a frank admission by Sri Aurobindo about various sociological realities of his time particularly in Bengal. It was never published during his lifetime. Also echoes Hegel's critique of the Philistine.

Sri Aurobindo wrote in the context of Foreign rule and popular Sanskrit texts provided the ammunition. That doesn't mean that he was sure of their efficacy. He simply continued a tradition of the previous century of which there was no visible effect till then despite Vivekananda.

Further, having lived in a village surrounded by all kinds of religious activities for years, I'm sceptical about the salutary claims you make. But then, again, it's personal and subjective; local and contingent. Btw, can litter be used in a positive sense? Thanks. #SriAurobindo
See, I don't have to educate you on the sociological or psychological dimensions of what you say and its subjective nature. That's why we don't have to believe someone blindly who has spent his life in an Ashram. Or even, who is not married. There's merit; but it's not foolproof.
Can understand your concern but the basic dilemma is as regards direction. Which road is right? Whom to look for guidance? You have certain convictions; that's fine. But I don't think you can implement them in a real life situation. So certainty is suspect 

Claiming that only your tweets emanate from The Mother's lap and my tweets from a dunghill is itself a sign of hare-brain. Your stance on Hindu issue, moreover, is puerile and partisan. Yet, you are eminently entitled to your views and so called unseen experiences.
It's not about me. I'm concerned about the educated younger generation who might be seduced by your fine English. Try you must but any fiasco will give a huge bad name to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Don't forget about that. Hope @auroviryavaan will agree.
For KB, Can you give any indication of a timeframe? Then there are other questions like diversity. Unless articulated at length, such cryptic comments are no more than glorified quackery. False promises and unverified postures need to be avoided in public.

Defining spirituality may not be difficult but finding one with access to that is. Religion on the other hand is like an umbrella under which different persons with common faith take shelter for social utilities. The Mother among others is one such theme.
Precisely and that's where a new religion is born. And a new thread!

Darwin's Evolution and Nietzsche's Overman backed by élan vital of Bergson had created a despotic prospect which Sri Aurobindo corrected by adding Vedic genesis. Psychologically aligning with these ideals can energise myriad forces waiting for collaborating with future Evolution.

People accuse each other but don't appear to seek any solution to the quagmire. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have undertaken herculean labour to accomplish epochal transformation. Reading their books can bring positive changes in society. One can choose from prose, plays, or poetry.

Sri Aurobindo's invitation is for renouncing the burden of the past so as to discover future treasures. Nostalgia however is a disease with most Indians and hence it's necessary not to be weighed down by the past glory or hero worship. Mind can occupy huge territories in a minute

Instead of tweeting KG level facts on Sri Aurobindo, reading the Wikipedia article on him is more profitable
More intrepid can check his Complete Works and allied resources
Those who get headache to read

Why VIPs, many of the students themselves are a deluded lot. They should have been at the forefront of intellectual leadership of the country but alas! And, the burden is on this poor handle coming from a village school in Odisha - with modest education - dreaming of #WorldUnion.
#SriAurobindo International Centre of Education has been in existence for the last seventy years but the nation hasn't been able to imbibe its gains as a result of which we witness enormous confusion around us. Many VIPs visit the Ashram but forget about real take away of SAICE.

Defying the British was the challenge in Revolutionary days of Sri Aurobindo but today defying tradition, rituals, and other superstitions arising out of mythological fiction assumes the same urgency. Odisha can be said to be far ahead than the rest of the country, on this count.

Delhi violence will reverberate for a long time vis-a-vis ideology and theory and Gandhi is likely to be invoked in renewed vigour. We don't harbour any visceral hatred for him and people are free to draw inspiration. Sri Aurobindo however offers the right Evolutionary direction.

Agreed that there're no final answers for life's questions but that doesn't mean we should spread irrationality. Personal beliefs and public position need to be separated. Keeping in mind human diversity is essential in all public affairs. So accommodating plurality should be aim.
Atheists enjoy all benefits given by God but deny his existence. Similarly, those who denounce liberalism enjoy all its advantages but never realise own hypocrisy of criticising it. Why such duplicity is perpetrated is difficult to understand and that too by the highly educated.

Hypocrisy and doublespeak is another cowardly trait. If you are so convinced of your logic then spell out your agenda in clear terms. Why hum and haw and eat words? And all bravado by being anonymous! Courage of conviction and power of articulation needed. Avoiding knowledge sad.
Basics of Political Science are being twisted in the name of Dharma and such other dubious assumptions. This perversion leads to many other whims and corroborating absurd themes. Enmity clouds judgement and lends justifications to what are patently wrong. No leadership on values.

What prompted him is not known - for there seems to be no immediate context - but just a week after this tweet, Delhi witnessed the worst of what was warned. Now, it's almost impossible to crawl back to the earlier position. A colossal loss of moral stature

Savitri Era: Gita is not an ideal prescription for modern generation
@NathTusar Director, #SavitriEra Learning Forum (SELF)
#SriAurobindo's theoretical salience

How do you know that Sri Aurobindo doesn't need defenders? And what prompts you to advise me? Please don't pose to be my teacher. I know very well what to do and what not to. If you value silence, then quit Twitter and mind your own affairs. Btw learn some humility and politeness

And mine
Three failures

Bharata seems to be more acceptable. Restoring the original.
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Himalaya being at the centre of this geographical area can be choosen as an inspiring name for this branch of philosophy with implicit future challenges on ecology. Lateral solution to end quarrel.
In that case, you should plead for Bharata and not India/Indic. Indic sounds more like Greek.
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Oasis or rainbow is will-o-the –wisp
Kaleidoscope of false leads beckon
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So also the barrenness of a vale ...

Monday, March 02, 2020

Gita is not an ideal prescription for modern generation

Instead of one Capital it's better to grant Sovereignty to the States on linguistic basis so that there are at least two dozen capital cities to galvanise economy as well as local culture. Right now over a billion people are suffering from the difficulties of a large joint family.

Sanskrit, Mythology, and Rituals are responsible for creating an anti-modern image of traditional religion. Sri Aurobindo has done his best to salvage the situation but unfortunately no takers. His scientific self-management system duly anchored in philosophy is ideal for young.

Nothing wrong but ground realities are lightyears away. Such utopian idea is no different from the imaginary Hindu Rashtra at the other extreme in which so many seem to live. A more realistic conception of man in his organic setting is in order, now that the Science Day is over.
Sri Aurobindo's mature writings belong to the period from 1914 to 1950 which saw two World Wars. He is the only thinker in the whole world who understands both West and the East well. His Cosmology is not final but the most coherent. He won't agree that such a society is possible.
You are highlighting what you have read with which I'm reasonably conversant. But you haven't paid attention to a very significant domain of knowledge, i.e., Sri Aurobindo. Time to catch up with that. The Life Divine has no match.  @freemarkets5
This is good from the academic point of view; that's how young minds are trained to focus for any problem solving but correlations can't be cut away. Ontology therefore is important for arriving at right inferences. No one to surpass Sri Aurobindo and his Secret of the Veda, yet.
That's like a good boy. Please go through the Wikipedia article first. Then we can discuss other things. As a thinker, he is subject to public criticism but we don't find much in the public domain. I will be happy if any one can really challenge him. You can try, it's a long way!

Not giving up is the secret; you should read the Wikipedia article first to develop enough appreciation. There're many secondary literature too from where one can draw inspiration. Beyond Man is a very readable book
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No first hand experience but even blacks in US will not have so much of victimhood as our educated and prosperous sections nurse. The way so many are suffering from the urge for getting rid of those whose forefathers were the ruling class, it's not going to vanish any time soon.
Earlier the general refrain used to be love, peace, and brotherhood. Now everyone clamours hate, hit, and kill. What has caused this slippery slope slide so fast is not known but is a sign of how power corrupts the thinking process. We retain hope on Modi govt but it's shrinking.
Kill your neighbours enacted last month in Delhi proves how dominant ideological avenues are bankrupt. Sri Aurobindo said it a century back and there's an urgent need to translate them into action. Just visiting the Ashram or holding Art exhibition is not enough at this juncture.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo fought Hitler who had mesmerised a whole nation including top thinkers. So ideology has that power to mobilise foolish herds out of sane men. Same we observe today in more or less degrees everywhere. So thorough understanding of Sri Aurobindo essential.

It's no rocket science that after Savitri older texts and scriptures have become outdated. Anyone with an iota of attunement with Sri Aurobindo's philosophy should know that clutching on to the old is anti-Evolutionary. #SriAurobindo once deleted even the word Rishi. So strict!
Political parties are tweaking their strategies keeping an eye on future elections but for Savitri Era Party, the target is long term. Savitri must reach every home and then we can hope for a semblance of collaboration with Evolution. Not difficult if SM takes this up as sensible.

I don't follow Gita nor think it's an ideal prescription for modern society. Mythological fiction can't be allowed to rule present generation. Anachronism needs to be avoided to build a global community for which Auroville is already a model. Mitra and Varuna however are relevant.
Agree wholeheartedly and I apply whatever little I understand of Humanities when I write here. My opinion doesn't match with anyone else but I'm helpless about it. So, don't worry, no one is taking my words seriously; at least there's no evidence of it till now.

Kshatriyahood will end in killing neighbours, this those valorising muscular nationalism must understand. Intellectual Kshatriyas engaged in poisoning the minds of young generation should desist from their ugly design. Delhi murders should shake the conscience of fundamentalists.
It's good that ideology is coming to the fore; even people are killing each other in Delhi for the sake of it. So right orientation and moulding of minds has great relevance. Without Sri Aurobindo most people are suffering from intellectual malnutrition, hypocrisy, and fallacies.
Archeological treasures like sculpture and architecture are art; meant for aesthetic appreciation and education. But if they fuel so much of sinister nationalistic emotions that people kill each other, then such feelings need to be abdicated. Sri Aurobindo teaches love & harmony.
As we bid farewell to February 29 which will arrive four years later in 2024, our prayers for fruition of all that have been promised and envisaged. This takes us to a glad waiting for a month for March 29, a date without parallel in the human history or Mythology.

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Supramental Consciousness in its embryonic state

February 28, 1968: Auroville was born, just two months before May 1968 sweeping whole Europe.
February 28, 2020: Serious political and communal unrest has gripped Dehi, the capital of India.
Message of #Auroville is the most appropriate basis for resolving conflict.
From 1968 to 2020, we have witnessed enormous Intellectual dishonesty and attempts at indoctrination. Sri Aurobindo demands honesty and integrity as price for efflorescence of his Integral vision. The young must break free of dominant political ideologies for building a new India.

On February 29, 1956, Supramental Consciousness descended upon earth in its embryonic state, as announced by The Mother. Its effects are difficult to perceive now, yet believing in its subtle action and Evolutionary momentum is a responsibility for all followers of #SriAurobindo.

After seventy years, it can safely be asserted that the Constitution of India is thoroughly elitist and Utopian. Auroville was surely ambitious which was founded after twelve years of Supramental descent. But the Constitution, without any spiritual foundation, was merely a dream.
Thus the nation is at the cusp of a renegotiation of its social contract for regeneration of regional vitality. How local culture redefines its people without any reference to overarching abstract stipulations imposed by the Centre is in the womb of the future. May The Mother act

Understanding India and the significance of its religion is impossible without reading Sri Aurobindo's books, yet most educated persons ignore him. Result is ignorance rules and multifarious deformations claim dominance. Reversing this trend is essential for future of the nation.
Quoting Sri Aurobindo and supporting scoundrels is an irony of our times. Lack of institutional dissemination of Sri Aurobindo's thought is the primary reason. There's no dearth of scholars with commendable self-study but slant is ubiquitous too. So no escape from subjective trap

While Savitri Era Party advocates switching to a scenario envisioned by Sri Aurobindo, there's no magic wand. Human nature has not undergone any appreciable transformation although intellectual recognition of its necessity is more or less stable. So next step is to popularise it.
No one can beat Sri Aurobindo in analysing the past and foreseeing the future. His stress on individual contribution for aiding Evolution is of profound significance. For instance, every tweet can be judged as to how much hatred it spreads. A few foreigners will rank at the top.

Nehruvian consensus sought to squeeze Hindutva out of the mainstream without any effort to engage with it. Obviously, it lacked necessary ideological flexibility. Today, Hindutva itself is attempting reform by conflating Gandhi and Vivekananda. But real challenge is Sri Aurobindo.
Let there be no confusion that I'm the only voice in the whole country to have popularised this new vision over more than a decade. Many love name-dropping of, and lip-service to, Sri Aurobindo but peddle erroneous representation. So caution against such celebrities is essential.
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.
Sri Aurobindo has adequately dealt with various schools of philosophy and their relative efficacy vis-a-vis various stages of Human Cycle. In a way, the present turmoil was necessary so that people gasp for breath and strive for new discovery. Hindutva will understand its limits.

A and B belong to C.
D, E, F, and G are H.
I, J, K, and L are M.
N, O, P are Q.
R is S.T.
U and V  are W.
X and Y have Z class security.
That's the Indian reality.
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Ask yourself
Whether you believe
In what you write
Or to please someone
For some favour.
The latter is legitimate
Quite appropriate
Except that it can't
Be tom-tomed as
Ethical epitome.
Taking a stand
On rational ground
Is to surmount
Pulls and strings
And what they bring
And be.

Fifty words
At sixty four
Well past the
Midnight hour.
Millions sleep
They can think
And see merit
In questioning.
Why to believe in
Absurd practices?
And blindly follow
Better to reorder
Our priorities
And revamp
Whole territories
To blow cobwebs
Away from minds.

The question
Is not Hindu-Muslim
Or citizenship
It's meaning.
What's is life
What it's for
Wherefrom it comes
And where does it go?
Forty two have died
For a futile cause
Is a reminder
To seek reason.
Sri Aurobindo wrote
In forty two volumes
Auroville came up
Fifty two years ago.

Solving problems
Without reading
Seminal thoughts
Is stillborn.
Bijli and Pani
All very vital
But nothing more.
Human nature
Complex suture
Caprice galore
Anew ever.
Evolution says
Sri Aurobindo
Is on and kicking
New is in making.
So no riots please
Or old remedies.

It seems that more and more people are coming under the refreshingly transformational influence of The Secret of the Veda authored by Sri Aurobindo over a century ago. Anyone reading its explosive first chapter can't return to his earlier intellectual framework due to subversion.
First chapter of The Secret of the Veda has the potential of overthrowing both Hindutva and Nehruvian fundamentalism. Sri Aurobindo never highlighted this dimension but present events have rendered it relevant. So simple to perceive except those who are Intellectually dishonest.

Quotations are a problem with Sri Aurobindo's way of explicating any notion spread over two-three pages. Further, a lot of prior attunement is needed which develops in the course of reading. Sri Aurobindo and Carl Marx by DPC is the most competently attempted critical enterprise.

Instead of lamenting about degeneration of "our" Republic I as an ordinary and helpless citizen would diagnose it as real discovery of India and how the so called Idea of India was a sham or Colonial imposition. Granting Sovereignty to the States will be the final and logical end.
Blatant fuelling of street politics is negation of Democracy and Civil society. Formidable forces are involved in this vicious game with an eye on power. No patience to wait for five long years. So don't give that any ideological colour or build some hollow ethical superstructure.
Human nature is not perfect but socially responsible behaviour is maintained through education, culture, religion, and law. Defying fragility by instigating prolonged street protests on the pretext of seeking justice can light the fuse of chain reactions of uncontrollable nature.

An artful way of ignoring Sri Aurobindo is to say I haven't read him much. If you are aware of everything under the Sun and have an opinion on any damn thing, then why this omission unless intended? Isn't it a sign of your rating him as worthless? Saying that is much more honest.
With due respect to your scholarship and discernment, may I point out that clubbing Sri Aurobindo with the rest is problematic. Lack of first hand encounter with his writings can create many misconceptions and generalisations. I expect early remedy to the situation; all the best.
Nothing surprising as the same narrative is in vogue for the last seven decades. But even pointing out that and some bold remarks on German Nationalism may not stand scrutiny. That's why I mentioned but with trepidation. Thanks.

A good pretext for ignoring Sri Aurobindo has been his alleged escapism and mysticism. Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) has been encouraging since 2005 to read his books under a critical lens and check for oneself if it has any merit. How one uses what he imbibes is subjective.
People painting Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo as polar opposites is a faulty position. Deeper study and discernment needed to understand the actuality. From a theoretical point of view both advocated Enlightenment values which resemble the Vedic ideals to a great extent. Nuance needed.

While anti and pro #CAA factions are quite vocal, it may appear that there's no other view. Yet Savitri Era Party has an independent opinion on the matter that goes to the root of the problem. Political expediency unfortunately dictates policies instead of genuine love for people.
Most here draw immense satisfaction by spouting hatred and it has become part of their life's mission. Of course, all on the pretext of nationalism or protecting religion. Life is difficult; each one is entitled to find his or her own way of overcoming frustration and depression.
It's the duty of the State to keep its citizens informed instead of leaving them at the mercy of privately run paid media. If we observe the events of last two months, the govt has failed miserably in this respect. I don't know who's behind the protests and who's trying to quell.

Abnormal level of population in India and its geographical vastness and diversity is inflicting enormous hardship upon its inhabitants. Minor incidents in one corner is keeping its entire population tense. A family splits when it grows too big. So Sovereignty to States is a must.
Huge territory may be satisfactory for immature adolescents but lots of people are put to difficulty due to being uprooted, long travel, away from home, linguistically alienated, or culturally strangulated. Psychological factors must receive attention and deserved consideration.

Sri Aurobindo popularised the concept of Integral Yoga encompassing physical, vital, mental, and psychic levels. So examining a thinker or theory in terms of which level it caters to is important. Thus each has its own role and utility. Rising above them is the task and challenge.
Most Intellectuals are obsessed with history, archeological discoveries, or old literature devoted to mysticism. Sri Aurobindo frees us from that burden. He chose exactly how much past was necessary and fused it with the demands of future Evolution to produce a unique concoction.

Sri Aurobindo had his formal education in England and hence the imprint of Western grounding in his writings is unmistakable. Besides he is trying to impress upon the British about the necessity of Freedom. He needs to be assessed through the lens of his intended target audience.
Four important books of Sri Aurobindo should be there in every home.
1. The Human Cycle
2. The Life Divine
3. The Secret of the Veda and
4. Savitri
It's good to make a habit of reading any one page at random from any book, mechanically, without any conscious effort to understand.

Savitri Era Party is an attempt to grow awareness about Sri Aurobindo and develop respect towards him. Right now, he is largely unknown; and even for those who know, is to no avail. This is the factual situation and there's no evidence to the contrary. Yet, sudden change possible.
Poets and philosophers are remembered in all cultures but language poses a barrier in India. Since Sri Aurobindo wrote in English, he is not easily accepted as their own in any region. But his neutral stand on religion can prove to be the panacea for the present political impasse.

You may be right but reading the books of Sri Aurobindo in a scientific spirit has much to offer. And once you know his basic arguments, it's easy to compare with other thinkers profitably. As a philosopher and poet, none can match him; his Vedic Evolutionary prophecy is supreme.
So you can tweet some interesting comparisons for the benefit of others. Most educated people are absolutely ignorant of Sri Aurobindo's writings. Thanks.

I have read and RTed your impassioned plea and on a Darshan Day it must have inspired many. Let's hope some positive response from those at the forefront. Btw reproducing Amazon comments in full made the post too lengthy. They also overshadowed the power of your charged eloquence.
If you harbour even an iota of desire to understand #TheMother & #SriAurobindo, here's a chance just at a glance. #SavitriEra: Sri Aurobindo's theoretical salience @NathTusar Further:
I'm not much familiar and I will check. But I don't think Sri Aurobindo recognises them as Devatas; they are rather impersonal principles. Like, Varuna is Vastness, Mitra is Harmony, etc. Thus, all later philosophical formulations are deformations. Puranas and Epics are creative.
Please read 7 in the light of 10. All these are long term pictures and hence there's nothing to fear. But, even technology is perhaps forcing a more uniform cultural atmosphere, you will agree. Thanks.
Sri Aurobindo has already explained in detail the symbolic and psychological character of deities in his The Secret of the Veda over one hundred years back. Popularising that can disabuse people of the superficial mythological perception. So careful study of #SriAurobindo needed.
Sri Aurobindo's psychological interpretation of the Veda on the other hand opens up new vistas of integral understanding. Relying upon defective worldviews of the past needs to be jettisoned in a scientific spirit. Otherwise it misguides and misleads students & future generation.
Assuming a theory vacuum before a particular date is perhaps not accurate. Darwin's theory of Evolution also begins at the middle alerts Sri Aurobindo and goes on to complete the cycle by incorporating Involution. Rothbard's portrayal of man and purpose of action too is inchoate.

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Let's not forget that the commercial element is predominant due to which vast resources are out of the purview of public view or access. So, concerted effort needed to overcome this barrier and the appetite for name and fame too. Odia language has waited for too long for minimum.
On a critical note, that's the reason Odia songs couldn't attain popularity until Akshaya Mohanty thrust himself into the scene. Full throated singing had died in other languages but a conspiracy can't be ruled out to keep Odia sound primitive and thus denying commercial success.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Sri Aurobindo's theoretical salience

The West has produced hundreds of thinkers and philosophers over the last three thousand years who are part of academic discourse. But in India we hardly find anyone with original contribution to Theory except Sri Aurobindo. Foreign authors, obviously, ignore his contributions and Indian scholars don't find quoting him respectable or credible. Thus, his insights are still unknown and no one feels excited to foreground his arguments. Here are a few important points:

1. Evolution - Darwin's theory of Evolution had volcanic effect on the world of thought. Sri Aurobindo, however, accommodated it effortlessly within his Ontological framework.
2. Subconscious - Freud popularised hidden aspects of Consciousness which Sri Aurobindo expanded in great detail. He perhaps delineated Myers' Subliminal too.
3. Matter - Comte, Feuerbach and Marx espoused positivism and materialism flourished. Sri Aurobindo insisted not only on Divine origin of matter but also its Sublime destiny.
4. Vitalism - Revolt against Hegel prompted many like Schelling, Schopenhauer, and Bergson to forward vitalistic theories but Sri Aurobindo refused to concur citing causal Spiritual impulsion.
5. Overman - Nietzsche taking cue from Carlyle and Emerson proposed advent of Overman but Sri Aurobindo modified it to a more enlightened mould confoming to Vedic framework.
6. Poetry - Schiller, Coleridge, and Arnold have spoken high of poetry but Sri Aurobindo believed in its Mantric power for transforming Consciousness with creative potentialities.
7. The Veda - Sri Aurobindo revealed that the Vedic deities are nothing but different rungs of the ladder of Consciousness. This interpretation nullifies Mythology and Rituals.
8. Integral Advaita - Building on the above clue and by yoking it to Evolution, Sri Aurobindo presented his grand metaphysical system resembling Plotinus as well as Kashmiri Shaivism, to some extent.
9. World Union - Sri Aurobindo observed that people are opting for bigger and bigger collectives. He, like Kant before him, predicts different nations coming together under the umbrella of a World Union federation.
10. Spirituality - Sri Aurobindo also foresaw that present religions are on their deathbed and a universal spirit of fraternity based on spiritual unity will pervade humanity. This, he is confident, is an Evolutionary inevitability.
11. Science - Tools and methods of science are limited, reminds Sri Aurobindo. He emphasized upon higher methods of perception, like intuition, than mere rational approach. Logic of the Infinite.
12. Grace - Despite building formidable theoretical scaffoldings, Sri Aurobindo doesn't hesitate to accord an indispensable role to the Grace of The Divine Mother. Even, Upanishads avoided the grace element, wrote S.K. Maitra. Christianity has problems with the Divine Mother as Supreme.

Many of his contemporaries like Teilhard de Chardin, Samuel Alexander, A.N. Whitehead, and Jean Gebser have developed theories independently having some resemblance to Sri Aurobindo's. The Mother too worked on Divinisation of body, in line with Vedic Immortality, all through her life. The Life Divine, however, remains a possibility for the future as part of Vedic Evolutionary scheme. Right now Uber cabs are plying; Uberman may come flying.

Tusar Nath Mohapatra
February 21, 2020 (Fri)
(File pic at Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Delhi Branch)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Babaji Maharaj's Ayodhya connection

Birth Centenary year of Sri Aurobindo was celebrated from August 15, 1971 to August 15, 1972. A lot of activities were going on in Odisha under the leadership of Prapatti. The Mother had issued a message that Sri Aurobindo's words should reach every home and this was being translated into reality to a large extent. Politicians, professors, poets, and other professionals were drafted into this movement, almost spontaneously. As if Odisha got the needed ideology for which it was waiting for centuries. It was an unprecedented period but not much of this story is available in English.

The story of Sri Ramakrishna Das who came to be known as Babaji Maharaj is also a curious one. His series of slim books played an important role in fulfilling the aim of Sri Aurobindo Loka Sahitya. Besides, three magazines were instrumental in spreading the message, far and wide: Navajyoti, Navaprakash, and Sri Aurobindo Karmadhara (later, Purnanga Siksha Patra). Weekly Study Circles (Pathachakra) spread to different corners and schools were also established. Students were involved through Camps and Conferences. A lot of hope and enthusiasm had gripped a large section of people.

I joined B.J.B. College, Bhubaneswar in July 1971 and remember to have heard Udar in a Camp at the Patel Hall school, sometime later. Another pioneer, Raghunath Pani was the Headmaster of D.M. School, when I joined Regional College of Education. In July 1972. Panchanan Mohanty too was active under the aegis of New Life Society and Sri Aurobindo Sankruti Sansad. Chittaranjan Das, Monoj Das, Mohapatra Nilamani Sahu, and many other top intellectuals added aura to the movement. This is just a thumbnail sketch from faint memory.

Not much has changed after fifty years. The movement is much more vibrant now but no visible attempt for giving leadership to rest of the country. Language is the main bottleneck and there is no conscious attempt to make others aware in Hindi, Bengali, or English. Not even a handle in Twitter. The reason for this reticence is not known but may be for avoiding controversies. 

Annual Conference at Cuttack will be held from April 4 to 7, 2020. Visiting Odisha can open many new dimensions for the Devotees of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, residing in other States. Besides, it's centrally located and conveniently accessible from all parts of the country. Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Delhi Branch has launched an ambitious Centre in a remote place like Kechla.

Champalal, V. Madhusudan Reddy, and Chhote Narayan Sharma used to visit Odisha on several occasions. Dr. Sukumar Chakraborty had visited once in connection with #WorldUnion. Babaji Maharaj's Ayodhya connection has many secrets of the future, hidden in its womb. Let's hope, in the dominant consciousness of the nation, Odisha comes to the fore.

Tusar Nath Mohapatra
February 19, 2020 (Wed)

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Self-interest acquires spontaneity, luminosity, and sublimity

BJP capturing power at the Centre is an outcome of multi- cornered contests in many States. That advantage will dwindle with time with opposition ganging up. So the future scenario is grim for BJP unless it embraces moderate and modern outlook. Hindutva like CPI-ML signals fringe.
Modi giving the country a reasonably sound govt is surely a sixer. It has earned BJP widespread appreciation and credibility. But Delhi elections have exposed its limitations. For earning that extra six percent votes, ideological stance has to be spelt out clearly. No doublespeak.
Marxists dropped violence to participate in the electoral process. But ideologically, it's integral to their mindset. BJP's position vis-a-vis Hindu Rashtra, similarly, should be laid bare unequivocally. Otherwise, you lose in the perception game without any long-term advantage.
Modi govt hasn't cut down benefits for Muslims but the appeasement slogan has vanished. This proves how much non-existent facts were peddled to spawn hatred. Another is Muslims going to be majority but a study says max 5 pc decline in 50 years. These kind of mischiefs should stop
Congress got a golden chance to revive itself for a decade but came a cropper due to leadership crisis. BJP must turn into a duly democratic party with transparent intra-party elections. Imposing leaders will take it in the Congress way; more than two terms for Modi will enfeeble.
I think, Modi has performed admirably in withstanding the Hindutva absurdity from within, for pragmatic reasons. So, let's give the devil its due. Any positive transformation on the part of RSS/BJP is a great leap forward for our polity. That should be welcomed, and it's evident.
UP voting was a bit more complex; opposition alliance caused terrible confusion in the cadre and the experiment failed then and there of which BJP was the gainer. That three-way division is not going to vanish any soon.
The false mother said yes to the baby being cut into two halves but the real mother cried to shout a big no. Those filled with hatred are like the false mother who don't bother about the country. Those don't agree with them like the real mother must wait, wet with their own tears.
Govt has on its side at least half a dozen authors who retain credibility and command respect due to their diverse interest and depth of research. This is a substantial gain but when it comes to Hindu Rashtra and how it strikes at the root of the Constitution, they are ambivalent.
I respect knowledge as well as different shades of opinion but fundamentalism or fanaticism has to be opposed. Assuming that the country belongs to a particular religious faction is a mythological superstition. Hence the notion of a nation post 1947. Thankfully #CAA ratifies that.
BJP in present form lacks representative character and hence is unstable and unsuitable. It has to occupy the Congress space of yesteryears. Hindutva albatross needs to be thrown away and local leadership developed. Modi must leave after two terms. Nitish Kumar is best successor.
Present protests owe their genesis to Ramdev's aggressive campaign against black money in 2010 who misused his TV popularity as a Yoga teacher to hoodwink followers. Many distortions have been perpetrated since then to disfigure Democratic edifice. Anna Hazare is another culprit.
Agree with you and I defend govt's right to do what it feels right. My concern is how a genuinely Democratic party functioning can emerge. It's difficult but that's the ideal. No party has been able to develop intra-party Democracy till now satisfactorily.
PM admits facing pressure and it's certainly a matter of Democratic negotiation. Lack of adequate policy evolving mechanism in the party is responsible for such whimsical decisions. Dictatorial functioning has this danger of digging its own grave. Hubris won't pay in the long run.
I don't think govt can solely be blamed for economy or industry. Market has its own logic and compulsion aided by technology and consumption. So any complain on that score is not fair. As regards The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, we shouldn't limit their vision in reductionist fashion.
I think, such pessimistic outlook should change; see the quality of life improving around you and large number of people coming out of poverty and squalor. The poor are the biggest beneficiary in many ways. Technology is a big enablers and it's the beginning only. Market rules.
That's because we lack entrepreneurship and it takes time. If a couple of sectors are vibrant today, it will lead to others catching up due to multiplier effect; Say's law. And when the overall sentiment rises then no looking back but Hindutva is a severe drag in terms of outlook
We are in a very rudimentary stage of Market dynamics. Wolfs are dominating now but with time they will be exposed; order and honesty will drive Market. "Commerce begets courtesy" is an old saying; it's a compulsion and natural outcome. So, let's keep our hope for change, intact.
Everyone searches for a job instead of opening a shop; that's a major factor that rules sentiment. With affluence, confidence to take risks will rise; also craving for freedom. All this will happen in a gradual manner. Present scenario may be disappointing but we are going there.
Agree with your observations and in the event of helplessness of we ordinary citizens, the only option is to aspire for the scenario Sri Aurobindo paints in the last chapter of The Life Divine. My feeling is that we are still under the clutch of foreign forces like East India Co.
"Prosperity accentuates individuality" is a simplistic formulation. That self-interest has ceased to be an effective driving force in human affairs is also doubtful. Exclusive Concentration principle is at the core of individuality and self-interest is integral to its sustenance.
Supra-ethical state is not a negation of the ethical or intellectual propensities; it's an advancement without any obligation for constantly checking against ethical ideals. So ethical chrutches are never thrown away. Self-interest acquires spontaneity, luminosity, and sublimity.
Sri Aurobindo's interpretation of the Veda would reveal many more things, profounder meanings. So you are missing much.
Two-three chapters from Sri Aurobindo's major works or Letters on Poetry can be very rewarding. As you know, #SriAurobindo has not been appreciated adequately till now and needs to be discovered. Thanks.
I haven't read it but appears to be a good overview. There are many other books also. Hope you check. Thanks.
[The Integral Philosophy of Aurobindo: Hermeneutics and the Study of Religion
Brainerd Prince
Taylor & Francis, 20-Jan-2017 - Religion - 252 pages]
Mediation and dialogue are welcome but ultimately what matters is direction. Kashmir or Muslims are not the only problem; a lot many other issues are also part of the past baggage. Sovereignty to the States is the only solution for encouraging local negotiation and lateral clues.
Read a tweet about voting by remote, another SB scoring over SC. One praising AK for lack of pedigree and another eulogising eugenics. Obviously the world is changing and people find it fine since they don't understand. Seems like some automaton has taken over as show must go on.
A more fundamental question is whether more number of divorces are good or bad? Or even, whether religious or legal stipulation for marriages is good or bad? There can many layers of interrogation and yet not one can claim self-evident legitimacy or justification. Postmodernism!
An author of a dozen books deserves admiration and respect; variety of subjects are proof of his supple mind and wide horizon. But if the running theme is perceived to be hatred or ideological fixity with glaring selective amnesia, then respect dwindles and admiration evaporates.
The intention may not be to be a scholar but over a period of time, a Devotee is bound to read their books one by one. Or know their thought by attending lectures and discussions. The need for this has become more pronounced in the wake of predominance of Hindutva indoctrination.
Most people have taken the easier option and haven't paid sufficient attention to Sri Aurobindo's books but describe them as mystical or meditative. This is a false representation and creates further misunderstanding among the new generation. Need to dispel disinformation on him.
Savitri Era: Blame it on the nature of politics #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion #SavitriEra #MitraVaruna
@NathTusar Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF since 2005), SRA-102-C, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad-201014

Monday, February 17, 2020

Blame it on the nature of politics

Hatred brigade includes many followers of Sri Aurobindo which is absurd but valid in a Democracy. Each person is a prisoner of his own circumstances, background, and perception of self-interest. Minor success can turn a level-headed person into a fanatic or making identity public.

Had my tweets reached a wider audience, awareness about Sri Aurobindo would have been much greater. It would have allowed people to think in the right direction and search for solutions. That generation will appear perhaps a decade hence. Current one is too opinionated or closed.

It seems that the fallout of Babri Masjid demolition is playing out fully after three decades. Again it's a question of human nature and how people are trying to cope up. Othering is only a crude form of drawing satisfaction whereas true attitude is love and empathy; not hatred.

Many highly educated individuals have so much steeped themselves in hatred  that they are constantly seething with anger and as a result are experiencing a state of being alien whereas the ground situation is nowhere near their imagination. This presumptive loss is a new disease.

Lure of career and conferences is forcing many intellectuals to stick to a fundamentalist posture. Unfortunately, those sounding liberal are also equally obdurate in their outlook. Thus, it looks like a situation of no hope except widespread attunement in Sri Aurobindo's thought.

No one is going to budge an inch or touch the other with a barge pole, but each camp claiming moral and intellectual superiority is a bit disconcerting. Symptomatic of an echo-chamber embedded in dumb ecosystem. Only Sri Aurobindo can show the right light.

Indian population can be divided into four groups of almost equal size.
1. Tradition loving Hindus
2. Liberals ensconced in plurality
3. Dalits and urban poor
4. Muslims and backward castes.
Beneath the economic facade, narrative defines much and Sri Aurobindo is the alternative.

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.

So, what's the solution you suggest? Separate territories and separate Constitutions? Silence on that misguides the people. Coherent and cogent socio-political blueprint needed. And unlike most others here, you are well aware of Sri Aurobindo.

Easy to claim to be an atheist or rationalist but inability to explain phenomena is palpable. Philosophy comes to the rescue and knowing oneself turns primary. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo focus on that and urge to decipher Swabhav in order to be a Swarat before aspiring for Samrat.

Emergency redefined Indian politics and a new set of people came to power in 1977. Freedom and Democracy were reinstated.
[O'Cracy, D.E.M., beloved husband of T. Ruth, loving father of L.I. Bertie, brother of Faith, Hope and Justicia, expired on June 26. -TOI ad on June 28, 1975]

With elephants as actors, Haathi Mere Saathi (1971) was a huge hit. Protests by assembling animals, similarly, is likely to be the next innovation. Politics is turning clownish (no offence meant to clowns).
How does reading that much of history affect the thinking process of a person? Does it lead to any pride or anguish depending on the context? How being emotionally manipulated by an academic exercise or a hobby is justified? Is it desirable to have specialisation? Just curious.

Paid media, paid protests, and paid intellectuals have taken the country for a ride. Now there's nothing to deride or defend for every stand is suspect or can be proved as partisan. Is this scenario a variation of Transvaluation of all values? May be, as India is waiting for long.

And yet, he is nothing i.e., unmanifest without The Mother. She wills and decides; why our planet is always at a new destination and in a new position, never still, never a dull moment. Alone in that gigantic darkness and silence; unfathomable zero and unprecedented splendour too.

Fine, can understand your emotion but this platform is ruthless. I don't think you are unaware of how #SriAurobindo shoots at an Archer or Shankara. Let those aspects come to the fore. The whole world is waiting for such a moment when he slays his adversaries in a bloodless coup!

Agree. So, your creating such a category with precise definition is arbitrary and absurd. An imaginary creature may be. This is the relevance of philosophy; to be aware of fallacies, etc. Your respect for SA is understandable but why deprive his theses of the stamp of philosophy?

Who in your opinion can be called such a Dharmic type Rishi during the last 200 - 300 years? Apart from SA of course.

That may be a rhetorical  Official statement to suit the occasion; can't be construed as his considered opinion. His outright rejection of The Secret of the Veda without a semblance of academic engagement is an indication of an ubiquitous Southern allegiance to Kanchi or Sringeri.

I don't know how far you are able to practice moral values. Since I'm not sure about myself, would avoid to judge others on that count. Besides, we tend to believe in myths; don't subject heroes to critical scrutiny.

If someone identifies himself as belonging to Scheduled Castes (as forced by the Constitution), then several subtexts emerge immediately. That he has a modest upbringing, his ancestors have suffered exploitation and tyranny; he may not be dependable in responsible positions, etc.

How long a section of population will suffer this humiliation is not known. Those responsible for perpetuating this second class citizenship are certainly not well-wishers. Changing religion also proved to be useless. No one is demanding removal of this Constitutional provision.

Money, power, and career warp morality but myopia, ambiguous figures, or optical illusion are also a reality. So expecting an absolutely rational view is outside the purview of ethics. Sri Aurobindo lists seven strands of ignorance braided into human condition in The Life Divine.

Someone has put it elegantly: the very supposition that things can be explained rationally is a superstition. Thus, science and philosophy lose legitimacy or even viability. But unfortunately, no such concept of uncertainty exists for fanatics. Isaiah Berlin had warned long back.
[Make of us the hero warriors we aspire to become. May we fight successfully the great battle of the future that is to be born against the past that seeks to endure; so that the new things may manifest and we be ready to receive them.]
- (The Mother, On Education, 6 January 1952)

Please google Mother Sri Aurobindo.

Just like Bases of Yoga of Sri Aurobindo, Sunlit Path by The Mother is very popular. How much of psychology they deal with is ordinarily not recognised but it comes to the fore when compared with other New Age literature. Thirty volumes of The Mother are waiting to be discovered.

Thirteen volumes of Mother's Agenda are absolutely precious. Besides, a volume on Spiritual significance of flowers is luminous. Thanks.

Best season to visit Odisha. Followers of The Mother & #SriAurobindo must make a pilgrimage to Dalijoda near Cuttack. Attending the Cuttack Conference (April 4-7, 2020) can be a life changing experience. Making a circular tour through 73 Relics Centres can be an unforgettable job
Both Jesus and Marx brands are still selling even among the highly educated and it's not a big deal if #SriAurobindo has to wait for a decade more or two. The Odisha formula of Babaji Maharaj Sri Ramakrishna Das and Prapatti, however, poses a counterpoint.

Having been schooled in their Pathachakra network, I move with trepidation when I present the vast teachings of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo here in a reductionist, simplistic, or too generalised manner but that's perhaps the compulsion to cater to a couple seconds' attention span.

The Mother returned to India on April 24, 1920. Centenary of a momentous event; also an opportunity to know her and understand her, her contribution to modern India, for world peace and human unity. She navigated #SriAurobindo's future trajectory ensuring the way we know him now.

Neither The Masters nor their direct disciples have focused so strongly on this issue as I'm doing for over a decade now. Arguments are there in plenty but Hindutva hadn't acquired such dominance. So the time hadn't come as it's today. Still I beg their forgiveness; KG, MPP, SSJ.

Assessment of Sri Aurobindo is limited to a visit to his Ashram in Puducherry or Auroville for most persons. Others are content with his role as Revolutionary. But his future political relevance emanates from his stance on Religion. How he undermines Hindutva and scores over Left.

They being eminent persons and widely acclaimed authors, it may not be appropriate to say so from an academic point of view. Sri Aurobindo is a different dimension altogether and non of his famous contemporaries were able to fathom his worth including Gandhi and Tagore. @rsbegur

May be, but future is not an extension of the past. A better course would be to examine the reality at present to decipher whether any step by step progress towards such an ideal is possible. Else, it remains an abstract notion and a fond hope, permitting solace to many dreamers.

Human nature and such other assumptions about patterns are at the root of expecting recurrence. The other extreme is the Humean suspicion on knowing causation. The truth, however, is something more disturbing. The Evolutionary intention has a habit of being arbitrary and playful.

You have read so many things but avoiding The Human Cycle by Sri Aurobindo. That's a big deficiency. At least read a summary of it; so many journal articles are available online. That can change your orientation; right now you are precariously dependent on libertarian conjectures.
Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management - Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) Ghaziabad
Harnessing Western Philosophy for Self-Management
TN Mohapatra
SAMSMRITI SAMS Journal 10 (2), 16-17 2016
Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management
TN Mohapatra
Nitte Management Review 9 (2), 1-18 2015
#MirraAlfassa #SriAurobindo #WorldUnion #SAVITRI

Savitri Era: Nehru and Radhakrishnan couldn't recognise the greatness of Sri Aurobindo #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion #SavitriEra #MitraVaruna
@NathTusar Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF since 2005), Ghaziabad - 201014.

Savitri Era: The Mother is the sole equal of Sri Aurobindo #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion #SavitriEra #MitraVaruna
@NathTusar Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF since 2005), Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad - 201014

Recipe for neurosis?

Any connection to Rothschild?

I will try not to bother you in future. Thanks. (Better to take a round of #PrachiValley)

I don't know to what extent #PrachiValley was able to draw attention but unless there's some Muslim angle it won't be viral. But let's not forget about that celebrity who used his creative genius by hypothetically introducing a Muslim angle but was jailed for instigating discord.

ବାଳକୃଷ୍ଣ ଦାସ
ସଙ୍ଗୀତକାର ଓ ପ୍ରଚ୍ଛଦପଟ୍ଟ ଗାୟକ
ଜନ୍ମ ଓ ଜନ୍ମସ୍ଥାନ ୧୫ ମଇ ୧୯୨୩
ସୁନ୍ଦର ଗାଁ, କଟକ ଜିଲ୍ଲା #PrachiValley
Balakrushna Dash sings 'Marinele Mohapatre....' in Odia Movie 'Ghara Bahuda' (1973)

Yes. I have heard the same from Late Jagannath Acharya of Brahmana Sailo. #PrachiValley

Dakshineswar temple at Bagalpur beside Prachi river is a popular destination. 7-8 KMs from my native village, it used to be the Bus Stop to go to Cuttack or Bhubaneswar. Tribeni, signifying confluence of three rivers, is not much far where an annual fair is famous. #PrachiValley

Sailo or Shaila is still a riddle. #PrachiValley