The Mother & Sri Aurobindo always remind to become conscious about the real aim of life. 24 minutes out of 24 hours need to be spent contemplating over what lies beyond the ordinary activities of life and how an attitude of surrender can save one from committing many stupidities.
Though called social media, fascination for celebrities or hyped up crimes is almost a norm. Happenings of smaller cities are ignored; achievements of lesser mortals are hardly mentioned. Thus, democratisation is missing; a vast majority lacking sense of any worth in own selves.
1989 - 2020 https://t.co/X08ktVlPW2
Vision of knowledge as a goal of yoga valorises inner seeing commonly referred to as experience. Such a prospect however falls in the domain of transcendence. Day-to-day activities and common-sense obviously don't notice nor recognise any such occurrence barring rare coincidences.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo exhort to relinquish old tools and methods to allow Evolution to devise and hone more potent instruments. Upanishads were great revelatory poetry but got bogged down in philosophical abstractions. Today, tweets are a great opportunity for meeting minds.
Sri Aurobindo's writings on the Veda are now available in three full volumes of his complete works apart from the Bengali writings one. But, it will be in order to say that he is also explicating the Vedic wisdom in his other volumes be it on yoga, poetry, politics, or education.
People in general have many misconceptions about the Veda. Most are not concerned whether it exists. But if one understands what Mitra and Varuna stand for then mythological gods would lose relevance. In the same way, if one recognises Sri Aurobindo, he will not rever Vivekananda.
We have seen intellectuals like Dhume or Guha vacillating whereas we have been honest with our views. Those who run after money and career can't, obviously, offer the true picture. This handle is the only one in the country to provide unbiased opinion and Evolutionary direction.
Objects of the Society do not enjoin the study of Theosophy nor advocate public work, observes Joy Mills candidly in the current issue of The Theosophist. A similar predicament also exists for the followers of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Politics is still seen as negation of yoga
Religion facilitates diverse modes of socialisation in an asexual atmosphere especially for women and children. Besides, physical needs like food or entertainment form part of the package. No one would complain but Sri Aurobindo doesn't find any benefit in such collective affair.
Psychology in embryonic form developed in the plays of Marlowe and Shakespeare. Probing another's intention or behavioural pattern was akin to effort for domesticating animals. Yoga psychology however is about being aware of hidden forces and higher consciousness within oneself.
Ontology doesn't interest many as scientists and philosophers are constantly at loggerheads over conjectures. Religious injunctions or rituals are rather more relied upon despite uncertainty about outcomes. Growing into higher forms of perception can save one from superstitions.
Impressively put but two sayings come to mind:
1. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
2. Discretion is the better part of valor.
The Mother was a Jew like Adorno, Arendt, Aron, Bauman, Benjamin, Bergson, Berlin, Bloch, Butler, Chomsky, Derrida, Dreyfus, Dworkin, Freud, Fromm, Horkheimer, Husserl, Levinas, Lévi-Strauss, Luxemburg, Marcuse, Marx, Nagel, Nussbaum, Popper, Putnam, Rand, Singer, & Wittgenstein.
Individual tales, like in fiction, seem important, and often poignant, but lack philosophical significance. History too is a story of many actors but they are more exceptions than rules. Impersonality is the aim which encompasses all like the oceanic vastness of the Vedic Varuna.
Mythology like Bollywood at present is a dominant influence but it's also necessary to sensitise people about Evolutionary imperatives and transcendence. Doctors or Social scientists do their job but religious leaders are more into building empires than focussing on Self-culture.
Democracy means equality and the opinion or choice of each citizen is valid in its own way. Those who believe in Hindu Rashtra or Akhanda Bharata are entitled to their dream but the reality is that it's not going to materialise any soon. Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams more probable.
Sri Aurobindo wrote this book 100 years back but neither scholars nor politicians seem to be interested. Neglecting his vision is going to cost the nation, heavily. Hope, the newly elected BJP President will consult it for giving the Party a new direction. https://t.co/pB9EoKAI2o
It never ceases to amaze me why a book of pure Ontology like The Life Divine was written against the backdrop of Colonial rule and World War I. What's the role of history in the whole project of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo? Why was this element of drama needed? Seems Bollywoodish!
Those who built their career in media and academia during Congress regime are crestfallen. Their ire against the present government is unreasonable and misleading. Country has many problems but Congress is not the right party to be at the helm. Following Sri Aurobindo is solution
Writing is backbone of civilisation and recognising good counsel is an essential condition. Proliferation of media and PR literature however tend to queer the pitch and hence younger generation is suffering from gargantuan confusion. Each one has the duty to remedy the situation.
If someone lectures you on Gandhi, Nehru, Marx, or Ambedkar, demand about the viewpoint of Sri Aurobindo. Boycott books on India that have no reference to Sri Aurobindo. Indians have been fooled for a very long time; not any more. #SriAurobindo must be accorded his rightful place.
Inertia and inferiority complex don't allow people to see merit in a new religion or political party. Yet, Savitri Era has been disseminating the immensely relevant Judeo-Vedic vision of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo which is being ignored and suppressed by influential institutions.
Dwindling interest in many aspects of life is not abnormal in old age resulting in focus and specialisation despite forgetting many facts and references. I started blogging on the web in 2005 and at 64 I can claim to have maintained a reasonable level of consistency and coherence.
Bengal was a political, religious, and cultural cauldron where Sri Aurobindo arrived after a full-scale Western education including in Greek and Latin. Indological research had unearthed diverse ancient texts but #SriAurobindo was never unduly impressed. He upheld his own vision.
There seems to be two types of Nationalism:
1. The kind of emotion stimulated by Bankim's Bande Mataram extolling beauty of hills, rivers, and fields is Topological
2. Hindutva version nourishing victimhood, hatred, and revenge against past invaders can be termed as Pathological
All political parties have concluded that Sri Aurobindo has no electoral utility and so, it's all the more reason for working for an environment where peace and harmony is the aim and not hounding a section of the population with different pretexts. Religious fanaticism must end.
India will never be able to conclusively solve this Citizenship imbroglio and the safest solution is to award Sovereignty to States and Regions. There are many advantages of right-sizing and it needs to be debated dispassionately shorn of worn out medieval notions of Nationalism.
Intellectual muscle is more important than indoctrination and ideological bondage. Understanding an issue can come from raising right questions ruthlessly and not by parroting puerile arguments. Younger generation must strive for inculcating critical reason as Sri Aurobindo asks.
This very narrative is Quixotic sans any relation to present reality. Collective emotions are good for shoring up self esteem but have diminishing returns in a market economy. To put the clock back doesn't seem a possibility especially when globalisation is on at a fast speed.
I don't think so many different parties were ever in power in India in the past and this signals evolution of a healthy federalism. Local sentiments are getting ossified and it's irreversible. Digital environment is also proving to be a boon for regional languages. Welcome change.
Nothing can match the beauty and elegance of Odia script which is the best candidate for a common script on sign boards across the country. People should see merit in this proposal to stop the needless language wars that are simmering in various corners. https://t.co/ztNGmYfTe8
Movement for separate State created animosity towards Bengalis which persists implicitly in Odias. Thus most are much more familiar with Hindi music than Bengali songs. This is a great loss given the closeness of two languages. Time to catch up with hugely versatile Bengali music.
Irrational reliance on Astrology, Mythology, and Rituals is responsible for spawning of Marxist ideology in India, at the other end of the spectrum. There is no easy solution for this impasse except accepting Sri Aurobindo as a point of departure for navigating the public sphere.
Most political parties today are no different from a jamboree of businessmen and no one objects. Yet the nature of politics is something different with potential of intellectuals upsetting the applecart. The Human Cycle written by Sri Aurobindo 100 years back isn't lying dormant.
Ethics certainly drives but bread and butter concerns are a drag. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo thought of an Ashram as solution but that doesn't seem to be a success. The society they foresee as delineated in The Life Divine is based on fraternity and not on usual commercial lines.
Apart from A.B. Patel and M.P. Pandit, Samar Basu was an indefatigable soldier of #WorldUnion movement. The journal had limited circulation but unlimited optimism. Having met him once, I carry that contagion and continue to spam the TL of my followers. #FiveDreams #SriAurobindo
Outright rejection of Hindutva worldview is the first step. Next is to drop reverence for Vivekananda, Ramana, Yogananda, et al. Third important point is to be acquainted with Western philosophy, especially postmodernism. Fourth is to recognise The Mother and fifth Sri Aurobindo.
Anonymous handles have this advantage of peddling any theory without any accountability or responsibility. I'm here to disseminate Sri Aurobindo's perspective and don't enjoy such luxury. In any case, no one knows the future and how societies are going to evolve in next 20 years.
I can't claim any spiritual experience but reading Sri Aurobindo's books like The Human Cycle or The Life Divine provides a powerful lens so much so that it's impossible to return to previous circumstances. Thus those who disagree with me are right in their own way but miss much.
As you know, each one understands in his own way; there's no uniformity. That's one basic thesis of postmodernism. Besides loyalties are dissimilar; that makes much difference. Thirdly, one grows with time. What seems right now might be abandoned later. All these apply to me too.
Wikipedia page on Sri Aurobindo gives a good overview. https://t.co/WlSJ1aIRND
Many write they are tweeting in their personal capacity but do PR for their employer. Many anonymous handles are actually operated by businesses or political outfits. Being part of some organisation doesn't permit one to express views independently. So credibility is a big issue.
Demanding too much of ethical behaviour from a political party is unfair given the stiff competition they face to survive and leaders fighting with each other for one upmanship. Evolution of RSS and BJP has been in an uneven path and many ideological U-turns may be expected soon.
From Gandhian socialism to Govindacharya's Social engineering, BJP has seen many scenes. Different sections of people aligning with it to draw benefits is a natural consequence, just like what used to be with Congress. So to read that BJP is making strategic moves is far-fetched.
People enjoy all narcissistic antics of their favourite political leaders but wouldn't tolerate a minor boasting on my part. Immediately, someone will tweet a quote against ego and ambition. Such an attitude is a strange phenomenon. Why don't we like one of us to succeed or win?
Someone tweeted about declining standard of our Universities and another about difficulty of doing business in India and its economy tanking. I turn 64 (as per certificate) today and am hearing such complains since my childhood. Twitter is the only solace. https://t.co/BbrsS39f2E
Knowledge by definition is a superior phenomenon. One needs courage to surrender to it so that it carries you to new destination. Those who wish to tether it to their own ideology so that it is domesticated won't obviously draw the full benefit. Emptying the cup therefore primary.
Knowledge is not always benign as we see in the examples of Max Théon or Paul Richard who are important figures in the life of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. The fact that a variation of Théon's symbol is worshipped as Sri Aurobindo's symbol has significance. https://t.co/hDL4BchuUj
The Mother's collaboration with Sri Aurobindo dwarfed the intellectual legacy of Theosophical Society and Ramakrishna Mission. This signal contribution of The Mother is an epochal event not only for India but for the whole world. March 29, 1914 and February 29, 1956 are important.
Many are eternally tormented for demolition of numerous temples in the past, but how many more The Mother builds in the occult territory of Cellular consciousness some glimpses of which we read in Mother's Agenda is yet to be recognised or appreciated appropriately. #SriAurobindo
Many of us read Newman's Lead, Kindly Light in the school and The Mother's writings like Prayers and Meditations seem similar. Ahe dayamaya biswa bihari is an iconic Odia prayer by Ramakrushna Nanda later included in the film Balidana (Music: Prafulla Kar) https://t.co/CxB5Us8soc
[He was fascinated by Raja Rammohan Roy and his Brahmo Samaj. As a follower of the Brahmo faith, Madhusudan Rao inspired the people to think for freedom by breaking the religious dogmas.] Another iconic Odia devotional song although visuals are discordant. https://t.co/UcRS8d0IiO
Some handles may be credible but to extend the same to all anon accounts wouldn't be appropriate. What I resent is their overdose of bravado and rigidity. For instance your own voice in blogs is polite but here you practice hostility, perhaps deliberately. https://t.co/9cvsoRUQdG
Any number of artisans in this profession can be seen in Odisha and elsewhere languishing in poverty. Concrete help to them can be more fruitful than rhetorical ode to the past. Just a suggestion, no offence intended.
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