Tuesday, July 31, 2007

All are invited to have a ringside view

A glorious July indeed! And we are to welcome an august August. To remember that sacred moment of 1872 when Light touched earth impregnating it with incomprehensible possibilities.
Writes Richard Hartz,
[Among the great events of the twentieth century, none promised to have more lasting consequences for vast numbers of people than India’s attainment of independence on 15 August 1947. The lifting of the yoke of foreign rule from hundreds of millions in the subcontinent was followed by the rapid decolonization of the rest of Asia and Africa. Meanwhile the United Nations had been founded at the end of World War II. An era of freer, closer and more equal relations among the earth’s peoples seemed to have dawned. Permanent Link Untold Potentialities: India and the World in the Third Millennium]
And now the “Third Dream” is on the verge of materializing. In this momentous event India will be at the centre stage. All are invited to have a ringside view. [TNM] 10:25 AM

Monday, July 30, 2007

The Mother lived and worked in India for more than half a century

The Mother lived and worked in India for more than half a Century. It's intriguing why her vision and contribution has not been highlighted in the article, "Untold Potentialities: India and the World in the Third Millennium" by Richard Hartz [by Rich on Sun 29 Jul 2007 08:26 AM PDT Permanent Link ] that "will be a basis for a talk which Richard gives at the India International Centre In Delhi." [TNM]

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Nalanda or Vedanta?

It is difficult to foretell whether the proposed Vedanta University in Orissa will have anything to do with the Veda or Vedanta, but the enthusiasm for the Nalanda University, in the meantime, is hotting up. It is really enigmatic why people fall for the nihilistic philosophy of Buddhism so readily. The philosophy that ruined India was spread in the most organized manner from this site which is in ruins today. To revive it in a grand way might replay the history and therefore we must stop the atheists and secularists from inviting another edition of national degeneration. Their intellectual thirst, instead, can best be quenched at the fountainhead of Sri Aurobindian exposition based on Vedic wisdom. [TNM]

Charter begins at home

Can we apply the principles RTI and Citizen's Charter on our own organizations bearing the hallowed names of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo? [TNM]

Savitri Era Party to practice clean politics

While the CPM headquarters has opened its doors for IIM graduates as interns in politics, the S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai is running 6-month courses for women on Political Governance. Savitri Era Party welcomes such ventures for encouraging the youth to practice clean politics. [TNM] 8:11 AM 8:23 AM

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Savitri Era Party compared with others

Political Party # Politics # Culture # Religion # Economics # Foreign Policy
Congress # All-inclusive Pan-Indian appeal # Secular # Gandhi, Neheru, Indira # Pro-Market # Pro-American
BJP # Hindu-centric # Religion-Mythology based # Savarkar, Golwalkar, Deendayal # Pro-Market # Pro-American
CPM, CPI # TU-based, Localised # Well-oiled Atheist culture-machine # Marx, Lenin, Mao # Anti-Market # Anti-American, Internationalism
SP, JD # OBC-supported # Ethnic solidarity, Secular # Lohia, JP, Narendra Dev # Ambivalent # Anti-American
BSP # Dalit-victimhood # Ethnic solidarity, Buddhist # Ambedkar, Kansi Ram # Ambivalent # Ambivalent
Savitri Era # All-inclusive Pan-Indian appeal # Religion-based Human Unity # The Mother and Sri Aurobindo # Pro-Market # Pro-American, Internationalism

Religion and the Arts

[I am a professed atheist and a pro-choice libertarian Democrat. But based on my college experiences in the 1960s, when interest in Hinduism and Buddhism was intense, I have been calling for nearly two decades for massive educational reform that would put the study of comparative religion at the center of the university curriculum. Religion and the Arts in America CAMILLE PAGLIA Arion Homepage Spring / Summer 2007, Vol 15, No. 1]
Camille Paglia seems to echo the pronouncements made by Sri Aurobindo in Renaissance in India/ Foundations of Indian culture a century back. [TNM] 10:58 PM

Friday, July 27, 2007

A good backgrounder on economic policies

[A View from Outside Why Good Economics Works for Everyone
Author: P Chidambaram Penguin Books India Private Ltd Price Rs. 396
A View from the Outside, by P. Chidambaram, is a collection of columns that assesses the promises and performance of the NDA government in the period 2002 to 2004. The columns, originally published in the Indian Express and the Financial Express, reflect the views of Chidambaram, finance minister between 1996 and 1998 and again from 2004 onwards, on a range of issues that remain important regardless of the government in power. books.rediff.com]
A good backgrounder on economic policies for the members of the Savitri Era Party. [TNM]

Savitri Eran integral philosophy can never raise such false dichotomies

[The supremacy of Vedic Knowledge should not be mixed into political issues. by Vladimir on Thu 26 Jul 2007 08:33 PM PDT Profile Permanent Link Science, Culture and Integral Yoga 9:27 AM]
Prof. D.P. Chattopadhyaya once expounded in a speech at IIC that the word, “Samhita” is a derivative of the term, “Sangha” meaning community or collectivity. That the Vedas emerged out of the collective endeavour of the seers is perhaps one of the many implications of the word, Samhita.

Thus, politics as the quest for the principle of harmonious collective living leading to Collective Yoga and The Life Divine is very much in the spirit of the Vedas. Savitri Eran integral philosophy can never raise such false dichotomies. [TNM]

Thursday, July 26, 2007

This is the most propitious moment for the Savitri Era Party

[What is most depressing is that Sikhs are becoming caste-ridden
by Dipankar Gupta HT July 26, 2007
Indian Christians press for Christian Dalit rights AsiaNews.it, Italy - Jul 24, 2007
BJP: back to being untouchable? Coomi Kapoor Indian Express: Thursday, July 26, 2007]
Sixty years of freedom has empowered the people to throw away the borrowed glasses, and therefore, Indian polity is undergoing a severe churning at multiple levels. Perhaps, this is the most propitious moment for the Savitri Era Party to unfurl its forward-looking agenda and fill the void. Although, "as a poet Sri Aurobindo is quite an unknown entity," his words can warm up every Indian’s heart and a new politics would arise. We must not let this moment pass! [TNM]

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Savitri Era Party is an amalgamation of politics, culture, and religion

Savitri Era Party is an amalgamation of politics, culture, and religion inspired by the life and work of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. Savitri and The life Divine are our scriptures while The Human Cycle and The Ideal of Human Unity offer guidelines on practical aspects of life.

Having reposed our faith in the divine manifestation of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo we are not connected with other religions and their rituals. We selectively read the texts of other religions and derive inspiration from them, but they are not binding upon us. The party seeks to encourage people to read and discuss the writings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo so that a new political culture takes root. [TNM]

Savitri is a marvel

Sri Aurobindo is excluded from the author's list of recommendations. His Savitri is a marvel. #1Tusar N. Mohapatra URL July 24, 2007 11:32 PM desicritics.org

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Lok Satta Party inaugurated in Hyderabad on Oct 15th, 2006

In Vinoba Bhave we find a link between Mahatma Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo. Like Bhoodan, Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan of the Lok Satta Party is also advocating “wealthy citizens must work for political transformation,” and “our wealthy entrepreneurs can fund education and healthcare etc.” [TNM]

Monday, July 23, 2007

From PL-480 to 123 via 9/11

[Is there a Western civilization? Much is made of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment as defining moments in the creation of ‘Western’ civilization, but as we all know these periods simply marked the rediscovery of Classical Eastern culture. Open Integral July 6th, 2007 (posted by ray harris)]
[In a sense the 123 agreement marks a new beginning in the relationship between India and US. Neither US nor India has experience in dealing with strategic partners. times of india 23 Jul 2007, K Subrahmanyam]
[US downgrades India in aid plan times of india 23 Jul 2007, Chidanand Rajghatta, WASHINGTON: India is now a "transforming country," not a "developing country."]
From PL-480 to 123 via 9/11. What a transformation!
But the Savitri Era Party would also work for the other "Transformation" as envisaged by The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. [TNM]

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Savitri Era Party

The stellar role played by Sri Aurobindo during the Surat Congress session held a century ago is a signal event in the history of the world. Despite all aggressive posturing, the call of Sri Aurobindo and other stalwarts like Lokmanya Tilak and Lala Lajpat Rai went unheeded and the Congress split. The chain of events thereafter led ultimately to the partition of the country, breeding wars and terrorism to this day. In between, tacit as well as open support was extended to the Nazis and the Communists.

None of the present political parties in India is willing to toe the ideals of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. So, perforce we launch the Savitri Era Party. On to the streets then! [TNM]

Friday, July 20, 2007

Puducherry sans Sri Aurobindo Ashram

The Times of India is running the Seven Wonders of India campaign but surprisingly Matrimandir does not figure in its list. The Indian Express 8-page Focus on Puducherry issued today does not carry any feature on the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Our presswallahs are really incorrigible! [TNM]

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Allow people to pass diverse verdicts

Rev. V in his Vedic wisdom has ticked off my demand for tidbits as unyogic distraction. Considering what's good for the goose is good for the gander, I should have accepted his advice in silence, but for my self-conferred designation here.

Sri Aurobindo is an icon of national pride in India not only for his pioneering role in the Freedom Struggle but also as a world philosopher and poet. As a spiritual leader, his followers may be limited but his socio-political vision has far reaching relevance for India as well as the world.

In such a scenario, every bit of information concerning him, howsoever trivial, becomes utterly important for the students of history, hermeneutics, and sociology. All his writings, including those of his correspondents most of which are still unpublished, will be hunting ground for vivacious research and there would be many new outcomes still unanticipated. For instance, the sources of crystallization of his thoughts is one area that needs more definitive answers.

Obviously, all this cannot happen by relying upon a few in-house personnel or retainers. The door needs to be thrown open to the outside world to allow people to pass diverse verdicts. By not doing so we are certainly strangulating scholarship and curiosity. [TNM] [ 4:21 PM]

All the theoretical ammunition

Many Indian citizens who value honesty and austerity vote for BJP out of a genuine sense of patriotism as they find no other alternative. But their noble sentiments get nullified because the Party runs on a xenophobic agenda and doesn't possess any broad vision.

We shall have to wean away such supports to the Savitri Era fold. Our masters have empowered us with all the theoretical ammunition and have promised assured fruition. We have just to walk upon that sunlit path without harboring any confusion. [TNM]

The perennial appeal of books like Ke Ei Ma

Now that blogging in Indian languages has been made possible, more voices of Savitri Erans are likely to be articulated over the net. There is need for a proper monitoring mechanism dedicated to each language so that crucial opinions are made accessible to others through endorsements and translations. A large number of books and periodicals appearing in different languages and their authors remain unknown outside their regional boundaries. The perennial appeal of books like Ke Ei Ma and Rupantara Jogare Namajapa needs to be intimated to a wider audience. [TNM]

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The writings of Sri Aurobindo must find its place in the educational curricula

[Axed! UK schools no longer teach Churchill. from The Daily Goose Two-finger salute By DAVID WOODING Whitehall Editor July 13, 2007 FURY erupted last night after Sir Winston Churchill was axed from school history lessons...Instead they will be taught about “relevant” issues such as global warming and drug dangers...Churchill — voted the greatest ever Briton — goes off the required lessons list, along with Hitler, Gandhi, Stalin and Martin Luther King.]
The writings of Sri Aurobindo are yet to find its well deserved place in the educational curricula of our country. And this is due to political resistance and not for academic reasons. The efforts of our old war horses have not been successful during the last half century. Savitri Erans will have to mount an adequate offensive to achieve this aim. Raising the decibel level is the need of the hour. [TNM]

Monday, July 16, 2007

Savitri Erans must come out of their slumbers and contest the elections

The Leftist Octopus did not permit either Dr Karan Singh or Shivraj Patil to become the President of India, as they have shown their allegiance to our Vedic legacy in public. Now, it is out to foist a certified agnostic as the Vice-President of the country. This sort of squatting politics by a residual political force is an insult to the Indian democracy.

Savitri Erans must wake up to the dangers of such arm-twisting and organize themselves as a political entity. We have to come out of our slumbers and contest the elections so that our voice too is heard. There is no other short-cut in this route than we soil our feet. [TNM]

Sunday, July 15, 2007

When did it surface? From where?

Tusar N Mohapatra said... Thanks for replying. I never demanded immediate publication of the Series. The basic thrust of my post was:
[What is the progress with respect to different volumes. The subscribers are totally in dark. It is astonishing why a simple letter is not issued every quarter or so.]
You have not commented on that. Further, you have mentioned that:
[Even now new letters of Sri Aurobindo are surfacing.]
This is what we outsiders are eager to know. When did it surface? From where? These kind of tidbits can light up our day. And these facts are of enormous historical significance.
You have asked me to [elaborate on charges such as "those who have access go on to publish books and articles by leveraging their privilege"]
I am willing to do so provided, 1) You disclose your full identity and location, and 2) You assert that they have not published books or articles.
Personally, you are free to defend [the quality of what has come out so far], but that cannot be taken as a critical acclaim. 9:51 AM

Saturday, July 14, 2007

The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo is nowhere near its completion

It is a matter of regret that the Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo is nowhere near its completion. One doesn't know how many more years will it take or what is the progress with respect to different volumes. The subscribers are totally in dark. It is astonishing why a simple letter is not issued every quarter or so.
In the absence of authentic editions scholarship suffers, while those who have access go on to publish books and articles by leveraging their privilege. In the meantime, questions as to the published volumes are being raised. It is a pity that such restrictive practices are tolerated in a democracy like India. [TNM]

Steer clear of such obscurities

Elsewhere people are debating over the Hindu religion. Savitri Erans must steer clear of such obscurities and cling to the feet of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo. We don't belong to the past dawns. [TNM]

Sunday, July 08, 2007

The quest of the West

[from Obla Vishvesh to tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date 07-Jul-2007 22:16 subject An enquiry about an article from your blogsite Dear Mr. Tusar,

I stumbled upon your blogsite today. I found that there was an article 'Aurobindo's sense of the West' by one Mr. M.S. Ramesh. He was a friend of mine and I was curious to read his article but the hyperlink doesnt lead to the article but elswhere. It was posted on March 11, 2006. Will you please correct the hyperlink or send me the article ? Thank You. Regards, vishvesh]
from Tusar N. Mohapatra tusarnmohapatra@gmail date 08-Jul-2007 08:57 The article was published in Sri Aurobindo's Action and I had typed out a portion of it to post. So, I don't think it is available online. You should also read Moore's critique in Integral Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo . What are your interests by the way. May be I would be inclined to post. Thanks.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Rediscovery of Classical Eastern culture

Tusar N. Mohapatra Says: July 7th, 2007 at 5:20 am Although there are several authoritative works on the subject, this theme has not been probed enough on the net. Congratulations to Ray for digging up a really integral handle in order to heal people of selective amnesia. openintegral.net

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Other spheres of life

[Keen to know more about what Savitri does. The description of the organisation in your blogger profile was intriguing. Regards, Vivek] from Tusar N. Mohapatra tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com to Vivek Khemka date 05-Jul-2007 19:01 subject Re: SELF
Thanks for locating... As you might have noticed, we are trying to weave the insights of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo into various other spheres of life than just spirituality or philosophy.

My good wishes to your The Red Pencil.

A whole new agenda is awaiting

Tusar N Mohapatra said...I take it this way. A whole new agenda is awaiting. Let's work for it by getting over the past. 4:18 AM