Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan has likened Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh to Shikhandi , the man-woman of Mahabharata ,
whom Bheeshma refused ...]
It is utterly stupid of the so called
“anti-corruption” campaigners to apply the “shikhandin” label to the Prime
Minister, and not so for reasons you might think. If the reference was to “shikhandin’s” effeminate
masculinity, that would be historically inaccurate. If the reference was to
waging a righteous battle with “shikhandin” as a shield, that would be the
wrong parallel. Read more]
Bhisma's decision to not fight against Shikhandi was
voluntary, he was neither unarmed nor in a position of disadvantage when he
choosed not to fight in the battlefield.]
This controversy over a metaphor shows how volatile
mythological symbols can turn and why religious connotations need to be
avoided. Throwing the baby out with the bath water is not a good idea, but
the way Hinduism is wedded to countless mythological texts with conflicting narratives, a safe distance is most
suitable for the Savitri Erans. Can’t help if this infuriates the Perennial-Philosophy/Neo-Hindu/Sanatan-Dharma votaries. [TNM55]
The political discourse in Delhi these days, it would seem, has run out
of modern-day metaphors and parallels.]
Or maybe, the advent of social media and the pernicious
notion of “sound bytes” served as a catalyst to raise it to epidemic
proportions… What I am rambling about is the wanton abuse and molestation of
the English language and of History by political commentators in India. With
complete disregard for meaning or context, words like “fascist,” “Nazi,” and
“storm trooper” are thrown about.]
Launched in 2005, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) was
meant for sharing wide-ranging reading material relevant to personal growth.
But subsequently, Savitri Era Religion and Savitri Era Party (SEP) commenced
in 2006 and 2007 respectively, although religion and politics are yet to be
freely associated with the path of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. However, there are
several other impediments and, therefore, theoretical clarity on these is
It’s understandable that switching to a new and
separate religion abruptly is not easy and each individual has to negotiate the
transition within his unique set of circumstances. Thus, while old forms and
festivals might cease to be mandatory, the overall cultural corpus, however,
will continue to be porous. But this liminality need not be a license for
lifelong vacillation and hypocrisy.
Connection with religion has a political dimension
too as mobilization on this count is often seen as normal and directly
commensurate. Nothing wrong in that, but in India the Hindutva brigade represent
and propagate the worst kind of pre-modern thinking. We must, therefore, steer
clear of their ideology till any sign of significant reforms is visible. Simultaneously,
any visceral allergy for things or thoughts of Western origin should be extirpated.
21h The present structure at the Centre is
perhaps the most practical: A super-PM, a formal PM, & a sub-PM. BJP too
has adopted almost the same.
26 May [Kishen Pattnayak was acknowledged as
the most original political thinker of socialist movement after Rammanohar
Lohia. -Yogendra Yadav] View
25 May [Hitler and His God by Georges Van
Vrekhem: Hitler's possession by the "god" who inspired him and
brought him to power.]
25 May VP Singh is the only Prime Minister till
date who came riding upon a popular mandate. Rest are either through compromise
or TINA syndrome.
25 May [The third dream was a world-union
forming the outer basis of a fairer, brighter and nobler life for all mankind.
-Sri Aurobindo, 14 Aug 1947]
25 May [an epic poem from Sri Aurobindo's
political and philosophical writings, Savitri's central message proposes a
'destined liberation for all']
25 May Sri Aurobindo believes in the
transformation of the present nature of man through the pressure of evolution
and the first step is aspiration. View
25 May Immortality, as an objective, has to be
pursued in this life itself, and the formula for it, as Sri Aurobindo devises,
is "All life is Yoga" View
25 May God, light, freedom, immortality - says
Sri Aurobindo - are matters of perennial quest for man despite periodical
doubts appearing as hurdle. View
24 May [Sri Aurobindo, speaking on the soil of Pondicherry, referred to
national education as more profound, great and searching. -Nirupama Rao]
24 May [The question, as Sri Aurobindo framed
it, is not a return to the glories of the fifth century but 'an initiation of
centuries to come' -NR]
3h [It was part of overall pedagogical approach
to open out questions as debates rather than as issues settled once and for
all. -Aditya Nigam]
7h [Sri Aurobindo Kapali Sastry Institute of
Vedic Culture (SAKSI), Bangalore
spreads the message of Veda & Sri Aurobindo] http://www.vedah.com/
7h The seeds of the Life Divine as envisaged
by Sri Aurobindo should germinate in India. Savitri Era Party posits
genuineness and generosity.
7h Sri Aurobindo was born on August 15, 1872
became free on his 75th birth anniversary. Let's unite to fulfil FIVE DREAMS
7h Fragmented political landscape of India is at its
climax today. Let's resolve to repair the fracture under the inspiration of Sri
9h @amargov Like
Platonic love and "sympathisers" of BJP, all parties need not have a
presence in Lok Sabha. @malviyamit
10h [A 2-month course in Social Media Marketing
is to start from 1st July by Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication
(SACAC), New Delhi.]
10h [ICSI-NIRC seminar on Corporate Governance
jointly with Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Integral Management was inaugurated
by TN Chaturvedi.]
23h [Sri Aurobindo, freedom fighter,
philosopher, & poet, synthesized Eastern and Western philosophy, religion,
literature, and psychology. -W]
23h [Apart from Chhayavaadi poems, Pant also
wrote progressive, philosophical (influenced by Sri Aurobindo), socialist and
humanist poems. -JC]
22 May [Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi
has, for all practical purpose, withdrawn his recognition of national president
Nitin Gadkari. -SD]
22 May BJP took its birth from the
dual-membership issue, but the same RSS has become a threat for its survival
now. How retrograde was the step! View
22 May Heehs hounds have finally reached at the
core question: Whether The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are being annexed to the
past tradition of India?
22 May Academicians have banished Sri Aurobindo
from curriculum and it needs to be reversed. 5-DREAMS Manifesto must find a
place in every heart.
22 May Neither Gandhi nor Marx, neither
Savarkar nor Ambedkar are relevant for progress of India. Following the words of Sri
Aurobindo is only way.
22 May Savitri and The Life Divine by Sri
Aurobindo are twin scriptures for the modern generation. All the rest are texts
for joy and inspiration.
22 May Most people readily quote Sri
Aurobindo's prophecy regarding rise of India with pride but show
unwillingness to follow the path hewn by him.
21 May [We are against the misuse of the
Ashram’s name to abuse Sri Aurobindo by deliberate distortion of facts by Peter
Heehs. -Sraddhalu Ranade]
21 May [we are not against Peter Heehs; we are
not against freedom of speech; we are not against writing any book praising or
criticising anyone] SR
21 May [Knowledge of one's religion and culture
puts one in love with that and the resultant output is a fanatic or a
chauvinist, a stone-headed] DR
21 May [Cripps Mission to India. On 2
April Sri Aurobindo telegraphed Dr BS Moonje, head of the Hindu Mahasabha and
C. Rajagopalachari. Duraiswami]
21 May [I repeat my regret that I am compelled
to disappoint you. -Aurobindo Ghose. To Balkrishna Shivaram Moonje. Pondicherry. Aug 30.
20 May Priority should be to serve the Nation
and not PWDised manipulation. Sri Aurobindo's writings in Bande Mataram can
galvanise the countrymen.
20 May Unity, not uniformity, is the key.
Though Sri Aurobindo favours federalism, present disparate State-level politics
don't inspire confidence.
20 May Unity, says Sri Aurobindo, is the
evolutionary impetus that dictates the present happenings. Erecting a
pan-Indian Party is an urgent task.
20 May Heehs relies on citations as any other
academician. But the practice grown around Sri Aurobindo is yet to be
documented & is under-reported.
Tweets 5m Savitri Era Party @SavitriEraParty Heehs'
hounds are so much soaked in humour now that their leaking wisdom is spreading
too much stink. The non-history they spawn is vitriol.
38m Heehs has already built a formidable
reputation as historian and will be able to write freely once he leaves Sri
Aurobindo Ashram Puducherry. View location
44m We are not against Heehs or his book, we
simply want him to be removed from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry because of
his adverse remarks. View location
2h Sabitri brata fast by ladies is a
Perennialist's delight, but the challenge is how to transcend the legend and
internalise symbol of Savitri.
3h Heehs has a curious scale to measure
Avatars. He has certified some as qualified but is unwilling to extend the same
favour to Sri Aurobindo.
3h Heehs wrote the book as a vehicle to
propagate Leftist ire against religion and hence his presence spreads pollution
in Sri Aurobindo Ashram.
4h Surely "the transformative and
redemptive power of politics" can work wonders but depends on the
direction it takes: Sri Aurobindo or Hitler.
4h "In the realm of the political that we
can emancipate ourselves and our nation" is a fallacy unless anchored to
Sri Aurobindo's philosophy.
4h No meaningful political discourse is
possible today without understanding and applying what Sri Aurobindo visualises
17h Heehs' visa is none of our concern. His
eviction from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry is the sole demand of countless
devotees gone aghast.
18h Heehs' speech on Hinduism might be a
precise statement, but his disowning of the Divine manifestation of The Mother
& Sri Aurobindo is evil.
18h Heehs camp started with: No Religion-No
public display of Devotion campaign, but the hidden motive was to disprove Sri Aurobindo's
22h Danino, Elst, Frawley, Gautier, and Heehs,
though sound sympathetic, are responsible for misrepresenting the message of
Sri Aurobindo. [TNM55]
19 May "Questions over growing corporate
ownership of the media" sounds sanctimonious as if other sectors of
society are free from its tentacles.
19 May [Hegel & Sri Aurobindo get a lot of
good PR in integral circles but that's partly because of their academically
accessible systemization.] LP
18 May [there are aspects of Sri Aurobindo's
thought that forms the genealogy and patrimony of political Hindutva as we know
it. -Jyotirmaya Sharma]
18 May [Hinduism is not seen by Sri Aurobindo
as a fixed and ahistorical construct lending itself to fossilized
politicization. -Debashish Banerji]
16m Twitter is home to a galaxy of
intellectuals but the thought of Sri Aurobindo never occur to them. Amazing
neglect of India's
greatest mind Expand
28m Sri Aurobindo asks for an open mind. One
should come prepared to learn from him and not for seeking justifications for
preconceived notions Expand
36m History helps, but only so much. Besides,
accounts of history also differ. Unlearning the mythology of history in India is a huge
51m @kalisbrood Concerns
of future are substantially different than irritants of the past. Overarching
teaching of Sri Aurobindo is a sure cure. View
1h Politicians are not permitted to speak.
Journalists churn out political analysis and speculative economics always with
swathes of history. Expand
1h @malviyamit His
rise from Fauji coincides with the rise of India,
and he, in a way, represents the India story and its
multiculturalism. View conversation
3h @kalisbrood Bold
stance in raising many inconvenient questions but kowtowing before the
tradition is no solution. Sri Aurobindo has the key. View conversation
18h @krishnarjun108 Surely a
daring perspective, but how to translate it into action, i.e., agency for
implementation, is yet to be articulated. View
20h @krishnarjun108 Hope you
incorporate insights from Sri Aurobindo pertaining to evolutionary imperative
of unity and mutuality in next post. View
17 May @abhijitch2 But the purpose
of his visit might not be very uplifting considering his condemnable stand on
Heehs' The Lives of Sri Aurobindo. View location
task of Heehs was to demolish Divinity of Sri Aurobindo so that any claim of
new religion can be legally challenged. View
of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Puducherry is the real issue since special rights
accrue if cult is treated as religion. View
10h Constitution of India empowers a citizen to worship
anyone, anything; but HT's Gautam Chikermane is intolerant of this statutory
21h @amargov But
it is a colossal wastage of resources. If only there was a conscious attempt to
spread serious ideas like Sri Aurobindo's. View
45m [May 16, 2012 - Bangalore today - Religion - Bhagavad Gita:
discourse by B. Mahadevan, Sri Aurobindo complex, J.P. Nagar, Ist Phase, 5 pm.]
15 May Savitri Era opens up an aura of
seamless flow of life, learning, religion, and politics in a common space for
the collectivity to evolve.
15 May Reading the works of The Mother &
Sri Aurobindo is a life long task and to discover their effect upon oneself is
a unique endeavour. [TNM55]
15 May The Mother & Sri Aurobindo prod us
to think anew and eschew the skewed rhymes & reasons of the old. No
mediation needed to commune with them.
15 May @SavitriEraParty Dynastic
leadership and hero worship is fast turning India into a nation governed by
feudal lords and regional satraps.
15 May Sri Aurobindo offers a definite
philosophy which is a synthesis of several streams. The Vedic root he
rediscovers is pioneering contribution View
15 May [It’s intellectually very important to
be able to admire and utilize authors whose world-views are nothing like your
own. -Graham Harman]