Monday, February 01, 2016

Savitri Erans are a privileged few

Friday, November 24, 2006

Beyond dating the dates

It is a blunder to bind the divine manifestation of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo within any allegorical, historical, or metaphysical context. For the Savitri Erans they are one and the supreme, and a commensurate cosmology must be imagined transcending the traditional interpretations of texts and conventional explanations of even what is written by them. A facile acceptance of the enumeration of their progressive realizations forming a coherent narrative is also myopic. Such an attitude may be important and essential for the scholar and the social scientist, but the devotee is under no comparable compulsion.

Fixed religious notions, and a particular religion at that, can at times be a barrier to perceiving superior knowledge. Both the letter and the spirit can prove to be quicksand. A radical shift in our worldview, therefore, is the need of the hour.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Let fictional flowers bloom

Apropos of the imaginary missive from Milton Friedman to our PM by Jerry Rao carried by Indian Express today, one recalls the fictional dialogues of Sri Aurobindo for children that Nirodbaran used to write a decade ago or so. Though it did seem a bit blasphemous at that time to puritanical sentiments, similar creative endeavours are likely to multiply in the days to come so as to prepare an enriched field for enhanced understanding of the mystery of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo's divine manifestation. Of course, the difficulty of shifting the actual from the imaginary would be ever greater; but then the chroniclers, too, will multiply so also the memorizing power of silicon chips.
By the way, the article, Integral Spirituality - Exploring the Connection of the Sages Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi and Sri Aurobindo by Charles Ismael Flores "includes an imaginary interview in which the author compares, based on published quotes from Ramana Maharshi and Sri Aurobindo, what each of them might say to questions posed by a spiritual Seeker who is learning about the Indian tradition of Kevalya Advaita and Integral (Purna) Yoga. The article sheds light on the distinctly different spiritual approaches of these two masters."

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Withdraw the book

Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee "a pure and manly life" — Manoj Das Gupta Publisher: New House, Kolkata Pages: 63 Price: Rs 50. SABDA – Distributors of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publications
One fails to understand how it is appropriate for a high-up of the Ashram to author a book on the founder-President of the Bhartiya Jana Sangh, a party which in its present incarnation as BJP has wrought havoc with the psyche of the country in the past two decades. It is now clear that many are harbouring soft corner for BJP and the kind of its politics and this publication, in a subtle way, is a legitimization of such affiliation. The sexist epithet, ‘Manly’ in the title of the booklet itself speaks volumes.

Ashram authorities are not free-lancers and the attempt to appropriate the legacy of Sri Aurobindo by the Hindu religion and ideology has to be resisted. Constant vigilance is needed for any let up in the matter will have far reaching consequences. It is hoped that Shri Das Gupta will withdraw the book from circulation and have his reputation unsullied.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Instead of talking about far-off eventualities

Tusar N. Mohapatra said... The divine manifestation of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo has manifold ramifications that are difficult to compile. It is, therefore, unfair to summarize them all in one or two phrases.
Instead of talking about far-off eventualities in abstract fashion, more accessible innovations brought about by them can be practiced to enrich our day to day life. Like, Poetry and his new theory of Aesthetics, Human Unity and World Union, Historiography and the Vedic Hermeneutics, Science of living and Integral education, etc. 5:47 AM

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

On to the last mile

Re: The processed world of Marshall Mcluhan by Arthur Kroker by Debashish on Sat 02 Dec 2006 02:33 AM PST Profile Permanent Link My first attempt at a responseReply
Techno-Capitalism and Post-Human Destinies - I by Debashish on December 2, 2006 02:24AM (PST) Some relections on the continuing issue of techno-capitalism and post-human futures by Debashish Banerji. This is a first fragment highlighting Moishe Postone's commentaries on the late writings of Marx. more » Comments (4) Permanent Link
Techno-Capitalism and Post-Human Destinies - I
by Debashish on Sat 02 Dec 2006 02:24 AM PST Permanent Link
Following on RC's posting of the two articles by Arthur Kroker - on the Processed World of Marshall McLuhan and the '>Techno-Puritanism of American destining (Born Again Ideology) and reflecting on RC's own commentary on the issue regarding technology and the post-human future, here is my first attempt at exploring some of the parameters of the question while seeking for answers and drawing out the larger peripheries before closing in/opening out on/to Sri Aurobindo as the prophet of the Life Divine as a post-technologial/post-human future.
Techno-Capitalism and Post-Human Destinies - II by Debashish on December 4, 2006 08:16PM (PST) This is a fragment constituting a continuation of Debashish Banerji's reflections on Techno-Capitalism as the epistemic regime of modernity and posible post-human futures at the eschatological cusp of history. Here the alignment of Marx and Hegel with the Enlightenment vision/teleology is contemplated and questions asked regarding a comparative alignment with the Neo-Vedantic teleology (if it can be called that) of Sri Aurobindo. more » Leave Comment Permanent Link
It is satisfying to see that Debashish Banerji of SCIY has taken upon himself the challenge of explicating the temporalization of the Sri Aurobindian vision by integrating various strands of human thought while interrogating the prevailing hegemony of technology. One wishes that the delineations swell to a full-length book so as to be read as a sequel to works such as Sri Aurobindo and Karl Marx by D. P. Chattopadhyaya andPatterns of the Present by Georges Van Vrekhem.

Now that the exclusive-reign of the Ashram-generated media is a thing of the past, it is heartening to see the brave new world of imagination and interpretation as against the erstwhile disciplesque puritanism. For, the import of the words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo must permeate every feasible crevice and cranny of the civilization and it is absurd to expect to see any noticeable impact of their vision without carrying them to the last mile.

While we celebrate this new found freedom on this sacred day, a prayer wells up out of a sense of trepidation not to get derailed from the perennial aspiration for purity, perfection and harmony.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

He earns this distinction on merit

Tusar N Mohapatra said... I can’t comment about spiritual realizations or experiences, but as far as an explanation of this creation and cosmos (i.e. metaphysics/ontology) is concerned, Sri Aurobindo, in his The Life Divine, has written the most coherent one. No one before or after him has surpassed that comprehensiveness.
At least in this respect he ranks at the top. If we concede this much to Sri Aurobindo, it would be a great gain. He earns this distinction on merit and let the whole world know this bare fact very clearly. 7:00 AM

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Destiny of an organization

Tusar N. Mohapatra Says: December 7th, 2006 at 11:21 pm Not only has an organization an agency or a soul but also a destiny, pre-designed, if you like. Sri Aurobindo has discussed at length about the group-soul of a nation in his classic, The Human Cycle. The same applies to the evolution of an organization as well.
Tusar N. Mohapatra Says: December 8th, 2006 at 11:07 pm Daffodils are as much divine as the dredgers and the Infinite is under no compulsion to stop imagining and staying outside the walls of WalMart. Proof, like beauty, lies in the eyes of the beholder and all epistemological rigours, therefore, need to be tempered by suitable hermeneutical hormones so that a new aesthetic is perceived. In this subjective adventure we are all loners and have to plough our own furrows. 11:38 AM

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Navajyoti completes its 49th year

Navajyoti edited by Biswambhara Samanta and published by Navajyoti Publication, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry has completed its 49th year of uninterrupted publication. Founded by Shri Prapatti under the inspiration of Shri Ramakrishna Das, this quarterly in Oriya is witness and instrumental to an unprecedented spiritual efflorescence in Orissa in the last half-century.

Of course, the popular appeal of its younger sibling Navaprakash, a monthly, is far higher; but the pioneering role of Navajyoti in carrying the message of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo from distant Puducherry to remote corners of Orissa has few parallels. Reading of Murari Pukur in the rural environs of Sailo Jharpara appears to be a miracle even today.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Bechara Anderson

Years ago, Sri Aurobindo famously made pulp of one Archer and, of course, made him immortal in the process. Subsequently, many have succumbed to the Archery from seasoned hands of Kapali Sastry, Amal Kiran et al.
And poor Daniel Gustav Anderson, now. A scholar should be worth his salt, for the days are gone when people with Western names could get away with by writing any trash. Else, stay prepared to suffer Archery. Call it reverse colonialism or reverse racialism. Sumptuous entertainment for the Savitri Erans, in any case.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Esoteric and the academic

Prema Nandakumar once wrote, “Himself a scholar, he enthuses us to take to a life of scholarship” apropos Sri Aurobindo. The two score heavy volumes of his collected works are a testimony to the imbrications of esoteric with the academic. Sri Aurobindo, evidently, maintains a Miltonic stance in Savitri and a Hegelian in The Life Divine. These are perhaps the standards to be respected and preserved rather than being questioned or tinkered with.

The works of Nolini-Purani-Amrita-Pavitra, Anil-Amal-Nirod-Dilip, Rishabh-Chandra-Kapali-Madhav and Sisir-Indra-Madhu-Kishor among others constitute an immense quantity of authentic explication of the vision of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. These have also created an elaborate as well as elastic system of syntax and semantics for the posterity. Not to be intimidated by the tyranny of the present is the key, else one land at the jargonificationalization of say, Roy Bhaskar or the paradoxicatorising of the likes of Jean Baudrillard.

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