Saturday, July 30, 2016

Modernist agenda of Savitri Era Party

@tweetingsourav @Marut_ @ScorpiusMaximus @MandarSawant184 @CestMoiz History of liberalisation in India starts with V.P. Singh as FM.
Evolution acts as a tension between the cyclical or mechanical movement of Nature and an emergent urge towards New.
If all goods and services are liable to be traded then votes are also included. So the challenge is to rescue it from greed to moral footing
From Tilak's Ganesh festival and P.C. Joshi’s PWA and IPTA to personality cult of Modi and Kejriwal, methods of securing votes are evolving.
Voting for AAP, BJP, and Congress is against national interest and we have been consistently reminding about this to one and all since 2012.
@rranjan501 Those supporting our Party can contest as Independents. Voting for the best candidate regardless of party affiliation is option.
@Sheks65 There is no greater political agenda than liberating the people of India from the debilitating influence of anti-Evolutionary, RSS.
Hindutva hardliners on Twitter are impatient with Modi but that doesn't mean that this Govt. is on the right path. RSS needs to be uprooted.
Our ideological differences with AAP, BJP, and Congress are too deep and diverse. Only Sri Aurobindo's vision is the future path for India.
Knowledge about Sri Aurobindo is meagre in our country and the educated minority is prejudiced against him. Need to break that pincer attack
Society may not be purged of hierarchy but the State enforced Reservation system perpetuating inequality needs to be thrown out, forthwith.
Hindutva antipathy for Secularism signals a composite opposition towards Democratic norms, Human Rights, Equality as citizens, and Freedom.
Lazy and easy theorising prefers to segregate everything according to current political fault lines but Sri Aurobindo points towards Harmony
It's such a disappointing feeling that the ten thousand year old Indian civilisation did not find a capable person to head the HRD Ministry.
Any contagion of Hitler is wrong, not in degrees, but wholly. Any truck with Hindutva, similarly, is to be avoided, even if it seems harmless.
Pushing or justifying party line is nothing but intellectual dishonesty. Projecting party's winning chances in an inflated way is chicanery.
@bainjal We have been harping on to oppose AAP, BJP, and Congress. SEP, drawing inspiration from Sri Aurobindo, is the only viable option.
@kavereeb We have been harping on to oppose AAP, BJP, and Congress. SEP, drawing inspiration from Sri Aurobindo, is the only viable option.
After failed experiment of AAP anti-Hindutva forces are trying to rally round Congress but it's suicidal. Sri Aurobindo is the only solution
Checkmating Hindutva is an admirable project but those throwing their weight behind Congress or ranting against Neo-liberalism are misguided
Instead of expecting dramatic rise of a new party, all right thinking persons should lend their support to the slow and steady growth of SEP
Neither BJP nor RSS has any ideological clarity and refrain from intellectual engagement with issues and future challenges. Not fit to rule.
Many people are under the illusion that Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Puducherry is the whole repository of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's legacy.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo belong to the whole humanity and their identity can't be restricted to any nation let alone a particular location
Evolutionary action of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is taking place through all kinds of people whether or not they are aware of their vision.
Only a handful of poets and writers were able to assess the greatness of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo or blessed to come under their influence
Congress & BJP have slender hopes in UP but SP & BSP are not invincible. A new party with modernist agenda can capture people's imagination.
Abolition of all forms discrimination and reservations should be the first and foremost priority of the new party to give UP a real option.
Citizens have been forced to live under various forms of categorisation and privilege systems but time now to throw away such outdated props
Most of Indian Philosophy is of archival value. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have painstakingly built a philosophical recipe for modern living
Voluntary nationalism, and not imposed or coercive one, is a virtue. States and regions wanting separate existence should be given a chance.
Modernity and Democracy establish the supremacy of the human person before whom all considerations of nationality or religion are secondary.
Students never question the syllabus and think some supreme authority setting it. Higher education shows how crafty minds indoctrinate them.
Research in unknown areas is normal and certain foreigners have taken fancy to Hinduism. But, their wholesale campaigning for it is tainted.
Modernity inculcated a huge respect for printed words but the free-for-all SM demolished it as anyone may ridicule anything or publish trash
@_Mauna_ @AgentSaffron @IDIOTpathicDOC Any means to get an idea how many and which section of Hindus are also part of unclean professions?
@_Mauna_ I think, the Medical personnel and staff engaged in Post-mortem examination would also qualify.
@h_tejas @vinayaravind Please read the works of The Mother. They are an eye-opener.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Need for a new Indian framework for theory (NIFT).

Philosophy should encompass the whole human race but geography plays a role in separating people of different regions and nations and in that sense the context varies as also the importance accorded to various issues. India, with its ancient tradition of vast philosophical literature, seems to be a paradox since its predominant engagement with Western thought at present is accepted as so normal in all fields of Humanities. Yet, India has some peculiarities and specialities which only Indians can understand and resolve related contradictions. Many present issues have not been dealt with adequately by ancient texts and hence the need for a new Indian framework for theory (NIFT).

Population, Education, and Development are major areas where India differs from the west. Further, Indians continue to wrestle with their colonial past. Western thought entered a new phase after Darwin, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, and James. Similarly, it can safely be said that India got its firm philosophical foundation through Sri Aurobindo. His writing saves one from the ultra-rational atheist viewpoint as well as overdose of speculative narratives. No doubt, Sri Aurobindo pulls the rug from under the feet of the present civilisational paradigm but the solutions he offer are too futuristic with spiritual dimensions. Thus, formulating a NIFT without ignoring him is a necessity. 

It is easy to repeat Sri Aurobindo's insistence that real change can come through spiritual progress but there is no assured method for individuals to attain it in a time bound basis. Besides, it's often dicey to judge genuine examples of spirituality. So building a model of theory upon it is not feasible. That brings us to the Constitunal values, as honed from time to time by the judicial process, as the touchstone. Since Sri Aurobindo provides a broad Evolutionary framework via his Five Dreams, Constitutional values can easily be tethered to them to act as an aspirational paradigm for citizens. Needless to mention that such a framework will be appreciated by a very limited number of people at the outset. But it is bound to gather speed with time and expansion of consciousness. [TNM55]

Monday, July 18, 2016

Better to avoid the word Spirituality

Faith healing is an age old concept and mostly caters to people lacking access to formal medical facilities. But it has gained respectability among the elite, over the years, by being portrayed as an alternative lifestyle choice as well as a valid form of spirituality. This sort of Arta and Artharthi mode of seeking has trivialised the word spirituality and Spa establishments are milking it quite successfully. Recent political elevation of Hindutva also has provided a fresh impetus to such endeavours.

The attitude of young people towards all these, however, is a bit curious. Many of them just go through the practices in a mechanical fashion due to social pressure but inwardly the critical approach persists. Education and professional situation never permits young people to believe in superstition. Rituals are performed as a compulsion but without the feeling of complete reliance on them.

This is the enduring contribution of modernity and its emphasis on scientific attitude and rational scrutiny. In this sense, the word spirituality needs to be avoided since it means nothing and there is no method of validating it. This is essential to stop quackery and cheating which is proliferating at a fast pace. It's worth repeating that no one knows the mystery of this world and human life. [TNM55]

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nature abhors the periodicity and symmetry imposed by Democracy

Tweets by @SavitriEraParty
Prominent intellectuals on Twitter supporting BJP are more or less exposed now for their half-hearted enthusiasm for Modi as Hindutva saviour
BJP insulted women in particular and the country in general by first appointing and now removing an underqualified person as HRD Minister.
One sin remedied; two more persist: 1) PM and Party President must not be from same State & 2) PM must face the Press and respond extempore.
Smriti Irani has every right to fight for her rightful place in politics & my tweets are not against her. But HRD was a mistake on her part.
@IamIndian4alwyZ @DrGPradhan I have said it before: I have no objection to any other portfolio or PM. But HRD Minister should have Degrees.
Irani at HRD, against widespread resentment, was a constant reminder of Modi's arrogance, authoritarianism, and willful disregard for norms.
Many Modi supporters had expressed their consternation but @madhukishwar and @sarkar_swati had almost campaigned against Smriti Irani at HRD
Many are talking about Irani's performance or lack of it as the reason but the real relief is she was not educationally fit to be appointed.
@bmcowl9 Quite intriguing that many in BJP are vehemently against Jaitley despite his intellectual prowess and as Govt's conscience keeper.
Let's all aspire and work for a nation where no one is identified as SC, ST, Dalit, or OBC and no discrimination or privilege on that basis.
Reservations have served their purpose and time now to throw away the crutches and develop capability to compete; savor equality and freedom
@RaisinaSeries You may be right but the lingering suspicion that AAP is the B-Team of BJP is yet to be conclusively disproved. cc @skjain_05
Divisions on the basis of castes, religions, and languages are deep and intimidating but migrations and marriages facilitate bridging them.
One law for all people in the country and abolition of Reservations or any kind of discrimination/privilege on the basis of birth is our aim
Enough is enough. State has no business in segregating citizens into rivals and reinforce unjust preferences in the name of social justice.
Imposition of lifestyle codes such as on dress, food, and marriage by political parties or religious organisations need to be done away with
Most BJP supporters keep on ranting about Muslims but never utter a word about the secret Money dealings that lubricate their own ecosystem.
No questions are asked as to how their numerous organisations run and a bland rhetoric circulates that there is no corruption in the Govt.
Ideology of Hindutva or Nationalism is a mere mask and Money is the only Dharma that RSS understands. Let RW warriors turn their guns there.
No one ever demands electoral reforms or deplores reliance on Money power during polls. Demography is considered more crucial than Democracy
Whenever some controversy is raging over SM or a mock fight between Party men, be sure that 'mota maal' is changing hands clandestinely.
If someone says I don't breathe, would you believe him? Same is the case with folks proclaiming they are atheists. One rarely knows oneself!
There is more to know is the basic premise that fuels all philosophical investigation; limited competence is underlying factor for humility.
Expertise acquired in a certain field might mesmerise one as a know-all but finitude is a reality and the way mind moves is warped & twisted
Apart from Money, attraction for Power and Sex apply wobbling effect all the time, due to which rational thinking is almost an impossiblity.
20th century Psychology has expanded the scope of Sex so much that any form of pleasure-seeking (like long Twitter sessions) too is included
Similarly, Power games are source of most of our moves and moral posturings; even ostensible pursuit of austerity and ideological strictness
A name is being discussed as if he is running the world. No person or organisation, it's Evolution that is, firmly, in charge of the future.
@AgentSaffron In fact, their language (Jatland upwards) sounds like pelting stones and hence the impression. But good people are everywhere.
Democracy facilitates change but the strict periodicity and symmetry followed by it is often in variance with the Nature's scheme of things.
Talent is rare and Nature invests lots of it plus opportunity to catapult people to the top which it may not want to reverse after 5 years.
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Emergence is central to a Hayekian understanding of spontaneous order #SriAurobindo
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Bruno Latour: People have been silenced by moralism #SriAurobindo
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Colman, Gerbode, Rakover, Overton, Kegan, and Csikszentmihalyi #SriAurobindo
Savitri Era: Sri Aurobindo's devotees should gather once in Delhi
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Itihāsa, Abhirūpā, Assemblage, and Immaterialism #SriAurobindo
Savitri Era: With Whitman and Harvey in Pauri #SriAurobindo
Savitri Era Learning Forum: This style claims to distance itself from all effe... #SriAurobindo
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Hyderabad Symposium on Innovation in Education (De... #SriAurobindo
Savitri Era Learning Forum: To have realisation on earth in physical body #SriAurobindo
[a few minutes passed in the calm of silence are a more effective rest than hours of sleep] The Mother, On Education
Savitri Era: Focusing on humble and unassuming seekers #SriAurobindo
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Roundabouts can help develop two yogic disciplines...
[Roundabouts help two yogic: learning to resist immediate gratification and taking into account the needs of others]
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Rakesh Chandra, Vibha Chaturvedi, and Pragati Sahni
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Hobbes, Hegel, Derrida, Deleuze and Guattari
@guNagarbhaH @GhorAngirasa @Rjrasva Hegel is a desire and Nagel is a fact.
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Olcott argued that the Aryans were indigenous to India

Sri Aurobindo never hesitated to criticise leaders

Tweets by @SavitriEraParty
Hindu Rashtra Inhabitants (HRIs) are so insulated psychologically that they are repulsed by any trace of the West, Christians, or Muslims.
There have been millions of Muslims who never slayed polytheists. As they flouted their scripture, the question is whether they are Muslims?
An individual born to Muslim parents has every right to act in a manner he thinks fit as per scripture, laws of the land, and social mores.
A highly-educated gang of five is aggressively circulating its alarming projections on demographics as if Muslims are second class citizens.
@E_P_W Hindutva stalwarts are allergic to the Leftist discourse and so show symptoms of Theory deficiency. This book can heal their anaemia.
India was firmly under the British rule but Sri Aurobindo was audaciously writing about Evolution & Supramental Consciousness a century back
Handful of misguided brains are responsible for fermenting unrest in the world in the pretext of nationalism or religion. They need reform.
Reliance on The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is the only way to be on the side of Evolution and "fight successfully the great battle of the future"
Aspiring that "nothing in us shall be an obstacle to" Evolution necessitates to be under their "influence to the exclusion of every other."
Most are happy attributing disturbances to rival religions or nations but Sri Aurobindo saw them as human problem due to Evolutionary logjam
A vocal section of Indians claiming to be angels and demonizing the people of other religions is height of hypocrisy. Causes are elsewhere.
Mythology is unscientific and anti-Evolutionary but apart from Soft Power its potential for tourism and allied economic activities enormous.
The British gifted us Democracy. This single event is a thousand times more valuable than the seven thousand years of Indian civilisation.
Imprint of the West is unmistakable in every aspect of life in India today, so much so that it takes some effort to create ethnic ambiance.
No point in indulging in conjectures and there was never an entity named India. Thinking for future should be based on hard facts of history
@aatmashodh Monarchy and feudalism are yet to be exorcised from Democratic functioning in India even after 70 years.
@aatmashodh Each system has its merits and demerits. Removing imperfections should be the aim of political process by grappling with issues.
@aatmashodh It seems that you are against Democracy and the Constitution of India. I may not be able to prove but rate Democracy as the best
@aatmashodh I never thought I'm so important! Thanks for the attention and analysis of my views. Democracy permits all sorts of viewpoints.
@aatmashodh That's fine but everyone accepting a monochromatic narrative of Indian pride and self-respect is surely a little bit problematic
@aatmashodh Each citizen will have his own conception including deviant themes. Democracy is about choice and freedom; not imposing of norms
Indian legal system, thankfully, borrows heavily from the West. Many facets of social system of modern India are mirror images of the West.
Films can be said to be the biggest contributor of domesticating Western lifestyle by bridging the language barrier.
@akazlev Please spare some time for Indian affair as various ethical issues are being debated involving clash between tradition & modernity.
If people are getting organised for destructive purposes, why can't the Savitri Erans come forward to work together towards a positive goal?
Sri Aurobindo was not merely a Freedom fighter, he was fighting against ideas, against status quo, and never hesitated to criticise leaders.
Instead of trying to engage with the web of ideas Sri Aurobindo wove at Pondicherry, some foolishly complain, "Why he left politics midway?"
Sri Aurobindo advised his disciples to practice surrender to The Mother and a new religion can be said to have sprouted despite his denials.
@Benamrakshas Books by Georges van Vrekhem and Rod Hemsell are available online which provide a well rounded appreciation of Sri Aurobindo.
Writings of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo contain such subversive material that all major religions are to crumble by their serial explosions.
Beware of half-a-dozen foreigners who, for the sake of their own career rehabilitation, quote Sri Aurobindo's words to fan Hindu fanaticism!
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo convince us to come out of the juvenile conception that "My religion is better than yours." They debunk them all.
Ambedkar never read, wrote on, or quoted Sri Aurobindo and consequently stands as a formidable barrier in the path towards Dalit emancipation
@ksunjai @_Mauna_ Several layers of disagreement if we survey Lacan, Foucault, Derrida and Baudrillard to our own The Mother & Sri Aurobindo
@AgentSaffron @SabinaBasha @ArpanBhaduri Sri Aurobindo has something interesting to tell about wolf (vŗka, ‘tearer’)
Savitri Era: Evolution is discarding heritage and tradition in slices
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Sri Aurobindo and Ambedkar rejected the idea of Aryan race
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Mohapatra Nilamani Sahu and S.S. Kulkarni pass away
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Hu Hsu, Ganesh Devy,  and Kirtan Bihari Bramha
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Nirmalangshu Mukherji’s plea to abandon the rhetoric
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Devdutt Pattanaik, Bijayananda Kar, and Beatrice B...
Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management - Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) Ghaziabad
Because Thou Art: The Divided Line in Art, Rimina Mohapatra, Vista
[Hu Hsu, a great painter and litterateur lived in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and translated several major works of Sri Aurobindo into Chinese]
[On his way to the earth Narad sang five songs. During the return journey it is the anthem of eternal love that he is singing.] RY Deshpande
[Nirmalangshu Mukherji is consistent in his opposition to armed struggle and considers practice of Bhagat Singh and his comrades invalid.]
[I referred last time to William of Ockham’s teaching – derived, as far as I can tell, from Muslim Ash’arite thinkers – that God was a will]
Hobbes' Mistake - The Rational Case For Anarchy - The Times of India via @timesofindia

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sri Aurobindo's devotees should gather once in Delhi

There are four chief reasons for Sri Aurobindo not being sufficiently popular:
1. His philosophy covers a vast horizon and hence remains at a distance from normal life and longings.
2. His yoga and psychology are too deep and demand a level of loyalty and sincerity which is beyond many.
3. His poetry is too philosophical and falls outside normal aesthetic experiences apart from the language barrier.
4. His educational principles, though look impressive and inviting, are difficult to be translated into reality.

Thus, there can be four alternative routes for Sri Aurobindo to be rooted in popular imagination:
1. His political relevance vis-a-vis Hindutva and Leftist ideologies.
2. Growing number of his devotees giving rise to a distinct religion.
3. Circulation of devotional music and distribution and sale of various other products of common use with focus on employment generation.
4. Organising mega events to attract media attention and impress upon the young generation.

So, it's essential that Sri Aurobindo's devotees should gather once in Delhi. [TNM55]

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Suspect certainty, verbosity, and glib talk

Levi has written yet another post on style, ironically, in the same style he is complaining about, seemingly, in a mock fashion. The more reassuring aspect, however, is philosophical writing continues to open new paths and generate fresh debates. But the question of inclusion of Indian and other non-Western traditions remains a contentious one.

The issue of Sri Aurobindo's philosophy, of course, is too remote to trouble anyone. Besides, its very veracity or efficacy is under question marks since Heehs shouted that the Emperor is naked. Institutions running on rotten models of power play prove the point, further.

One needs to be extremely cautious, therefore. No one knows the mystery of this world or human life. No particular theory or practice can claim to yield results; at least, nothing of the sort has surfaced yet. So, suspect verbosity and glib talk; they are mushrooming! [TNM55]

1. This style simultaneously functions as a shibboleth, defining insiders and outsiders, while also making a pseudo-claim to clarity and precision.  Perhaps this style is independent of the content of what is written and argued, but I’m not so sure.  It seems to me that this style already expresses an entire worldview, an entire system of values, an entire teleology or set of goals functioning as a machine or an apparatus of capture.

2. Larval Subjects . - Assemblage Theory - Manuel DeLanda accomplishes what few thinkers ever manage to achieve: he renders the world interesting and thoroughly transforms our perception of what it is and how it came to be. This new book is destined to generate much debate and discussion, reconfiguring the way we pose social and political questions and the coordinates of legitimate ontological thinking. After reading this work, the world never quite looks the same and things that seemed to have only marginal importance take on an entirely new significance. – Levi R. Bryant, Collin College

3. But it’s different with Immaterialism. I read the book at least 4 times within the first week or so after receiving my copy. Perhaps that’s because it opened up an unusual number of new paths for me, and I enjoyed thinking them over so much that I lost my usual distaste for reading my own work.

With Whitman and Harvey in Pauri

Dear Tarini babu,
Namaskar. I had started in 2005 to list all my favourite links at one place but the post on Odia movie songs became the most visited page and the rest is history. A lot of time and energy is needed to bring it to the level of my expectations and that's a task for the future.

During my college days and subsequently, I had collected about 30 song books which were available at the time of release of new films, like:
No idea about the present situation as I left Odisha in 1988.

Thanks for your interest. is the third related site apart from the above two. All of them are work in progress; provide nostalgia and motivation, both. [TNM55]

There is more to know is the basic premise that fuels all philosophical investigation; limited competence is underlying factor for humility.

Reading Harvey amidst Pauri hills (facilitated by undersea cables, as Whitman captured it) brought the sense of how hills of thought can be overpowering and, in fact, provide the means for escaping or transcending the prison and tyranny of physical geography. However, the primacy of the local or the particular, he deals with, gave the contrasting feeling and spurred respect for what was on offer, then and there. And, balancing both the aspects, or integrating them to the extent possible, is perhaps the real challenge, but, paradoxically, each one's version will change. [TNM55]