Sunday, July 30, 2017

Pitfalls of resisting Sri Aurobindo

[I have ignored the vast literature—Roland Barthes, Michael Foucault, Richard Rorty, Jacques Derrida, and others—that propagates the second option. Moreover, the second option grants salience to just one form of inquiry, namely, the literary one; after spending a life in analytic philosophy and in admiration of physics, one develops a visceral discomfort with any proclamation that fails to uphold their value. But the association with the formal does not prevent me to shift to the literary mode whenever needed.] Posted by Nirmalangshu Mukherji

[In contrast, the marginalized knowledge-systems of the indigenous people across the world offer a salient perspective for saving the planet.] Posted by Nirmalangshu Mukherji

It's unfortunate that an astute explorer of knowledge like Mukherji chooses to remain tied to ideology than break its fetters to access free thinking. His uncritical extolling of indigenous knowledge-systems is both ridiculous and dangerous as far as theory is concerned. A burning example of how resisting Sri Aurobindo can take people to absurd conclusions. [TNM55]

Misc. References:
[All societies need norms and values... But political democracy is not itself sufficient to generate these virtues.]
[we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise.]
[Freud fails to develop emancipatory possibility; repressive society produces possibility of abolition of repression]
[Plato has no theory of evolution. There is no goal or destination] [philosophy of Spinoza and Hartmann are static.]
[The Indian intelligentsia had many problems with Sri Aurobindo because he often raised inconvenient questions...]
[France and Ireland Aurobindo has never visited. But they have been more important to him than England] ~M.G.van Dijk

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Forgetting has a salutary function in life

Port Blair ...
forgetting also has a salutary function in life as explained by Sri Aurobindo in The Life Divine.

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The normal academic opinion is that the Upanishads are an advancement over the Vedas, whereas Sri Aurobindo insists on the reverse.

A faulty practice committed by leftist intellectuals is that they attribute problems of society to an illusory State or abstract Capitalism.

Truth and justice are multi-layered and so sensitivity apropos plurality and diversity; we all harbour a secret longing for certainty and the sole.

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[Sri Aurobindo is responsible for unearthing the forgotten truths and secrets buried alive in the Vedic texts] ~TVKS

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Saturday, July 01, 2017

Ethical principles are of Vedic vintage

Dear Joseph,

Study of consciousness should be segregated into at least three different sectors:

1. One's professional life involves a set of skills and values. Those have a bearing on one's conception of consciousness. Those engaged in science are the most affected.

2. As social beings, a practical level of understanding of consciousness is assumed. It needn't interfere with 1. and 3.

3. At the purely personal level, the responsibility of finding what is true is paramount and should be pursued disregarding 1. and 2. Many feel they can search for the truth on their own but tell things that are imperfectly plagiarised versions of earlier propositions.

A main problem in this Forum is people generally conflate the three whereas distinct routes can lead to more honest discoveries.

Tusar (b.1955)
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Dear Joseph,

I'm not aware of your background. You can check the following links to get a sense of what Sri Aurobindo has in mind:

Then we can discuss the current concerns in a more fruitful manner. Thanks,

Tusar (b.1955)
June 25, 2017

Dear LSG,

The following essay can answer your questions in the most satisfactory manner.

Tusar (b.1955)
An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo’s Metaphysical Cosmology: Part I – The Involution

Dear Kashyap and Vinod,

Debate is at a very interesting point and I feel Sri Aurobindo can be of help to resolve issues.

1. On the Ontology front, he posits the Exclusive Concentration concept whereby the highest Consciousness restricts itself to become finite beings.

2. On the Epistemology front, he invokes the Logic of the Infinite principle which, in essence, means the highest Consciousness is not bound by our rationality and can manifest simultaneously as void as well as existence or something can arise out of nothing and things like that.

If one accepts these two aspects, other jigsaw pieces fall into place and there are no contradictions in Ontology. Otherwise, forced juxtaposition of distinct domains are bound to be at loggerheads, for a long time in future.

Tusar (b.1955)
June 30, 2017
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