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.
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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,
June 25, 2017
The following essay can answer your questions in the most satisfactory manner.
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.
June 30, 2017
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Intellectuals, in their search for career and comforts, have failed the people. Savitri Era Party is committed to a fair and just society.
Present anti-BJP parties are sure to see their extinction. A new national alternative has to be built from the scratch; no shortcuts exist.
That's surely part of the scheme but can't be pushed right away. Proceeding through Constitutional means and convincing people is important.
Younger persons are surely entitled to a longer time horizon but as far as I am concerned, my patience is over. SEP hopefully gains momentum
No need to imagine the future in the model of the past. Hindutva poses a huge Civilisational challenge; crazy solutions needed. @vimuktaatma
Collective living entails sound political principles. Creating an ideal political party is the responsibility of all right thinking citizens
The picture of Free World Union which Sri Aurobindo portrayed a century back deserves greater attention. https://t.co/SmN7H85ZRg #FiveDreams
To the ontological riddles that different fields like physics, biology, or psychology are reeling under, Sri Aurobindo's answer is the Veda.
1) Indra is the lord of Indriyas, i.e., mind and 2) Go means light or knowledge. Understanding these two words can transform one's worldview
Ethical principles are of Vedic vintage and current political priorities and patronage (or, lack of it) don't alter them or their legitimacy
Knowledge, like self-medication, can be injurious in critical moments unless availed from authentic sources like The Mother & Sri Aurobindo.
Vivekananda used Ramakrishna, Nehru used Gandhi, and Leftists Marx to silence the masses and numb critical reason. Hindutva repeats the same
Misconceptions regarding Sri Aurobindo are legion and hence, it's upon each one to break them down to partake of his knowledge and guidance.
Gandhi, the whole is, obviously, greater than the sum of its specifics and hence, it's futile to fight tenets of hermeneutics and semiotics.
Forget about all icons and follow Sri Aurobindo and his #FiveDreams. A positive agenda can work wonders instead of indulging in negativism.
Hate and antipathy involves negative energy which misleads. Sound logic and ethics with positive spirit and agenda can win political battles
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[I do not subscribe to the literalist interpretation of the Puranas – neither to claim hi-tech accomplishments (that the Hindutva claim)] RM
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Goading, guiding, or patronizing people enfeebles their energy and initiative. Inculcating a sense of empowerment in them should be priority
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