Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo signify Evolution and Revolution

The beauty of Democracy is that despite conceding political power to one who has been elected by the majority, it values minority opinion, extends protection to dissent, respects talent; and fosters creative freedom for solitary individuals to excel in the realm of arts and ideas

Tension between the individual and society is well recognised to which Democracy and Modernity add a third dimension entailing power of enforcement of certain norms. But social hierarchies, mostly local, survive in commensalism with religion. Democracy is crippled to that extent.

Judeo-Vedic Evolutionary dialectic enunciated by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo constitutes the fourth dimension which, not only radically modifies the pulls of tradition and religion as well as noble aims of Democracy and Modernity, but also transforms the aim of life of individuals

April 24, 1920: The Mother returned to Pondicherry to help establish the Sri Aurobindo Ashram on November 24, 1926. Sri Aurobindo passed away on December 5, 1950; she continued to lead the discples and build Auroville till she breathed her last on November 17, 1973. @MirraAlfassa

Mystic and spiritual elements occur in all religious traditions and The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are appreciative of their roles. The future, however, is not bright for old religions as they are bound to come under the wheels of Evolutionary juggernaut of Supramental Consciousness.

Influenced by philosophers like Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Paul Ricœur the Western world came very close to know the mystery of the unseen world but cultural barrier prevents it from understanding Sri Aurobindo's investigations.

[How @smurali1234 persuaded Closepet Dasappa Narasimhaiah (1921–2005), doyen of Indian English scholars having studied at Cambridge with F.R. Leavis, to write of Savitri, “if poetry is a mode of meditation, dhyanamantra you would find it here” (CDN, 1987)]

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo can best be described as Evolution and Revolution. Supramental Consciousness is actively working since February 29, 1956 and so, "Nor let worldly prudence whisper too closely in thy ear; for it is the hour of the unexpected." -SA

A few Universities run courses including IGNOU @ignouonlinehelp but Sri Aurobindo is best understood through self-study. Besides, sensitising people on respecting difference and diversity is an important task for which online acts hit the nail on the head.

Unless you mention source, that would be plagiarism. If you are embarking upon independent theorisation, then it's fine; but on my part, I confine myself to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's insights based on the Veda (they are not comfortable with sociological theories on Veda, btw).

Basically, I question your pessimism and how you diagnose various social traits at war with each other. That may be fine empirically but Sri Aurobindo posits an Evolutionary view of human civilisation culminating in Vedic harmony. Understanding that changes the whole perspective.

My feeling is that you have not read which would have clarified many of your assertions or apprehensions. [if I had done so, it would have saved me a number of years of philosophical wanderings in search of a standpoint.] S.K.Maitra

I'm appalled that your ruminations ended in a pall-bearer's role. My sense on the matter is we know nothing definitively about the Universe or our existence. All seem like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Hence, best option is to keep fingers crossed and read The Mother & Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo thought about this a century back and created a body of knowledge available today in 36 volumes. Most scholars of Hindutva have not cared to read his works with attention and harbour either prejudices or thumbnail sketches. "Irreparable loss"

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's writings are freely available online. Besides many blog sites exist where one may come across varieties of views and debates on diverse subjects including comparative perspectives

The Mother's works span over thirty volumes, yet none of our intellectuals (including women) find anything of value therein to tweet about or to take a leaf out of. #MirraAlfassa happens to be first person to realise the prophetic worth of Sri Aurobindo and collaborated with him.

All those who lament about being under a false and overrated image of Gandhi don't muster courage to confront Sri Aurobindo and his subversion of the Hindu monolith. Time to come out of lullabies and discover Hinduism perishing under Evolutionary trajectory, as predicted by him.

A century before 1992 when Babri Masjid was demolished to make way for proposed temple for Ram, Sri Aurobindo started publishing his views in 1893 castigating status quo. His alternative worldview based on the Veda has imparted a body blow to Hinduism from which it can't recover.

Sri Aurobindo marshalling Vedic hermeneutic as a firm substratum for ethics and aesthetics has unearthed millennia old sedimentation on sources of wisdom, although the narrative of Christian stimulus for Enlightenment, Democracy, and Modernity is ordinarily understood as primary.

Mythology fosters anachronism, hagiography, and a retrograde mentality. Science has no clear explanations for mysticism but a blanket authorization to it can open the floodgates of superstition and quackery. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo ask for being acquainted with inner faculties

Kireet Joshi was Educational Advisor to Gujarat CM during 2008-10 and today, one can conceive of Makarand R. Paranjape @MakrandParanspe discharging such a role for Central Govt. Besides, Anirban Ganguly @anirbanganguly is a member of BJP Policy Research and Library. #SriAurobindo

Welcome developments, if true. Criticism on this score by the leftists and being lax on Hindutva front by the hawks are two sure pointers of Modi regime being on the right track. Chasing Nobel has imparted such an civilising effect that all prophets of doom have been proved wrong

The present generation should realise that it can rethink and write a new Constitution taking into consideration current realities and global imperatives. Many errors institutionalised in 1950 can be rectified and a new order in the form of Federation of India can reshape future.

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo seek to repair the human imperfection; the problem is universal and the solution they gave involves all. So, outgrowing hackneyed binaries like Hindu-Muslim, Dalit-Savarna, Feminist-Misogynist, etc. needed to appreciate various nuances of Integral Yoga.

[Relics installation day, Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018: Sri Aurobindo Adhyayana Kendra, Rajgangpur (Odisha) and Matrubihar, Sundargarh (Odisha) installed by Sri Champaklalji in 1984. Sri Aurobindo's Relics has come to Odisha fifteen times to sixty-five places.]

Panel discussion on Protest Music dovetails into opposing political leaders and it's interesting to hear politics in Sri Aurobindo Centre itself. So politics is ubiquitous! @SACACIndia Beyond the Present @Leeterature @toxicslink @Mixtapelive

Marketime: Patterns of the Present and Beyond the Present #SriAurobindo @SACACIndia @desharbendu @toxicslink @Mixtapelive @Bongchild

Six years on Twitter has been a great learning experience and fabulous experiment in communication. Perception about The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is changing in a positive direction and the political dimension of their intervention is coming to the fore. [TNM] #MyTwitterAnniversary

Many women are doing admirable and valiant jobs on Twitter but often seem overenthusiastic and shrill. Obviously, extraneous considerations (perhaps, intrinsic to gender) are at work and hence an obnoxious or even a sinister angle is not unexpected. Quest for truth must lead all.

Many on Twitter dole out the impression that they have better understanding of things since they are inheritors of traditional wisdom which is inherently superior and a panacea for the future. Thank God, citizenship is equal for all in this country; so, no need to kowtow to them.

Many well read and well meaning persons use such obscure usernames and repulsive DPs that their tweets suffer from impaired communication. Being reader friendly and relevant by offering suitable arguments and necessary references is important. @Janamejayan contemplating quitting!

Hunger for greatness of a past civilisation is so great that people are almost blind to present imperfections. For instance, the bus stand at Jewar near Greater Noida is full of so much of dirt that it seemed it hasn't been cleaned in a decade. And no one seemed to bother either.

Heard Ababahikara Swapna by Manoranjan Das yesterday @AkashvaniAIR after three decades where Jharana Das recites Juan Olivarez's [If I had wings on which to fly, Up in the clear blue sky] & Percy Bysshe Shelley's [The fountains mingle with the river And the rivers with the ocean]

Once he ridiculed a "reader" as a failed leader. Same can be said about a "writer" too. Arun Nehru (24 April 1944 – 25 July 2013) used to write a lot of columns.

Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF - since 2005): Gnostic Centre, Savitri Bhavan, SACAR, SAFIC, and Esalen courses #SriAurobindo #MirraAlfassa #FiveDreams #WorldUnion #SavitriEraParty @NathTusar SRA-102-C, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad - 201014 (UP)

Recent Tweets by @SavitriEraParty

The Constitution of India is the illegitimate child of the Colonial masters and their subjects. Granting nationhood to the States like the SAARC countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka is the only option to free 1.35bn people from its many undesirable provisions.

Each language of India is a distinct nation with a rich record of history, culture, and heritage. Population growth has made it impossible for them to be administered efficiently from Delhi in a just and fair manner. So, self-determination and granting Sovereignty is the solution.

Sri Aurobindo favoured the establishment of a free association of free States but India as a huge monolith counts as a barrier. Creation of around 50 new nations with about 50 million population will go a long way in forging the South Asian Federation as a prelude to World Union.

Reading the works of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is a basic step to get oriented on the Evolutionary journey towards Human Unity and a Supra-rational age where all old religions are almost annihilated and a new human race conforming to the Vedic prophecies takes birth #FiveDreams

We are discussing broad principles: 
1) India of 1947 is an anomalous legacy of the Colonial rule and must be reviewed,
2) Parliament to decide converting India into a Federation by granting Sovereignty to the States; and
3) Abnormal population necessitates creation of new nations

I repeat: Constitution is anomalous, population is abnormal, Central Govt lacks efficiency; and linguistic nationality is restive. Grappling with all these in a Democratic manner is necessary instead of waiting for unrest and non-State actors jumping in for exploiting the issues.

1) Each major language of India is a distinct nation and has inalienable right to liberty,
2) Last mile Democracy and Development is more efficient in smaller nations (say with 50m population);
3) An ordinary citizen should be the focus instead of a Civilisational grand-narrative

Churchill also said exactly the same. Freedom transforms and empowers and hence it's futile to speculate on consequences. Fast growth of ASEAN nations shouldn't be overlooked. Besides, liberty itself is invaluable and needn't be measured in material terms.

Maithili or Bhojpuri are not dialects, they have been forcibly grouped under Hindi. The point is I'm only pointing it out; ultimately, it's local people who will demand on the basis of their preferences and priorities, and decide. Further it's not one time affair; process evolves

States are financially crippled at present; always go with a begging bowl. That situation must change; 50m people should be the arbiter of their own fates without any interference from the party high command or Central Govt in Delhi. Sovereignty will empower to market Soft Power.

Current population figure is not comparable to ancient times and political systems are different. Nationalist sentiment ensuing from a language can be vehement and throw caution to the winds; the India narrative is useless for it. No inherent virtue in living in a large country!

Population figures are abnormal; Constitution of India itself is to blame for the Dalit problem and Regional discontent. Creation of Indian Federation by granting Sovereignty to the States is the only solution for fostering the spirit of Fraternity, otherwise the wounds fester.

If Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka can take care of their own affairs, then there is no reason why Assam, Bihar, Karnataka, or Kashmir can't manage themselves as independent nations. Further, population has doubled since 1978 which means another India born in forty years

Just like Dalit problem is "not only economic but social and cultural," language-linked suppressed-nationhood has its own validity for self-determination, no matter what the consequences are. For instance, Odisha has every right to identify its future with glory of Kalingan-past.

Bipin Chandra Pal as well as Sri Aurobindo had endorsed a free association of free nationalities in the manner of Kant's prescription for Perpetual Peace. India, with its abnormal size and population, is proving to be an impediment, like China. #FiveDreams

None of the present political parties is committed to Democratic functioning or Market-oriented approach. Respecting citizens or caring for their freedom and opinion hardly exists. Indians must come out of the spell of established political parties and vote for honest candidates.

Supporting a good independent candidate in each Constituency is the best means to act in the spirit of Indian Constitution and break the dominance of and perversion wrought by the current political parties. Let the dreams of Vinoba Bhave, JP, and V.P. Singh translate into reality

The unenviable compulsion of Modi supporters to vote for him despite running him down, to write newspaper articles with data defending Govt schemes; and to prove to the world that BJP has turned fairly liberal, inclusive, and free from RSS diktat. No wonder, the hawks are fuming!

Never forget that BJP won 2014 by harvesting Muzaffarnagar riots. Never push Hindutva narrative as panacea for all human ills. Stop valorising Astrology, Mythology, and Rituals. Never overlook the benefits of Western (or, Christian) progress. Don't vote for AAP, BJP, or Congress.

Many handles tweet genuine criticism against BJP, RSS, and Modi. One feels that they are defenders of Democracy and civility. But when they start praising the Dynasty, their true colours are exposed. All their liberalism is mortgaged to the altar of Congress and hence spurious.

India was under the rule of British Parliament from 1858 to 1947 but the Civilisational repercussions have never ceased. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo form a formidable link in this Evolutionary trajectory despite Hindutva emphasis on fostering a crude form of muscular nationalism.

Swami Agnivesh told on DD Bihar that the concept of an egalitarian society is very much a Vedic imperative and not merely ensues from Marxist discourse: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. How far such utilitarian interpretation of the Veda would be approved by Sri Aurobindo is a moot point.

Hegel doesn't feature in the list of Indologists but the book titled, Hegel's India by Aakash Singh Rathore and Rimina Mohapatra has reinforced his claims. Besides, he now precedes Nietzsche, Bergson, Alexander, Whitehead, etc to be considered as a pioneer in Integral Philosophy.

After a year of Pre-University in BJB College, Bhubaneswar, I joined Regional College of Education (RIE, Bhubaneswar) run by NCERT in 1972 for a Four-year Integrated BSc.,BEd. Residential course with Botany honours and Agriculture as vocational education, besides Statistics, etc.

After one year as a science teacher in my village, I joined Punjab National Bank at Sundargarh as Agricultural clerk in 1977. CAIIB gave the opportunity to study subjects like Commercial Law, Economic Geography, Accountancy, Forex, etc, apart from in-house Management and Quality.

due to faulty planning GNP lags behind. To employ the masses India has no dearth of intellect and resources even if the population gets doubled. Don’t Blame Population: Blame Planning - Tusar N. Mohapatra, Bhubaneswar, Yojana Students’ Forum April 15, 1976

Tusar Nath Mohapatra,
Savitri Era Party
April 11, 2018

Savitri Era Party (SEP) tries to follow common sense, collective welfare, and faith on Vedic Evolutionary path for its recommendations. "If this is not the solution," said Sri Aurobindo, "then there is no solution; if this is not the way, then there is no way for the human kind."

Indians love being under some big authority; the legacy of long years of Monarchy and Colonial rule is yet to dissipate. Savitri Era Party (SEP) advocates Freedom and supports Market so that people imbibe courage to think freely and act according to their free choice. #FiveDreams

Since its inception in 2007 (Centenary year of Surat split), Savitri Era Party (SEP) has been busy in expanding scope of practical action in the light of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's thought. Their works belong to a certain time period; so conceiving future policies is necessary.

[Just like someone's toothache troubles all in a huge joint family, a minor event in one corner of India harassing 1.3b citizens is absurd. Territory should stop being the defining element of nationalism and be replaced by Soft Power and Goodwill.] Sept'16

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