Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Liberal agenda is not a monopoly of Congress or Marxists

Communists resented Castes but Socialists legitimised it. Congress abhorred Religion-based identity but #CAA thrust by BJP has made people rethink on the Hindu-Muslim discourse. Suddenly everyone finds that it's a reality and can't be avoided or deferred in the name of Secularism
If a Govt is prevented from implementing it's decisions, then it's no Democracy. Protests are merely symbolic, just to convey the message; law and order disruption is absurd. A hill needn't be brought to the stage if a play has such a scene since dialogues are the real performer.
Sri Aurobindo wrote which scholars are entitled to dissect and tear apart his arguments. His political involvement too needs to be minutely examined. When he talks about Evolution and the next level of Consciousness, it's uncharted area. His spiritual forays can't be scrutinised.
The Mother similarly was engaged in the endeavour of transmutation of body cells which is beyond ordinary persons. Satprem has recorded all these which allows to sense the gravity of the matter. Understanding their future projects is important to collaborate with it successfully.
Something so apparent; still has to be repeated till it's brought home. Liberal agenda is not a monopoly of Congress and Marxists. Hindutva is bound to commit blunders and following Sri Aurobindo is an assurance of the right ideal. His political and ethical relevance is immense.
Now, Hindutva camp can also boast of a lot of intellectuals but from their uncritical support to ethical paradigms tethered to mythology and cooked up history, one can easily judge their standards. Besides, prior commitment to political and ideological masters blurs their vision.
Now there are threads and threads. They want us to remember tomes of history in order to comment on current affairs and rulers. Ordinary citizens shouldn't be burdened with so much of intellectual pressure in a Democracy. People must be free to enjoy and engage in economic roles.
All said and done, the protests against #CAA like the ones against Mandal Commission Report are orchestrated but wrong. #CAB may be valid but Modi govt could have avoided it at the present juncture. It succumbed to triumphalism and the results are unsavory. Sri Aurobindo will win
To assume that access to Internet will not have much effect on culture, language, religion, or nationalism is a delusion. Rise in prosperity, communication, and transport will definitely aid travel, tourism, and migration. Promoting them should be a priority for educational value https://t.co/jKWa4UbYcn
Most suffer from the false hope that India will become a Superpower or Vishwaguru. That of course is a good defence mechanism to overcome personal frustration or depression. But the reality is otherwise; measuring everything in military or material terms is a defective procedure.
Citizenship debate has clearly taken us back to Partition questions and basis of Nationalism. Confusion is likely to be compounded and silver lining will surely emerge from the chaos. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have indicated such tidings since India is very much on their agenda. https://t.co/tytxq6ev21
All religions are sure to collapse and nationalities will overlap or become porous. Increasingly, people are turning multilingual and using entertainment options from a basket of cultures. Difficult to prevent this trend since such hybridisation is going on since time immemorial.
Before 2019 ends, let's remember that Sri Aurobindo wrote an essay with the title 1919. Can be an occasion to examine his numerous prophecies and futuristic insights. Postmodernism and Transhumanism are passe; Cellular Transformation embarked upon by The Mother to gain prominence https://t.co/3cOb3ZoNGs
I feel, there can't be any cultural illiteracy or vacuum. There will always be something which may or may not be of one's liking and that's a separate matter. Rather, there has to be a vast amount of unlearning; especially for the 45-75 age-group for discovering Sri Aurobindo.
ARYA writings of Sri Aurobindo (1914-21) were meant for removing many confusions accumulated over the previous century both in India and the West. This herculean task has not been adequately appreciated during the last 100 years. Votaries of Indian wisdom and values must wake up.
Education was designed by the Britishers, basically by Christian scholars. Thus, various strands of falsehood were fed as truth. Eurocentrism was another reason for suppression of diverse evidences and Hegel's writings on Indian philosophy and religion is one important example.
Kant brought philosophical enquiry to an end but Hegel reopened it in which his reading of Indian texts have a great role. But this aspect has been ignored till date by the Western authors. Indian scholars have an opportunity in grabbing this task to rewrite history of philosophy
Once Hegel is accorded the importance he deserves, later developments based on science have to be reimagined. One such model we already have in Sri Aurobindo. Even he has produced multiple perspectives in Essays on the Gita, The Life Divine, and Savitri. The West can be bypassed.
American scholars of Indian philosophy are basically concerned with ancient texts mostly of Buddhist origin. This is a conspiracy to stall research in Modern Indian Philosophy on one hand and undermining Sri Aurobindo's epochal works in favour of other minor authors on the other.
It's not a question of philosophy alone; once this line of inquiry attains sufficient sophistication, many forts of Humanities will get demolished. There would be no East-West divide; knowledge sources and the lenses will converge. Religious and racial bias should get obliterated
This is the real #2020 challenge. Developing an integral perspective with sufficient intellectual muscle to match without compromising the highest standards of critical reason. Thinking part has been largely accomplished by Sri Aurobindo; what is wanted is just to flesh them out.
Hegel's extensive comments on Indian texts have a bearing on his subsequent philosophical formulations. How far do you agree? @LarvalSubjects @DrZamalek @adamkotsko @ThouArtThat @loveofallwisdom https://t.co/CgGW125luh
Drunk with power, Hindutva fails to notice the lower order knowledge environment it seeks to propagate. They are popular versions of some ancient Sanskrit texts which themselves were discredited in their time. Accepting modern outlook of Sri Aurobindo has been a problem for them.
Sri Aurobindo himself has pointed out many defects in the traditional knowledge streams. Sayana's interpretation of Rig Veda, Shankara's commentary on Isha Upanishad, interpolations in Mahabharata and Gita, and reification of Rituals as core. These form only tip of the iceberg.
I'm not supportive of mere reverence or lip service to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Their educational philosophy was adopted to a large extent during Indira years. Many Congressmen were admirers and helped in dissemination of their literature. Odisha is one example. But it waned.

Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management - Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) Ghaziabad https://t.co/YGoEhdLyp7
Sight of Majestic Godavari reminds of Jupiter.
[The hand that sent Jupiter spinning through heaven,
Spends all its cunning to fashion a curl.] -Who by Sri Aurobindo (Collected Poems) https://t.co/SWCge7yQiL
Andhra Pradesh 2019 https://t.co/jucH8vn3Ad

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Sri Aurobindo enthuses us to be open minded

We are used to the world situation being described in terms of different Nations but that's an illusion. Truth be told, humanity is one with males and females forming the primary division. Then there are young and old, poor and rich, blue and white collar, villagers or city etc.
Reading the books by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo trains to think in terms of human concerns and possibilities. They have even dreamt of a life without death. Thus national or religious identity and all the competitive or combative emotions associated with them need to be eschewed.

It seems that I have lived 64 years in a flawed nation that didn't have #CAA and didn't know this is so crucial on humanitarian index. It's equally intriguing why such an avalanche of opposition has occurred given its salutary nature. Btw what happened to Women's reservation Bill.
It's now difficult to distinguish whether protests are against #CAA or #JamiaViolence and they are absolutely separate issues. Some are suggesting that it's venting of cumulative anger or human tendency for violence and Govt. must facilitate such opportunities from time to time.

Normal human propensity of spotting the Other and being embroiled in all kinds of emotions surrounding it is part of standard academic discourse. What Sri Aurobindo brings to the table is how to turn the tables by locating Evolutionary meaning and trend within quotidian responses.
It's amusing to hear Congress complaining of distortion of history. A party which didn't concede even an inch to Sri Aurobindo is bound to be found at the receiving end. Marxists acting hand in glove are already in the doldrums. Still both rank high on Evolutionary parameters.

Beating up present citizens for the sake of future citizens is something paradoxical like donating money for becoming rich in next life. Matters of Statecraft are really so complicated or convoluted and hence Democracy enjoins upon ordinary citizens not to bother much about them.

Democracy doesn't obliterate human nature; it accommodates all kinds of innovations and idiosyncrasies, irreverences, deviance, or perversions. How to deal with them are part of the system and a matter of perpetual philosophical pondering and rumination. No hard and fast rules in Humanities.
Shastri had resigned as Rly Minister; VP Singh has resigned as UP Chief Minister. It needn't apply to all. Thus responses would be different. The person therefore is crucial; how he would perceive the threat or imagine ways and means of deriving the best advantage from any crisis

That's a tad unfair for we do not know whether the turn of events metamorphose Modi into Gorbachev and he deservedly wins Nobel Prize for peace in 2020. I expect many dramatic developments since Modi must have become thoroughly bored now in his present job of acting a 56"PM 18x7.

Modi symbolises maximum media mobilisation for image building as well as almost absolute concentration of power. Yet, he is in trouble over solving an issue of this gigantic nation. It corroborates the inherent fissiparous nature of the nation which is unwilling to hold together.
It's perhaps instructive to recount a mythological episode. How King Parikshit couldn't save himself despite being absolutely secluded and heavily guarded. However #CAA can be an excellent lesson in History as one can travel back in time to revisit events. https://t.co/3uSOLLcHuo

Your personal happiness is understandable but you are more trusted for the larger picture. Hope, that assessment will emerge a few days later.
Due to lack of adequate awareness or competence, I don't talk about political situation in foreign countries but there must be many trends or developments in line with Sri Aurobindo's vision. #WorldUnion will cover the entire world and stimulus or impetus can come from anywhere.
Describing past scenarios as if one possesses a panoptic vision is a habit with many but is an illusion. Mythology enthuses to weave neat narratives and even imparts prestige and credibility. Reality however is much more complex and extant texts are no guarantee for any veracity.

As far as I understand, Sri Aurobindo valued heroism, no matter which side one is. He admired unflinching, unalloyed loyalty, sincerity, intensity, and the sense of sacrifice; perhaps in the Shudra sense. Any tinge of bargaining spirit or manoeuvring attitude would attract his disapproval.

It's difficult for people to overcome the bondage of the past and think in terms of something new but Savitri Era Religion is the reality of the future. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have charted out the path of future Evolution infallibly. Receptivity for new Consciousness needed.

Although highly intuitive Evolutionary theories are available in Schelling and Hegel, Sri Aurobindo has the advantage of writing after Darwin. Even he surpasses his contemporaries like Bergson, Samuel Alexander, or Teilhard de Chardin in formulating a coherent theory of Evolution

Sri Aurobindo brought his knowledge of the West to examine how far the ancient Indian wisdom is relevant. The Veda and Upanishads proved to be far more seminal than what was perceived. He incorporated the theory of Evolution into it to produce an epochal book like The Life Divine

People are so engrossed in the political game that analysing the very principles of politics is conveniently forgotten. Sri Aurobindo dwelt upon these basics extensively a hundred years ago in The Human Cycle and The Ideal of Human Unity. Delving into them is a must for everyone.

Individual existence should be more of concern in a Democracy than ancestry or collective identity. Both Modernity and Spirituality stress on this aspect. Biology and Psychology too announce one's uniqueness at each moment. Sacrificing that at the altar of politics is upsetting.

Multiple versions of mythological tales spread the impression that multiple accounts of historical events and biographies are okay. Those with agenda utilise this option to the hilt without any compunction. No organisation or journal has taken up the burden of correcting history.

1914-19 is a long period and Modi govt. can't be accused of pursuing any sinister agenda. It has acted in terms of necessity and rationality. (Corporate/Reliance guidance in its working can't be ruled out). Opposition criticism is political and not objective in recognising merit.

Sri Aurobindo interprets go as light in his The Secret of the Veda. @VOXPopu03028596

Reading helps. Needn't be very focused; even random pages from The Mother & Sri Aurobindo can lead to interesting destinations. Worth trying. https://t.co/aUsRbWi22m
Reading #SriAurobindo is the way for eradicating darkness.
That's also the most potent way for change of heart.

Availability of Sri Aurobindo's writings in slim and manageable volumes is a real problem. Interesting compilations can influence the younger generation. Instead of focusing on what Sri Aurobindo says, how he encourages developing an open mind and critical reason should be told.
He has written on different subjects. He had to respond to Buddha, Shankara, Sayana, Dayananda, Vivekananda, Max Muller, Marx, Darwin, Nietzsche, Freud, James, Dante, Milton, Coleridge, Blake, Arnold, Spencer, Fichte, Kant and many others. His oeuvre is no less than a University.
All ideologies including Hindutva have to win their rightful place through dialogue and democratic negotiation. Sri Aurobindo opened many frontiers like reinterpretation of the Veda to confront rational and secular outlook. Building on them should have been the priority but alas!

Session on Savitri by #SriAurobindo at Chandannagar, West Bengal https://t.co/TlEWzWFRrB
River Saraswati in Tribeni, West Bengal https://t.co/C6B1o7d7Nt
Framing the illimitable https://t.co/1VU6FpHzrO
Sri Aurobindo Relics Centre, Chandannagar https://t.co/4p2X9V1JuP
Due to lack of adequate awareness or competence, I don't talk about political situation in foreign countries but there must be many trends or developments in line with Sri Aurobindo's vision. #WorldUnion will cover the entire world and stimulus or impetus can come from anywhere.

Sri Aurobindo's dream of #WorldUnion provides the broad principle and how it works out is certainly not linear or clear. Nor historical examples are the only guide. What's important is Evolutionary direction and for that no one is more reliable than #SriAurobindo. #FiveDreams

Congress, Marxist, Hindutva, and Dalit camps suffer from the same disease, i.e., indoctrination. Thus majority of our countrymen have no means to test or taste alternative narratives. Sri Aurobindo enthuses us to be open minded and inculcate critical reason. Indians must respond.

Glorifying the past has not much meaning today as Internet supplies instant information. Work of present achievers and scholars needs to be spotted and recognised. Compiling a top three list in different fields can be informative as well as appreciative of the persons concerned.

Both Hinduism and Nationalism are false slogans which some people keep repeating to delude themselves. Self-interest is the mantra which drives diverse people including the most virtuous or saintly. Vedic Harmony as envisaged by Sri Aurobindo however is of a different wavelength.

Having witnessed or undergone various forms of distorted history or episodes of false propaganda during the past sixty years, there's no hope of any reasonable account of truth becoming mainstream. Influential persons & institutions turning handmaiden of political narratives sad.

Freedom from Mythology and Rituals is necessary for internalising the gains of Modernity. Art and Literature have their utility but stretching it beyond a point is counterproductive. Harking back to tradition in the name of culture and civilisation corrupts the minds of children.

Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management - Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) Ghaziabad https://t.co/YGoEhdLyp7
Harnessing Western Philosophy for Self-Management - TN Mohapatra
SAMSMRITI SAMS Journal 10 (2), 16-17 2016
Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management - TN Mohapatra
Nitte Management Review 9 (2), 1-18 2015
#MirraAlfassa #SriAurobindo #WorldUnion #SAVITRI

Monday, December 16, 2019

CAA seems to be a whole Panchatantra

Repeating for the nth time:
It's not about this bill or that bill. States have to awarded Sovereignty under a lose Federation. Colonial legacy has to be buried. Sri Aurobindo dreamt of a #WorldUnion and all must support Evolution's direction.

I haven't kept track of so much of noise around NRC and CAB but my sense is that something fundamentally changed yesterday and States and Regions getting Sovereignty will be an eventuality. But I don't think it's the peaceful path towards #WorldUnion as dreamt by Sri Aurobindo.

In times like this, it becomes apparent why a broad consensus around Sri Aurobindo's political philosophy is needed to navigate the nation out of obscurantist outlook. No amount of muscle flexing or chest thumping can justify or validate what's basically defective or anomalous. https://t.co/DwT3KKGfAT

There's no heroism in toeing the PartyLine. Rather it's an insult to common sense, rationality, and human rights. Superior articulation or good English can't be a measure of legitimacy. Liberal cause is hampered by being tethered to Dynasty worship. This handle is the lone beacon.

No understanding of CAB but it looks likes a Pandora's Box. Local issues need to be settled at State level instead of being dictated by Delhi. Sovereignty to States is a must to make history the British legacy of India. Central govt needs to be abolished and Parliament dissolved. https://t.co/ETj15QrGXb

India is one illusion and its citizenship is another. Denying nationhood to the States for over seventy years politicians have have committed a great blunder. Languages have suffered and are groaning in pain. Each major language must receive deserved respect and Sovereignty. #CAB https://t.co/31QE8phbA0

I have been campaigning for languages getting Sovereignty status as they are the most potent indicator of nationality. Present unrest is unavoidable when that wasn't done in a civil and democratic way. Pushing religious agenda can't be a substitute for what is natural or organic.

India is a historical wrong; an anomalous and absurd entity ruled by a Dynasty and International syndicates. States must get Sovereignty to break the nexus. Besides languages having their own secure homeland is the most important gain. Make India history by burying British legacy

India is outcome of prolonged British coercion which has failed to satisfy its people. States are still like Municipalities with no power to rule effectively. Language based Sovereignty will usher in true Democracy, efficiency, and Development. Level of patriotism won't diminish.

The term sub-nationalism is misleading and hypocritical in the Indian context. Each major language is a nation and denying that amounts to unjust suppression. Dismantling the erstwhile British empire is still an issue especially when the population has grown fourfold since 1947.

1914-19 is a long period and Modi govt. can't be accused of pursuing any sinister agenda. It has acted in terms of necessity and rationality. (Corporate/Reliance guidance in its working can't be ruled out). Opposition criticism is political and not objective in recognising merit.
Lot of noise on economy nosediving but I treat Market as autonomous. It's for the people to take it wherever they like since Govt is a very minor and reluctant player. Throwing out Reservations is the only measure that is expected of Govt. Even that can be through people's power.

Linguistic Sovereignty is the only way to solve complex demographic problems obtaining in the States. A central Federal outfit as service provider is enough with Sovereignty resting with the States. This foresaking of megalomania is natural, organic, & psychologically satisfying.

How language can be a highly emotive issue can be gauged from the intensity of current protests. States are fit candidates for Sovereignty and Centre's one size fits all measures are bound to fail. High time to switch to a Federal model and end the relics of British imperialism.

Delhi is an anomaly. Committing more sins by curbing civil liberties and quelling public protests will only multiply the folly. Devolution of powers to the States with immediate effect is a must so that Central high handedness is avoided and common people are saved from atrocity.

VP Singh wanted to fulfill promises made in the Election Manifesto and faced insurmountable trouble by implementing the Mandal Commission report. Modi is in the midst of an identical situation and the lesson for PMs is don't be too sincere in carrying out ideological commitments.

RSS might not like Modi to continue beyond two terms. In that sense the countdown begins. There's no real national Party today; even BJP has influence in limited regions. In this context, the future is uncertain; India is a failure. The States as Sovereign nations are the future.

There should be a national debate was a regular BJP refrain but I don't think CAB was discussed sufficiently in public. Building a consensus among the public is the prime role of politics but in this case intellectuals have led the govt down the garden path by reopening old wound.

Perspective needs to be way far broader than a few current occurrences if you want your theorising to stand the test of time. I'd request you to consult Sri Aurobindo's Human Cycle even if you don't agree with his conclusions. He presents a model of how issues need to be examined.

As a professional, you are entitled to your firm opinions and strong beliefs but there's no gainsaying of the fact that they are subjective. Sri Aurobindo analysed the world situation in his The Ideal of Human Unity and Evolutionary imperatives indicate a much different scenario.

Mythological notion of India is drastically different from the present land of India and its inhabitants. Even India in 1947 was of a different order with the Princely States. So those imagining a homogeneous situation must reorient their understanding of what Democratic ethos is.

How often have we stated the fact that neither Nehruvian/Marxist nor Hindutva line of thinking is appropriate for the modern situation and how Sri Aurobindo's vision of the future is the only recourse. Current happenings are just an indicator of such an inevitability. #FiveDreams

The more intellectuals pretend that Sri Aurobindo doesn't exist or his bulk of writings or prophecies don't matter, the more he is going to be relevant. All right thinking people must clamour for Sri Aurobindo getting his due and the nation acknowledging its debt to his sacrifice.

Even after #CAB becoming #CAA there are widespread protests and deeply felt resentment among various sections of people as well as political parties. So, it appears that the Parliament is not supreme and its wisdom can be questioned in the court of the people. Or it's mobocracy?

But yes even High Court judges err and the matter is set right by the Supreme Court. Similarly subsequent repercations can force a sensitive govt to reconsider and roll back despite firm convictions. Even Mandal Commission report was accepted by all including Supreme Court later.
Being born on Indian soil is not a choice, so claiming the whole land for one's own religion is absurd and arbitrary. How people get addicted to such a false sense of entitlement is a strange phenomenon. Forty years on this planet and they cite examples of four thousand years old

They are in power now; crowd high profile conferences and policy making bodies. But don't get intimidated by their clout; judge them by their argument. Leftists were doing exactly like this and this bunch of intellectuals will meet the same fate. Thankfully Sri Aurobindo is there

There was a system of all party meetings but we no longer hear it happening. Democracy is all about dialogue and discussion for extracting distilled wisdom. Multi-pronged initiatives needed to thrash out problems and tackle issues with humanitarian approach. Magnanimity is needed

History is a contested place and there are no clear solutions; anyone can build any narrative by scrambling handful of evidences. Besides, current status is far more important than inferences of historical investigations. Forgetting is also part of a sound mental health strategy.

True, there can be different forms of remedy depending upon the nature of the malady. And the consequences, accordingly.

I have already indicated that I don't know #CAA details nor its implications. So, I have no particular view on the matter but going by the reactions, there seems to be some sinister intention in seed form. Be that as it may, I hold it to be a Govt's prerogative. Why triumphalism?

Right to protests is an altogether different matter. How much a govt tolerates or permits is purely subjective with extreme examples like Tiananmen square. Hawkish attitude needs to be avoided to prevent human suffering. Political or religious opponents also deserve due sympathy.

You are right but there are many imponderables in life especially in collective affairs. Things don't move in a linear fashion or equal and opposite terms. Democratic environment is another complex scenario. So, what you are hinting at may not be of much practical value as of now

As you know, inaction or inertness don't really exist; even waiting or hibernating amounts to an action like holding a stock. Your logic is perfectly alright in a combat situation and even there a politician is given the final authority. Being the King entails a lot of balancing.

The march of time and Evolutionary trajectory is uneven; has a penchant for defying past pattern to inject an element of drama. So discounting the present turmoil as minor may not be an appropriate assessment. For it seems to be a whole Panchatantra; stories within stories to dig.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Humanity must discover the hidden Harmony

Sri Aurobindo passed away on December 5, 1950 and after nearly seventy years his contribution to theory has not been adequately recognised. His words however are more relevant to actual happenings and certain dramatic turns give hope to the Vedic ideal of Truth, Good, and Harmony
What is popular or dominant today can't be a justification for its future validity. Current political scenario similarly isn't the best available option. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo worked together from 1914 to usher in a new social order. Humanity must discover the hidden Harmony.
It is exclusive and there's no shame or hesitation in saying this. Savitri Era Religion is the solution for the future and the whole world will have to embrace it sooner or later. Tomorrow is the death anniversary of Sri Aurobindo; understanding its significance can bring clarity.
Neo-Hindu sects are the greatest impediment for spreading the knowledge and vision of Sri Aurobindo. They are prosperous, influential, and powerful.
In the context of ideological vacuum pervading in India today, following Sri Aurobindo is the only sane avenue. Understanding this imperative is not easy as grasp over diverse thought currents is necessary. SavitriEraParty has been spreading awareness for developing perspectives.
Better to think about 1840 and various reform movements which cropped up due to Western education. Thereafter, every major stream has contributed; enriched the dialogue. So difficult to label whether something is a damage or not. Sri Aurobindo says in SoY even evil is good later.
Auroville conflict, Agenda dispute, Savitri controversy, and Heehs imbroglio have left The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's legacy much scarred. Simultaneously, many fresh facets and perspectives have come to light. So, redefining their work and worldview is necessary for new generation.
Mother's Agenda is a monumental set which sets the record straight that she was not happy with many things which was going on in her name but permitted out of politeness or practical reasons. Enthusiasm of some disciples resulted in various rituals and so they need to be reviewed.
A better life or harmonious society can't be too far from politics. In fact, all collective action fall in the political domain. Running a voluntary organisation or ensuring fair play itself is a gigantic task. Apt rules and regulations in sync with aims and objectives essential.
There's much confusion about All life is yoga since silence or meditation are ordinarily considered indications of spirituality. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo recommend inner silence and dynamic meditation in the midst of work or unfavorable circumstances to stimulate transformation
This is a common rhetoric but a deeper look won't find much difference. Basically, it's the Enlightenment and Modernity ideals to which Sri Aurobindo adds a high dose of Messianism. Indian/Hindu spirituality otoh has nothing special to offer as spirituality exists in all cultures
Both Marxist or Humanist viewpoints, though valid from a practical angle, have been found wanting in the course of tides of time. Sri Aurobindo's solid logic for unfolding of future Evolution towards Vedic immortality therefore holds out much hope amid widespread disillusionment.
Those brought up on Hindutva diet are complacent about new thoughts and ideas but The Mother & Sri Aurobindo provide a platform for Evolutionary thinking. Substantially material or mechanical solutions are not the right approach, yet their forming the substratum can't be ignored.
One interesting thought experiment is whether a competent scholar could have written all that Sri Aurobindo has written. This is blasphemy for the devotees but the answer is yes. Once one is able to penetrate his web of terminologies, his arguments are fairly simple and elegant.
It's absolutely necessary to shed one's sectarianism for discovering Sri Aurobindo under the universalist lens. Besides The Mother's role in forging this Integral paradigm has to be appreciated in toto. Lastly seminal facets educed by their Western disciples and scholars crucial.
Yes, Sri Aurobindo has deciphered the real meaning of Vedic utterances by just exploring the suppleness of Sanskrit words but he doesn't claim the Veda to be the only important book or Hinduism as the greatest religion. He gives a blow to Perennial philosophy and launches his own
Sri Aurobindo as a lover of poetry was a keen aspirant of Intuition and he applied the same route for his spiritual attainments. So, poetry for him is not merely a cultural tool or means of aesthetic pleasure but a source of opening myriad pathways for Evolutionary possibilities.
Integral Yoga has three basic elements but Aspiration is pivotal. Rejection and Surrender are rooted in traditional paths but an Aspiration - not out of crisis or ambition (arta and artharthi) - but a steady, intense, and prayerful certitude for the promised Harmony is essential.
On the face of it, it would seem Sri Aurobindo is foreseeing the consummation of Enlightenment ideals & Modernity but his stress on spirituality postulates that all actions ensue effortlessly from the Supramental consciousness and not as rational groping or grappling with choices.
The Life Divine providing a rational thesis like Involution as being the cause of Evolution is the easier part since some clues were available in the Veda and Upanishads. But what Sri Aurobindo speculates as the outcome of Evolution is more interesting.
A lot many people indulge in name dropping but I haven't seen anyone on Twitter to have read Sri Aurobindo with passion or dedication during the last 7-8 years. RW stalwarts have exhausted themselves with nothing new to offer but they won't read as they are all celebrity writers.
Democracy enjoins upon citizens to be watchdogs but that doesn't entail power to be the be all and end all of civilisation. Further, past needn't be the sole guide for how the future would take shape. Sri Aurobindo is a profound voice on this score and aspiration is most crucial.
In my assessments, I prefer not to associate Sri Aurobindo with the Ashram or Auroville, for they are local and limited experiments, bound to have shortcomings. The advent of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo needs to be perceived from a much vaster perspective; something unprecedented.
Sri Aurobindo was involved with mass politics for a while but perhaps never believed in the wisdom of the crowd. He was aware of futility of Marxist prophecies and Christian messianism. He wrote about future in the tradition of a teacher without much concern for practical affair.
Basic purpose of Indian Constitution is to orient every person of an ethos transcending narrow boundaries like region or religion. This boils down to an imposition; but Sri Aurobindo charts out the philosophical foundation and a method of psychological practice to inculcate that.
No evading at all; I stand by what I say. Born on August 15, Sri Aurobindo is an undisputed harbinger of modern values ushered in by Bengal Renaissance and left his body once the Indian Constitution was drafted and approved. As a critic, his sweep is wide ranging and prescriptive
Tusar Nath Mohapatra on 25 November 2019 at 2:30 am
The book, Hegel’s India speculates on the influence of Gita for crystalizing his concept of the Absolute. His copious writings relating to Indian philosophy and religion are available in one volume now.
Among crowds of stereotypes and growing platitudes, The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are the only source of newness and possibilities. Apprehending them in an ever newer fashion in order to comprehend their assurances and insistences is a necessary modality. No limit to their wonders.
Sri Aurobindo dreamt the impossible when the country was under foreign rule. Not only freedom but unity of the whole mankind and even beyond that. He was confident that Immortality is not merely a thing of imagination but is attainable. Freedom from death: Savitri became relevant
Sri Aurobindo came to Chandannagar to escape British persecution and later he shifted to Puducherry. Sixteen years later on November 24, 1926, came the Siddhi. No one really knows what it is as its significance is much vaster than what the word denotes. The hour of the unexpected
No one expected that RSS would teach tolerance and liberalism but that's what Hindutva hawks are learning to their chagrin. #KulkarniDoctrine is working wonders so far as Statecraft is concerned. Nehruvian consensus has its advantages but it needed to be repackaged sans Dynasty.
Colonialism and the Freedom struggle of epic proportions followed by prolonged rule by a Dynasty turned the Democracy in India into a sort of mythology. Current phase can be seen as a welcome change towards down to earth participatory politics with the downside of herd mentality.
Most schools tend to draw one to their core while in the teaching of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, the learner is constantly pushed towards the margin. References and allusions galore at each step so much so that one is forced to consult other sources and exegeses for more details.
Both life and philosophy are ongoing affairs - work in progress - never complete; so there can't be any final explanation or ultimate analysis. Those advising on life matters must keep in mind their own age and experience. What you feel today can prove to be puerile a year hence.
Obscurantist sentiments are normal or even fashionable and prestigious at the moment but Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) has been campaigning against such trends since 2005. Championing Integralism through interdisciplinary modes remains our focus with Sri Aurobindo as fulcrum.
Savitri Era: Sri Aurobindo as fulcrum https://t.co/IDwnw57Db2
Savitri Era of those who adore,
Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother. @NathTusar #SriAurobindo
Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management - Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) Ghaziabad https://t.co/YGoEhdLyp7
Harnessing Western Philosophy for Self-Management
TN Mohapatra
SAMSMRITI SAMS Journal 10 (2), 16-17 2016
Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management
TN Mohapatra
Nitte Management Review 9 (2), 1-18 2015
#MirraAlfassa #SriAurobindo #WorldUnion #SAVITRI

Friday, November 22, 2019

Sri Aurobindo as fulcrum

Obscurantist sentiments are normal or even fashionable and prestigious at the moment but Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) has been campaigning against such trends since 2005. Championing Integralism through interdisciplinary modes remains our focus with Sri Aurobindo as fulcrum.

Who's who and current affairs form stepping stones towards political sensitivity but without a B.A. Degree, the basic grounding remains incomplete. Competent people in all fields should go through the BA text books of various subjects under Humanities. This will bridge many gaps.

Many milked Marxism to their advantage and others drew benefit by selling Gandhian values. Socio-political ideas have failed to blossom fully to their promised extent. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo too have promised a lot. Their legacy remains the only reliable prophecy to cling to.

Harmony, and not hatred, is the essence of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Those possessed by narrow sectarianism but are posing to be well versed in Sri Aurobindo must dedicate themselves to a long term immersion in their works for earning the right understanding of their worldview.

In his pre-Puducherry days, Sri Aurobindo used to focus on the Gita and Upanishads but later on, the Veda seemed to match his universal vision and Evolutionary agenda. This is something unique and unprecedented.

Each one must discover The Mother & Sri Aurobindo in his or her own way without being unduly influenced by laudatory descriptions by earlier disciples. Their divinity too must stand the test of critical scrutiny. Exaggerated promises or expectation of miracles can't be their USP.

Hope, you finally arrive at The Mother who represents the Integral dimension of Sri Aurobindo's philosophy and future vision. Auroville was founded three months before May 1968 swept Europe. She passed away in 1973 and her death anniversary is today. #MirraAlfassa #SriAurobindo

Modern Civilisation is grateful to The Mother for recognising Sri Aurobindo and collaborating with him for the next rung of Evolution. Her emphasis on work and physical culture provides a sound procedure away from philosophical confusion. Surrender, sincerity, and loyalty are key

The Mother came to assure that the present state of affairs is replete with shortcomings and a more harmonious future is possible. Rising above narrow sentiments of region, religion, nation, language, etc. is a necessity for such a prospect. This is an Evolutionary inevitability.

The volume on Isha Upanishad by Sri Aurobindo is certainly a help for all those who wish to fathom the dense prose of The Life Divine. https://t.co/6Rxl6MOxwJ

After Involution, Evolution is on and we are all willy nilly passengers. Thus, Sri Aurobindo gives a direction and meaning to history by modifying Hegel. He adds the dimension of yoga as catalyst for becoming conscious collaborators and accelerating the process. Nothing esoteric.
Of course, it takes time and the aesthetic aspect of reading his works is an additional benefit. Thanks. #SriAurobindo

The Left is no longer ruling West Bengal but it hasn't really left. It's presence can be felt at each step, in every nook and corner; with many a human encounter. The ethos somehow is deep but apparent too. So, occupying the Secretariat is not the only sign of ruling, it appears.

Surely an outstanding presentation. A must read.

Just read how Narasansha (praised by people), an epithet for Indra, can turn into Nrisansha (tyranny) in the volume on Vedic Studies by Sri Aurobindo
You are perhaps echoing The Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt. Or, "A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic," attributed to Stalin. But the fundamental problem is elsewhere. Vritra in the Vedas; it can change forms and modalities.
Beneficiaries don't feel it's bad. Ultimately it's by a band of human beings under whatever brand it may be. So the question is is there any hope of transformation of human nature? Otherwise it will recur despite protests and platitudes. As of now no formula is available to stop.

People perform rituals dutifully but don't expect results to follow invariably. This tentativeness is the reason why religion or astrology survives. The same attitude persists in the field of science too. No one is too optimistic; even on the Development or Governance front, same

One that said New Age books have the potential of causing depression due to heightened expectation. Thanks

Kings, invaders, and empire builders have dominated the history books. Time to replace them with thought leaders and philosophers. How Lacan was perpetually intrigued by the mystery of language and left behind innumerable insights must receive the deserved attention and research.

Heidegger was a contemporary of Sri Aurobindo and his main philosophical work was published within decade of The Life Divine. But his insights into language and poetry inaugurated a whole new turn of Western thought. Sri Aurobindo's deconstruction of the Veda is yet to take off.

Culture is receiving continued patronage owing to its multifarious utility and social security but the challenge is to awaken to Vedic formula of Harmony and Immortality. This task transcends beyond race, region, religion, language, gender, or other divisions obtaining at present
The Secret of the Veda by Sri Aurobindo redefines each and every aspect of Indian wisdom and tradition. While chasing ritualistic externalities is deemed to be prestigious, understanding the very basics of life's imperatives and the fundamentals of religion should assume priority

Savitri Era of those who adore
Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother
Freedom has this outstanding feature of not believing in anything https://t.co/VlxUQeq72b

The lyrics has some resemblance with the bhajan:
dukhi manisara ijata kete na mahata kete

Bansberia Kartik Utsav https://t.co/N2LjVxokNg

In the land of grassroots https://t.co/XPWed2fkNN

Unique destiny https://t.co/l6EIs06xcP

Savitri Era Learning Forum: Computerized fakery intrude onto our reality - Futuristic tweets by @vakibs https://t.co/QaHgnSxxk6

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Freedom of not believing in anything

Tweets in original by @SavitiEraParty and @NathTusar (September - October, 2019)

Sri Aurobindo has written on the significance of Mantra but his unveiling of the secret of the Veda doesn't emphasise on any ritualistic chanting or performance of fire sacrifices. Perhaps, the first stunning effect of a word, a phrase, or a song is Mantra and not its repetition.

The Divine manifestation of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo can't be seen as contingent on their writings or conversations. Their contribution to theory is surely subject to interrogation and critical examination. The same courtesy can't be extended to their being the Supreme Divine.

Identifying the West with materialism at places is one of the flaws in Sri Aurobindo's writings. His assessment of Darwin, Nietzsche, and Freud too needs more sympathetic and systematic appraisal. So students of Humanities should provide necessary cushion for comparative analysis

Reading some books by Sri Aurobindo or visiting Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry can confuse one about him. Knowing him merely as a Freedom fighter or Revolutionary is also equally partial. Understanding him is a lifelong enterprise and going beyond texts, the most challenging.

Sri Aurobindo hails from this place: Konnagar (in between Uttarpara and Chandannagar). Sites of pilgrimage and inspiration. https://t.co/klbzzcXYle

When the past is narrated in a way to make it interesting, it becomes creative. News served in such a manner is aptly called stories. In fact there's no escape from such a situation; elements of fiction infect every conversation. So being objective or neutral is just not possible

Each one is a wonder and there's no compulsion to rely upon past texts or traditions. Any encroachment upon an individual's autonomy needs to be resisted and tribal leashes like caste and religion must not suffocate freedom. Culture and literature should foster such an atmosphere

Each tea shop is an installation art or a mini museum https://t.co/1AuBhh28J7
Grassroofs https://t.co/7XDSm99Lz7

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo didn't claim any transformation of human nature yet they reposed immense faith on a harmonious collective life taking root in the course of future evolution. This is purely a theoretical construct without any substantiation. Thus it's a matter of faith.

They wanted us to believe that the West has developed mature democracies and Congress is attempting the same in India. All warts were ignored. The fact is that Democracy has no perfect model and the current fermentation therefore can't be construed as aberration or degeneration.

Two decades should be sufficiently long to forget about 20th century in order to awaken to wide-ranging challenges of the present and the future. Moth eaten myths and legends need to be jettisoned so that the modern generation can build on fresh substratum by applying creativity.

The direct disciples were responsible for spreading this all-knowing Sri Aurobindo impression but such an expectation of him is flawed. It's better to be exact about in which areas Sri Aurobindo has an edge and how they can be disseminated through a critical academic environment.

Sri Aurobindo's writings are difficult and can be bypassed and Sri Aurobindo has written on all aspects of life and has answered almost all questions of existence: these are two extremes and needs to be avoided. Contemporary and future issues are much more complex than his oeuvre

Certain aspects are ontological and can't be described in terms of the performance of Congress, Modi, or for that matter any other leader. Civilisation and Development are cyclical or spiral and geography is a prime factor alongwith temperament of people and happiness parameters.

The individual is not a part of a bigger universe; the universe rather is a part of the individual. All one's perceptions therefore are unique to himself or herself; nothing universal, rational, or scientific about it. This is far more reductionist than the anthropocentric view.

Nothing exists outside oneself: no past or future; no myth or narrative. The world exists solely in an individual's consciousness; all knowledge is subjective. So peddling any authentic history is as illusory as philosophical coherence. Habitus can't be seen as a sign of veracity

Suspect all myths and narratives being assiduously disseminated by the media and academia. Each one is a prisoner of his own trajectory and searching for any universally acceptable ontological framework is surely futile. Thus, all past philosophical formulations are mere stories.

Understanding Sri Aurobindo in the context of both India and the West is not an easy task and articulating it in a sustained manner demands superlative calibre and competence.

Sri Aurobindo simply reiterates this argument; doesn't offer any fresh evidence. So, the matter is far from being decided either way.

Certain characters we learnt about in the school seem eternal: Gulliver, Robinson Crusoe, Don Quixote, Casablanca, Jim Hawkins, Uncle Tom, etc to which can be added Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Bartlebooth, José Arcadio Buendía, and of course, Vladimir (Didi) and Estragon (Gogo).

Nothing seems firm after one year; RW discourse is as confused as ever. Always reacting, ranting, mocking, or outraging; no solid offerings, no publications. That's in the fitness of things perhaps. Even Sri Aurobindo couldn't reach any final conclusions; all his works incomplete

You may not be aware, but you have paraphrased what Sri Aurobindo highlights in the very first chapter of The Life Divine: “Today we see a humanity satiated but not satisfied by victorious analysis of the externalities of Nature preparing to return to ...“ https://t.co/VrpN3ROZHd
Therefore the Twitter; discussions can spread awareness and stoke curiosity. Brick and mortar organisations have proved to be ineffective and stagnant. Besides, it's one world in the virtual space. #FiveDreams #WorldUnion #SriAurobindo @SavitriEraParty

Despite imposition of Hindi and English local or coloqal languages amazingly hold the fort. Awarding Sovereignty to new nations constituted on the basis of local languages is a most logical demand. Odisha was the first such State formed in 1936. Megalomania around India must end.

Right from 1947, Kashmir has been the bone of contention leading to wars with Pakistan and antipathy towards Muslims. Ram temple movement added momentum to which the so-called appeasement issue was yoked. Hindutva stalwarts try to twist the narrative by equating Islam with Jihad.

Sakharam Ganesh Deuskar's Desher Katha inspiring revolutionaries in Bengal and Sri Aurobindo joining hands with Tilak and Moonje or later Hedgewar refining his nationalism while studying in Kolkatta can't be lost sight of. Thus, it's more synthetic and undergoing metamorphosis.

Religions are discovering that they can't fool all the people all the time. As education and awareness rises people will take a critical look but commercial and entertainment dimensions will linger. Since you are aware of Sri Aurobindo, you should be happy; he predicts collapse.

Let there be no misunderstanding; his interpretation is perfectly alright. Leaders and thinkers are great in their own right; carrying the burden of Evolution. But it degenerates. Freud has unveiled epochal insights worth admiring but his theory might aid anti-Evolutionary forces
I supplied some hints but they aren't exactly as you propose. I have no other means than to rely upon what Sri Aurobindo has said and then joining the dots. And, it turns out to be fairly accurate, by and large. As historians have banished him, present view of the past is warped.

That's nice. Task is to popularise Sri Aurobindo's view of the past, present, and the future. Educated Indians haven't been able to benefit by his writings either due to prejudice or lack of access. But it provides an alternative narrative than Hindutva and Congress-Left combine.

A lot many things are there in Sri Aurobindo's writings like trigunatita bypassing ethics or being heroic despite committing crimes; he also uses the term vibhuti. So all those who have carried the burden of mankind have been instruments of Evolution. Churchill was but not Subhas

I avoid quotations but can offer my own impression; Sri Aurobindo didn't find him worth pondering over. Darwin, Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud posed the major challenge for him which snowballed into Hitler. Fascism continues in various forms and fighting it is the most important task

Freedom has this outstanding feature of not believing in anything. It too can be a sign of utmost humility that one doesn't know. From that safety, it's prudent to reject all knowledge sources and philosophical streams. Then, only two dates matter: August 15 and March 29 (1914).

Nice thread but the whole process seems to be following a pattern in a mechanical manner. Don't know whether it's your own thought or borrowed but an important factor would be the milieu. If it's serving an Evolutionary purpose it'd succeed; if not will face insurmountable hundle

"The present age of mankind" (Sri Aurobindo is concerned about the whole mankind or the human race and not just India or Hindus) is undergoing "a graded psychological evolution of the race" -The Human Cycle - The Curve of the Rational Age (CWSA-25-XIX-192) https://t.co/ekhbNO8Q4h

Hindutva votaries can never win in the narrative battle because their existence is dependent upon othering. That the other is powerful and can devour it is the fear psychosis they spatter. Thus victimhood and inferiority remain ingrained just like the members of Scheduled Castes.

All said and done, spirituality is of theoretical utility only for it can't deliver on demand. But philosophically, it offers the best possible explanation of our existence as Sri Aurobindo has shown in The Life Divine. Apart from generating optimism, it fights fundamentalism too
Tragedy of India is the British legacy of being huddled under a single nation whereas the reality like Tibetans is local. So I have been campaigning for Sovereignty to States so that various forms of hidden spontaneity come to the fore. Each language must find full efflorescence.

For many discovery of a 1000 years old sculpture is much more important than what Sri Aurobindo wrote 100 years back as if his poems like The Rishi, Ahana, or Love and Death don't mean anything, not speak of Savitri. How can an entire nation be so callous! https://t.co/DNfCngNzTX

Mother worship is common in India especially in Bengal and it was easy for Sri Aurobindo to tap the emotion. Westerners however are too rigid and suspicious in this respect and hence The Mother is still far off for most of them. Transcending either aspect is certainly a challenge

Another misconception is that The Mother & Sri Aurobindo never founded a new religion as they have clarified a number of times. But there was persistent accusations from several quarters that it's being turned into one. So I thought it fit to just name it as Savitri Era Religion.

There's a misconception that Sri Aurobindo is not a philosopher because once he had remarked so. One of his best philosophical writings is The Problem of Rebirth which was serialised in ARYA 100 years back. He never gave the impression of resolving the mystery of Karma. Must read

No gainsaying that the world existed before the person but so far as the person is concerned his knowledge of the world existing before him is subsequent and would dissolve on his death or if he is in coma. So this awareness doesn't float outside the consciousness of human beings

A spider's web can be described without the spider or with the spider. Then how it connects from different points from two walls can also be included. Thus there can be multiple perspectives. By pushing the spider out of the discourse webs of words can be multiplied exponentially

Bulk of character-traits are transmitted through genes and some are emergent. Marriages generally being confined to a caste, concentration of skills and attitudes is not unusual. So, birth-based Varna is a fact. However, Sanskritisation as indicated by M.N. Srinivas is also true.
What you are attributing to Sri Aurobindo may not be accurate. In its origin, Varna was different but it degenerated and Sri Aurobindo won't be blind to such a stark reality. As regards giving children, it sounds too proprietary for each individual pursues his or her own destiny.
It's not a question of what you do or I profess, as if we are autonomous beings functioning in isolation. Resistance to knowledge is the root of the problem; understanding things should be the priority without going ballistic at the first instance. Sri Aurobindo demands humility.

I'm curious to know whether your concern is just because you were born into this religion or on subsequently discovering superior qualities in it? Roughly, the former is political and the later is economic. Faith on gods and goddesses and mythology would approximate as aesthetic.

In a country where majority of citizens have no idea as to what 370 or 377 is, what happened in 1947 can be considered as a miracle. 1992 surely was a step in the backward direction which doesn't seem to be being reversed. Role of lovers of Sri Aurobindo in this scenario crucial.

Roy Bhaskar wrote many books to explicate reality but towards the end of his life he could spot the spider. Then there was nothing much to explain the web in isolation. However, his followers were aghast; how could he commit such a sacrilege! Publishing industry too was dismayed.

India is at the crossroads. No respect for knowledge; it's fashionable and prestigious to push planted narratives. Decibels are more credible than crucibles of truth. Entire corpus of Sri Aurobindo should have been part of syllabus but Universities are yet to evince any interest.

Scholarship shouldn't be resented; persons shouldn't be despised. The content should be the focus. What's good must be appreciated; what's flawed or distorted, deliberately or otherwise, needs to be countered. With sufficient caution and due academic humility; by producing fresh.

No national level institution dedicated to Sri Aurobindo studies. As a result, ambivalence persists on his views on several crucial issues. Even a chair somewhere will be able to produce diverse papers to popularise his relevance and break resistance. But, no one with conviction.

Indian civilisation is a misleading phrase. People lived in pockets near rivers. In the evening, they used to light a fire to ward off wild animals. Used oil or ghee and children hummed some songs. This took the form of yajna over a few generations. The Veda got added to rituals.

Constitution is about how to capture power by distributing favours and patronage. So how to keep the flock together assumes utmost importance and for that all kinds of identity is utilised. However certain books in libraries offer resistance, silently; because the author is dead.

Reach of Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF since 2005) is meager but immense in terms of significance. Many have met tangentially with the potential of engendering diversions in thought and attitude. Thirsting for an anchor by grappling with philosophical uncertainty is the need.

While a day has so much of variety in terms of circadian rhythm and allied psychological rollercoaster that we ride, annual Merry-go-round of seasons seems to have no noticeable effect or causal factors in human functioning. This disconnect is surprising when even sea sees tides.

One basic thing is true. Seduce a person into conversation and after a while he will go on and on revealing many aspects of his thinking or hopes. This can be ascribed to power of language reinventing the person also. But healing can't be thrown out like baby with the bathwater.

When will Delhi retreat? Can Kalinga (Odisha) regain its Sovereign status? @NathTusar #WorldUnion #FiveDreams
Once the States of India get Sovereignty, co-operation as well as competition will soar. Instead of thinking China or Japan, our own capacities will receive focus. International presence and clout will grow manifold. Overall, each new nation will contribute its best to grow fast.

So many people expressing happiness over the Romila Thapar affair seems something like toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue in significance for them.

While publishing the revised edition of Savitri in 1993, Sri Aurobindo Ashram also brought out a separate slim volume collating the old and new lines or passages. A similar compilation is needed for how much old history has been replaced by new findings published by RW journals.

Agree. Can only empathise with a mother's burden; but that's again somewhat empty, for we are worlds apart. You may however consider Sri Aurobindo for some future paper, if an occasion arises. Thanks.

My father, Chintamani Mohapatra was a teacher there during 1950-75 (approx.). He used to teach history. Both my elder brothers studied there whereas I in the village school in Sailo Jharapada.

Modern Odia songs by Akshaya Mohanty, Pranab Patnaik, Md. Sikandar Alam, Raghunath Panigrahi, & Chitta Jena deserve to be listened by people of other languages. Each of them has a golden voice and one can fall in love with their voice even if one can't make out much of the lyrics

Savitri Era: Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo would have remained moribund without Heehs imbroglio https://t.co/DKKZeOwwBY
Tweets in original by @NathTusar President @SavitriEraParty
#SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo would have remained moribund without Heehs imbroglio

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The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have written many things and the responsibility is theirs. Direct disciples too have repeated many of them out of loyalty. The challenge today is to avoid making false promises as regards spiritual power since Integral yoga is not at all result-oriented.
When I wrote ten years back "The divine manifestation of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is an unprecedented phenomenon which... is nothing in comparison to what is yet untold about them," it created a mild flutter. Their deed indeed remains largely unfathomed. https://t.co/49wkJU5XhB

I think, I have answered your curiosity here https://t.co/JrUlqHxVSx
Possibility is the most important word in Sri Aurobindo's philosophy. Emergent Evolution as popularised by Bergson, Whitehead, or Morgan. The Mother added emphasis on the mind of the cells & their transformation
There were plays and epics, treatises on ethics and cosmology, religious scriptures, discourse on theology, philosophy, and theosophy; and diverse literature on atheist persuasion as well. Then came The Life Divine by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo replacing all cobwebs of confusion.
German romanticism is indebted to Integral thinkers like Duns Scotus (1266–1308), Giordano Bruno (1548–1600), and Jakob Böhme (1575–1624). American transcendentalism and Bengal Renaissance too have their roots. Also the Cosmic Movement of Max Théon (1848–1927) and Sri Aurobindo.
Any admirer of Sri Aurobindo has to go through a prolonged phase of exploring Homer, Heraclitus, Plotinus, Dante, Blake, Nietzsche, Fichte, Spencer, et al in order to develop an integral understanding of him. Those who suffer from West-phobia must shed their inferiority complex.

Savitri Era Learning Forum: German romanticism, American transcendentalism, and... https://t.co/sgOrduSYa3
Assorted tweets collated by @NathTusar Director (SELF since 2005) #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams
It's well known that when one doesn't have any identity or achievement (like in adolescence) one takes up some tribal cause like nation or religion in order to shore up self esteem. But justifying political support (with intention of material gains) as rational is sheer hypocrisy.

Your interest in The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is welcome. Let's hope your comments provoke Indians to check the facts which are fairly documented. Fiction however have their own validity and utility and must not cease to flow in the tradition of Sri Aurobindo modifying many legends

To know how to wait is to have time on your side, said The Mother; patience, perseverance are key. Skill in works is the sense of an instrument and surrender which turns it into yoga, exhorted Sri Aurobindo. Sound nothing extraordinary but form the cornerstone of Integral yoga.

Studying in any university can't be seen as uniformity. Further, there is no intention or expectation of imposing it. Sri Aurobindo's future vision is competing for survival in the global marketplace of contesting ideas. Drawing inspiration is voluntary. https://t.co/IZr6lIh71U
Many thanks for responding. The question, paradoxically, is who will decide whether it's a loss or a gain. I respect your sentiments but Sri Aurobindo would say otherwise. You are aware of his psychological interpretation of the Veda. He has clearly pointed out about the "loss."
All religions will see their demise, Sri Aurobindo has written clearly, due to growth of intellectuality. Technology and material prosperity will help accelerate the process. So, nothing to be unhappy about such a prospect. He assures a better quality of humanity and harmony.
Nothing more atrocious than imposters recommending Vivekananda as an introduction to Sri Aurobindo. So one pollutes his mind and carries that heap of garbage all his life. What Sri Aurobindo encountered in jail is his own exalted imagination of Vivekananda as the latter was dead.
Savitri Era Party is firmly against mollycoddling Hindutva or for that matter any kind of anti-Evolutionary agenda. Savitri Era Religion with The Mother & Sri Aurobindo as supreme divine manifestation is the only direction towards the future. Those playing subversive games retire
Thanks for repeating their names and their enduring work. Being concerned with them, even if critically, is also a form of yoga and has transforming effect. Thus your work is better than Marxists who simply ignore him. As regards Auroville, you can pay a visit as a tourist.
All these years, I have not been overwhelmed or intimidated by dominant narratives with the firm belief that Sri Aurobindo's agenda has the potential of capturing power. I'm sure that the fault lines like Lakshmana Rekha or Radha will implode and ramshackle castles will collapse.
Savitri Era Open Forum: Freud wasn’t afraid to talk about his thoughts https://t.co/BxCng9B7h3
Assorted tweets collated by Tusar Nath Mohapatra @NathTusar Director (SELF since 2005) #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
Trained as a school teacher and having served as one for one year, I think, I continue in the profession here on Twitter. I studied Botany and Agriculture but here I dish out a litany of subjects apart from culture. Overcoming being a philistine or a dilettante is aesthetic yoga.

I might have tweeted any number of links but people don't read nor need any further clarification. Why our educated folk are so reluctant to read Sri Aurobindo is a mystery. Articles on him are generally superficial and misleading. His #FiveDreams however contain seeds of future.
Darwin signifies a watershed; so many fields of inquiry got reconfigured to accommodate his findings. But in India it feels like he never mattered; ancient texts contain all the wisdom. Thankfully Sri Aurobindo took up the pen; after a dozen incomplete drafts came The Life Divine.
Savitri Era Political Action: Sri Aurobindo's agenda has potential of capturing power https://t.co/fIbW0JoSZI @NathTusar
"If this is not the solution, then there is no solution; if this is not the way, then there is no way for the human kind" #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
Those who are drawn towards the vortex of Sanskrit texts in their youthful enthusiasm are inviting trouble for all their life. One text will lead to another and then multiple commentaries etc. would rob many pleasures and cause vertigo. Sri Aurobindo's English translations safer.
Sri Aurobindo has hinted at Sanskrit possessing original root sounds that are self-creative. However no such quest is on and subjective findings are suspect. As regards the Mantra aspect Sri Aurobindo's poetic output in English is more accessible and relevant for the modern times
Proof is the very fulcrum of science but since there are immeasurable fields of knowledge beyond the confines of science philosophical speculation comes to the rescue. There epistemology is as crucial as empiricism. I'm not an atheist but against Astrology, Mythology, and Rituals

I remember Kanchan's regular column in The Pioneer when it was relaunched first three decades back spreading alternative perspectives. Some have pioneering roles and that should get due recognition. Countless people might have benefitted from such endeavours. Each word mattered.
Fairly educated and well meaning persons not able to write even one sentence with right spelling, grammar, or punctuation marks has become a common feature like people wearing torn jeans, these days. Adding emoticons and other visuals to the text is another irritating phenomenon. https://t.co/cwkeYpU29v
Savitri Era Religious Fraternity: Comparative works can widen Sri Aurobindo Studies https://t.co/hAQi2vj4mi
Assorted tweets collated by @NathTusar Director #SavitriEra Learning Forum (SELF) #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams
My original contributions to understanding or interpreting Sri Aurobindo can be summarised under a number of heads:
1) Against Hindutva, Mythology, & Astrology
2) Vedas against Rituals
3) Against Vivekananda
4) Espousing Modernity & Democracy
5) Nationhood to States & languages.

Some experts on Sri Aurobindo are active in Twitter:
1. Civilisation & culture @kittur @singh_shreepal
2. Psychology & healing @drsbasu2115 @AuroMaa_org
3. Poetry & literature @GoutamGhosal2 @smurali1234
4. Philosophy & yoga @santoshk1 @akazlev
Knowledge seekers may consult them instead of dilettantes

Murali Sivaramakrishnan has dismissed research on Sri Aurobindo "as mere descriptive essays and interpretative monographs." Going beyond the texts to dwell in the free land of ideas is the real challenge; not the past but the future must capture attention. https://t.co/Ru1Hs7FHTg
Dr. Murali Sivaramakrishnan's “Sri Aurobindo's Aesthetics and Poetics: New Directions” | Overman . - http://t.co/JW5mW5wSkY #GoogleAlerts

No amount of Prime Minister's speech from the ramparts of Lal Quila can remove rampant rural poverty and deprivation. Sovereignty to the States is the only way to ensure last mile Democracy and Development. Parliament must abolish Central govt to turn itself to #BharataFederation

VIP VAK: What isn't considered a social construct? https://t.co/SkHgCMi38a
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Read the Odia translation of an article (Bengali writings - Vol. 6) by Nolini Kanta Gupta (13 January 1889 – 7 February 1983) on Unity of India in the current issue of Navaprakash (Puducherry). He obviously defends the present structure but concedes that the diversity is complex.
Nice thread and resonates with all of us who are born and brought up in a village but then I was reminded of this old column by Dileep Padgaonkar which I had read before my access to Internet. https://t.co/Q8hvHhwqZ6
[Let your grand-daughter live in a hut in my village, tend goats all day and sing your poems to her hearts content.] https://t.co/TRaCWQsyHN
You have said many things; would seem as rambling rant but intention is laudable. It's a question of right attitude and convincing content. In the absence of right books people are confused about the ideology. When right knowledge comes humility will dawn. https://t.co/WlqusLsAAg
Human affairs as perceived by way of current affairs is merely a tranche. Even in its totality it's like a few pieces of a jigsaw puzzle without any assurance of being the authentic ones since rest of the pieces are either missing or it's not known whether a puzzle exists at all.
Hindutva votaries need to be polite therefore without flaunting any kind of certainty as regards cosmology or sociology. Superiority and exceptionalism are avoidable hubris. Berating others for their contesting point of view can be unsubstantiated chutzpah. Coexistence is basic.
Let language be the sole defining criteria for a nation when the States get Sovereignty. Preserving all dialects is a romantic idea but hardly practicable; they will perish. Major ones will survive just like merger of Banks. Economics will play a role toward an organic evolution.
I respect you both. Each person has his chosen intellectual trajectory, spiritual destiny, and Evolutionary assignment. Truth is a severely contested domain in the 21st century due to uncertainty of science and it's a catch 22 situation. So, let not there be bar on perspectives.
I feel pity for the Hindutva activists who undertake painstaking research for understanding various nuances of Islam in order to criticise it. Similar is the case of @devduttmyth who valiantly bears the burden of displaying the futility of mythology by wallowing in its quagmire.
I remember Kanchan's regular column in The Pioneer when it was relaunched first three decades back spreading alternative perspectives. Some have pioneering roles and that should get due recognition. Countless people might have benefitted from such endeavours. Each word mattered.
One of The Mother’s many volcanic ideas that shook us in the school days and hooked us to her lasso is that the flowers decorating her photo need not be thrown away daily. Each flower has the right to serve the divine as long as it remains fresh ... https://t.co/9txtO5woZG
Sites like @AuroEbooks @aurovilletoday @SACAR_IN and @WelcomeSacar are helpful. https://t.co/7a6m2kZcC1

Aurora Mirabilis: Hero is the one who can be betrayed with impunity https://t.co/xcXtSM4sEy
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The desire to be desired is crucial for self-esteem and how it activates hormones in a moment is the most complex mystery of social existence. Sublimation is not exactly what The Mother & Sri Aurobindo aimed at; Transformation into an altogether new configuration and we must wait
Impersonality is integral to rationality but it's easier said than done. Other spheres of consciousness always wait in the wings and self-interest or self-protection is firm. Education, profession, financial position, age, gender, political affiliation; all have bearing on mind.
War is the father and king of all, said Heraclitus. Randall Collins highlighted how conflicts spur philosophy. Without Heehs imbroglio, the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo would have remained moribund. New frontiers opened by the debates like IY fundamentalism https://t.co/RiwAtRyzGb
If you call yourself a Hindu, you can't ignore the Veda. Once you convince yourself to understand the Veda, you can't ignore Sri Aurobindo. A further step would be to know who is this The Mother. Next test will be what's best from the West. Tolstoy you know, but what about Royce?
I have read a few posts by Bruno Marchal who speculates about numbers dreaming or machines going irrational at an advanced stage. So, what are the challenges to face such a prospect? Seems to be too dystopian; any insights on that? Thanks.
Sri Aurobindo spoke of the logic of the infinite; so, trying to find logic in spirituality doesn't hold water.
It may not be a spiritual path at all; just changing costume to avoid public attention. It's his freedom; needn't conform to any prior version.
What existed in 1370 or happened in 1947 has to be corrected and reversed. Tinkering is not healing; deferring is not the right course for solving a problem. Too many nations have been bound together for too many years; they must be set free. States of India must get Sovereignty.
Seems that moment
[Kya samajhkar aaye the ... ki sardar bahut khush hoga, shabashi dega? क्‍या समझकर आये थे ? कि सरदार बहुत खुश होगा शाबाशी देगा ?] #BernieSanders #Kashmir #FiveDreams #BharataFederation
Because Thou Art: Scholarship and learning are means of detecting a wrong https://t.co/Z0fIxKfW6V
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