Sunday, March 10, 2019

Believe in the Vedic Evolutionary ontology of Sri Aurobindo

Tweets in original by @SavitriEraParty and @NathTusar

While it's understandable that electoral politics and its compulsions will dominate the national scene in the next few months, the long term imperatives such as #WorldUnion as emphasised by Sri Aurobindo aren't lost sight of. This would amount a massive moral upper hand for India
The only solution to the Kashmir problem is #WorldUnion. Solution to NRC imbroglio in Assam is #WorldUnion. By awarding Sovereignty to the States, India will rather become larger by attracting more and more nations to the Confederation, obviating need for geographical contiguity.
People in different States have their own pasts, own tales of suffering or pride. To replace them all by a pan-Indian narrative is not an attractive proposition. According Sovereignty to the States is a more plausible solution to the ills accruing from an abnormally large nation.
1. People of Odisha must elect a new CM to save Democracy.
2. Neither BJP nor the Congress is the natural choice.
3. Supporting an alternative ideology like Sri Aurobindo's is the need of the hour.
4. Let's show that #Odisha is different and has a mind and a character of its own.
True, but our job is to use tools like Twitter that are in our hands, to mend the skew. Many erudite handles like @Janamejayan @maidros78 or our own @viryavaan have lost hope, but what @MakrandParanspe elucidates can't be dismissed as merely a PR exercise.
Understanding how Sri Aurobindo differs from Vivekananda, Tagore, Subhas, Gandhi, & Nehru on one hand and Radhakrishnan, Coomaraswamy, Periyar, Savarkar, & Ambedkar on the other is important for young Indians to examine the present ideological confusions obtaining in the country.
I have written hundreds of tweets but you might have missed them. A few links:
#MirraAlfassa #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion 
Further, the underlying principles are alluded here:
Very important article to understand how the British facilitated freedom: (a) the ‘recognition of the principle of Home Rule in Ireland and India’ and (b) the ‘recognition of the claim of each constituent nation to a voice, a free and equal voice, in the councils of the Empire’.
Sri Aurobindo's prophetic vision was clear about Independence which enabled him to leave active politics. His analysis amply illustrates how he was assured of a positive outcome. Those who berate the British must not overlook what Sri Aurobindo highlights.
The latest article co-authored by @sarkar_swati Saswati Sarkar, @maidros78 Shanmukh, & @dikgaj Dikgaj foregrounds many facts on Sri Aurobindo that aren't widely known. Other facets of Sri Aurobindo like poetry, philosophy, education, etc too need attention
Although, Bipin Chandra Pal pleaded that "the ultimate political unit is humanity," Sri Aurobindo supplied a robust metaphysical foundation for such a possibility. Many of our confusions today would vanish once #WorldUnion is accepted by subordinating the national identity to it.
The Mother came from France to meet Sri Aurobindo in Puducherry on March 29, 1914. First issue of ARYA came out on August 15, 1914 carrying epochal thoughts and continued through the War years. The message of peace and harmony is still relevant for humanity after a whole century.
Strong kinship ties and family loyalty resist a full flowering of free market environment in India. Sangh parivar itself denotes socialistic tendencies and govt routinely pursues socialist policies. Nothing wrong in that except how facile and spurious vocal opposition to Marx is.
Sri Aurobindo, like the three masters of suspicion: Marx, Nietzche, and Freud, strived to focus on true meaning of religion by reinterpreting the Veda. Hindutva, however, continues to ignore his Evolutionary roadmap towards Life Divine by promoting irrational reliance on Rituals.
Proper assessment of Sri Aurobindo's philosophy can be done only by those who have read him in some detail. It is in order, therefore, to ignore and reject perfunctory remarks on his works, or attempts to misrepresent him or prison his ideas, by persons of different affiliations.
As long as science is not able to supply any valid explanation of our material existence, there's no other recourse than to believe in the Evolutionary ontology of Sri Aurobindo. Its Vedic orientation is more in line with sublime political dimension than mere individual salvation
Sri Aurobindo is the only scholar-philosopher who captures much deeper truths as regard socio-political reality of India. Hope your ongoing research will meet him at some point like @sarkar_swati discovering his genius recently. DPC's book Sri Aurobindo and Karl Marx is excellent
The folly of the Left are manifold which can be diagnosed at one go from its antipathy towards Sri Aurobindo. The way they have conspired to keep him out of school and college curriculum is really reprehensible. All their moral grandstanding wilts due to anti-Evolutionary avenue.

In an environment of unprecedented ease of communication, followers of Sri Aurobindo, unfortunately, prefer to remain at the picture book level thus squandering an excellent opportunity to sell the salience of Sri Aurobindo's unique future vision to the people of other countries.
The Meeting of the East and the West in Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy by Sisir Kumar Maitra and Sri Aurobindo and Karl Marx by D.P. Chattopadhyaya are mandatory reading for all followers and admirers of Sri Aurobindo. Besides, an ounce of acquaintance with postmodernism is essential
Instead of being eternally grateful to European scholars of Indology who paved way for Bengal Renaissance, many accuse them of bias or other vices. It's because of British rule that India is where it is today and even struggling to match the quality of Democracy honed in the West
Some Indian perspective worth pondering over:
Thanks for the encouraging words. I simply paraphrase what I have read from stalwarts like M.P. Pandit, Shyam Sundar Jhunjhunwala, and D.P. Chattopadhyaya. #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
Savitri Era: Believing in their living presence is Savitri Era Religion By Tusar Nath Mohapatra @NathTusar Director, SELF, SRA-102-C, #ShipraRiviera #Indirapuram #Ghaziabad #UttarPradesh 201014 
#SavitriEra of those who adore,
Om #SriAurobindo & #TheMother

Rousseau's faith in the inherent goodness of man is well-known whereas Sri Aurobindo presents a much profounder conception of man. He, however, hastens to add the precariously perched status of a human being being "a transitional being" between animality and a divine possibility.
Leibniz had popularised the idea of pre-established harmony but a full exposition and profound explanation incorporating the concept of Evolution had to wait till Sri Aurobindo. So, instead of idle reliance on divine providence, all are invited to the task of designing the future
The story of human civilisation doesn't have a very pleasant direction of its own or any scope for some inspiring hope. Sri Aurobindo, however, posits an Evolutionary schema with an unbelievable level of optimism bordering on prophecy. So situation is identical to Pascal's Wager.
The surface of our planet lacks symmetry or uniformity and distribution of population is uneven. So, different nations have people of peculiar combinations due to arbitrarily drawn borders. There are many other dissensions arising out of this condition mending which is necessary.

Hindutva and its muscular nationalism was not an issue when The Mother & Sri Aurobindo were present but it's the dominant concern today. So it's difficult to draw suitable guidance from their writings commensurate with their overall thinking. #WorldUnion is the best task & slogan
While followers of #TheMother & #SriAurobindo kowtowing to Hindutva are legion, the challenge to present an independent and futuristic ideology has few takers. Religious fanaticism colouring objective thinking is too powerful to wash away. #SavitriEra Party however is optimistic.
It's no secret that Hindutva lacks sufficient moral appeal or emotional pull for being a successful poll issue and hence either it's being sugar coated or consigned to the back seat by whipping up other emotive themes like terror and war. Why wear hypocrisy as hallowed hallmark?
Carrying forward the spirit of Auroville to other corners of the world based on a rituals-free Vedic Evolutionary paradigm is a crying need. Followers of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo must rise to the occasion by giving up their obsession with picture books or other hackneyed themes
What did you gain for The Mother & Sri Aurobindo after five years being in power? Followers must ask themselves and reformulate their affinity and priorities. Puerile hatred must not cloud the sublime vision of #TheMother & #SriAurobindo. Outgrowing intellectual adolescence must.
Of course, we don't seek results, we are steeped in yogic ethos. Okay, but then why this eagerness to be part of some crowd; the need to belong? Ned died young but her outlook shines: nothing in Sri Aurobindo’s writings justifies hatred of Islam or Muslims
Each individual must think on his own without being overwhelmed by the flamboyance of party spokespersons on TV who, invariably, camouflage the truth to present what is politically expedient. The followers of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo hold a special responsibility on this score.
This article shows how things are becoming too complex to handle for an abnormally populated country like India. Although it pleads for some special rights, the right solution, as we have been demanding consistently, is to grant Sovereignty to the States under a loose Federation.

The most basic test of being politically correct is not to import social phenomena into political paradigm. Varieties of social relations and economic hierarchy interplay in the real world but politically, equality of all citizens is sacrosanct. PM must abstain from stereotyping.
The PM, unlike a king, is not a chair for dispensing patronage nor should be seen in the image of an paternalistic magnanimity. Political expediency refuses to draw such a demarcating line but Democratic ethics is strict. PM's job is to animate the cold print of the Constitution.
For long years or rather decades RSS was outside power orbit and nurtured a monochromatic worldview. Money wise too it was like a middle class family. In the changed circumstances, with contact with big money, compromises are bound to happen as regards allies as well as ideology.
RSS-BJP-Modi supporters continue to attack their opponents mercilessly, without any qualms about ad hominem nature of their response. This happens because of lack of content: no one respectable or responsible to quote, no rigorous theoretical work to refer to or to be guided by.
Even if someone is an agent of an enemy country or harbours anti-national agenda, no one can snatch away from him the fact of citizenship. Respecting fellow citizens and their opinions irrespective of religion, caste, or other identities should be the first lesson in a Democracy.

Mother's Agenda, edited by Satprem was highly controversial when published without consent of #SriAurobindo Ashram. The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs also generated much heat a decade back. Still, she remains almost unknown in India. Hardly anyone has read her 30 volumes.
Empty erudition is an oxymoron; more so when applied to The Mother's books. You're entitled to your opinion but trying to negatively influence other readers of the tweet who could derive a moment's inspiration is cruel. "Grant that nothing in us shall be an obstacle to Thy work."
Tusar Nath Mohapatra: My memories of the installation ceremony came alive. Thanks to all. This mire must harbour the orchid and the rose #SriAurobindo #Champaklal #WorldUnion @SavitriEraParty
Savitri Era of those who adore,
Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

Apart from freeing the Veda from Rituals by his symbolic interpretation, Sri Aurobindo explaining the Varna system in terms of a fourfold Vedic insight into societal functions as well as individual propensity should help disperse the mist of confusion surrounding the caste issue.
The Two Negations: The Refusal of the Ascetic by Sri Aurobindo (LD) can be read along with What is the meaning of ascetic ideals? by Nietzsche (Genealogy of Morals) and Asceticism by Jeremy Bentham (Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation)
the idea of Bhawani Bharati - an ideal collectivity - could not be elaborated sufficiently during the Arya period. It was during the revision in 1939 that the last six new chapters were added to The Life Divine. And this makes it the greatest book on earth
the experience of benefiting by reading the book is quite personal and contextual. It is common to stumble upon a sentence or a passage while reading that contains extraordinary wisdom. But if you quote the same in an article or lecture, the force dwindles
Sri Aurobindo takes trinity and adds Kamadhenu, the mythical cow of plenty. Speaking of camel and lion, the chameleon comes to the mind, which also symbolizes innovation... Kafka’s hibernation and metamorphosis. If Nietzsche comes, can Kafka be far behind?

Immortality or endlessness is the crux of the Veda; amrita is also synonymous with ananda, says Sri Aurobindo. Spirituality is all about possessing a firm confidence that they exist and a persistent aspiration for moving towards them. All other aspects are just skills or methods.
The missing link #TheMother #SriAurobindo @SavitriEraParty
The Mother’s method is to heal with wholeness. The particular or the transitory has an importance of its own; but when compared to the larger reality, it is inconsequential... The Life Divine is the answer. But nowadays there are more writers than readers.
Thanks for letting me know that you benefitted. Btw, my first article was published when I was in college. "Lastly, our Indian culture has maintained a regard for humanity, emotions, maternal love and family life." Tusar N. Mohapatra, Yojana April 15, 1976
Kheper site created by M. Alan Kazlev @akazlev has many informative articles and references. Currently, of course, he is into writing science fiction, which he considers as one of the means of receptivity on our part for the descent of higher consciousness

General education trains to be more curious about the outside world than the functioning of our internal organs, e.g., [stimulate insulin release include amino acids arginine and leucine, parasympathetic release of acetylcholine, sulfonylurea, cholecystokinin]

Misc. References:

Life prods to move on and not stagnate.
[For a very long time now, I actually see no space for aesthetic experience, leave alone the promise of transformation. I don’t see the dancers somatically engaged with their own bodies, the body is actually absent!]

[Primitive forms of propaganda have been a human activity as far back as reliable recorded evidence exists. Behistun Inscription (c.515 BC) detailing the rise of Darius I to the Persian throne is viewed by most historians as an early example of propaganda]

[Human quest for unity and harmony: A psycho-spiritual approach in the light of Sri Aurobindo (Sri A.B. Patel memorial lectures) – by H. Maheshwari (Author) Publisher: Sardar Patel University (1994)] #WorldUnion #FiveDreams #SriAurobindo @SavitriEraParty

[Man: Towards His Splendid Destiny by Samar Basu. Published by World Union, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry
The UNO, the world government, and the ideal of world union Samar Basu, World Union - 1999
Glimpses of Vedantism in Sri Aurobindo's political thought Samar Basu - 1998]

[A Golden Chain of Civilization Indic, Iranic, Semitic and Hellenic up to C.600 BC: History of Science, Philosohy and Culture in Indian Civilziation, ... G.C. Pande,  Published by Centre for Studies in Civilisations]

[Emergent: George Lewes in 1875 book Problems of Life and Mind. Henri Bergson 1907 book Creative Evolution. Samuel Alexander in Space, Time, and Deity (1920). C. Lloyd Morgan in Emergent Evolution (1923). Roy Wood Sellars's Evolutionary Naturalism (1922).]

[Schopenhauer studied physiology and is impressively learned about the lungs and pancreas; it is a striking thought that his choice of university subjects might have reshaped the whole course of Western philosophy - Signature: A Journal of Theory and Canadian Literature - 1989]

How Friedrich Nietzsche used ideas from the Ancient Cynics to explore the death of God and the nature of morality

[Empathy and sympathy have no place in matters of discipline in defence forces as a nation should have a fighting force of morally upright, effective and righteous officers, HC upheld IAF flight cadet termination, calls integrity as hallmark of forces]

Time to press the button
Instead of a Messianic superhero as a leader, a team of regional leaders sensitive to the need of making constant adjustments may be the best hope for a diverse, plural, heterogeneous country like India. - Jayita Mukhopadhyay

[Indira plunged India into...Emergency. And the confederation of India-Pakistan-Bangladesh was not destined to be in either woman’s lifetime, and looks just as improbable in today’s tempestuous times as well. But one can never say what the future holds.]

[Freudian psychology belongs predominantly to the subconscious. But the psychology of Carl Jung contains many concepts and experiences that belong to the subliminal...But the subliminal cannot be called as “Unconscious” because it is much more conscious..]

Anga, Banga, Kalinga ... #OdiaSong

Immortality for mortals? Seems like a paradox, but the Vedic dharma thought of this not as an impossibility but our birthright. @davidfrawleyved

True sir, "...more writers than readers". However, there is  a real scarcity of authentic explanation, resulting in declining number of genuine Readers. 
Your posts and prof. Paranspe's talks on Sri Auribndo , are really enlightening to the totally novice readers like me.
I am really indebted to you sir. Although your poats are a little difficult but i could understand them in my own way. And they open up a whole new world of "life divine " for me. Thanks again sir.

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