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