Saturday, February 29, 2020

Supramental Consciousness in its embryonic state

February 28, 1968: Auroville was born, just two months before May 1968 sweeping whole Europe.
February 28, 2020: Serious political and communal unrest has gripped Dehi, the capital of India.
Message of #Auroville is the most appropriate basis for resolving conflict.
From 1968 to 2020, we have witnessed enormous Intellectual dishonesty and attempts at indoctrination. Sri Aurobindo demands honesty and integrity as price for efflorescence of his Integral vision. The young must break free of dominant political ideologies for building a new India.

On February 29, 1956, Supramental Consciousness descended upon earth in its embryonic state, as announced by The Mother. Its effects are difficult to perceive now, yet believing in its subtle action and Evolutionary momentum is a responsibility for all followers of #SriAurobindo.

After seventy years, it can safely be asserted that the Constitution of India is thoroughly elitist and Utopian. Auroville was surely ambitious which was founded after twelve years of Supramental descent. But the Constitution, without any spiritual foundation, was merely a dream.
Thus the nation is at the cusp of a renegotiation of its social contract for regeneration of regional vitality. How local culture redefines its people without any reference to overarching abstract stipulations imposed by the Centre is in the womb of the future. May The Mother act

Understanding India and the significance of its religion is impossible without reading Sri Aurobindo's books, yet most educated persons ignore him. Result is ignorance rules and multifarious deformations claim dominance. Reversing this trend is essential for future of the nation.
Quoting Sri Aurobindo and supporting scoundrels is an irony of our times. Lack of institutional dissemination of Sri Aurobindo's thought is the primary reason. There's no dearth of scholars with commendable self-study but slant is ubiquitous too. So no escape from subjective trap

While Savitri Era Party advocates switching to a scenario envisioned by Sri Aurobindo, there's no magic wand. Human nature has not undergone any appreciable transformation although intellectual recognition of its necessity is more or less stable. So next step is to popularise it.
No one can beat Sri Aurobindo in analysing the past and foreseeing the future. His stress on individual contribution for aiding Evolution is of profound significance. For instance, every tweet can be judged as to how much hatred it spreads. A few foreigners will rank at the top.

Nehruvian consensus sought to squeeze Hindutva out of the mainstream without any effort to engage with it. Obviously, it lacked necessary ideological flexibility. Today, Hindutva itself is attempting reform by conflating Gandhi and Vivekananda. But real challenge is Sri Aurobindo.
Let there be no confusion that I'm the only voice in the whole country to have popularised this new vision over more than a decade. Many love name-dropping of, and lip-service to, Sri Aurobindo but peddle erroneous representation. So caution against such celebrities is essential.
Exactly, any serious intellectual engagement was absent. Modernity in the West had its roots in the Christin ethical framework but importing it by delegitimising local in situ religious grounding created an abnormal and absurd situation which is yet to be resolved satisfactorily.
Sri Aurobindo has adequately dealt with various schools of philosophy and their relative efficacy vis-a-vis various stages of Human Cycle. In a way, the present turmoil was necessary so that people gasp for breath and strive for new discovery. Hindutva will understand its limits.

A and B belong to C.
D, E, F, and G are H.
I, J, K, and L are M.
N, O, P are Q.
R is S.T.
U and V  are W.
X and Y have Z class security.
That's the Indian reality.
280220 (Fri)

Ask yourself
Whether you believe
In what you write
Or to please someone
For some favour.
The latter is legitimate
Quite appropriate
Except that it can't
Be tom-tomed as
Ethical epitome.
Taking a stand
On rational ground
Is to surmount
Pulls and strings
And what they bring
And be.

Fifty words
At sixty four
Well past the
Midnight hour.
Millions sleep
They can think
And see merit
In questioning.
Why to believe in
Absurd practices?
And blindly follow
Better to reorder
Our priorities
And revamp
Whole territories
To blow cobwebs
Away from minds.

The question
Is not Hindu-Muslim
Or citizenship
It's meaning.
What's is life
What it's for
Wherefrom it comes
And where does it go?
Forty two have died
For a futile cause
Is a reminder
To seek reason.
Sri Aurobindo wrote
In forty two volumes
Auroville came up
Fifty two years ago.

Solving problems
Without reading
Seminal thoughts
Is stillborn.
Bijli and Pani
All very vital
But nothing more.
Human nature
Complex suture
Caprice galore
Anew ever.
Evolution says
Sri Aurobindo
Is on and kicking
New is in making.
So no riots please
Or old remedies.

It seems that more and more people are coming under the refreshingly transformational influence of The Secret of the Veda authored by Sri Aurobindo over a century ago. Anyone reading its explosive first chapter can't return to his earlier intellectual framework due to subversion.
First chapter of The Secret of the Veda has the potential of overthrowing both Hindutva and Nehruvian fundamentalism. Sri Aurobindo never highlighted this dimension but present events have rendered it relevant. So simple to perceive except those who are Intellectually dishonest.

Quotations are a problem with Sri Aurobindo's way of explicating any notion spread over two-three pages. Further, a lot of prior attunement is needed which develops in the course of reading. Sri Aurobindo and Carl Marx by DPC is the most competently attempted critical enterprise.

Instead of lamenting about degeneration of "our" Republic I as an ordinary and helpless citizen would diagnose it as real discovery of India and how the so called Idea of India was a sham or Colonial imposition. Granting Sovereignty to the States will be the final and logical end.
Blatant fuelling of street politics is negation of Democracy and Civil society. Formidable forces are involved in this vicious game with an eye on power. No patience to wait for five long years. So don't give that any ideological colour or build some hollow ethical superstructure.
Human nature is not perfect but socially responsible behaviour is maintained through education, culture, religion, and law. Defying fragility by instigating prolonged street protests on the pretext of seeking justice can light the fuse of chain reactions of uncontrollable nature.

An artful way of ignoring Sri Aurobindo is to say I haven't read him much. If you are aware of everything under the Sun and have an opinion on any damn thing, then why this omission unless intended? Isn't it a sign of your rating him as worthless? Saying that is much more honest.
With due respect to your scholarship and discernment, may I point out that clubbing Sri Aurobindo with the rest is problematic. Lack of first hand encounter with his writings can create many misconceptions and generalisations. I expect early remedy to the situation; all the best.
Nothing surprising as the same narrative is in vogue for the last seven decades. But even pointing out that and some bold remarks on German Nationalism may not stand scrutiny. That's why I mentioned but with trepidation. Thanks.

A good pretext for ignoring Sri Aurobindo has been his alleged escapism and mysticism. Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) has been encouraging since 2005 to read his books under a critical lens and check for oneself if it has any merit. How one uses what he imbibes is subjective.
People painting Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo as polar opposites is a faulty position. Deeper study and discernment needed to understand the actuality. From a theoretical point of view both advocated Enlightenment values which resemble the Vedic ideals to a great extent. Nuance needed.

While anti and pro #CAA factions are quite vocal, it may appear that there's no other view. Yet Savitri Era Party has an independent opinion on the matter that goes to the root of the problem. Political expediency unfortunately dictates policies instead of genuine love for people.
Most here draw immense satisfaction by spouting hatred and it has become part of their life's mission. Of course, all on the pretext of nationalism or protecting religion. Life is difficult; each one is entitled to find his or her own way of overcoming frustration and depression.
It's the duty of the State to keep its citizens informed instead of leaving them at the mercy of privately run paid media. If we observe the events of last two months, the govt has failed miserably in this respect. I don't know who's behind the protests and who's trying to quell.

Abnormal level of population in India and its geographical vastness and diversity is inflicting enormous hardship upon its inhabitants. Minor incidents in one corner is keeping its entire population tense. A family splits when it grows too big. So Sovereignty to States is a must.
Huge territory may be satisfactory for immature adolescents but lots of people are put to difficulty due to being uprooted, long travel, away from home, linguistically alienated, or culturally strangulated. Psychological factors must receive attention and deserved consideration.

Sri Aurobindo popularised the concept of Integral Yoga encompassing physical, vital, mental, and psychic levels. So examining a thinker or theory in terms of which level it caters to is important. Thus each has its own role and utility. Rising above them is the task and challenge.
Most Intellectuals are obsessed with history, archeological discoveries, or old literature devoted to mysticism. Sri Aurobindo frees us from that burden. He chose exactly how much past was necessary and fused it with the demands of future Evolution to produce a unique concoction.

Sri Aurobindo had his formal education in England and hence the imprint of Western grounding in his writings is unmistakable. Besides he is trying to impress upon the British about the necessity of Freedom. He needs to be assessed through the lens of his intended target audience.
Four important books of Sri Aurobindo should be there in every home.
1. The Human Cycle
2. The Life Divine
3. The Secret of the Veda and
4. Savitri
It's good to make a habit of reading any one page at random from any book, mechanically, without any conscious effort to understand.

Savitri Era Party is an attempt to grow awareness about Sri Aurobindo and develop respect towards him. Right now, he is largely unknown; and even for those who know, is to no avail. This is the factual situation and there's no evidence to the contrary. Yet, sudden change possible.
Poets and philosophers are remembered in all cultures but language poses a barrier in India. Since Sri Aurobindo wrote in English, he is not easily accepted as their own in any region. But his neutral stand on religion can prove to be the panacea for the present political impasse.

You may be right but reading the books of Sri Aurobindo in a scientific spirit has much to offer. And once you know his basic arguments, it's easy to compare with other thinkers profitably. As a philosopher and poet, none can match him; his Vedic Evolutionary prophecy is supreme.
So you can tweet some interesting comparisons for the benefit of others. Most educated people are absolutely ignorant of Sri Aurobindo's writings. Thanks.

I have read and RTed your impassioned plea and on a Darshan Day it must have inspired many. Let's hope some positive response from those at the forefront. Btw reproducing Amazon comments in full made the post too lengthy. They also overshadowed the power of your charged eloquence.
If you harbour even an iota of desire to understand #TheMother & #SriAurobindo, here's a chance just at a glance. #SavitriEra: Sri Aurobindo's theoretical salience @NathTusar Further:
I'm not much familiar and I will check. But I don't think Sri Aurobindo recognises them as Devatas; they are rather impersonal principles. Like, Varuna is Vastness, Mitra is Harmony, etc. Thus, all later philosophical formulations are deformations. Puranas and Epics are creative.
Please read 7 in the light of 10. All these are long term pictures and hence there's nothing to fear. But, even technology is perhaps forcing a more uniform cultural atmosphere, you will agree. Thanks.
Sri Aurobindo has already explained in detail the symbolic and psychological character of deities in his The Secret of the Veda over one hundred years back. Popularising that can disabuse people of the superficial mythological perception. So careful study of #SriAurobindo needed.
Sri Aurobindo's psychological interpretation of the Veda on the other hand opens up new vistas of integral understanding. Relying upon defective worldviews of the past needs to be jettisoned in a scientific spirit. Otherwise it misguides and misleads students & future generation.
Assuming a theory vacuum before a particular date is perhaps not accurate. Darwin's theory of Evolution also begins at the middle alerts Sri Aurobindo and goes on to complete the cycle by incorporating Involution. Rothbard's portrayal of man and purpose of action too is inchoate.

Savitri Era: Babaji Maharaj's Ayodhya connection @NathTusar
[Auro-Mira Service Society decided to work in Kechla as its field of karmayoga, a necessary component part of the Integral Yoga sadhana of #SriAurobindo and the Mother.]

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Let's not forget that the commercial element is predominant due to which vast resources are out of the purview of public view or access. So, concerted effort needed to overcome this barrier and the appetite for name and fame too. Odia language has waited for too long for minimum.
On a critical note, that's the reason Odia songs couldn't attain popularity until Akshaya Mohanty thrust himself into the scene. Full throated singing had died in other languages but a conspiracy can't be ruled out to keep Odia sound primitive and thus denying commercial success.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Sri Aurobindo's theoretical salience

The West has produced hundreds of thinkers and philosophers over the last three thousand years who are part of academic discourse. But in India we hardly find anyone with original contribution to Theory except Sri Aurobindo. Foreign authors, obviously, ignore his contributions and Indian scholars don't find quoting him respectable or credible. Thus, his insights are still unknown and no one feels excited to foreground his arguments. Here are a few important points:

1. Evolution - Darwin's theory of Evolution had volcanic effect on the world of thought. Sri Aurobindo, however, accommodated it effortlessly within his Ontological framework.
2. Subconscious - Freud popularised hidden aspects of Consciousness which Sri Aurobindo expanded in great detail. He perhaps delineated Myers' Subliminal too.
3. Matter - Comte, Feuerbach and Marx espoused positivism and materialism flourished. Sri Aurobindo insisted not only on Divine origin of matter but also its Sublime destiny.
4. Vitalism - Revolt against Hegel prompted many like Schelling, Schopenhauer, and Bergson to forward vitalistic theories but Sri Aurobindo refused to concur citing causal Spiritual impulsion.
5. Overman - Nietzsche taking cue from Carlyle and Emerson proposed advent of Overman but Sri Aurobindo modified it to a more enlightened mould confoming to Vedic framework.
6. Poetry - Schiller, Coleridge, and Arnold have spoken high of poetry but Sri Aurobindo believed in its Mantric power for transforming Consciousness with creative potentialities.
7. The Veda - Sri Aurobindo revealed that the Vedic deities are nothing but different rungs of the ladder of Consciousness. This interpretation nullifies Mythology and Rituals.
8. Integral Advaita - Building on the above clue and by yoking it to Evolution, Sri Aurobindo presented his grand metaphysical system resembling Plotinus as well as Kashmiri Shaivism, to some extent.
9. World Union - Sri Aurobindo observed that people are opting for bigger and bigger collectives. He, like Kant before him, predicts different nations coming together under the umbrella of a World Union federation.
10. Spirituality - Sri Aurobindo also foresaw that present religions are on their deathbed and a universal spirit of fraternity based on spiritual unity will pervade humanity. This, he is confident, is an Evolutionary inevitability.
11. Science - Tools and methods of science are limited, reminds Sri Aurobindo. He emphasized upon higher methods of perception, like intuition, than mere rational approach. Logic of the Infinite.
12. Grace - Despite building formidable theoretical scaffoldings, Sri Aurobindo doesn't hesitate to accord an indispensable role to the Grace of The Divine Mother. Even, Upanishads avoided the grace element, wrote S.K. Maitra. Christianity has problems with the Divine Mother as Supreme.

Many of his contemporaries like Teilhard de Chardin, Samuel Alexander, A.N. Whitehead, and Jean Gebser have developed theories independently having some resemblance to Sri Aurobindo's. The Mother too worked on Divinisation of body, in line with Vedic Immortality, all through her life. The Life Divine, however, remains a possibility for the future as part of Vedic Evolutionary scheme. Right now Uber cabs are plying; Uberman may come flying.

Tusar Nath Mohapatra
February 21, 2020 (Fri)
(File pic at Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Delhi Branch)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Babaji Maharaj's Ayodhya connection

Birth Centenary year of Sri Aurobindo was celebrated from August 15, 1971 to August 15, 1972. A lot of activities were going on in Odisha under the leadership of Prapatti. The Mother had issued a message that Sri Aurobindo's words should reach every home and this was being translated into reality to a large extent. Politicians, professors, poets, and other professionals were drafted into this movement, almost spontaneously. As if Odisha got the needed ideology for which it was waiting for centuries. It was an unprecedented period but not much of this story is available in English.

The story of Sri Ramakrishna Das who came to be known as Babaji Maharaj is also a curious one. His series of slim books played an important role in fulfilling the aim of Sri Aurobindo Loka Sahitya. Besides, three magazines were instrumental in spreading the message, far and wide: Navajyoti, Navaprakash, and Sri Aurobindo Karmadhara (later, Purnanga Siksha Patra). Weekly Study Circles (Pathachakra) spread to different corners and schools were also established. Students were involved through Camps and Conferences. A lot of hope and enthusiasm had gripped a large section of people.

I joined B.J.B. College, Bhubaneswar in July 1971 and remember to have heard Udar in a Camp at the Patel Hall school, sometime later. Another pioneer, Raghunath Pani was the Headmaster of D.M. School, when I joined Regional College of Education. In July 1972. Panchanan Mohanty too was active under the aegis of New Life Society and Sri Aurobindo Sankruti Sansad. Chittaranjan Das, Monoj Das, Mohapatra Nilamani Sahu, and many other top intellectuals added aura to the movement. This is just a thumbnail sketch from faint memory.

Not much has changed after fifty years. The movement is much more vibrant now but no visible attempt for giving leadership to rest of the country. Language is the main bottleneck and there is no conscious attempt to make others aware in Hindi, Bengali, or English. Not even a handle in Twitter. The reason for this reticence is not known but may be for avoiding controversies. 

Annual Conference at Cuttack will be held from April 4 to 7, 2020. Visiting Odisha can open many new dimensions for the Devotees of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, residing in other States. Besides, it's centrally located and conveniently accessible from all parts of the country. Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Delhi Branch has launched an ambitious Centre in a remote place like Kechla.

Champalal, V. Madhusudan Reddy, and Chhote Narayan Sharma used to visit Odisha on several occasions. Dr. Sukumar Chakraborty had visited once in connection with #WorldUnion. Babaji Maharaj's Ayodhya connection has many secrets of the future, hidden in its womb. Let's hope, in the dominant consciousness of the nation, Odisha comes to the fore.

Tusar Nath Mohapatra
February 19, 2020 (Wed)

Further details:


Navajyoti edited by Biswambhara Samanta and published by Navajyoti Publication, Sri Aurobindo Ashram,

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Self-interest acquires spontaneity, luminosity, and sublimity

BJP capturing power at the Centre is an outcome of multi- cornered contests in many States. That advantage will dwindle with time with opposition ganging up. So the future scenario is grim for BJP unless it embraces moderate and modern outlook. Hindutva like CPI-ML signals fringe.
Modi giving the country a reasonably sound govt is surely a sixer. It has earned BJP widespread appreciation and credibility. But Delhi elections have exposed its limitations. For earning that extra six percent votes, ideological stance has to be spelt out clearly. No doublespeak.
Marxists dropped violence to participate in the electoral process. But ideologically, it's integral to their mindset. BJP's position vis-a-vis Hindu Rashtra, similarly, should be laid bare unequivocally. Otherwise, you lose in the perception game without any long-term advantage.
Modi govt hasn't cut down benefits for Muslims but the appeasement slogan has vanished. This proves how much non-existent facts were peddled to spawn hatred. Another is Muslims going to be majority but a study says max 5 pc decline in 50 years. These kind of mischiefs should stop
Congress got a golden chance to revive itself for a decade but came a cropper due to leadership crisis. BJP must turn into a duly democratic party with transparent intra-party elections. Imposing leaders will take it in the Congress way; more than two terms for Modi will enfeeble.
I think, Modi has performed admirably in withstanding the Hindutva absurdity from within, for pragmatic reasons. So, let's give the devil its due. Any positive transformation on the part of RSS/BJP is a great leap forward for our polity. That should be welcomed, and it's evident.
UP voting was a bit more complex; opposition alliance caused terrible confusion in the cadre and the experiment failed then and there of which BJP was the gainer. That three-way division is not going to vanish any soon.
The false mother said yes to the baby being cut into two halves but the real mother cried to shout a big no. Those filled with hatred are like the false mother who don't bother about the country. Those don't agree with them like the real mother must wait, wet with their own tears.
Govt has on its side at least half a dozen authors who retain credibility and command respect due to their diverse interest and depth of research. This is a substantial gain but when it comes to Hindu Rashtra and how it strikes at the root of the Constitution, they are ambivalent.
I respect knowledge as well as different shades of opinion but fundamentalism or fanaticism has to be opposed. Assuming that the country belongs to a particular religious faction is a mythological superstition. Hence the notion of a nation post 1947. Thankfully #CAA ratifies that.
BJP in present form lacks representative character and hence is unstable and unsuitable. It has to occupy the Congress space of yesteryears. Hindutva albatross needs to be thrown away and local leadership developed. Modi must leave after two terms. Nitish Kumar is best successor.
Present protests owe their genesis to Ramdev's aggressive campaign against black money in 2010 who misused his TV popularity as a Yoga teacher to hoodwink followers. Many distortions have been perpetrated since then to disfigure Democratic edifice. Anna Hazare is another culprit.
Agree with you and I defend govt's right to do what it feels right. My concern is how a genuinely Democratic party functioning can emerge. It's difficult but that's the ideal. No party has been able to develop intra-party Democracy till now satisfactorily.
PM admits facing pressure and it's certainly a matter of Democratic negotiation. Lack of adequate policy evolving mechanism in the party is responsible for such whimsical decisions. Dictatorial functioning has this danger of digging its own grave. Hubris won't pay in the long run.
I don't think govt can solely be blamed for economy or industry. Market has its own logic and compulsion aided by technology and consumption. So any complain on that score is not fair. As regards The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, we shouldn't limit their vision in reductionist fashion.
I think, such pessimistic outlook should change; see the quality of life improving around you and large number of people coming out of poverty and squalor. The poor are the biggest beneficiary in many ways. Technology is a big enablers and it's the beginning only. Market rules.
That's because we lack entrepreneurship and it takes time. If a couple of sectors are vibrant today, it will lead to others catching up due to multiplier effect; Say's law. And when the overall sentiment rises then no looking back but Hindutva is a severe drag in terms of outlook
We are in a very rudimentary stage of Market dynamics. Wolfs are dominating now but with time they will be exposed; order and honesty will drive Market. "Commerce begets courtesy" is an old saying; it's a compulsion and natural outcome. So, let's keep our hope for change, intact.
Everyone searches for a job instead of opening a shop; that's a major factor that rules sentiment. With affluence, confidence to take risks will rise; also craving for freedom. All this will happen in a gradual manner. Present scenario may be disappointing but we are going there.
Agree with your observations and in the event of helplessness of we ordinary citizens, the only option is to aspire for the scenario Sri Aurobindo paints in the last chapter of The Life Divine. My feeling is that we are still under the clutch of foreign forces like East India Co.
"Prosperity accentuates individuality" is a simplistic formulation. That self-interest has ceased to be an effective driving force in human affairs is also doubtful. Exclusive Concentration principle is at the core of individuality and self-interest is integral to its sustenance.
Supra-ethical state is not a negation of the ethical or intellectual propensities; it's an advancement without any obligation for constantly checking against ethical ideals. So ethical chrutches are never thrown away. Self-interest acquires spontaneity, luminosity, and sublimity.
Sri Aurobindo's interpretation of the Veda would reveal many more things, profounder meanings. So you are missing much.
Two-three chapters from Sri Aurobindo's major works or Letters on Poetry can be very rewarding. As you know, #SriAurobindo has not been appreciated adequately till now and needs to be discovered. Thanks.
I haven't read it but appears to be a good overview. There are many other books also. Hope you check. Thanks.
[The Integral Philosophy of Aurobindo: Hermeneutics and the Study of Religion
Brainerd Prince
Taylor & Francis, 20-Jan-2017 - Religion - 252 pages]
Mediation and dialogue are welcome but ultimately what matters is direction. Kashmir or Muslims are not the only problem; a lot many other issues are also part of the past baggage. Sovereignty to the States is the only solution for encouraging local negotiation and lateral clues.
Read a tweet about voting by remote, another SB scoring over SC. One praising AK for lack of pedigree and another eulogising eugenics. Obviously the world is changing and people find it fine since they don't understand. Seems like some automaton has taken over as show must go on.
A more fundamental question is whether more number of divorces are good or bad? Or even, whether religious or legal stipulation for marriages is good or bad? There can many layers of interrogation and yet not one can claim self-evident legitimacy or justification. Postmodernism!
An author of a dozen books deserves admiration and respect; variety of subjects are proof of his supple mind and wide horizon. But if the running theme is perceived to be hatred or ideological fixity with glaring selective amnesia, then respect dwindles and admiration evaporates.
The intention may not be to be a scholar but over a period of time, a Devotee is bound to read their books one by one. Or know their thought by attending lectures and discussions. The need for this has become more pronounced in the wake of predominance of Hindutva indoctrination.
Most people have taken the easier option and haven't paid sufficient attention to Sri Aurobindo's books but describe them as mystical or meditative. This is a false representation and creates further misunderstanding among the new generation. Need to dispel disinformation on him.
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@NathTusar Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF since 2005), SRA-102-C, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad-201014

Monday, February 17, 2020

Blame it on the nature of politics

Hatred brigade includes many followers of Sri Aurobindo which is absurd but valid in a Democracy. Each person is a prisoner of his own circumstances, background, and perception of self-interest. Minor success can turn a level-headed person into a fanatic or making identity public.

Had my tweets reached a wider audience, awareness about Sri Aurobindo would have been much greater. It would have allowed people to think in the right direction and search for solutions. That generation will appear perhaps a decade hence. Current one is too opinionated or closed.

It seems that the fallout of Babri Masjid demolition is playing out fully after three decades. Again it's a question of human nature and how people are trying to cope up. Othering is only a crude form of drawing satisfaction whereas true attitude is love and empathy; not hatred.

Many highly educated individuals have so much steeped themselves in hatred  that they are constantly seething with anger and as a result are experiencing a state of being alien whereas the ground situation is nowhere near their imagination. This presumptive loss is a new disease.

Lure of career and conferences is forcing many intellectuals to stick to a fundamentalist posture. Unfortunately, those sounding liberal are also equally obdurate in their outlook. Thus, it looks like a situation of no hope except widespread attunement in Sri Aurobindo's thought.

No one is going to budge an inch or touch the other with a barge pole, but each camp claiming moral and intellectual superiority is a bit disconcerting. Symptomatic of an echo-chamber embedded in dumb ecosystem. Only Sri Aurobindo can show the right light.

Indian population can be divided into four groups of almost equal size.
1. Tradition loving Hindus
2. Liberals ensconced in plurality
3. Dalits and urban poor
4. Muslims and backward castes.
Beneath the economic facade, narrative defines much and Sri Aurobindo is the alternative.

Instead of characterising any leader in a specific way, it'd be in order to blame it on the nature of politics itself of which they are merely offsprings. Expecting an ideal situation is rather utopian and hence a delusion, unless #SriAurobindo is invoked.

So, what's the solution you suggest? Separate territories and separate Constitutions? Silence on that misguides the people. Coherent and cogent socio-political blueprint needed. And unlike most others here, you are well aware of Sri Aurobindo.

Easy to claim to be an atheist or rationalist but inability to explain phenomena is palpable. Philosophy comes to the rescue and knowing oneself turns primary. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo focus on that and urge to decipher Swabhav in order to be a Swarat before aspiring for Samrat.

Emergency redefined Indian politics and a new set of people came to power in 1977. Freedom and Democracy were reinstated.
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With elephants as actors, Haathi Mere Saathi (1971) was a huge hit. Protests by assembling animals, similarly, is likely to be the next innovation. Politics is turning clownish (no offence meant to clowns).
How does reading that much of history affect the thinking process of a person? Does it lead to any pride or anguish depending on the context? How being emotionally manipulated by an academic exercise or a hobby is justified? Is it desirable to have specialisation? Just curious.

Paid media, paid protests, and paid intellectuals have taken the country for a ride. Now there's nothing to deride or defend for every stand is suspect or can be proved as partisan. Is this scenario a variation of Transvaluation of all values? May be, as India is waiting for long.

And yet, he is nothing i.e., unmanifest without The Mother. She wills and decides; why our planet is always at a new destination and in a new position, never still, never a dull moment. Alone in that gigantic darkness and silence; unfathomable zero and unprecedented splendour too.

Fine, can understand your emotion but this platform is ruthless. I don't think you are unaware of how #SriAurobindo shoots at an Archer or Shankara. Let those aspects come to the fore. The whole world is waiting for such a moment when he slays his adversaries in a bloodless coup!

Agree. So, your creating such a category with precise definition is arbitrary and absurd. An imaginary creature may be. This is the relevance of philosophy; to be aware of fallacies, etc. Your respect for SA is understandable but why deprive his theses of the stamp of philosophy?

Who in your opinion can be called such a Dharmic type Rishi during the last 200 - 300 years? Apart from SA of course.

That may be a rhetorical  Official statement to suit the occasion; can't be construed as his considered opinion. His outright rejection of The Secret of the Veda without a semblance of academic engagement is an indication of an ubiquitous Southern allegiance to Kanchi or Sringeri.

I don't know how far you are able to practice moral values. Since I'm not sure about myself, would avoid to judge others on that count. Besides, we tend to believe in myths; don't subject heroes to critical scrutiny.

If someone identifies himself as belonging to Scheduled Castes (as forced by the Constitution), then several subtexts emerge immediately. That he has a modest upbringing, his ancestors have suffered exploitation and tyranny; he may not be dependable in responsible positions, etc.

How long a section of population will suffer this humiliation is not known. Those responsible for perpetuating this second class citizenship are certainly not well-wishers. Changing religion also proved to be useless. No one is demanding removal of this Constitutional provision.

Money, power, and career warp morality but myopia, ambiguous figures, or optical illusion are also a reality. So expecting an absolutely rational view is outside the purview of ethics. Sri Aurobindo lists seven strands of ignorance braided into human condition in The Life Divine.

Someone has put it elegantly: the very supposition that things can be explained rationally is a superstition. Thus, science and philosophy lose legitimacy or even viability. But unfortunately, no such concept of uncertainty exists for fanatics. Isaiah Berlin had warned long back.
[Make of us the hero warriors we aspire to become. May we fight successfully the great battle of the future that is to be born against the past that seeks to endure; so that the new things may manifest and we be ready to receive them.]
- (The Mother, On Education, 6 January 1952)

Please google Mother Sri Aurobindo.

Just like Bases of Yoga of Sri Aurobindo, Sunlit Path by The Mother is very popular. How much of psychology they deal with is ordinarily not recognised but it comes to the fore when compared with other New Age literature. Thirty volumes of The Mother are waiting to be discovered.

Thirteen volumes of Mother's Agenda are absolutely precious. Besides, a volume on Spiritual significance of flowers is luminous. Thanks.

Best season to visit Odisha. Followers of The Mother & #SriAurobindo must make a pilgrimage to Dalijoda near Cuttack. Attending the Cuttack Conference (April 4-7, 2020) can be a life changing experience. Making a circular tour through 73 Relics Centres can be an unforgettable job
Both Jesus and Marx brands are still selling even among the highly educated and it's not a big deal if #SriAurobindo has to wait for a decade more or two. The Odisha formula of Babaji Maharaj Sri Ramakrishna Das and Prapatti, however, poses a counterpoint.

Having been schooled in their Pathachakra network, I move with trepidation when I present the vast teachings of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo here in a reductionist, simplistic, or too generalised manner but that's perhaps the compulsion to cater to a couple seconds' attention span.

The Mother returned to India on April 24, 1920. Centenary of a momentous event; also an opportunity to know her and understand her, her contribution to modern India, for world peace and human unity. She navigated #SriAurobindo's future trajectory ensuring the way we know him now.

Neither The Masters nor their direct disciples have focused so strongly on this issue as I'm doing for over a decade now. Arguments are there in plenty but Hindutva hadn't acquired such dominance. So the time hadn't come as it's today. Still I beg their forgiveness; KG, MPP, SSJ.

Assessment of Sri Aurobindo is limited to a visit to his Ashram in Puducherry or Auroville for most persons. Others are content with his role as Revolutionary. But his future political relevance emanates from his stance on Religion. How he undermines Hindutva and scores over Left.

They being eminent persons and widely acclaimed authors, it may not be appropriate to say so from an academic point of view. Sri Aurobindo is a different dimension altogether and non of his famous contemporaries were able to fathom his worth including Gandhi and Tagore. @rsbegur

May be, but future is not an extension of the past. A better course would be to examine the reality at present to decipher whether any step by step progress towards such an ideal is possible. Else, it remains an abstract notion and a fond hope, permitting solace to many dreamers.

Human nature and such other assumptions about patterns are at the root of expecting recurrence. The other extreme is the Humean suspicion on knowing causation. The truth, however, is something more disturbing. The Evolutionary intention has a habit of being arbitrary and playful.

You have read so many things but avoiding The Human Cycle by Sri Aurobindo. That's a big deficiency. At least read a summary of it; so many journal articles are available online. That can change your orientation; right now you are precariously dependent on libertarian conjectures.
Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management - Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) Ghaziabad
Harnessing Western Philosophy for Self-Management
TN Mohapatra
SAMSMRITI SAMS Journal 10 (2), 16-17 2016
Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management
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Nitte Management Review 9 (2), 1-18 2015
#MirraAlfassa #SriAurobindo #WorldUnion #SAVITRI

Savitri Era: Nehru and Radhakrishnan couldn't recognise the greatness of Sri Aurobindo #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion #SavitriEra #MitraVaruna
@NathTusar Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF since 2005), Ghaziabad - 201014.

Savitri Era: The Mother is the sole equal of Sri Aurobindo #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion #SavitriEra #MitraVaruna
@NathTusar Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF since 2005), Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad - 201014

Recipe for neurosis?

Any connection to Rothschild?

I will try not to bother you in future. Thanks. (Better to take a round of #PrachiValley)

I don't know to what extent #PrachiValley was able to draw attention but unless there's some Muslim angle it won't be viral. But let's not forget about that celebrity who used his creative genius by hypothetically introducing a Muslim angle but was jailed for instigating discord.

ବାଳକୃଷ୍ଣ ଦାସ
ସଙ୍ଗୀତକାର ଓ ପ୍ରଚ୍ଛଦପଟ୍ଟ ଗାୟକ
ଜନ୍ମ ଓ ଜନ୍ମସ୍ଥାନ ୧୫ ମଇ ୧୯୨୩
ସୁନ୍ଦର ଗାଁ, କଟକ ଜିଲ୍ଲା #PrachiValley
Balakrushna Dash sings 'Marinele Mohapatre....' in Odia Movie 'Ghara Bahuda' (1973)

Yes. I have heard the same from Late Jagannath Acharya of Brahmana Sailo. #PrachiValley

Dakshineswar temple at Bagalpur beside Prachi river is a popular destination. 7-8 KMs from my native village, it used to be the Bus Stop to go to Cuttack or Bhubaneswar. Tribeni, signifying confluence of three rivers, is not much far where an annual fair is famous. #PrachiValley

Sailo or Shaila is still a riddle. #PrachiValley

Saturday, February 15, 2020

The Mother is the sole equal of Sri Aurobindo

February 21 is the birth anniversary of The Mother. She came to India to meet Sri Aurobindo on March 29, 1914. She announced that the Supramental Consciousness descended upon earth on February 29, 1956. She was instrumental in founding Auroville on February 28, 1968 #MirraAlfassa

The Mother's life is absolutely unusual and extraordinary. Being the sole equal of Sri Aurobindo and continuing with transformation of consciousness after his departure is a significant adventure against the backdrop of avalanche of confusion and frustration tormenting the world.

Progressive was/is a pet term of Communists; and certainly you don't mean that. But the broad sweep you wish to convey is difficult to establish. No easy criteria or parameters but things are not so gloomy either. My two cents!

Nothing to dispute but as you know, no economy or sector can see a continuous upward march. Let's admit that a lot of speculation and manipulation has marred our functioning as people run after easy money. So a whole new work ethic has to develop and that won't come without pain.

Good that you have come to specifics and I don't think their business model is sound nor are they so important to be patronised. Compare them with some of their equals based in South and you can find where the difference lies. Just my impressions; not any professional appraisal.

I reiterate that the way you paint the situation is at variance with my experiences during my recent travels within the country. There's no such despair among people even in the rural areas. But yes, in a free economy, ups and downs are a must. Robustness will emerge from that.

 I don't know why do you call it destroying capacities. If Air India is being hived off, is it destruction? No, only management changes; young blood is infused. Down-to-earth strategies are devised. A more realistic model with sufficient diversification grows. Creative destruction.

Agree with you but not with the same seriousness that your eloquence conveys. As far as my impression goes, all these will be a thing of the past after Delhi elections. Democracy necessitates some amount of theatre as well as stunts. So, let's put up with them, a bit stoically.

Marx is very perceptive on the positive role of religion but had to harden his stand against it for the sake of Revolution. Sri Aurobindo too takes an akin stand but his purpose is Evolution. Aims are almost similar from a human angle but the later insists on the Vedic impulsion.

Easy to blame city-living or lopsided education for present shortcomings in the society but to miss the Evolutionary intention is the basic flaw. Marx diagnosed many ills of modern civilisation but his relevance ends there. Thereafter Sri Aurobindo narrates the cyclic progression.

Ideas need to be incubated within a small cohesive group. The Mother Sri Aurobindo had intended so but the Ashram format had no scope for social or political engagement. Further, the time was not ripe. Hindutva confusion provides the necessary tension to foreground their solution.

Many have termed reading the books of #SriAurobindo as immersion. Initially one doesn't understand but even after one is able to follow, the need for silence after reading a page or a paragraph is the norm; allowing oneself to be squeezed by the dense prose and even denser ideas.

All hindus aren't hindus; they are divided among multiple persuasions and political convictions. So, the first dishonesty as well as theoretical discrepancy is asserting something on their behalf; a billion of them. The second is to extend the same backwards till 10K BCE or more.

Illusion of the obvious as explained by Sri Aurobindo in The Life Divine teaches to be circumspect about conventional happenings. One is not to mistake popularity, success, or victory as proof of legitimacy. Sri Aurobindo was never overwhelmed by any of his eminent contemporaries.

Overdose of virtue signalling by dropping words like Hindu, Dharma, or Samskar. Had ethics been so easy to practice then Sri Aurobindo wouldn't have undergone a lifetime of Tapasya. Record of Yoga amply demonstrates the kind of struggle and Sisyphus-like frustration he weathered.

Both RSS and Congress are busy peddling some narratives that have proved to be unsuitable for fruition of India's potentialities. Sri Aurobindo saw it as early as 1893 and elaborated from 1906 onwards. Ignoring his sagely vision for a century won't deliver any good to the nation.

Temple visiting culture is content with doing a Pranam. Sri Aurobindo's Yoga however demands much intellectual attunement and modulation even to have a priliminary acquaintance. Most educated persons don't understand this necessity and treat it as superfluous or pedantic. But no.

Democracy in India is not in a happy situation but blaming the past is no solution. Task is to apply corrective and following Sri Aurobindo is the right initiative. Reorienting our thinking according to his predictions and drawing cultural sustenance from his works works wonders.

Centenary of the last year of ARYA (1914-21) is a significant moment for humanity. Spirituality is the key note but emphasis on Modern values and Democratic ethos is unmistakable. These are currently under threat in India but protectors are equally pernicious. #SriAurobindo saves.

Not only politics or sociology became suspect but science and economics too skidded. So blaming current Public Intellectuals may not be justified; they perceive better which side of their bread is buttered. Thus, it's the best opportunity to promote the best brand: #SriAurobindo.

1. Symbolic meaning of gods by #SriAurobindo cuts the root of Mythology and Rituals.
2. He predicts demise of all dominant religions.
3. His stress is on #WorldUnion, and not India alone.
4. He identifies poetry as a means of emotional purification and adventure of consciousness.

Identifying yoga with Ashram might seem normal but Integral Yoga propounded by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is different. Believing in the right political perspective can be a first necessity. Similarly not permitting equal status to other religious personalities is also important.
I haven't heard about him much nor have come across any of his works. If PP was such a great intellectual, then what's his contribution in shaping ideology? What are his salient differences from other major thinkers of Modern India? Any RW journal essay or some critical analysis?

Stoking the fire of Hindu fundamentalism and fanaticism is obviously subversive of Indian Constitution. The way a few foreigners indulge in such sabotage of harmonious collective living in India is patently criminal. But they are feted instead and encouraged to spread more hate.

It needs tons of discernment to divine different motivations while watching a movie by an activist (money apart). But when conflating profession and passion has become common and legitimate, then why this insistence on fig leaf or imaginary perspectives? Or words just to deceive?

What's the solution if we forget all past theories; that's more important than merely discussing the bygone era. From whom we draw inspiration and wisdom for the future is a crucial choice at the moment. And that too when most past paradigms have been discredited or found wanting.

Sri Aurobindo took up many historical nuggets as fodder for his creative endeavour but not for fermenting hatred. His characterisation of different races or nationalities do speak about many negative qualities, but with the sole intention of analysis and overcoming imperfections.

Education should get rid of brick and mortar; no need for schools and colleges. Exams and University Degrees have no use now. Coaching centre model should flourish with emphasis on home study. Short workshops, group travel, and exploration in diverse activities will spur learning.

Nothing to doubt the rigour of logical positivism, analytic philosophy, or scientific method itself. But Sri Aurobindo provides a vista ahead to explore and verify. Recognising this should be a big leap for the humanity but formidable resistance exists due to geographical divide.

If Congress had not kept Sri Aurobindo out of curriculum, the country wouldn't have been in the current ideological mess. Even, minor ethical points are being debated ad nausium which shows how much people lack a reasonable philosophical grounding. Leadership in knowledge needed.

Despite their lofty spiritual powers, The Mother & Sri Aurobindo always reminded that there's no royal highway in Yoga and every inch has to be won. Today very few would claim fighting such a battle or attempting any such foray into higher realms of consciousness. Yet Grace acts.

Ken Wilber introduced Sri Aurobindo to intellectuals in the West but in a subversive manner. Not a single philosopher however thought it deserving to engage with Sri Aurobindo's poetry, philosophy, or political theory in a detailed manner. The world is still poorer to that extent.

Vande Bharat Express is the fastest train in India at present. Sri Aurobindo, similarly, is the greatest poet and philosopher but many are reluctant to admit this. They insist on plurality without any intention of attempting comparison for ascertaining who indeed is the greatest.

Own local situation often forces people to err on national outlook. What's good for a Bengali settled in Assam may not be salutary for other parts of the country. Similarly in a land as vast as India, it's impossible for a Malayali to be sensitive about the plight of a Kashmiri.

They are the mainstay of the economy but the disorderly fashion they operate in is a sad commentary on planning and design. Ramshackle set ups on encroached land with constant fear of harassment by police and other officials is common. Retail needs to be patronised in a big way.

Old forts and temples are good for excursions and picnics or exercise in aesthetics but to grow muscular nationalism around them by pining for past glory can be pathological. Conservation of monuments by overlooking poverty and plight of ordinary citizens often sounds hedonistic.

There can be a thousand pegs to hang a tale on, but to have a peep into some future scenario there's no toehold. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo talk about it and with a sense of inevitability and finality. Savitri itself is replete with concrete descriptions of futuristic situations.

[Yoga of Works: Practioners’ Experiences–M.S. Srinivasan
A review and a commentary of the book Integral Yoga At Works, A Study of Practioners’ Experiences working in Four Professional Fields, by Larry Siedlitz, Phd, Indian Psychology Institute, New Delhi]

Present proponents of Dharma deem it their duty to spread hatred like don't forget. Sri Aurobindo spoke of Sanatan Dharma in his Uttarpara Speech and later brought out a Bengali journal titled Dharma but took up the word Yoga for communicating his notion of knowledge and practice.

Alternative mode of administration for religious places and institutions is a contentious issue. Social sector is full of ambitious and corrupt people who exploit and manipulate. Political interference too is a major worry. So, no easy solution for reform.

Please don't worry; as you know, Sri Aurobindo thought and wrote about all this 100 years back with certain certitude. Creating awareness about it is the only challenge especially in West Bengal. Reviving tradition may satisfy emotion but it hinders Evolutionary momentum. Thanks.

Leftists sought to replace the religions by putting Marx on a pedestal and since then many have attempted other alternatives. The Mother however was wise enough to announce Divinity of Sri Aurobindo quite early and the latter too identified The Divine Mother in no uncertain terms.

Assassination of Gandhi was the most shocking event after Independence but much water has flown down the river Yamuna. It no longer is a touchstone for verifying morality. Demolition of Babri masjid, on the other hand, stands out as the most despicable act even if it's bloodless.

While I agree with your concern, Democracy to my mind is a great leveller. Since Democracy has no predetermined model, how it's evolving in India today needs to be studied dispassionately. Language too needs to be unhinged from Colonial template and Modi represents postmodernism.

[The animal is satisfied with a modicum of necessity; the gods are
content with their splendours. But man cannot rest permanently
until he reaches some highest good...because he is the most discontented, because he feels
most the pressure of limitations...for a remote ideal.] - Sri Aurobindo

Life and humanism don't have much chance here; politics looks lowly. Sri Aurobindo is amplifying the anomaly and absurdity of an animal-like living. It's not a Kingdom of heaven either. For, he aims at to soar beyond; he is sure of that remote ideal. This is unprecedented vision.

Many don't think much of Sri Aurobindo's spiritual achievements and equate him with present day charlatans. So, they have a point, but even a page of Sri Aurobindo can convey his profundity. The Life Divine is not merely an ontological formulation but charts out future Evolution.

Trouble with eminence is that one stops learning. Indoctrination too doesn't allow to welcome new ideas. Again, Exclusive Concentration is at work that has an Evolutionary function. In Savitri too we find various typal worlds. But ultimately integration springs up as consummation.

Many commit the mistake of assessing different phases or facets of a writer or philosopher on a single template. A more discreet course however is to apply the impersonality principle and scrutinise them as discrete. After six years as PM, Modi too needs to be appraised severally.

I was tagged and I answered but later they abused me. This good morning good night group of 40-50 handles is flooding my TL and I don't know how to untag. But, I got a fairly good idea of what illiteracy means. And how it's proliferating with increased prosperity and technology.

Elst's laughable comment as regards narcissistic gods of the Veda needs to be understood against this backdrop. Even the famous humanism of Vivekananda, Tagore, Gandhi, or Ambedkar can easily be contrasted with how Sri Aurobindo navigates so majestically, or rather magisterially.

The Life Divine was written between 1914-19 and was published as a book with substantial additions and revisions during 1939-40. Yet Sri Aurobindo never incorporated the Avatara of Gita or The Mother as personal god in his ontology. This stress on impersonality is a Vedic legacy.

Instead of relegating Yoga to the domain of Spirituality, accepting All life is Yoga is much more fruitful. It entails a constant demand of adhering to desirable thought and behaviour and desist from distasteful action. Those who consider spreading hatred as duty must introspect.

Preserving or defending an idea is good but if done with such vigour or rigour that the very humility and helplessness acquires rigidity and ferociousness, then it's a pernicious development. Many liberal outfits are falling prey to such mobilisation and losing their credibility.

Education, culture, and history are instruments of refining emotions and inculcating freedom but irreverence, arrogance, and hatred have become a fashion, not to speak of deviance, perversion, or violence. Most surprisingly, all in the name of Dharma, Samskar, or even Nationalism.

When was the last time that an Indian philosopher was selected for Padma award or some other form of national recognition? J.N. Mohanty and D.P. Chattopadhyaya deserve Bharat Ratna. But how can illiterates understand the significance of their contribution to the world of thought?

Sri Aurobindo had advised that.

Gopiji, please remember Sri Aurobindo's support on four crucial occasions since you write on history often. It's well documented but most people either are not aware or simply ignore. Your mention can set the record straight. Thanks.

When his car broke down, he called the mechanic and told yaar Rafiq do a good job etc. etc. On reaching home had a cup of tea and then he tweeted Muslims are jihadis and Islam is despotic. This is the most paradoxical picture of present day India which has been fermented by some.

I still don't agree. Dissolution of a company doesn't destroy anything; all gains are still there within the overall economy. They simply reassemble in different avatars with innovations. I have learnt so much from you, but I don't know why you are endorsing Socialist sentiments.

No one is comfortable with normal vision now. Everyone on Twitter is armed with a telescope or a microscope. Predicting the future is a pastime but many talk about events as if they have already happened. Similarly, some are sure of even booth-wise vote-share before the election.

Congress and Leftists banished Sri Aurobindo from text books and a whole generation has been deprived of right knowledge and right orientation on culture, religion, and tradition. A corrective is surely warranted.

You are responding and I'm replying. Simply performing my duty as Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF).
All I'm saying is please read from different sources before forming firm opinions. I'm aghast that so many here are so ignorant about Sri Aurobindo, the greatest son of Modern India.
Something about dreams
Okay, meet someone else

That happens in most States. In fact, before the voting people try to sense who is winning since they don't want to waste their votes. A general attitude of welcoming the hero and be on his side. Thus ideology matters very little or people in general have little stake in ideology

In 1893, Sri Aurobindo questioned the Congress timidity and in 1907, he exposed the Congress duplicity. He was never appreciative of the leadership pattern of Gandhi but rise of Hitler altered his focus and priorities. He supported the War efforts and Churchill became his agent.

Most people are not conversant with the reason behind Sri Aurobindo supporting all British initiatives after 1940. The common enemy was Hitler and it was an epochal challenge to trounce him. Understanding this can clear many cobwebs of doubt and confusion.

Vastness and diversity won't allow any particular ideology dominating the whole country. This has been a constant feature in India in the past but big data and deep state pose a huge threat. Political power isn't a dependable protector of ideology. So, narrative has its validity.

Sri Aurobindo is seldom mentioned in history books but from a causal point of view, history needs to be described afresh keeping him at the centre. When superficial happenings stop to impress, then the deeper Evolutionary interventions and their meanings can clearly be perceived.

Content for News Channels is a contentious issue as reality opportunities have to be generated continuously to keep the viewers hooked. Street protests, celebrity fights, and sundry controversies provide readymade visuals. News relating women too are exploited for Freudian angle.

Neither Congress nor RSS' narrative can be seen as sound or factual. This task is still waiting for someone with integrity. Twitter is full of educated slaves or misguided fanatics. Being true to the country or own conscience is still lightyears away. The Mother can show the way.

That party is already here; why wait for another decade?

You are welcome. @SavitriEraParty

Non-issues dominate as political parties try to befool the public. Those having huge funds can mobilise demonstrations with ease. Yet, drawing legitimacy is not always possible. Even, scholarly books can prove to be a nought. Sri Aurobindo's works lack popularity but are supreme.

I don't tweet much on The Mother as her role in nurturing Sri Aurobindo Ashram with which she's generally identified is only a miniscule part of her Divine Mother status. The way she has been part of my life is so personal and so incredible; not much evidence but no need to prove

Postmodernism undermined philosophy by terming it as literature if not outright fiction. Science has since downgraded itself due to lack of firm conviction. It's not a very happy situation as sceptics, nihilists, and hedonists have a field day. #SriAurobindo acts as the Pole Star.

Thousands of books are published in India today but is there any that examines current ideological currents under a critical lens without any fear or favour? An author with such interdisciplinary competence is hard to find of course. But more rare is to harbour such an intention.

Modi govt is a reasonably good one when compared to all previous govts. Yet a vicious campaign has been launched against it on a false pretext. Most are trying to fish in troubled waters but doing harm to Democratic norms. Unwarranted criticism in unrestrained language must stop.

Inflated apprehensions against #CAA can be compared with Vinod Rai's infamous Presumptive Loss Theory. Playful protests are undermining the scope for future occasions when they might be really needed. Liar Cowboy story of raising false alarm about a tiger shouldn't be forgotten.

Nehru or Radhakrishnan couldn't recognise the greatness of Sri Aurobindo...

Many thanks for your intiative in this highly relevant activity. While visits to old religious places or heritage is necessary, adding new sites like Sri Aurobindo's Relics Centres in your future trips can add not only veriety but also some amount intellectual stimulation. Thanks

Unbecoming of a handle which uses the name and picture of Sri Aurobindo. Blatant misrepresentation. Sad.

Thanks. Many times I have toyed with the idea but somehow hasn't materialised. Let's hope @riminamohapatra and @silikamohapatra take some initiative in the matter. @MohapatraSneh

[The task is Herculean, the goal is distant and would take a long time to traverse. Let all students and teachers of Sri Aurobindo’s school of thought resolve that they would not lose heart] Jagmohan (Renaissance man of India Deccan Chronicle May 30, 2009)

[So isn't this a very Dogmatic & Fundamentalist approach you have Sir? Basically you are saying that Only Sri Aurobindo & No one else got it right? All the Books prove that Only he is the Supreme Guru?
Everyone else is immature,  etc etc. Anyone who disagrees is a Fool
[His arguments were about exactly like those of the Zihadis or the Evangelists for their Faith
Only My " Guru/ Prophet/ Son of God" is Right. Everyone else is wrong Every other Teacher/ Preacher was immature Only
" intellectuals/authors" understood My Guru 
True God is 4 everyone!]

You sound to be a dictator but I don't think you own Twitter. First ensure your replies don't enter my TL before threatening me.

Thanks for the concern but even morning walks aren't safe in this country. As you know, ports are the safest place but ships are not built for that. Besides, thanks to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, I believe in an Ontology which doesn't allow random happening. Only what's ordained.

[Loved your port and ship analogy! Respect your stand!🙏]
Instead of delving too much into the past, it's necessary to recall recent events. Ramdev's Bharat Swabhiman rally in Ramlila Maidan in June 2010. A report said that being an Arya Samaji, he is going to challenge Hindutva. Yoga yoked to politics. Rajiv Dixit died in November 2010.
He repeated the rally in a bigger way after one year. Then came IAC and Anna, AK, and Kiran Bedi. Nobody had any clue who's behind the whole agitation. Biggest gainer was media; power to ferment events by selective coverage. Modi harnessed all these to inch forward toward the top

You seem to indicate that there's nothing in between. India itself has undergone numerous transformation during the last 100 years. So preferring something fixed is itself flawed and arbitrary. Besides changes are a constant for reasons Evolutionary as per Sri Aurobindo's vision.

When educated persons are unable to understand what's right mix for their own food which is so crucial for the body, to decide and execute the right mix of reading material or entertainment is well-nigh impossible. Sri Aurobindo's postulate of Exclusive Concentration is spot on.

Anything to do with Delhi elections? What's the hurry?

I don't think the general perception about the PM has changed much after six years at the top. His image management is certainly handled by sophisticated teams so also the priorities of his govt. Besides international expertise as well as lobbyists are always there. It's complex.

I don't think we have discussed anything in detail barring a stray encounter. If you are thinking long term that really should succeed, then own pet theories have to be given up in favour of what Sri Aurobindo predicts. It's not idle philosophy as you imagine; concrete blueprint.
Once again I say that it's not simply philosophy nor historical utopia. There's no other ideology suitable for the future than what Sri Aurobindo avers. You are free to disagree but don't dismiss him lightly. Even non else than Elst is unable to appreciate his contribution. Alas!
I'm as strict with myself as with others since what I'm telling is not mine. I'm simply reproducing the point of view of someone who left seventy years back. And there's no one else in the whole country to say what I'm saying. Twitter is for communication; so take it or leave it.
So admirably put and absolutely unequivocal. Additionally, there's no agony involved in Sri Aurobindo's Evolutionary vision of the future for it's inextricably imbued with the Vedic harmony and optimism. How even Elst misses this is surely a mystery. He hasn't read #SriAurobindo.

Anonymity provides the luxury of overdose of bravado but the reality is much more complex and unpredictable. Each language in India is a distinct Nation and the States need to be given Sovereignty under a loose Federation. The fate of erstwhile USSR has to be replicated in India.

Thanks for the half-support but Churchill too had similar apprehensions and even later After Nehru who? etc. What I'm proposing is the foundation of #WorldUnion, so forcefully predicted by Sri Aurobindo in his #FiveDreams broadcast in 1947. Your last point is a good justification.

Menace of Communism may not be a dominant factor today but the need for smaller cohesive nations where last-mile Democracy and Development is more probable has accentuated. To give voice to that and help it take shape is the present imperative. Sri Aurobindo's prediction is that.

Agree and I respect philosophers including Marx. Nothing definitely can be told about the future but sensing what's most feasible depending upon the current situation is the task. Besides Western thinkers are not much aware about India as Sri Aurobindo is. That's a big plus point.

I find Sri Aurobindo's work more scholarly and insightful. I would like to recommend the book, "Sri Aurobindo and Karl Marx" by D.P. Chattopadhyaya strongly for understanding the Evolutionary trajectory and how rediscovery of the Veda is essential for world peace and human unity.
Even when considering the Veda, one has to be very selective. Any other interpretation than that of Sri Aurobindo will misguide and mislead. Evolution theory came from the West but Sri Aurobindo has admirably explained it in terms of Adventure of Consciousness to Mitra and Varuna.

No bar on admiring and I'm not imposing anything. I'm only sharing what I'm convinced of out of my lifelong research. Rest rests on each one's own level of curiosity, aspiration, and evolution. Recognising quality however is key to pursuit of excellence and emergence of intuition.

Vivekananda simply tried to popularise various threads of knowledge prior to him right from Rammohan. He died young; can't be relied upon for mature opinion. Those who read him remain misguided unless they turn to Sri Aurobindo. There's no compulsion to rever him; it's a bondage.

Congress has its root in Western, Colonial, Theosophical, Christian, Modern, Secular, or Liberal strands of ideology garnished with Leftist leanings. Not a bad situation but Dynastic failures like what happened to Akbar can't be mended. Time's games are very cruel on this score.

Your remarks are superficial and shows that you haven't read much. Rammohan can't simply be dismissed for his conversion as in the wake of his knowledge revolution, India got the chance to be redefined. There's a wide gulf between Ramakrishna and Vivekananda; they are poles apart.

Majority is surely the most determining factor in a Democracy but aristocracy of knowledge can never be overthrown. All of us learn and evolve and it's a lifelong journey. So there nothing finality about all these things. Conviction however is fundamental.

It's a question of perception and Congress supporters don't agree with your evaluation of the current situation. That's reason enough for introspection for accommodating the benefit of the doubt. I'm similarly giving voice to an alternative paradigm which needs to be scrutinised.

There might be a grain of truth in your observations but overlooking the wide-ranging fermentation of knowledge and re-evaluation of tradition in the course of Bengal Renaissance is hard. This conversation is simply a continuation of what was initiated then. No selective amnesia.

I don't know how to untag; you are free to mute or block. But you should also indicate What's to be done. Pl. read about The Mother too and assess her contributions. That will open a new world of real challenges and human responsibilities. #MirraAlfassa #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams

Just google: Mother Sri Aurobindo. You must have heard about Auroville; if not, please pay a visit. Highly inspirational and educative. For understanding India, grounding in #SriAurobindo is a fundamental requirement; no escape from this obligation. Be Indian, Be SriAurob-Indian.

You must indicate how it will be restored; what are the steps and time-frame. Blind belief is Quixotic as events are not within your control. So, better aim for realistic targets for drawing the best advantage. These are part of self-management and sound intellectual development.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to explain my position even though you differ widely. That much is of immense value as far as service to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is concerned. Dissemination of ideas even against adverse environment has its Evolutionary utility and value.
If there's no single guru of perfection, then prudence demands that they should be checked one by one. You can undertake such a project and still remain confused. Thus there's no fullproof formula. As regards Sri Aurobindo, however, there are many books establishing his supremacy

You are communicating a specific narrative which is peculiar to your own background but lacks authenticity and coherence. But what I tell has already been claimed by numerous authors of repute. To refute that is not easy as it will necessitate enormous scholarship. So you can try.

Very right but I'm simply reproducing what I have read from scores of highly perceptive authors. Please don't blame me if you haven't come across them earlier. But all of them insist that Sri Aurobindo can be described only by superlatives, nothing less. I won't urge you to agree.

I was tagged and am replying to the queries of different persons in this long thread. Not a single tweet from my own side. But, I hope I have been able sow the seed which will germinate in time.
In fact, it's a new religion. You can google Savitri Era Religion and find my group of blogs. #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion #SavitriEra

Odisha was the first State to be formed on language basis in 1936. Death of P. Sreeramulu in 1952 forced the creation of Andhra the next year. Formation of Telangana however is an anti Evolutionary step; so also the three capitals in Andhra. Unification and Sovereignty is a must.
Reunification of Bengal might seem a dream but is a firm Evolutionary possibility. The Bande Mataram of Bankim hasn't lost any relevance and pre-1905 position must be restored with Sovereignty. Religion will cease to be a dividing factor and it's not a Secular dispensation either.
First burst of demand for Sovereignty on language basis is likely to emerge from Karnataka where it's simmering strongly. Many talk about South India but the concept is stillborn due to antagonism among the four major languages. Besides the languages represent cultural disparates.
India has witnessed interesting phases of politics since Sri Aurobindo's departure in 1950. Castes seem to be receding to the background as a prime bonding factor among people and religion is being foisted to garner votes. Savitri Era Party believes in breaking their unholy hold.

There are all kinds of people among the admirers, followers, or devotees of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo but after having the privilege of Yoga and Spiritual experience or attaining expertise on the Veda and Sanskrit, how some still subscribe to fundamentalist ideology is a riddle.

What wisdom and how many times it needs to be repeated. Such great philosophical breakthrough almost equalling Copernican revolution. There's nothing else more important than this. All other issues are negligible before this.

Fine, but cause and effect too suffer from uncertainty since there's no absolute correlation between them. So, my request is to negotiate with current realities without flying too high or appearing as ET. Btw, if you don't start with a couple of dots at the beginning, it's better

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have devised a whole syllabus for self management, cultural enhancement, and community living in a modern environment. Those defying in favour of obscurantism or superficialism obviously become tools of obstruction and resistance. Prudence is essential.

Collective muscle flexing is normal under many pretexts but commensurate benefit or strength is doubtful. Anonymous handles are cause of further lack of credibility and loss of legitimacy. Political affinity stokes suspicion and nails absence of objectivity. So, sagacity matters.

Defining one's own position is a much more honest action than categorising others. Of course it takes time to understand oneself as one's beliefs and convictions grow or change. While DP has matured SM seems to be in the larval stage. Looks like end of camouflage like MP earlier.

Macro is another narco. Economy, environment, geopolitics, immigration, etc consume a lot of energy and imagination. Even spirituality is about impersonal, universal or even transcendent. They lull the mind and often have the opposite effect of dumbing down. Body enforces balance.

Do you mean a wealthy Vaishya has more merit than a poor Brahmin? It's a wrong comparison. In matters of Statecraft, one man one vote is the primary one; more enlightened voting is the privilege of Parliament and then in Cabinet. It's the learned who always exercise an upper hand.

Water may be available everywhere but for drinking one has to choose carefully. Same is with culture and tradition and it's not easy for a person. So guidance from a suitable source is essential but selecting one is difficult task. Thankfully, The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are there.

Stories are mostly meant for children and not exactly for adults who in turn are expected not only to learn history but also to endeavour to make some as well. Thanks for the attention and prompting me to craft this tweet. Courage is also another form of displaying transparency.

Seems valid under this reductionist lens but a gamut of perspectives are involved. Society, community, relatives, children, reputation, finance, disease, old age etc. So it's safe to assume that present conditions form the distilled wisdom of myriad combinations and permutations.

Too conventional because market and economy refuse to be slaves of any. Fearing churning is against the very fundamentals of market dynamics. Better to tighten the seatbelts for a roller coaster journey. This is also in consonance with postmodernism. (Carrying coal to Newcastle!)

Much before Sri Aurobindo, Kant talks about human unity and Perpetual Peace. Let's hope, it takes a concrete shape without waiting for too long. #FiveDreams #WorldUnion

I think the thrust of my response is on history and not sympathy. Wordsmiths are responsible for creating narratives and even a minor tilt can cause warped perception by millions. Thus any wrong use of an epithet like terrorist should be avoided; Sri Aurobindo is also called one!

Put well, and I agree wholeheartedly. Would like to clarify that I'm a vociferous opponent of Hindutva and to a large extent of Gandhi too. I'm against glorifying Godse (btw, he reminds of Waiting for Godot) but his biographical account shouldn't exclude whatever goodness he had.

History as an academic discipline has this responsibility; that's without emotions. Like, Wikipedia will have an entry but contents can be disputed. Historians often distort due to ideological commitment or political pressure. So, avoiding any rigid view is what fairness demands.

Many people have made a career out of old wounds and this industry is proliferating. Followers of Sri Aurobindo have this duty not to add fuel to the fire. Our task is to spread the message of human unity and world peace. Real conditions are dismal but repeating ideas can dispel.

What clarity and what precision! And from a person with such competence and wisdom. Let's hope, young generation relies on data and theory than being swayed by mere rhetoric. Once the fundamentals are understood, objectives can be reworked accordingly. Past formulations misguide.

Paucity of neutral views is so acute that people don't believe if they spot one. Lack of proper grounding and healthy discussion makes people insular, insolent, and intransigent. Copious exposure to high decibel TV debates have the dumbing down effect leading to puerile smugness.

First job is to record facts as objectively as possible. Understanding underlying motivations or hidden factors however involve much speculation. Besides, there's no one interpretation. Thus the therapeutic purpose you hint at as a normative would vary. Thanks for the kind words.

I haven't read his biography but he was certainly engaged in many activities above his own selfish interests. So, no doubt, he had that social instinct and had contact with influential persons of his time. I'm not insisting on sympathy towards him but he was no ordinary murderer.

Narrative war is on and support for keeping Gandhi at the centre comes from several quarters. Sri Aurobindo continues to be ignored but has significant relevance for the current situation. Right academic approach can foreground both for objective appraisal of their contributions.

When Paul Johnson disclosed that "intellectuals lead bad lives" in 1989 it created a huge furore. But in India people continue to search for perfect saints and sages. This comes out of juvenile depiction of characters in mythological fiction and elsewhere.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander but One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. Thus, giving the benefit of the doubt and forsaking selective amnesia can unearth many hidden aspects of the past and reorient the young generation about future imperatives.

Being in power and that too in World's largest Democracy has transformed many fundamental principles of RSS. How it evolves in the days to come will be interesting to observe. So hoping for a more open and democratic environment shouldn't be ruled out. Right now, nothing to fear.

Difficult to judge people and events but thanks to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, there's no confusion about Hitler. Much before his rise, Sri Aurobindo had warned about asuric potentialities of Overman conceptualised by Nietzsche. How this plays out in India today is worth studying.

Marxist historians have propagated lopsided priorities and points of view due to their vested interests. The entire history of the freedom struggle needs to be retold incorporating suppressed facts. Then only one can weigh different people or events with accuracy. Who will do it?

Elections are high stakes games where falsehoods galore; that's how Democracy legitimises dishonesty in discourse. Yet, one primary imperative of Vedic Evolutionary ascent towards Mitra and Varuna is truth. But paid handles flout that with impunity; impervious of Karma or Dharma.

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo so significantly and magnificently represent integration of West and East in their essentiality for furthering human civilisation. No dichotomy is involved nor any conflict; difficulties are the same, challenges are akin: falsehood, death, and suffering.

My point is, RSS is now part of a democratic apparatus and global scene and hence is bound to undergo metamorphosis. Criticism may be valid but citizens have to accept the reality instead of cribbing constantly at the behest of some political parties occupying Opposition benches.

During UPA rule, the office of the Prime Minister suffered a significant blow and in my opinion, Modi has restored its dignity as conceived in the Constitution. That itself is a big achievement despite his costume drama which I despise. That he comes from the grassroots is a plus.

So many things have changed over the years including the date but one thing remains permanent about the Budget. Ruling faction will praise it to the skies and Opposition will denounce it. How such a hard-nosed exercise with facts and figures can delude both the sides is a mystery.

Even if I agree with you, what to do? He is the PM till 2024. So trying to find some merit can provide a balanced scenario.

You should vote for me, then!

It'd be more appropriate to consult Freud rather than superficially ascribing it to feudalism. But then that's symptoms only; solution is with Sri Aurobindo.

Harsh vs. Harsh. Watch out!

That's like a good IAS/RSS

Oh! Praise for Gandhi is interesting; some soft corner?

By manuscript, do you mean the ancient ones only or any unpublished written material? Most educated persons write but they remain in personal diaries or notebooks. Do they have any future? That's of course a gigantic venture.

Go (light or knowledge) is stolen by Vrtra and kept hidden within its coils or caves and Indra (Mind) recovers them by slaying Vritra, the serpent. (in terms of Sri Aurobindo's interpretation)

February carries that possibility of harmony and wonder yet to be dreamt. She walked upon this planet, almost unknown, yet kept up that vision of the Golden bridge alive in spite of formidable resistances. Hard to understand her despite Sri Aurobindo shedding light so profusely.

[A dream loitered in the dumb mind of Space,
Time opened its chambers of felicity, ...
Three thoughtful seasons passed with shining tread
And scanning one by one the pregnant hours
Watched for a flame that lurked in luminous depths,
The vigil of some mighty birth to come.]


[A greatness from our other countries came
A silence in the noise of earthly things
Immutably revealed the secret Word
A mightier influx filled the oblivious clay
A lamp was lit a sacred image made
A mediating ray had touched the earth
Bridging the gulf between man'smind and God's]

Savitri Era: Shelley, Keats, and Savitri
#SriAurobindo @NathTusar

Ei sataranga minakara used to be an iconic song of Pranab Pattnaik on radio. Requesting @odiamelody if it's possible to upload it and secure its status.
(The tune has some similarity with the Bengali song: Ami cheye cheye dekhi saradin by Shyamal Mitra)

From my diary and I was 20 then. Bou was later released as Mamata. #OldOdiaMovie #Y1975

Am reminded of the Budha Sankhari story which was so poignantly woven into the script of Mamata. Master Mania played the role majestically and made the movie memorable for ever.
Full song
Yes, as per the news reports. The song book cover featuring Sujata and Prashant Nanda.

Adinia podapitha

You mean, Ghaziabad - where I'm residing since April 1998 - is in Delhi? But, agree, your experiences might have been different.

My encounter in 1974

Counter encounter in 1995

September 3, 2004 #poem
Stranger by @NathTusar

Symptoms only, no solution.
Right Ontology is missing,
The causal, the hidden will;
And the aim, Evolutionary.
Sri Aurobindo tells it all,
In his tome The Life Divine.