Thursday, March 26, 2020

Depth is only so much as you can measure; Je pakshi ude jete dura

Majority is not synonymous with Democracy. Authorisation is by majority vote but thereafter an elite minority rules. Top Party committee, therefore, is of immense importance. Besides, lateral pulls matter. But all these collapsing in a crisis is not improbable. Wisdom is slender.
Concept of a specialist is overrated. In fact, idea comes from outside and is not necessarily a property of any person. Besides, it's irrespective of office or status. Nature has a penchant for dusting off the undeserving for stimulating fresh enchantment. Democracy facilitates.
Current situation is not a spontaneous one but has been forced by Govts as a precautionary measure. No one can predict the future but the lessons are clear.
Earth is one.
Humanity is one.
Religious and National identities are futile.
Smaller nations better as adminstrative units.
Though it's an extraordinary crisis situation, each State declaring a lockdown can be seen as a baby step towards Sovereignty and the Evolutionary intention behind it is unmistakable. Politics and economy undergoing paradigm shift is also inevitable. Sri Aurobindo is at the helm.
I have been active on the web under the banner of Savitri Era since 2005 but couldn't secure the support of anyone. Those who read Sri Aurobindo feel so knowledgeable that any collective endeavour becomes difficult. Yet, there's scope for unanimity like on forming smaller nations
While your assessment is not unfounded, philosophical observations tend to be difficult because of their abstract nature. Idea, when germinates, has its own validity and force irrespective of gestation of reaching common folk. That's the general assumption
Praying is the most contentious aspect since different gods and goddesses look absurd against the backdrop of a monistic virus. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo thought about all these aspects more than a century ago but educated Indians don't bother to listen to them. That's alarming!
Ultimately, it's about understanding oneself; one has to start somewhere. Sri Aurobindo enacted a Gita like situation in Kolkata but the real war he fought was against Hitler in Puducherry. Thus nationalism is not his final motive; its Evolution, and how it can tackle even virus.

Scores of metaphysical frameworks, theological formulations, or contesting ontologies. Myopic worldviews of science add to the woe of which people are helpless prisoners. Thankfully Sri Aurobindo provides the most stable picture of the world and a secure Evolutionary future of it
Events unfolding and the story unrolling while watching a film feels normal but the truth is that every bit of it has been executed in advance. Life similarly is not a spontaneous or random movement as it appears superficially, writes Tusar Nath Mohapatra.
When #SriAurobindo wrote "Earth wheeled abandoned in the hollow gulfs" in SAVITRI, it was to show the huge contrast to what was to come. So, being aware about the intention of Evolution in all activities is the very skill of our works: योग: कर्मसु कौशलम् |
Science and governance are superficial aspects; being aware of the occult dimension is the real challenge. Obviously no one has access to it but some external actions like reciting SAVITRI, either individually or in small groups, can have tremendous effect on building resistance.
Old remedies are ineffective for new diseases; those peddling their own whims as substitute are not the only ones to blame. Collaborating with Evolution is an urgency; the message of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is precisely this. SM helps spread the word; ignore at your own peril.
The importance of the States being awarded Sovereignty should be best appreciated in moments like this. Large nations are monstrosities which need to be obliterated. Time to grant maximum autonomy to the States and freedom to deal with Foreign affairs independently of the Centre.
Various remedial measures are being adopted but reciting a page of SAVITRI by #SriAurobindo everyday can be considered a potent means too. Even having a copy on the desk has its own occult effect. SAVITRI belongs to the whole humanity and its future sans any narrow categorisation

Sounds rhetorical but this is the crux of the problem, especially, after advent of Hindutva and its harnessing for capturing power. That it won't introduce a slew of anomalies is to be naive. In Sri Aurobindo's writings we don't find this dichotomy but now one has to be cautious.
I didn't know my gender, caste, race, religion, region, language, nationality, or blood type when I was born nor had any hand in choosing them. Yet, social existence depends so much upon them and their ossification. The Mother is a symbol for transcending all these constructions.

Sovereignty for the States is a must for local action and innovation. I have been campaigning for the last three years but no one takes it seriously. Sri Aurobindo foresaw a #WorldUnion a century back but he is ignored. Unusually large nations are ineffective and pose a threat.
Any one can support the idea so that people are aware and at least debate. SM is the best means.
Fighting Communism or Hindutva is not the real challenge as the present crisis underscores. Larger Ontological picture is more relevant for which the Yogic insights of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are immensely instructive. Modernity is key but Supraphysical realm matters much more

This handy compilation is three to four decades old but remains neglected. Let's hope both the scientific community and those dealing with Humanities look at it for some bold pointers at this time of crisis. @NathTusar
#SriAurobindo #WorldUnion #FiveDreams
If we believe in the theories of Sri Aurobindo, each of us is evolving and there's no static position or firm identification. More so for those in the public arena. Still more accentuated for those who write or lecture. So, being part of that journey should be the right approach.

What Bankimchandra or Rabindranath did to be remembered? With forty volumes to his credit, Sri Aurobindo is a great poet and writer. As most of his work is in English, Bengalis not knowing him is understandable. You may not know him but his admirers are spread all over the world.
The middle class mentality expects the dirty job to be done by somebody else. So when Sri Aurobindo left the scene, it was not taken kindly. Tagore wrote a novel reinforcing this sentiment which was used to the hilt to marginalise Sri Aurobindo, his books, and religious following
Humility is good but in your tweet you have insulted the memory of a great poet and philosopher like Sri Aurobindo. An apology is due.
Why 11 years? How do you know? Tagore wrote one poem or visited him once later on but that doesn't mean he agreed with him. Sri Aurobindo preferred to keep safe distance from his famous contemporaries because his work and priorities belonged to an altogether different wavelength.
You seem to possess more truth than the British investigative agencies and the Courts had in 1909. We must know your detailed charge sheet against Sri Aurobindo and how they are historically accurate. Spreading baseless rumour on Internet is absolutely irresponsible and unethical
Please desist from off the cuff remarks; it's infinitely important to understand who Sri Aurobindo is, why he came, and how his work is relevant even in this viral crisis. Overlooking it is a colossal loss for the humanity. So being serious about him is the most challenging task.
I don't have any extra information than what Sri Aurobindo has written. And the answer is crystal clear but there's no remedy to prejudice. All our historians suffer from the latter. So self-study is the only recourse although it takes a long time. Chittaranjan Das was his lawyer
Downfall may not be a right description since Sri Aurobindo himself has recorded about the dismal state of affairs prevailing then. Still high humanitarian concerns have fostered on Bengal soil and it shouldn't be measured in merely economic terms. Bengal teaches India even today
Sri Aurobindo stresses on cosmological aspects which are certainly esoteric but his task is to bust obscurity to make it common knowledge just like an invisible virus. Such awareness about hidden forces of life can bring tremendous development in our human affairs. #SriAurobindo
Much more aware and enlightened people are there in Bengal today but they don't get limelight. Plus access to Web. Because human issues have multiplied and become much more complex over the last century. So, you need tons of sensibilities. E.g., judgement on a Foreigner's right.

Attempting to read The Life Divine by #SriAurobindo should form a basic challenge; doesn't matter if the first encounter is a failure. Even that has got many advantages. For all scholarship or expertise is inchoate and infructuous without this crucial tome
The Life Divine is not exactly a guide book for the current crisis but it's a manual for all seasons. A random page can intimate the vastness of the canvas and how subtexts are more crucial. It also assures of the sure steps of Evolution behind the rough and tumble of daily life

An easier course is to allow Sri Aurobindo to explain as he has done in a dozen volumes over a century back. Consulting them can open new vistas of understanding and intuitive interpretation revealing the true Vedic foundation of not only the present crisis but future Evolution.
Please random check at
You can read The Secret of the Veda. The first chapter itself can give a picture of alternative interpretations and how meanings differ radically.
I don't believe that you have read the books by Sri Aurobindo otherwise you wouldn't be discussing these minor points. That's by way of clarification in the interest of knowledge and no offence intended. Thanks.
I have already mentioned the example of a word, Gopalaka in this context for which Sri Aurobindo provides a better interpretation in his The Secret of the Veda. One has to read at least the first chapter to know about it.
One specific word is Gopalaka and how to understand it, for on its meaning stands the whole edifice of defective interpretations perpetrated for ages. Overlooking it doesn't amount to committing any wrong but one who has read The Secret of the Veda can't.
Acquiring knowledge and right understanding is a voluntary thing; can be undertaken by self only. I requested you to read, provided the link, and pointed out a specific defect. Thereafter, it's your choice and level of curiosity. Thanks.
You are right since I want your understanding of things should be addressed by Sri Aurobindo himself. You can start with the first chapter of The Secret of the Veda and then see what happens. That's reasonable, I presume. #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
With due respect, I don't agree with you as nobody has direct access to knowledge. We all use texts and translations that are subject to interpretation. So comparing them has much advantage instead of following something uncritically. The rest depends upon how far one may venture
If requesting to read a book on Veda is such a bad thing to do, then it's futile to be in Twitter. The book, and not myself, should be the subject of discussion.

Many don't go beyond Thoughts and Aphorisms of Sri Aurobindo and quote from it to ridicule others. Life however is more complex and #SriAurobindo himself has written volumes to examine it from different angles. So avoiding any signalling of finality or false promise is necessary.
Limited exposure should not prevent one from appreciating the gigantic treasure of writings in different languages on human affairs by thinkers in diverse fields over the last three thousand years. Sri Aurobindo occupies a very prominent place but hasn't been examined adequately.
Various academic disciplines have their own validity and utility but shouldn't be allowed to dominate one's worldview. For that, The Mother Sri Aurobindo are more appropriate source. Similarly, avoiding ideological straight-jacket of some political party is also a prudent course.
Atheists enjoy all benefits given by God but deny his existence. Similarly, those who denounce liberalism enjoy all its advantages but never realise own hypocrisy of criticising it. Why such duplicity is perpetrated is difficult to understand and that too by the highly educated.

Easy to theorise by riding piggyback on eloquence but history, society, and memory are far more complex affairs. A more realistic response can go a long way in a balanced evaluation of the Evolutionary compulsions of various episodes of the past especially before the West arrived.
While it's natural to examine alternative scenarios to understand this viral crisis, it's profitable to study a living experience like Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Besides, Satprem's futuristic books like The Mind of the Cells or Evolution II are highly relevant.
Good counter view but from the safety of the gallery since advantages of Govt measure is already in place. So, no pressure mounting every minute nor fresh inputs pouring in every hour. You have certain grounds but they are equally speculative to be doable.
Most are debating whether the Govt. is right or wrong but overlook that the present crisis is about the people themselves. How they can collaborate with the right Evolutionary forces is the task but our high profile management experts and trend analysts are unable to sense merit.
Role of media is to scout for alternative and marginalised viewpoints but in our country they rather ignore and supress. When so much of ignorance and confusion on the pandemic prevails, the firm voice of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo should earn prominence. Who can understand this?
The nation can celebrate March 29 in a big way by highlighting the role of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo in producing quality philosophy and universal practice. Recognising how their Integral paradigm can play a big role in fighting the present pandemic is the high need of the hour.
The Mother reached Puducherry on March 29, 1914 and met Sri Aurobindo. ARYA came out on August 15 in which several books were serialised. They knew the importance of right philosophy which is no less crucial than right medicine or vaccine. Educated Indians must realise this fact.
Simply saying don't panic is not enough. There must be proper background to support such positive emotion when faced with extreme situation. That's basically the function of philosophy and amassing some is necessary like Bank balance. Quality matters and Sri Aurobindo is the best
Sri Aurobindo wrote about #WorldUnion a century back but it's yet to percolate. Present crisis provides a very good opportunity to debate the issue. West couldn't produce a World Philosophy due to racial prejudices. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are extremely relevant on many counts

Savitri by Sri Aurobindo is the safest guide
["O seer, in the earth's strange twi-natured life
By what pitiless adverse Necessity
Or what cold freak of a Creator's will,
By what random accident or governed Chance ...
Is it thy God who made this cruel law?]
Mantra from Savitri 
by Sri Aurobindo:
Hers is the mystery the Night conceals;
The spirit’s alchemist energy is hers;
She is the golden bridge, the wonderful fire. ||81.22||
Let the whole world submit to its power and light to face this worldwide crisis.
Was reminded of the poem Thought the Paraclete by Sri Aurobindo
Savitri Era: Sanskrit texts don't contain self-evident truth
#SavitriEra of those who adore
Om #SriAurobindo & #TheMother
Tusar Nath Mohapatra @NathTusar (SELF)

Was there five years back. The best attraction of Karwar beach is perhaps the hill inside the sea. Kali river bridge is also a charming spot. Worth visiting.

Odia identity is more pronounced on the web than the real world
A secular festival like #PakhalaDibasa is a good occasion for some nostalgic sentiments. Similar level of enthusiasm needed to make all old songs available online like
The corollary is that he questioned the authenticity of traditionally revered texts by introducing suspicion and giving credence to parallel narratives. This postmodernist technique might have contributed much for fostering a liberal and plural religious environment across Odisha
1. Sure but not easy like most other things in life. Yet being conscious or judicious should be the task. 
2. Many shortcomings are there and for that coordinated effort of five to six persons needed. Let's hope it emerges from these discussions.
3. Many have contributed greatly.
Many thanks for sharing this iconic and priceless Odia song. Hope you can locate information on the original of Tulasi chaura mule
So, what do you propose? I think govt is doing its part and local organisations are there. It can be given a push but that may not mean promoting quality. Music appreciation is a personal thing and it should develop organically and spontaneously; through a process of elimination.
The media scene was so restricted in those days that to come across a photograph like this was rare. Tima, our Mukri, was popular in Krushi Sansar. Even today, we remember most of our singers by name only and not by their appearance. Thanks @SuryadeoSurya.
Oh, great! Such a futuristic composition but I don't remember to have heard it before. Thanks for preserving for the next generation; you are a veritable institution now.
Only 13 views in the last two months. Sabu kusumara base - enchanting lyrics by Narayan Prasad Singh surely deserves more listeners.
Having almost no personal involvement with records, cassettes, or CDs, I retain my fascination for the soft power of the songs instead of hardware. I might have missed many things but thematic recalling of songs is not on the basis of their placement in albums or time of release.
Thanks. That's because I love them. Radio being the only source of entertainment those days and Odia culture at its best. Those radio plays featuring Himanshu Bhusan Sabat and Jharana Das. Nadiya Bihari Mohanty of SS. There used to be a song: Hajigala bayasa, michhe khoji basana!
Given my near total lack of exposure to other forms of music, what are your recommendations? What are the possible linkages to Odia songs? One is Chandramalli hase; there may be more. But, we are perhaps more attached to the lyrics than the sheer musical element, which should be.
Bayasara Krushnachuda, however, is not in splendid isolation. Thankfully, we have a brilliant rendering by Sisira Das in a haunting tone but the lyrics at places seems to be a bit gender neutral. Rangani also features which reminds of several other songs.
As first Sajafula song, Jhari jhari jae has a historic eminence but I somehow can't reconcile to it being companion to a great song like Asadha shyama sadhi. Bayasara Krushnachuda rather seems apt. Btw I used to sing Asadha shyama in Matlab nikal gaya tune
We had all kinds of flowers in our garden but Krushnachuda came much later. Till then, this heavenly song of Akshaya Mohanty used to do the job. Must rank at the top of what @OdiaCulture
reminisced recently about the connoisseur's song in non-film category
[Naipaul's essay on how, in the Trinidad of his youth, the flowers of the Caribbean were rendered invisible by the unseen daffodils of text-book English poets...frangipani which seemed to me to be redolent of all that was mysterious, desirable and secret.]
[the depth (of any philosophical problem) is, for you, only so much as you can measure.] J.N. MOHANTY (p.199)

Sunday, March 08, 2020

Sanskrit texts don't contain self-evident truth

We have seen three phases in the course of the last sixty years.
1. Socialism will bring equality and freedom from exploitation
2. Market will force freedom and access to equal opportunities
3. Internet will usher in transparency and fairplay
The three have failed; Cartels rule.
Individual is the greatest feat and mystery of creation (Exclusive Concentration principle of Sri Aurobindo) for without it no Theory is possible. Gold is known as noble metal as it refuses to react or corrode. Still ceteris paribus or other things being constant is a supposition.
While this aim sounds impressive, it's impossible to have a view from nowhere. Bias or prejudice lurk always and the urge to win brownie points. The function of philosophy however is to understand the world sans distortions imposed by socio-cultural lenses

There are many comparative studies but I haven't come across any juxtaposing Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo. Especially, Raja Yoga vs. Synthesis of Yoga. Those who are conversant with both can provide outlines for the benefit of young. How far SA is indebted to SV needs to be told
Philosophy is no less a political enterprise with commercial ramifications like publishing and museums. So, reordering is full of hurdles. Spring cleaning, nevertheless, has its utility for blowing cobwebs away. So sane approach needed instead of a full-scale cultural revolution.
The Meeting of the East and the West in Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy by S.K. Maitra is still the best book for understanding not only the basics of philosophy but also where philosophy as a subject is headed. D.P. Chattopadhyaya too.

The area from Ganga to Godavari constitutes a single cultural heritage but three different States and three major languages have brought some sharp divisions. Yet a lot many cultural overlapping are conspicuous. #PrachiValley indicates a much older civilisation to rewrite history

Efforts of the last seventy years have evaporated. Why? It's not easy to diagnose and therefore it's likely to fester. Sri Aurobindo talked about these a hundred years back. The Human Cycle is a classic which has solutions to many problems of the present.

Not enough to be proud of Konark temple alone. How to build the future is very important. There are professionals and experts but there is a lack of thinkers. All have a responsibility to build a hatred-free society. #SriAurobindo helps in the growth of all aspects of personality.

Please look around you. The level of education may have increased to some extent, but ignorance is spreading. Everyone is ready to bow before tradition and worship superstition. Prosperity has made people inactive, the brain lazy. #SriAurobindo is the cure for all these diseases.

So much of content on Sri Aurobindo is available online but young generation is incapable of taking advantage. Obviously some guidance or endorsement is needed. Present ideological frameworks don't permit curiosity to foster. So, an aggressive approach for reaching out is needed.

First and foremost thing to remember is that after the advent of The Mother Sri Aurobindo all past texts and traditions have been reinvented. So unless one is sufficiently acquainted with their priorities, old doctrines and tenets are likely to persist. Nothing less, nothing more.

There's no denying that talk of Gita, Vedanta, Veda, or Yoga repels the young generation. So how the teachings of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo can be imparted is a question of skillful packaging and careful branding. So many radical facets but no qualified educators to disseminate.

Sri Aurobindo valorises volition and Savitri denotes its acme. From a political point of view, fighting hegemony is a perpetual concern and giving voice to the voiceless can never lose value or relevance. Meta-narratives do overwhelm and escaping from their dominance is important.

A timely essay by @KS1729 but The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have taken the concern to a different dimension. Eg The Destiny Of The Body: The Vision and the Realisation in #SriAurobindo's Yoga by Jugal Kishore Mukherjee is an excellent treatise on the subject.

See, politics is still in infancy in India. This is the first occasion to come out of Congress clout but not fully because of International pressure. Hence Gandhi, no change in text books. So, you must understand the constraints. Challenge is to stabilise and then attempt slowly.
That's obvious, he got the core 25% votes but additional 10% too. But that's past. He has to plan future strategies and win more States. As PM he has no dearth of advisors. So the mould that you want him to fit into doesn't exist. It's irrelevant now except as a fond hope of some
We know how he won; image management and event management including Muzaffarnagar. It's a gamble, he had to fight intra-party tussle. No need to recount them now; it's extremely difficult for anyone to succeed in politics. So, its not correct that he won because of Hindutva only.
No one before him had won majority. Modi not only crawled his way to the top but also retains it after six years. Given the diversity of India, he is trying to broad-base his support; this is mere survival. So, where is question of sticking to narrow ideology and loosing his job?

That's great. KB too stresses on his experiences. So, nothing to dispute. But I try to be politically correct and that clashes. Let's hope there will be some resolution in the future driven by circumstances. May be some other perspective emerges.
No disputing with your apprehensions but from what I have observed, it's not in human hands. Always some absurdity becomes normal, I can cite so many examples. So the current phase is also as per Divine plan, there must be some purpose, even contradiction. Expecting ideal in vain.
Overall problem is this:
Each person has his impressions and opinions and it's not easy to reconcile them. It's only by putting faith on Sri Aurobindo that we are able to check or test. But on many points it may not be possible. So what's so apparent to you may seem flawed to me.

Okay, fine. But Grace is more a factor than competence. And Grace unfolds only in the context of consent and work. You know it all.
Why don't you attempt a review yourself; I can publish it. Will generate some interest among the young as regards the task of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo.
What you read is from a review of the book by Gagdad Bob. So the words are his and not of the author. Bob might be paraphrasing in an interesting way for his Christian readers. You can read the post in two parts. A lot of things to know; this is the real context of Sri Aurobindo.

1. Congress and the Left were successful in keeping Sri Aurobindo outside academia.
2. Hindutva has nothing to gain from #SriAurobindo and hence pays lip service.
3. Independent scholars picking him up has remote chance.
4. Public intellectuals don't know him.
5. So, Self-study.

Devotion for The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is spontaneous but, if harnessed to build ecosystem for some ulterior motive, turns out to be spurious. Similarly if their writings are quoted selectively to justify own pet agenda then it's knavery. Breaking resistance to SA is an urgency.

Working for Democracy, Diversity, and Modernity is a necessity in India and Sri Aurobindo fits in well in this project. His #FiveDreams and #WorldUnion are sufficiently futuristic to hold the interest and attention of the young generation. Needed right attunement at right moment.

Instead of working on the ground to create a society where milk and honey will flow, most Hindutva votaries are engaged in whining and spewing hatred. For them, it's self-esteem and career but there should be some consideration for the hapless audience who have to swallow poison.

Being in power Hindutva is attracting more and more people and so it's not surprising many followers of Sri Aurobindo falling prey. This is also true for various Centres and Institutions. May be younger generation won't find any difference but upholding superiority is sacred duty

From the Marxists' point of view who find zero value in Sri Aurobindo, his outstanding relevance is that he exists despite all their attempts to banish him and this very fact is a testimony to his towering scholarship heralding an Integral paradigm. The Mother met him on March 29

Even if political and philosophical dimensions of Sri Aurobindo's writings are kept aside, the artist in him has an enduring appeal. One can read his works to savour the beauty in an ever-widening horizon. This is no less utility apart from the self-management principles of Yoga.

Marrying Mazzini to Bankim, Sri Aurobindo is credited to have forged a novel brand of nationalism but reliance on Sanskrit texts were rather formal. Deeper debts came later but their implications remain unfulfilled to which is hinged the whole future of #SriAurobindo's prophecies.

While people in general not finding any utility in Sri Aurobindo's thinking ability can be understood, erudite followers forcing a straight-jacket is riddlesome. Lack of concrete result leads to idiosyncratic interpretations and whimsical representations. A free-for-all situation.

Sri Aurobindo's writings need to be seen in this light and that explains why a large majority of people are absolutely callous about them. That apart, simply implying that his works are futuristic doesn't absolve them of perceived barrenness. Mystical or poetic is another oblique.

Sanskrit texts have existed for many centuries but human difficulties have accentuated. Further, there's no sure method to ascertain that they contain self-evident truth or their prescriptions will give desired results. So at best they constitute a habitus prone to motived misuse.

Though unrevised, The Bourgeois and the Samurai essay is a frank admission by Sri Aurobindo about various sociological realities of his time particularly in Bengal. It was never published during his lifetime. Also echoes Hegel's critique of the Philistine.

Sri Aurobindo wrote in the context of Foreign rule and popular Sanskrit texts provided the ammunition. That doesn't mean that he was sure of their efficacy. He simply continued a tradition of the previous century of which there was no visible effect till then despite Vivekananda.

Further, having lived in a village surrounded by all kinds of religious activities for years, I'm sceptical about the salutary claims you make. But then, again, it's personal and subjective; local and contingent. Btw, can litter be used in a positive sense? Thanks. #SriAurobindo
See, I don't have to educate you on the sociological or psychological dimensions of what you say and its subjective nature. That's why we don't have to believe someone blindly who has spent his life in an Ashram. Or even, who is not married. There's merit; but it's not foolproof.
Can understand your concern but the basic dilemma is as regards direction. Which road is right? Whom to look for guidance? You have certain convictions; that's fine. But I don't think you can implement them in a real life situation. So certainty is suspect 

Claiming that only your tweets emanate from The Mother's lap and my tweets from a dunghill is itself a sign of hare-brain. Your stance on Hindu issue, moreover, is puerile and partisan. Yet, you are eminently entitled to your views and so called unseen experiences.
It's not about me. I'm concerned about the educated younger generation who might be seduced by your fine English. Try you must but any fiasco will give a huge bad name to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Don't forget about that. Hope @auroviryavaan will agree.
For KB, Can you give any indication of a timeframe? Then there are other questions like diversity. Unless articulated at length, such cryptic comments are no more than glorified quackery. False promises and unverified postures need to be avoided in public.

Defining spirituality may not be difficult but finding one with access to that is. Religion on the other hand is like an umbrella under which different persons with common faith take shelter for social utilities. The Mother among others is one such theme.
Precisely and that's where a new religion is born. And a new thread!

Darwin's Evolution and Nietzsche's Overman backed by élan vital of Bergson had created a despotic prospect which Sri Aurobindo corrected by adding Vedic genesis. Psychologically aligning with these ideals can energise myriad forces waiting for collaborating with future Evolution.

People accuse each other but don't appear to seek any solution to the quagmire. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have undertaken herculean labour to accomplish epochal transformation. Reading their books can bring positive changes in society. One can choose from prose, plays, or poetry.

Sri Aurobindo's invitation is for renouncing the burden of the past so as to discover future treasures. Nostalgia however is a disease with most Indians and hence it's necessary not to be weighed down by the past glory or hero worship. Mind can occupy huge territories in a minute

Instead of tweeting KG level facts on Sri Aurobindo, reading the Wikipedia article on him is more profitable
More intrepid can check his Complete Works and allied resources
Those who get headache to read

Why VIPs, many of the students themselves are a deluded lot. They should have been at the forefront of intellectual leadership of the country but alas! And, the burden is on this poor handle coming from a village school in Odisha - with modest education - dreaming of #WorldUnion.
#SriAurobindo International Centre of Education has been in existence for the last seventy years but the nation hasn't been able to imbibe its gains as a result of which we witness enormous confusion around us. Many VIPs visit the Ashram but forget about real take away of SAICE.

Defying the British was the challenge in Revolutionary days of Sri Aurobindo but today defying tradition, rituals, and other superstitions arising out of mythological fiction assumes the same urgency. Odisha can be said to be far ahead than the rest of the country, on this count.

Delhi violence will reverberate for a long time vis-a-vis ideology and theory and Gandhi is likely to be invoked in renewed vigour. We don't harbour any visceral hatred for him and people are free to draw inspiration. Sri Aurobindo however offers the right Evolutionary direction.

Agreed that there're no final answers for life's questions but that doesn't mean we should spread irrationality. Personal beliefs and public position need to be separated. Keeping in mind human diversity is essential in all public affairs. So accommodating plurality should be aim.
Atheists enjoy all benefits given by God but deny his existence. Similarly, those who denounce liberalism enjoy all its advantages but never realise own hypocrisy of criticising it. Why such duplicity is perpetrated is difficult to understand and that too by the highly educated.

Hypocrisy and doublespeak is another cowardly trait. If you are so convinced of your logic then spell out your agenda in clear terms. Why hum and haw and eat words? And all bravado by being anonymous! Courage of conviction and power of articulation needed. Avoiding knowledge sad.
Basics of Political Science are being twisted in the name of Dharma and such other dubious assumptions. This perversion leads to many other whims and corroborating absurd themes. Enmity clouds judgement and lends justifications to what are patently wrong. No leadership on values.

What prompted him is not known - for there seems to be no immediate context - but just a week after this tweet, Delhi witnessed the worst of what was warned. Now, it's almost impossible to crawl back to the earlier position. A colossal loss of moral stature

Savitri Era: Gita is not an ideal prescription for modern generation
@NathTusar Director, #SavitriEra Learning Forum (SELF)
#SriAurobindo's theoretical salience

How do you know that Sri Aurobindo doesn't need defenders? And what prompts you to advise me? Please don't pose to be my teacher. I know very well what to do and what not to. If you value silence, then quit Twitter and mind your own affairs. Btw learn some humility and politeness

And mine
Three failures

Bharata seems to be more acceptable. Restoring the original.
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Himalaya being at the centre of this geographical area can be choosen as an inspiring name for this branch of philosophy with implicit future challenges on ecology. Lateral solution to end quarrel.
In that case, you should plead for Bharata and not India/Indic. Indic sounds more like Greek.
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Monday, March 02, 2020

Gita is not an ideal prescription for modern generation

Instead of one Capital it's better to grant Sovereignty to the States on linguistic basis so that there are at least two dozen capital cities to galvanise economy as well as local culture. Right now over a billion people are suffering from the difficulties of a large joint family.

Sanskrit, Mythology, and Rituals are responsible for creating an anti-modern image of traditional religion. Sri Aurobindo has done his best to salvage the situation but unfortunately no takers. His scientific self-management system duly anchored in philosophy is ideal for young.

Nothing wrong but ground realities are lightyears away. Such utopian idea is no different from the imaginary Hindu Rashtra at the other extreme in which so many seem to live. A more realistic conception of man in his organic setting is in order, now that the Science Day is over.
Sri Aurobindo's mature writings belong to the period from 1914 to 1950 which saw two World Wars. He is the only thinker in the whole world who understands both West and the East well. His Cosmology is not final but the most coherent. He won't agree that such a society is possible.
You are highlighting what you have read with which I'm reasonably conversant. But you haven't paid attention to a very significant domain of knowledge, i.e., Sri Aurobindo. Time to catch up with that. The Life Divine has no match.  @freemarkets5
This is good from the academic point of view; that's how young minds are trained to focus for any problem solving but correlations can't be cut away. Ontology therefore is important for arriving at right inferences. No one to surpass Sri Aurobindo and his Secret of the Veda, yet.
That's like a good boy. Please go through the Wikipedia article first. Then we can discuss other things. As a thinker, he is subject to public criticism but we don't find much in the public domain. I will be happy if any one can really challenge him. You can try, it's a long way!

Not giving up is the secret; you should read the Wikipedia article first to develop enough appreciation. There're many secondary literature too from where one can draw inspiration. Beyond Man is a very readable book
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No first hand experience but even blacks in US will not have so much of victimhood as our educated and prosperous sections nurse. The way so many are suffering from the urge for getting rid of those whose forefathers were the ruling class, it's not going to vanish any time soon.
Earlier the general refrain used to be love, peace, and brotherhood. Now everyone clamours hate, hit, and kill. What has caused this slippery slope slide so fast is not known but is a sign of how power corrupts the thinking process. We retain hope on Modi govt but it's shrinking.
Kill your neighbours enacted last month in Delhi proves how dominant ideological avenues are bankrupt. Sri Aurobindo said it a century back and there's an urgent need to translate them into action. Just visiting the Ashram or holding Art exhibition is not enough at this juncture.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo fought Hitler who had mesmerised a whole nation including top thinkers. So ideology has that power to mobilise foolish herds out of sane men. Same we observe today in more or less degrees everywhere. So thorough understanding of Sri Aurobindo essential.

It's no rocket science that after Savitri older texts and scriptures have become outdated. Anyone with an iota of attunement with Sri Aurobindo's philosophy should know that clutching on to the old is anti-Evolutionary. #SriAurobindo once deleted even the word Rishi. So strict!
Political parties are tweaking their strategies keeping an eye on future elections but for Savitri Era Party, the target is long term. Savitri must reach every home and then we can hope for a semblance of collaboration with Evolution. Not difficult if SM takes this up as sensible.

I don't follow Gita nor think it's an ideal prescription for modern society. Mythological fiction can't be allowed to rule present generation. Anachronism needs to be avoided to build a global community for which Auroville is already a model. Mitra and Varuna however are relevant.
Agree wholeheartedly and I apply whatever little I understand of Humanities when I write here. My opinion doesn't match with anyone else but I'm helpless about it. So, don't worry, no one is taking my words seriously; at least there's no evidence of it till now.

Kshatriyahood will end in killing neighbours, this those valorising muscular nationalism must understand. Intellectual Kshatriyas engaged in poisoning the minds of young generation should desist from their ugly design. Delhi murders should shake the conscience of fundamentalists.
It's good that ideology is coming to the fore; even people are killing each other in Delhi for the sake of it. So right orientation and moulding of minds has great relevance. Without Sri Aurobindo most people are suffering from intellectual malnutrition, hypocrisy, and fallacies.
Archeological treasures like sculpture and architecture are art; meant for aesthetic appreciation and education. But if they fuel so much of sinister nationalistic emotions that people kill each other, then such feelings need to be abdicated. Sri Aurobindo teaches love & harmony.
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