Monday, November 02, 2020

Lighnce of Sri Aurobindo stretches from the Veda to Nietzsche

Thanks Alan. Your valiant fight will always be remembered in the circle of admires, devotees, and followers of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Almost fifteen years now when there were only a handful who had read and had the courage to say the right thing with so much of conviction.

After reading "Sri Aurobindo and Hinduism," a 2006 speech by Peter Heehs, I was stunned. It struck me how Indian mythology is going to be like Greek mythology. Then The Secret of the Veda further cemented the prospect. So no illusions now. An example of how precision is paramount

This is an absurd representation, yet no attempt to dispel. Dissing secularism or liberalism has cost dear. Certain persons may be anathema but why throw noble values out with the bathwater?
[The Hindutva reality of the world does not allow multiple voices to exist, …S Banerjee]

Udar had started industrial activities with one rupee capital contributed by The Mother.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram Press offers a range of printing services which include single and four colour offset printing, screen printing, binding and lamination services.

Understanding political philosophy of Sri Aurobindo is important.
1. His revolutionary period is no longer relevant
2. His high hopes for India is better moderated
3. Wherever he wrote Hindu was just contextual
4. References against the West not serious
5. Future is #WorldUnion👍

I don't think Partition happened without the blessings of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Even the role played by The Mother during Bangladesh war is on record. So a future #WorldUnion emerging from Indian soil can't be ruled out. Auroville holds soils from 124 Nations and 23 States.

Sri Aurobindo declined to meet him but that doesn't exactly mean that Sri Aurobindo was against Gandhi. Churchill was wrong in many respects but Sri Aurobindo found him to be the most fit instrument to confront Hitler. Thus, history is a bit more comlex when #SriAurobindo enters.

History has been in awe of big buildings and cities. A general impression prevails that being tantamount to civilisation. Yet, it's an erroneous impression. Man is the arena, no matter his habitat. India to a large degree has preserved charm of rural life despite TV and Internet.

EU type unity is different from the unity in India. Linguistic States deserve Sovereignty so that the nucleus of a #WorldUnion germinates. Bharata Federation can be the model for the future world in consonance with Sri Aurobindo's vision. Europe lacks that Evolutionary potential.

Major languages in India are under stress but still can be said to be by and large intact due to music and movies accessed over web. That's the most effective glue plus geographical contiguity. Each State will take care of its own culture as filtered through demands of Modernity.

Be it festival or pandemic, war or migration, our job is pretty simple. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are present being a given, there's nothing to worry regarding modalities or consequences. Past stance of those who fret and fume can be checked easily to realise how futile they are

How come puny human aspiration assumes such a function of epic proportions in the arena of Integral Yoga? Or, how the lowly emotions are suddenly endowed with powers to reinvent themselves and redeem the dismal situation? Sri Aurobindo's unique theory of Involution is the answer.

Lockdown highlighted how supply chains are crucial which in fact can be traced to food chain that's the basis of society and interconnectedness. But all that concerns just sustenance rising up from the level of which is the very significance of being human. The Veda reminds this.

Taking pride in not tied to one book is as ignorant as being tied to one book. The Veda (as explained by Sri Aurobindo) is fundamental to all further understanding of life and its priorities till one arrives at SAVITRI. Any laxity or flippancy isn't in the interest of immortality

Don't be intimidated by their English or quoting Spender. Those who haven't read Sri Aurobindo are illiterates. Those who are unwilling to read him are scoundrels. You can't have an ounce of knowledge without acquaintance with Sri Aurobindo's The Secret of the Veda. #ARYA100Years

Love for the nation needn't mean hate for fellow human beings: this seems to be the distinct messege from the RSS top brass. Very welcome turn in the history of Indian civilisation. Return to JP paradigm and Kulkarni doctrine will allow to focus attention on matters that matter.

Thanks Alan. Your valiant fight will always be remembered in the circle of admires, devotees, and followers of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Almost fifteen years now when there were only a handful who had read and had the courage to say the right thing with so much of conviction.

Companies had been conceived to provide certain secrecy to investors and limited liability to promoters. But the same has been extended to most aspects of their functioning now resulting in eclipsing of transparency. Reversing it should be the task of civil society and Democracy.

France, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand
What's happening?
Let's pray for peace and harmony.

Integral Yoga is not very particular about idol worship but Relics of Sri Aurobindo have become an essential element. Physical presence of a photograph or a book, similarly, imparts its own vibration and effect. After all, the whole aim is how matter can reveal the Spirit's face.

Integral Yoga is akin to an on-the-job training; no need of initial perfection or technical expertise. One learns hands on. All life is yoga, said Sri Aurobindo. It's so open and inviting. Every moment is imbued with possibilities. Evolution is always on.

People, whether illiterate or educated, are under the clutch of superstitions and self-certification. It's a result of group behaviour and there's no easy escape. Savitri Era Party keeps the hope aloft that present stupidity of the people can turn towards Sri Aurobindo, one day.

This govt did nothing to bolster the relevance of Sri Aurobindo but curiously some are remembering him from Modi's present looks. Nothing wrong, but Modi should learn from Dr. Karan Singh how to recite the poem 'Who' for an authentic feel. #ARYA100Years

Why it's that people don't refer to Sri Aurobindo singly? He is always surrounded by 3-4 other names. This implies lack of precision. Also, posing of erudition though lacking in depth. But, many do it deliberately to downplay his greatness as if there's nothing special about him.

The greatest contribution of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is giving us freedom from received wisdom. Absolutely no bondage to any past narrative and no compulsion to follow any ritual. In consonance with Modernity but it goes a step further. Yoga means "your own godward adventure."

2020 has been a learning period for all. Development, Environment, and Governance are reorienting themselves while politics, economics, and entertainment are trying to reconfigure priorities. Good for civilisation as a whole but the real aim of life needs to be addressed straight

From Veda to SAVITRI, Sri Aurobindo emphasises upon how to overcome death and disease by accessing higher echelons of consciousness. But most here insist that he wanted India to be a superpower. Such a pathetic state of reception of his sublime vision in #ARYA100Years (1914-21) !

Point is Democracy in its deeper picture can't be devoid of a spiritual tributary and this rupture with its perceived secular nature should be mainstream. It doesn't mean that it becomes synonymous with religion but can identify with some kind of universality like Sri Aurobindo's

Misgivings regarding the word secular in the Constitution is widespread but that's only in its trivial sense. Man is not a secular animal as Sri Aurobindo highlights in his #Lighnce in #ARYA100Years (1914-21) and so, Democracy should aglow with that dimension of human phenomenon.

Not a mindset, Democracy has been legally promulgated through the Constitution. Delhi hosts a huge parade to remind every winter.

Democracy is rarely discussed. I had watched Republic TV on its opening day and found it to be utterly undemocratic. Thus, Democracy is not about elections alone. How you deal with people and their views even on Twitter has implications for Democracy. Sensitising the young needed

There's a confusion as to whether India is 70 years old or 7000 years? Here the identity of nation or civilisation is irrelevant. The fact is Indian Democracy is 70 years old which at present is under strains. Further, Democracy not being natural but a normative, effort necessary

Sure but Democracy is epitome of ethics and society fails to raise itself to that level most often. Fighting for rights and doing the right thing don't match always. Society is multilayered and the challenge is how to foster the best form of Democracy by harmonising diverse pulls

A govt. is within its rights to introduce reforms and experiment alternative procedures. There's no substitute to that for testing innovation. So, the opposition stalling every bill, at the outset, is undemocratic. There has to be a certain amount of trust on a duly elected govt.

Democracy doesn't want to be in war with society but its commitment is towards the citizen. Society employs many strategies to keep the individual under leash. Castes, kinship, religion, education, etc. create dominance and hierarchy whereas Democracy attempts to spread equality.

As a keen observer of political scene for the last fifty years, the present is of no serious concern in comparison to what we have seen in the past. The govt is firmly in the saddle and no perceived threat to Constitutional values. Kejriwal, thankfully, has stopped his Khurafati.

Govt should exit education and culture sector. Govt approved Degrees and Syllabus have no utility now. Huge buildings and campus for schools and colleges take away the emphasis from education itself. The form has become more important than the intention. Self-study more effective

Democracy assumes that a govt rules but it seems to have become insufficient with round the clock TV coverage. Issues have proliferated and are so complex that no govt machinery, howsoever large, can respond to them, adequately. Same as cases pending in Courts for years together.

The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo (CWSA) is available free online in 36 volumes out of which two volumes are Record of Yoga.
People are willing to believe in Mythological Rishis but aren't interested in the day to day diary of his grim spiritual journey.

TV news industry is thirty years old and occupies significant attention space in every home. Spectacles are a regular feature which are fermented by interested quarters. Being a visual medium in the genre of movies which came a century before, the lure of fiction or twists exist.

Despite humanity being almost at the peak of its abilities, we see so much of conflict in the society and among nations. #Lighnce of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is the only recourse in such a crisis as relying upon piecemeal solutions is delusional. #ARYA100Years (1914-21) is key.

Sri Aurobindo's writings have been variously described like philosophy, metaphysics, cosmology, ontology, yoga psychology, evolutionary prophecy, spiritual physics, integral advaita, etc. But basically, they are advanced and enlightened science to which we give the name #Lighnce.

Bangladesh is example now how smaller nations prosper. Savitri Era Party is advocating Sovereignty for States on linguistic basis under a federal structure in consonance with Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams and #WorldUnion in his broadcast on August 14, 1947.

We needn't denounce science or its methods; it's crucial at every step of our life including this tweet. Sri Aurobindo explained his Cosmological framework as supra-physical but considering the luminous nature of his metaphysics which is ahead of science, let's call it "Lighnce."

Sri Aurobindo's The Life Divine #ARYA100Years (1914-21) is basically a response to Darwin. Thus his #Lighnce stretches from the Veda to Nietzsche in a grand philosophical enterprise. Nothing need to be added to his sublime and universal Evolutionary schema

If only India can understand what Halbfass indicated in 1981/1988
[India and Europe: An Essay in Philosophical Understanding
Wilhelm Halbfass — 1988
In contrast to Vivekananda — whom he clearly exceeds in intellectual and visionary power — Aurobindo does not go “missionizing”...]

Ancient texts available today are mixtures. Authorship collective. Sri Aurobindo never relied upon them fully. But root sounds of various words opened the gate to whole territories of new interpretation. If people can understand the simple meaning of Gorakhpur, it would be great.

Many people, directly and indirectly, advise me to practice and experience instead of any mental exercise or writing. They forget about Swabhava and Swadharma. I wish them well in their pursuit of experience. But I wonder, what they are doing on Twitter; why at all they are here?

Local centres focus on meditation, spirituality, and silence. But there's also a need to be vocal about the vision of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Political committees to push and highlight issues like #FiveDreams, #WorldUnion, and #ARYA100Years should come up all over the country

A crime is a crime irrespective of caste, religion, or location. It's between the police and the perpetrators. The tendency to reap political dividends and shoring up TRP out of select cases is unjust. Live cases being raised to the fictional appeal of Mythological proportion bad

From her early years, The Mother was conscious of her spiritual mission which she continued till she passed away in 1973 at the age of 95. Such a resolve is rare and the guidance she has provided to the humanity is unprecedented. Without her, Sri Aurobindo wouldn't have succeeded

1. Some actions are voluntary
2. Some are habitual or reflex action
3. Some actions are involuntary but known by Doctors, Psychologists, etc
4. Some involuntary actions are even beyond their field of study
5. Some actions are still beyond that are arbitrary, erratic, or ecstatic

For understanding #India2020, one needs to start with #ARYA100Years (1914-21). The West has a significant role here, both politically and intellectually. Ancient Indian texts needed to be reinvented and old ethical tenets needed to be burnished with modern sensibilities. #SAVITRI

Thanks for your encouraging words but many a time I go beyond the writings of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo when it comes to speculating on current affairs or grappling with political issues. Some get irritated and boycott but in that case the loss is theirs.

Indian Constitution gives complete freedom to individuals but some use the cloak of religion to enforce authority. Religion is godward sentiments; any other use is an aberration. Similarly commercial exploitation and lifestyle controlling propensity of religions is reprehensible.

Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management
Tusar Nath Mohapatra
This paper ventures to provide an alternative understanding of human psychology drawn from the philosophical insights of Sri Aurobindo,...(NMR, Volume 9, Issue 2, December 2015)
Tusar Nath Mohapatra
Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF), Indirapuram, Ghaziabad (UP) - 201014
Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.
In #ARYA100Years (1914-21), #SriAurobindo delegitimised the narrow notion of Hindu by foregrounding the universal "Veda." This is a volcanic event the implications of which are yet to be understood by Indians as all factionalism, parochialism, or sectarianism fell by the wayside.

Many are not comfortable with Ashram as a cult and thus tend to avoid #SriAurobindo. That's certainly not the right approach. #ARYA100Years (1914-21) provides a pure intellectual playground and a Manifesto for the future. Be it Cosmology or Evolution, even science is challenged.

Expressions like All religions are same or The world's a family are ridiculed regularly but no one can rob their metaphysical import. Fundamental unity of human race can't be denied just because someone belongs to another religion. One can't absolve himself from basic duty to him

Fiction and Mythology have affected thinking to a large extent. Movies, in our time, exert such an influence upon people, young and old. Philosophers and Psychologists have been carried away by imaginary characters. Ethics is ascertained by referring to stories and legends. Alas!

Deriving theory from live cases too is equally dubious. Establishing direct correlations between action and its consequences is far too mechanical. This is the reason why politics, economics, or even psychology look erratic. Past data is rarely a sound basis for future principles

Well intentioned but there's no perfect system of administration, either govt or private. Initially good work will be there but gradually unscrupulous elements will elbow out honest persons. Then commercial interest will force a cartel; it's no more religion but a political unit.

All have contributed to the creation of India today. So those lamenting are in the wrong. The role of English is so intimate and widespread that those who speak against it seem misguided. Similarly those pushing Sanskrit learning are also deluded. Sovereign States is the solution

VP Singh used to be a normal congress leader till Bofors catapulted him as Prime Minister. Govindacharya applied his Social Engineering to bring BJP to power in major States. Modi is Prime Minister today on the basis of this legacy. Another strand can be traced to the JP movement

People aren't aware of even basic details about Sri Aurobindo. Then, various false theories float about him. The Mother is also subjected to many misunderstandings. All this are too much for an already chaotic situation of India.

Read so many tweets the theme of which I can't understand or am not much aware of. Doesn't interest me too. So posting a video from my visit last year at this time which everyone can enjoy.
In the blue of the sky, in the green of the forest
- Sri Aurobindo

All problems of life are essentially problems of immortality, to rephrase the famous line from The Life Divine #ARYA100Years (1914-21). Sri Aurobindo said almost the same in Karmayogin in 1909: for it is only through life that one can reach to immortality.

TV is interesting because of news
News is interesting because of politics
Politics is interesting because of religion
Religion is interesting because of hate.
Hate is interesting because of ignorance
Ignorance is interesting because of immortality
Immortality is the aim ultimate.

You didn't vote for him but he is the PM
So what's the solution for the citizen?
Whether to criticise on a daily basis
Or forget about it and make peace?
Democracy is the answer for right attitude
Wait for five years with patience and gratitude
And humility to accept next results

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