Saturday, November 21, 2020

The key is elsewhere

सावित्री एरा लर्निंग फोरम, गाजियाबाद पिछले पंद्रह वर्षों से विभिन्न ब्लॉगों और सोशल मीडिया प्लेटफार्मों के माध्यम से द मदर और श्रीअरविंद के संदेश का प्रसार कर रहा है।
#SriAurobindo #श्रीअरविंद
Savitri Era Learning Forum is disseminating the messege of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo.

श्रीअरविन्द के मुख्य ग्रन्थ
१ श्रीअरविन्द अपने विषय में
२ श्रीअरविन्द के पत्र (पत्नी और भाईके नाम) Sri Aravind ke Patra
Patni aur Bhai ke Naam
३ कारावास की कहानी
Karavas ki Kahani
४ आत्म-चरित
५ माताजी के विषय में

Unlike other religions, current Hinduism has no respected admission policy but exit is wide open. Fear of losing numbers makes its members unnecessarily aggressive or antagonistic towards other faiths who openly proselyte. People should be free to choose gods like visiting Malls.

Whatever may be the larger picture, Sri Aurobindo has put his stamp of authority on history and Evolution. In this context, his #FiveDreams (of August 14, 1947) and #WorldUnion are pivotal. Let's hope this pandemic and other international happenings are facilitating its fruition.

Alternative ethical norm or developmental paradigm is easy to espouse on the part of Savitri Erans. That's the challenge of the Evolutionary compulsion. Powerful persons fail to finish their agenda; big companies collapse. So the key is elsewhere; run of the mill logic go haywire

It's common to confine The Mother & Sri Aurobindo within personal welfare and peaceful life. Most women and old men are prone to this and resist straying beyond bhakti. Silence and meditation provide validation but Integral Yoga is made up of sterner situations. So, buyer beware!

A student of Sri Aurobindo has to believe in unseen forces acting behind events all the time. "A student of her own interior scene," is about inner forces moulding our consciousness. Thus, ordinary external explanations or future projections need to be taken with a pinch of salt.

This is the methodological constraint and hence Sri Aurobindo's lighnce has to be accepted as it is. Further any form of sympathy with it instantly becomes Yoga
[we have no way of assessing his philosophy other than through conceptual tools 
available to us in the mental plane.]

Savitri Era dawned on March 29, 1914 when The Mother met Sri Aurobindo in Puducherry (then Pondicherry under France)
[Mirra Alfassa was born in 1878 in Paris to Moïse Maurice Alfassa a Turkish Jewish father, and Mathilde Ismalun an Egyptian Jewish mother.]

Four women
1. Madame David Néel
2. Dorothy Hodgson (later known as Dutta)
3. Margaret Woodrow Wilson (On 5 November 1938 Sri Aurobindo gave her the name of Nishtha)
4. Huta D. Hindocha

Sri Aurobindo was staying there with a few friends since 1910; there was no Ashram then. Then came The Mother in 1914 and a monthly journal came out. World War I and many other things happened. But Puducherry's gift of #ARYA100Years (1914-21) is like a Noah's Ark for the humanity

Educated Indians aren't aware of this treasure; they are mostly busy with the current affairs. Apart from this, there are thirty volumes of The Mother's writings and conversations.
How to Read Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo wrote five full length plays at different periods of his life which also reflect his political as well as philosophical standpoint to a certain extent.
Besides there are several incomplete ones and a few short stories.

But @doubtinggaurav is well aware of Sri Aurobindo and tweets on him occasionally. #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #ARYA100Years (1914-21)

She came to India just to meet Sri Aurobindo. Thereafter, she decided not to return back. She had no relatives here; no other connection or attraction. Her name is Mirra. Women in India should know about her life and work and how she has transformed lives.

Not easy to establish a new worldview like Sri Aurobindo's lighnce. Even today, Plato-Aristotle, Kant-Hegel, Shelley-Keats, or Foucault-Lacan are reigning in the West. Upanishads are still considered as superior in knowledge content than the Veda in India!

A major factor Sri Aurobindo adds to traditional wisdom is the agency aspect. Each individual by just being conscious can become an active collaborator with the transformational enterprise of Evolution. This includes various levels down to reconfiguring the mind of the body cells

Sri Aurobindo has already created the blueprint a century back. #ARYA100Years (1914-21)

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo created an Ashram to take care of physical necessities of life. On a larger plane, the same principle translates as politics. So there should be clarity in our objective. Becoming scholars can't be the final aim. Money has to be won; Power has to be won

Neither in the silence of monasteries nor in the hubbub of Rituals, Sri Aurobindo's prescription is for the ordinary life fully ensconced in ignorance and imperfections. Driven by instincts and impulses and interplay of clash and conflicts with others. Any abstraction is warped.

Generalising the local is the biggest problem just because we are an unusually large nation. Magnifying minor issues and involving others mischievously becomes a habit with the media. Spectacle and controversy generate money and opportunities. Smaller nations are the only option.

Evolution of Consciousness is the biggest mystery before science and psychology today which Sri Aurobindo explained in detail in The Life Divine #ARYA100Years (1914-21). All educated persons are requested to consult the book for multifarious insights in their professional spheres

Hatred seems to be a good educator. Illiterates becoming experts on France within a couple of days is a lesson for the educational institutions of brick and mortar. Year long courses should see a modification and current affairs driven syllabus would definitely be a better option

Plural is a veritable bomb; all values stand silenced before it. Yes, choice of each one is to be respected. But where is the plurality? Where's that infinite freedom of the individual and his choreography? All seem to be guided by the polarised sentiments. So plurality is passé.

Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.
Old tweets at a glance posted by Tusar Nath Mohapatra
Director #SavitriEra Learning Forum (SELF since 2005)
#SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion #ARYA100Years (1914-21)

Catering to popular sentiments, Sri Aurobindo used to quote Gita and the Upanishads but later he shifted to the Veda. Western tradition lacks this source and therefore in every philosophical writing one finds the author shuttling among Kant, Plato, Socrates, Gospel, Homer, et al.

Major organisations like RKM, RSS, Congress, and Arya Samaj never encouraged their members to read Sri Aurobindo's books. A whole generation has suffered due to this. So Marxists are not the only one to blame. Mainstream journalists too played a role in blacking out Sri Aurobindo
To safeguard their own interests. To downplay his contribution and downgrade his greatness.
In the ancient days, trade was the lifeline and alongwith it, knowledge was also exchanged freely.

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are attempting to speed up Evolution so that Supramental consciousness takes charge of the world affairs. Divinisation of body is also a coeval undertaking. All these are Consciousness reformulating projects. The task obviously is complex and difficult.

One advantage with Sri Aurobindo is that one can gain entry into very advanced fields of study, directly, without any college degree or basic orientation on the subject. A further benefit is one is free from prejudices, stereotypes, and value systems ossified in formal curriculum

Traditional systems entailed attaining successive siddhis or awakening chakras. Sri Aurobindo suggests surrender so that one draws dynamism directly from the cosmic Evolutionary grid. But this transaction is mediated by assent of The Mother. This is the whole key of Integral Yoga

Sri Aurobindo wrote on diverse aspects of human affairs between 1906 and 1921 which contain guidelines for harmonious living. Mitra and Varuna are the foundations of all ethical frameworks and Sri Aurobindo has explained it in no uncertain terms. Need to read him and follow him.

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo brought forward an unprecedented opportunity for the mankind as ugly incidents in France or Austria prove. Need to understand their significance for transforming the whole scenario irrevocably. No one nation or religion is capable of doing this overhaul

Sri Aurobindo has liberated people from the clutches of tradition
['Locating Viṣnupriyā in the Tradition': Women, Devotion, and Bengali Vaiṣṇavism in Colonial Times
S Dey -Religions, 2020
Viṣnupriyā, Caitanya's second wife, as it progressed from the pre-colonial hagiographic]

Since learning is a continuous process since birth, layers and layers of sedimentation occupy our mentality. We judge things accordingly. But, the first principle to approach Sri Aurobindo is to unlearn by shovelling dirt out. It's a strenuous task; needs vigilance and diligence.

Since everyone else has already commented on US politics, I should too. Their four year term is too less. It's wastage of expertise and frustrating for the person who gets elected after so much of struggle. They should copy our five years and we should copy their two terms limit.

What happens in Maharashtra shouldn't bother the people in UP. High time the States are granted Sovereignty. Savitri Era Party recommends #WorldUnion as prophesied by Sri Aurobindo in "The Human Cycle" #ARYA100Years (1914-21) and his #FiveDreams AIR broadcast on August 14, 1947.

I'm against mythology masquerading as religion but Mahabharata is most useful as an inventory of vices. It also shows how nothing has changed in all these years. So there's almost no hope for the future but Sri Aurobindo wrote SAVITRI to tell us that the Evolution is very much on

Fights between trads and retards are becoming more frequent. There's no solution to this. Sri Aurobindo has analysed these threadbare in #ARYA100Years (1914-21). But most people think they are wiser than #SriAurobindo; they don't need to read him. Hubris and hedonism drives them.

Upkeep of monuments and old buildings gulp a lot of public money. Need to develop modern alternatives for tourism instead of promoting the same old sites and jaded narratives. Building a new Lake Town somewhere, exclusively for the purpose of tourism, should be a model venture.

Instead of going to specifics, if we assume that those operating at the apex level need big money and policies obviously will be dictated by that. They also need votes and legitimacy and so optics would be adjusted accordingly. No one can be free from this and so better to accept

Communists got decimated because their own children acted as adversaries. The same fate awaits the Mandir wahin banayenge generation. And this phase was absolutely needed after the long Discovery of India lullaby era. Young people are much aware now; they will read Sri Aurobindo.

Good description but it's also essential to understand how it has come about. Evolution of this principle during the last six years has been very logical and practical. Perhaps, that's the lesson of postmodernism or a Socratic dispassion. No better principle to grapple complexity

Many religious establishments are located in inconvenient places like hills and people undergo much difficulty to visit. Many govts promote for the sake of revenue but this is an unethical avenue. Tourism should be promoted to places where people can enjoy their time hassle-free.

Striving for development of own village, district, or state is so normal that no one bothers about overall impact. As more and more people are migrating to urban environment, the rural is identified with only agriculture. Developing sites for tourism can alter the rural landscape

Nation for the Citizens and not citizens for the nation: that should be the approach. Employing people as animals or machines must stop. The pandemic must have awakened everyone to natural sleep timings which defies the office hours. Lifestyle reorientation needed curtailing work

There's not much difference between a newspaper, a magazine, or a blog these days. They all publish articles of varied credibility. Sponsors and not readers keep them floating. The concept of Market gets bogged down. But then the whole creation is also a bundle of disinformation.

For me, America is Twitter and Google which keep me engaged. Presidents hardly matter; they come and go. Their Universities haven't shown any inclination towards Sri Aurobindo which is more racial than academic. It's an open society, they say, but I perceive them as closed minds.

1. I have been reading the books and magazines relating to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo since 1964.
2. Some amount of orientation in Western philosophy since 1988 has been quite rewarding.
3. Emphasis on politics from 2007 has also been a learning and churning process.
4. Gratitude

"Earthquakes don't kill people, buildings do."
Castes don't kill people, men do.
Religions don't kill people, men do.
Nations don't kill people, men do.
Parties don't kill people, men do.
Ideologies don't kill people, men do.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo advise to rise above these.

Sri Aurobindo wrote forty volumes #ARYA100Years (1914-21) but today's forty year olds feel they are more knowledgeable. No serious intention to engage nor any respect for exceptional scholarship. Whole education system suffers; so nation needs to mull over this at the apex level.

Who pushes us into action? Interesting argument for pursuing cultural studies

It's foolish to blame others for their decision in 1947 or 1950. If we aren't able to make amends after so many decades, then the fault is ours. States should get Sovereignty by reversing British legacy. Delhi rule has outlived its utility and should loosen itself to a federation

Lack of education is not a problem in India because those educated are responsible for faulty policies and a corrupt polity. There's no sign of any remedy as fairly aware persons support wrong political parties and defend incompetent leaders. Reading Sri Aurobindo is right guide.

Reading these can train you to fathom Shakespeare. #SriAurobindo

Another dynasty
Politics is nasty
Still icons are tasty.
When The Mother & Sri Aurobindo sowed the seeds of an Ashram in Puducherry, obviously, it was a vote for the local or the marginal. What they achieved hasn't attracted deserved academic attention but the Judeo-Vedic Evolutionary adventure of consciousness of SAVITRI is universal.

That we are all socially and culturally constructed is so apparent that it's difficult to imagine an independent rational consensus. But Sri Aurobindo's lighnce postulates an altogether different domain for mind represented by the Vedic Indra. Rising to that plane is the journey.

Not philosophy or science
But Sri Aurobindo's lighnce
Is the right source
To put out ignorance.
Schools and colleges
Are citadels of knowledge
But teach old and rickety
Stair to stupidity.
It's time to jettison
The moth-eaten syllabus
To re-establish the Veda
And SAVITRI omnibus.

Hinduism was examined from different angles during Indian Renaissance and the process continues to this day. Ambedkar converted to Buddhism without considering Sri Aurobindo's proposal for a spiritual paradigm for the whole humanity. It's a major setback for Evolutionary agenda.

Democracy can't be a legitimate concern of govt, ruling party, or even judiciary. People as a whole is also nebulous. Organisations like PUCL or PUDR couldn't grow to the desired height. Religion has clouded the thoughts of people to such an extent that this aspect is overlooked.

Sri Aurobindo's The Life Divine II (CWSA 22) was published in July 1940 with twelve new chapters where he emphasises upon harmonious collective living under the direct influence of a luminous consciousness. Highly inspiring and relevant after eighty years.

Size, quantity, and numbers are as much important in a Democracy as frailty or feebleness since quality and dignity are paramount. Thus Democracy privileges ambivalence against certainty as in postmodernism. Hegemony of huge Institutions therefore is in no way binding on citizens

The Mandir wahin banayenge generation (MWBG) is very enthusiastic in defending tradition. They're also vocal in denouncing Communism. This is often rhetorical and superficial. Spending a few months on Marxist philosophy and its contemporary ramifications is necessary for thinking

Instead of finding fault with history, Savitri Erans rely upon the grace of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo for a better future. Obviously, it involves political choice, sympathy, and support. We retain our hope on the present regime but devotees working directly with people is needed

There are no pillars in Democracy; how different colours form a magnificent rainbow is all that matters. In this exercise, everyone has a role, big or small. Each talent, each innovation is an opportunity for further developing the mosaic; integrating all in a grand choreography.

Attributing crime or evil to some ism or religion has become so common that no one feels uncomfortable about the apparent contradiction. Savitri Era is clear on this and refuses to follow the herd thinking. Pushing the thought of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo forward is the solution

Putting up with illogic is owing to lack of a viable alternative. Savitri Era has non-existent infrastructure but is hopeful of a possibility. After all, we are dealing with human beings and all those exalted predictions about the future in The Life Divine can't simply be in vain

Basically, it's a question of agency or volition. If people are voting for a new President, they can install a new thought too. Establishing a suitable modality may be a requirement but admitting that a new thought can reign through rational and irrational means is the first win.

Many aren't aware how Karmayoga is different from The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's version. While skill, perfection, and surrender are common to both; in the latter, it's a vehicle of Evolution. Anything material, including a dematerialiased tweet, becomes an ally of the Possibility.

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