Saturday, June 17, 2023

Following Sri Aurobindo makes things simple

 Tweets in original by Tusar Nath Mohapatra (b. 1956), Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (2005), Founder, Savitri Era Religion (2006), and President, Savitri Era Party (2007)

Savitri Era: Indians need to internalise the cosmology of Sri Aurobindo Tweets in original by Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Founder, Savitri Era Religion (2006) and President, Savitri Era Party (2007). Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.
As is well known, the three Gunas correspond broadly to the four Varnas as well which represent graded shifts of consciousness. It happens within the span of a day and also through different stages of life. Yoga amounts to willed acceleration for gaining momentum in upward march
Knowing and understanding one's own planes and parts of the being is an important element in the teachings of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. They also formulate the concept of Integral education to cater to different psychological dimensions. All life is Yoga and there is no method.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo refuse to entertain any division and focus on universality. Hatred can be eschewed by dwelling in a higher consciousness. Writes Sri Aurobindo, “The significance of the lotus is not to be found by analysing the secrets of the mud from which it grows...”
Democracy in India is evolving and media is spreading awareness but there is a lack of public discussion on various modalities. The conduct of the Prime Minister, for instance, should follow which template? Or whether the Great man phenomenon is proper to chase for our democracy?
Following Sri Aurobindo makes things simple. No mythology; so, your memory system has less burden. No rituals or code of daily practices. So, one is free for creative activity. No particular book or intermediary. Thus, one enjoys one's own autonomy. No group pressure or coercion.
All of Sri Aurobindo's actions or writings can't be put in the same tumbler. People make the same mistake for Marx as well as Heidegger. The crucial aspect is what's relevant for the future. We are all victims of finitude and whatever little we know or enjoy can get really better.
Victimhood is a dominant emotion in our country. The present generation is suffering from needless mental agony due to past atrocities and injustices. This gives rise to the vendetta mentality. The so-called hallowed idea of nationalism provides justification for bigotry & hatred.
India has a large population and hence obsession over just one person is a bit anomalous. No traditional wisdom sanctions that and nothing can travel very far with such travestied ethics. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have left behind a rich paradigm of how life should be organised.
Professor Biswanath Roy passes away| প্রয়াত ঋষি অরবিন্দের মতাদর্শ প্রচারক অধ্যাপক বিশ্বনাথ রায় ... #SriAurobindo
Must-read books The Rebel (1951) by Albert Camus Intellectuals (1988) by Paul Johnson Examined Lives (2011) by James Miller Mother (1906) by Maxim Gorky The Trial (1925) by Franz Kafka Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1970) by Richard Bach Life A User's Manual (1978) by Georges Perec
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In The Secret of the Veda, Sri Aurobindo provides symbolic interpretation of the deities. These highlight different ethical dimensions found in all ancient cultures whether codified or not. Significantly, Nietzsche was aware of Oriental books of wisdom.
Brahmins are derided but for understanding what the topmost Varna represents one has to read the explanation of Varuna given by Sri Aurobindo in The Secret of the Veda. He has also delineated the theme in the Mother book as the characteristic of Maheshwari. Both are unprecedented.

Now that the real estate and construction based campaign is likely to dominate in 2024, it's instructive to understand that the religious rituals are themselves a symbolic one. Sri Aurobindo points out that the inner significance of forms has been forgotten or rendered distorted.
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Elected ruler instead of hereditary is the basic premise of democracy. Imputing other expectations are corollary and not mandatory.
For the devotees of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, the highest ideal is enshrined in Savitri. The path is long and requires elaborate purification of consciousness. Even then, the real deciding factor is Grace. Current events have scant relation to those ideals. Yet, aspire we must!
Right now, we witness the peak of human civilisation but it would be an error to look at it as a cumulative result of merely human efforts. Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Jean Baudrillard point to the limits of human speculation and imagination but Sri Aurobindo restores justification.
It's good that the Centre has started apprehending the States as different cultures by recognising some uniqueness and importance. This may be geared towards garnering a few chunks of electoral advantage, but applies plaster to the edifice of nationhood being built in each State.
The Confessions of Saint Augustine, The Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, A Confession by Leo Tolstoy, The Grand Inquisitor Monologue in The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Monologue at the end of Ulysses by James Joyce signify various facets of human predicament.
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There should be a Rs.75 note as it can solve the problem of paying Rs.5 and its multiples through exchange. Rs.65 would still be better.
The appeal of everything changes over time and hence anticipating the future is important. Political parties pander to the emotions of young adults but guiding them towards mature thought should be a priority. Management and technical education too orients in the wrong direction.
Geography, demography, and culture and tradition are different in each State. Political history and mythological connections too are unique. Denying Sovereignty is an uttar injustice. Let's hope that the new building doesn't function for long and power gets transferred to States.
Group activities are often mistaken as spirituality but the real challenge is as individual. Each person has his or her unique situation and psychological framework. Tackling them successfully requires acquiring new skills and developing fresh capabilities. Yoga links with Grace.
Religious festivals and fairs serve diverse purposes and impart powerful impressions on one's memory system. The function of education is to arm one with critical faculties for examining the worth of acquired experiences. Sri Aurobindo provides a very effective template for this.
Many from the Hindutva camp come down heavily on those who criticise religious matters. But instead of blaming the person, they should find fault with their education or ideology. Sri Aurobindo has laid great emphasis on right education but unfortunately, Universities banish him.
Although they are regarded as the one Supreme Divine, Sri Aurobindo remains in the background while The Mother receives all affections, accusations, and complaints of the devotees. In that capacity, she is quite unique among the world's religions. Her evolutionary role is vital.
Westerners avoid India in their sociopolitical studies. Their philosophy is still more protected. City dwellers in India, similarly, keep the rural population and their deprivation outside their mental horizon. Twitter debates are good examples of it. Return to real issues needed
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But, unfortunately, he didn't follow Sri Aurobindo's path of Integral Yoga.
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There are many books and video channels. You can find fine introductory material by google search.
The Secret of the Veda by Sri Aurobindo makes it clear why we should suspect the tradition. The evolutionary spiritual aspiration is far more crucial than religious rituals and physical symbols. He also states that the theory of Supramental descent was not clear even in the Veda.
Democracy means electing the ruler which entails working out different formulas for securing a majority. Understandably, the urge for employing new strategies is always there. "Appeal to emotion is characterized by the manipulation of the people's emotions in order to win" votes.
Dynamics of democracy are bound to weaken the citizen. The ruler would like to treat people as herds. Most will fall in that trap. Difficult to walk with one's conscience intact but that is the challenge. Right education and ethical orientation come to the rescue, at this point.
Sri Aurobindo declared his #FiveDreams in his radio broadcast on August 14, 1947. Granting Sovereignty to the States and creating a loose Federation can foster the creation of a #WorldUnion, his third dream. This will facilitate other neighboring nations to join in, voluntarily.
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It [Sycophancy] stems from self-interest, the basic instinct for survival.
Nehru was in the wrong and Modi is equally confused now. Sri Aurobindo wrote his major works between 1914 and 1921 but his famous contemporaries like Nehru, Gandhi, Tagore, M.N. Roy, Patel, Rajaji, Radhakrishan, Periyar, Ambedkar, Savarkar, J.P., Lohia, et al chose to ignore him.
The Secret of the Veda by Sri Aurobindo makes it clear why we should suspect the tradition. The evolutionary spiritual aspiration is far more crucial than religious rituals and physical symbols. He also states that the theory of Supramental descent was not clear even in the Veda.
Savitri Era Party has been cautioning against the prevailing ideologies on the strength of Sri Aurobindo's Vedic cosmology & Evolutionary vision. Not many in our country are trained adequately in this Integral worldview as most have an axe to grind. Nanyah pantha vidyate ayanaya.
By dropping excessive reverence for Vivekananda, Tagore, Subhas, Gandhi, Ambedkar, and Savarkar and discovering the real worth of Sri Aurobindo that Indians can have an intellectual new birth. Clinging to the ancient systems of wisdom also will undergo a radical transformation.
Hindutva followers were happy with Tulsi and Mira. Now they have been asked to do a lot of homework on various factions of Tamil Shaiva traditions. Reading books is a difficult proposition in the RSS culture. Many are cursing Modi for imposing this sort of Baudhik load on the sly
There can't be any scientific validation of whether the religious rituals bear fruit. So, they remain in the realm of faith. But by reading the books of Sri Aurobindo, one can be privy to an alternative viewpoint. Once the mind gets stimulated, re-evaluation of everything starts.
I write against tradition and rituals but the fact that so many people derive self-esteem out of that deserves respect. Glorifying the past too is a corollary of the same motive. Hindutva ecosystem performing this agenda is understandable but elevating Savarkar is an uphill task.
Congress and the Left were adept at altering history. Now Hindutva camp has also started distorting history. Besides, AI will be doing wonders in future. So, it is a tough time now for knowing the truth. Sri Aurobindo has been a victim of doctored history for more than a century.
Expecting modern and democratic values from the rulers before Independence is misplaced. Expecting that the West will facilitate progress of India in different fields is foolishness. Expecting that the Universities will include Sri Aurobindo in the philosophy syllabus is futile.
True but Savitri does contain a lot of cosmological formulations and existential interrogation including death.
Sure. It's a long path but should be possible someday. Both students and the teacher will evolve gradually with The Mother's Grace.
The 20th Century was the century of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. A new path was shown to the human civilisation. New methods were put in place for philosophy and psychology. Political ideals were remoulded to accommodate Vedic evolutionary inevitability. Human nature made pliable.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are worshipped as the one Supreme Divine in Savitri Era Religion. Their philosophy and vision are deemed as the final truth. No other tradition or modern guru stands comparison. For academic purposes, however, critical scrutiny cannot be overemphasized,
After The Life Divine & other major works were published before 1921, Sri Aurobindo's philosophy took a different turn in the shape of surrender to The Mother. This was never so pronounced earlier. Even it was reflected physically by Sri Aurobindo moving to the background in 1926
Human volition, with its gamut of variations like creativity, ingenuity, spontaneity, or even serendipity, seems to fall in the zone of the mystical. Mere economic or psychological explanations are insufficient. Both Sartre and Heidegger agree to some extent. Surrender validates.
Many ancient Indian texts were rescued from oblivion by the effort of British scholars. But to treat them as mainstream philosophy is misplaced. Life in general, like today, ran on different principles than what was written. So, assuming the nature of culture from texts is wrong.
Science and technology brought the world closer and the Humanities people started thinking on the global scale. The more macro the horizon became, the more prone to errors various propositions turned. Modernity suffers from this malady. Respecting subjectivity is the remedy.
Sri Aurobindo has left behind extensive commentaries on Upanishads, Veda, and Gita. His study of a few other texts also are reflected in his varied writings. Apart from the philosophical aspect, he appreciated the poetic merit culminating in Mantra and revealed a new hermeneutics.
Savitri is the right book to be remembered when death strikes. The immediate cause of death is subsidiary while the real culprit is death itself. This Vedic imperative has been transcribed by Sri Aurobindo in Savitri which is regarded as Mantra of immortality for overcoming death.
Apart from religion, culture, and education, people are swayed by the social media pressure. Most are not sensitised in politically correct sentiments and, hence, fall easy prey to pernicious emotional appeals. Thorough philoophical grounding, therefore, is a sine qua non.