Thursday, August 31, 2023

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo stand for peace and harmony

Savitri Era: Devotees feel the comparisons to be superfluous…
X posts in original by Tusar Nath Mohapatra (b. 1956), Founder, Savitri Era Religion (2006) and President, Savitri Era Party (2007).
Savitri Era of those who adore,
Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.
Most religions thrive by peddling miracles but Savitri Era Religion is more about retitence and restraint. The Mother's insistence is on nobility and purity otherwise the very purpose of our endeavour will be defeated. "Endure and you'll conquer… bear—bear and you'll vanquish."
Close study of The works of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo and their prophecies clearly reveals a dismal future for the dominant religions. Savitri Era Religion with its modern and evolutionary approach will cause the collapse of its predecessors. Uttarpara speech is merely embryonic.
The incredible story of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo publishing a philosophical journal and later setting up an Ashram for spiritual practice is the most significant event of the last century. People should follow their legacy instead of being lured into the parlour of fake gurus.
Reminds me of Krishna Chaitanya (K.K. Nair)'s famous pentalogy of Freedom. Your explorations too should lead to that destination. All the best.
Having lived under all the 14 Prime Ministers (without stepping outside the country), I have some unique experiences as a citizen. I have lived in a village, semi-urban, urban, and a metropolis in four States and seen the technological revolution with Sri Aurobindo as the anchor.
Last eighteen years in social media have also demonstrated that I have unique political ideas and no one is willing to align with me. Instead of being disappointed, I take this as a sign of strength which might prove its might some day. I also suspect shadow-banning by platforms.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have accomplished whatever synthesis was possible and needed. Hence, venturing to mix their teachings with other streams is downright stupidity. Similarly, seeking to compare their achievements with other gurus and great men is an exercise in futility.
Mahavakyas like Aham Brahmasmi or Tat Tvam Asi are popular but it's by reading The Life Divine that the process of involution by which the creation took shape is brought home. This revolutionary revelation by Sri Aurobindo overthrew the reigning philosophy of illusion of Shankara.
Aesthetics, for The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, is drastically different from vital level enjoyment or emotional satisfaction. Sri Aurobindo speaks of "a deeper cheerfulness, an inner sukhahasya which is the spiritual condition of cheerfulness." to Nirodbaran.…
Animals did not do anything for man to appear on Earth but man must collaborate with evolution for the advent of the Supramental being. Being conscious of this necessity and surrendering to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is the only way to break the shackle of ignorance and suffering.
TV news has made it a norm that only news of national scale have some value and people have been accustomed to accordingly. But life is local which needs to be the focal point. Unhinging from the news, therefore, has many advantages. Habit of steamrolling the local should stop.
Prema Nandakumar once wrote, “Himself a scholar, he enthuses us to take to a life of scholarship,” apropos Sri Aurobindo. This platform is an eXcellent invitation to write. Writing gives the opportunity to be a vehicle of the creative process of the Cosmos. Devotees should X more.

Raining heavily
Feeling like sailing a paper-boat
Once again like in the childhood
In the stream of two colours.
Brown being water coming down from thatched roof
Flowing along grey, muddy water of the earth
Just like Bhagirathi and Alakananda
Formed Ganga by merging at Devprayag.

The symbolic meaning of Dakshina, according to The Secret of the Veda by Sri Aurobindo, is discrimination or purified understanding. It accounts for a definite rung in the ladder of consciousness he expounds in The Life Divine and The Synthesis of Yoga.…
Such an experienced teacher and a woman; as an erstwhile teacher, it fills me with revulsion. I have been campaigning against Hindutva on the basis of the teachings of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Following them is the only way to stop spreading this poison of hatred, any further.
Western philosophy has many assets. First and foremost is logic. The power of presenting cogent arguments without committing fallacies. The second is language. Over the centuries it has amassed writings of superlative order which most find abstruse. The third is mutual conflicts.
The advantage of following The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is that one is saved from debates regarding the existence of God. Another aspect is not to be impressed by tall claims of mystical experience and self-realisation. Only thing that counts is waiting for the grace of The Mother.
A very good introduction to Jean Baudrillard. No philosopher before him has shown this world of ours in a more wonderful way. The reality that we live in becomes in his hands totally unrecognisable and alien. One clamours in disbelief and yet there is no means for escaping.
Making sense of the reality is not easy and philosophers have offered help for discerning hidden connections. The body, for instance, is the most visible but its interconnectedness is hardly perceptible. A fine overview of the problem and a collection of insights on its solution.
The challenge of Hindutva was not there at the time of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo or their direct disciples. In the last century it was a movement which has grown into a full-fledged paradigm attracting all and sundry into its fold. Leftist opposition has its own idiom but... 1/2
our response has to be deeper and multi-layered. Sri Aurobindo has been a victim of Leftist negligence and Hindutva might seem to be more akin but the commonality ends there. The philosophy of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo has a plethora of differences with that of the Hindutva. 2/2
May 1964 on the one hand and Deconstruction on the other forced the West to scour both heaven and earth for firm ground. It has found nothing and Dawkins is having a field day. The philosophy of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, in this context, needs to be protected and disseminated.
In view of the grim challenges of the present, I generally avoid talking about spirituality and self-realisation. The philosophy alone is so precious. It's the highest achievement of the human civilisation. If the world recognises Sri Aurobindo as the greatest philosopher, enough
From another angle the philosophy itself leads to practice or Yoga. Knowledge is a whip quips Sri Aurobindo in The Life Divine and even simple reading can be an occasion for communion with the massed-consciousness (Chaitanya-ghana). Reciting Savitri is a veritable Yajna sacrifice.
Development in India has been progressive and so thinking that the present Prime Minister is a Messiah is delusional. People rating their Chief Ministers in Odisha and West Bengal is no different. Personality cult bulldozing democratic values and aspirations is playing havoc.
I have seen people like Gulzarilal Nanda, Lal Bahadur Shastri, and V.P. Singh becoming the Prime Minister. So change can come through the democratic process. Each citizen needs to be aware of his or her democratic duties and aspire for ideals and values stressed by Sri Aurobindo.
At one point, there were no human beings on this planet but they came through the process of evolution. Changes in the future will happen through that inevitable process like sunrise of tomorrow's morning. Present imperfections will melt to give rise to virtues dreamt in the Veda. 
I don't think you are conversant with Sri Aurobindo's psychological interpretation of the Veda and the picture of the future society he paints in the last two chapters of The Life Divine, his magnum opus. Authentic knowledge about the life and the world can't be had without them.
Each individual is a bundle of some streams of consciousness and the collective consciousness is a larger receptacle capable of assimilating higher inspiration and molding individuals accordingly. Thus individual defects are not a barrier for evolution. It acts at the macro level.
With The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, we are in a safe ground; the safest rather. It's their yogic vision and metaphysical formulation. We don't have to do anything else than surrendering to them. There's is no other philosophy, past or present, which can surpass their integral vision.
I'm a devotee of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo from the age of eight with practically no exposure to other gurus. If you find merit in what you say I have nothing to differ. But as per my intellectual survey, many top ranking scholars have emphatically said what I have just repeated.
It's a question of following a certain philosophy without any assurance of the final result. But then, that's the very definition of a seeker.
The conversation has drifted much. Concentrating on a particular theme would be better.
Unlike other gurus, Savitri Era Religion is separate from Hinduism. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are worshipped as the one Supreme Divine and hence the compulsion of proceeding independently. Other gurus, unfortunately, are not allowing their followers to read Sri Aurobindo's books.
Odisha has a large number of devotees as well as scholars of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Auroville Foundation being a govt organisation should ensure decent representation from the State in its functions and celebrations. Odias should not be neglected just because they don't push.
Fairness is the hallmark of an ideal democracy which regrettably is yet to materialise. We hear about some examples who have practiced but in most cases it is marketing. People love to deify someone and believe in myths. Self-interest being the defining instinct, fairness is rare.
For the sake of neatness of posts, I don't use tags or hashtags. I also avoid the like button. Brevity is the forte of this platform and there is the danger of slipping into rambling in case of longer posts. Further, I try to utilise the full character limit with much difficulty.
A book on Sri Aurobindo is needed covering contemporary issues relating to his legacy.
1) Challenge of Hindutva and response
2) Appropriation by Hindutva
3) Continued neglect by Govt and Universities
4) Mismanagement of Ashram and Auroville, and
5) Bleak prospect for Human Unity.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are present everywhere. They are the one Supreme Divine who have been guiding the march of evolution at every crucial step. Love for The Mother and surrendering to her is necessary for her grace and protection. This is the basics of Savitri Era Religion.
Portraying Sri Aurobindo as anti-colonialist is problematic. He was against colonial rule, no doubt, but his debt to the West and his appreciation of Western culture can't be overlooked. Besides, The Mother too represents the West, although her parents were from Turkey and Egypt.
My latest upload.
Empirical investigation of the existence by scientists and philosophers is rather an easy job. The task of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, as scholars, is much tougher since they speak of the supranational truth through the rational method. And theirs is not intellectual speculation.
Auroville News podcast talks about unauthorised cutting of trees and continued turmoil while the official side held a LitFest on the other hand. So many court cases are also going on. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo stand for peace and harmony but the current situation is the opposite.
Comment: Instead of literal meaning, it would be profitable to understand and apply the symbolic interpretation of various terms like the owl as unveiled by Sri Aurobindo in his The Secret of the Veda. Wishing you all the best in your intellectual journey.
It's interesting that many of Sri Aurobindo's books were written as a review or response to other authors. He made William Archer famous. Karl Lamprecht, Sir John Woodroffe, and James H. Cousins feature prominently in his other works. R.D. Ranade is mentioned apropos Heraclitus.
It's easy for us today to imagine The Mother & Sri Aurobindo as the one Supreme Divine but just think of the direct disciples who interacted with them as so. How much overwhelming it must be and what the pressure all through the month or year. We have with us a few such specimens.
Most people are aware of spiritual practices and so what is special about The Mother & Sri Aurobindo? Sounds logical but following them is the only way for knowing their divinity. Their teachings are a small part. How they are harbingers of evolution can be known by appreciation.
The Mother was born in France on February 21, 1878 and Sri Aurobindo went to England in 1879 and stayed till 1893. Although they lived so near to each other, their first meeting took place in Puducherry on March 29, 1914. ARYA was launched signalling the then intellectual urgency.
Savitri Era Religion is based on Sri Aurobindo's philosophy of evolution, delineated in The Life Divine. It is also anchored to surrender to The Mother who is the one Supreme Divine along with Sri Aurobindo. Savitri is a long, philosophical poem on the theme of conquest of death.
After Auroville LitFest, now Pondy LitFest. Good to see that it's a Hindutva affair and Sri Aurobindo is not involved. Such neat separation will stop confusing the young generation. But a word of caution. Congress and the Left had made the same mistake of fabricating a narrative.
You mean Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, and Shashi Kapoor?

Monday, August 21, 2023

Devotees feel the comparisons to be superfluous


It is heartening that independent focus on The Mother is growing but academic studies can't sustain without comparisons and juxtapositions. That is understandable but needless extraneous matter trivialises the principal subject under consideration. However, the circumstances were such that The Mother & Sri Aurobindo will continue to be compared with their contemporaries, both Indian and Western.

From the point of view of Savitri Era Religion, the problem is a bit accentuated. Since The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are worshipped as the one Supreme Divine, a devotee feels the comparisons are superfluous. Further, the gratuitous comments offered turn out, more often than not, irritating. Informed and valid criticism, however, should always be welcomed.

Apart from these general complaints, I have been pointing out many methodological aspects from time to time. The first and foremost is since The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have not fully theorised their being the one Supreme Divine, their metaphysical formulations should not be treated as final. Ultimately, it depends upon how the devotees perceive them in the long run.

Another allied point is as their own writings are to be approached with caution, the perceptions of their direct disciples and other perceptive scholars should assume added importance. Besides, the sociological dimensions concerning the devotees and Darshan Day celebrations should also receive academic attention instead of the one-way picture painted so far.

Appropriation and wrong representation are nagging problems and it will continue but awareness on these fronts and right argument can dissuade many. It is upon the devotees to protect the respect and honour of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo and developing necessary institutional mechanisms should be a priority.

Related X posts in original:

[Worlding Encounters: Indian Spirituality and Anti-Colonialism in the Life and Thoughts of “the Mother” (Mirra Alfassa) by RAVI DUTT BAJPAI AND SWATI PARASHAR, Gothenburg University, Swede - Global Studies Quarterly, 2023] #SriAurobindo #MirraAlfassa
Ashram archives has done a splendid job in preseving and publishing the works of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo but mere textual analysis won't create the right picture. All anthropological aspects, from the memoirs of disciples to congregation of devotees, need to be strung together
Just like Marx, famously, stood Hegel on his head, Savitri Era Religion worships The Mother & Sri Aurobindo as the one Supreme Divine instead of the biographical approach of successive spiritual realisations determining their greatness. Stories of their lives are merely a play.
It's true that many have tried to show The Mother in a poor light as compared to Sri Aurobindo. But when we start from their Supreme Divine status, other historical or exegetical aspects get blurred. Thus, methodologically, Savitri Era religion transcending the texts is in order.
Patrick Beldio's paper on The Mother is quite impressive but he has corrupted it by importing sundry concepts and terminology from other traditions. Somehow, he seems to miss out the first occurrence of descent of Supramental force for which Sri Aurobindo's death was necessitated
[Mirra’s revelations: posthuman sexless supramental humanity... anatomical metamorphosis... and glorified body Mirra Alfassa: Completing Sri Aurobindo’s Vision by Patrick Beldio Department of Theology/Religious Studies, Scranton University, PA 18510, USA]
Many get repelled by The Mother for being a relic of Colonialism. It may be true in the sense that she represents East-West integration and human unity. The journey of her life and how she was instrumental in moulding Sri Aurobindo's thought is fascinating
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are the one Supreme Divine who are always present and hence calling them Guru, Avatar, Master, or Shakti etc is erroneous. The Mother's photograph is kept in the left and, accordingly, addressing them should begin with The Mother for the mantric effect.
While no established institutions have been able to take clear stand, I have the satisfaction of putting up objective and neutral views on various political and religious matters from Sri Aurobindo's perspective. Without an axe to grind or strings attached, I plough my own furrow.
Apart from their intellectuality and varied interests, the greatest contribution of the direct disciples is that they recognised and accepted the divinity of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo in a total rational environment and passed the message for the benefit of the future generation
Apart from the mistaken notion of addressing them as Avatar or Guru, The Mother is also characterised as Shakti. These are all drawn from traditional metaphysical formulations. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, on the contrary, are the one Supreme Divine under the Savitri Era Religion.
The revolutionary image and the Ashram identity are a drag on the relevance of Sri Aurobindo. His philosophy and vision for the future has nothing to do with both these aspects. His works warrant serious study and there's no sectarian impediment as his horizon is truly universal.
Since The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, jointly, are the one Supreme Divine, they can't be compared with any other person. Their writings are excellent but still they transcend them. Their relevance is more for the future than the past as they hold the key to Supramental consciousness.
As more and more ploys are being deployed to keep Sri Aurobindo within the clutch of Hindutva the relevance of Savitri Era Religion is becoming more crucial. Using quotations from the works of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is very good but implying a secular scenario is hypocritical
Sri Aurobindo can't be defined by his writings alone. His life and action contain innumerable indications of his vastness. The Mother's perceptions of him provide further dimensions. Thus any reductionist portrayal of him is methodologically faulty. Integral perspective essential
[Theosophy and Integral Yoga: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-91) and Mirra Alfassa (1878-1973), the Mother. Genealogies of Transnational Religion: Translation, Revelation, and Discursive Technologies in Two Female Gurus of Esoteric Vedanta by Nika Kuchuk, University of Toronto]

Misc. References:


[HTML] Mirra Alfassa: Completing Sri Aurobindo's Vision

P Beldio - Religions, 2023 -
Mirra Alfassa’s influence, power, and authority are essential to the integral yoga according
to Aurobindo Ghose, yet most scholars have so far refused to examine their contours. …


[PDF] Worlding Encounters: Indian Spirituality and Anti-Colonialism in the Life and Thoughts of “the Mother”(Mirra Alfassa)

RD BajpaiS Parashar - Global Studies Quarterly, 2023 -
… In this paper, we trace Mirra Alfassa’s journey from a spiritual seeker to being anointed as
“… tional collaborations (as in the case of Mirra Alfassa) worked to achieve the nationalist goals …


The life incarnate and the life divine: Spiritual evolution, androgyny and the grace of the goddess in the teachings of Mirra Alfassa, the Mother of Integral Yoga

N Kuchuk - Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, 2023 -
… At the same time, Alfassa deemed celibacy as necessary for … Alfassa’s complex attitudes
towards gender and normative … materiality is an important current in Alfassa’s thought, including …


[PDF] The Educational Principles of Mirra Alfassa (The Mother) on Child-rearing Practices

A Das -
… Mother Alfassa was well aware of the fact that in order to create great human beings for
the … For Mother Alfassa, children are a part of the supreme God who holds tremendous …


[HTML] Fluid Encounters Between 'East and West': Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa in International Thought

RD BajpaiS Parashar -
… (Mirra Alfassa) were some of these fascinating figures. Here, we focus on The Mother (Mirra
Alfassa), a … nor static; Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa negotiated and often transgressed these …



SB Mohanty -
The Mother (Mira Alfassa) of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry as the founder of the Ashram
and its Centre of Education, was involved in education of children and started writing on …


[BOOK] Death and transformation in the Integral Yoga of Mirra Alfassa (1878–1973) of the Sri Aurobindo ashram: A Jungian hermeneutic

SL Julich - 2013 -
… This is not to put Mirra Alfassa on the couch, but to show the larger symbolic context
within which she was contained. This singular individual is also a universal one, and we can …


[PDF] The Kabbalah, the Philosophie Cosmique, and the Integral Yoga. A Study in Cross-Cultural Influence

P Heehs - Aries, 2011 -
… Par Mirra Alfassa, Aurobindo eut connaissance de plusieurs termes et concepts «
cosmiques », dont certains avaient probablement des antécédents kabbalistiques. Mais d’autres …


Mirra Alfassa: A Western Occultist in Inda

C Rhone - Pomegranate, 2000 -
Abstract" Pathotisme", which Theon said meant magnetism in antiquity, is a practice where
two persons, one psychically sensitive or a medium, and the other a protector and guide …


Affective Communities: Anticolonial Thought, Fin-de-Siècle Radicalism, and the Politics of Friendship

M Jasanoff - Common Knowledge, 2008 -
… For Edward Carpenter, anti-imperialism meshed with a radical understanding of homosexuality;
for Mirra Alfassa, the Parisian "Mother" of Sri Aurobindo's ashram, resistance to empire …