Sunday, October 27, 2019

Each individual is chugging along a unique destiny

Tweets in original by @SavitriEraParty and @NathTusar with ontological implications:

Two brothers: one is a doctor and another an engineer but when it comes to knowledge, each one is a kid before the other. Grounding in Sri Aurobindo, similarly, consumes many dedicated decades. Humility before stupidity is a sure recipe for idiots and scoundrels ruling the roost.

Every situation or event will have at least four different types of response; of the Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, and Shudras and many others overlapping of course. The Veda brings out this distinction which unequivocally becomes the cornerstone of Sri Aurobindo's contention.

Certain texts and temples are believed to be self-evident truths and the younger generation must free itself from such superstition. Since science has failed so far to explain any final configuration of our existence, diverse speculations compete to fill the space. Caution needed

Sri Aurobindo published The Life Divine during 1939-40. A book of pure philosophy, it makes the whole of Western philosophy obsolete. It also supersedes all streams of ancient Indian philosophy. Universities in India, unfortunately, are not allowing it to be studied in colleges.

Sri Aurobindo's interpretation of the Veda at one stroke alters all strands of received wisdom in India. Rituals and idols no longer enjoy any scriptural justification. Such a system of symbols, though available in Astrological literature, remains buried under mundane predictions

Two decades of the 21st century have confirmed utter groundlessness of all branches of human knowledge. Eulogising ancient texts and tradition, therefore, is fraught with hazards. Religious zeal needs to be re-evaluated so that younger generation musters courage to shed blinkers.

From an ontological point of view, designed in a different way, each individual is chugging along a unique destiny with biological or psychological commonalities distributed as abundantly as the differences. So, respect for diversity in a Democracy, though valid, is dysfunctional.

Managing man-woman relationships has been pivotal for civilisation and diverse aspects - from art to religion - have been pressed into the service of this crucial task. #Sabarimala is just one example of how the problem remains intractable and Dharma tenets are empty shibboleths.

Since science is becoming more and more shaky in its assumptions day by day, it's profitable to maintain an attitude of healthy scepticism without falling prey to atheism. To steer clear of a worldview founded on unfettered mythology and popular culture is another huge challenge.

A telescope, microscope, or stethoscope display the power of science and the urge for precision in knowing things beyond ordinary senses. The kaleidoscope however does the opposite and points to the infinite expanse of the universe and innumerable variations of its choreography.

Men and women are different in a hundred ways and recognising this reality by rejecting the hypocrisy of equality is the remedy. Reconstituting systems and situations by catering to psychological necessities should be the priority than facetious portrayals in fictions and movies.

Everything happens for the first time or nothing can be considered as a repetition. ("You cannot step into the same river twice" -Heraclitus). So, Democracy including the role of Judiciary is evolving by negotiating highly complex situations and navigating through wide diversity.

Each one is wired in a specific way and chained to a certain spatial limits. So universality is an incoherent and inchoate concept. Ideas like Infinite or Perfection nevertheless persist and propel a sense of adventure and discovery. But most are unwilling to undertake the burden.

I have said it many a time in the past that Sri Aurobindo wrote till 1950 and it's not proper to expect that each and every historical development will unfold in accordance with his words. Present situation has to be dealt with by us and I try to say things with utter seriousness

Ethics is fictional and aspirational. To be found as formulated only in plays or epics. Attributing it to persons is partial or whitewash. Vices are intrinsic to human drama as conflicts are to biology. So expecting politicians, judges, or journalists of pure virtue is but absurd

Exclusive Concentration like Extended Release or Paramarasa limiting itself like in Aletheia is another way of looking at Democracy vis-a-vis Conscious Evolution. Dwapara or Tretaya being in certain ratio of Satya or Vaikhari and Madhyama as some proportion of Pashyanti analogical

Aesthetics like nutrition must strive for the right-mix and avoid intoxication by a few dominant components. Not being natural or duly imparted by education, this aspect of personal development is a difficult proposition for many. Further, Media offerings often warp the scenario.

Even after successive spiritual experiences, Sri Aurobindo chose the intellectual route to spread his synthetic knowledge and Integral vision. No single text can impart that and the right course perhaps is to rummage through one hundred primary volumes with a childlike curiosity.

No one has experienced whole of life and consequently all portrayals of it are inchoate. Stretches of long years may be eventful but in terms of understanding reality of life can be a desert. Spectrum is merely a certain conception or visible aberration of light; not light itself.

This much we know from The Mother & Sri Aurobindo: descent of the Supramental consciousness on earth was an uncharted path for which they "struggled, suffered, hoped, endured so much" and "attempted all, prepared, achieved all for us" but we can't produce evidence. It's all faith

As long as science is not able to supply any valid explanation of our material existence, there's no other recourse than to believe in the Evolutionary ontology of Sri Aurobindo. Its Vedic orientation is more in line with sublime political dimension than mere individual salvation

Promoting individualism among Indians is necessary by discouraging mythology and symbols of monarchy. Religious practices in a Democracy like election symbols, party flags, taking oath and similar pomp and ceremony should be banished. The very concept of national anthem is flawed.

Each and every major narrative needs some measure of corrective. Western scholars have failed to accommodate or appreciate the Indian scenario and Indian public intellectuals are averse to an Integral view of things. So no need to be overwhelmed by the dominant political paradigm.

Psychoanalytic therapy prods to speak more and more so that what's suppressed comes to light. Besides, each individual evolves, each moment, at each transaction. Possibilities, rather than preconceived impressions about one, therefore, are important.

Western thought hasn't been able to recover from the blow Derrida imparted to its truth-claims. Hindutva will encounter such a moment sooner or later even if it avoids Sri Aurobindo assiduously. In the meantime allow it to wallow in its shallow reservoir of knowledge of the world

Despite their best efforts, The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have not been able to craft a coherent ontology but from a practical angle, #FiveDreams of Sri Aurobindo offer a very tempting vista. Such a possibility is worth believing in so that a critical mass precipitates for fruition.
Spirituality teaches humility and surrender but not sycophancy. The stand of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo as regards nationalism, patriotism, philanthropy, or religious activism is very clear and so there is no need of being overenthusiastic. Personal preferences however are valid.

Freedom today means: Freedom from being certain,
Freedom from the tyranny of grand narratives;
Freedom from group thinking and herd moves.
Freedom from distortion of history books,
Freedom from mortgaging talent to money and career;
Freedom from Astrology, Mythology, and Rituals.

Nothing definite is yet known about the functioning of the universe or even the human body which is hostage to various Hormones and Enzymes. Since we undergo several phases of thought and mood within 24 hours, philosophy, culture, and spirituality serve as cushion against gloom.

Criticising some for the preponderance of their certain predilections against that of another set of persons is a common fallacy. Sri Aurobindo's delineation of Mitra, Varuna etc. clearly explicates fourfold division of social organisation as perceived by the Vedic seers of yore.

Our planet is one and a whole, yet many are convinced that it's run by two sets of powers: the so-called Abrahamic and Dharmic. Such a schizophrenia leads to many other maladies with fascist symptoms. Reading The Mother & Sri Aurobindo can cure such myopia and misunderstandings.
Sri Aurobindo's writings and conversations cover more than forty volumes but quotation-wallahs don't go beyond a couple of them. This sort of censorship is not only dishonest but also pernicious. Understanding him at one's own pace is okay but deliberate amnesia is unforgivable.
Freedom has negative connotations; freedom from some original bondage, tyranny, or subservience. So achieving freedom is supposed to be a struggle and constant striving. One possible meaning of All life is yoga is this. Sri Aurobindo chose the word Arya to convey this imperative.
Be it RM or DF, critical appreciation is the key. No one is perfect, so avoiding us & them approach is essential. True for all great men or saints and savants. Necessary to remember the cases of Savonarola, Bruno, or Galileo. Unadulterated adulation is an adolescent's infatuation

I have read a few posts by Bruno Marchal who speculates about numbers dreaming or machines going irrational at an advanced stage. So, what are the challenges to face such a prospect? Seems to be too dystopian; any insights on that? Thanks.
Sri Aurobindo spoke of the logic of the infinite; so, trying to find logic in spirituality doesn't hold water.
It may not be a spiritual path at all; just changing costume to avoid public attention. It's his freedom; needn't conform to any prior version.

The desire to be desired is crucial for self-esteem and how it activates hormones in a moment is the most complex mystery of social existence. Sublimation is not exactly what The Mother & Sri Aurobindo aimed at; Transformation into an altogether new configuration and we must wait
Impersonality is integral to rationality but it's easier said than done. Other spheres of consciousness always wait in the wings and self-interest or self-protection is firm. Education, profession, financial position, age, gender, political affiliation; all have bearing on mind.
War is the father and king of all, said Heraclitus. Randall Collins highlighted how conflicts spur philosophy. Without Heehs imbroglio, the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo would have remained moribund. New frontiers opened by the debates like IY fundamentalism

I respect you both. Each person has his chosen intellectual trajectory, spiritual destiny, and Evolutionary assignment. Truth is a severely contested domain in the 21st century due to uncertainty of science and it's a catch 22 situation. So, let not there be bar on perspectives.
I feel pity for the Hindutva activists who undertake painstaking research for understanding various nuances of Islam in order to criticise it. Similar is the case of @devduttmyth who valiantly bears the burden of displaying the futility of mythology by wallowing in its quagmire.

You have said many things; would seem as rambling rant but intention is laudable. It's a question of right attitude and convincing content. In the absence of right books people are confused about the ideology. When right knowledge comes humility will dawn.
Human affairs as perceived by way of current affairs is merely a tranche. Even in its totality it's like a few pieces of a jigsaw puzzle without any assurance of being the authentic ones since rest of the pieces are either missing or it's not known whether a puzzle exists at all.
Hindutva votaries need to be polite therefore without flaunting any kind of certainty as regards cosmology or sociology. Superiority and exceptionalism are avoidable hubris. Berating others for their contesting point of view can be unsubstantiated chutzpah. Coexistence is basic.

Proof is the very fulcrum of science but since there are immeasurable fields of knowledge beyond the confines of science philosophical speculation comes to the rescue. There epistemology is as crucial as empiricism. I'm not an atheist but against Astrology, Mythology, and Rituals

No gainsaying that the world existed before the person but so far as the person is concerned his knowledge of the world existing before him is subsequent and would dissolve on his death or if he is in coma. So this awareness doesn't float outside the consciousness of human beings

A spider's web can be described without the spider or with the spider. Then how it connects from different points from two walls can also be included. Thus there can be multiple perspectives. By pushing the spider out of the discourse webs of words can be multiplied exponentially

The individual is not a part of a bigger universe; the universe rather is a part of the individual. All one's perceptions therefore are unique to himself or herself; nothing universal, rational, or scientific about it. This is far more reductionist than the anthropocentric view.

Nothing exists outside oneself: no past or future; no myth or narrative. The world exists solely in an individual's consciousness; all knowledge is subjective. So peddling any authentic history is as illusory as philosophical coherence. Habitus can't be seen as a sign of veracity

Suspect all myths and narratives being assiduously disseminated by the media and academia. Each one is a prisoner of his own trajectory and searching for any universally acceptable ontological framework is surely futile. Thus, all past philosophical formulations are mere stories.

Freedom has this outstanding feature of not believing in anything. It too can be a sign of utmost humility that one doesn't know. From that safety, it's prudent to reject all knowledge sources and philosophical streams. Then, only two dates matter: August 15 and March 29 (1914).

All said and done, spirituality is of theoretical utility only for it can't deliver on demand. But philosophically, it offers the best possible explanation of our existence as Sri Aurobindo has shown in The Life Divine. Apart from generating optimism, it fights fundamentalism too

Roy Bhaskar wrote many books to explicate reality but towards the end of his life he could spot the spider. Then there was nothing much to explain the web in isolation. However, his followers were aghast; how could he commit such a sacrilege! Publishing industry too was dismayed.

India is at the crossroads. No respect for knowledge; it's fashionable and prestigious to push planted narratives. Decibels are more credible than crucibles of truth. Entire corpus of Sri Aurobindo should have been part of syllabus but Universities are yet to evince any interest.

Scholarship shouldn't be resented; persons shouldn't be despised. The content should be the focus. What's good must be appreciated; what's flawed or distorted, deliberately or otherwise, needs to be countered. With sufficient caution and due academic humility; by producing fresh.

Reach of Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF since 2005) is meager but immense in terms of significance. Many have met tangentially with the potential of engendering diversions in thought and attitude. Thirsting for an anchor by grappling with philosophical uncertainty is the need.

While a day has so much of variety in terms of circadian rhythm and allied psychological rollercoaster that we ride, annual Merry-go-round of seasons seems to have no noticeable effect or causal factors in human functioning. This disconnect is surprising when even sea sees tides.

One basic thing is true. Seduce a person into conversation and after a while he will go on and on revealing many aspects of his thinking or hopes. This can be ascribed to power of language reinventing the person also. But healing can't be thrown out like baby with the bathwater.

Agree. Can only empathise with a mother's burden; but that's again somewhat empty, for we are worlds apart. You may however consider Sri Aurobindo for some future paper, if an occasion arises. Thanks.

Women represent empiricism and men a healthy scepticism and ambivalence; that's what came out of the debate on myth and history. May be more to do with awareness level than any inherent trait but the evolutionary burden of child rearing appears ill at ease with a rearview mirror.

Knowledge is not like a collage or a mosaic nor it's democratic. Rational quest for knowledge will certainly arrive at ontology after meandering briefly through epistemological questions. Once one is gripped by ontological concerns, the journey is bound to reach at Sri Aurobindo.

Modern civilisation has prevented people to look at women and instead sends them to museums and art galleries to see their portrayal in metal, stone, or paintings. Movies are also kosher for watching them on screen. So, everyone is glued to phone in Metro.

Democracy has no perfect past model but relies on people's spontaneity and creativity. Agile representatives and not robots or puppets are crucial for its success or quality. So, multiplicity of voices are in a sense essential. Geography and nature teach the primacy of diversity.
Sri Aurobindo was well conversant with major schools of Indian philosophy and mythology. So undertaking fresh comparison is pointless. Even comparative studies with Western thinkers by S.K. Maitra is not very fruitful. Postmodernism is the only area which challenges Sri Aurobindo

Arriving at the peak marks the beginning of negotiating with the decline. Yoga however aims at an endless progress in keeping with the spirit of Amrita invoked in the Veda. Many resign to an abstract and pragmatic conception but The Mother & Sri Aurobindo insist upon the physical.
To tweet or intuit, that's the question. The nature of writing is such that quite unexpected turns of phrase sprout by sheer logic of grammar or syntax, thus altering the semantics. Besides, the aesthetic dimension has its own compulsion which forces fresh tenets of hermeneutics.

Science has enabled us to disbelieve most of its findings and no firm assurance is available on how life and the world operates. All philosophical propositions similarly can be questioned. Religions are glorified superstitions. Sri Aurobindo, therefore, is the only reliable voice

Even after reading "a shelf full of books" that Sri Aurobindo wrote, it's difficult to claim any sure hints on future events or political course. Turning a supporter of Modi govt after being a critic on the basis of its non-performance and ideological ambivalence embarrasses many 20 Jan 19

Puru in Girish Karnard's Yayati denies having superhuman capabilities of his forefathers. Modi similarly steers clear of the imaginary glory of Hindutva and this ideological shift is no less significant than Deendayal, Nehru, or Roy. @Janamejayan may examine in his Dharma thread. 30 Jun 18

Since science, philosophy, and religion have failed to provide any cogent explanation, Evolutionary paradigm proposed by Sri Aurobindo in The Life Divine proves to be the most plausible option. Worshipping The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is the sole condition of Savitri Era Religion.

Although plurality or multiplicity is ontologically incompatible with a monistic hypothesis, the Sun as Mitra, Varuna, etc. indicate different powers and personalities though not without the charge of being typecast or programmed. Democracy needs to cater to at least four orders.
Emergence or innovation, therefore, may seem random but even the worst evil or an avatar as its consequence thus are part of the Evolutionary plan. The infinite possibilities fostered by Hiranyagarbha might be so for the human eye as the countless voices obtaining in a Democracy.
So, is process merely an eyewash? No, surely not since Maya or Shunya is affirmative in the final analysis. Even nullifying causality is absurd. Thus, brainstorming or wisdom of the crowd has some validity in precipitating solutions and Democracy is the most appropriate platform.
Exclusive Concentration like Extended Release or Paramarasa limiting itself like in Aletheia is another way of looking at Democracy vis-a-vis Conscious Evolution. Dwapara or Tretaya being in certain ratio of Satya or Vaikhari and Madhyama as some proportion of Pashyanti analogical
Musical notes, Fractals, or Fibonacci numbers indicate a more precise mathematical order behind the reality sending shudders down the spine of a Democratic spirit. On the other hand "Doesn't occultism lead straight to fascism?" asks J Strube. Same old debate on fate vs. freewill!

Equality between men and women and concentrating on common human methods is a defining element of Sri Aurobindo's yoga. Thus, the empowerment dimension is downplayed but the magnetic function performed by women in any ecosystem is often neglected leading to lack of lubrication.

Spirituality doesn't evolve in a vacuum and involves all our faculties and activities. Politics or collective affair including physical facilities and amenities are an integral part of such a scenario. So, building an identity around shared values and a common faith is essential.

Many secrets of nature have come to light through science but there's no assurance that all the mystery will be disclosed. Human mind is a limited bowl and hence can't know the whole. Thus, those insisting on any particular religion are mistaken. Integral outlook needed to know.

Looking at the sky at night is the easiest means to be cured of religious fundamentalism since no single religion can claim to have created all the stars. [Remember that these innumerable worlds, ...are a million times more ancient than your Himalaya, ...]

Science told facts and the empiricist approach assumed a huge prestige leading to consumer behavior studies. Management however discovered that data don't give uniform results and turned to philosophy. Sri Aurobindo of course spoke of spiral course of evolution a century earlier.

Having seen several episodes of propaganda and disinformation during the last sixty years, I have been warning against grand narratives spun by those having vested interests. Working on current issues is a sound strategy for not being drawn into the vortex of analysing the past.

Instead of conjectures, it's better to accept Sri Aurobindo in terms of his actual achievements which are no less considerable. A positive environment of appreciation created around his future vision would have no place for hatred for other personalities who too helped in a way.

No doubt, The Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo is a difficult book but a certain density of orientation on its content as well as context will go a long way in understanding it. For this purpose, The Philosophy of Evolution by Rod Hemsell is an excellent help.

Commodity fetishism introduced by Marx is an important milestone in theory which also recognises an element of mysticism akin to spirituality of Sri Aurobindo. The glamour perceived in an object by a consumer can easily be compared with seeking the All Beautiful behind relations.

Nothing is self-evident truth since nothing definitively is known about our life or understanding. So a safe characterisation of all we know or think is a belief system or narrative. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have forged a new narrative which needs to be pushed to topple others.

The tension between the individual and society is ordinarily given a political treatment but The Mother & Sri Aurobindo point to a psychological interconnectedness signifying the possibility of harmony replacing the present discord. They also tell of the Vedic domains of virtue.

If one doesn't subscribe to Divine manifestation of Sri Aurobindo and continuing action then a mere scholarly appreciation of his works doesn't mean much. Because his vast and diverse writings don't really add up to anything; can be utterly confusing. But he personifies Evolution

It's therefore absolutely necessary to be clear about the background of Sri Aurobindo's ideas and how he synthesises Western speculative wisdom with Vedic Evolutionary vision. The Philosophy of Evolution by Rod Hemsell is an excellent overview on the topic

Considering the fact that humans have been inhabiting this planet since one lakh years, creativity relating to women by men through art, architecture, poetry, literature, music, and movies is recent. So much of content but women, unfortunately, are deprived of enjoying sentiment.

Almost all of Sri Aurobindo's writings can be said to be incomplete or work in process. He was never satisfied; always intended to revise. Even The Life Divine can be seen as incomplete as his essays (1949-50) revealing Mind of Light remained inconclusive.

Instead of the usual sense of love, the Vedic figures of Mitra and Varuna signifying fraternity can be the model for the future society. Such a scenario of course is unthinkable at present, but the fourfold forms a fundamental structure of any organisation or moulds of Evolution.

Science promised an era of transparency but AI smacks of a realm of Kafkaesque conspiracy. The snares of big data and deep state are ever increasing keeping pace with arms race. Carbon footprint and global warming hang like the sword of Damocles. Sri Aurobindo is the solution.

A rare instance where Sri Aurobindo approvingly hints at intellect's potential of expressing fraternity without mentioning a spiritual turn. Such a prospect however looks improbable when gender dynamics comes into picture to exert extraneous emotions.

For instance, a technology like an ordinary boat is still so relevant and useful where nothing else is available, affordable, or feasible. Family skills also matter as no diploma or licence is required. Utility of bicycles or bullock carts similarly seem indispensable even today.

Monday, September 02, 2019

Crystal doors of inner planes

Assorted tweets collated by @NathTusar Director #SavitriEra Learning Forum (SELF since 2005) Ghaziabad #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion

Whereas Platonism is "henological' in the sense of inquiring as to what kinds of unit things are and what ways of being a unit there are, we may say that Aristotle is primarily interested not in this cardinal unity, but in the ordinal sense of determining what is *first*.

Dr. Soumitra Basu of Sri Aurobindo Society compares Foucault with Sri Aurobindo. Interesting.
The silence n the attacks  of  the leftists on Sri Aurobindo's vision of Nationalism is distasteful to me. Thapar, like Nandy n Chakraborty, has done the same thing from her left fort.
A historian must be balanced n impartial. Else it is fiction of the "rich" mind-- " apono monero madhuri mishya" (Tagore's phrase) meaning "mixing sweetness of my mind". The work of such a "Congress-Left historian" should be rechecked whatever maybe his/her awards n degrees!

In his book  @swapan55 Ji notes Nirad Chaudhuri as a thought leader of Indian right. Chaudhuri was a rape fantasizer, pervert misogynist, self proclaimed stooge of genocider Churchill & deeply racist antiBengal. All these make the Indian Right Wing

A review of Awakening Bharat Mata in the New Indian Express by ⁦@anirbanganguly⁩

We don't need such perverted, ignorant and twisted new frontiers of falsehood. Truth will and does stand on its own. Intellectual perverts like Peter Heehs are best ignored.

“The fundamental idea is that, in creating by “heating” & by repeated “emissions,” Prajāpati consumes himself & ends by becoming exhausted. The two key terms—tapas (ascetic ardor) & visṛj (emission)—have sexual connotations, for asceticism & sexuality are connected.”

Oh that’s only exposure to Sanskrit is through Sri Aurobindo’s Secret of the Veda..that symbolism and vocabulary I intuitively get but nothing else...thanks for responding..may the Devas/Devis favour your journeys.. an artist..such nuance and colour...such a detailed being must be the Divine 🤣 hence we aspire to surrender to Him...

So true
There is NO ONE like Sri Aurobindo.
Each of His literary expressions, from letters to epics, is like a complete & finely tuned harmony of Divine arrangenment. Greatest living demonstration of Divine Perfection.

Read Shri Aurobindo, how to interpret Hindu texts, everything can be false only Hymns of Rig-veda are true, everything that contradicts rig-veda is false.

The narrative terrain today is divided unequally between popular #Hindu resistance and institutional #Hinduphobic #hegemony
The victimhood industry works by a theoretical contrivance called ‘deconstruction’, which diligently reduces a culture or society by its ideological underpinnings- ‘patriarchy’, ‘Brahmanism’ or ‘normalization of heterosexuality’
Muslim attitude towards jihadi violence. This contradiction between seemingly irreconcilable moral attitude (condemning acts of terror& yet unquestioningly rationalizing all violence espoused by Quran)finds expression in political opinion of Islamic society

Great article. The moron libtards who think that their ilk own intellectualism are clearly blinkered for they will neither read nor comment on this scholarly view, choosing instead to live in their fragile and ignorant self congratulatory echo-chamber
Doctors have to renew their registrations regularly through life. They need to collect continuing medical education hours per year. Why the hell should old bags like this liar have a lifetime position without validating her CV?

The Mughal imperial system was of an ‘Islamicate’ character. It had enforced a broad political and cultural hegemony of Islam which granted Hindus limited room for cultural self-assertion

Illuminated Qutub Minar in all its glory : Sublime, Serene, Subtle, simple & looking gorgeous ! Congrats #ASI for lighting up heritage monuments & enabling evening viewing.

It fascinates me that while the character for "righteousness" or yì, which is thought to draw on formal training, had to change from the traditional Chinese 義 to the simplified Chinese 义, the character for "benevolence" or rén, thought to arise naturally, stayed the simple 仁.

"They had to preach secularism by projecting Hindus as hateful bigots, contributing to the fake intolerance debate the left-liberals in the country are trying to propagate for last few years."

There is DEEP connection between work of Thapar et al + cause that Girilal Jain et al had to struggle for. As new Ombudsman of Indian Education Firmament, you should know that. Choose battles, friends, enemies consciously. Mahabharata scorned the neutral

Sandhya ji you know best, since you yourself have been at the forefront of the struggle to articulate & establish this new narrative. I wish someday Girilal Jain et al get their real due in the regeneration of civilisational India while those who spited them will wither away
How these "emeritus" sniggered at the formidable Girilal Jain's opus "The Hindu  Phenomenon" & did all to kill it is another story... it will have a gigantic sound if recounted someday!!

Glad to know you approved of my father's book, but the two are unconnected. I prefaced my tweet with a statement about what I thought of Romilla Thapar's work.
While on the subject of Romilla Thapar @ARanganathan72 @vijayvaani a look at the govt's track record on academic excellence!!!
For all the talk, till now, the UGC/Aicte stranglehold remains

I often say that the core of liberalism is its conception of mind and scientific knowledge, this is nicely illustrated by how foreign religious beliefs are repackaged for a Western liberal audience: psychologized and given (alleged) scientific credentials.
You can take any set of religious beliefs and recast them in terms of their psychological and health benefits for the individual, while rejecting their ‘literal’ interpretation as ‘unscientific’, and then you have a liberal doppelgänger which can replace the original.

जातिगत आरक्षण से टूट रहा है देश - शान्त प्रकाश जाटव

The historical fact is that the British invented an “Indian caste system,” which is vastly different from the rooted conceptions of Varna, Kula & Jati. 
By Sandeep Balakrishna ji @dharmadispatch   
Do read:

Why People Hate Religion

Don’t give a paper
Asian historicism before Protestantism
A Buddhist argument against rebirth
Nussbaum’s revised view of anger
The importance of being Thich Quang Duc
Kant’s quantitative individualism
A Sellarsian solution for the self?
Ten years of Love of All Wisdom

Celebrities/politicians/businessmen using environmentally unfriendly Ganesha images are ushering in pollution not prosperity..... Ganesha is all about vanaspati, plants and its magical ability to nourish everyone....the image below is the most traditional form of Ganesh.

While asking for CV of Romila Thapar by JNU is foolish and reeks of deliberate attempt to insult, the people who idolise Thapar like God who cannot be questioned are speaking like bhakts. No one on earth is above criticism provided criticism is legitimate and scholarly.
I felt sick reading some tweets as if Thapar is God. Agreed she has formidable record but it doesn't mean another scholar cannot question, critique her work or her work is the final authority like some word of God and anything contrary is BS

It also reeks of entitlement and elitism considering the family she comes from. The minute you start treating her like some God you play into the BJP's hands. She is a formidable scholar but need not be blindly worshipped

Riveting intellectual debate featuring Catholics vs Anglicans on whether devil aka satan are real or symbolic.

My essay on language hegemony in India (Gujarati) - in Nireekshak:

Rakhigarhi genetic findings are going to be published on 5th Sep. Findings would be announced at a press conference at National museum, New Delhi on 5th evening by Dr Niraj Rai et al. The findings will be published in world's topmost Scientific Journal- 'Cell'. Momentous day!

Niraj Rai supports AIT in academic papers, though sings a different tune in public programs. If he is only saying that Rakhigarhi DNA is indigenous, no impact on AIT vs OIT, since alleged invasion came later. Need comparison of Rakhigarhi DNA w modern DNA of that area

In #writing human-centered #scifi, there's the need to balance an intimate and sympathetic portrayal of the characters with a universe full of crazy #scifi elements that those characters inhabit. For me plot doesn't come into it much because I'm a #pantser
It's easy to see the nerd appeal of #WH40k over #StarWars in this image comparing the armoured troopers of each universe. SW #stormtroopers are matinee mooks whose useless armour and lack of marksmanship is legendary. WH40k #adeptusastartes are grimdark overpowered superhumans
Strictly speaking I should have one twitter account for writing, one for animal rights, one for science, one for spirituality, one for politics, et cet era.  But it's too much of hassle, and anyway my scifi has to be the mythopoetic vehicle of all the others

Day 16: #30Days of posting cover of books I love on group think(1 book a day for 30 days)  #MyFavouriteGroupPsychBooks
Somewhat like a review or comment that I wrote many years ago
I don't know about rigidness of perspective but I have read them over a very many years. They are all different.

Because Thou Art: Scholarship and learning are means of detecting a wrong
Assorted tweets collated by @NathTusar
Director SELF #SavitriEra Learning Forum
#SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
Title and author in the tweet itself would be helpful; searchable later too. A line about the book can be still more interesting. One question, iydm: if one devours all these books, won't he suffer from a certain rigidness of perspective? What's your prescription to obviate that?
Savitri Era: Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo would have remained moribund without Heehs imbroglio
Tweets in original by @NathTusar President @SavitriEraParty
#SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
Agree. Can only empathise with a mother's burden; but that's again somewhat empty, for we are worlds apart. You may however consider Sri Aurobindo for some future paper, if an occasion arises. Thanks.
While publishing the revised edition of Savitri in 1993, Sri Aurobindo Ashram also brought out a separate slim volume collating the old and new lines or passages. A similar compilation is needed for how much old history has been replaced by new findings published by RW journals.
While a day has so much of variety in terms of circadian rhythm and allied psychological rollercoaster that we ride, annual Merry-go-round of seasons seems to have no noticeable effect or causal factors in human functioning. This disconnect is surprising when even sea sees tides.

ARTIST TALK, 6th September 1930 hours, The Park, Bangalore:
I will be joining Avner Pariat and my dearest hell raiser friends from the India...

Modi's own image-building exercise has completely ruined India's image internationally! via @ndtv

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Bharata Federation as the nucleus of World Union

There are many strong votaries of mother language but they are yet to be convinced about Sovereignty to the States of India. #BharataFederation as the nucleus of #WorldUnion is sure to supply momentum to realisation of the #FiveDreams of Sri Aurobindo broadcast on August 14, 1947

Tomorrow is #WorldUnion Day:
Nov 26, 1958: J. Smith & Anil Mukherjee formed New World Union
May 1959: A.B. Patel joined
April 23, 1960: name was changed to World Union
August 20, 1964: The Mother became the President  and Surendra Mohan Ghosh, the Chairman

1. #Hinduism does not 'Compete' with Faith based belief systems. It is a lived, experiential, empirical, direct realization of The Immanent Being pervading & transcending the Multiverse with  many valid paths.
2. Emic perspectives are inadequate & incompetent to comment on this.

Exact reason why I cringe when someone calls Sanatana Dharma as philosophy...and equate it to the various other ‘philosophies’! Philosophy as a certain mental construct that states a certain position as compared to an experiential state of consciousness are chalk and cheese
Adi Shankara philosophised discovery of the One Immanent pervading all..And classified it as Advaitha..but the experience preceded the mental any two but idiot comes claiming to be an advaitin, we wonder whether their mind accepted the idea or if they experienced!
I feel a similar view is also imposed on the ancient Greeks..especially feels him being tantalisingly close to discovery of the Agni principle...Sri Aurobindo covers him in a set of essays..shift the western lens, apply symbolic thinking and he is one of us!

 Sri Aurobindo's Savitri: An Apocalyptic Literature
— Prof. Dr Madhumati M. Kulkarni
ISBN: 978-81-93953-80-8
Publisher: Academy of Comparative Philosophy and Religion, Belgaum Binding: Soft Cover Pages: 370 Price: Rs 575
This book is a study of Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri based on the concept of revelatory visions of the future of mankind. Taking a scholarly approach to the subject, the author includes chapters defining the genre of apocalyptic literature and its mystic or spiritual basis, and Savitri as an Indian illustration of the genre. Subsequent chapters examine the revelatory aspects of the poem in relation to the true nature and purpose of the human being, the mystery of consciousness on the mental, vital, and physical planes, and the hidden meaning of consciousness on the planes of the higher mind, the illumined mind, the plane of intuition, the overmind, and the supramental.

Sri Aurobindo's Commentaries on Krishna, Buddha, Christ and Ramakrishna
Their Role in the Evolution of Humanity
— Wilfried Huchzermeyer
ISBN: 978-81-939500-0-5
Publisher: Prisma, Auroville, in collaboration with Verlag W. Huchzermeyer, Germany Binding: Soft Cover Pages: 115 Price: Rs 300
In this short work, the author studies the various statements and commentaries made by Sri Aurobindo, and a few by the Mother, on the life and work of these Avatars of the past. The interpretations revealed in these commentaries indicate that he saw all four as messengers who came to earth with a special mission, to support and accelerate the evolution of humanity in a particular way. The chapters discuss what Sri Aurobindo has written in his major works and in his letters to disciples on each of the four Avatars, beginning with Krishna, who played a significant part in Sri Aurobindo’s own sadhana. Comments by the Mother shed additional light on these subjects.

Namaskar Krishna,
Thanks for your comments! As you may agree, the true meaning of our scriptures can only be known in the depths of our inner experience. What is expressed in human language is always subject to our interpretation. This, however, doesn't imply that all interpretations are allowed. But it's also true that our scriptures can have multiple valid interpretations. As Sri Ramakrishna used to say, the formless God is my father and God with form is my mother.

Kushal Shah wrote: Namaskar,
I would like to share with you a short article of mine titled "Ramana Maharshi and the Socratic Method" recently published in the May-June 2019 issue of Direct Path, which is a magazine of the Ramana Kendra, New Delhi.
I will be glad if you can kindly take a look at the attached PDF and share your thoughts in this regard.
The full magazine and earlier issues are available on this link:
Thanks, Kushal.

Part 5/5: 25 Year Journey - Emotional vs Competitive
Rajiv describes the problem of many Hindus who want to participate but are over-emotional and inadequate in producing output at world standards of scholarship. Many activists are emerging without the tapasya, experience, rigor to become good scholars. But the community lacks this understanding and considers popularity as the benchmark of being an intellectual. He discusses what is at stake and the way forward.
Watch On YouTube: CLICK

Charles Sanders Peirce was an intellectual titan, an American Aristotle. His obscurity stems from the abstruseness of his ideas and the machinations of his rivals

Asian historicism before Protestantism
by Amod Lele
We are surely familiar with the pattern by now: members of an Asian tradition are concerned about supposed corruptions in their tradition which depart from the intentions of the tradition's historic founders, so they turn with renewed focus to the historical texts that they take to be at the tradition's centre. We, with our historical hindsight, now know that this Asian concern with texts and founders is an alien importation, the work of colonial subjects aping their Protestant missionary rulers' search for textual historicity. Except for one thing: it isn't.

Who is afraid of ‘Philosophy’ in India?— A guest post by Mrinal Kaul
I think a subject like philosophy is particularly seen as intimidating by institutions because it teaches us the art of questioning with rigour. Philosophical robustness, for instance, also teaches us how to question hegemony—that is traditionally so deeply ingrained in the ‘philosophy’ of educational institutions in India. A democratic institution is an organized idea in a structured form. Institutions should not be afraid of ideas, rather they should learn how to engage with ideas and also create opportunities for others for discussing ideas from different points of view.
Institutions need vision. And this vision is not cultivated overnight. A number of struggling minds over a longer period of time with the help of all like-minded supporters gradually develop into a vision that eventually takes the shape of an ideal institution. These institutions need to develop their own vision over a period of time without which they would be running a mindless mind... It is not that the Sanskrit sources ‘are’ hegemonic, but we have supplied this hegemony to them very generously. And we have also done this rather by neglecting the non-Sanskrit sources for too long... In fact, the Sanskrit sources themselves are hardly explored properly and many a times terribly misinterpreted in the popular discourse. This should call for more serious engagement with a subject like philosophy in Indian universities where emphasis should be laid on the robustness of curriculums rather than getting away with philosophy courses. What the newly formed liberal arts institutions in the country should understand is how to learn to be self-critical.

How did the Emergency render the Jan Sangh and RSS respectable, paving the way for them to enter the mainstream of Indian politics?

Got this book by Naveen Patnaik today. Well researched and very well presented. Have just begun reading

Freedom, Krishna and Sri Aurobindo: The Civilisational Vision of India

It is only in Bose’s Indian National Army that we see the real spirit of Kshatra. It is our collective good fortune that we see this selfsame Kshatra even today in the Indian Army.
Epilogue: The Tradition of Kshatra since 1857

A Case for India: A Glimpse into how the British Plundered India and Destroyed a Great Civilisation via @dharmadispatch

The Untold Story of how the Doon School Goon Squad Ran Bharatavarsha to the Ground via @dharmadispatch

Britain’s colonial obsession with separatist politics in the subcontinent, and its own domestic political need to pander to a growing Muslim population, are driving this anti-India action.

Please formulate a question. A correct formulation of a question is half way to solution. It's called "Formulation of Problem " in sciences.

आरक्षण का आधार जाति नहीं जरूरत हो
तत्काल प्रभाव से खत्म हो जातिगत आरक्षण

मोहन भागवत ने कल हुंकार भर दी कि आरएसएस आरक्षण पर राष्ट्रीय बहस चाहता है।
क्या आप इस बहस के लिए तैयार हैं? क्या आपका समाज तैयार है आरक्षण बचाने के लिए?

#EastMeetsWest #bharatanatyam #newfilm #filmreview
My review of the film "His Father's Voice" made by Kaarthikeyan Kirubhakaran.

A good article by @TheJaggi but there's no real religious freedom in the USA. No sky burial to a Parsi. A Hindu cannot immerse cremation ashes in rivers. Both are religious beliefs. Religious freedom is allowed so long as it isn't repulsive to Christians:

Two-Nation Theory is misconceived by a lot of people as an exclusively religious argument. Consequently, opponents bring in different aspects of pre-partition India to counter it and attempt to make it irrelevant in modern era. This thread addresses that misconception. 1/N

The issue is Islam is a fossilised medieval religion that abhors any evolution. World evolves and thinking humans born into islam want to live in progressive societies like India. Fundamentalists can live in Pakistan. See which is progressing?

Much of the Hindu-Muslim tension would have gone if d present day  muslims acknowledged the massacre done by these fanatics in the name of Islam. Instead they r arrogant n blind. Unity will come only when they stop denying these massacres n forced conversions.

This WEEK That YEAR - Krishna’s eternal message in the Bhagavadgita is the civilizational vision of India that inspired its freedom struggle and found a new expression in the writings of Sri Aurobindo.

A report of the special lecture by Sandeep Balakrishna @dharmadispatch highlighting the key ideas he presented, is now up on SAFIC website. Pictures from the event are also included.
Video recording of the full event will be released shortly.

Bhai, better not to name than to give an inaccurate or shoddy impression. Referring to Sri Aurobindo as a mere "eminent philosopher" & claiming he "emphasized equality" is to engage in Westernized Left-Liberal appropriation of the greatest exponent of Yoga who has ever been born.
Most uninspiring & weak "tribute". No doubt personally authored by masala chaiwala himself with help from some other equally ignorant but slightly more articulate personal secretaries.

Tributes to the great Sri Aurobindo Ji on his Jayanti. He was a prolific thinker and exceptional philosopher whose ideals inspire millions. He emphasised on human dignity and equality. Sri Aurobindo was also a devout nationalist who had grand dreams for our nation.

In his Uttarpara speech, when Sri Aurobindo explains how Sri Krishna visited him in the jail, he says Sri Krishna gave him an aadesh to work for spiritual destiny of India. In return, he promised him India's liberation. Otherwise, Sri Aurobindo was not ready to leave the movement

Friday, July 12, 2019

Sense of participatory citizenship is priceless

The Fractal Organization: Creating Enterprises of Tomorrow
N Joseph - South Asian Journal of Management, 2019
… larger scales. The author introduces fractal based systems thinking for organizational change and development by combining fractal science from Mandelbrot and physical-vital- mental orientations from Sri Aurobindo. Fractals …

[PDF] Happiness explained by the ancient Hindu Scriptures and the temporal nonlocality in Quantum Entanglement
J Paul - 2019
… any sort. - Brihadaaranyaka Upanishad 1.4.14 According to Sri Aurobindo, happiness is the natural state of humanity, as he mentions in his book 'The Life Divine', he informs about it as delight of existence. Srimad Bhagavad …

[PDF] Cinema and the Evolutionary Emotional-Aesthetics of Sri Aurobindo
MA Kaplan
Sri Aurobindo was an Indian philosopher, yogi, poet and one of the first integral theorists, having developed an integrated system of Yoga called Integral Yoga (1993). One of Aurobindo's contributions to integral theory was its application to the …

The Global Rise of the Far Right
… tni), Netherlands Sayaka Funada-Classen, Japan Shuji Hisano, Kyoto
University, Japan Koichi Ikegami, Kinki Universit, Japan Alexander Nikulin, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public …

Assorted tweets:

There's an unstated fantasy about the West. This fantasy juxtaposes "5000-yr backward, caste-ridden India" vs the West as some egalitarian heaven. We forget that the West had chattel slavery till the 19th century and, mostly, women could vote and own property only in the 20th.
In practically every epoch of human history, India has been more egalitarian, wealthier, with more diversity and acceptance than the West. All the qualities of the West we see now, even physical cleanliness of cities, is barely 100-150 years old. 2/n
The narrative of internalized Western supremacy is an artifact of colonialism. Colonialism of *our* minds, and *their* colonial loot, slavery and appropriation of native lands and resources as the basis of their economic progress.
A reminder that Australia was settled by White criminals who started off by killing, raping and destroying the indigenous peoples. #ChristianMorality #SAvsAUS
Till the 60s Australia classified native people under "flora and fauna"—as animals, not human. Now missionaries in India claim they are here to "save" tribal people. #SAvsAUS #AUSvsSA
Till the 20th century, the West was still keeping human beings in zoos, just as native people up till 1970s in Australia were legally "animals." Now their trained Indian sepoys parrot how "Brahmanism" oppressed tribal people (for missionaries to "save") 🙄
Christian history is one of slavery, subjugation and genocide. Till 20th century, Australian Christians classified aborigines as animals.
Per Indian “liberals”, missionaries come to “save” “tribals” & “Dalits.” Strange they’ve never saved anyone else

But more than just benefits of economy, tech education etc, what Indians benefitted from, which is quite priceless, is the sense of participatory citizenship. In spite of the Brits *not* allowing full citizenship to Indian hoi polloi, the intro to the concept was change enough.
Ambedkar speaks at length about it. Of course some Indians will inevitably say that Indians already had it since Mahabharata or something (bloody typical!)...
The fact is we were, and to an extent still are, a socially challenged people. Paper-thin social contract. Airy-fairy rule of law. Ekeing out an existence based on extended familial/caste/biradari networks, or in places purely tribal codes of behaviour.
I used to think it didn’t but I’m increasingly of the view that India’s interaction with British colonialism was far more beneficial than we give it credit for. Almost necessary for Indian social reform & economic revival, even though the initial period was quite extractive.
Not a people who could have innovated a sense of citizenship naturally. We had to borrow it and that is what we did. Quite consciously. It is to Indians’ credit that they didn’t throw the baby out with the bath water.

History of cow protection in india
Fantastic, must-read article by @entropied

Many years ago, I walked in Pandharpur Wari all the way from Akkalkot. Million of people walk 100s of KMs to go see the beauty of Vitthoba and Rukumayi. It is a frenzy, the likes of which can be experienced only by taking part in it

"Women Of Pride", by Lakshmi Vishwanathan
Ordered this - really looking forward to it!
"studies, in depth, the devadasi tradition and its transformation into a living cultural phenomenon in the context of Hindu tradition. h/t @by2kaafi
#books #Hinduism

Best translation of 'vairAgya' is given by Sri Bannanje Govindacharya. He terms it 'detached attachment'. So someone having no money is not vairagya but a very rich person not affected by wealth is indeed vairagya. Chaturmasya vrata develops sankalpa ability (control) of manas.

"Re-imagining" and "mythology" - exactly what the Leftist and Left-leaning history writers used to do! In fact some of them insisted that history was not to be telling truth about the past - it was justifying the past to suit the requirements of the historian's ideology!

The Hindu Charter demands equal constitutional rights to Hindus on par with the rest of the communities. Watch this video where the speaker discusses why Articles 26-30 need to be amended to ensure equality for all.
Sign now:

Mahābhārata – Episode 74 – The Invincible Bhīṣma

Every Hindu child must be made to MEMORIZE the verses in Mudrarakshasa that bring out Chanakya's character so powerfully. These childhood lessons will act as a great bulwark against any challenges in life.
--- Sandeep Balakrishna @dharmadispatch

My theory is that Sleeping Beauty (1959) is the most beautiful animated film ever created and to support my argument I've brought along these images.
The conceptual work alone is worth the price of admission. Eyvind Earle was a master.
Basically every Disney movie from 1939 to 1969 was a beautifully artistic masterpiece. So here’s my proof to back me up.

"Man to his earth drawn always prefers his nethermost promptings,
Man, devouring, devoured who is slayer & slain through the ages
Since by the beast he soars held & exceeds not that pedestal’s measure.." #Illion_BookVII #SriAurobindo #WorldPopulationDay (Art: John Pitre)

@Auro_Mere @mirra21_mala @DhruvalKhurana Yesterday late in the night remembered a line of #Savitri by #SriAurobindo ..
To heal with her feet the aching throb of life.
Had faint memories of devotees praying to the Mother to press with her 🦶their chest , literally! May kindly confirm!

Please request @M_Lekhi to check the documents for the land surrounded by Sri Aurobindo Marg, Sarvodaya Enclave, Kalu Serai & Mother's International School. An ashram has been occupying the land for ages.

Modi govt is perceived to have developed serious doubts on the legitimacy of Hindutva. This is a welcome development and vindicates our stand. Gandhi, I think, is only a temporary phase; a red herring for attracting support from diverse quarters. Ultimate anchor is Sri Aurobindo.
RW was about ideology: a curios combination of Market & Mythology. Now it's marketing: soliciting donations, selling books, endorsing resorts, seeking conference sponsorships, LitFests. Left survived by exactly this strategy. The more things change, the more they remain the same.
VIP VAK: It's a wrong move to punish Peter Heehs @NathTusar, Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF), SRA-102-C, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad - 201014 (UP) #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
Savitri Era of those who adore,
Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

Plasim Radar

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Judges, lawyers, politics: Religion still divides Malaysia - *Constituting Religion* is an immensely valuable work, as it shows the extent to which the Malaysian state apparatus has contributed to a warped concepti...

The Gestalt of Reality - We are (slowly) becoming more sophisticated in our understanding of how the structure (or Gestalt) of our reality and the structure (or Gestalt) of our con...

Supreme Life of Our Life, Part 6: True Existence and Immortality - When we reflect on human life, the focus is almost entirely on the period between birth and death of an individual and the wants, needs and actions underta...

Latin university motto is similar to Chinese tattoo - Assorted tweets: "Education" policies have always been & will be about mass literacy. It's about numbers & creating future "workforce". Hence, Govts shoul...

Verse 100 of Bhratrhari's Niti Shataka - Brahma, by whom the potter, serpentining the stars, becomes cosmically the yolk of the egg that is his own thrown pot Vishnu, by whom our every birth is a...

The importance of being Thich Quang Duc - In the Śikṣā Samuccaya‘s chapter on patient endurance, Śāntideva urges aspiring bodhisattvas to attain a meditative state (samādhi) called the Sarvadharmas...

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Intégral Yoga & Défauts humains (V): le Divin en l’autre, et en tout - Lorsque je suis arrivée en 1972 à Auroville, le nouveau livre d’écrits de Sri Aurobindo que j’ai alors découvert était tout mince, mais il a à nouveau été ...

Remembering Annapurna - She would recite, in a very soothing low voice, almost inaudible to others but her, one of her bhajans whenever she was cooking. Or she would be doing he...

Distorting Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga – Anirjeet - Peter Heehs and his American supporters at the Archives of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, should be packed off to Donald Trump’s country and made to fe...

The Mystic Pragmatism - M.S.Srinivasan (In this article, some conceptions presented in a workshop at an international conference is examined in the light of a deeper spirit...

Years with my Mentor: K. D. Sethna by Goutam Ghosal - Dear Friends, K. D. Sethna (25.11.1904 — 29.6.2011) was a Parsi sadhak who joined Sri Aurobindo Ashram at the age of twenty-three in December 1927. He was ...

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

English of Sri Aurobindo seems like some secret tantric language

Assorted tweets:

the Orchid and the rOse: Sri Aurobindo's fame as a mystic obscured his importance as a poet and aesthetician
@NathTusar, Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
Savitri Era of those who adore,
Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

Another Prof. @MakrandParanspe (ed) book I have is Sri Aurobindo Reader. "This Hindu nation was born with the Sanatana Dharma, with it it moves and with it it grows." ~Sri Aurobindo. @avatans @AbhinavAgarwal @IndicAcademy @indictoday

Savitri is engrossing, reading it never gives me the feel that I am reading English, rather it takes me to timelines that seem to even predate Sanskrit itself, the English of rishi aurobindo seems to be like some lost or secret tantric language, at the dawn of human civilization.

You are latching on to it...that ‘feeling’ you mention is a trait of mantric speech...where by use of symbols and allusions the strict boundaries of rational mind are broken so to speak to let one experience ranges of existence otherwise impossible to get to..
It’s been my experience that when reading Sri Aurobindo, the being withdraws inward..and there seem to be a million mind tongues savouring each sliver of that immensity viewed through the keyhole of our being..
This happens not just for mantric language but also for elevated music..for me it is western classical, some types of Bhakti many experiences have arrived due to music..not the pop/rock stuff of course, which excite the vital but has nothing of the higher sap
This higher sap is what i look for when savouring any literature or art or is then we realise that the higher inspiration is so pervasive in life..our cultural conditions prepare or limit us to certain forms breaking this limitation is essential to see ananda!

@HRDMinistry why are Sri Aurobindo's works not in the syllabus. He is the most accomplished English language poet and his Savitri is the longest and sublimest english poetry in the world. But why none of our universities teach it when students in universities abroad study it.

A little of his criticism is included in the CBCS BA  syllabus. But not poetry. Sonnets, Tiger n the Deer r in the MA syllabus of Visva-Bharati. It shd be there in BA syllabus too.

Sri Aurobindo on The Principle of Free Confederation versus The Idea of Self -Determination: The cases of Finland and Poland.

It never ceases to amaze me how determined people are to blame "all of us" in general for political outcomes when our already anti-democratic system has been even further rigged in favor of one party for a decade and the man who is currently president lost by millions of votes.
Who's to blame for the state of society? Is it the people with institutional power they can exercise, in many cases, with no effective restraints or accountability? Or is it the unorganized mass of people in general? Gosh, tough one.
I know it's scary to admit to ourselves that we're trapped in the belly of this terrible machine and the machine is bleeding to death, but maybe it's better to face a feeling of powerlessness than to spend our time making our fellow powerless peons feel like shit.
The paradox of the head of government being effectively immune from prosecution through control over law enforcement is not fixable. It is an inherent conceptual problem. The only solution is to make it easier to remove a head of state so that they can be prosecuted out of office
The other solution, which may turn out to be more robust, would be to figure out a way to organize human society without a "buck stops here" figure in the first place, but that is impossible within the global framework of nation-states.
In either case, the Founders bequeathed us a system where the president IS above the law for all practical purposes, by requiring such an absurdly high standard for removal. Literally no president in American history has been successfully impeached and removed. None.
I guess I don't understand why hardcover books even exist anymore. They are unwieldy and irritating, and it's never clear what you're supposed to do with the stupid dust jacket.

Work needs to be done on polytheist frameworks for speaking about human rights, all the more so on account of polytheists' justified suspicion of universalisms.
Perhaps one place to start would be by recognizing "universality" as something that we approach without ever expecting to simply attain, rather than something we intuit from out of the blue.
No tradition is so introverted as to not address somehow an exterior. We need to see what we can grasp structurally about such dispositions, and about the conditions of justice and injustice arising from them.
Otherwise, we are stuck with a futile and destructive opposition between monoculture and a multiplicity defined by conflict.
We have to recognize that no individual is wholly constituted without remainder by group or tradition membership. This is an insight congenial to polytheist metaphysics on a deep level.
The fact that polytheisms have as a central focus the formation, conservation and perpetuation of stable communities is certainly not a bug, but a feature. To reduce them wholly to this function, however, is a caricature.
Every tradition, every single one, and I include the monotheisms here as well, provides a basis for moral agency; but all of them likely also possess factors that can undermine this agency.

Where do atheists, who reject teleology by definition, get the standing to talk about "rights" in the first place anyway? Utilitarianism is dumb (MacIntyre infamously pointed out that Nazis were happier to kill Jews than they were pained to be dead) but at least its not nonsense

Why even sixty years’ of original work of the rare duo of Ram Swarup and Sita Ram Goel hardly left a mark on the intellectual scene of our country via @dharmadispatch

The study of social dynamics and inter-ethnic conflicts in India is irreparably screwed up in the current mileau. It is still based on outdated 19th century notions of caste and erroneously modeled after European feudal system. A de novo study based on evolutionary anthropology
Is very much desired. Majority don't even know the word caste subsumed two very different entities- varna and jati. Varna was an intra-Indo-Aryan classification of priest-philosophers, warriors and lay people. It became meaningless the moment Indo-Aryan speakers started
Interacting with various ethnic groups and the emergence of nation-state with a heterogeneous mix of ethnic groups. This emergence was due to IA cultural ethos and various groups "Aryanized" at their own rate. This entailed a mapping into a varna which by now is just theoretical.
Unfortunately misunderstanding of the processes affect real people due to faulty understanding and dubious political policies.
M.N. Srinivas the Sociologist came close with his study on "Sanskritization" as a means of upward social mobility.
Unfortunately social studies in India is leftist bullshit from west with a time lag.

Remember, it were the Hindus who gladly accepted the passing of the Hindu Code Bills in 1955 that took away their rights to practice personal law.
Am sure Mr Ansari and proponents of the right to practice personal law wouldn't mind the BJP tearing up the Hindu Code Bills. Wait.

A Debate in Ancient India: An extract from my book Krishna Gopeshvara illustrating debating culture of ancient India and how totalitarian political systems (religions) sought to destroy that culture. Krishna rescued it from Kamsa, world should do it now

By rigorously respecting time honoured religious tradition of seeking the blessings of the divine before commencing any substantial task, @isro continues to rule the heart of the common man in this nation and makes us proud. Never forget the roots sir!

Sections of the Tamil country uncritically swallowed the “Dravidian” propaganda, internalized it, gave it an ideological shape premised basically on the linguistic separateness of Tamil. By Sandeep Balakrishna @dharmadispatch @sukaul @UrviMD

India’s forced embrace of globalisation in the mid-1990s reawakened the West’s interest in India, and one major consequence has been an explosion of books about India written by Westerners — by Sandeep Balakrishna ji @dharmadispatch

“When I savour the art it gives me the experience of entering Heaven. When I see the inner workings of the artist, there is something else. Why is this contradiction?”
Mandra: The Triumph of Ramkumari

Many on Left no longer argue with pol opponents, but attempt to delegitimise them -get them sacked, brand them with term like ‘racist’ or ‘denier’, to try to ruin their business. Either you agree with us, or you do not deserve to be heard.

The Seen and the Unseen is quickly becoming my favourite Podcast. I barely even notice the irritating traffic these days while driving. Calmly trundling along to some fascinating discussions (some of it does go over my head at times but what's Google for eh?). Cheers @amitvarma

Message has gone out that Naveen Patnaik is invincible and yet the future is uncertain, or rather pregnant with possibilities. Both Congress and BJP are struggling to erect a safe ideological scaffolding. Putting Sri Aurobindo on pedestal is the right recipe for reaping dividends.

Evergreen Essays: Gandhi was a master of the political deployment of ritual
@NathTusar, Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF), Indirapuram, Ghaziabad - 201014 (UP) #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
Savitri Era of those who adore,
Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.