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.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Fighting against fascists is no less fascist

Assorted tweets:
Rare Video of The Mother Playing Long Tennis

The magic of shapes and colours:- In this comic #students #learn shapes, colours of items and counting too. #Comics are the best and easy way of #learning for the students.
#TEACHERINNOVATIONAWARD #TIA2019 #ZIIEI #INNOVATIVEPATHSHAALA #teacher #school #Government #digitalartwork

The Roti made of wheat flour looks beautiful like that of the full moon; it has within it gram powder mixed with salt, ginger and asafotida; it has been made soft by the application of fresh made ghee; May this special Roti enter into the mouth only of those who are righteous.

20) Hymns 121 - 127 (Verses 1,356 - 1,436):
Description of Rig-Veda, Mandala 01, Sukta 121 to 127 (including hymns of Kakshivat to Usha);
with #SriAurobindo's words on the historical development of language

21) Hymns 128- 133 (Verses 1,437 - 1,485):
Description of Rig-Veda, Mandala 01, Sukta 128 to 133 (including the glories of Indra);
with #SriAurobindo's words on the historical development of language

Raja Ravi Varma's distinct style of painting emerges from the Company style, a technique that emerges from the East India Company's desire to paint a visual portrait of India.

"Mr Modi is undoubtedly a master of manipulating the political narrative, who has persuaded hundreds of millions of people of his integrity, intent and achievements." via @financialtimes

"Modi or any politician won't care for a cause unless they see votes in it."
It's this kind of language which exposes "Core". 99% of the Core had no connection with Hindutva (and hence RSS/BJP) before 2010. Who cares what "Core" says? As I said, they have credibility issues.

Dig deeper, all evidence in Dabholkar, Pansare & Gauri murders will lead you to Nagpur, but RSS masterminds will never be investigated. Remember, according to Aseemanand himself, Bhagwat had sanctioned Samjhauta, Ajmer bombings. Modi & Shah report to him.

I'll join. I have an idea. Let's do a film. Opening scene: Dr. BS Moonje, a Brahmin doctor from Nagpur, stands surveying the Altare Della Patria (Altar to the Fatherland) — site of grand military parades — from the balcony of the Palazzo Venezia in Rome. Beside him is Mussolini.
Opening line: Moonje turns to Mussolini. "I have no hesitation to raise my voice from the public platform both in India and England whenever occasion may arise in praise of your Balilla and Fascist organizations," he says. The Italian dictator grins. He says, "We made a new man."
Dialogue continues. "We discovered how to combine the mystical side and the political side," Mussolini tells Moonje. "After we added the element of discipline, it was a simple matter to convince the the citizens that they had nothing except the life of the State." Moonje smiles.
Moonje to Mussolini: "I just saw this morning and afternoon the Balilla and the Fascist Organizations and I was much impressed." Mussolini sips a glass of warm milk. Moonje continues: "Every aspiring and growing nation needs such fascist organizations. India needs them most."
Mussolini speaks: "Dr. Moonje, what is good for Italy is good for India. Teach the people that freedom is not a right, it is a duty. It is not equality, it is a privilege.” Moonje replies: "Yes, yes. We hear everywhere the clamor for 'rights" but never any stress on 'duties'."
Moonje then asks: "India has long been enslaved. What shall we do?" Mussolini responds: “Fascist doctrine is best suited to the tendencies of a people which, like the Italian, after lying fallow for centuries of foreign servitude, are now reasserting themselves in the world."
"I see," replies Moonje. "Fascism believes neither in the possibility nor utility of perpetual peace. War alone brings up to its highest tension all human energy and puts the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to meet it." Mussolini replies: "So learn war."
Scene two: the aging & white-bearded Moonje sits for a chai pe charcha (chat over tea) with a long-haired young man half his age. The young man is dressed in a simple robe. Behind his glasses, his eyes glint with fire. Moonje speaks: "Madhav, Mussolini was a man of great wisdom."
The young man is Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar, a lawyer. Moonje continues: "India needs some such Hindu as a dictator — like Mussolini or Hitler of the present day in Italy and Germany. To teach the citizens that all is within the State, nothing outside it, and nothing against it."
Golwalkar nods his head. "Yes, uncle. Every citizen must learn that to offer one’s all, even his dearest possessions, at the altar of motherland is the first and foremost duty of every son of this soil. We must struggle for the existence of our motherland and our national unity."
Golwalkar monologues: “Look at Italy! The old Roman Race consciousness of conquering the whole territory round the Mediterranean Sea, so long dormant, has roused itself and shaped the Racial-National aspirations accordingly." Moonje nods (perhaps dozing off) as Golwalkar talks.
Golwalkar continues: "The ancient Race spirit, which prompted the Germanic tribes to over-run the whole of Europe, has re-risen in modern Germany." Moonje lets out a snore, but the young lawyer continues to hold forth. He addresses the tea kettle, envisioning a grand audience.
Golwalkar is STILL talking: "Even so with us: our Race spirit has once again roused itself as is evidenced by the race of spiritual giants we have produced, and who today stalk the world in serene majesty. National consciousness blazes forth!" Moonje jolts and wakes. He speaks.
Moonje to Golwalkar: "Yes, young Madhav. Our leaders should imitate the Youth movement of Germany and the Balilla and Fascist organizations of Italy. They are eminently suited for introduction in India, adapting them to suit the special conditions." Golwalkar listens intently.
Moonje continues: "The idea of Fascism vividly brings out the conception of unity amongst people. India, particularly Hindu India, need some such Institution for the military regeneration of the Hindus. Our Institution, the RSS, is of this kind." Head in hands, Golwalkar ponders.
A thought strikes Golwalkar. He stands, shouting. Moonje jumps. Golwalkar, loudly: "The war goes on and has not been decided yet. The Race Spirit has been awakening. The world has to see the might of the regenerated Hindu Nation strike down the enemy’s hosts with its mighty arm!"

OPINION | As majoritarianism flourishes, so does the demonizing of those minorities whom members of the majority perceive as different, and, crucially, inferior, to themselves.

Actually the anti-people, anti-social trait is from the Supremacists who incite others against others. And the supremacists in India is hardly 4%.
The Subcontinent suffered under supremacist demonization of Shudras & Avarnas for nearly 2 millennia. Now muslims.

“World War II continues to be the most important war in history”
Antony Beevor recommends a #readinglist of #WW2 books:

On 28 Jun 1919 the Treaty of Versailles was signed at the Paris Peace Conference, formally bringing the First World War to an end.  The seeds that would subsequently grow and ripen into the Second World War had now been sown.  #ChaucerUniversity #TCEP #History #Politics #WW1 #WW2

Penguin stops printing Pedro Baños book after #Antisemitism claims. Investigation led by Julia Neuberger finds #Spanish edition of How They Rule the World has ‘echoes of Jewish conspiracy theories’

Here is announcing a prize of ₹1 lakh for anyone who can prove that an Aryan (distinct from krinvanto vishwam āryam) invasion/migration occurred during 1500-2000 BCE. Evidence has to be based on Indian sources. @NileshOak @RajivMessage @davidfrawleyved @ndtv @ShekharGupta

I don't know about that.This petroglyph of Balarama n Krishna is authentic n was found by a leading Pakistan archaeologist AH Dani 1st Cent CE
Accepted by the world academic community. From the Baltistan region
Nugget from Dr. Meenakshi Jain when I sent her the report on

Also this found by A H Dani
From Dr. Meenakshi Jain :))

For #FollowFriday, go follow @Oh_My_Hrithik, an org. which aims at normalising & destigmatising female fantasies & self-pleasure.
Also follow @MahamuniSrushti, a social justice blogger, she has written some amazing articles on female sexuality. Check them out on our website! #FF

Fighting against fascists is no less fascist; ultimately, conflict and war are the primary modes of human behaviour. In fact, they are at the root of the whole biology. Sri Aurobindo, however, shows the Evolutionary dimensions vis-à-vis Vedic aspirations ingrained in certain acts.

Rainbow & the Other: Outrage is contagious; Truth is not
Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF - since 2005),
For eradication of intellectual malnutrition. @NathTusar

Plasim Radar

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Constituting religion: From South Asia to Malaysia - At the start of his outstanding new book, *Constituting Religion*, Tamir Moustafa explains that initially his ambition extended beyond Malaysia to a comp...

Mind and Supermind, Part 2 - The human standpoint starts from the view of separate, fragmented individuality. The divine standpoint starts at the opposite end of the spectrum, seeing ...

Sanjukta Paul & why your next smartphone could be made from dog turds - Sanjukta Paul writes in Prospect Magazine- • If a group of independent truck drivers forms an association to jointly bargain their prices, that combination...

cosmopolitan outlook - When sense and sensitivities get polished by unbiased observation based rational sophistication or as an aspect survival necessity, there emerges as part o...

Conscious and Unconscious: A Clarification of Terms - I want to continue with this subject of the self-revelation or self-disclosure in our times of the “Mind behind the mind”, but feel it is somewhat pressing...

Integral Yoga & Human Defects (IV) : What About Psychoanalysis Today ? - I recommend to all those who can read English the great cascade of comments posted yesterday by my psychologist friend Don Salmon who lives in the USA. All...

Vama Marg is individualistic - Assorted tweets: A sensory sociology of the future: Affect, hope and inventive methodologies, by @rcecoleman

Filmy Musings: Amar Prem (and a painting at home) - I have this lovely, vibrant, colourful painting at my home. This water colour titled “Love Blooms” is done by my sister. It looks exquisite in a white si...

“A Theology of Failure” on the Magnificast - I recently went on The Magnificast to talk about my book: you can listen to the episode on Spotify, though it should also be available via your local podca...

A manifesting instrument of the Divine Shakti in her works - *Your only object in action shall be to serve, to receive, to fulfil, to become a manifesting instrument of the Divine Shakti in her works.”* *Sri Aurobindo...

Kant’s quantitative individualism - This post is not about Indian philosophy until its last paragraph. However, it is a direct response to a comment made here on the IPB, so I thought IPB rea...

Monday, June 24, 2019

Sensory inputs turn us into robots

Assorted tweets:

Debates prior to Sri Aurobindo must be understood for locating him properly.
[Where Nietzsche or Emerson say to be more individual, Kant tells us to be more universal – to act according to the same moral law that everyone else should act under. -Amod Lele]
Now that you are a proud possessor of The Life Divine you can begin with the last six chapters which Sri Aurobindo added after two decades. They are more sociological and futuristic. Besides his last essays on Mind of Light clarifies many a nitty gritty; Savitri has cryptic clues

Bhagavad Gita and Mahabharata. Analysis of Chapter V: Kurukshetra from Essays on The Gita by Sri Aurobindo (via @myindmakers)

The Lotus harbours all the wisdom worth knowing as made clear by Sri Aurobindo's work. In the West the rose will do the same if you go on searching.

Jibonmukhi singers of Bengal in the 90s tried to intellectualise music! Pathetic efforts at mass appeasement! Emotion n what Sri Aurobindo calls the "the soul of emotion" r essential ingredients of music.

Solitude is a frequent subject of Tuareg songs and poetry, where nomads are habitually living far from their homes or society. This happens because the usual nomadic itinerary, droughts or armed conflicts that lead to escape into exile into the vast sands of the Sahara

Daily dose of the Vedas:
The Rg Veda states that each of us is a child of immortality.  Meaning all jivas and immortals have the same source.
This view was recognized even in the 1800s by academics, and was the view of Aurobindo as well as Kapali Shastry.

9) Hymns 51 - 57 (Verses 600 - 671):
Description of Rig-Veda, Mandala 01, Sukta 051 to 057 (including the wonderful actions of Indra);
with #SriAurobindo's words on how 3 major aspects of the Vedic Sacrifice (Yajmana, Offering, Results) are dealt with in His psychological theory

Bhai civilization itself has the nature of river or flowing water,and is connected to water element principle.thus we lost our civilizational edge of beginning 5000 years back,simply because we clogged the fountain of ideas keeping the riverine fluidity alive,and we restricted it
Africa has many of the codes of mukti just like the indic subcontinent,but somewhat more overshadowed or layered up with more complicated, invasive civilizational frequencies from abrahamic ideologies,Africa needs decoding now,to trace back it's lost mystic roots.

Race is biological, so is ethnicity,  orien**** are make believe nonsense. A fraud concept. From orient*** now we have come to zender fluid lol, like feeling like man in morning and women by night

“A hippie is someone who looks like Tarzan, walks like Jane and smells like Cheetah" -Ronald Reagan.

How Hindi cinema taught a medical reporter to see doctors without their halos via @Kractivist

In a sense, Amitabh Bachchan’s career encapsulates the arc of the Hindi film doctor—from the disillusioned Dr Bhaskor Banerjee in Anand to the guilt-ridden Dr Jekyll to Mr Hyde in Bemisal to the Bhaskor... The historical male  and female character, both are worshipped with dignity.....Bhabani Pathak and Debichowdhurani, the infamous dacoits of Bengal were the devotees of Godesess Kali...
#bhabanipathak #debichowdhurani #banglabinodan

Bhabani Pathak's Tilla, Durgapur, West Bengal - a protected monument mentioned by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee in his novel - Devi Chaudurani
Bankim Chandra Chatterjee made him famous in his novel Devi Chaudurani and both Devi and him used a series of tunnels starting from Durgapur all the way to Damodar river to escape from British.Alternatively it is believed BP hid the treasure he looted from British in these tunnels

But as William Hunter noted, anti British struggle was started by Muslims. It was just 5 yrs after the dethornment of Siraj. That is in 1762. It was started by a fakir, named Majnun Shah. Later Bhavani Pathak joined it.

#bankimchandrachatterjee in his two novels, Anandamath & Devi Choudhurani , has made the Sannyasi Fakir Revolt great. However the greatest name in pre1857 anti British struggle is of #TituMir (1827)

"Summoning all her strength, she took a deep breath and slowly exhaled, telling herself that she had to think of the others now and put her anger to one side."
The Long Road Home. Chapter 7. - ww2 history terror #WW2 #History #iartg #nurses #DRK

Destruction of Athena by Christians: In the fourth century, this statue was decapitated by Christians because she was idolatrous. Her arms were also chopped off. In 2016 photos were released showing that the statue had been once again, decapitated and mutilated, this time by ISIS

Christian Orgs Involved In Forced Conversions Struggling After Modi Government’s FCRA Crackdown: Report

Did you ever write a love letter to a town? Professor Simon Altmann did.
#MondayMotivation Between teaching, researching the archives in Italy, writing a book, and working out at the gym three times a week, Simon Altmann-the 94-year-old professor of Mathematics -took time out to write about life, love and everything in between.

Frank Chimero on causing 'good trouble' and re-imagining the status quo to combat achievement culture #Creativity

#MondayMotivation The Suleiman Charitra is a Sanskrit retelling of a Biblical tale - the love story between David and Bathsheba, and the birth of King Solomon – written in the fifteenth century by a Hindu poet, for his Muslim patron.

“As we grow older, we dim down the sensory responses and increase the sensory inputs, turning ourselves into robots. That is why art is indispensable for human survival....”
“... Art perpetually dislocates our usual sensory responses by offering a very abstract or meagre and selective input.”
Eric McLuhan, 2008 response to James K-M’s ‘Cave Paintings.’

In #Chernobyl, the actor playing Mikhail Gorbachev says: “Our power comes from the perception of our power.” Such pithy dialogues add to the appeal. On episode three and hooked.

In a way the dialogue is emblematic of russian culture. Russians are known for their brevity and are very succinct and germane. You won't find them beating round the bush and obfuscating the issues at hand. Russians shoot straight.

A pithy reworking of the GoT quote: “Power resides where men believe it resides. It’s a trick. A shadow on the wall. And a very small man can cast a very large shadow.”

#RohenaGera #TillotamaShome #LondonIndianFilmFestival #BFI Saw Rohena Gera's film "Sir" today at the BFI and loved it. Rohena has very deftly handled this difficult story. Like in "Lunch Box" you can feel the French touch.

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Movie, Ganwar (1970) Cast, Rajendra Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Pran, Jeevan & David Singer"s, Mohammed ...

Friday, June 21, 2019

There is no yoga; you make your own path

Assorted tweets:

Let’s not limit #InternationalDayofYoga to an annual jamboree. I practice yoga on a daily basis, I urge upon all of you to do so as an integral part of your life. #YogaDay is incomplete without remembering #SriAurobindo
SS वन्दे गुरूणां चरणारविन्दे सन्दर्शितस्वात्मसुखावबोधे ।

The development of Yoga primarily as a postural discipline that drives better health emerged in late 19th / early 20th centuries when the traditions of Yoga interacted with Western disciplines of gymnastics and physical exercise
The great statesman C Rajagopalachari (Rajaji) in 1968,  in his typically conservative way, bemoaned the rise of Postural Yoga in an article - reproduced below -
Here's the concluding extract -
I wouldn't go as far as Rajaji does in condescending towards Postural Yoga. It has its merits. But it is worthwhile to take a step back and rediscover what Yoga really ought to mean and rescue it from those who wish to market it as a panacea for all bodily ills

Very nicely written... There is one more, if one is interested, the *integral yoga* as explained by Sri Aurobindo, which according to him was different from the yoga of Krishna.

#Yoga of #Patanjali, #Aurobindo etc that led to the discovery of the Divine is now a health hamper.

Sri Aurobindo observed: “Indian yoga is experimental psychology. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the Upanishads ~ these and the Saiva Siddhanta treatises ~ furnish pioneering examples of experimental psychology.”

" Yoga is Life - Life is Yoga ! "
 Integral yoga finds all life conscious or subconscious a yoga, defines the term yoga as a methodised effort towards self-perfection by the expression of the secret potentialities latent in the being and highest condition of victory !

Let us go through all the 1,028 Sūktas of the Rig-Veda based on #SriAurobindo's commentary, written for His journal 'Arya'.
Today marks the 105th anniversary of the announcement of Arya's publication (21 June 1914).
1) Hymns 1 - 6 (Verses 1 - 60):
Description of #RigVeda, Mandala 01, Sukta 001 to 006; with selected excerpt from #SriAurobindo's works
2) Hymns 7 - 13 (Verses 61 - 134):
Description of #RigVeda, Mandala 01, Sukta 007 to 013; with selected excerpt from #SriAurobindo's works

Links between Vedas, Upanishads, Tantra and Puranas | Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo & The Mother

This DAY Last YEAR - Dharmic principles form the bedrock upon which Indic civilization has thrived and hence need to be propagated as well as defended.

In Vedas the summer solstice marks the day Indra slays Vritra and releases the seven rivers to flow into the sea. Indra is the Purusha or seer. Vritra is the power of ignorance (avidya). The seven cosmic streams merge into the ocean of Consciousness. A clearly yogic metaphor.

The oldest statues of Lord Buddha show Him worshipped by Indra & Brahma - & Indra is honored in all Buddhist sutras of all sects.  Buddhists and Hindus have common ground to forge an alliance which would link India to super developed powerhouse nations Japan, China & Tiger Asia!

When people say that Hindus need to be more aggressive, rigid, hierarchical, violent and intolerant to 'save' Hinduism, I realise they want Hinduism to be less Hindu and more..... well you know 😀
If you knew history you would know 'violent' Jain kings like Kharavela and 'violent' Buddhist kings like Dharmapala ..... binaries are for the stupid

Who Is “Fascist”? For old bores who still want to imprison words in their dictionary meaning.

‘New India is motivated by the noble thoughts of Sree Narayana Guru, will move forward towards the ideals of Gurudev Tagore’: President Ram Nath Kovind in his joint address to the parliament

Postcolonial theory allows upper-caste intellectuals to maintain privilege in both India and the US. The Indian educational systems whose benefits disproportionately accrue to the upper castes allowed these intellectuals to make the transition to the west. 10/16
Once there, shocked at not receiving the privilege they had back home, postcolonial theory was invented. This theory was used to critique white elites, since it allowed them to position themselves as the brown voice of the subaltern in western academia (e,g, Spivak, Bhabha) 11/16
The grasping desire for power among these scholars is reflected in the empty and ethically hollow nature of their theoretical production. The obfuscatory language that masquerades as sophistication is just a way to hide power. Don't fall for it. 16/16
What makes some brains more resistant to decline? The brain starts shrinking around the age of 40, and how resistant you are is likely to be linked to how much of a mental buffer you have in your brain. Here’s how can you boost your mental buffer

Aurora Mirabilis: Vedic mantras were articulated long before the Hindus

Raibhya is a great Vedic Rishi in our Sanatana tradition. In #GirishKarnad's eyes, he's a lewd old man who lusts after his own daughter in law.
And Karnad is hailed a great litterateur. This is the damage they've done. How does one undo this?

Roads are the places where, during our commutes, we build up a frenzied, frazzled and annoyed state of mind, which we carry to the other spheres of our lives, especially, offices and homes.

Traveler, your footprints are the only road, nothing else. Traveler, there is no road; you make your own path as you walk. As you walk, you make your own road,

Plasim Radar

The Way of Bhakti (a talk in Hindi TH 026) - If knowledge is taken as light and work as path, then bhakti is the key to the divine doors. The talk brings us the significance, importance and the way ...

Why Roberto Unger's new book is worthless - Roberto Unger believes Economics is flawed because it lacks causal theories. This is not true. It holds that the cause of the activity it studies is 'scarc...

Other Than the Known, Above the Unknown - The Rishis of the Vedic Age explored the origin of conscious awareness which they experienced. Clearly the mind, the vital force and physical existence we...

- Weimar Republic & the Phenomenology of Being Episode 30 of the Iphigenia Inquiry with Philip Armstrong.

Adorno and the Origins of “Never Again” - Ever since then candidate Trump began calling for mass deportations and religious bans, comparisons to the Third Reich have consistently been made. While m...

Circulating publicness and public circulation - How is publicness—the realization of publicity—itself mediated, circulated, and received?

Wrestling with the angel: Fight all night (Further thoughts on intercultural philosophy) - I hope that readers will bear with me while I keep on exploiting the metaphor of wrestling with the angel. There are a few more indications, in fact, we ca...

Integral Yoga & Human Defects (II) -“Don’t Try to Be Virtuous…” - To realize that everybody has got some defects, and so to admit that one has some too, to accept to see them, whatever they may be, is only the very first ...

India is variety personified - Mirage of a strong state is not a reality. *Making of a strong state is the reality and reality need not get confined to existing or established labels or...

Aesthetics like nutrition should seek the right-mix - The irony of disowning one's culture The New Indian Express-04-Jun-2019 It is not wise to confuse the treasures of our heritage with the Hindu religion as ...

Monday, June 10, 2019

Do not pause to ask why

Plasim Radar

Savitri Satsang 097 pp. 169-171 - A weekly sharing on Savitri by Dr Alok Pandey (an audio recording in English). The post Savitri Satsang 097 pp. 169-171 appeared first on AuroMaa.

A Sellarsian solution for the self? - The conflict between Buddhism and qualitative individualism is a major difficulty for my own philosophy. In addressing that conflict, there is one approach...

A Sellarsian solution for the self? - The conflict between Buddhism and qualitative individualism is a major difficulty for my own philosophy. In addressing that conflict, there … Continue read...

Jairus Banaji & the HUMANCENTiPAD - Prof. Jairus Banaji writes in his essay 'The Fictions of Free Labor'- When is a contract ‘voluntary’? The answer is, probably never. The underlying assump...

- Esther Neff reads 50 minutes from "The Question Concerning Technology".

“Cultural Marxism” and the Marxian Revolutionary Idea - Some recent personal experiences have been nagging at me — like a series of synchronicities — to get around to posting something about this matter of the M...

AUROVILLE: The first six years 1968-1974 by Savitra - “Auroville, the first 6 years – 1968-1974” written by Savitra is one of only two records of what was happening on the Auroville plateau during the first ...

Analysis of Isha Upanishad, Birth and Non-Birth - Verses 12-14 of the Isha Upanishad mirror in their framing verses 9-11. The earlier verses referred to Knowledge and Ignorance. The latter verses describ...

Assorted tweets

The book provokes us to re-assess and re-think the categories in which  we have been accustomed to speak, unintelligently and unquestioningly,  of matters concerning Indian society and culture.  #bookreviews #SAFICBookOfTheMonth

Bankim Chandra writing in the 19th century about the capture of Indian texts, especially Sanskrit texts, by European scholars who monopolized interpretation and then whitesplained them back to us. This is an old colonial problem.
Excerpt from @swapan55 's new book Awakening Bharat Mata

Except, of course, that a hundred years after Bankim we still have no body of work that matches the depth and scholarship of what is being produced by Gary Tubbs, Sheldon Pollock, Yigal Bronner et al. So we have our special “understanding,” but no books.

I agree. Many Western academic scholars (not all, of course) have done good technical scholarship ( शिक्षा) but they miss out vidya, the deeper understanding of the subject. 
Such scholarship is good for a generation in academic halls, but it will not stand the test of time. 1)

So far no academic scholar in the West and no leftist scholar in India has even imagined the cosmic depth of Vedic symbolism as compared to Sri Aurobindo, Kapali Shastri, Ganapati Muni, Sri Anirvan or Swami Veda Bharati. Without mantra sadhana Veda cannot be revealed.

Since you have not heard such names as -
Ananda Koomaraswami
Surendra Nath Dasgupta
Mysore Hiriyanna
P V Kane
R G Bhandarkar
Rahula Sankrityayan 
Rudrapatna Shamasastry
Hazari Prasad Dwivedi
- it only goes to show your ignorance

What nonsense? Pollock et al are yet to produce a single book on sanskrit or Vedas that can come close to what are published by Sri Aurobindo & Kapali shastri institute. Pollock type fellows don't even get Sanskrit right...Forget producing truly scholarly works.

To answer it one should have either realized about the Bharateeya culture by travelling and interacting with common people all over India over few decades or be well versed in Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo. RRR was neither. He is a sharp but a colonial mind in brown skin.

New book (Rupa, pp. 260, Rs. 395) by the selfless warrior @Koenraad_Elst. Request all, esp. intellectual warrirors @Swamy39 @sanjeevsanyal  @swapan55 @davidfrawleyved  @ShefVaidya to endorse it for propagation - and for reading, and for doing the needful, too!

How many RW dharam yoddhas have cared to publicise this? And the serene pusillanimous, self serving, party bootlicking wimp sitting atop at Shimla? Does he even read such stuff?

He asking Sanjeev sanyal to promote it Lol i guy who belive that it was good that sanskrit was removed from india.

Let's ban PowerPoint in lectures – it makes students more stupid and professors more boring

Legends never die in the hearts of their well wishers & admirers #RIPGirishKarnad you will forever remain an icon , inspiration for many around the world

#GirishKarnad will no more be found in the banal world of spoken politics, but that is not where we must look for him. Art/culture doesn't perish, it accumulates, spreads, embeds in the soil, even if broken, like ancient potsherds.

He was a Hindu hating zealot who exploited his own Hindu/Brahmin identity to subvert Hinduism.

Modiji I never followed #GirishKarnad 's work. I remember him for the hate & venom he spewed against you, BJP & Hindutva. As a staunch leftist Mr. Karnad was as intolerant as they come. Yes - 'may his soul rest in peace. - coz he was never at peace while alive!
I won't miss him.

Veteran actor & artist #GirishKarnad will be missed dearly, his unmatched success and talent revived media and literature. His works are fond memories of an era of good will and growing art. May his soul attain supreme peace. Condolences to the loved ones from @PandaJay

Girish Karnad’s passing  away is not just a loss to theatre, films, and literature but more a loss of a sane voice. Always spoke his mind to defend what he found worth defending. RIP

As the host of Turning Point, Girish Karnad kept the nation enthralled with science. As a playwright, he used history and mythology to tackle contemporary issues. As a human being, he often took the path less travelled. May you continue to walk them, Sir. #RIPGirishKarnad

Once upon a time, there was an India—a Karnataka—in which a #GirishKarnad could co-direct and do the screenplay for ‘Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane’, a movie based on a book of the same name by S.L. Bhyrappa (in Hindi as ‘Godhuli’).

Going by this video, isn't it clear that this man is a dangerous Islamic fanatic & supremacist, besides being a hate-monger, Hindu-baiter & threat to Indian secularism; an eloquent, educated inheritor of the Razakar legacy, a second Jinnah in the making?

'"Why are moments memorable?", Meena Kumari asks, and then replies, " If we knew that , life would perhaps lose all its savour "... Do not pause to ask why
Such a wonderful thought that Meenaji shares on Life 
Please Do read #MeenaKumari #Filmfare