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.

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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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...

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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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