Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Individuation and avataric link

Toscano Review in New JCRT from An und für sich by Anthony Paul Smith

There is a new issue of JCRT that appears to be clearing house of all their extra reviews. Included among them is my review of Alberto Toscano’s Theatre of Production: Individuation Between Kant and Deleuze. It is a favorable review of a very learned and interesting book that I think could open some really interesting lines of inquiry for other philosophers. Also see the review of Philip Goodchild’s Theology of Money by sometime-commenter Clayton Crockett. I think it captures the book rather well and hopefully it will convince you to buy the book (though that will largely depend on it coming out in America).

Dec 2, 2008 Floating Upstream Along the Ancient Celestial Trail
from One Cosmos by Gagdad Bob
Continuing with UF's riff on the Gospel of John, he says that it appeals to the human soul to shift its ground of intelligence from the created to the creative through a union of sun and moon...

UF singles out several thinkers whom he believes approached or achieved this fusion of faith and intelligence, including Origen, Denys, Aquinas, Jacob Boehme, Berdayev, and Teilhard de Chardin. He also has a lot of praise for Bergson, with whom I again have only a general familiarity. But he includes an extended passage from Bergson that well captures what we are discussing here. He makes reference to the circularity of mere logic, and the need to break out of this closed world:

"If we had never seen a man swim, we might say that swimming is an impossible thing, in as much as, to learn to swim, we must begin by holding ourselves up in water and, consequently, already know how to swim. Reasoning, in fact, always nails us down to the solid ground."

The Avataric Work: Towards the Intermediate Race
from Mirror of Tomorrow by RY Deshpande

However, in this article we shall briefly try to look into some of the aspects of the yogic work carried out by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, the work having progressed in formulating a link between Man the Mental Being and the Supramental Race, the Intermediate Race. We shall take as reference point the visit of the heavenly sage Narad to Aswapati as we have in the Book of Fate of Savitri, where certain aspects of it could be contextually discerned. The Book is rich in matters of avataric biographical details and provides the necessary framework to appreciate the issues that are deeply involved in the process...

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