The spiritual gift of India to the world has already begun. India's spirituality is entering Europe and America in an ever increasing measure. That movement will grow; amid the disasters of the time more and more eyes are turning towards her with hope and there is even an increasing resort not only to her teachings, but to her psychic and spiritual practice. -- Sri Aurobindo (from the message broadcast on the eve of August 15, 1947)

Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

An ardent follower of Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo's philosophy


On Sunday afternoon, Prof. Chittaranjan Das popularly known as ‘Chitta bhai’ passed away at the age of 89. He was admitted in Kalinga Hospital, Bhubaneswar suffering from broken left leg.

Prof. Das was invited to start the Post Basic School at Champatimunda, Dist. Angul by the late Nabakrushna Choudhuri and late Malati Choudhury. The Champatimunda Post Basic School was known as Jeevan Vidyalaya. The programmes and activities of the Jeevan Vidyalaya had inspiration from Gandhian Basic Education and thoughts of Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore. Prof. Das was well-versed in Rabindrasangeet.
He was a prolific writer. He writings reflects profound theories of Education and Development. He was influenced very much by the Danish Educationists and Philosophers. He was very fluent in Danish language.
He held from Bagalpur (Jagatsinghpur dist.) where his last rites has been performed during the midnight.
Chittaranjan Das popularly known as 'Chitta bhai' passed away at the age of 89. He was admitted in Kalinga Hospital, Bhubaneswar.

BHUBANESWAR: Writer, translator, educationist and social reformer Chittaranjan Das, popularly known as Chitta Bhai among the Oriyas, passed away here on Sunday. He was 87 and is survived by his wife and a son.
According to family sources, Das was admitted to hospital here on December 20 after he fell down at his residence and had a fracture in his left leg. Though surgery was successfully conducted on him, his vital organs showed complications due to old age and finally he succumbed. Das was born in 1923 in Balagpur village in Jagatsinghpur district and had his college studies at Cuttack. He later had his higher studies at Tagore's Shantiniketan and at Copenhagen University in Denmark. An avid traveller, he knew 18 languages. He also taught at several schools and colleges abroad before his return to India.
Upon his return to India, he spent the rest of his life in literary pursuits and promotion of education. He had set up a number of educational institutions.
An ardent follower of Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo's philosophy, he was responsible for promotion of Gandhian ideology and Sri Aurobindo Ashram's educational system in Orissa.
Das penned and published more than 200 books that include a large number of essays, translations and his autobiography as well. He was recipient of a number of literary awards and honours that included Central Sahitya Akademi Award, Sarala Samman, Orissa Sahitya Akademi Award, Sahitya Bharati Samman and Prajatatantra Bisuba Puraskar.
His body was consigned to flames in his native village.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Tilak's was a patriarchal and orthodox position


Foundations Of Tilak S Nationalism - Parimala V. Rao - 2010 - 372 pages -  Orient BlackSwan
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Foundations of Tilak s Nationalism: Discrimination, Education and Hindutva shows how, as opposed to being simply a struggle of the colonised against the coloniser s oppression, the anti-colonial struggle in India was much more nuanced and complicated. In this process, it examines the role of Bal Gangadhar Tilak and draws attention to issues concerning education, gender, caste, peasantry and communalism, how these were interlinked and had a decisive influence on his anti-colonial nationalism. The study also deconstructs the categories of the moderate and the extremist, the reformer and the orthodox and questions the validity of calling reformers like M. G. Ranade, G. K. Gokhale, N. G. Chandavarkar and G. G. Agarkar as moderates, collaborators and compradors of colonial rule.
This book critically analyses Tilak s stance against a single Indian nationality free from caste and religious prejudices and gender inequalities, of how he advocated the hegemonic control of the landed elites over society contrary to that of the Reformers and inquires into the debates concerning the Nationalist agenda of preventing women and non-Brahmins from gaining access to education. Tilak's was a patriarchal and orthodox position, that ideated that teaching Hindu women to read and write would ruin their traditional virtues making them immoral and subordinate. Criticism of the caste system and allowing education to women and non-Brahmins, were according to Tilak, un-national tendencies and against the Hindu nation. The author also addresses the origin of the concept of Hindutva and locates it not in the conflict of interest between the Hindus and Muslims, or the Hindus and the British, but in the discarding of religious neutrality and the enforcement of caste restrictions. In this context, the author presents the ideology of Hindutva as one further away from the concept of Hinduism, a rigorous representation of the Muslim other and traces in it the consequent rise of communalism.
In refuting the value premises of viewing an individual independent of caste identity, this book also sheds light on Tilak s constant ridicule of the Reformers emphasis on the Bhakti tradition as a source of spiritual guidance. It introduces the reader to the vehement Nationalist critique of Vedic revivalism, i.e., the advocation of the Vedic religion and a Vedic way of life, which included Vedic rituals, relaxation of rigid caste restrictions and improvement in the condition of women by adopting post-puberty marriage, widow marriage and the education of girls that attempted to incorporate the lower caste groups into its fold shattering the social and economic hegemony of the Brahmins. This meticulous piece of scholarship is a crucial insight into Tilak s role in India s struggle for independence and questions the basis of his status as an uncompromising champion of the freedom movement and his being projected as the greatest Maharashtrian. In trying to read history from an entirely new perspective, this book will be useful to students and scholars of modern Indian history, education, political science and gender studies.
About the Author
Parimala V. Rao is Assistant Professor at Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has written extensively on the nationalist discourse on gender, caste and peasantry.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Sri Aurobindo had advised Gandhi to accept the Cabinet Mission Plan


General Wavell had tried until the last moment to keep India united, but Gandhi sent a telegram to Clement Attlee, the then Prime-Minister of Britain to replace General Wavell. Sri Aurobindo had advised Gandhi to accept the Cabinet Mission Plan to keep India united, but Gandhi asked Sri Aurobindo not to interfere in political matter.
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Distrust the man who has never failed and suffered; follow not his fortunes, fight not under his banner. - Sri Aurobindo

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Charting a course to the next Renaissance


Raghu Rajan nails it: “I would argue that three factors largely explain our collective failure: specialization, the difficulty of forecasting, and the disengagement of much of the profession from the real world.” Read the whole thing, hat tip to Mark Thoma.

Thomas Friedman weighs in by doctorzamalek (Graham Harman)
Here’s his new OPINION PIECE about Tahrir Square, in which he grasps what much American media seems not to be grasping: this is something new. Friedman’s piece will probably make you feel happy, so read it immediately.

by B.A. Desai (Senior Advocate Fmr. Minister Fmr. Add. Solicitor General of India)
Indian constitution is both a Legal and Social Document. The unique Freedom Struggle based on “Truth and Non Violence” took in its fold all sections of the Society, the Rich and The Poor Man and Women, Youth all Religious Communities, be it Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Parsis, Sikh, Jain in fact all castes and …

Hitler as Darwinian Word Made Flesh from One Cosmos by Gagdad Bob - Feb 4, 2011
As Van Vrekhem writes, Hitler believed he "had been sent, and was constantly guided, to change the conscience and morality of man into something like the opposite of Christianity." This would be "a new system of values based on brutality and violence." Hitler actually saw Christ as his precursor, in that he would be the "link," so to speak, between the Volk and their most primitive instincts. Again, it was very much as if he were "word made flesh," except that in this case, the word was the primordial lie from below…
Hitler wrote that "the life of the individual should not be given such high value. A fly lays a million eggs, they all die. But flies survive." As Van Vrekhem notes, "the perspectives this opens reveal something of the real dimension of the evil to be discovered behind all the destruction and slaughter caused by this German Messiah."