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, January 27, 2013

Iamblichus, Nicholas of Cusa, Pico della Mirandola, Giordano Bruno, and Sri Aurobindo

If you all will allow me, I’d like to try to take up Goodchild’s cause, here, as well as the cause of David Graeber (Debt: The First 5,000 Years), whose critique of money is strikingly similar.  Both Graeber and Goodchild are working out of a line of thinking that would include someone like Richard Seaford’s Money and the Early Greek Mind, as well as more obviously Polanyi and Simmel.  So much for the genealogy, now for the argument. 
It seems to me (following Goodchild and Graeber) that Michael and David simply accept the axiom, precious to economic theory, that money simply is its function in the contemporary economy.  What Goodchild and Graeber would press, and I would concur, is that the functional account is not only incomplete but politically suspect.  

The Hermetic Deleuze: Philosophy and Spiritual Ordeal Joshua Ramey: 2012
In his writing, Gilles Deleuze drew on a vast array of source material, from philosophy and psychoanalysis to science and art. Yet scholars have largely neglected one of the intellectual currents underlying his work: Western esotericism, specifically the lineage of hermetic thought that extends from Late Antiquity into the Renaissance through the work of figures such as Iamblichus, Nicholas of Cusa, Pico della Mirandola, and Giordano Bruno. In this book, Joshua Ramey examines the extent to which Deleuze's ethics, metaphysics, and politics were informed by, and can only be fully understood through, this hermetic tradition.
Identifying key hermetic moments in Deleuze's thought, including his theories of art, subjectivity, and immanence, Ramey argues that the philosopher's work represents a kind of contemporary hermeticism, a consistent experiment in unifying thought and affect, percept and concept, and mind and nature in order to engender new relations between knowledge, power, and desire. By uncovering and clarifying the hermetic strand in Deleuze's work, Ramey offers both a new interpretation of Deleuze, particularly his insistence that the development of thought demands a spiritual ordeal, and a framework for retrieving the pre-Kantian paradigm of philosophy as spiritual practice. 

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 August 14, 1947)

Mirandola, Malebranche, Mandeville, Mendelssohn - Humanism, a religious movement Pico Della Mirandola: Oration On the Dignity Of Man (1496)
If there is such a thing as a "manifesto" of the Italian Renaissance, Pico della Mirandola's "Oration on the Dignity of Man" is it; no other work more forcefully, eloquently, or thoroughly remaps the human landscape to center all attention on human capacity and the human perspective.  Paul Brians - 7:24 pm 

I suppose it's no coincidence that my favorite Christian theologians (e.g., Dionysius, Eckhart, Nicholas of Cusa, John Scottus Eriugena) often sound like vedic seers. For example, I might well have cited Nicholas to support the Cosmogenesis section of my book: This is Not a Post About Vedanta and Christianity from One Cosmos by Gagdad Bob 7:11 am 


Knowledge, consciousness and religious conversion in Lonergan and Aurobindo - Page 179 Michael T. McLaughlin - 2003 - 318 pages Aurobindo's monism in which the One differentiates itself in time and space (extension) as finite souls in the infinite has many similarities with Schelling in his work Bruno. He refers to this process of differentiation of the One as ... 9:19 am 

Science, Culture and Integral Yoga :: 100 Years of Sri Aurobindo on Evolution: Why Sri Aurobindo would not believe in Intilligent Design (part 1 or 6) - by Debashish on Sun 22 Mar 2009 02:33 PM PDT Permanent Link - In The Life Divine, Sri Aurobindo often directs or turns an argument based on natural or phenomenological intuitions. The kinds of intuitions used by artists or poets in making judgements may seem impossibly subjective to arriving at universal truths, particularly of the material world, but poets and philosophers like Goethe and Giordano Bruno developed a cross-disciplinary view of knowledge, which gave them access also to a new material science. 3:41 pm 

Religions in Global Society - Page 7 - Peter Beyer - 2013 - Preview - More editions An intriguing feature of this strategy is that its attempt to deny the differentiation of religious and national identity also leads to their practical re-differentiation, especially through recognition that 'Hinduness' (Hindutva) can accommodate ...
Muslim Society and the Western Indian Ocean: The Seafarers of Kachchh - Page 110 - Edward Simpson - 2013 - Preview - More editions Thus 'Hindutva' or 'Hinduness' has come to stand for the equation of Hinduism with nation and national identity as a way of seeing the world based upon doctrines supposedly derived from ancient Hindu thought. Nationalistic Hindu political ...
State, Identity and Violence R. Brian Ferguson - 2012 - Preview - More editions In this book, a collection of experts investigate the varied forces - from global systems to local beliefs - that lead to civil violence, chaos and, perhaps, a new political order.
Memory, Nationalism, and Narrative in Contemporary South Asia - J. Mallot - 2012 - Preview investigates how English-language fiction, Hindi cinema, and postcolonial urban planning have provided surprisingly ambivalent and deeply controversial responses to the twinned ...
Jinnah, Pakistan and Islamic Identity: The Search for Saladin - Page 255 -Akbar Ahmed - 2012 - Preview - More editions It provided to the new aggressive social class spawned in the 80s a packaged, collective self image which, with the mobilizing by Hindutva [the idea of a dominant Hindu culture and nation], became the motivating force for changing, by force ...
Religion and Nationalism in India: The Case of the Punjab - Page 46 -Harnik Deol - 2012 - Preview - More editions The court endorsed the use of the term hindutva on the grounds that Hindutva was a broad philosophical term ... The court's interpretation of hindutva has given an impetus to the hindutva brigade of the BJP and the Shiv-Sena and has ...
Patriots and Partisans: From Nehru to Hindutva and Beyond - Ramachandra Guha - 2012 - Guha then explores the contemporary relevance of Gandhi’s religious pluralism and analyses the fall in Jawaharlal Nehru’s reputation after his death. The essays in Part II of this book focus on writers and scholars.
Religion and Nationalism in India: The Case of the Punjab - Page 45 - Harnik Deol - 2012 - Preview - More editions Recent interviews given by the BJP leaders indicate that the BJP is bracing itself for the election year by shedding its traditional image—with emphasis purely on hindutva. It wants to broaden its political constituency 'by fighting off casteism, ...
Culture and leadership, across the world: The GLOBE Book of ... - Page 1018 - Jagdeep Singh ChhokarRobert J. HouseFelix C. Brodbeck - 2012 - Preview -More editions Amid the flock of Hindutva hawks, Vajpayee is the moderate voice and the BJP's star campaigner. His considerable charisma apart, he lends a liberal touch to the party's image and, therefore, is the BJP's best bet to attract a significant chunk of...
Bookless in Baghdad: Reflections on Writing and Writers - Shashi Tharoor - 2012 - Preview - More editions ... been any such thing as a Hindu heresy — is not the Hinduism professed by those who destroyed a mosque, nor the Hindutva spewed in hate-filled speeches by communal politicians. How can such a religion lend itself to “fundamentalism”? ... rise in Indian politics of an intolerant and destructive “Hindutva” movement that assaults India's minorities, especially its Muslims, that destroyed a well-known mosque and conducted horrific attacks on Muslims in the state of Gujarat, where in... In the process, Das Gupta regretted that the votaries of Hindutva had laid claim to it, “that one of the world's greatest and most universal epics should be reduced to the religious text of a community.” The writer Sukumar Mitra, deploring the ...
The Politics of Personal Law in South Asia: Identity, Nationalism ... - Partha S. S. Ghosh - 2012 - Preview - More editions So, this book attempts to harmonize the threads of the debate to provide a holistic political analysis.
Religious Freedom in India: Sovereignty and (Anti) Conversion - Goldie Osuri - 2012 - Preview - More editions Drawing on the critical and theoretical concepts of sovereignty, biopolitics, and necropolitics, this book examines how a normative liberal and secular understanding of India’s religious identity is translatable by Hindu nationalists into ...
Freedom to do God's Will James Busuttil, Gerrie ter Haar - 2012 - Preview - More editions
Illustrated with original case studies, the ten investigative essays from a multicultural panel of experts, each with specific local and academic knowledge of the faiths and issues they discuss, offer an intimate and highly specific ...
Muscular Nationalism: Gender, Violence, and Empire in India and ... - Sikata Banerjee - 2012 - Preview - More editions The United States, and the West in general, has always organized society along bipolar lines.
Grounding Morality: Freedom, Knowledge and the Plurality of Cultures - Jyotirmaya Sharma, A. Raghuramaraju - 2012 - Put together to honour one of the most influential philosophers in recent times, Mrinal Miri, this book brings together articles on philosophy, politics, literature and society, and updates the status of enquiry in each of these fields.
The Missing Martyrs:Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists: Why ... - Page 65 - Charles Kurzman - 2011 - Preview - More editions Hindutva communalists, for example, have mobilized a large segment of the middle class in India and the Indian diaspora. For decades, communist movements in many countries focused their recruitment efforts more toward college campuses ...
Domicile and Diaspora: Anglo-Indian Women and the Spatial Politics ... - Alison Blunt - 2011 - Preview - More editions In their discussion of the rise of the Hindutva movement in the 1920s, and its more recent revival, Chetan Bhatt and Parita ... The Hindutva movement is gendered both by images and by the political practices of men and women, and ...
Cultural Entrenchment of Hindutva: Local Mediations and Forms of ... - Daniela Berti, Nicolas Jaoul, Pralay Kanungo - 2011 - The book reflects on the discreet influence of Hindutva in situations/places outside or at the margins of its organisational and mobilisational arena, where people denying any commitment to the Sangh Parivar, incidentally, show affinities ...
Gandhi, Hinduism and Modernity: The Persistent Mahatma - Makarand Paranjape - 2012 - An exploration of Gandhi "s life and thought, this book also offers an investigation into what it means to be seriously engaged with Gandhi in our times.

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