Sunday, March 27, 2016

Sedition trials of Tilak, V. O. Chidambaram Pillai, and Aurobindo Ghose

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The Hindu-1 hour ago
Sri Aurobindo Study Forum: Discourse on 'Sri Aurobindo's Life Divine,' by Subramany, Nithyatha, Auro Lab, Veerapanchan, 10 a.m..

PMO acts on Ramdev proposal, holds meet on Vedic Education Board

The Indian Express-2 hours ago
As per this proposal, the VEB will help Indianise education by offering a mix of “archaistic education of Maharshi Dayanand”, “human education of Aurobindo”, ...

'Gurunomics' fuels consumer boom

Business Standard-25-Mar-2016
Aurobindo Ashram: A community based in Puducherry which considers spiritual thinker Sri Aurobindo as their guru. The ashram, which produced goods for its ...

Babas Are The New FMCG Czars - Baba Ramdev, Sri Sri, Sadhguru ... (blog)-22-Mar-2016
Similarly, other prominent spiritual gurus: Dera Sacha Sauda's Guru Ram Rahim, Aurobindo Ashram and Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev are also about to jump into ...

Why Gandhi is every biographer's joy and horror


Why Gandhi still awaits his Boswell

Daily Times-1 hour ago
It was this tendency to pick up things, particularly from 'foreign' sources, that made SriAurobindo call Gandhi “a European... in an Indian body.” Interestingly ...

Panel Discussion on Free Speech and Sedition in a Democracy

The Hindu-24-Mar-2016
The Hindu has spoken out consistently against invoking sedition and other laws to stifle free speech. Opposing the Newspapers Act, 1908, it said: ... The newspaper gave primacy of space for news, opinion articles and Letters to Editors relating to the sedition trials including those of Tilak, V. O. Chidambaram Pillai, and Aurobindo Ghose. It also condemned “anarchist activity which it said was alien to Indian soil” (Parthasarathy, p. 187).

Between Bharat Mata and Hindustan

Kashmir Reader-25-Mar-2016
One of the prominent figures in India's freedom movement likeAurobindo Ghosh, before reforming, not only didn't find merging religion and nationalism as ...

Bharat Mata: From freedom struggle metaphor to patriotism's litmus ...

The Indian Express-20-Mar-2016
The revolutionary Aurobindo Ghose wrote in a letter to his wife Mrinalini Devi in August that same year: “I look upon my country as the Mother. I adore her, I ...

A Library controversy

Sampadananda Mishra, director of Sri Aurobindo Foundation in Puducherry, is planning a library called Vande Mataram, which will be an open-source, ...

Shaheed Diwas: Bhagat Singh was anti-national if judged by terms ...
... of nationalism varied to a large extent with with the kind of nationalism expressed by revered patriots of the era – Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Aurobindo Ghosh.

The Great Sedition Debate

Eastern Mirror-22-Mar-2016
Bande Mataram,1907: Aurobindo Ghosh was arrested for habitually publishing seditious matter in Bande Mataram but had to be acquitted. 3. Kamal Krishna ...

This Place Can Make YOU Feel the ABSOLUTE Freedom! A Place ...

Lifeboat Foundation (blog)-20-Mar-2016
It was founded on 28th February, 1968, by Mirra Alfassa (known as “The Mother”) as a project of the Sri Aurobindo Society. Mirra Alfassa was the spiritual ...

En esta cuidad no existe el dinero, la religión o la política

Diario La Opinión-21-Mar-2016
Fue fundada en el año 1968, bajo el amparo de la UNESCO, por Mirra Alfassa (también conocida como “la madre”), como un proyecto de la Sri Aurobindo ...

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

Thursday, March 10, 2016

K. R. Srinivasa Iyengar, V. K. Gokak, and R. Jagannathan

Karan Singh, Kundan Singh, Makarand Paranjape, and Sampadananda Mishra World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" Today’s India Has the Potential to Build a New World Order By Come Carpentier, Sunday Guardian Live... R Jagannathan March 8, 2016, 5:56 pm Jagannathan is Editorial Director, Swarajya. He tweets at @TheJaggi. 
The unusual thing about India is that its innate pluralism allows intemperate Hindu-baiters to be labelled as progressives, and not as Hinduphobes... There is a fundamental reluctance to understand or accept where Hinduphobia comes from, and to develop the intellectual arsenal to combat subtle Hindu-baiting with sophisticated counters. Instead, what we see is Hindu rage surfacing in crude language that ultimately strengthens Hinduphobia... Christianity and Islam, with their emphasis on the less fortunate and justice, appeal to the lowest end of the mass market, while Indic religions, by their high metaphysical content, tend to appeal to the upper end... The west may be seeking an upgrade, and this is the market Hindu seers need to address... 
In simple terms, the Indic spiritual/religious products are ideal for the western markets, and the Christian/Islamic products are easier to peddle in the Indian market... Even more important, Hinduism Lite has to develop a sophisticated way of dealing with rivals, and not the attitude of a lynch mob... not in the usual way the Hindutva crowd attacks rivals, with unparliamentary words and violent thoughts... But even more important is the export of Indian faiths to the west, where the market is ripe for its growth... Second, they must master the language of sophistication and modernity. – a sophisticated version for the western markets, and a Hinduism Lite for India .
Hindus need to develop the intellectual arsenal to combat subtle Hindu-baiting with sophisticated counters. There are two lessons for Hindus who do not want to either join the fringe or become Hinduphobic themselves:
First, they must study their adversaries and adopt tactics and strategy based on local, national and global conditions for the spread of Indic ideas. If Hinduism has to hold its own at home and expand abroad, it has to have at least two products – a sophisticated version for the western markets, and a Hinduism Lite for India, where the social content is emphasised more than high metaphysics. Second, they must master the language of sophistication and modernity.
Thanks to an email from good friend Harikiran Vadlamani, I caught up with R. Jagannathan's article on developing 'Hinduism lite'. I liked it very ... My column in MINT today is somewhat related to this. Actually, it complements his piece. If his piece made a case for ‘Hinduism lite’, I was making a case for ‘Economic Liberalism Lite’. MARCH 8, 2016 BY ANANTHA NAGESWARAN Mon, Mar 07 2016. 10 41 PM On the left of the road
Jan 9, 2013 - In Hinduism, Respect the Sacred, Ignore the Sexism ... and cherish, and what I want to share with my children … but in a Hinduism-lite way. › Opinion › Religion
Jan 27, 2011 - Ramesh Rao: Hindu spirituality and gurus have attracted the ... believe are selling Hinduism-lite, ridding it completely of any Hindu affiliations.
Andrew Singleton - 2014 - ‎Social ScienceMuch of this is 'Buddhism-lite' or 'Hinduism-lite', where people dabble with ideas, practices and concepts drawn from serious religious traditions, perhaps only ...
2008 - ‎Christianity and cultureThe similarities are so great that the USA Today newspaper labelled New Age as "Hindu Lite." Indian Hindu philosophies are becoming entrenched in Western ...
Katharine Adeney, ‎Lawrence Saez - 2007 - ‎Political ScienceWill it be Hindutva or Hindu-Lite for the BJP? Notes 1 During the conference on 'Coalition Politics and Hindu Nationalism' held at the Institute of Commonwealth ...
Emilie Richards - 2009 - ‎FictionWe practice Hindu-lite in this house.” “Perhaps you want something more elaborate?” He laughed. “No, I'm happy, but your mother and father won't be when ...
Oct 11, 2009 - As other signs of the growing fascination with Hindu lite, she points to the huge demand for priestly services. In Tamil Nadu, for instance, the ...
Sep 1, 2010 - Catherine Lynn Grossman of USA Today's Religion and Faith page, while reporting on the “Hindu lite” craze that seems to be sweeping ...

ATHIRA M. March 10, 2016
His untimely demise came as a shock. I thought I wouldn’t dance any more. But then I took it upon me to take forward his style of Odissi,” says Sangeeta.
The Deba Prasad Das style is different from the Kelucharan Mohapatra style in many ways. “Our style is more intense and grounded. It has powerful footwork and speed. Nothing is overdone, be it in the basic position of chauka [square] or movements of the torso. The jumps and pirouettes are sharp and strong,” she adds.She has even tried her hand in films with the sole purpose of “making my guru famous. I have done eight films in Oriya. It was a deliberate attempt as films reach out to more people. I thought, once they know me, they will know my guruji as well.” - She also teaches at the Aurobindo Ashram, which she calls “a service.” It's also the reason why she prefers to be away from the competitive world. “I am away ...

A Ghose - 1948 -
In a series of articles, published in this paper soon after the Calcutta session of the 
Congress, we sought to indicate our view both of the ideal which the Congress had adopted, 
the ideal of Swaraj or self-Government as it exists in the United Kingdom or the Colonies, ...

SK Maitra - 1941 -
... Contact us; PhilPapers Surveys; API; Bargain Finder; About PhilPapers. An Introduction to the
Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo. ... (fix it). Keywords, Ghose, Aurobindo Philosophy, Hindu. Categories,
Indian Philosophy in Asian Philosophy. (categorize this paper). Call number, B133.G6.M3 ...

NK Gupta, A Ghose - 1950 -
THE core of Sri Aurobindo's teaching, the central pivot on which his Yoga and his work rest 
is the mystery of the Divine Descent-Spirit descending into Matter and becoming Matter, God 
coming down upon earth and becoming human) and as a necessary and inevitable ...

GH Langley - 1949 -
... Contact us; PhilPapers Surveys; API; Bargain Finder; About PhilPapers. Sri Aurobindo, Indian
Poet, Philosopher and Mystic. ... Add more citations Similar books and articles. Aurobindo Ghose,
Srinivasa Iyengar & RK (eds.) (1974). Sri Aurobindo: A Centenary Tribute. ...

[CITATION] The Message of the" Gita" as Interpreted by Sri Aurobindo
A Roy, A Ghose - 1938 - George Allen and Unwin

[CITATION] Sri Aurobindo and the soul quest of man: three steps to spiritual knowledge
N Pearson - 1952 - Allen & Unwin

[CITATION] Sri Aurobindo came to me
DK Roy - 1952 - Sri Aurobindo Ashram

[CITATION] Sri Aurorbindo
S Iyengar - 1950 -
... Srinivasa Iyengar & RK (1985). Sri Aurobindo: A Biography and a History. Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. Aurobindo Ghose, Srinivasa Iyengar & RK (eds.) (1974). Sri
Aurobindo: A Centenary Tribute. Sri Aurobindo Ashram Press. Desh Raj Sirswal (2010). ...

[CITATION] The March of Civilisation: Nolini Kanta Gupta
NK Gupta, SA Ashram, I Pondichéry - 1955 - Sri Aurobindo Ashram

[CITATION] The Passing of Sri Aurobindo
KD Sethna - Mother India, 1951

[CITATION] Sri Aurobindo and Indian Freedom
S Mitra - 1948 - Sri Aurobindo Library

[CITATION] Poets and mystics
NK Gupta - 1951 - Sri Aurobindo Library

[CITATION] Aurobindo: The Prophet of Patriotism
HP Ghose - 1949 - AK Mitter

[CITATION] Sri Aurobindo and Aesthetics
VK Gokak - 1954 - Mother India, January

BG Ray - 1947 -

[CITATION] Salutation to Sri Aurobindo
R Tagore - 1949 - Sri Aurobindo Ashram

A Roy - 1940 -
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[CITATION] Sri Aurobindo: addresses on his life and teachings
AB Purani - 1955 - Sri Aurobindo Ashram

[CITATION] Sri Aurobindo: a homage
S Mitra - 1950 - Sri Aurobindo Library

P Colaço - The Modern Schoolman, 1951 -
To a philosopher of any merit the problem of multiple existence in the world presents itself essentially as a problem of harmony—how to reduce a widely varied multiplicity of experience to a common source of intelligibility. Philosophy, if anything, is precisely this ...

[CITATION] Sri Aurobindo and the World-crisis: Kishor H. Gandhi
KH Gandhi - 1949 - Sri Aurobindo Circle

[CITATION] An Introduction in the Poetry of Sri Aurobindo
S Ghose - Sri Aurobindo Pathmandir, 1946

[CITATION] What is Sri Aurobindo Doing
K Gandhi - 1946 - Jayantilal Parekh, Sri Aurobindo …

[CITATION] Sri Aurobindo: The Prophet of Life Divine
H Chowdhury - 1951 - Sri Aurobindo Pathmandir, Calcutta, …

[CITATION] Sri Aurobindo as I Knew Him
SC Deb - Mother India, 1950

[CITATION] Sri Aurobindo and physical culture
AB Purani - 1950 - Advent

[CITATION] The Indian spirit and the world's future
KD Sethna - 1953 - Sri Aurobindo Ashram

A Roy - 1947 -
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[CITATION] Among the great
DK Roy - 1950 - Jaico Publishing House

[CITATION] The Message of Sri Aurobindo and the Ashram
NK Gupta, MP Pandit - 1951 - Sri Aurobindo Niketan

[CITATION] The Poetry of Sri Aurobindo
KRS Iyengar - Naik, MK, Perspectives in Indian Poetry in English, 1943

H Chaudhuri - Philosophy East and West, 1953 - JSTOR
THE METAPHYSICAL SYNTHESIS inherent in the teaching of Sri Aurobindo may most aptly be described as the philosophy of integralism. An analysis of the main implications of the word" integralism" will serve the purpose of presenting a brief outline of his philosophical ...

[CITATION] India's cultural empire and her future
S Mitra - 1947 - Sri Aurobindo Library

S Babu - Philosophy, 1950 -
India is the land of sages, saints, philosophers and reformers since ancient times. One 
among them in the modern era was Sri Aurobindo. He is regarded as one of the most gifted 
philosophers of the twentieth century. He was as nationalist revolutionary turned ...

[CITATION] The Approach to Mysticism
NK Gupta - 1946 - Sri Aurobindo Library

P Colaço - The Modern Schoolman, 1952 -
On the principle of a sachchidananda absolute, Aurobindo has, as we have seen in the preceding article, tried to explain the fact of the one and the many in the world. The one and the many aspects in the world, in his opinion, are explained solely on the basis that the ...

DR Sukul - 1943 -  

VP Varma - Philosophy East and West, 1955 - JSTOR
SRI AUROBINDO (1872-1950) was one of the major figures in the history of the Indian renaissance and Indian nationalism. His moral, intellectual, and spiritual accomplishments have cast a deep influence over the mind of the Indian people. Since the publication of his ...

[CITATION] Psycho-solar treatment for the eye: a guide for prevention and cure of defective eyesight without glasses RS Agarwal - 1954 - Dr. Agarwal's Eye Institute

Is This How It Ends? - Is this how it ends? Does it end with everyone knowing something is deeply wrong, with everyone seeing something is wrong– except bureaucrats and administ...

The Yogi-King Aswapati receives an inner message (SH 192, B4C03, pp 369-370) -Savitri Class in Hindi with Alok Pandey (SH 192) 9th March 2016 at the Dining Room Hall, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, India. Savitri Book Four : The ...

The Human Soul in the Material World - If we reflect on the perception that most human beings use as the basis of their understanding of their existence, they understand that they live in a mate...

Friday, March 04, 2016

Establish institutions of eminence where classical Indian spiritual traditions are taught

Previous Part

Opposing The Left Is Not “Right”: Part II: More To Mahishasura

Asura or the negative hostile forces operates through both: ignorance and evil. And that is why you will almost always find left-wing supporting the causes of these undivine forces engaged in the process of fragmentation and division—it almost always happens in the name of ideals. And it is behind these high ideals that it avoids the scrutiny of an incisive intellect. Therefore what I am suggesting here:
1. The State at this point in time should act tough and go after these outright evil students, activists, academics, and intellectuals who have any connection with the violent groups—whether it is Naxals, Maoists, or Jihadists.
2. For the others, the ignorant ones, it should ensure that they are unharmed and should be allowed their academic freedom and freedom of expression. Clamping down on them or on JNU or any other academic institution is not the solution. But the State should ensure that there are institutions that explore the traditional Indian thought that can challenge the left-wing thinking in the spirit of academic freedom and debate. The State should ensure that it does not harm the non-violent left intellectuals but it should also ensure that these left-wing intellectuals shun their academic fascism by allowing voices that challenge them in an academic setting—there is a strong need of creating institutions of eminence which teach social sciences through prisms other than those of the left-wing.
For far too long, the left-wing intellectuals have enjoyed the patronage of State for promoting the Nehruvian-Marxian-left ideology and clamping down on anyone who differs from them by right away putting them in the extreme Hindu camp. Then they link the budding intellectuals with Nero or fascists or Gujrat violence, and that is where the story ends. There is always the support of most English media, and they happily and gleefully go back home celebrating their unknown fascism, having killed dissent and difference of opinion. The classical Indian traditions have a long history of very sophisticated intellectual arguments, which have been almost totally killed by the left-wing fascists in India. This is what the left-wing does to dissent and difference of opinion coming from the classical Indian traditions, necessarily in the same order: Hindu, Brahmanical, RSS-BJP, Gandhi Killers, Gujarat violence, Nero, fascists, Nazis.
So my dear fellow Indians, if you think that you have won the freedom of expression vs nationalism debate, let me tell you point blank: YOU HAVE YET AGAIN BEEN FOOLED BY THE ASURA. This asura is much devious than you can gather. It knows that it has lost the debate of freedom of expression vs nationalism debate.
So, now it will lie low for some time. It will look for some scuffle here and there so that it can link it up with extremism and fascism. In fact, it has already begun demonizing your nationalism by linking it with fascism and Nazism. This “mayavi” asura, operating through evil and ignorance, will demonize everything spiritual that you may be wanting to do.
The demon is hiding in the left-wing thinking, working through outright evil and fooling the ignorant. And because there are many nice hearted ignorant people in the grip and clutch of the asura, the best approach for the governance should be to create academic institutions of eminence where the nice-hearted, well-meaning left intellectuals can be engaged through an academic spirit of inquiry and shown a different light where they can transcend and integrate their idealism and desire to create a beautiful world for something larger and better.

Analyzing the above

Any individual who is not ideologically blind will see that the above two pieces are transcending the binary of freedom of expression vs. nationalism, in which the debate of TV channels got bifurcated. I have explicitly stated that the “significance of all this is much deeper, which unfortunately will get lost in the freedom of expression vs. nationalism debate, not that the debate is not necessary.” So on one hand I say that the deeper significance of this issue will get lost in the freedom of expression vs. nationalism debate but on the other hand, I also say that the debate is necessary.
I specifically favor nationalism when I make a call to the State to investigate and persecute these left ideologues, who have explicit connection with violent groups. On the other hand, I strongly tilt towards freedom of expression when I clearly state that the State should ensure that the good-hearted and good-spirited left intellectuals are not harmed in any which way and that it should ensure that their freedom of expression and academic freedom does not come under any cloud. I make it a point to emphasize that clamping down on JNU is not the solution.
On the contrary, the State should take measures to establish institutions of eminence where classical Indian spiritual traditions are taught. I am not in any way or form for reducing the plurality or diversity in ways of knowledge pursuit. On the contrary, I am all for promoting and proliferating it. I am certainly against is is the fascism of the Indian left, which begins to tarnish dissent always by linking it with extreme Hindu right. This is a dangerous trend in India, and it is important that the academics in India should know about and raise their voice against.
I do not understand if this is not liberal thinking, then what is!
[The two posts led to a vigorous debate between Prof. Kundan and a Facebook friend who is a mainstream journalist in India.  This will be the 3rd part of these series.]
Spirituality that Bharat represents Savitri Era Party ‏@SavitriEraParty
Vision of Sri Aurobindo where the utopia of the left is preserved Kundan Singh Author of “The Evolution of Integral Yoga: Sri Aurobindo, Sri Ramakrishna, and Swami Vivekananda,” and several other edited-book chapters like ...
Author of “The Evolution of Integral Yoga: Sri Aurobindo, Sri Ramakrishna, and Swami Vivekananda,” and several other edited-book chapters like “Beyond Mind: The Future of Psychology as Science” “Beyond Postmodernism: Towards a Future Psychology,” “Relativism, Self-Referentiality, and Beyond Mind,” and “Relativism and Its Relevance for Psychology.” Kundan Singh, PhD is an academic who teaches and lectures in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies and University of Delhi.