Friday, May 25, 2018

We inherit kaleidoscopic pasts

Philosophy of Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo-A Critical Analysis S Lalitha - American Journal of Educational Research and …, 2018
Sri Aurobindo, was an Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, philosopher, yogi, guru and poet. He joined the Indian movement for freedom from British rule, for a while became one of its influential leaders and then turned into a spiritual reformer …

[PDF] Keki N. Daruwalla's Craftsmanship
M Rajalakshmi… Romantic poets, nor in that of poetic inversions of Toru Dutt, nor in that of saccharine – sweetness of Sarojini Naidu, nor in that of Miltonic pomposity of Sri Aurobindo, nor in that of preponderant mystical broodings of Rabindranath Tagore.

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Assorted tweets for general information:

Opinion | For a quarter of a century, India’s voters elected governments which were born with an alibi – the lack of a majority which ‘allegedly’ hampered change and transformation. | Shankkar Aiyar

Four years of Modi Government: Far from responding to all the Prime Minister’s rousing cries to ‘Start-up’ and ‘Stand-up’, the economic engine is still struggling to get back on its feet after a series of body-blows over the last four years

#4YearReportCard | #StateOfEconomy
Formalisation of economy is an evolutionary process. It happens with economic growth. It happens when larger cos begin to take the shape of formal economy. It doesn't happen through shock treatment with GST or Demo: @JhaSanjay

‘2019 mein phir ek baar, Modi sarkar’. LOL.  Kyon bhai, kis khushi mein?

What a fine collection of leaders - ignoramuses, fabulists, rapists, mob organizers, killers, mafia dons...

Am thinking of all the bravehearts from Sr Bachchan to Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher to Chetan Bhagat, Ramdev to Sri Fraud who piled on to Dr Manmohan Singh for the petrol price hikes. But not a squeak against Modi. What happened to the black belts, big talk, and heroics?

Rediscovered this gem.
“The Bentley-driving guru is putting up his price.” A reference to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi but also applies to frauds like Sadhguru and Ravi Shankar (“Sri”)

You @RanaAyyub are brave, forthright and courageous. India's political conversation is enriched by your presence. Nothing can harm you. Stand tall.

All these Asian college of journalism/National school at Bangalore/Vikatan trainees in the last decade--all students-Xerox copy of each other and an imitation of the Columbia anarchists--Sad state of journalism:))) RT

बंडारु दत्तात्रेय के बेटे की मौत और रोहित वेमुला की मां की इंसानियत

A great article and fitting rebuttal to a hypocritical political Archbishop. True colours are now exposed. Why plead political neutrality for a political institution? Read how the Vatican bowed to China when it appointed its own bishops!hypocrisy!

'Integrated into a discourse of emancipation, the Muslim woman's body has become the battleground for a new discourse of supremacy.'

Islam and the West Are Incompatible: @AmericanThinker

Book review: 'Salman's Legacy' attempts to give an idea of what the future holds for the House of Al Saud, but fails to tie all the strands together.

Among many unforgivable crimes of Hafiz Sayeed--his rape of elegant Urdu language. Jinnah's insistence on imposing Urdu on Punjabis, Sindhis, Balochis, Pakhtuns etc has baudlerized the language beyond recognition. Pakis have to come to Lukhnow to know what real Urdu sounds like

On poverty and pronunciation in academia | Courtesy of @euthyphro @Mammals_Suck

Tough conditions shape the human brain to grow unusually large, reveals a new study, shedding light on the mystery of human evolution. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of St Andrews in the UK and published in the journal Nature

The earth still holds secrets, inviting our attention; and everything has not been disclosed by satellites and drones. Old scripts surface, and we hear, again, the voices of long-vanished pastoral poets. The past is never singular; what we inherit are pasts, kaleidoscopic pasts.

‘There is an indivisible reality immanent among all beings. You can call it by various names. That is a small sliver of the cosmic energy that drives this universe. You can call it Shiva, or call it Brahman, or just call it Self’. #KrishnaGopeshvara

A truly amazing piece: I am usually a sceptic. Here, I'm convinced: Kumbhakarna

What a hero ! This is why I empathize so much with Bharata. 
To me, he symbolizes the essence of human existence. It is easy to enjoy the ride when the mind feels delight. But when things are not going good, the responsibilities still remain. They should not be abandoned.
The character of Bharata shows that all the 3 Gunas of the Sāmkhya system, including the much derided Guna of Tamas, have important roles. In Rāmāyana, Bharata bears not only the responsibility of running the kingdom justly, but also the blame from everybody for Rāma's exile.
If we read the Arthaśāstra of Kauṭilya, we see that its theory of governance is very much based on this wisdom as outlined by Rāma to Bharata. An important element is Indriyadama (control of senses) that is required of a ruler. It is a rather unique element in Indian statecraft.

Any resonance with Sri Aurobindo's symbolic interpretation of the Veda? Like, four brothers resembling Varuna, Mitra, et al?

Sri Aurobindo describes a spiritual Vaishnav("krishnaite") vyuh:
Krishna: Brahmin
Balaraam: Kshatriya
Pradyumn: Vaishya
Anuruddh:  Shudra
He goes into greatly rich detail which I hv skipped for sake of brevity. Does a similar vyuh-interpretation exist for Ikshvaku brothers ?

Lord HayagrIva with the face of a horse, and body of a man, is an extremely praise-worthy and worshipful deity #Hinduism #dharma

Read The Full Text of Justice #KemalPasha's farewell speech

In Jia Pingwa’s newly translated novel ‘Happy Dreams’, the fragile existence of trash pickers in one of China’s biggest cities is revealed in heartbreaking, loving and amusing detail. | @OmairTAhmad

“Will there ever be another writer like Philip Roth? A writer with such intellectual heft, emotional acuity, and artistic bravery? Probably. But today it doesn’t feel so. Today the loss feels immeasurable and ours.”

Three eminent authors passed away recently of whom I was not aware earlier. Let's hope that they continue to inspire.
1. Bernard Lewis (31 May 1916 – 19 May 2018) 
2. Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Jr. (March 2, 1930 – May 14, 2018) 
3. Philip Milton Roth (March 19, 1933 – May 22, 2018)

Another complete lecture from the GIAN series @IITIndore is up @YouTube Finally with power point too!

#BookReview | Many of the ideas suggested by the editors are in fact completely accurate, such as their analysis of the dominance of Dumont’s understanding of Indian society in terms of caste, and the way in which this shaped writing and research after.

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Book by John Beames that concluded Odia was a much older language at a time vested interests were claiming it was not a separate language

NAUMI TAM - a Prayer to Sri Aurobindo.
A musical offering in Sanskrit. Lyrics and direction: Sampadananda Mishra, music: Pavitra Kumar. Recorded in Cuttack, Orissa. Produced by Sri Aurobindo Society.

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The Need for a Diverse, Vibrant and Living Unity of Humanity

Marketime: Societies enforce norms by criticizing and ostracizing @NathTusar @neha_aks
This mire must harbour the orchid and the rose,
From her blind unwilling substance must emerge
A beauty that belongs to happier spheres.
- Sri Aurobindo ("SAVITRI")

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