Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Ramachandra Guha's courage to be silent on Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo’s study of the Veda examines the philosophic system of the Vedic mystics, the meaning of Vedic terms, and the sense of Vedic symbols and the psychological functions assigned to the Gods. Get 'The Secret of the Veda' here :

Sri Aurobindo's interpretation of Hinduism is acceptable to people from all religions. He removes the veil of the secrets, which tell humanity that d  variety in  worship is a must.This yoga never asks u to change yr religion. This is not the Yoga conducted by "beosayi saints."
It's difficult to distort the true nature of Hinduism with Sri Aurobindo around. Even Aurobindo Ghose was a humanist, though the leftists don't understand the Nature of his Nationalism, which is exactly Tagore's Nationalism barring his critique of Nationalism between 1916 n 1917.
People like Ashis Nandy n Dipesh Chakrabarty couldn't penetrate into the essence of Aurobindo Ghose's Nationalism. Also they failed to understand the politics of Sri Aurobindo as a transformed stuff of Aurobindo Ghose's credo.
If Ramachandra Guha stays back in India, who else do we need? He is the greatest historian of all ages   also he has that great courage to be silent on Sri Aurobindo's contribution to Indian freedom! Bravo!
Lack of references from Sri Aurobindo indicates a  colossal ignorance of Hindu pundits! Or it is difficult to distort Hinduism with Sri Aurobindo's commentaries! Sri Aurobindo is the ultimate of authenticity. Ignore him n be sure the non- Hindus won't trust your thesis!
Or it maybe that supreme egoistic  confidence: " I am a great scholar! I've read many books! I am greater than Sri Aurobindo! I have bagged so many awards! Sri Aurobindo has no awards!" Don't misunderstand me. This is the psychology of not referring to him.

It was during his exile in Pondicherry that Bharatiyar came into contact with Aurobindo, and leaders like Lala Lajpat Rai and VVS Aiyar. He assisted Aurobindo in publication of the journals Arya and Karma Yogi.

For those who might not know, it was Bharathiyar who taught Thamizh to Sri Aurobindo. Apart from translating some Azhwar poetry to English, this knowledge of Thamizh also led to Sri Aurobindo formulating his essay Origins of Aryan Speech 🙏
Sri Aurobindo advised him to read Walt Whitman on his query how to write great poetry.
I haven't kept track of so much of noise around NRC and CAB but my sense is that something fundamentally changed yesterday and States and Regions getting Sovereignty will be an eventuality. But I don't think it's the peaceful path towards #WorldUnion as dreamt by Sri Aurobindo.
In times like this, it becomes apparent why a broad consensus around Sri Aurobindo's political philosophy is needed to navigate the nation out of obscurantist outlook. No amount of muscle flexing or chest thumping can justify or validate what's basically defective or anomalous.
Repeating for the nth time:
It's not about this bill or that bill. States have to awarded Sovereignty under a lose Federation. Colonial legacy has to be buried. Sri Aurobindo dreamt of a #WorldUnion and all must support Evolution's direction.
Sri Aurobindo's dream of #WorldUnion provides the broad principle and how it works out is certainly not linear or clear. Nor historical examples are the only guide. What's important is Evolutionary direction and for that no one is more reliable than #SriAurobindo. #FiveDreams

East had indeed more revolutionaries but West had a considerable numbers too. Also, most of the top ranking revolutionary leaders & ideologues came from West, Subhas Babu, Rashbehari, Aurobindo, his brother, many others. Don’t forget the fountainheads of their inspirations+

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Man's main drive is towards transcendence

Hindu Studies in a Christian, Secular Academy
 Vishwa Adluri

  • Balance. Finally, unlike the comic strip at the top, I think it's important to find a balance of academic and non-academic focus. You may think that, with having to learn new languages, keep up to date in multiple areas of research, teaching classes, attending talks, etc., you don't have time for hobbies or rest (or your family, if you have one!). The pressure in graduate school is immense. But in my opinion, it's important to find time to do things which are not related to your work. Read some fiction. Take some hikes. Play with your dog or cat. Meet people outside of academia. Your mental health (and your work) will benefit from it.

Cross-posted at my personal blog.

Malcolm Keating | May 29, 2019

more than mirrors, others eyes and words complimenting people even if they themselves consider themselves ugly looking, is more precious to all - across the gender-board.

Hard to believe. Half the over 40 women in the US are juggling kids and jobs and desperately looking for some guy to replace their husbands who ran off with his 25 year old secretary because she has an unlined face and her boobs haven't sagged. I'm not being mean, I knew several

First of all, shouldn't Central University, Puducherry, should be renamed Sri Aurobindo Central University? Is there an intellectual, scholar, savant, yogi, or spiritual master to match his stature? Then, we should name another university thereabouts after Subramania Bharati.

Minds without Fear by Bhushan and Garfield

JR Groves - Journal of Indian Philosophy and Religion, 2019
… Nevertheless, if we take a longer view, such as Aurobindo's view that Vedic culture had declined with the superimposition of Afghan, Persian and European Civilization the idea of an Indian Renaissance during British mle is quite defensible …


A Mukhopadhyay
… who sleep.” 1 This Consciousness has been identified by Sri Aurobindo as the “Superconscient Divine Purusha” … Gnostic beings live in the Supramental consciousness as Sri Aurobindo coined the word, being the last grade so far …

Looking Back at Capital Account Convertibility: India–China Syndrome

S Mukherjee, AK Karmakar - The Gains and Pains of Financial Integration and Trade …, 2019
… Copyright © 2020 Emerald Publishing Limited. And she learns by failure and progress by fall. And battles with environment and doom …. All sides she sees and turns to every call. — Sri Aurobindo, 'Savitri' (Book Three, Canto Four, Page 337). Introduction …

Everyday Aesthetics and the Indic Goddess Traditions: An Aurobindonian Approach

A Mukhopadhyay - Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, 2019
… This is the issue I am going to explore in this essay, with particular emphasis on certain aspects of the Indic goddess traditions - through the lens of Sri Aurobindo's figuration of the Mother Goddess in The Mother and Savitri …


A Sundriyal, SN Hore - Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, 2019
… The myth of the Sati pithas, through Sri Aurobindo, foregrounds a "theo-aesthetics of fragmentation" (100), where Prakrti willingly sacrifices her being so that "unenlightened beings", through the practice itself, can uplift themselves spiritually …

[PDF] Multiculturalism in Indian English Literature

VB Rani
… The other major poems in Indian English literature- Sri Aurobindo‟s “Savitri” and Jayanta Mahapatra‟s “Relationship- from this perspective” … In poetry, AKRamanujan, Jayantha Mahapatra, Sri Aurobindo and R. Partha Sarathy exemplify the four types respectively …

History, Evolution and Scientific Revolution

DP Chattopadhyaya - History of Science and Philosophy of Science: A …

Art as an Aid to Resolve Tension

G Raghunath - On Art and Science, 2019
… Madras (1964)Google Scholar. Sankaran, A.: The Theories of Rasa and Dhvani. University of Madras (1973)Google Scholar. Savitri: In the light of Sanskrit Poetics, Souvenir on Savitri, Sri Aurobindo Nivas, Baroda (1984)Google Scholar. Tagore, R.: The Religion of Man …
A Besant
… this unique city. While the Mother was the person who implemented Auroville and made it a reality, the following philosophies for which the concept was built upon came from the revolutionary Sri Aurobindo. His core contributions …

[PDF] Understanding the Power of Mind for Organizational Growth

SS Sengupta
… actualization. However, according to Sri Aurobindo man's main drive is towards the transcendence of his humanity. Sri Aurobindo's motivation is a motive of the soul towards the Divine. He replaces Maslow's Page 9. metamotivation …

[PDF] ALEKSANDAR USKOKOV/Sucharita Adluri, Textual Authority in Classical Indian Thought: Rāmānuja and the Viṣṇu Purāṇa 81 FRANK J. KOROM/Naomi Appleton …

CS PRESTON, W Doniger, MC Nussbaum… - 2019
… Although titled Hindu Worldviews, the primary sources mentioned therein, besides limited discussions on well-known modern figures such as Sva¯mı¯ Viveka¯nanda and Srı¯ Aurobindo, confined to the end of the …

[PDF] Book Review of The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells

GT Martin
… The great Indian philosopher Sri Aurobindo declared that the Universe becomes conscious of itself in us (1973, p. 49) … Applied Spirituality: A Spiritual Vision for the Dialogue of Religions. New York: Harper Element Books …

Monday, September 02, 2019

Declared ideological positions are at odds with true scholarship

Assorted tweets collated by @NathTusar, Director, #SavitriEra Learning Forum
(SELF since 2005), Ghaziabad. #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion

An acerbic, acidic criticism of critics throwing tantrums on behalf of Prof emeritus #RomilaThapar - Asked to be Accountable: Or how the Rules of the #JNU Founders has Boomeranged on Them via @dharmadispatch

Madam, not declaring positionality biases is against academic rigour; declaring them saves you from perpetual dissimulation and the constant hypocrisy of pretending you approach issues from a position of  neutrality. Btw, no-one does that. The dispassionate observer is a myth.

Sad day for the study of Indian history when iconic historian like Romila Thapar who inspired generations to understand India's complex historical past, has her credentials questioned! Would EH Carr or AJP Taylor, Britain's eminent historians have ever faced this sort of scrutiny?
I definitely think declared ideological positions are at odds with true scholarship as it closes the mind to different trajectories of thought & precludes enquiry that falls outside the realm of these declared positions!
Hobsbawm was a declared Marxist. To my knowledge, while Romila Thapar uses some Marxist tools of historical analysis, she's a professional historian, relying on classical methods of  historiography, epigraphy etc.

Well. Am not too sure whether it is justified to deny academic positions to 'declared' Marxists and declared Rationalists. Am sure you don't mean that. And I know Romila does not subscribe to Marxist Historiography as such and in any case she is a scholar par excellence.
Eric Hobsbawm was denied Professorship for long because he held on to his Marxist convictions Bertrand Russel's teaching assignment called off due to his rationalist convictions. Am not saying these to deny Romila her standing as historian. I had the privilege being taught by her

It may not be a coincidence that every Hindu-hater, from Beverley Nichols with his fanatic Christian supremacist convictions to Periyar with his Dravidian racism, to Paul Courtright with his pretensions of Freudian deconstruction, loves to hate Ganesha.

Odia movie Bhakta Salabega (1983) will be screened on 6th Sep evng 6.15pm under FJF's Smrutichhaya 17 at Jaydev Bhawan, BBSR.A book on the film will be released. Plz attend to feel the iconic movie n convey your love and respect to the old masters. (PC-Surya Deo) @OdiaCulture

“After a few generations the collective memory can no longer preserve the authentic biography of an eminent personage; he ends by becoming an archetype, that is, he expresses only the virtues of his vocation, illustrated by paradigmatic events typical of the model he incarnates.“
“...This is true not only of Gautama Buddha or Jesus Christ but also of far less influential personages, such as Marko Kraljevic or Dieudonné de Gozon.” -Eliade

Primary exclusions from NRC are Hindu Bengalis. Not Muslims. Hence the media has lost interest. Even a few weeks back @dillidurust was pedaling the victimhood of Muslims being harassed on NRC, blocked me when exposed. This is the rot in Indian media
Identify the Netra Sen Sanghi Ji s. Those who would sell out their birth community to further their own prospects in BJP-RSS. Through silence or support of NRC. Eminent examples: @swapan55 Ji @KanchanGupta Ji @tathagata2 Ji @sanjeevsanyal Ji @abhijitmajumder Ji @anirbanganguly Ji

Indian Economic Crisis – A Tale of Western Media
Here’s an essay by @tylercowen on the moral imperative of economic growth. 
Like @kpanyam he qualifies it with ‘sustainable’...I’m not sure of the inter-generational tradeoff in a country with hundreds of millions living in poverty.

So many people expressing happiness over the Romila Thapar affair seems something like toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue in significance for them.

While publishing the revised edition of Savitri in 1993, Sri Aurobindo Ashram also brought out a separate slim volume collating the old and new lines or passages. A similar compilation is needed for how much old history has been replaced by new findings published by RW journals.
Constitution is about how to capture power by distributing favours and patronage. So how to keep the flock together assumes utmost importance and for that all kinds of identity is utilised. However certain books in libraries offer resistance, silently; because the author is dead.
While a day has so much of variety in terms of circadian rhythm and allied psychological rollercoaster that we ride, annual Merry-go-round of seasons seems to have no noticeable effect or causal factors in human functioning. This disconnect is surprising when even sea sees tides.
Feel Philosophy: Crystal doors of inner planes
#SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
Assorted tweets collated by @NathTusar,
Director, #SavitriEra Learning Forum
(SELF since 2005), Ghaziabad.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Past poems are given new life in Savitri

Assorted tweets:

Feel Philosophy: Bharata Federation as the nucleus of World Union
#WorldUnionDay #FiveDreams #SriAurobindo #WorldUnion #SavitriEra @NathTusar

Nothing definite is yet known about the functioning of the universe or even the human body which is hostage to various Hormones and Enzymes. Since we undergo several phases of thought and mood within 24 hours, philosophy, culture, and spirituality serve as cushion against gloom.
Fine, nothing to dispute with that, especially the feeling and experience aspect except that I was arguing about the logical demands of rationality. Encounter with Gita should lead to something more rewarding in terms of authenticity and utility. But your preference is different.

A report of the special lecture by Sandeep Balakrishna @dharmadispatch highlighting the key ideas he presented, is now up on SAFIC website. Pictures from the event are also included.
Video recording of the full event will be released shortly.

The kind folks at @AUROSAFIC have published a fine report of my recent lecture at their campus on the Luminaries of the Modern Indian Renaissance. It was an honour and privilege to deliver the address.
Sri Rama Jayam 🕉️🕉️🕉️

A Case for India: A Glimpse into how the British Plundered India and Destroyed a Great Civilisation by Sandeep Balakrishna ji @dharmadispatch

Rajiv Malhotra got exposed when he started his tirade against Raja Ram Mohan Roy.  Now he's after Tilak....He surely must be aware of what #SriAurobindo & Swami Vivekananda had to say about Tilak, still pandering to falsehood.... Something somewhere is horribly wrong.

Can’t you do better than petty insults? Are you qualified to say who is a Shastri and what is Veda? I was translating the Vedas for Sri Aurobindo publications before you were born. I long ago discarded western intellectual biases against India. You perpetuate them. @AatishTaseer

Reading others often develop biases and create artificial boundaries (which really don't exist) to thought process. What's most important is ability to question logically and come up with original ideas.

If you're familiar with the works of Sri Aurobindo you will understand why "indoctrination" cannot be applied at all.

A work is the Mother's work only when it is inclusive, n not sectarian n personal braggadocio of half-educated people.
By Iyengar's biography I don't mean the 1945 one, which Sri Aurobindo corrected. I mean the larger one, finished by 1972 n went through some editing later. Entitled: Sri Aurobindo: a biography n a history. Of his 400+ books n monographs, this alone will make him immortal !
In 1938 Iyengar had received D. Litt. for his book on Lytton Strachey, the notorious debunker as artist. 7 years later he switched over to a man who had " left the human shore". He hd to readjust his tools, had to kneel down to interpret. A sattwic critic is not a hagiographer.
V.K. Gokak's book Sri Aurobindo:Seer and Poet has long gone out of print. The chapter on the allusive style of Savitri shows his unmistakable memory of English Literature. He promptly detects which line Sri Aurobindo is recreating in a new context.
Those old academic professors took Savitri as a work of art, knew dat the structure n style hv  been deftly manipulated for a specific purpose, to enlighten a specific double voyage. Those style experts throw significant light on its theme, which can't be separated from its style
Many past poems are given new life in every Canto. Gokak, Iyengar, Sisirkumar Ghose, Prema Nandakumar n others have opened  our eyes to those subtleties of this modern n future epic.

SriAurobindo and TheMotherMirra were perhaps of the greatest Saints who did much to make the world harmonious. I love them.
I think Raja RamMohan Roy was British stooge, hence only he had all those awards and rewards. The greatest of the leaders was SriAurobindo, I think...

Bhai, my humble thought here. In our zeal to glorify the Master, we should not use language that is not befitting of His disciples.
Walk into an airport bookstore or even a bookfair, hardly are you able to find a Yoga book of the person who has written 30+ vols over 15000 pages.

LOL, yes and even one page of those 15000 pages outweighs all the others put together. I did not seek to glory. However, that does not necessarily mean disregarding ignorant & simplistic pablum from this crude intellect that likes to name-drop Sri Aurobindo between yugas.

For those not familiar with Sri Aurobindo and/or the is a brief pin sized and savour this passage of exceptional beauty..a rapture courses through us to read and wonder on its implications..leave alone touch some of these states

Sri Aurobindo may have given us the key to all traditions, from Iran to Central America & the banks of the Rhine, the secret of all seekers of perfection, from Eleusius to the Cathars & alchemists, for we do seem to find everywhere that ancient Memory of a great transmutative + #Satprem

“The Current Hindu Upsurge in Sri Aurobindo’s Light” – Prof. Mangesh V Nadkarni

If a Bengali was rewarded by the Brits, almost certainly he had damaged Bengalis in some ways (the word almost was used 2 account for exceptions based on outstanding abilities). Exact same statement can be made for BJP-RSS. Read how Swapan & Kanchans rise:

No fixed way to understand Sri Aurobindo. By assiduously following what he wrote in his books & letters, which is Tapasya; by enjoying the Rasa of his poetry; or simply by love & worship of the illiterate. Streams & rivers of all kinds move towards the ocean in their pilgrimage.
Pseudo-seculars tried for 70 yrs to bring down Hinduism to a level of creed, cult & commandment, essence of other religions. Saviours played into their hands, not realising it isn't defined by achar, but bhakti. "It is not circumscribed by the confines of a single country." (SA)

Everybody suffers a memory loss, talking about only Kabhi Kabhi Trishul & Umraao Jaan! Pity. Khayyam did greater things in Shola Aur Shabnam, Lala Rukh, Mohabbat Isko Kehte Hai, Shagun, Shankar Hussain...

Poor memory is contagious. After long 8 hrs I suddenly remember Khayyam composed those incredible non-film bhajans (ghazals too) by Rafi in 1961. Madhukar Rajasthani's words.
"Paaon Padu Tore Shyam"
"Tere Bharose Nandalala"..& others.

Bhai this is not a “complex song”. It is a very good song
If you want complex songs of Latadidi, listen to “नैनों मे बदरा छाये बिजली सी चमके हाय” by Madan Mohan.
Or “मालवून टाक दीप” (marathi) by Hridaynath Mangeshkar
These songs are a sample of the prowess of Lata as a singer

This song has haunted me for thirty years. And today its composer is no more. Khayyam called it his most complex creation, and was stunned that Lata needed only a single take for it. He couldn't believe it. And neither would you.
Remembering you.

Seeing Janta praising inexplicability of Gulzar’s lyrics and complexity of khayyam’s tunes, Marathi maanus be like -
I see your Gulzar+Khayyam. I raise you to Hridaynath+Grace.
I am yet to understand what kavi wants to say in “भय इथले संपत नाही” after all these years

I dont claim to understand music at all, but IMO the most difficult song would be केव्हा तरी पहाटे, उलटून रात्र गेली ...
Poet: Suresh Bhat Music: Hridaynath Voice: One and only Asha tai
Agree... + Malvun taak deep... (Lyrics by Suresh Bhat)
Lata dincha awaz matra awadat nahi ganyat.
Romantic watatach nahi, mayaticha watata gana.😬🤪

Girls trips are life events that have a high return on emotional, social, and monetary investment and almost always live up to the hype, writes @SanjanaPegu. #MoodOfTheMonth #Travel

One of the perils of modern life is that the desire for security and the need for satisfaction can't sustain themselves in equilibrium for the extended life spans of human beings.
It's an essentially intractable and unsolvable problem. You cannot throw money at it to solve. Money makes it worse more times than not.

"This mire must harbour the orchid and the rose," cooed Sri Aurobindo in Savitri echoing the urge when nothing was there upon this planet. And we tweet today. So, nothing is intractable, "It's the hour of the unexpected."
Be it RM or DF, critical appreciation is the key. No one is perfect, so avoiding us & them approach is essential. True for all great men or saints and savants. Necessary to remember the cases of Savonarola, Bruno, or Galileo. Unadulterated adulation is an adolescent's infatuation

I wonder sometimes if there is a systematic effort going on to erase Bengali greats from the annals of history. The very first target was Tagore, then RRM Roy followed by Vidyasagar. Now J.C. Bose.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Equanimity, detached critical judgement, and ruminative engagement

Assorted tweets:

An Intensive Study Camp on the Gita, 23 September to 5 October 2019 - Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture (SAFIC)

Rtam and Law appear discordant only because law to us has an image of being a tyrannical imposition from outside, a classical judaeo-christian thing. But rtam is the 'law' which one follows when one has United with the universe. Then one IS law and it's a joy following that law.

After many years I purchased a set of Sketch Pens and drew this.
Inpired by my school teachers and my seniors at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, New Delhi, India.
Location : Sri Aurobindo Ashram,  New Delhi.
Dedicated to : The Mother and Sri Aurobindo.

Maharashtra is a place for great saints. Eknath, Tukarkam, Gyaneswar.. not so famous Vishnu Bhaskar Lele who collaborated & advised Sri Aurobindo in his early days at Baroda..Lele is now known because of Sri Aurobindo.

read essays by Aurobindo recently. He rightly says that Indians (by implication hindus) lack sense of "shakti". Such incidents putting better sense in minds of people. Chandni chowk aftermath is an indication.

Sri Aurobindo on the Psychic Being -the real soul secret in us

54) Hymns 347 - 354 (Verses 3,575 - 3,641): Description of Rig-Veda, Mandala 04, Sukta 051 to 058 (including a hymn on the upper and lower oceans of existence); with #SriAurobindo's words on the birth and ascent of Agni (End of Mandala 04)

The five best books on Chaucer's Troilus (including @LaviniaGreenlaw's wonderful Double Sorrow), and some thoughts on reading and teaching this glorious poem at Oxford

In this piece via @fivebooksphil, @jehsmith picks his top five books on the history of philosophy.

“We read Woolf for her tone: her equanimity, her ability to weave together a detached and usually very severe critical judgement with a tone of ruminative engagement.“
Adam Gopnik (@adamgopnik), writer at @NewYorker, picks his favourite essay collections.

An example of inter-species communication that does not require words.

If there's one movie you want to rewatch before @ISRO's #chandrayaan2 launch this weekend, let it be from this carefully-curated list of Moon-inspired hits by @Nandiniwhy

Don’t judge me. I have been through this trauma. Breaking an engagement causes embarrassment and emotional distress for sometime but a bad marriage can become a lifelong burden in a country like India where women are forced to silently suffer as divorce is seen as an evil thing.

As working women in India, we are minorities ( only 25%). So we have to share tips with each other to survive. My big tip is find mentors, people whose career path you admire and find a way to be in touch with them.…

One outcome of this brouhaha is that discerning citizens are much more aware, or ought to be, of plagiarism. In future, all public figures might be more cautious in citing sources & similarities, both in words & ideas. This should apply to Moitra too.

Such a delight and privilege to interview the brilliant @authoramish on his amazing new book #Raavan, India's glorious cultural heritage and the crucial importance of us studying our own culture. Watch @DailyO_'s 'Good Books!
Every time he speaks it's a new insight, he is so fresh in his thinking which makes him the best, meeting him every time makes me feel enthralled & respect for him escalates, his humbleness is unmatchable.

The culture of India, like the country itself, is indivisible & timeless. Just like its indivisible geography stretches from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Indian culture too represents this indivisible continuum from the Rishis up to Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

Here is @SwarajyaMag columnist tendering his views on SCB....@IamSourav_b , @raniroyrocky , @From_Himalaya , @Aban__Ind , @INA99thBrigade .....
I fully intend to ignore BUT.... historical illiteracy coupled with immature grasp of international relations and the dynamics of political conflicts -they should not be present in an eminent political columnist to this extent....but whatever....ignore we shall.

Everyone's opinion will obviously vary but Bengali victimhood clouds the overall picture. However, only one opinion matters in the matter: that's of Sri Aurobindo. Accepting his insights with humility is the only sane option. Emotions and arguments have no place before it. Thanks
Education or learning bear a halo around them but the reality is that one learns various degrees of prejudice and misinterpretation all the time. Unlearning these subsequently requires humongous courage and effort; vigilant willingness to discover fresh yardsticks and touchstones

Holding that State must be kept out of education is easier part. Whether community or corporate are capable of designing curriculum needs to be pondered over. Current concept of education based on European modernity has run its course. Brick and mortar must give way to informal.
Modern civilisation has prevented people to look at women and instead sends them to museums and art galleries to see their portrayal in metal, stone, or paintings. Movies are also kosher for watching them on screen. So, everyone is glued to phone in Metro.

Evergreen Essays: Lakshmanarekha is not a part of Valmiki Ramayana @NathTusar, Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF), Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad-201014 #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
Savitri Era of those who adore,
Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Muscular representation of Sri Aurobindo is tunnel vision

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Assorted tweets:

#ExpressOpinion | Only #NarendraModi has understood the idea of Bharat Shakti and is therefore the best instrument to confirm and fulfill Aurobindo’s augury.
@MakrandParanspe writes:
Modi 2 marks reinvigoration of Aurobindo's idea of BharatShakti writes Prof. @MakrandParanspe  @IndianExpress #NewIndia -

Who is the biggest ‘chamcha’ ( sycophant) of them all, among academics, ‘ public intellectuals ‘ commentariat? Just read a piece by an academic which is the verbal equivalent of doing ‘ sashatang pranam.’ Before those who currently wield power. On your face sycophancy.

From the age of fifteen Michel Danino was drawn to India, some of her great yogis, and soon to Sri Aurobindo and Mother. In 1977, dissatisfied after 4 years of higher scientific studies, he left France for India, where he has since been living. #quotes

33) Hymns 206 - 213 (Verses 2,157 - 2,221): Description of Rig-Veda, Mandala 02, Sukta 015 to 022 (all hymns addressed to Indra); with #SriAurobindo's words on where it may not be accurate to follow the ancient Indian scholastic tradition on the Vedas

The former Curzon Memorial in #Kolkata was changed, to celebrate Sri Aurobindo, freedom fighter, guru, poet... but the surrounding figures are as Sir Hamo Thornycroft first designed them—a poignant glimpse of India #sculpture.

Globalist Ideologies are Dakshina in nature. Among religious ideas, Islam is the epitome of Dakshina Marg. Doesn't allow any room to anyone. Communism too is Dakshina Marg. Any ideology which tells you to follow, rather than to chart your own path is deceiving you.

One you could add to this list, too , is Henri Bortoft, who is perhaps quite relevant to Integral Yoga as well. He wrote on discerning between "authentic and counterfeit wholes" or integrations -- a most critical subject in these times of fakery.

The Interviews Blog : ‘It’s possible to be an atheist and practise a religion; many religions get along quite well without gods’

Peter Heehs the vilifier of Sri Aurobindo is back in business at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives. Has the Ashram Trust lost is head? Read

A beautiful account by @NandiniNai of her discovery of Japan: its refined visual and literary culture, its undertow of violence; its everyday perfections, its sudden grottiness; its simultaneity of samurai and salariiman, Zen clarity and Shinjuku delight.

In place of the Buddhistic negative Absolute, Shankara offered Brahman, an ineffable positive Absolute, in which all feature & action & energy cease in that they never really existed & are mere illusions of the mind.-#SriAurobindo

Debates prior to Sri Aurobindo must be understood for locating him properly.
[Where Nietzsche or Emerson say to be more individual, Kant tells us to be more universal – to act according to the same moral law that everyone else should act under. -Amod Lele]

[Biographers usually focus solely on Aurobindo's life as a politician or sage, but he was also a scholar, a revolutionary, a poet, a philosopher, a social and cultural theorist, and the inspiration for an experiment in communal living.] Book by Peter Heehs

What you are concerned about? Congress, Rahul Gandhi, or the country? They are not synonymous. The country surely needs an honest and efficient political party. It should have a good ideology so that people support it. Congress can regain base if it accepts Sri Aurobindo's vision.

Savitri Era: Modi as a modern day Ashoka
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Evergreen Essays: Quest for a historical core for puranas is futile
Posted by @NathTusar, Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF), SRA-102-C, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad - 201014 (UP) #FiveDreams #WorldUnion

Women represent empiricism and men a healthy scepticism and ambivalence; that's what came out of the debate on myth and history. May be more to do with awareness level than any inherent trait but the evolutionary burden of child rearing appears ill at ease with a rearview mirror.

Hindutva votaries are recounting their war in Rediff and Sulekha against Western academia but Savitri Era had other tasks in 2005. Although Ken Wilber had brought Sri Aurobindo to wider notice, his portrayal was underinformed and unsympathetic. Rod Hemsell & @akazlev fought that.

Savitri Era Party came into being twelve years back in 2007. Bringing Sri Aurobindo's knowledge to the forefront is possible if his followers form a formidable force to reckon with. Solidarity and concerted action is essential for this lofty goal; Hindutva needs to be jettisoned.

Plagiarism is wrong; can't be justified on any ground. It's not about the nature of content and its intent, who did it, or where it was done. All these are secondary matters. The person should say sorry and pay for damages, if any. cc @MakrandParanspe @RajivMessage @saliltripathi

Arriving at the peak marks the beginning of negotiating with the decline. Yoga however aims at an endless progress in keeping with the spirit of Amrita invoked in the Veda. Many resign to an abstract and pragmatic conception but The Mother & Sri Aurobindo insist upon the physical.

To tweet or intuit, that's the question. The nature of writing is such that quite unexpected turns of phrase sprout by sheer logic of grammar or syntax, thus altering the semantics. Besides, the aesthetic dimension has its own compulsion which forces fresh tenets of hermeneutics.

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo can't, definitely, be identified with one nation; they worked for the whole humanity or rather to transcend it. Those who are in love with a muscular representation of Sri Aurobindo's political philosophy are, of course, entitled to such a tunnel vision.

Yes, it is important to read Aurobindo in relation to related spirits like Gebser or Blake in order not to succumb to the narrow, myopic view, or to become trapped in a mere "point-of-view".

Book Review on Jitendra Sharma's Concept of Man in Sri Aurobindo’s Poetry

Prem Shankar Jha writes—Hindutva Has Nowhere to Go Except Down the Road to Tyranny. This is the third and final part of his three-part analysis via @thewire_in

most religions/moral frameworks/cultures/state tacitly allow prostitution as an unavoidable market phenomenon that takes care of uncontrollable fluctuations in imbalance in demand-supply of "sex" through the state/insttn preferred "marriage" mechanism.
from older Christian monks, to some late Hindu texts to ppl like Gandhi - all disapprove/demote sex within marriage for "pleasure". dont interpret my words as disapproval/approval of "moralism": all I say is abt clarifying real motives and not hiding them. ppl can debate and accept or reject on the real underlying motives - there is no value judgment in itself as to why the state view is wrong or correct.

However I wanted to draw attention to the matter of possible contradiction of the 'genetic' rights of the parents: do they have a right to pass on their genes, salient in context of the IVF judgment, and men asking for paternity tests? The state views appear to be contradictory.

If at all there is a purpose to Life - earthly, not preordained - it is to secure the wellbeing and comfort of your progeny. Caveat: If your ancestors worked towards this goal not through the currently universally accepted unfair means, i.e. legal vice, slave trade, exploitation.
I am guided by the principles of science, and not any ideology or pop-psychology or arcane social-science buzzwords. If you can produce a counter-view that doesn't involve bombast or such labels, a discussion is welcome, for I will learn something. Otherwise, pointless. WDTT
Oh, really? Do stop being patronising and read The Origin of Species for a start. you will realise how empathy is not only intrinsically linked to Human Evolution, it is in fact one of its strongest determinants. WDTT.

Quite true. It isn't that certain phenomena can't be explained scientifically but rather they haven't been studied scientifically. I find this ineffable "beyondness" attributed to love, morality, spirituality etc irrational. Not just ill-considered but unconsidered.

Human morality and social behaviour can't be defined nor grasped by science. Any scientist that doesn't realise this basic limitation of science can't claim to have a basic understanding of what science is. Such a scientist can still be worth paying for the process ...

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Allegiance to the constitution concept is flawed

Assorted tweets:

Best book, in my modest opinion, about D-Day is Antony Beevor's masterpiece D-Day. [As Dutchman I read it in the Dutch translation.]

The God, The Prophet, and The Book
The #ConstitutionOfIndia represents a tyranny of ideas unleashed on a civilisation which for millennia has been a playground of ideas, not defined by a single idea, book or thinker #NarendraModi #SadhviPragya
..As seekers and rational thinkers, let our sole allegiance be to the truth and not to the leaders, spiritual or temporal, howsoever hallowed, neither any schools of thought, political, philosophical or spiritual, nor any books. We will outlast them all...
The very concept of sole allegiance to the constitution is flawed. The constitution is not a book set in stone. At any point in time it should reflect the will and the aspirations of those it is supposed to serve. The Indian constitution with several of its provisions retained from colonial times and more than 100 amendments made to it since it came into force, some of which were inserted without following due process, is hardly a book to look upon as infallible and pledge unswerving loyalty. (Is there such a book or any creation of human intelligence that can be regarded as such?)

If Nehru had not created IITs,  India would have made billions of dollars by licensing the use of Zero under Vedic Vishwa Licensing Shastras. No software or IT exports needed.  He declared IITs under Article 370, sadly. Patel disagreed. Ask the statue.

Nehru did not create IITs. Dr BC Roy, CM of West Bengal, set up first IIT in Cal in 1950; it later moved to Kharagpur. IIT Kharagpur Act came in 1956. Soviet Union set up IIT Powai; US set up IIT Kanpur; Germans set up IIT Madras (all of them with trade surplus and aid).

Symmetry is the relationship that mattered most to Einstein’s legacy. But it hasn’t yet helped to explain why gravity is so weak, why the vacuum energy is so small, or why dark matter remains transparent.

Ancient Mittani Empire shows a strong connection with Vedic culture and Sanskrit. Needs more research on possible connections involved. Is this an early indication of India's Soft Power to the West much like those to Asia and the East prominent later?

I agree with @arvindneela . Too much feel-good nonsense generated by lazy and tamasic folks.  Ancient Indian narratives are rich in knowledge of history, science, technology, philosophy, medicine and more.  But to extract in a factual, objective testable manner takes efforts.

Did you know that west of Russia, the Lithuanian religion "Romuva" has a stylized Svastika as its official symbol?
Its deities include Parjanya, परजन्य, Žemė, Žemyna, (Skt. Kṣamā, क्षमा, Earth), Veju Māte (Skt. Vāyu Mātā वायु माता) and others.

We cannot thank Prof. Kak enough for bringing these ancient connections to light.
My opinion is that the Kurds are the descendants of the Mittani, and that the very name "Kurd" is probably derived from "Kuru", just as is the name "Kurush"/Cyrus -  the emperor of Persia.

Must read article why BJP led government can be called #fascist!

He was very upset about too much hype on english.  He is a jat.  Knows well of land jihad,  lil bit of love jihad..  Is very proud of jat history.  Said don't compare us with gujjars.  He said,  we don't sell or agriculture land easily.  Hence,  we rule in our areas.

This Shah guy is pathetic..I don't think renaissanc of Hindu civilization has anything to do with Modhi & Shahu..the sooner we kick these dhimmis in their teeth the better for Hindu cause..MOFO AS is begging anti Hindu parties like he is a sex slave to them..i spit on @AmitShah

Along with whitewashing their crimes, the Indian media has put in a massive effort in creating a false mystique around Modi and Shah as genius politicians, leaders etc
Ignore the bullshit mystification: Modi and Shah are just two vegetarian assholes from the West Coast of India

Something a friend said today that has stayed with me. She asked, ‘why are so many Hindus losing faith in @narendramodi so soon? You elected d man. Have a little faith, if not in him, have faith in your own judgement. You elected him for 5 years n you are losing faith in 5 weeks?

Unpopular Opinion: Just because Swarajya's views don't align completely with RW/Trad doesn't mean we disown them. Hard work building an ecosystem. It may be rudimentary to say the least but it's better than what was there 

I know some of them associated with Swarajya. Almost on nothing we see eye to eye. Ask @prasannavishy or @amargov But I subscribe to them and refer to everyone who I meet because these guys kicked a lucrative career & do this with this commitment. How many RWers will do this?

Pardon my harshness, but women can just not have sex before marriage then, no? If moral and virtue is so important to the woman
Bartering sex for marriage. That doesn't sound too good. Morality can either be burden on both or none.

Hindutva adherents have become restless and are increasingly loosing patience with Modi govt. This unpredictable turn can be ascribed to the Evolutionary intention outlined in the #FiveDreams of Sri Aurobindo. Many of his followers however remain staunch admirers of Hindutva, alas
Writings of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo on spirituality, yoga, meditation, experience, etc. belong to a very advanced domain and are likely to cause frustration in the reader not being easily accessible. Similarly, clutching on to temptation of miracles template brings depression.
Understanding the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo and his political theory is a better course than straightaway proceeding on the spiritual path. Developing intellectual muscle in keeping with the demands of the present complex world is far more important than mere meditation or yoga.
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Not concerned with evaluation of evidence
Posted by Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF - since 2005) for eradication of intellectual malnutrition. @NathTusar Director, SRA-102-C, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad (UP) 201014

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