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

Plasim Radar

Not concerned with evaluation of evidence - Assorted tweets: The Mughals were an integral part of India – so why are they being labelled foreigners? [Replug]

Mind and Supermind, Part 3 - The challenges facing all of humanity require a different way of looking at issues and responding to them. The mind characteristically operates through an...

Mansoor as Ram's Charitra - If lovers' hearts be clopen, by the axiom of choice, a constructible Nadim is our Mithra But mine being a wound you reopen, Du Fu's my Voice & Mansoor, Ram...

Study and Sadhana - A question often stirs in my mind: Why is the Ashram atmosphere so full of mental activities? If people remain engrossed in them where will he the chan...

Constituting religion: From South Asia to Malaysia - At the start of his outstanding new book, *Constituting Religion*, Tamir Moustafa explains that initially his ambition extended beyond Malaysia to a comp...

cosmopolitan outlook - When sense and sensitivities get polished by unbiased observation based rational sophistication or as an aspect survival necessity, there emerges as part o...

Conscious and Unconscious: A Clarification of Terms - I want to continue with this subject of the self-revelation or self-disclosure in our times of the “Mind behind the mind”, but feel it is somewhat pressing...

Integral Yoga & Human Defects (IV) : What About Psychoanalysis Today ? - I recommend to all those who can read English the great cascade of comments posted yesterday by my psychologist friend Don Salmon who lives in the USA. All...

Filmy Musings: Amar Prem (and a painting at home) - I have this lovely, vibrant, colourful painting at my home. This water colour titled “Love Blooms” is done by my sister. It looks exquisite in a white si...

“A Theology of Failure” on the Magnificast - I recently went on The Magnificast to talk about my book: you can listen to the episode on Spotify, though it should also be available via your local podca...

A manifesting instrument of the Divine Shakti in her works - *Your only object in action shall be to serve, to receive, to fulfil, to become a manifesting instrument of the Divine Shakti in her works.”* *Sri Aurobindo...

Fighting against fascists is no less fascist - Assorted tweets: Rare Video of The Mother Playing Long Tennis @SAADelhiBranch

Sri Aurobindo provides diverse perspectives to sense imperatives -Awakening Bharat Mata: The Political Beliefs of the Indian Right Swapan Dasgupta - 2019 - ‎Preview This ...

Nietzsche or Emerson say to be more individual, Kant tells us to be more universal - Plasim Radar Lab of Evolution Yoga Intégral & Défauts Humains (III): Sri Aurobindo sur la Psychanalyse - NOTE DE SATPREM SUR LE PASSAGE DE “L’AGENDA DE MÈ...

Meritocracy makes the successful feel entitled and absolves the greedy of guilt - Basic purpose of Indian Constitution is to orient every person of an ethos transcending narrow boundaries like region or religion. This boils down to an i...

Geography and nature teach the primacy of diversity - Tweets in original by @SavitriEraParty and @NathTusar Five hundred years back, Copernicus was struggling to prove that planets are revolving around the Sun...

My original contributions to understanding Sri Aurobindo - My original contributions to understanding or interpreting Sri Aurobindo can be summarised under a number of heads: 1) Against Hindutva, Mythology, & Astro...

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Meritocracy makes the successful feel entitled and absolves the greedy of guilt

Basic purpose of Indian Constitution is to orient every person of an ethos transcending narrow boundaries like region or religion. This boils down to an imposition; but Sri Aurobindo charts out the philosophical foundation and a method of psychological practice to inculcate that.

Situation isn't that bad as you paint. Each person represented some quality and contributed. The transition was precarious and leaders adopted enough caution to build a firm foundation. Now is the time to design the desired superstructure but intellectuals ignore Sri Aurobindo.

The whole of east has been a philosophical melting pot from the ancient times. #PrachiValley
Egypt is the cradle; can't be overlooked
Not an expert, but my feeling is that Odisha can't be understood without linking it to Egypt and Indonesia. Interpreting language and culture in isolation would be an error. Overdose of hubris around any deity, or even political figure, can distort an objective search for truth.
Mukti is one stream but physical immortality is another and temples and pyramids point to that in a concrete manner. This is an aim The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have resuscitated in our time. Trade was instrumental for exchange of knowledge between distant lands separated by seas.
Now that you are a proud possessor of The Life Divine you can begin with the last six chapters which Sri Aurobindo added after two decades. They are more sociological and futuristic. Besides his last essays on Mind of Light clarifies many a nitty gritty; Savitri has cryptic clues
There can be various opinions about the past which keeps on changing but the truth is that contact with European education and culture gave the Bengalis the first mover's advantage. Their position is secure in history; no one can dispute with that or remove them from the pedestal
I have not read him but many perceptive persons are recommending the books by Nigurananda (Professor Sachidananda Sarkar). You may check. There would be many others like him.

Evergreen Essays: Cricket, chess, or tennis: see life through the learning lens
Savitri Era Party: Savitri Era Party is the right alternative to Hindutva

People of India are being manipulated and exploited in various ways and those who are in the know are in the rolls of perpetrators. Deep State and Big Data are calling the shots in connivance with religious predators. The positive agenda of Savitri Era can combat vulnerabilities.

Dr. Alok Pandey's lecture on Aurobindo's work are so good. Such a bliss to hear them while travelling.

This means education should be scientific, habits should be scientific and clothing should be neutral, so the language we speak must also evolve to the neutral which enlightens the citizens about the neutral. This is the only way we can defeat China.

Spiritual learning of Bharat is steeply rooted in its Vedic learning.  In this book, 'Vedic Index' , Sri Aurobindo explains the importance of Vedic symbols, words, images and concepts. #SpiritualSunday

7) Hymns 39 - 43 (Verses 472 - 517):
Description of Rig-Veda, Mandala 01, Sukta 039 to 043 (including rare hymns to Pushan & Aryaman);
with #SriAurobindo's words on how 3 major aspects of the Vedic Sacrifice (Yajmana, Offering, Results) are dealt with in His psychological theory
8) Hymns 44 - 50 (Verses 518 - 599):

Description of Rig-Veda, Mandala 01, Sukta 044 to 050 (including hymns on Usha & glory of Surya);
with #SriAurobindo's words on how 3 major aspects of the Vedic Sacrifice (Yajmana, Offering, Results) are dealt with in His psychological theory

India and the Indian: Hindu nationalism is an inherently secular notion, not a theocratic concept, writes Sreemoy Talukdar My piece on a special series for @firstpost

पूरी दुनिया में “भारत” एक ऐसा देश है जहाँ लहसुन, प्याज खाने से पाप लगता है।
दलाली, रिश्वत व हराम की कमाई खाने से पाप नहीं लगता..👎

The incongruence between Hindutwa's imagined glorious liberal past & the stark reality of its insecure & violent present is shootng through the roof!

There was an attempt by reformist-liberal (sort of) elites to create something resembling civilization by copying from the West. But they copied some of the worst things, like utopian coercivism, and not surprisingly the project collapsed of its own self-contradictions & corruption

Curse that addiction to shine bright in corporate world and money chain bending,this thing is draining away the spiritual,transparent, self-luminous Bengali sentience field,thus we are not getting our sages,poets,scholars,warriors and mystics anymore.

This is a great problem of meritocracy. Too many people try to go for top and in time waste their resources.

Between 1948 and 1970, half a million people moved from the Caribbean to Britain, which faced huge labour shortages after the Second World War. They helped to rebuild the country. Their contribution to British society should be celebrated.

10) Better off, sometimes more liberal Americans have their own ideas about who deserves what. The ideology of meritocracy reassures them they deserve their wealth, status, and privilege. This lets them think of help for migrants, the poor or minorities as charity.
11) Meritocracy is also an individualistic ideology that obscures the working of wealth, power and privilege. It makes the successful feel entitled, as though they have earned what in fact has been given to them by a larger system.
12) Ostensible meritocracy confers false honor and absolves the greedy of guilt. It makes them feel innocent of causal responsibility for the suffering of immigrants. But they may feel moral obligation. And they may feel shame when their country is cruel to suffering children.

What's the best politics book you've read this year? Gideon Rachman's favourite authors of 2019 so far include @MichaelWolffNYC  @annafifield @paragkhanna and @kevinhorourke #FTreadinglist

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Only Sri Aurobindo remains relevant for the future

History, Critical Thinking & Autonomy
Prof Thapar claims that History departments at JNU & similar institutions use critical thinking and Social Sciences methodologies which are objective. She further claims that previous governments had policies of autonomy towards NCERT & other scholarship. I offer a counterpoint.
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The present study is an attempt to know the importance of rituals of Hindu's in spirituality. Spiritual psychology is the study of the unity of the spirit,...

Assorted tweets:

Post-Sri Aurobindo English nonfiction: Jiddu Krishnamurti has no parallel. Rushdie comes next. I keep Naipaul at No. 3. Rushdie is a greater artist than Naipaul.
Jiddu Krishnamurti was a supreme artist of nonfictional prose in the post-Sri Aurobindo era. What Ruskin Bond is to fiction Krishnamurti is to nonfiction. Charmers n dreamers, they put up some resistance against the  pollution of our consciousness.

Same here !To better appreciate plays by #SriAurobindo ,I believe 1 should also have a background of western mythology &🌍-history! SA beautifully used His knowledge to develop His literature!! Exposure to European languages certainly was a 👍 help, to His Father! @omram1206

Starting to read Sri Aurobindo, and his model seems to be opening up to higher spiritual dimensions that come down into you, which allow a more universal consciousness. Gebser sees distance from origin as a loss, how are these views compatible?

Dr. Alok pandey, The person who helped me or guided me at each and every moment of life . When I first time met him , we were like we are friends from years . In my life I have never met or seen such a person ...
It's all mothers grace , we all are blessed sir and even physical presence of guru sometimes becomes a hindrance , so it's even better

In your case you can make an exception. You risk to overwork yourself, see to it that you get the most convenient journey. Remember Sri Aurobindo has endorsed you & the young people of the earth. All the best, your sincerity counts.

Hinduism has never been about the chanting of slogans and bike rallies. Hindu is the only religion which preaches the concept of "Bhakti". Hindutva is Hinduness of Sri Aurobindo and Swami Vivekananda.

The greatest damage Nehru did to this country is to allow his PERSONAL beliefs and his FAKE image to over-ride country's interests... When I wrote "Chacha Returns"... most people laughed... You can see Nehru in "Saffron" now... Hypocrite, Deceiver..

Gandhian fetish - to seek praise from wicked/enemy, even at the cost of family, friends and countrymen - does not move by such reprimands. A galaxy of greats, from Tagore, Besant, SriAurobindo and many others, failed to impress Gandhi. Why wannabe Gandhis be any less, sir?
There is one more way, a la Sri Aurobindo: create doubt about their religion. This can be done so easily by all out verbal war against Islamic doctrines - totally nonviolent, and with negligible cost! Only things needed is clarity of mind, good conscience and a spine.

Pascal came to see that the surest way of defeating the erroneous views of others is not by bombarding the bastion of their self-righteousness but by slipping in through the backdoor of their beliefs.

Savitri Era Open Forum: Sri Aurobindo’s Shakespeare criticism is unmatched

Ideological confusion continues among those who have captured power on false planks. It's good in a way in as much as new ideas are discussed or experimented. Past theories have their limitations and must not be applied uncritically. Only Sri Aurobindo remains relevant for future.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Even when one is deep into Sri Aurobindo one loses balance

Assorted tweets:

In a democracy, elections are not designed to produce victors and vanquished. It is designed to produce a Government and an Opposition, both equally vital. Simple fact that many journalists and commentators seem not to have grasped.
If we wanted to have Governments without Opposition, we would have designed the Constitution in such a manner that the party with the most votes will take all the seats in Parliament.
And if we really wanted to have mass media owned and peopled by those who crawl, bend and demean themselves before the Government, we would have banned all media other than what is government-owned.

Read this important article by Krishna Prasad, speaking truth, without fear or favour, to the compromised Indian news media: Democracy can die in daylight too

Scientist and author @subhashkak1 explains in this fascinating piece how the ancient Indian astronomical and scientific concepts are the basis of the foundation of Western Sciences. Check out.
#HistoryAwareness #AncientIndianSciences

Brilliant article, a must read. Especially for folks here. "Pessimism can be hard to distinguish from critical thinking and is often taken more seriously than optimism, which can be hard to distinguish from salesmanship and aloofness."

Demographic impact of Christian Missionaries: India needs the equivalent of Russia’s Yarovaya law (writes @ShashankGoyal01)

You've probably heard the word #dharma before, but it's not always easy to know what one's dharma is. Here's a look at the history of dharma and how you can find yours.

One that comes to mind is Sri Aurobindo's very short piece, 'Philosophy', where he begins by contrasting 'the knowledge which a man of intellect prefers' to 'a more active and mundane curiosity'. It's in the collection Essays Divine and Human, but may also be published elsewhere.

A thread collating speeches and articles of great nationalist leaders and intellectuals of the past century.
Sri Aurobindo: Indian Resurgence And Europe
Sri Aurobindo: Lifeless Unity
Sri Aurobindo: India’s True Swaraj

Balance is the key word for true criticism. Sri Aurobindo teaches us how to be balanced in our judgement. All critics should read Sri Aurobindo to learn impartiality in judgement. I like Messey but I know the power of Ronaldo. Sri Aurobindo taught me this.
Balance n impartiality r not external tricks. Arnold didn't explain enough. Even when one is deep into Sri Aurobindo one loses balance! It's a long practice of criticism. "The inner must prepare before the outer follows."
Speech comes to many naturally, but to Ananda Lal with a special accent of calm n poise reminding us of the intonations of the Rigveda transferred to English by Sri Aurobindo. He has derived this great speech style of unhurried fluency from his father, P. Lal.

A Practical Guide to Integral Yoga: Extracts compiled from the writings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother Ed. Manibhai remains the best book for beginners
The other one of course is the all time favourite The Sunlit Path by The Mother
"The Life Divine" by Sri Aurobindo sensitizes us to several pitfalls of pure empiricism such as Illusion of size, Illusion of quality, Illusion of quantity, Illusion of the obvious, Illusion of our present possibility, Separateness is an illusion, etc. ...

Got 5 months of pending salary all in one go,due to an accounting glitch,my dept was not being able to pay my emoluments,and now I am rich beyond words ,have never seen so much of money together anyway first I offered handsome amount to Mom,and then to Rishi Aurobindo
Also don't read yogic books on electronic medium like Kindle,because the act of touching a book in physical form brings about a transmission of idea frequencies at some level of existential plane,that I can't exactly explain with logic or science.
A good point touched by @ArpanAgarwal3 this vast flow of space-time matrix is actually one point of singularity,thus all 'being' is simply existing at once,on same primordial frequency,yet we perceive it in the mode of far,near,past,future etc due to the illusion of causality.

As Sri Aurobindo states: To strive intellectually is not the right attitude to approach such literature. The right way is to keep reading with a silent non judgemental/striving mind with an aspiration to get to its truths. Overtime it reveals itself. As for formidable length:/1
That is an illusion of the time-bound mind. Whether the book is long or short, one can only read  a word or a sentence at a time. Goal is to just read a little daily. Somedays the mind might have interest to read an entire chapter. One day one realizes that one has read it all./2

@JaganKurup Riding piggy back on Aurobindo and R.Tagore,the Left held sway.That liberty enshrines responsibility escapes all.If not my way,then the highway of violence ,is the ruling maxim.All fine  philosophies fall on deaf ears,the uncouth  and the unruly are  what fascinate .

Understanding the meaning of the tetramorph (or Aurobindo's "fourfold Atman" or Blake's "fourfold vision", or Rosenstock-Huessy's "cross of reality") therefore strikes me as crucial for our survival in an emerging four-dimensional cosmos.

Historical linguistics about the evolution of languages mostly skips the development of words for numbers. But there is nothing obvious about numbers, or how we call them. Obviously, it is difficult to convince a whole population to use random words for numbers they don't need.
Historical linguistics assumes the numbers popped out somehow. So I am trying to explain something which nobody (AFAIK) previously thought worth explaining. In that sense, this is a bit similar to Darwin's theory of evolution. Its competitor (creationism) is not a theory at all.
The word for 6 Shaṭ or Shashṭa "sixth" is derived from "sas", which refers to the act of sowing. A related word in Sanskrit is "Sasya" सस्य. You can see the similarity also in English "sow", originally from the root "savan" !
Indians would know precisely what this is.
The number 9 is remarkable because in most of the Indo-European languages the word means "new". In French, the words coincide"neuf". Same in Sanskrit "nava" नव.
What is this new thing about 9? Well after you fold 4 times (you get 8), you need a new cloth, or a new block of clay.

Isha Upanishad: the Methods of Realisation, Part 6, the Action of the Divine Will

Random inspection of Hooka bars done and Haveli, Black hukka bar and God father hukka bar sealed/ closed  in violation of norms

Plasim Radar

Love's Levenshtein distance - Not our Love to confute, nor Creator refute, nor by reason of a skeptic, or more septic, insistence, thine or mine The Moorean fact is, we both live to bu...

- The Economic Time of India interviews novelist Amitav Ghosh. "The world that we are heading towards is a very dark place, but something is salvageable. It...

India is variety personified - Mirage of a strong state is not a reality. *Making of a strong state is the reality and reality need not get confined to existing or established labels or...

Isha Upanishad: the Methods of Realisation, Part 6, the Action of the Divine Will - The final, 18th verse of the Isha Upanishad is an invocation of the divine Will to act in the life of the seeker, to overcome the pull of the egoistic cons...

3.7 Detachment - ... we have not either to be affected in mind by hunger or thirst or discomfort or ill health or attach the importance which the physical and vital man a...

Integral Yoga and Human Defects (I) : the Sense of Sin - (Translation from the original French article posted just before) On this Research Blog about integral conscious evolution as offered by the Integral Yoga ...

Aesthetics like nutrition should seek the right-mix - The irony of disowning one's culture The New Indian Express-04-Jun-2019 It is not wise to confuse the treasures of our heritage with the Hindu religion as ...

Catherine Prueitt hired by the University of British Columbia - Continuing the good news about Canada: Catherine Prueitt has accepted a position in at The University of British Columbia. Congratulations to her and to UBC!

Deepening the “zero-sum binary” - Via Islamic finance, “rites” have increased their power over “rights” in Malaysia.

The Anthropocene as Psychodrama - Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted ...

The right-wing reaction is part of the legacy of the fall of the Soviet Union - In Neoliberalism’s Demons, available wherever fine books are sold, I argue that the right-wing reaction is not a necessary outcome of neoliberalism — in pa...

Antithesis of Yoga - Antithesis of Yoga is a non-fiction novel about Auroville’s first 25 years. Jocelyn one of the early settlers in Auroville since 1969, chronicles the sto...

A Sellarsian solution for the self? - The conflict between Buddhism and qualitative individualism is a major difficulty for my own philosophy. In addressing that conflict, there … Continue read...

Geography and nature teach the primacy of diversity - Tweets in original by @SavitriEraParty and @NathTusar Five hundred years back, Copernicus was struggling to prove that planets are revolving around the Sun...

A Series Inspired by India’s Rebirth – 3 - Author: Beloo Mehra (2019). Published under the title ‘When Young India Awakes’ in Sri Aurobindo’s Action, Vol. 50 (2 & 3), pp. 16-19. Continued from Part ...

Kusum-ben Nagda: In Memoriam by Anurag Banerjee - Dear Friends, On Sunday, 12 May 2019, one of the senior-most inmates of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram community as well as one of its most loved members breathe...

The Nature of Matter in Indian Thought – M S Srinivasan - In our earlier discussions on the nature of matter, we have studied in some details. The discoveries of New Physics in the series of articles, The Nature ...

Burning Man and the Seeds of a New Story - Mission at Tenth special supplement Vol. 7, 274-279 (2018) “Carnival of Consciousness: Practice as Research in Black Rock City” A Submission by Matthew T. ...

Konttho (Bengali Film) review - If you have had a smoker in your family you will appreciate this film more than those who don’t know what it is to see someone destroy himself with cigaret...

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Electoral victory is not ideological victory

Cultures which buried their dead with objects have an advantage in proving their cultural claim on their ancestral land: Hindus who cremated have only their temples and holy sites to prove their ownership to all invaders who seek to erase them as a culture in their own land.
Temples and sacred sites, must be freed from all occupants and controllers who dont share the primary Hindu cultural claims over the land: it doesnt matter even if u consider urself a Hindu who doesnt need rituals/idols - its a territorial issue that can never be compromised on.

It is so painful & repulsive to see the generation that taught me in school to spew vitriol on minorities, embrace brazen majoritarianism, trash secularism & rubbish reason over faith.  
They shuffle away in sheepish embarrassment when questioned.

The very society who seen communalism as a sign of philistinism, liability of 
ignorance & antithesis of civilisation is now viewing it as an adornment. 
When the argument turns into an altercation, we can witness a strange & wild beastlike inkling in even in best friend's eye!
When that neutralises all the enlightenment humanity so far achieved,  I witness that with deep grief!
- a rough translation of the quote captured my attention today, which reflect the very sight of Kerala's society

Unpopular opinion: I don’t really care what Pritish Nandy,Javed Ahkhtar or Bollywood starlets think. Their narratives bombed & it’s time to stop obsessing over have beens & wannabes. Focus on the path ahead. Put forth your expectations. Push for delivery.

Popular opinion: Electoral victory is not ideological victory. The said gang is big, has immense resources, commands disproportionate media power, still. There is no sign of any part of them coming under strain. 16 people 'possibly' losing job at Scroll is nothing.
see, I had muted you, but someone sent this (people love you, you know). So a few things:
1. You don't understand what's ecosystem (many who attack you don't either) 
2. Narrative and ecosystem are different things, don't confuse the two, as you usually confuse issues.. (1/2)
3. "you do not create an ecosystem by constantly calling people out on what they are doing" - Exactly! This is what 'sensible RW' (like you) need to realize. Stop calling other RWs stupid, garbage or whatever. Let them do whatever they want to. Focus on what you can do. (2/2)
toh kar na (Kejriwal style).. why are you asking me? Ecosystem (even literally) means there are lions, sheep, dogs, rats, everyone.. you be the lion, let me be the dog.. if everyone starts becoming similar, it won't be exosystem, it will be zoo cage.

To be honest : you do not create an ecosystem by constantly calling people out on what they are doing. You put your idea against their idea and let people decide which model is working better. Strengthen your idea and show that to people as an alternative !
I am not calling you out on anything. I am just agreeing to Smita's point that we are not doing ourselves any favour by constantly giving attention to Sonam,Swara etc.We must question the media, UP police... these actresses are irrelevant.

The most important use of social media has been to humanize the opinion makers in front of audiences who earlier took their views as some gold standard.
For old SM people, this task has been completed and it may be grating to see repetitive taunts on omniscient experts. (1/n)
India is a big country with multiple speed information flows. What was obvious to those active on Twitter in 2014 is becoming obvious to many people in 2019 (eg several pollsters suck, Bollywood is hypocritical). (2/n)
A peek into school / college WhatsApp groups can easily corroborate this. Extremely educated anti-BJP people in my circle were shocked to  know that PM @narendramodi wasn't losing in Varanasi and did not contest a second seat (this was reported in ET in Jan). (3/n)
Another generally aware, well read BJP *supporting* friend was shocked to know the names who camped in Begusarai.
SM is still expanding. About a billion Indians still do not have smartphones today! Many will discover the inherent biases of people they adore much later. (4/n)
Twitter can definitely be used to demand government accountability. But governments don't work on Twitter (unlike what many people believe). So by all accounts questions should be asked but quite likely, complex problems won't get solved here. (5/n)
As the medium expands on the margin - new users join, screenshots go to Facebook or WhatsApp, old users deep dive into new interest areas- no harm in demanding consistency from opinion makers too.
Many of us know they won't respond or change. But the message may percolate. (6/n)
Especially because the media stars consider themselves fourth pillar of the democracy and hence indispensable, scrutiny of their opinions should be at the same level as that of the politicians. Power should come with inherent responsibility. (7/n)
Holding governments and those with institutional control over narrative accountable are two different Twitter use cases. Doing one doesn't preclude the other. Some Twitter users may be good at or interested in one or the other. IMO, let them be. (n/n)
Well, that's exactly what I said. With the additional opinion that some of the stuff won't be solved on Twitter because Twitter isn't real life.
Of course - solutions don't lie on Twitter. Asking the right questions is also important. Twitter questions are almost always addressing the event or the symptoms, not the root causes. But that's a different problem.

What I see is now information flow is more democratized; It brings with own set of problems but the level of empowerment is a sight to see as usual ivory towers are forced to respond. And now more than ever, it's clash of 1000 propagandas.
Just a very humble suggestion: Every Hindutvaite should familiarize oneself with 
a) works of Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo, Savarkar, Gandhi and Ambedkar
b) works of Carl Sagan, Fritjof Capra (not just 'Tao of Physics'), Michael Shermer and James Randi -particularly ministers.
Terrible that I missed them. Thank you for pointing out. Ram Swarup, Dharampal and Sitaram Goel. Yes.
Carl Sagan and Michael Shermer and Randi for immunizing themselves against pseudo-science peddlers and also to save us from getting embarrassed by our leaders talking 'ancient-alien' type nonsense.

Bulls eye !
Rupert Sheldrake, Bruce Lipton and Richard Dawkins.
These men have dared to take us to the notional boundary where matter and consciousness intersect.

12 Questions  For Arun Shourie That We Wish He Answers: But I have a strange feeling that he may give one single answer to all the questions: 'all that + a cow' and would wave his hands like Zubin Mehta . via @swarajyamag
Irrationality is very much part of the uniqueness of our inner cosmos, as is our rationality. Instead of playing one against the other our irrationality can be managed and rituals play an important role in it. via @swarajyamag

Fiction says nothing concrete about improving relationships, establishing financial security, or controlling the breath for greater calm and energy. It seems ambiguous: it does not even deliver clear judgements on the characters it has itself presented...

The first attack on Sri Aurobindo's poetry was seen  in an issue of Illustrated Weekly of India(1949). CRM was the sign at the end of the article. Then there was a steady movement against the master culminating in Indian Poetry in English: An Anthology n a Credo.(1969, P.Lal)
The leading defender was K.D. Sethna.He was supported by V.K. Gokak, Karan Singh, Sisirkumar Ghose n K.R. Srinivasa Iyengar. But the new poets formed a large army against Sri Aurobindo, the poet. Obviously they had to remove the giant from the limelight to establish themselves!
The question is "Akhirma hoga kya?" The minor poets are melting away in the waters of d Arabian Sea! And every year Sri Aurobindo is growing in stature!
Sri Aurobindo disclaimed the title "philosopher" n preferred the labels "Poet" n a "Politician". Obviously because he saw n wrote. As a politician he was labouring hard to tame the enemies of his beloved earth.

Democracy has no perfect past model but relies on people's spontaneity and creativity. Agile representatives and not robots or puppets are crucial for its success or quality. So, multiplicity of voices are in a sense essential. Geography and nature teach the primacy of diversity.