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
@NathTusar @ashoswai @ashokgehlot51 @AshokGoelBJP @AshokaUniv @BDUTT @rupasubramanya @dhume @Ram_Guha @vivekdahiya08 @kazhugan @paranjoygt @dravirmani @PandaJay @sambitswaraj @AprajitaSarangi @sabhlok @shantprakash

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 ...