Monday, December 31, 2007

Change is hard to achieve

[December 30 Quote of the Day from Science, Culture and Integral Yoga™ by ronjon
Victory is to the most persistent. ~ The Mother]
Russell Roberts notes in another context that change is hard to achieve (The Partisan Trap from Cafe Hayek). And perhaps that is the reason The Mother used to apply so much emphasis on patience, perseverance and endurance. [TNM]

Sunday, December 30, 2007

The battle ahead

[THE telegenic Arun Jaitley is the BJP’s modern symbol. On the face of it, he seems extremely modern. He is often in a suit and tie. He always looks freshly bathed. He speaks English. He’s a Supreme Court lawyer. And his clear voice is reasonable, market-friendly, TV-friendly, future-friendly, and comfortingly globalised. Yet the best buddy of wonderful Arun Jaitley is none other than the horrible Narendra Modi. How confusing! Now what on earth can Amiable Arun have in common with Nasty Narendra?
Modi spews vicious rhetoric...Why is Jaitley enslaved to Modi? The answer goes to the heart of the BJP’s dilemma. The BJP faces a crisis of modernity. It has no idea how to pull off the balance between being ‘Hindu’ and being ‘modern’...In sharp contrast to Raja Rammohan Roy who used his education and his social privileges to reform society, Arun Jaitley is using his education to make Modi fashionable...
A Modi come Jaitley Why the city slicker swears by medieval machismo THE INDIAN EXPRESS Monday, December 02, 2002] 3:00 AM
[As someone who was abruptly catapulted from one-roomed anonymity in Delhi's Ashoka Road to the chief minister's bungalow in Gandhinagar six years ago, Modi is an outsider to the Indian Establishment. Unlike the Gandhis, he doesn't have 'connections' in the right places and unlike many BJP leaders he hasn't bothered courting respectability. Modi doesn't release coffee table books on polo and nor does he have a favourite London restaurant to boast of. A workaholic who sleeps only four hours and who is crazy enough not to have taken even a day's holiday in six years, Modi revels in his distance from the frivolity of high society. It is this aloofness and refusal to be co-opted by the beautiful people that make him a delicious target of those who think they were born to rule...
He has succeeded because he has come to personify courage and integrity. The day he succumbs to either fear or temptation he is politically neutered. The Gujarat model is not in conflict with the Bharat model. What has clicked in Gujarat is a leadership style built on innovation, dedication and a resolute defiance of a compromised Establishment. A Modi folklore has been created around an Angry Middle-aged Man with a 56-inch chest. It has corresponded with subliminal perceptions of good leadership. And the Gujarat voter is no different from the Indian voter. Modi has aroused great expectations. His political opponents will want him to be confined to Gujarat forever; the Establishment wouldn't mind him in Race Course Road as long as he removes some of his vital organs surgically. Let's hope Modi stays the course. Let's hope he injects politics with a dose of freshness. The Modi charisma SWAPAN DASGUPTA Sunday Times of India 30 Dec 2007]
[Gujarat saw in Modi a leader who was scrupulously honest. He was bold and not willing to be cowed down by criticism. His decisiveness and ability to implement decisions was directly contrary to the prime minister’s weak and indecisive approach. His emphasis on security enhanced his acceptability. His charisma was not in the abstract but based on a huge credibility emanating from his integrity, decisiveness, boldness and administrative skills...
The larger message of the Gujarat election to the country is clear. If a leader has credibility, his record is good, his integrity standards are high, he can win and win again. It is this credibility that constituted Modi’s charisma and resulted in a positive vote... Numbers on Gujarat’s wall Arun Jaitley Indian Express: Monday, December 31, 2007] 9:28 AM
Whatever is the truth, Bofors has stuck to Rajiv; and Nandigram will continue to haunt Buddhadeb. No amount of wishful thinking can rid Modi of the "mass murderer" stigma. As a devout RSS pracharak, he is slave to a deadly doctrine the proliferation of which has to be resisted at all costs. Savitri Erans have this special responsibility to offer an alternative nationalist ideology to the young men of our country.
Tusar N. Mohapatra, President, Savitri Era Party. tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com
Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum. [SELF] SRA-102-C, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, U.P. - 201012, INDIA Ph: 0120-2605636, 2815130 www.sepact.blogspot.com
Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother

How the followers of Sri Aurobindo and Mother can deify them and claim that integral yoga is not absolutely a Religion

If we ask the right questions, then, they say, the right answers can easily be accessed. Two such candid questions were spotted at SCIY: [TNM] 9:23 AM
[Re: Harmonious Confederation by RY Deshpande on Fri 28 Dec 2007 05:36 AM PST Profile Permanent Link I think this observation of yours is very perceptive, quite positive, and I echo with the idea of “harmonious confederation”, the solution which was suggested by the Mother after 1971. And yet the question is: how is it going to be effected?]
[Re: India’s Independence and the Spiritual Destiny by Rich on Thu 27 Dec 2007 07:47 AM PST Profile Permanent Link Well if you choose to deify Sri Aurobindo the above perspective would logically follow. I personally do not and yes I think both he and Mother as human beings (however exalted they were) both reasoned and formed opinions which were subject to change depending on the passing of local and world events.
I am however somewhat perplexed - and maybe you can explain this - how the followers of Sri Aurobindo and Mother can deify them and claim that integral yoga is not absolutely a Religion (with a capital R) rc]

Saturday, December 29, 2007

The Surat split led to the partition of the country; the politics of BJP has partitioned the psyche of the nation

[From the very same Gita from which Gandhiji derived non-violence and satyagraha, Lokmanya Tilak constructed the case for ferocious response, not excluding violence. From the very same Gita from which Gandhiji derived his ‘true law’, shatham pratyapi satyam, ‘Truth even to the wicked’, the Lokmanya derived his famous maxim, shatham prati shaathyam, ‘Wickedness to the wicked.’ Hindutva and radical Islam: Where the twain do meet Arun Shourie Indian Express: Friday, December 28, 2007] 5:17 AM 8:13 AM
[Benazir Bhutto was my classmate at Oxford in the 1970s...Bhutto’s assassination comes just three months after the 60th anniversary of Pakistan’s birth. The partition of what had been British India in August 1947 was in many ways itself a tragedy of epic proportions. Millions were uprooted and hundreds of thousands died. The Congress Party that led India to independence has had its share of problems, not least losing power for a time to Hindu nationalists. The nonviolence of Gandhi has remained a powerful legacy, but it is one too often honored in the breach, not least as India’s great religious communities clash. Just this past week the Bharatiya Janata Party won state elections in Gujarat. This will keep the notorious Narendra Modi in power, the chief minister who looked the other way as his fellow-Hindus killed Muslims by the hundreds or maybe thousands in 2002... Secularism:The assassination of Benazir Bhutto posted by Craig Calhoun] 7:36 AM 9:23 AM
[Indian culture and values appreciate the "good man", the "good company", and not the invader or the aggressor...Tatas follow the practice of negotiated mutually acceptable acquisitions and mergers. They have said it repeatedly that hostile takeovers are not their policy for growth and expansion. This is a value system of the group, which earns it respect, not hostility. Therefore, Aiyar’s opinion that these values and traditions be dropped is unfortunate. A question of ethics TARUN DAS The Times of India 28 Dec 2007] 5:51 AM 10:01 AM 1:35 PM 6:45 PM 6:09 PM 8:13 AM
Ethical dilemmas are as old as the Mahabharata. Failure to tread the right path at crucial moments can lead to perdition. One such moment came a century ago at Surat. The then leaders of the Congress refused to go by Sri Aurobindo's sane advice. The party split, the movement weakened. The country lost the opportunity to nurture a mainstream political force.

The RSS took birth as a reaction a few years later and eventually BJP came to the centre stage by championing the other extreme. The Surat split led to the partition of the country; the politics of BJP has partitioned the psyche of the nation.
Savitri Era Party ventures to remedy these historical errors. The notion of nationalism has undergone significant metamorphoses under the impact of globalization. To prepare our people to be ready for global partnerships, whenever opportunity arrives, is a big task. But by the grace of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo we shall proceed in the right direction. This is the parting call of the year 2007.
Tusar N. Mohapatra, President, Savitri Era Party. tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com
Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum. [SELF] SRA-102-C, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, U.P. - 201012, INDIA Ph: 0120-2605636, 2815130 www.sepact.blogspot.com
Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother

Friday, December 28, 2007

All are invited to work for the Savitri Era Party

The future status of India will be decided by its people through continuous engagement with its affairs and not by any strict theoretical formulation of the past. Savitri Era Party, while striving how best to benefit from the ideals of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo, will not shy away from the challenges of globalization. All are invited to work for the Party so that the India of our dreams emerges. Only, a political party is able to give concrete shape to all these noble sentiments, otherwise they remain pipe dreams.
Tusar N. Mohapatra, President, Savitri Era Party. tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com
Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum. [SELF] SRA-102-C, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, U.P. - 201012, INDIA Ph: 0120-2605636, 2815130 www.sepact.blogspot.com
Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Universally human Vedic economics

[Theories are always applied and interpreted through our personal and cultural filters and there is no other way it can be. Robin believes in an Archimedean point for using theory, I do not.
Furthermore we often need to apply personal and cultural judgment to offset the sometimes-erroneous judgments and biases built into the economic way of thinking. Robin's post is the clearest example I have seen of
what I call Robin's logical atomism. Can theory override intuition? from Marginal Revolution by Tyler Cowen] 10:30 AM
TC draws a clear demarcation between him and RH, but the neatness itself becomes the reason for uneasiness. Attempting to problematize the matter, we can think of the most primordial (as well as, perpetual) of antagonisms of Vedic vintage: Vritra has covered the light within the caves and Indra is striving to salvage it.

If light can at all be considered of some economic worth, then this fight is universally human regardless of personal and cultural standpoints. Not only economics; all politics, ethics, and aesthetics derive their logic and legitimacy from this fundamental essence. The bulls and the bears are perhaps the nearest in sense in contemporary parlance. [TNM]

March 29 as the Day of Joy and Hope

[Events
21St -February 21 2008 - The Mother's Birthday Darshan Day
29Th -February -2008- The Golden-Day Darshan Day
24Th - April - 2008 - Darshan Day
15Th -August - 2008 - Sri Aurobindo's Birth Anniversary
17Th - November - 2008 - Mother's Maha Samadhi Day
24Th - November - 2008 - Siddhi Day
5Th - December - 2008 - Sri Aurobindo's Maha Samadhi Day]
We too want a festival, not only for prayer and meditation but also for merrymaking. There is no better date than 29th March, the day when The Mother met Sri Aurobindo. What she wrote on March 30, 1914 constitutes the greatest hope for man:

Gradually the horizon becomes distinct, the path grows clear, and we move towards a greater and greater certitude.
It matters little that there are thousands of beings plunged in the densest ignorance, He whom we saw yesterday is on earth; his presence is enough to prove that a day will come when darkness shall be transformed into light, and Thy reign shall be indeed established upon earth.
O Lord, Divine Builder of this marvel, my heart overflows with joy and gratitude when I think of it, and my hope has no bounds.
My adoration is beyond all words, my reverence is silent. Page - 124

So, from next year onwards let's celebrate March 29 as the Day of Joy and Hope. [TNM]

Monday, December 24, 2007

Idol and machinery

Speaking about BJP’s victory at the Legislators’ meet to elect Modi as their leader in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, today that was telecast live on Live India, Arun Jaitley observed that he has never seen such an efficiently and energetically run election campaign machinery throughout his political career.
Ominous words indeed! [TNM]

Midwifery for the birth of a unified world

In spite of the Left intransigence, India will have to integrate with the EU and the USA. Long before Globalization became the buzz-word, The Mother dreamt of Auroville. And forty years later, the ideal of human unity has become all the more urgent. But the most inconvenient truth is that the ideal has to be grounded in hard-nosed political and economic realities. Trade, technology, taxes etc. have to be reckoned with and negotiated on a continuous basis. It needs application of mind, and composure, but also unegoistic ambition.

Savitri Era Religion has to perform its time-demanded act of midwifery for the birth of a unified world. Savitri Erans must tighten their belts. 7:25 AM 7:47 AM
Tusar N. Mohapatra, President, Savitri Era Party. tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com
Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum. [SELF] SRA-102-C, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, U.P. - 201012, INDIA Ph: 0120-2605636, 2815130 www.sepact.blogspot.com
Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Savitri Erans are anguished at the election outcome

Modi has won in Gujarat and the national politics is going to be transformed in a significant way. We, Savitri Erans are anguished at the election outcome, but resolve to build our party to stand up to the challenges that democracy faces in the future. 7:30 PM 8:14 PM 8:37 AM 4:12 PM
Tusar N. Mohapatra, President, Savitri Era Party. tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com
Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum. [SELF] SRA-102-C, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, U.P. - 201012, INDIA Ph: 0120-2605636, 2815130 www.sepact.blogspot.com
Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Technology has made it possible now to rule the whole world from a palmtop

[Many modern states, including the two to which I belong (Quebec and Canada) simultaneously, are self-consciously faced with this challenge: How to define what holds us together, while specifically abstracting from any particular religious affiliation, but also from any over-arching “lay” philosophy. What inspires us & what holds us together posted by Charles Taylor] 11:29 AM
[for more than a half-year Belgium has been unable to form a government because its 10.4 million citizens can’t decide what the state is for. By
ROGER COHEN nytimes.com: December 17, 2007] 3:53 PM
[The Capitol’s mammoth new visitors’ center is...naming the main welcoming chamber Emancipation Hall. This honors long-forgotten African-American slaves forced to help build the original Capitol in the 18th and 19th centuries. Editorial Slavery’s Place in the Capitol NYT: December 21, 2007] 10:55 AM
from Tusar N. Mohapatra tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date 12 Aug 2007 16:23
Technology has made it possible now to rule the whole world from a palmtop. But our ideal is Unity and not uniformity. BJP and the Left are also trying to voice the same moral position and to that extent their apprehensions are politically right. But our trajectory is tangential to all these considerations.

All the "politicking" and "scheming" that we are indulging in at the moment in floating the Party is basically directed at achieving one single goal. It is to draw the attention of the people at large to The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. By ferreting out a distinct political ideology based on the bedrock of an alluring religion, we can hope to rule the dominant consciousness of the nation some day. The Party offers us enough leeway to perform acrobatics in order to win attention space. Instead of discussing politics only in private, many of us would, over a period of time, muster courage to help it trigger their public deliberations. [TNM]
Tusar N. Mohapatra, President, Savitri Era Party.
Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum. [SELF] SRA-102-C, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, U.P. - 201012, Ph: 0120-2605636, 2815130 INDIA www.sepact.blogspot.com
Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother

Friday, December 21, 2007

Surat shows the way

On December 21, 1907 Sri Aurobindo left Kolkata for Surat to perform his historic role in the 1907 session of the Indian National Congress and addressed a meeting at Nagpur on 22nd. What happened a century back in Surat also offers a lot of lessons even today. The whole chain of events leading to the split of the Congress is not much known among the present generation. Savitri Erans must celebrate this occasion in a befitting manner all over the country in order to raise awareness.

We also request the editors of newspapers and newsportals to help disseminate information about this important event. Columnists and bloggers are also invited to dissect the happenings then and see them in the context of the outcome of the present Gujarat elections as well as the future of the country. 9:34 AM 7:30 PM 8:14 PM
Tusar N. Mohapatra, President, Savitri Era Party. tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com
Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum. [SELF] SRA-102-C, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, U.P. - 201012, INDIA Ph: 0120-2605636, 2815130
www.sepact.blogspot.com
Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Savitri Era Party towed market economics and religion to politics

[A politician can scarcely tell a voter that freer trade that hits his current employer and, therefore, may affect his current job is good for him because ultimately there will be better job opportunities for him via economic growth. The proposition is true, but the truth is hard to sell, and from the point of view of the individual concerned it is easy to see why. That is why radical market-friendly economic changes — the best guarantor for sustainable general prosperity — are often started by stealth or in response to financial/economic emergencies. India’s reforms were in response to a financial emergency and, subsequently, many of them were carried out in a fashion and in sectors that didn’t register on the popular radar.
Politics is about evolution, though. When policy changes produce clear and continuous evidence that things are getting better, politics can start adopting the language of market economics for its purposes. The adoption will necessarily be convenient, tactical, not always be intellectually consistent and involve marrying liberal economics with some other political mantra, a variant of nationalism or regionalism, for example. That’s how politics is, and should be. Otherwise, academic economists would have ruled democracies...
Market, Modi, Manmohan by Saubhik Chakrabarti Hindustan Times, December 20, 2007]
While Chakrabarti observes, "BJP lost its policy marbles" he, paradoxically, looks at Modi "as India’s most effective political spokesperson of liberal economics." We at the Savitri Era Party, however, have already towed market economics and religion to politics. 7:30 PM 9:34 AM
Tusar N. Mohapatra, President, Savitri Era Party. tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com
Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum. [SELF] SRA-102-C, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, U.P. - 201012, INDIA Ph: 0120-2605636, 2815130
www.sepact.blogspot.com
Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Savitri Erans can really bring in a sea change in the governance of the country

The kind of electioneering was mounted in Gujarat does not bode well for the democracy in our country. It was also noticed that the Congress party does not have a viable action plan to rejuvenate itself. In such an event, Savitri Era Party is poised for providing a robust alternative at the national level. The Lok Sabha election is in the offing, and Savitri Erans must gear up at each constituency level to select a suitable candidate for contesting. Devotion towards The Mother and Sri Aurobindo should be the defining factor in identifying our candidates. Putting up women and youth in large numbers will be our priority, so that we can really bring in a sea change in the governance of the country.
Tusar N. Mohapatra, President, Savitri Era Party. tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com
Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum. [SELF] SRA-102-C, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, U.P. - 201012, INDIA Ph: 0120-2605636, 2815130 www.sepact.blogspot.com
Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Unproductive entrepreneurship in Orissa

[Orissa dance fares well in RTI The Statesman - Tuesday, 18 December 2007: Orissa holds a prestigious position as far as as the much hyped Right to Information (RTI) is concerned. The performance of the state in accepting applications and their disposal is outstanding. At the same time its performance has also been highly acclaimed by international bodies, Mr DN Padhi, the chief information commissioner (CIC) of Orissa said here today. The activity of the commission has also crossed the boundaries of the country since the World Bank and other international organisations have acclaimed its performances. It may be mentioned here that in October, the chief commissioner was honoured by the World Bank at its headquarters in Washington DC.]
This is the kind of unproductive entrepreneurship that is proliferating in Orissa. No economic development can take place just by dusting and digging the archives of files in government offices. [TNM] 4:50 AM 4:54 PM

Monday, December 17, 2007

Increasingly complex global market

[Raja Chelliah had pointed out that by the late ’80s India had moved from a control system which required a babu to control prices to rule-based systems — like the use of Tariffs or dual pricing — in more than two-thirds of Indian industry. I know from experience how difficult the initial reform is since the one to one relationship is a cosy one for the industrialist and the “controller”...It neurotically keeps coming back to the bad cost plus so-called “fair rules”, which uninformed politicos and bureaucrats love for the powers they give them on individual economic agents. -- , The Indian Express Wednesday, October 06, 2004 8:20 PM]
[Don't ban futures trading in commodities It will impede price discovery Jignesh Shah MD & CEO MCX The Economic Times FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2006 Stoppage of futures trading is no solution to the rising or falling price trend. With such stoppage, not only do we lose the valuable price discovery mechanism, but, also the risk management tool — so vitally needed to avert price risks. Suspension of futures trading drives speculation to the physical markets, aggravating the rising or falling trends in prices. At a time when the last phase of Doha round of talks is about to end, and convertibility of rupee seems near, it is ironical that some are clamouring for the closure of futures markets in agricultural commodities. 12:27 PM]
[Multi-Commodity Exchange of India: In just about four years since inception, MCX innovations have managed to grow a start-up business into a sunrise industry, helping unlock value at the bottom of the pyramid, accelerating rural investment and enhancing rural employment. The contribution of MCX on the Indian commodities market has been innovative application of technology through IT, speed of implementation, and domain knowledge in the commodity segment. All these measures have collectively resulted in MCX’s success: from a daily turnover of a few crore in 2003 to $3 billion per day today. The exchange is fostering the creation of a new ecosystem: one, which is widespread in rural areas yet linked to urban India. As Joseph Massey, deputy managing director of MCX says, “Here, innovation is a way of life, as we integrate rapidly growing India with increasingly complex global market. We need to understand that the present climate is one that favours innovation and entrepreneurship. Globalisation has thrown up opportunities that can be exploited to create ‘Brand India’ to match global brands. There is little doubt that in the coming decades the global economy will reward markets and companies that are innovative and value creating.” The MCX has shown the way, soon the supply chain will follow. Celebrating an innovative India Amitabh Sinha & Arjun Jassal Indian Express: Monday, December 17, 2007 editor@expressindia.com]
[NSE put 13 F&O securities in ban period for Monday The Economic Times 17 Dec, 2007, MUMBAI: National Stock Exchange has put derivative contracts in 13 securities whose market-wide position limit has crossed 95 per cent in the ban period for Monday. Clients/ members shall trade in the derivative contracts of said securities only to decrease their positions through offsetting positions, the exchange said in a notice. The securities are Adlabs Films, Alok Textiles, Bongaigaon Refinery, Essar Oil, Gitanjali Gems & Jewellery, Gmr Infrastructure, Hotel Leela, MRPL, Nagarjuna Fertilizers, Neyveli Lignite, Power Grid, Rajesh Exports, and Tata Teleservices Maharashtra.]

Unless the young people of India graduate from the "wide" in the Cricket field to the "market-wide position," adding to the depth of the market through introduction of new instruments will make the divide wider. Uneven distribution of information will keep our markets ever imperfect. The education system has a big responsibility in this regard. [TNM]

Savitri Era Religion is of great potential value for humanity

An outstanding study titled "The Religious Philosophy of Consciousness of Sri Aurobindo" by Andries Gustav Barnard (November 2005), is available here [4:25 PM]. In the concluding two paragraphs cited below, the author raises important questions and makes interesting observations as regards religion, amply instructive to the Savitri Erans: [TNM]

[Here we are not looking at a new religion. But there are still perplexing questions about Sri Aurobindo in this regard. As already mentioned, he stated that he did not wish to establish a new religion.
  • How do his students or followers respond to this wish?
  • What have they made to his philosophy?
  • Has it been changed into a cult and should his every dictate be followed slavishly?
  • Is he viewed as an avatar, not necessarily in name but in fact?
  • Or is he considered a great thinker or perhaps a combination of all three these possibilities?
  • If his disciples follow his philosophy to the letter, either at present or in the future, would that be wrong?

The reason for this question is, if they do not operate in this way, can the positive results envisaged by Sri Aurobindo be guaranteed because now it is not a Sri Aurobindo philosophy but the disciple philosophy that is relevant and determinative.

  • Further, if he is to be followed slavishly, can original and thinking minds tolerate such a restrictive environment?

As in all religions and philosophical groupings, there are certain latitudes that are operative. The teacher did not cover everything and what he did cover was set out in words which immediately brings into question exactly what his teachings were. Always the teacher speaks from his level and always the student hear from his.

  • Certainly we can see his words but we only see the surface: to what degree can disciples see the depth?

Given all these imponderables the road ahead is not necessarily very clear. The effect of his philosophies during his life and since his death has been arguably limited. This is evidenced by the fact that he simply is not a well-known philosopher. This could be because of the fact that he is not necessarily a very easy read. Reading him arguably requires a certain intellectual ability and bent. Because of his erudition, comprehensiveness and profundity, the study of his work can be a very satisfying exercise. Even though he to a degree presented what he experienced and though within the framework of the Hindu philosophy, the emphasis of his philosophies is on his basic findings as is applicable to every human being. Different philosophies appeal to different people. This is dependent on their level of evolution.

  • Up till now one can say that the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo has not made a great impact on humanity, but is it not possible that that is because of the fact that his work was too advanced for the present period?

I would argue that his philosophy is comprehensive, profound and of great potential value for humanity. It addresses that part of the human psyche that is beyond the physical with its base needs, beyond the level of the emotions where only feelings pertain, even beyond the level of the intellect with its invaluable logic and reason and it finds itself in the supra-intellectual domains of being. It is also not restricted to any confining or restrictive religious or philosophical dogmas. He does not ignore any of the above aspects of a human being but is not bound to any one of them, it is inclusive and far-reaching. Potentially, it can supply a holistic evolutionary roadmap for humanity to move beyond the problematic physical, spiritual and environmental reality it finds itself in.]

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The social is a process of countless transactions

[The social is not something that can be thought as a substance, but is rather something that must be constituted, produced, engendered. And not only must the social be produced or engendered, it must be produced or engendered again and again in the order of time as a series of ongoing actions, operations, or events. The social, in short, is a process.
You can find the rest of it here:
territories-of-music1.doc. The key concept in everything I’m working on is that of individuation and how individuation requires us to recast a number of philosophical questions. by Larval Subjects] 9:22 AM
[Given interdependence of each on others, many, probably most, of whom we are unlikely ever to know, it is well that we can benefit from their actions without it being necessary for the happy bonds of ‘mutual love and affection’ to exist among us.
We only ever know a few of our relatives; cousins twice removed are usually strangers of whom we may know nothing at all. Our circle of friends is also limited, and while our acquaintances are a larger set of people, they are still dwarfed in numbers by the billions on the planet (even the millions in our respective countries’ or even those who live in the same town)...
Smith...focused on this factor in human life and explained how people could be in complex exchange links many intersections long and could still benefit from countless transactions among millions of strangers with whom feelings of ‘mutual love and affection’ were not realistic nor necessary... Adam Smith Was Not Schizophrenic! from Adam Smith's Lost Legacy by Gavin Kennedy] 1:34 PM

Granted that the social is a process of countless transactions. Then, what is the fuel that runs it? [TNM]

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Orissa should not miss the bus

[Kotak Mahindra makes debut in Orissa Newindpress - December 15, 2007 BHUBANESWAR: Kotak Mahindra Bank on Friday announced the launch of Orissa operations and inaugurated its first branch in the State on Friday.]
[The real challenges that the United States faces come not from globalization's losers but from its winners, not from yesterday's bombs but from tomorrow's factories... When the history of these times is written, surely the great trend that will dominate the accounts, far larger than the war in Lebanon or the tensions over Iran, will be the rise of China and India and how they reshaped the world... Welcome to the post-American world. The Fearful Superpower By Fareed Zakaria NEWSWEEK ISSUES 2008] 4:29 AM
This is the greatest moment in the history of India and we are living in unprecedented times. Instead of thinking investment and entrepreneurship, some lazy pen-pushers in Orissa are busy inciting people against industrialization and development. Touts have turned leaders overnight by instigating small farmers to protest, and are enjoying their new clout. But if Orissa misses the bus again this time, then who suffers? Who’d take the blame? [TNM]

Friday, December 14, 2007

Lack of freedom

Contrary to the popular notion, the blogosphere is not the place to find free opinion. Many authors and columnists push their theories; various organizations push their agenda, and most serious-seeming outpourings are nothing but adolescent babble. Rarely one finds any well thought out post positing a really fresh approach.

This is not due to lack of creativity, but lack of freedom. Most people are bound to some organization or the other. Although we are a democracy, people are barred from taking part in any kind of political activity or expressing their opinions, as per their service rules. The political sphere, therefore, remains the fiefdom of the unemployed. [TNM]

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Castes and sub-castes as “federation of free nationalities”

Only a person of Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar’s stature can alert the city intellectuals, both the Marxist/secular/liberal, and the libertarian variety, not to pretend to wish away the caste system. By highlighting the fact that caste fraternities are not only “building blocks of mass politics” but also instruments of social capital, he is forcing us to think the whole issue anew. [Why intellectuals have no mass base ET 5 Dec, 2007]

If we take the liberty of transposing crudely one of the key ideas that Sri Aurobindo popularized, the castes and the sub-castes can be seen as welcome corporate formations. They can exist as a “federation of free nationalities” both competing and co-operating with each other. [TNM, Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad] 8:13 AM 7:59 AM

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Censoring history

[Referring to the evolution of journalism in India, the chief minister referred to the contribution of Mahatma Gandhi, GK Gokhale, Pt Jawaharlal Nehru and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, saying that they were great mass communicators. He said Gandhiji edited various journals including ‘Indian Opinion’, ‘Young India’ and ‘Harijan’ from 1902 to 1948, while Gokhale put his duty as journalist above his family and Maulana Azad became the editor of Al-Hilal when he was just 13 years of age. www.merinews.com]
As a devoted Congressman, Ghulam Nabi Azad dutifully forgets to mention Lal-Bal-Pal, and of course, Sri Aurobindo. [TNM] 11:24 AM

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Romney and Advani

[Mitt Romney He turned around companies, he turned around the Olympics; now he is running to turn around the country. Romney On Religion, The Competition CBS News - all 565 related »]

[BJP turns Atal page, Advani PM choice Indian Express, India - New Delhi, December 10:
It was expected but the timing...all 120 news articles »]
By the time Vajpayee became the Prime Minister he had turned a sort of Page 3 person. Compulsions of coalition politics made him everything to everyone and that was the success formula which kept the NDA Inn running. But Advani is different material and loves to stand firm. Whatever may be the compulsion on the part of the BJP to make the long-awaited announcement a day ahead of the Gujarat election, it is a favourable event that Advani is BJP’s candidate for Prime Minister.
So now it is BJP without masks as Adrenaline will flow in BJP's veins. It becomes a lot easier in the political arena as we have Prakash Karat at the other extreme, who is also uncompromising as far as ideology is concerned. [TNM] 5:52 PM

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Break this illogical and distorting order of knowledge dispensation

During his recent visit to India, Ken Livingstone, the mayor of London, wrote a feel good piece in The Times of India on November 19, 2007 with the startling caption: Britain As India's Colony [2:06 AM]. Now the West is ready to do business with India. The 123 agreement, itself, signifies that they are even willing to share power. This is a major gain that India has pocketed from Globalization.

But the same degree of leverage has not been achieved in the field of philosophy and social science. Going by the newspaper articles it becomes apparent that India doesn’t exist in the mind of the scholars in the West. The Indian context is never alluded to in sociological analyses. The Veda, for instance, is yet to find a mention in their University syllabi pertaining to Ancient philosophy.

We shall have to break this illogical and distorting order of knowledge dispensation. Savitri Erans have the consent and sanction of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo in this respect. Sri Aurobindo himself was writing in the Bande Mataram a century ago inaugurating such an agenda. Prof. S. K. Maitra, heroically, has sounded the heralds. Wide-ranging writing must commence to win this more difficult war. [TNM] 11:34 PM 2:37 PM

Friday, December 07, 2007

Savitri Era cultural fraternity

[Bhattacharjee, who has been trying to calm tempers by toning down his earlier remarks on the recapture of Nandigram, held fire but expressed concern over divisions in the “cultural world”. “If our cultural world gets bogged down in the quicksand of disunity and mutual, but unnecessary, distrust, it will bring disaster,’’ he said. The Telegraph Front Page > Friday, December 07, 2007]
The Left has assiduously built its “cultural world” over the years to the envy of all other political parties. Savitri Erans must hope to create such a fraternity in the times to come. [TNM]

Majority? Yes and No

  1. The 123 agreement is in a logjam. Karat says that the majority of MPs are against it. [The Hindu]
  2. Chávez concedes defeat in the referendum for constitutional reforms. [Democracy in the Americas]

While the Venezuelan verdict is welcome, the “majority” principle is against the national interest in the Indian context. Here, the leader should ride roughshod over niceties in order to secure a salute from the posterity. [TNM] 5:00 PM

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Canvassing and carnival

Parliament evokes the image of politeness and reasoned debate, while an election rally (or, Lalu's ralla) presents a picture in contrast. Spirited canvassing amidst huge crowds takes the form of a carnival, the performance art of the politician not being devoid of cathartic implications. In deference to Rabelais’ eulogizing of carnivals as alerted by Bakhtin, or Rancière’s viewing of Democracy as an event, it is not easy to question the mode of canvassing as it happens in India, but the way all dirt is whipped up during this period certainly vitiates the atmosphere and blurs vision. Politics need not be a hostage to such roller coaster ride of melodrama. [TNM] trackback 5:25 AM 5:33 AM

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Sri Aurobindo, who passed away on this date 57 years back, was an expert on religion

One more year of the Common Era is coming to a close and another round of stock taking is usual. Agreeably, we are living at a time when the human civilization seems to be at its peak, though besetted with concerns like carbon footprint and climate change. Globalization on the one hand, and robotics, nanotechnology, genetic engineering, cognitive psychology, etc. on the other is doing a steady march. Internet has metamorphosed into an unprecedented forum for exchange of ideas.

Writing of books on religion – both, for and against – is spreading like an epidemic. Scientists, journalists, columnists, psychoanalysts, politicians, professors of Political Science, and sundry social scientists and commentators are out with books and they are being read as well as debated avidly. Hundreds of denizens of the blogosphere dutifully read them, report, and recommend. Amazon.com is growing amazingly for this reason.

Inability to recognize the distinctiveness of the extraordinary metaphysical output of Sri Aurobindo as expounded in The Life Divine and Savitri is an utter intellectual failure of the present generation. Not to be agog and astir about such prophetic utterances signifies certain deafness towards the radical and the veridical. This is a peculiar ailment afflicting the elite at the moment. The subliminal planes of our being turn insignificant in the face of the sub-prime crisis.

Sri Aurobindo, who passed away on this date 57 years back, was an expert on religion. There is no better book than The Life Divine on the subject of religion and philosophy. Notion and nature, matter and memory, sleep and dream, rebirth and evolution; the mystery of all knotty questions have been answered to the satisfaction spanning race, religion and culture. For any subject, in all fairness, one should read the expert, and not the layperson.

It is not metaphysics alone. The Mother and Sri Aurobindo have instantiated an obscure and abstruse evolutionary alchemy, the urgency of which needs to be appreciated by the mankind. All our education would be deemed as fruitful if harnessed in broadcasting this epochal imperative. The message is simple, the invitation direct, and the prospectus is in black and white. Time to heal our intellectual infructuity. [TNM]

Monday, December 03, 2007

Moments of leadership

Indira Gandhi deployed the Army to flush out the militants lodged in the Golden Temple, (and of course paid her life for that). P.V. Narasimha Rao ferreted out the terrorists from the Hazratbal Mosque by cutting out all supplies and thus starving them, and had a longer siesta in the afternoon the Babri Masjid was demolished. Jaswant Singh had to escort a terrorist to Kandahar to secure release of plane hijack hostages. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee chose to use his own party cadre to recapture Nandigram. Each episode of crisis management has an element of subjectivity about it.

These are the moments when the leadership qualities are tested, no matter what the posterity tells. So, it is futile for Arundhati Roy to remark, "Buddha used Taslima to cover up Nandigram" [Times of India], or Amit Varma castigating, "there is no moral difference between what the governments of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Narendra Modi did. Both deserve our highest contempt." [The India Uncut Blog] [TNM]

Our affinity with France

Like the communists nurturing extra-national sympathies earlier for USSR and now for China, or Muslims’ sense of affiliation with UAE or Pakistan; Savitri Erans, too, harbour an affinity with France. French being our “Mother-tongue” we yearn to learn it as much as possible and rue over the fact that the Rues of Puducherry are a vanishing breed. It is difficult to speculate of the role France performs within the EU in the years ahead or the fate of the French language, for that matter, with their economy passing through a rough phase. We continue to be their friends regardless. [TNM]

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Sonia Gandhi's Zoroastrian battle

[Sonia’s gloves off: ‘Gujarat run by liars, peddlers of religion & death’
Her party’s “chargesheet” against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi may have made no reference to the Godhra killings...
www.indianexpress.com]
In this Zoroastrian battle, it won't be difficult for the Savitri Erans to see the logic of throwing their lot on Sonia's side. [TNM] 9:18 AM

Saturday, December 01, 2007

The Mother and Sri Aurobindo have been accused of anti-intellectualism

An idol or an idea is a typal formulation. Clinging to it can be a very satisfying experience but it restricts further exploration or elevation. The significance of evolution, therefore, should be the most abiding concern. The Mother and Sri Aurobindo have been accused of anti-intellectualism but their enterprise, precisely, was to wean away the mind to wider capabilities. The Supramental is much more than a panoptic that our mind can conceive at present. With that transition from the typal to the potential that can we hope the right repairs coming forth. Else, it is a slugfest of inanities. Duh! [TNM]

Friday, November 30, 2007

The less traveled by Dalal Street

It has been immensely enriching for the Savitri Erans to walk through the Dalal Street that unfolded twenty years back. The Within-series with its lovely covers and inviting size is a hit even today. One earlier brilliant compilation titled The Hierarchy of Mind suffered for the want of flashy covers. Edited by Jyoti and Prem Sobel, the book has a nice introduction by Norman C. Dowsett. All the lines in Savitri relating to various categories of mind-level are available in the Appendix. It was so helpful and inspiring then as computers were rare. [TNM]

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Promoting intellectual growth of the devotees

[He urged the students to read books on spiritual leaders such as Vivekananda and Aurobindo and enrich their perspective on life... B.K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore...‘English education with Indian orientation needed’ The Hindu Wednesday, Nov 28, 2007] 11:18 AM
To link the name of Swami Vivekananda with Sri Aurobindo is a common practice in our country. Gandhi and Nehru are also treated as inseparable although their thinking and functioning varied widely. Such popular linkage does great harm to the true reception of the concerned personalities.

Admirers of Swami Vivekananda are legion, but only a minuscule of them has read the works of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. The majority are either unwilling or incapable of bearing the requisite intellectual strain. As a result, they never graduate from the traditional Shankaracharya school of Vedantic interpretation.

On the other hand, Sri Aurobindo's commentaries with evolution as the pivot find more audience in the Western world than in India. This is not a very pleasant situation. All neo-Hindu sects in India have a big responsibility in promoting intellectual growth of their devotees by advising them to read the works of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. [TNM]
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