Saturday, March 31, 2012

Inmate of an Ashram can’t claim unbridled freedom

Having presented Sri Aurobindo's experiences at length, I pause, on page 245, to anticipate "a question that may have occurred to some readers", namely what is the relationship of spiritual experience to madness… This form of argument is, I believe, similar to the purvapaksha-uttarapaksha form of argument of Sanskrit rhetoric.]

[Cardinal Slur Comment on Ignore all rubbish: Dr Ryder Savitri Era Open Forum October 06, 2010
The author himself admits that the technique he has employed is, in his words, “anticipating and refuting objections”… So clearly the author is well aware of the objection of “furtiveness” between Mirra and Aurobindo being raised in the minds of the readers upon reading his description, and in anticipation of it, the author attempts to dispel it. In fact it is glaringly obvious that the insinuation is either romantic, sexual, emotional because in the subsequent paragraphs there is talk of marriage etc.]

Gautam Chikermane is confused about certain things which we shall attempt to clarify. Peter Heehs has written a hostile book on Sri Aurobindo and the flaws can be identified only by those who are well-read in the subject. (Odia proverbs like “Khajuri gachhara ki guna gaibi mularu pahacha pahacha” or “Kambala jaka ta bala” are apt descriptions of how the whole book is replete with mischief.) Being an inmate of the Ashram, Heehs can’t claim such unbridled freedom, and hence, must live outside. Savitri Era Party, however, doesn't support banning of books in general. [TNM55] 

Friday, March 30, 2012

Sri Aurobindo is indispensable

[POSTHUMAN DESTINIES R Posted March 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm Permalink I see yoga as an important key to achieving freedom from ones culturally determined responses. But that said, this does not take me back to any subjective essence, because yoga itself is a culturally determined practice]

If we review the period from May 1968 to the crash of Lehman Brothers in September 2008, the impression we gain today is that the West stands strong. And there is no gainsaying the fact that distilled cultural values contribute to this tenacity and stewardship. Globalization, today, mostly connotes spread of Western attitude and preferences.

So far so good. But The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have given us some firm commands as regards the future of humanity. And that clue is Yoga or unity, whatever may be its genealogy. Further, they have set forth some terms and conditions for this evolutionary progress and insist that it is inevitable. Those who don’t care for their words can jolly well ignore these.

But they have written extensively and argued their case in a brilliant manner. We are yet to find someone who can beat them in their craft. Academicians, deliberately, restrict themselves within the confines of immanence, and hence, lack integrality. The intervention of Sri Aurobindo, therefore, is something which the West can’t do without. And for that what is needed is humility and not hubris. [TNM55] 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Intellectual culture facilitates East-West dialogue

Kepler apparently wins, but in order to corner his opponents he forges several propositions which appear to be too abstract. One is his conception of Yoga with the emphasis on inner life. The second is his deep reverence for past accounts of experience. Thirdly, he almost dismisses intellectual culture as having any role. And finally, the necessity of East-West dialogue is hardly stressed.

The postmodern discourse, on the other hand, ferments intellectual culture facilitating the East-West dialogue. Both these aspects are of immense significance as far as Integral Yoga is concerned. Deleuze, for instance, not only epitomizes the thought of the past 3000 years, but also conquers further territory and sharpens human perception of his environment. The sheer linguistic prowess entitles him to be seen as a seer, and the rest rests upon one's level of appreciation.

Talking about the Yoga principles is all right, but in the absence of any flesh and blood examples of practitioners, nothing seems credible. Text book accounts of Yoga are dished out everywhere, but no one discloses his own progress. In this context, believing the stories of the mystics of the yore becomes further difficult. The Five Dreams Manifesto (FDM) warrants multilateral engagement with the world in all its diversity. In this round, however, Kepler seemed to sound too reductive. [TNM55]

New Year’s Day for the Savitri Erans

[Savitri Era: March 29 as the Day of Joy and Hope 24 Dec 2007 by Tusar N Mohapatra
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. 8:35 AM]

Today is like the New Year’s Day for the Savitri Erans. It is heartening to learn that Mirror of Tomorrow metamorphoses for “a broader scope with a larger coverage of topics and issues” from today. Our congratulations. Banerji clarifying that “my interest does not lie in fighting on one side or other of that debate” too brings relief.

The most important point which needs to be remembered regarding our path is that it is uncharted and privileges emergence. Old texts and past examples are of little help, and hence, “This is how it works” doesn’t apply. Besides, the collective aspect is much more crucial here than the personal progress. And just because The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have established an Ashram, all other Ashram-founders do not become their equivalents. It is essential, therefore, that such aggressive pollution is filtered out, and we expect course correction by those concerned.
The Cuttack Conference begins on April 4. All are requested to explore the possibility of visiting and savour the unique feel of immersing in The Mother’s Mahakumbh by merging among the thousands. [TNM55]   

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Current lens is OOO

K: But I presume your talking about a conceptual similarity and not that you are claiming Deleuze was actually experiencing the Supermind or converting all his experience to Ananda.
DB: Yes. He arrived philosophically at “virtual” ontologies and empirical practices aimed at “actualizing” them. 11:53 AM  8:00 PM 12:45 PM]

[Reviews - Sri Aurobindo Mandir Annual Published on the occasion of the 70th Birthday of Sri Aurobindo (15-8-1942), by Sri Aurobindo Patha Mandir, Calcutta. Price Rs. 3-8.
Sri Aurobindo’s teachings and message have profound significance as at once a masterly and magnificent presentation of ancient Indian wisdom and a challenging metaphysical contribution, both as speculation and as sadhana. It must be admitted, however, that the appeal of Sri Aurobindo’s writings has been limited to but a small number, the cultured and philosophical elite of India and abroad. Any work, like the one under review, which may make the thoughts of Sri Aurobindo better known to the world is therefore welcome… Dr. S. K. Maitra’s, "Sri Aurobindo and Bergson" shows how Sri Aurobindo is "a more uncompromising opponent of all respectability and convention and an even greater volcanic thinker" than Bergson himself. KASYAPA 4:19 AM]

What Maitra ventured in 1942, Banerji, quite enticingly, continues in 2012. Heehs imbroglio, however, has clouded his reputation, and hence, he will have to take extra pains to establish his commitment to ontology instead of ideology. Deleuze, by the way, is passé, and the current lens is OOO. Graham Harman is at the forefront in the web in overturning the previous readings of old schools. Fierce ontological battles are being fought in which qualified people should take part. At least, keeping abreast is a must in order to pass on the thought. [TNM55]

Monday, March 26, 2012

Sunlit Path for weeding out ignorance

[What Badiou Meant to Us Posted by larvalsubjects March 24, 2012 7 Comments 
Badiou’s theory of Truth was really a theory of commitment. A truth was, for him, not a representation or correspondence, but an activity that transforms the world. It is not so much the details of his thought that mattered. No, what mattered was the message. What Badiou was daring us to do was commit and commit passionately. Commit passionately to rapturous love even if it leads to your ruin. Commit passionately to scientific discovery, even if it departs from dominant paradigms. Commit passionately to artistic invention, even if it departs from tradition. Commit passionately to political transformation, even if that work seems unrealistic and to desire impossible outcomes. Badiou said commit, live passionately, and continue. Badiou said risk, risk everything for a Truth. Badiou said wager. What dominated Continental thought at the time was a series of meditations on why it is unreasonable to wager, risk, and commit. Badiou said commit and continue. Suddenly the air felt very different.]

Badiou did the most explicit work to reactivate truth by bluntly invoking the rights to philosophy. For even Deleuze had to frame his struggle in much the same way as the great phenomenologists and vitalists: a struggle against the horizon that philosophy had set for itself…
The sad consequence is that a lot of people have used Badiou as a platform for a very fashionable, inane pseudo-Marxism, which is often composed of the same people that enlisted in the ranks of deconstructive apathy. Being a 'leftist' has become a trendy moniker for hipsters and graduate students to play revolutionary under extremely elitist circumstances. You have these pseudo-leftists go brag about Marx and then hit the pubs for their weekly dose of booze and Deerhunter. This is not at all a new phenomenon: it is a variant of the 60's hippie, New age liberal motif. But in its current 'commie' version, I think it borrows more from what has been happening in South America for the past decade or so.]

Our worth lies only in the measure of our effort to exceed ourselves, and to exceed ourselves is to attain the Divine. -The Mother (1973)]

I say there that a great variety of subjects should be studied. I believe that is it. For instance, if you are at school, to study all the subjects possible. If you are reading at home, not to read just one kind of thing, read all sorts of different things… 
I believe there are general faculties and that it is much more important to acquire these than to specialise – unless, naturally, it be like M. and Mme. Curie who wanted to develop a certain science, find something new, then of course they were compelled to concentrate on that science. But still that was only till they had discovered it; once they had found it, nothing stopped them from widening their mind.]

Some people, by a special culture and training, are even able to become and remain conscious of the deeper activities of their inner being, independently of their own cerebral transcription, and thus to evoke them and know them in the waking state with the full range of their faculties… Uncultivated lands produce weeds. We do not want any weeds in ourselves, so let us cultivate the vast field of our nights… If our night has enabled us to gain some new knowledge – the solution of a problem, a contact of our inner being with some centre of life or light, or even the accomplishment of some useful task – we shall always wake up with a feeling of strength and well-being. The hours that are wasted in doing nothing good or useful are the most tiring. 25 March 1912]  

Much before any Deleuze, Bourdieu, or Badiou, the Sunlit Path laid out by The Mother guided our thought and action. The integrality of her ideas scattered over 30 volumes will continue to be a fount of inspiration for years to come. [TNM55]  

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are always present

[Comment posted by Sandeep Re: What Jugal told me about Record of Yoga Mirror of Tomorrow
In the physical absence of the Mother, and lacking her emanation within us, one cannot sit back and wait for miraculous descents of some kind to automatically happen. One has to start from scratch and practice Yoga (silence the mind, etc) until one establishes conscious contact with the Mother (or Sri Aurobindo for that matter, because now it makes no difference - its the same consciousness behind both). Once that contact is established, further guidance on individual development can be obtained. 5:58 AM]

Now that the Mother’s direct presence is not available, I guess it would be prudent to practice Hatha Yoga in the initial stages (for those who need it). 12:34 PM]

I may add that in my opinion, in the physical absence of the Mother, the danger of distortion by the vital emotional being that Sri Aurobindo wrote about in the chapter on the Intuitive Mind is very much increased 10:02 PM]

In the absence of the physical presence of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, most of the disciples (both Indians and Westerners) bow down to their ...]

Unfortunately, for disciples and devotees of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, they are left with nothing. But the Vision itself lives on; …]

But remarkably when the Yoga-Tapasya of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother started arriving at the nitty-gritty of the physical transformation, the Will of the Divine in the active dynamics became more and more luminously assertive ...]

It is only for matters relating to history that the “physical absence” of The Mother or Sri Aurobindo is uttered. But when it comes to Yoga, The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are always present, and therefore, it’s wrong to disturb the direct relationship and inner guidance by suggesting alternative methods. The “triple labour of aspiration, rejection and surrender” forms a comprehensive manual of Integral Yoga that takes their living presence as granted. All are, therefore, requested to refrain from using such misleading phrases. [TNM55]  

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Five Dreams vs. ideological fig leafs

[BJP has nearly all of Congress's sins - and a few of its own By Amulya Ganguli, March 24, 2012, IANS: Deccan Herald - Home
Arguably, this fall from grace of an organization claiming to harbour spiritual-minded Rambhakts - devotees of the Hindu deity - was inevitable considering that its rise was based on the pseudo-religious plank of temple building and minority-baiting. Since there was no ideological inspiration other than the flaunting of a provocative Hindu agenda and demonising of Muslims and Christians, it was only to be expected that the BJP would comprise elements, not all of whom could be regarded as true representatives of virtuous conduct.]

Any political party, which has a galaxy of leadership, has to institutionalise a mechanism of selecting its probable prime ministerial face. In other democracies in the world, you have inner party elections or preliminaries. We, in India, do not have such a system. On the contrary, the best leaders in the party, at an appropriate time, are chosen as the first amongst the equals.]

[Power, not principles - Times Of India 10 Jan, 2012, RAJIV DESAI
So where is the "glorious" temple he promised? He served as home minister and deputy prime minister for the six years the BJP-led coalition was in power. Advani's confusion was complete when he went to Karachi and lauded Mohammed Ali Jinnah as a secular leader. There are many ideological fig leafs that political formations wear in their relentless grasp for power: socialism, casteism, social justice, identity, chauvinism, Hinduism. Scratch the surface and it all turns out to be an anti-Congress position.] 

BJP has not been able to rule at the centre till now. (There is no likelihood of it happening either in the near future). As a result, its core “difference” is still waiting to be exhibited. The way the party is metamorphosing, it is doubtful if it can stick to any ideology at all. Even, anti-Congressism will end as Congress itself is moving downhill. And then, Savitri Era Party will emerge as the true alternative. [TNM55] 10:20 AM    

Friday, March 23, 2012

Barin’s many mothers

The gender duality is at the heart of umpteen socio-political problems faced by the humanity. Biologically wired for divergent evolutionary roles, their difference far supersedes the commonality or complementarity. City-based societies pretend to establish some kind of equality through role-reversal in relatively polite environments but such a scenario often hides gargantuan hypocrisy and double-speak. Academic scrutiny, unfortunately, follows an imagined status as the standard instead of the given. Consequently, warped inferences galore the otherwise vibrant feminist debate. Thus, if the present is not a safe guide, the past happens to be still more perilous. Mythological norms and superstitious pretexts rule the group-thinking and any deviation is looked upon as either subversive or adversarial. Be that as it may, an ontological certainty governing this fundamental divide is definitely not to be had.  

Barin’s semi-journalistic accounts transport us to a wealth of anthropological concerns including gender. Judged juxtaposed the integrality of Sri Aurobindo’s literature, they offer countless intersections for introspection which implicitly demand integrity. Heehs imbroglio, perhaps, has prepared us for bolder probes and honest assessments in the realm of the socio-political. [TNM]         

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Zeitgeist has thrown up a Dinesh Trivedi

Things happen through human beings and not in a vacuum. At this moment 100 years ago, Sri Aurobindo is living in the Alipore jail. So, no escape from practical action... If you look at the History of the World, always the then "current day politicians" have taken the human civilization forward, and not dead people.]

Joining hands, social activist Anna Hazare and Yoga guru Baba Ramdev today announced they would jointly fight for a strong Lokpal Bill and to bring back black money stashed in foreign banks. Hazare, flanked by his team members Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia, said he would continue his fight against graft and for a strong and an effective Lokpal Bill.]

RSS, it seems, is desperate now after the UP defeat and wants to capitalize on the anti-corruption campaign. The political polarization, of course, will take a few more months to crystallize, but by and large, the same secular/communal divide is likely to continue. There is no JP or VP now, but the Zeitgeist has thrown up a Dinesh Trivedi. [TNM55] 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Satyam behind Manoj Das Gupta’s shenanigans

With politicians like Arun Jaitley (Rs 158 crore) and Jaya Bachchan (Rs. 493 crore)India Shining surely has arrived. So, it’s difficult to believe that there is no “Satyam” behind Manoj Das Gupta’s shenanigans. Heehs' herd giving him carte blanche appear to be accomplices in the game. Unfortunately, the financial side has rarely been questioned in the correspondences exchanged during the last three years. [TNM55]

Recived the Mother India and World Union, but they are like government-owned television (12:34 PM). To read the Show Cause Notices (2:39 PM) issued by Das Gupta, one has to go to some dot-com. In the blogosphere, the fallacy of mood affiliation is common (1:47 PM), no doubt, still the hope of truth blasting stonewalling and light penetrating the caves of falsehood persists. [TNM55]   

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sri Aurobindo's volcanic key to the Veda

Kala Tattva Kosha published by IGNCA lists nearly 500 Sanskrit texts in comparison to which The Seven Quartets is like a drop in the ocean. All its terms come from the tradition and there is nothing so spectacular about the formulations. Sri Aurobindo unraveling the secret of the Veda rather constitutes a volcanic event before which rest of his output pale. Those who are unable to accept the divine manifestation of Sri Aurobindo and are eager to present a rags-to-riches story may carry on their project. But since the divinity of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is an unimpeachable fact for the devotees, this talk of their progressive sadhana etc. is nothing but amusing juvenile curiosity.

That said, it also seems riddle-some why the triple transformation only be accorded such primacy. There are various other formulae such as the five psychological perfections, twelve powers of The Mother, or even Nama-Japa. Considering their accessibility, they should receive more attention than high ontological taxonomy of consciousness. [TNM55]    

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Divine right to rule till last breath

The euphoria of a new party being born is still fresh in my mind having attended the convention of the Bharatiya Lok Dal in Bhubaneswar in 1974. The chaotic political situation in the country today, however, is no better 38 years later. Not a single party has a dominant all India presence and most of the parties are devoid of any ideological anchorage. Furthermore, the most paradoxical aspect is that no party runs in a democratic manner. For this, we can easily blame the blemishes of human nature. But the systemic aspects are also equally to blame.  

The Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Puducherry, of course, has elevated itself from any kind of democratic functioning or questioning. Das Gupta, by his mysterious dignified silence, has surpassed all norms of civility and accountability. By claiming tacitly the divine right to rule till his last breath, he is now the monarch of all he surveys. None disputes that, but it’s difficult to rule out the questions of propriety. Hence, it devolves upon the aspirants of life divine to put in place appropriate modalities of good internal governance. [TNM55]  

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Chronology and genealogy

After the passing away of the stalwarts from Nolini to Amal, it is extremely significant that the intellectual side of my work for the world of Sri Aurobindo is being re-examined by Banerji and Kepler and many strains of his my theory of the ideal life towards which humanity must move are likely to be articulated in a forthright manner. This is an admirable intellectual exercise and need not be hijacked by tangential controversies or frivolousness.

Scholarship was constrained by publishing earlier which the web has alleviated, thus facilitating exchange of ideas at a scale and speed seen never before. There is, no doubt, a sequence in what Sri Aurobindo wrote or revised. This chronology, in fact, forms the basis of his authorized oeuvre published so far. Hence, disregarding the author’s intention, in the long run, might prove as a minefield. The academic quest for genealogy, however, must never cease. [TNM55]      

Stoop to conquer

Why Ramdev and Hazare didn’t succeed? For the simple reason that their priorities were manipulated in an ad hoc fashion without any sense of a definite direction. On the other hand, Akhilesh snatched victory from the jaws of a chaotic electoral scene in UP. Management consultants are everywhere, behind every success story, these days.

We have pointed out from the very outset that the anti-Heehs team in Puducherry is following an evident defective strategy. Their warfare, so far, gives the impression of an amateur as assessing the efficacy of weapons employed has come a cropper. To be fair to them, they have just reacted to latest events within severe constraints, but some of their steps can surely be seen as jumping the gun.

For instance, the normal course should have followed civil discourse, then political action, and finally, the legal recourse. But, a bit of hubris took over a few, and after three long years they have achieved practically nothing. Rather, those who were drawn to the forefront of the campaign (or, brought from Odisha) are facing the music. The role of the leader in restricting casualties is most sacrosanct, and the team must ponder over the same. [TNM55]      

Friday, March 16, 2012

Intensity, the sentry

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are almost synonymous with progress and evolution. They are intolerant of the past and impatient with the present. A new future is their constant refrain and a new consciousness, their relentless pursuit. They ask us to think in terms of the future and hope for the unimaginable. That is the power of aspiration and how thought precipitates materialization.

They also valorize intensity, be it in loyalty, sincerity, or courage. That is perhaps the density which propels velocity and powers alchemy midst the melting pot of kaleidoscopic possibilities. While tremors jolt us from time to time to the realization of our imprisonment upon the Globe, flights of thought spur us to swing upon the wings of the sublime. The pathways of immortality, no doubt, spring form this mundane mode of mud and clay.     

Products of the past and their overpowering influence, therefore, are foremost obstacles which require to be thrown away. A new generation, on its own, offloads tons of garbage. So, the aged endorsing their past baggage is undesirable. The next future can fix its right mix in alignment with the reigning wave function. Hence, no need to craft time capsules that are sure to turn dung-heaps. [TNM55]     

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Two Peters

Peter Van Buren, a foreign service officer who wrote an unflattering book about his year leading two reconstruction teams in Iraq, was stripped of his security clearance, banned from State Department headquarters for a time and transferred to a telework job that consists of copying Internet addresses into a file. Now the State Department is moving to fire him based on eight charges]

Peter Heehs is such an obvious candidate for a similar treatment that we are rather feeling shy to repeat it. [TNM55]

Glorifying Gandhi unfairly

[Why Tagore was right and Gandhi was not from churumuri Author, illustrator and mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik in Star of Mysore:
The British were convinced that this was proof of ‘Hindoo’ decadence. Many of our nation’s founding fathers felt ashamed. A group of overzealous social reformers once planned to raze or deface or bury such temple carvings. It is said that Gandhiji supported such action. But then Rabindranath Tagore wrote an impassioned plea that, good or bad, moral or immoral, this was a national treasure that we could not wish away. We had to preserve it. And so it has survived, continuing to baffle us as they have baffled onlookers for hundreds of years.

Mahatma Gandhi, at the height of colonial rule in India, had the audacity to assert his dharmic differences firmly but without chauvinism.  He was steeped in Indian cultural habits and experimented with dharma all his life… As the leader of India’s freedom movement, Gandhi relied greatly on the use of Sanskrit words to give voice to India’s struggle and demands… Gandhi’s life illustrates many key points that I make in my book and in my own personal journey. I continue to draw great inspiration from him.]

Rajiv Malhotra, happily, has migrated from books to blogs, but in his enthusiasm in glorifying Gandhi he has unfairly devalued the contribution of his predecessors in the freedom struggle. [TNM55 Pre-Gandhian Indian revolutionary movement (1893-1918)]

Ultra-democratic anomalies in UP

With 30% vote share, a 38 year-old took over as the CM of UP's 20 crore people by winning 55% of the seats. Multiple anomalies show up in this ultra-democratic outcome, and hence, the role of various regulatory mechanisms encouraging rationality and maturity needs to be stressed. While conforming to the rules of the game is important, periodical review of the rules also is a priority. Sri Aurobindo’s Five Dreams Manifesto (FDM) is based on truth and knowledge and the choice is ours. [TNM55] 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

FDM precedes TWD

[Regional bosses rising TOI SWAPAN DASGUPTA Mar 14, 2012 
Hindu solidarity has proved an ephemeral binding force for disparate castes and communities… However, with economic decision-making devolving increasingly to the states, the disjuncture in political choice between the national and the state level may not be so marked. The time may have indeed come for another Tirupati-style conclave of the regional bosses to prepare for a time they could decide India's next prime minister.]

The BJP is also in its own delusions. It keeps trying to reach out to the Muslim voters, and in the process loses its Hindu identity, which alone separates it from the Congress. But the truth is that Muslims will never vote for the BJP… This is a tragic mistake; for not only it is at the cost of the large silent majority of India, the Hindus, but this cynical calculation has never benefited the Muslim community economically… The truth is that the Muslim population keeps growing and thus its electoral clout keeps increasing.] 

Those who were quick to provide intellectual bulwark when NDA ruled have gradually turned disillusioned with BJP. The reason is not far to seek, but they still fear to spell it out clearly. The vision of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, alone, has the power to lift this country from the present rot, and the Five Dreams Manifesto (FDM) of Sri Aurobindo, broadcast a few hours before Nehru delivered his Tryst With Destiny (TWD) speech on August 14, 1947, holds the key. [TNM55 2:31 PM]

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Synthesis is ontology

Consternation as regards publication of Record of Yoga has been expressed from time to time and Kepler has put it quite succinctly. The way Agenda became mainstream, Record, too, is likely to follow the same route. Like Lives, it has already been published, and hence, instead of questioning it, better to accept it as a part of The Mother’s mythology.  

Sri Aurobindo’s extensive explications on Yoga (including Savitri) are, basically, ontological in nature. The merit of their study lies more in producing suppleness of intellect and expansion of consciousness. This outcome, verily, is Yoga and not the actual techniques or sequences that are elaborated in the text. No one’s personal growth proceeds exactly in the same lines as propounded in the successive chapters.

But the fact that a mosaic of meta-narratives inhabits the compass of Integral Yoga has a great utility in terms of offering multiple options at various stages of life. My Y2K tryst with post-modernism, for instance, has been a life-changing experience that helped me to see the writings of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo not as frozen in time. It is quite possible that after one amasses and archives all possible instructions on practice of yoga, one will return to the bare minimum: remember and offer. [TNM55]       

Savitri Era Party opposes the Secular and Socialist framework

BSP emerged from Kanshi Ram promoting the interests of Scheduled Caste Govt. employees, but has failed to establish a national presence. The present euphoria surrounding Akhilesh and the talk of a Third Front, too, will die before long. The Left has become inconsequential and the ideological thrust of all State level parties is dictated by the local rivals. Alliances are opportunistic strategy of enjoying power by leveraging limited support. Thus, the task of sewing a pan-Indian network on the basis of a credible ideal has been abdicated by all political parties.

Savitri Era Party opposes the Secular and Socialist framework by positing the Five Dreams Manifesto (FDM) of Sri Aurobindo broadcast on August 14, 1947. Those who feel strongly about India leading the world are invited to join and work for the party. [TNM55]    

Monday, March 12, 2012

Five Dreams Manifesto (FDM)

[Breaking India: Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines (by Rajiv Malhotra, Aravindan Neelakandan) 7 Apr 2011 – Book Review by Dr. Prema Nandakumar
The Partition of 1947 was only the despicable act of a handful of political careerists.  Even as it was being implemented, the Tiruchirapalli Radio broadcast Sri Aurobindo’s message on 15th August, 1947. He did not find it to be a solution at all.  Rather, it was an opening for a dangerous future when civil strife would always remain possible…
Unfortunately for India, the Western style of democracy with its universal suffrage has proved a bane to its unity.  Where illiteracy is still widely prevalent and symbols are a must for electoral candidates, the ruthless politicians have divided the people in terms of vote banks.  Caste that seemed to be waning, has now become stronger than ever with hundreds of caste-based associations and political parties proliferating all over India as the Yadava vote, the Dalit vote or the Minority vote.  With a visionless Parliament still adhering to the Reservation Policy even after sixty years of overprotection, the self-serving politicians have tasted blood.] 

[Bigger battles ahead for Samajwadi Party Economic Times - 12 MAR, 2012 By Chandra Bhan Prasad 
Mulayam's socialist agitation anchored by Ram Manohar Lohia was a single-track narrow gauge line. While Ambedkar told Dalits that English was the milk of a lioness and encouraged them to go for it, Lohia told Yadavs that English was a linguistic evil and launched an agitation against it. As violence threatens to bring disgrace to the young Akhilesh who seems so promising, Mulayam needs to unlearn what he has learnt during his political life. He needs to reinvent himself and turn into a social reformer.]

More than social reform, a transformation of consciousness is what Sri Aurobindo underlines in his Five Dreams Manifesto (FDM). Savitri Era Party aims at this prophecy winning more and more attention space, so that an important but dormant piece of thought becomes dominant. [TNM55]

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Yantra and wedge

A yantra depicts both macrocosmic and microcosmic forces acting together, and the photographs of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo kept together can be said to constitute one. It is difficult to understand the occult significance and efficacy, and so, tinkering with this arrangement is not at all advisable. But strangely, in this photograph relating to International Women’s Day Meeting, we find the photograph of Dalai Lama, a Buddhist, prominently occupying the middle space between the photographs of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Personally, one may experiment with any fantasy, but to resort to such liberty at the institutional level is a gross anomaly. [TNM55]

Samajwadi glue misses the religion clue

[The Samajwadi Party was one of several parties that emerged when the Janata DalIndia's primary opposition party prior to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), fragmented into several regional parties. Janata Dal was formed through the merger of Janata Party factions, the Lok DalCongress(S), and the Jan Morcha led by V. P. Singh on 11 October 1988 on the birth anniversary of Jayaprakash Narayan.
Indian left-wing elements formed the Congress Socialist Party in 1934 that appeared to be the sole platform acceptable for the Anushilan marxists… There was the Marxist trend led by J.P. Narayan and Narendra Deva, the Fabian socialist trend led by Minoo Masani and Asoka Mehta and a Gandhian socialist trend led by Ram Manohar Lohia and Achyut Patwardan… Bose resigned as Congress president and formed the Forward Bloc… At this moment, in October 1939, J.P. Narayan tried to stretch out an olive branch to the Anushilan marxists.]

The complex genealogy of Samajwadi Party is likely to undergo further modifications once it stretches its pan-Indian aspirations. The ideological glue, too, is bound to slack further under the stress of a generational transition. But its stance as regards religion is the real clue and to overcome the present bankruptcy and expediency is not easy. Savitri Era Party steals a march on others over this vital issue. [TNM55]    

Why this Carlson Carlson Carlson digs

On several occasions in the past we have speculated that Heehs has a considerable stake in the book imbroglio turning ugly. The author and the publisher are interested in sales, and the more acute the controversy, the more the publicity and the consequent sales. The way the book is stoutly defended is pointer to the fact that they sniff gold and are ready for the long haul. They have left no stone unturned to incite the adversaries who have almost acted as per their script. Das Gupta is also interested in Dollars and plays ball by peddling dollops of chicanery.

Thus, those who feel that the book has created bad blood and has brought bad name are sorely mistaken. This book is the project of his life, and Heehs is well prepared to go to any extent for that. In the face of any drastic action against him also, he doesn’t lose anything as his book will sale more furthering the political cause hidden in the sub-text. And by now, a well-oiled protest and publicity machine is already in place waiting for the right trigger. They are also confident that all will be well by throwing crumbs of patronage once the book is duly encashed and Heehs earns his quota of fame.

Not many are versed with Heehs’ earlier writings but the existence of an underlying political project is unmistakable. How far this book takes it further and opens up fresh frontiers is yet to be analyzed and documented. Lack of scholarly hands keeps us in dark. Given the Marxists’ distaste for religion and their expertise in subversion, it is futile to expect an early reconciliation. Richard Carlson’s suspicious involvement in the matter raises the pitch for an adequate political response. (The opposite dimension of a religious clash, however, we are discounting for the moment.) [TNM55]           

Hypocrisy of parodying The Mother

The Mother suggested: “When you have nothing pleasant to say about something or somebody in the Ashram, keep silent. You must know that this silence is faithfulness to the Divine’s work.”]

[The Anti-Hindi Riot of Pondicherry by Togo Mukherjee from Overman Foundation Anurag Banerjee said, February 11, 2012 at 6:13 am
On 16 February 1965 the Mother issued the following declaration on the occasion of the events of 11 February: “We do not fight against any creed, any religion. We do not fight against any form of government. We do not fight against any caste, any social class. We do not fight against any nation or civilisation. We are fighting division, unconsciousness, ignorance, inertia and falsehood. We are endeavouring to establish upon earth union, knowledge, consciousness, truth; and we fight whatever opposes the advent of this new creation of Light, Peace, Truth and Love.”]

Hypocrisy in quoting the words of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is spreading like an epidemic. What The Mother said then, obviously, may not be applicable now. How she dealt with a particular individual then can’t be a rule for all time to come. Keeping the context in mind and her own unique way of resolving day to day problems, the present situation demands that we apply the current norms in a transparent manner. [TNM55]   

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Religious façade is indispensable

Patrice was managing the Mira Aditi stall and came to visit us. Pointing towards a quote printed on a poster he remarked to Dr. Gyanchandra that as “The Mother” is not written, those words lack force, and we immediately realized the gravity of the omission. Similarly, a recent proposal to organize chanting sessions without The Mother’s picture in the room appeared odd to me. For, the secret of Integral Yoga is just the skill of invoking The Mother in all situations. There is no other means and this religious façade is indispensable. [TNM55]    

Savitri Era Religion offers a modern and liberal choice

[Who is a Hindu? The credal definitions – Koenraad Elst « Bharata ... bharatabharati Posted on March 10, 2012 by IS. Who is a Hindu 18 Oct 2008 Sri Aurobindo on caste: The difficult relation between caste in Hindu history and modern anti-caste reform was perhaps best articulated by Sri Aurobindo. First of all, he emphasizes the confinement of caste to purely worldly affairs: 11:31 AM]

[Review of Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism by Rajiv Malhotra (Reviewed by Prof. Indra Nath Choudhuri, Former Director, Sahitya Academy) It has become all the more necessary to respond with renewed efforts to replace the clash of civilizations with a dialogue among civilizations.]

[Ever Irrational Indian National Congress – Folks Magazine By Team Folks Columns - N S Rajaram The Congress party that was founded by an Englishman may be ended by an Italian woman… ‘charisma’ is no longer working. Navaratna Rajaram.
As far back as 1926 Sri Aurobindo observed: “Gandhi is a European— truly, a Russian Christian in an Indian body.” … Almost ten years before Gandhi arrived on the Indian scene Sri Aurobindo had noted (1906): “…the Congress started from the beginning with a misconception of the most elementary facts of politics and with its eyes turned towards the British Government and away from the Indians.” Note: Some of this is discussed in more detail in the author’s book Gandhi, Khilafat and the National Movement]

[Adieu to fiats of high commands - The Times of India › Opinion Dileep Padgaonkar Mar 10, 2012. All the same, with the exception of the Left, no political party today clamours for a return to statist policies… There is no demand from any quarter to jettison them root and branch. Here then is the Indian way forward - one that seeks to avoid the debilitating pitfalls of unfettered capitalism and statist policies alike.
Some such movement forward is now needed in the political arena as well. The two national parties have been loath to acknowledge the writing on the wall. It says, in substance, that political choices are made on the basis of interests and concerns perceived and articulated at regional, sub-regional and, indeed, local levels. What matters more and more is performance, not rhetoric, substance, not charisma or hollow appeals for caste or religious solidarity… The leaders of all the three parties, rooted in the soil, shied away from caste or religious appeals and focussed instead on development, transparency and good governance.]

Padgaonkar is almost toeing the End of History line, but we disagree with his take on religion. Faith will continue to sway political affiliation, and therefore, Savitri Era Religion offers a modern and liberal choice to the new generation. [TNM55]  

Friday, March 09, 2012

Sundargarh, Odisha - January 20, 1982

“The Sun doesn’t speak. It shines, it illumines, it radiates, it transforms.” - Prof. V. Madhusudan Reddy (1925-1996) apropos of Champaklal (February 2, 1903 - May 9, 1992) visiting Sundargarh, Odisha on January 20, 1982 along with Prapatti (April 30, 1924 - June 28, 1989). [TNM55]