Tuesday, March 29, 2016

World Union ushering in global peace and human unity

The Mother and Sri Aurobindo happened to see each other for the first time on March 29, 1914. Their legacy, today, flows in manifold directions and multifarious areas. But one running theme of their teachings is philosophy. And, therefore the notion that all life is yoga. It is individual, collective, and universal at the same time. Academic philosophy, on the contrary, is a maze which refuses to accept any purpose of its own. Creating collages in delectable prose seems to be the whole game. Its entertainment value for the connoisseurs is handsome but whether it can lead one in the right direction is uncertain.

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo also help in keeping a safe distance from Hindutva. They espouse a vision of India which is liberal, modern, and forward-looking. They also foresee a World Union ushering in global peace and human unity. And, they posit this as an Evolutionary inevitability. So, following their philosophy is far more important than mere intellectual surfing or skiing. However, it doesn't appear that tenured Professors will submit themselves to learning. [TNM55]

1. Whose Philosophy Lost Its Way? (Post 1 of 3)
March 22, 2016 by Blog Contributor by Anand Jayprakash Vaidya
In the past 15 years, academic philosophers have engaged in a tremendous amount of navel-gazing about their discipline and its value. It is safe to say that the turn into 2000 brought with it a renewed interest in philosophical methodology... Just as 2016 got under way, Robert Frodeman and Adam Briggle put out “When Philosophy Lost its Way” in The New York Times. On March 7, Scott Soames wrote a response: “Philosophy’s True Home.” This exchange calls for some reflection and examination from another perspective. Whose Philosophy Lost Its Way? (Post 2 of 3) - Whose Philosophy Lost its Way? (Post 3 of 3) - Pingback: Has Philosophy Lost Its Way? — Vaidya on the Case of Indian Philosophy The Indian Philosophy Blog | The Indian Philosophy Blog

Who is the ideal insider? What is Philosophy’s proper home? - [PDF] Sri Aurobindo's Yogic Discovery of the 'One Original Language'of Mankind: A Linguistic Exploration N Kumar - Theory and Practice in Language Studies,

Light reading that does not challenge the reader - Where bad literature makes good reading - A professor and students in an English course at Juniata College discuss what makes a book ‘crap’ By Bill Schackn...

Comparing the Methodology of the Gnosis With the Reasoning Intellect - The reasoning intellect begins its process by a process of observation of external facts through the sense-organs. From these facts, it applies the faculti...

5. Preliminary reflections on Harman on Žižek on Bryant By Jon Cogburn 

6. PDF of Noah Roderick book now available Posted by doctorzamalek 
March 25, 2016 - You can find The Being of Analogy at the OHP website, HERE. It’s such a nicely written book, and filled with fresh insights. In this witty and erudite gem of a work, Roderick pushes the thesis of the metaphoricity of being
"The more you understand your debts to others, the harder it is to articulate them." 

7. Rajeev Srinivasan March 23, 2016
There is also the sad fact that there is a #DeepState that controls those in the West... European domination of the world, although it looked pretty much like Manifest Destiny, is only a blip in the relentless march of time. The moving finger writes, and having writ, moves on... Like Ozymandias's vanities, the ancien regime of the West is collapsing, that's about it. There is a new, Indo-Pacific century, and India has to decide whether it has its eyes on the prize. It is there for India to lose. 

At a recent one-day seminar on “Harmony in Management” organised bySri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research (SACAR), speakers from a wide ...

Monday, March 28, 2016

Fight over Sanskrit is proving why India was divided into small kingdoms

Being born and brought up in a village in Odisha, I have a fair amount of first hand knowledge on an agrarian as well as non-egalitarian society; its pervading poverty and deprivation. I came to Bhubaneswar, the new Capital, in 1971 for college education and those were the tumultuous days of Bangladesh liberation, JP movement, and Emergency. It was also the time when movies like Johny Mera Naam, Mera Naam Joker, Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Bobby, Roti Kapda Aur Makaan, Deewaar, and Sholay left a lasting impression. Armed with an integrated B.Sc.,B.Ed. degree with Botany Hons. and Agriculture for vocational education, I returned to my village in 1976 as a teacher in the same High school I had passed out from. (I took the picture below during my last visit in February 2014)

Dealing with the students with the lens of my freshly earned insights of educational psychology was interesting but the fun didn't last long. Fifteen months later, I joined Punjab National Bank at Sundargarh, primarily a tribal locality while business was dominated by the Gujarati, Marwari, and Sindhi community. After a stint in Sambalpur and Gop, I migrated to Delhi in 1988 and took VRS in 2000. Internet opened new opportunities in 2005 and I launched Savitri Era Party in 2007. I was a science student and served a commercial bank having an abiding interest in the arts and humanities. Preferences and ideologies, however, have taken many abrupt turns over the years.

Tusar N Mohapatra11:56 PM, December 18, 2009 
Y2K spurred me to survey the 20th Century thought and 5 years later when I stumbled upon SCIY, it was no alien territory. Banerji’s dense compositions used to surprise, Carlson’s forthright interventions evoked curiosity; the overall concern always levitating at a certain height and encompassing a wideness while pursuing an integral spirit all through. Right in the prescribed path: heightening, widening, and integration, as it were.
Nolini, Purani, Amrita, Pavitra – great as they are – but are poorer by not having a chance to read the rich discourse that SCIY harbored. Even the Heehs imbroglio that raged for over a year brought out unexpressed dimensions of theory as well as practice in the open, the finer threads of which would be explored in the years to come.
With its founder-editor dead, and it metamorphosing into a more conventional site, albeit with an ultra-futuristic theme, SCIY, like Arya, comes to an end. Its illustrious career would remain a beckon of light for a long time. Ideological commitment may have prevented its contributors to espouse the idea of religion openly, but the way the journal ran is in the best of religious spirit. SCIY is dead, long live SCIY. [TNM]

Savitri Era Party ‏@SavitriEraParty
Apr 7 I love reading Western philosophy but mercifully could not develop any attraction towards their fiction, movies, or music, not even poetry.
Apr 7 Why the Western music seems like a roller-coaster journey while our Hindi evergreen old movie songs are so neatly symmetrical is beyond me.
1d1 day ago Zero interest in TV serials, Cars, or Cricket is also something which I consider as a blessing. The time however is consumed by Twitter!
24h24 hours ago As a child I had promised to myself: No cosmetics and no narcotics which continues to be in force. So, many assume me to be ten years older.
23h23 hours ago Grey hair is also a good teacher. It alerts to be socially responsible so that one is saved from the temptation of stupidly playing younger.
23h23 hours ago Community life suffers a lot due to disproportionate reliance on cosmetics especially by women who feel younger & avoid normal conversation.
Apr 7 Savitri Era: Warp and woof of attraction and repulsion harnessing space and time 
Apr 7 Ghaziabad, India No one should occupy office for more than two terms and twelve years in aggregate. Don't vote for those who have already served two terms.
23h23 hours ago How Casteism and consequent discrimination can be eradicated as long as Indian Constitution recognises castes, is the most difficult puzzle.
23h23 hours ago Modi used to be portrayed as a superman who will usher in change in minutes. Now his supporters are blaming either RSS or IAS. AchheDin gone
Apr 5 Despite coming to power BJP has not been able to build an iota of intellectual legitimacy for any of its pet agenda on socio-political front
@saliltripathi Konark Temple was built by a King as per his whims. It need not be a reference point for choices in Democracy and Modernity.
Apr 7 Ghaziabad, India @picadoress This should be a general principle whether Kings built temples or destroyed them. India after 26-Jan-1950 should be the focus.
14h14 hours ago @picadoress A Democracy should be able to formulate ethics and take its own decisions without being bound by the actions of the past Kings.
"Each country or region can seek solutions better suited to its culture and sensitive to its traditions and local needs," Pope Francis wrote
23h23 hours ago Why maintain a separate IST and INR? Why can't India switch to GMT and adopt Euro? 24X7 life surely needs a common currency and single time.
@brumbyOz Each of us can have his own version of Evolution but it's worth consulting what Sri Aurobindo thought about it in The Life Divine.

The latest fight over Sanskrit is proving vividly why India was divided into small kingdoms in the olden days. Be it religion, culture, or language, allowing market forces to operate freely is the best course for the future. Govt. should adopt a hands-off approach in all these matters. Civil society must raise institutions to cater to niche interests. People must understand that Market is not about economy alone but covers all aspects of life. Even man's need for spirituality and necessary infrastructure can be taken care of by the Market. Thus, unshackling from the Govt. patronage system in all spheres of life should be the right attitude. [TNM55] 

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Some Thoughts on l’affaire Malhotra-Pollock-Murty-Ganesh http://kiranbatni.com/2016/03/some-thoughts-on-laffaire-malhotra-pollock-murty-ganesh/ …

My critique of Dr.Ganesh's review of @RajivMessage 's "The Battle for Sanskrit", which I thought was very unfair. https://vicharamandala.wordpress.com/2016/03/26/a-critique-of-dr-ganeshs-review-of-rajiv-malhotras-battle-for-

Clinical demolition of sex-baba supporter Rajiv Malhotra's quackery by the one and only Shatavadhani R Ganesh! - http://www.sandeepweb.com/the-bhagavad-gita-before-the-battle/ …

Ironic that Malhotra goes out of his way to prove R Ganesh's point about his 'exclusivism' with his boorish behavior towards any criticism

Honestly, S.Ganesh's review and manner of its spread smell like an attempted strategic take-down of Rajiv Malhotra.

Savitri Era: Sandeepweb had rebuffed me on Twitter apropos of Sri Aurobindo and I still nurse a grouse against him.. http://savitriera.blogspot.com/2016/03/combat-intellectual-dishonesty-in.html?spref=tw …

Such shallow references to Sri Aurobindo are published but no article quotes from my sites although I am writing for more than ten years now.

Sri Aurobindo remarked that India needs a real Kshatriya to guide it. Shivaji remains a great role model to follow! 

Pliz honor the first and true nationalists of India, Sri Aurobindo & Tilak, who long before Gandhi fought British 

46th All Orissa Sri Aurobindo Study Circle Conference to be held btwn 4th -7th April 2016 at Matrubhaban, Cuttack http://auroramirabilis.blogspot.in/2016/03/april-2016-conference-at-matrubhaban.html?m=1 …

Light reading that does not challenge the reader - Where bad literature makes good reading - A professor and students in an English course at Juniata College discuss what makes a book ‘crap’ By Bill Schackn...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YLFbU3Q_oMApr 18, 2011 - Odia Folk Number Voice: Tusar N. Mohapatra Visuals: Chilika lake, Puri, Konark, Bhubaneswar. Khili Khili Nali (Odisha Smiles)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Combat intellectual dishonesty in scholars who canonize their views

Salil Tripathi, yesterday, put Makarand Paranjape on the mat but left Sampadananda Mishra lightly. It made my Holi unhappy as I was dithering to make a direct attack myself. This post was put on hold somehow (went out and enjoyed Rukmini Haran from Assam) and today came this brilliant riposte to Rajiv Malhotra, and of all places, at sandeepweb.com

This is what unbiased and rigorous scholarship can do to discourse and disabuse millions of Indians of disinformation. So, be on the caution before signing any new petition. Sandeepweb had rebuffed me on Twitter apropos of Sri Aurobindo and I still nurse a grouse against him but now, of course, we can forgive if he promotes such objective and disinterested interrogation. [TNM55]

He has also signed one misguided petition. Since then, in a curious turn, he has been defending the act by deploying arguments lacking the same nuance he expects of others... Paranjape explained his stance in an article in The Indian Express, which was an odd mix of economic, polemical and nationalistic arguments... 
There is a sensible way to challenge the Murty-Pollock project: to compete. Sampadananda Mishra, director of Sri Aurobindo Foundation in Puducherry, is planning a library called Vande Mataram, which will be an open-source, volunteer-driven project. Livemint 

The Indian Express-20-Mar-2016
I signed the petition for the removal of Sheldon Pollock as mentor and general editor of Murty Classical Library, first of all, because the project ... The second reason is more ideological and anti-colonial. In the heyday of imperialism, the West’s study of the rest was not always benevolent nor impartial.
Instead, it was involved in the West’s agenda to conquer, subdue, exploit, and even exterminate several nations, societies, and cultures. We Indians need to remember, as Bernard Cohn famously put it, that “The conquest of India was a conquest of knowledge”. No wonder, the cultural and historical memory of our own struggle against foreign domination is still fresh. What is not equally obvious is that the battle to regain India’s civilisational poise, equilibrium, and self-confidence is far from over. In matters of culture, education, and thought, we are still largely colonised and subservient. The Indian mentality, particularly that of the elites, remains a prisoner of Western categories. Not just the clash, but the clasp of civilisations, is as much a struggle over epistemic categories and representations, as it is over economic and political interests. 

India.com-22-Mar-2016By Mohammed Uzair Shaikh on March 23, 2016
Inspired by the writings of Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and Leo Trotsky, Bhagat Singh had developed a different sense of nationalism. Although it struck a chord with a huge section of Indian youth who were subjecting themselves to western ideas, this version of nationalism varied to a large extent with with the kind of nationalism expressed by revered patriots of the era – Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Aurobindo Ghosh. While the latter used religion (especially elements of faith of majoritarian community) to link masses with the independence struggle, Bhagat Singh was firm on delinking religion from Independence movement.
The short revolutionary struggle of Bhagat Singh had only one slogan – ‘Inquilab Zindabad’. Neither Maa Bharati, nor did Bharat Mata ki Jai was part of any of his speeches or writings.

The upshot is that – much like Gandhi’s Congress’s biased approach before Independence – the cases of communal disturbances are treated selectively. Every incident – the Dadri lynching, the assassination of rationalists, the Rohith Vemula suicide and now the JNU controversy – is made an occasion to pin the blame on the so-called ‘Hindu radicals’. Ever since the Modi government came to power in 2014, the country has witnessed a consistent trend, with the Opposition picking up themes from academic theories and magnifying the otherwise small incidents in their frame. Thus, while 2014 saw the Opposition training its guns on the government on ‘pro-poor’ socio-economic issues, 2015 marked the debate on intolerance and 2016 has witnessed the debate on nationalism, in the wake of the JNU controversy. Read full article

Abstract Whereas epics essentially sing the glory of a hero who is a celebrated, major
character of folklore, Sri Aurobindo's Savitri is an experiment in language which intends not
only to infuse Vedic qualities into English verse or subvert epic conventions, but also to synthesise. Sri Aurobindo's socio—political ambitions with his philosophical ... character of Mahabharata is transformed by Sri Aurobindo into a voice that ... ...

Gandhi Today EDITOR Eva Pfºst | Page 2. Between Ethics and Politics Page 3. Ethics, Human Rights and Global Political Thought Series Editors ...

The Indian Express-20-Mar-2016 Written by Ashutosh Bhardwaj March 21, 2016
The revolutionary Aurobindo Ghose wrote in a letter to his wife Mrinalini Devi in August that same year: “I look upon my country as the Mother. I adore her, I ...
The first critics of the metaphor too came from among its inventors. Fifteen years after the Partition of Bengal, in August 1920, Aurobindo underlined the limits of the slogan and sought a greater mantra:

8. madurai today The Hindu-19-Mar-2016
Sri Aurobindo Study Forum: Discourse on Sri Aurobindo's 'Life Divine' by Subramany, Nithyatha, Auro Lab, Veerapanjan, 10 a.m.

Auroville Radio
Today from GM to theater, peak of the weekend will be on 26th and 27th at 8pm at BN Auroville Choirs in concert.

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Sri Aurobindo has already made a distinction between the true Intuition of the gnostic level of consciousness, and what is frequently mistaken for it in ...

Sri Aurobindo was certainly not for the Disintegration of India – by Raman Reddy. Secular intellectuals obfuscate the obvious, by which I mean, they use every ...
Coming now to Sugata Bose (TMC MP), I was taken aback when he quoted Sri Aurobindo to support what I would term as the disintegration of India... [1] Is this not quoted totally out of context? 
Secondly, the chapter on Indian Polity that Sugata Bose is quoting from was written by Sri Aurobindo in 1919-1921, long before the independence of India. [An edited version of the article was published on swarajyamag.com on 17 March, 2016.] Posted by General Editor at 3/25/2016 11:28:00 am

Friday, 25 March 2016 - 2. Bande Mataram,1907: Aurobindo Ghosh was arrested for habitually publishing seditious matter in Bande Mataram but had to be acquitted.

It was this tendency to pick up things, particularly from "foreign" sources, that made Sri Aurobindo call Gandhi "a European… in an Indian body." Interestingly ...

sandeepweb.com › Reviews POSTED ON MARCH 25, 2016 BY SHATAVADHANI GANESH - Similarly, in the 20th century, Sri Aurobindo gave his own esoteric interpretation to the Vedas. Who is to say what the right version is? Which of these schools ...
In the Indian tradition, different schools of Vedanta – advaita, dvaita, dvaitadvaita, shuddhadvaita, vishishtadvaita and others – revere the Vedas equally but claim that the others have misrepresented the Vedas and that only their interpretation is the right one. We find this also in the commentators on the Veda. Consider the commentaries of Skandaswami (10th century), Venkatamadhava (12-13th century) and Sayana (14thcentury). In the 19th century, Dayananda Saraswati gave a completely different interpretation to the Vedas while paying due respects to it. Similarly, in the 20thcentury, Sri Aurobindo gave his own esoteric interpretation to the Vedas. Who is to say what the right version is? Which of these schools qualify to be ‘the traditionalist view’? Who is the ‘ideal insider’?
Once we realize that our own tradition has diametrically opposed views, we must consider the facts. We should rely on universal experience and not on personal revelations. We must operate in the material plane, not a metaphysical one. And we must always remember that a debate can proceed only after the pramanas have been agreed upon by both sides. Here is a historical example to illustrate this point. The great 11th century scholar-sage and proponent of vishishtadvaita, Ramanuja ....
Like we have discussed earlier, there is no single group that one can call ‘Sanskrit Traditionalists,’ and the distinctions Malhotra tries to make are rather shallow and even impertinent. For example, he says that the traditionalists see Sanskrit as sacred while the orientalists see Sanskrit as beautiful but not necessarily sacred. Why this divide between sacred and beautiful?
Further, he seems to be ignorant of the voluminous writings of D D Kosambi, Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya, R S Sharma, and Rahul Sankrityayan, who opposed Sanskrit ... And more importantly, he fails to mention (or seems to be ignorant of) the luminaries who have categorically rubbished such attempts – A C Bose, A C Das, Arun Shourie, ... Sita Ram Goel, Sri Aurobindo ...
While it becomes clear from Malhotra’s study of Pollock that the latter’s intent is far from noble, there is no use playing a blame game. One has to counter Pollock with facts, and that will come only from a deep study and understanding of the Indian tradition... Malhotra confuses adhidaiva fora dhyatma, thus taking the discussion nowhere. 

While we recognize the battle and continue to fight on the side of Sanskrit, we must also realize that diversity is the way of the world and should learn to tolerate opposing views, however different they might be from our own. And indeed, when we encounter intellectual dishonesty in scholars who tried to canonize their views as facts, we shall combat them with facts.

15. Savitri Era Party @SavitriEraParty  Mar 23

I have not read @devduttmyth works but seems like he is doing a good job in injecting rationality & critical inquiry 

"Two Streams Converge at the Religion and Ecology Summit" by Robert McDermott of @CIIS_SF 
http://www.ciis.edu/ciis-today/news-room/religion-and-ecology-summit …

17. 8th Ankiya Bhaona Samaroh - A Festival of Ritual Plays of ...
Live Webcast of the event. 8th Ankiya Bhaona Samaroh - A Festival of Ritual Plays of Assam - 21 to 24 March 2016, Delhi ...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Weaning away students from Leftist ideology

Though born in Kolkata on August 15, 1872, Sri Aurobindo attended school and college in England from 1879 to 1893. Had no attraction for ICS. Sri Aurobindo launched a frontal attack on the senior Congress leaders in 1893 for their weak-kneed policies. Wrote admiring Bankim Chandra. Sri Aurobindo became the first Principal of Bengal National College, Kolkata in 1906 before which he taught at Baroda. Resigned a year later. In 1907 Sri Aurobindo was instrumental in engineering a split in the Congress in association with Lal-Bal-Pal and gave voice to radical view. Sri Aurobindo had to suffer jail for one year from 1908 to 1909 as an undertrial for alleged violence against the British but was acquitted. In 1910, Sri Aurobindo turned over a new leaf by migrating to Puducherry where he established his Ashram and wrote extensively till 1950. Instead of wasting time and energy with Sanskrit texts, it's definitely more profitable to read Sri Aurobindo's translations & poetic works. Not as part of Perennial philosophy, Sri Aurobindo's own innovations & synthesis need to be presented with precision http://savitriera.blogspot.in/2016/03/satprem-mangesh-v-nadkarni-and-georges.html …

When the elders ignore an intellectual giant like Sri Aurobindo, young people are forced into friendship-oriented Marxist or Hindutva camps. It's a matter of manipulating thought and Sri Aurobindo's philosophy has power to convince and convert any brand of violence espousing cult. Most people push their party line and hence real intellectual quest is absent here. The vision of Sri Aurobindo holds the key to the future. Escape from the orbit of Gandhi and Nehru, Vivekananda and Tagore, Radhakrishnan and Coomaraswamy, Subhas and Savarkar, Ambedkar and Periyar. Sri Aurobindo is to be studied not to cater one's personal or political preference but for satisfying the demands of intellectual excellence. It was a moment of pride when I could manage a copy of "Sri Aurobindo: A Descriptive Bibliography" by H.K. Kaul (1972) twenty years back. http:// savitriera.blogspot.in/2016/03/jnu-and-pollock-episodes-have-raised.html …

Just read diatribes against Ananya Vajpeyi and Swara Bhaskar. It's pathetic and pathological on the part of Hindutva supporters to attack so. Ideologies are intellectual constructs and they are to be confronted and vanquished in that realm. Hatred for the person and family, absurd. Weaning away students from Leftist ideology is an intellectual exercise and only Sri Aurobindo holds the key to such an eventuality; not RSS. For understanding the true significance of the cow vs. horse debate, one has to read The Secret of the Veda by Sri Aurobindo and his Savitri. Election is like a game; one may win or lose. But if politics is hinged to religion, then religion suffers setback like multi-product brand. 

Failure to offer anything modern or innovative as ideology is a cause for frustration for Hindutva enthusiasts and so, surrender to Sri Sri! Let not quacks & impostors in impeccable costume steal the limelight while sincere seekers go unnoticed & die unsung http://savitriera.blogspot.in/2016/03/m-alan-kazlev-levi-r-bryant-and-elisa.html …
@TheJaggi This shows the scant weightage Yoga and Self-culture command in the scheme of things of modern Indians. http://savitriera.blogspot.in/2016/03/m-alan-kazlev-levi-r-bryant-and-elisa.html …
@maidros78 I don't think you have written any 3-4 part article by examining the whole issue enumerating evidences that have surfaced so far.
@shaviro But, you think and write in the same language unlike we in India who have to juggle between three or four languages, all the time.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Nolini, Amal Kiran, and V.K. Gokak

Sri Aurobindo Centenary Calendar 1872-1972 has two entries for today, March 19:
1910: 'Some Aphorisms of Bhartrihari', translated by Sri Aurobindo, appeared in the 'Karmayogin'.
1946: "To the mystic there is no such thing as an abstraction. Everything which to the intellectual mind is abstract has a concreteness, substantiality which is more real than the sensible form of an object or of a physical event. To me, for instance, consciousness is the very stuff of existence and I can feel it everywhere enveloping and penetrating the stone as much as man or the animal. A movement, a flow of consciousness is not to me an image but a fact." (letter)
Knowing Sri Aurobindo and his intellectual landscape in the chronological order still remains a dream despite technological ease. Amalgamating the letters on Yoga with those on Poetry will present fascinating fields of study and research. Amal Kiran had asked Sri Aurobindo for high quality poetry and became the first recipient of Savitri lines. It was a secret and even Nolini was looking suspiciously while delivering the letters, he mentions. Amal was clever. He had prayed to The Mother for granting him the chance of witnessing the Supramental Manifestation and The Mother kept her word. Had it been an Odia person, he would have asked in the spirit of Bhima Bhoi or Gopabandhu Das that he be the last to be shown. [TNM55]

Important events and incidents in the life of Aurobindo Ghose, 1872-1950, Indian philosopher, and his center in Pondicherry.

To the mystic there is no such thing as an abstraction. ... A movement, a flow of consciousness is not to me an image but a fact.

Motilal Roy conducted Sri Aurobindo from the boat to his own house. ... "Some Aphorisms of Bhartrihari", translated by Sri Aurobindo, came out in the 19th March issue of the Karmayogin, and the first two installments of "Chitrangada", a poem by Sri Aurobindo, were also published in the same paper on the 26th march and 2nd April 1910, respectively. Karmayogin was now being edited by Sister Nivedita.

R. Y. Deshpande - 2000 - ‎Snippet view - ‎More editions
Amal Kiran had the extraordinary privilege of discussing several literary aspects and fine points of poetry with the Poet-Critic and, in the process, he drew out a number of important letters from him; these invaluable letters can now be treated as the ... plane is something new to the general aesthetic world and it is that which has been compel linglybrought out in them.

Nirodbaran, ‎R. Y. Deshpande, ‎Kaikhushru Dhunjibhoy Sethna - 1994 - ‎Snippet view
What you saw seems to add one more chapter to Amal Kiran's visits to the Press in the old days to carry out some alterations ... If not in anything else, his copious alterations and corrections show him to be a true disciple of the creator of Savitri who made ... 

1993 - ‎Snippet view - ‎More editions You write as though my life were already carrying "the voices of the mystic Suns". ... You have conjured up the picture of some of you sitting around Nolini after his dinner and before putting him to bed.

The problems with The Mother on Auroville and the CWM are that many of Her words are also missing and that, as these compilations are thematic instead of chronological, it is very difficult to understand how the project evolved along the years – which it did. Auroville, 13th February 2016 Gilles Guigan Auroville Archives 10:04 AM

Sri Aurobindo Studies - The mind is limited in its ability to understand forces and states of consciousness that function outside of its normal frame. At the same time, it does have the ability to get a “sense” of things beyond its own sphere through the process of extrapolating from effects and through means of expanding its normal frame of experience. For example, our vision is limited by the narrow range of the visible spectrum. Yet we know that there is spectrum above and below our normal range. Some of this is due to instruments we have created to measure these ranges, and some due to filters and the determination of effects that take place despite filtering the visible spectrum; in other words, through the effect produced that cannot be explained by the normal direct cause and effect of what can be seen.

Last summer I read *All Can Be Saved* by the eminent historian of colonial Latin America, Stuart Schwartz. ... Religion cannot be isolated from the broader social and political fields in which it is embedded. Nor can it be imagined as a variable, segregated from other dimensions of human sociality and history. There are no untouched religions; it is best to approach religion as one does other deeply intersected categories such as gender, race, ethnicity, and class. 
The book intervenes in a series of contemporary political debates about global politics, religion and rights, examining a set of international religious reform projects and discourses that have become especially influential over the past two decades. ... In all circumstances, the construction and stabilization of any religion-secular binary is shaped by forces, social practices, and institutions that cannot be reduced to either of those two sides. ... Unofficial, unsanctioned, unorthodox practices, traditions, and encounters with the gods are crowded out.

As the country stepped into the twentieth century, the influence of the English language gradually began to be seen on drama as well. With playwrights like Sri Aurobindo and Rabindranath Tagore choosing to write in English, Indian English drama took its birth. ...

11. Sri Aurobindo too perhaps cultivated this preference, and when V.K. Gokak noticed it, Amal Kiran came down too heavily upon him, and incurred a rare glitch. 8:31 AM

Friday, March 18, 2016

Debashish Banerji, Rod Hemsell, and Matthew David Segall

“Many who have read Sri Aurobindo have never read Nietzsche and acquire some preconceptions of what the Nietzschean Superman is all about. I’d encourage them to divest themselves of these ideas.” 

That was Debashish Banerji on Nietzsche in Mother India (March, 2004). I had no access to Internet then and his was a new name but it had hit me hard. More recently, a decade later, a comment by Casey that "Emerson is perhaps in fact Nietzsche’s most important influence" teased my ignorance strongly. Kundan Singh's portrayal of Nietzsche, therefore, should be taken with a pinch of salt, although it's more about his reception by some famous persons. If one would believe Rod Hemsell, instead, all ensues from Aristotle, as I discovered yesterday, and his tone is uncompromising:

"What I would like to point out today, definitively, is that this movement of evolutionary thinking originates with Plato and Aristotle. I could not have said this so definitively before today, so for me this process has been very fruitful. I have approached this project on the philosophy of evolution with the purpose of discovering something, and I have come to the conclusion that Aristotle’s thinking is not something that belongs to the past. It is something which has experienced many rebirths in the last 2400 years, and in the work of the philosophers we are considering, Sri Aurobindo, Heidegger, Whitehead, and others, Aristotelian thinking is still very much alive."

"What I have discovered in my study of Plato and Aristotle and various 20th Century as well as medieval interpreters is that there is an essential intuition of the relationship between spirit and matter that runs throughout this tradition. ... What unites these thinkers from Aristotle to Bergson and the others, can be called intuitionism. ... Now, what Sri Aurobindo does to put this Hindu conception into the context of Platonic/Aristotelian metaphysical thinking is this. ... I call this “extreme subjectivism”. (p. 326)" [PDF The Philosophy of Evolution: Auroville - Auro e-Books]

Amal Kiran's heroic response to the following accusation comes to mind, in this context.

"I hero worshipped Aurobindo in my college days; but now half a century later, I am terribly disappointed. His discussion of time and eternity is wholly derived from that of Boethius; Page after page in Life Divine is watered down Plotinus. -Krishna Chaitanya (K.K. Nair)" 12:55 AM 11:50 AM

But, then, a doubt lurks still; what about Heraclitus whom Sri Aurobindo has presented to us so elegantly? [TNM55] 

Draft of my dissertation: Cosmotheanthropic Imagination in the Post-Kantian Process Philosophy of Schelling and Whitehead - If anyone wants a PDF of my dissertation, shoot me an email at msegall@ciis.edu and I’ll send you a draft.

Publication of Altizer letters - Mike Grimshaw passes along the following announcement: On the 50th anniversary of the famous TIME Magazine “Is God Dead?” cover, Radical Theologies has pub... edited and with an introductory essay by Mike Grimshaw.
Drawn from more than 300 e-mail letters written to friends and colleagues, these epistles are a series of meditative essays and mini-essays on religious, theological, political, and philosophical matters that are central and vital to our contemporary era.
In these letters Altizer reminds us that theology, especially radical theology, is nothing less than a continual reflexive and critical yet celebratory engagement with all of life and its possibilities. Nothing is outside the scope of theology and theological discussion. But also, in these letters, Altizer provides a crucial reminder that to attempt to do theology, to attempt to think and write theologically, to attempt to enter an understanding of modern life through the death of God, demands a deep and wide engagement with the intellectual and cultural expressions of modern life, with all that has contributed to it.

Vatican Radio - adopted to honor and respect the sacrifice of more than 101 people who lost their lives during the anti-Christian massacres in 2007 and 2008 ... from Kandhamal district
The Conference of Bishops of Orissa has already appointed a special team of priests and researchers to document the incidents that caused the deaths of 101 Christians in Orissa.
Father Ajaya Kumar Singh, human rights activist and director of Odisha Forum for Social Action, lauded the OCBC decision of Martyrs Day. The local Catholic community in Orissa has welcomed the Bishops’ decision to celebrate the Day of the martyrs on August 30 with joy. (Source: Agenzia Fides, Matters India)

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Under plutocratic intoxication mainstream authors of Orissa, who dazzle with awards and decorations, have thrown the splendid Oriya language into such distance from the people that the language has lost its relevance to almost all city dwellers and rural elites. These fellows, supposed to act leaders of Oriya language, are so busy in ingratiating themselves with the power that be for awards and further awards that...

Each one of us has a hierarchy of identities. National identity. Regional Identity. Religious identity Etc. Soon after independence the need of the day was to create a unifying National Identity and the government of the day dedicated a lot of resource in creating, sustaining and proliferating our National Identity.
This did not suit the agents of various religions and the RSS/MIM worked tirelessly to ensure that Religious Identity of their respective constituencies was promoted above our National Identity. We are witnessing the conflict no being waged on our streets.

Kundan Singh - Indology | 15-03-2016 Classless society of Marxism turned into State and Nation in the Fascist imagination where all differences among individuals were obliterated.
Given that I have compared the Indian left-wing thinking with the fragmentary and deceptive asuric forces, it is only a matter of time that an article or commentary comparing my writings with Fascism will appear. Therefore, it is imperative that we understand some characteristics of Fascism so that we educate ourselves regarding the nuances involved.
Fascism began by appropriating the denunciation of rationality and reason. It was a reaction against Enlightenment and Positivism. Very briefly, Enlightenment was the movement, which emerged at the culmination of Renaissance in Europe. It privileged science and reason, and held that the panacea of all ills facing humankind was through science and through pursuit of pure reason. Positivism is that aspect of science, which holds that only that phenomenon is real and worth investigating, which can be accessed through the five senses.
The Fascists appropriated the writings of some of the leading intellectuals of the age or preceding it for their purpose. The first and foremost thinker—and the most crucial one at that—which comes to my mind serving the fascist agenda was Nietzsche. Nietzsche’s anti-science stand is clear from his numerous aphorisms in the Gay Science. Critiquing that reason produces herd mentality, he attacked Enlightenment, favoring instinct over reason. Disputing Kant that it is through the use of pure reason on which we should base our morality, Nietzsche favored sound instinct for the pursuit of morals. In the scheme of Nietzsche, irrationality and instinct had the upper hand as opposed to rationality. ... On the surface, my discourse and Nietzche’s discourse will look the same but these similarities have the same connection that dharma swastika has with Nazi swastika: look the same superficially but completely inverted when one looks closely. ... It is time that the Left intellectuals in India inquire within, and stop yelling fascism the moment they encounter a scrutiny of their writings and ideology, particularly when it comes from the dharmic traditions.

7. Living Laboratories of the Life Divine by Debashish Banerji I would like to back up a little in time and consider the idea of the Superman as it makes its modern appearance in the utterance of Frederick Nietzsche. In many ways Nietzsche, as a philosopher, can be said to inaugurate the modern age. Modern philosophy, where it has been fruitful, has been largely an engagement with Nietzsche’s thought. Nietzsche is a controversial figure, a very complex figure. Complex because he received intuitions from above and uttered them in a new kind of way which challenged the metaphysical tradition. from Science, Culture and Integral Yoga by Debashish 
What is the post-human destiny to which we are called as humans in contemporary times? In this transcript of a talk given for the AUM conference in Los Angeles in 2003, Debashish Banerji compares Nietzsche's call for the Overman with that announced by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother to point to the similarities and differences. How can we pick our way through the maze of choices held up at this end-time of human becoming? Is it by remaining complacent or by using our wills or by surrender to a greater force than ours? And if so, what force - the vitalism of an unconscious Nature-force, the deceptive "universality" of the world market or an unpredictable future which calls our arduous attention? These and similar questions are posed and discussed in this article. 1:16 PM

Jun 19, 2008 - Debashish Banerji, by far the most erudite among the Sri Aurobindian scholars today, wrote a very perceptive essay on Nietzsche that was ... [The tension between Hegel and Nietzsche, or that between historicism and individual will is a constant and living dialog in Sri Aurobindo and it is this dialog which he is directing us towards. Unfortunately, humankind finds it more convenient to rest in belief systems which they can adulate and have no need to emulate. DB Re: 100 Years of Sri Aurobindo on Evolution: The Illusion of Human Progress and the Ideal of Human Unity (part 5 of 6) by Debashish on Fri 03 Apr 2009 12:19 PM PDT Profile Permanent Link 10:15 PM] 3:53 PM

May 30, 2014 - The Romance of Individualism in Emerson and Nietzsche Mikics, David, The Romance of .... Posted by Tusar Nath Mohapatra at 6:02 PM.

The Possibility of a Supramental Transformation of Consciousness - The physical-vital-mental framework of human consciousness creates tremendous barriers to the working of the spiritual principles from the higher planes of Sat-Chit-Ananda and the supramental “knowledge-plane” which mediates between them. The higher planes are active and control the action of the lower, but remain hidden behind the outer forms and forces of the material universe. One can see, for instance, the intense consciousness and energy hidden within the atomic structure of Matter; yet it does not appear on the surface. Spiritual endeavors have generally treated the higher ranges of consciousness as something “other than” what we experience here in the world of mind-life-matter, and this has led to the basic view that the life in this world must be abandoned in order to achieve the higher spiritual conscious existence. The transition from one status to the other is considered to be difficult.
Sri Aurobindo reminds us that existence is ONE and thus, all the planes of consciousness are active at all times, and are connected. This implies that it is both possible to contact the higher planes of consciousness and to eventually bring about a transformation based on their action into the world of Matter.

Sharad Deshpande - 2015 - ‎Philosophy - As Margaret Chatterjee points out, both Aurobindo and Nietzsche were Heracliteans and 'philosophers of the dawn.' They sought to infuse their philosophies ... 12:37 PM

March 18, 2016 - On 29 to 30th December 2015 Om Prakash Dani, Vice Chairman of SAFIM and Executive Committee member of Sri Aurobindo Society delivered Valedictory Address at the 2 days’ Annual Conference of Justice K S Hegde Institute of Management, Nitte, Udupi, Karnataka on the theme ‘Ethics and Governance in Management' which was attended by around 200 students and faculty members . Earlier on 29th December he also presented a paper on the subject ‘Governance by Consciousness' .