Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Savitri to the rescue

Plurality of voices among the devotees of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo as articulated over the Internet today reflects confusion and lack of consensus that is characteristic of the human condition. Despite his substantial philosophical and poetic output of great repute, Sri Aurobindo remains just a shadowy figure in the national memory and his association with The Mother is looked upon as a mystery. The Mother is also continuously compared to the other women from the West like Blavatsky, Besant, Nivedita, and Teresa and misconceptions about her contributions persist. The Ashram, unfortunately, has not been able to issue an authorised biography of The Mother or Sri Aurobindo till date, despite possessing all material resources. The ongoing dispute plaguing the Ashram is further corroding whatever credibility came to be associated with the name of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo over the years.
Sri Aurobindo's matured theorising 1914 onwards are, in fact, in response to the major debates going on in the West during the previous Century. The West, of course, is bringing back their old Masters after regular intervals; Living Thought by Roberto Esposito is a case in point. But the predominantly spiritual philosophy of Sri Aurobindo is less likely to earn many takers given the critical socio-political situation prevailing in the country. Savitri, therefore, stands a much better chance of being popular as an evocative piece of poetry venting emancipatory sentiments. [TNM55]

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Savitri Era Devotees oviate Sri Aurobindo

The most interesting aspect about the forthcoming Situating Sri Aurobindo: A Reader (Edited by Peter Heehs, OUP India, 376 pages) is that “This book looks beyond Aurobindo's textual sources to his vision of the future.” There is no denying that only a panoptic view right from 1893 to 2013 can give a faithful picture of the Master’s legacy. His Ontology is too complex and deriving a composite view covering his plural texts is not an easy task. Further, neither his Yoga practice nor Political praxis appeals to the common man. But what has expanded is the regular religious celebrations and periodical pilgrimages. Even then, faithfuls are unwilling to designate it as a Religion.

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo stand outside their own texts. How the Savitri Era Devotees accommodate Their memory and inspiration within their own subjective continents is far more contingent and significant than what is buried in the cold print. This itself transforms the whole Ontology so diligently crafted by Sri Aurobindo. Thus, the truth is that unless we assign the Savitri Era Religion the central place, the Ontological confusion will continue. When the twin divinity of Mother & Sri Aurobindo is accorded its rightful place, then the rest of the architecture falls into place, automatically. Even, the current controversy surrounding the Ashram is not devoid of its philosophical dimensions. [TNM55]   

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sri Aurobindo constitutes a major shift

In his paper The Advance of Indian Philosophy in the Work of J.N. Mohanty Stephen H. Phillips observes that "Indian civilization flows in deep-hewn channels of ethical and spiritual positions, so deep, perhaps, as to rule out, as a practical matter, any major shift." But Phillips himself has authored books on Sri Aurobindo and understands how he has reconfigured many of the traditional interpretations including the Veda. This, however, has not adequately spread among the scholars and much of academic philosophy is yet to accommodate Sri Aurobindo's thesis of Integral Evolution. 
Sri Aurobindian Ontology, thankfully, saves us from a materialist viewpoint that the Marxists peddle endlessly. It comes with a definite teleology and thus discards the Atheists' arguments. Further, the Ontology itself reorients the mind so as to spur Yoga practice. The most important facet is its Universalist feature promotes human unity and harmony. 
I was introduced to the Word Union movement 30 years back when it was observing its Silver Jubilee. Not much headway in practical terms on The World Union Day but the dream lives on. [TNM55]

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Ontology is the opium

Many may not be aware of a wonderful book titled, "Dante and Sri Aurobindo: A Comparative Study of the Divine Comedy and Savitri" (1982) by Prema Nandakumar. It's a must read to understand how much Sri Aurobindo is indebted to Dante who he used to admire apart from the similarities in the story of their lives. Savitri is surely modelled on the elaborate architecture Dante erected in his poem which, indisputably, enhances the profundity of the Vedic paradigm. (That it creates more complexity for hapless devotees to compare and remember corresponding narrations elsewhere is a different matter.)
An Odia proverb underscores that one can breeze through even the cremation ground of a new village as easily as crossing the river of his own. This is exactly what Ontology is; in the former instance, ignorance facilitates while it's knowledge in the latter. The popular notion is that Religion is the opium but the reality is that it's Ontology which binds us and drives our action. Thus, logic has a role to introduce a new version of Ontology into one's mind. The contribution of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo in this noble venture, therefore, is unparalleled.
I have just posted a few links at SELF by going through which the enormity of the problem of clutching on to the old Ontologies comes to the fore. Levi similarly, in his latest post, has held aloft his familiar version with usual aplomb and sophistication. In this scenario, we need to be firmly convinced that by popularising the idea of Integral Evolution alone that real progress can come and not by endlessly tolerating worn-out fictions. [TNM55]

Situating Sri Aurobindo poses a real ideological challenge

It'd be a safe assumption to say that 80 percent people are averse to reading, may be even more. Even our eyes, I remember to have read somewhere, are not designed to undertake the burden of reading. Discussing or listening to a speech is more attractive as vitality, obviously, is more involved there while reading is an asocial activity. More people can spend time by silently listening to music while the library will be deserted. This is perhaps the reason why Religions rely less on books and more on other paraphernalia. 
8,000 devotees visited the Ashram on the Darshan Day in Puducherry. The percentage of readers here will certainly be substantially higher as books occupy a central place in the Savitri Era Religion. The task of disseminating a new Ontology is very much upon each devotee of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Here our fight is not only with the old Religions but also against the formidable apparatus of Philosophy as well as Science. As a young religion, we must always be vigilant against encouraging anti-intellectualism and easygoing ritualism that is prevalent so widely.
The fallout of Heehs imbroglio has unfortunately engulfed the whole Ashram and Situating Sri Aurobindo, therefore, poses a real ideological challenge. It seems that the fault-line more or less is aligned to the divide in the national politics and hence the stake is considerably higher. If only our resident satirist could think straight and avoid contorted humour! [TNM55]

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Integral Evolution is an exclusive invention

Integral Evolution deals with each individual in a different way depending upon the unique mix of heredity and environment one reflects. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo also propose a distinct set of assumptions as regards the constitution of personality, mechanism of genetic configuration, and the circumstances of one's upbringing and education. All these collectively form such a complex backdrop that one dare not compare one individual with another. Yoga, nevertheless, unites us all in its encompassing aspiration for Perfection.
Competition and conflicts, being a basic device of self-determination, often pose a hurdle in the progress. Dualities and divisions, with their ontological inevitability, prove difficult to be transcended. Finitude and limitation, being the very element of all that we survey, itself refuses any alteration. This is where the acedemic Philosophical method comes to a grinding halt; Psychology lands in a blind alley. 
Integral Evolution propounded by Sri Aurobindo takes the story further by invoking the very seed of creation that was sown at the outset. Thus, progress is merely the self-unfoldment of the All-potentiality that is ever-present. This introduces immense value to our participation in the evolution contrary to the ennui and mechanicity of the neo-Darwinians.
Apart from the well known aspect of The Mother's Grace, the other crucial factor determining the aspirant's practice is one's temperament. The peculiarity of a person's disposition may appear to be unchanging and unhelpful but Integral Evolution has its own way of harnessing it to its own advantage. Abrupt change in the nature of job or sudden enhancement in skills and capabilities are not unusual to notice happening to many a person. But the bottomline remains the same and should never be forgotten in any circumstances.
1. Spirituality is not something which can be practiced by anyone on his or her own. Integral Evolution is an exclusive invention of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo and their help is essential at every step.
2. Fanciful mixing of their teachings by borrowing some elements from some other stream is a temptation many find hard to resist but that's fruitless exercise.
3. Many nurture the notion that practice is independent of intellectual growth but The Mother & Sri Aurobindo insist on the indispensability of both in the journey towards Perfection. [TNM55]

Integral Evolution and World Union

August 20 is the World Union Day. The Third Dream of Sri Aurobindo is not as remote or abstract as the next two. Google itself represents a coming together of the whole world on a single platform. This has happened through the sheer logic of commerce and technology. But the transformation it has brought about at the cultural level of the present generation is immeasurable. Internet is forcing the feeling of unity among people inhabiting continents apart. But the question of Religion is not easy to overcome for anyone.
The vision of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo cannot work in a vacuum. It needs people, adherents to carry it forward with dedication over the long term. Proper understanding and adequate conviction is also essential for being eligible for the task. All this come under the purview of Religion that trains persons right from a very young age.
Fortunately, the network of seekers and Centres all over the Globe have established a groundswell of reputation and anticipation for Integral Evolution. The supremacy of Sri Aurobindo's predictions is increasingly being recognised on the theoretical front too. That gives the hope that the dream of the World Union is certainly not a chimera.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have consistently advised to keep the young away from superstitions and, accordingly, Savitri Era Religion discourages capitulating before meaningless rituals and mythological fictions. Freeing minds from old ontological confusions is perhaps the most challenging affair for the devotees of The Mother. [TNM55]

Friday, August 16, 2013

Hyderabad and Hinduism

December 9, 2006 can be considered as a watershed moment when Heehs, the historian returned his verdict at Hyderabad granting divorce between Sri Aurobindo and Hinduism. Now we look forward in anticipation where exactly he is Situating Sri Aurobindo in the forthcoming Reader edited by him seven years later. India is a heaven for comlex overlaps and imbicrations where myriad traditions have coexisted for Centuries. It's a challenge, therefore, to rescue Sri Aurobindo from conflicting appropriations and uninformed straitjacketing.
The task, obviously, is not easy as long as no conscious effort is mounted with dedicated institutional patronage. Then, there is the problem of securing a consensus among scholars of diverse political persuasions. But the necessity, nevertheless, of such a project cannot be emphasised more and more so adverting to the religion aspect. [TNM55]

The Mother gave it a Global turn

The supposedly intellectual environment in Twitter is no doubt impressive and enticing, but most are experts and activists who lack curiosity and are indifferent to ideas beyond their known horizons. Consequently, the emphasis is on the moment instead of any sustained endeavour at learning and grasping essential theoretical differences. A bland antipathy towards the West harboured by most also poses a serious disability. This is strange because to think of modern India without the contribution of the West is simply impossible. All great men and their ideological legacies are indebted to variations of Western thought in more or less degree. Thus to understand those inspirations and affiliations more intimately is a challenge today for the present generation in India. Loyalty to some political stream is fine but being callous to subtle philosophical distinctions is a colossal wastage of the intellect.
Sri Aurobindo had the difficult challenge of channelising the diverse strands of Renaissance that had evolved in India before he arrived in the scene. By the time he established it firmly on a Vedic foundation, encounter with The Mother gave it a Global turn and universal focus. Now there is no escape from this course of human destiny and resolutely becoming parochial or provincial or even merely patriotic is counterproductive. The Market also hints at alternative solutions for us instead of being unduly worried about the slide of the Rupee.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Higher planes of mind do exist

"Integral Yoga is taking up the technique that is good for you," can be said to be the simplest definition that was given out today by Dr. Makarand R. Paranjape in the course of the final instalment of his three-day lecture series on The Supramental Manifestation. While dealing the Mind of Light at length, he also made references to the paths of Ramana Maharshi, J. Krishnamurti, Osho, and Kashmir Shaivism pertaining to the perfection of the body. In answering to a question at the end, he added emphatically that the higher planes of mind do exist and Sri Aurobindo has assured that it is possible for one to ascend to them.
I discovered in Sabda a valuable book titled "Evolution towards Human Unity (Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy of History and of Political Evolution, A Comparative Study)", 2002 by Dr. K.N. Verma in which thoughts of Vico, Comte, Hegel, Marx, Toynbee, Spengler, Sorokin, Osborne, Berdyaev et al have been dealt with. [TNM55]

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Hope for the body

Dr. Makarand R. Paranjape's talks on The Supramental Manifestation at Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Delhi Branch continues till tomorrow. Gave a low-down on Nietzsche's Superman vis-a-vis Sri Aurobindo's conception on it, today and then went on to emphasise on the perfection of the body aspect. He also underlined how the progress is slow and there is no means of any direct leap to the promised Supramentalisation. Physical realities, including sex, are not excluded from Sri Aurobindo's careful consideration which, he reminded, need to be fully assimilated by the seekers of Integral Yoga.

Through something in this world

Emphasising upon the opportunity that this life offers is a recurrent theme in the teaching of Sri Aurobindo. His Integral Evolution, by definition, is dependent upon whatever this world provides although the aim is transformation and perfection.
"we must go beyond these to a supreme Good, a transcendent Truth, Light and Beauty in which the opposite figures of what we call evil disappear. But still, being in this world, it is only through something in this world itself that we can transcend it; it is through its figures that we must find the absolute." (Kena and other Upanishads, p.93)

Born on August 14,1908 near Cuttack, Ramakrishna Das - popularly known as Babaji Maharaj as he was a sanyasi at Ayodhya - after being admitted into the Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Puducherry in 1945, started translation work in Odia with the help of Charu Chandra Dutta. Anyone who is acquainted with the massive way that his pioneering effort has transformed the scene in Odisha can understand the direct action of The Mother's Grace. Babaji, unhesitatingly, had adopted all available resources for expansion of Schools and Relics Centres across the State without waiting for ideal conditions. Our homage to this visionary leader and reformer.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Judeo-Vedic Integral Evolution

The Stillborn God by Mark Lilla brought out in relief the divergent streams of thought represented by Hobbes and Rousseau that still rule the modern civilisation. Nicholas Wolterstorff, in his Justice: Rights and Wrongs on the other hand, skillfully links the sources of ethics to the Christian tradition. 
The Judeo-Vedic Integral Evolution unveiled by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, in this context, introduces the right perspective and import. The primordial wisdom hidden in the Ontologically pregnant verses of Vedic Sanskrit has deftly been uncovered by Sri Aurobindo.
Dr. Makarand R. Paranjape is scheduled to deliver a series of three talks on The Supramental Manifestation from August 13-15, 2013 at Sri Aurobindo Ashram -Delhi Branch. We also offer our homage to Surendra Nath Jauhar, the founder of Delhi Branch of the Ashram and a pioneer in The Mother's work, who was born on August 13, 1903.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Superb value-ecosystem for good citizenship

@SavitriEraParty: The Judeo-Vedic legacy and Evolutionary prophecy of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo weave a superb value-ecosystem for building good citizenship.
@SavitriEraParty: The Human Cycle by Sri Aurobindo imparts clarity on the psychology of social development in the light of Evolution & journey for Perfection.
@SavitriEraParty: @hmadhok Ch. Standards of Conduct... (Synthesis of Yoga, p.188) or Ch. Suprarational Ultimate... (Human Cycle, p.155)
@SavitriEraParty: [Dr. Paranjape's talks on “The Supramental Manifestation” on 13th, 14th (6.30 PM) & 15th August 2013 (10.00 AM) Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi]
@SavitriEraParty: @sabhlok [Hitler and His God. The Background to the Hitler Phenomenon. By Georges Van Vrekhem]
@SavitriEraParty: @kesarmakwanou Management by Values: Towards Cultural Congruence by S.K. Chakraborty estimates the four greats on their own distinct terms.
@SavitriEraParty: @kesarmakwanou ["to the golden quartet of the golden decade" Tagore (b1861), Vivekananda (b1863), Gandhi (b1869), and Sri Aurobindo (b1872)]
@SavitriEraParty: @SudheenKulkarni One expected BJP to transform itself back in the hallowed spirit of JP's Janata Party and not the other way round. Alas!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sri Aurobindo foresaw the arrow of Evolution

@SavitriEraParty: Neither American slogans nor Chinese sayings can lift us from our intellectual poverty unless we rediscover "Mitra-Varuna" by Sri Aurobindo.
@SavitriEraParty: Sri Aurobindo has been accused of neglecting Hindu-Muslim relationship during his days of political activism but his focus was Human Unity.
@SavitriEraParty: Sri Aurobindo foresaw the arrow of Evolution by predicting implosion of Religions & created a futuristic dispensation along with The Mother.
@SavitriEraParty: Art, Poetry, Literature, Education, Religion, Politics, Philosophy, Psychology, Philology, History: Sri Aurobindo provides diverse counters.
@SavitriEraParty: It's only by coming under the influence of ecosystem spun by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo that youth of India can be rescued from tradition.
@SavitriEraParty: @m_vijayakumar Please read a few pages from Sri Aurobindo's works in view of his birth anniversary on August 15. @medrites @dryadusingh
@SavitriEraParty: @hmadhok Ch. Standards of Conduct... (Synthesis of Yoga, p.188) or Ch. Suprarational Ultimate... (Human Cycle, p.155)

The Life Divine will propel creation of the New Mind

@SavitriEraParty: India must utilise the occasion of August 15 to undergo intellectually invigorating experience of Sri Aurobindo's matchless The Life Divine.
@SavitriEraParty: Dr. Maitra was confident that the conceptual edifice that The Life Divine is will propel creation of New Mind as envisaged by Sri Aurobindo.
@SavitriEraParty: The Mother & Sri Aurobindo endeavoured to re-establish the pristine instincts of Judeo-Vedic vintage by bypassing mechanicity of Religions.
@SavitriEraParty: In thousands of Centres in India and across the World, The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are adored and their words revered devoid of media glare.
@SavitriEraParty: For dearth of discursive triggers or career advantages, most intellectuals are unwilling to discuss Sri Aurobindo but undercurrent persists.
@SavitriEraParty: Intellectuality is far developed & widespread in India today than it was in 1914 but scarce receptivity for Sri Aurobindo's The Life Divine.
@SavitriEraParty: The Mother & Sri Aurobindo beckon to solutions within the womb of the future than idle pondering over the problems of the present piecemeal.
@SavitriEraParty: The Philosophy and Psychology unveiled by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are as far-reaching as their futuristic Sociology and Political Theory.
@SavitriEraParty: The fire that The Mother & Sri Aurobindo lit a Hundred years back is aflame in all the countries of World toward fruition of the #FiveDreams
@SavitriEraParty: The Mother & Sri Aurobindo invite to be participants in the Vedic Evolutionary Adventure of Consciousness for ushering in Unity and Harmony.
@SavitriEraParty: The teaching of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo finds its echo in millions of hearts across regions and religions, castes and communities.
@SavitriEraParty: First meeting between The Mother and Sri Aurobindo took place on March 29, 1914 and the journal ARYA came out on August 15 of the same year.
@SavitriEraParty: @m_vijayakumar Ensuring/inculcating such respect in a wide scale is not an easy affair sans any anchorage or ecosystem like Sri Aurobindo's.
@SavitriEraParty: @hguptapolicy Mere good intentions are not enough unless backed by a robust intuitive vision like Sri Aurobindo's 1947 #FiveDreams broadcast
@SavitriEraParty: @sabhlok > to banish concepts from collective memory. The Veda contains the principles of fourfold Varna & the three Gunas also approximate.
@SavitriEraParty: @sabhlok “@aurofrance: Savitri Era Devotees: Adolf Hitler, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother”

Saturday, August 10, 2013

I belong to Savitri Era Religion

@SavitriEraParty: @hguptapolicy Mere good intentions are not enough unless backed by a robust intuitive vision like Sri Aurobindo's 1947 #FiveDreams broadcast.
@SavitriEraParty: @sabhlok Yeah, that's preferable and therefore I belong to Savitri Era Religion that is aligned to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo.
@SavitriEraParty: @sabhlok Understanding the big picture as underlined by Sri Aurobindo in The Secret of the Veda is necessary before looking for solutions.
@SavitriEraParty: @m_vijayakumar @avinashbhat01 Atheistic secularism of Congress and rabid Hindutva are both unsuitable. Sri Aurobindo offers the golden mean.
@SavitriEraParty: Neither Left nor Right, neither West nor India is interested in understanding Sri Aurobindo's socio-political theories even after a Century!
@SavitriEraParty: @hguptapolicy Ideas are as embedded in belief as the spider entrenched in its web. Ontological understanding like the Veda therefore is must.
@SavitriEraParty: @prasannavishy Arguments insubstantial and unconvincing; may be precursor of a book project. Avoiding Sri Aurobindo, again, can be perilous.
@SavitriEraParty: @Punditmusings To under-stand the truth is the real need and Sri Aurobindo happens to be the right guide.
@SavitriEraParty: @subho65 Two fine lines; no doubt modern poetry since the days of Baudelaire has largely been driven by a response to machine & alienation.
@SavitriEraParty: @kesarmakwanou Background is fine but the present is the challenge as Sri Aurobindo's words are to be interpreted within a contested space.
@SavitriEraParty: @kesarmakwanou That's nice. Many Indians work at Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives and the book is partly the result of their collective labour.
@SavitriEraParty: @dkgdelhi @AmarRajivDixit He used to invoke the inspiring words of Sri Aurobindo but too much of Socialist/Swadeshi ideas marred his vision.
@SavitriEraParty: @shamansun Hermetic Deleuze by Joshua Ramey too is a landmark. (No, I live in the other end of India, within the National Capital Region.)
@SavitriEraParty: @shamansun I rely upon the reviews available online as books are hard to come by in India. Mind and Cosmos is surely great & a game-changer.
@SavitriEraParty: @shamansun Negri is close to Sri Aurobindo's World Union idea while Nagel by questioning materialist basis of Evolution echoes Sri Aurobindo.
@SavitriEraParty: @ashutoshibn7 The Judeo-Vedic legacy of Sri Aurobindo's teaching - especially his #FiveDreams Manifesto of August 14, 1947 - is an apt base.
@SavitriEraParty: What thinkers like Negri or Nagel see today has already been encapsulated in the #FiveDreams of Sri Aurobindo broadcast on August 14, 1947.
@SavitriEraParty: @SangeetaRG @LoveN1ness Time to wean away people from Facebook etc. to Twitter for displaying a sizeable presence of The Mother's devotees.
@SavitriEraParty: @dkgdelhi If only the RSS ecosystem could accept Sri Aurobindo as the spearhead the way it's willing to dump old order political leadership!
@SavitriEraParty: @prasannavishy Indian Philosophy without references to the Veda is a caricature and the Veda without Sri Aurobindo is a motionless machine.
@SavitriEraParty: @sabhlok Caste is imbibed from family & culture in the mind. By education & appropriate logic, the mind can be changed in a progressive way.
@SavitriEraParty: [True intent of the caste system - Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo The caste system in India has been a controversy.]

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

No trace of truce in BJP

@SavitriEraParty: Logic of politics is to resist. No trace of truce in BJP that RSS sought to enforce & vertical split taking place is only a matter of days.
@SavitriEraParty: @cpings4 There can be no two opinions on it but I reserve my prerogative to see BJP as a mainstream party with inbuilt autonomy & democracy.
@SavitriEraParty: Strangely, BJP still fights shy of discussing the State-wise break-up of probable seats it can fetch in 2014 for replacing the present Govt.
@SavitriEraParty: Finally, the realisation seems to have dawned on many BJP/RSS enthusiasts that aggressive personalised politics can propel one only so far.
@SavitriEraParty: Can the country risk awarding a hat trick to UPA just because of an inflated ego-trip and defiant misadventure of a confirmed megalomaniac?
@SavitriEraParty: Is it not time for representatives of all non-Congress, non-Left parties to meet in a 3-Day Conference to discuss 2014 in full public glare?
@SavitriEraParty: Let not the momentum generated against the present dumb regime be hijacked by distractions like border disturbances - external or internal.
@SavitriEraParty: Not Mani or Sudheen, the whole attention/energy need be directed at gathering 272 and exploring possible alliances at State level severally.
@SavitriEraParty: Endorsing favourable essays & articles lulls one of an illusory victory but not to read the writing on the wall will be perilous for people.
@SavitriEraParty: Supporters of the Opposition blaming the Govt. every two minutes has no particular tweet-value & induce yawn. Forging alliances is priority.
@SavitriEraParty: BJP's pitiable presence in Andhra, Odisha, Kerala, Haryana, J&K, WB, TN, and UP:  Incisive analysis by @GVLNRAO
@SavitriEraParty: @GaneshNatarajan Forming shadow Cabinet should be encouraged on TV & Twitter so that specialisation is restricted to a couple of portfolios!
@SavitriEraParty: @Joydas Since online polls are so convenient, Twitterians probably want electing a new Govt. after every 140 days. Surely worth considering!
@SavitriEraParty: @Realist_Indian As outrageous movies acquire the classics status after a decade or two, each Govt. turns its critics into admirers over time.
@SavitriEraParty: Ridiculous to invoke select episodes of a fictional marvel like the Mahabharata for dealing with the current real-life border confrontations.
@SavitriEraParty: Revolution is hallucination since Evolution is slow and sequential albeit nonlinear. Rating PMs is a lazy game as bureaucracy is continuous.
@SavitriEraParty: Democracy facilitates civil society freed from the worries of war and day-to-day governance but most enjoy vicarious pleasure of being king.
@SavitriEraParty: The whole may be greater than sum of its parts but in case of Govt of India the whole is always less as no one has any clue what's happening.
@SavitriEraParty: Geological Survey of India (GSI) established in 1851 predates First General Election (1951-52) by a Century that really united the country.
@SavitriEraParty: Just like a citizen loses his freedom & autonomy once he signs a Vakalatnama, a Prime Minister is wary of sacrificing his to Service Chiefs.
@SavitriEraParty: @hmadhok Event is a confluence of Time, Place, & Person & there is nothing outside events barring causality the cause of which is debatable.
@SavitriEraParty: Nothing to be apologetic about Identity as Yājñavalkya lifts it to the supreme level of Soul even for his wife Maitreyi in Brihadaranyaka.
@SavitriEraParty: Autocratic rule in Sri Aurobindo Ashram posted by Tusar Nath Mohapatra

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Autocratic rule in Sri Aurobindo Ashram

@SavitriEraParty: No place for autocracy. Democratically elected Governing body is the only answer to the malaise afflicted by Sri Aurobindo Ashram Puducherry.
@SavitriEraParty: For the fear of losing food & shelter residents of Sri Aurobindo Ashram & Auroville have been forced to suppress right to self-determination.
@SavitriEraParty: Unfortunately, the secular Congress and the Leftists are propping up an autocratic rule in Sri Aurobindo Ashram by avoiding direct election.
@SavitriEraParty: Many allegations may be false but the only way to check veracity is to permit an independent probe proceed transparently & not preventing it.
@SavitriEraParty: [followers of Sri Aurobindo constitute a religious nomination as, to my mind, they undoubtedly do] O. CHINNAPPA REDDY
@SavitriEraParty: Central Govt's secular grip for a quarter Century has deprived Auroville the spontaneity and freedom to innovate and grow as a new religion.
@SavitriEraParty: Senseless not to give legal status to new religions like Savitri Era while new States are carved out and languages get statutory recognition.
@SavitriEraParty: As a reformist, rationalist and futuristic religion, Savitri Era emerges as an authentic alternative with Evolution plus Judeo-Vedic legacy.
@SavitriEraParty: The book issue has shook the management and the devotees across the world but hardly anyone is bothered over the otherwise volatile Twitter.
@SavitriEraParty: @kesarmakwanou The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs. Please Google search for it to know about the five year old imbroglio.
@SavitriEraParty: @kesarmakwanou Available all over the world except India. You may buy it online too from Amazon etc. A new book:
@SavitriEraParty: @sarbani_bajari As you can appreciate, for followers like us, he is not gone; he is very much present here helping me press the right keys.
@SavitriEraParty: @sarbani_bajari Personal judgements will vary and difficult to know in advance the perception of the addressee/reader. Gender too a factor.
@SavitriEraParty: @sarbani_bajari Journey is progressive and Evolutionary but the worker is complete in the sense that he doesn't need someone's certificate.
@SavitriEraParty: @sarbani_bajari Agree, but the question is who will judge that? You? [@sarbani_bajari: for your retrials show more arrogance than humility.]
@SavitriEraParty: @sarbani_bajari Can you give an example of such a person who has attained perfection with time and acquired authority to spread the message?
@SavitriEraParty: @sarbani_bajari Oh, you are purely deluded! If you're following Kalki then no need to talk about The Mother & Sri Aurobindo & Integral Yoga.
@SavitriEraParty: 1) Castes are not evaporating any time soon. 2) Many languages will have natural death. 3) Marriage of Socialism & Capitalism will continue.
@SavitriEraParty: @SudheenKulkarni V.P. Singh demonstrated that politician's compulsion administers superior corrective. So, no reason to alter the consensus.
@SavitriEraParty: @sabhlok Don't you think when it comes to the crunch, polity is bound to turn bipolar and hence ideological experimentations have no future?
@SavitriEraParty: @dkgdelhi @Pabssa_840 Individual freedom and privacy is sacrosanct be it Indian, Western or Martian. Your approach is from pov of Community.
@SavitriEraParty: @Pabssa_840 @dkgdelhi The RSS mentality of imposing Indian culture/Family values on all irrespective of one's privacy/freedom is repulsive.
@SavitriEraParty: @sonaliranade "MNCs have no nationalities," a colleague indicated to me more than a decade back and that was the moment of my Right turn.
@SavitriEraParty: @sunilrajguru Plots of most movies, I have forgotten. The top ones I remember are Saransh, Mausam, and Woh Saat Din. Also Mr. and Mrs. Iyer.
@SavitriEraParty: Over a billion people but not a single TV channel with national reach that airs quality program and supports objective & educative content!
@SavitriEraParty: TV Media escaping competition and defying Market dynamics for evolving into superior content providers is a colossal civilisational failure.
@SavitriEraParty: @dkgdelhi Neither Western Colonialist Loot nor Islamist Jehad can be said to be responsible for not endeavouring to create a good TV channel.
@SavitriEraParty: Expecting a 2-minute clip on Sri Aurobindo on any of the 200 channels adverting to August 15, his birth anniversary would surely be chimera.
@SavitriEraParty: Poverty is just a state of mind is as vacuous a proposition as Hinduism is a way of life. Realistic motive for repair needed on both fronts.
@SavitriEraParty: @hmadhok Agree. I used it rhetorically for highlighting the more crucial Hinduism omnibus sector where definitions/reforms are badly needed.
@SavitriEraParty: [Despite Aurobindo's refusal, Moonje and his friends were convinced that Aurobindo was the only man for the job.]

Monday, August 05, 2013

Why did they establish separate Ashrams?

P@SavitriEraParty: RSS, in order to be a true representative of Hindus, must shed its hatred for those not voting for BJP and adopt equality for all Indians.
@SavitriEraParty: When @AmareshMisra declares that he is a practicing Sanatani Hindu, then how can RSS be against him just because he votes for the Congress?
@SavitriEraParty: RSS should also forego its perceived monopoly over patriot, nationalist, proud Indian, proud Hindu and such other sentiment-boosting labels.
@SavitriEraParty: On economic front RSS has no definite ideology as it swings from Right Wing to Swadeshi of SJM. So why should it be against Commies or #AAP?
@SavitriEraParty: RSS preference for Ram by marginalising other gods & goddesses worshipped in many parts of the country (like Jagannath in Odisha) is unjust.
@SavitriEraParty: Overall notion of Hindu domain that RSS seeks to represent at present is too constricted and suffers from insolence which needs correction.
@SavitriEraParty: Really strange that neither @BJP4India nor @friendsofbjp ever advise their supporters not to criticise senior leaders like Vajpayee & Advani.
@SavitriEraParty: @anityakr His was a retaliation to abuses hurled in orchestrated way (Twitter thankfully has taken remedial measure).
@SavitriEraParty: Despite all talk of polarisation, each constituency in UP will throw up 4-5 strong contenders and so it's not easy to speculate the results.
@SavitriEraParty: @gprasadadv The Ashram, Auroville & Sri Aurobindo Society have endeavoured to the extent possible but face stiff competition from many sects.
@SavitriEraParty: @gprasadadv Otherwise why did they establish separate Ashrams? Difference/hierarchy is there both in knowledge and practice of spirituality.

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@SavitriEraParty: @abhijitmajumder When persons like @SudheenKulkarni are derided, then the claim of a monolithic Hindu Samaj by the RSS proves to be hollow.
@SavitriEraParty: In addition to Sickulars, Liberals, & English-wallahs, criticism of Vajpayee, Advani, & Kulkarni by RSS hands is creating a sharp division.
@SavitriEraParty: RSS by definition should stand for all Hindus irrespective of their political, economic, or linguistic affiliation & desist from vilification.
@SavitriEraParty: @SudheenKulkarni If BJP is questioned, supporters take the plea that "Congress is also doing the same" or "Why don't you ask other Parties?"
@SavitriEraParty: @sarbani_bajari @gprasadadv Spirituality cannot blossom in a vacuum & Sri Aurobindo justifiably relied upon the pristine wisdom of the Veda.
@SavitriEraParty: @sarbani_bajari @gprasadadv From academic perspective when you are dealing with young impressionable minds, religion/spirituality identical.
@SavitriEraParty: @AnilAarush Not Shourie but Sri Aurobindo is the real guide of this nation & civilisation. His Integral philosophy reconciles many binaries.
@SavitriEraParty: Both Nehruvian and Hindutva factions have successfully prevented Sri Aurobindo's Evolutionary Philosophy and Vedic Psychology from spreading.
@SavitriEraParty: Instead of absorbing the great revivifying interpretations in his works, it's deplorable that Sri Aurobindo is still perceived as a threat.
@SavitriEraParty: @hguptapolicy Augment your arguments with Vedic undergirds supplied by Sri Aurobindo. Upgrade your cognitive faculties via The Life Divine.
@SavitriEraParty: @offstumped Vinoba, JP, & VP (with Sri Aurobindo in the background).
@SavitriEraParty: As Indians, like at present, were incapable of understanding the worth of Sri Aurobindo, The Mother came in 1914 to announce his preeminence.
@SavitriEraParty: @brownbrumby India is yet to follow Sri Aurobindo's vision in right earnest and this ideological confusion is at root of moral degeneration.
@SavitriEraParty: @skjain_05 @AmareshMisra But the fight has lacked coherent policy foundation till now and must adopt Sri Aurobindo's vision for sustenance.
@SavitriEraParty: @gprasadadv Political resistance by the Leftist academicians coupled with lack of proactive marketing from Pondicherry has been responsible.
@SavitriEraParty: @gprasadadv Marxist University teachers oppose religion and thus have kept Sri Aurobindo's writings out of syllabus and research references.
@SavitriEraParty: @gprasadadv Sri Aurobindo Ashram has avoided any concerted effort to disseminate his writings apart from publishing the books and journals.
@SavitriEraParty: [to write better poems, design better societies, find better answers to the great questions of life, and pursue their spiritual goals] Amazon

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Teleology is continuous

@SavitriEraParty: Sri Aurobindo uses the word Spiritual in a special sense at places meaning Universality or wideness that's synonymous with the Vedic Varuna.
@SavitriEraParty: Sri Aurobindo brings mysticism and the hidden forces to life through his letters and conversations which dilutes rationalism and scepticism.
@SavitriEraParty: The myth of emergent & unpredictable Divine intervention may be a reassuring rhetorical device but the truth is that Teleology is continuous.
@SavitriEraParty: The wall between the flow of events and Evolution is in fact much more porous than we ever Imagine. It also subverts the thick temple walls.
@SavitriEraParty: Drawing power from People is merely the functional aspect but it's Ideology which induces cohesion & Evolution who really pulls the strings.
@SavitriEraParty: The destiny of Bharatavarsha is the Evolutionary Vedic dialectic of attaining Varunatva and not the narrow hatred-spewing trap of Hindutva.
@SavitriEraParty: @hguptapolicy Evolution comes in precisely in such situations to force non-linear solutions & apply corrective. Vedic dialectic not helpless.
@SavitriEraParty: @auldtimer @sreeniv51294598 @Punditmusings The teaching of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo has the potential to crack that monolith with ease.
@SavitriEraParty: @alok_bhatt @satyamevajayate Learning should lead to more of humility than pride or parochial political exploitation of it.
@SavitriEraParty: Pedigree or being a celeb is so valued in India that if a commoner talks about a great thinker like Sri Aurobindo, it's seen with suspicion.
@SavitriEraParty: Constant cribbing about the system or mulling over the past cannot bring the solutions. Supporting Sri Aurobindo can lead in the right path.
@SavitriEraParty: The Kulkarni Doctrine developed from a need but has no takers. Had it been anchored to Sri Aurobindo's vision, then could be relevant today.
@SavitriEraParty: Common sense is like reaching for a Crocin if in pain or taking due precaution for ascertaining the right road that goes to Connaught Place.
@SavitriEraParty: @mayankjain100 @PunyaPrakop The same is applicable to you & I'm harnessing my own understanding with earnest & not with deception as intent.
@SavitriEraParty: It's a mystery why the views of columnists are so avidly discussed and endorsed while those of scholars & Professors are ignored on Twitter.
@SavitriEraParty: @ArvindGaur @mihirssharma @shivkanungo Also please remember words of Sri Aurobindo on his birth anniversary on 15th.
@SavitriEraParty: @KanchanGupta Please read The Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo for resolution of all riddles in life.
@SavitriEraParty: @tehelkadotcom Sri Aurobindo Ashram is undergoing a crisis for the last five years & we demand election of a new head through secret ballot.
@SavitriEraParty: It's shameful that so many alcohol-sipping RW worshipers of liberty have been coaxed into submission without any promulgation of Emergency.
@SavitriEraParty: @Punditmusings Nicely put & a thorough debate on this will lead to the discovery of real solutions as unveiled by Sri Aurobindo. #FiveDreams
@SavitriEraParty: @RajivMessage Assessing their respective philosophical contributions with due academic rigour is essential for a credible history of ideas.
@SavitriEraParty: Vivekananda's role in introducing the idea of Involution has been brought out by @RajivMessage by playing down Sri Aurobindo's epochal work.