Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sri Aurobindo decodes Vedic utterances to add coherence

Reading Sri Aurobindo's writings is indispensable for understanding India's past, present and future. Those neglecting can't reach anywhere.
Sri Aurobindo gets just a couple of pages but a masterly treatment in "India and Europe" by Wilhelm Halbfass. @amazon
Ambedkar overlooked Sri Aurobindo and hence his lifelong quest for reforming Hinduism from within failed miserably. Conversion proved futile.
Mayawati has discovered the limited use of Ambedkar. If she can fall back upon Sri Aurobindo then a new electoral history could be unveiled.
@kuffir The article fails to articulate how Dalits alone can't take their movement too far and require to build synergy with other sections.
Sri Aurobindo has left behind enough study material to subvert Mythology-based intellectual-empires. Words have power & Evolution is at work.
The Party comes first and not the country; that's the reality & there is no rationality. Choosing the right party, therefore, is a priority.
Political parties are like mini-Nations and nurture a well-oiled, self-sufficient economic-system involving the rank & file. A religion too.
Hindutva flirting with Vivekananda is as mischievous as mixing Gandhi & Tagore. Sri Aurobindo is the only escape route from present impasse.
Sri Aurobindo has set right the Indian thought a century back & no need for further hair splitting or renaming of civilizational imperatives.
As Mythology is the mainstay, theoretical neatness has never been RSS' forte. Hindutva can no longer survive by colourful spectacles alone.
If there is any noticeable difference between Advani and Adityanath within one Hindutva stable then it shouldn't be pushed under the carpet.
RSS supporters fear to debate, define, & desilt Hindutva. Sri Aurobindo helps in removing cobwebs and sedimentation gathered over centuries.
No point in complaining about persons in the past, they all have played their roles well. The strangest behavior now is by Modi supporters!
Modi's functioning so far is Kafkaesque and lacks transparency, yet his fans attribute all kinds of virtues and brainwaves to glorify him.
@DrunkVinodMehta Modi is smiling too in secret. He has been successful in dwarfing Adityanath who was seen growing bigger than his shoes.
Strange that smart and intelligent Modi supporters are dismissive of others in BJP and RSS and show no concern for democratic functioning!
After 90 years of its birth, RSS got a majority to rule at the Centre but within 90 days it displayed that it is unworthy of such a mandate.
Those sold to Mythology and yet claiming to be scientists are a misguided lot. Sri Aurobindo decodes the Vedic utterances to add coherence.
India's future must be thought of on the basis of realities today & not on texts belonging to 2014 BCE. Sri Aurobindo stresses on Evolution.
BSP, AAP and Lok Satta Party are great experiments in Indian politics and their directionlessness proves how a core ideology really matters.
Those who don't like the Congress, RSS, and anarchy of AAP constitute a huge majority for whom Sri Aurobindo can be a fine ideological glue.
AAP, BJP, and Congress can never grow as a true national Party due to remote control. Sri Aurobindo's vision should be the rallying point.
Commerce begets courtesy and RSS' unquenchable thirst for money forces it to keep myriad streams of opinion across continents in good humour.
The present Hindutva model is incapable of surpassing 31% vote-base. Redesigning is the only option & Sri Aurobindo can lend a helping hand.
Your admiration for Adityanath to Vivekananda is well justified but don't toss Sri Aurobindo to the mix. His Evolution thesis is aeons apart.
@RajeevSrinivasa @ScorpiusMaximus @tweetingsourav @db_is_db @sarkar_swati Fine print would force to segregate Sri Aurobindo from Vivekananda.
No fixed methods in the Yoga of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo apart from exclusive loyalty to them and some amount of reading their works.
@ngc1729 There is a book by Sri Aurobindo titled, The Problem of Rebirth. The link is for a blog post while TNM55 my initials+year of birth.
Sri Aurobindo also shares concern on the Problem of Rebirth with Emerson. [TNM55] Posted by Tusar Nath Mohapatra
[Sri Aurobindo was by and large indebted to the critical insights of Cousins’ New Ways in English Literature.]
[tension between Hegel & Nietzsche or that between historicism & will is a constant & living dialog in Sri Aurobindo]
[Kireet Joshi Archives - Lecture Series by Prof. Kireet Joshi on Sri Aurobindo's "The Life Divine" - Chapters 1 to 7]
[@LarvalSubjects: I see figures like Adorno as betrayals of Marx because they turn away from Marx’s materialism and return to idealism.]
[Badiou will read differently after I read Derrida than he would have had I read him first.] by @LarvalSubjects

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Emerson, Nietzsche, and Sri Aurobindo

Emerson and the Light of India by Robert C. Gordon has a chapter on Sri Aurobindo where the author notes that Sri Aurobindo doesn't appear to have read even a page of Emerson. However, he enumerates several commonalities between their philosophies and hastens to add that Emerson precedes Sri Aurobindo as far as Evolution is concerned.

Reviewing Cousins' book Sri Aurobindo commented, "Each essay is indeed excellent in itself; that on Emerson is a masterpiece of fullness in brevity, for it says perfectly in a few pages all that need be said about Emerson the poet and nothing that need not be said..." Of course, the essay deals more with poetry than philosophy.

Lastly, Emerson's influence in shaping Nietzsche's thought is a crucial point. Besides, Sri Aurobindo also shares concern on the Problem of Rebirth with Emerson. [TNM55]

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Sri Aurobindo Ashram must be purged of imposters

Ontological intricacies are beyond the common people but Sri Aurobindo foregrounds it to liberate Indian masses from Mythology and Astrology.
Hindutva bandwagon talking of Education is a paradox. Sri Aurobindo holds the key to Modernity by abandoning Mythology-Rituals-Superstition.
Mythology is perpetuated through stone or bronze artworks but children's brain shouldn't be petrified by mythological fiction & superstition.
Estimating Sri Aurobindo in conjunction with Vivekananda is as erroneous as clubbing Gandhi and Nehru or Radhakrishnan and Tagore together.
While one group endeavors to rob Sri Aurobindo of any imputation of Divinity, a rival team in the Ashram strives to reinforce Hindutva mode.
Savitri Era Religion discards claims of both the groups and retains faith in The Mother & Sri Aurobindo as Supreme Divine leading Evolution.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram must be purged of imposters who don't accept the Masters as Supreme Divine or prefer to worship other gods & goddesses.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram is not an old-age home and those who exhibit questionable devotion to the Masters must shift to Auroville or elsewhere.
It's an irony that hardcore devotees are at the margins whereas imposters & conspirators are at the helm of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry.
Posted by Tusar Nath Mohapatra, President, Savitri Era Party and Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum, Ph: 96500-65636

Friday, September 05, 2014

Sri Aurobindo shows how to bypass Hindutva trappings

@Sheks65 You are free to disseminate your own interpretations of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's words instead of bothering about what I write.
@kirchan9991 Not much on the ground now as supporters are scattered. You are free to take initiative at the local level to convince others.
Peddling Mythology and Astrology in the name of Swadeshi and Nationalism is a crime against Mother India and the future of her inhabitants.
The Life Divine is a difficult book but Sri Aurobindo packs it with ammunitions to fight Hindutva, Shankara, Vivekananda, and Radhakrishnan.
Hindutva intellectual bankruptcy is responsible for proliferating Marxist scholarship whose analyses worth pondering over but not inferences.
The Science of Living laid out by The Mother forms the backbone of Integral Yoga which has been ably elaborated by Sri Aurobindo in SAVITRI.
Science and Philosophy are signs of intellectual height while Mythology subverts individuality. Read Sri Aurobindo's works for illumination.
Mythology enters a child's mind before his schooling starts & it's a life-long struggle to get rid of its ill-effects. Sri Aurobindo guides.
Those who take pleasure in propagating Mythology, Astrology, and Rituals may carry on but Sri Aurobindo will guide the modern generation.
It's not easy to escape the hegemony of huge temples and elaborate festivals but a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram teaches essence of religion.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo show the way out how to bypass Hindutva trappings without falling prey to the atheist Marxist or Nehruvian traps.
Modern Indians must escape from the Mythology and Rituals industry that is designed to suck them as helpless voters for the Modi machine.
Reading Sri Aurobindo's works can empower the members of new generation to respect Science & Technology and eschew rituals & stones-wearing.
May everyone follow Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy of Unity, Mutuality, and Harmony by abandoning Mythology, Astrology, and Miracle-mongering.
Savitri Era Religion deflates present confusion & controversies surrounding Mythology, Theology, & Astrology in the light of Sri Aurobindo.
Sri Aurobindo's The Secret of the Veda busts many myths and superstitions that have been in currency in this country for centuries together.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Isha, Gita, and Savitri

Death is the progenitor of all questions, interrogations, and philosophy; all the rest are beating about the bush. Sri Aurobindo attempts to understand Death in his philosophical epic Savitri and it’s worth consulting. [TNM55]

The 18 verses of the Isha Upanishad are far more pregnant with wisdom than the Gita. Sri Aurobindo weaves an astounding Ontology around it.
Sri Aurobindo embodied Evolutionary vigour while Hitler represented wanton destruction reenacting the Vedic Indra vs. Vritra fight in 20thC.
A bottom-up view of Evolution would present diverse contradictions but Sri Aurobindo's top-down thesis constitutes a neat piece of Ontology.
Humans, opines Dunbar, are different because of religion, storytelling, and music for which they have arrived at present stage of Evolution.
Indians are memorizing the same Mythology for generations and undertaking the same pilgrimages for ages. Sameness is so fascinating a force!
How religions have metamorphosed and civilization has undergone countless peregrinations cannot be delinked from Evolutionary plans ahead.
Building Bridges or Statues are not lone indicators of growth. Attuning culture and education to demands of Evolution is the key to progress.
Forget Nalanda. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo offer a free online University for your self-study and Self-culture. Click
Nalanda had no bicycles, no cars, no electricity, no fans, no printed books, no microscopes, and no computers. So what's the brouhaha about?
Sri Aurobindo: Saga of a Great Indian Sage by Wilfried Huchzermeyer is a concise & brilliant introduction via @amazon
Visiting Sri Aurobindo Ashram has nothing much to do with understanding Sri Aurobindo, rather, there is a likelihood of getting prejudiced.
Popularity is never a sign of true worth & Indians discovering Sri Aurobindo's work through sincere quest for quality will be the real test.
The Life Divine, The Synthesis of Yoga, The Secret of the Veda, The Human Cycle, The Future Poetry, and Savitri are gems by Sri Aurobindo.
Reinventing the Veda & assigning a superior role for the body under an Evolutionary schema constitute signal contributions of Sri Aurobindo.
Sri Aurobindo resolves age-old discords between Sankhya and Yoga, Advaita and Visistadvaita, Vaishnavism and Tantra, and Buddhism and Veda.
Nagging victimhood of Hindutva votaries is a serious psychological disorder which can be remedied by Sri Aurobindo's Evolutionary optimism.
Sri Aurobindo can be safely regarded as an authority & he would seem to concur with Muller but not fully with Besant.
Irrespective of Party or Coalition the Govt. always speaks the same language and the Opposition barks in the same way. Democracy is amazing!
Even Leftists who inveigh against the System and rubbish the State follow a paradigm of street protests and killings when Police is at rest.
Sameness is surely boring but, strangely, the TV and Movies have made dishing out the same formula highly entertaining for decades together.
The kind of rapturous feeling that every move of Modi evokes among such a large number of people as a coping mechanism against ennui is good.
A group of transgenders have descended in our colony and are singing some lilting numbers. Very few occasions now to listen to live music!
The taste of a South Indian thali went sour when the restaurant charged INR 110 + taxes for the water bottle. India has really progressed!
Old books for 100 rupees each from the Delhi Book Fair. Most of the stalls were doing good business out of such sales 

Monday, September 01, 2014

Rediscovering Sri Aurobindo is the safest destination

Scope for juxtaposing incongruences in arguments by commentators is limitless unless a firm point of reference is affirmed. As regards the specific issues raised here, Sri Aurobindo can be safely regarded as an authority and he would seem to concur with Muller but not fully with Besant. The Life Divine remains a repository of knowledge on such matters. [TNM55]

Savitri Era Religion is a new adventure of synthesizing faith with rationality, tradition with modernity and mundane matters with sublimity.
Amidst noise on Teachers Day, let's not forget that even a brilliant mind like S. Radhakrishnan failed to fathom greatness of Sri Aurobindo.
Ministers are chosen as administrators and are not supposed to be role models for students. Only Sri Aurobindo is the Teacher of the nation.
The West now posits Whitehead as its head-note but Sri Aurobindo is head and shoulders above him in formulating an Evolutionary Philosophy.
From strains of music to motifs on fabric, logic is everywhere. Neglecting Vedic Ontology of Sri Aurobindo will lead to Buddhist Nihilism.
Someone asked about Ganesha and the drinking-milk squad preferred to rant. A basic acquaintance with Sri Aurobindo would have helped answer.
Learning is the engine of progress and spurs innovation but unfortunately the current rulers of India celebrate mediocrity and pedestrianism.
Since when begging bowl has become so honourable? India must value its own assets & Soft Power to win the world as per Sri Aurobindo's Dream.
Scientific attitude & questioning spirit is the cornerstone of human civilisation. No nation can be great by perpetually parroting Mythology.
Skirting arguments and peddling slogans is a hallmark of Hindutva votaries. India can't develop as long as such disregard for logic persists.
@avenger_D You are off-track as I didn't criticise Modi. The question is how anti-Hindus among the Hindus should be dealt with or persuaded.
@avenger_D FPTP-based electoral victory is not the issue I'm discussing. Those numbers are mere indicators of size of Hindutva supporters.
@avenger_D Let's not forget that this victory doesn't have the sanction of 66% sickulars who still form a huge majority and counter-factor.
Savitri Era Religion is a reality today apart from many other offshoots which are clear Hindutva failures. Hold of Mythology falling apart!
Those who have fought against the Congress for over 50 years have reason to be happy but uncritical support to Hindutva impairs credibility.
Hindutva has long privileged spectacles over rational basis of its strengths like Leftists. Sri Aurobindo acts as an umpire as well as coach.
BJP win is hawa-based and any euphoria over interpreting it as victory for Hindutva is utterly myopic. Engaging with "sickulars" is crucial.
Befriending the Chinese and Japanese is appreciated but snubbing fellow Hindu citizens for their alternative views is a Hindutva-downside.
By constantly accusing them as sickular, Hindutva brigade further alienates a section of their own brethren instead of any remedial measures.
Hindutva votaries never care or dare to probe why there is such a huge percentage of anti-Hindus among the Hindus who may not be atheists.
Secular (or sickular) is an euphemism for anti-Hinduism in India which even the Hindutva folks use so approvingly to avoid the stark reality.
Devotees from all over the world visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry & Auroville regularly. So the administration needs to be streamlined.
Several petitions pertaining to alleged malpractices by the Trustees of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry are pending now before the Courts.
Nationalism is not anti-intellect nor synonymous with Mythology. Sri Aurobindo offers balanced food-for-thought curing mental-malnutrition.
Many fail to make any sense of Sri Aurobindo's Evolution. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach is very helpful
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo strove to bring the East and the West together. Their writings apart, Auroville marches on in its embryonic form.
The Mother met Sri Aurobindo in Puducherry in 1914 and through their spiritual collaboration arose a new adventure of Divine Consciousness.
Migrating to Puducherry in 1910, Sri Aurobindo took leave from political activity and published ARYA in 1914 spreading Synthetic Philosophy.
Sri Aurobindo was in a prominent position when the Congress split in Surat in 1907 and wrote fiery editorials in BANDE MATARAM in Kolkata.
On returning to India in 1893, Sri Aurobindo wrote a few essays in a journal lambasting the weak-kneed policies of Congress against British.
Very few people would be aware of today that Sri Aurobindo had his entire school and college education in England between 1879 and 1893.
Identifying Nationalism with Hindi or Sanskrit is foolishness. Reciting daily a page from SAVITRI by Sri Aurobindo can heal many prejudices.
Much before Peter Heehs' The Lives of Sri Aurobindo (2008), Anita Desai's novel Journey to Ithaca was responsible for indecent insinuations.
Sri Aurobindo never considered various alien rules in India as sheer aberrations and rather emphasized upon their cross-cultural dimensions.
Sri Aurobindo's conversations with disciples are a goldmine of rare insights into historical events & civilizational Evolutionary trajectory.
Sri Aurobindo, not only wrote Philosophy, Poetry, and Literary criticism, but also enough material on himself and his contemporaries for us.
@kirchan9991 It's more about the thrust of what @RajivMessage writes which is patently divisive while Sri Aurobindo calls for World Union.
@kirchan9991 Very much. Ideologically, we are against BJP-RSS, Congress, AAP and the Left but support the legacy of the JP movement of 1974.
@kirchan9991 I don't consider @RajivMessage a worthwhile teacher as his polemical arguments tend to spawn hatred and prejudice among young.
Knowledge won't descend by feeding fish or elephant. Sri Aurobindo has churned the oceans of the East & the West. We must read what he wrote.
Sri Aurobindo will direct you to Shelley, Blake and Coleridge. He will also encourage you to consult Mazzini, Nietzsche, Emerson and Bergson.
Savitri Era Religion doesn't rest on the oars of past glory or pastoral life. Technology must keep pace with Ontology, advises Sri Aurobindo.
Comte, Mill, & Mazzini inspired early Nationalists and Theory has a place even today. Rediscovering Sri Aurobindo is the safest destination.
Swami Vivekananda & Yogi Adityanath in news today for different reasons. Time to remember Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams