Sunday, February 23, 2020

Books have the power to transport us to faraway worlds

Kant's sublime, Hegel's absolute, Schopenhauer's will, Kierkegaard's passion, Marx's matter, Darwin's evolution, Nietzsche's overman, Bergson's élan vital, all find their due representation 
in Sri Aurobindo's grand exposition” 

The Politics of Nationalist School of Indian History and its Critique

S Dutt - Studies in Indian Place Names, 2020
… interpretations. This attempt to establish superiority was based on a dichotomy between spiritual India versus the materialist West. Thinkers such as Aurobindo Ghose particularly emphasized this. However, the nationalists' attempts to rediscover their …

Reflecting on the Inevitable: Mortality at the Crossroads of Psychology, Philosophy, and Health

PJ Adams - 2020
Page 1. Reflecting on the Inevitable Mortality at the Crossroads of Psychology, Philosophy, and Health PETER J. ADAMS Page 2. Advance Praise for Reflecting on the Inevitable “Is it possible to comprehend one's own death …

Blend of History and Politics in Karnad's play Tughlaq

KA Lomte - Our Heritage, 2020
… Blend of History and Politics in Karnad's play Tughlaq. Kiran Annasaheb Lomte. Abstract. The term 'Indo-Anglican' is used to denote original literary creation in the English language by Indian writers. Tagore, Aurobindo Ghosh …
Cosmic consciousness is the cardinal philosophy of human life. Sri Aurobindo's poetry reveals the cosmic purpose from the evolution through his Vedic verses. Human being lives in a material life their consciousness may acquire the …

[PDF] Aesthetic Principles of Hegel and Aurobindo: A Comparative Study

V Jalan
Literature limns a picture of life which is interesting and beautiful. The proficiency of an artist lies in presenting a vibrant image of life which is convincing as well as beautiful. What makes literature interesting? Aesthetics is central in literature as only …

Yearly Shakespeare

… GOUTAM GHOSAL Sri Aurobindo Study Centre Santiniketan – 731235 INDIA Page 2. Edited and published by Goutam Ghosal on behalf of Sri Aurobindo Study Centre Sri Aurobindo Nilay Santiniketan – 731235 India E-Mail …

C Warter, APA Int Fellow
… We need to ponder on what kind of support, lets say, Yeshua (Jesus), Siddhartha (Buddha), Sri Aurobindo, Shahar (Shalom) Yadin, Prophetesses Sarah and Deborah, Mirra Alfassa (The Mother), Carey Jackman or any …

Ram Janmabhoomi Case: Why Puducherry-Based Aurobindo ...

As Aurobindo Ashram withdraws its offer to donate its premises to settle the Ayodhya dispute, it is alleged that a member of the mediation panel misused the trust ...

Opinion | Discover your relationship with money this Diwali

No invocation to Mahalakshmi for me is complete without this quote by freedom fighter and seer Sri Aurobindo from his book The Mother: “Harmony and beauty ...

Gandhi talked of daya, Savarkar said it made Hindus weak ...

India Today-01-Nov-2019
He added that Mahatma Gandhi, Sri Aurobindo and Swami Vivekananda's version of Hinduism was about inclusion. "Gandhi talked about karuna (compassion), ...

Karan Singh warns about nuclear catastrophe, TKA Nair ...

... cites European philosopher-writerArthur Koestler who said that our race is “programmed for self-destruction,” and Indian philosopher Sri Aurobindo who said ...

Pass/Fail system

The Statesman-27-Oct-2019
No, this isn't Puducherry where the exam-free school education system is institutionalised in the schools run by Sri Aurobindo Ashram… and with the supporting 

Climate change and nuclear conflict between India, Pakistan ...

The Indian Express-21-Oct-2019
In his last message on the August 15, 1947, which was also his 75th birthday, the great seer Sri Aurobindo wrote about his five dreams for the future. One of ...

Why Gitanjali JB wants to put the soul and spirituality back in ...

I plan to delve deep into the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and the Works of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo and also study all the educationists in depth.

A Convocation to Remember

DNA India-04-Oct-2019
110 years ago, in the inaugural issue of his journal, Karmayogin (No.1, 19 June 1909), Sri Aurobindo made a prophecy that India was “sure to succeed because ...

Gandhi@150 & India's Swaraj Parampara

DNA India-27-Sep-2019
Deuskar was a friend of Sri Aurobindo, who was also an early purna swarajist, an advocate of India's complete independence. In a few years, with the struggle ...

I Am A Dharmic Universalist, Not A Hindu Nationalist

Youth Ki Awaaz-27-Sep-2019
I would like to begin with the historic words of Sri Aurobindo, in his Uttarpara Speech. In this speech, he gave a comprehensive perspective of Hinduism, which is ...

The Stage Is Set For Second Edition Of Pondy Lit Fest

The term 'Bharat Shakti' was coined by Sri Aurobindo when he wrote, "India is the Bharat Shakti, the living energy of a great spiritual conception, and fidelity to it ...

Influence of the Bhagavad Gita on Prominent Revolutionary ...

The Sentinel Assam-12-Sep-2019
Rishi Bankim Chandra Chattopadhaya was the composer of “Vande ... The great revolutionary-turned-spiritual leader Sri Aurobindo Ghosh pointed out the ...

Bagha Jatin: The unsung hero of Indian independence struggle

Later, his meeting with Sri Aurobindo ignited his fervour for revolution against the British Raj. Soon Aurobindo considered Jatin as his right-hand man. On Jatin ...

"Book nooks, the size of a #book or at least small enough to nestle into a bookshelf, are like updated dollhouses. They’re handcrafted miniature worlds built to make those who see them feel like awe-struck little kids again"
Books have the power to transport us to faraway worlds we may never (or at least not easily) be able to see in real life. The book nook trend does something similar. 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The luminous heart of the Unknown

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Hero is the one who can be betrayed with impunity

Assorted tweets collated by @NathTusar Director #SavitriEra Learning Forum (SELF since 2005) Ghaziabad #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion

Online Courses this September - Bhagawad Gita | Sanskrit | Psychology of Human Development | Consciousness & Social Evolution | Wellness Coaching -

Happy to announce a very special event coming up on Sept 6th. SAFIC is invited to present two Lectures and two Exhibitions as part of Raj Nivas Lecture Series and Raj Nivas Art and Culture Series at Puducherry. @LGov_Puducherry

We need a new psychology which can offer support for the human mind to reach a perfected state. #WhenTheSoulHeals #spirituality #psychology #selfgrowth #selfhelp #author #spiritualawakening #TheMother #SriAurobindo #books #BookBoost
When householders embark upon a spiritual journey, never-ending struggles await them. Amidst this chaos Someone holds them safe and warm constantly reassuring them that they are the real heroes (My article in Times of India dated 29.082019).
Rethinking Spiritual Psychology
My talk at Vimhans -- what is spiritual psychology, why we need it and how we can integrate it in our daily life. #spirituality #psychology #WhenTheSoulHeals #PulkitSharma #selfgrowth  #selfhelp  #Healing via @YouTube
It was blissful revisiting Sri Aurobindo Ashram last week, presenting my book to Tara Didi and sharing my writing journey with Dr. Ramesh Bijlani. #WhenTheSoulHeals #SriAurobindo #psychology #spirituality #BookBoost #books

Initiated discussion on an Advaitic interpretation of Wittgenstein's transcendental, trans-cultural conception of religion which resembles to contemporary neo-vedantins' (such as Vivekananda's and Sri Aurobindo's) universal religion/intuitive religion at ICPR Centre, Lucknow.

"Power does not always have to corrupt. What it always does, is reveal what you are. If you want to know what a person truly is, give them power." - Knower of the Field, Part two, Chapter thirteen #BookReview #newbooks
"Impelled to seek answers and deep-seated motivations, this thriller will alter readers’ perceptions of genetic science and the flawed people at the helm of corporate corruption in a field established to preserve and protect humanity." -The Booklife Prize

The 'field' and the 'knower of the field' is discussed in Chapter 13, #BhagavadGita 
"The Field and Its Knower" - Sri Aurobindo's translation.

Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri and the Mantra via @indianexpress #lifestyle

That's why I mentioned not Gandhian leadership. I mentioned kshatriyas as de leaders. A pro active Hinduism is what #SriAurobindo desired, not a passive one.

"Ripeness is all". King Lear Shakespeare 
"...the ultimate value of a man is not to be measured by what he does, nor even by what he says, but by what he becomes." 
Sri Aurobindo, Letter to Dilip Kumar Roy

["My opinion is that Allah is great and great is the mystery of the universe and things are not what they seem, etc." Sri Aurobindo
The Ashram is an epitome of this mystery; thing to hold on is this faith "The Ashram is the cradle of the new world." Kishor

Peter Heehs wrote the final book on Sri Aurobindo. Vikram Sampath has written one on Savarkar now. Such a book on Subhas Chandra Bose is badly needed to end perennial discussions on him which, to say the least, is irritating. Failure of science is understandable, but why history?
Not exactly; it's an exacting book barring just one page. It didn't cater to popular expectation but it has documented most positive and negative aspects relating to Sri Aurobindo apart from all minute details of his life. Nothing can be added and in that sense final. @sathya_adv
I have a book called Pen-portraits and tributes by Gandhiji - U.S. Mohan Rao (NBT - 1969). A similar book by Sri Aurobindo can be very popular. Of course, many feel that Sri Aurobindo's assessments at times are a bit flowery, rhetorical, or polemical. Archer's case, for instance.
I might have recommended Sri Aurobindo's The Secret of the Veda several times, but his Vedic and Philological Studies (CWSA-Vol.14-742 pages) is a veritable treasure house to unlock many doors of Indian wisdom. And it's first such compilation in book form.
The Secret of the Veda is the Sri Aurobindo's most original and revolutionary contribution to Indian knowledge bank.
Dharma has become synonymous with Hindutva but they are not very enthusiastic about the Veda. That may be due to the old antagonism towards Arya Samaj. However, The Secret of the Veda by Sri Aurobindo exposes falsity of Rituals by establishing their original purpose. @sakshitrust
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo don't differentiate between the so called sacred domain and the profane and thus work becomes worship. Surrender is the only overarching ritual in Integral yoga without reliance on any external paraphernalia or office of a priest
Well, PhD is nothing but crossing the threshold to enter the world of ideas and encounter it with more freedom and confidence. Unlearning parts of the thesis to accommodate future convictions is also a cruel reality, especially in Humanities. Any reference to Sri Aurobindo, btw?

VIP VAK: What isn't considered a social construct?
Assorted tweets collated by @NathTusar Director #SavitriEra Learning Forum (SELF since 2005) Ghaziabad
#SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
Read the Odia translation of an article (Bengali writings - Vol. 6) by Nolini Kanta Gupta (13 January 1889 – 7 February 1983) on Unity of India in the current issue of Navaprakash (Puducherry). He obviously defends the present structure but concedes that the diversity is complex.
Nice thread and resonates with all of us who are born and brought up in a village but then I was reminded of this old column by Dileep Padgaonkar which I had read before my access to Internet.
[Let your grand-daughter live in a hut in my village, tend goats all day and sing your poems to her hearts content.]
You have said many things; would seem as rambling rant but intention is laudable. It's a question of right attitude and convincing content. In the absence of right books people are confused about the ideology. When right knowledge comes humility will dawn.
Human affairs as perceived by way of current affairs is merely a tranche. Even in its totality it's like a few pieces of a jigsaw puzzle without any assurance of being the authentic ones since rest of the pieces are either missing or it's not known whether a puzzle exists at all.
Hindutva votaries need to be polite therefore without flaunting any kind of certainty as regards cosmology or sociology. Superiority and exceptionalism are avoidable hubris. Berating others for their contesting point of view can be unsubstantiated chutzpah. Coexistence is basic.
Let language be the sole defining criteria for a nation when the States get Sovereignty. Preserving all dialects is a romantic idea but hardly practicable; they will perish. Major ones will survive just like merger of Banks. Economics will play a role toward an organic evolution.
I respect you both. Each person has his chosen intellectual trajectory, spiritual destiny, and Evolutionary assignment. Truth is a severely contested domain in the 21st century due to uncertainty of science and it's a catch 22 situation. So, let not there be bar on perspectives.
I feel pity for the Hindutva activists who undertake painstaking research for understanding various nuances of Islam in order to criticise it. Similar is the case of @devduttmyth who valiantly bears the burden of displaying the futility of mythology by wallowing in its quagmire.
I remember Kanchan's regular column in The Pioneer when it was relaunched first three decades back spreading alternative perspectives. Some have pioneering roles and that should get due recognition. Countless people might have benefitted from such endeavours. Each word mattered.
One of The Mother’s many volcanic ideas that shook us in the school days and hooked us to her lasso is that the flowers decorating her photo need not be thrown away daily. Each flower has the right to serve the divine as long as it remains fresh ...
Sites like @AuroEbooks @aurovilletoday @SACAR_IN and @WelcomeSacar are helpful.

[One such from Lacan is his notion–in connection with Antigone–that the hero is the one who can be betrayed with impunity. It sounds strange at first, considering that the hero is usually a figure who seems both strong and surrounded by supportive allies.]

I don't think. NOT. RW Emerson, TS Elliot, Robert Oppenheimer, Herbert Spencer, Arthur Eddington, Albert Einstein
I feel indebted to them as a student of INDIAN PHILOSOPHY & ENGLISH LITERATURE..Ma'm thank you.

Unfortunately, most people have such a naïve understanding of the problem. When a monopoly is so all-encompassing, it becomes as invisible as the air.
Things are definitely getting more and more opaque in computer science research.

#Opinion: Students falling into the trap of identity politics, writes Avijit Pathak via @thetribunechd

This is the problem with Sanghi nutters who whatabout at the drop of a hat. And with Tamil nationalists who somehow think bringing past sins is relevant to present unrelated struggles.

Modernity came to India unfortunately through colonisation rather than national choice - which explains why decolonisation takes the form of a hopeless atavism rather than the growth of a native discourse of modernity.

Transhumanist technologies can enable shortcuts to the various destinations of natural evolution. How will humanity be altered? Ganesh Chakravarthi @craynonymous explores how humans have started adopting such technologies in this essay.

#GunIsland #AmitavGhosh #climatechange I read Gun Island in 24 hours. And it is spooky how the amazon forest burning seems to be straight out of this book. I liked the occult dimension of this neatly woven story.
Also John Brunner's *The Sheep Look Up*. And old book about environmental catastrophe. It's last chapter is very much like what is now happening.
"Where the peril is greatest, there lies the saving power also" --Hölderlin. A characterisation of enantiodromia or reversal at the extremity. "Everything is pregnant with its opposite" today- (Marshall Berman).
It's in this context of decoherence and disintegration and a pandaemonium of the affects, though, that the quest for the Holy Grail of a new Integral Theory is sensed as so urgent. "One must have chaos within oneself to give birth to a dancing star" (Nietzsche).

Intellectualism is overrated. Too much focus on it reduces the focus on common sense, intuition, self awareness, sensitivity, sensibility, spontaneity and sense of harmony in personality. How can only intellect be the single most overbearing report card of a human being?

Apparently the same sinister power centre that broke the back of the bengali collective energy through earlier Islamic&later British rule, is still continuing till date as the NRC exercise now makes it clear. Wonder why the dead tiger of Eastern sentience is still feared so much.

Khudiram Bose was the 1st martyr in the history of revolutionary movement for Indian independence. Kanailal Dutta was the 2nd& Satyendranath Bose was the 3rd

much of history handed down - is the history of individuals. But what we read history for, at least I do, is to get the story of an identity: where both individuals and collective merge. Isnt that something thats crucial even for the individuals life view?

जातीय आरक्षण व जातीय अस्पृश्यता समाज को बांटने का अंग्रेज, कांग्रेस, वामपंथी ईसाई धर्मांतरण  करने वाली  संस्थाओं द्वारा पोषित षड्यंत्र है
जरुरतमंद को मिले आरक्षण आरक्षण के मठाधीश न पैदा हों, 
आरक्षित सीटों से जीते सांसद विधायक, आरक्षण से बने आईएएस, पीसीएस, डॉक्टर इंजीनियर नहीं चाहेंगे कि कभी आरक्षण खत्म हो- शांत प्रकाश जाटव

When the British left India, they had actually created and left behind a real caste system: the English and the non-English caste system, the prime example of which was our first Prime Minister. 
—Sandeep Balakrishna @dharmadispatch   

Hindu Dharma remains an enemy of exclusivist theologies and materialistic ideologies that find dharmic values and yogic spirituality to be a threat to their hegemony
Strong defence of the world's most peaceful religion by @davidfrawleyved -- must read

Vedic Sacrifice Leads to the Fulfillment of the Powers of the External World
The Development of the Lower Knowledge and Its Limitations Through the Action of Aspiration and the Forms of Sacrifice

Is Sanskrit relevant today?
Listen to my TEDx talk...
Ramakrishna is Paramahansa - not 'Great Swan'
Shivaji is Chatrapati - not 'Lord of Umbrella'.
Because of the wide gulf between Sanskrit & English with respect to genius, sentence structure and turn of thought, a verbal translation from Sanskrit to English would be disastrous.

Taitariya Brahmana Vol 2 was released with blessings from  Bindu Madhava Swamy at Belaguru. Prof. R. L Kashyap, Dr. R. V. Jahagirdhar and Sakshi volunteers joined the celebration. #sakshitrust #Veda

গীতার দ্বাদশতম অধ্যায়ে কৃষ্ণকে একজন ভক্তের বৈশিষ্ট্যাবলী ব্যক্ত করতে দেখা যায়, কিন্তু সেই রূপকে তিনি একজন জ্ঞানীর প্রলক্ষণ বর্ণনা করেন।
কৃষ্ণ-জীবনে ভগবদ্গীতা – ভক্তি

A Series Inspired by India’s Rebirth – 3
Filmy Musings: Amar Prem (and a painting at home)

J Sai Deepak :Ushering the Indic Renaissance brilliant talk and a call to listen and ponder..each of us should aspire to do what swabhava impels us to..

A must read book on medieval India is Mohsin Fani's Dabestān-e Mazāheb. It was composed in about 1655 CE and it gives a first-person account of the religious & philosophical scene in India during Akbar's reign.
Most authorities now believe that the author was one Mīr Ḏu’l-feqār Ardestānī (ca. 1026-81/1617-70),with pen name Mollā Mowbad or Mowbadšāh.

[PDF] “Empower Women to Enlighten India”–Validation of Women empowerment Scale with Reference to Vellore District
B Suresh, A VJ
… Research. I sincerely thank Dr. Jayachandran. F, Research Officer, Sri Aurobindo Institute of Research in Social Sciences, Puducherry, for patiently rectifying all my doubts while working on statistical software packages. References …

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Shobha Mitra had learnt music from Dilip Kumar Roy and Sahana Devi

Dear Friends, On Wednesday, 31 July 2019, the Aurobindonian community lost a great music maestro and a creative genius with the passing away of Shobha Mitra at the age of eighty-five. She belonged to the rare class of composers who believed in the philosophy of ‘Art for the sake of "Divine"’ instead of ‘Art for Art’s sake’. She had learnt music from the likes of Dilip Kumar Roy and Sahana Devi and had kept the glorious legacy of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Music alive with her soul-touching compositions.

An obituary of Shobha Mitra has been published in the website of Overman Foundation along with some of her photographs. To read the obituary kindly click on the following link:
@Auro_Mere @integralyog #sriaurobindo

International Conference to be held in Pondicherry
Topic: “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity”
Dates: 18-20 October 2019
Venue: Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry
For full details about the conference, please visit the link below.

Pondy Lit Fest (Sept 27-29)
60 speakers. 40 conversations. Swapan Dasgupta | Baijayant Panda | Pavan Varma | Anirban Ganguly| Tavleen Singh| Sanjeev Sanyal | Deep Halder | Gautam Chintamani | Vikram Sampath | Meenakshi Jain | Aashish Chandorkar | Aravindan Neelakandan | #PLF19
Pondy Lit Fest (Sept 27-29)
Celebrating Sri Aurobindo's idea of 'Bharat Shakti'.
Inaugural address Smt Smriti Irani
Bridging Kamakhya & Kanyakumari Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma
In conversation:
Shri Arif Mohammed Khan
Shri Prasoon Joshi
Shri Malini Awasthi
Shri Samir Saran
Pondy Lit Fest (Sept 27-29)
Scintillating conversations, elevating music. Join us to create an alternative to all other lit fests. Entry is free. Registrations will open soon. #PLF19

Pondicherry Literature Festival (Sept 27-29)
Pradeep Bhandari @pradip103 will be there to tell the audience how he gets his sums right. #PLF19
Celebrating Sri Aurobindo's #BharatShakti
Celebrating #YoungIndia and its youth.

Suffering is often a catalyst. More & more humans are suffering during this Time of Transition as this new Supramental consciousness, to quote Sri Aurobindo, anchors itself, bringing up all that doesn't align with Truth. All that we've not looked at, we've avoided, our shadows...

Sandeep Balakrishna @dharmadispatch speaking at Sri Aurobindo Society. Fantastic topic!
"Luminaries of Modern Indian Renaissance." @SrijanFn see what a good topic and by worthy scholar/ speaker
Sandeep Balakrishna @dharmadispatch  speaking at Sri Aurobindo Society about some of the luminaries of Modern Indian Renaissance. August 10, 2019.
Full report with more pictures and summary of his talk coming soon....

Beautiful flower arrangements created by Unmesa participants  today. They also learned a few things about what we can learn from flowers, how being sensitive to flowers and nature helps us grow in consciousness, and some Sanskrit words for flowers.

Excerpts of the interaction:
"Teachings of Aurobindo and Krishnamacharya have had a deep influence on me especially in pursuit of understanding the true essence and meaning of Yoga."

People who despise Gandhi are the ones who never seriously read him. I used to hate him too. And yes there are aspects of his life and ideology which do not apply in realpolitik, but still his philosophy is as astounding as that of Sri Aurobindo or Swami Vivekananda.

You are very very wrong. RSS is the father of BJP and that was created by Hegdewar under influence of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay and a lot of guidance of Rishi Aurobindo.
While Congress was a purely British party.
You prove how erasing history has helped them. Find out first.

A supreme manifesting godhead is quite Abrahmic description. Vedas are subtle they take no firm stand. But for intellectual knowledge i will say all Vedic gods are parts of higher divine element.

What was special about Sethna, Gokak, Iyengar, Pandit n Madhusudan Reddy? Their originality n their language under the influence of Sri Aurobindo.
The standard of the leading Ashram journals has gone down miserably, partly because the geniuses have left or too old, partly  due to d "frog in the well vision" n chiefly due to the promotion  of the underqualified to block talented young writers. Ego again!!!
If I stayed in Pondicherry I would spend my days n nights with RY Deshpande. He is always creating with passion like a young man, be it on the Mind of Light or the sonnet like passages in Savitri. Blessed to be his student !
A man from Physics, RY Deshpande later learnt the finer nuances, technicalities n the soul of poetry. Today he is a living encyclopaedia of Savitri ! Amazing wholetimer on Sri Aurobindo! It will be wise for all to collect the "gold" from him.

You make a fair point that there are various versions. But I draw the line where one version starts distorting core aspects of Hinduism and denigrates Hindus. He crossed that line long ago. While I acknowledge the merit of your argument, my opinion of him remains...

Fair. You have all freedom to have your own opinion. And in my limited experience, I have not come across anything 'denigrating' Hinduism in his writing / talks until now.

Plasim Radar

How to Make Decisions (a talk in Hindi) - An interactive session with children from Odisha school on the decision making process. The various levels and ways of decision making are discussed agai...

Shobha Mitra : The Story of a Dedicated Soul by Anurag Banerjee - Dear Friends, On Wednesday, 31 July 2019, the Aurobindonian community lost a great music maestro and a creative genius with the passing away of Shobha Mitr...

Overcoming the Lure of an Exclusive Concentration on Individual Salvation - The power of an exclusive concentration cannot be underestimated. The ability to block out distractions and devote the full attention to a particular subj...

- Istanbul's Yeni Şafak on simulations. Virtual reality is more real than real reality. This is exactly what Heidegger, the greatest thinker of our age, was...

Akeel Bilgrami's Gramscian stupidity - Akeel Bilgrami wrote as follows a year ago in Outlook- The state in polities broadly described as ‘liberal democracies’ with political economies broadly d...

Eternity and Infinity: A Meditation on Blake - “Eternity is in love with the productions of time” — William Blake I give you the end of a golden string; Only wind it into a ball, It will lead you in ...

The fantasy of high school - So many cultural tropes around high school are attempts to make our actions and experiences at that time make sense, when in reality we were all just flail...

RFP | The Sociology of Science and Religion: Identity and Belief Formation - Rice University and the University of California, San Diego announced a new re-granting initiative, funded through the Templeton Religion Trust and coordin...

Twelve Years with Sri Aurobindo by Nirodbaran - Twelve Years with Sri Aurobindo Twelve Years with Sri Aurobindo by Nirodbaran is an account of the period of his close personal contact with Sri Aurobind...

What is Life? – I The Scientific Perspectives and the Spiritual vision - (What is the origin, nature and process of life? This is a fundamental question of philosophy and science which has to be re-examined constantly in the li...

Who is afraid of ‘Philosophy’ in India?— A guest post by Mrinal Kaul - For past couple of decades, the idea of liberal arts in higher education in India is going through a process of churning. As a part of this a number of edu...

My Poststructuralist Tent Revival podcast on Whitehead - Here’s part 1. Part 2 will be posted here as soon as it is released!

A Buddhist argument against rebirth - I am not entirely sure that I agree with the argument I am about to make. However, I do find … Continue reading →

It's literally the edge of our collective knowledge - Assorted tweets: We are heading for one party rule. It has nothing to do with Hinduism and everything to do with Muslim appeasement. Nazism in new form....

Monday, July 22, 2019

Agni running away from doing duty

Assorted tweets:

Such an honor to share our Illness to Wholeness work for Stress and Burnout prevention at the Sri Aurobindo Society in Singapore.

Will be doing a FREE workshop next week at Sri Aurobindo Centre For Arts And Communication!
Anyone keen, please do register ASAP! *limited Seats*
#mgmhindia #mgmhxmusicbiz #ritnikateaches #theindianmusicscene
Taking care of your mental health is so important. As a certified life coach and energy therapist I am here to help.
I also do monthly free mental health sharing circles in Delhi. For more info pls join our private...

If Blaming Centre For Everything Wrong With Indian Science Is Scientific Temper, Then I’m Guilty Of Not Having It  @vraman16 via @swarajyamag
Whether it is panchagavya or Ayurgenomics, scientific investigation into these traditional knowledge systems is very essential. If Indian scientists do not do it then, when transnational firms who are constantly knowledge mining these systems, patent these very knowledge systems

Don't make roads in Uttarakhand. Don't develop tourism circuits there. Don't make dams. Keep its people poor. Why? So that a crank "Right Winger" living in a metro or a foreign country gets to feel the real spirituality when he deigns to visit it.

“National Education is, next to self government...”
The Penguin Sri Aurobindo Reader (Ed. @MakrandParanspe) @IndicBookClub

J.B.S. Haldane created the field of population genetics and fought in the Spanish Civil War. But it's his quotability for which he is remembered
The so-called marketplace of ideas is broken. Turns out that neither markets nor people can be counted on to embrace the rational or the true
Academics think their work is timeless, like 13th-century monks’ transcriptions of Aristotle’s Poetics. Yet never underestimate the power of trendiness

The Mahābhārata is a celebration of such stories. What a variety of stories occur in the epic and what different tastes they kindle in our hearts!
Mahābhārata and its Place in Indian Culture – Part 3

Mandra: The Tragic Character of Ramkumari

Those 3 brothers of Agni are later revealed as Bhupati, Bhuvanapati & Bhutanampati
भूप॑तये॒ स्वाहा॒ भुव॑नपतये॒ स्वाहा॑ भू॒तानाम्पत॑ये॒ स्वाहा  ।

This leitmotif of Agni running away from doing His duty is seen in several places of shruti..
The verse अग्निर्देवेभ्यो निलायत​ । occurs in a lot of place, with each one set amidst an interesting situation with an equally interesting outcome!

"Cinema has infused mediocrity into every area of public life where rhetoric is an end in itself, slogans are intellectualism and Facebook memes are research.
No wonder then that the Millennial Tamil thinks kitsch is cool and complexity is a conspiracy."
Brilliant-not just Tamil movies;include all Indian languages and  Ekta kapoors soaps and all TV serials.Lowest-how much lower will they go?
The abusive responses of minions of @Suriya_offl below indicate that his fans are just third rate rowdies with very little comprehension. Such a third rate actor with goonda fans getting limelight is a blot on TN.

Although the notice may seem racist at first glance, much of this is true. Most Indians grow up with zero civic sense in India & find it difficult to change overnight just because one has crossed borders.

In general the H-crowd at large is interested in certain figures, and is not that keen to dig deeper to learn more about other equally important figures
E.g. Sankaracharya is ofcourse a pan-Indian icon (though his origins too are in deep south)

But then other Advaita figures are less well known
E.g. Madhusudana Saraswati from Bengal / Varanasi (16th cen) - few people have heard of him
So it is not a geographic thing. It's about selective valorization of certain names, and ignorance of others

Very recently through @blog_supplement I learnt about this vibrant intellectual culture in the city of Navadwip - home to so many giants - Raghunatha Shiromani, Vasudeva Sarvabhouma, Chaitanya
For the most part there is a lack of interest to learn

Even Chaitanya had to flee to Odisha. How can one expect them to go on reconversion spree on mass scale in a land ruled by Jihadis when preserving their own identity was a concern?
Leave reconversion spree, they had to do extensive polemic vs fellow H to defend right of Ms whom they had already made Krishna devotee to chant Harinama.

That aphorism of Sri Aurobindo on not fighting under a general who hasn’t lost a war is applicable here..failure teaches a leader to seek counsel from all sources...he does not keep opinions that are unquestionable...

Don't miss! Agastya Gurukulam & Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture present a residential camp starting July 28, 2019 where the Gurus come together for the Unmesa programme to teach young minds from around the world. Find the details here.

There is no such thing as historical enabling in Science and technology. Great research Institutes and centres of excellence can crumble within years, even months. Ideas are the product of a human mind not sanctioned buildings.
Science doesn't live in the past. It isn't History.

"Golconde" is a private residence for the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. This is the first modernist building in India, built in 1942.

I came to #sriaurobindo' jis influence in the year 1990s ;  after reading his writings on the Veda and Gita ; As I was a devotee of  Lord Krishna 's Bhagwad gita since my childhood ;  I found
#sriaurobindo ' s integral yoga  system so perfect method ;  even you may study Six Darshans of sanatan dharam;  Sri Aurobindo's Words are more revealing than even studying upanishad or gita or any other Text as we name #shastras #SundayThoughts
Indian #yoga is ancient system who helps us to find out our True Nature Hidden in our deep recesses.... Initial study of sri  aurobindo's Works  are very typical;  but once mind is bent upon his works  ; one  will not find any parallel Master, Yogi or any Path who makes one  truly Universal Personality .... #integralYoga
The End of an Era : Afternoon Despatch and Courier | Behram Contractor (1930-2001) worked at @fpjindia, @timesofindia & @mid_day before founding The Afternoon Despatch & Courier in 1985. He continued to write articles as #Busybee. His loved and famous column was 'Round and About'

Its Reshma who sweared to break Sabarimala tradition. She wore sacred chain, pledged b4 public that will remove it only aftr entering Sannidanam. Yest her father died in accident. An Ayyappa who was wearing sacred chain took him to hospital. As father died she has to remove chain

Tribute to Hindi cinema's legendary singer #Mukesh on his 96th birth anniversary today. Mukesh left a great impact on the Hindi film music world that he's still remembered for his melodious and melancholic voice.
What are your favorite songs of his?
@NeilNMukesh @Shanoozeing

None I suppose.. and except Kanika (Mayfair) no other odia cuisine restaurant does justice to the authenticity, taste & quality
Anyone who had visited Kanika Odia speciality restaurant of Mayfair Lagoon, Bbsr can plz share his inputs

1. [Kulbhushan Kharbanda (born 21 October 1944) as the antagonist Shakaal in Shaan (1980)]
2. [Shafi Inamdar (23 October 1945 – 13 March 1996) started with Vijeta and Ardh Satya]
3. [Saeed Jaffrey (8 January 1929 – 15 November 2015) with Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977)]
Overpopulation has made India ungovernable and its Democracy dysfunctional. Once the States get Sovereignty, they will solve local problems on their own; no need for Delhi megalomania dictating, nor national outlook is warranted. #MakeIndiaHistory by opting for #BharataFederation
Bande Mataram was written with Bengal in mind and it played a stellar role during Partition of Bengal (1905) movement. All the gains of Bengal Renaissance during the previous 100 years were harnessed to sow the seed of Independence of India. Bengal must become a Sovereign nation.
So called national culture is corrupting and destroying local traditions and languages. Present Odisha symbolising the great Kalinga Empire must get Sovereignty to safeguard its rich heritage. #MakeIndiaHistory by opting for #BharataFederation as per #FiveDreams of Sri Aurobindo.
Thanks for excellent presentation. A trivia: First Odia ICS Officer, Nilamani Senapati belongs to the Garedi Panchana village. He and Bhingarpur Choudhury family are within our circle of relatives. Our caste is Mastan (perhaps Mahasthan) Brahmins who don't perform puja (Bhumihar)
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have provided the occasion and opportunity to forget about all past icons and affinities. Their contribution in black and white surpass all colourful imaginations of human civilisation by light years. But recognising them constitutes a challenging task.
VIP VAK: Ram Swarup gave the spiritual and philosophical basis @NathTusar, Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF), Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad-201014, UP #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
Savitri Era of those who adore,
Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.