Monday, November 30, 2009

Kishor Gandhi, Jayantilal Parekh, Indra Sen and Satya Prakash Singh

Mirror of Tomorrow Re: the Four luminous Powers and the Story of Creation--Jung on the Shadow
paulette on Thu 26 Nov 2009 07:02 AM IST Profile Permanent Link

Jungian therapy is about ‘individuation’, the demiurge is the Jungian ‘Self’; Indra Sen (the late professor of psychology and ashramite) was the first one to stress a similarity with the role of the psychic being. Meeting and integrating the shadow is the starting point, but is also an unending process that goes on for life. In Integral Yoga too this is a most essential step, which goes along with the unending introspection and self-scrutiny the Mother advocates for the sadhaks; the task rests, needless to say, with one’s psychic being, presiding over what the Mother calls ‘individualisation’.

Not only there is the shadow, but Sri Aurobindo, replying to the late Kishor Gandhi who had submitted to him a text by Jung, mentioned that almost everyone has an attached being compelling the sadhak to manifest the opposite of the truth of his/her inner being: the evil persona (translated into French as ‘le double mauvais’, one’s evil double). Whether it is Jung, or Integral Yoga, there is no way out but working all this out.

This is the theme of my last book, “Becoming One – The Psychology of Integral Yoga”: 300 pages compiling from the Mother on all aspects of Integral Psychology, and another 160 presenting Freud, Jung and essays by major ashramites, also focusing on the shadow and evil persona. [...]

This explains why it is so important to try to convert the asuras, given their extraordinary powers and (potential) light, and also the role they play in his Path. Sri Aurobindo and the Mother never made a secret of it, and this was as well a constant refrain I heard since when I first came to the Ashram, in 1973, which helped me to set things in the right perspective from the beginning – and also not to run away, disconcerted, finding instead of a promised heavenly paradise a bloody crucible of alchemic transformation.

Re: Jung's Shadow and Enlightenment
by paulette on Fri 27 Nov 2009 01:26 AM IST Profile Permanent Link

Let’s now go back to the main contention. Within their own yogic path Sri Aurobindo and the Mother have charted a psychological path. The first one pointing at certain common links with aspects of the personal unconscious of Freud and, furthermore, not only the collective unconscious Jung had discovered, but even Jung’s Self, is the late Prof. Indra Sen, a professor of Psychology at Delhi University who gave up a most promising career to become a full time disciple of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. I wrote in “Becoming One – The Psychology of Integral Yoga”:

“In India Professor Sen was considered the leading authority on Jung, whom he met in 1938 on the occasion of celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the University of Calcutta, organised by the Indian Science Congress, when Jung was honoured with a doctorate. In a private interview Jung unveiled to Sen delicate matters that were to be kept secret for years, on Jung’s request. Sen started visiting the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in 1939, spending most of his time there; he settled permanently in Pondicherry in 1945. While he was still a professor at the University of Delhi, reading the works of Sri Aurobindo he discovered that here was a new psychological system whose perfection he had not found anywhere else; the only term for it was Integral Psychology. Sen referred this to Sri Aurobindo. This was accepted by Sri Aurobindo and Sen was asked to write articles on the subject to present the system of Integral Psychology. All his articles, on any subject, were read to Sri Aurobindo until 1950, when the Master left the body – and afterwards to the Mother – before being published in the journals of the country.”

In the light of the unique position he had vis-à-vis our Masters, Prof. Sen’s assessments on Jung carry a special weight. He wrote in “Integral Psychology: The Psychological System of Sri Aurobindo”, Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Pondicherry, 1st edition 1986, which I also reproduce from “Becoming One”: [...] Sen specifies, [...]

Prof. Satya Prakash Singh, who in his youth had studied under Sen, and who is the author of “Sri Aurobindo and Carl Jung”, later reprinted with a section on the Vedas as “Sri Aurobindo, Jung and Vedic Yoga” goes even further, as I am going to quote next. Paulette

Re: Sanatana Dharma XXVI—the Four luminous Powers and the Story of Creation
paulette on Fri 27 Nov 2009 06:16 AM IST Profile Permanent Link

In 1976 I spent six months reading Jung day and night, fascinated; I did not even feel coming back to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram… But when I came across Jung not meeting the Maharshi, this for me was the end of the story. For the next fifteen years I rejected Jung completely. But even in my rejection, what I had found in him was so overwhelmingly glued to what I am that I had to find another way, and I got it! [...]

The following, to my knowledge, is the only certain proof we have regarding Sri Aurobindo: his written reply to Kishor Gandhi, who had submitted to him a text by Jung. I got the information by Kishor Gandhi himself.

Re: Sanatana Dharma XXVI—the Four luminous Powers and the Story of Creation
RY Deshpande on Fri 27 Nov 2009 09:59 AM IST Profile Permanent Link

The real question is the basis for Jung not finding much in those books of Sri Aurobindo. Jayantilal’s presenting the books to Jung could not have happened without Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’s knowledge. We could look into other aspects of your comment separately, but this one—not finding much in those books—needs some clarification. ~ RYD

Re: Sanatana Dharma XXVI—the Four luminous Powers and the Story of Creation
Joan Price on Sat 28 Nov 2009 02:45 AM IST Profile Permanent Link

As a 45 year disciple of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and a student of Jung, I would like to suggest that Jung's yoga would consist in our knowing the PersonalityTypes. The two attitude types: Extrovert and Introvert, and the Four Functiions: Intuition, Thinking, Feeling and Sensation. These are libido energies, not just mental faculties.

Re: Sanatana Dharma XXVI—the Four luminous Powers and the Story of Creation
paulette on Sat 28 Nov 2009 05:30 AM IST Profile Permanent Link

In my thirty-six years practice of Integral Yoga, besides individuation/individualization, the links I experience all the time with the Jungian path, in myself as well as the other sadhaks, are: the shadow and projection of the shadow – cum Sri Aurobindo’s evil persona; the persona; the Freudian personal unconscious, also acknowledged by Jung; the aspect of the collective unconscious that the Mother calls atavism (akin to the Freudian superego); the meeting of the opposites for a broader synthesis; the four functions and particularly the inferior(s) one(s); the necessity of the psychiatric ego (also much present in Freud), prior to Self-realisation.

At a more personal level, I live in an archetypal world, and I relate to the four levels of the Gnostic anima embraced by Jung, and also the quaternity highlighted by (Jungian) Irene de Castilleyo.

Re: Sanatana Dharma XXVI—the Four luminous Powers and the Story of Creation
paulette on Sat 28 Nov 2009 03:37 PM IST Profile Permanent Link

I am forwarding you separately, for posting it in Mirror of Tomorrow, “THE PROBLEM OF THE ‘EVIL PERSONA’ IN SRI AUROBINDO AND IN WESTERN PSYCHOLOGY” by Raimond De Becker, which Kishor Gandhi had published in “Sri Aurobindo Circle, vol. X, 1954, of which he was the editor. By giving me a photocopy of this article, some twenty-five years ago, Kishor Gandhi initiated me to the royal path of the shadow (in Jungian psychology as well as in Integral Yoga), and directly to the evil persona in Integral Yoga. The Mother herself commented at least twice about the evil persona (Sri Aurobindo’s reply because of a text by Jung submitted to him by Kishor Gandhi).

The Mother had appointed Kishor as the sole editor of the three volumes of Sri Aurobindo’s “Letters on Yoga” and other texts. In this capacity he must have interacted with Jayantilal (the founder of the Ashram’s Archives), and was most probably aware of details, which we don’t have, regarding Jayantilal meeting Jung.

De Becker’s article, which I have already reproduced in “Becoming One – The Psychology of Integral Yoga” is extraordinary, and will help to shed light on the present debate. Paulette

Re: Sanatana Dharma XXVI—the Four luminous Powers and the Story of Creation
paulette on Sun 29 Nov 2009 05:39 AM IST Profile Permanent Link

Thanks to RYD for putting together references to Jung by other Aurobindonians. I will send to him a separate posting concerning the Jungian self, with quotes from Jung, Indra Sen and Satya Prakash Singh, the two aurobindonian professors who saw an analogy between it and the psychic being. Jung, Philemon and the Fourfold Psyche—by David Johnston

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Barin Ghose, Dilip Kumar Roy, and Anna Bogenholm Sloane

But the Integral Yoga is not easy and the obdurate mule of our human nature kicks back at us when we press upon it the necessary change. Only the real heroes survive, only those who can surrender themselves to a higher Power and anchor themselves in the Divine. Most of us compromise on the Yoga, for we realise that even if we fail (if at all there is something called failure), we cannot go back. There are of course many who go back to the ordinary life, but those who have reached a point of no return will prefer to dilute the Yoga than start life again, say at the age of fifty. It is then that we have to plough our way through the twilight zone and often through bleak patches of moonless nights until we see hope in the glimmerings of a distant dawn. A few make it, but only after a long grind and after the hair has sufficiently greyed with failures and disappointments. That is why I find some of the older members of our Ashram the happiest lot.

Some don’t make it! Doubts creep in questioning first their fitness for the Yoga, then questioning the Yoga itself. That is why Sri Aurobindo and the Mother have so often advised us not to play with Doubt, even though it might seem fashionable to do so. When years of sadhana seem infructuous and the hidden spiritual ambition gets frustrated, the sadhak revolts against his Gurus and either goes away to live the ordinary life or sets up his own Ashram. The list of such cases in the Ashram is not short, even if you leave out the recent ones. Among the most prominent ones in the past are Barin Ghose (Sri Aurobindo’s own brother), the famous singer Dilip Kumar Roy and many others, including Westerners such as Anna Bogenholm Sloane.[1] 24 November 2009 The Metamorphosis of a Sadhak-Scholar -- by Raman Reddy from A critique of the book "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by Peter Heehs by Raman Reddy

That being the case, no single interpretation in Auroville, if it realizes the spiritual society that it aims to be, should be louder than the rest; in other words, a single creed in not acceptable. This is a constant struggle for Auroville, just like everywhere else. [...] I am particularly interested in the notion of Truth, how the pioneers viewed it at the beginning of Auroville before the Mother passed away and how the AV youth views Truth. I am limiting the pioneers that I interview to those that came before the Mother passed, and the only factor that I am currently using to determine "youth" is that he or she was born here. My line of thought is this:

Spiritual movements have happened throughout history, but time and again these movements are codified into creeds rather than remaining inner, subjective truths (as the spiritual leaders seems to encourage). So long as the leader is living (Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, etc), the followers are content to be told the truth, but at the moment that this trusted leader is gone, the followers seem to comfort themselves with a dogma. A dogma is a strong tradition, so strong that it is considered to be undoubtedly true. But to maintain this single Truth often leads to a tyrannical rule, stamping out any controversy rather than a willingness to show respect or lend a listening ear.

Auroville is experiencing this transition now, as the pioneers reminisce on the easy days, when one could simply write to the Mother and learn how far she strayed from the Truth. And now, Aurovilians have to decide what is true on their own, and they way that they go about this is crucial to whether or not they stay true to their intentions. Truth as subjectivity is certainly not a new idea, but it hasn't prevailed so far. Nonetheless, it remains a hope of people all over the world, whether they show that commitment by devoting themselves to Auroville, or they contribute to the conversation in Western Academics today, with ideas such as a "return to religion (without religion)."

I hope that the transition that Auroville has been experiencing over the last 36 years (since the Mother left her body) can shed some light on this human effort that is made over and over again, despite the seeming lack of progress. Thanksgiving, Fulbright Style Friday, 27 November 2009 by cjd002 Carissa Devine '09 is a graduate from LVC in Religion and Philosophy

Monday, November 23, 2009

West Bengal 'Sri Aurobindo Kendra Sammelan' on 20 December 2009

Sri Aurobindo Kendra Sammelan

Dear All,

'Sri Aurobindo Kendra Sammelan' has organized a reunion of all Sri Aurobindo Ashram Centres in West Bengal in the premises of Lakshmi's House, (Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture, 3 Regent Park, Ranikuthi, Kolkata-700040) on 20 December 2009 at 10 a.m.
The activities to be held on the day of reunion are as follows:

1. 10 a.m.: Registration of the participants.
2. 10.30 a.m.: Collective meditation along with the rendition of the Mother's music.
3. 10.45 a.m.: Lecture: The Role of the Ashram Centres in the Path of Sadhana shown by Sri Aurobindo by Prof. Biswanath Roy.
4. 11.15 a.m.: Discussion regarding the various activities of the centres and problems faced by them.
5. 12.30 p.m.: Anurag Banerjee would speak on the history of Lakshmi's House which would be followed by a tour of Lakshmi's House premises, including Galerie La Mére and Sri Aurobindo Parichay Gallery.
6. 1.15 p.m.: Lunch would be served.
7. 1.45 p.m.: Post-lunch there would be a bus-tour (organized by Lakshmi's House) of some of the places in Kolkata where Sri Aurobindo had stayed or visited, namely:
◦ 12 Wellington Square: Raja Subodh Mullick's residence in North Calcutta where Sri Aurobindo stayed frequently.
◦ 2/1 Creek Row: Office of Bande Mataram newspaper.
◦ 19/3 Chhaku Khansama Lane: Sri Aurobindo's residence after his final return from Baroda in 1906.
◦ 191/1 Bowbazar Street: Initial location of the National College of which Sri Aurobindo was the Principal.
◦ 164 & 166 Bowbazar Street: Location of the National College where Sri Aurobindo delivered his famous address.
◦ 23 Scott Lane: Sri Aurobindo's residence where Bal Gangadhar Tilak had come to meet him.
◦ 32 Muraripukur Road: The Garden house where explosives were purportedly prepared by Barindra Ghose and his associates.
◦ 48 Grey Street: Navashakti's office from where Sri Aurobindo was arrested.
◦ 6 College Square: Residence of Sri Aurobindo's uncle Krishna Kumar Mitra where Sri Aurobindo stayed till February 1910.
◦ 4 Shyampukur Lane: Office of Karmayogin newspaper of which Sri Aurobindo was the Editor.

We cordially invite you to this reunion and seek the pleasure of your presence.

For registration of names please contact:
(a) Telephone: Shri Pratap Dasgupta (96745 14221 and 033-2471 2612)
Shri Anurag Banerjee (98302 44192).

(b) Email on the following addresses:

(c) Write to us at: Lakshmi's House,
Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture,
3 Regent Park, Kolkata 700040.

Thanking you,

Shri Sandhi Mukherjee (Convenor)
Shri Pratap Dasgupta (“)
Shri Anurag Banerjee (“)
Shri Ashok Ganguly (“)
Shri Shubhomoy Paul (“)

15 October 2009

from Anurag Banerjee to
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Friday, November 20, 2009

Auroville International meeting in Bhubaneswar, 1-6 February 2010

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1 st to 6 th February 2010

Auroville International is organising a meeting in Bhubaneswar, Orissa and invites Aurovilians to come along. The meeting will be an opportunity to present Auroville to local people and to learn more about this beautiful region of India. This is planned to be the first of many visits to Indian states. We invite anyone who would like to come and participate, particularly those who would like to help present Auroville.

We will stay in the beautiful Mayfair Lagoon hotel in Bhubaneswar, for which we have negotiated a very special rate. There will be two days of presentations to local people and visits to some of the most beautiful temples of North India, including the famous Jagannath and Konark Sun temples.

The cost will be Rs 20,000 for the event and about Rs 10,000 for the air fare. There is a big saving for anyone who would like to go by train. There is some limited funding available for Aurovilians who would like to come and help us, but cannot afford the cost.

Brief Itinerary
1 st Feb: Arrival at Bhubaneswar. In the afternoon, visit of the Museum of Tribal Art & Artefacts, and enjoy the Adivasi festival.
2 nd Feb : Seminar – Auroville presentations
3 rd Feb : Seminar – Auroville presentations
4 th Feb : Visit to Bhubaneswar famous for the most beautiful temples of north India, Mukteswari, Lingaraj, Raja Rani, UNESCO protected heritage and the 2 nd century caves of Khandagiri and Udaygiri.
5 th Feb : Travel to Puri at the sea shore, 70 km west, famous for the Jaga n nath temple, sacred place for all Hindus. After the lunch, visit to Rag h urajpur, the artist village, where a special festive events will be organised for us.
6 th Feb : Visit to the Konark Sun temple, a wonder of ancient architecture and art. After lunch at the Dance academy of Guru
Gangadhar Pradhan, there will be a show of Gotipuas and Odissi dancers with the musicians.
7 th Feb : We leave for Chennai and Auroville.

Auroville International will have its main meeting of the year in Auroville from the 9 th to the 14 th February, and hopes many Aurovilians will also attend. More details later. Anyone who is interested or for more information please contact Vani at or tel: 2623008 and Satyakam at

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

For one and half year I resisted the Mother

from Paulette to "Tusar N. Mohapatra" cc RY Deshpande
date 18 November 2009 05:25 subject Re: Fwd: [Savitri Era Learning Forum] New comment on Devotionalism is not the only possible approach to.... 7:52 AM, November 17, 2009 9:22 AM
Please post my reply to Deshpande:

RYD, It is inappropriate to unveil in public one’s spiritual experiences; even 36 years later I would feel embarrassed. All I can say is that I was flooded (as it often happens with newcomers, to hook them), and that I had a deep relationship with some early sadhaks, psychic to psychic. But in spite of my most unconventional, irresistible bhakti for Sri Aurobindo for one and half year I resisted the Mother, while it took me much longer to plunge into the concepts of the Avatar and the Divine Mother and surrender unconditionally.

I am forever grateful to those sadhaks for never forcing anything on me, laughing at my shortcomings, trusting my psychic being’s guidance that – they kept reassuring me – one day would open up the magic door and do the job. Which is what happened, in absolute freedom.

I wish that everybody had such silent guidance! But the great sadhaks are gone, one has to thread the path alone… Yet even so we have Sri Aurobindo’s and the Mother’s books, and the psychic being needs nothing more. But for it to take over we must be left free; if we are predestined to this path soon or late the psychic will know it and take the lead. And if we are not, we will look for something else. But in both cases each and all must be left free to find the inner guidance, free from judgmental attitudes and interferences. Then just anything can help, anything!

“Omnia munda mundis”: for the pure everything is pure.

Bhakti is the easiest way and, at the beginning, the best option. But a moment comes when the sadhak has to give up even the attachment to the sacred name or form – or Self-realisation will never occur. Besides, Sri Aurobindo himself was a jnani by temperament, and so was Nolinida, whom he stated was his most advanced disciple. Sri Aurobindo readily accepted the Mother’s suggestion of the psychic being (a concept first formulated by Theon) to smoother his own path and was too abrupt for the disciples who got lost or could not progress.

But as Ramana Maharshi states, not only bhakti is the mother of jnana, but the highest and purest form of bhakti is the parabhakti of jnana! Then, in Integral Yoga we will have to move out even from this, towards the Impersonal Person and beyond… There is no end, even the Supermind is not the final thing, or Sat-Chit-Ananda…

The truth is that everyone has his/her own path, adhikara, according to his/her own nature, svabhava, and no two paths are alike. The psychic being is illimitable freedom and charts our path unfalteringly, whatever this is. Paulette

RY Deshpande wrote:
>>it is for one’s psychic being to find out the truth>>

True. But a fully developed psychic being does not have to find it out, it knows it by its native sense, by perception of the divinity that is all around and within and above. The psychic's concern is if things can put it more and more in contact with the Divine, if they can participate in it. The rest it rejects or else it withdraws from them. Why does one like a 'good' movie or a poem, for instance--because it can take us closer to the Divine. People will call it devotionalism, but it is up to them. I love beautiful things because these can make my psychic grow which in turn make me develop my faculties to love beautiful things more and more. ... -- warmly RY Deshpande

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I was let free to grow at my own pace and rhythm

from Paulette ( date 16 November 2009 14:08 Please post this comment: When I first came to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, in 1973, none of the old Indian sadhaks to whom I related enforced on me anything, whether a particular yogic approach, or the concept of Avatar, Divine Mother etc.: I was let free to grow at my own pace and rhythm. One day, years later, I suddenly realized that Sri Aurobindo is an Avatar – and the Mother, the Divine Mother: my consciousness had widened enough to introject these truths.

It is certainly not straitjacketing people that we can force them to share our beliefs. What’s needed is expansion of consciousness – not dogmas. Paulette 7:11 AM, November 17, 2009

from Paulette ( date 17 November 2009 07:42 Please post my reply: Tusar, this is exactly what I mean, where is disagreement? I know very well what dogma is, having been brought up in a country, Italy, where you were excommunicated and went to hell if you didn’t endorse unconditionally all the dogmas set by the Catholic Church.

The mystery of the avatar is so unfathomable that only through consciousness it can be apprehended – not through indoctrination and threats. No matter how long it takes, it is for one’s psychic being to find out the truth. Nobody else can do the job, there are no other ways. Paulette 7:52 AM, November 17, 2009

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He has lived in the ashram for almost 30 years and values the Indian tradition. During his lectures on Sri Aurobindo's vision of psychology in America and Europe, he noticed that there is a big demand for teachers of Indian psychology in the West. The many conference sponsors included the Indian Council of Philosophical Research and the Infinity Foundation of USA.

The Hindu : Engagements: In Chennai Today
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Saturday, November 07, 2009

Acharya Narendra Deva was influenced by the articles of Sri Aurobindo

Acharya Narendra Deva says in Bauddha Dharma Aur Darshana (in Hindi, Patna, 1956), p. 62, that he was specifically influenced by the articles of Sri Aurobindo in the Bande Mataram. The Political Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo - Google Books Result by V. P. Varma - 1990 - Philosophy - 494 pages

Acharya Narendra Deva (1889-1956) was one of the leading theorists of the Congress Socialist Party in India. His democratic socialism renounced violent means as a matter of principle, and embraced the satyagraha as a revolutionary tactic.

Deva was first drawn to nationalism around 1915 under the influence of B G Tilak and Aurobindo Ghosh. As a teacher he became interested in Marxism and Buddhism. He was also active in the Hindi language movement. He was a key leader of Congress Socialist Party from its founding in 1934, and was imprisoned several times during the freedom struggle. He was at various times a member of the Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly, and after 1948 served as vice-chancellor of Lucknow University. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It was during his stay at Allahabad that Narendra Deva came under the spell of Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Lajpat Rai, Bipin Chandra Pal, Aurobindo Ghosh and other leaders of the Extremist Party in the Congress. He was a regular and assiduous reader of papers like the Bande Mataram and the Arya, of which he maintained regular files. He was also a voracious reader of all sorts of book of Indian history and current politics. It was about this time, too, that he came to know Sachindra Nath Sanyal and through him several other revolutionaries for whom he felt great sympathy and admiration. He was also keenly interested in the growth and development of Hindi. Patriots > Social and Religious Reformers > Narendra Deva, ( Acharya ) (1889-1956)

Satish Chandra Mukherjee (June 5, 1865 - April 18, 1948) was a pioneer in establishing a system of national education in India, along with Sri Aurobindo... Four years after Sri Aurobindo’s retiring to Pondicherry, Satish left for Varanasi in 1914, settled there till his death. Prominent among the regular visitors who consulted him for guidance, there was Malani, Professor of English at the Hindu University, who took profuse notes while listening to Satish Chandra.[9] There were also Madan Mohan Malaviya, Narendra Deva, Jadunath Sarkar. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thursday, November 05, 2009

K.M. Munshi and Sri Aurobindo

News » Cities » Delhi November 4, 2009 The Hindu : Cities - Delhi : Walls that speak
SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY - Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is not just a building, it’s a nation-building edifice [...] Time then, to accord a tribute to BVB for remaining steadfast in what it does best — synthesising modern knowledge with the ancient, along the ideals of its founder, the thinker-philosopher K.M. Munshi. [...] Munshi’s dream was synthesis of modern and ancient knowledge. Western education is fine but we have to fit it to our cultural mores accordingly.” He sums up the conversation quoting Sri Aurobindo in “The Foundations of Indian Culture” the essence of which is: though we have to choose the good from the bad, we have to remember that both good and bad come together.

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An Introduction to Spiritual Psychology: Overview of the Literature, East and West
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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Far too many Westerners turn to yoga in a grossly consumerist way

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Sri Aurobindo explained to us that the Divine is not only Transcendent ... As we know, Sri Aurobindo's work dealt exclusively with the Transcendent Plane. ... Since the Mother's departure in 1973 both Auroville and the Ashram have suffered and continue to experience the eroding effect of incompetent leadership. Instead of forming around a common Soul and a Supramental knowledge, which was the ...

Re: Sanatana Dharma XXI—Avatar and Grace by auroman on Tue 20 Oct 2009 07:04 PM IST Profile Permanent Link
Michael Murphy's case shows how people adapt Yoga to their own temperament and local culture. He emphasizes self-reliance instead of psychic surrender because that is how he was raised. He even extended the democratic culture to the famed and exquisitely intimate Esalen massage ("In Esalen massage the social differences between the giver and receiver is reduced. No white uniform as a symbol of authority. Esalen massage is often practiced as an exchange - alternating between who gives and receives - and is traditionally done in the nude....coverings are moved aside to permit long flowing "connecting" strokes that are among its hallmarks.")

Setting aside the genuine seekers, we can classify the rest into two categories. The first is those who use Yoga for sensual pleasures and improvement of their body image. They combine Hatha Yoga with spa, sauna, massage, trips to tropical resorts, herbals and aromatherapy.

The second category comprises the people who engage in philosophical sophistry. They take great joy in comparing various systems of thought to each other. The very thought of synthesizing this mind-boggling archaeology of epistemes (a la Foucault) in their brains brings them intense pleasure. They go on to write books with the title Integral this-and-that.

Re: Sanatana Dharma XXI—Avatar and Grace by paulette on Wed 21 Oct 2009 05:22 AM IST Profile Permanent Link This is a very realistic description, Auroman, of a quite widespread mentality. The West has produced saints who were spiritual giants but, like India, is loosing track of its roots. Father Bede Griffiths has discarded the body over a decade ago, so a confused Western mentality has lost even this pillar of Christian/Hindu spirituality. Instead of looking for their ancestral knowledge and spiritual heritage, far too many Westerners turn to yoga in a grossly consumerist way. Anything goes, in this New Age supermarket, and tourists flock to India using its spiritual legacy as one more commodity. Along with elephants and camel rides, don’t miss enlightenment! And, the latest fashion, transform the body and cells!

Mirror of Tomorrow :: 05: The Yoga of the Cells by the Mother
People are in a hurry and they want to pull it down to see the results immediately. But most of the time they pull down some small vital individuality who mocks at them and in the end makes them play the shabby fool. They fall into a pit. Unless there is a contact with the true Light, there cannot be safety in this matter. One must have the true experience.

To pull is always an egoistic movement. It is a deformation of aspiration. True aspiration consists in a giving, a self-giving, whereas to pull means to want for oneself. Even if in the mind you have a vaster ambition—the earth, the universe—that means nothing, these are mental activities. There are the different strata of humanity in relation to the supramental creation. But the effort for transformation, reduced to a small number, becomes a thing much more precious and much more powerful for the realisation. Those who have superior intelligence, a refined sense of things, they have a tendency of ridiculing others. This itself is a lack of culture, of refinement.

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Epistemology of Perception Through Your Body:
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2 Month Weekend Screen writing workshop by Sidharth Srinivasan
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Alok Pandey's second letter to Peter Heehs
25 Oct 2009 by Raman Reddy The point is not whether the details of Sri Aurobindo's outer life are historically correct or not. The point is whether the image and the picture of Sri Aurobindo that you portray and must bring out (as any worthwhile biographer ...

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28 Oct 2009 by sriaurobindostudies reference: Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Chapter 11, Delight of Existence: The Problem. For more information on Sri Aurobindo visit our website at For Sri Aurobindo's books, visit the US publisher Lotus Press ...

Sri Aurobindo Society, Singapore: Editorial
28 Oct 2009 by admin The Bhagavad Gita is held as such. It is revered as the rare 'scripture of liberation'. What this liberation is, who seeks it, who is the giver of liberation, who, the enjoyer, through what methods is this liberation procured and what . ...

Sacred Economics: Intention Attention
25 Oct 2009 by Pam -Sri Aurobindo This statement certainly gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect. “Money is ... indispensable to the fullness of the outer life.” What exactly does this mean? I don't think it means that money is what gives meaning ...

Personal Growth: Well Being Workshop 7th to 13th October 2009
25 Oct 2009 by JV I like to face the pictures of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo. The painting by Astreji adds to the ambience and reminds me of the aim of Auroville. All in all, it is a privilege and pleasure to have been offering Well being Workshops here ... Personal Growth: Rains, at last! By JV I started a concept called Integrated Communication and Information Technology Infrastructure (ICITI) for Auroville. I have been working on this now for 18 months and it has taken a concrete and firm shape. The concept and proposed ...

noaarts: Last day in Auroville By noaarts In Auroville, it is basically a strange version of probably what the state of Israel looked like when they were drying out swamps with an Indian feel and New Age sensibility. It is dirty and there are a lot of old hippies that have moved there or are visiting. There are a lot of Indians who have also moved there though I am unsure if they are in it for the potential financial or security of because of what Auroville stands for.

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