Thursday, July 12, 2012

Any elephant in its heart is afraid of mice

Copyright on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother Works
Our visitors might be wondering about copyright on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother Works. There are different opinions represented by different organisations and individuals. Here is official status on copyright from Copyright Department of Sri Aurobindo Ashram:
  1. The copyright of those works of Sri Aurobindo that were published during His lifetime have expired in India and some other parts of the world. The copyright in most works that have been published posthumously continue to exist.
  2. The copyright of the Mother’s works published in Her lifetime expires only in 2033.
  3. In the case of compilations (e.g. ‘The Bhagavad Gita: Text, Translation and Commentary’), the totality of the specific individual editorial acts of selection and arrangement gives rise to a distinct copyright in the compilation per se, which is independent of the copyright in the underlying works which may have expired
Works that are still in copyright many not be put up for download by any party, even ‘registered visitors’, irrespective of whether profit is involved. Picaboo! Books are back! Posted on 11/07/2012 Cheerio! Vladnesh 

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Gods are not Hindu; they are cosmic powers

Re: A Hindu View of Christian Yoga—by Rajiv Malhotra
by ned on Wed 29 Dec 2010 08:02 PM IST Permanent Link
Really fantastic discussion going on here! Just wanted to say that it made my heart sing, especially some of the ideas posted by Govind.
by Sandeep on Thu 30 Dec 2010 01:19 AM IST Permanent Link
It would be splendid if Govind would oblige us by distilling his insights into an article. 
by Sandeep on Mon 27 Dec 2010 05:08 AM IST Permanent Link
1) One of the reasons other religious people shun or modify Yoga is because they are repelled by the prospect of worshiping "pagan" Hindu Gods. The book could explain that Gods are not Hindu; they are cosmic powers which always existed even before sages in India discovered them just as gravity existed before Newton discovered it. We can provide quotes by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on this topic.
2) The caste system is a gross distortion of the original intent of division based on personalities. RYD has covered it here on the Mirror and here as well 
by Govind on Sun 02 Jan 2011 12:21 AM IST Permanent Link
I think this is a very important point but I would say rather that the God of Jesus is different from the god that is today worshiped in his name. 

The true aim, the true realisation is the unfolding of the Brahman, its self-manifestation, the visible diffusion of the Power of the Divine, the Lila of His Knowledge and Ananda, not in a few great souls, but in everybody in the nation and the entire humanity. We see the first form and stage of this knowledge and this sadhana in the Rigveda, the earliest characters inscribed on the Stupa near the entrance to the temple of the Aryan dharma at the beginning of history. We cannot say with certainty that it finds expression for the first time in the Rigveda, because even the Rishis of the Rigveda admit that those who were before them, the early ancestors of the Aryan race, ‘the primeval fathers of the human race’, had discovered this path of truth and immortality for the later man. 
They also say that the new Rishis were only following the path which had been shown to them by the ancient Rishis. We find that the mantra of the Rigveda is the echo of the words of the ‘fathers’, of the Divine speech they uttered; consequently, the form of the dharma that we see in the Rigveda can be said to be its earliest form… We find that effort in the Gita, the Tantras and the Puranas; each of them has been successful to a certain extent; many new experiences have been gained but no longer do we find in them the comprehensiveness of the Vedas and the Upanishads. WRITINGS IN BENGALI TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH 1:02 PM

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