Friday, November 23, 2018

Humanity gropes at the foot of the Aurobindonian​ Himalaya

In The '70s, A Bunch Of White People Built A Town In India. Today, It's ...

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Fertile is a forest at the edges of Auroville, a spiritual community in southern India that I grew up a town away from. It was shrouded, then, ...

Aurora Mirabilis

Nikos Kazantzakis, Cornelius Castoriadis, and Zygmunt Bauman - From refusing to give information on how close to 30 books were banned in independent India and how those bans were never revoked, the Ministry finally rel...

The Last Embodied Darshan – Amal Kiran - November 24 is known as the Day of Victory, for, on it, Sri Aurobindo had the experience which promised complete fulfilment of his vision. It is signific... One elbow resting on the arm of his seat, one hand placed upon his thigh, the whole body a picture of powerful ease, he sat gazing out as if towards glorious horizons for humanity that humanity itself could not yet vision from its grope at the foot of the Aurobindonian Himalaya. 

The Intellect as the Intermediary Between the Higher and Lower Powers of Consciousness - The unique position held by the intellectual reason in the evolutionary process is defined by its ability to not only focus on and impact the outer life of...

18.11.1973: Getting a Double Darshan from the Divine Mother - Of course, like probably every disciple of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, on every November 17th for the full day I keep my inner focus, in utter gratitude,...

The Mother Abides – Final Reflections - The Mother Abides Final Reflections (1973–1983) by Nolini Kanta Gupta These thoughts and reminiscences of Nolini Kanta Gupta were written or spoken during ...

Remembering Mona Pinto on her 107th Birth Anniversary - Dear Friends, Ethel Anne Lovegrove better known as Mona Pinto (11 November 1911—21 May 2004) came to Pondicherry in January 1937 and married Udar Pinto in ...

Living on Less Than $1 A Day – M.S. Srinivasan - (Review of the book Poor Economics by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, Penguin Books) Poverty is a subject of great interest to economists and there is a...

The Finding of the Soul - *Her feet upon a couchant lion’**s **back.* *Botanical Name**: Sansevieria* *Common Name**: Bowstring Hemp* *Spiritual Significance: Joy of Spirituality* ...

The "Self" Sri Aurobindo talked about may be illusory - Recently I came across this wonderful site which can quench the thirst for knowledge by way of discussing five books like Joe Henricho of the ‘collective b...

Hare Krishna - A special offering for Krishna Janamashtami — my humble attempt to capture in photographs a few expressions of the Divinity and the Divine Personality of ...

When it Hurts - When you dig and dig some more to find out why something bothers you so much, it hurts. When you discover, or at least you think you have discovered, the...

Goddess Kali and the Big Destructions of Nature - Behind all the destructions - the big destructions of Nature - earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, cyclones, floods, etc., or the human destructions - wars, r...

Non-essence of Mirambika - What has befallen the world? Those who utter MC, BC to punctuate their speech nonsense now beseech Hot Pants to preserve Mirambika’s Essence! And she a fum...

Deconstructing Peter Heehs – by a Zombified Disciple - *Peter Heehs was born & educated in USA (*says his bio-data on the inside cover of his *India’s Freedom Struggle*, OUP, 1988). In 1971, at the age of 22, h...


Friday, May 25, 2018

Bernard Lewis, Tom Wolfe, and Philip Roth

Three eminent authors passed away recently of whom I was not aware earlier. Let's hope that they continue to inspire.
1. Bernard Lewis (31 May 1916 – 19 May 2018)
2. Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Jr. (March 2, 1930 – May 14, 2018)
3. Philip Milton Roth (March 19, 1933 – May 22, 2018)

Marketime: We inherit kaleidoscopic pasts @NathTusar @ranjithoskote @Sanjay_Dixit @vakibs
This mire must harbour the orchid and the rose,
From her blind unwilling substance must emerge
A beauty that belongs to happier spheres.
- Sri Aurobindo ("SAVITRI")

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Locating the most authentic source is a crucial task

Arrival of The Mother on March 29, 1914 in Puducherry disrupted the journey of Indian Renaissance. With the launching of the journal, ARYA, Sri Aurobindo ceases to be merely an Indian or Hindu; his Global vision ensues. Divinisation of body and a Life Divine become the new goals.

The Mother's works span over thirty volumes, yet none of our intellectuals (including women) find anything of value therein to tweet about or to take a leaf out of. #MirraAlfassa happens to be first person to realise the prophetic worth of Sri Aurobindo and collaborated with him.

Happy #SavitriEraDay on the sacred occasion of 104th anniversary of The Mother's first arrival in Puducherry and meeting Sri Aurobindo on March 29, 1914. May the whole world come under her love and grace #MirraAlfassa #SriAurobindo #Pondicherry #SavitriEra #FiveDreams #WorldUnion

Happy darshan day. "Abrahamic Hindutva"?--my column in DNA invoking Sri Aurobindo to explain why not; have also quoted @VamseeJuluri 🙏

@NathTusar   Instead of trying to break that civilizational outlook of BharatVarsha, a better way out is to seek solutions keeping the core values & principles intact and ensuring cultural diversity be maintained. Anyway thanks Sir for ur time, it was great discussing with u _/\_

here I am putting down my own thoughts based on my understanding of the Vedic era, and the general undercurrent of mysticism across human civilization in multiple philosophical thoughts. Anyway, thanks for ur valuable time Sir _/\_

On this I broadly agree with u.

The Secret of the Veda is an essential reading after which taking up The Life Divine becomes more meaningful. Link to Sri Aurobindo's Complete Works (CWSA) is here

Thank you  so much 🙏🙏

Are we ready for a dialogue with Sri Aurobindo?


Introduction to Sri Aurobindo’s The Ideal of Human Unity
Unity:  The Basis of Life

The Modern Knowledge Academy, Vedantic Education and Integral Education ~Debashish Banerji #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams

Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management - Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) Ghaziabad

Another reference:

And that literal sense also includes rubbish like cows being rescued which is not sense. I suggest you read Aurobindo  along with RL Kashyap. And please stop propagating this Arctic nonsense. Nowhere does Aurobindo "accept" it unconditionally

India at 70, and the Passing of Another Illusion

"I will now turn to Hegel’s interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita which offers interesting challenges even today." | Read Rahul Govind's #BookReview of Hegel's India

Just got what promises to be the most thorough & incisive treatment of the topic since Tibebu's 'Hegel and the Third World'-looking forward👍

What a wonderful article. Don't forward it in Whatsapp family groups. You will have random uncles baying for your blood.

[All societies need norms and values... But political democracy is not itself sufficient to generate these virtues.]

[Just like someone's toothache troubles all in a huge joint family, a minor event in one corner of India harassing 1.3b citizens is absurd. Territory should stop being the defining element of nationalism and be replaced by Soft Power and Goodwill.] Sept'16

It's one's impression or interpretation which matters. Depends upon one's preference. Aesthetic moments are not continuous during a dance recital; one needs to snatch those few minutes disregarding other mundane concerns. There the art stands supreme; performer becomes secondary.

Psychic (aesthetic) moments are temporary but important in the course of recitals (both for performer and listener. Ego is like alloy in jewellery; Surrender is to the Divine and not anyone in the surrounding. Self-interest and self-protection is for all including musicians. My2c

Two books, Sri Aurobindo and Karl Marx by D.P. Chattopadhyaya and The Meeting of the East and the West in Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy by S.K. Maitra, helped me substantially to understand theory. Later, The Humanization of Transcendental Philosophy by R. Sundara Rajan was pivotal.

I'm tweeting at @SavitriEraParty since 2012 on politics and allied affairs. Popularising Sri Aurobindo's psychological interpretation of the Veda continues to be my focus. #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
Do you remember when you joined Twitter? I do! #MyTwitterAnniversary

1. Locating the most authentic source is a crucial task.
2. If Sri Aurobindo fits the bill then his prose style hardly matters.
3. In fact, negotiating difficult writings is part of practice and gratitude.
4. Reciting Savitri without attempting to understand is felt as uplifting.

Elephants then and now: