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: