Thursday, November 20, 2014

Role of Spirituality apropos morality

[Morality involves regulating one’s physical and vital desires and impulses by the power of the mental will. Service to others – family, society, country – and other forms of idealism, while helping to discipline and mould human nature, still belong to the mental evolution and are bound by the ego. Exoteric religion serves a purpose in the life of societies to correct collective egoism and provide a support and help to those who have some spiritual devotion. But there is a radical difference between these three approaches to higher life and that of spirituality. Spirituality and yoga depend essentially on a change of consciousness; they reveal to man another realm entirely, beyond the rule of the ego, where one can begin to live more freely and unite with one’s true self.]

Morality, Idealism, Religion and Yoga
The Meaning of Spirituality — Selections from the Works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department, Pondicherry Binding: Soft Cover Pages: 174 Price: Rs 80 ISBN: 979-81-7058-037-8

[Spirituality may often be confused with morality, idealism, and religion, which play significant roles in regulating, controlling, and directing the lives of most men. But spirituality, or yoga in its more general sense, is essentially different because it proceeds directly by a change of consciousness and presents a radical new approach to life. This approach, which goes beyond the ego and its exclusive focus on the common habits of the mind, life, and body, reveals to man how to find his true self and seek union with the Divine. The editor has selected passages from the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother that define and clarify these fundamental differences and, in the final section, that describe how to prepare for and take up the path of yoga.]

Letters present a different aspect of Sri Aurobindo

[The letters present to the reader a different aspect of Sri Aurobindo than we meet in his more formal writings. Prior to November 1926, Sri Aurobindo met with his disciples daily. After he retired to his room, his external contact with them was mostly limited to exchanges of letters. The letters from Sri Aurobindo to his disciples are personal, direct, simple, often humorous, always encouraging, and full of his compassion and care. They respond individually to specific questions on every conceivable subject or problem facing the sadhak. Sri Aurobindo cautioned his disciples that it was not advisable to apply to oneself what he had written for another: “Each sadhak is a case by himself and one cannot always or often take a mental rule and apply it rigidly to all who are practising the Yoga.” Yet there is a core of knowledge that emerges – a common theme on the practice of yoga, the foundation of the sadhana, a set of guiding principles for the path of self-perfection, and an explanation of the psychic and spiritual realisations that form the base of the Integral Yoga – that, if taken in the right spirit, can widen and deepen the understanding of any sincere reader.]

[For some time afterwards, his main literary output was his voluminous correspondence with his disciples. His letters, most of which were written in the 1930s, numbered in the several thousands. Many were brief comments made in the margins of his disciple's notebooks in answer to their questions and reports of their spiritual practice—others extended to several pages of carefully composed explanations of practical aspects of his teachings. These were later collected and published in book form in three volumes of Letters on Yoga. In the late 1930s, he resumed work on a poem he had started earlier—he continued to expand and revise this poem for the rest of his life.[41] It became perhaps his greatest literary achievement, Savitri, an epic spiritual poem in blank verse of approximately 24,000 lines.]
  1. Anonymous comment:

    most ashramites there today, didn't come to imbibe any values or ideals. prime location, free food, no work.... so forget about any evolution. i just hope they don't do the opposite of dragging the rest of us into some dark abyss.

    Polite? thats the deviant trait thats found in less than handful of people in the ashram outlets. 
  2. The state of affairs narrated is quite true as experienced by us often during our visits to Ashram for Darshan. Today only (17/11/14) my wife was misbehaved badly by a male sadhak while she was silently standing in queue in Dining room to deposit utensils in the wash area. It is a pity that there is no one to oversea as to how the visitors/devotees coming from far flung areas are being treated by the so called Ashramites

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sri Aurobindo Ashram has to be run on democratic lines

The biggest change after the Mother’s passing away is the dilution of the spiritual motive in Ashram life, and this is the prime culprit in all the internal conflict in the Ashram. But that cannot be helped with the passing away of the Gurus. In such a situation, when this downward gravitational pull affects everybody in the Ashram, the onus is on the present Trustees to realise that they cannot expect the same kind of obedience from the present Ashramites as what they themselves perhaps gave to the Mother... An Ashram without the Gurus or spiritually mature administrators is not an Ashram but an institution which has to be run on democratic lines...
Everybody in the Ashram and all the devotees who visit the Ashram on a regular basis know that the Ashram does survive on public donations, that it will go bankrupt if the donations and offerings stop, and that its businesses can hardly provide the finance to make both ends meet. In fact Ashram businesses and farms are white elephants and are mostly run at huge losses... But don’t be surprised if the Trustees have to step down sooner or later from their high pedestals! Posted by General Editor at 8/29/2014 12:54:00 PM

Therefore the Ashramites who have filed this “new case” are not against the Ashram but the Ashram Trust, which runs the Ashram in the most irresponsible manner. Their demand is to revamp the present administration through a Government intervention without which no structural changes can be brought about in the governance of the Ashram. The changes will ensure transparency and accountability, the utter lack of which is the hallmark of the present setup. The introduction of some democracy into the highly autocratic functioning of the present Trustees would also be a welcome measure. All these demands are fundamental to any institution in modern times and, if the excuse for not conceding to them is that the Ashram is a spiritual institution and not a secular one, then show me these “highly spiritual disciples” among the present Trustees who can guide the Ashram to its spiritual destiny!
Why don’t the Ashram Trustees hand over the administration to five of their own supporters for a change in order to show that they have no personal stake in it? Posted by General Editor at 8/22/2014 09:30:00 AM

It is more difficult to convince Aurovillians that meditation at the Matrimandir can also become a ritual. It is true that there are no flowers or incense sticks, no deity or Guru, but there are symbols of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother built into the very design of Matrimandir. Beneath the crystal at the centre of the inner chamber is the Mother’s symbol and the crystal itself is supported by four symbols of Sri Aurobindo; also the twelve pillars in the Meditation Hall and the four ramps outside correspond to the twelve outer petals and the four inner petals respectively of the Mother’s symbol. What I mean is that despite the fabulous beauty and perfection of the Matrimandir, the meditation in the inner chamber can still become mechanical and boring, and after a time, artificial and ritualistic, because with the passage of time everything becomes old and customary. Posted by General Editor at 8/09/2014 09:35:00 AM

Avoiding the slightest public homage to Sri Ramakrishna and Vivekananda in spite of knowing their crucial roles in Sri Aurobindo’s and Mother’s sadhana for fear of being branded a religious institution. But regularly commemorating the life and works of  Tagore in poignant speeches and emotive presentations, knowing that he had not the slightest role in Sri Aurobindo’s or Mother’s sadhana; knowing that, in the Mother’s opinion, his spiritual attainments were not exceptional and the fame he has gained in the West is only “because his stature does not go beyond the understanding of the Western mind”, whereas “India has far greater geniuses than him in the most varied fields, scientific, literary, philosophic, spiritual”.[9] Posted by General Editor at 9/04/2014 09:45:00 AM

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Contempt for Mythology

@SavitriEraParty You must be a covert Anarchist! :-)

Wow, sad to hear @SavitriEraParty say "stand by English". I'm not anti-English at all, but not at the cost of our Prakrits & Sanskrit.

All in all, @SavitriEraParty seems another transparent attempt to hijack Hindu philosophy for Commie policy. Virulently anti-Modi, too.

Only thing @SavitriEraParty takes from Aurobindo is "evolution". Hence the contempt for "mythology". Left only with Hegelian nonsense.

A lot of Bengali Commies are also into some half-baked "Vedanta". Same with @SavitriEraParty

@Parikramah examples also include Anandmargis @SavitriEraParty

@Parikramah Also who decides what Mythology is to be shunned? A large chunk of our history will disappear that way. @SavitriEraParty

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Two books stand on entirely different grounds

  1. Tusar Nath Mohapatra says: March 12th, 2014 at 3:41 pm
    The author is an insider as regards his subject while the same cannot be said about the Professor and therefore the two books stand on entirely different grounds. How strange that he has no remorse for injuring the intimate feelings of thousands of people who choose to adore The Mother! [TNM55]

Sunday, February 9, 2014

From Sri Aurobindo to Aurobindo Ghose

Analysis of the Preface of P. Heehs’ The Lives of Sri Aurobindo, CUP, 2008 (Part 4) ― A Zombified Disciple [1] Presumably they were approved by the Ashram Trust as per Rule No. 6 on p.5 of its Rules of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 2003: “Nothing should be sent out for publication (contributions to newspapers and magazines, or books) without having been first submitted to Sri Aurobindo for approval.”

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Sri Aurobindo Ashram under judicial inquiry

Sri Aurobindo Ashram trust welcomed the Madras High Court's order appointing a retired judge of Kerala High Court to hold an inquiry into the allegations of harassment of women inmates besides misappropriation of funds by the trustees. "We are happy with this order. We are never afraid of facing any inquiry. We were concerned with the unfair and partisan manner in which the inquiry was sought to be conducted by the district collector," said a representative of the trust. ~By Bosco Dominique, Puducherry ToI

Monday, August 26, 2013

Democracy can rescue Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Redant3August 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM If the Trustees had nothing to fear or hide from an investigation as they claimed recently, why did they bring a stay in the High Court to stop the Pondy admin from probing their activities???

Why is the Govt afraid of acting against Manoj Das Gupta, the Managing Trustee of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust? Many of the Ashramites are blissfully ignorant of the political tsunami that is building up round the corner, and which will soon strike them before they realise what is happening, even as they continue to sing hosannahs to Sri Sri Manoj Das Gupta for his wonderful administration of the Ashram! –Sridharan
If the change cannot be brought about from within, then it has to come from outside, or by a combination of both methods, one helping the other. But sooner or later the change has to come! -Baikunth
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sri Aurobindo Ashram attacked

Peter Heehs ‏@peterheehs - now Attack on Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry by stone-throwing crowd chanting slogans from 12.10 p.m. today. Situation still unclear.

Volunteers of the Thanthia Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam (TPDK) today attacked the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram here in connection with the Sri Lankan Tamils issue. The attack was said to be a sequel to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee reportedly supporting Sri Lanka in the Eelam Tamils issue. The vounteers, who took out a procession, barged into the Ashram and damaged the flower pots placed near the Aurobindo Samadhi and also ransacked the office and damaged the glass panes of the office. Meanwhile,Puducherry Dalit Sena General Secretary Sundar and a few others were arrested when they attempted to vandalise the Rajiv Gandhi statue.

A group of pro-Tamil activists today barged into the Aurobindo Ashram, damaged furniture and smashed ...

General EditorMarch 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM Anonymous Comment:
I would not be surprised if there is a similar fishy deal with Peter Heehs with the Ashram Trust because of which he gets such unstinting support from Manoj Das Gupta. There was already at one point of time a leaked email of Heehs about "Money Matters" going about on the Net. All this talk of neutrality and freedom of speech would be then merely a cover-up for a secret transfer of cash! There should be a thorough investigation of all foreign contributions to the Trust.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Science today preserves the feeling of the sacred

In the last century Sri Aurobindo wrote of our times in a style similar to what we find in both the Old and New Testaments. In his short prose piece, The Hour of God, written some time in the first quarter of the last century, he gave a warning to nations to be prepared because the ‘hour of the unexpected’ had arrived. It is timely to re-examine his piece in the light of recent happenings. The Hour of God indicated that the time of ‘fulfilment’ was near, but only after what Sri Aurobindo foresaw as a possible apocalyptic upheaval. Indeed, the First and Second World Wars justified his warning. Have we reached a similar turning point that requires the descent of a Godhead in the form of the War God, as he is described in The Revelation as well as the last Avatar of Vishnu?

India will become the spiritual leader of the world, as India’s Great Sage, Sri Aurobindo, had predicted nearly a century ago: And one is tempted to shout in the ears of all those “secular”, cynical, westernised, Indians of today, the eternal mantra: Ah, we are coming back again full circle to the wonder that WAS India, the India of the Vedas and the Upanishad, which A.L. Basham, the best-selling author of “The Wonder That Was India”, criticised as being militant and politically disunited. But the truth was that they were united in their diversity, that it was much more democratic and allowed much more freeplay and freedom, individually and collectively, than the India of today allows. Let us again reread history, let us look at India, not through the Western prism, but with the ancient wisdom that She has bestowed upon us.
But for that India has to succeed in her attempt to liberalise her economy, it has to learn to decentralise the heavy hand of its Government in Delhi, it has to rewrite its Constitution, which it adapted blindly from the British, it has to re-indianise her education methods, reform her political system, which has made a mockery of democracy… In one word, She has to become a superpower on par with any western nation. Then, when She will have the respect and the attention of the West, can Her message of spirituality and the ancient wisdom of santanam dharma, once again shine forth and bring down a New World to this beleaguered planet, which is on the brink of self-destruction. François Gautier Ph: 0413 2622209 / 9811118828 February 14, 2013

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A cosmic vision as unveiled by science today preserves the feeling of the sacred that we see in the scriptures of humanity but transcends the visions of deities which claim to be creators and sole custodians of the ultimate truth. Evolution shows us the value and wonder of life. The value of life we see around us – the result of billions of years of organic evolution – provides us with an ethics that compels us toward the preservation of nature and a resource sharing that unites us across petty national barriers into one planet. The codes of Hammurabi, Moses, Muhammed and Manu never achieved such wonderful heights and spiritual depths as the codes which the vision of the web of life, as revealed by science, compels us to live by for our survival as a species. Perhaps it was there in our heritage too – as reflected in the traditions of mother goddess which we inherited from our paleolithic ancestors, which manifest in the words attributed to Chief Seattle.

Skanda - 2 days ago Idea of evolution is not just "consistent" with Vedantic idea but is inherent in Hindu knowledge. The sequence of Avataras as Sri Aurobindo notes is an emphatic expression of evolution. The anti-evolution of ISKCON does not emerge from veda pathasala either. ISKCON is Hinduism's abrahamic version in many ways.

Comment on Sri Aurobindo on Nationalism by Sandeep Peter Berger in his book “Many Globalizations” says people develop layered identities. On the inside, they remain attached to their birth culture while on the outside, they adopt the global consumer culture.

Comment on What is wrong with promiscuity? by Sandeep Porn is causing major distortions in the masculine psyche in other countries as well. The Internet has really unleashed the floodgates of hell. This window to hell was opened in the US in 1957 when obscenity laws were rescinded in the historic Roth vs United States court case, where a smut peddler was given free speech protection.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Damaru signifies dissolution and creation

The Trust Board of the Ashram Trust is scrambling for damage control following the conscientious resignation of the senior-most Trustee of the Ashram, Albert Patel.
At first the Trustees begged Albert-da not to resign. When they found him adamant, Manoj Das Gupta, the Managing Trustee, put great pressure on him to sign a second letter of resignation where he would declare his resignation on grounds of “loss of memory and ill-health”. This is a dangerous trick that he has played with others earlier, but which everyone sees through now. Failing all these options, Manoj Das Gupta has now ordered his men to spread the word that Albert-da is resigning only in March and not before.
Meanwhile the Trustees are in a desperate search to find a suitable successor. But this is not an easy task any more. To begin with, any successor must be someone who will swear personal loyalty to Manoj Das Gupta as against Sri Aurobindo. Some of the names being discussed include Vishweshwar, Chitra Sen and Swadesh Chatterjee who have for long proved their personal loyalties. But the thinking within the Board is to try for a better public profile to soften the widespread criticism.
Two names are being discussed openly: Jhumur Bhattacharya who has been one of Manoj Das Gupta’s preferred girl-friends from his young days at theatre, and whom he has been steadily promoting first as a spiritual figurehead and later as head of the Ashram’s college and its alumni journal, and now as keeper of the Mother’s room. But the dark horse is Meera Gupta whom he had earlier assigned as head of the Ashram’s book distribution agency, and who was recently working overtime organising the Ashram-wide signature campaign to garner support to save the Trustees from going to jail. But therein lies the rub. Although there are enough people waiting to serve the Trustees in their abuse of Sri Aurobindo, none of them is keen to go to jail with them!
Vishweshwar and Chitra Sen are already telling all those who care to ask that they are too old to take up such responsibilities. Swadesh, it is felt, does not bring any value to the Trust Board. Jhumur Bhattacharya is excusing herself saying she already has too many responsibilities. Meera Gupta alone has kept a strategic silence. When asked of her chances of becoming a Trustee, she merely said, “It is for them to decide.” But she did not appear too enthusiastic. After all selling one’s conscience is easier than going to jail for life. Albert-da may well turn out to be smartest of them all.

The Supramental Action (The World, India, Ashram and the Individual) from At the Feet of The Mother Tuesday, 15th January 2013 at Hall of Harmony, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, India. Duration: 39 Minutes

Articles in Professional Journals and Books Peter Heehs is an independent scholar based in India. He has written or edited nine books and published more than fifty articles.  2011. “The Kabbalah, the Philosophie Cosmique, and the Integral Yoga: A Study in Cross-Cultural Influence”. Aries 11:2 (September): 219-247 (Pdf file available here).
Some of these scholars have made strong claims about influence of Max Theon and his wife on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. In their history of the H.B. of L., Godwin, Chanel and Deveney write that Aurobindo and the Mother ‘were very largely inspired by Theon and his wife’. In his dissertation, Chanel goes farther: Sri Aurobindo and the Mother ‘may from many points of view be looked on as disciples of the Theons or in any case as continuers of their work’. In another passage Chanel suggests that the Theons have been denied due recognition by Aurobindo’s followers: The Philosophie Cosmique, he asserts, ‘constitutes one of the essential sources of the teachings of [Aurobindo’s] ashram in Pondicherry, even though this fact is, or was, generally little known or eclipsed’.
What I have written in the preceding sections should be enough to show that these claims are exaggerated. Theon had a good deal of influence on the Mother for three or four years, but he had no direct influence on Aurobindo. Whatever indirect influence he had on him was minor, being confined for the most part to terminology. The Mother may have considered herself a ‘disciple’ of the Theons at some point, but the relationship between her and them was just one of several relationships she had with spiritual-occult figures before she met Aurobindo. She carried over many ideas from the Theons into her collaboration with Aurobindo, but their work together could hardly be called a continuation of the work of the Theons, about whom Aurobindo had no direct knowledge. All in all, the parallels between the Philosophie Cosmique and Aurobindo’s philosophy are interesting but relatively unimportant compared to the enormous influence of the Vedantic tradition of India, which Aurobindo fully acknowledged.
Chanel also notes that it is through the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo ‘that the work of the Theons, that is, the Philosophie Cosmique, is present, though unbeknownst to many, in the world today’. This is true, and it draws attention to what might be called the “multinational” side of the transmission of esoteric knowledge. The Philosophie Cosmique, based in large measure on a form of the kabbalah that took shape in what is now Israel, was developed in France and Algeria during the early twentieth century, but now is scarcely remembered in any of these places. Elements of this teaching are present in the Integral Yoga, a system of thought based largely on the Upanishads that was elaborated in India by an English-educated Bengali and a Frenchwoman of Sephardic extraction. This system of yoga is followed by tens of thousands of people in India, and many hundreds in Europe and North America. Thus elements of an esoteric teaching made a journey from mediaeval Spain to Palestine and then back to Europe, where they were repackaged for dissemination in France. From France they were taken to India, and from India they have begun to make their way back to the West.

Almost every day we went for sadhana meditation in the ashram, which offered a contrast to the brassy worship of the gods in the various temples. Each late afternoon, pilgrims and locals line up to approach the white marble tombs of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo and kneel in prayer, their arms extended over the tightly woven tapestries of flowers adorning the saints’ resting place, and then silently arrange themselves to practice unity in consciousness beneath the spreading limbs of the emerald green jacaranda tree that shelters the courtyard. Like the sand paintings of the Tibetans, the flowers on the tombs are a graceful expression of beauty and impermanence which reappear in a new design each day.
There we will leave you, then: standing, hands folded and head slightly bowed, before the tomb of Pondicherry’s premier saints. Until next time, we send you our love from Mother India, Robert and Susana 8:35 am Thursday 19 June 2008

Monday, January 7, 2013

A representative system for selection of trustees with restricted tenure

Enough of Falsehood – Ashram Trustee resigns! from Critique of The Lives Jan 7, 2013 This morning saw high drama in the Board of Trustees of the Ashram Trust…
Overwhelmed by the circumstances and under pressure of his own conscience, this morning Albert Patel, the senior-most Trustee of the Ashram Trust, submitted his resignation to the Trust Board, and walked away from the Board meeting. RYD - January 7, 2013 9:07 PM Congratulations, Albert-da!

Letter of Kittu Reddy, Ranganath Raghavan & Sumita Kandpal to Manoj Das Gupta on 2 July, 2010 To Manoj Dasgupta
We thank you for the letter dated 21-6-10 containing the reply to our questions…
15. You have mentioned that the Trust Deed is a sacred document and that you are humbly discharging your duties in letter and spirit. We are sorry to say that we do not agree with you on this issue. Your actions and conduct in the last 20 years or so are not in keeping with this.  On the contrary you are using the Trust Deed as an instrument to keep absolute power in your hands without any accountability.
16. The present situation in the Ashram is very disturbing and precarious. The discontent among Ashramites with the Trust management is very wide-spread and many among them may resort to inviting outside intervention. It is quite possible that government intervention may occur. This would certainly not be desirable.
Keeping this in view, we would request you to please act with responsibility and understanding. Apart from the demands already made by Pranabda regarding Peter Heehs, we request you to initiate the changes needed in the Trust Deed, which having been drafted more than half a century ago, is not fully relevant to our present conditions. The changes suggested are as follows:
a)    Restrict the tenure of office for trustees to a fixed limited period.
b)    Set up a legal mechanism for the selection of trustees, based on a representative system.
c)     Ensure transparency and accountability in the administration of the Ashram.
If these suggestions are accepted, a dialogue could be started between you and a selection of senior sadhaks of the Ashram.
This process will pre-empt all possibility of government intervention. But if these suggestions are not accepted, the consequences may be very serious for the future existence of the Ashram. It would be best to solve the present problems within the Ashram community itself. If we fail to do this, there are dark days ahead for us. Kittu Reddy Ranganath Raghavan Sumita Kandpal. Posted by General Editor at 1/06/2013 11:43:00 AM

Ned used to blog as spiritofnow initially. She was writing about her personal concerns occasionally referring to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo before she formally launched The Stumbling Mystic with more or less similar content and style. Ned (Nehdia Sameen) passed away on June 15, 2012.  

Office bearers of Sri Aurobindo Society should quit Ashram Machiavelli decoupled power from faith and Montesquieu pleaded for separation of powers. Adam Smith sought to keep commerce free from all encumbrances. 
Ambivalence mires Sri Aurobindo Ambivalence pertaining to Sri Aurobindo in the public mind persists for a plethora of reasons. Bengal renaissance is a lengthy and complex subject
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo: 1893 – 1973 Sri Aurobindo returned to India in 1893 and this is the 120th year. The Mother passed away in 1973 and that is 40 years back.
Ashram doesn't own the teachings of Sri Aurobindo Numerically, the members of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry are a miniscule among the devotees of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo
The sovereignty of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are Supreme Divine. Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother. There is no further scope to argue about this 
Purity and prosperity The tag, “a realised person” has a great value in India. The person is understood to be acting directly under the light of his Self or Spirit Economic paradigm of Sri Aurobindo Ashram needs scrutiny All said and done, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry today represents a lived reality that is unparalleled anywhere in the world. Bankim’s Anandamath
A case for Integral Education Religion is a collective affair with a liberal sprinkling of festivals. Celebrations, obviously, are happy and colourful occasions
Savitri Era entering the tent Mike is right. “Just put up some pictures of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother in your house” and that’s the first ritual. But wait! Reverse the order
Heehs can easily say to err is human “The intersection of religion and nationalism remains an unresolved issue,” wrote Mohanty in Sri Aurobindo: A Contemporary Reader (Rutledge: 2008 & Rimina’s first assignment)
Sri Aurobindo advocates a religious ethos for nationalism Tweets 23 Dec - @satyamevajayate Reciting Savitri and reading The Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo is perhaps the best means for spreading sanity and harmony. 23 Dec - Savitri Era Party @SavitriEraParty May the youth of my country follow the words of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo instead of chasing quick-fix solutions in Rajpath and India Gate.
Savitri Era Religious Fraternity It appears that I am the only one so far in favour of Savitri Era Religion. Founding a new religion is not an easy task RC is right in catching discrepancies in The Mother's utterances, but he must understand the balancing act she had to perform in the face of multi-pronged resistances. 
No online evaluation of experiences But how all the Heehs’ hounds so uniformly accede to Das Gupta’s divine right to rule for ever is something beyond comprehension.
Auroville is sinking into paranoia of insecurity and aloofness The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, in their role in history, stand for human unity… Appointment of an Odia trustee is being resisted tooth and nail. 
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo infuse a thought revolution Tweets 1h - Savitri Era Party @SavitriEraParty The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have inaugurated a new epoch to break free from the shackles of the past and its prohibitions.
Integral Yoga is no uniform potion But non-linear Integral Yoga Ontology and its spiral evolution paradigm is more prone to post-modernist rapprochement with tentativeness, contingency, and uncertainty of interpretation. 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Finally got a framed, large photograph of Sri Aurobindo

Tweets 16 Dec 11 Ajit Singh @9991711133 Anna team must read & follow Sri Aurobindo's Karamyogin & Bande mataram To defeat the cancer of corruption in india.  23 Dec The means & aim of AAP shall nt succeed until full of spirit of Sri AUROBINDO.  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
27 Nov - Philos-L @PhilosL IRNRD Conference Week, New Delhi: Announcement of the New Delhi Conference Week of the International Research Ne...  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
7 Decniral soni @niralsoni - @fgautier26 I have uploaded Sri Aurobindo's Life previously removed : … .. please share, sir.  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party -  View media
20 Nov - ∫ubra @IntegralUnity - @NirvaniBliss Vivekananda was his spiritual guru (as he was for many) Aurobindo's writings would be v useful from a western pov Retweeted by Savitri Era Party -  View conversation
22 Nov - Rajarshi @TheRajarshi Marvelous, fiery opposition to a world-negating end of the spiritual journey. Sri Aurobindo.  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
23 Nov - Sangeeta Goswami @SangeetaRG - @yrskmohan '12 years with Sri Aurobindo' by Nirod baran and #LIfeDivine the books always on my desk :) @Back2Vedas - Retweeted by Savitri Era Party -  View conversation
25 Nov - Rajmohan Srinivas @yrskmohan @Back2Vedas but my goes not to Aurobindo, but to Mother. If Sri Aurobindo was theory she was a practical demonstration.  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party -  View conversation
26 Nov - Gautam Chikermane @gchikermane While on the subject, another absolute must-read: The Future Poetry by Sri Aurobindo …  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
21 Nov - Rajarshi @TheRajarshi Finally got a framed, large photograph of Sri Aurobindo. Was looking out for one. Veritable silence on a throne of equipoise.  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
22 Nov - Rajarshi @TheRajarshi More I read and contemplate on Sri Aurobindo's writings, more I get amazed. In my opinion, the tallest Vedic intellect in a very long time.  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
22 Nov - Rajarshi @TheRajarshi There are clear Tantric roots in the first impetus which drove Sri Aurobindo towards sadhana. He wanted Shakti, to liberate India. Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
22 Nov - Rajarshi @TheRajarshi It was Sri Aurobindo who told Tilak that moderates cannot be carried along. The revolutionaries wanted to break free, aim for full swaraj.  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
23 Nov - Kunal Dave @kunal_nd @Back2Vedas agree on dat front. Infact if u look at history in 2nd world war it was Sri Aurobindo who gav powers to Churchill against Hitler.  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party -  View conversation
26 Nov - krishnarjun @krishnarjun108 When compared to the intellectual debates stimulated by the likes of Dayananda, Aurobindo hindu thought output abysmal after independence.  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
20 Nov - Rangesh Sridhar @kshetragnya - @visaraj that Tilak and Aurobindo spearheaded was the first truly mass movement. and all we hear is Gandhi Archanai (3/n) Retweeted by Savitri Era Party   

Tweets 19m - Savitri Era Party @SavitriEraParty Put up some pictures of Sri Aurobindo & The Mother in your house … Orbit of the old gods … Savitri Era 10h Sri Aurobindo delineating Aim in Yoga during 1912–13 … Vol.12 Essays Divine And Human, Vol.13 Essays In Philosophy And Yoga 15h Savitri Era: Augment Whitehead with Sri Aurobindo … Whitman, Wittgenstein, Whitehead & Sri Aurobindo …
18h Sri Aurobindo catches the large breath of the inspired Upanishadic Sanskrit … Sri Aurobindo's allegiance to Western ideal 26 Dec Sri Aurobindo is a gradualist, an evolutionist: … Sri Aurobindo is alive to the intrepid and incessant activity of life. 26 Dec Sri Aurobindo bridged the East and West … Sri Aurobindo enthuses us to take to a life of scholarship …
26 Dec 'Sattwa can never be the cause of downfall' … Like Conrad, Sri Aurobindo broadened the range of the English language. 25 Dec Sri Aurobindo's world-affirmativism is born out of an allegiance to a Western ideal more than to any that is Indian: …
24 Dec Chief concern of Sri Aurobindo's drama is to establish order in the disorder of this world in tune with Cosmic order : …
24 Dec Sri Aurobindo echoes Pragmatic, Humanist and Romantic ideals coupled with firm empiricist motive - Stephen H. Phillips …
22 Dec Blank verse has attained in the hand of Sri Aurobindo its fulness, harmony, perfection … Savitri Era 
15 Dec Pankaj Mishra's even handed interpretation of Sri Aurobindo's contribution … Decline of the West - FP By R Vaidyanathan.
11 Dec Savitri Era: Sri Aurobindo stands out distinctly among the Hindu Renaissance leaders for his unique Western upbringing …
9 Dec [Sri Aurobindo’s stories of the supernatural set in England are far more dramatic than M.R. James’. by Sunayana Panda] …
8 Dec [To Thee Our Infinite Gratitude - Writings on the Passing of Sri Aurobindo — Compiled from various sources] SABDA Rs 95 …
6 Dec Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri is the Epic of Triumph—of the Conquest of Death: Spiritual Biography of Savitri by RY Deshpande …
6 Dec Babaji Sri Ramakrishna Das, who came to Ayodhya in 1928, was instrumental in installation of Sri Aurobindo's Relics. … 
6 Dec Sri Aurobindo also resisted the equation of modernization and westernization. Sri Aurobindo was educated at Cambridge 
5 Dec Why to cling pathetically to some other’s tail? Why should we compromise? Say with pride that we are the Savitri Erans. …
5 Dec No more referring to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo as mere Avatar or just Guru. No concealing of our faith, "Savitri Era." … 
4 Dec The choice before the country is clear now: Nehru & Gandhi or Sri Aurobindo? …
4 Dec [As a spiritualist, Aurobindo... has a great horror of socialist authoritarianism... & absence of liberty. V.P. Verma] …
3 Dec [Neurological and Yogic models of memory: unusual cases of memory transference in organ transplant recipients] Sandeep … -  View summary
3 Dec [I have collated all of Sri Aurobindo’s remarks on animals and compared them against recent cognitive ethology] Sandeep … -  View summary
29 Nov [Perhaps a Swami Vivekananda and an Aurobindo Ghosh happen to be exceptions to this Nehruvian phenomenon. @SandeepWeb] …
28 Nov [Dayananda induced much needed shock treatment to hindu society. @krishnarjun108 … Sri Aurobindo unraveled Vedic light.  View photo
27 Nov [Re-election of Barack Obama offers real hope that we will one day live in a post-racial America. Guest Post by CI Aki] …
27 Nov [Mimicry, mockery or mumukutva? A response to Deepak Sarma, by Jeffery D. Long - from Love of All Wisdom by Amod Lele] …
24 Nov Had Sri Aurobindo's advice been accepted on Cabinet Mission Plan, it may have prevented bloodshed: … 1926 …