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Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.
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Sunday, February 9, 2014
Analysis of the Preface of P. Heehs’ The Lives of Sri Aurobindo, CUP, 2008 (Part 4) ― A Zombified Disciple  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 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
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
Thursday, March 21, 2013
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.
PDK volunteers attack Aurobindo Ashram ... - Chennai Puducherry, Mar 21
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 ...
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Thursday, February 14, 2013
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ph: 0413 2622209 / 9811118828 February 14, 2013
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
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
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
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
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.
Matrimandir looks like a slightly flattened golden golf ball, sitting on a squat tee, waiting for Krishna to putt it into outer space - Pilgrimage Through India, Installment 1 Jun 18 2008
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
premier saints. Until next time, we send you our love from Mother India, Robert
and Susana 8:35 am Thursday 19 June 2008
There we will leave you, then: standing, hands folded and head slightly bowed, before the tomb of
Monday, January 7, 2013
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!
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. http://rainbowther.blogspot.in/search?q=ned
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.
is a lengthy and complex subject
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo: 1893 – 1973 Sri Aurobindo returned to
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
. The person is understood to
be acting directly under the light of his Self or Spirit Economic
paradigm of Sri Aurobindo Ashram needs scrutiny
and done, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry today represents a lived
reality that is unparalleled anywhere in the world. Bankim’s Anandamath India
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
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... http://bit.ly/Y18bxZ Retweeted
by Savitri Era Party
7 Decniral soni @niralsoni - @fgautier26 I have uploaded Sri Aurobindo's Life previously removed : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-iIuf1YVy8&feature=plcp … .. please share, sir. Retweeted by Savitri Era Party - View media
4 Dec - Mrityunjoy Kumar Jha @Mrityunjoykjha For the first time, the media faced right-wing frenzy - http://www.livemint.com/Politics/NVoAzFPsoMFjOmFtbhXySN/Ayodhya-for-the-first-time-the-media-faced-rightwing-fren.html … - Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
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 - vamanan @vamanan81 What did Sri Aurobindo think of Swami Vivekananda? http://vamanan81.wordpress.com/2010/01/12/swami-vivekananda-through-sri-aurobindo%E2%80%99s-eyes-2/ … Retweeted by Savitri Era Party - View photo
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 http://www.sriaurobindoashram.org/ashram/sriauro/downloadpdf.php?id=39 … 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
Retweeted by Savitri Era
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 http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/put-up-some-pictures-of-sri-aurobindo.html … Orbit of the old gods http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/orbit-of-old-gods.html … Savitri Era 10h Sri Aurobindo delineating Aim in Yoga during 1912–13 http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/sri-aurobindo-delineating-aim-in-yoga.html … Vol.12 Essays Divine And Human, Vol.13 Essays In Philosophy And Yoga 15h Savitri Era: Augment Whitehead with Sri Aurobindo http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/augment-whitehead-with-sri-aurobindo.html … Whitman, Wittgenstein, Whitehead & Sri Aurobindo http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/whitman-wittgenstein-whitehead-and-sri.html …
18h Sri Aurobindo catches the large breath of the inspired Upanishadic Sanskrit http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/sri-aurobindo-catches-large-breath-of.html … Sri Aurobindo's allegiance to Western ideal 26 Dec Sri Aurobindo is a gradualist, an evolutionist: http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/sri-aurobindo-is-gradualist-evolutionist.html … Sri Aurobindo is alive to the intrepid and incessant activity of life. 26 Dec Sri Aurobindo bridged the East and West http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/sri-aurobindos-philosophy-bridged-east.html … Sri Aurobindo enthuses us to take to a life of scholarship http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/sri-aurobindo-enthuses-us-to-take-to.html …
26 Dec 'Sattwa can never be the cause of downfall' http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/like-conrad-sri-aurobindo-broadened.html … 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: http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/sri-aurobindos-allegiance-to-western.html …
24 Dec Chief concern of Sri Aurobindo's drama is to establish order in the disorder of this world in tune with Cosmic order : http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/chief-concern-of-sri-aurobindos-drama.html …
24 Dec Sri Aurobindo echoes Pragmatic, Humanist and Romantic ideals coupled with firm empiricist motive - Stephen H. Phillips http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/sri-aurobindo-echoes-pragmatic-humanist.html …
23 Dec Aristotle, Nietzsche, Iqbal, and Sri Aurobindo http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/aristotle-nietzsche-iqbal-and-sri.html … McTaggart: atheistic mysticism; Nussbaum: Humanism http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/11/mctaggart-atheistic-mysticism-nussbaum.html …
23 Dec Sri Aurobindo classifies eleven poets for the utter first class: http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/sri-aurobindo-classifies-eleven-poets.html … Savitri vis-à-vis English Poetry: http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/savitris-place-vis-vis-pantheon-of.html …
23 Dec Sri Aurobindo's view of life is coherent http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/sri-aurobindos-view-of-life-is-coherent.html … Sri Aurobindo's theory doesn’t aim at individual salvation http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/sri-aurobindos-theory-doesnt-tend.html …
23 Dec Sri Aurobindo realised that a mass upsurge was the need of the hour http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/sri-aurobindo-realised-that-mass.html … Programs in Applied Integral http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/online-postgraduate-programmes-in.html …
22 Dec Blank verse has attained in the hand of Sri Aurobindo its fulness, harmony, perfection http://selforum.blogspot.in/2007/12/blank-verse-has-attained-in-hand-of-sri.html … Savitri Era http://savitriera.blogspot.com/
22 Dec Like Mazzini Sri Aurobindo prized the moral re-awakening http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/like-mazzini-sri-aurobindo-prized-moral.html … Quality of our current life w'd be better http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/11/quality-of-our-current-life-would-be.html …
22 Dec World
Whitman, Wittgenstein, Whitehead and Sri Aurobindo http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/whitman-wittgenstein-whitehead-and-sri.html … Hayek,
Whitehead and Sri Aurobindo http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/hayek-whitehead-and-sri-aurobindo.html …
21 Dec Sri Aurobindo says to actualize the
in life http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/sri-aurobindo-says-to-actualize-kingdom.html … Sri
Aurobindo appreciates Buddha's work http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/sri-aurobindo-appreciates-buddha.html … Kingdom of God
20 Dec - @ashaproothi How close Sri Aurobindo comes to Paul Elmer More http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/how-close-sri-aurobindo-comes-to-paul.html … Sri Aurobindo - an integral religion http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/11/sri-aurobindo-expounds-integral-religion.html … - View conversation
18 Dec Sri Aurobindo's theses on biology, psychology & sociology http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/sri-aurobindos-theses-on-biology.html … Sri Aurobindo seeks the larger synthesis http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/sri-aurobindo-always-seeks-for-larger.html …
15 Dec Pankaj Mishra's even handed interpretation of Sri Aurobindo's contribution http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/pankaj-mishras-even-handed.html … 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 http://selforum.blogspot.in/2010/10/sri-aurobindo-stands-out-distinctly.html …
10 Dec Sri Aurobindo's plays instantiate five different moments of world culture http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/sri-aurobindos-plays-instantiate-five.html … Savitri’s place & poetry http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/savitris-place-vis-vis-pantheon-of.html …
9 Dec [Sri Aurobindo’s stories of the supernatural set in
are far more dramatic than M.R. James’. by Sunayana Panda] http://selforum.blogspot.in/2007/09/sri-aurobindos-stories-are-far-more.html …
8 Dec [To Thee Our Infinite Gratitude - Writings on the Passing of Sri Aurobindo — Compiled from various sources] SABDA Rs 95 http://sabda.in/catalog/bookinfo.php?websec=ENGD-BA-260 …
7 Dec Sri Aurobindo is a more intellectually satisfying writer http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/sri-aurobindo-is-more-intellectually.html … Opposition of Sri Aurobindo to socialism http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/trenchant-opposition-of-sri-aurobindo.html …
6 Dec Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri is the Epic of Triumph—of the Conquest of Death: Spiritual Biography of Savitri by RY Deshpande http://selforum.blogspot.in/2007/09/savitri-is-epic-of-triumphof-conquest.html …
6 Dec Babaji Sri Ramakrishna Das, who came to Ayodhya in 1928, was instrumental in installation of Sri Aurobindo's Relics. http://purnangayoga.org/index.php/books/sri-ramakrishna-das …
6 Dec Sri Aurobindo also resisted the equation of modernization and westernization. Sri Aurobindo was educated at
Cambridge - http://www.thebritishtoastrack.com/?p=1799
5 Dec Why to cling pathetically to some other’s tail? Why should we compromise? Say with pride that we are the Savitri Erans. http://savitriera.blogspot.in/2007/02/why-should-we-compromise-say-with-pride.html …
5 Dec No more referring to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo as mere Avatar or just Guru. No concealing of our faith, "Savitri Era." http://savitriera.blogspot.in/2007/02/why-should-we-compromise-say-with-pride.html …
5 Dec Sri Aurobindo as Statesman, Political Columnist, Poet http://selforum.blogspot.in/2009/07/sri-aurobindo-as-statesman-political.html … Problems of contemporary man in the light of http://selforum.blogspot.in/2009/07/problems-of-contemporary-man-in-light.html …
5 Dec Intl. Conference Contesting Religion & Politics http://selforum.blogspot.com/2012/11/international-conference-on-contesting.html … Sri Aurobindo gives a collective element to spirit http://selforum.blogspot.com/2012/11/sri-aurobindo-gives-collective-element.html …
5 Dec Sri Aurobindo, Adorno, Levinas, and Laruelle http://selforum.blogspot.com/2012/11/sri-aurobindo-adorno-levinas-and.html … Descartes, Bergson, Freud, Myers, & James http://selforum.blogspot.com/2012/10/descartes-bergson-freud-myers-james.html … Savitri Era
5 Dec Sri Aurobindo perceived Dharma in terms of unity and dispelled many unhelpful dichotomies http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/sri-aurobindo-perceived-dharma-in-terms.html … Meaning http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/generosity-reciprocity-capacity.html …
4 Dec The choice before the country is clear now: Nehru & Gandhi or Sri Aurobindo? http://sabhlokcity.com/2012/11/sri-aurobindo-the-vocal-opponent-of-socialism/ …
4 Dec [As a spiritualist, Aurobindo... has a great horror of socialist authoritarianism... & absence of liberty. V.P. Verma] http://sabhlokcity.com/2012/11/sri-aurobindo-the-vocal-opponent-of-socialism/ …
4 Dec Sri Aurobindo brings together politics and religion: http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/sri-aurobindo-wrote-to-bring-together.html … Sri Aurobindo twists certain critical terms: http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/sri-aurobindo-tends-to-twist-certain.html …
3 Dec [Neurological and Yogic models of memory: unusual cases of memory transference in organ transplant recipients] Sandeep http://auromere.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/memory-transference-in-organ-transplant-recipients/ … - View summary
3 Dec [I have collated all of Sri Aurobindo’s remarks on animals and compared them against recent cognitive ethology] Sandeep http://auromere.wordpress.com/2011/11/12/insights-into-animal-cognition/ … - View summary
2 Dec Sri Aurobindo asks to win back inner freedom or moral swaraj http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/sri-aurobindo-exhorted-to-win-back.html … Suprarational knowledge and intention http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/12/suprarational-avataric-knowledge-and.html …
29 Nov Swamy Dayananda @krishnarjun108 http://krishnarjun108.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/dayananda-the-lion-saint/ … Ananda Coomaraswamy @sandeepWeb http://centreright.in/2012/11/ananda-coomaraswamy-a-gentle-introduction/ … Sri Aurobindo http://sabhlokcity.com/2012/11/sri-aurobindo-the-vocal-opponent-of-socialism/ … - View photo
29 Nov Home grown “children of The Mother” have betrayed Sri Aurobindo http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/11/those-who-grew-up-under-mothers.html … Complaints of Mrinalini pointless http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/11/complaints-of-mrinalini-pointless-since.html …
29 Nov [Perhaps a Swami Vivekananda and an Aurobindo Ghosh happen to be exceptions to this Nehruvian phenomenon. @SandeepWeb] http://centreright.in/2012/11/ananda-coomaraswamy-a-gentle-introduction/#.ULd_geSR_yd …
28 Nov [Dayananda induced much needed shock treatment to hindu society. @krishnarjun108] http://krishnarjun108.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/dayananda-the-lion-saint/ … Sri Aurobindo unraveled Vedic light. View photo
27 Nov Sri Aurobindo – the tallest Vedic intellect http://selforum.blogspot.com/2012/11/sri-aurobindo-tallest-vedic-intellect.html … Auroville is sinking into paranoia of insecurity http://savitriera.blogspot.com/2012/11/auroville-is-sinking-into-paranoia-of.html …
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] http://percaritatem.com/2012/11/27/guest-post-by-c-i-aki-when-the-color-of-black-is-invisible/ …
27 Nov [Mimicry, mockery or mumukṣutva? A response to Deepak Sarma, by Jeffery D. Long - from Love of All Wisdom by Amod Lele] http://loveofallwisdom.com/2012/11/mimicry-mockery-or-mumuk%e1%b9%a3utva-a-response-to-deepak-sarma-by-jeffery-d-long/ …
26 Nov This worldliness was undermined until SriAurobindo http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/11/this-worldliness-was-undermined-until.html … Women embrace responsibility rather than escape http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/11/women-embrace-their-responsibilitiesrat.html …
26 Nov Sri Aurobindo expounds an integral religion http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/11/sri-aurobindo-expounds-integral-religion.html … Georges van Vrekhem was a devoted child of The Mother http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/11/georges-van-vrekhem-was-devoted-child.html …
24 Nov Had Sri Aurobindo's advice been accepted on Cabinet Mission Plan, it may have prevented bloodshed: http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/11/had-sri-aurobindos-advice-been-accepted.html … 1926 http://selforum.blogspot.in/2012/11/1926-scores-over-1949.html …
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Friday, November 2, 2012
Sri Aurobindo - the vocal opponent of socialism - Sanjeev Sabhlok's ...
Most people think of Sri Aurobindo as a great spiritual and literary master. Few realise that he was, in line with Vivekananda and most Indian philosophers, a great proponent of liberty and – in Sri Aurobindo's case – a direct opponent of socialism.
Most people think of Sri Aurobindo as a great spiritual and literary master. Few realise that he was, in line with Vivekananda and most Indian philosophers, a great proponent of liberty and – in Sri Aurobindo's case – a direct opponent of socialism.
Had Sri Aurobindo lived, Nehru's plans of socialism would have been still-born and
have escaped from its (ongoing) misery of the past 65 years.
The more I think about it, it becomes clear that I am speaking from the ANCIENT INDIAN TRADITION. It is an instinctive expression of critical thinking, tolerance, and liberty that ancient
so deeply understood.
Till Nehru came in and confused everybody, including Team Anna/ Arvind Kejriwal and even Baba Ramdev. And of course, RSS/BJP are DIRECT godchildren of Nehru. There is no distinction I can make between BJP and Congress. (Btw, Modi is the same.)
NONE of these people are attuned to what Gandhi, Vivekananda, Aurobindo, and Tagore were attuned to: a deep instinctive tolerance and insistence on liberty. It was an instinctive expression of Indian-ness, the true Hindutva.
But Nehru the Westerner came in with half-baked German (Hegelian) ideas and destroyed
India. It is time to reclaim Hindu Capitalism (also known
as Hindu Dharma) and bring tolerance and liberty back to India. This
includes economic freedom and incentive-based governance outlined in Arthashastra.
Sreelatha Menon: The Kejriwal club Business Standard-27-Oct-2012
It’s not just Arvind Kejriwal whose spirit is ablaze with the need to change it all. There are many Kejriwals working quietly for a change in the political infrastructure of this country. Most of them admire him — though they may differ with him on policy issues.
Jai Prakash Narayan started the Lok Satta party with the same intent, much before Kejriwal arrived on the scene. He has managed to win one seat in the Andhra Assembly elections so far. Others have followed his footsteps. There is the Jago Party, which was launched in 2007 and is active in Rajasthan…
Sanjeev Sabhlok, a former Indian Administrative Services officer, was fed up with the “system”, too. He says the system is like a cesspool feeding endless disease-carrying mosquitoes (or corrupt officials and politicians). He quit the services in 2001 to start a liberal party like Rajaji’s Swatantra Party. He has written a book, Breaking Free of Nehru: Lets Unleash
and has been working with Bhagawat’s FTI.
FTI functions more like a club for anyone to join and take a plunge into politics with the intent of changing it for the better. It has 150 members at present. Sabhlok operates from
Australia, and advises the
government on public policy. He is gearing up to return to India the
moment the field is ready for a new political party.
Both Sabhlok and Bhagawat admire Kejriwal, of course with plenty of reservations. They don’t approve of the economic policies that Kejriwal has spoken of so far. Sabhlok says he has met Kejriwal and tried to show him his idea of reform, “but he has not been responsive”. “I’ve not given up. I continue to try to reach out to him.”
But Kejriwal’s admirers have a word of caution for him. “Many of his ideas, such as fixing prices for essential commodities, are deeply socialist, and will take
further down the path of ruin. We need serious policy thinkers to come forward,
not economics illiterates,” says Sabhlok.
The inaugural session From September 14–21, The Auroville Festival – Auroville, City for Transformation, was held at the India International Centre in
AVToday October 2012.
Smt. Ambika Soni, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, was the guest speaker. She recalled one of her most cherished memories and experiences, of having darshan of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother as a child, which, she said, has marked her relationship with the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville ever since. “When I went to Auroville a few years ago, it was such a beautiful experience. If India today has a message for the world, it is its basic mantra of inclusiveness, synthesizing the various religions, languages and cultural traditions, creating a global dialogue, creating understanding and compassion, avoiding the so-called clash of civilizations. And that is what you are doing in Auroville as well. We should not look at the individual colours, at the blue, the yellow and the red, but weave them together to get the colour white, the colour of love. This would be the greatest message of Auroville to the rest of the world.” She expressed the hope that the Auroville Festival in Delhi will be the first of many interactive processes “of all of you from Auroville with the rest of us who are deprived of living in such experiments”.
Shri Soli Sorabji, eminent jurist and Chairman of the India International Centre, first became involved with Auroville in the 1980s, “when a case came up at the Supreme Court regarding Auroville – was it a religion or not? And then the Supreme Court held that Auroville was not representing a religion. That was my first contact with the work of Sri Aurobindo and Auroville. Eight years later I visited Auroville and it was an unforgettable experience, meeting so many people of different nationalities. It was a place of dedication; the whole atmosphere was alleviating or rather transforming. Then, much later, I was asked for a legal opinion on the question if Auroville was a government organization or an autonomous institution and I gave the opinion that Auroville is an independent juristic entity, not a government body. I will soon go again to Auroville to replenish my batteries.”
He then proceeded with an assessment of the human condition today. “One of the most tragic paradoxes of our times is that an age that is witness to tremendous progress and technological developments has at the same time also seen a tremendous decline of moral and spiritual values. Today, human beings are measured in terms of mass and molecules, forgetting that there is a spiritual spark in every human being and that the divine is in the heart of everyone. Greed has taken enormous steps. And there is also a sharp the decline in the standards of politicians. Here I would like to read something by Sri Aurobindo which is still quite relevant today.