Sunday, March 18, 2012

Deleuzian nomadology and the delusion of public morality

I don’t think you can take texts from very different periods and assume he is talking about exactly all the same things and only choosing a different word here and there. Thus there’s reason to give more importance to his later expressions over much earlier ones.

Reading them today I can not help to smile because language – as we know from Future Poetry – charts the leading edge of our evolutionary turn… Over time sublime experience becomes reified in language, inspirational poetry quickly becomes stale ideology. While one can memorize his system and learn to parrot Sri Aurobindo’s words mapping his experience onto the countless differences that shape the experiences and inner topography of each one of us is a whole other enchilada. 

I do believe, from a considered synchronic and diachronic study of SA’s texts, that he held and languaged simultaneous descriptions of the IY belonging to different textual discourses. To arrive at an “authentic” understanding of these differences is always a guessing game… Nietzsche’s “superman” continues to haunt us, the more so as the human becomes increasingly unstable. 
My book is not a hermeneutical exercise in decoding SA’s “authentic” intention. All it proposes is “a transformative yoga psychology based on Sri Aurobindo’s diaries.” It represents my own traversal of this language terrain and yoga practice from the retrospective world of my own practice of the integral yoga and a contemporary world of deleuzian nomadology opening onto the unfinished horizon of the superman. I believe it can be useful to others but whether or not depends on what use they make of it as a toolbox of attention and the practices of consciousness.

I may add that in my opinion, in the physical absence of the Mother, the danger of distortion by the vital emotional being that Sri Aurobindo wrote about in the chapter on the Intuitive Mind is very much increased, so that the demand for the shuddhi of the prana and the importance of the emergence of the mental purusha as a purifying agent, is greater today. 10:02 PM 

Now that the Mother’s direct presence is not available, I guess it would be prudent to practice Hatha Yoga in the initial stages (for those who need it).

Mutinous End Times by Abhi March 15, 2012 permalink
Back in 2004 there was very little brown representation in the media and very little “voice” representing us. There was not a single loud speaker for the South Asian American community. Now there is quite a bit more and brown is everywhere… Most of the conversation that once took place daily on blogs now takes place on your Facebook and Twitter accounts.  To try and fight that trend is a losing proposition.  Almost all prominent blogs are now corporatized with actual budgets, so continuing to play in that shrinking sandbox doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.  I don’t think any of us who have poured so much sweat and so many sleepless nights writing about issues we are passionate about or just fascinated by are happy with simply coasting by on past glory.

Sepia Mutiny (2004-2012) from Kafila by Shivam Vij MARCH 18, 2012
The great Indian American blog Sepia Mutiny is shutting shop. They are right about much of the fun having gone away from blogging because Facebook and Twitter took over. Before Facebook and Twitter, in the brief golden era of blogging, we discovered interesting people on the internet through full-length articles, not 140 characters. 

Media, both symbol and reality of a contemporary crowd, lives by its own drugs. Complexity is of little use to television, which wanders across its firmament with a label in search of a fixture. Television survives on simplicity. Heroes and villains. Cops and robbers. Certainty is its strength. It does not much matter whether truth agrees with such certainty; it might, or it might not.
This is one of the many reasons why government-owned television is so boring. It is trapped between the glare of obedience and the fog of qualifications. Private television, responding to the needs of market stimulation, switches from hero to villain with the instant ease of electricity…
Dinesh Trivedi has, quite astutely, coated his assault with just the kind of morality that Mamata Banerjee keeps in her arsenal. He says, from every platform, that he is doing nothing for himself; that he has everything to lose from this confrontation; but he is fighting the good fight because it is the Right Thing To Do. Touché. Perhaps Mamata Banerjee forgot two things about Trivedi. He was a member of V.P. Singh’s bandwagon in the late 1980s, and that wagon was fuelled solely by the gas of public morality as it challenged the steel of Rajiv Gandhi’s government.

I suppose the lesson has always stayed with me. It accounts for my cynicism over the Lok Pal and the concept of “Persons of unimpeachable integrity”… In general, I am sceptical of any solution that relies on people’s character rather than structures and incentives. 10:39 AM

A new party named Pragati Legislature Party was formed with the Utkal Congress, Swatantra Party and others as its constituents and Shri Biju Patnaik, Leader of the Pragati Legislature Party became the Leader of the Opposition on the 9th February, 1973 and continued till the 3rd March, 1973… 
Shri Biju Patnaik, Leader of Pragati Legislature Party was declared Leader of the Opposition on 19th March, 1974 and continued as such till the 10th December 1974. Towards the end of 1974, Bharatiya Lok Dal, a new All-India Party came into being with the merger of seven parties including Utkal Congress, Swatantra and S.S.P. On the 10th December, 1974, Pragati Legislature Party was renamed as Bharatiya Lok Dal Legislature Party and Shri Biju Patnaik as the Leader of the Bharatiya Lok Dal was declared Leader of Opposition. Shri Patnaik continued as such till 24th March, 1977. The Janata Party was formed with the amalgamation of Bharatiya Lok Dal, Congress (O) and the Socialist Party in early 1977.

Bharatiya Lok Dal (Indian Peoples' Party) was formed at the end of 1974 through the fusion of seven parties opposed to the autocratic rule of Indira Gandhi, including the Swatantra Party, the Utkal Congress, the Bharatiya Kranti Dal, and the Socialist Party. The leader of the BLD was Charan Singh. In 1977, the BLD combined with the Jan Sangh and the Indian National Congress (Organization) to form the Janata Party. The newly formed Janata Party contested the 1977 elections on the BLD symbol and formed independent India's first government not ruled by the Indian National Congress. From Wikipedia

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