Monday, March 26, 2012

A thought comes when “it” wishes, and not when “I” wish

Auroville Radio from: Auroville Radio Newsletter date: 26 March 2012 Editor's Notes Dear readers,
Official visits and meetings have been high up on the list this week for us at Auroville, while our love for art and culture continues with performances and interviews by the visiting artists. In addition, we introduce two budding entrepreneurs who have found a new way for visitors to explore Auroville. So, listen and enjoy, there's something for every one! Adoration of the Mother performed on10th in Amphitheater, inaugurating in Auroville Tantidhatri Performing Art Festival.

Integral Yoga « Sri Aurobindo Society, Hyderabad VIRI, on September 12, 2011 at 7:55 pm said: namaskaram to all devotees of Sri Mother and Sri Aurobindo
i would like to tell one unfavourble thing which we see in our ashram is closing and locking the doors of book shelves. I have seen in Pondicherry where all the book shelves are freely opened for the visitors so that they can choose the book they wanted. But here in Hyderabad very bad system of book selling process. So many times i find difficulty in picking the book i wanted. Each time the person has to open the door and lock back after seeing that book. Its very uneasy method. So i stopped coming to buy books in ashram as I am getting those books outside also. SORRY TO SAY THIS.

Compiled and edited by Shri Anurag Banerjee and with a preface from the pen of Prof. Kittu Reddy, this book comprising of 445 pages is a chronological study of Sri Aurobindo’s political life from 1906 to 1910 through British Government documents, press coverage, memoirs of his political colleagues as well as his own autobiographical account… Comprising of 450 pages, “Sri Aurobindo: His Political Life and Activities” is available at a price of Rs. 490 (Four Hundred and Ninety) only. To place an order, please write to the following email address:

A portion of this judgment emphasizing mostly on Sri Aurobindo was published in the book, “The Alipore Bomb Trial” edited by B. K. Bose  in 1922. But it is only through this publication of Overman Foundation that the complete judgment of the Alipore Bomb Trial had seen the light of day in 2010. Not only will this book help the students of history but also the students of law. Compiled and edited by Shri Anurag Banerjee, this book comprising of 149 pages is available at a price of Rs. 190 (One Hundred and Ninety) only. To place an order, please write to the following email address:

On their page titled “Attempts to create an ‘Aurobindonian religion’,” Auro Truths refer to the judgement of the Supreme Court of India, S.P. Mittal Etc. Etc. vs. Union of India, 1982, which established that Sri Aurobindo’s and The Mother’s ideals, teachings, and the institutions they have founded do not belong to any religion or religious institution. We reproduce here the judgement in its entirety. Read more

In the introduction to Sri Aurobindo: A Contemporary Reader (New Delhi: Routledge, 2008), Sachidananda Mohanty expressed regret that, in some quarters, Sri Aurobindo has been transformed into a “cult figure... the leader of a movement where unqualified acceptance of the Guru in wholly exclusive terms is the watchword.” He noted that “the idea of ‘the Ashram’ where like-minded seekers reside for collective progress, can degenerate... into collective bigotry or egoism. History of all major religions is witness to such aberrations.” Therefore in contrast to a “foundational ‘devotee approach’ to reading Sri Aurobindo,” Dr. Mohanty proposed “to offer an objective account from a sympathetic standpoint.” (pp. 3-4) As a precedent for this approach, he cited Peter Heehs’s Sri Aurobindo: A Brief Biography (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1989). In Mohanty’s view, Heehs’s book represented “a balanced approach – sympathetic and objective at the same time.” (p. 35, note 4)
The Lives of Sri Aurobindo was in the press when Mohanty’s valuable compilation was published. A few months later, after Heehs’s new biography had appeared, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram was shaken by a severe outbreak of the kind of “collective bigotry” that Mohanty had warned against. One might have expected him to take a stand in support of the rights of the scholar or, if he was unwilling to take that risk, to stay out of the controversy. Instead, he joined the movement against Heehs and wrote a letter to the Trustees urging the Ashram to “demand the withdrawal of Peter Heehs as a professional from the Archives.”
Like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, SM appears to suffer from a split personality (now termed “dissociative identity disorder”). The person who wrote the letter reproduced and commented on below hardly seems to be the one who recently cited Heehs’s writings in support of his own broad-minded attempt “to underline some of the futuristic ideas of Sri Aurobindo and to look at him in the context of the crisis of contemporary culture that confronts us today.” (Contemporary Reader, p. 4) Yet both Dr. M and Mr. S claim to be the same Sachidananda Mohanty...
The Contemporary Reader is an admirable compilation, apart from an inexcusable number of typographical errors in the quotations from Sri Aurobindo’s works in the introduction. But Mohanty’s remarks below are inconsistent in many places with his own views as expressed a few months earlier in the excellent introduction to his book.

A critique of the book "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by Peter Heehs ... By General Editor
Sri Aurobindo, whose biography TLOSA masquerades as, is a national hero here in India and a global spiritual icon. A prominent leader of the Indian freedom movement, Sri Aurobindo has remained a source of great inspiration to millions ... given the fraud and misrepresentation being perpetrated by Peter Heehs and the anguish that this book is causing to millions of devotees of Sri Aurobindo all over the world. […] Gitanjali J B gitanjali333@yahoo.com6:36 PM2:48 PM, at 6:57 PM,  7:00 PM  The Lives of Sri Aurobindo (TLOSA) authored by Peter Heehs (PH) and published by Columbia University Press (CUP) in 2008 

Preface of TLOSA -- by Alok Pandey -  1:07 PM  -  The fact is that PH has more often quoted the enemies and critics of Sri Aurobindo and shied away from those who have made positive statements on him. He does not give credence to even Sri Aurobindo’s statements on the events of his own life, though he is quick in highlighting Sri Aurobindo’s negative statements on himself in a highly decontextualised manner. Why this biased choice on implicitly accepting “negative statements” and rejecting outright “positive statements” of Sri Aurobindo or h...

Re: Sraddhalu Ranade writes to Manoj Das by Tusar N. Mohapatra on Fri 27 Aug 2010 Profile Permanent Link This following post by Banerji was deleted by him because of mistaken attribution but retains its significance for evidencing the ambivalence that Das skillfully wove for two years climaxing in his letter to Sraddhalu. [TNM]
by RY Deshpande on Sat 28 Aug 2010 Profile Permanent Link Yes, I remember this. Finally Debashish had retracted a part of it when he realized that he was actually attacking his friend Manoj Das. ~ RYD 

One day when I was ten years-I suddenly got out of my otherwise normal calm mind and asked my aunt-a very devoted woman “If India is so rich and great with her Vedas, Upanishads, Gita-and with the numerous sadhus , monks, yogis and devotees sacrificing so much for the sake of God-why is this country suffering from poverty, diseases and illiteracy? Why are we lagging behind the West? Savitri Era: Poverty, diseases, and illiteracy

“An appearance of conflict must be admitted for a time, for as long as the attack of an opposite culture continues. But since it will be in effect an assistance to all the best that is emerging from the advanced thought of the Occident, it will culminate in the beginning of concert on a higher plane and a preparation of oneness.”
The Caste System And The Treatment Of Outcastes Sri Aurobindo wrote in 1919, “Apart from all phenomena of decline or deterioration we should [...] Sri Aurobindo’s August 15, 1947 Message

Objectile and Agere from Larval Subjects. In Beyond Good and Evil Nietzsche famously argued that metaphysics is a product of grammar. With regard to the superstitions of logicians, I shall never tire of emphasizing a small terse fact, which these superstitious minds hate to concede—namely, that a thought comes when “it” wishes, and not when “I” wish, so that it is a falsification of the facts of the case to say that the subject “I” is the condition of the predicate “think.” It thinks: but that this “it” is precisely the famous old “ego” is, to put it mildly, only a supposition, an assertion, and assuredly not an “immediate certainty.”

TOP ARTICLE Tale Of Two Countries - Times Of India 3 Jan 2009 GURCHARAN DAS Published: January 1, 2009
The speed with which India is creating world-class companies is also a shock to the Chinese, whose corporate structure is based on state-owned and foreign companies. I have no satisfactory explanation for all this, but I think it may have something to do with India’s much-reviled caste system. Vaishyas, members of the merchant caste, who have learned over generations how to accumulate capital, give the nation a competitive advantage. Classical liberals may be right in thinking that commerce is a natural trait, but it helps if there is a devoted group of risk-taking entrepreneurs around to take advantage of the opportunity. Not surprisingly, Vaishyas still dominate the Forbes list of Indian billionaires.

BJP has nearly all of Congress's sins - and a few of its own Deccan Herald Anna Hazare lacks scientific ideas to end corruption: Justice Katju Times of India‎ 90% of Indians are fools: Justice Katju Hindustan Times Team Anna’s idea works well as wishful thinking Firstpost Mar 26, 2012 by Akshaya Mishra
Team Anna is again cleverly playing up the anger of the middle class and the urban youth with the political class. These sections are impressionable and prone to take seriously every allegation against politicians they read and watch on the media. They have little patience with facts and lesser patience with the legal niceties involved in such cases. Do the members of Team Anna have any proof against the cabinet ministers?
People in the know of the alleged graft cases would be careful about responding to the question but not so their followers of Team Anna. This only vitiates the whole atmosphere. FIRs are alright but there should be high penalty for baseless and malicious allegations too. That would make people careful before making accusations with vested interests.
Anna Hazare Upsurge: A Critical Appraisal Editors: Asghar Ali Engineer and Ram Puniyani ISBN 978-81-8235-108-0 Price: Rs. 160.00 (Paper Back) Rs. 320.00 (Hard Bound) Published by Sahitya Upkram E mail: Phone: 09654732174, 09350809192 POSTED BY C-INFO AT MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012 

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