Saturday, June 30, 2012

Prime Minister stood in meditation for a while before the Samadhi

Being a ‘window of French culture’, if I may use Jawaharlal Nehru’s famous words, Puducherry occupies a special place in our country. I am truly delighted to come to this historic city which became the home of one of India’s great spiritual thinkers Sri Aurobindo.

Earlier, the Prime Minister visited the more than 400-year-old Manakula Vinayakar temple, where he was received with temple honours. He also visited Aurobindo Ashram and stood in meditation for a while before the memorials (Samadhis) of Sri Aurobindo and his spiritual collaborator The Mother (Mirra Alfasa). The Ashram was established by Sri Aurobindo on Nov 1926 with just a few disciples staying with him. He continued his spiritual work and later handed over responsibility of the Sadhaks (spiritual aspirants) and the Ashram to The Mother. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Lt Governor Iqbal Singh, among others.

He encouraged men of the stature of B.R. Ambedkar, Aurobindo Ghosh and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan at the beginning of their careers. A year before Sayajirao ...

'All employees are considered members of one family, sharing bonds of mutual trust, support, responsibility and respect.' In the latter part of his life, Mehta moved to Pondicherry in devotion of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

The concept of Swadeshi is more than 100 years old. It was a guiding force for the Indian freedom struggle under the visionary leadership of Lokmanya Tilak, Veer Savarkar, Sri Aurobindo and Mahatama Gandhi.

This teaching has been wisely eliminated from all history books. Nor does any book talk about how likes of Swami Vivekananda, Bankim Chandra, Sri Aurobindo helped revive the ideologies of Hindutva which played a pivotal roled in unification of India. Consequences of these is this that today atheists have mushroomed. Now, these atheists do not get bothered if someone offends their ancestors. 9:56 PM

Giving the final blow, Jethmalani concluded by saying, "Your occupying the august office will be a disgrace to the republic of India." Referring to names like Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Swami Vivekananda, Chittaranjan Das and Sri Aurobindo ...

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The guiding force and inspiration behind the Sanskrit Karyalaya are the words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. The Mother said: "Sanskrit should be the real ...

I perfectly understand your wish to join a group of like-minded people

We, the devotees in Bengaluru, are really not surprised that despite mounting protests Peter Heehs continues to brazen it out in the Ashram. This only reinforces our conviction that he is one of an insidious mafia that is strongly committed to destroying the heart and soul of this country by infiltrating and undermining its spiritual institutions in every way. Peter's publications so far, including his book, are solely intended to smear and serve this dark purpose. All those gullible knights in shining armour who spring up in his defense from time to time do not evidently realize that they are being fooled by a dangerous Pied Piper who has a sinister agenda of his own.
Peter poses a far greater threat than meets the eye. Has he not already lured away the media, the political class, self-styled "intellectuals", uninformed public at large and the high and mighty not to speak of sundry busy bodies? Has he not successfully wrested his extended stay in this country for yet another year in the face of stiff opposition? Has he not polarized the entire community of the Ashram and associated bodies for the first time ever into two warring camps — the "Pro" and the "Anti"? Has he not in effect reduced all of us to a set of jackanapes eating out of his hand? Aren't these enough evidences of his evil prowess at work when it comes to the question of him having his way?
Somewhere down the road we seem to have lost our resistance to invading barbarians – resistance that would have remained impregnable if only we had been truly sincere in our allegiance to the Divine. This allegiance is now in shreds as we have succumbed to the temptation of pursuing self-centred interests no matter what the cost or consequences. This is today our greatest failing and weakness, our gaping Achilles heel, as it were, which has invited the blow in the form of Peter. […] Thanking You, Sincerely yours, For Sri Aurobindo Study Circle
Vaishali Ganapati Bhandari [The letter has been signed by 91 members of the Sri Aurobindo Study Circle of Bengaluru.]

Whether Westerners take chauvinistic positions or whether Easterners take devotionalist approaches doesn’t change anything with regards to the Myths of an Aurobindonian Religion. Attempts to create childish fault-lines between the East and the West or between Spirituality and Religion when following the principles of Integral Yoga are sure to fail and are most laughable. Spirituality is universal and transcends the so-called boundaries of the East and the West and of one religious form or another that some people may wish to create.
On the other hand Religion is parochial and therefore needs well-demarcated boundaries to exist. Those who may feel insecure in universal spaces are therefore free to mark out their territory and live within it’s confines.
But nothing can stop Westerners like the Mother or Easterners like Sri Aurobindo as well those who wish to practice their Integral Yoga from transcending these artificial boundaries that some wish to create and maintain for their own limited ends. Sincerely, Auro Truths. [Pingback: Westerners shouldn’t take chauvinistic positions « Skylight]

[I was kind of hoping it would be broad-minded, full of rational, emotionally mature people, committed to using mental and cultural tools to fight against obscurantism and hatred in this world ...]
very common mistake. Sri Aurobindo and the Mother came precisely because mental and cultural tools are insufficient to fight against obscurantism and hatred in this world. They said and wrote in so many words that what is needed is not a better humanity but a new species altogether with a new consciousness and the powers that come with it. Humans are not better than monkeys because they can climb trees better. By the same token, the next species isn't going to be better by human standards.

Ned:
[We in the IY community should be fighting against the ignorance in mainstream psychiatry and psychology, not pandering to it.]
There is no justification for speaking of "pandering". But this is not what I want to address here. Elsewhere you wrote
[I'd hate to see integral yoga associated with things like that.]
I suppose by "integral yoga" you mean members of the IY community, for otherwise I don't see how there can be an association. So the question arises, at least in my mind, who or what is the "IY community"? What are the criteria for membership? I am reminded of Arjuna pestering Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita about the signs by which a yogi can be recognized. Krishna's answers are evasive in that he mentions signs of yogic conditions that cannot be recognized by the outer eye. By the same token, I believe that you cannot put down criteria for membership in that club, as you do when you tell us what the IY community should be fighting against or not be associated with. Otherwise you are making the same mistake as RR&RR, who want to impose on the members of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram a code of conduct way beyond what Sri Aurobindo or the Mother demanded from them. I perfectly understand your wish to join a group of like-minded people, but I'm afraid that anything deserving to be called "IY community" has to be a group of like-souled people, which is something rather different from like-minded. As Arthur Deikman wrote in "Evaluating Spiritual and Utopian Groups" (see AntiMatters 2-4),
[we are social beings and derive benefits from joining with others. Groups can provide a gratifying sense of belonging, support and purpose.... these aims may be important and valuable but they are not spiritual, no matter how pious their outward presentation. Correspondingly, our motivations for joining a spiritual or utopian group may be other than we realize or wish to know.]

Re: The Genesis of a Controversy by ned on Fri 16 Jan 2009 02:26 PM PST |  Profile |  Permanent Link Dear Angiras, 
While I am overall agreed with you that the way the controversy has been handled does not bode well for our community's record, and am very glad that you have refuted lots of the false allegations floating around against Peter (one of the more ridiculous ones I read was that Peter is an agent of the Vatican *rolls eyes* ), I just want to (as a balancing argument) express a couple of counterpoints. 

Why is it necessary for him to consider other critics’ negative comments about Sri Aurobindo’s poetry? Why is it necessary to speak of the “delusiveness” of Sri Aurobindo’s spiritual experiences? 
Heehs has exercised “the right of reply and rebuttal” admitted by R&R themselves in item 7 above. This cannot be done if one is barred from even mentioning these criticisms. Heehs himself does not present Sri Aurobindo’s spiritual experiences as “delusive,” but argues against such a view. 

If you are referring to the section that starts after Peter's summary of the Record starting on p. 245 of the biography, certain objections to the style and even some of the content in the section could be legitimately raised. 
For one thing, there is quite a lot of literature in transpersonal psychology now that sees yogic states as being (unlike schizophrenia and similar mental disorders) characterized by extremely high levels of self-control and self-mastery. Readers who think that Sri Aurobindo's experiences resemble schizophrenia simply haven't been reading -- no schizophrenic can produce anything with even a fraction of the lucidity found in Sri Aurobindo's writings, poetry, and his day-to-day record of yoga. 
If there are mystical states that resemble schizophrenia, they pertain much more to certain archaic techniques of shamanism than to yoga. Shamanism certainly involves things like psychic "splitting", or possession, which resemble schizophrenia. But by contrast yogic phenomenology is completely different, leading to integration, self-control and internal coherence. The transpersonal psychologist Roger Walsh published some papers doing this sort of phenomenological comparison and he argued these points quite forcefully. 
It did seem strange to me to see a sadhak of the yoga not being more forceful about these points. We in the IY community should be fighting against the ignorance in mainstream psychiatry and psychology, not pandering to it. Consider the damage that mainstream psychiatry/psychology does by medicating people going through actual psychospiritual emergencies. I can testify to it -- I was put through it myself when I was having my first real spiritual awakenings. 

The attitude reflected in Heehs’s remark is by no means unknown in the Indian spiritual tradition. Swami Nikhilananda writes in his biography of Vivekananda: “For five years Narendra closely watched the Master, never allowing himself to be influenced by blind faith, always testing the words and actions of Sri Ramakrishna in the crucible of reason. It cost him many sorrows and much anguish before he accepted Sri Ramakrishna as the guru and the ideal of the spiritual life. But when the acceptance came, it was wholehearted, final, and irrevocable. The Master, too, was overjoyed to find a disciple who doubted, and he knew that Naren was the one to carry his message to the world.” 

Sri Aurobindo himself in the Synthesis of Yoga encourages a certain degree of skepticism, without which we could easily fall into infrarational mysticism rather than suprarational mysticism. I think all of us who are serious about yoga have dealt with doubts and fully expect to deal with doubts along the way. As far as testing the Guru goes, I personally, after my first introduction to this yoga, did not see Sri Aurobindo and the Mother as my Gurus without first rationally and experientially testing what they were saying. 
The only difference is that everyone else who doubts or tests the Guru isn't publishing their ignorance for all to see. I keep my personal doubts or questions of the Masters private, sharing them only with advanced sadhaks who might be able to help me process/resolve them, offering them to the Masters as a prayer, and basically working on some sort of inner resolution of these doubts. So in my opinion, Vivekananda's testing of Sri Ramakrishna is more of a private affair between guru and disciple which is entirely kosher by orthodox Vedantic standards. That's not the same thing as publishing your doubts in a peer-reviewed academic community that is largely hostile to nonmaterialistic explanations of reality anyway.

R&R claim to speak on behalf of all members of the Archives. But their impressions about Heehs would be disputed by others in the department and elsewhere. Before the controversy started, several readers of his book wrote to him expressing reactions such as “one can feel your love for Sri Aurobindo.” In any case, sadhaks of the Integral Yoga have never been required to be devotees in the Indian bhakti tradition. Sri Aurobindo and the Mother did not use the word “devotee” for their own disciples. As Sri Aurobindo reminds us, “men differ in nature and therefore each will approach the sadhana in his own way – one through work, one through bhakti, one through meditation and knowledge – and those who are capable of it, through all together. You are perfectly justified in following your own way, whatever may be the theories of others – but let them follow theirs. In the end all can converge together towards the same goal.” (Letters on Yoga, pp. 532-33) 

Maybe you can correct me here if I am wrong, but my impression was that while everyonestarts off doing this yoga with a different approach, and everyone has their own individual, quirky way of really building up the momentum, eventually, without surrender to the Divine Mother progress becomes quite difficult. My personal temperament is also intellectual, and it took a couple of experiences of being attacked by anti-divine forces before my vital arrogance was broken down and bhakti started to feel more "natural" for me. I have seen Sri Aurobindo repeatedly saying that without the Mother's Force transformation is impossible. 
I am totally against thought-policing or bhakti-policing of any sort (who among us can claim to be pure enough to have the right to criticize others? if Mother and Sri Aurobindo criticized a disciple it was because they had the power to dissolve the impurity as well) -- and of course everyone is where they are, and that's not really my problem. Also, someone could be a very loud bhakta but be totally insincere. Better to be a sincere agnostic than an insincere bhakta -- I believe Haridas Chaudhri said this once in an essay on Sri Aurobindo and Mother's theory of education. But my point is, at some point, without a relationship developing with the Supreme Mahashakti, I don't see how the actual growth of consciousness is possible. It's too hard. Our egos are too finite, too miniscule, and the webs of karma, hypocrisy and forces of universal Nature far too powerful for us. Only the Mother can remake the instrument and lift the veils -- at least this is what I have experienced in this yoga so far. 
Again, I think we are overall in agreement. I personally have not found the biography defamatory. At worst, it is a sympathetic but neutral biography written in a rationalist skeptical mode. For defamation, one could see Sil's biography of Vivekananda or Geoffrey Falk's "Stripping the Gurus" -- those are excellent examples of what defamation looks like. "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" may be seen as misleading at times, and certainly there are quite a few worthy criticisms of it being made on the Mirror of Tomorrow blog which should be made public, but I think calling it defamatory is a bit farfetched. 
I just wish that instead of things getting to this point there had been an open, public debate on this biography from day one, without personal prejudices coming into play, so that we could have had a healthy, rigorous and balanced exchange of views on the pros and cons of this biography. At this point things are too emotionally polarized for a balanced perspective to emerge.

Friday, June 29, 2012

We all are now facing a huge battle

We all are now facing a huge battle as a result of Peter's writing. It should not have happened. Followers of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo are observing a special collective meditation everyday at 8:30 pm - 8:45 pm, wherever they are.
This will be a regular feature and yet another golden chance for us everyday to collectively connect ourselves to the Mother and Sri Aurobindo on this issue. Even in Ashram a section of people have started it. 
Friends in Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Madurai, Orissa, Bangalore and other places have been informed. You can inform your other friends as well. 
Om Anadamayi Chaitanyamayi Satyamayi Parame.
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Aravindaya.
Om Aayahi Satya Aavirbhava. 
Victory to the Divine Mother. 
Sincerely
Param and Ojasi
Dr K. Parameswaran
Associate Professor of Law (Public and Private International Law)
Gujarat National Law University, Atalika Avenue
Knowledge Corridor, Koba - Gandhinagar 382 028 (Gujarat) INDIA

R: June 26, 2012 6:26 PM 2. Secondly, even when the Mother and Sri Aurobindo were present, they themselves have acknowledged the fact that the Ashram was a representative figure of the whole world. In other words, there were many sadhaks representing the world outside. So?
It is also to be noted that the majority of the persons coming nowadays, are coming, only to have a job and a comfortable living. No intention of sadhana, let alone the Integral Yoga.
We have observed the gradual deterioration in the atmosphere after the passing of the Mother. Even Mother has made damaging remarks about the Ashram, in the Agenda.
So where does that leave us? Of course, we can shout from the roof tops that the aim of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram is the Integral Yoga. But what is the ground reality?
Complex situation, to say the least.


Tweets 1h - Adam Kotsko @adamkotsko Finally: Zizek is more like the radical right than the radical left! I felt it coming.... 1h Zizek refers to quantum physics! Sokal alert! (No word on if the reference is actually wrong, though.) 

The post-structuralists provided me with weapons to dissolve the essentialist identities the fascists defended in their attacks on women, the queer, minorities, etc.  Modeled on Marx’s analysis of commodity fetishism in Capital, the task of critical theory and post-structuralism was to show how all these purported “natural” identities and differences were really socially produced fetishes that need to be demolished in the name of the freedom to create oneself (Foucault’s care of the self, Butler’s performativity) and in the name of a communist egalitarianism.  Psychoanalysis as refracted through Lacan and Deleuze and Guattari’s schizoanalysis provided the tools to show why we libidinally become attached to such sad and harrowing social structures.  Marx provided a basic framework for how “the judgments of the earth” take place, stratifying and hierarchializing social relations through a play of ideologies, machines, resources, and flows of capital.  And always, lurking in the background, was the Spinozist project of joy, of sorority and fraternity, rather than Oedipus, sovereignity, or authority…  Always there’s the dream of transversal social production out of groups on a flat and egalitarian plane, rather than centralized aborescence.  Brothers and sisters as a conspiracy against the Father.
All of this remains at the core of my passions, yet there was nonetheless a disquiet.  If Marx’s analysis of commodity fetishism was the elementary schema, the master-key, of all critical theory and analysis, what was I to do with my love of all nonhuman living things, of the inorganic world, of meteorology, astronomy, geology, and all the rest? …  As I reflect on my own journey, I find myself thinking that critical theory, in treating Marx’s analysis of commodity fetishism, repeats the central sin of capitalism… In treating all things as fetishes to be decoded and debunked, I have not practiced lassen sein, because I reduce, for example, the animal to a social construction, to social positionality, in a system of signs or signifiers. 
Rather than letting the octopus be for itself, I instead treat it as a cultural text.  I turn it into something else, a social text, rather than approaching it as a divergent series, another possible world, that departs from ours while also taking up a point of view on ours.  And in doing this, I repeat the elementary attitude of human exceptionalism and capitalist production, where all things that exist are things that are there for us, rather than for themselves.  I treat all things as things to be exploited and used.  I write alienation and exploitation into the heart of ontology.

Foucault's use of episteme has been asserted as being similar to Thomas Kuhn's notion of a paradigm, as for example by Jean Piaget.[2] … Kuhn's and Foucault's notions are both influenced by the French philosopher of science Gaston Bachelard's notion of an "epistemological rupture", as indeed was Althusser. More recently, Judith Butler used the concept of episteme in her book Excitable Speech, examining the use of speech-act theory for political purposes.
Feyerabend described science as being essentially anarchistic, obsessed with its own mythology, and as making claims to truth well beyond its actual capacity. He was especially indignant about the condescending attitudes of many scientists towards alternative traditions… According to Feyerabend, new theories came to be accepted not because of their accord with scientific method, but because their supporters made use of any trick – rational, rhetorical or ribald – in order to advance their cause… One of the criteria for evaluating scientific theories that Feyerabend attacks is the consistency criterion. He points out that to insist that new theories be consistent with old theories gives an unreasonable advantage to the older theory. [From Wikipedia]

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ned sees, Heehs ceases

Tweets 20m - Mihir Jha @Mihirkumarjha - @PMOIndia shall visit Sri Aurobindo's Samadhi to seek blessings but will do nothing to save his legacy. Shame #Fail - http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/pm-to-visit-puducherry-on-june-2930/1017283.html - 24m Dear @PMOIndia, Peter Heehs says Sri Aurobindo was nt an Avatara & u approve of him. Why then pay homage on his Samadhi? 26m Dear @PMoIndia, why r u going 2 pay Homage at Sri Aurobindo's Samadhi when u cudnt send Peter Heehs back to US?

It was our good fortune to have had Ned contribute here over the years and to have had her provide some of our most insightful commentaries. Her star was in the ascendent, her trajectory was toward a prodigious future when suddenly her soul opened to the "world of light". "A kind and lovely maiden culling flowers" In a sweet garden fresh with vernal showers, This is the thing you fear, young portress bright "Who opens to our souls the worlds of light."

H Acharya has left a new comment on your post "The Mother has endowed you with the power of eloqu...": Ned could say that "Sri Aurobindo and the Mother are truly integrally realised AVATARS to have graced this planet", even though she had never been able to visit Pondicherry. In contrast, Peter Heehs, after staying in the Ashram as an inmate for long 40 years, could not come to this simple realisation, yet. This speaks enough about the muddled and mischievous mind of Peter Heehs, and reflects heavily on the quality and contents of his infamous book. Posted by H Acharya to Savitri Era Open Forum at 10:04 PM, June 24, 2012

H Acharya has left a new comment on your post "Sri Aurobindo's disagreements with Mahatma Gandhi ...": Mr. Joy should, first of all, understand that Sri Aurobindo is not a common man like him and others, but a great and uncommon yogi and spiritual leader, who did intense sadhana for long years to bring down a new Power for the evolutionary needs of the mankind: an Avataric work. Such a person does not need the type of crude investigation tried in Peter’s book. Moreover, Sri Aurobindo himself had categorically advised against trying to write his biography, since the essential elements of it are not on the surface to see. The mischievous mind of Peter Heehs, under influence of his US conspirators, have naturally tried to work like gutter inspectors, and in the process, distorted every event towards his own dirty conclusions, (in the name of humanising him!). Hence, this book is highly detestable and despicable from end to end, whatever the so-called pseudo-intellectuals like Mr, Joy, or others, have to say about it. Posted by H Acharya to Savitri Era Open Forum at 8:42 PM, June 27, 2012

Any discussion of Hägglund’s work must address the question of “desire,” but in this immediate context, I think Nietzsche’s reflection on the desire of philosopers in Beyond Good and Evil is relevant. There he argues that underneath all the argumentation and conceptual work, there lies a motivating desire. Nietzsche being Nietzsche, he of course glosses it as a will to power, which is probably reductive — yet the notion of reading philosophers in terms of “what they want” seems to me to be sound. Caputo wants to use deconstruction to save religion from itself, he wants to have a “religion without religion” free from all the historical baggage of violence…
I want to be able to talk about religion without apologizing for so-called “religious violence,” because it seems to me that all of human history, in every one of its aspects, is violent — family, economy, nation, use of resources… (And that stance is incidentally something I find in Agamben, which is partly why I am finding his work increasingly important for my own thought.)

86-year old Sri Aurobindo Ashram needs the young

Odia Scholar Gets Rare Honour  By Debilal Mishra June 26, 2012 
Dr Sampadananda Mishra who has recently received the enviable ‘Maharshi Badrayana Vyas Samman’ from the Indian president for his excellent contribution to research in Sanskrit. Dr Mishra received this award on the 19th of this month on an illustrious occasion in the Rashtrapati Bhawan…
While in puducherry, Mishra explored Sri Aurobindo international society as a centre to work for his sublime pursuits and got associated with it. Now he is working as the Director of the Sri Aurobindo Foundation of Indian culture [SAFIC], a principal constituent of Sri Aurobindo society.

PM to visit Puducherry on June 29-30 IBNLive.com PTI 05:06 PM, Jun 27, 2012
Puducherry, June 27 (PTI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will arrive here on June 29 on a two-day visit to the Union Territory. Singh would attend a function in the Pondicherry University on June 29 and on the next day visit the Aurobindo Ashram and participate in the convocation of premier medical institution JIPMER here, official sources said today. After arriving here by helicopter from Chennai, Singh, on his first visit to the former French colony, would proceed to the Pondicherry University and dedicate to the nation the Madanjeet Singh Institute of South Asia Regional Cooperation.
On June 30, he would visit the 86-year old Aurobindo Ashram and pay homage at the `samadhis` (memorials) of Sri Aurobindo and his spiritual collaborator The Mother. The Prime Minister would also visit the room where Sri Aurobindo carried out his spiritual experiments for several years. Sri Aurobindo breathed his last in December 1950 while The Mother (Mirra Alfasa) passed away in November 1973. Lt Governor Dr Iqbal Singh today visited the ashram to oversee the arrangements for the Prime Minister`s visit.

from: Sunil sunilauro@gmail.com date: 27 June 2012 09:36 subject: for posting
Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a spiritual organisation, the priority for anybody given the power must be determined by his spiritual capacity, his relationship with the Divine, his or her commitment to fulfill the Divine's work. The number of years one has been there is important but more important is the sincerity, the straight forwardness, the simplicity and the intensity to make the Ashram work. The individual's capacity to represent the Divine's work. All those who have this living link should be given the representative positions. This will bring in the safety for the Ashram and avoid the misuse of power and position for personal gain, importance or rule. At present the Departmental Heads may be in power because of their relation with Manoj and not with the Divine. In the Ashram the work behind the appearance of all activity is that of and for the supramental descent, so that being the real work and as the current  management is not representing the Trusteeship, new management has to come
A question does arise as how to measure the spiritual level of the candidate, as we have sadhaks who are genuinely doing the sadhana and there are those who are genuinely showing others that they are doing the sadhana.  But as the consciousness of the individual does not lie, the truth can be easily detected and the fake eliminated. And the ones who are not spiritually active as some of them claim openly, they should not qualify for any Ashram management.
Some such ground rules can be laid, and age too can be given a priority, as for the right functioning of the job at hand. We are here to be ever young but that does not mean that what we cannot do ourselves anymore, we will still continue working in the same job even when we have become unfit for quality functioning.  All fitness coaches who are in the grounds must be fit and pass a basic fitness level themselves, all teachers must have their standards of qualifications. Every position in work and management must have a right training attached to it to ensure the right workings and functionality worth of the Mother's and Sri Aurobindo's name. A quality working control group can be formed to ensure the high standards are maintained and improved....  All are disciples and seekers for the Truth, and should be treated with respect, kindness and love. The young and sincere should be given the opportunities to do the Divine's work. Sunil

from: Matri Vandana matrivandana@gmail.com date: 23 May 2012 22:15 subject: Response to Jitendra Sharma
Jitender, stop pretending that you are in any way serving the Divine!
Just how can you separate the two issues?– Peter’s mischief and the Trustee’s unstinted support to him. Do you have to be reminded that Peter’s extension of visa was given on the recommendation of the Ashram trustees only? So your war cry that ‘I will fight tooth and nail’ is all bogus.
People like yourself who are supporting the present set of trustees are only making use of moral and yogic ideas to conceal their personal motives. Instead of serving the Divine you are only serving your own violent egoism. This is no longer even self-deception: it’s sheer hypocrisy!
The present set of trustees have only been misconducting themselves, are egoistical, unfaithful , treacherous.What all they have been doing all these years is cloaking everything with a favorable appearance, giving all movements a favorable explanation. But it has been so flagrant that it can fool nobody but themselves!
So, when a Peter denigrates Sri Aurobindo in his own Ashram he is given all possible support, he is even welcomed back to the Archives!
And when one Radhikaranjan stands for Sri Aurobindo, he is thrown out of his job!
This is the war of the Gods and Titans, the symbol of which the old Indian literature is full. The present trustees are the incarnations of the Titanic powers, they are Asuras. Who shall win in the end in this struggle between Dharma and Adharma, well, you very well know it! 

Does Sri Aurobindo’s Poetry Stand the Test of Critics and Time? from: Jitendra Sharma aurofrance@gmail.com date: 26 June 2012 22:23 (Sri Aurobindo to Dilip. Ed. Sujata Nahar and Shankar Bandopadhyay. Pune and Mysore; HariKrishna Mandir Trust and Mira Aditi. V-2.p.100)
Not only the Western critics took an adverse view of Sri Aurobindo’s poetic works, some Indian poets and critics like P. Lal and Nissim Ezekiel, following their trail, criticised and disapproved of his creations. One of Sri Aurobindo’s followers, poet and critic, K. D. Sethna, amply replied them…
In only 10 pages we get so many intriguing things that it casts a doubt as to how many such gems are scattered in almost all the other pages of the book to so greatly represent Sri Aurobindo before the enthusiastic public… © Aju Mukhopadhyay, 2011 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sri Aurobindo's disagreements with Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore


Tweets 1h - Savitri Era Party @SavitriEraParty [failures in fathoming the depths of Aurobindo’s thought are related to more general infirmities... Sugata Bose] http://sepact.blogspot.in/2010/02/to-bankimchandra-whole-of-life-was.html
1h - @krishnarjun108 His socio-political analysis penetrates into the future, encompasses the whole planet and abhors narrow Hindu ghettoisation  View conversation - 1h - @krishnarjun108 Honest and open debate with Sri Aurobindo as the point of departure will go a long way in sensitizing the present generation  View conversation
1h [Bankim took Auguste Comte’s prescription that the ‘human deity’ be worshipped, but did not take Comte’s reasons. -Ray]  http://www.eng.vedanta.ru/library/prabuddha_bharata/August2005_bankimchandra_development_of_nationalism_and_indian_identity.php
3h [Bhaskar Chatterjee @BhaskarChat Today is birthday of #Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, prophet of Indian Nationalism #VandeMataram. A speech by Sri Aurobindo http://intyoga.online.fr/bande.htm Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
2h [Sri Aurobindo's disagreements with his contemporaries like Mahatma Gandhi & Rabindranath Tagore] http://week.manoramaonline.com/cgi-bin/MMOnline.dll/portal/ep/theWeekContent.do?tabId=13&programId=10350680&BV_ID=@@@&contentId=11862758
15h [Nirmal Verma’s novel Raat ka Reporter, set in Delhi during the Emergency, was published in 1989.] #Emergency75 http://trishagupta.blogspot.in/2008/11/between-lines-column.html -  View location
16h Savitri Era Party @SavitriEraParty MUKTIKAMI July10, 1975 distributed in Gopabandhu Hostel in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. [TNM55] #Emergency75 http://pic.twitter.com/KyrIHCym -  View photo

[The Week | Up close and personal By Ajish P. Joy BOOK REVIEW: Monday, June 25, 2012 14:29 hrs IST Heehs, though in respectful tones, questions the divinity of Aurobindo and the claim that he possessed supernatural powers. The book records Aurobindo's famous disagreements with his contemporaries like Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore. The book attempts a critical evaluation of Aurobindo. It is comprehensive, empirical, historically accurate and a formidable piece of scholarship. Though his followers may disagree, the book manages to humanise Aurobindo for the common man.]

Monday, June 25, 2012

Sri Aurobindo was reticent in acknowledging his Western sources

Tweets 2h Savitri Era Party @SavitriEraParty ["AshramTrust is not in any way responsible for the contents or the interpretations of the material contained therein”] http://humenrelations.blogspot.in/2008/11/lives-of-sri-aurobindo-faced-ban.html
2h [“Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust does not approve & has nothing to do with the book entitled The Lives of Sri Aurobindo written by Peter Heehs”]
18h [Alok Bhatt @alok_bhatt @malviyamit Ivbelieve BJP shud treat UP as many diff states rather than one n hand over reins to its youth leaders in 1st phase Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]  View conversation
19h [BJP not a Major Player (Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Kerala, Haryana, J&K) and No Go (West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and even UP)] http://www.lensonnews.com/congress-decline-how-bjp-can-benefit.php
19h [West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar & UP + Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka - Seven states & Lok Sabha seats 292 of 543.] http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/how-nitish-mamata-modi-jayalalithaa-patnaik-and-mulayam-are-shaping-national-politics/articleshow/14363080.cms
19h [Sri Aurobindo describes it thus: "The gnostic being would feel a single consonant Force of Supernature acting in all"] http://sriaurobindostudies.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/the-gnostic-individual-living-in-the-gnostic-society -  View media
20h [Sri Aurobindo was in agreement with the view of Swatantra Party leader Minoo Masani in 1950 on the Communist Movement] http://seof.blogspot.in/2012/06/morarji-desai-jai-prakash-narayan-and.html
24 Jun [Sri Aurobindo Society: Meeting, 5, Smith Rd. 10-30 am Chennai today. Anniversary of Relics Installation, Sri Aurobindo Institute, Kolkata.]
24 Jun [Sri Aurobindo Devotees Prayer Centre: Pushpanjali, Sasi Balika Vidya Mandir 9.30 am; Sri Annai Meditation Centre WTC 4 pm Coimbatore today]
24 Jun [Mihir Jha @Mihirkumarjha The Evolution of man is nt complete yet.The journey tht started frm Ape is yet not over.Man is nt the last stage of evolution. #SriAurobindo Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]
23 Jun [Gopi @gopimaliwal Humble suggestion to TTBs: kindly devote some resources n get news reports of 1969-73 to study who stood where wrt great debates then! Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]
23 Jun [Gender differences between men and women http://wp.me/plID6-1uZ via @wordpressdotcom -  View media]
23 Jun [Sanjeev Sabhlok @sabhlok How John Rawls exceeded his brief, and how social justice has no meaning. http://goo.gl/fb/taJuz #liberty Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]
23 Jun [Mihir Jha @Mihirkumarjha - @orsoraggiante Yep, u can definitely read. And, u can ask me too if u so wish. All that I'll say is Keep a +ve attitude and u r done. Cheers :) - So, at least, u won't call him a Numbo-Jumbo. And u shall have more than 30K pages written only by him 2 read in pure eng:) -  Okay. That's a very objective answer. Nw, on 5th Dec 1950, jst 62 years back 1 man's body didn't show slightest decay 4 100hrs - Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]  View conversation
23 Jun [Krishna’s message which he shares with Arjun in Gita is far more significant than the ‘fact’ he is the Supreme Being.] http://www.ibtl.in/news/opinion/1717/good--bad--confusing---hinduism--under-the-lens-part-01
23 Jun [There just has not been anyone in history who comes even close to Sri Aurobindo & the Mother in terms of vast vision.] http://seof.blogspot.in/2012/06/mother-has-endowed-you-with-power-of.html
23 Jun [my faith in Sri Aurobindo and the Mother is strong enough to not be affected by trivial things. -Nehdia Sameen (Ned)] http://seof.blogspot.com/2008/10/violence-against-peter.html?showComment=1224512460000#c8717767699968753837
23 Jun [Sri Aurobindo and the Mother's lives in the larger context of what was going on in the 20th century. -Nehdia Sameen] http://www.amazon.com/review/RB1T4NXQR3HQQ -  View media
22 Jun [Gopi @gopimaliwal Sri Aurobindo: No nation can grow w/o finding a fit n satisfying medium of expression for the new self into which it is developing. Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]
23 Jun [S.Critchley compares the ideas of Levinas and Lacan by offering an ethical subject that can stand against Heidegger’s death of the subject]
22 Jun [Mihir Jha @Mihirkumarjha For those of you who aspire to know all about the great Hindu Civilization, here is The Mother India team fb page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/TheMotherIndia/375220692526951 Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
Savitri Era Party @SavitriEraParty [Facing the challenge of Global level Thinking and Strategy on the part of Hindu Nationalism by @krishnarjun108] http://krishnarjun108.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/hindu-nationalism-at-cross-roads/ -  View media - 22 Jun @krishnarjun108 Considering the current state of the BJP it was rather a sterling performance then. So no point in quarreling with the past.  View conversation - 22 Jun - @krishnarjun108 The best of minds were in Govt and it was an optimal performance. Ideologically, as you rightly say, there was/is confusion.  View conversation - 22 Jun - @krishnarjun108 Compulsions of running a coalition have been overlooked while passing judgement on Vajpayee and Advani. [TNM55]  View conversation
22 Jun [Reviewer @india_review MK Gandhi was thrown out of train and became Mahatma, Kejriwal is thrown out of plane what will happen now? Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]
22 Jun  - @malviyamit [A drop of ink, makes a million think.]   View location
22 Jun [Sri Aurobindo created the greatest epic in English and the longest poem that is the most comprehensive, integrated, beautiful and perfect.]
22 Jun [Sri Aurobindo was reticent in acknowledging his Western sources but he drew on Neoplatonism, Hegelianism, and Bergson] http://feelphilosophy.blogspot.in/2012/06/sri-aurobindo-drew-on-neoplatonism.html
22 Jun [Laruelle is exceptionally good in identifying the basic differences between Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida. -GH] http://doctorzamalek2.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/lgs-thoughtpiece/ -  View media
22 Jun [Chee Thoo @sridharkswamy Moment akhilesh heard mantralaya fire was due to electrical short circuit he ordered power cut in UP. @anuragkumarlko it's in ur interest Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]
22 Jun [Sri Aurobindo lived in seclusion for much of his life from 1926-1950 and disciples communicated with him via letters.] http://seof.blogspot.in/2012/06/new-light-and-force-and-life.html
22 Jun [Levi Bryant @onticologist I've written about these things somewhat before, but I think this post marks a real advance in my thought: http://larvalsubjects.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/machine-oriented-ontology-towards-a-pan-mechanism/ Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]  View media
21 Jun [Arran Gare really makes it clear how compatible Schelling’s Naturphilosophie is with Whitehead’s cosmological scheme.] http://footnotes2plato.com/2012/06/20/from-kant-to-schelling-to-process-metaphysics-on-the-way-to-ecological-civilization-by-arran-gare/
10 Jun 11 [M. Alan Kazlev @akazlev William Irwin Thompson on Sri Aurobindo & the Mother http://tiny.cc/si2pg Refreshing to find such clarity and understanding! Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]
21 Jun [the work of Sri Aurobindo, a Neo-Vedantist, works to integrate Vedantism with an evolutionary approach to the world.] http://networkologies.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/a-primer-on-advaita-vedanta-or-non-dualist-hinduism-or-why-atman-is-brahman-and-why-we-should-care =  View media
20 Jun [Levi Bryant @onticologist B: desire produces the person. Desire never finished. Psychoanalysis treats it as finished #deleuzecamp Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]
20 Jun [Vivek Sengupta @vsengupta This Hindutva PM business holds the potential to destroy the NDA just as the dual membership issue destroyed the ruling Janata Party in 1979 Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]
20 Jun [Levi Bryant @onticologist Protevi: Darwinism as servile notion of life that merely avoids things rather than striving for things #deleuzecamp Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]
19 Jun [Manish @jimanish - @sabhlok That was an interesting read. I'm curious as to why you used the nomenclature "Indian liberal" to refer to the non-left liberals. Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]  View conversation - 19 JunManish @jimanish - @acorn Would you say the two were intrinsically interlinked? Was the demise of the Liberal Party the end of liberalism in Indian politics? Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]  View conversation
19 Jun [jbeck @geffbeck - @prasannavishy Babu Jagjivan Ram rejected the idea of any separate caste party. criticised Ambedkar for saying Mahar concerns=dalit concerns Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]  View conversation
19 Jun [odishadiary.co @odishadiary Odisha: Naveen overjoyed over blooming of Parijata flower, sniffed fragrance, Orissa Current News http://shar.es/s5yDy via @sharethis Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]
19 Jun [Jitendra Sharma @aurofrance Savitri Era Devotees: Who is the Mother? What is her Work? What she really said? http://fb.me/1JAiKv1M1 Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]
19 Jun [Steven Shaviro @shaviro - @onticologist I think this is where I disagree: for me, Deleuze’s transcendental empiricism relates to the beautiful, not the sublime] Retweeted by Savitri Era Party  -  View conversation
19 Jun [Levi Bryant @onticologist Nabias: fiction as fabulation: assertion of incompossible worlds in the same universe #deleuzecamp Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]
16 Jun [Madhavan Narayanan @madversity Astrologers are advising Mamata Banerjee that if Rahul becomes PM while Kalam is President, India may suffer from Rahul Kalam. Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]
19 Jun [Gopi @gopimaliwal I totally agree with What Shr Devendra Swarup has been writing in Panchjnaya; this elec sys is one of eveil roots of our ills~ Retweeted by Savitri Era Party] 19 JunGopi @gopimaliwal I did not feel this hopelessness / darkness even at the height of Emergency! Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
19 Jun [Gopi @gopimaliwal I am done with both BJP n Indian politics!!! Good riddance!!! Perhaps time to follow Ashrama Dharma n take to Vanprastha!!! Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]
19 Jun @RakeshSinha01 [politics is the most meritocratic profession of all in democracies.] http://www.indianexpress.com/news/the-partyless-wonders/453576/ -  View conversation
19 Jun [Are we aiming at virtue while falling into vice, or are we pretending to aim at a virtue we don’t really care about?] http://seof.blogspot.in/2012/06/henri-bergson-henry-ford-and-in-defence.html
19 Jun [Gautam Chikermane @gchikermane Not "all", most are victims of Party Whips @hemantbhatia@gchikermane Nice article sir..politicians r all narrow minded. Retweeted by Savitri Era Party -  View conversation]
19 Jun [Sanjeev Sabhlok @sabhlok - @offstumped The problem, Shashi, is that Modi is not at all liberal. Let's talk about liberty and promote it, not promote an illiberal man. Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]  View conversation
18 Jun [Vivek Sengupta @vsengupta Six parties in search of a candidate. #NDA Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]
18 Jun [Sanjeev Sabhlok @sabhlok "Proportional representation is a very bad idea and an absolute gift to ideologues" http://bit.ly/KWoxeI #fb Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]
18 Jun [A.S.KUMAR @ShivaKap Kalam made a mistake. He should have advised all those loving backers n people to vote for Sangma instead. Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]