Monday, June 8, 2015

Hinduism being broken to pieces and disappearing

JUN 7, 2015

Did Sri Aurobindo Reject Hinduism? – Certainly not!

It is to Dara [1] that Sri Aurobindo wrote the following letter in the thirties, dissociating his Ashram from Hinduism:

The Ashram has nothing to do with Hindu religion or culture or any religion or nationality. The Truth of the Divine which is the spiritual reality behind all religions and the descent of the supramental which is not known to any religion are the sole things which will be the foundation of the work of the future.

(Bulletin, Feb 2001, p 72)
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JUN 1, 2015

The Three Basic Ideas or the Three Fundamentals of Hinduism – Sri Aurobindo

And if we are asked, “But after all what is Hinduism, what does it teach, what does it practise, what are its common factors?” we can answer that Indian religion is founded upon three basic ideas or rather three fundamentals of a highest and widest spiritual experience. First comes the idea of the One Existence of the Veda to whom sages give different names, the One without a second of the Upanishads who is all that is and beyond all that is, the Permanent of the Buddhists, the Absolute of the Illusionists, the supreme God or Purusha of the Theists who holds in his power the soul and Nature,—in a word the Eternal, the Infinite. This is the first common foundation;
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MAY 26, 2015

Let’s all be Hindu Fundamentalists – by Maria Wirth

Religious fundamentalists are on the rise and that is bad for our societies. Most people will agree on this. Yet few examine who religious fundamentalists are. Obviously, such persons would want to stick to the fundamentals of their religion. They want to live a life that is advocated in their holy books and would please their God. Now, since religious fundamentalists pose a problem, does it mean that the fundamentals of religions are bad for our societies? Let’s look at the three biggest religions:
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MAY 19, 2015

Did Sri Aurobindo Lie in the Uttarpara Speech? – Extract from Jugal Kishore Mukherji’s Letter

[The following extract from Jugal Kishore Mukherji’s first letter to the Ashram Trustees in June 1986 shows that Matriprasad Satyamurthy (the present secretary of the Ashram Trust) has been colluding with Peter Heehs for a long time. Peter Heehs was then editor of the Ashram’s Archives and Research magazine in which he first published his “great discoveries” on how Sri Aurobindo was a coward, on how he played a double game with the British police, on how he lied to the public with regard to instructing his lawyer Chittaranjan Das who defended him in the Court, etc, etc. This particular extract deals with the last distortion – that Sri Aurobindo continued to give advice to Chittaranjan Das in the Alipore Bomb Trial despite what he said in the Uttarpara speech on having left everything to God during his year-long confinement in Alipore Jail! – Bireshwar Choudhury]

At times, in the pages of our Journal Archives and Research, accounts of events given by some sundry persons are made use of in order to prove Sri Aurobindo wrong!! Sri Aurobindo’s own spiritual statements are controverted and are sought to be proved false – and that, too, on the authority of our young friend MATRIPRASAD! Too strange to believe? – Yes, so is it. Let me explain. 
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The ultimate, and the hardest, step for any individual to take is to move beyond the fixed limitations and protections of the human standards of conduct and respond entirely freely as a nexus of the divine action. On the one side, there are all the fixed habits of the physical body, the vital being and the mind which lock us into responses that are grounded in the standards of life. On the other side, even at the highest edge of development of the human mentality, there is an inherent trepidation to move beyond the protection of the “tried and true” rules of conduct that prevail in the society.
The Bhagavad Gita advised Arjuna: “Abandoning all Dharmas, all principles and laws and rules of conduct, take refuge in me alone.” This was the difficult task assigned to Arjuna as the representative man of his Age, and he raised many doubts and questions due to his concerns about his duty, the sin or the virtue of his actions, and all manner of human considerations. In the end, the aspirant must be prepared to leave all these things behind and take that leap into the unknown.

Bengaluru Today: June 8 - Sri Aurobindo Complex Trust: Talk on ‘Surrender in integral yoga – Part II’ by Jamshed Mavalwalla, Sri Aurobindo Complex, Sri Aurobindo Marg, JP Nagar 1st Phase, 5 p.m.
Madurai Today: Jun 7, 2015 - Aravindar Annai Relics Meditation Centre: Collective meditation, Tirunagar, 10 a.m.
Sri Aurobindo Study Forum: Study on Sri Aurobindo’s ‘The Divine Life’, Auro Lab No 1, Sivaganga main road, opposite Lakshmi School, Veerapanjan, 10 a.m.

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