Sunday, May 21, 2017

My twelve years with social media

You didn't quote Vedic verses to support your view as I asked. Believing without understanding is your problem. It's not personal attack.
Not predicting anything, expressing my views. Believing in something because its written by someone without understanding is your problem.
Please keep Vedas out of politics & politics out of Sanatana Dharma. Best way to destroy HINDUISM is to mix it with politics, it's TOXIC.
If you are not accountable to what you say then your words are hollow and you are just disgracing great souls like Sri Aurobindo
In Aurobindo's philosophies, critical thinking is must for thriving society. But if it irritates you so much, may be you are a faker
My twelve years with social media has revolved around a single theme and it's Sri Aurobindo. My belief/views are free as I'm not accountable
I said, I will not write catering to your demand but I'm certainly accountable to what I tweet or write at my blog. https://t.co/XEx44QYmDc
Seems so, but I'm typing out this tweet on my Micromax tablet while I used to doodle on a similar looking chalkboard slate, sixty years back
@SangeetaRG Do you know @SavitriEraParty  ? Since both of you love Sri Aurobindo, I asked.
Through social networks only :)
https://twitter.com/SangeetaRG/status/864158433792016384

Aurobindo & Mother never started or encouraged any religion.If this guy wants to start a religion let him do so based on his original work. https://t.co/Ecc25FoaEG
Another "Dukandar" of religion. Its just a business for these brainless dimwits.
@VHPsampark @RSSorg @BJP4India @Swamy39 
So all hindus are following meaningless rituals!!! 
Ban such organizations,they are spreading venom https://t.co/YifqPodKGg
@AshuSengh this is what i was telling you. That's the agenda funded by west and many NGO's. U asked 4 reading material, here it is.

*uncle ki jali*๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ https://t.co/CTTvF62HjD
*ye beed humka de de thakur* https://t.co/6TdcVPakSi
Old fart seems to be failed naxalbari product of 1960's still living out his fantasies of revolution even as he is approaching senility

i hv read sri aurobindo in original, not all of his works, but one or two of them, like synthesis of yoga. i hv deepest regards for him also. https://t.co/egrVRP90f8
even i am not arguing with u in any way whatsoever,i guess both of us are grown up enough to discuss and differ without arguments. https://t.co/fns1vnUshl

you are stretching the argument too far. Templ = abode of Gods. Mosque= where namaz is offered. It is not a place where God resides. Simple.
I am on that path. No need for a suggestion from you. Who has entrusted you the job to suggest or guide me?

One nutcase here presumes to know the future through his spiritual travels,advises people to ignore history and go by his crazy predictions
This happens when you are into drugs like liberalism. It makes you believe you are the messiah of the world and have the right to tell... ...the world how it should live.
At least this person is honest & openly asks for dissolution of India. Unlike some who hide behind hyperbole of imaginary grievances.
why right now @SavitriEraParty  here IMPOSING it as 'inmost feelings of EVERY Indian', suppressing our thoughts of respectful coexistance?
Well he lives in some cult type fantasy.
World forum & such hypothetical nonsense. 
Ignores ground realities.

Sane advice, save for one tiny detail. The luxury of not bothering about others does not exist in this world. They're bothered about us...
There is NO such thing as a world forum that's going to decide matters. Just some fuddy-duddy liberal nonsense.
A naive pipe dream, nothing more. The UN is nothing but a playground of the rich and powerful. No one cares for the squabbling. Even the...  ...underwritten by some other bigger power, or has to live under the shadow of one.
World union is a kid dream. And so is 50 Indias or 100 Indias or whatever.
Nothing but the pipe dream of the naive. Will never happen, rest assured. Liberals can keep dreaming, though. Ain't no law against that.

This Tusar Sir who calls himself Disciple of Sri Aurobindo & The Mother BUT calling for India's Balkanization is actually INSULTING them.
Sir, its Unfortunate U call urself Sri Aurobindo's disciple & want "Balkanization" of India! what was The Mother's view on India's partition?
The point is India may be a nation state for last 70 years, but it has been a nation for many millennia. Todays boundaries are artificial.
tyranny !! tyranny is where there is no multiplicity. multiple govts into a union but no to dual, twin, is from slavery to individualism.
OK Sir. Can you share some research paper or Books to back up these claims of benefits due to dissolution of India.

You mean Art 370 should be applied throughout India.
Well that is a revolutionary idea! It will solve many problems.
This, sir, is a huge mental block most Indians will have to overcome in order to understand our argument. https://t.co/udSY54yhUd
Abolishing the central govt. is a plank that I would wholeheartedly support... regardless of my aversion towards democracy. 
Thread inside... https://t.co/xuZQ0GlSSk

Entire thread is too intellectual. Have read a little, all that was brought to purview while in Yoga...
Sri Aurobindo's life gave me inspiration. I had seen politics closely. Now or in near future we donot find ethics in politics b. of corruption
In Indian society caste, religion and corruption plays important role. As long as we have reservations we do not see ethics in the society
Not the fault of Savarkar et al when confused followers cant choose between Dharmic and political battles. But I am optimistic. https://t.co/IyRIhfm3ge

Hindutva has no use for Sri Aurobindo's Secret of the Veda - Tweets by @SavitriEraParty Savitri Era: Cling to Sri Aurobindo's Vedic rediscovery - Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum https://t.co...
My twelve years with social media - You didn't quote Vedic verses to support your view as I asked. Believing without understanding is your problem. It's not personal attack. https://twitter.co...
Karma and popular imagination of it are universes apart - Dear Jonathan I think the claim that qualia are no different from electromagnetic fields and gravity follows logically from the view that qualia have a cau...
Savitri Era Party has prevented Hindutva from appropriating Sri Aurobindo - Savitri Era Learning Forum Natural world doesn't entirely obey computable physics - Tusar, I am not sure from which authority you are able to say that these...
States must get Sovereignty and UN membership - Tusar Nath Mohapatra · @TusarSir [In our psychological interpretation of the Veda we are met at every turn by the ancient conception of the Truth as the pat...
Babaji, Prapatti and Utsabananda Samantaray - Sri Aurobindo Ashram Pondicherry, 12.02.1950 To, Sj Lalit Mohan Ghose, The purpose of your letter was communicated to Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. They gi...
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Half baked scholars take the cake

Sadhana in Integral Yoga - Speaking Tree

www.speakingtree.in/blog/sadhana-in-integral-yoga

Apr 21, 2017 - Integral yoga is the system of yoga worked out by Sri Aurobindo and his spiritual collaborator, the Mother. In any yoga, the seeker (sadhak or sadhika) makes an effort (sadhana) with the ultimate aim of union with the Divine, which is the goal of yoga (yuj, union). The complexity of Sri Aurobindo’s ideas challenges the intellect, and therefore it may be expected that sadhana in his yoga will be equally complex. [...]


Mixing up religion and spirituality
Yoga is a spiritual discipline, not a religious practice. Therefore, yoga sadhana does not have to include any ritualistic prayers or worship. Spirituality is essentially inner work, which gets reflected in outer life. Inner work is not visible. On the other hand, religious rituals, ceremonies and symbols are highly visible. To consider something invisible as the major part of sadhana becomes difficult to accept because of mixing up spirituality and religion.
Closing thoughts
In integral yoga, sadhana is primarily through work. The seeker is free to choose the work for which he is best suited in keeping with his unique strengths, weaknesses, and circumstances. It is the attitude to work that matters, not which work the person does. The result is that each seeker is free to carve out his or her own path. This immense freedom makes sadhana in integral yoga very simple. It is simple but not easy.

First, it is difficult because so much freedom is not easy to use. Secondly, it is difficult because while leading a worldly life, many obligations, responsibilities, social norms and temptations make it difficult to stay on the path. Finally, in integral yoga there is no clear prescription for sadhana. Integral yoga is not a pilgrimage on which many people have already gone, and therefore the routes and modes of transport are all well worked out. Integral yoga is an adventure through uncharted territory. ~by Dr. Ramesh Bijlani 

https://medium.com/journal-of-a-yogin/in-defence-of-the-veda-introduction-40bfcde9ad85
Mythology is not science or history; it is not a narrative of the past but a symbolic representation of the Spirit of those times. All narrative belongs to history and it is bound to be full of glaring assumptions, unscrupulous accretions and methodical prevarications, a sort of inglorious extolling of half-knowledge and academic distinction. Such dubious, Nobel-worthy narratives by the western Indologists have only contributed to the misunderstanding of the esoteric symbolism of the vedic cycle. Indology dwells upon the abracadabra of the external symbol and takes it for the whole truth and therefore, it loses the plot, the significance of the esoteric idea which the symbol represents or rather hides well and instead, supplies its own data to fill in the void; the result is a self-adorning chimera, an awkward masquerade; the Seer of the symbol is replaced by a half-enlightened philistine armed with a pseudo-narrative to maim the spiritual and mystic tradition of the Veda.

Journal of a Yogin

Journal of a Yogin enumerates methods, approaches, paths and different practices of Yoga as found in the ancient Vedic tradition, and in the modern times perfected by the teachings of Sri Aurobindo.

Feb 17, 2017 by Raman Reddy
Even accepting the devotion and adoration with which his disciples approached him is perceived by Peter Heehs as mere adulation which could have been avoided by Sri Aurobindo. I wonder what would remain of Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga, or for that matter of any Yoga, if the essential means and facilitators of spiritual union with the Divine are taken away from the seekers. [...]

But what if Hindus are not so dissatisfied with their religion because of its inherent universality and freedom to choose one’s own path? And what if many Hindus have turned to Sri Aurobindo without leaving their traditional paths and integrated his Yoga into their lives without feeling any sense of opposition? And what if traditional Yogas have also evolved and modernised themselves to suit the changing times? (I myself know a few people who are earnest followers of Sri Aurobindo and at the same time ardent devotees of Lord Venkateshwara of Tirupati.) Moreover, at the basic level of consciousness where most of us operate, the difference between traditional Yogas and Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga of transformation is mostly irrelevant in actual practice, though there is scope for considerable scholarly dispute at the intellectual level.

There is often a tendency among the exponents of Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga to grandly call for universal spirituality and glibly condemn Hinduism in the same breath without taking into account the ground realities of our present life. For a condemnation of Hinduism without having anything to replace it practically except for The Life Divine or The Synthesis of Yoga of Sri Aurobindo, which you can barely comprehend or spiritually practise, ends up only in creating a spiritual vacuum. A similar kind of facile denunciation of all religions (with Hinduism listed in all caps) has also been in vogue among some of the followers of Sri Aurobindo without realising that this attitude will soon deprive them of the very Gurus they hold in such great esteem. For Sri Aurobindo and the Mother are now themselves considered among the religious figures of Hinduism, despite their own aversion to religion. After all, it is mostly the disciples who create religion for their own convenience than the Gurus who are responsible for it. An anti-Guru tirade is also considered avant garde spirituality even as you fall easy prey to the tech talk and mumbo jumbo of new-age Gurus who look more for commercial success than the honest propagation of spiritual well-being. I would certainly propose the intervention of plenty of common sense in these matters than rely upon the conclusions of half baked scholars of the above kind. [...]

What however can be admitted is that Sri Aurobindo did later go beyond any of the well-known realisations and yogic methods of Hinduism. His Integral Yoga with the ultimate goal of the supramental transformation of man can surely be considered a quantum leap in the spiritual history of the world, and not merely of India. But he still linked his Integral Yoga with the spiritual essence of Hindu traditions without always mentioning the old terms and often creating his own vocabulary to express his yogic concepts. The supramental Yoga disappears into unreachable and inconceivable heights, but the preliminary stages described in his letters to his disciples, such as the discovery of the soul (atma or chaitya purusha in traditional Yogas), or the realisation of the Self (Atman is perhaps the most frequently used term in Indian Yoga), or the concept of the Divine Power (Shakti), or the necessity of sexual transformation (brahmacharya), are all familiar notions to people in India. The fact that Sri Aurobindo does not use the words “Hindu” or “Hinduism” in The Life Divine has been triumphantly produced by Richard Hartz as additional proof of Sri Aurobindo having rejected Hinduism. But there is no dearth of references in the Life Divine to the Veda, Vedanta and the Upanishads. The very fact that every chapter in it is headed by quotations from ancient Hindu scriptures, and the very respect shown to the “Aryan forefathers”, “Vedic Rishis”, and “ancient sages” show that Sri Aurobindo took the general conceptual framework of Hindu philosophy to express his own innovative spiritual world view. [...]

As we can see, there is a remarkable similarity of his concept of higher unsectarian Hinduism (or thesanฤtana dharma) with the universal basis of spirituality that he founded his Integral Yoga upon. The only difference is in the connotation of the word religion, which is used in the positive sense of spirituality in the above two passages from the early period, as opposed to the negative sense it acquired later when Sri Aurobindo clearly distinguished it from spirituality. [...]

"One cardinal axiom Raman Reddy would do well to remember always is that no “interpretation is faulty” and hence maintaining an attitude of democratic respect and tolerance towards contrasting and adverse viewpoints is essential for personal growth as well as community well being. By not arrogating to himself the burden of offering the official interpretation, he can save himself from much torment and spare his readers too." [TNM] http://savitriera.blogspot.com/

I think Tusar should play a positive role in this affair instead of constantly arraigning those who are earnestly fighting PH’s views on Sri Aurobindo.

Therefore, the question is whether Sri Aurobindo can be presented, - as he is, - without any political slant...  and, I hope, political perplexity doesn't affect the Ashramites. [TNM55]

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mist persists on Mirambika imbroglio

Mirambika Institute of Science &Technology (MIST) is the same old rancid wine “Mirambika Research Centre of Integral Education and Human Values or MRICIEHV” bottled by Sri Aurobindo Education Society (SAES) in a new bottle. Read on.
  1. In early 2015,  SAES sought AICTE approval for setting up an Engineering college in the name of MRICIEHV.
  1. AICTE granted SAES approval for MRICIEHV vide communication dated 30th April,2015, despite complaints about concealment of material facts by SAES.
  1.  AICTE instituted a One Man Justice Committee, under the chairmanship of Justice Tiberwal, which submitted its report on 14th May,2015.
  1. The High Court of Delhi vide order dated 6.05.2015 ordered “Status quo” with regard to the building where Mirambika Free Progress School was housed prior to 14th April, 2015 as follows:
“In the meanwhile, the Respondents shall maintain status quo as to the premises in which the School was housed prior to 14.04.2015.”
  1. On 15th May, 2015, SAES filed an application in the High Court of Delhi praying that the Court
“a.Set aside, discharge and vacate the order dated 06.05.2015, to the extent the Respondents have been directed to maintain status quo with respect to the premises in which the school was housed prior to 14.04.2015.”
  1. SAES’ above application dated 15th May, 2015 was dismissed vide order dated 8th July, 2016 by the High Court of Delhi. Thus, the Status quo order dated 06.05.2015 is still in operation with respect to the premises in which the school was housed prior to 14.04.2015.
  1. These facts were brought to the knowledge of the concerned officials in AICTE.
  1. It now appears that SAES, in active connivance & collusion with the concerned AICTE officials has again applied to AICTE as a FRESH CASE UNDER THE NAME “MIST” for permission to set up an Engineering college, on the same site, in the same premises regarding which the Hon’ble High court has passed the Status quo order. As mentioned above, the Hon’ble Court has also dismissed SAES’ application to set aside, discharge and vacate the Status quo order dated 6.05.2015. Therefore, the entire process currently being undertaken by SAES with AICTE is fraudulent and requires investigated.
  1. On 18th March, 2017, SAES surreptitiously put up a hoarding of Mirambika Institute of Science & Technology or MIST on the wire meshed gate which connects three parcels of land (a) Sri Aurobindo Ashram, (b) Mother’s International school, and (b) Mirambika Free Progress School (the area under the Status quo order of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court) and got the same premises inspected by officials of AICTE and the GGSIP University.
  1. The said inspection violates and mocks (a) the Delhi High Court Status quo order dated 6th May,2015, (b) the Order passed by Delhi High Court on 8th July,2016 by which the application of SAES for vacation of the Status quo order dated 6th May,2015 was rejected, and (c) the Order dated 14th May, 2015 by One Man Justice Committee.
  1. It is clear that SAES has made an attempt to mislead AICTE and in active collusion and connivance with the key officials of AICTE violated the Status quo order passed by the High Court of Delhi.
  1. The building and land from where the Mirambika school was forcibly vacated by SAES, was to be used for MRICIEHV in 2015 and now, in a blatant attempt to circumvent the Delhi High Court Status quo order dated 06.05.2015, for MIST, which is nothing but a rechristened MRICIEHV.
  1. On 5th January, 2017, the Delhi Govt ordered:
(a) Physical inspection and document inspection of the building and land where the School is currently running, within two working days……………
(b) Withdrawal of affidavit, filed by Directorate of Education before the Delhi High Court; and
(c) Immediate suspension of concerned officer(s)….
  1. Thereafter, vide order dated 15th February, 2017, it was further directed by the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi to
  • Remove the nominees of the Directorate and the Advisory Board on the Management Committee of Mirambika school and replace them with new nominees;
  • Criminal investigation of the entire matter of the shift of premises of Mirambika School and the role played by officials of the Directorate of Education. The investigation should include (but not limited to) the following act of omission and commission: inspections of Mirambika School, providing information on Mirambika School in response to RTI application, filing the affidavits in Hon’ble High Court, approving the shift of students to Mother’s International School, formation of the inspection teams. Case to be referred to Central Bureau of Investigation for a fair, impartial and through investigation.
  1. Since the Mirambika school shifting matter is being probed by CBI, the SAES request for grant of approval by AICTE , in a different name (MIST), is malafide; if the approval sought by SAES is granted by AICTE ignoring the High Court of Delhi’s Status quo order dated 6.05.2015 and the CBI enquiry ordered by the Delhi Govt., concerned AICTE officials would be inviting serious troubles for themselves and their organisation.
  1. Removing references to Mirambika from shriaurobindoashram.net website which now only refers to two schools, MIS – Delhi and the other one in Kechla – Odisha;
  2. Banning the attendance and participation of the parents of Mirambika children in Sports Day activities;
  3.  Banning the attendance and participation of the parents of Mirambika children in  Thanksgiving Day activities;
  4.  Stopping food for Mirambika children from the Ashram kitchen/canteen;
  5.  Shifting the entrance of Mirambika to a gate from where the parents are not able to enter the parking are;
  6. Stopping the regular interaction between the Diyas and the parents;
  7. Taking undertakings / affidavits from parents of new Red Group children disclaiming SAES responsibility for de-recognition or closure of Mirambika (already denied by the DoE) without mentioning that it shifted Mirambika to an illegal building built on encroached public land;
  8. Getting Diyas to counsel parents of new Red Group children against the ongoing efforts of petitioner parents to restore Mirambika to its legitimate building and space;
  9. Getting MIS teachers to counsel parents of newly admitted children that the ongoing efforts of petitioner parents to restore Mirambika to its legitimate building and space are against MIS;
  10. Trying to alter Mirambika’s legitimate building and space to render it unsuitable for a school;
  11. Creating a situation where Diyas leave Mirambika and leave it resource-less;
  12. Trying to shut the Red Group last year;
  13. Shutting 9th – 10th classes last year;
  14. Trying to shut 6th – 8th classes this year;
  15. ………………………watch for more……………the list is growing like Pinocchio’s nose!
  1. Inviting a very senior AICTE official as Chief Guest to an Ashram function and filling his mind with false stories against petitioner parents to prepare the ground for AICTE approval for MIST (the Mirambika Institute for Science & Technology) despite the Delhi High Court’s status quo order covering the land and building where this Institute is proposed to be located.
  2. Hiring the son of a sitting Delhi HC judge to appear for SAES in the Delhi HC before his father’s brother judges in an attempt to blunt the case of the petitioner parents against SAES.
  3. Allegedly visiting a judge before the hearing to request him to drag the matter as long as possible and decide in favour of SAES.
  4. Allegedly tapping a senior judge to speak to his subordinate judge to work in favour of SAES – in vain.
  5. Exploiting the rift between the offices of the Delhi CM and the Delhi LG to delay the CBI enquiry and derail DoE actions.
  6. After the political change at the Centre, letting his Realtor & Financier friends from Haryana & West Bengal (who are now mired in controversies of their own) not be visible in and around the Ashram.
  7. Getting their lawyers to openly make statements against the Delhi CM and Deputy CM in the Court before a judge known for his anti – Aam Aadmi Party / Delhi Govt actions.
  8. Distancing from Congress, the main benefactor of the Ashram since its inception in the 1960s, which gave SAES the DDA land, etc where Mirambika existed, MIS exists and attempts are on to locate MIST.
  9. Using the politician aunt of a Mirambika parent to try and influence the present Central Govt and its think tank such that its politically committed appointees in various regulatory agencies ignore the merits of the case put forward by the petitioner parents.
  10. Dividing the Mirambika parents by selectively admitting some Mirambika children (of parents grovelling in PJ’s favour or spinelessly neutral) into MIS and using the Ashram’s influence over some bhakt grandparents and parents of Mirambika children.
  11. Threatening and politicising the junior-most groups of Mirambika parents, who have no experience or history with Mirambika, to join hands with those Mirambika parents who blindly support PJ and work against the petitioner parents.
  12. Completely marginalising Sulochana Didi and using other Diyas to defend PJ’s actions as they interact with Mirambika parents.
  13. Involving ex DDA and ex DoE bureaucrats, who have experience in lobbying with govt agencies and dealing with CBI investigations (at least one involving his own self) to meet the challenge posed by petitioner parents using RTI applications etc to bring out the correct facts before the Court and in the public domain.
  14. Altering the pre 14/4/2015 Mirambika building in an attempt to render it very difficult to be used for a school even when the Court orders restoration of Mirambika.
….BUT none of the above can take away the fruits of kukarma that PJ and Company shall taste in this very life.