Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The varnashrama is not one taught or enjoined by Sri Aurobindo

Re: 'In Our Own Image: Humanity's Quest for Divinity via Technology,' by Debashis Chowdhury
by Debashish on Wed 13 Jun 2007 12:34 AM PDT Profile Permanent Link
Once again, the varnashrama temporal structure is not one taught or enjoined by Sri Aurobindo. Sri Aurobindo takes pains to clarify the distinction between sannyasa and tyaga made in the Gita, weighing in on the side of tyaga as an internal practice of renunciation in the midst of an active life. The hope for the future does not lie so much in sannyasis or vanaprasthis as in branmacharis and grihastas. It is a properly intergal education during the student phase and a potent karmayoga such as taught by the Gita or by Sri Aurobindo in the prime of life that can "yet liberate mankind."
Re: A New Name for SCIY? - How about SCST or SCGT?
by Debashish on Sun 10 Jun 2007 08:09 PM PDT Profile Permanent Link
To retain the three terms "Science," "Culture" and "Integral Yoga" in the title, instead of subsuming them under some single word serves the aspect of practical tension that exists between these words in our contemporary world situation. The first two invoke the unbalanced duality brought to the fore in the last century by C.P. Snow in his famous essay "The Two Cultures" and the third is brought into engagement with these as a possibility of offering a profound solution to this civilizational malaise.
This was one of the founding intentions of this exploration, the other being the reverse or rather obverse illumination - that of Integral Yoga by its larger contemporary world peripheries of science and culture. In this sense the title of the present (ironically misnamed) AUM 2007 may be seen as more properly the scope of this weblog: "Integral Yoga in Conversation with the World." DB Science, Culture and Integral Yoga

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