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Monday, December 26
liminality and communitas
by Rich on December 26, 2005 10:36AM (PST)
In reading the following ideas from Victor Turner of liminality and communitas please think about the ideas of integral yoga and Auroville, as the place of liminality, or the threshold between worlds in evolution. In which the authenticity of communitas facilitates the continuation of the embodied evolution of consciousness envisioned by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. On this evolutionary track we find a future in which technology is utilized in service of the disappearance of the Human into the Divine. (Life Divine chapter 2) ... more »
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Sunday, December 25
The Will to Technology and the Culture of Nilhilism
by Rich on December 25, 2005 12:00PM (PST)
The Will to Technology and the Culture of Nihilism.
A link to the video lecture of this most important book on post-humanism. more »
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emergent being of Modernism and Nietzsche's Last Man
by Rich on December 25, 2005 11:58AM (PST)
The question I would like to put forth to consider while reading the essay by Kroker and Weinstein, is can the notion of emergent being which transcends humanity be formulated simply as a messianic modernist humanist/religious belief of progress? and how Sri Aurobindo’s message contrasts with it, and also does the emergence of a “media-net” so described here by Kroker as collective transcendent (to humanity) consciousness have any implications when considering the superamental manifestation as ... more »
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The theory of the virtual class (from data trash 1994)
by Rich on December 25, 2005 11:51AM (PST)
Published in 1994 *Data Trash* is one of the most insightful books on the post-human future being manufactured by the virtual class. By Arthur Kroker and Michael Weinstein.The Theory of the Virtual Class"Wired Shut"*Wired* [Magazine] intends to profit from the Internet. And so do a lot of others."People are going to have to realize that the Net is another medium, and it has to be sponsored commercially and it has to ..." more »
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Thursday, December 22
*They Thought They Were Free : The Germans, 1933-45* (review by Dorian)
by ronjon on December 22, 2005 12:44PM (PST)
*They Thought They Were Free : The Germans, 1933-45*by Milton MayerPublished: May 19th, 1966I highly recommend reading the excerpt below from Mayer's book. One would think that it was written today, with full awareness of the obvious parallels to our current political situation and the intention to draw atttention to them. However, as I've noted above, the book was authored in 1966. The resemblances to the present day are uncanny - and disquieting. - Dorian more »
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Wednesday, December 21
genghis blues
by Rich on December 21, 2005 10:36AM (PST)
I would highly recommend the film Genghis is really sweet and will have you thinking about the reincarnation of a blues singer.rchere is the net flix synopsis: A blind San Francisco blues singer's journey to becoming a master of Tuvan throat singing is the subject of Roko and Adrian Belic's Oscar-nominated documentary. ... more »
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critical and post modern theory
by Rich on December 21, 2005 10:20AM (PST)
I found a wonderful web site from a Douglas Kellner, chair of the philosophy of education department at UCLA, (I wonder if we can invite him to the center?) which has several articles on critical theory and postmodern theory, including the differences between them. He even explores notions of the virtual call or most specifically the implications of Baudrillard and Virilio.He apparently also knows Arthur Kroker since he credits Kroker with help on ... more »
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Saturday, December 17
Auroville Architect builds hopes and houses for tsunami victims
by ronjon on December 17, 2005 03:24AM (PST)
Architect Sharukh Mistry had a providential escape last year when the first monster wave hit the coast where he was holidaying. Undaunted, he is back on the beach - to rebuild houses for the tsunami-hit victims on the Pondicherry coast.His firm, Mistry and Company, is in the process of constructing 800 permanent houses in the SOS Kinderdorf-Children's Village. On the fateful Dec 26 morning, he was at one of the beach properties in a healing centre at Auroville, along with 12 other members of his family and friends. ... more »
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Friday, December 16
Pondy forms renewable energy agency
by ronjon on December 16, 2005 11:08AM (PST)
Pondicherry, Dec 16: A renewable energy agency has been formed in Pondicherry.....After detailing the agency's activities, the notification also announced a 11-member governing body under the chairmanship of the Chief secretary. The governing body also has two non-official members, Prof C L Gupta of Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Hemant Lamba of the Centre for Scientific Research in Auroville. more »
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Thursday, December 15
"Sri Aurobindo's Teaching and Religion"
by ronjon on December 15, 2005 11:41PM (PST)
Many people say that the teaching of Sri Aurobindo is a new religion. Would you say that it is a religion?The Mother:People who say that are fools who don't even know what they are talking about. ... more »
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"Yoga and Religion"
by ronjon on December 15, 2005 11:16PM (PST)
Sweet Mother, what is the difference between yoga and religion? Ah! my child... it is as though you were asking me the difference between a dog and a cat! more »
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'My inspiration from Aurobindo, Divine Mother', says Pondy theatre genius
by ronjon on December 15, 2005 05:33PM (PST)
Veenapani Chawla is the Managing Trustee and Director of Adishakthi, a theatre group based in Pondicherry. The group is working towards enlivening dying theatre works while discovering new boulevards of ingenuity. Located near Auroville, the performance company is engaged in explorations of traditional forms of theatre, dance, music and movement. Presently, the troupe is here in city to take part in the National theatre festival, Bahuroopi. Here we publish an exclusive interview with Chawla by our special correspondent Geetha Shah. —Ed more »
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Sigh of relief for clogged water bodies
by ronjon on December 15, 2005 05:06PM (PST)
Siruthuli plans to convert water hyacinth, a very good organic matter, into manure by administering microbes (micro organisms) available in concentrated liquid state.. The microbes technology has been adapted to perfection after a brief training in Auro Annam, an institute in Auroville, Pondicherry. ... more »
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Tools Found in Britain Show Much Earlier Human Existence
by ronjon on December 15, 2005 04:45PM (PST)
A chance discovery on a routine field trip to England's Suffolk seacoast led to evidence that humans reached northern Europe 700,000 years ago, about 200,000 years earlier than previously thought, scientists said yesterday. ... more »
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"Auroville - An Experiment in Collective Evolution"
by ronjon on December 15, 2005 04:04AM (PST)
Another interesting article re Auroville from Life Positive magazine:The year is 1347 BC. General Horemheb, a dictator, has sent thousands of troops from his newly revived capital of Thebes to destroy Amarna, a modern city founded by the beautiful queen of Egypt, Nefertiti, and her husband, Pharaoh Amenophis IV, now known as Akhnaton. Akhnaton is a daring reformist. He has opted for a monotheist cult and worships only LIGHT, pure and free. This new city of Amarna is situated midway between Memphis (Cairo) and Thebes (Luxor), on the eastern bank of the Nile. At the center of the city, Akhnaton and Nefertiti have built a temple to the Light. Inside, there is no picture of any god, nor any image of traditional worship.In this new city, everyone is equal: Egyptians and foreigners (many of whom are attached here), king and common people, men and women. Artists and craftsmen receive support and encouragement to express their skills fully. Money is not the sovereign ruler. ... more »
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All Life Is Yoga," Interview w. Georges Van Vrekhem
by ronjon on December 15, 2005 03:22AM (PST)
Georges Van Vrekhem is best known for his two seminal works on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. He spoke to Swati Chopra about life as an Aurobindonian and the next step in man's spiritual evolution.One finds a lot of creative individuals being drawn to Sri Aurobindo. Why?If you really study Sri Aurobindo's philosophy, you realize his profundity. He gives you a foot to stand on and look at the world. If you have worked out his philosophy, you can comprehend any topic under the sun. A book I would like to write one day is *The Fifth Philosopher—Darwin, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, and Sri Aurobindo* as the fifth one. He is almost completely unknown, which is good. ... more »
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'The New Utopia: Auroville,' from *Beyond Man*, by Georges Van Vrekhem
by ronjon on December 15, 2005 01:23AM (PST)
When I first read George Van Vrekhem's virtuoso book *Beyond Man: The Life and Work of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother,* I was moved to tears while reading his chapter: "THE NEW UTOPIA: AUROVILLE." I hope George will forgive me for sharing it with SCIY's readers by typing it verbatim and presenting it here. (I'll be seeing him at Auroville in a couple of weeks and will ask him for specific permission.)Please note Georges' copyright notices and refrain from circulating it further. If you are also moved by this quoted chapter, I hope you'll feel motivated to read the rest of the book by purchasing your own copy. I've included a hot link to its online ordering page on Amazon. ~ ronYou say that Auroville is a dream. Yes,it is a "dream" of the Lord andgenerally these "dreams" turn to to betrue -- much more true than the so-called human realities! - The Mother more »
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Wednesday, December 14
Discovery Verifies Mayan Civilization 2,000 Years Ago
by ronjon on December 14, 2005 06:49PM (PST)
Archaeologists have uncovered an elegantly painted 30-foot-long mural in a ceremonial chamber beneath a Guatemalan jungle pyramid, providing new evidence that Mayan civilization was in full flower more than 2,000 years ago. Archaeologist William Saturno of the University of New Hampshire and Harvard's Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology said yesterday that the San Bartolo site, in Guatemala's Peten wilderness, is "the find of a lifetime," depicting the Mayan creation myth and the crowning of a king in vivid color on a plaster wall as though "parts of it . . . were painted yesterday." ... more »
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Auroville Winter Integral Studies Program - Jan, Feb, Mar 2006
by ronjon on December 14, 2005 04:30AM (PST)
Dear Friends,We are delighted to present you with the second Auroville Winter Integral Studies Program (WISP). This program is an experiment and initiative that attempts to offer a range of courses, classes, lectures, and study programs around the theme of transformation and integral learning. ... more »
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Tuesday, December 13
difference (3) - the Blindman's cane
by Rich on December 13, 2005 10:22AM (PST)
As these differences enter into the stream of perception and enter memory they trigger conscious awareness of recognizable patterns inspiring action. As these patterns are learned and understood by the individual, skill in the recognition of patterns increases. Once these recognized patterns are assimilated in consciousness they become part and parcel of our inner structures of knowing; they become tacit. ... more »
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