Friday, December 28, 2012

Finally got a framed, large photograph of Sri Aurobindo

Tweets 16 Dec 11 Ajit Singh @9991711133 Anna team must read & follow Sri Aurobindo's Karamyogin & Bande mataram To defeat the cancer of corruption in india.  23 Dec The means & aim of AAP shall nt succeed until full of spirit of Sri AUROBINDO.  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
27 Nov - Philos-L @PhilosL IRNRD Conference Week, New Delhi: Announcement of the New Delhi Conference Week of the International Research Ne...  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
7 Decniral soni @niralsoni - @fgautier26 I have uploaded Sri Aurobindo's Life previously removed : … .. please share, sir.  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party -  View media
20 Nov - ∫ubra @IntegralUnity - @NirvaniBliss Vivekananda was his spiritual guru (as he was for many) Aurobindo's writings would be v useful from a western pov Retweeted by Savitri Era Party -  View conversation
22 Nov - Rajarshi @TheRajarshi Marvelous, fiery opposition to a world-negating end of the spiritual journey. Sri Aurobindo.  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
23 Nov - Sangeeta Goswami @SangeetaRG - @yrskmohan '12 years with Sri Aurobindo' by Nirod baran and #LIfeDivine the books always on my desk :) @Back2Vedas - Retweeted by Savitri Era Party -  View conversation
25 Nov - Rajmohan Srinivas @yrskmohan @Back2Vedas but my goes not to Aurobindo, but to Mother. If Sri Aurobindo was theory she was a practical demonstration.  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party -  View conversation
26 Nov - Gautam Chikermane @gchikermane While on the subject, another absolute must-read: The Future Poetry by Sri Aurobindo …  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
21 Nov - Rajarshi @TheRajarshi Finally got a framed, large photograph of Sri Aurobindo. Was looking out for one. Veritable silence on a throne of equipoise.  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
22 Nov - Rajarshi @TheRajarshi More I read and contemplate on Sri Aurobindo's writings, more I get amazed. In my opinion, the tallest Vedic intellect in a very long time.  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
22 Nov - Rajarshi @TheRajarshi There are clear Tantric roots in the first impetus which drove Sri Aurobindo towards sadhana. He wanted Shakti, to liberate India. Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
22 Nov - Rajarshi @TheRajarshi It was Sri Aurobindo who told Tilak that moderates cannot be carried along. The revolutionaries wanted to break free, aim for full swaraj.  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
23 Nov - Kunal Dave @kunal_nd @Back2Vedas agree on dat front. Infact if u look at history in 2nd world war it was Sri Aurobindo who gav powers to Churchill against Hitler.  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party -  View conversation
26 Nov - krishnarjun @krishnarjun108 When compared to the intellectual debates stimulated by the likes of Dayananda, Aurobindo hindu thought output abysmal after independence.  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
20 Nov - Rangesh Sridhar @kshetragnya - @visaraj that Tilak and Aurobindo spearheaded was the first truly mass movement. and all we hear is Gandhi Archanai (3/n) Retweeted by Savitri Era Party   

Tweets 19m - Savitri Era Party @SavitriEraParty Put up some pictures of Sri Aurobindo & The Mother in your house … Orbit of the old gods … Savitri Era 10h Sri Aurobindo delineating Aim in Yoga during 1912–13 … Vol.12 Essays Divine And Human, Vol.13 Essays In Philosophy And Yoga 15h Savitri Era: Augment Whitehead with Sri Aurobindo … Whitman, Wittgenstein, Whitehead & Sri Aurobindo …
18h Sri Aurobindo catches the large breath of the inspired Upanishadic Sanskrit … Sri Aurobindo's allegiance to Western ideal 26 Dec Sri Aurobindo is a gradualist, an evolutionist: … Sri Aurobindo is alive to the intrepid and incessant activity of life. 26 Dec Sri Aurobindo bridged the East and West … Sri Aurobindo enthuses us to take to a life of scholarship …
26 Dec 'Sattwa can never be the cause of downfall' … Like Conrad, Sri Aurobindo broadened the range of the English language. 25 Dec Sri Aurobindo's world-affirmativism is born out of an allegiance to a Western ideal more than to any that is Indian: …
24 Dec Chief concern of Sri Aurobindo's drama is to establish order in the disorder of this world in tune with Cosmic order : …
24 Dec Sri Aurobindo echoes Pragmatic, Humanist and Romantic ideals coupled with firm empiricist motive - Stephen H. Phillips …
22 Dec Blank verse has attained in the hand of Sri Aurobindo its fulness, harmony, perfection … Savitri Era 
15 Dec Pankaj Mishra's even handed interpretation of Sri Aurobindo's contribution … Decline of the West - FP By R Vaidyanathan.
11 Dec Savitri Era: Sri Aurobindo stands out distinctly among the Hindu Renaissance leaders for his unique Western upbringing …
9 Dec [Sri Aurobindo’s stories of the supernatural set in England are far more dramatic than M.R. James’. by Sunayana Panda] …
8 Dec [To Thee Our Infinite Gratitude - Writings on the Passing of Sri Aurobindo — Compiled from various sources] SABDA Rs 95 …
6 Dec Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri is the Epic of Triumph—of the Conquest of Death: Spiritual Biography of Savitri by RY Deshpande …
6 Dec Babaji Sri Ramakrishna Das, who came to Ayodhya in 1928, was instrumental in installation of Sri Aurobindo's Relics. … 
6 Dec Sri Aurobindo also resisted the equation of modernization and westernization. Sri Aurobindo was educated at Cambridge 
5 Dec Why to cling pathetically to some other’s tail? Why should we compromise? Say with pride that we are the Savitri Erans. …
5 Dec No more referring to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo as mere Avatar or just Guru. No concealing of our faith, "Savitri Era." … 
4 Dec The choice before the country is clear now: Nehru & Gandhi or Sri Aurobindo? …
4 Dec [As a spiritualist, Aurobindo... has a great horror of socialist authoritarianism... & absence of liberty. V.P. Verma] …
3 Dec [Neurological and Yogic models of memory: unusual cases of memory transference in organ transplant recipients] Sandeep … -  View summary
3 Dec [I have collated all of Sri Aurobindo’s remarks on animals and compared them against recent cognitive ethology] Sandeep … -  View summary
29 Nov [Perhaps a Swami Vivekananda and an Aurobindo Ghosh happen to be exceptions to this Nehruvian phenomenon. @SandeepWeb] …
28 Nov [Dayananda induced much needed shock treatment to hindu society. @krishnarjun108 … Sri Aurobindo unraveled Vedic light.  View photo
27 Nov [Re-election of Barack Obama offers real hope that we will one day live in a post-racial America. Guest Post by CI Aki] …
27 Nov [Mimicry, mockery or mumukutva? A response to Deepak Sarma, by Jeffery D. Long - from Love of All Wisdom by Amod Lele] …
24 Nov Had Sri Aurobindo's advice been accepted on Cabinet Mission Plan, it may have prevented bloodshed: … 1926 …

Friday, November 2, 2012

Instinctive expression of critical thinking, tolerance, and liberty

Sri Aurobindo - the vocal opponent of socialism - Sanjeev Sabhlok's ...
Most people think of Sri Aurobindo as a great spiritual and literary master. Few realise that he was, in line with Vivekananda and most Indian philosophers, a great proponent of liberty and – in Sri Aurobindo's case – a direct opponent of socialism.
Had Sri Aurobindo lived, Nehru's plans of socialism would have been still-born and India might have escaped from its (ongoing) misery of the past 65 years.
The more I think about it, it becomes clear that I am speaking from the ANCIENT INDIAN TRADITION. It is an instinctive expression of critical thinking, tolerance, and liberty that ancient India so deeply understood.
Till Nehru came in and confused everybody, including Team Anna/ Arvind Kejriwal and even Baba Ramdev. And of course, RSS/BJP are DIRECT godchildren of Nehru. There is no distinction I can make between BJP and Congress. (Btw, Modi is the same.)
NONE of these people are attuned to what Gandhi, Vivekananda, Aurobindo, and Tagore were attuned to: a deep instinctive tolerance and insistence on liberty. It was an instinctive expression of Indian-ness, the true Hindutva.
But Nehru the Westerner came in with half-baked German (Hegelian) ideas and destroyed India. It is time to reclaim Hindu Capitalism (also known as Hindu Dharma) and bring tolerance and liberty back to India. This includes economic freedom and incentive-based governance outlined in Arthashastra.

Sreelatha Menon: The Kejriwal club Business Standard-27-Oct-2012
It’s not just Arvind Kejriwal whose spirit is ablaze with the need to change it all. There are many Kejriwals working quietly for a change in the political infrastructure of this country. Most of them admire him — though they may differ with him on policy issues.
Jai Prakash Narayan started the Lok Satta party with the same intent, much before Kejriwal arrived on the scene. He has managed to win one seat in the Andhra Assembly elections so far. Others have followed his footsteps. There is the Jago Party, which was launched in 2007 and is active in Rajasthan…
Sanjeev Sabhlok, a former Indian Administrative Services officer, was fed up with the “system”, too. He says the system is like a cesspool feeding endless disease-carrying mosquitoes (or corrupt officials and politicians). He quit the services in 2001 to start a liberal party like Rajaji’s Swatantra Party. He has written a book, Breaking Free of Nehru: Lets Unleash India, and has been working with Bhagawat’s FTI.
FTI functions more like a club for anyone to join and take a plunge into politics with the intent of changing it for the better. It has 150 members at present. Sabhlok operates from Australia, and advises the government on public policy. He is gearing up to return to India the moment the field is ready for a new political party.
Both Sabhlok and Bhagawat admire Kejriwal, of course with plenty of reservations. They don’t approve of the economic policies that Kejriwal has spoken of so far. Sabhlok says he has met Kejriwal and tried to show him his idea of reform, “but he has not been responsive”. “I’ve not given up. I continue to try to reach out to him.”
But Kejriwal’s admirers have a word of caution for him. “Many of his ideas, such as fixing prices for essential commodities, are deeply socialist, and will take India further down the path of ruin. We need serious policy thinkers to come forward, not economics illiterates,” says Sabhlok.

The inaugural session From September 14–21, The Auroville Festival – Auroville, City for Transformation, was held at the India International Centre in New Delhi.
AVToday October 2012.
Smt. Ambika Soni, Minister of Information and  Broadcasting,  was  the  guest  speaker.  She recalled one of her most cherished memories and experiences, of having darshan of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother as a child, which, she said, has marked her relationship with the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville ever since. “When I went to Auroville a few years ago, it was such a beautiful experience. If India today has a message for the world, it is its basic mantra of inclusiveness, synthesizing the various religions, languages and cultural traditions, creating a global dialogue, creating understanding and compassion, avoiding the so-called clash of civilizations. And that is what you are doing in Auroville as well. We should not look at the individual colours, at the blue, the yellow and the red, but weave them together to get the colour white, the colour of love. This would be the greatest message of Auroville to the rest of the  world.”  She  expressed  the  hope  that  the Auroville  Festival  in  Delhi  will  be  the first  of many interactive processes  “of all of you from Auroville with the rest of us who are deprived of living in such experiments”.
Shri  Soli  Sorabji,  eminent  jurist  and Chairman of the India International Centre, first became  involved  with  Auroville  in  the  1980s, “when  a  case  came  up  at  the  Supreme  Court regarding Auroville  – was it  a religion  or  not? And then the Supreme Court held that Auroville was not representing a religion. That was my first contact with the work of Sri Aurobindo and Auroville. Eight years later I visited Auroville and it was an unforgettable experience, meeting so many people of different nationalities. It was a place of dedication; the whole atmosphere was alleviating or rather transforming.  Then, much later, I was asked for a legal opinion on the question if Auroville was a government organization or an autonomous institution and I gave the opinion that Auroville is an independent juristic entity, not a government body. I will soon go again to Auroville to replenish my batteries.”
He then proceeded with an assessment of the human condition today. “One of the most tragic paradoxes of our times is that an age that is witness  to  tremendous  progress  and  technological developments has  at the same time  also seen  a tremendous  decline  of  moral  and  spiritual  values.  Today,  human  beings  are  measured  in terms of mass and molecules, forgetting that there is a spiritual spark in every human being and that the divine is in the heart of everyone. Greed has taken enormous steps. And there is also a sharp the decline in the standards of politicians. Here I would like to read something by Sri Aurobindo which is still quite relevant today. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Bases of Yoga and The Mother's Grace

The Hindu : NATIONAL  TAMIL NADU : Chennai today Sri Aurobindo Society: Talk on 'Mother's Grace', 5, Smith Rd., Anna Salai, 10.30 a.m.
The Hindu : NATIONAL  TAMIL NADU : Coimbatore Today Sri Aurobindo Devotees Trust: Pushpanjali and prayers to Sri Annai, Sasi Balika Vidya Mandir, R.S. Puram, 9.30 a.m, Sri Annai Meditation Trust, WT-C ...
The Hindu : Cities Madurai News I have borrowed from Sri Aurobindo the term of the title but I may be pardoned in using the same in a different context. In the initial articles for the column, I wrote ...
Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil while speaking on the inaugural session of Annual Hindi Zonal Conference of Sri Aurobindo Society at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, here today, said that there is one divine force which acts in the universe and in the individuals and is also beyond the individual and the universe… Patil also released Souvenir on the occasion. The Principal of the school, Ms Amrita Vatsayana proposed vote of thanks. Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion include, Vijay Poddar, Chairman Hindi Zone, M.P. Singh, Principal Secretary to Governor,  Arvind Mehan, O.P. Dani, Manoj Sharma and Pawan. 
Auronet Sri Aurobindo, Savitri. In our lives Hidden Dynamics can cause results we never intended. Unconsciously these Dynamics create our Fate. To become aware of...
Camps Schedule 2013 - Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Delhi Branch. Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 09:00AM SSCN:236 Sub: The Bases of Yoga and The Mother Language: Oriya Facilitator: Shanti & Devasmita 09938975922, 094371047411 Contact: Manoj Sahoo, 9999019565 Category: Study camp_Nainital_2013 Bookable: 50 Location:      VAN NIWAS, NAINITAL

Spandana: Feeling the Pulsation of a Divine Language One Week Intensive Course on Sanskrit January 27th to 2nd February 2013
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Business and Politics in Yoga

Ranger98806 • 10 days ago Of all these books, India Unbound was life altering. Read it when I was 19/20, and have been a committed free market capitalist ever since. Eminent Historians must also be made a must read for all Indians so that they can see how their high school history books have taken them for a ride, and how the left sets the nature of discourse in India.

Tweets 47m ThePragmaticIndian @Realist_Indian If u want to become a national leader, you have to keep a safe distance from business ...  Retweeted by Armchairpandit
42m Armchairpandit @armchairpandit If you make pro-business policy while you are still a businessman - you will be, rightly so, seen as a thief and a fixer. 41m And if you are a non-achiever, poor and talk of equality and "common man" - you will be perpetually be seen as a a leftist loser. 42m Middle class the world over values simplicity, academics & professionalism much higher than trading & business.

Tweets 12m Armchairpandit @armchairpandit In office, u have single men and women who are unsocial, workoholics but systematically persecute those with families & other interests. 15m Lone rangers have devoted, fanatical followers. They believe in a cause for which they will give up their lives and that of others. Easily 17m that said. . being detached also makes you insensitive to people in pursuit of larger goals. much crime death can be result.

Monday, August 6, 2012

The navel, the novel, and the end of Anna dream

Tweets 2h - Savitri Era Party @SavitriEraParty [unlike JP's abstract Total Revolution, Team Anna has a concrete draft for an effective legislation. V. KRISHNA ANANTH] …
[5 Aug - jagdish shetty @jagdishshetty - @sivashiv if that happens then Dr Swamy will be fully vindicated on Team Anna, as he openly said they were "under with Naxal influence " Retweeted by Savitri Era Party -  View conversation]
[2 Aug - Tushar A. Gandhi @TusharG - @ashutoshmechy I love Ramdev's Comedy Circus so much entertainment. They should get Archana Puran Singh to Laugh her maniac cackle. Retweeted by Savitri Era Party -  View conversation]
[2 Aug - Anirban Roy @AnirbanFromRLF Dark phase of Indian History ends. #JanLokpal Movement of #Anna Dies. Indians give fitting reply to those who undermined their intellect. Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]
[28 Jun - Chandrahas Choudhury @Hashestweets Burke's love of gradation, antithesis, is a milestone in the history of political thought, but also in the history of English prose style. Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]
[1 Jul - Chandrahas Choudhury @Hashestweets The navel, yogic thought has long held, is the centre of the consciousness, and it is therefore central to any Indian poetics of fiction. Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]
[1 Jul - Chandrahas Choudhury @Hashestweets How the novel loved to play with time! Whole years passed in a single precise sentence, while the events of a day filled up an entire book. Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]
[31 Jul - Chandrahas Choudhury @Hashestweets The American presidency is designed to disappoint. Each candidate must promise things beyond his power to deliver.  Retweeted by Savitri Era Party]
[22 Aug 2011 - chandra bhan prasad @cbhanp - @cbhanp @httweets Team Anna is the Urban edition of Khap Panchyats. They listen to none, and obey no authority. Retweeted by Savitri Era Party -  View conversation]
[3 Aug - Atanu Dey @atanudey - I guess Anna claims that he's above politics & too high & mighty to descend to that level. I have news for him: It's all politics. Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
3h - [Revolution that Kejriwal talks about isn’t for the likes of you and me. We have made our compromises. @smithaprakash … - 3h - [Revolution is dream of the young. Till middle age & its baggage of compromises, responsibilities & truths of life hits you.@smithaprakash] 
4hkiran patnaik @kiran_patniak चिंगारी: अन्ना आन्दोलन की आत्म-आलोचना … Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
23h - @kiran_patniak Now that the Team has gone political, it's better to adopt political instinct and avoid public criticism.  View conversation
22h - kiran patnaik @kiran_patniak - @SavitriEraParty ये तानाशाह आन्दोलन नहीं. अगर कभी कोई दल बना भी तो उस दल में एक पूरी स्वस्थ जनतांत्रिक प्रक्रिया होगी. आत्म-आलोचना जरुरी. Retweeted by Savitri Era Party -  View conversation
2 Aug - Devinder Sharma @Devinder_Sharma Team Anna's decision will impact country's major social movements. Govt will ignore them and tell them to also form a political party. Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
2 AugSandeep Web @SandeepWeb 2. Team Anna doesn't even have a clear, cohesive roadmap for anything. how do we rely on them? Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
2 Aug - Prasanna Viswanathan @prasannavishy For the record i do admire kind of work section of communist movement has done for Dalit emancipation/temple entry movement in TN Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
2 Aug - Devinder Sharma @Devinder_Sharma Not sure if Team Anna's decision to form a political party is right. I wish we had discussed this at length within the Core Committee. Retweeted by Savitri Era Party
2 Aug - kiran patnaik @kiran_patniak @SavitriEraParty @anku6 @KiranKS ये कोई जवाब नहीं. आप अब बचने की कोशिश में. जो स्पष्ट सलाह नहीं दे रहे, वे अन्ना की आलोचना कैसे कर सकते!! Retweeted by Savitri Era Party -  View conversation
2 Aug - kiran patnaik @kiran_patniak - @SavitriEraParty @anku6 @KiranKS हे हे हे .. तो आप बताएं कि अन्ना आन्दोलन क्या करे? ठोस सुझाव दें. सिर्फ भड़ास नहीं. Retweeted by Savitri Era Party -  View conversation
2 Aug - Nitin Pai @acorn Do those who lionised Anna & Co last year because they thought it would hurt the Congress have the honesty to admit they were wrong? Retweeted by Savitri Era Party

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Furtive vs. the five lives

Rumpus at the ashram telegraph 15 Apr 2012 – In his small flat not far from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, American writer Peter Heehs ... I wrote there was nothing furtive about these encounters.
Savitri Era Open Forum: Key source of confusion 13 Mar 2012 – A critique of the book "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by Peter Heehs ... 18 May 2011 – There was nothing furtive about these encounters, but they ... Cardinal Slur
A critique of the book "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by Peter Heehs: 5 ... 1 May 2011 – There was nothing furtive about these encounters, but they did strike observers as unusual. Neither Mirra nor Aurobindo were in the habit of ...
A critique of the book "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by Peter Heehs ... - 18 May 2011 – There was nothing furtive about these encounters, but they did strike observers as unusual. Neither Mirra nor Aurobindo were in the habit of ...
Romantic Relationship – page 326 | Lives of Sri Aurobindo – Errors - 5 Apr 2012 – There was nothing furtive about these encounters, but they did strike observers as unusual. Neither Mirra nor Aurobindo were in the habit of ...
An examination of the criticism against The Lives of Sri Aurobindo ... Iyfundamentalism - There was nothing furtive about these encounters, but they did strike observers as unusual. Neither Mirra nor Aurobindo were in the habit of expressing their ... Distributed Extracts from The Lives of Sri Aurobindo - Page 10 20 April 2012: Yoga and philosophy of Sri Aurobindo is not a religion ... There was nothing furtive about these encounters, but they did strike observers as ... A Discerning Tribute - Page 17 Iyfundamentalism - There was nothing furtive about these encounters, but they did strike observers as unusual. Neither Mirra nor Aurobindo were in the habit of expressing their ...
AUROBINDO UNDER SCANNER - Nnandhivarman 1 May 2010 – There was nothing furtive about these encounters, but they did strike the observer as unusual. Neither Mirra nor Aurobindo were in the habit of ... nnandhivarman - conversation engine
A Discerning Tribute anti-matters by Marcel Kvassay. Accounts of Sri Aurobindo's spiritual life often begin with his withdrawal from politics ...... she at once stood up. There was nothing furtive ...
Savitri Era: The touch that raised a storm - by Tusar N. Mohapatra - in 147 Google+ circles - More by Tusar N. Mohapatra 22 Apr 2009 – There was nothing furtive about these encounters, but they did strike observer as unusual. Neither Mirra nor Aurobindo were in the habit of ...
DEVOTEES KNOCK THE DOORS OF ATHEISTS › Research › Literature 7 Apr 2010 – There was nothing furtive about these encounters, but they did strike the observer as unusual. Neither Mirra nor Aurobindo were in the habit of ...

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Feminine Principle, the Earth, and the Becoming

Robert Wilkinson - robtw@sprynet.com11:58 PM, November 11, 2007 Dear Ned,
WIE is typical of an old patriarchal consciousness that evolved from the pressures of mind trying to exceed itself some 2500 years ago. The limitations inherent in the Mental consciousness when Buddha and others of that period made their discoveries could not admit of anything higher than a dissolution of the nexus of consciousness which held them in the world. Buddha called his experience of dissolution “Nirvana” - a state of pure Being, equanimity and peace. The Nirvanic realization, we are told, has the quality of an infinite Zero, or Emptiness without form that grants liberation from this so-called ‘illusory world of becoming’.
It is certainly no coincidence that Lao Tze, the Chinese sage who lived around the same time as Buddha expressed his ‘spiritual’ realization in much the same vein calling it, “The Nothing that is All.” We find this same language later on in the teachings of Shankara, founder of the Advaita Vedanta school, who described his realization as ‘Moksha’ or liberation, where one does not feel oneself any longer to be an individual with a name or form, but an infinite, eternal, space-less consciousness.
This drive toward Transcendence completely negated the Feminine Principle, the Earth and the Becoming. And for the last 2000 years we have suffered the consequences of that negation. Many who revere Sri Aurobindo, like Ken Wilber, make no distinction between his yoga and the old path of Transcendence. To them the Mother holds no special place of significance in the Supramental Descent. The Supramental Yoga is in fact very much like the Elusinian Mysteries. It is not until you understand and embrace the Feminine that you are qualified for the higher initiation.

Wilber and Aurobindo: A reply to Joe Perez, Alan Kazlevintegral world M. Alan Kazlev is a self-taught esotericist and metaphysician, science fiction writer ... His website is at and he can be contacted at akazlev at bigpond dot com
In keeping with academic convention, I use surname as mode of address in this essay – e.g. “Wilber”, “Perez”. I make an exception with “Sri Aurobindo” because that is the name he requested to be addressed as (as opposed to just “Aurobindo”).
Wilber's interpretation of Sri Aurobindo here and elsewhere is deeply flawed, as Brant Cortright (Psychotherapy and Spirit: Theory and Practice in Transpersonal Psychotherapy, SUNY 1997, p78), Rod Hemsell ("Ken Wilber and Sri Aurobindo: A Critical Perspective") and I (“Ken Wilber and Sri Aurobindo” - and “An Aurobindonian vision”) have all shown.
There can be little doubt that the root of this problem lies with Wilber's own misunderstanding of Sri Aurobindo's spiritual philosophy. As Rod Hemsell has shown, this is apparent even in the earlier phases of his work (Atman Project – Wilber II). Wilber himself is certainly not to be blamed for this, as there is so much knowledge in the world today that it is simply not possible for one human being, no matter how intelligent or how competent a speed reader, to understand the whole world (see “Insufficient Study and Contemplation results in Superficial Understanding of Specialized Knowledge”). And to properly understand Sri Aurobindo and The Mother's Yoga requires tremendous sincerity and aspiration, not just a brief skim reading. The reading itself has to be a meditation, the pages returned to time after time. Just as with any authentic spiritual tradition.
Wilber's error here was then compounded through the memetic (sensu Dawkins) dispersal of his well-meaning misinterpretations, through his own work and that of others who have been influenced by him. As a result, more people are adopting a false version of what Sri Aurobindo taught and achieved. That he is, so Wilber informs us, a “theorist” (someone who spent forty years in intense practical yoga was a theorist?). That he ignores the “lower quadrants” (what about The Human Cycle, or his studies of Indian culture?). That his profound Synthesis of Yoga is just another version of Nondualism, and his Supramentalisation just another representation of the “Clear Light” (the last three chapters of The Life Divine and the entire Synthesis of Yoga says otherwise). To say nothing of the striking absence of any reference to Sri Aurobindo's co-worker, whom he advised all his own disciples to consider the physical incarnation of the Divine (hence Mirra's title “The Mother” - for more see Sri Aurobindo, The Mother, Collected Works Vol.25, Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram) by Wilber and his students.

from: Tusar N. Mohapatra to:  debanjan nag date: 26 June 2012 10:34 subject: Re: Revenge of Theosophy through Ken Wilbur
Wilber, by now it's clear, is setting up a cult and so he churns out new books but finds Sri Aurobindo's writings a stiff competition. With Theosophy he shares the common ancestry of Buddhism which is a known adversary of Sri Aurobindo's system of Yoga. Hence, nothing surprising in this war for supremacy. [TNM55]

Hume, Mendelssohn, and Meillassoux

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Steered By Cells And Molecules - Science Of Spirituality Article - India's first Spiritual Networking Website By: Mukul Sharma on Jun 29, 2012 14 Responses Are we automated by constituents of the body rather than by free will and identity, asks MUKUL SHARMA.
Interestingly, two psychologists from Santa Barbara, tested the hypothesis using a couple of ingenious experiments to see if changing people’s sense of responsibility would change their behaviour…
Although the experimenters warned against generalising from their results, the findings do raise the genuine concern that widespread encouragement of a deterministic (read soulless) worldview may have the inadvertent consequence of encouraging immoral behaviour. The concerned participants did cheat and steal when they thought no one would know or there was no chance of getting caught, whereas the control group didn’t, in spite of the test situation being the same. Did they feel they were answerable to some internal core of control? Who knows? But if ever science does discover that it’s a totally deterministic universe with no free-will, we’d probably have to invent a fictive one for society to function optimally.

The Affective Life of Philosophy from Larval Subjects (Levi Bryant) Jun 30, 2012 
Whitehead is another thinker that comes to mind as being pervaded by these sorts of affective volumes. There is a delight here, a love of the world.
There are other philosophies that seem populated by a delight taken in organizing and whittling things down to their precise essence, like the sort of jouissance the bureaucrat draws from a well organized filing system. The bureaucrat, of course, has a purpose for filing things in this way. Yet it is difficult to escape the impression that he enjoys his filing system and forms for their own sake; that the organization is an end in itself. Here we might think of Hegel in the Science of Logic, or Husserl’s endless distinctions, Brandom’s endless distinctions in Making it Explicit, or Sellars. We might also think of certain moments in high scholasticism.

“has somehow chosen the excerpts maliciously” from Object-Oriented Philosophy by doctorzamalek (Graham Harman) Jul 1, 2012
But Meillassoux’s effect on continental philosophy has been precious, and he was able to pull it off initially with just one short but sublimely engineered book… Meillassoux is generally a perfectionist who doesn’t like releasing works to the public unless they are in ultra-fine condition. Levi Bryant insightfully compared Meillassoux to a “gem cutter.”

Agamben reads the Western tradition as a series of increasingly destructive failed attempts to separate them out in some kind of stable and sustainable way. Read more

A Treatise of Human Nature - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia by Scottish philosopher David Hume  (1711 – 1776), first published in 1739–1740.
Hume himself described the (lack of) public reaction to the publication of the Treatise by writing that the book "fell dead-born from the press."[1] Hume intended to see whether the Treatise met with success and, if so, to complete it with books devoted to morals, politics, and criticism.[2] It did not meet with success, and so was not completed.
After deciding that the Treatise had problems of style rather than of content, he reworked some of the material for more popular consumption in An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1748). It did not prove extremely successful either, but was somewhat more so than the Treatise. He later also "cast anew" Book 3 of the Treatise as An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals (1751), which Hume wrote is "of all my writings, historical, philosophical, or literary, incomparably the best."[3] The Treatise is now in the public domain. Books 1 and 2 were originally published in 1739, while Book 3 was published in 1740.[4] 

Moses Mendelssohn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1729 – 1786) was a German Jewishphilosopher to whose ideas the Haskalah (the 'Jewish enlightenment' of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries) is indebted. 
Ever since his friend Lessing had died, he had wanted to write an essay or a book about his character. When Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, an acquaintance of both men, heard of Mendelssohn's project, he stated that he had confidential information about Lessing being a "Spinozist", which, in these years, was regarded as being more or less synonymous with "atheist"—something which Lessing was accused of being anyway by religious circles.[15] This led to an exchange of letters between Jacobi and Mendelssohn which showed they had hardly any common ground. 

Sri Nolini Kanta Gupta has given us all a subtle body of literature bound to widely extend into the frontal consciousness.  What he said of Vivekananda’s words (which woke his courage up in Alipore) is true of his own: “These are luminous life-giving mantras and the world and humanity…have need of them.” One-volume editions include Lights from Nolini Kanta Gupta (highlights taken from individual essays) and Evolution and the Earthly Destiny (selected essays).  Education and Initiation, translated from the Bengali, more timely than ever, has now been released. His eight-volume Collected Works continue to grow in relevance and merit more detailed scholarly study.  Surprisingly, the eight volumes are as affordable as they are full of delights and unexpected turns.
Or one may prefer to read his translation of Savitri into Bengali.  The shining Arjuna of spiritual aspirants has left us a portion of the new creation, full of the force of yoga and packed with the light of Sri Aurobindo.
— Rick Lipschutz discovered the Integral Yoga after exploring other paths and has been a devotee of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother since 1997.  A member of the Cultural Integral Fellowship who attends retreats at Sri Aurobindo Sadhana Peetham in Lodi, he lives with his wife and son in San Francisco, USA.