Monday, April 30, 2012

Falling in love with our greatness

About the same time that the Heehs controversy was brewing in 2008, the CNN-IBN news channel had carried out a bold sting operation on the Trustees of the ...

The author of this article Shri Surendra Singh Chouhan is an ex-student of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education (SAICE); after finishing his Higher Course he taught for a year in SAICE. He is an international educator and presently ...

Messages in this topic Knowledge of one's religion and culture puts one in love with that and the resultant output is a fanatic or a chauvinist - a stone-headed, single-track homo-sapien. Thus the culture-knowing Indian is often required to be balanced and corrected by a culture-neutral one. Thank God, Indian society contains both. As Hindus, we need to be very careful about falling in love with our greatness.
Secularism requires that we keep Eyes Wide Shut. Gentlemanliness often demands that we hold on to the blinkers, lest we see... . Vishwa's assertion that Tagore's song was composed to our own Mother and not to King George V is a piece of such gentlemanliness… One respects Rajat Gupta, one respects S Kumar for their contributions to our discussion even though their observations diverge. This is exactly the kind of discussion for which this forum exists. We don't need agreements, we need only cogent, well-informed arguments. Dilip Kumar Roy [sbicitizen]

I believe it lies in the devout person's need to idealize someone, somewhere, who is believed to be free of the psychic dangers that sex brings with it, and then to identify with this "divine" being. As normal human beings we are all acutely aware of these dangers. The insatiability of sex, with its waves of violent, consuming hunger, threatens the loss of those we hold dear. Naked in our desire, we are vulnerable to disapprobation, mortification, rejection. Challenging the keepers of the social order and guardians of its taboos, we tremble at the punishment fitting the crime, emasculation, or more generally an unsexing. Worse still for many is the specter of relentless self punishment; searing, burdensome guilt. For the devout, the mystic holds a promise of freedom from these psychic threats.

Indian literature: Volume 15 - Sahitya Akademi - 1972 – Prema Nandakumar
Himself a scholar, he enthuses us to take to a life of scholarship. Having renounced his princely position in the Baroda College for the sake of Mother India, he makes our hearts glow with love for the Motherland.

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