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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Sri Aurobindo shows the inner evolution at work

Looking at the Lives's remark that Savitri is a “fictional creation”, we must say that it actually becomes a question of facts and values in poetry. One may scour for ... Facts and Values Apropos of The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by RY Deshpande The upshot of this entire discussion is simple: to dismiss the specious argument that The Lives of Sri Aurobindo is based on facts, facts gathered from various sources over a period of time, even scraping the containers where the official records are kept. Of course it will be ridiculous to look for these in a [...]

Let us see what the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, who was a long time ... But he had never read Sri Aurobindo's name, he only heard it, and he wrote it in a ...

It is from the Divine that a spiritual seeker receives peace, a peace quite independent from outward circumstances. Turn more towards the Divine, aspire for the ..

With such Siren song do you slay the hearts of those who have still force and courage to strive against Fate and would rescue our Mother out of the hands of destruction. Yet I would willingly believe that matricides though you are, it is in ignorance. Come therefore, let us reason calmly together. [Incomplete] P.S Taken from Bande Mataram Newspaper and written by Freedom Fighter Sri Aurobindo Ghose!

Analytic political philosophy seeks to understand these mechanisms so it can intervene and change these circumstances.  Examples of analytic political philosophers are thinkers such as Marx, Foucault, and Deleuze and Guattari.  These thinkers don’t tell us a whole lot about what ought to be done, but instead analyze power and the functioning of power that gives social assemblages the persistent form that they have.  Analytic political philosophy tries to map the structure and mechanisms of power so that we might figure out both why oppression takes the form that it has and therefore what needs to be changed or where we need to intervene.  Clearly analytic political questions are guided by normative commitments (emancipation, for example), but there can be no effective normative political engagement without a map of the territory and how it functions.

CARL SCHMITT AND AMERICA’S LIBERAL WARS Posted by Vijay Vikram Dec 26 This is remarkable when one considers that the first edition of The Concept of the Political was published in 1927 …
I suppose my motivation in writing this post was to question the ethics of the dominant mode of Western politics – Democracy with its passion for the discourse of “Rights” – both in the West and the non-West. The political doctrine of democracy is posited as the highest ethical peak that any people can hope to reach. But if we take the ultimate ethic as the ethic of good government – i.e. a government that allows for the material and spiritual well-being of its people – democracy may find itself wanting.

Henri Bergson [Stanford]
His first scholarly publication was in 1886, in the Revue Philosophique; “On Unconscious Simulation in States of Hypnosis” concerns the results of his observations at sessions of hypnosis. Notice that Freud and Breuer's Studies on Hysteria did not appear until 1896… Creative Evolution appeared in 1907. It was the beginning of the “Bergson legend,” as well as of numerous, lively academic and public controversies centering on his philosophy and his role as an intellectual. The beginning of the next decade is the apex of the “Bergsonian cult” (“le Bergson boom”). Creative Evolution was translated into English. Bertrand Russell (who publishes an article entitled “The Philosophy in Bergson” in The Monist in 1912) objects that Bergson wants to turn us into bees with the notion of intuition.

History of Yoga – part 2 | Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo & The Mother - June 15, 2012 [My name is Sandeep. I am *not* affiliated with the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry. This blog primarily discusses the Integral Yoga] This article is a continuation of the previous post and covers a few more interesting tidbits from the book “History of Yoga” edited by Satya Prakash Singh…
Sri Aurobindo’s views on intuition seem more convincing to me, probably because his spiritual experience was more comprehensive than that of the Nyaya-Vaishesika seers described above.  Sri Aurobindo proposed four ways of awakening the intuitive mind using either the Sahasrara Chakra above the head or the psychic being within the heart. This was covered in a previous article
Sri Aurobindo used to keep a diary (now published as the “Record of Yoga”) in which he recorded the manner in which various siddhis (occult powers) developed in him over a period of 10-12 years.  Reading this diary might leave you puzzled as to why it took so many years for these siddhis to stabilize. In chapter 33 of the “History of Yoga”, we might have a clue to this puzzle… Sri Aurobindo’s program of yoga, known as the Sapta Chatusthaya, is different from that of Tirumular but it is possible that there were somewhat similar reasons as to why he needed a similar amount of time to stabilize his occult powers…
In the Record of Yoga, Sri Aurobindo analyzes the variety of reasons that errors can crop up in the workings of intuition.  In some cases, it is because our will interferes with our intuitive perception and distorts the result. There are also cases where we glimpse a possibility which may not be successfully realized in the future, because there are other forces which may cancel it out.  In the higher planes of consciousness, there are multiple destinies gradually taking shape and not all of them manifest on Earth. See here for a picture and brief overview.

On one of my MA essays I wrote about Sri Aurobindo and Joanna Macy's contribution to spiritual revolutionary social justice and deep ecology, and felt all along ...

Religion: Dishta of Pondicherry TIME
She told Mr. Matthews that she was very happy after three years as a sadhak (follower) of an Indian religious teacher, Sri Aurobindo. Said she: "In fact, ...

Beastie Boys, Mandalas, Vision: Joel Thome in the perfect circle ... DigitalJournal.com
I immediately started sketching the initial ideas for my extended work SAVITRI:TRAVELLER OF THE WORLDS (nominated for a Pulitzer), inspired by Sri Aurobindo ...

In the session on wisdom we have three savants: Elisabet Sahtouris a Systems biologists provides a comparison between the emerging systems view of life and how it resonates with ancient wisdom traditions. Sri Aurobindo shows the inner evolution at work in the dynamic canvass of nature. Then nature photographer and theosophist John Van Mater shows how evolution takes life and intelligence to the next plane. You can download our newsletter and read it all by clicking here

To be and to be fully is Nature's aim in us…” Sri Aurobindo points out however, that focusing on the “pure Existent” without incorporating Consciousness, Force ...

The power of heartfelt intention - The Times of India › Opinion THE SPEAKING TREE Roy Posner | Jun 16, 2012, 12.00AM IST
Life responds to our intention. When we really want something to occur, life tends to move towards us, fulfilling our aspiration. If ourintention is full — if our energies are intensely directed towards the pursuit of a specific goal over time — life not only responds, but does so rapidly, fulfilling that deepest aspiration… When we have clear knowledge of what we want to accomplish, and our emotions fully support it, then our intention takes shape. If we then make a determined, persevering effort to carry out our heart`s desire, we generate an irresistible power that quickly attracts it. If we look around, we will see that life is always responding to our intentions…
One interesting aspect of human aspiration or intention is that it can express itself at various levels, from a mild interest in a subject, to a desire to accomplish something, to the intense need to bring about our heart's desire. And yet, life can instantly respond to our intention at any of these levels: even to a passing fancy!
As we see, even a passing fancy will attract corresponding response, as long as there is a modicum of interest involved. You have just thought about a subject you hadn't thought of for decades, and then two minutes later, there is discussion on that very topic on television! That is dramatic enough, but when you have never seen that subject referred to in a lifetime of TV-watching, then you know something profound is at work! The writer is a scholar researching Sri Aurobindo.

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