Sunday, February 28, 2016

Society exists for the individual or Society consists not of actual people

Times of India-NEW DELHI: BJD member Bhartruhari Mahtab on Friday countered TMC MP Sugata Bose's reference to Aurobindo's formulation of nationalism ...

@gchikermane Sri Aurobindo had much more to say about individual, group and, alas, mob. Extracts from a recent piece 

Strong ideas @peterheehs "Society exists for the individual, not the other way around" "Subjection to the yoke of rage and fear" 
Must read. 

@gchikermane @peterheehs @UshyMohanDas [Luhmann: society consists not of actual people ... but rather communication] …

The most controversial claim made by Luhmann is that society consists not of “actual people and relations between people,” but rather communication–and only communication. Society is a communication system, and there are a number of distinct subsystems that have evolved; yet they are all “communication systems” (Luhmann, Introduction 28).

The first objection is always that there cannot be a human society without human beings. Of course, but they are only necessary preconditions; they are not society itself. In other words, society is not the aggregate of human beings. As Luhmann puts it, “Society does not weigh exactly as much as all human beings taken together, nor does its weight change with every birth and death” (Theory of Society vol 1, 7). Yet people do matter to human social systems because human social systems are simultaneously dependent on and independentof human beings. In other words, social systems are simultaneously dependent and independent of psychic systems, while psychic systems are simultaneous depend on and independent of organic systems.

Far from devaluing particular human beings, people gain a degree of freedom by not being participants in the social system. Where communication systems are concerned, people are free to come and go as they wish–and they do so by checking in and out of the communications of that social system, as when one member of a family completely severs communication with the rest of the family. Yes, people are needed to keep communication going, but individual people are easily replaced. If one person walks away, or even dies, there will always be someone new to take up the communication where the last person left off.

However, to head off another possible possible misconception, systems theory is not reductionist. Reductionism rests on the old whole/part distinction. For systems theorists, society is not a whole that consists or human beings or social institutions or anything else as parts. Society is a communications system, and it presupposes consciousness; however, communication cannot be reduced to consciousness. This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. The site is maintained by Carlton Clark, Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

New Republic-15-Feb-2016 BY MARIA KONNIKOVA February 16, 2016
The term itself was coined about a decade ago by Gordon Shepherd, a neurobiologist at Yale, who has been studying the science of olfaction for more than half a century. His research has shown that flavor, a complicated and little-understood concept, does not originate in what we eat, but in what our minds derive from the experience. “Our sensory and motor appreciation of what we have in our mouth is created by the brain,” he said. “We can’t have gastronomy without it.”

But that, in fact, is taste, and though we tend to conflate it with flavor, a vast chasm exists between the two. Taste is an experience composed of ...This is the overarching principle that guides neurogastronomy: What we eat and why we eat it is as much a psychological phenomenon as a physical one. Throughout most of history, eating has been understood as a primitive human characteristic, an evolutionary necessity, the stuff of base survival instinct. This perception turns out to be far too simplistic. The more we learn about flavor, the more we realize just how easy it is to manipulate. Not just by the overclocked sensations of processed food, but in ways that makes healthier choices seem at once tastier and more satisfying. Though most of us would like to think we have discerning palates, our taste is quite easy to fool.

When we try to imagine the flavor of something, we tend to focus on our mouth—the experience of placing, say, a ripe strawberry on our tongue. But that, in fact, is taste, and though we tend to conflate it with flavor, a vast chasm exists between the two. Taste is an experience composed of only five elements: sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami. Thousands of receptors on our tongue are designed to identify and respond to these elements, each one specializing in one of the five qualities. Without input from other senses—most notably our nose, but also our eyes, ears, and even hands—taste is merely a flat, single-note sensation with none of the nuance or enjoyment we associate with food in general and with specific foods in particular. Flavor is at once a broader and more powerful property than taste, one that marries the senses and their associate properties—memory, experience, neurobiology—to create and control the way we eat.

The promise that neurogastronomy holds is that once we understand how the mind combines the disparate biological and evocative forces that create flavor, we will be able to circumvent the learned and innate preferences of our taste buds. And with that capacity—truly an example of mind over matter—instead of stimulating appetite via the conventional and unhealthy trifecta of salt, sugar, and fat, we can employ the neural pathways through which flavor is constructed in the brain to divert attention to different, more nutritious foods. Control flavor and you control what we eat—and perhaps, given time and more research, begin fighting the global nutrition problems that are a direct result of the industrialized production of food.

Barca Blaugranes (blog)
The discourse surrounding the literature provides a beautiful context in which productive disagreement is able to take place. The first book with which I’d like to start is one that’s fairly common. Jonathan Wilson’s "Inverting the Pyramid" walks readers through the progression of tactics within the world of football and describes the societal surroundings in which they took place. Tactics within soccer didn’t just develop through battles on the pitch (though that is largely a driving force). They developed in ways that allowed individual cultures to keep their identities while remaining competitive.

The book starts in England in the 19th century, and quickly progresses through the stylistic disagreements between the Scottish and English over the importance of individual talent and possession. From there, it follows a simple path to Central Europe... He describes why tactics blossomed in central Europe in the 1920s and 1930s, why Italy plays a very physical and defensive style, and how Total Football completely reshaped FC Barcelona.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It moves along very quickly, but it also does a fantastic job of developing a deep understanding of the game. It combines the intellectual side of the sport with the entertainment side, and helps give the reader a better insight into why some teams are better than others – even when the talent isn’t equal. The book isn’t perfect, by any means, and there are certainly pieces of literature that delve deeper into the tactical side of the sport, but this book is an incredibly valuable piece – regardless of where you are in your knowledge of the tactical game. Given the information, the entertainment, and overall quality of the writing itself, I have to give the book four stars out of five.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Indian renaissance didn't arrive for this

[A rational, clear-thinking, well-educated youth is the most important resource India needs for her future] @beloome …

"A rational, clear-thinking, well-educated youth is the most important resource India needs for her future. It is time that we wake up to the fact that the great demographic advantage that we have; namely, our very large young population, will remain an advantage only to the extent when we as a society and nation can nurture their dreams, facilitate their self-discovery processes and provide with them meaningful educational opportunities. Let us not destroy our future for petty, short-term political gains." — etc etc etc. 

This is all very good. But if the JNU episode has prompted you to write this then you are not really addressing the matter. With all those good arguments and with all that good rhetoric you cannot justify the kind of sloganeering that was heard, Bharat ke hazar hazar tukade banenge, Bharat down down. Indian renaissance didn't arrive for this. Coming as it is from a campus you have to address this issue. Otherwise it is all goody-goody stuff. I want a solution for this. My one solution is Black Fire must be met with White Fire.

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The manuscript shows longer words crossed out and replaced with short ones. For example, he replaces “liberated” with “freed.” The ending paragraph of the speech became a rallying cry for the British people. In 180 words,Churchill lays out  ...

Monday, February 15, 2016

What science will be like by the middle of this century

One of the most amazing books ever published, January 28, 2015 By Don Salmon
This review is from: Mother's Agenda: Agenda of the Supramental Action upon Earth, 1951-1960 (Paperback)
Remarkable that nobody has reviewed this book yet. Read it without any preconceptions, with as quiet a mind as possible, opening yourself to the possibility of "seeing" a completely different world, one that is right here.

Don Salmon, 15th Apr 2015, 06.14 PM
As an American clinical psychologist living in a community (Asheville, North Carolina) where both NVC and RC are very popular, I'm glad to see these being used in Auroville.
Having said that, I feel deeply saddened that techniques aimed at what Sri Aurobindo characterized as the superficial, surface consciousness are not being adapted along the lines of the deeper integral yoga vision.
Jan (my wife) and I hope to be able to visit Auroville more regularly beginning some time in the next year or two. I've been hearing for many years that people in Auroville don't really spent time actually studying the writings of Mother and Sri Aurobindo. I am not so much of a cultist as to say, "You don't need NVC or RC - just read Mother and Sri Aurobindo".
But it is rather strange and perplexing that the Aurovillian approach seems so much the opposite - practice mindfulness, try out NVC, RC or whatever, and even if we borrow a bit from Integral Yoga (Awareness Through the Body) only take as much as can be made to accommodate to the surface, modern consciousness, with perhaps a mention or two of the psychic being thrown in.
I hope this changes substantially in the coming years, as I believe the lack of in-depth, deep attention to Integral Yoga is at the root of all the problems Auroville faces. › blogs › author › don

INTEGRAL PSYCHOLOGYBEYOND WILBER-V Inviting Open-Minded Skepticism of the Materialist View Integral World Don Salmon
Taking "metaphysical" to mean intellectual speculation, it seems then that we already have a "post-metaphysical" spirituality in the form of the Indo-Tibetan tradition. What I think is really needed to further the scientific understanding of consciousness is a "post-metaphysical" science.
Physicist Paul Davies has written recently of the unspoken assumption on the part of many scientists that "laws of nature" are "immutable, absolute and universal". It is here, rather than in the yoga tradition, that you find purely intellectual speculation regarding what Ken Wilber refers to as "eternal, timeless structures". It is taking these "laws" to be ontological, objective realities that, in my estimation, reflects the error Wilber calls "the myth of the given". Davies refers to this attitude toward laws of nature as a "faith-based belief system"...
As I mentioned earlier, the reason for weak effects has been made clear in yogic texts for thousands of years, and the exposition of yoga psychology in our book explains in some detail both the basis for and obstacles to the accessibility of psi phenomena. I will also offer an experiment you can do for yourself that demonstrates why they are so difficult to access. Integral World Posted at 9:27 AM › 2016/01/20 › Don Salmon says: January 20, 2016 at 2:21 pm
Very good and important column. I think a number of caveats are on order. I’ve meditated and talked with people who practice various forms of meditation, contemplative prayer, and related practices for approximately 40 years. I would say, in the overwhelming majority of cases, the amount of time and effort people put into meditation/contemplation – rarely more than 20-30 minutes a day, and quite often not on a daily basis – will have very few negative effects. Of course, this also means it’s likely – unless they make a strong effort to integrate their individual practice with compassionate action, supporting their family, neighbors and community, living a healthy, responsible and dedicated life, the positive effects may not be so strong either.

As far as the negative effects of more intense practice go, I’m always mildly amused (though sometimes mildly annoyed) at the repeated (repeated ad nauseum) amazement of modern meditation researchers that some new discovery they’ve made turns out to be old knowledge. I call it the “law of secular exclusion.” First, you search through some contemplative tradition, East or West, leave out anything that looks vaguely threatening or even just too foreign to the modern mind (too religious, not religious enough, too supernatural, not supernatural enough, etc). You proclaim that, “yes, those medieval folks (European, Asian, whomever) may have had some insights, but we with our superior scientific knowledge know better.” You discover all kinds of positive things those primitive mystics didn’t know, and then you discover all kinds of negative things those primitives didn’t know.

Somewhere down the line, someone comes along who was never afraid of all those annoying, foreign, threatening things in the medieval/ancient traditions. It turns not, not only did they know most of this stuff all along (the dangers of contemplation/meditation, the subtleties of human development, mind-body interaction, how to conduct paranormal explorations, the source of genius, the nature of dreams, etc etc) but when you go just a bit deeper, it turns out that these primitive folks, without the benefit of “modern science,’ may actually have known all kinds of things our modern methods have simply excluded from our universe of knowledge.

I’ll conclude by mentioning that approximately 80 years ago, the Indian poet and yogi, Sri Aurobindo, wrote a wonderful letter to a disciple warning him of a host of dangers that can arise in the midst of dedicated practice of meditation.

You won’t find anything even remotely resembling this in any “scientific” study, because we don’t (yet!) have a scientific methodology adequate to the study of such things (remember St. Bernard’s statement that one’s method of study must be “adequate’ to that which one is studying – at least, I think it was St. Bernard of Clairvaux). › 2016/01 › comment-page-1 Don Salmon says: JANUARY 29, 2016 AT 3:06 AM
I wonder if this might not drive everyone here crazy….. but perhaps B.o.B. is not a liar or naive, but a radical empiricist along the lines of William James – he may be giving us a mahamudra view that the earth as flat or round may be a “conventional” truth but on the Absolute level, it is absurd.

See this from Ronald Nixon (a British man who later took the name “Krishna Prem”, the first Westerner to be accepted into the Vaishnava tradition in India and much admired by Ramana Maharshi and Sri Aurobindo)

“It is well that we should find time to pause and remember that the world as a thing in itself has no existence. We mean that there is no such thing as a solid globe of earth, spinning its way on an orbit around another globe called the sun in a detached, self-existing, and quite impersonal manner. Not withstanding all that may be written by scientists upon the nature of such a globe, there is no such thing. .. The descriptions of [the earth] as a globe and as moving on an elliptical orbit are convenient schematizations of our experience, but they are not more than that and should not be taken as such. … There is no floor on which we sit, no paper on which we write, no hand which guides the pen, no separate self which guides the hand… —Sri Krishna Prem, “Philosophy and Religion”

Don Salmon reviewed a product. Mar 11, 2015 Beyond Physicalism: Toward Reconciliation of Science and Spirituality
The most important scientific book of the 21st century
“Beyond Physicalism” – the result of an expansion of the CTR group that produced “Irreducible Mind” – is, I believe, one of the most important signs in recent years of the impending global shift i...

Don Salmon reviewed a product. Mar 12, 2015 Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century - Essential reading if you want to know what mid-21st century science will be like, March 12, 2015 By Don Salmon 
Now that “Beyond Physicalism” (the follow-up book to “Irreducible Mind”) is out, I would strongly recommend readers purchase both books. If you are someone in the intended audience, it’s going to be an enormous help to look at both books together – very much worth the price.

I’ve gone into great detail in my review of “Beyond Physicalism”, so I won’t say more about either book here. I just want to add one thing – I notice a number of reviewers expected a very different kind of book and ended up writing negative reviews as a result of their disappointment.

So you should know – both books are complex. They require a great deal of study. They are not intended to be “practice” or “self-help” books. If you’re looking for something practical (that is, to make personal changes in your day to day life) you probably won’t want to get these books.

However, if you want to see what science will be like by the middle of this century, it’s well worth the money to buy these. I wasn’t so sure when “Irreducible Mind” came out, but now that “Beyond Physicalism” has been released, I can say – at least, based on 45 years of study of these subjects – that this very much represents the leading edge of science. Together, these books represent – to me at least – the best books on the integration of science and spirituality I’ve ever read. Permalink › ... › Hinduism
This is one of the best and most accessible books on yoga and meditation written in the 20th century. Sri Krishna Prem was born Ronald Nixon. A science prodigy, educated at Cambridge, he became the first Westerner accepted into the Vaishnava order (devotees of Krishna) in India. He later developed a universal approach to spirituality, and was much admired by both Ramana Maharshi and Sri Aurobindo. I have shown his works to atheists and Christian theologians, and all have been deeply impressed by his prodigious knowledge and insight.

This book is a collection of essays, mostly written in the 1920s. The title essay, "Initiation Into Yoga," as well as the concluding one, "Religion and Philosophy" were immensely popular in India, as many seekers found themselves perhaps somewhat surprised as native Indians to be seeking out yogic guidance from a European - and a native of the British Empire, no less.

I first came across this book in 1977, and have returned to it regularly over the years. Just a few weeks ago, at a Jungian discussion group here in Asheville, I found that some passages from "Religion and Philosophy" were immensely helpful in clearing up some questions about Jungian archetypes and Platonic ideas. I've found various essays similarly helpful over the years in regard to questions about art, science, politics and many other areas of life.

But most important, reading Krishna Prem clears up so many misunderstandings that us modern folks have about the nature and practice of yoga. If you just spend some time reading the initial essay, you'll discover profundities and depths to the practice of "mindfulness" that are very difficult to find in any of the current literature, even the best such as the writings of B. Alan Wallace.

Once you've read this, if you have a sense of some personal connection to Krishna Prem, you might enjoy Dilip Kumar Roy's book, "Yogi Sri Krishna Prem." It is mostly a collection of letters written between Krishna Prem and Dilip over a period of 20-30 years. If that is not so much to your taste, but you enjoyed this book, I would urge you go to on to read his commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, far and away the best commentary available in English except for Sri Aurobindo's Essays on the Gita, but much easier to understand than Sri Aurobindo's.

i've studied Prem's Gita commentary repeatedly since I first came across it in 1975 and it never fails to amaze. I hope you are able to get at least a glimpse of the beauty and wonder that was (and is!) Sri Krishna Prem. Comment

A very important, well-written and thoroughly enjoyable book, January 4, 2016
By Don Salmon This review is from: Infinite Awareness: The Awakening of a Scientific Mind (Hardcover) Permalink
This is a very important book. It is also a well-written book – and perhaps more important if you’re still not sure whether to buy it, a very enjoyable book to read.

Dr. Woollacutt, from a young age, had a deep interest in exploring the world. For years after becoming a scientist, she combined her exploration of the “outer” world with a deep, meditative exploration of the “inner” world of consciousness. After nearly a quarter century, she began to find ways to integrate these two. This book is the result of her successful efforts at this inner-outer integration.

The book reads as an “inner” adventure story. She shares poignant stories of her childhood and early years as a scientist/ meditator. Then she takes us slowly through a variety of “edge-science” explorations, including near-death experiences, solid, empirical research on “consciousness after death”, scientific explorations of “energy” healing – informed by her own experience, and several other very interesting, thoughtful and provocative areas.

Dr. Woollacutt, throughout the writing of her book, was supported by Ed Kelly’s group of scientists based in Charlottesville, VA. Dr. Kelly has written what I think is the single most important book in science today, “Beyond Physicalism.” His group has been meeting for 14 years, and in the last few years has come up with a well-integrated understanding of consciousness and evolution, inspired in large part by the work of 19th century philosopher/psychologist William James and educator Frederick Myers.

Dr. Woollacutt’s final chapter is a very well-done overview of the understanding that Kelly’s group has come to regarding the relationship of consciousness and the brain, making use of Myers’ and James’ “filter” theory (I might mention here that Bernardo Kastrup, in his unfortunately titled but otherwise very well-written book, “Why Materialism is Baloney”, also presents some very interesting and quite similar views of the consciousness-brain interface.)

This is a thoroughly enjoyable as well as very important book and I strongly recommend that anybody who is conscious and/or has a brain, get a copy as soon as possible!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Tilak, Gokhale, Gandhi, Nehru, and Sri Aurobindo

But you have a lot of interest in spirituality and are a follower of Sri Aurobindo, while Nehru was a committed secular person. Was there never a clash in the two approaches?

Story image for Sri Aurobindo nehru from Outlook
There was a divergence rather than a clash. Towards the end of his life, he was a little more appreciative of the ‘Vedanta’—the Upanishads-which are also my main inspiration. As you know Hinduism comes in a whole variety of moods and impulses and manifestation. He was certainly not religious in the strictest sense of the term. But I remember that when he was opening the  Institute at Trombay—which is now the Bhaba Reserach Institute—he referred to the ‘Trimurti’ across at the Elephanta Caves and said that this too was part of our heritage. If you read his Discovery of India you will find that he had very high regard for the Sankaracharaya etc. So, it is not that he was anti-Vedanta. But he somehow felt the rituals and all that were part of the religion were something that did not interest him. So it was not that he was anti-Vedanta. He had written somewhere that the anthropomorphic concept of God was something he found difficult to accept. But there was no conflict because I knew that is his interest and he knew that this is my interest.

    Nehru's Legacy Has Permeated The DNA Of India”

    What we wanted to do was to revisit the Gandhi and the Nehru legacies, ... But you have a lot of interest in spirituality and are a follower of Sri Aurobindo, while ...
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    The Icon Renaissance

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    There is one set rotting somewhere in the Nehru Memorial Library,” says Ganguly. .... The followers of Hindu spiritual reformers like Sri Aurobindo or Swami ...
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    Jawaharlal Nehru – Busting Myths about the First Prime Minister

    When and how the Jawaharlal Nehru began to be addressed as “Panditji” is, indeed, a matter for ... Netaji, for example, got a First, and so did Sri Aurobindo.
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    Sri Aurobindo Ghose: Great Philosopher and Yogi

    Free Press Journal-17-Nov-2015
    Aurobindo set on a path of spiritual learning and evolution by practicing .... the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the then President Rajendra Prasad. Sri Aurobindo Ghose was an Indian Nationalist, philosopher, Yogi, Guru and Poet.
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    Why Nehru Is No Longer An Icon

    Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru will never recover and retain the Himalayan heights .... from what other Indians like Sri Aurobindo, J.C. Bose and Netaji achieved.

    Marxist historians are perpetrators, not victims of intolerance

    Some years ago, I began studying the Vedas in Sanskrit as part of an examination of Sri Aurobindo'steachings. It soon became clear to me that historical ...
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    Now, historians rise against 'intolerance'

    Deccan Herald-29-Oct-2015
    their age says it all ...dinosaurs ..still dreaming nehru is alive and india is a non .... (Sri Aurobindo India's Rebirth 161,173) Or behold this, written on September ...
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    Dayananda, Aurobindo, Vivekananda and Savarkar: Hindutva's Big ...

    Business Standard-15-Oct-2015
    ... Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. ... was fighting the Nehru dynasty; and Jawaharlal Nehru is remembered more as part of ...
    Story image for Sri Aurobindo nehru from The Hindu

    An interview with Sudheendra Kulkarni

    The Hindu-15-Oct-2015
    The book brings together what Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Sri Aurobindo, Anand Coomarswamy, Maulana Azad, poet Faiz ...
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    The Hindu

    Why bigots must read Nayantara Sahgal's Nehru's India

    Jawaharlal Nehru read history, wrote history and made history. Yet, history has been unkind to him. In surveys asking, who is the best prime minister of India, ...
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    Nehru is still India's best Prime Minister

    Daily Mail-13-Oct-2015
    In surveys asking, who is the best Prime Minister of India, Nehru is placed at number ... Rabindranath Tagore, Sri Aurobindo, Rajendra Prasad, JP Narayan and ...

    Why 'Baahubali' Modi is best thing to happen to India

    Today, which also happens to be the birthday of the great seer Sri Aurobindo, looks like the beginning of a new era for a bruised and battered nation. It's a "now ...

    Quest for Alternative Politics: First 100 days of Swaraj Abhiyan

    ... the successes and failures in realising the vision of Swaraj which evolved during the national movement since the days of Tilak, Sri Aurobindo, Gandhi, Nehru, ...
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    Past time for change

    Calcutta Telegraph-14-Aug-2015
    But I didn't have to read Sri Aurobindo's message to know that the dreams of ... Jawaharlal Nehru famously showed the way with his " Thoda kuch de do" request ...
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    The Hindu

    State celebrates Intl Day of Yoga

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    The office of the Nehru Yuva Kendra, Nongpoh, organized the 'District Level ... Malay Mandal, a renowned yoga expert from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Shillong ...
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    The Indian Express

    International Yoga Day largest expression of unity: Harsh Vardhan

    Zee News-21-Jun-2015
    "World Yoga Day generating tremendous response among Nehru Yuva ... "In land of Sri Aurobindo, Yogananda and many famous Yogis -- Bengal -- I find myself ...
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    The yoga sales pitch

    Daily News & Analysis-10-Jun-2015
    ... and a few decades later it was again articulated by Sri Aurobindo. ... Thankfully, the Indian political class, including Gandhi, Nehru and conservative leaders ...
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    Aryans, Caste, Nationalism, Emancipation

    In the same article, Sri Aurobindo further points out that Indian nationalism ... for the emancipation of Dalits and the Nehru-Gandhi high command backtracking.
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    Re-Defining The Significance Of National Icons

    Google (press release)-01-Jun-2015
    Invocation of Congress icons like Nehru form a part of this kind of a process. ... BJP takes clear recourse to personalities such as Tilak, Sri Aurobindo, Gandhi, ..

    Macaulay Acolytes Halting Transition of Our Heritage

    The New Indian Express-16-Jan-2016
    ... Chatterjee, Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo, Lokmanya Tilak, Subramaniam Bharati, ... That reductionism is now being reversed and Sri Aurobindo's words flow ... Our politicians, reminded Sri Aurobindo, “should always keep in mind the ...
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    National Youth Day: 15 Inspirational Quotes by Swami Vivekananda

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    Ambedkar, Democracy, Upanishads

    One of the earliest and wholehearted supporters of Dr Ambedkar was Shridhar PantTilak, son of Lokmanya Tilak. This brilliant young man defied the trustees of ...

    Ravi Shankar's session in Shillong today

    Assam Tribune-13-Dec-2015
    SHILLONG, Dec 13 - Founder of The Art of Living, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar would be ... 'Leadership, Values: The Way Forward', would be held at the Sri Aurobindo ...
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    65th death anniversary of Sri Aurobindo Ghose: 15 facts you must ...

    India Today-04-Dec-2015
    He got in touch with Sister Nivedita and Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak. He also ... In 1926, his followers set up the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The legacy of the ...
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    Sri Aurobindo Ghose: Great Philosopher and Yogi

    Free Press Journal-17-Nov-2015
    He established contact with Lokmanya Tilak and Sister Nivedita. Aurobindo ... SriAurobindo Ghose was an Indian Nationalist, philosopher, Yogi, Guru and Poet.
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    The real Bhagat Singh: Secular, socialist and tolerant

    Hindustan Times-27-Sep-2015
    ... were conspicuous by their absence from the collage which featured, among others, Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi, Sri Aurobindo and Bal Gangadhar Tilak.

    Quest for Alternative Politics: First 100 days of Swaraj Abhiyan

    ... the successes and failures in realising the vision of Swaraj which evolved during the national movement since the days of TilakSri Aurobindo, Gandhi, Nehru, ...
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    Magna Carta: A True Milestone Or An English Con Trick?

    If the radical group had not acquired a leading role in the freedom struggle, inspired by titans like Bipin Pal, Sri Aurobindo, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Subhash Bose ...
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    Dwaraka to Dakshineswar

    The Statesman (press release)-13-Jun-2015
    Political scientists put the “terrorist” leaders of Bengal, Sri Aurobindo, Bal GangadharTilak and Subhas Chandra Bose in this chain of our freedom-fighters who ...
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    Geography, Culture, Rootedness, A Large Heart

    Vivekananda, Aurobindo, Tilak, Gandhi, Savarkar, Ambedkar. .... In this definition, Sri Aurobindo explicitly states that Hinduism is so-called because of the ...
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    Bhagavad Gita is a formidable weapon against Adharma

    Sri Aurobindo, referring to such a reading of the Gita called it the effects of a ... Interestingly Tilak's prescription for approaching the Gita may be useful for ...
    Story image for Sri Aurobindo tilak from The Hindu

    Individuals and institutions

    The Hindu-23-Jun-2014
    The BJP manifesto of 2009 said: “Leaders like Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Sri Aurobindo, Mahatma Gandhi and others who spearheaded the ...
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    Poet Modi

    Indian Express-08-Apr-2014
    It later talks of the Freedom Struggle making a mention of Vallabhbhai Patel this time besides Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Mahatma Gandhi, Sri Aurobindo and Subhas ...

    India needs another Vivekananda

    Daily Excelsior-13-Jan-2014
    ... which brought men of sterling eminence like Gandhi and Tilak to the scene. It is pertinent to recall what Sri Aurobindo said: “British rule has been the record ...
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    Congress is not a party of Indians

    Take, for example, Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar TilakSri Aurobindo Ghose, Bepin Chandra Pal, Lala Lajpat Rai, who represented 'new Spirit', and Subhas ...

    Aurobindo, Vivekananda and Gandhi too oxymorons?

    The New Indian Express-15-Jul-2013
    It is Bal Gangadhar Tilak, the first Indian to declare “Swaraj is my birth right”. ... Are Vivekananda,AurobindoTilak, Gandhi and all other revered national leaders ...

    Marxist intellectuals appropriate pre-Gandhian freedom fighters

    Lokmanya TilakSri Aurobindo (then Aurobindo Ghose), Lala Lajpat Rai and Sardar Ajit Singh were leading members of the Nationalist party. Within a year of ...
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    Remembering a guru

    The Hindu-16-Aug-2012
    ... contacts with public figures such as Lokmanya Tilak and Sister Nivedita. ... Well-versed in both Indian and European cultures, Sri Aurobindo was proficient in English ... The central theme of Sri Aurobindo's vision is the evolution of human life ...

    Why a Frenchman built a Bhavani & Shivaji museum

    Daily News & Analysis-12-Feb-2012
    ... in Haridwar) which Sri Aurobindo and Lokmanya Tilak wanted to build in Maharashtra 100 years ago. The VIPs then inaugurated three exhibitions: a miniature ...
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    Memoirs of a Hindutva hawk

    We asked our cadres to believe in heroes of the nation like Lord Ram, Lord Krishna, Sri Aurobindo, Lokmanya Tilak and Ramakrishna Paramhans. To some ...