Our “Indian” nationalism is not exclusionary. Our freedom fighters didn’t hate even the British - just wanted them to leave. The Indian republic is founded & runs on liberal nationalist values. In India, it is the politics of exclusivist nationalism that is the aberration.
What we understand by “liberalism” owes itself to John Stuart Mill and his father James Mill, both of whom hated India. As employee of East India company, James Mill wrote a biased history of India. Calling our own freedom movement to fit within those terms is a disgrace.
Current Indian Republic is a continuation of the ancient republics, this is why the word “Gana Rājya” was consciously used. It is not a system made by British colonizers. Indians are citizens, not subjects. However, our state institutions are not sufficiently decolonized yet.
The ghost of James Mill is still haunting our educational institutions, our intellectuals, and most disgracefully, our judiciary. It needs to be exorcised. We must define our ideals from our own culture, through Indian words. Not borrow them from problematic colonial history. https://t.co/6LeMVq9Mhy
So called RW of India will not sit until they popularise BDutt’s new channel- such is our fascination for these compromised folks that we make them hero- from scroll to wire to print and now Tiranga- all owe their popularity to us & we just refused to learn/ pathetic!
Utopian as it may appear, such schools do exist. And not just in Scandinavia where all good things dwell, but very much here in India. There’s the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, in Puducheri, the Last School in Auroville to name a few...
@GoutamGhosal2 When it's about Sri Aurobindo philosophy Sir Goutam Ghoshal seems to be an epitome. Even a very short conversation with him makes you learn so much things which will remain valuable for the rest of your life. Thank you so much, Sir.
But which rituals are crude & which are not? Has Sri Aurobindo specified anywhere? And just because certain things are not necessary for the very specific purpose Sri Aurobindo had in mind for his yoga, would that automatically make them all "crude"?
In what little I have read so far I have not come across anything negative Sri Aurobindo had to say about any such "crudities". That's y when his teaching is characterised in that manner it sounds to me like we may ourselves be reducing it to a kind of Aurobindonian sectarianism.
True. But "beyond all religions" can be said of any Hindu/Indian spiritual luminary starting from the Rishis of India & including those around whom many religions have formed, e.g. Shiva, Krishna, Rama or Buddha or Ramakrishna. And even these just scratch the surface.
I agree in places Sri Aurobindo does mention superficial accretions, eg the quote in which he refers to the Hinduism "that takes its stand on the kitchen". But he never dwells on these issues. Rather it is malicious people like Peter Heehs who exaggerate them out of all proportion
And the immeasurable Hindu phenomenon is nothing if not a vast network of free traditions emerging growing colliding combining separating evolving ... often in very unusual & sometimes in not very comforting ways...
If we are not careful to be circumspect we will end up denouncing the very richness that makes it what it is. Even in Hinduisms shallow & stagnant puddles we cud find outlets to oceans of significance & wonder. Sri Aurobindo himself found living divinity in an ordinary Kali idol,
Yes yes..based on your responses we accept you in the club of Association of Aggrieved Disciples of Sri Aurobindo...our principal and only goal is Mother..we will put our issues to Her..in hope that Master would tweak His methods, which we deeply and sincerely disagree with..
Yes Sir..but now Sri Aurobindo guides all who would follow the old Aryan Dharma and can fight for the greater future to be..now its no more the responsibility of Bengal alone, all Aryavarta must rise..each son and daughter of Ma Bhavani must play their role
TamBrahms did make a sort of a come back in the INA but that was at the fag end of the freedom struggle. I am guessing that the movement never really recovered from the death of Subramanya Bharati [to give a comparison, he is the south Indian Aurobindo Ghosh].
A minor but important clarification please: Although, he was named Arabinda, his name appears as editor of Arya in 1914 as Sri Aurobindo Ghose. Subsequently however he signs as Sri Aurobindo and his books are published under this adopted name (as one composite word: श्रीअरविन्द).
Founding of Savitri Era Learning Forum (2005), Savitri Era Religion (2006), and Savitri Era Party (2007) has liberated The Mother & Sri Aurobindo from earlier narrow representations and ownership. Twitter facilitating such dissemination is certainly in the evolutionary direction.
Seven years on Twitter has been revealing in several ways. Honesty of intellectuality has no meaning; blatant partisanship is the name of the game. So this handle and @NathTusar can claim to be objective, educative, and examples of sobriety and civility. #MyTwitterAnniversary
Repeating some methodological planks: Heehs imbroglio exposed ideological bankruptcy and ethical vacillation of a large number of long time Sri Aurobindo scholars. So what I say under SEP are my own formulations which may or may not match Sri Aurobindo's published pronouncements.
Muscular Hindutva has posed a great challenge to civilisational values and both Nehruvian and Marxist paradigms have collapsed like a house of cards. Sri Aurobindo was prescient enough to produce an antidote a century back. Tactical maneuvering is not abnormal in a war situation.
In spite of myriad similarities among them, European nations are separate. Indians likewise should respect their linguistic identities so that the States get sovereignty and Democracy, Development, and Governance reach the grassroots by burying the British legacy of a vast empire
A very un-Aurobindonian concept. A federal union with powers at the local panchayat level is Aurobindonian vision. (Even Gandhi's vision is similar). India as a Nation has a collective purpose and soul. Sovereignty should b at national level wid more power to state and panchayats https://t.co/0nwVEe0nNF
another thing i love about Sri Aurobindo is that how clearly he tries to bring us together as a nation while never falling into the subaltern trap(which is now a major field of study) of we are many countries in one. https://t.co/AvIM0ho2nz
@HTBrunch Book 27: Essays On Gita by Aurobindo Ghosh. A masterly exposition of the Bhagavad Gita. It was after reading these essays, in particular, that in the 1930's President Wilson's daughter went to Sri Aurobindo. #BrunchBookChallenge #BrunchBookChallenge2019 https://t.co/s5N5DdyEih
Twitter trads can actually influence people & seed the agenda here, if they were not pointlessly aggressive & over competitive all the time. I understand where you are coming from but the point of religion is to subvert base instincts while finding safe outlets for natural ones
I have once sort of suggested that Hindu orthodoxy’s rigid views on love & relationships alienate younger folk. I said that biological forces naturally at work are stronger than any religious belief. Some twitter “trads” see me with murderous intent ever since.
more than mirrors, others eyes and words complimenting people even if they themselves consider themselves ugly looking, is more precious to all - across the gender-board.
Hard to believe. Half the over 40 women in the US are juggling kids and jobs and desperately looking for some guy to replace their husbands who ran off with his 25 year old secretary because she has an unlined face and her boobs haven't sagged. I'm not being mean, I knew several https://t.co/LKJ3FqQn9w
I'm flattered, but you greatly exaggerate my influence. Columnists matter little in India. Foreign ones matters even less.