April 13, 2019

I don't know how I managed not ever running into Sri Aurobindo's works all my life


A book comes along once in a way which hits you hard; and this is one of those. I discovered Swami Vivekananda through his Complete Works at the age of 40, and I kicked myself for having missed it for such a prolonged period of my life. I kick myself again after a decade, as I discover another giant, Sri Aurobindo, through his articles, letters, speeches, and conversations. Sri Aurobindo is unfortunately a vaguely known figure in the collective Indian psyche. Most students are dimly aware that he did something for India and spirituality, but that is the beginning and end of their knowledge on Sri Aurobindo. At least that was the case with me in my growing years despite a more than adequate exposure to education and libraries.
It is a loss for us because Sri Aurobindo has a deep relevance to our country and our future. Spirituality defined him, but it was not the spirituality of a renunciating monk. He was rooted firmly in the realities of the world around him; and India’s future worried him. His articles show an unclouded vision of India.  

Assorted tweets:

Introducing you to these two gents: @raptor_fossil,  @viryavaan.
All of us Hindus must read Sri Aurobindo's books. He is afaik the ONLY yogi who has not only not avoided the political theme, he has expressly dealt with it. Not saying though he recommended cultivating anger.
All I can say is, I'm in the process of falling in love with Sri Aurobindo (haven't read a single book of his yet, though) . I don't know how I managed not ever running into his works all my life. 
Rest, I'll let RF and VV add as they have read both.
https://t.co/8HomlS5Plx
https://twitter.com/_blunty/status/1116712744890187777?s=19
Just a friendly caution: Don't debate argue right at the outset. For initial few weeks months, try and absorb whatever gets shared here. 
We all come from certain prior backgrounds. The most common mistake we make is, quickly judge the new using the old
https://t.co/i5ykv0f5Oc

This is how I described my own encounter with Sri Aurobindo for a very long time. Once u pass the event horizon then there is no escaping the Great Attractor.
https://twitter.com/viryavaan/status/1116714949701722112?s=19
Well, I would say because in case of Ramana Maharshi the brevity was necessary for his work and in the case of Sri Aurobindo prolific writing was necessary for his work, since the nature of the work dictates the nature of the action & the means necessary to accomplish it.
https://twitter.com/viryavaan/status/1116715760993357826?s=19
Vivekananda stood for Vedanta but there were extraordinary possibilities for something greater for the future in his exposition of it. Sri Aurobindo represents the full working out of these possibilities. (1/2)
Specifically the emergence of a divine race manifesting the 
Divine Consciousness as human race manifests the Mental Consciousness. The realization of this goal is the object of Sri Aurobindo's Integral (Purna) Yoga or Yoga of Supramental Transformation. (2/2)
Right now the mind can only CONCEIVE of escape as the highest possibility precisely coz we r mental beings. But there r planes of consciousness above the mind which can manifest their own species & world. This is the inevitable destiny of the Earth & the purpose of its existence.
https://twitter.com/viryavaan/status/1116717142370603008?s=19
Sri Aurobindo is like the Himalayan range. U can choose which mountain to scale... even if u read Sri Aurobindo's "Essays on the Gita" for eg. it will b like nothing else u have ever come across on Gita or Indian spirituality for that matter. But some efforts always necessary 🙂
https://twitter.com/viryavaan/status/1116722491966337024?s=19
One can draw an analogy to the Mental force & consciousness which includes everything all the way up till what we normally call God or gods. For a mental being, man and before "man proper" the hominids, to start emerging this force and consciousness had to descend at some point.
https://twitter.com/viryavaan/status/1116760716608819200?s=19
Mental consciousness & force is involved or concealed in all matter... thats y even in animals the mind element is there but still rudimentary. But for the emergence of a mental BEING the force & consciousness must descend & the pressure results in the evolution forward & upward.
Similarly I feel the highest spiritual beings in humanity also there must be elements & fragments of Supramental consciousness. But for a full Supramental BEING to emerge the consciousness & force had to descend, which took place on Feb 29th 1956.
Now for individuals also it becomes possible to open to it. Of course this also requires a lot of preparation & purification. But it is possible now & the force & consciousness wud also work on the world independent of what any individual does to mould the collective from within.
https://twitter.com/viryavaan/status/1116763819072741377?s=19

The spiritual essence of Hinduism has a calming effect on all. It needs no preaching or aggression. Luckily educated non-Hindus know this n reject its dark priests, its new avatars! Sri Aurobindo took the essence n rejected the rest.
https://twitter.com/GoutamGhosal2/status/1116711447508033538?s=19

Sir these are terms specifically used in #SriAurobindo's yoga.. Vital being corresponds with the 'Pranamaya Purusha' of the Upanishads, corresponding to life-energy.. Any want of satisfaction there can produce depression..
https://twitter.com/Auro_Mere/status/1116730228913651712?s=19

SA(#SriAurobindo) used writing as a way 2 express Higher Consciousness physically. Writing helps a lot. Its a SAdhana. What SA teaches is a direct action from Ishwara on de mental,vital & physical. Dis is what Tamil Siddhas taught long ago. Spirituality progresses by opening up+
https://twitter.com/raptor_fossil/status/1116729234725019648?s=19
mind & thus Divinising (if i can say that) it, then divinising the energies/vital, finally the cells themselves, of the body. The obligation/need to die thats present on earth has to be removed-is de teaching of Siddhas. SA came to remind SAdhaks of tht->de ultimate logical+
continuity of any sAdhana has to be 2 remove this need to quit de body. Siddhas like Agastya,Thirumoolar,paambaatti Siddhar etcsaid de same. Ishwara is latent in cells. To 'unlock' Ishwara from cells-is de ultimate aim. Discovery of Self is de 1st step on de way.Thus,where Yoga+
as traditionally understood end,begins the SAdhana of the Siddhas. Ultimately de cells of body get transmuted into their original 'substance'/Ishwara-Tattva/Shiva-tattva casting aside this material cloak that's present on it now: Comparable to Several mutations happening in one+
birth, as it happend to Siddha Ramalinga Swami (https://t.co/Em4KqxH3Te). SV (Swami Vivekananda) gives a hint about sthg tht was revealed to Him at Amarnath. From what He says,i feel He received this JnAna of Deathless Life but He chose to quit His physical body & remain in subtle+
Body 2 help sAdhaks. He is available near de earth for the next (about)1400 years-in His own words. SV helped SA & gave hints at Divinising the body->SA calls it 'supramentalisation' of de body. SA mentions de help He recvd from SV. (End)
https://twitter.com/raptor_fossil/status/1116731521631567872?s=19
I don't know whether He wanted that. But I feel that SA & Mother have 'established' supramental consciousness in matter. So,others can walk de path with relatively less effort.

Limitations of the Mental Power in the Transformation of the Vital and Physical Elements of Existence https://t.co/ufQ5eGHw9Y

Check out this Meetup: Talk on "Contribution of Sri Aurobindo Society to the nation"  https://t.co/YPqLiXIRzT #Meetup #Noida via @Meetup
https://twitter.com/vastusindhu/status/1116572864876961793?s=19

[Theodor Adorno defended obscurity in The Jargon of Authenticity (1964). everyday language reinforces oppressive... In One-Dimensional Man (1964), Herbert Marcuse... And in Monolingualism of the Other (1996), Jacques Derrida defended his own obscure style] https://t.co/9yRaTfv9uh
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[From ancient Chinese clans to the papal lineages of the Renaissance, to American families like the Gores, Kennedys, and Bushes, Bellow explores how nepotism has produced both positive and negative effects throughout history... nepotism practiced well can even benefit society]
https://twitter.com/NathTusar/status/1116626100698746882?s=19

14 great men in pairs John Milton and Milton Friedman, Benjamin Franklin and Walter Benjamin, Alexander the Great and Samuel Alexander, Erasmus of Rotterdam and Erasmus Darwin, Edmund Spenser and Herbert Spencer, Bertrand Russell and Peter Russell, Giordano Bruno and Bruno Latour
https://twitter.com/NathTusar/status/1116415279955881984?s=19

Remembering Aravind N. Das (1949-2000) whose India Invented on DD3 used to be such a breath of fresh air. Also Surendra Pratap Singh (1948-1997) who changed the news scenario with his Aaj Tak. Sensational murder of Irfan Hussain, a fine cartoonist is also etched on the mind still.
https://twitter.com/NathTusar/status/1116224229630971904?s=19

Ancient Egyptian civilization is where the roots of most religions and culture lie but is never discussed much. Most Indian temple architecture and sculpture owe their origin to it. There are much other indebtedness in mythology, legends, philosophy, etc. https://t.co/5rZRUb7fsG
https://twitter.com/NathTusar/status/1115875519336210433?s=19

While Larry Seidlitz lays bare "Sri Aurobindo’s treatment of emotions as the center stage for all suffering, perversion, and obscurity" as well as liberation from them, the elaboration lacks practical utility. Thus reliance on common sense remains relevant https://t.co/4zZIoMwnOr
https://twitter.com/NathTusar/status/967332093725376514?s=19

Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management - Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) Ghaziabad https://t.co/YGoEhdLyp7

“The universe doesn’t seem to care one whit about the fact that we are here—in that sense, we are insignificant” https://t.co/e9rZ1BVZMY
https://twitter.com/five_books/status/1116755454456152065?s=19
“It’s a bit hard to tell what Hume’s own view was. Was he an atheist? Was he an agnostic? Was he a deist? He covers his tracks pretty carefully in the Dialogues.”
Professor Graham Oppy on atheist philosophy of religion. https://t.co/d7FNxh60xH
"Kierkegaard had a huge influence on 20th-century philosophy, but his philosophy is very rich and complex. It has religious, theological, and spiritual dimensions as well as the more forward-looking, modern themes that people might be more familiar with." https://t.co/RretmfFsFs
“I began to realise that failure could be an extraordinary catalyst for self-growth”
@elizabday recommends books to help you cope with failure:
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Essential reading for understanding today's world — a list by (and interview with) @georgemonbiot: https://t.co/y3cm4XrMiJ
Zoology teaches you about the wonders of the living world, but it doesn’t teach you anything else. I was extremely frustrated as a student that my course was so narrow. I wanted to know about philosophy, history, literature and politics.
There were so many other issues, but we were living in a specialist bubble. I think it’s crazy when you’re that young to have to narrow your interests so severely. So, I came out of this elite education knowing almost nothing of the world. Slowly, both through experience and reading during those six years, I began to develop some inkling of an understanding of the world. But that process of education continues to this day.

#ontheshelves in Oxford this week, 'Moral Psychology with Nietzche' by Brian Leiter, which offers a new interpretation of Nietzsche's views on morality and its intersection with empirical psychology https://t.co/MSMt0yeN6R https://t.co/LJhCnBr80R

#MirraAlfassaTheMother #SpiritualTeacher  buy it from Amazon. https://t.co/09eAilrkfm
https://twitter.com/SunayanaPanda/status/1116596612267032577?s=19

#BookReview by Raman Reddy of Auroville – A Dream Hijacked written by Nirmalya Mukherjee https://t.co/KGOSYc7oVC #Auroville #SriAurobindo
https://twitter.com/IndiaFactsOrg/status/1114493620743176192?s=19

The Body Beautiful. An Aurobindonian perspective https://t.co/SJYumeu1aa
https://twitter.com/drsbasu2115/status/1115234062140993536?s=19

'Renaissance' is the monthly e-journal of Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture (SAFIC).Keep visiting the page for many inspirational writings on India, it's culture, religion, philosophy, literature, history, polity and many other aspects.
https://t.co/uenmSZvizF
https://twitter.com/Sampadananda/status/1115627783395401728?s=19

There cannot be a more authentic record than the Reminiscences of Nolini Kanto Gupta who was all along with Sri Aurobindo from November, 1910, onwards except for two or three short spells of absence, and we reproduce long extracts from it.
https://twitter.com/CLINGTOTRUTH/status/1115289845260120064?s=19

What is the nature of #RomanticLove? You'll be surprised at the answer!
Check out the #ReintegrationBlog at https://t.co/SWZGjPCTgU 
#Love #TrueNatureOfRomanticLove #Romance #InnerBeing #InnerPolarities #MergingInnerPolarities #Consciousness #Relationships #PersonalTransformation https://t.co/mu6T2hxedf
https://twitter.com/yreintegration/status/1113757863481151489?s=19

"Being a novelist," declares Pamuk, "is the art of being both naive and reflective at the same time."
https://t.co/DsbDfkUqet
https://twitter.com/Hashestweets/status/1116201930810953731?s=19

It has Abrahamic roots rather than western in the sense of Hellenic or Greco-Roman.This innate character of dominating & exploitation of nature comes from the biblical accounts of creation & genesis. Old Europe or pre-christian Europe was different in that sense
https://twitter.com/WHF_Global/status/1113698995161915392?s=19

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April 04, 2019

No need to hide it under “culture”


Sri Aurobindo reached Pondicherry on this day (4th April) in 1910... His words and vision of India's rise and role in the world manifests with each passing day... https://t.co/fARcggA7Dn

April 4, marks the 109th anniversary of Sri Aurobindo arriving at Puducherry, then Pondicherry. Some glimpses of the Shankara Chetty House where he first set foot and met legends like Bharathiyar : https://t.co/Sh04xXOPXP

It is remarkable how Sri Aurobindo who, shy and reserved by temperament, lived in solitude and seclusion, fully absorbed in his supramental yoga and the whirl and rush of its revolutionary developments, attracted to himself, one after another, so many of the souls who were touched by his light and were destined to be the standard-bearers of his epoch-making spiritual work. When the "Rose of God" blooms can the bees tarry to flock and forgather ? Bulletin 1968 -11
https://twitter.com/CLINGTOTRUTH/status/1113587393884352512?s=19

Which biography of Sri Aurobindo matches this description? Lamentably, perhaps none. Let's hope @SpiritWithBody undertakes ... [too much must not be expected from any humble effort to produce, rather a pleasing but faithful miniature, than a grand and commanding full-sized portrait.]
https://twitter.com/NathTusar/status/1113367087500734465?s=19

Here are the 6 videos that cover the important themes from first chapter of the Life Divine written by Sri Aurobindo titled "The Human Aspiration" https://t.co/fwfPd5rkmr
https://twitter.com/saraswathi/status/1113556689238679552?s=19

#LifeDivine by #SriAurobindo THE EARLIEST preoccupation of 👨in his awakened 💭& , as it seems, his inevitable & ultimate preoccupation,— for it survives the longest period of scepticism & returns after every banishment, is also the highest which his 💭can envisage.+ @Auro_Mere https://t.co/KZPP5wn4Ba
https://twitter.com/Sanjays81301051/status/1113700380095860737?s=19

Aligning to an Adesha, we at Kali’s Brood will undertake a seva to Maa Bharathi, to offer a poem or sonnet everyday to invoke the Mother in Her formidable strains within our individual and National aspirations. May Sri Aurobindo and the Mother guide us all https://t.co/nfIGd676P5
https://twitter.com/kalisbrood/status/1113484255902855168?s=19

Cato Institute’s Senior Fellow Julian Simon, argued that humans would innovate their way out of resource shortages. He believed that people were the “ultimate resource” that would make other resources more plentiful. https://t.co/hyxAAsDlRY
https://twitter.com/saraswathi/status/1108563619904516096?s=19
A new study from Human Progress finds that every additional human being born appears to make resources proportionally more plentiful. Want to find out more? Sign up to join us for our event here: https://t.co/cHu8aq14Du #SimonAbundanceIndex https://t.co/TLiZls6bXg
https://twitter.com/HumanProgress/status/1108557093550915584?s=19
Reading "The Book: the spiritual individual in quest of the living organization" by Garry Jacobs sir. Here's a link: https://t.co/chgUB7UAtL
https://twitter.com/saraswathi/status/1108521708703481856?s=19

The Civilisational Erosion of Bengal: What can be Done about it? https://t.co/VJwu8LxlLw via @dharmadispatch
https://twitter.com/davidfrawleyved/status/1113707778768560128?s=19

Catholic Ashrams: Adopting and Adapting Hindu Dharma, exposed by Sita Ram Goel https://t.co/HD8G6yIgC3
https://twitter.com/davidfrawleyved/status/1113703053180452864?s=19

While Europe is losing its culture and civilization not because of any external threat, India/Bharat is reviving its profound yogic and Vedic traditions, though challenged on all sides. Ultimately the power of the Rishis prevails.
https://twitter.com/davidfrawleyved/status/1113701092490133504?s=19
Bharat is arising with strength and insight for a new era in harmony with its ancient roots. India's dharmic civilisation can once more guide the world. Requires a discerning Rishi vision allied with a Kshatriya determination. Note my book @BloomsburyIndia https://t.co/wyzeouWgwM
https://twitter.com/davidfrawleyved/status/1113509332958756864?s=19
Understanding Hindu Dharma is essential today when there is a Hindu awakening in India and a Hindu diaspora throughout the world, as well as continuing anti-Hindu biases and targeting of Hindus for conversion. Note my book through @BloomsburyIndia https://t.co/cKj5MdkWFc
The myth of Hindu majoritarianism, how Hindus are taught to devalue their profound traditions and accept subordination. My examination https://t.co/Ra21gd5p9q
Bharat is arising with strength and insight for a new era in harmony with its ancient roots. India's dharmic civilisation can once more guide the world. Requires a discerning Rishi vision allied with a Kshatriya determination. Note my book @BloomsburyIndia https://t.co/wyzeouWgwM

Agree. It's a decisive moment in modern Indian History. Either Indians turn their back on their Dharma, or they vote for it https://t.co/iAkgNGi9UD
https://twitter.com/fgautier26/status/1113472869017817088?s=19

The charge of Hindu majoritarianism is just another ploy to keep Hindus from being political, in an era in which all other groups are political, argues @davidfrawleyved — do read https://t.co/E4eAX04U1y
https://twitter.com/gchikermane/status/1113134716260155394?s=19

To my Twitter family: This is inform you that I have been appointed on the Advisory Board of the Eternal Hindu Foundation and also appointed as their Spokesperson. Our vision is to spread the beauty, knowledge and importance of our Vedic teachings & Sanatan Dharma. I'm humbled.
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Nordic nations have ‘disturbingly high’ levels of rape despite being gender equality trailblazers, says Amnesty
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One of the most enlightening thing about living in England is realising how much love and concern for the environment is part of every day conversation - sadly entirely missing in India. We must learn to care for nature. We are at the brink of a natural disaster.
https://twitter.com/HindolSengupta/status/1113466292781109254?s=19

Evergreen Essays: Bengal was under the influence of William Carey https://t.co/NkDFDIYvhJ [the largest slave conquest, Patel & other so-called "leaders" were  a pack of vultures who swooped down on the leftovers of British rule and homesteaded all of it.] https://t.co/GnP3U7pVSt
https://twitter.com/SavitriEraParty/status/1113488593748500480?s=19

Active freedom fighters were from the middle and intellectual classes. Vande Mataram proved a catalyst; evangelism a trigger. Peasants and the poor have no time or energy left to fight. Christian and Muslim intellectuals apparently did not participate in any remarkable numbers.
https://twitter.com/Swami_843/status/1113483505713917961?s=19

The British model of environmentalism is to clean up the dirt and dump it on the rest of the planet. It is as shallow as the eye. They maintain denuded hillsides by rearing sheep, ruining biodiversity. They exterminate all wild life by hunting (Also ruined wildlife in India).
https://twitter.com/vakibs/status/1113648842002583552?s=19
I don’t want to give geographical tags for this specific type of perception. We can call it as Rtambhara Prajña or as Ārya Prajña. Many cultures had this, atleast partially. But even when they lost it, it can be re-acquired. A perennial civilization possesses this without breaks.
https://twitter.com/vakibs/status/1113697609825308672?s=19

The Vedic Evolutionary universality preached by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is for everyone on this planet and not for any particular country or continent. They visualise coexistence of diverse cultures and innovations under the umbrella of #WorldUnion the only viable future setup
https://twitter.com/SavitriEraParty/status/1113722677628424193?s=19

Reading Savitri with Dr Alok Pandey  (TEXT).
"We live in a small and narrow zone of consciousness. We are unaware of the occult commerce of life that goes on... https://t.co/YlTDg3XLRx

The Primary Failure of Religion to Regenerate Mankind https://t.co/EPKi3NLOer
A Spiritual View of Human Existence https://t.co/6obXzwL4zJ

How incompetent men fail their way to the top.  To change the world we have to topple the prevailing #kakocracy
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"In the Renaissance we thought we were masters of our destiny, ‘what a glorious thing man is, with limitless capacities’. But each individual isn't so special; we are shaped by genes, by social trends; individual decision-making is bounded" @nytdavidbrooks https://t.co/y6HyFUt39c

“The Joy of Sex was a seminal book. It not only reflected but created the sexual revolution.”
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The best place you can get my book online is Amazon (for better or worse). You can also check out B&N and Powells online. The reviews are amazing - thank you! Please keep them coming... https://t.co/cVbOwbNBNl
https://twitter.com/jdj_writes/status/1110192664077570048?s=19

The distinct subregional “subaltern God’s” are not that different from similar phenomenon elsewhere in ganga valley and many parts of India. But a lot of those mentioned above were late 18-19th c reinventions or initiations of forms of deities taken from ancient common beliefs
https://twitter.com/dikgaj/status/1113737035842510849?s=19
Shared among a wide Hindu population that stretched all the way from Mathura/Vrindavan to western Assam valley including Bengal. Most deities come from Buddhist reconstructions of shakti hence share features with tantra (a branch of shaiva/shakta adopted & modified by Buddhists)
Jaina adaptation of Vedic, shaiva-shakta, with Buddhist interlude and remnant traces of proto-Hindu tribal deities make up the so called distinctive culture of Bengal deities. It’s over simplification to claim they don’t come from common roots of entire Ganga valley culture.
It’s true that sections of RSS/BJP may wrongly identify their own home base deity/ritual as currently practiced to be the only correct form of Hinduism: but they are making the same error as claiming Bengal deity “distinctions”. They r using a modern snapshot to deny others.
Varanasi shaivism was a key center of tantra in ancient and early medieval: Bengal and Varanasi had very close connections from ancient period. Same for chnadranath range in Assam/Bengal frontier. What u see now us is shattered mosaic snapshot of very ancient commonalities.
Regional supremacists of both ends are using current snapshots to create a superiority distinction narrative suited to maintaining their respective status quo grip on power and benefits. No need to hide it under “culture”.
https://twitter.com/dikgaj/status/1113740734908305408?s=19

The British always had a divided society by class. The majority are quasi-slaves who are ruled by an elite sitting in the towers of London. Today it’s a financial elite and an academic elite. Britain holds top position in both the arenas. In media, it probably beats even the USA.
https://twitter.com/vakibs/status/1113739911948115969?s=19
The Indian elite are still minted to a large extent in Britain. It is pretty terrible. This is why corrupt people like Nirav Modi or Vijay Malya take flight to London, not to the USA. The elite of Pakistan is even more sold out to Britain. That’s why they are in a shittier state.
And replying to Sri Koenraad Elst, the British never left! They still control the intellectual hierarchy in India, as they control
1) Media
2) Academics in universities 
3) Financial capital and investment 
4) International legal institutions 
5) Indian courts (legacy judgements)
https://twitter.com/vakibs/status/1113721441214709766?s=19
Until and unless India has a new constitution that is written in Indian languages and approved by the Indian people through a democratic vote, I am not willing to accept that the British have left. 
They simple didn’t. They just outsourced the job to field workers.
https://twitter.com/vakibs/status/1113721881188884481?s=19

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Animal Instinct and the Advent of Mind in the Evolutionary Progression - Humanity continues to struggle with the issues of why we are alive, what we are to do with our lives and how we are meant to focus and direct our energies....

Proper Humanity and the Fantasy of the Subhuman (Inner Animalities Book Event) -Animal Studies is an interdisciplinary field. And this is one of the things that makes it interesting. But one thing I’ve always liked about its deployment...

Bernard Williams on Amartya Sen's 'Inequality Examined'. - Should we concern ourselves with inequality? If so, why? Suppose there are people like us who earn more or have a better life. Knowing that this is so moti...

Practices of relation: Khawaja and Levene - Noreen Khawaja and Nancy Levene, authors respectively of the recently published books, *The Religion of Existence* and *Powers of Distinction*, engage on...

Life Inside the Global Brain: Nationalism and Transnationalism - In a faux pas now become somewhat infamous, a hapless Flat Earther once boasted that they had “members all around the globe”. A good many people were enter...

Sri Aurobindo and the Nobel Prize - Dear Friends, Deeply impressed by Sri Aurobindo’s The Life Divine, Sir Francis Younghusband had nominated Sri Aurobindo’s name for the Nobel Prize in Liter...

Migration of Richard Marshall’s philosophy interviews to new site - Richard Marshall’s series that interviews contemporary philosophers (including some of our own specialists on India) has moved from 3AM magazine to a new s...

Sri Aurobindo considered the conquest of death to be essential - What is now known as Hinduism was the multiculturalism before the capital M Multiculti of today. What held it together were certain Dharmic values of mutu...

Process of learning - Any subject for that matter must proceed with a conceptual or real framework which one must imitate or reproduce. Then, follow it up with individual impro...

Inner Feelings and Relationships – M.S. Srinivasan - (Harmonious relationship is one of the major aims of collective living. What is the main factor which can bring this harmony to our communal life? It is ...

On new translations in Indian philosophy - One of the immediate frustrations one faces in teaching Indian philosophy is that good translations are sorely lacking, certainly into … Continue reading

From pedagogy to cosmology with A. N. Whitehead - A student in my course this semester asked a great question recently: “How is Whitehead’s cosmology related to his pedagogy?” Many commentators find it str...

Believe in the Vedic Evolutionary ontology of Sri Aurobindo - Tweets in original by @SavitriEraParty and @NathTusar While it's understandable that electoral politics and its compulsions will dominate the national sce...

Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management - Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) Ghaziabad https://t.co/YGoEhdLyp7
Harnessing Western Philosophy for Self-Management
TN Mohapatra SAMSMRITI SAMS Journal 10 (2), 16-17 2016
Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management
TN Mohapatra Nitte Management Review 9 (2), 1-18 2015
https://t.co/35A274GeOu
#MirraAlfassa #SriAurobindo #WorldUnion #SAVITRI
https://twitter.com/NathTusar/status/1105194512983441408?s=19

Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli Haay* Original Hindi Song from Film ‘Anand’ (1971).    Sanskrit Version Lyrics: Dr. Harekrishna Meher (जीवनं प्रहेलिरहो किंरूपा) Sanskrit Singer: Kuldeep Joshi. DDNEWS Channel, Sanskrit Vaartavali, Delhi. YouTube Video : https://t.co/aUOcNgx67Z
https://twitter.com/DrHarekrishnaM/status/1113062261688397825?s=19

March 28, 2019

Sri Aurobindo considered the conquest of death to be essential


What is now known as Hinduism was the multiculturalism before the capital M Multiculti of today. What held it together were certain Dharmic values of mutual respect. Caste etc was not permanent; it came later and it will go now as feudal agriculture is no longer basis of economy.
https://twitter.com/harshmadhusudan/status/1111282079952568320?s=19

Just in:  How to serve, support and help everyone around you selflessly?: Nikhil Chandwani When it comes to serving, supporting and helping people selflessly, we really need to understand what our ‘self’ is in the first place. The word ‘I’ is used by us… https://t.co/WLBuyiV1jp https://t.co/i9sUpGzuAI

"This brutal, fatal, sudden removal of people in whom you are deeply invested is something that she writes about over and over again."
Eminent biographer Hermione Lee considers the best works of Virginia Woolf, who died #OTD in 1941 https://t.co/R2k7PFIxH0 https://t.co/ONhjO20sYH

[Despite inconsistency in statements, it is undeniable that Sri Aurobindo did consider the conquest of death to be essential–as shown by Savitri and his plays and poetry. The conquest of death is clearly central to his vision of the divine life on earth.] https://t.co/V4ZoY6p6XJ

Sri Aurobindo: His Early Life and Entry to Indian Independence Struggle - India's Stories From Indian Perspectives https://t.co/cQRFheFQCX

Sri Aurobindo’s "final dream was a step in evolution which would raise man to a higher and larger consciousness and begin the solution of the problems" https://t.co/hC4bK2ITaC
Such a vision obviously is beyond any particular party or country and can sprout in any corner of world.

Go through this informative piece on the remarkable incidents of Sri Aurobindo's life which led to his entry in the independence struggle of India. #HistoryAwareness
https://t.co/wAT3GjqLFW https://t.co/LQamnURLnU
Sri Aurobindo spent about 9 years in Baroda. His house become Ashram. Powerful presence. Pics by sanjeev nayyar https://t.co/ByrVo3Yc6G @GujaratTourism @integralyog @SACACIndia @sriaurobindo27a @sriaurobindoMaa

Plain & Simple: Impossible to overestimate the importance of Sri Aurobindo https://t.co/OEiPKDh72h
THE MESSAGE OF SRI AUROBINDO: GOD, ROMANTIC LOVE, AND PHYSICAL IMMORTALITY Seth Farber, PhD https://t.co/4G62Sn71lL - https://t.co/iGvavt6NZC - https://t.co/5tomcfp1UC #SriAurobindo

Many RW handles like @sanjeevsanyal @followsanjeev @dharmadispatch apart from @esamskritiindia @IndiaFactsOrg @Pragyata_ @prekshaajournal etc. deal with religion but Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) has been disseminating an Integral view on Sri Aurobindo since 2005. @NathTusar

Tusar Nath Mohapatra: My original contributions to understanding Sri Aurobindo https://t.co/Wkttxi0IMC #SriAurobindo #WorldUnion #Odisha #SavitriEra @NathTusar

Marketime: Physics is the key for prosperity https://t.co/xgiz3tZxZr by Tusar Nath Mohapatra @NathTusar, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad - 201014 [Your Google+ account is going away on 2 April 2019. Downloading content may take time, so get started] https://t.co/GvRJ7aF3yu

Basically, apple is running away from their core business. It's over. Complete Chinese domination coming soon. India should give red carpet welcome to Chinese manufacturers to set up factories in India and create layers of suppliers to feed final production and assembly line.
https://twitter.com/iAsura_/status/1110587566477242368?s=19

Here is a comprehensive list of articles so far: Sorry. Don't mean to impose: https://t.co/ulnL0z0Hbc

Savitri Era Open Forum: Sheer brilliance & ingenuity of Sri Aurobindo's writings https://t.co/IHS2vw3tKQ @NathTusar

Savitri Era Learning Forum: Socrates, Diogenes, Newton, and Voltaire https://t.co/w8sgjc4cBl Henri Bortoft, Iain McGilchrist, and Rosenstock-Huessy https://t.co/k7nLW45Z5V @NathTusar Tusar Nath Mohapatra #ShipraRiviera #Indirapuram #Ghaziabad #SriAurobindo #WorldUnion #FiveDreams

Savitri Era: No need for any temple, ritual, or learning Sanskrit https://t.co/YXkZ8ZxE3H
Authentic worldview and appropriate guidance: @NathTusar Tusar Nath Mohapatra (b. January 22, 1956) #TheMother #SriAurobindo #WorldUnion
No means to produce evidence https://t.co/tZU9i5QE9q

Savitri Era: Islam as an entity or agency is anomalous https://t.co/shDyUFsiWV @NathTusar #SriAurobindo #WorldUnion #FiveDreams

I haven't done this yet, but you might find it interesting to compare Rosenstock-Huessy's "Twelve Tones of the Spirit" to those of The Mother. Rosenstock-Huessy's essay appears as Chapter VI in his book *I Am An Impure Thinker*, available online at https://t.co/CtpcVaecJE

Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF): Henri Bortoft, Iain McGilchrist, and Rosenstock-Huessy https://t.co/k7nLW45Z5V @NathTusar #SriAurobindo #WorldUnion #FiveDreams
Twelve Qualities of The Mother in relation to Sadhana on the Individual and Collective level https://t.co/r7Z8aybMq8


[In The Human Cycle Aurobindo writes about “the Sovereign” and “his Minister” in ways quite parallel to Iain McGilchrist’s “The Master and His Emissary” which reflects the tendency in contemporary psychology to distinguish between the “Self” and the “Ego”] https://t.co/xZ2iZau6Gu

Gang Neher near Muradnagar (UP) hosts many festivals round the year but why no one from the Hindutva camp cares for a facelift of the area is a mystery. High sounding lectures on Dharma are futile if basic facilities are not provided on ground. No one's aesthetic sense is pricked https://t.co/9dfi2PLHPa
https://twitter.com/SavitriEraParty/status/1111299419184349184?s=19

Aurora Mirabilis: Sri Aurobindo's theo-political reconfiguration of Hinduism https://t.co/DtTdut4wrK
[The Making of an Avatar: Reading Sri Aurobindo Ghose (1872–1950): 6 Sep 2018 - Alex Wolfers] #MirraAlfassa #SriAurobindo #IntegralYoga #WorldUnion #SavitriEraDay @NathTusar

The question is why this pathetic need to wallow in the mud of Twitter after having such lofty experiences; the function of a rational posture (self-interest and self-protection) seems to be a reflex action and never vanishes. Further ordinary prudence is vital in initial stages.
https://twitter.com/NathTusar/status/1111564768928772097?s=19

Beautiful. People often mistake ritual fidelity to be a sign of being fixated, not progressive enough. Whilst the true function of fidelity to ritual is to carve grooves within consciousness, pathways of lucid act and thought, layered by faith and inner receptivity..
And in that locus of many attitudes and poises within, come the magic hour, a portal opens..our personal door to vistas higher..the palpable contact, the visitation of Ishwara occurs..then we understand the purpose of fidelity to the ritual, though it numbs the thinking mind..
https://twitter.com/kalisbrood/status/1111561746991312896?s=19

Most of the junk philosophy in AI is just an extension of Christian theology. https://t.co/u9xxhex5Dg
https://twitter.com/vakibs/status/1111562305878347776?s=19

https://t.co/9d3JKh2pCv blog I wrote on occasion of #InternationalWomensDay2019 @ndtv @AartiTikoo @indiandiplomats @Aakash_Ironmann

Freedom, Not Compulsion, Is the Basis of True Spiritual Growth https://t.co/nDrxsBiNlZ

And our bestselling book on @five_books this week was, according to Voltaire expert Nicholas Cronk, “one of the most explosive and controversial works of the European Enlightenment and one of the funniest”:
https://t.co/rGnCGW8Tmm @OWC_Oxford

"What I most disliked about Harvard was that smug assumptions were too often treated as substitutes for evidence or logic. The idea seemed to be that if we bright and good fellows all believed something, it must be true."
https://twitter.com/ThomasSowell/status/1110587969897971712?s=19

This is a common mistake among all levels of intelligence. It only requires ego. “My logic is flawless, therefore I could not be wrong ie. fact. No need to bore my listener with useless detail about its origin, I’ll just start referring to it as written law for convenience sake.”
https://twitter.com/ttdawgtt/status/1110592773994897409?s=19
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A brief sketch of Rousseauism
A brief sketch of Rousseauism, whose organizing idea is probably as old as the historical imagination. It is the idealizing mix of nostalgia and primitivism that envisions life to have begun in some garden of Eden, an orchard of the Hesperides, a Golden Age, or a state of nature that was all peace and prosperity until some moral cataclysm hurled humankind into recorded history.2
Though philosophers, pagan and Christian, flirted with this mirage (there are traces of it in Plato, for example in The Statesman), it belonged mostly with myth and religion, it being understood that philosophy, as per Socrates, was in the business of demonstrating its claims and, as per Aristotle, of matching them with observation. Moreover, modern philosophy championed the humanist idea that human beings can and must reason their way to a better life. To lump all happiness and perfection in some fabled past when man had not yet learned to reason amounted to betraying philosophy’s confident premise.
This betrayal is, one can fairly state, the doing of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Rousseau used the language of philosophy to dignify the pessimistic myth of antediluvian human perfection. “Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains:”3 this is not a thesis which he strove to explain, argue, illustrate, and prove; it is a first principle—to mean, not what logically comes first, as in ancient or medieval philosophy, but what Rousseau intuitively believed to be the starting point of the matter, his heartfelt conviction, the idée fixe from which every fact follows and to which every conclusion returns. This emotional, intuitive apriorism bred fateful habits of the pen in Rousseau, who had no
equal in asserting truths for which his readers learned to expect no verification.
“Nothing is so gentle as man in his primitive state;”4 “Society and laws… irretrievably destroyed natural liberty:”5 these are ideas which, first emitted as hypotheses, have a knack of transforming into truths universally acknowledged within the course of a few sentences. Rousseau is so confident in the world-making power of philosophizing that he avows it openly. It is, he says, “within the province of philosophy…to establish facts” and “these things [i.e., the origin of society, the felicity of savage man, the progress of inequality, etc.] can be deduced from the nature of man by the light of reason alone.”6
In other words, we know that primitive man was happy, hale, and free ... From Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics: JCLA Spring 2019 (42.1)
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Being virtuous
Rousseau strongly believed that human being is naturally good. It implies that kind passions should be much more influential than negative passions, at least in the natural state (Rousseau 1971a, 249). That’s why the civil (social) state has to be strictly linked to the natural state: education could help us to develop kind passions and better control negative passions. However, Rousseau acknowledged that society we are living in is perverting us (Rousseau 1966a, 308). Historical records are usually focusing on social and political evils rather than the basic goodness of humankind (Rousseau 1966a, 308). Realizing good deeds is the way to become a good person (Rousseau, 1966a 325). Practicing virtue is much more important than knowing what it’s all about.
Practicing truth, temperance, and courage makes us virtuous persons (Rousseau 1971, 120). Being virtuous requires to be prudent at any time. Physical courage could always be enlightened by the basic virtue of prudence. Moral courage also implies to remain morally prudent. Moral courage is linked to one’s moral convictions: being morally courageous is being able to safeguard our moral convictions, when facing ethical conflicts and dilemmas. Being morally prudent requires not to embrace a given moral paradigm without unveiling its advantages, challenges, and weaknesses. Ethical leaders who have moral courage (when facing ethical dilemma and conflicts) could reach a more fulfilling psychological development level. They could serve as moral role models. They could even reduce organizational deviance and strengthen organizational ethics and culture (Goket al. 2017, 271).
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Space-time concept has been mathematically, theoretically & experimentally proved as baseless in the published paper "Experimental & Theoretical Evidences of Fallacy of Space-time Concept and Actual State of Existence of the Physical Universe" which is available at the journal site at
http://indjst.org/index.php/indjst/issue/view/2885
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https://groups.google.com/group/Online_Sadhu_Sanga.
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That there is a physical Brownian motion underlying the biological context does not imply that  a dualistic ontology is the natural one underlying this, but very much on the contrary, a supradual ontology, actually an ontoepistemology, a logophysics associated to it is the case. For the curious ones, including the dualistic abiders, you may see the work in append or in www.researchgate. Sincerely
Diego Lucio Rapoport

It could be that mind is something beyond brain. And that something could have come with big bang.  The big bang can "easily" have surprises. 
The very, very nifty thing is that some nice progress is finally happening in our understandings of brains. But the new technologies are still in their infancy. So sadly we need to be somewhat patient. But new ideas regarding quantum mechanics is always welcome. Stan

March 23, 2019

Socrates, Diogenes, Newton, and Voltaire


Book recommendations collated from Twitter:

"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values" by Robert M. Pirsig
"Tao Te Ching" by Lao Tzu
"Siddhartha" by Hermann Hesse
“The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature” By Steven Pinker
“Cleopatra: A Life.” By Stacy Schiff
“Cloud Atlas: A Novel.” By David Mitchell
“The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations On Wisdom, Perseverance, And The Art Of Living.” By Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman
“Foundation.” By Isaac Asimov (and all of its follow on books)
“Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman.” By James Gleick
“Ghostwritten.” By David Mitchell
“The Lessons of History.” By Will and Ariel Durant
“Letters of Note.” By Shaun Usher
“Money: A Suicide Note.” By Martin Amis
“The Razor’s Edge.” By W. Somerset Maugham
“The Road.” By Cormac McCarthy
“Rules for Old Men Waiting: A Novel.” By Peter Pouncey
“The Screwtape Letters.” By C.S. Lewis
"Twins: And What The Tell Us About Who We Are.” By Lawrence Wright
“What do You Care What Other People Think?” By Richard P. Feynman
“When Breath Becomes Air.” By Paul Kalanithi
“Wolf Hall: A Novel.” By Hilary Mantel
"Zorba the Greek." by Nikos Kazantzakis
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" by Richard P. Feynman and Ralph Leighton

Hpmor by @ESYudkowsky
Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance by Robert Pirsig
The entire incerto series by @nntaleb
Moonwalking with Einstein by @joshuafoer
The flinch by Julien Smith

12 Rules for Life - Jordan Peterson

The Righteous Mind, Jonathan Haidt, and 6 Pillars of Self Esteem, Nathaniel Branden

The Road Less Travelled - Morgan Scott Peck; The Longevity Project -  H. S Friedman & L.R Martin; The Power of your Subconscious mind -  Joseph Murphy; 12 Rules for Life - Jordan Peterson.

Super System - Doyle Brunson

Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Farewell To Arms
The Prophet

The Greatest Salesman in the World - Og Mandino

The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts

Innovator's Dilemma
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Fooled By Randomness
Black Swan

Diggin the zen vibe, Siddhartha was a nice quick one. If you like those, Zen Miracles by Barbara Shoshana is an excellent book that does well in explaining both the spiritual philosophies, instruction, and reasoning for physical practice. Love your son’s podcast!

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracian

“As the crow flies” John Grisham — though it’s fiction it changed the course of my career. I read it in the second year of my engineering course and moved focus to business
“8 habits of highly effective people” Steven Covey — circle of influence /1
“The Dao of Capital” Mark Spitznagel for the introduction to the Austrian school of economics
“Economics in one lesson” Henry Hazlitt for more on Austrian economics
“Most important thing” Howard Marks /2
“Am I being too subtle” Sam Zell
“Thinking in Systems” Donella Meadows
“The Ocean of Churn” Sanjeev Sanyal
“Sapiens” Yuval Noah Hariri
“India After Gandhi” Ram Guha
All books by Bill Bryson and PG Wodehouse
Last but not least “The Holy Bible”

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Alchemist- @paulocoelho
#Mahabaratham

The Four Agreements, and The Celestine Prophecy.

“Meditations” Marcus Aurelius

“The Road Less Travelled” by Scott Peck
“The Obstacle Is The Way” by Ryan Holiday

The road less stupid - Keith Cunningham
Frogs into princes - Richard Bandlor
Laws of success - Napoleon hill
The owners manual for the brain
A happy pocket full of money
Principles - Ray Dalio
Blink - Malcom gladwell

Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
The emperor of all maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Mindset - Carol Dweck

The Richest Man in Babylon

Think and grow rich, Napoleon Hill

Meditations By Marcus Aurelius. The War Of Art by Steven Pressfield. On The Shortness Of Life by Seneca

Atlas shrugged

Rational Male Positive Masculinity & Preventive Medicine by Rollo Tomassi.
 48 Laws of Power & The 50th Law by Robert Greene

Mans search for meaning - victor frankl

Thinking Fast and Thinking Slow by Kahleman

Future shock
Power of now
Who moved my cheese
1984
Outliers

The Big Short
Open
Life 3.0

Why Nations Fail
Thinking Fast and Slow
Thinking In Systems
The Elephant In The Brain
The Power Of Habit
Sleight Of Mouth

Siddharth by Herman Hesse.

Sapiens by @harari_yuval, that was a masterpiece!

Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The drunkard's walk: how randomness rules our lives by Mlodinow

Seeking wisdom from Darwin to Munger

Man's Search for Meaning Viktor Frankl

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Man’s search for meaning by Victor Frankl
The Bhagwad Gita
Market Wizards by Jack Schwager
Spark by John Ratey

'How to win friends and influence people' - Dale Carnegie
'Sapiens'
'Magic of thinking big' ,
 'Purple Hibiscus' - Chimamanda Adichie,
'Joys of motherhood' - Buchi Emecheta
'Rich dad poor dad' - Robert Kiyosaki

tao te ching, walden, art of war

Lateral Thinking by Edward De Bono

Think and grow rich
Man’s search for meaning
The 48 laws of power
The secret teachings of all ages
Autobiography of a Yogi

Gifted hands-Ben Carson, the richest man in Babylon, the secret- Rhonda Byrne, Rich Dad poor Dad- Robert kiyosaki, Why we want you to be Rich: two men one book-Robert kiyosaki & Donald Trump, the Holy Bible, the miracle meal- David Oyedepo

The alchemist. Rich dad, poor dad. 12 rules for life by @jordanbpeterson

The Book of Ecclesiastes: vanity of vanities, all is vanity. For a book in the Bible, it’s surprisingly almost nihilistic at times. I like to go there at times to “stay grounded” and to not take things so seriously all the time.

Subtle art of not giving a fuck, I'm on seventh chapter right now but it definitely changed how I think about the world thanks  @IAmMarkManson

“The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are” by Brené Brown

Wright Brothers by David McCullough.

Gates Of Fire by Steven Pressfield

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Thus Spoke Zarathustra... The Old Man And The Sea....

Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach, Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, & Wired for Love by Stan Tatkin

Also Utopia by Thomas More.

The Inner Game of Tennis
 - by Tim Gallwey @the_innergame
Hint: the Inner Game of Tennis is not really about tennis. https://t.co/DrKHCBiJ1r

“Sapiens” and “Homo Deus” by Yuval Noah Harari .... “The Smartest Guys in the Room” by Bethany McClean and Peter Elkind... “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien .... “Inside Delta Force” by Eric L. Haney

The art of war by sun tzu
The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman

David Deida's The Way of the Superior Man.

Commentaries on Living - J Kirshnamurti

The Millionaire Next Door.  Read it in college and has dictated my financial philosophy since

We Are The Builders Of Our Fortunes by Ralph Waldo Emerson ...

“Antifragile” by Nassim Taleb

The GoGiver - Burg and Mann
Mastery - Robert Greene
48 laws of power - Robert Greene

The Power of Habit, Rich Dad Poor Dad and more here:

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda.  Universal Message of Bhagavad Gita by Swami Ranganathanandaji
Swami Ranganathananda "Science and Religion"
The secret life of plants by Christopher Bird & Peter Tompkins
Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav
Atmabodha by Swami Nikhilananda
Tattvabodha by Swami Sunirmalananda
Erwin Schrodinger "What is life"
The Tao of Physics Dr Fritjof Capra
Sir Arthur Eddington "Space, time, Gravitation" and The philosophy of physical science
The living brain by William Grey Walter

"The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself" - Michael A. Singer
"The Way of the Superior Man" -David Deida

Confessions by Saint Augustine

1. Pushing to the Front (Orison Swett Marden). Currently reading.  Amazing.
2. Discipline Equals Freedom (Jocko Willink)
3. Siddhartha (Herman Hesse)
4. Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
5. As A Man Thinketh (James Allen)
6. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)

About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior by Col. David H. Hackworth. Thank you to @jockowillink

‘Die Unendliche Geschichte’, ‘The Black Swan’, ‘The Bible’(especially The Book of Job, The Sermon on the Mount and 1 Corinthians 13), ‘The Name of God is Mercy’, ‘Le Petit Prince’, ‘Spark Joy’, The Prophet’ and ‘Rebirth’.

To those who seek Truth, I reccomend; From Poverty to Power by James Allen 1907

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
How to Win Friends and Influence People

‘What Do You Care What Other People Think’ -Richard Feynman

Tribe of Mentors, The Crossroads of Should and Must, Born to Run, Man’s Search for Meaning..... and many more

The White tiger by Aravind Ediga....

The inner game of tennis

The art of the interview Lawrence Grobel

"Rapt" - Winnifred Gallagher

All of you Malcolm Gladwells books too.

The power of subconscious mind - James Murphy the first one i read in my life...

“Why We Sleep” by @sleepdiplomat Matt Walkar

“Dip Into Oneness ”had a profound impact. https://t.co/wBl3RfsT5g

The Prince, by Macchiavelli
Anti-Machiavel, by Frederick the Great

Here's a couple short/powerful reads:
The Gentle Seduction by Marc Stiegler
The Bed of Proscutes by Nassim Taleb
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Boy's Life by Robert R McCammon, the last 5 pages make me cry every time. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy kicks my head in with truth every time. Pet Sematary by Stephen King remains the only book that actually scared me to lights on sleeplessness.

Inadequate Equilibria by Eliezer Yudkowsky

The Last Lion (trilogy of Sir W Churchill)

Bastiat - The Law (essay)

The One Thing
-
Gary Keller, Greg Papasan

‘The Bed of Procrustes’ by Nassim Taleb

~Handbook to (higher?) consciousness.
~The fortune teller (aka=why me?)
~Hsps in love
~Driven to distraction
~screamfree marriage/parenting
~Pluto
~Light Emerging
~the honeymoon effect
~raw food for real people
~misdiagnosis
~vegan for life ~evie's kitchen
~indigo children

Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason”
Nietzsche’s “Beyond Good and Evil”
Plato’s “Republic”
Aristotle’s “Nicomachean Ethics”
Leo Strauss’ “The City and Man”
C. S. Pierce’s essay “On a New List of Categories”

'On The Genealogy of Morality' by Friedrich Nietzsche.

Spiritual:
Jesus, Moses, Paul, and John.

Secular:
David Bohm (his book "On Dialogue"), Erwin Schrodinger, Paul Dirac, Neils Bohr, Albert Einstein, and Nikola Tesla.

The monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma this book taught me to enjoy journey

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie and How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie

Bhagavad Gita for Modern Times by Swami Sadashiva Tirtha
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

"The Purpose-Driven Life" - Rick Warren.

The Final Fight by @Shane_Hunter_X and Persuasion Secrets of the World's Most Charismatic & Influential Villains by @BenSettle

Book#1 - Shane https://t.co/DGA8C5jS6k
Book#2 - Ben https://t.co/kep9NOikBu

"Finding your own way: The discipline of transcendance"
&
"Fear: Understanding and accepting the insecurities of life"
 by #OSHO

Inner engineering @SadhguruJV

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism Paperback – March 22, 2016

To be acquired
1. Elements of Discrete Mathematics, C.L. Liu
2. Discrete Mathematical Structures with Applications to Computer Science,
Jean-Paul Tremblay and Ram P. Manohar
3.. An Introduction to Data Structures... https://t.co/tZvLjG8SvG
https://twitter.com/jhalaklive/status/1065253039144165376?s=19

Some books listed already are excellent but one that was gifted by a friend is an old book first issued in the 1940's, 'I Dare You!' by William Danforth. The language 'dates' it but the messages on self improvement are timeless. Here is a free .pdf https://t.co/uGODUywh0p
https://twitter.com/ddsoffice/status/1047344560123273216?s=19

Progress and Poverty by Henry George. The greatest American thinker nobody has ever heard of. Reverting to classical economic thought and applying his Land Value Tax theory, i was able to see the cat. Once you see the cat you always can see the car
https://twitter.com/beezerism/status/1047343339102724097?s=19

Pollyanna and The Little Prince..they are simple books but both remind me of simple things in life to be happy about that most people forgot to do or think in this huge and complicated world..
https://twitter.com/kmikze02/status/1065086089617002496?s=19


If you really want to understand the philosophical underpinnings of the anti-liberal camp in its full glory, you ought to read the book by James Buchanan:  Liberty, Markets & the State.  It takes a bleak & reductionist view of humanity but believes in free enterprise & markets.

Top Startup Books

1. Venture Deals - @bfeld
2. The Hard Thing About Hard Things - @bhorowitz
3. Zero to One - @peterthiel
4. Startup Communities - @bfeld
5. The Lean Startup - @ericries
6. High Growth Handbook - @eladgil
7. Founders at Work - @jesslivingston

Any suggestions?
https://twitter.com/jamesg_oca/status/1064563733593300994?s=19

Principes - @RayDalio
Start with Why - @simonsinek
Drive - @DanielPink
Tools of Titans - @tferriss
The Daily Stoic - @RyanHoliday
Antifragile - @nntaleb
The Power of Habit - @cduhigg

The Messy Middle by @scottbelsky
Blitzscaling by @reidhoffman and @chrisyeh

Scaling Up and The Power of the Other
1. 4 Steps to the Epiphany
2. Business Model Canvas

“It’s tough to understand that an algorithm is just a recipe, and even tougher to come up with new recipes yourself”
Want to finally learn how to code? Check out the best books on computer science and programming, recommended by @MIT's @anabellphd: https://t.co/LMKtxRaste

“The reception of Newton in continental Europe is largely on account of Voltaire’s book.”
Nicholas Cronk on the best books to read for an understanding of Voltaire: https://t.co/OC9cw73QjR

“Some treat him as a martyr; some treat him as a philosophical enigma, some as a hero”: MM McCabe (@kingsphilosophy) recommends the best books for understanding Socrates https://t.co/R5CUm3w1R0

"Both narrative and conflict are the products of civilisations. Once you start building cities, having private property, creating hierarchies, etc, then the inescapable fact is that conflict will occur."
@chiggi on the Greats of Classical Literature. https://t.co/4vn8zlToNz

Do you think that entire field of linguistics exists to prove that someone moved into India and that's the sole reason that they study languages? You think their is no link between any languages?
https://twitter.com/AakashS98579231/status/1106726390693593089?s=19
But what do you think is reason west overtook us in science, social egalitarianism and economic prosperity?
https://twitter.com/AakashS98579231/status/1106968950972342275?s=19
But Newton didnt experience all this and we did why west saved itself from onslaught of islamic invaders and we didnt?
https://twitter.com/AakashS98579231/status/1106983782765248512?s=19
Their is something good and resilinent in values that made west resisit Islamic onslaught and made it most prosperous civilization right now, we have our strength too not too bad to learn good from others who have succeded.
https://twitter.com/AakashS98579231/status/1107268917670617088?s=19
And on brits and US, their is papers upon papers and a general consensus among economists that much of their wealth is not built upon slavery or colonialism but after free market economic system emanating from Austrian School of Economics.
https://twitter.com/AakashS98579231/status/1107355515800162305?s=19
Brits are not only Europeans, Irish were themselves a british colony, richest country in europe right now same goes for much of Scandinavia, I dont understand this myopia of certain sections of right to refuse to find anything good in anyone except Indians, baffling.

List https://t.co/69hgFU2pq8
@swaraj_india You may be interested in this list: http://t.co/bVbjriR1 You were discussing nationalism the other day...

@orsoraggiante @swaraj_india Okay. Sri Aurobindo and Karl Marx by DP Chattopadhyaya is an excellent & encyclopaedic treatise in that genre.
https://twitter.com/SavitriEraParty/status/233879206105321473?s=19

Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF): Henri Bortoft, Iain McGilchrist, and Rosenstock-Huessy https://t.co/k7nLW45Z5V @NathTusar #SriAurobindo #WorldUnion #FiveDreams 
Twelve Qualities of The Mother in relation to Sadhana on the Individual and Collective level https://t.co/r7Z8aybMq8