July 14, 2019

It's literally the edge of our collective knowledge

Assorted tweets:

We are heading for one party rule.  It has nothing to do with Hinduism and everything to do with Muslim appeasement.  Nazism in new form.  Hindus! Can you find a militant leader to defend yourself?

Hate crimes and moral policing can hurt economic growth, says Indian industrialist: https://t.co/F7kyDEFOgy | I doubt that it's a factor of much concern but sure, no reason to have such incidents happen either
Adi Godrej's remarks on the current state of India are not the first criticism from a corporate leader of what the BJP is doing to India. Some examples follow: 1/n

Skill India is barking up the wrong tree: https://t.co/LdjKIxyk5K | Succinct and lucid piece by @anuraag_saxena, though I suspect the inertia is due to apathy and politics rather than ignorance

Don't believe that caste is dead. It is a dark time to be in India, particularly if you are a woman - @bainjal https://t.co/1Ost4jNXyE

Ananya Vajpeyi reviews A.G. Noorani's new book "The RSS: A Menace to India" in The Hindu: https://t.co/8XBrdgFLI3

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The culture of India, like the country itself, is indivisible & timeless. Just like its indivisible geography stretches from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Indian culture too represents this indivisible continuum from the Rishis up to Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. https://t.co/7brZOStSMu


Do read today's Indian Express Eye. For a moon lover like me, it's an issue to read and cherish and save for posterity. Poetry, science, film and music. It has everything. Esp precious that I know the effort behind it, @Poojaspillai #IndianExpressEye https://t.co/C7PMpB6Dun
Gulzar-I think I have a copyright on the Moon #SundayReading https://t.co/Oj8ceiYDMD https://t.co/k90JGitfXc

Odyssey, Tempest, Robinson Crusoe, Lord of the Flies..: @nachristakis fascinatingly studied real shipwreck survivors & how some (not all) avoided violence: Good leadership, mild hierarchy, friendship, cooperation.  https://t.co/Hn1D4NoPUC

A labour of love, this riveting list of 1150 free films! @openculture is a gold mine. A mix of first prints, ditched releases, debuts, shorts, adaptations, experimental, avant-garde, cult, margin, award-winners, forgotten, failed, real, noir, and surreal. https://t.co/6tSCRAJzxN

Some writers’ works the films are based on: e.e. cummings, Anton Chekhov, Franz Kafka, Edgar Allan Poe, Alexander Pushkin, Vladimir Nabokov, Ray Bradbury, Ernest Hemingway, Anthony Burgess, and Somerset Maugham
The quirky, fearless madness of cinematic genius. An ocean. Waiting.


Name your 5 favourite thrillers you've watched. In any language.

Beautifully illustrated story on Janaki Ammal, Botanist and Cytogeneticist https://t.co/tahQxRVJWD

Baji Prabhu Deshpande's epic last stand inspired many nationalist leaders too. Aurobindo composed a English poem in his honor, while Veer Savarkar wrote a famous ballad on him in Marathi, to rouse the people against British rule.

Sri Aurobindo's powerful poem is the still the best I have read on the heroic sacrifice of Baji Prabhu! https://t.co/hxo5aI2Z8S https://t.co/6DrfKO2Y8g

Indeed. And when we wake up to this glorious poetry of Sri Aurobindo we will find India produced the greatest English poet of the 20th century. It took the English 400 years to discover Shakespeare’s genius so I guess we have to be a wee bit patient...:) https://t.co/0NgrKQWiC0

I will forever appreciate the syncretic culture of India and how Mughal era is part of India’s fascinating history and the art&culture that they introduced India too. But to say they made India rich is a false narrative & white washing a lot of history.

Islam turns its followers into zombies, which makes them amenable to control. One lever to influence millions, especially the uneducated among the Muslims. Congress exploited this, cannily positioning itself as Islam friendly while keeping the Muslims impoverished and uneducated.

Jadunath Sarkar - "The glitter of gems and gold in the Taj Mahal or the Peacock Throne ought not to blind us to the fact that in Mughal India, man was considered vile;"
(Source: A short history of Aurangzeb) https://t.co/potc24aYTo
Sarkar continues "The mass of the people had no economic liberty, no indefeasible right to justice or personal freedom, when their oppressor was a noble or high official or landowner; political rights were not dreamt of.."

60) Hymns 383 - 388 (Verses 3,840 - 3,913): Description of Rig-Veda, Mandala 05, Sukta 029 to 034 (all hymns addressed to Indra); with #SriAurobindo's words on the true psychological significance of Indra https://t.co/mAbSjSoLSM


Mortal Life and the Pursuit of Immortality, Part 2 https://t.co/TSIPhM70uN

Working through Kumārila on upamāna this past week has highlighted for me just how far the field of Indian philosophy has to go in terms of spadework. Imagine if we had essentially one major English translation of (some of) Aristotle’s works.
The chapter on upamāna (the epistemic instrument responsible for knowing similarity) is intimately connected with discussion about perception, memory, language, inference, and metaphysics. Yet there are just a handful of treatments of it, none comprehensive.
And this is the case for so many other parts of Kumārila’s corpus, as well as so many other thinkers.

Yesterday I offered to share some writing advice that has worked for me, & it garnered a lot of interest! So I'm going to share it here in a thread instead of individually by email because we can all agree that academic writing is HARD! So here we go #phdchat #AcademicTwitter
3-Writing your dissertation or a manuscript is hard because no one has ever been where you are. No one has ever written about it in the way you're going to. It's literally the edge of our collective knowledge or else you wouldn't be writing it. https://t.co/IcFCbzwqQw https://t.co/bntZ79rU1s
Ok, other people to follow for great writing advice - @StephenBHeard, @raulpacheco, @thesiswhisperer are my favorites, but if you have more, please add them here! Another great blog post is - https://t.co/IwwTyv8ttm. Ok Twitterverse, good luck & get writing!

Terrific ongoing talk by Beverley Glover, Cambridge Univ on nanostructures that underlie biological patterns in plants and animals @Beverley_CUBG #hfspmtg https://t.co/y9L1zLOpUe

The word ‘parva’ means a span between two nodes of a sugarcane. Just like the span between nodes in a sugarcane stalk, so also is the role played by the parvas in the Mahābhārata.
Mahābhārata and its Place in Indian Culture – Part 2 https://t.co/GdQ3eEIFSZ

Modi govt is in the right track; trying to be true to Constitution even at the risk of diluting many of party bastion. Such a clear headed policy is admittedly daring and admirably refreshing. Many would suspect carrot and stick but from all appearances, intentions seem genuine.
Hope you have chanced upon this handle.
Rainbow & the Other: Cultures in danger of being eradicated https://t.co/wl1QO3bELR @NathTusar, Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF), Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad-201014 (U.P.) #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
Savitri Era of those who adore,
Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

July 10, 2019

Latin university motto is similar to Chinese tattoo

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"Education" policies have always been & will be about mass literacy. It's about numbers & creating future "workforce". Hence, Govts should be kept out of education. Education is & must be the function of households & communities if we must transmit/protect anything of real value.

No matter which political party is in power, one cannot let them have power over one's children and family. 
Your children becoming the children of the state is communism's dream.
Sadly, many Hindu parents have given up the power to raise their own children and cry foul now!!! https://t.co/Yy4r6JDYwX

Hindus writing books/novels based on our puraaNaas and itihaasas in English today:
Let's not hold each other to high standards or any standards for that matter. You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours! Together, we'll become or just declare ourselves "best-selling authors"!!!

universities: we have an impressive Latin motto.
also universities: we cut the entire classics department.


The Latin university motto is the analogue of the Chinese tattoo: its wearer has no idea what it means, but thinks it brings street cred.

Went to Auroville of my own volition and may have slightly warmed up to Aurobindo; perhaps it has its own place. But that place certainly wasn't Indian Lit 😶

Devotees and admirers of Sri Aurobindo: Deport Peter Heehs and his supporters from India - Sign the Petition! https://t.co/jMmRngiQGd via @ChangeOrg_India

Sri Aurobindo  Sri Aurobindo represents “the completest synthesis  that has been written by Shrikanth https://t.co/vx9GvlIhCg #columns

49) Hymns 316 - 321 (Verses 3,283 - 3,345): Description of Rig-Veda, Mandala 04, Sukta 020 to 025 (all hymns addressed to Indra); with #SriAurobindo's words on the true psychological significance of Agni https://t.co/L9fUwlJnWp


I believe all this is based on some undated notes from 1927 that #SriAurobindo wrote, without revealing their significance, rest is built up by the imagination of the disciples :)
Perhaps not related to rebirth, but manifestation of some related powers in the two beings.. https://t.co/X67SFauPeA

This may help to remove the confusion :) https://t.co/LhdW0UYeY8

There is also a student union a new type of school, named Sri Aurobindo International Education Center,at Pondicherry.visit it and learn what's real education and how the students will be.Exlent free progress edn. is running there with the help of soul.Would your govt follow it?

I have perceived it..a little of that great wave has nudged me to action that i otherwise wouldn’t have performed..simple gestures, that bloomed like a tiny flower, a speck of beauty amidst chaos..yes, I have seen it..
One has to be a bee to appreciate the flower..we simians have lost that faculty long back..a period of training and aspiration is necessary...
Yes. And it is possible..the collective is too big a field to change, we are not Rishis yet, but can start with ourselves..Sri Aurobindo says somewhere on how we aught to be,”..when one of us stands up, thousands around may be filled with His light, joy and power”
But too great the music, too profound the Dharma, until least of the little me remains, it shall not possess me entirely, I shall not be the full-throated songbird yet. of the little I glimpsed i can speak..but one has to know if it is curiosity or sarcasm or quest that impels?

Till 70s #SriAurobindo was not even in history expect the Alipore case ! Forget His literary works !! But as says SA in His #LettersonSavitri , A mistake once recognised must be admitted & CORRECTED ! And what a better way to teach English with of SA!! @narendramodi @Auro_Mere

With Maa Sri Aurobindo's grace, Mala Ashram had Prof @GoutamGhosal2 today. His benign nature, which has always been his hallmark, left the local people n members spell-bound. His visit will b a milestone for the Ashram in d upcoming days. We hope to c him again for better enlightenment
It is in Falta, West Bengal.

If one reads Sri Aurobindo, then s/he can fathom the significance of Evolution. Why the Westerners came to India? Why Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo, Tagore, Gandhi, Nehru, Ambedkar, and others went overseas? Recognising inevitability of #WorldUnion and redundancy of Hindutva needed.
Both modernity and postmodernism are essential in our task of consigning all past religions and rituals to museums. Texts of course will circulate but sans reference will lose relevance and adherence. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo will rule on merit. It's Evolutionary inevitability.
Religions are accumulated culture marketed for commercial purposes with political patronage. They are also a means, says Sri Aurobindo, for elevating human consciousness, at times. This transcendental aspect needs to be a priority by relegating mythology and rituals to oblivion.
Plain & Simple: Start off your Savitri era tour https://t.co/t2Oi1YJHEu @NathTusar, Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF), SRA-102-C, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad - 201014 (UP). #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
Savitri Era of those who adore,
Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.
Only sixty handles are connected to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo and many of them are dormant. Unfortunately, @viryavaan seems to be suspended. Let's hope, @TwitterIndia doesn't drown his firm voice. May be more devotees exchange opinions in FB but not being a member I'm not aware.
No one has experienced whole of life and consequently all portrayals of it are inchoate. Stretches of long years may be eventful but in terms of understanding reality of life can be a desert. Spectrum is merely a certain conception or visible aberration of light; not light itself.
Your tweets seem to be a bit uncharitable. Your article may have highlighted some miseries but that's not the whole story. There are many persons who are well acquainted with Ashram history. However, past sufferings should not diminish the relevance of Sri Aurobindo's philosophy.
Not many here can claim to have actually used Binaca Top toothpaste as I have. It came as a breath of fresh air challenging Colgate, before declining as Cibaca. Radio Ceylon's Binaca Geetmala was a rage then. Nature has this uncanny knack of thrusting new things and toppling old.
I was fond of building toy bridges in the childhood with bamboo stems, jute sticks, etc. complete with brick dust as the clay topping. Then the fascination turned towards "She is the golden bridge." Hope to build an actual (or, virtual) bridge someday and name it after Heidegger. https://t.co/yMlO7Z4Bvp

Book therapy for the problem of Mumford's "post-historic man"/Nietzsche's "Last Man" -- Jean Gebser's *Ever-Present Origin*, Rosenstock-Huessy's *Out of Revolution: Autobiography of Western Man* and Aurobindo's *The Human Cycle*. Should prove an effective cure.
"The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it... History is literaly present in all that we do" -- James Baldwin. Can't free ourselves from robopathy, therefore, without consciousness and insight into it.

The EFL PodBlog Language Learning Daily est sorti de presse! https://t.co/GFNSU30Wn5 The Latest ... @lingoda @SavitriEraParty @terraglobal #languagelearning #education

Have you ever wondered why khakhara temples in Odisha have powerful female deities! Join us for a tour to grand Gangeswari temple along with four other sites in Prachi Valley on 21st July 2019. #aitiha #ExploreAitiha.            For details, login at https://t.co/rS7TtQNtWo https://t.co/O6aL19OTQl
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How movies embraced Hinduism (without you even noticing) https://t.co/TFU5ZVT6w8

In the wake of the Tamil film industry wanting to ban 'extremely harsh' reviews, replugging an interview with the brutal 'Blue Sattai': #BlueSattai https://t.co/3Qw0gzxN0C

#ZoyaAkhtar #Oscars So thrilled to know that Zoya Akhtar has been invited to join the Academy  @TheAcademy . I admire her work. She has imbibed so much from her family but she has also her own original thinking.
#ABetterWorld #Writers #Arists #Filmmakers So much remains to be done before we make this a better world. There is no time to rest.
The Bridge of Love by Sunayana Panda! https://t.co/ZacoJpoJE0

@radhika_apte says monogamy has to be a choice not a compulsion, says ‘I believe in falling in love with many people’ #bffwithvogue https://t.co/MMUa1BkBT5
"Sometimes it’s a physical attraction, sometimes it’s just admiration and that can be very potent also and I think that’s beautiful. Why would you not address that aspect of your life?” - @radhika_apte https://t.co/yy50JkWQ5L

Life after marriage is tough for everyone, but here are six basic lessons all parents need to give their daughters before the big day.  https://t.co/3XJXCNtPIQ

July 03, 2019

Shift the attention from the past and focus on the future

Assorted tweets:

Few know the greatness of Maharishi Aurobindo! He had predicted much in advance that India would gain independence on 15 August 1947, as his divine birthday gift... YES! Sri Aurobindo's birthday is 15th August... It... https://t.co/vTwOOQfHJy

Hey India, the future is that-a-way

The Hindu-18 hours ago

A significant portion of India must develop the guts and good sense to shift the attention from the past and focus on the future. This section will dream up a future India, free the country at last from all the scars of the past. This section will be the “massive barrier-breakers of Immortality” to echo Sri Aurobindo’s words from Savitri. By the force of their thoughts and deeds, the dream of a lovely India can hasten to become real.

The philosophy of #evolution has a special status in the integral philosophy of Sri Aurobindo. There are two aspects involved-an ‘Involution’ (a downward movement) and an ‘Evolution’ (an upward movement) https://t.co/TsjSnzJjQ9

Kena Upanishad: Mind, Senses and Life-Force and the Search for the Underlying Cause of Their Action https://t.co/Ue1boLT8M4
Perception in the Mind and the Subliminal and Subconscious Levels of Experience https://t.co/F7uEvohwA2
The Four Necessary Functions of Active Consciousness https://t.co/0Qgn7NVWvq
A Supreme Sense Behind the Senses, Part 1 https://t.co/274WKs6nKT

Join us for the free online course on "Sri Aurobindo and his Essential thought" Click here for registration=> https://t.co/uHWjHXwvE0 https://t.co/n9iVGCH22H

The Alum continue to diversify and integrate. California Institute of Integral Studies started mid-19th century by Sri Aurobindo to integrate East and West, is now a world renowned graduate school with people from... https://t.co/48yUxlC4Mf

@pragyaitsme writes a wonderful summary of some key sessions at the National Seminar on Prenatal Education: Ancient Indian Perspectives. Presented in two parts. https://t.co/jKMjWUuUl7


Draft New Education Policy 2019 through a Gender and Sexuality Lens https://t.co/sAgGakeo6G
The politics of Hindutva and its erotic charge: Jaya Sharma https://t.co/6mgPIhULyM
Gujarat Today Could be What ‘Hindu Rashtra’ Will Look Like for Dalits https://t.co/p3a0N2BSHJ https://t.co/7J2anbicau

Politicians has a private stock market where they trade the "quid-pro-quo". Many transactions are done and the system stays alive. That's why a balance of power between all factions is important to the system. https://t.co/PKDIAtkJEl
Massive levels of corruption in nagar nigam gaushalas in certain states.  Hindus r so used to ideological corruption.  Other religions know this well n take advantage of it.
In terms of buddhi,  a younger girl is far weaker than seasoned woman.  In fact,  when a adult Muslim male comes back to hindu dharma,  in several cases,  his entire family I. E.  Wife n daughters come back!  They follow him.  So,  depends.
Women r easier to initiate into bhakti.  Somehow,  the first set of non hindu women coming to temple institutions looks impossible,  but if that somehow happens,  their alignment with their men will dislocate further.

A lot of people make this mistake Garima ji. Women are always more rooted in their culture than the men. Kisi bhi dharm ke hon.

Seems very interesting : Evenings with Shraddhaalu https://t.co/EzOiB4vgG1.
Dear @narendramodi @BJP4Karnataka @BJP4India @Tejasvi_Surya, please watch just the first 6 minutes of the interview. Beautiful thoughts on Indian constitution. >> https://t.co/oJ1KVFKaul

Everything is useful but most religions are just covered with lace and jewelry by people, because people love to decorate everything, and they cover and cover what they are afraid is their ugliness... and eternity's frightening mystery.

It's never about, atheism, theism, deism, or any other ism, but always about people and people are same everywhere. In all its glory human nature is a mix bag of good and evil only varying in degrees.

There are people in this world who focus more on our similarities than differences. These are the people who inspire me. They bring us to common ground. They spread positive vibes. They pursue truth. They remind us that we are linked. Indeed, we're far more alike than we realize.

On lifehacking, growth hackers and more. Today in the TOI. On hacking as way of life https://t.co/2epfxD9RUD

For those of u who are going through sleep issues,u can consider reading a few pages of Sri Aurobindo literature before trying to doze off, as someone rightly observed, the English of rishi is just like sanskrit mantra/verse, and helps calm down the nervous system/mental tension. https://t.co/OAKZOoc0qq
I can't vouch that it will give u a sound sleep like sleep pills, but at the least, it will remove agitations and tiredness of the mind that is not getting sleep. Though such intrinsic experiences may vary person to person, and some may find greater relaxation in shri maa word
Anna my point being that, bodies of language behave like flow of rivers, they change courses along the path of history, thus what u may not be getting into sanskrit as of 21st century, u may stumble upon certain hidden bengali literature of this end in kali yuga.

Of course I agree there. For each soul that is born to a language or has adopted it as his own, moulds the language to serve his world action. And in doing so, shapes the language too..Sri Aurobindo mentions what Tagore did for Bengali should suffice for 300 years..
No need to disparage Sanskrit..and certainly does not feel ‘mythical’ when the Shruti emerges from your own being in however diluted a form..hear/perceive it once and nothing is the same in you anymore..Bengali does not need such jingoistic support..

I find descriptions of paradisical realms and states from Savitri to be very good for reading before sleep, second only to passages that might resonate with your current circumstances.

transformation. He called it the "the Shadow". 
I also don't like to suggest yoga/dhyana as a cure except for myself and a limited number of others I know, because these are subjective processes. I can't know how well they even understand these and or how well they do these./3


June 28, 2019

Not concerned with evaluation of evidence

Assorted tweets:

The Mughals were an integral part of India – so why are they being labelled foreigners? https://t.co/I5Gd0dZS7X
[Replug] https://t.co/LtBW6V1dzo

this thread. and this is only part of the diverse evidence that can be gathered so easily. the overlap between a lot of post-colonial studies and the RSS world-view is not a coincidence, both are routes to power, and are not concerned with evaluation of evidence. https://t.co/ATFl8Srt5j

Thanks to @shankasur, I just read this piece on caste as a British colonial invention. Of postcolonialism theory's many pernicious lies, this is the worst. Let me break it down. 1/16


SAFIC is going to post many interesting and amazing facts about Sanskrit and Indian culture. To be updated please follow us.

Sri Rama In Iraq is more an archaeological Rorschach than reality and this P.N. Oak-like Obsession about a global Vedic civilization in a literal sense should stop! https://t.co/I6BoSeFwGc via @swarajyamag

There is definitely over enthusiasm based on vague pictorial similarities. However, there is a serious issue that deserves scholarly attention. India was the largest economy and human civilization for a very long time. It definitely influenced the religions around the world.

Egypt especially seems to be strongly influenced by India, through the Mittanis who married into the Egyptian royalty and perhaps even earlier to them. The religions definitely have a parallel. See. https://t.co/GgVrvzUckD

Jung's fascination with mandalas not only reflected our transition to a four-d cosmos, but the emergence of a new consciousness structure as well -- also rendered as Blake's "fourfold vision" and fourfold "Albion". This is also Aurobindo's "fourfold Atman".

There are also some unique signatures of India in other ancient civilizations, like the statues of the humped Zebu bull, or the prominent Lapus Lazuli stones, which were mined only in North-west India (Afghanistan). No other way to get them.

In olden days the temples were where the exploitative priests loitered around brainwashing gullible people with their lies and deceit ... now they hang around  top university halls as professors.. a #wikipedia,  #quora admins & as  media editors & movie makers..

Yes. The story tellers, fib spinners, elaborators, actors, media of all types are vehicle of brainwash & mindcontrol. Earlier they were only in temples & kathakalatchepams. Now they are in every junction of people. Psychology & dramatics are their tools.

For the realisation of the RSS’s ultimate goal—turning India from a secular democracy to a Hindu religious state—it is not enough to bring religion into politics; religion itself needs to be politicised. Dhirendra K Jha: https://t.co/0JTyiNon9x

Sri Aurobindo postulated AIT to be untrue but he wrote under different circumstances and on scant evidence. So current scientific consensus to stand by AIT is in order till conclusively disproved by people like blog_supplement. Hindutva-driven sociological studies not dependable.
Each individual has to find the right intellectual resources by applying sufficient critical scrutiny. Chasing celebrities is an easy trap for adolescents to get misguided. Even education system or media can be misleading. Political preference also deprives of authentic knowledge.
Pushing a narrative and telling the right thing are two different things. Obviously, people are driven by material gains and no escape from such compulsions. Sri Aurobindo, however, provides diverse perspectives to sense current priorities and imperatives. https://t.co/yA7GHvJTdf
Feel Philosophy: Fighting against fascists is no less fascist https://t.co/QhvWCfcUaj
Posted by Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF - since 2005) for eradication of intellectual malnutrition. @NathTusar
Rainbow & the Other: Outrage is contagious; Truth is not https://t.co/idxz6jpdC6
Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF - since 2005) for eradication of intellectual malnutrition. @NathTusar

Strangers in my home https://t.co/joqsKap2xL In this article the authors examine how disaster can disrupt the boundaries between the private, parochial and public realms, allowing strangers to freely enter the home https://t.co/6xKPIB3UhT

"Karma is the sole ruler in #Jiivi. What goes around does come around in this world. Instead of leaving it up to God to deliver justice, the film questions his very existence," reviews @Iamnavein @Vetri_Sudley @actorkaruna  https://t.co/h3oimfltFJ

According to Gopinath Rao (East & West Vol. 35) the old tribal shrine at Jaganath Puri was usurped by Vaisnavas and the walls of the temple even today displays gory murals recording the beheading and massacre of Buddhists.

Nearly fifty years after humanity’s first steps on the Moon, the team at @NASA_Johnson restored the Apollo Mission Control center to appear as it did in that era. Join our experts on @Reddit starting at 1:30pm ET to ask about our work to preserve history: https://t.co/DTkfmRW28G https://t.co/W9xCgQ50so

Dear Friends,
We are taking the opportunity of sharing with you five videos of the Mother which have been uploaded in the youtube channel of Overman Foundation. 


Conversations with the Mother on the subject of flowers in particular and Nature more generally form the first new title introduced in this issue. Throb of Nature is a compilation of the author’s notes jotted down from his conversations with the Mother. 
In Sri Aurobindo's Commentaries on Krishna, Buddha, Christ and Ramakrishna the author brings together comments made by Sri Aurobindo – in his major works and in his letters to disciples – as well as a few comments by the Mother, on the lives of these avatars and their particular roles in advancing the evolution of humanity. Sri Aurobindo saw all four as messengers who came to earth with a special mission.

Web: https://www.sabda.in 
New releases: https://www.sabda.in/new.php 

To view this discussion on the web visit https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/sabda_enews/005901d52cd1%24b1d040e0%241570c2a0%24%40in

June 25, 2019

Vama Marg is individualistic

Assorted tweets:

A sensory sociology of the future: Affect, hope and inventive methodologies, by @rcecoleman https://t.co/2axDb6gOOT https://t.co/RCkvVJxrV4

There’s a lot of frustration with the way we communicate science, but real ideas on reform are hard to come by. Read Gene Lim’s take on two practical ideas for change. #ScienceOpen #sciencetwitter https://t.co/psEBgp3uTP
Most babies have rhythms, sleep eat play cry sleep eat play cry sleep... it seems like adulthood brings on a more stable and aperiodic way of being.  Are there any 2-3 hour repeat cycles happening in your adult life? #psychology #babies #dailyrythyms

What's the connection between TS Eliot and bullshit? He invented the term in an unpublished poem, a century ago. Since then, it has gained traction - not only as profanity but as a major theoretical framework. https://t.co/XSolFZqCwU

"What light through yonder window breaks?" #cats #shakespeare https://t.co/4OFkc7umAO

Banksy’s work are on show in Lisbon for summer 2019, entitled Banksy’s Genius or Vandal? (Eye roll) The exhibition features original works lent by international private collectors and galleries. (Irony dies multiple times in this exhibit) https://t.co/QneCdnODbi

Yes, entrenched cunning ruthless exploiters using beliefs as sheepskin hold all the keys. And are strong inciters of people.
They use every word from every type of critic to provoke obsession among mass.
They use mass psychology. 
Critics too need mass psychology.

That always is the limitation of rationalists & reformists. This category approaches straight. While parasites & exploiters are devious, monolithic, organized. Thus reasoning is uphill task. 
Rajaram & Sati is a sample. 
Buddha is another sample.

Is Freedom of Expression a one-way street for the liberals? writes @mvmeet  https://t.co/wseBXyp0iL

@acorn: It is not Star Wars yet, but space has undoubtedly become a military theatre. It is time to rethink our approach https://t.co/V0C0QeXlRZ

Journalist and MP @Swapan Dasgupta's swapan55 book, "Awakening Bharat Mata: The Political Beliefs of the Indian Right", (published by @PenguinIndia) is a selection of writings by such thinkers as Sister Nivedita, Sri Aurobindo, Bankimchandra Chattopadhyaya, RC Majumder...... RG Bhandarkar, Veer Savarkar, Ananda Coomaraswamy, Sardar Patel, LK Advani, Girilal Jain, and others. Review, rate, discuss it at 
https://t.co/KW5w6uGleE https://t.co/OgRtss9wts

My talk at #Swadeshiindology conf SI3: #Dravidianism, its lack of linguistic basis (AIT based western historical linguistics); followed by coauthor @YamunaHarsha on its lack of history, honesty & integrity: https://t.co/vp1TWqwwFF
Track2/session2: Mod #Hinduphobia & Dravidianism
An earlier talk of mine, on Integral Unity in Indian Mathematics, journey from 1-to-0 & back: https://t.co/pUa1heRR0k

My interview explaining Hinduism, and Yoga as its practice. Suitability of Dharma as a better descriptor of Indic traditions, than Religion: https://t.co/EUzy2VuFiA

Another reason why anyone reading Indian history needs good grounding in Sanskrit. Fake propaganda cannot be done when one knows Sanskrit. https://t.co/czqKjG3dwK

Also, get your hands on the @LeftwordBooks volume - Liberate the Colonies, the texts on anti-colonialism from the early Communist International meetings (1917-1924): https://t.co/5H7wXQRKAt. Essential volume, 45% off this week.

I am surprised I need to even explain this. Bahujans are at least 70% of India's population and if a majority of us had voted for BJP, the votes share would have been double of what they got. And it is this majority that stands between Modi & Hindu Rashtra. 1/n https://t.co/8EwaPrLgPA

And it is also a stupid boiler plate argument to claim Marxists are wiped out by pointing to the useless existent Parliamentary left parties. As if they own Marxism and as if our existence or rise is dependent on them. 2/n https://t.co/E9UjUpHaqW

CPIM is a "Bahujan" Radical Marxist party? 🤣🤣🤣
How many Bahujans are there in its Politburo?
Why don't you first educate ourself a little before you start mindless debates and waste my time? https://t.co/oZaCIMC2fq

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was a champion of secularism and firmly against communal politics! https://t.co/UzL4lIe3NG

My piece for the Mid-year special of @TheWeekLive for the 150th birth anniv of Gandhi, contrasting the two irreconcilable poles of Indian history- Gandhi and #Savarkar n how their legacies continue to divide the Indian polity. https://t.co/y4VjURAKz6

Amit Shah has simply followed the Congress playbook and turned it into an art form. The Congress scum who killed Sikhs in 1984 destroyed the lives of witnesses, tampered with the judiciary— in short, they did everything that Shah did.The communists in Bengal, SP, BSP no different

There is no doubt that most of what the BJP is doing now has one or more precedents, set more often than not by the Congress. But the crucial difference is that unlike with culprits in the past, for the duo there are absolutely no limits.

Indira Gandhi playbook really; Modi really reminds me of her, except much worse and overtly communal.

Supporting the right party is the only solution instead of suffering the hegemony of established ones. Spreading the desired ideology should be the strategy and encouraging an environment of rationality and sense of responsibility can turn the tables on the present perpetrators.

Debates prior to Sri Aurobindo must be understood for locating him properly.
[Where Nietzsche or Emerson say to be more individual, Kant tells us to be more universal – to act according to the same moral law that everyone else should act under. -Amod Lele] https://t.co/C0MISaBS5d


Sri Aurobindo on the Psychic Being --The true soul real in us https://t.co/uJ8PPcqtES

Bhagavad Gita and Mahabharata. Analysis of Chapter V Kurukshetra from Essays on The Gita by Sri Aurobindo https://t.co/dGsX0Jpz4R

Globalist Ideologies are Dakshina in nature. Among religious ideas, Islam is the epitome of Dakshina Marg. Doesn't allow any room to anyone. Communism too is Dakshina Marg. Any ideology which tells you to follow, rather than to chart your own path is deceiving you.
Everyone of them had to clash with the society. The clash between society and a powerful person is the most ancient battle in the history of mankind. Clash between collectivism and Individualism. Vama Marg is individualistic.
Aghora's are the real Vama Margi. Shakta's at large follow Vama Marg. Vama Marg is individualistic. Real Vama Margis are better as lonely. They know & worship death, that's why so many Ugra devatas in the Vama Marg.

June 14, 2019

Aesthetics like nutrition should seek the right-mix

The irony of disowning one's culture

The New Indian Express-04-Jun-2019
It is not wise to confuse the treasures of our heritage with the Hindu religion as it is understood and interpreted today ...

'I am a man of India as a whole': Manoj Das

The Hindu-23-Mar-2019
Manoj Das, one of India's foremost bi-lingual authors, writes in his mother tongue, Odia, and in English. The 2001-Padma Shri recipient who ...

Manoj Das to be conferred with Nilimarani Award 2019 on Jan 6

Bhubaneswar: Award-winning Indian author Professor Manoj Das will be conferred with the first Nilimarani Award 2019 for his extraordinary ...

Unsung Warrior~I

The Statesman-12-Jun-2019
At this time, he visited the ashram of Motilal Roy, a renowned devotee of SriAurobindo and was imbued with his religious philosophy. After a few months Motilal ...

Unsung Warrior~II

The Statesman-1 hour ago
Inspired by the ideological moorings of Sri Aurobindo, he was far above a noxious egomaniac and could always view things with insouciance and equanimity.

What Kind of Nationalism Do We Need Today? Exploring Tagore on ...

Economic and Political Weekly-11 hours ago
Unlike many 19th century thinkers like Ram Mohan Roy, Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo who rooted indian cultural unity in canonical texts, Tagore ...

Understanding the Indian right

THE WEEK-10-Jun-2019
While he seeks to trace right wing political and economic beliefs through the writings of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Sri Aurobindo, Nirad C Chaudhuri and ...

Into the mind of the modern-day Chanakya

India Today-08-Jun-2019
Shah's great-grandfather and grandfather had been the nagarsheth of the princely state of Mansa. It is said that the family had also hosted Sri Aurobindo, then ...

As Modi swears in, read Sri Aurobindo's powerful nationalism speech ...

On this very same day (May 30), Indian philosopher Sri Aurobindo delivered a fiery speech on nationalism that cemented the bedrock of India's freedom struggle ...

Evolution, Religion, and Indian Traditions-whose Clash Is It Anyway?

Sri Aurobindo refined these ideas further. His ideas on evolution become explicit by some of his statements he made in various essays, lectures, and interviews.

Goddess of generalisations fails Gandhi and Ambedkar

The Sunday Guardian-01-Jun-2019
Here was the Mahatma who, to use Sri Aurobindo's words, was “a European…in an Indian body”. But Roy, after explaining how Gandhi “has become all things ...

Hinduism and New Age
P Oneness, R Cosmopolitanism - Modern Hinduism, 2019
… emotional relaxation. They also include the growing crowds outside the Pranic Healing Centre in the Aurobindo Ashram in New Delhi, which people approached in search of relief for mental and physical ailments alike. And, most

Modern Hindu Dharma and Environmentalism
P Jain - Modern Hinduism, 2019
… Similarly, the teachings of Sri Aurobindo (1872–1950) inspired the founding of a community near Pondicherry in South India called Auroville, in which ecological restoration and progress towards sustainability have been central goals (Sullivan 1994) …

Hinduism in the Secular Republic of Nepal
DN Gellner, C Letizia - Modern Hinduism, 2019
Page 288. 15 Hinduism in the Secular Republic of Nepal David N. Gellner and Chiara Letizia INTRODUCTION Nepal looms large in the modern Hindu imagination for three reasons.'First, it encompasses a large stretch of the holy mountains, the Himalayas …

Modern Hindu Diaspora (s)
V Sinha - Modern Hinduism, 2019
… These included the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON),
Sathya Sai Baba movement, Radhasoami Satsang, BK Raja Yoga Centre, Eckankar Satsang, Sri Ramakrishna Mission, Sri Aurobindo Society, Tran …

Assumptions and Ground Realities
S Bhattacharjea - Early Childhood Education and School Readiness in …
… In India, this basic principle has been articulated in different ways, for example, in Gandhi's belief in “correlated teaching” that would draw on the child's environment for ways of exploring topics or concepts, or in Aurobindo's model 

Kipling, Yeats, and the empire of men
A Pradhan - Kipling and Yeats at 150: Retrospectives/Perspectives, 2019

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Happy to announce SAFIC now has a brand new website (same easy-to-remember URL of course!). Please browse through and learn about  our various projects and activities. https://t.co/Y0Be8MyBe4
Upcoming Event from SAFIC- an International Conference on “Spiritual Perspectives on Creating a Conscious Humanity” October 18-20, 2019 For more information, visit: https://t.co/zyp6mKW6Z0 https://t.co/3RlBYRIdyx

Sri Aurobindo brings in a far greater psychology elaborating the Upanhadic planes of being in The Life Divine n the Letters.

Everyone wants to be a hero, but no one wants to use the brains & strategy, or do the work of a hero.
That's the unpleasant reality of Hindu activists.
Everyone wants to fight for dharma, but only a handful know what's dharma, leave alone uphold it & live it.

Well said. Unfortunately its not even true that everyone wants to fight for dharma. Most Hindus r only concerned w/ job, family, house & some periodic celebrations which is all the "Hinduism" they care to indulge in. Dharma is by definition the province of heroes of force & thot. https://t.co/ToN8fVwkEi
Our personality can be a vehicle & a medium & a channel for the Divine Consciousness. But for that it is necessary to break out of the illusory shell of the ego. The lower deformation must surrender to the Highest Truth, the outer surface play of nature to the innermost Divinity. https://t.co/aogER7bjWi
We see only our human weaknesses & limitations.
She sees through them our supreme Divine potential. https://t.co/aogER7bjWi
I think it wud prob b more correct to say Sri Aurobindo had accomplished what he had to in the political field for the time being, i.e. lay the seed & groundwork for full independence, light the fire that once lit cud not b extinguished. Even his yoga grew out of his nationalism.
He had reached a point where he cud see that the awakening he had initiated wud inevitably result in freedom, only a Q of time, soon or later. But what India wud do with this freedom was the real Q now. And the rest of his life he spent in laying the foundations for future India.

Remember the incident in #SriAurobindo Ashram when in WW 🏗 was badly affected by shortages of cement! Sadhaks used to complain to the Mother! Once while returning from Her room,They saw a  line of trucks coming out of nowhere !Said the Mother:you mortals don’t believe in Divine!

Sri Aurobindo, and not Goel or Shourie, is the last word on human behaviour and collective psychology. Reading him can orient one in the Vedic Evolutionary vision for the mankind and liberate from ill effects of parochialism. Recognising the true teacher of the nation is the key.
May be your impression is in order to a large extent since it's a human weakness to safeguard self-interest. Fortunately or unfortunately, however, one can't think of modern India without the Bengalis. From Ram Mohan Roy to Mahalanobis, they have contributed in diverse fields.
Despite facing setback on several counts, Europe still provides leadership on diverse facets of human civilisation and culture. Blanket condemnation of Colonialism or Christianity shouldn't blind us to these areas of excellence. Admiring and acquiring the best should be the norm.
People in general take great satisfaction in not availing the services of an architect while constructing a house or renovating it. As a result, our country is suffering from a huge design-deficit. Sadly Bollywood sets or Web portals, on the contrary, demonstrate design overload.
Modern schooling practice of confining students in classrooms deprives them of the joy of labour or creative physical endeavour. Subjects we teach at school have become outdated in the Internet age. Abolishing the prevailing syllabus and evaluation system is the only sane option.
History and Mythology lessons should be abandoned so that the new generation is not mentally burdened. Those peddling unsubstantiated formulations must desist from charlatanism. Citing old texts is no assurance against trickery. Preventing frauds is an important responsibility.
Each and every major narrative needs some measure of corrective. Western scholars have failed to accommodate or appreciate the Indian scenario and Indian public intellectuals are averse to an Integral view of things. So no need to be overwhelmed by the dominant political paradigm
Aesthetics like nutrition must strive for the right-mix and avoid intoxication by a few dominant components. Not being natural or duly imparted by education, this aspect of personal development is a difficult proposition for many. Further, Media offerings often warp the scenario.
Politics as well as philanthropy run on principles of Business Management. There's no reason why they should be different. Personal development, however, is an altogether separate arena. Professional expertise shouldn't delude one to be too adept at facing life's twists and turns.
Each religion is a bundle of superstition and people have no option than to carry forward that burden. They are fighting with each other without having any hand in creation of the religions. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have clearly said about the end of the reign of all religions.
There can be various opinions about the past which keeps on changing but the truth is that contact with European education and culture gave the Bengalis the first mover's advantage. Their position is secure in history; no one can dispute with that or remove them from the pedestal
I have not read him but many perceptive persons are recommending the books by Nigurananda (Professor Sachidananda Sarkar). You may check. There would be many others like him.

The "dramatist" school of social philosophy (Kenneth Burke, Hugh Dalziel Duncan) has some very interesting insights.
Also, Rolf Jensen's *Dream Society* (ugly and exploitative as it is, and more like Huxley's dystopia) also points to the transformation of *reality* into psychodrama, as does the emergence of "marketing 3.0" or ("holistic" or "spiritual" branding, so-called).
Jensen's *Dream Society* is quite evidently the meaning, too, of Kurt Andersen's *Fantasyland*, and buttresses Gabler's (and Postman's) earlier writings on how "entertainment has conquered reality" -- ie, loss of discernment between the "in here" and the "out there".
But this is also consistent with Aurobindo's "Age of Subjectivism" (in *The Human Cycle*). There is, in those terms, an implicit logic and pattern within the apparent chaos of the affects.

A must read if you want to have insights into ancient Bharata, especially Tamil Nadu,social values & finess , role of the devadasi, their personality, &their downfall. The more u read, the more u would realise that it was a progressive society which regressive cultures invaded. https://t.co/e1NWrIdatN

“All my books address this issues of dislocation, migration, movement.” - @GhoshAmitav #Live from the #Delhi launch of #GunIsland
“Often when you write a novel, you realise that certain characters truly assert themselves. They become larger and larger than life” - @GhoshAmitav
#Live from the #Delhi launch of #GunIsland

Two hours a week spent outdoors in nature linked with better health https://t.co/fYgEQrTVBk https://t.co/0D6p3uw4dT

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