June 11, 2012

Apsara, Agastya, and Ambedkar

Apsara: Woman In Mythology by This essay is taken from Sri Aurobindo’s Harmony of Virtue! from The Mother India by The Mother India Team
The Apsaras are the most beautiful and romantic conception on the lesser plane of Hindu mythology. From the moment that they arose out of the waters of the milky Ocean, robed in ethereal raiment and heavenly adornment, waking melody from a million lyres, the beauty and light of them has transformed the world… In choosing the Hetaira therefore for the Apsara’s earthly similitude, the Hindu mind showed once more that wonderful mythopoeic penetrativeness which is as unerring and admirable in its way as the Greek mythopoeic felicity and tact.
This Month | Savitri: the Light of the Supreme But that is precisely a tyro authoring The Lives of Sri Aurobindo wants us to accept it. No doubt that would simply expose him as one who has absolutely no ... 
Absent occult vision of my own, I’m suspending judgment and sticking to scientific archaeology and evolutionary biology.
That is the right approach. Your yogic practice does not depend on believing or disbelieving these occult concepts. The mind has to be silenced instead of being fed with concepts. That is why I don’t post any of the “supramental”-related stuff on this blog; it distracts people from more pressing matters. The only take-home lesson from this essay should be the relevance of the higher-world “prototype” to the supramental evolution.
The Quest for Intimacy by Dr. Pratyush Vatsala - Contemporary ... As Sri Aurobindo says, “Thus it can transform the conflict of our dualised emotions and sensations into a certain totality of serene, yet profound and powerful love ...
Sarojini Sahoo - 12:15 AM  -  Popular fiction is a very old form of storytelling, embracing certain archetypal themes, character types, and story elements where the protagonists are larger than life that go with majority of mysteries, thrillers, romantic novels and mainstream bestsellers of heroic stories with climax at much-loved happy ending—even when the ending is ambivalent or negative, there’s generally a sense of balance which leaves us feeling of nothing except a time pass. 
On the other hand literary fictions focus more on style, psychological depth, a deeper understanding about life where protagonists are not larger than life, nor it runs to any happy ending or ambivalent situation at climax and the readers may find their outlook on life changing after reading such novels.
To erase the deep sense of victimhood that prevails from centuries of caste-based discrimination, it is Ambedkar above all the other leaders including Mahatma Gandhi who will likely receive that exalted status for posterity. There is both a historical and modern rationale to Ambedkar’s potentially receiving that status, perhaps as the reincarnation of Dharma himself. The modern rationale for doing so is obvious, given Ambedkar’s role in authoring the Constitution and more importantly in articulating a sense of constitutional morality or dharma for how we must conduct our affairs in public…
Thus, we have the twin symbols of Dharma in the Mahabharata having a known and unknown Sudra origin, while the symbol of constitutional morality in modern day India, Ambedkar, is also of Sudra origin. A prominent television channel in recent days has been canvassing about a survey to determine the greatest Indian post-Independence. 

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