July 02, 2012

Galaxy must oringate from residents of Auroville sans the sanction of any outsider

Many Indian politicians and bureaucrat-professors continue to decry consumerism, and what they call the “consumer culture” – which clearly shows that they do not KNOW what the Science of Economics is all about. They are all busy “producing work” – which really amounts to “producing disutility”; producing “bads” instead of “goods.” But that is precisely what governments are all about, even more so in these Keynesian times.
Let us DUMP all collectivist, communitarian, nationalistic, class, caste, tribe, clan – all these narrow, domestic, GROUP IDENTITIES. Instead, let us all embrace RUGGED INDIVIDUALISM – which means Private Property, Individual Liberty, Individual Responsibility, as well as “Private Economies” – each Individual “minding his own business” – and no more of this “National Economy” POLITICISED NONSENSE about GDP, growth rate, unemployment rate, inflation rate, balance of payments and all that.
Individualism means “each is the architect of his own fortune,” as Mises put it so accurately, describing what Capitalism is all about: where each takes his chances with his own Capital, seeking permission from no one, and answerable only to himself for both his gains as also his losses.

Harmony can take on different forms depending on the level of conscious manifestation. In the insect and animal world this harmony is based on what we can call “instinctive” behavior. A colony of bees or ants can act with a complete harmony of each one knowing and doing exactly what it is intended to do within the larger framework of the hive or colony. Similarly one can marvel at the ability of a large flock of birds to wheel in flight in absolute precision at enormous speed as if they are one entity, not a collection of birds.
At the human level, we have given up reliance on purely instinctive relationships of consciousness and tried to create harmony based on ideas such as uniformity or regimentation. These ideas have limitations and no true harmony can ensue during this transitional phase of consciousness through which we are passing. We see in fact an enormous amount of disharmony and conflict during this phase. The gnostic evolution provides a new basis for the development of a deeper harmony. 

Emotion and its transformation, Larry Seidlitz Sraddha November 2010 Larry Seidlitz  ( is a faculty member of Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research (SACAR) in Pondicherry
We see this character most clearly in certain emotions such as anger, irritation, hatred, jealousy, envy, greed, and lust. But similarly, sadness, despair, and grief typically arise in reaction to the disappointment of an egoistic demand or claim, however justifiable it may seem. Fear and anxiety both have an instinctive quality, and may arise spontaneously due to conditioning with various harmless stimuli.
These negative emotions are the source of much human suffering, but what about our positive emotions, such as love and joy? Here, too, when we scratch the surface we often find them to be egoistic in nature and not very pure. […] The fullness of Ananda comes with Oneness of our consciousness and nature with the Divine; suffering comes from limitation and separation of our consciousness and nature from the Divine. A purified Love and a sincere surrender of our whole being to the Divine are at once a path towards, and the very nature of, that Oneness and Delight. [Consciousness and its transformation: Papers presented at the Second International Conference on Integral Psychology]

Featured today is an interview with long-time Aurovilian B, expounding on the current situation in Auroville, the problem of religion and authority... of why, seemingly, Aurovililans appear to ‘need’ a leader, to give an ‘OK,’ to tell them how to proceed... B shares his insights which sprang up as a result of last week's final Town Development meeting in which Mr. Doshi was present. According to B, the work of growing the galaxy must oringate from us, the residents of Auroville, sans the sanction of any outsider.

Responsibility, integrity, compassion and an urge to drive change from Savitri Era Political Action - Jun 12, 2012 My contribution to the Agamben symposium from An und für sich by Adam Kotsko
The Political Theology blog has published my contribution to their symposium on The Kingdom and the Glory, which discusses Agamben’s method in dialogue with Alberto Toscano’s critical review of the book. I have tried to show elsewhere that Agamben’s met...

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