July 13, 2012

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At the time of the separation of consciousness from the physical body at the time of death, there is the soul and its formed mental and vital sheaths which now become free of the physical impediment. Sri Aurobindo traces the potential journey of the soul through a series of planes or worlds that successively become more subtle and refined as they move further away from the physical and into the vital and mental ranges that have been developed as capacities during the physical embodiment.
Powerful Words: Bennett « Larval Subjects 12 Oct 2011 – This week my students and I are beginning Jane Bennett's Enchantment of Modern Life. Despite my occasional grumbling about Bennett, ... Bennett’s worry is that the project of disenchantment generates a sense of meaninglessness (so nicely described by Nietzsche in The Gay Science when he discusses the death of God) where it becomes impossible to be ethically and politically committed to anything. 11:58 AM

वन्दे मातरम् 30 Jan 2006 - 2,855 Pageviews
The English translation of the stanza rendered by Sri Aurobindo: 3:57 PM

Technology and Evolution - By Daniel Goldsmith, Professor of Philosophy, Dawson College, Quebec
We will see that technology is an excellent way to highlight the connections between the western humanistic tradition and Sri Aurobindo, and ask how technology is related to Integral Yoga and the future evolution of mankind. Along the way, we will use Martin Heidegger's thoughts on the subject to see just how difficult it is to approach this topic. We will explore Heidegger’s approach of  “phenomenologically reducing” this issue, and consider its parallels in the Indian philosophical tradition.
An Introduction to Metaphysics: Heidegger and Sri Aurobindo, by Rod Hemsell
Both philosophers approached the understanding of truth and being from in-depth studies of their respective classical traditions: Greek and Sanskrit. And both arrived at remarkably similar concepts of the soul and of the importance of gnosis, as opposed to logical thought. 8:31 PM

Indian Psychology and the International Context AC Paranjpe - Psychology & Developing Societies, 2011 - ... hard work by D. Matthijs Cornelissen.4 It is particularly auspicious that the conference was organised by Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Pondicherry, since Sri Aurobindo is clearly the most prominent modern exponent and interpreter of traditional Indian approaches to psychology. ...
Integral perspectives on school educational futures J Gidley… - 2011 - ... Some significant twentieth century and contemporary writers other than ilber who were working from a substantially integral perspective include Rudolf Steiner, Michael Polanyi, Jean Gebser, Sri Aurobindo Ghose, Ervin László, Ashok Gangadean, and William Irwin Thompson. ... at 4:03 PM

Intelligence is an impartial seeker of the truth 17 Mar 2012 2,087 - Pageviews
Alethetics from Larval Subjects Every great philosopher proposes a frame, a new window through which to encounter the world… We no less frame selections of the world than we are seized by selections of the world. 
Comment on The Seven Quartets of Becoming by Debashish Banerji by debbanerjifrom Comments for Posthuman Destinies by debbanerji Posted March 14, 2012 Permalink SA used different terminologies and different formulations in different texts; this doesn’t necessarily mean he abandoned one for the other. 7:07 PM

The End of the History? by Mishel and Andrea   Thursday, 30 December 2010
Debashish Banerji immersed in the works of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother came with the theme - The European Enlightenment... and the Divinization of the Human - on 28th of December to participate in the second set of inter action series on Mutation II. 

Comment by Rod  in reply to philippe Last Updated: May 15, 2011
One of the results of this pattern, which can be seen in Auroville, is a kind of mass paranoid psychosis. Instead of addressing the behaviors of people in a direct and rational way, people are overcome by their fears and their righteous delusions, etc. I prefer using Occam's razor, if possible. The law of parsimony was effectively used to combat religious obscurantism during his time as well.
Comment by Rod  in reply to Rod Last Updated: May 15, 2011
Standing on the head of reason is Adwaita. I don't think the law of parsimony gets that far at all and probably has little to do with spirituality; something like the idea can probably be found in Nyaya and Mimamsa which said about everything possible concerning causality. I am mentioning the idea in this context because it is very tempting to ascribe "spiiritual" and "occult" causes for things that are actually quite concrete and present, such as class discrimination. There, Marxist criticism and psychology is probably the best authority. Back to Rod's Comment - G. B. Vico Mark Lilla - Adam Smith Nicholas Phillipso... 

Asian Philosophy Edited by JeeLoo Liu 9 Jan 2012 - 1,199 Pageviews

Wilber leaves essential information out of his pre... 13 Nov 2010, - 1,052 Pageviews 
Visser on Wilber’s Views of Evolution from integral praxis by Eric From Integral World: The 'Spirit of Evolution' Reconsidered: Relating Ken Wilber's view of spiritual evolution to the current evolution debates by Frank Visser 
Openness to criticism and public debate are the hallmarks of science and philosophy. I would therefore like to give the last word to John Stuart Mill (1863: 17), form his treatise on liberty:
“In the case of any person whose judgment is really deserving of confidence, how has it become so? Because he has kept his mind open to criticism of his opinions and conduct. Because it has been his practice to listen to all that could be said against him; to profit by as much of it as was just, and expound to himself, and upon occasion to others, the fallacy of what was fallacious.” 4:11 PM

A Rishi’s Integral Vision of Society
by RY Deshpande on Mon 10 Sep 2007 06:30 AM PDT  |  Permanent Link
Sri Aurobindo’s ideal is vivid and daring, clear and far-reaching in seeing, that the possibilities of the mental being are not limited and that the truncated and analytical Cartesian I think, therefore I am is not applicable in the domain of the spirit when the spiritual experience tells us that thoughts themselves come from outside. Even in his early writings Sri Aurobindo held for us the emerging spiritualised society as an unenviable goal. In the very second volume of his philosophical monthly Arya, dated 15 August 1915, he wrote the following:
“Unity for the human race by an inner oneness and not only by an external association of interests; the resurgence of man out of the merely animal and economic life or the merely intellectual and aesthetic into the glories of the spiritual existence; the pouring of the power of the spirit into the physical mould and mental instrument so that man may develop his manhood into that true super-manhood which shall exceed our present state as much as this exceeds the animal state from which science tells us that we have issued. These three are one; for man’s unity and man’s self-transcendence can come only by living in the Spirit.”
What he had put forward as an ideal at that early date, it is that which he set for himself to accomplish in his thirty-five years of long and untiring spiritual sadhana, his yogic labour, a God’s labour indeed, a labour undertaken for the sake of the Divine in Man.
N.B.: Author's (RYD’s) Foreword to Freedom and Future—an Imaginary Dialogue with Sri Aurobindo by Daniel Albuquerque, published in 1998 by Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. 3:28 PM

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