Father India: Westerners Under the Spell of an ... - Amazon.com - Jeffery Paine (Author) Amazingly insightful October 20, 2005 By Sanjay Agarwal
Paine traces the careers and Indian adventure of eight well-known persons who were either Westerners or were Indians influenced by the West to begin with, but later became deeply influenced by
India. Yet in the process, they
also influenced India
itself. The list includes Lord Curzon, Mahatma Gandhi, E. M. Forster, Sri
Aurobindo, Mira Behn (Madeleine Slade), Mother (Mirra Richard), Carl Jung, V.
S. Naipaul and Annie Besant, all well-known figures in India and outside. In
the process he weaves a magical yet sophisticated tapestry showing why India exercised
a near-fatal charm for these people and how it changed them…
However, he becomes less sure of himself as he comes closer to the present, possibly because the processes are still going on, and the advantage of hindsight is not available. As a result, his handling of the chapter on Sri Aurobindo and his spiritual companion, the Mother, is less deft. He also fumbles with the conclusion, possibly because
is an incredibly complex phenomenon
Affective Communities: Anticolonial Thought, Fin-de-Siècle Radicalism, and the Politics of Friendship (Politics, History, and Culture) by Leela Gandhi (Jan 11, 2006)
Leela Gandhi argues in Affective Communities, to the hitherto neglected history of western anti-imperialism. Focusing on individuals and groups who renounced the privileges of imperialism to elect affinity with victims of their own expansionist cultures, she uncovers the utopian-socialist critiques of empire that emerged in Europe, specifically in
Britain, at the end of the
nineteenth century… Gandhi weaves together the stories of a number of South
Asian and European friendships that flourished between 1878 and 1914, tracing
the complex historical networks connecting figures like the English socialist
and homosexual reformer Edward Carpenter and the young Indian barrister M. K.
Gandhi, or the Jewish French mystic Mirra Alfassa and the Cambridge-educated
Indian yogi and extremist Sri Aurobindo. In a global milieu
where the battle lines of empire are reemerging in newer and more pernicious
configurations, Affective Communities challenges homogeneous
portrayals of “the West” and its role in relation to anticolonial struggles.
Drawing on Derrida’s theory of friendship, Gandhi puts forth a powerful new
model of the political: one that finds in friendship a crucial resource for
anti-imperialism and transnational collaboration…
“A very original and thought-provoking book, Affective Communities offers an outstanding contribution to postcolonial and queer studies. Leela Gandhi provides detailed, brilliant discussions of particular figures such as Edward Carpenter, Henry Salt, and M. K. Gandhi and the ways in which they interwove their various radical counter-cultural interests into larger political strategies of anticapitalist utopianism.”—Robert J. C. Young, author of Postcolonialism
The American Soul Rush: Esalen and the Rise of Spiritual Privilege - Page 28 - Marion S. Goldman - 2011 - Preview - Around that time, Michael privately vowed to dedicate himself to Aurobindo's vision: “I was sitting by a statue on the Stanford campus meditating, and suddenly the vows just rose up within me” (Schwartz 1995:82–83). Despite his father's ...
The Lives of Sri Aurobindo - Page 404 - Peter Heehs - 2008 - Preview - Sorokin said that “from the scientific and philosophical standpoint, the works of Sri Aurobindo are a sound antidote to the pseudoscientific psychology, psychiatry and educational art of the West.”160 He and other American academics were ...
Tradition and the Rhetoric of Right: Popular Political Argument in ... - Page 299 - David J. Lorenzo - 1999 - Preview Radical Aurovilians used the texts of the Aurobindian movement to pursue the politics of separation: cosmological writings, reminiscences of Aurobindo and the Mother, and historical writings of the movement. In the same way, American ...
Dante in the Long Nineteenth Century: Nationality, Identity, and ... Aida Audeh, Nick Havely - 2012 - Preview - This collection of essays provides an account of Dante's reception in a range of media-visual art, literature, theatre, cinema, and music-from the late eighteenth century through to the early twentieth and explores various appropriations ...
Karnad’s criticism of Naipaul stems from a historical narrative that is an apologist version of Indian history. A version, which trivializes the real impact of Islamic invasion on Hindu society and tries to weave a story of denial, ascribing positive aspects of the Islamic invasion of India like the Indo-Islamic cultural syncretism while sweeping away the mass destruction and holocaust that ensued as a mere generalization, isolated incidents, figment of Hindu imagination or plainly inevitable. People like Girish Karnad, William Dalrymple, Romila Thappar, Irfan Habib and few others have taken up the burden of projecting a benign image of Muslim rule in
India, while the atrocities are
ignored as isolated incidents…
In the field of secular arts like, dance, drama, music, painting and literature
In the near 1000-year presence of Islam in
India starting with 713 AD to the
occupation by the British in 1857 I am hard pressed to find contribution of
Islam towards the advancement of fine arts. Islam did not introduce anything
unique that already did not exist in India or took any art form forward.
Dance and music was banned except in royal palaces or in brothels. Drama, dance
and music was not encouraged and continued under the patronage of Hindu kings,
village and town folks, Mughal paintings were poor one-dimensional renderings
which had not evolved since the 10th century while Europe was
mastering and perfecting painting in the meantime; the art of ‘shilpkaari’ or
sculpting was banned so was temple building. No major literary works were
written except panegyrics of emperors and nawabs and court chronicles. Urdu, the
language of the army camps, a mixture of Khadi boli of North Indian plains,
Persian and Turkish has no doubt enriched language and poetry but India with it’s
own rich tradition of literature and language, the absence of Urdu wouldn’t
have really mattered.
Indian Philosophy in English: From Renaissance to Independence - Page 451 - Nalini Bhushan, Jay L. Garfield - 2011 - Preview - In the work of Aurobindo, we see an avoidance of the distinctly philosophical risk associated with līlā. How does the doctrine of The Life Divine avoid this risk? Precisely by proposing not the life of a divinity, but a divine life for us. Aurobindo ...
Foundations of Indian Psychology Volume 1: Theories and Concepts - Page 122 - Cornelissen R. M. Matthijs - 2011 - Preview In the contemporary 'Runaway World' of increasingly complex cultural blending, we find a condition foreseen by Sri Aurobindo in 1914: 'The world today presents the aspect of a huge cauldron of Medea in which all things are being cast, ... This book rejects discussions in psychology based only on American or European thought by presenting fascinating insights on ... R. M. Matthijs Cornelissen teaches integral psychology at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education in ... Page 520
The essays explore how Hindu female gurus embody grace in both senses--as a feminine ideal and an attribute of the divine-and argue that their status as leaders is grounded in their negotiation of these two types of grace. This book provides biographical profiles of the following female gurus plus sensitive scholarly analysis of their spiritual paths: Ammachi, Anandamayi Ma, Gauri Ma, Gurumayi, Jayashri Ma, Karunamayi Ma, Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, Mother Meera, Shree Maa and Sita Devi.
A festival of music and dance to celebrate the lives and poetic compositions of women bhaktas and sufis (6th to 18th Century AD) 6, 7, 8, 9 November 2012. Daily 6 p.m to 9 pm ICCR audotorium, Azad Bhavan IP Estate, Behind ITO, New Delhi Program 8th Nov 2012:
9. Meeta Pandit (North Indian classical music)12. Sanddhya Pureccha (Bharatnatyam)
10. Bombay Jayashri (Carnatic music)
11. Kiran Segal (Odissi)
10. Bombay Jayashri (Carnatic music)
11. Kiran Segal (Odissi)