November 07, 2012

Women mystics

[Wisdom Quotes from Savitri [Kindle Edition] Sri Aurobindo (Author), Savitri Foundation (Editor)
Yet there are on occasions wonderful crimson seeds of exceptional quality and distinction which stand out in their flowering possibilities to give rise to new life and zest and pursuit, of truth and beauty, as much as of power and light and joy… No doubt, in the poem these occur naturally in their substantial richnesses, exist with their vivid textual background and relevance, in their respective fitting contexts; isolating them from it might therefore appear somewhat unusual or atypical if not weird. Yet they do carry in them a firm and forceful universality which is context-free, which is what aphorismós is.
In the present work these have been put in the running sequence as they appear in the main body of the poem. It must also be pointed out that there are quite a number of lines or passages of various lengths which could have been valuably included in any proper representative book of quotations; however, this is generally ruled out because of the indicative pronominal references in them which do not easily lend themselves to form a part of an unbounded set… There are in these stanzas pithy concise statements with their universal implications.]

[The Freedom of the Integral Yoga by August Timmermans from Posthuman Destinies (reprinted from Collaboration summer 2012) 
I never thought that this groundbreaking integral yoga could be an extension of Hinduism or that it would relate to living a religious life that requires traditional worship of the gurus… It not only surpasses the traditional yogas with their sole aim of liberation and the old belief systems that take the afterlife as one’s final destiny – but it bursts out of these confinements and enters into its own space, free from everything previously thought, envisioned and tried…
Uniquely, the integral yoga stands free from history and religion and itself provides the sublime freedom for each sadhak to follow one’s own way to the realization of the divine, and the freedom for the collectivity to live and build a spiritual life that is not prescribed by artificial dogma but inspired by the higher consciousness that ultimately derives from the living supramental plane and that clings to nothing but the essential and abiding truth, – leading to the ultimate goal of the life divine. 

Indian Religions: A Historical Reader of Spiritual Expression and Experience by Peter Heehs (Sep 1, 2002) A really good book, March 22, 2004 By A Customer
Before reading this book I thought I knew a lot about Indian religions… But my favourite part was reading the modern mystics like Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Aurobindo and also others like Swami Ramdas. I think everyone could learn a lot by reading this book even if they think they already know a lot about Indian religion. And if you don't know anything about it, this is the best introduction I have ever seen.

Are you Spending your Life Abusing Others Girish Karnad? from The Rediscovery of India by Sandeep B [Note: This is a translation of Pratap Simha’s piece that appeared in today’s Kannada Prabha.]
Let’s put this same question to Girish Karnad. Naipaul wasn’t born in India and didn’t live here. He tried to understand India by travelling through the land. But Mr. Jnanapith, you who were born here, you who have written in Kannada, an Indian language, in which play have you written about sculpture, a vital aspect of Indian culture?
The history of India is more truly reflected in her sculpture than in any (history) book. Mr. Karnad you question Naipaul over music but where have you written about Indian sculpture in any of your work? How can those who don’t understand Indian sculpture claim to understand India? Additionally, in which work of yours have you written about the Vedas which are so intricately, inseparably woven into Indian culture and ethos? If you think these questions are irrelevant, your claim that Naipaul hasn’t written about Indian music is equally irrelevant. Because he hasn’t written about music, it doesn’t mean Naipaul hasn’t understood it. Is there a rule which says that one needs to write about everything one has understood?

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 6th Nov 2012:
1. Parvathy Baul (Bengali Baul singer)
2. Rani Khanam (Kathak)
3. Lakshmi Vishwanathan (Bharatnatyam)
4. Jhelum Paranjape (Odissi) 

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