December 20, 2012

Orbit of the old gods

Even the most careful observation we can make of the physical world fails to show us the action of free will. While an innate and extremely precise and powerful intelligence clearly has developed the material world, everything seems to be acting under very specific laws. There is no room for any kind of innovative and unscripted action in the material field.
With the development of the life energy, as Sri Aurobindo points out, we begin to see some other principles of action emerge. We begin to see options, opportunities and a process of selection which seems to be less bound to inflexible and unchanging laws.
The development of the mental energy provides a further impetus to the concept of free will… This essential response of the mind to the opportunities for development is not necessarily a solution to the question of free will versus a larger determinism, but it provides us with the sense of intuition that may represent the working of a greater Truth beyond the limits that the mind can effectively grasp, and provides us substance for our further review in this direction.

The point is that today we need to find the will to believe a little, to affirm a little, and to commit a little.  Marx called for “the ruthless critique of all existing things”, yet that stance has today become the most reactionary and ineffectual position at all.  In the absence of daring to affirm certain things as real and true, we leave all intact as it is.  Only where we abandon our foundationalist, obsessional assumptions, our desire to have the truth before we pursue the truth, our intoxication with epistemology, will we be able to move beyond this paralysis.

Routledge India Originals organised a multiple book discussion in collaboration with International Research Network on Religion and Democracy on Wednesday, 12 December 2012, at the R. K. Khanna Tennis Complex, New Delhi. 40 participants graced the occasion.

We successfully launched ‘The Maoist Movement in IndiaPerspectives and Counter perspectives’ edited by Santosh Paul on Tuesday, 11th December 2012 at The India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The event was attended by more than 50 people which included professors, academicians, social workers, policy makers, bureaucrats and friends. 
The launch was chaired by Dr. Shashank S Sinha: Publishing Director, Routledge India Originals. Shri Vinod Mehta: Advisor, Outlook India released the book and gave his observations followed by Shri Kumar Ketkar: Chief Editor, Dainik Divya Marathi (Dainik Bhaskar Group). Concluding remarks was given by Santosh Paul: Editor, The Maoist Movement in India following the audience interaction.

It would be hard for any reader now to keep up just with Indian novels, or books on Indian history, or Indian narrative non-fiction, let alone books from all these diverse fields. My list is no more than a small, very personal selection of the many high-quality new books published in India over the last two years…
I read it twice. The book is an elegant and unpartisan meditations on one of the great issues of our age: markets and their limits, and offers a roadway to rescuing free-market thinking from its more fanatical adherents. Chapter 1 of the book is here; you couldn't improve your brain more for an investment of Rs. 303. Basu's Twitter feed is consistently good reading too.

Nothing in us may be an impediment Wednesday, August 23, 2006 1:24 PM
I have crossed out "turned Rishi" because that suggests an old formula of the past, and the future poet should exceed all past formulas. -Sri Aurobindo (5.2.1934, CWSA: LPA.27.218)
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Saying a mantra of the old gods puts you under the influence and into the orbit of precisely that which resists the new truth... and lead(s) astray those who are not sincere enough to want ONE SINGLE THING: the new world. -Satprem (Mother's Agenda: 4.344)

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