With due respect to Charles Darwin, I use the word ‘evolution’ in its deeper and spiritual sense, not purely mechanical. For this, I lean on Indian spirituality, best articulated in the words of Sri Aurobindo, which effectively captures evolution into this statement: into matter burst life, into life entered mind, into mind will arrive the spirit.
But the process of evolution is incomplete. The barbarian lurking within us may not have the stamina or strength to kill or maim physically. But the driving vital force being of the same origin, surely it can express itself using the same tools of reason, rationality and logic to capture and control.
The barbarian in us has merely changed its weapons. Its spirit remains strong, it powers us, it pulls us back, it tells us that the temple of the body is where salvation lies not in the fuzzy ideas of the mind. #anti nationalism #FWeekend #InMyOpinion #JNU#Nationalism #Sedition #SeditionDebate by Gautam Chikermane Feb 27, 2016
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It seems to me that this aspect of Aurobindo's thought has direct bearing on the crucial debate over the status and position of Enlightenment rationality within Western thought. The key text here is obviously Horkheimer and Adorno's Dialectic of ...
India’s global proximities derive in good measure from its struggle against British imperialism. In its efforts to become a nation, India turned modern in its own unusual way. At the heart of this metamorphosis was a "colourful cosmopolitanism," the unique manner in which India made the world its neighbourhood. The most creative thinkers and leaders of that period reimagined diverse horizons. They collaborated not only in widespread anti-colonial struggles but also in articulating the vision of alter-globalization, universalism, and cosmopolitanism. This book, in revealing this dimension, offers new and original interpretations of figures such as Kant, Tagore, Heidegger, Gandhi, Aurobindo, Gebser, Kosambi, Narayan, Ezekiel, and Spivak. It also analyses cultural and aesthetic phenomena, from the rasa theory to Bollywood cinema, explaining how Indian ideas, texts, and cultural expressions interacted with a wider world and contributed to the making of modern India.
According to Wouter Hanegraaff in New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought, in addition to the hippies ... As Adam Curtis explains: [Esalen founder Michael Murphy] gathered together a group of radical psychoanalysts and psychotherapists and encouraged ... Before also settling in San Francisco, Murphy traveled to India to study with SriAurobindo ( 1872–1950.
In the same way that many Christians, Buddhists, Jungians, and followers of Aurobindo and the Mother tend to see the world and all of its particulars through the lens of their specific religious or spiritual commitment, devoted followers of Rudolf ... Beginning with the founding of the Anthroposophical Society in 1912, and then more systematically and decisively beginning in 1923 (for the last two and a half ...