December 25, 2016

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, A.K. Ramanujan, and Noam Chomsky

I  do  not  claim  that  everything  that  Sri  Aurobindo  wrote as  criticism  was  of  the  highest  order.  But  I  do  say  that  most  of  what  he wrote  was  written  in  a  spirit  of  defiance  and  opposition  to  Britain,  the colonising  nation.  In  this  spirit  he  attempted  to  pull  down  a  great  deal  of what  Britain  prided  in.  He  emphasises  on  the  failures  of  some  of  the most  distinguished  English  poets: [...]
Thus  whereas  he  imbibed  some  part  of  his understanding  of  poetry  from  British  poets  and  critics,  he  made  a conscious  effort  to  oppose  and  sometimes  even  belittle  them.
Vivek  Kumar  Dwivedi Professor  of  English University  of  Allahabad,  India   IRWLE  VOL.  6  No.  II    July  2010 

Indian Nationalism and Sri  Aurobindo – Part II (Continued from the previous issue) S´raddha-   November 2016
Sabita  Triapthy, Nanda Kishore Mishra
Sri  Aurobindo believed that love has a place in politics, but it is the love of one’s country, — for one’s countrymen and for the service of the motherland. Appearing in an age of political turmoil when the nation was evolving in India, Sri  Aurobindo gave a new dimension to the concept of nationalism not only to the Indians but to the world. His concept was neither political nor mechanical, but moral and spiritual. He wanted to show a new path to the world. For him, the essence of nationalism was the ideal of human unity.

Vidya Nand Garg: The Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo

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Someday Modi will build his own statue proving JJ a visionary and Mayawati a prophet. For Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, autobiography was aswarga!

The late AK Ramanujan, one of the finest scholars of Indian literature, and a poet, wrote a brilliant, informal essay published in 1989 titled, “Is there an Indian way of thinking?”
Among the many gems in this essay is a notion that all Indian thinking is context-sensitive, as opposed to the Western way of thinking that creates thoughts that claim to be context-free. Health expert @rmantha2

Shakespeare, economic theorist. His work was shaped by the market. And that work, in turn, influenced the… #News

Milton, sci-fi inventor

On sentience, sapience and speciesism 
Finally managed to write this, after a lot of deliberation and reading.

After finding the effect of antivirus, antibiotic and immune system, concept of protecting "all life" looked quite strange to me!

From Philosopher to Ironman: How and why I took on the world’s toughest triathlon

[some of Noam Chomsky’s recent views are also problematic in the perspective on fascism I am trying to develop.] ~NM
Mind and Resistance: Everybody Loves a Good Fascist--Part VI
[consciousness, belief & knowledge are interpersonal social devices; on par with values such as ethics & aesthetics]

[In every reactionary there lies a bit of Don Quixote, pining for the Golden Age—and making a fool of himself.] ~ML

[How should we teach critical thinking? Peter Ellerton, Lecturer in Critical Thinking, University of Queensland] via @wef

[unrealistic assumptions such as the belief in a perfectly rational, utility-maximizing, autonomous individual.]

The human body, far from being a passive vessel for whatever we choose to fill it with, is a busy chemical plant, transforming and redistributing the energy it receives. Its governing principle is homeostasis, or the maintenance of energy equilibrium (when exercise heats us up, sweat cools us down).
Ian Leslie, the author of Curious: the Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It, is a regular contributor to the Long Read. Twitter: @mrianleslie Thursday 7 April 2016 

A methodical programme of physical exercises can turn our muscles into steel, our legs into powerful wheels and our heart into an extraordinary pumping machine. But that would not really be a forward march but a sliding back to a left behind past. The physical consciousness has however not only the imprints of the past but also and more importantly the blueprints of the future. It is in this evolutionary direction that we need to develop the hardware of the body. 

poise and harmony upon the struggle and apparent chaos, to vindicate a victory for peace, love and harmony over the principle of war, discord and struggle« (ibid.: 53). The fascinating and inherently problematic nature of such a possibility is the crux of Aurobindo«s philosophy for our purposes. The figure of the Kshatriya is ...
'the ideals of the race cannot be vindicated', 'the frame of society cannot be maintained' (Aurobindo1997:451 ). But while saying this categorically Aurobindo also warned equally categorically against āsuric perversion of the Kshatriya ideal. Right in the Essays on the Gita such warnings can be found. For example, in the ...

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