November 30, 2018

Constantly in mode of fight or flight response is not good

“I think Orwell, without ever having gone to the USSR, really did understand it from the outside brilliantly.” 
The best books on Totalitarian Russia, a #readinglist by Robert Service

Aakash Singh Rathore in his “Plato’s Labyrinth” posits that laughter and sexual desire, which are generally considered peripheral to Socratic dialogues, are actually central to understanding them.

Joseph Kahn’s BODIED is now available on YouTube Premium, so I am (once again) re-upping my review

Director Emeritus of @amhistorymuseum, @brentdglass, on the five major themes of American history: "the story of freedom, the influence of war, the impact of innovation & technology, the tradition of diversity, and the influence of the American landscape."

It’s certainly not easy for women who work in Indian films, not even if you’ve been at the top. My column today, #TheOutsider, about the late #Sridevi & #KalapanaLajmi, and how they struggled to stay relevant. #IFFI2018 #ThePeacock

Read about a teacher's fight to remove the #taboo associated with #menstruation in rural #Chhattisgarh and check the drop out of young girls from #school #MHM @YouthKiAwaaz @teachersofindia @NiliMajumder @dasra @UNICEFIndia @WHO  @HDFCBankCSR #ZIIEI

Hijacked By Elites: Why Is The Indian LGTBQ Movement Fighting A Mythical Enemy? @freentglty

Freud versus Jung: A bitter feud over the meaning of sex

Just think about it, our brain evolved to stay alert to shocks in a jungle scenario. For e.g. a snake or a snake like creature in the jungle. So shock and stress has huge evolutionary value for us. But here that brain mechanism gets triggered constantly.

Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers this book is on similar issues .... constantly in mode of fight or flight response is not good for long term health .....

The city of the future is one with way less parking. Most cities currently dedicate significantly more space to storing cars than they do to housing people. We can choose to flip this.

#_C_l_a_s_s_i_c_s_ | Sharpening the moderate | @PrasoonJoshi_ :  We can’t stay in denial. Are we working to create a uniform society with placid sameness, which doesn’t have edges, doesn’t have granularity, is imposed and not organic?

Justice Katju on flawed Indian parliamentary democracy, stupid masses and ‘gobar’ class intellectuals.

The modern world teems with beliefs in astrology, paranormality, and demonic possession. But that isn't evidence we've left the Enlightenment’s legacy unfulfilled

Arise Arjuna: Sandeep Balakrishna in Conversation with Shri David Frawley (Vamadeva Sastri): via @YouTube

Peter Heehs' new book, Spirituality without God: A Global History of Thought and Practice is perhaps a comprehensive study on the theme this post draws a thumbnail sketch of. Sri Aurobindo, however, remains the most authentic voice on this ancient debate.

PR, journalism, and critical analysis are three different realms and adequate grounding is needed to distinguish them. RW journals turning a clone of each other is hardly useful. Quality and credibility stem from sound criticism and not merely by academic or professional degrees.

If I remember correctly, the then PM said in his speech that Babri Masjid will be rebuilt. This promise has been forgotten and perhaps is considered irrelevant. But that would be the greatest achievement of India if the domes reappear along with cobwebs. #Sabarimala gives hope.

Offices and Institutions created by the Constitution are too distant and intimidating for an ordinary citizen. Those are for those who can influence, mobilise, and organise. Ideas, however, have a trajectory of their own and at times catapult a lay person to large-scale recognition.

Struggle for existence is a reality and achieving easy as well as big success in a complex and competitive environment is a challenge for everyone. Politics, in this scenario, is more of a career than any service motive, owing to compromising with values is a foregone conclusion.

Vacillation and ambivalence are hallmark of RSS which have helped it to survive. (Syādvāda or Anekantavada, of course, are old doctrines reinvented by postmodernism.) The only definite assertion made by Mohan Bhagwat recognising worship of Sai Baba has enough subversive potential.

It might be tempting to characterise certain phenomena with precision but words are insufficient to describe complex and multi-layered reality. Looking for the good side and drawing lessons from the flaws is a more balanced approach than outright vilification and condemnation.

RW commentators never bother about the dynamics of how events occur or possible hidden reasons behind them. What they dish out, day in and day out, is a bland version of out and out materialist account of people. The philosophical approach of looking at history is totally absent.

Odia Film Songs: First five hundred Odia Film Songs The list is still incomplete and listening all the songs is not possible as yet. Videos, too, are not available in YouTube to watch freely. #OdiaFilmSongs #OldOdiaMovies #IndianCinema #GoldenEraOdiaMusic

Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar have sung only two Odia solo numbers each and they are all gems. Mayuri go tuma akashe & Tumaku parunita bhuli by Rafi and Sei chuna chuna tara & Aji mun shrabani by Lata. #OldOdiaMovies #GoldenEraOdiaMusic #IndianCinema

No one believed us then, but now many great minds are repeating that Modi is fake. In actuality, Modi is the same and holds up a mirror to others that they are all fake. Everyone is in love with stars and celebrities on TV and Modi exploits this weakness of the people to the hilt.

Three important debates: Triple Talaq, 377/LGBT, and #Sabarimala unfolding during the Modi regime have far reaching effects. Apart from the claims on economy and development, these social sector churning are surely outstanding feathers in Modi's cap. Obviously, no fakery here.

By firmly positing rising to the next level of Evolution as the target Sri Aurobindo alerts us to present imperfections. While rejection of what is wrong is necessary aspiration for the good qualities is primary. Both however must proceed in an attitude of surrender before Grace.

Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF - since 2005): Selfie and conforming to conventions of beauty Posted by Tusar Nath Mohapatra @NathTusar at November 27, 2018 Location: Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh 201014, India #SriAurobindo

[PDF] The Mystery and Magic of the Here and Now Some speculations on what makes Process Work/ABS Labs work
S Banerjee
… It is connected as well to the collective consciousness (that includes the collective unconscious). In Sanskrit, this is the Jivatma. Sri Aurobindo talks of the over mind and the super conscient mind. Tagore talks of …

[PDF] Gandhi, Aurobindo and a New Social Vision
S Sharma
“He (Mahatma Gandhi) professed the philosophy of Hindu Universalism, which maintains that all religions contain truth and therefore worthy of toleration and respect. It was articulated by Gandhi:... Gandhi believed that at the core of every …
[PDF] Engaging Advaita: Conceptualising liberating knowledge in the face of Western modernity
P Odyniec - 2018
… 1870s. Prominent among the writers are Bankim Candra Caṭṭopādhyāya (1838-1894), Vivekananda (1862-1902), Aurobindo Ghose (1872-1950), Mohandās Karamcand Gandhi (1869-1947), and Radhakrishnan (1888-1975) …

D Chakraborty, W Biswas
Page 1. Special Issue for International Conference on Emerging Role of Leadership, Values and Ethics in Organisational Development, KIET School of Management, KIET Group of Institutions, Ghaziabad, UP, India. International …

Living Yoga: The Value of Yoga in Today's Life
S Satchidananda, S Keshavadas, RJ Gelberman… - 2018 cc @Bodhisatvaa my favourite Tamil sridevi song . chk it out.

Made my day. What a rendition of a classic #Tool song, and from #Bangalore. Just great! #Tool #cover #acoustic #10000days 
Right in two (Tool cover) - Beard of Harmony ft. Yann Phayphet (Live rec... via @YouTube

November 27, 2018

Selfie and conforming to conventions of beauty

ICYMI: Cambridge professor @DianeCoyle1859 picks the best economics books of 2018, featuring books by @kaushikcbasu, Robert Sugden, @CC_Rosenthal, Angela Penrose, and Karl Sigmund @basicbooks , @PrincetonUPress, @Harvard_Press, @OUPEconomics #readinglist

In ancient #India theater promoted the values upheld by the society. De-linking #sacred from theater has done much harm to the art form

Such a graceful and divine performance of Kathak. From music to minute gestures of eyebrows and fingers...everything is perfect in classical in it purest sense.
If only North Indians could rescue this ancient dance form from the world of mujras...
It's futile. I tried to go through some books. All of them with their heavy leftist agenda claims that dance is no older than 17th century! Only almost forgotten nationalist sources traced it's origin to Mahabharata.
Kathak was hijacked for the mujras of Islamic courts drowned into debauchery. Liberal history asserts that's kathak had no existence before it appeared in Islamic courts. And if it had existence then it is heavily persianized. Ganga Jamuni tehzeeb gugu gaga nonsense.!
Manu Hindus of North  then going by this portrayal of  Kathak considers it as impure/heavily Islamicized modern dance and hence neglect that heritage.

Also, let's not kid ourselves into thinking it's the selfie that's made people focus on physical appearances. We've been obsessed with establishing and conforming to conventions of beauty for centuries. And hating ourselves for falling short.

“I think it’s important we maintain a sense of proportion and we don’t confuse someone touching a knee at dinner with being raped,” #LionelShriver tells @BhavyaDore

[every woman who watched him felt loved and respected. Women themselves want to be seen as seductive and are totally focused on their physical appearance because that must attract attention. In Rajesh Khanna’s films women were objects of adoration.] -Sunayana Panda

[Sunayana, a young, vivacious editor at a leading publishing house, finds herself drawn into a disorienting but compelling liaison with Ashok, a reserved but well-known middle-aged surgeon.] Body Offering (2013), Author: Makarand Paranjape @MakrandParanspe

The greatest bondage is not external, but what Hindus have been taught to believe, things like — ‘All religions are equal’. This being taught without context or nuance in our schools and institutions, continues to further the farrago of false equivalence.

Dr Iravatham Mahadevan: A Tribute To An Indus Intellectual: he exposed left dishonesty in the case of Ayodhya. via @swarajyamag

Yes! Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong. is an excellent book. Highly recommend reading it, especially if (like me) you're a complete dolt on the science front.

Agree. Can't stress enough the importance of reading #inferior by @AngelaDSaini to debunk some of this science (most of it TBH) that exists to prove male vs female stereotypes

But here’s a question: Was it ever realistic to expect Sandberg to behave differently?
Why do we assume female leaders are inherently gentler and less egomaniacal? With so few examples to draw from, how on earth would we even know?

In recent years, the voices of survivors and activists, through campaigns such as #MeToo, #TimesUp, #Niunamenos, #NotOneMore, #BalanceTonPorc and others, have reached a crescendo that cannot be silenced any more. #16days of activism #OrangeTheWorld #HearMetoo #Nov25th

Speaking of motherhood, this article on the changes wrought upon a women's body during pregnancy is an amazing read.
But as alluringly action-packed as these analogies are, they remain wholly speculative. And indeed, theories of conflict in and beyond the womb are just that. As the biologist Stephen Stearns at Yale has remarked: ‘the annals of research journals are littered with the corpses of beautiful ideas that were killed by facts’. At present, there is no definitive proof that the microchimeric activity, commonly described as conflict, combat or colonisation, reveals one entity pitted against the other. The assumption that the solitary organism strictly pursues goals of survival and genetic self-interest favours a parsimonious view of the individual: homo economicus operating in an environment of scarcity, in eternal competition with a nameless other.
The self emerging from microchimeric research appears to be of a different order: porous, unbounded, rendered constituently. Nelson suggests that each human being is not so much an isolated island as a dynamic ecosystem. And if this is the case, the question follows as to how this state of collectivity changes our conscious and unconscious motivations. If I am both my children and my mother, if I carry traces of my sibling and remnants of pregnancies that never resulted in birth, does that change who I am and the way I behave in the world? If we are to take to heart Whitman’s multitudes, we encounter an I composed of shared identity, collective affiliations and motivations that emerge not from a mean and solitary struggle, but a group investment in greater survival. Katherine Rowland is the publisher and director of Guernica magazine
"Mothers are expected to repress their emotional, hormonal and bodily changes while also bearing the burden of family and career expectations."

Disregard for women’s consent and misogyny are deeply rooted in our religious, cultural and literary traditions. Several instances can be seen in both #Ramayana and #Mahabharata #MeToo

Hinduism gives highest respect-rights to Women. Ramayana: A modern independent woman capable of living single after marriage. Mahabharata: A woman given right to have 5 husbands in a society where only men had polygamy. Liberalism? Study vedic rights for women.

Many Mandirs have depictions of homosexuality and unlike any other religion, Hindu religion is fine with all kinds of sexual orientation. These ignorant morons are turning a pride march into a Modi-Mandir thing.

Which is why RW-LW adds to confusion in Indian context. Let our side be called Dharmic with a capital D. Let them be called Progressive with a capital P - since that is what they seem to prefer and I do not want to demonise their point of view to begin with; only in due course :)

While "fatalism, determinism, and predeterminism are discrete in stressing different aspects of the futility of human will or the foreordination of destiny" "a dramatic change or event happens suddenly and is very noticeable and surprising; is exciting and impressive" #FiveDreams

"In fairness, these studies were observational studies, so they do not prove higher LDL-C directly protected against dementia."
"But as alluringly action-packed as these analogies are, they remain wholly speculative." #InSight #Mars

Marx is railed against but remembered for: "Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it." Stephen Stearns pointed out: "the annals of research journals are littered with the corpses of beautiful ideas that were killed by facts"

Savitri Era Learning Forum: Bernard Lewis, Nick Dirks, and Lily Myers #SriAurobindo Posted by Tusar Nath Mohapatra @NathTusar at November 26, 2018 Location: Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh 201014, India

November 26, 2018

Bernard Lewis, Nick Dirks, and Lily Myers

The foundations of Muslim separatism had also been laid during this period, owing to the different reactions of the Hindus and Muslims to Western education. And, finally, the Bengal Press had come to reflect the ideas and aspirations of ...
A. F. Salahuddin Ahmed - 2001 - ‎Snippet view
The different reactions of Hindus and Muslims to Western education led to uneven development of the two communities in modern times. The impact of English education produced a new awakening among the Hindu youth and heralded the ...
TAPU: Is Anything Sacred Anymore?
CF Koya - 2018
… Review at Goutam Ghosal, The Rainbow Bridge: A Comparative Study of Tagore and Sri Aurobindo. Tapu Biswas - 2010 - International Journal on Humanistic Ideology 3

CR Das versus Tagore  | #SubrataMukherjee : The essential thrust of his (C R Das) criticism was that Tagore in the swadeshi days, post-knighthood, had drastically altered his views, emphasizing more on internationalism and less on nationalism | #_History_

[Social Ideas and Social Change in Bengal 1818-1835 - A. F. Salahuddin Ahmed, Aly Fouad Ahmed - 1965 - The foundations of Muslim separatism had also been laid during this period, owing to the different reactions of the Hindus and Muslims to Western education.] #FiveDreams

[Henry Louis Vivian Derozio (18 April 1809 – 26 December 1831), one of the first educators to disseminate Western learning and science, had a profound influence on Bengal Renaissance]
[Denis Diderot (5 October 1713 – 31 July 1784) was a prominent figure during the Enlightenment.]

Bedu Pako: Fifteenth year annual cultural programme organised by the Uttaranchal Parivar Samiti, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad is on. Shri Sunil Kumar Sharma, local MLA @sunilsharma_bjp graced the occasion. Harpal Singh had once described, #ShipraRiviera is a mini India.

#_Sabarimala_  | #PramodPathak : Social movements have been successful in changing many archaic beliefs in the past like Sati or human sacrifice. But it was more a process of attitudinal change & opinion creation rather than being just mandated by law.
@SGurumurthy : Even 2day, we suffer from hangovers of colonisation. The colonisers feel guilty abt colonisation. But, the colonised people r not feeling sad that they were colonised. They revel in things which colonisers left. It is paradoxical phenomenon

“By the end of the Cultural Revolution, more or less all places of worship in China had been either destroyed, closed or repurposed, so that there was no functioning temple, church or mosque in all of China”
@iandenisjohnson on Religion in China

In this episode of The Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam explores the "nature vs nurture" when it comes to gender.  "It turns out the contention that genes and prenatal testosterone don't matter is as simplistic as saying they explain everything."
When you hear 'gender', what do think it is? A biological state? A social construct? Something that's fixed? Something that's fluid? Considering how important a part of our identities gender is, you'd think there'd be some consensus on what it is, right? But no.

It's difficult to explain just how normal we think it is for women to be as close to invisible as possible. And for many, it's not just in public spaces that women must shrink. Have you heard Lily Myers's Shrinking Women? (Gives me goosebumps)

I have spoken about this with male friends over and over. Luckily, some of them have put themselves in my place and seen how something as simple as walking down a street can be outright terrifying for a woman. It's like we are taught to shrink all the time.

There is a Linda Sarsour and there is a Lakshmi Tripathy and there is a difference in where they stand on the inter-sectional acceptability ladder.
This is why it is better to be your own woman, have your own label and speak your own truth. However inconvenient it is to others.

This is a complete fucking misunderstanding and misrepresentation of Nick Dirks’ work. These Sanghi idiots pick up bits and pieces of scholarship and use them in a garbled way to promote their nonsensical view of Indian history and society

The story of technological progress is a story of continued betrayal of mankind. Consciously avoiding directions that will reduce the pain of people (and of nature overall), but force-fitting the technology into the same old market mechanisms which are the root cause of all pain.

It is a popular belief that the Ramayana is idealistic, while the Mahabharata is realistic. Yet these two epics have identical building blocks, identical themes, and identical history.
Know more in @devduttmyth's new book #RamayanaVersusMahabharata here:

While "fatalism, determinism, and predeterminism are discrete in stressing different aspects of the futility of human will or the foreordination of destiny" "a dramatic change or event happens suddenly and is very noticeable and surprising; is exciting and impressive" #FiveDreams

One has to always be wary of any kind of stereotyping, however what you say has shades of truth. A good place to start, albeit from a Judeo-Christian-Western tinged point of view, is this 28 year old article by Bernard Lewis "The Roots of Muslim Rage"

#Auroville a city in #India turned 50. It was founded by disciples of Guru Sri #Aurobindo. So #SRF’s @anmagos, Javed Atique and I tried to understand what it is like to live in a social experiment. #documentary #dop #camera

Let's get more Engaged with Our Upcoming Environmental Cine Festival for the year twenty1️⃣8️⃣ in collaboration with IIC (@iicdelhi) A Closer look at Our Catalogue..
Leaflet 5⃣#quotesfromtheearth

#Metamorphoses18 Special Talk on 'Blending Music with Technology' featuring @niralikartik, Shankar Barua & @chintankal, on 27th November, 6.30-8.00 PM at IIC. Co-organised by- @iicdelhi @NITIAayog @CPR_India.

New blog post: on Lisa Adkins' important new book, THE TIME OF MONEY:
The basic argument of the book is that speculative financial operations are central to social life and experience today. Capitalism has moved from an extractive regime (generating surplus from exploiting labor) to a speculative regime (generating surplus from speculative financial transactions). In this way, finance is in no sense superstructural or extrinsic to the “real economy”; rather, it directly and entirely makes over the entire realm of the social. And in particular, financial speculation makes over our concept and experience of time.
Nothing is more rhizomatic than contemporary finance capital, and nothing is more exploitative. 

NASA’s InSight lander scheduled to land on Mars! Due to land on Nov. 26 ... Once @NASAInSight lands on the #Martian surface, it will spend its time getting to know the heart of the Red Planet to help us understand how rocky planets formed, including Earth:

Interesting new research about climatic changes that ended Harappan civilisation - the summer monsoons weakened sharply but the winter monsoon strengthened (although not enough to compensate). This has interesting cultural implications 1/n

Hi OpIndia readers. We have an important announcement to make and we seek your support in our new journey
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The story behind the deity of #Sabarimala is definitely the creation of a talented poet of yore like Sophocles. [Freud misread Oedipus Rex—which does not illustrate the Oedipus complex— and distorted its meaning to suit his theoretical preconceptions.]

Three lessons on Siddhi Day:
1. Sri Aurobindo is the topmost authority on Indian religion and tradition.
2. Sanskrit texts need to be understood in the light of his interpretations.
3. Evolution towards a global consciousness warrants shedding antipathy towards foreign cultures.

A gap of a century between the launch of Brahmo Samaj on 20 August 1828 and formal establishment of Sri Aurobindo Ashram on 24 November 1926 following Siddhi attained by #SriAurobindo, which witnessed wide ranging intellectual churning. Can't be steamrolled under Hindu narrative.

Leftists are an influential moral voice in politics but their perspective on violence is ambivalence. Congress chained to Dynasty similarly is antithesis of Democracy. BJP is evolving but can't be free from RSS clutch. So no prospect of a decent choice with freedom and fair play.

From Morse code to Mars Science probes matter. Economics tells us about patterns buttressing fatalism. Hindutva harks back to the past signalling regression. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are the only teachers who talk about future possibilities by transcending present imperfections

Textbook ethical positions vis-à-vis politics seem absurd considering how much manipulation and malpractice are rampant. But The Mother & Sri Aurobindo invoke Vedic virtues to assure that those refined qualities are a reality and can be attained by individuals who seek sincerely.

Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF): Nikos Kazantzakis, Cornelius Castoriadis, and Zygmunt Bauman Posted by Tusar Nath Mohapatra @NathTusar on November 23, 2018. Location: Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh-201014 #SriAurobindo #Auroville

Plain & Simple: 30 books are banned in India #SriAurobindo Posted by Tusar Nath Mohapatra @NathTusar Location: Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh 201014, India

November 23, 2018

Nikos Kazantzakis, Cornelius Castoriadis, and Zygmunt Bauman

From refusing to give information on how close to 30 books were banned in independent India and how those bans were never revoked, the Ministry finally relented and offered to give information on three books: The Satanic Verses, James W. Laine’s Shivaji and Peter Heehs’ The Life of Sri Aurobindo. But even here the Ministry continued to dig in its heels, citing potential law and order problems that would arise from sharing full information on the books, till the Central Information Commission ordered it to share whatever it had subject to the provisions of the RTI Act.

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6 hours ago - Dr.Aster Patel will be facilitated with the Auro-Ratna award on 25th atSri Aurobindo Ashram. On 23rd at Pavilion of Tibetan Culture Sound Healing. On 24th at ...

On Sunday 25th November at 10.30am at Hall of Harmony is Sri Aurobinod Ashram , one of the pioneers and pillars of Auroville, Dr. Aster Patel, is going to be felicitated with the Auro-Ratna award at the Hall of Harmony, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry in the presence of managing trustee Manoj Dasgupta and other prominent disciples. Collective transportation organized by
Auroville Council invites us to give feedback on Entry Policy 2017 until 6th of December.
Friday 23rd of November at 7pm at Pavilion of Tibetan Culture Sound Healing, a meditation with Tibetan Singing Bowls. On Full Moon Nightby Satyayuga.
On Saturday 24th at 7.30pm at CRIPA Handpan solo recitaJuandPan with tunes from around the world.
Satrting on Saturday 24th at 5.30pm Pavilion of Tibetan Culture Golden Dawn – 50 Years Auroville 50 Births 24th November to 8th December at Pavilion of Tibetan Culture *Exhibition *Talks *Celebration.
On Sunday 25th November at 11.30am: Women’s Circle – Shared reflection on the value & power of all birth experiences

18 hours ago - Purushottama Yoga: London Talks on 'The Life Divine' · Seven Studies in Sri Aurobindo · Beyond Religion · The Alchemy of Her Grace: Grateful Reminiscences

Assorted tweets:

Consistency is the virtue of dead minds. We evolve and are lucky when we shed our past and former selves. That’s what  My Experiments With Truth taught us. Your recognising of where you were and where you’ve come shows how you’ve changed. Your critics are fossilised.

Bali Jatra: Celebration Of An Ancient Voyage. On Kartik Purnima, Cuttack begins its week-long celebration of Bali Jatra - a celebration of phenomenal maritime history. #BaliJatra via @swarajyamag

Uttarakhand's Char Dham yatra was a blockbuster event this year

How Brahmanical patriarchy can directly affect community mental health

When the husband is unemployed or dead, their wives must confront the labour market as a single woman. Here, sexual exploitation is almost integrated into the work contract. | #LoksangharshMorcha

We speak all the time about marital rape, but what about the men who were denied sex by their wives?: Pooja Bedi constructed an impressive array of straw men during her keynote speech. BJP MPs Harinarayan Rajbhar and Anshul Verma were the other two guests.

Prostitution remarks for TV anchor: Somnath Bharti gets Arvind Kejriwal’s support in seeking justice for Joshadaben, Mansi Soni

In 2015, I wrote a book where a mother leaves her family and goes away. The story is from the pov of her daughter who wants her mother back. But when they do reconnect, the daughter realises that her mother is not just a mother any more.

What u describe is a trifling little thing called prejudice, or even less worrying bigotry or the trivial attempt at just a harmless bit of demonization. Inconsequential matters like genocides hav been perpetrated against Hindus in general & brahmins in particular based on these.

The American who sought to establish a "kingdom of Jesus" on an island home to the world's last pre-Neolithic tribe facing extinction abused India's e-visa on arrival system for tourists by hiding his mission and not applying for a regular missionary visa.

'The angels will call on me' – Meena Alexander, Indian-American poet, dies at 67

My heart is heavy. As a perennial migrant, I found solace in your words, #MeenaAlexander. Your poetry helped me navigate anxiety-ridden journeys across (meta)physical borders and to celebrate (unapologetically) the murkiness of identity and belonging. Thank you for everything.

Most of us didn't humiliate women by talking about their private parts even as 4 year olds. You don't need to "learn" and "evolve" to know basic decency. Your apology is as insincere as your support to womens rights.

Far from being a simple synthesis of or equidistant from, both Islam and Hinduism as portrayed by establishment historians, Guru Nanak represented a spiritual and civilizational engagement of Hindustan with the consequences of an expansionist religion.

Only Brahmins Can Speak About Hindu Religion, Not Low-Caste Like Modi, Uma Bharti, Says Senior  Congress Leader And Key Rahul Aide CP Joshi via @swarajyamag

Auroville success story:  Sunlit future:
Sunlit Future develops renewable energy solutions. By fusing solar energy technologies it brings, renewable, environmental sound, and socially consciousness energy into the daily lifestyle of urban and rural India

I just listed: 'Dear Aurovilians - Inspiration from Karan Singh's Auroville Collaboration', for via @amazon
The book, meant for all who appreciate the things Auroville stands for, tries to capture the insights and inspirations for one’s joy and enrichment from Karan Singh’s charismatic person while presiding over the Auroville Foundation for the major span of its existence. The book has six parts constituting Karan Singh’s speeches in and on Auroville, selection from interviews, letters, articles on Auroville followed by a visual presentation of his early visits to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry and assorted topics of interest. There is also a special addendum “Light on Karan Singh” which contains reminiscences and perceptions on Karan Singh from many scholars and prominent figures from across the globe. The book contains plenty of striking pictures of Karan Singh in Auroville and at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry over the span of 50 years.

Notes from the Conversations on Anu's book "Auroville - the City for the Future" Link :

Makarand Paranjape and a Miraculous Help I received from one of his books Penguin Sri Aurobindo Reader.

i havent read much about him. so dont know. but i know only one thing, much popular people of that period were all, pawns of one or another world power. Even many, whom, people call as spiritual giants.
what i meant was, many so called nationalists didnt really fight british. but were used to thwart resistance against british in right moments., as foreign agents.

There's a difference between Socratic dialogue and badgering interrogation that disrespects boundaries. Most people know the difference but some unfortunately don't and really need to.

India’s scientific advances are by no means confined to ancient times. The work—and preferably brief life sketches—of modern Indian scientists such as S. Ramanujan, C.V. Raman, Satyendranath Bose and a host of others certainly deserves mention. #CVRaman

When Aldous Huxley, Dying of Cancer, Left This World Tripping on LSD, Experiencing "the Most Serene, the Most Beautiful Death" (1963)

Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud (1930)
The Postmodern Condition by Jean-François Lyotard (1979)
The Condition of Postmodernity by David Harvey (1989)
Postmodernity and Its Discontents by Zygmunt Bauman (1997)
Modernity and Its Discontents by Steven B Smith (2016)

Cornelius Castoriadis (11 March 1922 – 26 December 1997). [The Greeks had an imaginary by which the world stems from Chaos and for the ancient Jews the will of a pre-existing entity, God. The former developed democracy where the laws were ever changing...]

You are evaluating from the Indian standpoint but Sri Aurobindo was already a universal person and was concerned more with future Evolution of the mankind. The Life Divine published between 1914 & 1919 testifies it. So, please avoid words like embarrassing regarding #SriAurobindo

While your impression on Sri Aurobindo can't be disputed, and some of his devotees, in fact, wrote to him questioning his actions; he, however, defends himself stoutly and all the letters are available free online to read. You may go through them sometime.

Almost all facts about The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are documented but unfortunately many are spreading disinformation without reading. Mixing fact with fiction without any compulsion of substantiation is being considered by some as their birthright. Alas!

RSS is attempting to give the vision of Sri Aurobindo a shape which should be seen as an Evolutionary leap. It's inevitable, The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have said it pithily. Please read the August 14, 1947 broadcast by #SriAurobindo in which he spoke of #FiveDreams & #WorldUnion.

I have been reading for over half a century now and it's for you to catch up with. #MirraAlfassa #SriAurobindo

Have spent many hours from time to time with her The Poetic Self: Towards a Phenomenology of Romanticism (1979) to savour her penetrating insights on Coleridge, Wordsworth, Arnold, Whitman, and Baudelaire. Meena Alexander (17 February, 1951 – 21 November, 2018) #MeenaAlexander

Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis is well known but before it, I had read about the author in A study of Savitri by Prema Nandakumar. His epic, The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel (translated into English by Kimon Friar) with 33,333 lines is longer than Savitri (nearly 24,000 lines).

Solomon’s proverbs and Confessions by Augustine, Rousseau, Tolstoy, and Gandhi are famous. Sri Aurobindo too has written enough in First person so as to fill one full volume titled: Autobiographical Notes and Other Writings of Historical Interest (CWSA 36)

Savitri Era Learning Forum: For the first time since school, they had a playground

November 22, 2018

For the first time since school, they had a playground

Buzzfeed India is talking about Auroville, an intentional community est by white settlers in south India in 1968, and I have some thoughts on neocolonialism, national identity, and the allure of utopia: (THREAD)
That Auroville, a white, neocolonial settlement, looks like paradise to Buzzfeed only speaks to the success of it as a neocolonial project.
(I wrote an article on this history of Auroville, available here

I have been there there is no conflict between the Europeans and Tamizhs in that village. Rega’s attempt is shallow aping of a western narrative while urs seems to be motivated by ur dislike for Sri Aurobindo’s movement. But these narratives r full of mischief.

Alfred North Whitehead: Extension and the Theory of the Physical Universe

World According To Quantum Mechanics, The: Why The Laws Of Physics Make Perfect Sense After All
M Ulrich, J Manu - 2018

As the story goes Alfassa started having visions of a "dark Asiatic figure whom she called Krishna who used to be clad in 'vision dress' (dhoti)". Later she identified the person in her visions as Aurobindo. Indians know her as 'The Mother'. Below are some excerpts of their work.
The Cosmic Movement's penetration of Indian Freedom Struggle, Politics, Education & Religion.
This thread focuses on advanced threat perception from this group. Although this is a vast network covering many areas we concentrate here on key players driving it forward.

Above is a brief rendering of the two World Wars as seen by Mother Mirra & Aurobindo; offered without comment. Next we will see how from this base the Cosmic Movement expands and lays the foundation of Freemasonic lodges all across India. Stay tuned.

"How Gandhi avoided the pitfall of Aurobindo’s approach to civil resistance" (don't agree but interesting ...)

Sanskriti University has signed an MOU with Shri Aurobindo Society to offer certificate, diploma and degree programs in Vedic sciences. This has paved the way for opening of School of Vedic Sciences at Sanskriti University. Read more:

Aim of this paper is to make readers aware about place of Kama in Bharatiya scriptures and culture along with message of Kamashastram #India #Hinduism #Sexuality

#5 Mandir narrative maybe irrelevant by 2020
Towns are getting urbanized.
Gap b/w cities & towns has narrowed down due to Jio.
Veer Di Wedding was a hit because of women in towns.
Semi-urbans are consuming more liberal content these days.
More Hindus will be seculars going fwd.
#6 The rural/semi-urban population has been the core strength for Hindutva. They turn into secular, progressive Hindu haters & BJP's gone
The Left media appeals to these semi-urbaners.
Rather, pro-Hindu voices will be gone.
My two cents : BJP will put on a secular face going fwd
#27 The way @jack has been dealt by the RW handles,is really encouraging signs of a growing number of people who are proud to call themselves Hindu
Hindus have an habit of getting complacent with small victories. We can only rest when the schools start teaching Hindu philosophies
#37 Need pro-Hindu media houses.
This won't come from ones who have studied liberal arts all their life. It comes only out of a mind unaffected by Marxist education. I know such youths who are keen to work on one. Absence of an ecosystem makes them do this on a leisure basis.

Very disappointed with this article by @AbhishBanerj. This comes across as totally ignorant of research methodology and particularly qualitative research.
Expected a much better response.
You ofcourse can't fly planes based on ethnographic studies!!!
Qualitative research is representative. Not randomized. It is purposive and has always been. Because the intention is to explore trends, not establish them.
Samples and sources are not the same.
@YearOfTheKraken had written a much more thorough piece on this.

@firaism Yeah. Marquez is the absolute best. Wish I knew Spanish to read him in the original :(

@AgentSaffron @firaism Please read René Leys and Life: A User's Manual if not already. Thanks.

@mkatju @sujataanandan My vote is for "Life: A User's Manual" (French) although I have not read it fully.

Do's and Dont's dog us all our lives. No wonder, Life a User's Manual (1978) by Georges Perec is merely a novel, experimental and beguiling.

[Bartlebooth (whose name combines Herman Melville's Bartleby & Valery Larbaud's Barnabooth) dies while he is about to finish 439th puzzle.]

I read about Bartlebooth (Life: A User's Manual by Georges Perec: Bartlebooth then sends each painting back to France...) in Jean Baudrillard: A Study in Cultural Metaphysics by Charles Levin. A character I always remember like Tom (Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe).

Red Earth and Pouring Rain by Vikram Chandra can be said to be comparable to Life: A User's Manual by Georges Perec. Anamdas Ka Potha by Hazari Prasad Dwivedi and Agni aur Barkha (Agni Mattu Male, The Fire and the Rain) by Girish Karnad are equally complex

René Leys is another fascinating novel Charles Levin discusses in his Baudrillard book. Cf. The Phantom Hour, a short story by Sri Aurobindo. [Sturge Maynard rose from the fireside and looked out on the blackish yellow blinding fog]

Solomon’s proverbs and Confessions by Augustine, Rousseau, Tolstoy, and Gandhi are famous. Sri Aurobindo too has written enough in First person so as to fill one full volume titled: Autobiographical Notes and Other Writings of Historical Interest (CWSA 36)

Many young people have asked me for a list of books they should read. The select list of books I regard the best:
@ArpitGargDelhi There are some immortal books in literature which every educated person shd read. However, nobody is compelling u to read thm

A concerted attempt to delegitimate Vedas, desacralise tradition & make Hindus hate themselves; unfortunately for "cultural materialists" reliable social data is so hard to extrapolate from "poetry" & "myth" that most of their prejudices come crashing down like a pack of cards?

Sir, you are absolutely spot-on: the strategy is to deflect from the hateful placard @jack displayed to stale & unconvincing EPW-style "research"--much of the latter, when it comes to classical India, informed by thinly disguised prejudice & unwarranted extrapolations.

If you are curious and interested in calling the bluff of 'Brahminical Patriarchy' peddlers, I would recommend Uma Chakravarti's paper. You can read it here:

This article by Sanjeev Nayyar, based on Dharampal's writings and British surveys, is a most inconvenient inconvenience to "Brahminical patriarchy" Hinduphobic narratives... 
"Were Backward Classes always suppressed in India"

Prof please watch the video in the link, where in a tall Hindu Mathadhipati is openly criticizing spiritual conduct of another tall figure (Sri Aurobindo) 
If our own house is not in order, why always accuse others?

Then, out of nowhere, the internet happened. It was the early 2000s and blogs and an infant social media universe came into being. It wasn't tech heavy. The arts students liked it. For the first time since school, they had a playground.
Why is it then, that privileged members of the science caste consider themselves capable of holding forth on humanities subjects even though they never had that education? They literally rejected that education. They were applauded for not being interested.
And they JUST CAN'T DIGEST IT because their lives have been lives of educational privilege. They have always been the top rung of Indian society. They were brought up on the lie that they are better than everyone else. They have always been the ones destined for "success".

However, the two cultures are meeting. Internet is a great melting pot. Today, cognitive science, aesthetics, art, coding, engineering all combine to create real changes in our lives. I should not leave out the third stream - commerce - which drives the fusion

In fairness, these studies were observational studies, so they do not prove higher LDL-C directly protected against dementia. We can hypothesize why higher levels of LDL-C are associated with lower incidence of dementia. It could be a marker of overall health or nutritional status, it could be that LDL-C directly improves the health of neurons and prevents brain atrophy, or it could be more related to lack of diabetes or ApoE4 status for which a study may not always completely control.

FYI Auroville was not 'established by a bunch of white people'. That Buzzfeed title is racist and inaccurate. It was established by the Mother, who wasn't white AFAIK, and who was the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo, an Indian. The Mother and Sri Aurobindo were so close..... that you cannot completely distinguish between the two after some point, so there is a sense in which Sri Aurobindo had a part to play in the establishment of Auroville. Further, not only Europeans, but local people and others also had a role to play in the establishment of..Auroville.

Some books listed already are excellent but one that was gifted by a friend is an old book first issued in the 1940's, 'I Dare You!' by William Danforth. The language 'dates' it but the messages on self improvement are timeless. Here is a free .pdf

Progress and Poverty by Henry George. The greatest American thinker nobody has ever heard of. Reverting to classical economic thought and applying his Land Value Tax theory, i was able to see the cat. Once you see the cat you always can see the car

Pollyanna and The Little Prince..they are simple books but both remind me of simple things in life to be happy about that most people forgot to do or think in this huge and complicated world..