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

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