December 31, 2018

Inner peace, relaxation, and greater self-control

Secularism is the core safeguard India needs

The Asian Age-14 minutes ago
A Hindu state may not have raised much cavil if it had respected Sri Aurobindo'sbelief that “Hinduism … gave itself no name, because it set itself no sectarian ...

Window Seat | Mrinal Chatterjee 30.12.18

Odisha Diary-30-Dec-2018
Three of the newspapers, with which Aurobindo Ghosh ( born August 15, 1872; who later turned into Rishi or Sage Aurobindo) was associated with shows the ...

In the aftermath of Bhuj Earthquake, two attempt discover the epicentre ...

The Asian Age-29-Dec-2018
I was then in class 12 (or its equivalent as per the education system of Sri AurobindoInternational Centre of Education) and had opted for a one-to-one special ...

New Year, equality and Gita

Daily Pioneer-28-Dec-2018
(Essays on the Gita by Sri Aurobindo). To understand the subtler sense of the Gita, we must disentangle our mind of the Materialistic view of the Existence ...

Assorted tweets:

It's going to be a game-changer in the future when it's realized the base scientific descriptions of reality we hold as truth are as antiquated and antediluvian as the mythologies that science gleefully "rationalizes" away. But, it's always a step in the right direction.
True, Hegel was deeply analyzing his own being & thought in relation to world and objects to arrive at absolute idealism. Wouldn't this be more of a 1st-person endevour like vipassana? Spirit as world evolving into higher complexity and sophistication would be a 3rd-person approach almost universally found in west (Schelling, Gebser, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin) not typically found in Eastern thought outside of Aurobindo. My point was only that focusing on 3rd-person pov can ignore 1st-person, and lead to say physicalism common in academia & such.

Whatever is causing trees to work together, research shows that forests don’t neatly fit the “survival of the fittest” version of Darwinian evolution that lingers in our minds, even 150 years after it was...

We are wired to focus on bad news, but the world is getting better. Much better.
@sapinker joins @amitvarma in episode 101 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss why this is so, and why Enlightenment values are essential to this progress continuing:

So let us debate effectiveness of the 2 sets of myths while preserving maximum personal liberties for the individual.  After all both sets purport to accomplish the same set of goals.  Over to you.

Thought For 2019:  Ideology Is A Trap, Whether You’re  Left, Right Or Centre via @swarajyamag

The 10 Best Books Of  2018 via @swarajyamag

If u were wondering why Guha types pitchfork Perumal Murugan etc 
“Non-threatening provincial intellectual a particular favourite of Indian Eng writers who need hyper-moral reasons to subdue their more potent contemporaries.” Great insight  @manujosephsan

"Marx finds in Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations a whole range of criticisms of capitalism that sound just like Marx"

Jonathan Wolff on the five best books for an introduction to political philosophy 
#philosophy #readinglist

@JohnPatLeary translates the new language of capitalism in the 21st century, and explains how the words and ideas of market logic inject themselves into our vocabulary and values. Leary is the author of  Keywords: The New Language of Capitalism'

"Life is a struggle, and there is a focus in fairy tales on what we can gain from the struggle to bring meaning to our lives."
A #readinglist by Jack Zipes, editor-in-chief of the Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales

Why Amartya Sen’s “The Argumentative Indian” is the answer to all the contemporary debates | @amufarrukh

‘No Nation for Women’ flows with haunting lyricism born of pain, suffering and violation
When the quality of the writing makes the facts more chilling.

30 years since he was killed, Safdar Hashmi Zinda Hai

RIP #MrinalSen Sen directed the Odia movie Matira Manisha based on Kalindi Charan's novel of the same name. The movie, though critically acclaimed, was not so well received by Odia cinegoers. #Khokabhai 's popular song Udi Gale Gendalia is from this movie

Original Hindi Film Song : Ye Samma, Samaa Hai Ye Pyar Ka ये समा, समा है ये प्यार का Film ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile’ 1965). Sanskrit Version by : Dr. Harekrishna Meher (As per Original Hindi Tune)  Lyrics : वेलमिदम्, इदं वेलं प्रेमदम्  Blog Link :

Divyavani Sanskrit Radio is an initiative of Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture(SAFIC), Puducherry, the first ever 24 hours online Sanskrit Radio which globally broadcasts a variety of programmes in Sanskrit.
Listen to Divyavani online via...

Oh the painting.. the ISKCON folks nail this..wish every other ashram or math follows their aesthetics.. Sri Aurobindo Ashram has its own design aesthetic.. but too refined for common tastes...

Watch around 2 min. Our entire Physical Education contingent with two huge white columns of alumni of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education singing the Bande Mataram. We do it with utter utter pride and love. Everytime. Even in the audience.

Only Aurobindo can express this so well. In fact "dasyu" in many  instances is the same as "vrtra" but western Indologists including  Michael Wit(less)zel translate it as a race of enemies - aka Dravidians.

No one from Odisha in both the lists. Ila Patnaik, wife of Prof. Ajay Patnaik, is not Odia by birth.
[ThePrint intellectuals list didn’t make the grade. So, I nominate 36 brilliant Indian women] via @ThePrintIndia

As this year is coming to a close, it's worth remembering that nothing has been proved to be true as regards the world or human affairs. Suppositions by science, philosophy, or different religions are juggled with limited applicability and validity. So, quest for truth is a must.

Postmodernist perspective can lead one to see all themes as myth but philosophy of Sri Aurobindo acts as an anchor and point of departure. He too avoids fixed solutions but provides a firm rationale for perceiving the Evolutionary undercurrent behind events and discursive choices.

Those who certify or count as intellectuals have not read an iota of Sri Aurobindo. This speaks of their flawed vision and warped logic. Political permutations dominate discourse but a lot many other concerns need to be addressed; whether 'Knowledge by identity' can be practiced.

Every school of thought has avid peddlers and so, the acute necessity to cut the clutter. Each endorsement is meant to seduce and therefore one must be astute enough to find his way to Sri Aurobindo. Once there, one may feel frustrated due to difficult prose but persistence pays.

Recording my regards towards Niranjan Mohanty, Dharanidhar Pal, Bhaja bhai, Madhu bhaina, Anadi bhai, Purnachandra Mahapatra, Haraprasad Mahapatra and others with whom I was associated in The Mother's work in Odisha in the eighties. (Pic: Champaklal, V. Madhusudan Reddy, and Prapatti)

When I was in the Primary school in the early sixties, the sight of the teacher holding a cane and applying it liberally was normal. Verbal whipping, similarly, seems to be necessary, even today, to make people accept Sri Aurobindo's The Secret of the Veda

Plasim Radar

My year in review - The biggest thing that happened this year was that Neoliberalism’s Demons was published (and it remains available direct from the publisher or from our evi...

The Science of Astrology – Pseudo or Genuine? — M.S. Srinivasan - There is no other subject or field of knowledge which is looked down upon with such contempt, ridicule and scorn by the scientific world and ra... As we have discussed earlier, our horoscope is not a chart of unalterable fate, but indicates life-possibilities, which can be altered by human will or invoking divine Grace. For example, if a planetary combination indicates the possibility of mental degradation at a stage in our life, we need not accept it as our fate and go mad! We can prevent it by making a conscious effort to bring inner peace, relaxation and greater self-control to our mind, inner detachment from our thought and feelings and praying for divine Grace.

Sri Aurobindo in Bengal, Part 10 - Though, as we learn from his confidential letters to his wife, he was being led by the Divine within, he had arrived at a stage when a crucial experience...

Pleasure or Satisfaction Is Not the Standard for the Ethical Being of Man - There are many people who have put forth the standard of living a life for the sake of pleasure or self-satisfaction. They hold that we have a natural rig...

Philosophy of action - In case you missed it, I would like to recommend a website on philosophy of action which is a great single go-to page for almost anything related to the to...

Risk taking, guts, and show of superiority and dominance - New Year, equality and Gita Daily Pioneer-11 hours ago (Essays on the Gita by Sri Aurobindo). To understand the subtler sense of the Gita, we must disentang...

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