July 14, 2019

It's literally the edge of our collective knowledge

Assorted tweets:

We are heading for one party rule.  It has nothing to do with Hinduism and everything to do with Muslim appeasement.  Nazism in new form.  Hindus! Can you find a militant leader to defend yourself?

Hate crimes and moral policing can hurt economic growth, says Indian industrialist: https://t.co/F7kyDEFOgy | I doubt that it's a factor of much concern but sure, no reason to have such incidents happen either
Adi Godrej's remarks on the current state of India are not the first criticism from a corporate leader of what the BJP is doing to India. Some examples follow: 1/n

Skill India is barking up the wrong tree: https://t.co/LdjKIxyk5K | Succinct and lucid piece by @anuraag_saxena, though I suspect the inertia is due to apathy and politics rather than ignorance

Don't believe that caste is dead. It is a dark time to be in India, particularly if you are a woman - @bainjal https://t.co/1Ost4jNXyE

Ananya Vajpeyi reviews A.G. Noorani's new book "The RSS: A Menace to India" in The Hindu: https://t.co/8XBrdgFLI3

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The culture of India, like the country itself, is indivisible & timeless. Just like its indivisible geography stretches from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Indian culture too represents this indivisible continuum from the Rishis up to Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. https://t.co/7brZOStSMu


Do read today's Indian Express Eye. For a moon lover like me, it's an issue to read and cherish and save for posterity. Poetry, science, film and music. It has everything. Esp precious that I know the effort behind it, @Poojaspillai #IndianExpressEye https://t.co/C7PMpB6Dun
Gulzar-I think I have a copyright on the Moon #SundayReading https://t.co/Oj8ceiYDMD https://t.co/k90JGitfXc

Odyssey, Tempest, Robinson Crusoe, Lord of the Flies..: @nachristakis fascinatingly studied real shipwreck survivors & how some (not all) avoided violence: Good leadership, mild hierarchy, friendship, cooperation.  https://t.co/Hn1D4NoPUC

A labour of love, this riveting list of 1150 free films! @openculture is a gold mine. A mix of first prints, ditched releases, debuts, shorts, adaptations, experimental, avant-garde, cult, margin, award-winners, forgotten, failed, real, noir, and surreal. https://t.co/6tSCRAJzxN

Some writers’ works the films are based on: e.e. cummings, Anton Chekhov, Franz Kafka, Edgar Allan Poe, Alexander Pushkin, Vladimir Nabokov, Ray Bradbury, Ernest Hemingway, Anthony Burgess, and Somerset Maugham
The quirky, fearless madness of cinematic genius. An ocean. Waiting.


Name your 5 favourite thrillers you've watched. In any language.

Beautifully illustrated story on Janaki Ammal, Botanist and Cytogeneticist https://t.co/tahQxRVJWD

Baji Prabhu Deshpande's epic last stand inspired many nationalist leaders too. Aurobindo composed a English poem in his honor, while Veer Savarkar wrote a famous ballad on him in Marathi, to rouse the people against British rule.

Sri Aurobindo's powerful poem is the still the best I have read on the heroic sacrifice of Baji Prabhu! https://t.co/hxo5aI2Z8S https://t.co/6DrfKO2Y8g

Indeed. And when we wake up to this glorious poetry of Sri Aurobindo we will find India produced the greatest English poet of the 20th century. It took the English 400 years to discover Shakespeare’s genius so I guess we have to be a wee bit patient...:) https://t.co/0NgrKQWiC0

I will forever appreciate the syncretic culture of India and how Mughal era is part of India’s fascinating history and the art&culture that they introduced India too. But to say they made India rich is a false narrative & white washing a lot of history.

Islam turns its followers into zombies, which makes them amenable to control. One lever to influence millions, especially the uneducated among the Muslims. Congress exploited this, cannily positioning itself as Islam friendly while keeping the Muslims impoverished and uneducated.

Jadunath Sarkar - "The glitter of gems and gold in the Taj Mahal or the Peacock Throne ought not to blind us to the fact that in Mughal India, man was considered vile;"
(Source: A short history of Aurangzeb) https://t.co/potc24aYTo
Sarkar continues "The mass of the people had no economic liberty, no indefeasible right to justice or personal freedom, when their oppressor was a noble or high official or landowner; political rights were not dreamt of.."

60) Hymns 383 - 388 (Verses 3,840 - 3,913): Description of Rig-Veda, Mandala 05, Sukta 029 to 034 (all hymns addressed to Indra); with #SriAurobindo's words on the true psychological significance of Indra https://t.co/mAbSjSoLSM


Mortal Life and the Pursuit of Immortality, Part 2 https://t.co/TSIPhM70uN

Working through Kumārila on upamāna this past week has highlighted for me just how far the field of Indian philosophy has to go in terms of spadework. Imagine if we had essentially one major English translation of (some of) Aristotle’s works.
The chapter on upamāna (the epistemic instrument responsible for knowing similarity) is intimately connected with discussion about perception, memory, language, inference, and metaphysics. Yet there are just a handful of treatments of it, none comprehensive.
And this is the case for so many other parts of Kumārila’s corpus, as well as so many other thinkers.

Yesterday I offered to share some writing advice that has worked for me, & it garnered a lot of interest! So I'm going to share it here in a thread instead of individually by email because we can all agree that academic writing is HARD! So here we go #phdchat #AcademicTwitter
3-Writing your dissertation or a manuscript is hard because no one has ever been where you are. No one has ever written about it in the way you're going to. It's literally the edge of our collective knowledge or else you wouldn't be writing it. https://t.co/IcFCbzwqQw https://t.co/bntZ79rU1s
Ok, other people to follow for great writing advice - @StephenBHeard, @raulpacheco, @thesiswhisperer are my favorites, but if you have more, please add them here! Another great blog post is - https://t.co/IwwTyv8ttm. Ok Twitterverse, good luck & get writing!

Terrific ongoing talk by Beverley Glover, Cambridge Univ on nanostructures that underlie biological patterns in plants and animals @Beverley_CUBG #hfspmtg https://t.co/y9L1zLOpUe

The word ‘parva’ means a span between two nodes of a sugarcane. Just like the span between nodes in a sugarcane stalk, so also is the role played by the parvas in the Mahābhārata.
Mahābhārata and its Place in Indian Culture – Part 2 https://t.co/GdQ3eEIFSZ

Modi govt is in the right track; trying to be true to Constitution even at the risk of diluting many of party bastion. Such a clear headed policy is admittedly daring and admirably refreshing. Many would suspect carrot and stick but from all appearances, intentions seem genuine.
Hope you have chanced upon this handle.
Rainbow & the Other: Cultures in danger of being eradicated https://t.co/wl1QO3bELR @NathTusar, Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF), Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad-201014 (U.P.) #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
Savitri Era of those who adore,
Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

July 10, 2019

Latin university motto is similar to Chinese tattoo

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"Education" policies have always been & will be about mass literacy. It's about numbers & creating future "workforce". Hence, Govts should be kept out of education. Education is & must be the function of households & communities if we must transmit/protect anything of real value.

No matter which political party is in power, one cannot let them have power over one's children and family. 
Your children becoming the children of the state is communism's dream.
Sadly, many Hindu parents have given up the power to raise their own children and cry foul now!!! https://t.co/Yy4r6JDYwX

Hindus writing books/novels based on our puraaNaas and itihaasas in English today:
Let's not hold each other to high standards or any standards for that matter. You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours! Together, we'll become or just declare ourselves "best-selling authors"!!!

universities: we have an impressive Latin motto.
also universities: we cut the entire classics department.


The Latin university motto is the analogue of the Chinese tattoo: its wearer has no idea what it means, but thinks it brings street cred.

Went to Auroville of my own volition and may have slightly warmed up to Aurobindo; perhaps it has its own place. But that place certainly wasn't Indian Lit 😶

Devotees and admirers of Sri Aurobindo: Deport Peter Heehs and his supporters from India - Sign the Petition! https://t.co/jMmRngiQGd via @ChangeOrg_India

Sri Aurobindo  Sri Aurobindo represents “the completest synthesis  that has been written by Shrikanth https://t.co/vx9GvlIhCg #columns

49) Hymns 316 - 321 (Verses 3,283 - 3,345): Description of Rig-Veda, Mandala 04, Sukta 020 to 025 (all hymns addressed to Indra); with #SriAurobindo's words on the true psychological significance of Agni https://t.co/L9fUwlJnWp


I believe all this is based on some undated notes from 1927 that #SriAurobindo wrote, without revealing their significance, rest is built up by the imagination of the disciples :)
Perhaps not related to rebirth, but manifestation of some related powers in the two beings.. https://t.co/X67SFauPeA

This may help to remove the confusion :) https://t.co/LhdW0UYeY8

There is also a student union a new type of school, named Sri Aurobindo International Education Center,at Pondicherry.visit it and learn what's real education and how the students will be.Exlent free progress edn. is running there with the help of soul.Would your govt follow it?

I have perceived it..a little of that great wave has nudged me to action that i otherwise wouldn’t have performed..simple gestures, that bloomed like a tiny flower, a speck of beauty amidst chaos..yes, I have seen it..
One has to be a bee to appreciate the flower..we simians have lost that faculty long back..a period of training and aspiration is necessary...
Yes. And it is possible..the collective is too big a field to change, we are not Rishis yet, but can start with ourselves..Sri Aurobindo says somewhere on how we aught to be,”..when one of us stands up, thousands around may be filled with His light, joy and power”
But too great the music, too profound the Dharma, until least of the little me remains, it shall not possess me entirely, I shall not be the full-throated songbird yet. of the little I glimpsed i can speak..but one has to know if it is curiosity or sarcasm or quest that impels?

Till 70s #SriAurobindo was not even in history expect the Alipore case ! Forget His literary works !! But as says SA in His #LettersonSavitri , A mistake once recognised must be admitted & CORRECTED ! And what a better way to teach English with of SA!! @narendramodi @Auro_Mere

With Maa Sri Aurobindo's grace, Mala Ashram had Prof @GoutamGhosal2 today. His benign nature, which has always been his hallmark, left the local people n members spell-bound. His visit will b a milestone for the Ashram in d upcoming days. We hope to c him again for better enlightenment
It is in Falta, West Bengal.

If one reads Sri Aurobindo, then s/he can fathom the significance of Evolution. Why the Westerners came to India? Why Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo, Tagore, Gandhi, Nehru, Ambedkar, and others went overseas? Recognising inevitability of #WorldUnion and redundancy of Hindutva needed.
Both modernity and postmodernism are essential in our task of consigning all past religions and rituals to museums. Texts of course will circulate but sans reference will lose relevance and adherence. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo will rule on merit. It's Evolutionary inevitability.
Religions are accumulated culture marketed for commercial purposes with political patronage. They are also a means, says Sri Aurobindo, for elevating human consciousness, at times. This transcendental aspect needs to be a priority by relegating mythology and rituals to oblivion.
Plain & Simple: Start off your Savitri era tour https://t.co/t2Oi1YJHEu @NathTusar, Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF), SRA-102-C, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad - 201014 (UP). #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
Savitri Era of those who adore,
Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.
Only sixty handles are connected to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo and many of them are dormant. Unfortunately, @viryavaan seems to be suspended. Let's hope, @TwitterIndia doesn't drown his firm voice. May be more devotees exchange opinions in FB but not being a member I'm not aware.
No one has experienced whole of life and consequently all portrayals of it are inchoate. Stretches of long years may be eventful but in terms of understanding reality of life can be a desert. Spectrum is merely a certain conception or visible aberration of light; not light itself.
Your tweets seem to be a bit uncharitable. Your article may have highlighted some miseries but that's not the whole story. There are many persons who are well acquainted with Ashram history. However, past sufferings should not diminish the relevance of Sri Aurobindo's philosophy.
Not many here can claim to have actually used Binaca Top toothpaste as I have. It came as a breath of fresh air challenging Colgate, before declining as Cibaca. Radio Ceylon's Binaca Geetmala was a rage then. Nature has this uncanny knack of thrusting new things and toppling old.
I was fond of building toy bridges in the childhood with bamboo stems, jute sticks, etc. complete with brick dust as the clay topping. Then the fascination turned towards "She is the golden bridge." Hope to build an actual (or, virtual) bridge someday and name it after Heidegger. https://t.co/yMlO7Z4Bvp

Book therapy for the problem of Mumford's "post-historic man"/Nietzsche's "Last Man" -- Jean Gebser's *Ever-Present Origin*, Rosenstock-Huessy's *Out of Revolution: Autobiography of Western Man* and Aurobindo's *The Human Cycle*. Should prove an effective cure.
"The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it... History is literaly present in all that we do" -- James Baldwin. Can't free ourselves from robopathy, therefore, without consciousness and insight into it.

The EFL PodBlog Language Learning Daily est sorti de presse! https://t.co/GFNSU30Wn5 The Latest ... @lingoda @SavitriEraParty @terraglobal #languagelearning #education

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How movies embraced Hinduism (without you even noticing) https://t.co/TFU5ZVT6w8

In the wake of the Tamil film industry wanting to ban 'extremely harsh' reviews, replugging an interview with the brutal 'Blue Sattai': #BlueSattai https://t.co/3Qw0gzxN0C

#ZoyaAkhtar #Oscars So thrilled to know that Zoya Akhtar has been invited to join the Academy  @TheAcademy . I admire her work. She has imbibed so much from her family but she has also her own original thinking.
#ABetterWorld #Writers #Arists #Filmmakers So much remains to be done before we make this a better world. There is no time to rest.
The Bridge of Love by Sunayana Panda! https://t.co/ZacoJpoJE0

@radhika_apte says monogamy has to be a choice not a compulsion, says ‘I believe in falling in love with many people’ #bffwithvogue https://t.co/MMUa1BkBT5
"Sometimes it’s a physical attraction, sometimes it’s just admiration and that can be very potent also and I think that’s beautiful. Why would you not address that aspect of your life?” - @radhika_apte https://t.co/yy50JkWQ5L

Life after marriage is tough for everyone, but here are six basic lessons all parents need to give their daughters before the big day.  https://t.co/3XJXCNtPIQ

July 03, 2019

Shift the attention from the past and focus on the future

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Few know the greatness of Maharishi Aurobindo! He had predicted much in advance that India would gain independence on 15 August 1947, as his divine birthday gift... YES! Sri Aurobindo's birthday is 15th August... It... https://t.co/vTwOOQfHJy

Hey India, the future is that-a-way

The Hindu-18 hours ago

A significant portion of India must develop the guts and good sense to shift the attention from the past and focus on the future. This section will dream up a future India, free the country at last from all the scars of the past. This section will be the “massive barrier-breakers of Immortality” to echo Sri Aurobindo’s words from Savitri. By the force of their thoughts and deeds, the dream of a lovely India can hasten to become real.

The philosophy of #evolution has a special status in the integral philosophy of Sri Aurobindo. There are two aspects involved-an ‘Involution’ (a downward movement) and an ‘Evolution’ (an upward movement) https://t.co/TsjSnzJjQ9

Kena Upanishad: Mind, Senses and Life-Force and the Search for the Underlying Cause of Their Action https://t.co/Ue1boLT8M4
Perception in the Mind and the Subliminal and Subconscious Levels of Experience https://t.co/F7uEvohwA2
The Four Necessary Functions of Active Consciousness https://t.co/0Qgn7NVWvq
A Supreme Sense Behind the Senses, Part 1 https://t.co/274WKs6nKT

Join us for the free online course on "Sri Aurobindo and his Essential thought" Click here for registration=> https://t.co/uHWjHXwvE0 https://t.co/n9iVGCH22H

The Alum continue to diversify and integrate. California Institute of Integral Studies started mid-19th century by Sri Aurobindo to integrate East and West, is now a world renowned graduate school with people from... https://t.co/48yUxlC4Mf

@pragyaitsme writes a wonderful summary of some key sessions at the National Seminar on Prenatal Education: Ancient Indian Perspectives. Presented in two parts. https://t.co/jKMjWUuUl7


Draft New Education Policy 2019 through a Gender and Sexuality Lens https://t.co/sAgGakeo6G
The politics of Hindutva and its erotic charge: Jaya Sharma https://t.co/6mgPIhULyM
Gujarat Today Could be What ‘Hindu Rashtra’ Will Look Like for Dalits https://t.co/p3a0N2BSHJ https://t.co/7J2anbicau

Politicians has a private stock market where they trade the "quid-pro-quo". Many transactions are done and the system stays alive. That's why a balance of power between all factions is important to the system. https://t.co/PKDIAtkJEl
Massive levels of corruption in nagar nigam gaushalas in certain states.  Hindus r so used to ideological corruption.  Other religions know this well n take advantage of it.
In terms of buddhi,  a younger girl is far weaker than seasoned woman.  In fact,  when a adult Muslim male comes back to hindu dharma,  in several cases,  his entire family I. E.  Wife n daughters come back!  They follow him.  So,  depends.
Women r easier to initiate into bhakti.  Somehow,  the first set of non hindu women coming to temple institutions looks impossible,  but if that somehow happens,  their alignment with their men will dislocate further.

A lot of people make this mistake Garima ji. Women are always more rooted in their culture than the men. Kisi bhi dharm ke hon.

Seems very interesting : Evenings with Shraddhaalu https://t.co/EzOiB4vgG1.
Dear @narendramodi @BJP4Karnataka @BJP4India @Tejasvi_Surya, please watch just the first 6 minutes of the interview. Beautiful thoughts on Indian constitution. >> https://t.co/oJ1KVFKaul

Everything is useful but most religions are just covered with lace and jewelry by people, because people love to decorate everything, and they cover and cover what they are afraid is their ugliness... and eternity's frightening mystery.

It's never about, atheism, theism, deism, or any other ism, but always about people and people are same everywhere. In all its glory human nature is a mix bag of good and evil only varying in degrees.

There are people in this world who focus more on our similarities than differences. These are the people who inspire me. They bring us to common ground. They spread positive vibes. They pursue truth. They remind us that we are linked. Indeed, we're far more alike than we realize.

On lifehacking, growth hackers and more. Today in the TOI. On hacking as way of life https://t.co/2epfxD9RUD

For those of u who are going through sleep issues,u can consider reading a few pages of Sri Aurobindo literature before trying to doze off, as someone rightly observed, the English of rishi is just like sanskrit mantra/verse, and helps calm down the nervous system/mental tension. https://t.co/OAKZOoc0qq
I can't vouch that it will give u a sound sleep like sleep pills, but at the least, it will remove agitations and tiredness of the mind that is not getting sleep. Though such intrinsic experiences may vary person to person, and some may find greater relaxation in shri maa word
Anna my point being that, bodies of language behave like flow of rivers, they change courses along the path of history, thus what u may not be getting into sanskrit as of 21st century, u may stumble upon certain hidden bengali literature of this end in kali yuga.

Of course I agree there. For each soul that is born to a language or has adopted it as his own, moulds the language to serve his world action. And in doing so, shapes the language too..Sri Aurobindo mentions what Tagore did for Bengali should suffice for 300 years..
No need to disparage Sanskrit..and certainly does not feel ‘mythical’ when the Shruti emerges from your own being in however diluted a form..hear/perceive it once and nothing is the same in you anymore..Bengali does not need such jingoistic support..

I find descriptions of paradisical realms and states from Savitri to be very good for reading before sleep, second only to passages that might resonate with your current circumstances.

transformation. He called it the "the Shadow". 
I also don't like to suggest yoga/dhyana as a cure except for myself and a limited number of others I know, because these are subjective processes. I can't know how well they even understand these and or how well they do these./3