December 29, 2019

This is the real 2020 challenge

Education was designed by the Britishers, basically by Christian scholars. Thus, various strands of falsehood were fed as truth. Eurocentrism was another reason for suppression of diverse evidences and Hegel's writings on Indian philosophy and religion is one important example.
Kant brought philosophical enquiry to an end but Hegel reopened it in which his reading of Indian texts have a great role. But this aspect has been ignored till date by the Western authors. Indian scholars have an opportunity in grabbing this task to rewrite history of philosophy
Once Hegel is accorded the importance he deserves, later developments based on science have to be reimagined. One such model we already have in Sri Aurobindo. Even he has produced multiple perspectives in Essays on the Gita, The Life Divine, and Savitri. The West can be bypassed.
American scholars of Indian philosophy are basically concerned with ancient texts mostly of Buddhist origin. This is a conspiracy to stall research in Modern Indian Philosophy on one hand and undermining Sri Aurobindo's epochal works in favour of other minor authors on the other.
It's not a question of philosophy alone; once this line of inquiry attains sufficient sophistication, many forts of Humanities will get demolished. There would be no East-West divide; knowledge sources and the lenses will converge. Religious and racial bias should get obliterated
This is the real #2020 challenge. Developing an integral perspective with sufficient intellectual muscle to match without compromising the highest standards of critical reason. Thinking part has been largely accomplished by Sri Aurobindo; what is wanted is just to flesh them out.
ARYA writings of Sri Aurobindo (1914-21) were meant for removing many confusions accumulated over the previous century both in India and the West. This herculean task has not been adequately appreciated during the last 100 years. Votaries of Indian wisdom and values must wake up.
Before 2019 ends, let's remember that Sri Aurobindo wrote an essay with the title 1919. Can be an occasion to examine his numerous prophecies and futuristic insights. Postmodernism and Transhumanism are passe; Cellular Transformation embarked upon by The Mother to gain prominence
Citizenship debate has clearly taken us back to Partition questions and basis of Nationalism. Confusion is likely to be compounded and silver lining will surely emerge from the chaos. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have indicated such tidings since India is very much on their agenda.
All religions are sure to collapse and nationalities will overlap or become porous. Increasingly, people are turning multilingual and using entertainment options from a basket of cultures. Difficult to prevent this trend since such hybridisation is going on since time immemorial.
[Transcendentalism in America, Theosophy, New-Age cults, new schools of psychology, body-mind medicine, alternative therapies, philosophical speculations that grew around the New Physics are inspired by Indian and Chinese thought like Vedanta, Buddhism, Yoga, Taoism and Tai-Chi.]

The term "holistic" here can be quite misleading. Here, it means taking control of the entire sensorium, which comes about as close to the meaning of "The Matrix" as anything I've come across yet.
Shoulders of giants? WTF. Personally, I don't think Wilber has contributed much more to Integral Theory than his predecessors in the field-- Jung, Gebser, Aurobindo, Rosenstock-Huessy.
Real genius, even historically, was more about the fecund imagination, and not about calculating, instrumentalising rationality. The "genii" of old were spirits of woodland, mountain and stream.
Very probably the four rivers are also the "Four Heavenly Kings" of Buddhism, eg, here's a relief of the Buddha receiving the homage of the Four Heavenly Kings upon his enlightenment. Similar symbolism is Christ and the Four Evangelists (included for comparison)
A similar image occurs in the Book of Revelation, where the Throne of God is described as surrounded by "four beasts". These are the same "four Zoas" of Blake's Albion divided fourfold (Zoa means "beast").
In Nietzsche's terms: the "death of God" brings about the return of the repressed -- exchange of foreground and background. Dionysus and Apollo exchange places.
David Bohm's "implicate order", drawn out through the rheomode of thinking, seems clearly to be also Jean Gebser's "pre-existing pattern" (Gestalt), drawn out also in Blake's "fourfold vision" and as Aurobindo's "fourfold Atman"
"The cistern contains. The fountain overflows" (Blake) is related. The origin of speech lies itself in the unoriginated (Hence "Eternity is in love with the productions of time"). "In the beginning was the Word".

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