September 24, 2020

Recognizing the unity of the entire creation and the divine intention

My friend, @HindolSengupta-ji, your books are wonderful; the one of Swamiji, especially, is so sincere & inspiring! The lives of Sri Ramakrishna & Swami Vivekananda show how great a virtue forbearance is. Our trials are so trivial compared to theirs. @RatanSharda55 @TIinExile

And inspired by your honey-laden message @MakrandParanspe -ji, I rest my final case, and am out of all this now. We all have so much to do, so much to write. All this is a distraction. Thank you again.

If you find this ridiculous, you have missed a very obvious thing. It's well recognised and accepted that Swami Vivekananda used to tailor his speeches according to his audience. What he said to western people was very different from his message to Hindu crowds in India.

At the end of the day we have to acknowledge that Swami Vivekananda himself had a naive view on Jesus Christ. Which I believe an exC like yourself can attest to it.  
Unfortunately this is the case with most modern hindu gurus who blame "church" for the sins of Jesus Christ.

My latest article. It was, as usual, a labor of love. I talk about the Murali/Truschke incident, scholarly ethics, and being a Hindu In the Academy. I would be honored if you read it. (It’s long but worth it!) 🙏🏽
My sankalpa is that the larger community of scholars will grow increasingly aware of the hostile environment that some Hindu scholars face in the Academy, and will stand by us and help us hold the space for ethical, powerful, rigorous academic work that allows for a multitude of Hindu voices and perspectives. Reflexivity, diversity, and self-awareness are some of the Academy’s greatest strengths. During this particular moment, when institutions and scholarly communities are becoming increasingly clear in how they can be even more inclusive and more ethical in their treatment of people and ideas, I hope that Hindu scholars will soon be able to breathe a little easier and more Hindu voices will be honored by the Academy.

How scientists fool themselves – and how they can stop
Humans are remarkably good at self-deception. But growing concern about reproducibility is driving many researchers to seek ways to fight their own worst instincts.

#Fair #democracy of experts without any intermediaries or brokers such as politicians (MPs, MLAs, PM, CM) and bureaucrats, who delay the implementation. People will transact directly with their service provider departments.
Tree of Democracy: Design it and improve it with time. #EvolutionaryDemocracy
From hypocrisy to democracy, This way: Delegated Proof of Stake
Unfair Democracy

Cricket, Bollywood, and Music keep the youth busy. No incentive in reading. Basically, no intellectual quest. Lack of acquaintance with Philosophy proper is the cause.
It isn't my fault that though born and brought up in a traditional Hindu family, I found more meaning in the teaching of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. No doubt it needs some effort which I find others aren't very particular about. Most are satisfied with the ordinary religious mode.

Posted on September 21, 2020
It seems wherever we turn nowadays we are confronted with enormous challenges. Climate change and global pollution are taking a toll on the planet and scientists confirm we are in the midst of the sixth species “die off” event they could document through geologic evidence on the planet. The earth is under pressure like never before. When we add to that humanity overrunning the resources of the planet by utilizing resources at a pace that is at least three times that which is sustainable, and that certain resources, such as fresh water, are under tremendous pressure.

All of these things are causes of disruption in human society and represent causes of conflict, migration and mass suffering. Droughts, pandemics, increased intensity of catastrophic storms and fires, all challenge our way of interacting with the environment, the other species that share the planet with us, and with our fellow human beings.

Based on the habitual manner in which our mind responds to the vital and physical world around us, and the overarching influence of the vital ego on our mental processes, we have not only disrupted the balance of Nature, but we have created endless conflict through our narrow, limited, fragmented “either/or” way of seeing things and responding to issues that arise. We thus see a proliferation of economic models, political systems, religious approaches to life that all seem to conflict with each other and which each believe to be the only truth, and therefore entitled to set the rules and guidelines for everyone else, either through persuasion or through majority rule, or if that fails, through compulsion and destructive acts. The principle of desire which permeates the vital stage of evolution controls the application of the mind to achieve egoistic, not universal, objectives.

Meanwhile we continue to invade habitat that provides both the needed oxygen production for us to breathe, as well as restricts the range of other species, and increase the proximity of potential disease vectors, creating more opportunity for global pandemic events to occur. Climate change also extends the range of disease vectors.

We continue to try to compensate for our depletion of resources through use of artificial fertilizers, and the expanded use of pesticides and herbicides, all of which increase the toxic load on the planet.

If this is not sufficient cause for concern, our economic models tend to result in a small number of individuals controlling the vast bulk of all resources on the planet and preventing equitable access to all of humanity. Add to this our scourges of genocide, racism, religious bigotry and misogyny and we have created a toxic environment that makes it difficult, if not virtually impossible to resolve issues on a global basis with our current mental approach to affairs.

Clearly a change is needed.

Sri Aurobindo has pointed out that the process of Nature in its evolutionary cycle is not solely related to the change of forms, but first and foremost, an evolution of consciousness, from the material, to the vital, to the mental, thus far. He points out that this process tends to involve an increasing pressure on the existing status quo until such time as the next level of evolution can manifest and add an entirely new perspective and method of action. It is time, based on the pressure we see in the natural world around us, and the gridlock that humanity has reached in its mental approach, for the next stage of the evolutionary cycle to manifest, the supramental manifestation.

The mind operates on the basis of separation, fragmentation and limited linear approaches to things. It therefore misses major factors that are affected by its focused approach, leading to massive unintended consequences. It is therefore not capable of solving the global, all-encompassing issues that threaten the very survival of humanity on the planet. A new consciousness, based in oneness and recognizing the unity of the entire creation, the divine intention in that creation, and the infinite diversity that exists in the creation, is required to develop insights, solutions and methods that can resolve these conflicting approaches currently wreaking havoc on the planet.

Many believe that the solution to these crises will come about through advanced technology. Technology certainly must play a role in addressing a number of issues, but it must be technology under the management of a comprehensive, integral vision, not driven by the mind’s limited and fragmented approach which creates problems while it solves specific issues.

A careful review of evolution, and an insightful view of human psychology and the unexplained capacities that sometimes arise, show us that there is a next phase to the evolutionary cycle that is pressuring to manifest more widely. Humanity can support this needed development through conscious participation and preparation of our human psychology to widen, expand our capacities, perfect our instruments of action, and recognize the need for a wider, more inclusive view in our actions in the world.

The Future Evolution of Man has provided an organized presentation of the basis, necessity and steps towards the manifestation of the supramental consciousness on earth. For those who want more detail we recommend reading The Life Divine, The Synthesis of Yoga, and The Human Cycle: the Psychology of Social Development from which the presentation in the current volume has been compiled and presented by P.B. Saint-Hilaire.

September 21, 2020

Feuerbach reformulated his view to make nature the object of religion

In Chapter 4 , I argue that Feuerbach's most powerful criticism of religion is not , as is so often claimed , that it is alienating but that it ...
... that Feuerbach reformulated his view to make nature the object of religion and so was able to explain in a way that his earlier theory did ...
Van A. Harvey - 1997 - ‎Preview - 

Feuerbach , like Kierkegaard, insisted that it was a mistake to tear the faculty of reason from the totality of the “ real human being.

"This work is a testimony with regard to the method employed by Marx and Engels in arriving at their philosophical conclusions. › books
Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach was a German philosopher and anthropologist best known for his book The Essence of Christianity, which provided a strong critique of Christianity.
Ludwig Feuerbach - 2013 - ‎

On the philosophy of Hegel and Feuerbach, and the essence and tasks of philosophy.
Friedrich Engels, ‎Karl Marx, ‎Clemens Palme Dutt - 1941

September 14, 2020

Simplest material bodies to complex human beings

Heroism in Victorian Periodicals 1850–1900

C Hadamitzky - 2020
… al. (eds.): The Carlyles at Home and Abroad, Aldershot 2004, pp. 240–247; Ranjan Ghosh: Carlyle's “Hero as Poet” and Sri Aurobindo's Poetic Theory. Reconfiguring Few Dimensions of Creativity, in: Angelaki 11.1, 2006, pp …

TT Myint
… Aurobindo's View on the Value of Teacher Another philosopher of education who is from the East is Aurobindo (1872-1950), born in an educated middleclass family of Calcutta (KolKata), a bright student … The main ideas of Aurobindo philosophy are; …

Inner Transformation for 21st-Century Futures: The Missing Dimension in Higher Education

C Woiwode - Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable …, 2020
… the self. This is based on research in developmental and transpersonal psychology and supported by ancient theories of spiritual development such as yoga psychology, as found in Sri Aurobindo's integral yoga. 10 Evolving …

[PDF] The Lure of Beauty: Harmony as a Conduit of Self-Transcendence

I Shani - 2020
… Philosophers such as Schelling (1800), Hegel (1807), Bergson (1911), and Whitehead (1929), as well as the Indian philosopher-sage Sri Aurobindo (1919), have stressed the universal — metaphysical and cosmic — significance of these two notions …

Mind, Soul and Consciousness: Religion, Science and the Psy-Disciplines in Modern South Asia (With a Foreword by JN Mohanty)

S Mukherjee, C Harding - 2020

Contradictions in the Khilafat Movement & Transformations in Abul Kalam Azad: A Historical Analysis of Muslim Politics in British India–1912–1947

R Nasir - Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 2020
… To pressurize the Indian government for annulment, the Swadeshi movement 1 was started by Aurobindo Ghosh, Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Bipin Chandra Pal, Lal Lajpat Rai and VO Chidambaram Pillai, in which British products were boycotted …


SK Sharma - 2020
… Day-5 (25/06/2020) Self- Realization and Spirituality: Ultimate aim of Life by Swami Atmapriyanandaji Maharaj (Time 10.15am-11.15 am) “The practice of yoga bring us face to face with the extraordinary complexity of our own being” SHRI AUROBINDO Prof …


… 157 6 Sri Aurobindo's Psychology of a “Psychic Being” in Support of a Metaphysical Argument for Reincarnation Stephen Phillips 179 … 11 Seeing Oneness Everywhere: Sri Aurobindo's Mystico-Immanent Interpretation of the Īśā Upaniṣad Ayon Maharaj 309 …

… The Mahabharata and The Ramayana are replete with such scenes and are highly amenable to ecocritical reading. Vivekananda's and Aurobindo's poetry are remarkable for prophetic vision, epiphany, intuition and …

PDF] Rights of Women Under Indian Constitution

S Patro - Tathapi with ISSN 2320-0693 is an UGC CARE Journal, 2020
… (d) To administer such property in accordance with law In SP Mittal v. Union of India 26 the petitioners challenged the validity of the Aurobindo (Emergency Provisions) Act, 1980 on the ground that it was violative of their rights to freedom of religion under Arts …

[PDF] Global Transformative Leadership in the 21st Century: A Science, Engineering, Technology Integrated

RA Fiorini, C Alvarez-Pereira, G Jacobs…
… We are one step away from the abysmal catastrophe humanity can avert. Sri Aurobindo depicts human social evolution as a progressive dance between rising levels of consciousness and rising levels of organization …

[PDF] From Benign Anarchy to Divine Anarchy: A Critical Review of “Spiritual Anarchism”

A Fiscella - Essays in Anarchism and Religion Volume III, 2020
… with a critique of subtle but significant legacies of colonialism inherent within contemporary terms such as “religion” and “politics” as well as “anarchism” and “spirituality,” this chapter moves from an overview of literature on “spiritual anarchism” (Sri Aurobindo, Peter Lamborn …

[PDF] The Educational Principles of Mirra Alfassa (The Mother) on Child-rearing Practices

A Das
… (Mukherjee 5). In 1943, Mother Alfassa established a school in Pondicherry in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram to practice these principles of education, where rather than confining the goals of … Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department, Pondicherry …


RM Mahbub, S Parvin
… Whereas Sri Aurobindo, in The Future Poetry, asserts about the ample of poetry from physical to metaphysical world: “[…] Poetry arrives at the indication of infinite meanings beyond the finite intellectual meaning the …

PDF] Luhmanns Life Work and Tier Patterns: The Analysis of Differences and Contingent Patterns

R Angerer - INTEGRAL REVIEW, 2020
… Central for this cross-referencing are Georg Wil- helm Friedrich Hegel, Sri Aurobindo, Charles Sanders Peirce, Ken Wilber and Lawrence Kohlberg. A final section will offer insights into the Tier Structure of development which …

[PDF] Deconstructing Developmental Constructs: A Conversation

T Jordan, T Murray - INTEGRAL REVIEW, 2020
… Though you will see these correlation tables mapping one theory to another (Loevinger, Commons, Fischer, Kegan, Wilber, Aurobindo, Piaget, Graves, Kohlberg, etc.) in countless papers in our community, they are mostly …

[PDF] Dedicated in service of Goddess of Wisdom SarasvatÏ

CP Trivedi
… 5 Page 6. Indus Vedic Biotechnology Indus Vallry to Grand Canyon Page | 6 of Maharshi Sri Aurobindo and Maharshi Dayanand that the Vedas are book of true Science. Prof Trivedi with his great devotion has proved the same with his scientific approach …

[PDF] A Summary of Research on and with the STAGES Developmental Model

T Murray, T O'Fallon - Integral Review, 2020
… Greuter. It includes elements inspired by Ken Wilber's AQAL model and Sri Aurobindo's model of psychospiritual development (Wilber, 1995; Aurobindo, 1992). The STAGES model diverges from the earlier frameworks in two ways …

[PDF] Indian Renaissance–Western Response: A Study of James Cousins' The Renaissance in India

D Roy
… With this book, Cousins was able to create an impact among the Indian readers. Sri Aurobindo became so impressed by Cousins' efforts that he decided to write a book two years later in appreciation of Cousins' book, giving his book the same title …

[PDF] An Introduction to Indian English Literature

SJ Barot, P d Scholar
… work into English. Other early notable poets in English include Derozio, Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Toru Dutt, RomeshChunder Dutt, Sri Aurobindo, Sarojini Naidu, and her brother Harindranath Chattopadhyay. Notable 20th …

[PDF] Mapping the Chiasmus

NB SAXENA - Contemporary Voices from Anima Mundi
… women of Indian temples, and geometry becoming music is extremely impressive. I was not surprised to discover that he became a student of yoga and Sri Aurobindo. In a recent article, Jerry Gin (2016) asks questions about …

[HTML] Understanding India: Regions or Civilisation?

O Gul
… of India. India as a civilization: The first attempts at visualizing and propagating the history of India as one civilization was by the works of DR Bhandarkar, Bankim Chatterjee, RC Dutt, Vivekananda and Aurobindo. These nationalists …

PDF] Integrating Adult Developmental and Metacognitive Theory with Indo-Tibetan Contemplative Essence Psychology

J Churchill, T Murray - INTEGRAL REVIEW, 2020
… This is probably due to the fact that O'Fallon drew upon her familiarity with eastern and mystical traditions (including the writings of Sri Aurobindo and Ken Wilber, and John Kessler's esoteric Integral Polarity Practice) in ways …

[PDF] Reading Fiction and Poetry: A Path to Establish Peace in Society

MM Rahman, S Parvin - Journal of ELT and Education, 2020
… Page 4. Whereas Sri Aurobindo, in The Future Poetry, asserts about the ample of poetry from physical to metaphysical world: “[…] Poetry arrives at the indication of infinite meanings beyond the finite intellectual meaning …

Supermind and the Supramental Consciousness: Sri Aurobindo's Integral Metaphysics

RC Pradhan - Metaphysics of Consciousness, 2020
This chapter will explore the nature of the Supermind and the supramental consciousness in order to show that there is a level of the mental reality which is no more bound by the laws of the lower mentality. As Sri Aurobindo has expounded the …

Gradations of the Mind: Sri Aurobindo's Evolutionary Metaphysics

RC Pradhan - Metaphysics of Consciousness, 2020
This chapter intends to explore the evolutionary approach to mind especially from the perspective of Sri Aurobindo who has brought out the presuppositions of the Vedantic metaphysics of the mind. As discussed in the preceding chapters, Advaita Vedanta does not provide …

Matter, Life and Mind: Setting the Boundaries of the Mind in Advaita Vedanta

RC Pradhan - Metaphysics of Consciousness, 2020
… place in the universe. Mind is the most visible face of the universe in that the universe appears to be pervaded by the mind and consciousness (Sankara 1997a, b; Sri Aurobindo 1973) in its basic structure. Besides mind, there …

Cosmos and Consciousness: The Metaphysical Alternatives

RC Pradhan - Metaphysics of Consciousness, 2020
… Our universe cannot be conceived if we do not include these realities in the constitution of the universe. 9.4 Creation and Cosmic Consciousness: Sri Aurobindo and Nagel … 9.11 Mind and Spirit: The Cosmic Teleology in Sri Aurobindo's Metaphysics …

The Metaphysics of Consciousness: The Foundations of a Transcendental Theory of Consciousness

RC Pradhan - Metaphysics of Consciousness, 2020
… There has been a widely accepted metaphysical view that the universe is on the path of evolution from the simplest material bodies to complex human beings and beyond (Alexander 1966; Sri Aurobindo 1973) … 10.12 Sri Aurobindo's Metaphysics of the Spirit …