March 14, 2023

Life shows pulsation of cognition

 Collated by Tusar Nath Mohapatra (b. 1956), Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (2005), Founder, Savitri Era Religion (2006), and President, Savitri Era Party (2007)

I want to be abundantly clear. I’m not against all of A.I. There will clearly be miraculous, positive ramifications for all of us. Of course. However, we need to tread very carefully, and pay close attention to what automation is doing to our souls and our relationships with fellow men and women, the world over. Additionally, what will the incorporation of this technology in our everyday lives do to our ability to effectively and constructively think and communicate? Outsourcing of these faculties may make things “easier” but certainly not better for our children in the long run.

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There's no reason we can't have physics and soul at the same time, . Just requires a bit more imagination. Dawkins’ scientism is so fervently monotheistic!
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But what are the origins of religion? Not tradition, clearly, but some sort of momentously transformative moral insight or mystical experience that erupts like hot magma from the core of our being and then, yes, subsequently cools into the hard rock of traditional dogma.
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origins are the incest prohibition. Originally The father kept all the women, including the daughters, then the sons gang together and kill and eat the father, share out the sisters. Then they fear turning into the father and so sacrificed, and instead create a totem. religion
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I guess I don’t look to sex obsessed Freud for my cues on religion
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Fair enough. I was mostly being playful with that comment. Freud opened a door (well, he inherited & furthered many 19th ce. German thinkers who opened the door, eg Schelling, Carus, etc.), Jung walked through it.
Freud states clearly that the sex drive is only one amongst many. Its uniqueness references the diploid cell. It is a drive that is outside haploid drives as it needs other. This is why Freud 'appears' to be sex obsessed, but that is a misreading. death drive should help
If you're listening, , I'd love to see you engage with some actual intellectuals on these questions, eg, Bruno Latour. You'll find he's well ahead of many of your shallow criticisms. Still you'd do well to read & respond to "Facing Gaia"
Listen to this dialogue between & on Value
There is still heaps to explore; like reconciling mythohistory (esotericism) vs deep time (science), and divinisation, supramental, omega point (Sri Aurobindo & Teilhard) vs entropy, heat death & cyclic universe (physics & cosmology). This will be on future webpages & books.
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The history of science as he was really seeking a foundation for his scientific project. I really try to emphasize clear and distinct ideas, what he means by them, and what can be mathematized in our experience.
Teach one bumblebee to open a box for a sugary reward and the knowledge will spread through the colony, which shows that these insects maintain a kind of minimal culture
Life evolved from rudimentary organisms to human beings. The purpose and meaning of such evolution could be attributed to the emergence of organisms' goals to survive and reproduce. Over aeons, organisms develop "internal representations" of things in their environment 1/2
that have significance to their survival and reproduction. I believe this is how "consciousness" begins to evolve, and which is what I think you guys refer to as "culture" 2/2
But what is quite astounding is that even what in our view is the smallest manifestation of life shows pulsation of cognition which contains in it its infinite varied powers that come to get revealed down the deep time. प्रतिबोधविदितं says the Upanishad.
Sri Aurobindo said repeatedly: 'Man is a transitional being, he is not final. He is a middle term of the evolution, not its end, crown or consummating masterpiece.'

Ram Swarup

M Gandhi, H Assassin
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Vedānta and the Possibility of a Heart-centric Education

A Mitra - Science and Spirituality: Bridges of Understanding, 2023
Our conception of education... must take note of the child as a whole, as heart as
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choice, our man is not educated.–Sister Nivedita 1923: 24 (emphasis in original) …

Ideas of Indigenous Resilience through Triangulated Model: Ecological Society Experiences of the United States of America and India

B Sengar - Indigenous Societies in the Post-colonial World …, 2023
The present study in the book chapter discusses about emerging thoughts to
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Having distinguished the primary philosophers of religion, those whose
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Absolutely fantastic piece by on the word "Paraiah" and the Parayyar community. STOP USING THE WORD "Pariah".
Agree 💯% with in this. Open the Archaka. Bring in a unified not homogenised Indian Archaka /Purohita Service. The birth based system is falling apart. A worth based system is the future. Adapt or Perish.
Awareness of Sri Aurobindo is increasing but many misunderstandings persist. Ashram and Auroville don't fully represent the philosophy of the Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Different systems followed by the local centres possess no definite validity. No particular book has the supremacy.
Performing rituals spreads complacency. Spirituality, on the other hand, takes up all activities as worship, with an attitude of surrender to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Aligning with the evolutionary intention happens only through the intervention of The Mother & #SriAurobindo.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo teach to aspire for a better world instead of worrying about the present state of affairs. People of goodwill around the world needn't feel powerless. Higher consciousness will descend to help at the right time. This is collaboration with the evolution.
Savitri Era Party, opposed to AAP, BJP, and Congress, seeks to establish a modern and democratic political culture as conceived by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Savitri Era Religion, similarly, aims at freeing people's minds from the clutch of mythology, rituals, and superstitions.
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Communication is never complete or perfect. Even in case of written words which are supposed to be exact multiple interpretations precipitate. Scholars have toiled with tangles of hermeneutics since ages. So expecting others to be at one's own level may not be fair. Many just nod
Inculcating curiosity both scientific and philosophical on ontological matters in students is a big necessity. Govt privileging mythology and superstitions poses huge barrier to this. Sri Aurobindo is an acknowledged philosopher and poet but his writings are yet to enter syllabus
Difficult to swallow any interrogation or investigation process being labelled as targeting or political vendetta. No one in this country enjoys any immunity from legal action. Further, no action against a particular person can't be cited as a reason for demanding amnesty for all.
Securing funds for contesting in the elections is actually the culprit. All kinds of dishonest practices are adopted by the so called leaders. This is reason why good people find it difficult to survive in politics.
Both on the front of philosophy and politics, Sri Aurobindo is the best guide. What he wrote on religion too is inescapable. Whether acknowledged or not his predictions are being increasingly imbibed by the public discourse. People find it difficult to digest but they are logical
Following The Mother & Sri Aurobindo facilitates freedom from mythology, rituals, and allied superstitions. Enlightenment values burnished with Vedic wisdom provide a robust philosophical substratum. No obeisance to the priests, monks or sundry imposters. Individual growth is key
Western scholars don't discuss Indian philosophy and try to keep the discourse confined to their own thinkers. In Sri Aurobindo, however, we find surpassing of both Western and Indian philosophy. Plus, he has the added advantage of yogic vision illuminating the path to the future
Devotees have direct relationship with The Mother & Sri Aurobindo who are worshipped as the one Supreme Divine. Thus, there's no system of any priests in Savitri Era Religion. Further, there's no prescribed mantra or any ritual. Each follower is free to choose his method of yoga.
Being a senior citizen implies needing assistance and sympathy. But in Twitter it's added responsibility. People are busy in their selfish motives but for us being a watchdog and safeguarding ethical values is the task; being an impartial observer and offering objective opinions.
Rainbow & the Other: Supramentalisation is a bio-spiritual necessity for survival Collated by Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Founder, Savitri Era Religion (2006) and President, Savitri Era Party (2007). Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.