March 31, 2024

Technology, philosophy, and happiness

 Collated by Tusar Nath Mohapatra

"While System 2 believes it is in charge, Kahneman wrote that, in reality, System 1 is in command." Those of us who are conversant with Integral Yoga psychology of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, these explanations sound rudimentary since there are physical, vital, and mental levels.

[exploration of information control from Marx, Lenin, and Goebbels to Orwell, Huxley, Machiavelli, Nietzsche, Gramsci, and Mao reveals a complex landscape of methodologies and philosophies employed to shape societal beliefs and narratives] Douglas C Youvan

Arthur Oncken Lovejoy (October 10, 1873 – December 30, 1962) - The Great Chain of Being (1936)

Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) - The Call of Cthulhu (1928)

James Ephraim Lovelock (26 July 1919 – 26 July 2022) - The Quest for Gaia (1975)


New Episode! "Savitri: a Legend and a Symbol by Sri Aurobindo, Book I The Book of Beginnings, Canto 3 The Yoga of the Soul's Release, pp. 41-45"

Savitri: a Legend and a Symbol by Sri Aurobindo, Book…

Player links & show notes: 

Sri Aurobindo on Internationalism and its relation with Anarchism and Socialism

2nd National Sri Aurobindo Mahila Pathachakra Conference 

4 days ago — There is a possibility that the Sun has its own consciousness and can influence events on Earth through solar flares and other phenomena. These ...
3 days ago — Don't fall for every science-sounding claim. An article published on said that a 'biologist' claimed the sun was conscious.
8 hours ago — We are led deeper into That which is beyond anything and yet is everywhere and in everything.
The 43rd Annual Function of Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre near Gandhi Mandir Road, Dhenkanal was held yesterday evening. Here is the full video.

Web results

8 hours ago — This is a non-affiliated site, run by and for devotees and followers of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. The site features talks and writings of Alok Pandey ...
10 hours ago — One of the most important periods in the life of an individual is the time he spends as a student. This e-book compiled by Vijay highlights key passages from ...

[HTML] Learning to Live Together Harmoniously: Spiritual Perspectives from Indian Classrooms: By Jwalin Patel. Pp 239+ xxiii. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. 2023.£ 109.99 …

N Jha - 2024
For an educational zeitgeist so rooted, and understandably so, in measurable, scalable, and replicable results, it is difficult to entertain the idea of an unquantifiable goalpost. Although terms like socio-emotional learning (SEL), teacher-student …


H Deepa, T Nadu
… Sri Aurobindo’s concept of education is not only acquiring information, but acquiring various kinds of information. Education means not … Aurobindo’s Views on Knowledge Sri Aurobindo located the secret of human knowledge in the depths …


C Jain, A Rana - Building and Spaces
Our growing world faces many challenges related to the environmental crisis, climate change, globalization, mass migration, urban housing and technological development. Native architecture is therefore similar to using native materials …

Manoj Das Master storyteller

… Sri Aurobindo is a visionary who sees that this man is not the final product of evolution. Man continues to evolve, and this insight of Sri Aurobindo inspires me. All our problems — our experiences … Once you are acquainted with Sri Aurobindo …

Jayanta Mahapatra: A Silent Valediction.

S PANDE - Writers Editors Critics, 2024
Sahitya Akademy award winner Jayanta Mahapatra's popular book A Rain Of Rites has an unusual enthrall and merit that I have attempted to interpret/unravel briefly in my own culturally creative mode in this article besides commemorating his death. It …

Indian Sensibility in Jayanta Mahapatra's Poetry.

S SOOD - Writers Editors Critics, 2024
… Indian English poetry has been identified variously as Indo-Anglian, AngloIndian, Indo-English from the time when eminent poets of the period like Henry Derozio, Toru Dutt, Aurobindo Ghosh and Sarojini Naidu underwent expressing themselves …

Decolonizing the IR Classroom

A Sharma - The Oxford Handbook of International Studies …, 2024
… The political thinking of anti-colonial nationalists like Gandhi, Tagore, Aurobindo, and Radhakrishnan are often invoked for their enduring relevance, thus acknowledging the rich legacy and intellectual debt to the Indian past. However, a …

[PDF] Maharaja Sayaji Rao III's Treasure Trove for Lifelong Learning

HHR Patel
… of important stalwarts such as Raja Ravi Verma who combined Western techniques to Indian concepts and is referred to as Father of Modern Art in India, to Dadabhai Naoroji whom he employed as his Dewan and later funded his travels in …

Proceedings of the 7th International Sanskrit Computational Linguistics Symposium

A Bhattacharya - Proceedings of the 7th International Sanskrit …, 2024
Symposium (ISCLS 2024) at Auroville, Puducherry, India. The aim of ISCLS is to bring together researchers interested in any aspects of Sanskrit Computational Linguistics. Full papers were invited on original and unpublished research on …

[PDF] Theoretical Underpinnings on Eastern and Western Perspectives on the Concept of Chakras

S Sharma, S Rathore - 2024
… Ancient concepts as per Sri Aurobindo’s, “levels of consciousness” and the Ayurvedic postulates of personality emphasize the fact that there is an interaction between our mind and the body (Srivastava, 2012). The Chakra system is believed …


E Jacob
… Modern thinkers such as Tagore, Swami Vivekanada, Gandhi, Sri Aurobindo and Krishnamurti have challenged this new form of … Though Sri Aurobindo has also given importance to the teacher but he does not occupy the central role. Guru is the …

Investigating the trends and causes of changes in human anthropometric dimensions over the past three decades: a challenge for ergonomic design

N Goleij, P Hafezi, O Ahmadi - International Journal of Occupational Safety and …, 2024
Objectives. The present study aimed to review the changes in anthropometric dimensions around the world during the last 30 years. Methods. The search for this study was conducted in four databases with related keywords. Papers from 1990 to …

[PDF] Rethinking: Happiness

S Bhattacharya, K Nandi
Technology has transformed the world we live in, and with it, our understanding of happiness. The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between technology, philosophy, and happiness. It argues that technology is neither …

March 16, 2024

Feeling of unity with others, love, universal joy and Ananda

 Collated by Tusar Nath Mohapatra

14 hours ago — In this Yoga the feeling of unity with others, love, universal joy and Ananda are an essential part of the liberation and perfection which are the aim of the ...

Who said it was a school?

It's a developing and evolving expression of the Divine Being as Humanity, growing and learning through error and self-correction.

The soul consciousness retains the essence of all experience. The mind does not.

Studying some Aurobindo might help you!

It is the love of trees that draws me to nature... where one can experience the expression of the past. I have been fortunate to have lived in #Auroville, where people seeking new ways of living & interacting are drawn together.

Paul Blanchflower writes.

I don't know if this will help restore your faith in humanity—mine suffers because of this and other things constantly—but I recently learned about a place called Auroville in India and the more research I do, the more in love I feel. 1/2 Knowing places like that exist gives me hope when I feel like it's easier for today's society to turn its back on others, especially those of us who are more vulnerable.

It's not making anything safer or solving the problem... but there are still people out there who care. 2/2

The creation of what constitutes Auroville has taken fifty years of care and stewardship. The schism is now irreversible. But whichever side "wins" this battle for "development" or "lack" of it, the forest gods have already lost. #auroville

First Bench of High Court sets aside order constituting Auroville Town Development Council. Open for the Foundation, through its Governing Board, to frame fresh regulations in tune with the provision of the Act and the observations of the Court. #Auroville…

Someone posted a picture of my favourite science book. I have that very edition. Many of my ideas about cosmic evolution began with Jantsch.

Imagine a transhumanist space opera that is part doomerist aiphobia, part Lovecraft new weird, and part Orion's Arm, and in which hopepunk balances grimdark. This is my #scifi #worldbuilding & writing project #WIP

“James Webb telescope confirms there is something seriously wrong with our understanding of the universe”

As we approach Easter, here is Steiner on Nationalism and Materialism as the grave diggers of Christian Universalism in the 20th century

"Whitehead's Panprehensionism: A Feeling For Reality," a dialogue with @TNWJackson
Claude 3 Opus’ summary of the transcript, with a few edits by me (video timestamps available on YouTube):
In this detailed conversation, Matt, a philosopher, and Tim, a biologist, delve into various philosophical topics related to perception, consciousness, and the nature of reality, with a particular focus on the ideas of Alfred North Whitehead.The discussion begins with an exploration of Whitehead’s theory of propositions, which attempts to capture the aesthetic functions of propositions beyond just their truth value. Matt explains how this theory is relevant to understanding the concept of “true metaphors.” 

Indians support autocratic rule for the same reason their movies have a hero who deals with all the bad guys. They always look for someone to be their nanny and deal with all the problems, leaving them to do nothing. Modi, too, reflects this craving.

State-business nexus is the legacy of imperialism & plagues the entire globe. In India, the nexus took birth the moment East India Company set foot here. Jaati-Varna preempts the problem & keeps political & economic spheres neatly divided. The genius of our Brahmana rishis!

Several instances of vaishyas funding Kshatriya campaigns. But the division of power was clean and final and of course birth-based. A merchant could not *become* the king and vice-versa.

Most politicians worth mentioning have solid business interests and a staggering amount of wealth generated from business investments. Most importantly, the astronomical numbers of material wealth today couldn't have been achieved if JV was still in practice.

It's not a hypothetical question. The answer is in history that it did not survive the attacks. But then it must also be acknowledged that the modern era is just a blip in history.

[PDF] Poonam Shodh Rachn

TYWT Time, SA In
… By exploring the nuances of Sri Aurobindo's ks to highlight its relevance and application in the contemporary cont hrough time, the aim is to offer a nuanced understanding of the his wisdom, bridging the ancient and the modern in a seamless continuum … This …

[PDF] Vedic Hymns Sama Veda

S Veda, S Sakha, B Sakha
… 2-ujjwala , Kakarla ; Indian and Wetren aethetics in Sri Aurobindo,s criticism - A Comparative Study - publhshed by Zoba Book in India –… 13-Ujjwala ,Kakarla ; Indian and Wetren aethetics in Sri Aurobindo,s criticism - A Comparative Study …

[PDF] Ishavasya Upanishad Unveiled: Navigating the Transformative Effects of Vikshit Bharat

VEDP SAINI - … -An International Multidisciplinary Peer-Reviewed E …, 2024
The present study aims to explore the potential effects of sharing and practicing the teachings of the Ishavasya Upanishad within a community on people's resilience, general well-being, and satisfaction. The study will involve analysing the historical …

[PDF] Impact Analysis on Importance of Sports on Education

R Panda - International Journal of Research in Engineering …, 2024
… Sri Aurobindo: Aurobindo’s voluminous literary output comprises philosophical speculation, many treatises on yoga and integral yoga, poetry, plays, and other writings. In addition to The Life Divine, his major works include Essays on the Gita (1922) …

Zero: an Integrative Spiritual Perspective with One and Infinity

SS Nandram, PK Bindlish, A Joshi, V Dhital - The Origin and Significance of Zero, 2024
The world of numbers keeps us intrigued for one reason or the other. From negative numbers to imaginary numbers and from various constants to peculiar ratios, they never cease to surprise us. And our curiosity and imagination keeps on inspiring us …

[PDF] Historical Perspective on Indian Democracy

… Prime Minister Modi and the BJP party represent the Hindu nationalist movement, whose ideology – Hindutva - has remained consistent for a century. Since before independence nationalists have argued that India should be the homeland for South …

[HTML] Protest and the Security State: The Case of India

I Grewal - Narges Bajoghli and Sareh Afshar. https://www …, 2023
… is split politically between those who support Modi and his Hindutva nationalism and those who see it as discriminatory and destructive. … Thus, BJP’s imposition of Hindutva often does not sit well in the South, or in regions that claim their own …

[PDF] Savage Desires: Afghanistan as Dharmatma and Khuda Gawah

MU Haque - 2024
This paper aims to explore how Afghanistan is represented in two mainstream Bollywood films from the pre-9/11 period using Orientalism as a theoretical framework. While much literature exists on Afghanistan being Orientalized in …

Reconsidering the" Mass" Audiences of India's Digital Platforms

A Sarkar - The Velvet Light Trap, 2024
… Ever since the right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party won India's general elections in 2014, they have become known for leveraging their Hindu nationalist stance and pro-Hindutva discourse online. Hindutva is a majoritarian …

Reconsidering Mass Media: An Invited Dossier

C the Editors - The Velvet Light Trap, 2024
… Ever since the right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party won India’s general elections in 2014, they have become known for leveraging their Hindu nationalist stance and pro-Hindutva discourse online. Hindutva is a majoritarian …


DM Menon, A Taha
The right of Dilip M Menon and Amir Taha to be identified as the authors of the editorial material, and of the authors for their individual chapters, has been asserted in accordance with sections 77 and 78 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. …