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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Yoga and the Evolution of Man

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6 hours ago - Sri Aurobindo calls the psychic, “the less negative door to the Divine.” What does he mean by “ less negative”? In the traditional yogas, you try to go out of the manifestation to reach the unmanifest ...

15 hours ago - While pondering over this question, I made a mental list of all those whom our society now routinely ... Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, Ramana Maharshi, Guru Nanak, Sri Aurobindo, Rabindranath ...

 ... JamshedpurSri Aurobindo Society, Jamshedpur branch, celebrated its foundation day at Kadma on Monday .

Whether machines can attain consciousness - Elaborating upon education sector, she recalled views of late nationalist and philosopher Sri Aurobindo. "The great son of India, saw national education as...

Finitude and Philosophy - Finitude and Philosophy Sadhu-Sanga mulls over consciousness From pigs to piano, quantum and qualia Taking a tour from Turing to Penrose and Rosen Leibniz t...

Complexity of Sri Aurobindo’s ideas challenges the intellect - AuroMaa Integral Yoga and Other Paths (Part 1) – A conversation of Alok Pandey and Narad, recorded in 2014 (Part 1). The post Integral Yoga and Other Paths...

Compulsion of some to grab Sri Aurobindo as Hindutva icon - - matriwords Sambhavami Yuge Yuge – Part 2 - CONTINUED FROM PART 1 In this part 2 of our special photo-feature the focus is on a few selected ...

Savitri Era affairs: Introduction - Introduction Rescuing Sri Aurobindo from dubious representations A very important article written on Feb 17, 2017 by Raman Reddy has been posted two months...

Sri Aurobindo anticipated present day human rights discourse - Debating Vivekananda: A Reader ed. by A. Raghuramaraju DT McGetchin - Philosophy East and West, 2017 https://muse.jhu.edu/article/656848/summary *Reviewed by...

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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Savitri Era affairs: Introduction

Introduction
Rescuing Sri Aurobindo from dubious representations

A very important article written on Feb 17, 2017 by Raman Reddy has been posted two months back at

Labels indicate diverse range of subjects being covered by the author and many of them are decidedly controversial: HinduismIndiaMotherMuslimsNationalismPeter HeehsRaman ReddyReligionRichard HartzSecularismSpiritualitySri AurobindoSri Aurobindo AshramThe Clasp of Civilisations

The article touches upon current affairs tangentially and admits reception of Sri Aurobindo's writings differently by different persons. Even, within the Ashram! This, obviously, has wide ranging repercussions. Besides, the context has altered from the 2008 Book controversy to formal yoking with Hindutva.

I haven't read The Clasp of Civilisations by Richard Hartz but get a fair impression of it from Reddy's account. Nothing new about it and the label "leftist secular scholars" or other epithets used by Reddy. Looking at it as an internal debate, the most important fact is that it's informed and based on published matter and so any discrepancy can easily be rectified. Thus, there is a possibility of unanimity emerging and that's the silver lining.

I like Reddy's writings for their clarity and forthrightness. His treating of “Hindu Rashtra” with kid-gloves is dictated by current political realities. So, he is afflicted with the same disease as he is accusing Hartz of. Therefore, the question is whether Sri Aurobindo can be presented, - as he is, - without any political slant. However, when Reddy warns of "alienating themselves from 95 % of the devotees," one immediately thinks of purity being more precious than popularity.

Reddy also seems to be on weak ground when he discusses "condemnation of Hinduism without having anything to replace it" and "difference between traditional Yogas & Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga of transformation mostly irrelevant in actual practice." Such observations are surely jaundiced and, I hope, political perplexity doesn't affect the Ashramites. [TNM55]
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Marketime: Vivekananda evangelising Hinduism; Radhakrishnan Christianizing Hinduism and Indian Philosophy https://t.co/hOzkHVvntF

Why @sagarikaghose mentions Rammohan Roy, Vivekananda, Tagore, Chaitanya, and Ramakrishna but forgets Sri Aurobindo? https://t.co/ht7FhjFmCH

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8. healing communications (part 2)


“What would be the system and method of the healer? Well, he may use the system with which he is quite naturally familiar and conversant. But he should have a wide inner flexibility and plasticity in the application of the system, […] an absolute trust in the healing power of Grace and the humility to depend upon Its power and wait patiently upon Its wisdom.”



The New Indian Express-30-Apr-2017 Manoj Das

... of Christ, the exile of Krishna in Brindavan and the colloquy with Arjuna on the field of Kuruksetra,” scribbled Sri Aurobindo in a notebook way back in 1913.


Savitri Era Learning Forum: Are they saints or just marketers? https://t.co/tyQcYN13dd
Many mental phenomena may well fall within the ambit of neurology, many strange experiences may well be triggered by mechanical and material causes; and Hindus may well be called upon to define their spiritual practices anew. POSTED BY KOENRAAD ELST AT 8:00 AM

Arun Shourie's new book: TWO SAINTS: Speculation around and about Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Ramana Maharshi (publisher Harper Collins).
Should we think again about their experiences when these occur as points in the brain are stimulated with an electrode during surgery? What if they can be recreated in a laboratory non-invasively? When they occur to ordinary persons placed in extraordinary circumstances?

Did the experiences occur from some ailment? As was alleged in the case of Sri Ramakrishna? From some ‘madness’, which he feared he had? From the fits that Sri Ramana said he used to have? [...]

In the light of their pristine example, how should we view and what should we do about the godmen and gurus who control vast financial and real estate empires today, to whom lakhs flock? Are they the saints they set themselves up to be or just marketers?

Savitri Era: People nurse absurd prejudices regarding Sri Aurobindo https://t.co/Yrc35aXHYm

Marketime: Sri Aurobindo anticipated present day human rights discourse https://t.co/S7VfPI4cSr

Savitri Era Learning Forum: Pushing scientific proof paradigm beyond its scope https://t.co/Mb6ByKKkdE



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S Sharma - From the edge of Chaos
... These social discourse spaces are represented by Darwin, Adam Smith representing Economics, Abraham Lincoln representing Democracy, Max Weber representing sociology, Maslow representing Psychology, and Aurobindo representing Spirituality and in this visualization ...

Sun, Moon & Earth: The Sacred Relationship of Yoga & Ayurveda
M Vidal - 2016
... 15: Image 16: Image 17: Image 18: Image 19 Image 30: Image of the Buddha Sri Sarada Devi Sri Swami Vivekananda Image of Sri Ramakrishna The Body and the Earth The Yuga Cycle Dosha Body Types Mahavatar Babaji Paramahansa Yogananda Sri Aurobindo and the ...
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4 hours ago - Shri Aurobindo, echoing similar sentiments used to say that India will rise and become free for the sake of Dharma ..... Shri Aurobindo Ghosh, Early cultural writings, Volume 1, The complete works of Sri Aurobindo ...

12 hours ago - He is author of Seven Quartets of Becoming: A Transformative Yoga Psychology Based on the Diaries of Sri Aurobindo and also The Alternative Nation of Abanindranath Tagore, a book about his great grandfather.