Friday, July 22, 2011

The Mother’s many volcanic ideas that shook us in the school days

One of The Mother’s many volcanic ideas that shook us in the school days and hooked us to her lasso is that the flowers decorating her photo need not be thrown away daily. Each flower, we were told, has the right to serve the divine as long as it remains fresh through shuffling and sprinkling of water. That was a radical challenge to the traditional canons of pollution consigning the basiphula to the drains round which lyricists have waxed eloquent down the years. [TNM] 1:27 PM Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Another amazing concession was offering prayers with the ubiquitous Bata slippers on without the punishing stipulation of the head touching the ground. The Mother apparently was empathetic with our being tormented by such tyranny over the youngsters during umpteen religious ceremonies day in and day out.  Many Centres still shoo away the shoes for reasons of hygiene and decorum and the genuflecting posture is a common sight. But the young ones must be rebelling still. [TNM] 1:13 PM Thursday, December 16, 2010

The ubiquitous Soviet Land in our school days used to be a coveted source of color pages for covering the text books. No one was interested in its official propaganda. [TNM] 5:11 PM Saturday, November 06, 2010

Because the truth is that I have no means to prove that Sri Aurobindo was divine; and rather out of my self-interest I attribute divinity onto him. It’s a free choice and others are equally free to treat him as per their sweet will. [TNM] 8:52 PM Thursday, October 28, 2010

Growing up amidst myriad family celebrations and religious festivals in honour of multiple gods and goddesses makes the members of the so-called Hindu society pretty credulous. Competing cosmologies drawn from diverse sources of mythology and branches of philosophy keep the embers of confusion burning in most minds. The national spirit, therefore, struggles to find its feet for ever. Nothing strong and enduring can be built as long as this love affair with perpetual uncertainty persists. The Life Divine and its worldview must rule our minds. Nothing less than a national campaign can achieve this. [TNM] 9:30 PM Sunday, August 08, 2010

The scintillating Odissi by Ramli Ibrahim and his student at Kamani yesterday showcasing labyrinths of tantric imageries was a compelling interrogation as well as dialogue between art and ontology. The age old questions, it seemed, remains unresolved. [TNM] 10:15 AM Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Without reading a single title that Heehs has so assiduously authored over the years, it is surely unfair to offer a critique of his output; his alleged misadventure in the pages of The Lives of Sri Aurobindo, however, has already made history. [TNM] 6:40 PM Sunday, August 01, 2010

Much water has flown down Hindon Cut during my five years as a blogtender, and it has been a learning process throughout. Many years back, I read something to the effect:
“No matter, if you haven’t read Wordsworth or Byron;
Neither had Shakespeare nor Milton.” 
This piece of self-help maxim has been a morale booster in general and for blogging in particular. Thanks everyone. [TNM] [Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.] 8:43 PM Saturday, June 19, 2010

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Unveiling the secrets of the ancient zodiac

[From Harish Kumar date 21 July 2011 21:22 subject A Personal Request Hi Tusar,
               As a follower of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, I would like to address the Aurobindonian Community, which is dedicated to furthering the dreams and aims of Sri Aurobindo. I have certain questions for which I would like answers from His followers. Since you are one of the leading lights of the Aurobindo Movement and have a blog which is objective and is dedicated to the quest for truth, I would like to address the Aurobindonian Community through your forum. I hope you will accede to my request. Love & Regards, Harish Kumar]

From Tusar N. Mohapatra date 21 July 2011 22:08
If you are interested in my views then I would repeat that the “Third” claim is unacceptable and repulsive. Please disclose your age, occupation, location, contact number, and postal address so that frank exchange of views is possible in future. You may approach Robert or Lori for publishing your “Questions to Aurobindonians” article. [TNM55] 

I don’t subscribe to mythological stories and I’m not very well versed in matters esoteric

Re: Integral Leadership by Anurag Banerjee Mirror of Tomorrow by Tusar N. Mohapatra on Thu 21 Jul 2011 01:16 PM IST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
I too had heard Derrida in New Delhi in 1997 without understanding a word of his lecture, but I won’t blame him for that. The memory of meeting him, however, is now a cherished treasure. [TNM55] 1:14 PM 

by Tusar N. Mohapatra on Tue 19 Jul 2011 03:51 PM IST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
I’m not very well versed in matters esoteric, but by definition, harbouring confusion should be out of question for “unmediated experience” (to me, a theoretical construct), I suppose. [TNM55] 3:33 PM 

Re: The Lives of Sri Aurobindo says Savitri is a fictional creation by Tusar N. Mohapatra on Thu 13 Aug 2009 12:20 PM IST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
I don’t subscribe to mythological stories. As in The Secret of the Veda, I am interested in the “symbol” aspect and not in the fiction (katha) part. Again, the symbol is all. [TNM]

The phrase “Savitri Era” needs to be popularised for easy identity for all Sri Aurobindo and Divine Mother followers” and Jitendra, through his blog, has extended a helping hand. As for the socio-political matters, I am ploughing a lonely furrow with much trepidation. All the best. [TNM55] 8:21 AM 

The beauty of a blog is in its brevity, or so we suppose who prefer to take cover under the Kautilyan dictum of keeping mum being the strength of the unwise and Chaucer's to make virtue of necessity as inspiration dries up after half a line invariably every fine morning. [TNM]

Being commanded to write an essay was, no doubt, the most formidable prospect in the school. The journey began with the unforgettable, “The cow is a four footed animal,” the overall limit being ten sentences. In a blog post too, this looks like an ideal limit within which one can fairly express his opinion on a particular subject with sufficient clarity. Even the mandatory, Introduction, Argument, Conclusion etc. can be accommodated, in a nutshell. Sonnet, it seems, is the poetic counterpart of this format. The Twitter (140 characters), of course, is more popular now which can be compared with Haiku (17 syllables). 
Wordbook was an indispensable companion for learning English; its pocket size being more endearing. Once a person came to the school to sell a new wordbook which he had authored in the form of poems and recited them. Father, Mother, Brother, Sister / Aunt, Uncle, Son, Daughter / Wife, Husband, Friend, Neighbour. The fourth line, I no longer remember. [TNM] 2:40 PM 

Google Reader is a great facility and over the years I have cherry picked nearly 200 feeds, not all of them equally active. Besides, Google Alert keeps on replenishing my inbox on more than a dozen topics. Then, of course, the continual scanning of Google News and conducting sundry searches, squeezing in a few You Tubes in between. All these happen in the normal course powered by sheer curiosity, and we may safely christen it as Google Yoga! [TNM] 10:34 AM 

On a couple of occasions, I remember, Mohan Joshiji might have convinced someone for purchasing Savitri at the Book Fair, and if he insists on the Hindi translation, then the search for the book would begin. But no luck. Dr. Gyanchandra used to hide the copies and was loath to recommend them. I'm happy, therefore, to read his eulogy for the recent Hindi transcreation by Dr. K. N. Varma in the current Karmdhara. [TNM] 4:32 PM 

Rajat Kar used to offer around a dozen interpretations for each line of poetry at the Bhanja Jayanti celebrations in Cuttack. Being a school-goer then, it was not possible to comprehend them all. This year's SAHMAT celebration on January 1st was on Faiz, and I missed out on the meaning of most of the recitations. Musical renditions, however, were amply rewarding. [TNM] 1:22 PM [YouTube - Kie Dakere - Odia Song (Jeeban Sathi 1963) 16 Apr 2011 Voice: Tusar N. Mohapatra Dedicated to the memory of Pradyumna Kumar Mohapatra (1965-2011)]