Wednesday, March 27, 2019

My original contributions to understanding Sri Aurobindo

My original contributions to understanding or interpreting Sri Aurobindo can be summarised under a number of heads:
1) Against Hindutva, Mythology, & Astrology
2) Vedas against Rituals
3) Against Vivekananda
4) Espousing Modernity & Democracy
5) Nationhood to States & languages.

We had high hopes in 2014 that Sri Aurobindo would now adorn the centrestage but after checking a large number of tweets it's evident that even in 2019 he is nowhere near anyone's wishlist. Really an unfortunate aspect for a nation which reserves ignominy for the greatest Indian.
Five dreams of Sri Aurobindo form a luminous roadmap for the mankind. An Evolutionary leap from the present state to a Supramental harmony might sound utopian but #SriAurobindo is emphatic about the possibility. So a federation evolving from Indian soil is a distinct eventuality.
Current election scenario is very much indicative of a plural polity based on regional aggrandisement concealing fissiparous tendencies. So from the Evolutionary point of view neither Nehruvian nor Hindutva national cohesiveness is a success. Languages reflect genuine nationhood.
Hope you support my campaign for granting Sovereignty to the States and other linguistically distinct regions. That's the ultimate solution.

Savitri Era of those who adore,
Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.
Those owing allegiance to any of the present crop of religions can't obviously claim admission to Savitri Era Religion and hence it's better to make the choice early without indulging in self-deception, any further.

All along I have been reading the books by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. I don't want to corrupt my thinking by reading such books. I think, you should avoid too unless you are into academic research. Can't follow what you're saying exactly and why should it happen that way at all.

I have recommended this book for more than a dozen times since 2012.

That's what I said

Odisha was busy fighting for a separate State and the leaders then were of a different make; many were poets with a universal outlook. No wonder, Odisha admires Sri Aurobindo at a mass level. Sri Aurobindo too was not enthusiastic about Subhas; saw some strains of negative energy

Manohar Parrikar is my age. Unfortunately, his much admired talent or knowledge couldn't be harnessed at the national level in any noticeable manner. It'd be interesting to popularise and implement his philosophy of Development, if any, as a mark of genuine tribute to the leader.

Effort gives joy, says The Mother but Twitter also serves as an excellent medium for venting pent up emotions, albeit in euphemistic terms. Coping up is a perpetual challenge and those using unseemly language reflect this malaise best. So subtexts are clue

This much we know from The Mother & Sri Aurobindo: descent of the Supramental consciousness on earth was an uncharted path for which they "struggled, suffered, hoped, endured so much" and "attempted all, prepared, achieved all for us" but we can't produce evidence. It's all faith

I have written hundreds of tweets justifying Sovereignty for States. Links:
#MirraAlfassa #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
Further, the underlying principles are alluded to here:

I don't watch TV but so many tweets against NDTV proves that it is serving the function of the principal Opposition party in a Democracy to its level best when the role of Parliament is actually getting increasingly eclipsed with the possibility of redundancy or even obsolescence.

"This meant a continuous thinking, a high and subtle and difficult thinking on several lines, and this strain, which we had to impose on ourselves, we were obliged to impose also on our readers," wrote #SriAurobindo but his followers unfortunately love to be at picture-book level

Prabhu Sri Aurobindo came along with a galaxy of geniuses: poets, philosophers, artists, and inventors to prepare the field for the Supramental consciousness. Many came before him too so that the contrast or tension becomes amplified. Need to understand this difference and forte.

It's always necessary to remember the shape of Indian map on August 15, 1947 to understand that India is not an integral whole and being deaf to regional self-determination is counterproductive. Graduating to a model like EU is the only way to avoid an ugly, USSR-like, situation.

I love reading Western philosophy but mercifully could not develop any attraction towards their fiction, movies, or music, not even poetry.
Why the Western music seems like a rollercoaster journey while our Hindi evergreen old movie songs are so neatly symmetrical is beyond me.
Zero attraction for TV serials, Cars, or Cricket is also something which I consider as a blessing. The time obviously is consumed by Twitter!
As a child I had promised to myself: No cosmetics and no narcotics which continues to be in force. So, many assume me to be ten years older.
Grey hair is also a good teacher. It alerts to be socially responsible so that one is saved from the temptation of stupidly playing younger.
Community life suffers a lot due to disproportionate reliance on cosmetics especially by women who feel younger & avoid normal conversation.
Savitri Era: Warp and woof of attraction and repulsion harnessing space and time

You are free to stick to theory but my approach is more practical than literal. Further, I have no clue as to what happens to another person involved in various activities while remembering The Mother. So, there can't be any theory to judge people or verify their progress in yoga

Some disagreements:
1. There are no compartments in Integral Yoga. All activities, including reading, involve multiple faculties and elevate them.
2. So blind reading is again an oxymoron.
3. Agenda is not about the body alone. It's a whole universe, even a volcano. @AgendaMother

Empty erudition is an oxymoron; more so when applied to The Mother's books. You're entitled to your opinion but trying to negatively influence other readers of the tweet who could derive a moment's inspiration is cruel. "Grant that nothing in us shall be an obstacle to Thy work."
Tusar Nath Mohapatra: My memories of the installation ceremony came alive. Thanks to all. mire must harbour the orchid and the rose #SriAurobindo #Champaklal #WorldUnion @SavitriEraParty
Savitri Era of those who adore,
Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

You are a well read person and I respect your views. In any case, you are only supporting or justifying a fait accompli out of political love. Hope, you reconsider on this a decade hence. I however stand by my verdict and feel proud that no one has objected except @krishnarjun108
The PM is wrong
Savitri Era: I won't allow anyone to wash my feet Posted by Tusar Nath Mohapatra @NathTusar Director, SELF, SRA-102-C #ShipraRiviera #Indirapuram #Ghaziabad #UttarPradesh 201014 
#SavitriEra of those who adore,
Om #SriAurobindo & #TheMother

Promoting honest, astute, and dispassionate scholarship is the need of the hour to rectify distortion of history and the overall narrative accumulated so far. Courage needed to face Sri Aurobindo's work which is subversive of the tradition and religion.

I have always been against literal use of the words of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo and avoid quoting them. Actuality is just a solitary moment out of thousands of possibilities and hence demanding a certain course of events is uncalled for. They hold the rudder well & don't sleep.

People are more interested in the theatre of war, so his poetry may be useless for public taste, but dismissing Sri Aurobindo as a philosopher is not the right thing in the present circumstances. His forays into probing consciousness is exactly what science is seeking to unravel.

When I talked about politics over a decade back many were flabbergasted and some used to rebuke me as to how could I "use" Sri Aurobindo for such a lowly purpose. Now, of course, it has become mainstream but my focus on "using" Sri Aurobindo for fighting Hindutva remains untapped

I won't allow anyone to wash my feet and no one should. It's against personal ethics and modern values. When the PM sets an example of ceremonially doing the same, the backward march of negating what Bengal Renaissance achieved 200 years back, sets in. Why impose whims on others?
Please read the full thread. I'm questioning the rationale, and the criteria, of the very selection of a particular profession over others to be subjected to PM's fancies. Which book or manifesto gives sanction to such an arbitrary act of the State machinery or Party functionary?

Truth, I feel, is more important than insult. You can think over the whole thing later and judge how the organisation came to be built step by step and its contributions with a critical lens, without being swayed by hagiographies. A reappraisal can help understanding the present.

Twitter is about ideas, events, information, communication but is also literature, a sort of "aesthetic yoga" as K.D. Sethna (Amal Kiran) would term it. Those who privilege experience may find a tamarind tree to meditate under instead of wasting time here.

I have already said that what the kings did is none of my concern. I don't know, where I'm dishonest. As an academic subject it's okay but using certain episodes of history for arousing passion and political mobilisation is not a desirable thing. However, Democracy gives freedom.

See I'm arguing that whatever happened in the past is by Monarchs who are beyond Democratic or legal interrogation. So when you bring in Islam as an entity or agency, it's anomalous. What the kings did or didn't should be the point of attention but is of no avail. @fourfoldvision

I highlighted the fact of man killing man. Between cults, between ethnicities, between kingdoms, between rival businesses, so on and so forth. In most cases there is no credible history. However, such facts are being used dishonestly for spreading hatred against a specific target

Twitter being an open platform, all kinds of views need to be respected. Uninformed or unpalatable opinions also need to be circulated so that they come to the notice of a bigger audience leading to a wider engagement and animated debate. “A drop of ink may make a million think.”

Scholarship is a lifelong affair and narratives keep changing. Apart from his intellectual prowess, Sri Aurobindo did disclose in public (Uttarpara speech) that he can see the future, unlike other mortals. Contesting that claim is way beyond our faculties.

Considering the fact that humans have been inhabiting this planet since one lakh years, creativity relating to women by men through art, architecture, poetry, literature, music, and movies is recent. So much of content but women, unfortunately, are deprived of enjoying sentiment.

Haldia Township (West Bengal) is ideal.

The meaning of ola is a fool in Odia. But, April Fools' Day is a few days away! However, here is Rickshaw wala

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Savitri Era of those who adore,
Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Debi and Prachi

My opposition to BJP, RSS, and Modi has become an additional factor for Hindutva votaries avoiding Sri Aurobindo's oeuvre. We don't have clear indications regarding current political choices from either The Mother or Sri Aurobindo, yet fighting fascist tendencies remains crucial.

Two books, Sri Aurobindo and Karl Marx by D.P. Chattopadhyaya and The Meeting of the East and the West in Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy by S.K. Maitra, helped me substantially to understand theory. Later, The Humanization of Transcendental Philosophy by R. Sundara Rajan was pivotal.

We have been demanding granting Sovereignty to different States of India on the basis of language under a Federation like Europe. But those spewing hatred against some language or the other seem to be misguided. Learning multiple languages has many advantages for each individual.

Nothing more puerile than associating languages with specific religions or philosophical system. Humanity's quest for knowledge and aesthetic necessities have harnessed various languages across space and time. They all need to be respected and appreciated; The Mother spoke French

Of course the language and our Katak version since a slight variation feels like being slighted. No language is static and it's difficult to check distortions but thankfully old movies and songs have amply documented it for the future generation. It's not parochialism but purity.

I'm not an expert on the subject but as far my perception goes, what you call Standard Odia was the language of the undivided Cuttack district. Other twelve districts betrayed some variation of intonation. I'm born and brought up in Sailo Jharapada village on bank of Debi River.

Too cryptic to convey meaning! However, generalising can be done in either way.

Agree with you but there is no solution to geography and regional differences. Respecting all variations by disregarding jokes is the only sane approach. Btw, I remember having used the word Darpana always when young.

Can't agree fully since many Odia words that we love are from Persian, Portuguese, etc. or their distorted forms. Each language evolves and Odia is no different.

Exchange of words will continue but one reason why Odia will attain prominence one day IMO is because of its beautiful rounded script. Let's hope that all Indian languages will adopt it. If Urdu is written in Odia script not many would have objections against it.

I appreciate your concern and respect your sentiments. If you can do something tangible in this direction, that'd be great. But right now, I'm trying to enjoy the vast treasury of old Bengali songs which I had neglected for the last sixty years because of a psychological barrier.

Ritu Sarin awarded IPI Excellence in Journalism 2017 at IIC

Seminar on Challenges of Democracy at the Constitution Club organised by Ananta Balia Trust, Odisha.

Democracy in danger; Seminar organised by Ananta Balia Trust, Odisha.

Odisha needs a new CM and it must keep BJP at bay. Those who agree on these two basic points can vote for the best independent candidate to create a new paradigm of participatory Democracy. Major political parties have become dictatorial and their stranglehold needs to be broken.

BJD is holding firm against BJP and Congress in Odisha on its own without the crutch of Muslim and Christian votes or any casteist polarisation prevalent in other States. The party must elect a new face as leader for 2019 otherwise is sure to face defeat; it's unpalatable truth.

A section of educated youth in Odisha is getting lured by BJP in the recent past. Exploiting their anti-incumbency sentiments is fine for a political party but holding #Odishaparba in Delhi is too elitist and pandering to Odia nationalism can be counterproductive. Beware of RSS!

Of course the language and our Katak version since a slight variation feels like being slighted. No language is static and it's difficult to check distortions but thankfully old movies and songs have amply documented it for the future generation. It's not parochialism but purity.

Watching videos of Black and White Odia film songs on YouTube remains a dream even today. Hope, #ClassicalOdia activists and organisers of #Odiaparba divert a fraction of their energy towards this worthy cause. @CMO_Odisha too should lend a helping hand for this golden treasure.

Odisha before 1936 was under different rulers and its different regions belonged to different cultures and languages. Imposing homogeneity now seems fashionable but is utterly unreasonable. Bordering States and their languages will continue to hold attraction for several reasons.

Heard Ogo Nirupama for the first time and later Akshaya Mohanty's Badhu Nirupama to compare.

[Bijoy Sarkar (born Bijay Krishna Adhikari, 20 February 1903 – 4 December 1985) was a Bangladeshi poet, baul singer, lyricist and composer.] @aakashaath

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I was a science student and served a commercial bank with an abiding interest in arts and humanities. Ambivalence and incoherence of my tweets I attribute to my modest education, average intelligence, and limited memory. This, obviously, is normal of human condition and finitude!

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Separate State demand for Odisha was a necessity but a subtle aversion towards the Bengali language that persists even today poses a cultural barrier. Odias can gain much in terms of movies & music from Bengali repertoire.

[Dadasaheb Phalke formed Hindustan Films in partnership with five businessmen from Mumbai. Baburao Painter and his main disciple V.G. Damle eventually put together a working camera in 1918. He was also a film enthusiast and founded Maharashtra Film Company in 1919 at Kolhapur.]

[Suprabha Sarkar had the historic opportunity to sing in the first playback song in Indian films along with Parul Biswas & Harimati in Bhagyachakra (1935), Mora Pulak Jachi and Hindi version Dhoop Chhayon (1935), Main Khush Hona] Musepaper: Aji jharo jharo

Much has been written on how Bankim Chandra's Vande Mataram ignited the Freedom movement but the role of music and poetry in catching the imagination of people goes back a lot farther which keeps various streams of philosophy alive.

Musepaper: Chaiti fuler ki bandhis
Some iconic old Bengali songs

[Vijay Malla was a biggest asset for Kashmiri language and literature. He was young and had to do a lot for ...] Vijay Malla Kashmiri (Gachun Gaam Che) #RepublicDay

Savitri Era: Auroville took birth 50 years back #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams #Auroville50

Savitri Era: The Future Poetry was published 100 years back #SriAurobindo

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INTACH team bats for re-scripting of history

The New Indian Express-12-Mar-2018
Realising the relevance of the rich civilisational remains of the Prachi Valley, INTACH had launched a project for listing of the monuments and remains of the rich river valley in January. Project Head and historian Anil Dhir said the entire stretch of the ancient river is being surveyed and every monument, ...

ASI unearths civilisation at Prachi valley without cultural gap for over ...

Times of India-12-Mar-2018
BHUBANESWAR: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Bhubaneswar branch has unearthed faunal remains of several marine animals and wild animals like rhinoceros at Bharati Huda excavation site, located at Prachi River Valley, about 50 kms from Bhubaneswar. The excavation has also thrown ...

Monday, July 17, 2017

Sure step of Evolution

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Light radiated from Puducherry

Survival of the fittest tantamounts to being commercially viable at present, and so languages & religions need much more than mere emotions.

Events baffle but the sure step of Evolution is on
Apparent discord proceeds towards an unseen Harmony
In conflict, people prepare the road.

Rather than the paradigms of the past
Nature would hew new pathways
A destination, eschewing repetition
To the Vedic progressive Perfection.

War, a Vedic device to score over the night
And welcome Evolution, an unavoidable interregnum
A delight for the hero but for choosing sides.

Tagore's ambivalence over Sandeep
And Subhas hobnobbing with Hitler,
Gandhi's fetish for Nonviolence,
Marxists securing Nehru's obedience.

Not easy to decipher the ways of the Evolution
Eminent men have faltered in their sojourn
Not Pune nor Delhi
Light radiated from Puducherry.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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 to Gödel

Machines can know their incompleteness
Numbers conspire to spur consciousness
Notions from Nagasena to Chaitanya
Tug of war over physicalism

From eight-limbs Yoga to eight-bends Gita
Mails flying to and fro throughout eight praharas
Weaving web of words on world wide web
To comfort

Theories don't compare, domains vary
Pushing names a political game
Leibniz is lionised, Gödel waiting for Godot
TM and Vedic Unified-Field

Investigating consciousness via science
And mathematics can never be satisfying
Because of the subjective nature
Of the object of observation.
It's agreed that we are far away
From any semblance of a solution
This should mean as a very sobering attitude
In the face of human finitude.


Savitri Era: Ashtavakra, Nagasena, Chaitanya, and Mahesh Yogi #SriAurobindo
Excellent Tusar. Without laughter, joy and detachment, there is no life.

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 New Delhi 
RE: [Sadhu Sanga] back to Thomas Nagel, "Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False" (2012)
" Hegel put himself outside this tradition." A recent book, "Hegel's India" brings into focus his tryst with Indian philosophy giving rise to the speculation ...
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Re: [Sadhu Sanga] Response to your question on Bohm's theory.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Life vs. Yoga

Wednesday, June 28, 1995

Life vs. Yoga

Thou shalt not love
All egoistic attachments will have to go,
Be it freinds or the family
The whole world revels in quid pro quo.

Thou shalt not speak
The first condition is to speak as little as possible,
In silence is the peace
To indulge in gossiping is wrong and listening to too.

Thou shalt not read
Sheets of falsehood should not mar your mornings,
Novels and Dramas too
Which incite the passion and drag you down.

Thou shalt not judge
Of men, their actions and events, the Divine knows better,
Can one judge oneself?
So it is but futile to look at things this way or the other.

Thou shalt not do good
To be altruistic is to be covertly egoistic,
Be just for justice' sake
Not for others' gratefulness as a bargain

Thou shalt not enjoy
When joy comes, can grief be far behind?
Prefer good to pleasant
By renouncing only comes the true enjoyment.

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Saturday, June 06, 2015

Aji akashe is magical and majestic

Aji akashe is magical and majestic. Although the film Sri Lokanath has since been resurrected, watching the video of its songs has not been possible till now. How long to wait? [TNM55]

Matches majestically to the Pakhiraj elsewhere

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Saturday, May 09, 2015

Fine prose that Surya babu weaves

Thanks for the nice review but the critical aspect seems to be stemming from an erroneous translation of Tarjama as Analysis. Tarjama is more of an Account or Interpretation while Bishleshana is the right word for Analysis. So, we can forget the objection and enjoy the fine prose that Surya babu weaves and highly insighful connections he makes. With good wishes for his forthcoming book on Odia film songs, [TNM55]

When I Google Tarjama, it has several meanings including transfer. And the second aspect is Surya babu’s account is actually replete with analytical observations. That they are limited to a select parameters is another matter. So without expecting any further (higher) discourse, it can be said that Tarjama in the subtitle is not out of place. Thanks. [TNM55]

One would ordinarily agree but for the word factual which, viewed critically, turns out to be a misnomer. Surya Deo informs that a particular song is indebted to some folk style, but it’s not a self-evident fact. Thus, it’s through his idiosyncratic observations that they come out as facts to the reader. On the other hand, he might have identified some song as touching the hearts of a large number of listeners based on its lyrics which may not be really factual. Besides, the book also contains some errors which we treat as facts till the new book is published.
It’s good that this conversation is prompting us to examine Deo’s text and its sub-texts more closely but to say that it lacks analysis would amount to denying him of any originality. [TNM55]

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The song sequence with Minati is from Sadhana (1964).

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This evocative song belongs to the film 'Abhinetri' (1965).

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Akshaya Mohanty Top 21 Non-film songs: Ei kala mora kalanka Thik tori pari jhia tie Chandrama eka chandana bindu Hari jaithiba loka-ra ki achhi Kalankita ei nayaka He faguna tume Smruti tume paunsha tala-ra nian