Friday, November 13, 2009

Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) was started in 2005

Links on Integral Philosophy and spirituality
Aurobindonian: Orthodox Aurobindonian - Sri Aurobindo and the Mother
More on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother Blogs from within the Integral Yoga community
There don't seem to that many Aurobindonian bloggers around. A few are listed here.

Mirror of Tomorrow - blog by long time Aurobindo ashramite RY Deshpande, with discussion.

Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo & The Mother - useful blog with lots of original quotations, discusses the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

Savitri Era Learning Forum - Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother. - Family of blogs by Tusar N Mohapatra. I won't give all of them, there are two many, but if you go to the first one, Savitri Era Learning Forum (or SELF for short), which was started in 2005, you can follow the links to the others. Posts a huge amount of material, often totally unsorted, of anything that appears on the Web that is in any way related to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, usually with editrorial comment in the headings only. Adopts a religious devotee approach.

Barindranath Chaki's Blog - prolific blogger, essays on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, very much devotional / inspirational. See also All choice, Barin Chaki - blogspot. Also there is Aspiration - community forum started by Barin, unlike most generic New Age/Spiritual forums it has a strong Aurobindoanian emphasis, at least when I last checked (in this Barin is more successful that I was; I found it very difficult to get much interest in Integral Transformation happening when I was running the Esotericism and Spirituality forum)

Science, Culture and Integral Yoga (SCIY) - Aurobindonian multi-authored blog and webzine based on the coming together of the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and intellectual/postmodernist social commentary in approach. Founded by Rich Carlson, it is one of the few examples of Aurobindonians engaging with secular modernity, although some would say it is too secular. Totally unlike all the other (devotional or religious) blogs listed here. Yet I cannot but feel that in losing the religion, the fire of intensity is lost as well in thr blandness of modernity. The ideal then (which I haven't seen much of in SCIY) is to combine the best of both, while avoiding the limitations of each.

Much as I am uncomfortable with the intellectual limitations of the religious element (and such limitations need to be challenged and critiqued), I cannot fault the deviotional approach. This is the original, esoteric, Integral Tradition. As far as I am concerned, this is the true Integral Approach, and all the others are pretenders. Yet it is also respected in the exoteric, non-gnostic, materialistic-postmodernist-inspired Integral community.

Because Wilber speaks very highly of Sri Aurobindo (even if his understanding of him is only partial), that means that Aurobindonian ideas have been able to trickle through to even Orthodox Wilberian Integral theory (a bit like how Aristotle was able to enter Christianity via Aquinus perhaps) Kheper Home contact me page by M.Alan Kazlev. page uploaded 1 Aug 2009 (material from old Integral index page dated 25 June 2004 to 26 July 2009), last modified 26 October 2009

Related Blogs:
Sri Aurobindo,yoga, Mother, sri aurobindo ashram, Search for True -
Sri Aurobindo Studies -
Sri Aurobindo Yoga Website -
A critique of the book "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by Peter Heehs - thelives of
Sri Aurobindo Society, Singapore - sas

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