Wednesday, March 17, 2010

My heart was flooded with feelings of profound tenderness and joy and love

Indian Psychology: Two Certificate Courses Indian Psychology by देशराज सिरसवाल  
They are largely, but not exclusively, based on the work of Sri Aurobindo, and cover topics like philosophical background; self and personality; cognition and modes of knowing; yoga-based research methodologies; motivation and the aim ...
Children today receive uncensored and unanalyzed information from a plethora of sources. While earlier, input to student learning could be monitored and filtered, it is not possible in these times. They are exposed to the web, explosive media on television, cell phones, etc. The emerging technologies, access to the internet, blogs, wikis, Twitter, Facebook, et al make their presence on cyberspace more and more inevitable.
What do these children do with this information? Can they process and differentiate between fact and opinion; myth and reality? And finally, do they have the skills to differentiate between the two or sometimes more, conflicting views or scenarios? What then, is the solution to such a situation and how are the educators preparing the students for the 21st century?
An Integral Approach to Education
“The aim of education is to help the child to develop his intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, moral and spiritual being.” - SRI AUROBINDO
Over the years there have been attempts by philosophers and thinkers like John Dewey, Maria Montessori, Rudolph Steiner (The Waldorf Schools), Sri Aurobindo to throw light on a holistic educational approach to education. And more recently, the Reggio Approach to Early Childhood education, which originated in the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy. It is interesting to note how in this approach, the child is thought of as the protagonist, the collaborator and the communicator and the teacher as the nurturer and guide. And most interestingly, parents are roped in as partners to make learning a personalised experience…
Polanyi felt that the contemporary madness of postmodernity began with the idea of a complete and perfect objectivism, which is supposed to be the ideal of science and of all reliable knowledge in general: "All personal and subjective elements came to be regarded as disturbances to the attainment of this perfect objectivity. Every effort therefore had to be made to eliminate them." 
It was as if Nature spoke directly and unamibuously to us, and that all we had to do was disinterestedly listen to her without any preconceptions -- as if there really could be knowledge at the level of the senses, divorced from the imaginative synthesis that takes place in mind of the creative knower. *All quotes taken from Michael Polanyi: A Critical Exposition
It is underway: the forthcoming work I have been referring to of late is now available at the Integral Review. This is a companion piece to the micropolitics paper, and hopefully a step forward on the question of "integral politics."  hope some good comes of it.
mirror of tomorrow Sri Aurobindo’s Marriage—a discussion Comment posted by: Kepler
Sri Aurobindo did point out certain references to the Supermind in the Veda and Upanishads, and his Yoga obviously builds on past traditions and realizations. But would you really suggest that his expression of a processes of spiritual involution and evolution, progressively manifesting Satchitananda through increasingly evolved forms in the physical world, leading to a supramental transformation of earthly Nature and a Divine life on earth – brings nothing new that was not already expressed in the ancient lore? If so, I fear we won’t be able to see eye-to-eye on this topic or on many others…
Here again, if you don’t distinguish between the non-contingent Knowledge of the Spirit, and the contingent expression of that Knowledge in human thought and language at some particular point in time, then we probably can’t really discuss this topic.
One of the pleasures of reading Sri Aurobindo’s works is that such contradictions do not exist because he traces every contradiction to its Divine origin and reconciles it as part of a larger Truth.   He explicates how every principle has it’s play in a certain context but if we over-generalize, then it loses its value.  This article outlines some  contradictions resolved by Sri Aurobindo…
From the spiritual perspective, pain is a welcome instrument of Nature and a necessary prod to our inner soul to awaken and free itself from its self-imposed limitations. 
Sri Aurobindo Studies. Sri Aurobindo's Integral Yoga. « Essential Difference in Viewpoint Between Overmind and Mind. The World of the Overmental Consciousness. By sriaurobindostudies. The overmental consciousness does not claim one ...
The Synthesis of Yoga – Recitation and Summaries The Synthesis of Yoga is Sri Aurobindo’s major work on Integral Yoga. In it are highlighted the ambitious methods and means of seeking the Divine integrally. The basic mantra is Aspiration, Rejection…
Even at an ordinary human level, strong beliefs [positive or negative] appear to affect the functioning of the human body [perhaps even down to the dna/atomic level of matter?]. Perhaps there needs to be atipping point, when a change in the earths a… from ASPIRATION - Aspiration is a call to the Divine. — The Mother
Perfect health, sincerity, honesty, straightforwardness, courage, disinterestedness, unselfishness, patience, endurance, perseverance, peace, calm, self control are all things that are taught infinitely better by example than by beautiful speeches - Sri Aurobindo
by great men like Swami Vivekanandha, Sri Aurobindo and Mahatma Gandhi, in order to bring out social integration and all round development of the nation. ...
Does anyone know anything about Hinduism? - RootZoo Sports 15 Mar 2010
They were based on the personalities and teachings of individuals, as with Shri Ramakrishna and Ramana Maharshi. Prominent Hindu philosophers, including Sri Aurobindo and Swami Prabhupada (founder of ISKCON), translated, ...
Need we recall that Sri Aurobindo was then leading a revolutionary movement and preparing guerrilla warfare in India?
Oscar sings hosanna to anti-war doco « jothicharles by jothicharles
Peace cannot be until the debt to Rudra is paid, said the integralist Sri Aurobindo in his essays on the Gita – a message to be pondered by those who oppose all wars. So it is thumbs down to The Hurt Locker the doco that deserves ...
A dream of Surreal Science - Sri Aurobindo Ghosh. One dreamed and saw a gland write Hamlet, drink. At the Mermaid, capture immortality; ...
Live or lose. Even in rags I am a god; Fallen, I am divine; High I triumph when down-trod, Long I live when slain.” Poetry by Sri Aurobindo ...
Find Sri Aurobindo: An Educational Thinker, 2008
India'sJewish Mother by Michelle Goldberg Tablet Magazine A New ...
Mirra Alfassa as a child in France circa 1885 ... For a while Mirra was a follower of a mysterious figure named Max Théonné Bimstein a Polish Jew who had ...
This practice of calling Mirra Alfassa as Mother had opened the floodgates of other spiritual masculine masters too,[ all know Bangaru Adigal is called as Amma] urging their followers to call themselves Amma. ...
“ Whereas on careful consideration of materials place on record, it appears to the State Government that the book titled as The Lives of Sri Aurobindo...
We, the writers on this site, are concerned about recent actions by a vocal minority among the followers or devotees of Sri Aurobindo, and reactions by impressionable masses inside and outside the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. There are signs of attempts to turn the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother into a religion with some of the characteristics of fundamentalism.
Mr. hraddhalu Ranade in his open letter to Auroville and Centers dated 1 st May 2009 had lashed at the foreigners especially David Hutchinson, Rich Carlson and their Indian associate Debashish Banerji. He refers to the circular Integral Yoga Fundamentalism signed by these three dated 16 th April 2009 to which Mr.Shraddhalu Ranade issues rejoinder on 1 st May 2009.
In his rejoinder Mr. Shraddhalu Ranade states “More seriously these factual distortions are intended to lead readers to conclusions which seriously damage the reputation and integrity of Aurobindo and his message. Some of the damaging conclusions promoted by The Lives include: …
This seems to be the SAAT stand, whereas Auroville foreigners are up in arms against the devotees.
Both sides are washing dirty linen in public. If journalists and scholars of this land go through their exchanges they can dig many facts hitherto unheard in academic world.
Savitri Era Political Action Sri Aurobindo spent quite a bit of ...
Foremost among these were the Indian philosophersage Sri Aurobindo the French philosopher Henri Bergson and the French paleontologist and Catholic priest ...
Sri Aurobindo's Marriage—a discussion Comment posted by: Akash ... Are you saying that Sri Aurobindo's Life Divine (the expression) or his fundamental ...
Above are a few quotes from Sri Aurobindo from his letters to his disciples from Vol. 22 of Sri Aurobindo birth Centenary Library. for clarifications.
Srikant J However, that does not mean that the practice of Brahmacharya as advised by our fore-fathers is a taboo. The sex-energy or retas may be preserved to convert it into Tapas, Ojas and Vidyut. The sex-energy may be used for procreation too.
Osho is basically a western man and has got a lot to learn from Indian Brahmacharya and spirituality.
The current issue by Shiva
One is the research on the effects of homeopathic remedies prepared from substances originating from the hair of The Mother and the nail-clippings of Sri Aurobindo. The second article deals with researching the effects of food on the ...
Secret of the VedaSri Aurobindo. P90. Saraswati is, I would hazard, the Athene of the Iliad and the Lady Philosophy and Sophia of the Neoplatonists. ...
B.N.Gururaj's Home Page: Is Today's Hinduism A Vedic Religion ... by BNGururaj, Advocate.
If one examines the scenario of 19th Century
India, when the renaisance of Hinduism commenced, the landscape consisted of utterly meaningless rituals, social and religious customs, highly oppressive to women, and utterly meaningless to the lower strata of Hindu society. This was the stage at which socio-religious reformers like Ram Mohun Roy and Swami Dayananda Saraswati emerged to give new face to Hinduism. While Brahmo Samaj of Ram Mohun Roy tried to make a blend of Hindu dualistic monotheism with Islam and Christianity, Swami Dayananda totally abandoned the philosophical speculations and their complexities and reverted to vedic rituals of Samhita era. At a later stage, in a slightly modified approach to the Samhitas, Sri Aurobindo expounded the view that the Samhita with its poetic composition and imagery is subtler than Upanishads in expounding spiritual experiences of the Sages and must have primacy over Upanishads. According to Sri Aurobindo, what was subtle and suggestive in Samhitas became explicit in Upanishads, and thus, Upanishads are less refined and more gross of the two. Somehow, this approach did not find much popularity or acceptance outside the circle of devotees of Sri Aurobindo.
Savitri: the Light of the Supreme :: 05: Aswapati's Yoga-Tapasya ... by RY Deshpande
In The Synthesis of Yoga Sri Aurobindo explains that the supermind is a superior instrumentation of the spirit and all the operations of our normal consciousness are its limited and inferior derivations. But this is a fulfilling power ...
When we arrived, we ate a delicious vegetarian meal, toured Auroville (an ecovillage and spiritual community), and headed into town to check out the Sri Aurobindo Ashram.  Visiting hours had ended by the time we arrived, but the ashram was open in part for an outdoor meditation under a beautiful tree in the courtyard.  My friends wandered elsewhere, and I stood on the outskirts of the seated crowd, just observing the scene, until an Indian gentleman all in white, struck up a conversation with me.  We spoke a bit about the ashram, and then, after sizing me up a bit, he asked if I wanted to visit the sacred meditation space where only the residents sit. 
I nodded, so he took me past the milling crowds, through another courtyard, around a corner, where I suddenly lost my breath as my heart was flooded with feelings of profound tenderness and joy and love for no apparent reason except that it was as if these feelings were in the air and had thus penetrated my heart.  Seated around me were a few others, seemingly equally overcome, and in front of me was a casket all in white, which I later learned was the burial site of Sri Aurobindo’s most beloved disciple and later bearer of his tradition.  The devotees call her the Divine Mother.  The feeling itself remained with me for some time, and even as it faded, the experience left me with a deep respect for the spiritual power that resides within and grows out of this land, these traditions, and the people who live here. [On the Mother: The chronicle of a manifestation and ministry]
CONTACT! « Meghan & Galen's Life in Auroville By galenmurray 
I left Auroville early the morning of February 7, in quite a hurry. I had been working at a merciless pace trying to finish my work at AVAG, and my coworkers kept heaping more tasks on me in fear that I wouldn't be able to return. ...
India - Auroville - 2010: On the street corner By Peter Choate
Peter Choate: Normally of Calgary, Alberta, Canada: A somewhat late 50's guy who, along with his amazing wife, is taking a 3 month break in beautiful Auroville India. 
The solar bowl is a concentrating technology employed by the Solar Kitchen in Auroville, Pondicherry, India, where a stationary spherical reflector focuses light along a line perpendicular to the sphere's interior surface, ...
Quiet Healing Center in Auroville
Quiet healing center in Auroville, Pondicheerry offers treatments like physiotherapy, classical homeopathy, massage acupuncture, foot reflexology, ...
DE GALAXIAS Y ESTRELLAS Written by Mari   Tuesday, 16 March 2010
We could decide that this is a week of the stars in Auroville. Beginning with the International festival of Spanish films will happen this Sunday, Uma tells us who the guests and what are the activities planned for such a special event. We continue with the exhibition "Evolution of the Galaxy and the work of Roger", which besides very nice panels also will bring a seminar to talk about the construction and planning of Auroville, and development in cities. Finally, the Visitor Center will be the setting for an enjoyable evening of arts and for one week, dedicated to Latin America.
Wednesday, 17 Mar
Ashtanga yoga daily class ::: Harmony (Auromodele/Petite Ferme) ::: Wed ::: 8:00 AM
Yoga & Sophrology with Sandra ::: Quiet Healing Center ::: Wed ::: 4:00 PM
9th "No More Pesticides"- Exhibition ::: open field opposite Solar Kitchen (except Tuesdays) ::: Wed ::: 2:00 PM
Insight Seminar: Economy and Organization of Auroville ::: Inside India Building in Auroshilpam (behind Auromode) ::: Wed ::: 10:30 AM
Nia at Verite ::: ILC Studio, Verite ::: Wed ::: 5:00 PM
Women’s Day Celebrations in the Villages ::: various villages around Auroville ::: Wed ::: 10:00 AM
Ramayana Festival ::: Adishakti ::: Wed ::: 7:00 PM
Photo-Graphic Exhibition "La Forêt Enchantée" ::: Pitanga ::: Wed ::: 8:00 AM
Thursday, 18 Mar
Ashtanga yoga daily class ::: Harmony (Auromodele/Petite Ferme) ::: Thu ::: 8:00 AM
Kirtan! Singing Devotional songs from India ::: Verite Hall ::: Thu ::: 5:30 PM
GYROKINESIS® (Dynamic Yoga) Classes with Dodo ::: Quiet Healing Center ::: Thu ::: 8:30 AM
9th "No More Pesticides"- Exhibition ::: open field opposite Solar Kitchen (except Tuesdays) ::: Thu ::: 2:00 PM
Insight Seminar: Eco-Restoration in Auroville ::: Inside India Building in Auroshilpam (behind Auromode) ::: Thu ::: 10:30 AM
Women’s Day Celebrations in the Villages ::: various villages around Auroville ::: Thu ::: 10:00 AM
Ramayana Festival ::: Adishakti ::: Thu ::: 7:00 PM
SAMPRADAYAM / Krishna Bhajans ::: Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas ::: Thu ::: 8:00 PM
EXPLORING THE ELEMENTS OF SUSTAINABLE FOOD GROWING - SOIL AND WATER ::: Centre for Sustainable Food Growing at Buddha Garden ::: Thu ::: 9:30 AM
Photo-Graphic Exhibition "La Forêt Enchantée" ::: Pitanga ::: Thu ::: 8:00 AM

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