Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sri Aurobindo’s thoughts went far beyond the limits of mundane materialism

Symbolism in modern art Calcutta Telegraph BOOK RELEASE
April 21 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, 8 Shakespeare Sarani; 6.15 pm: Dr Amalendu Dey will formally release The Linguistic Atom and The Origin of Language.
letters to the editor 19 April 2010 Prophet of transformation
SIR, ~ This is with reference to Claude Arpi’s article, “Prophet of Humanism” (15 April). Let me first thank you for commemorating the day of Sri Aurobindo’s arrival in Pondicherry.
   However, I have an issue with depicting Sri Aurobindo as a prophet of humanism. In his  thought, man is only a transitory being and not the “Ultimate” in the chain of evolution. He has constantly tried through his yogic sadhana to bring down the super conscious to the mundane level and lift human consciousness to higher pedestals, indeed to reach the “Ultimate”, the Parabrahma of our Vedas and Upanishads. He dealt with human existence in all its dimensions ~ the material, the  spiritual and the vital.
  Even in seclusion, he continuously tried, through correspondence, to transform the lives of his disciples and  make them ready for the descent of the higher consciousness and bring them into the process of conscious evolution.
  His Ashram in
Pondicherry is also a case in point. His writings on a bewildering variety of subjects ~ from politics to education and personal conduct of life ~ are all intended to transform the personal, social, national and global facets.
  He is truly a prophet of transformation. Humanism implies in a general sense the aspects of life, i.e. that is in the mundane levels. In the literary context it began with the 14th century Renaissance in
Italy, involving grammar, rhetoric, history, moral philosophy and poetry. It was a reaction to the all-pervasive ecclesiasticism of the Middle Ages.
  Sri Aurobindo’s thoughts went far beyond the limits of mundane materialism in which humanity is hopelessly entrapped. His philosophy signified the slow but inevitable descent of divine consciousness into this Earth. Yours, etc., Parthapratim Ray, Kolkata, 17 April. 

Hide & seek: Kapur's spiritual journey to Hidesign Economic Times

He kept away his US doctorate in international affairs and shunned capitalism to pursue his hobby in the global township based on Sri Aurobindo's vision. ...
Comment posted by RY Deshpande Re: RYD’s sly and insidious Method... An Open Dialogue on The Lives of Sri Aurobindo
Today it is exactly one year when the idea of a possible dialogue was mooted. It is unfortunate that it didn’t materialise. The positions have now got so much hardened—witness for instance AV Today August 2009, some interviews on the subject—that perhaps only a miracle might work out a miracle.
As there is really nothing confidential in these frank exchanges made in a liberal spirit, on this anniversary of the proposal I'm putting them on the Mirror of Tomorrow. If Rich wishes, he can put his version on the sciy or related sites. ~ RYD
The provocation for the forming of the association is the disenchantment among the inmates of the Ashram over the "lack of transparency, accountability and democracy" in the running of the Ashram. The Ashram management however remained tightlipped on the causes. Management sources told The Indian Express that the expulsions were related to the maintenance of discipline in the Ashram. About Saaba 
Sri Aurobindo Ashram Beneficiaries Association was founded in the year 1997 with a group of inmates and devotees of Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Kamal Dora, Srikant Jivarajani, Patit Pavan Ghosh, Vairu Kannu and several others were some of the founder members of the Association. The Association had taken up the cause of exposing various atrocities taking place in Sri Aurobindo Ashram at the instance of the Trustees and their hencmen. The Trustees had allowed tampering of Sri Aurobindo's writings in the name of textual editing, restoration of Master's original writings and had handed over such sensitive work to Sri Aurobindo Archves & Research Department headed by a group of foreigners including Peter Heehs & Richard Hartz. 4:20 PM Monday 5 January 2009
If one really takes pride in being an Indian, then he must be willing to undertake a journey to discover the Himalayan heights of Sri Aurobindo.
In the narrow sense it refers to the Integral Yoga, philosophy, and psychology of Sri Aurobindo, as well as the Integral Psychology (the term coined by Indra Sen) and Psychotherapy that emerges from it.
Sri Aurobindo said: 'In this calm right knowledge comes'. For wholesome creativity, the still inten- sity of the sattwic temper is essential. The excited ...
Barindranath Chaki added a discussion An Answer
Question:   James Tse, my friend from Canada, a member of ASPIRATION, has asked me the following question:   "Hi Barin I was engaged in a debate with friends over the Creek mythology, where Zeus and the other deities rules the Universe, I argue that God is formless and is above our thinking mind, they ask me why I believe in The Mother, and have her pictures in my house, she is form, and yet I worship do I reconcile in this debate? James" from ASPIRATION - Aspiration is a call to the Divine. — The Mother

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