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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Posthuman Destinies - Writing the Self Diaries, Memoirs, and the History of the Self: A new book by Peter Heehs
Living Laboratories of the Life Divine Debashish Banerji
Text of a talk delivered at the AUM Conference,
Los Angeles, May 2003.
Transcript of a Talk given at
8/16/06. Detachment in a spiritual sense is the development of another
dimension within us, a dimension which coexists with our active personality but
is outside of it. It is to find an inner freedom, to discover a part of the
being that cannot be touched by external circumstances or by the outer being’s
activities – a separation within between what we know as ourselves in the world
and something which is intrinsic and connected to an infinite being, a sort of
an immutable witnessing. Nainital,
This article attempts to sketch out Sri Aurobindo's contribution to the future of humanity as carried in his major texts. In doing so, it also tries to underline the cross-cultural nature of these texts and the disciplinary redefinitions implicit in them.
Friday, February 01, 2013
The purpose of the Ashram Trust is unambiguously clear in the opening words of the Trust Deed. We need not therefore have any qualms of conscience for being termed as “followers and disciples of Sri Aurobindo having faith in his philosophy and yoga” for which the Ashram was “exclusively” meant. So is the Trust Board contemplating changes in the very object of the Trust Deed by quoting the paragraph on the necessity of scepticism and atheism in society? It is one thing to force on others one’s own point of view and another to invite spiritual disaster by courting falsehood. The first is religious fundamentalism, which is not the case here, as we are not trying to convert Peter Heehs or his associates and supporters, it is he who insists on converting us into materialistic sceptics with his so-called “objectivity”. The second is spiritual suicide by accepting the rank falsehood pervading his book, which has already started eating into the very foundation of sadhana at the Ashram. Should the disciples bear with Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’s denigration in the very heart of the institution that they have dedicated their lives to? Should they take this untenable criticism of their Master without any protest? Should they simply do nothing to prevent this perverted book from getting introduced in the curriculum of universities in
India and abroad? …
Finally, about the dig at Ranganath’s involvement in the Savitri corrections case at Alipore. The Trust did not do a favour to Ranganath by providing him legal defence; Ranganath did a favour to the Trust by leaving his work and deposing in front of the court. The main accused in the case was the Trust and the names of Ranganath and many others were included in the petition as co-respondents because of their indirect involvement in the matter – Ranganath was looking after the Ashram Press at that time and he printed the new edition of the Savitri under instructions from the Trust. The Trust itself, along with a few others, was actually responsible for the Savitri corrections. Incidentally, the same Peter Heehs and Richard Hartz figure prominently in this case, which could have been easily settled out of the court with a little discussion and referring the matter to other experts in the same field instead of insisting on the decisions of only one committee. Raman Reddy 3 July 2010
Ashis Nandy on Aurobindo – A Tale of Inauthentic Modernity: Savita Singh January 30, 2013 by Pratilipi Blog
Most certainly, there is another way of reading Aurobindo’s life. It could be quite enlightening to bring in another reading here offered by another significant hermeneutical thinker of
India, Prof. J.L. Mehta, who takes
Aurobindo’s own statements about his life as an authentic rendering of its
truth. He treats them as more meaningful beginning of his life’s story… On this
reading, what Nandy considers as being lost, that is, Aurobindo having lost to
the West, Mehta considers it as a mere adventuring of the self to the Other,
experiencing it in all its otherness as its own part. For indeed, Mehta works
with a hermeneutical insight as far as human understanding is concerned…
Depicting the complexity of a hermeneutical life as that of Sri Aurobindo, in which he arrives at an understanding of himself and that of the West as part of each other, Mehta locates this understanding emanating from the Vedantic as much as from a Heideggerian sources. He brings in Heidegger to illustrate the interesting relationship the self has with its other, a position which Aurobindo spawned by living out the kind of existence he did. Aurobindo’s life came with a certain kind of depth where any stark differences between the self and the other simply got dissolved.
[Prof Savita Singh is Professor and Director of the
and Development Studies, IGNOU... She wrote her Ph.D. thesis on 'Discourse of
Modernity in School of Gender India: A
Hermeneutical Study', and earned her degree from .
the Depths of Reality: Savita
Singh in Conversation with - Roy
Singh - 2003 - This book presents the main features of Roy Bhaskar's
philosophy in a readily comprehensive form. The result is probably the simplest
and clearest statement of the themes and development of his philosophy ever
published.] Delhi University
Are we facing an evolutionary crisis? The Hindu February 2, 2013 MANOJ DAS
According to Sri Aurobindo, “At present mankind is undergoing an evolutionary crisis in which is concealed a choice of its destiny; for a stage has been reached in which the human mind has achieved in certain directions an enormous development while in others it stands arrested and bewildered and can no longer find its way.” Sri Aurobindo envisions a future when the mind could be transformed into a Supramental gnosis…
To a professor who was logically convinced of Sri Aurobindo’s vision but wondered if the ugly man of today could really grow into something beautiful, a rustic school teacher told, “If a wonder like the lotus could bloom out of mud with the Sun’s Grace, why cant out of our muddy mind bloom the Supramental with the Divine’s Grace? We may replace Divine’s Grace with Evolutionary thrust, if we please.
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Omkarnath Bharadwaj has left a new comment on "Sri Anirvan and Ekalavya": Savitri Era at 4:58 pm, February 02, 2013 Dear Sir
I want to know In which year Sri Anirvan ji visited
& met the Mother
Regards Omkarnath Bharadwaj