God can only be known by symbols because in its ultimate reality it defies logic and exceeds perception – Sri Aurobindo https://t.co/O9jlMsqgib
William James, the first psychologist to demonstrate “war”, the author of the seminal essay named ‘The Moral Equivalent of War’, coined the term “discipline”, indicating a sense of cohesion having communal goals towards the service of greater welfare.
At the personal level, war makes us feel more alive, awake and alert. As per the bird’s eye view of James, “it ‘redeem[s] life from flat degeneration.’ Moreover, it gives us purpose and meaning, going beyond the monotony of daily life. “Life seems cast upon a higher plane of power”. In this age, the development of democracy, nuclear deterrent and especially sports as the “moral equivalent of war”-as mentioned by James, are some salient factors getting around for the rise in peacefulness. Apart from this, the rise of international trades, communications, and the Internet are also capturing the worth mentioning place values. Thus, empathy has been rising, and moral inclusions are promoted. However, it must be reminded that perpetuating overconfidence of human psychology to control and secure the self-invented technologies or war innovations like missiles, nuclear weapons, artificial intelligence, and so on, had been giving rise to complacency. Besides, Hilbert's problems of security, the future of various war technologies have also been raising various ethical and political debates regarding what type of community we will be leaving for future generations. Rajabhishek Dey [The Psychology of War, Steve Taylor Ph.D., https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/out-the-darkness/201403/the-psychology-war]
Bhagavad Gita and Mahabharata. Analysis of Chapter V Kurukshetra from Essays on The Gita by Sri Aurobindo https://t.co/dGsX0Jpz4R
I hear you. Grappled with same binary, still do to an extent. Solution seems to be poise of the Gita, to engage in battle while positing our consciousness on the Divine. That way life and sadhana need not be divorced. A vast world-action, even terrible, is the way of Kshatriya.
And I use term Kshatriya for its characteristic impulse to make progress under hostile conditions. This varna template makes one not foster the other three varnas implicit or behind dominant one. Makes us hobbled. Read Essays on Gita by Sri Aurobindo, if you have not, will help.
He is an international icon ! Whitman, Yeats, Tagore n Sri Aurobindo. 4 world poets of the modern age.
“He’s become an American icon, and I think that was a hope of his." —Karen Karbiener
Learn more about Walt Whitman and the #WaltWhitman200 exhibition now. https://t.co/t1hV5qpG5X
Ginsberg was the apostle of a truly visionary sexuality. Like the expansive, sensual, democratic Whitman but unlike the twisted, dishonest, pretentious Foucault, he saw the continuity between great nature and the human body, bathed in waves of cosmic energy. (Salon 4/15/1997)
Our guide should be not the frigid, head-tripping nerd Michel Foucault but prophetic Allen Ginsberg, who fused Hinduism with Walt Whitman to give us a radical vision of energy, passion, and sensuality—of homosexual desire grounded in the amoral rhythms of nature. (VT 1994)
For gay men, free love detached from all reference to nature meant that, by the eighties, their ruling theorist would be social constructionist Michel Foucault rather than the nature-revering Whitman or Ginsberg. (Arion 2003)
Deplatforming & unpersoning are examples of Foucauldian ‘dividing practices’. Foucault’s own examples include the isolation of lepers during the Middle Ages, & later the confinement of the insane. Unpersoning is an especially devastating & effective method.[..]
They want to defend essentialism, which Foucault rejects. Foucault doesn’t say ‘there is no human nature’, he rather changes the subject and asks how was human nature defined in any given epoch. Who was doing the defining? Etc.
I’ve wondered why people like paglia and many on the right shit on Foucault when the the majority of what he’s doing is critiquing elite power dynamics
Explore #Foucault's thoughts on homosexuality in this OUP blog. A major influence on #queertheory, he examined the issues of power, repression, and sexuality and the ways in which societies penalize those who reject the norms #PrideMonth #philosopherOTM https://t.co/OuI06CYOcq
Excuse me, but I am tired of seeing posts like this. William Blake, Walt Whitman, Foucault and other free thinkers sought to liberate sexual activity in general, not to shackle it to “queerness,” and “deviance.” Sexuality liberated is Private!
Dr. @dnbrgr put together a comprehensive prison abolition syllabus which invites people to read many different books: https://t.co/SLtUs5rIME
1. Limits to Pain: The Role of Punishment in Penal Policy by Nils Christie.
2. Instead of Prisons: A Handbook for Abolitionists by Prison Research Education Action Project
3. Kind & Usual Punishment: The Prison Business by Jessica Mitford
4. Golden Gulag by Ruth Wilson Gilmore
5. Penal Abolition: The Practical Choice by Ruth Morris
6. Abolition Now! Ten Years of Strategy and Struggle Agains the PIC by Critical Resistance.
7. The Crime of Imprisonment by George Bernard Shaw
8. Arrested Justice by Beth Richie
9. How Nonviolence Protects the State by Peter Gelderloos
10. Disability Incarcerated Edited by Liat Ben Moshe
11. Reflections on the Guillotine by Albert Camus
Finally if you are a speculative fiction fan read Octavia's Brood edited by @adriennemaree and @WalidahImarisha. Also read Captive Genders edited by @Eric_A_Stanley
"If a state is going to take its secularism seriously, what might that mean for its education system?"
3rd up in our #Moral #Education series, Andrew Copson considers some #ethical problems for #Secular education in a pluralistic world: https://t.co/Xdal35Q1Hu #philosophy ...
The new left economics: how a network of thinkers is transforming capitalism https://t.co/LdhsS6sVi1
Rejecting capitalist notions of freedom | @PriyamvadaGopal
Priyamvada Gopal shows how the British tradition of anti-colonialism was heavily influenced by resistance from within the colonies.
She is the author of Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent. https://t.co/whdcuSBC0F
The book aims to contribute to, in a modest way ( I mean that) to reconfiguring the way we think about Britain and Britons' relationship to empire as well as how African & Asian heritage communities in Britain think about themselves in relation to Britain https://t.co/LlDTE93TUr
Acerbic. Insightful. Brilliant. Arundhati Roy's book, Listening to Grasshoppers, examines the darkest deeds of the Indian democracy and asks uncomfortable questions. https://t.co/UMQJuif7WL
#NeverForget Today was the day, June 25, 1975, when Indira Gandhi declared the #Emergency, and THIS is how it happened.
My column, on the darkest chapter in independent India's history. https://t.co/B6WnK3L6pP
Because India's nationalism is moored in the Hindu liberal tradition of pluralism, the country's future as a secular republic is secure, writes @sreemoytalukdar https://t.co/dTF7Ll6r1W
Recently there were few attempts at giving a new interpretation to samskaras. This post, thanks to @zeneraalstuff , is in a way a response. Tries to show what our rishis thought of samskaras. And a short introduction to the main ones. https://t.co/L7MAqK03IN
12) Hymns 71 - 76 (Verses 807 - 855): Description of Rig-Veda, Mandala 01, Sukta 071 to 076 (including more hymns on the powers of Agni); with #SriAurobindo's words on how He arrived at the psychological meaning behind the Vedic system of worlds & the Gods https://t.co/nqF1jHzXwt
13) Hymns 77 - 82 (Verses 856 - 908): Description of Rig-Veda, Mandala 01, Sukta 077 to 082 (including description of the movements of Indra and Agni); with #SriAurobindo's words on the necessity of establishing a philological basis for His psychological theory https://t.co/vZXiQ1dd4w
29. The flame burning within that smoke is the powerful penance of Janaloka. This is also called as Naka or swarga, the plane of Bliss (anandamaya loka) bereft of ignorance and sorrow. Naka also refers to the state of Bliss that can be achieved by individual soul. ||1.6||
@gary_agg and all those who read Sivanandalahari bhaashyam ! Pl. study today's bhaashyam very carefully may be a couple of times. It explains a very important philosophical pillars of our Dhaarmic understanding of reality.
26. .@MarioPuzo901 We are continuing the bhaashyam on Umasahasram from where we left off yesterday.
261. This in turn leads us to the realization of ‘sivoham’ of our oneness with Parameswara in Sivaanandalahari!
262. Tomorrow we will take up the next sloka.
The effect of an unselfish dharmika man around girls n women cannot be underestimated. Just like effect of mother on small kids cannot be. Anyway, everybody wants jugaad, nobody wants to invest n sacrifice for a dharmika community.
Time is always moving and taking things to their conclusion. Like a little kid one day becomes a old man, a big tree sprouts up from a tiny seed, a valley becomes a desert. We need to move with time. Whoever is waiting for an approval to move is only deceiving himself.
That's why Sanyasi's perform their own Sraddha before taking Sanyas. They have taken up a vow of moving alone and not to depend on anyone. Chart you own path. Each and every successful person has charted their own path.
Everyone of them had to clash with the society. The clash between society and a powerful person is the most ancient battle in the history of mankind. Clash between collectivism and Individualism. Vama Marg is individualistic.
It's fear which makes us weak and inactive. The difference between a passive person and active person is actually fear. The fear of failure vs the urge to reach the success. That's what makes the difference.
it's always easy to gang up on one like a pack of wolves,requires no qualification, not even any guts :) only the lone warrior reaches enlightenment, as zen philosophy puts it and luckily for us, Bengal never lacked single 🐅,who stood away from flow, in all fields https://t.co/DTddlmSBPS
Who stole my river? In the past 100 years, nearly 700 rivers have died in the delta of the Ganges in Bengal
Just today I came to know that some historians believed Junei, a place 2.5 km before Konarka, holds an important place in history. They believe this place was the capital of King Kharabela. @TapanSatpthy sir, @PramodpandaVk sir, @ashishkumar_tw @mishra9_supriya @TheCrazy_Freak
Tarani bhai. You were also present there..You know better than me. https://t.co/cC0Ux6OpJm
Reading "The RSS: A View to the Inside" by Walter K Andersen & Shridhar D. Damle. Had always wanted to read an authoritative account of the Sangh. https://t.co/hXE4AWT0CU
Savitri Era Learning Forum: Vama Marg is individualistic https://t.co/mMTZyfTM8I