Monday, July 13, 2015

Hormones, Money, and Harmony

Faith and Patience Are Required to Persist Through the Stages of the Yoga
There are no short cuts to an integral perfection. ~Sri Aurobindo
[One of the most important consequences of the Partition of Bengal was the advent of SriAurobindo in active politics]
Sri Aurobindo and the Hindu-Muslim problem :
In the Indian context, Nationalism, is just an excuse for cultural backwardness, intellectual bankruptcy, and a quick political viagra.
@NarenMenon1 Treating a civlisational state like India like a Westphalian state is inviting disaster. @prasannavishy @sarkar_swati
4. When it comes to discourse, what Hindutva lacks is sharp public intellectuals who will actually speak & insist on speaking these truths.
Harper Collins, India should review and, if required, apologise etc. re: Rajiv Malhotra's book via @ChangeAUS
[Rajiv Malhotra accused of plagiarism in his recent book Indra’s Net. - drawn, unacknowledged, from Andrew Nicholson]
Many things may be bad about Socialism but its effect on Bollywood and its music are an abiding contribution to art.
I had a feeling that novels tend to obscure the world instead of showing it, because their form is so much alike...
Despite depicting the temple’s abundant decoration, the photographs are foremost a celebration of their geometry...
Nice article by @arvindneela on Indian vs. West Eurasian approach to mental, intellectual, spiritual evolution:
The Founding of Aesthetics in the German Enlightenment: The Art of Invention and the I... by Dr Stefanie Buchenau
The old humanities and the new science by Sir William Osler - Leopold Classic Library.
INTACH book documents monuments/landmarks of Old Jagannath Sadak to Puri, used by millions before railways came up.
Before the iPod and after... My piece today in the TOI. City City Bang Bang : The changing quest for music:
[breaking up big corporations, increasing competition & producing lower profits run counter to Economics & pleasure]
“A key fallacy is profit maximization. its origins in Newton’s Calculus. Smith and Hume never mentioned maximization]
[Alchemy of the Soul - Integral Healing: The Work of Psychology and Spirituality by Arya Maloney]
[I describe what I believe to be the key differences between Jung’s path and that of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.]
Cultural Realities of Being: Abstract idea... Reply w/ #AmazonCart to add this via @amazonIN
[a book I’d love to read, A parallel biography of Giordano Bruno and Francisco Suárez. Both were born in 1548]
[Sheehan concluded that Heidegger's philosophy centers on our mortality and radical finitude, 'temporality.']
[Not only do hormones influence behavior, but also behavior and the environment influence hormones.]
[Hormones regulate digestion, metabolism, respiration, sense perception, sleep, excretion, lactation, stress & mood]
[a non-anthropocentric approach updating aesthetic understanding with contemporary biosemiotic & evolutionary theory]
Chintan: India and Me: Beginning Backdrop: A small private garden lined with a few tall trees, several shrubs of varying heights – some in pots, some planted in the ground, and several fl...
[Mirambika Crisis: Some parents begin a peaceful sit in protest opposite the Aurobindo Ashram Gate No. 6]
[We frequently hear the refrain, particularly in the United States, that “I am free and can do whatever I like”]
[In Defeat, Let Us Reclaim Our Selves - TRIDIP SUHRUD - My emotional and intellectual core was built in and thr...]
[Christian missionaries in India have for decades followed a strategy called “inculturation” - co-opt Hindu customs]
[Christian faith is principally a matter of helping people, visiting the sick & the lonely and speaking up for them.]
[We might include here the work of Negri, Hardt, Alain Badiou, Slavoj Žižek, Etienne Balibar, and Jacques Rancière.]
Education is lifelong and entails scouting for good books. Yoga Psychology & Transformation by Don Salmon, Jan Maslow
[why Prof Thapar did not talk about two ... associated with Indian nationalism: Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo.]
[even huston smith soften his opposition to Aurobindo over the years - he was heavily influenced by Schuon]
[Even his tables comparing Plotinus and Aurobindo have a contrived feel about them. Wilber also gets Shankara wrong.]
[There surely exists a perversion to the meaning of suffering. One suffers and feels good about it.]
[According to Mother, woman has a distinct, a unique role to play for the future humanity. The Women's Council, ...]
Amrita Mukherjee uses her pen like a hammer. Often get her posts through Mr. Gautam Benegal. Could not resist...
[Jackal said, "Oh, you wicked and ungrateful Tiger! When the good Merchant opened your cage door, is to eat him ...]
मुक्ति का भावात्मक अभिप्राय है अपनी आत्मा को विश्वात्मा के साथ एक करना
कामनात्मक संकल्प तथा अहंभाव के सुखद विलोप से जो एकत्व साधित होता है वही मुक्ति का सार है ।
#Rishi_Aurobindo comparing modern education system to Hindu education system: Thought provoking to say the least.
Stars in the Soup by Shraddhavan (ebook) via @AuroEbooks
supplementing the individual’s struggle for social adjustment with more aspirational inputs -
Must read books:
1) Rod Hemsell
2) Richard Hartz
3) Georges Van Vrekhem
[The most important scientific book of the 21st century ~Don Salmon
“Beyond Physicalism” the result of an expansion]
[...the extraordinary book, “Beyond Physicalism” was published. Aurobindo’s vision is implicit in much of that book.]
1. The Singularity and Socialism by C. James Townsend
2. Beyond Physicalism by Edward F. Kelly
Nature, Human Nature, and Human Difference: Race in Early Modern Philosophy by Justin E. H. Smith.
You may dislike Gandhi but read Leela Gandhi's books:
The Common Cause:
Affective Communities:
Wow, am I glad I'm not entering the job market today! A World Without Work
[June H.L. Wong] When humans need not apply - The Korea Herald #Robot

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Kant and Kant

My emotional and intellectual core was built in and through Gujarati. It was the language of home and also of school and college. Gijubhai Badheka, Kakasaheb Kalelkar and Jhaverchand Meghani filled my childhood. Govardhanram Tripathi’s Sarasvatichandra was my sole companion during the hot, dusty afternoons of my adolescence. And there was KM Munshi too. I read his racy prose breathlessly. His trilogy excited the imagination, delighted the heart. But, then as now, I remained partial to the world of love, valour and sacrifice that Meghani created. His characters loved deeply, waited till the end of time and fought righteous battles to the death. Swami Anand, Kakasaheb, Prabhudas Gandhi, KG Mashruwala and Ramanlal V. Desai opened for me the world of Gandhi. 
Poet Sundaram brought to us the sublime beauty of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother of Pondicherry through the journal Dakshina. Umashankar Joshi was our poet laureate. Nagindas Parekh made not only Tagore and Bankim available in Gujarati, but also the Bible, which sounds more true to me in Gujarati even today. Later, under the watchful eye of Achyut Yagnik and Ashis Nandy, I entered the 19th-century world of Narmad, Karsandas Mulji and Manibhai Nabhubhai more academically but without the joy of doing so diminished in any way.
My understanding of Gujarati society as also its critique was framed by Gujarati writing. I understood the nature of intense spiritual longing through the painful conversion to Christianity by my favourite Gujarati poet Manishankar Bhatt, “Kant”.

Larval Subjects . - Beauty - Increasingly, as I turn to questions of ethics, I find myself wondering about things we could describe as “absolute values”. These are things we esteem an...

Footnotes 2 Plato - Towards an Aesthetic Ontology: Beauty, Sublimity, and Infinity - “Two things fill the mind with ever-renewing wonder and awe, the more often and the more intensely the mind is drawn to think of them: the starry heavens a...

Networkologies - What is Philosophy? A Networkological Spin On the Age Old Question “Why”?- What is philosophy, and why should we care? Many people tend to think of philosophy as something done by professors or experts, such that it’s just out of ...

Integral Musings | Towards a Holistic Vision - The Aesthetic Alchemy – M.S. Srinivasan - The preoccupation with universal beauty even in its aesthetic forms has an intense power for refining and subtilising the nature, and at its highest it is ... at 2:58 PM

Sri Aurobindo Studies - The Divine Force Transforms the Working of Nature - At a certain stage, the Witness consciousness goes beyond the status of being solely a witness, moves beyond the role of giver of the sanction of Nature’s ...

The Founding of Aesthetics in the German Enlightenment: The Art of Invention and the I... by Dr Stefanie Buchenau

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Transnational history of democracy

American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and ...
With these words, Philip Goldberg begins his monumental work, American Veda, a fascinating look at India’s remarkable impact on Western culture.
Rajiv Malhotra - 2014 - ‎Preview

Originating in the Atharva Veda, the concept of Indra’s Net is a powerful metaphor for interconnectedness.

The work is now marked by both critical acclaim and cross-cultural controversy. In a substantial new Preface to this second edition, Kripal answers his critics and addresses the controversy.
Patrick Hayden, ‎Chamsy El-Ojeili - 2009 - ‎Snippet view

In these ways, the Indian philosopher-yogi Sri Aurobindo suggests, the practice of newness (as inducement for spiritual ... and inclusive future affectivity as commencing with the foundational eccentricity of re-imagining the heart Leela Gandhi 69.

Andrews, C.F., Mahatma Gandhi's Ideas, London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd., 1929. Appadorai, A. Indian ... Aurobindo, Sri, The Secret of the Veda, Pondicherry : Sri. Aurobindo Ashram ... Balakrishnan V. and R. Leela devi, (ed.), Sri Matsya  ...

Davis, R. P., 'Griffith and Gandhi: A Study in Non-violent Resistance', Threshold, 3.2 (1959). Davitt ... Dijk, A. M. G. van, 'Europese Invloeden op het Denken van SriAurobindo', unpublished Ph.D. thesis (Utrecht: Rijksuniversiteit te ... Gandhi,Leela,Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction (Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 1998).

This project paved the way for the work of later Hindu reformers, such as Vivekananda, Radhakrishnan, and Gandhi, whose teachings promoted the notion that all world religions belong to a single spiritual unity.
Rita Sherma, ‎Arvind Sharma - 2008 - ‎Preview

Aurobindo, Sri (1984) (1915) Swami Dayananda, Pondicherry: All India Books. Carman, John and Narayanan, ... GandhiLeela (1998) Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. King, Richard (1999 ) ...
Leela Gandhi - 2014 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions

Europeans and Americans tend to hold the opinion that democracy is a uniquely Western inheritance, but in The Common Cause, Leela Gandhi recovers stories of an alternate version, describing a transnational history of democracy in the first ...
Shruti Kapila, ‎Faisal Devji - 2013 - ‎Preview

(a title bestowed on her by Aurobindo), gradually assume the leadership of the increasingly international Aurobindo ... 9446; and Leela Gandhi, Afirective Communities: Anticolonial Thought, FinedeeS'iecle Radicalism, and the Politics of  ...
Debashish Banerji - 2015 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions

Instead, they may be better visible in terms of transnational “affective communities” that Leela Gandhi postulated. I would suggest that certain Indian nationalists like Tagore and Sri Aurobindo and to a lesser extent Gandhi, also belong to this  ...
Peter Heehs - 2013 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions

Special thanks to the late Jayantilal Parekh of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives and to Michael Murphy ofthe ... Francis Bertaud, Anuradha Bhattacharya, Liviu Bordas, Ratan Lal Chakraborty, A. K. Dutta, P.L. Dutta, Leela Gandhi, Aloka  ...
Leela Gandhi - 2006 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions

Anticolonial Thought, Fin-de-Siècle Radicalism, and the Politics of FriendshipLeela Gandhi. 13 See A. B. Purani, Evening Talks with Sri Aurobindo, 2d edn ( Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Society, 1995), 52 -53. The meeting between Devdas ...

This book provides biographical profiles of the following female gurus plus sensitive scholarly analysis of their spiritual paths: Ammachi, Anandamayi Ma, Gauri Ma, Gurumayi, Jayashri Ma, Karunamayi Ma, Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, Mother Meera, ...

12 s WESTERN HOLY MOTHERS AS SOUL MATES OF INDIAN GURUS Let me tell you frankly that I am now cominced that you have a great future in the work torIndia. What was wanted was no man, but a woman; a real lioness, to work for  ...
Jeffery Paine - 1998 - ‎Snippet view - ‎More editions

A collection of short biographies bears witness to the influence of India on the lives, thought, and desires of such twentieth-century Western writers and thinkers as E. M. Forster, Carl Jung, W. B. Yeats, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Justice: Rights and Wrongs
Not only does this book reflect the clarity and acuity of thought that characterize Wolterstorff's work, it also reflects the humane sensibilities of someone who has thought and felt deeply about these matters for a long time.

Human Rights in the Twentieth Century
Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann - 2010 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions
In doing so, this volume captures the state of the art in a field that historians have only recently begun to explore.

The Alternate Nation of Abanindranath Tagore - Page ix
i.1 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Bharat Mata (abanindranath Tagore, 1905) Krishna Lila—Bhabollasa (abanindranath Tagore, 1897) abhisarika (abanindranath Tagore, 1897) Krishna Lila—Nau ...

Guru English: South Asian Religion in a Cosmopolitan ... - Page 265
—John Lennon, “Instant Karma” WHILE THIS STUDY SKETCHES some historical and literary instances of Guru English in multiple contexts and investigates a number of ancillary phenomena under the rubric, it is neither a full- fledged survey ...