Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Buddhist missionaries who visited Egypt

Truth and triviality: Christianity, natural law, and human rights - For every phenomenon there is an indefinite, if not infinite, number of both continuities and discontinuities with what came before. To assert continuity, ...

The Influence of Buddhism on Primitive Christianity
by Arthur Lillie.
A volume that proves that much of the New Testament is parable rather than history will shock many readers, but from the days of Origen and Clement of Alexandria to the days of Swedenborg the same thing has been affirmed. The proof that this parabolic writing has been derived from a previous religion will shock many more. The biographer of Christ has one sole duty, namely, to produce the actual historical Jesus. In the New Testament there are two Christs, an Essene and an anti-Essene Christ, and all modern biographers who have sought to combine the two have failed necessarily. It is the contention of this work that Christ was an Essene monk; that Christianity was Essenism; and that Essenism was due, as Dean Mansel contended, to the Buddhist missionaries "who visited Egypt within two generations of the time of Alexander the Great."

Jul 29, 2012 - In support of this origin of Christianity, the speaker gave two words, one ... who, after comparing the Christian Bible with the Buddhist scriptures, 

Sep 30, 2010 - Christianity, Buddhism, & Integral Yoga ... Sri Aurobindo can help us here, so can Mother; Nolinida but also Sastriji and M.P. Pandit and Amal

Amod Lele on Śāntideva and the impact of metaphysics on ethics - In an article available open access online (thanks for this altruistic move, Amod!), Amod recently discussed a challenging topic, namely whether there is a...

Article: The Triumph of the Individual | OpEdNews

The other half according to Sri Aurobindo, is to be found in the depths of Death, Unconsciousness, and in the very heart of Evil. The key to a divine life is to ...

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”.

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