Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Reading The Life Divine will change your life

BOSTON: MIT scientists have developed a new artificial intelligence system that can take still images and generate short videos to simulate what happens next, similar to how humans can visually imagine how a scene will evolve.
Humans intuitively understand how the world works, which makes it easier for people, as opposed to machines, to envision how a scene will play out.

Et tu, Evolution?
Et tu, Evolution? https://t.co/bIQ5r5CLEq @ARangarajan1972
Life has no purpose. We are a creation of chance, a conspiracy hatched by thunder and lightning and water and ammonia and hydrogen and methane and dust, demonstrated so persuasively by Stanley Miller in 1953. Amino-acetonitrile met water and formed glycine three billion years ago; a sperm met an egg and produced a baby yesterday. All random, ... 
Fifty years ago, roughly 30 babies in 1000 found it physically impossible to emerge from the birth canal. Today that figure stands at 36. We are therefore stuck in a compromise, and C-section babies are living proof of this.

Assorted Tweets:
On sentience, sapience and speciesism https://t.co/6WlKbF2Rg4 Finally managed to write this, after a lot of deliberation and reading.

After finding the effect of antivirus, antibiotic and immune system, concept of protecting "all life" looked quite strange to me!

The late AK Ramanujan, one of the finest scholars of Indian literature, and a poet, wrote a brilliant, informal essay published in 1989 titled, “Is there an Indian way of thinking?”
Among the many gems in this essay is a notion that all Indian thinking is context-sensitive, as opposed to the Western way of thinking that creates thoughts that claim to be context-free. To illustrate this, Ramanujan quotes a parable of the Buddha—
"Once a man was drowning in a sudden flood. Just as he was about to drown, he found a raft. He clung to it, and it carried him safely to dry land. And he was so grateful to the raft that he carried it on his back for the rest of his life." Such was the Buddha’s ironic comment on context-free systems. Our Vedas and our glorious epics all begin with a setting of the context...
But your ancient wisdom came to you from your diabetic grandmother. That is called a home truth, not to be confused with ancient wisdom. Health expert @rmantha2 https://t.co/9poUDfp6mr

Contributions of #socialmedia r many. It has given us a glimpse into how Insane, narcissistic most of us are, that truth's matter of belief

Acting ideology-free can be either excellent or awful. Former may come through pragmatism, latter often comes through rank populism.

Pragmatism often suffers from the pitfalls of the fallacies in one's reasoning. Nothing excellent about it except the feel-good factor. https://t.co/p7OWNgqjVZ
@Flyfiddlesticks I mean pragmatism. More often than not, pragmatists rationalise theories according to the ends they seek.
@Flyfiddlesticks Which brings us to the definition of pragmatism. Which could be applied to anything except nihilism. 😀😀
@vimuktaatma 😂 but they're also ideology driven. If pragmatic,  you can go against "pragmatism"  as well.  😈@vimuktaatma I'd argue that they're not pragmatic but merely professing so.

The real truths are heresies. They cannot be spoken. Only discovered, whispered, and perhaps read.

One of the cruxes of the "truth" is to understand and identify those "who" define "truth" to be "heresy", and how they do it. https://t.co/9WkVFvJqas

@naval Repression of Heresy is only in Abrahmic Religions; Western Culture is alter ego of Semetic exclusive Truth claim, joined at Hip

@samAlochaka @naval Alternate Truth claim becomes a heresy to the self-proclaimed guardians of Exclusive Truth claim in Abrahmic thought

@naval “it is impossible to convey the life-sensation of any given epoch of one’s existence--that which makes its truth, its meaning--its subtle and penetrating essence". Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

@samAlochaka Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam is not in any sacred text but in Hitopdasesh story warning against cunning enemy mouthing such philosophy

But seriously, how are you supposed to grow up children?
There would always be things that you tell them to do/not do.

There have been wonderful examples of the academic left standing by the suffering people, joining in struggles, developing powerful discourses, and widening the cause.
an excerpt from my book on Maoists
Maoists in India: Tribals under Siege, Pluto Press London; Amaryllis, India, 2012
The least intellectuals can do, once they have unmasked the propaganda of the State, is to tell the powers that the truth is out. Once the truth is uncovered and laid before the people, someone somewhere will pick up the thread and proceed to develop more sustainable forms of resistance. If intellectuals still have energy and courage, they can use their relative insularity from repression to help raise a protective wall around this resistance so that it can grow inside. So the moral is to protect resistance to protect truth.

[The trouble with this artistic portrayal of fascism is that Benito Mussolini, the suave gentleman, doesn’t fit.] NM https://t.co/OIMbuE0qbS

Books like Shakespeare’s Asian Journeys (ed by Bi-qi B. Lei, JC Ick, & Poonam Trivedi) and Hegel's India (by Rathore & Rimina Mohapatra) bridge East and West.

A Maiti
... By Sri Aurobindo WORKS CITED [1]. Blake, William. Songs of Innocence and Experience. Dover Publications. February 5, 1992. Print. [2]. Bloom, Harold. Bloom's Major Poets. Chelsea House Publications 2003. Print. [3]. Martin, William. ...
Shakespeare's Asian Journeys: Critical Encounters, Cultural Geographies, and the Politics of Travel
BB Lei, JC Ick, P Trivedi - 2016

 I find  an identity of views between Sri Aurobindo and CG Jung. Both emphasize self knowledge. Self knowledge automatically leads  one towards  being a super mind and work  for  spiritual unity and good of community. Altruism at surface, without inner awakening and self knowledge, is  merely a display of ego .
             If you  muster the courage to read this  difficult  book, it will change your life. 
Vidya Nand Garg: The Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo https://t.co/cWt7ZLjOnv

@vidyanandgarg Two other booklets, The Mother and The Supramental Manifestation upon Earth are essential supplements https://t.co/wo7CB0TMsK

Friday, November 11, 2016

Empathy, fantasy, and emancipation

Sri Aurobindo's spiritual collaborator was Mother— Mira Alfasa— a ... science are themselves evolving to make us a more empathetic species?

~Sri Aurobindo ... A Shakti leader becomes whole by balancing empathy, cooperation, and openness (feminine power), clarity, competition, ...

Times of India (blog)-20-Apr-2016
... his destination being Sri Aurobindo Ashram, in search of his inner quest. ... Despite being from a feudal family, he was always empathetic ...

Huffington Post-07-Nov-2014
More than 60 years ago, Indian yogi Sri Aurobindo declared that, ... our capacity to feel, connect, collaborate and empathize, all of which are ...

Huffington Post (blog)-05-Apr-2010
The Indian sage Sri Aurobindo spoke of the emergence of superconsciousness ... It inspires empathywith people and with nature; it brings an ...

The Quint-16-May-2016
... Gangadhar (Lokmanya) Tilak and Sri Aurobindo in the development of ... two legendary adversaries treated with equal empathy by this comic ...

Draft of ending of e-course on meditation and the brain I thought I’d post this for fun – it’s a draft of an e-course Jan (my wife) and I are working on. If you’re familiar with Sri Aurobindo’s “Yoga of Self Per...
Training Your Brain is Good For Everyone, Not Just For You
People often say that practicing things like mindfulness and cultivating positive emotions is somehow selfish. It’s just ‘navel gazing’ that’s about being preoccupied with your own well-being.
But this is not true at all. For one thing, to the extent you succeed in becoming more mindful, experiencing more positive emotions and shifting more and more to open, heartful awareness, it will show in your behavior, and you can provide a positive example for others.

Empathy by the Book: How Fiction Affects Behavior

Wall Street Journal -
Only literary fiction, which requires readers to work at guessing characters’ motivations from subtle cues, fostered empathy.
In these studies, the reading of nonfiction not only failed to spur empathy but also predicted loneliness and social isolation, specially among men. Of course, nonfiction reading has its virtues. Other research suggests that various kinds of nonfiction can prompt empathetic feelings—as long as the narrative is moving and transformative.

Sri Aurobindo associated yoga practices with practical occurrences to give a comprehensive answer to the complex problems faced by disciples. These letters depict the empathy and solicitousness in Sri Aurobindo's personality. That he had a tremendous understanding and acuity was evident. A CID agent, Biren, entered ...


Earlier, I introduced Sri Aurobindo and his concept of spirituality, which he describes as the aim of human life . In The Human ... in her character. Feminists like the relational cultural theorist Judith Jordan who foreground “mutual empathy” in Women's Growth in Diversity further contribute to a theory of the “political sublime.

Leela Gandhi - 2014 - ‎Preview - ‎More editions

Writing with all too insufficiently acknowledged elitism and xenophobia of the descent from ontological self- care into the relational “solicitude,” and “empathy,” Heidegger describes this motion, vitriolically, as “ subjection,” “leveling down,” and “averageness” (Being and Time, 164, 165). Sri Aurobindo, LifeDivine, part 1 , 99.

of Racism, Revolution and Nationalism (Koenigsberg, 1977), we interpreted the revolutionary behavior patterns of Hitler, Lenin and Sri Aurobindo as constituting a struggle against passivity. I would now view their patterns of revolutionary behavior as a counterphobic defense against the regressive fantasy of merger. Hitler is ...

In a society where human connection seems to either be too difficult, or too scary, or too effortful, ... Fantasy, after all, is a play at the edge of comfortable reality and the unknown. But this territory can be emancipating, can actually feel like freedom, she writes. November 3, 2016 - Radhika Chandiramani

Fantasy is make-believe. We make something up and then we believe it in order to make it exist. However, in some contexts, the make-believe is relegated to the realm of mere ‘play’ (as opposed to the ‘real’), but there’s no denying that make-believing is a crux of human civilisation – children naturally play make-believe games that steer them in their growth, adults use the hypothetical in their thought to make everyday decisions, and both children and adults rely on fantastical stories and myths to construct a common meaning that contributes to creating the world as we know it. November 3, 2016 - TARSHI