Saturday, January 30, 2016

Virtues and morals and ethics and character

The abuse of Indian history: Obsession over Subhas Chandra ... by Rajeev Srinivasan  Jan 30, 2016 › India News Thus, no leader (except some spiritual leaders – for instance Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo and the Dalai Lama)  ...

So, on balance, we need to deconstruct Bose carefully. In fact, to be cynical, I’d say that the principal value of Bose today is as a stick to beat the Nehruvian Stalinists with; the latter do have reason to be embarrassed. There are those who do not understand this, and indulge in absurd hero-worship. One possible reason is Bengali chauvinism. I was reminded of this when I had a brief Twitter argument with one Saswati Sarkar, a Bengali-American professor. Well, ‘argument’ is the wrong word, because she attacked me; I was polite, but she kept abusing me till I finally gave up in disgust.
Sarkar’s contention was that I was ‘ignorant’ and ‘bigoted’. Ok, fine. She had written a very long essay on the Durga Puja where she quoted a few writings by Bose, and my crime was that I had not read it. But I did read it, and it did not change my mind. If you are a committed leftist, by definition you are converted to that pseudo-religion, and you can no longer be a Hindu: I see daily the gyrations of communists in Kerala to pretend to be Hindus (especially now that they are concerned about losing the Hindu vote). What she quotes could well have been cynical and calculated for effect.
To sum it up, we need to take a look at Netaji dispassionately and without prejudice, and evaluate him not only based on today’s 20:20 hindsight, but also based on the prevalent wisdom of his time. I believe he will come across as a hero still, but not some demi-god beyond criticism. We must do the same for all of our other beloved leaders. No, there are no messiahs, and if you believe in them, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.

Sure India has heros, but Bose is not one of them.
The only reason why his dead horse has been flogged by Bengalis and lately the Hindu right is that they themselves have nothing to show by way of contributions to Indian nationalism between 1920 and 1947. Bose's life had been slowly unraveling since the early 1930s, and after 1939, when he was evicted from the Indian National Congress, became one of desperation and ever more tenuous connection to reality...
There is a good reasons why Indians chose Gandhi to lead them---he had his feet firmly planted on the ground. But Gandhi was a great deal more. He is one of the seminal thinkers of the age who has changed the categories of the human intellect. He is a universal hero even where I sit half a world away. India should consider itself lucky that a Gandhi appeared on ts soil.
Good enough, but if you are not going to rely on people’s character, pray do tell, how will institutions or structures help. After all they are staffed by people themselves.
Incentives are not a cure either, it is a tool, and as with any tool, it will be used as per the whims and fancies of the ‘people’. Example: witness the role played by incentives in the global economic crisis of 2008.
Obviously, this argument fails, if Skynet is up and running; but then we might run into a case of ‘benevolent dictatorship’.
However much we might dislike it, and whatever we do, virtues and morals and ethics and yes character are the things which ensure the continued existence of justice, equality and freedom.
It accounts for my scepticism over the idea that the dynasty represents everything that is wrong with the country
Isn’t that a strawman?
or that if only the country rediscovered its Hindu soul, we would be great.
First a couple of comments on this : (1) a lot of the argument in this regard is actually made using “structures and incentives”, using “Swami(monk)”-type theories on satisfaction in life. Of course, I do see that you have a different “Steve Jobs”-ish theory of self-satisfaction, and I had sort of concurred with you, though that is beside the point. (2) While this point of yours is not entirely strawman, relatively few people insist on rediscovery of Hindu soul as a necessary and sufficient criterion for greatness; at least this sort of mentality is not disruptive in Indian society by any means, and no more depleting of productivity than say, cricket or bollywood (your favorite candidate bases for Indian nationalism).
The Romantic Story of Vivekananda, Tesla, And The Akashic Field. (via @swarajyamag)

@subhashkak1 @SwarajyaMag Dec 30, 1896. Swami Vivekananda had a vivid dream. “You are now in the island of Crete"

The Uttarpara speech was made after deep God-realization, although it has been misinterpreted and appropriated for sectarian purposes by those who do not understand the universality of Sanatana Dharma. I don’t think he ever rejected the speech, because the same theme is repeated in the “five dreams” message he gave when India became free in 1947.

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    ”Shankara‘s Doctrine of Maya was like a thorn in my flesh. I could not accommodate my life to it nor could I easily get rid of it. I required another philosophy to take its place. The reconciliation between the One and the Many, between God and Creation, which Ramakrishna and Vivekananda had preached, had indeed impressed me but had not till then succeeded in liberating me from the cobwebs of Maya (the theory that the world is an Illusion). In this task of emancipation, Arabindo came as an additional help”
    Yes, this business about the world/creation being an ‘lllusion’ confused me for a long time. Everything l read seemed to be saying this. lt was only When l read Sri Aurobindo [letter’s on Yoga, l think] saying that the world is NOT an lllusion, only the WAY WE SEE IT is an lllusion. This totally cleared up my confusion – the way SA said the Divine is everything, so everything is Divinely REAL. Only, until we see the Divine in all things we are not seeing the whole Reality, just a small part of it – the surface reflection, lf you will , but even so, everything in the creation IS a REAL manifestation of the Divine. At least l think that’s what SA mean’t].
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Monday, January 25, 2016

Faith is a fundamental dimension of the psycho-social and spiritual structure of the human being

The Cardinal Newman Society-10-Dec-2015
In comments to the Catholic Schools Parents’ Association (AGESC) on Monday, Pope Francis encouraged parents to strengthen the Catholic identity of schools by defending their “inalienable right” to educate their children and request that Catholic schools embrace Christian values and a proper understanding of the human person.
“It is your right to request an appropriate education for your children, an integral education open to the most authentic human and Christian values,” Pope Francis stressed, according to Zenit’s translation of his comments. “As parents, you are the depositories of the duty and the primary and inalienable right to educate your children, thus helping in a positive and constant way the task of the school.”
“It is up to you, however, to see that the school is up to the measure of the educational task entrusted to it, in particular when the education proposed is expressed as ‘Catholic,’” he told the parents gathered at the Vatican.
While much of the media attention has centered on the Pope’s remarks that Catholic education should be “inclusive” and avoid becoming “elitist,” he also emphasized that this cannot be done without particular attention to the formative and moral aspects of Catholic education.
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Catholic Leader-01-Dec-2015
... are pressing on us.” Another discussion centred on “integral education”, concerned with a focus not just on the head but on the heart and on service to others.

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Anatoly Ulianov, "Integral Education," designed to help us develop integral thinking - a comprehensive and encompassing approach, which offers an alternative ...
Sports is an integral education in itself. Through sports one can overcome nervousness and boost up team spirit", he added. Vice principal of the school Belita ...

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... a Free Progress and integral education school. Free Progress means there is no syllabus, there are no standardised books and there are no tests and exams.

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... The Mirambika Free Progress School that parents had entrusted their kids to a wide campus, a building specially designed to promote "integral education".

Manila Bulletin-27-Oct-2015
The most integral education is what's received at home. If your child's values are so WEAK as to take his own life for such trivial reasons then the parents are to ...

First Things-29-Jun-2015
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He further stated, “The moral strength of a nation is found in its beliefs and values which, lived in accord with a healthy integral education that takes into account ...
“Faithful to its founding spirit, the U.N. needs to respect the cultural tradition of peoples, their core values and their beliefs, and recognize that the role of moral and spiritual mentoring belongs to the family and to religion,” the archbishop said.
He further stated, “The moral strength of a nation is found in its beliefs and values which, lived in accord with a healthy integral education that takes into account all the dimensions of the person, must not reject faith, which is a fundamental dimension of the psycho-social and spiritual structure of the human being.”
“Unfortunately, various recommendations from the U.N. on human rights for Paraguay and other countries include supposedly new rights such as those proclaimed by radical groups that are dedicated to promoting the legalization of abortion, euthanasia, homosexual and other kinds of unions, with the possibility that these couples can adopt children.”

Sunday, January 10, 2016

What it is to be educated

Indrani Sanyal and Krishna Roy
D K Printworld, New Delhi 2007 318 pp.

I. Philosophy 
1. Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo - Kireet Joshi. 
2. Integralism the distinctive feature of Sri Aurobindo's philosophy - U.C. Dubey. 

II. On Evolution 
3. Sri Aurobindo on Heraclitus A hermeneutic overview - Krishna Roy. 
4. Theories of evolution and Sri Aurobindo - Kireet Joshi. 
5. Sri Aurobindo's doctrine of evolution - Arabinda Basu. 
6. Sri Aurobindo's integral approach to the concept of evolution - Dilip Kumar Roy. 

III. On education 
7. What it is to be educated In the light of Sri Aurobindo's philosophy - Indrani Sanyal. 
8. Relevance of Sri Aurobindo's thoughts on education to teachers - Priya M. Vaidya. 
9. Education A faithful transcription - Rashmi Sethi. 

IV. On Poetry and Art 
10. The word that knows Sri Aurobindo's metaphysics of poetry - Pabitrakumar Roy. 
11. Sri Aurobindo's understanding of Indian Art - Supriyo Bhattacharya. 
12. The myth of Savitri and Satyavan the four boons - Vladimir. 
13. Some reflections on Sri Aurobindo's Essays on the Gita  - Sarnath Basu. 

V. On man and relation 
14. Sri Aurobindo's concept of man - KH. Gokulchandra. 
15. Towards a theory of true human relation Jean Paul Sartre vis–à–vis Sri Aurobindo - Susmita Bhattacharya. 

VI. On state and politics 
16. Sri Aurobindo and the uplift of humanity - Sushmita Bhowmik. 
17. The problem of state in Sri Aurobindo's political philosophy - Dasharathi Sengupta. 

VII. On yoga and psychology 18. Relevance of Sri Aurobindo in modern India - Kittu Reddy. 
19. Sri Aurobindo's conception of integral yoga - V.N. Seshagiri Rao. 
20. The mother's prayers and meditations Another manifesto of Sri Aurobindo's yoga - Goutam Ghosal. 
21. Sri Aurobindo's views on psychology Can it offer a better therapeutic model than psychoanalysis - Soumitra Basu. 

VIII. Sri Aurobindo A century in perspective 
22. Sri Aurobindo a century in perspective/Aster Patel. 
The contributors. 

Understanding thoughts of Sri Aurobindo explores various dimensions of thoughts of Sri Aurobindo (1872 1950) who is being respected as a patriot nationalist social reformer educationist historian poet visionary yogi and philosopher. Sri Aurobindo is the interpreter of the Indian philosophical and spiritual tradition and one of the ablest exponents of this tradition dating back to the Vedas and the Upanisads. Sri Aurobindo's emphasis on national education more in the cultural and spiritual sense may provide an answer to the intellectual moral and spiritual crisis. This volume focuses upon the holistic interdisciplinary approach to the thoughts of Sri Aurobindo whose views and actions have left a lasting influence on the development of modern India. Referring to his three major works The Life Divine The Synthesis of Yoga and Savitri as well as over thirty other works where he expounded his thoughts the well researched writings reveal the special features of his vision. They focus on his integral approach to the concept of evolution his notion of integral philosophy and his concept of integral Yoga. The essays include an in depth study of Sri Aurobindo's concept of man of state and views regarding uplift of humanity. This book contains scholarly articles that seek to unravel the may dimensions of his thoughts. Students researchers and persons interested in Sri Aurobindo studies will be immensely benefited from this volume.