Monday, September 28, 2015

Expressways should be thriving neighborhoods

Adam Kotsko • An und für sich Adam Kotsko 
For me, access to reliable public transit was true freedom, while owning a car seemed burdensome and unnecessary. I even grew to hate getting rides from people — the endless waiting around for them to actually leave, the “let me move the stuff out of the back seat” (how the hell did you accumulate so much stuff in the back seat?!)…. If I had to wait either way, much better to wait for the bus so that I could at least read rather than make inane small talk.
And now, whenever I drive anywhere, there’s this voice in the back of my mind saying that none of this should have happened. All these expressways should be thriving neighborhoods, all these four-lane highways should be train lines, and every suburban-style development with its detached houses and stripmalls should be an open field. All of it, all of it is wrong. We need to tear out and start new to have any hope.
That’s not going to happen, though, is it? Not only because the obscene wealth inequalities in our society mean that the rich can endlessly bid up the price of the few rationally planned communities in the United States, but because car culture — like gun culture, like the carceral state — has popular legitimacy.

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shyamanuja 
Recently, I came across this newly-released Odia album titled Ghazal Gajaratie. The album features eight songs ... The sole ghazal by Devdas Chhotray in the new album Ghazal Gajaratiye that I referred to in the beginning, does not have kafiya.
Beyond the basic poetic construction, #Akshaya Mohanty has always kept his ghazals in the true spirit of ghazal. They are always pessimistic, defeatist, hopeless, self-blaming…in the classic tradition of Urdu ghazals.
It is really a pity that most of his ghazals are not available in recorded form. Recordings of some of his private sessions prop up here and there and listening to them convinces one how much he internalized even ghazal gayaki. It is intriguing why he did not record them for public.
After Khoka Bhai, the only good ghazal album that was released for public was by Subhash Dash. Simply called Odia Ghazals, this album, based on songs penned by poet Laxmidhar Nayak, was released by Saregama. Dash sang all the songs that were taken from poet Nayak’s ghazal compilation book, Ghazal Jharna.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

SACAR Study Camp on Yoga as Practical Psychology

Yoga as Practical Psychology

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11 hours ago - Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research. Home; About Us. SACAR · Manifesting ... Surrender in Integral Yoga · Sri Aurobindo Darshan (SADA) · New Race.
 
Yoga as Practical Psychology
November 20, 2015 - November 22, 2015

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Speakers:

Dr. Alok Pandey                :        Indian Psychology & Integral Psychology
Dr. Matthijs Cornelissen  :        Why Yoga and Psychology need each other?
Dr. Larry Seidlitz               :        Practices of Integral Yoga
Mr. Richard Hartz              :        Developing the Intuitive Mind
Dr. Ananda Reddy             :        Stages of the Emergence of the Psychic Being
Ms. Manasi Pahwa             :        Man in the light of Integral Yoga Psychology

 

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For Participants staying at SACAR Guest House,  Camp Fee Rs. 2700 
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Camp timing: 9.00 am to 5.30 pm 

Camp Fee is non-refundable

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy for retired government servants

Posted at: Sep 20 2015
‘He is Mr Veeriah, a retired employee in the Railways.” Thus was he introduced to me by Venkatachalam, president of the Sri Aurobindo Society, Tirupati Chapter, located in the NGO’s colony almost at the foot of Seven Hills in the north. The latter was a retired IAS officer who had settled in Tirupati, devoting the rest of his life to spirituality. Seventy-five years old and white-haired, he was always dressed in an immaculate white kurta and pyjamas and was sincere in organising spiritual gatherings and discourses. He lived with a sister in a village nine kilometres from the heart of the town.
Veeriah was around 80 years old, stocky and bespectacled. He carried a walking stick wherever he went. While greeting him with folded hands, I said, “My father, too, was in the Railways. He worked as a superintendent and retired from service in 1982 and died in 2006.” “I retired as a Railway guard — A Grade, in 1985.”
I would give lectures on Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy and Patanjali’s yoga every Sunday evening for a small gathering that consisted of mostly retired government servants. The Society was a haven for them and every alternate day in the week some lecture on spirituality would be organised. Veeriah was a regular visitor and attended the lectures and discourses. Mine he never missed, in spite of his advancing age. Thus we drew close to each other. 
Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Understanding fragility and uniqueness of life on earth


The belief that scientific worldviews provide sufficient information and motivation to galvanize widespread action on environmental issues is gaining adherents both within and beyond the academy. The turn to science for materials from which to construct a new cosmology is evident in a variety of emerging movements that go by such names as the Epic of Evolution, The Great Story, the Journey of the Universe, The New Story, and Big History. As environmental problems intensify, proponents of these new cosmologies claim that what is called for is an evidence-based global story and a common ethic. Implicit or explicit in these movements is a conviction that existing religious traditions are too parochial (lacking global appeal) and too far removed from scientific realities and contemporary environmental concerns. Proponents of the new cosmology believe that the physical and biological sciences reveal the distinctly storied nature of our cosmos—a story that belongs to all—and that this cosmic story will inspire wonder and deep concern for the planetary biota, because its core narrative is both universal and true. On this view, scientific narratives can satisfy our deep-seated need for meaning, ritual, and ethical guidance, while firmly grounding us in evolutionary and cosmic realities. The new cosmology thus invests science with mythic, revelatory power; far from disenchanting our world, science is celebrated as a primary vehicle for restoring wonder, meaning, and value.

Can—and should—a scientific account of the universe function as a global myth? If so, what is the likely impact of contemporary scientific cosmologies on established religious traditions and environment-related beliefs and practices?

Many thanks to contributor Lisa Sideris for her assistance in framing this discussion—ed.

Our respondents are:
Whitney Bauman, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Florida International University
just as much of the “science” and knowledge from 200 years ago seems odd and outdated, so will the science and knowledge of today seem 200 years from now. We will always have to retell our stories and re-connect with a meaningful world;
David Christian, Professor of History and Director of Big History Institute, Macquarie University
his origin story is lurking within the vast stores of knowledge generated in the last two centuries. It is immensely rich because it encapsulates knowledge from the entire world; 
Willis Jenkins, Associate Professor of Religion, Ethics, and Environment, University of Virginia
Evolutionary cosmology underdetermines ecological ethics. It seems equally plausible from a narrative of human emergence from the cosmos that we should engineer our climate and that we must not;
Lucas Johnston, Associate Professor of Religion and Environmental Studies, Wake Forest University
an increasing disaffection from these traditional institutionalized religions. Perhaps the best we can hope for is that this flight from traditional religions picks up speed, 
Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Professor and Chair of Religion, Wesleyan University
we need not one but multiple accounts of that multiplicity, and ought to pursue those political and economic decisions that support their flourishing and proliferation. Difficult and endless work, to be sure, but saner, sounder, 
Lisa Sideris, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University Bloomington.
At times, attracting converts to “religion 2.0” takes precedence over inspiring care for nature. So preoccupied are epic proponents with valorizing and consecrating science as an all-purpose, meaning-filled religion that nature’s value and wonder are obscured. This is unfortunate because science already enjoys enormous power and prestige in our society. Nature, on the other hand, could use a little help.
Bron Taylor, Professor of Religion and Nature, University of Florida
Scientific understandings often produce awe and wonder at the mysteries and beauties of the earth and universe, and a concomitant understanding of its fragility and uniqueness of life on earth. This increases, in my view, the value of the earth’s living systems in comparison to religions that promise divine rescue from the world or its sufferings, or otherwise view it as penultimate, a way-station, or illusory in some way. Moreover, an evolutionary understanding reveals that we human beings share a common ancestor with all other life forms and so we are, quite literally, kin with all life, not just our closest human relatives. Such understandings erode supremacist ideologies, whether racist or anthropocentric.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Humans are wired for bad news, angry faces, and sad memories

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