Thursday, January 28, 2016

Negri, Nagel, Hegel, and Sri Aurobindo

What thinkers like Negri or Nagel see today has already been encapsulated in the #FiveDreams of Sri Aurobindo broadcast on August 14, 1947.
https://twitter.com/SavitriEraParty/status/365467258190954496
In the pretext of denouncing Marx, Mill & Macaulay it'd be criminal to keep the liberal ideas that the West has to offer at bay. #FiveDreams 25 May 13
Events of the last hundred years prove that the vision of Sri Aurobindo is in the right direction and young Indians must follow #FiveDreams.
Political theory is most important for modern living under Globalisation. Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams are an assured course for human future.
Sri Aurobindo's Evolutionary vision outlined in the #FiveDreams Manifesto is silently at work, says Nadkarni Doctrine http://t.co/9Vg7WAdZG1
Mind, Cosmos, and the Invisible brewer http://t.co/Ki8hLRGh Sri Aurobindo regarding his Karmayogin writings http://t.co/COabGpn0 #FiveDreams
Professor's opacity as a productive principle http://t.co/s6EzjBfM Sri Aurobindo on Nationalism #FiveDreams by Sandeep http://t.co/pc1l7JjF
Delusion of rational choice or Deleuzian solutions: http://t.co/Ojv4pSgk Sri Aurobindo is one of them who saw through the veil. #FiveDreams
https://twitter.com/SavitriEraParty/status/297187960590319616
By ignoring Sri Aurobindo, both Congress & RSS have created two unbridgeable ideologies in the country which are total failures. #FiveDreams
Nehruvian & Marxist models have failed miserably and Hindutva is no different. Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams Manifesto is the most appropriate.
Sri Aurobindo has outlined the path of National resurgence in Uttarpara over a century ago and in his August 14, 1947 #FiveDreams broadcast.
Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams Manifesto broadcast on August 14, 1947 forms the bedrock of future Evolution in India as well as the World.
Sri Aurobindo foresaw resurgence of Asia before Word Union takes shape. Secret of the Veda holds the clue http://t.co/n1m4iWoiMq #FiveDreams
#FiveDreams of Sri Aurobindo are a grand Manifesto for the future and collaboration of all right thinking people is needed for its fruition.
Scholars referring to Mythological characters to understand or analyse Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy can be defective & misleading. #FiveDreams
Adequate grounding in Sri Aurobindo's socio-political ideal is essential for any progress in individuation or Integral Yoga. #FiveDreams
Human life and society is all about right education and India hasn't produced better teachers than The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. #FiveDreams
Social structure is more important than who's in Power. Supporting Market, Modernity, English & #FiveDreams of Sri Aurobindo is a great duty.
What India needs today is a firm and futuristic ideology like Sri Aurobindo's Judeo-Vedic Evolutionary Dialectic and #FiveDreams Manifesto.
Reading Sri Aurobindo takes a life-time. Those who have not been able to discover his significance are obviously a deprived lot. #FiveDreams
If language is the question, then English wins hands down. Sri Aurobindo's Savitri and The Life Divine prove it so conclusively. #FiveDreams
RSS is undergoing deep contemplation over a surfeit of issues from FDI to Gay rights to GM seeds. [TNM55] http://t.co/BthTwie2SR #FiveDreams
if Sri Aurobindo's neglect of Islamic thought is disconcerting for some we must be willing to make amends http://t.co/Qeo1tOcacd #FiveDreams
Sri Aurobindo has examined the present situation in India and the world with clinical precision before one hundred years. Follow #FiveDreams
Professional studies impress us because of their practical application but Yoga is practical psychology, says Sri Aurobindo. #FiveDreams
Political issues of the day are important in their own right but Evolution also needs supporters. Follow Sri Aurobindo and his #FiveDreams
@avenger_D Forgotten in the sense Sri Aurobindo's writings are not read widely, he is rarely quoted in articles and his #FiveDreams ignored.
It's laughable that most proponents of Cultural Nationalism in India are unaware of Sri Aurobindo's Evolutionary vision and his #FiveDreams.
As people are unaware of Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams, it's normal for them to concentrate on the present but we fix our gaze on the future.
@tweet_Ashutosh @thekiranbedi Sri Aurobindo's famous #FiveDreams address to the nation was broadcast over AIR Tiruchirapalli on Aug 14, 1947
When you read Sri Aurobindo with an open mind, you taste freedom. It's not for nothing that he was born on August 15, 1872. #FiveDreams
Savitri Era's direct fight with Nehruvian, Marxist, & Hindutva viewpoints. Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams Manifesto must come to the forefront.
Sri Aurobindo wrote extensively in the ARYA which was started on August 15, 1914 giving an alternative vision of India. #FiveDreams
When Sri Aurobindo foresees a World Union coming up, integrating the diversities obtaining in India is not a so formidable task. #FiveDreams
Enlightenment values are good but not enough. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo bring in Judeo-Vedic insights to fit future Evolution. #FiveDreams
@ranjansr Sri Aurobindo is the fourth dimension in the Indian politics apart from the Hindutva, Marxist and Nehruvian paradigms. #FiveDreams
Many Sri Aurobindo's followers are dedicated Modi-devotees now. If only they had shown equal enthusiasm in disseminating #FiveDreams message

Every morning is an opportunity for collaborating with the ongoing Evolution in a new manner with renewed spirit and motivation. #FiveDreams
@chinmay_231082 @outburstindia No one can understand India without learning about #FiveDreams of Sri Aurobindo broadcast on August 14, 1947.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have ensured that Indians need not fear any religious or philosophical dominance by the West ever. #FiveDreams
Following The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is the only means to help India realise its destiny as envisaged in the #FiveDreams broadcast of 1947.
@madversity No doubt, AAP will bite the dust. But it has still a chance to base its policies on the Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo. #FiveDreams
Nothing much can be done about the past. The Mother & Sri Aurobindo invite us to throw our weight behind the future Evolution. #FiveDreams
Congress, RSS, and the Marxist ecosystems have caused immense harm to the country. Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams is the most potent Manifesto.
@Bawli_Booch There can be a further dimension viz., evolving if we go by the #FiveDreams broadcast by Sri Aurobindo on August 14, 1947.
@Rjrasva The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have accomplished precisely such a prospect integrating almost all religions of the world. #FiveDreams
Let this Election be a continuation of the JP movement of 1974 & its unfinished tasks & India sees fruition of #FiveDreams of Sri Aurobindo.
Autobiographical Notes and Other Writings of Historical Interest by Sri Aurobindo. #FiveDreams http://t.co/dJR6AqYImI http://t.co/sHrhptEyD2
The #FiveDreams manifesto for India broadcast over AIR, Tiruchirapalli on August 14, 1947 by Sri Aurobindo foresees a federal framework.
Sri Aurobindo's four political interventions and the #FiveDreams broadcast are of great help to fathom his intention on the current context.
Not many on Twitter would be familiar with the word Teleology. Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams and JP movement propel Nitish Kumar's #ThirdFront
#FiveDreams of Sri Aurobindo broadcast in 1947 and the JP movement of 1974 pushing India towards Federalism in 2014 through the #ThirdFront.
Uprooting AAP, BJP, Congress, & their allies is the imperative of the JP movement of 1974 that aligns with #FiveDreams of Sri Aurobindo too.
Many identify Sri Aurobindo wholly with the Ashram. No, a much better way of perceiving him is as purveyor of future Evolution. #FiveDreams 30 Mar 14
@nesoron Also please look at the insights Sri Aurobindo was able to bring out during his forty years' stay in Puducherry. #FiveDreams
Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy and #FiveDreams are Evolutionary imperatives and to root out AAP-BJP-Congress & their allies is the primary task.
Neither Shourie nor Akbar, our antennae should be soundly aligned towards Sri Aurobindo and his #FiveDreams heralded on August 14, 1947. 23 Mar 14
Savitri Era Party clings to the #FiveDreams of Sri Aurobindo as its core focus besides a broad push for freedom in all areas of human action.
@thinkoutofbox Are you adequately acquainted with the socio-political theory of Sri Aurobindo, btw? #FiveDreams
@thinkoutofbox Sri Aurobindo in his #FiveDreams has seen the most rational solution for the ills of the country which continue to be ignored.
@mihirssharma Does Sri Aurobindo or his #FiveDreams find a mention in the book? I doubt.
@mihirssharma @malviyamit Futile to quarrel with history. Focus on #FiveDreams of Sri Aurobindo for designing the future of India & World.
@acorn The #FiveDreams Manifesto of Sri Aurobindo broadcast on August 14, 1947 remains the most comprehensive and integral global vision.
@hguptapolicy Colossal misreading and deprecating of Advani's Vedic struggle of epic proportions. #FiveDreams
@harshpolicy With ample borrowings from Sri Aurobindo and his Integral Ontology that is now well-acclaimed all over the world. #FiveDreams
@hguptapolicy Mere good intentions are not enough unless backed by a robust intuitive vision like Sri Aurobindo's 1947 #FiveDreams broadcast
@hguptapolicy Sri Aurobindo drew the roadmap in his 1947 #FiveDreams Independence Day eve broadcast in unequivocal terms. Worth ruminating.
@ashutoshibn7 The Judeo-Vedic legacy of Sri Aurobindo's teaching - especially his #FiveDreams Manifesto of August 14, 1947 - is an apt base.
@Punditmusings Nicely put & a thorough debate on this will lead to the discovery of real solutions as unveiled by Sri Aurobindo. #FiveDreams
@waglenikhil @manishkbaid @sawhneynikhil Such a vision was given by Sri Aurobindo in his #FiveDreams address to the nation on 14 August 1947
@crguna Better to trust the wisdom and vision of Sri Aurobindo as encapsulated in his #FiveDreams address to the nation on August 14, 1947.
@sachinsvk Google search can help to an extent but basic task is to be aware about the socio-political theory of Sri Aurobindo. #FiveDreams
@AgentSaffron India must understand that and in it lies its salvation. To ignore Sri Aurobindo is the sure path to perdition. #FiveDreams
@MaliniP Sri Aurobindo set the National Vision in his famous #FiveDreams Broadcast on August 14, 1947. Efforts to curb it are doomed to fail
@JungleeeeBilli @DabanggHindu @cpdarshi That's the latest political whirlwind worth tracking. Why clutch on to the past only? #FiveDreams
@abcul I have been suggesting this for quite long. @AamAadmiParty should adopt the #FiveDreams Broadcast by Sri Aurobindo as ethical anchor.
@Realist_Indian The challenge now is to build a true national party with the glue of Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams and get rid of Sonia & RSS.
@PranayGupte Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams Manifesto provides the much-needed corrective to the defective paradigms referred to in the article.
@ShekharGupta The only true route of Liberalism is following Sri Aurobindo and his #FiveDreams Manifesto crafted by East-West integration.
@sabeaux @vispikaikobad Savitri Era Party drawing inspiration from Sri Aurobindo is most suited for such a prospect. #FiveDreams
@sabeaux Doesn't matter. Please read Sri Aurobindo's epochal works to earn the right perspective for the rest of your life. #FiveDreams
@armchairpandit No such definitive polity! #FiveDreams of Sri Aurobindo is yet to play out fully as per the Vedic evolutionary dialectic. 27 May 13
@MIB_India @airnewsalerts The #FiveDreams broadcast by Sri Aurobindo over AIR Tiruchirapalli a few hours earlier is much more relevant today.
@adamkotsko Sri Aurobindo offers a safe escape route. #FiveDreams
@Nikhil_Hira #FiveDreams of Sri Aurobindo charted the path for India way back in 1947. Time for our columnists to popularise those vision.
> positioning is what is the need of the hour... [TNM55] #FiveDreams #SriAurobindo #SavitriEra #AryaCentenary2014 #AdventureOfConsciousness
@skjain_05 #FiveDreams Broadcast on August 14, 1947 by Sri Aurobindo. Please Google search and find out its relevance for India & the World.
@ash_dubey @DrPravinTogadia @gsurya Dialogue can surely curtail differences of opinion once Sri Aurobindo is accepted as anchor. #FiveDreams
Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams Broadcast on August 14, 1947 foresaw passage of India from Nationalism to Globalisation. http://t.co/k0hqlM2PlO
https://twitter.com/SavitriEraParty/status/335249723709603841
@arvind_joshi @jemin_p Please read the works of Sri Aurobindo for profound insights on Indian polity, literature, and culture. #FiveDreams
@prasannavishy He will, but not before crafting "the party with a difference" of his dreams. #FiveDreams
@Realist_Indian So, Advani has the historic burden of joining this two extremes of the dialectic and carve out the synthesis. #FiveDreams 12 May 13
@Vidursniti Please read the Indian Constitution & the #FiveDreams broadcast by Sri Aurobindo to understand the right attitude for a citizen.
@MukulAgarwal66 Since Surat split of 1907 & Sri Aurobindo's 1947 #FiveDreams broadcast form the inspiration, pl. scan historical perspective
https://twitter.com/SavitriEraParty/status/332414735804952577
@ZoomIndianMedia @swamy39 @sgurumurthy Sri Aurobindo is the perfect antidote to such totalitarian sentiments. #FiveDreams must be the guide.
@kshetragnya Agree with the sentiment but not the content as the assumed divide is not so neat and involves many shades of grey. #FiveDreams

Savitri Eran sects or gharanas are fast multiplying, not without covert or overt wars. http://t.co/1BsHKIIYtR #FiveDreams Sri Aurobindo
Those who are unable to value Sri Aurobindo's poetry, philosophy or prophecy are hardly entitled to be regarded as intellectuals #FiveDreams
No one represents India better than Sri Aurobindo. Be Indian, be Sri Aurobindian http://t.co/GeVZCXlARF #FiveDreams http://t.co/hRorVNade9
Why the path India follows that's considerably different from the rest of Asian nations is not easy to fathom. #FiveDreams manifesto is key.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo invite us to see beyond the present & accumulate receptivity for surprises of the future. #FiveDreams #WorldUnion
Juvenile minds are free to believe their mythological thrillers but to expect the modern generation to fall in line is illusion. #FiveDreams
#FiveDreams manifesto is the hope of the future & we invite the people of India to rally behind it to see the fruition of country's destiny.
From early days of Freedom struggle Sri Aurobindo has set the tone of India's wise and mature voice. His #FiveDreams remain the future hope.
All parties in India are going through acute existential crisis & face the challenge of inventing new glue. Key Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams
Time for RSS to heal itself, and thereby, the BJP so that India can move confidently in its evolutionary path as per #FiveDreams manifesto.
Why May 1909 is so relevant in May 2013? None but Sri Aurobindo embodies the ethical anchor for India. #UttarparaSpeech #FiveDreams #Savitri
Surfeit of supporters of political parties on Twitter but how many are really concerned for the nation? #FiveDreams Manifesto: Sri Aurobindo
Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams for India's future are a thing decreed & small-time manipulaters must understand futility of their machinations.
Long form in Queen's English can mesmerise one in imagined wisdom. But a page from Sri Aurobindo can expose one's actual worth. #FiveDreams
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo not only are a knowledge source but also a force that propels Evolution & inspires human aspiration. #FiveDreams
"Don't take shortcuts. It doesn't stand you in the longrun." Sri Aurobindo offers the most enduring solution to human condition. #FiveDreams
The stand taken by Savitri Era Party received a boost today but the next Act is far more formidable & requires ample fortitude. #FiveDreams
Seems like a miracle that the Advani/Kulkarni initiative came squeezed out of such fast moving events just in time before 2014. #FiveDreams
To confine the Idea of India within its borders is a long rejected notion. Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams had unveiled a much wider trajectory.
I'm following 363 eminences on Twitter but most are ignorant of Sri Aurobindo's agenda of Supramental Manifestation upon earth. #FiveDreams
In #FiveDreams Broadcast Sri Aurobindo has drafted the Manifesto for India & the World. There is no reason for any revision or modification.
Sri Aurobindo is forthright on the inevitability of Evolution & his #FiveDreams spell out the future course of India to a Vedic culmination.
By delving into the Psychology of Social Development & Ideal of Human Unity, Sri Aurobindo could crystallise his #FiveDreams for World Peace.
The civilizational experience of the West form a vast canvas over which India has the distinct advantage of painting its future. #FiveDreams
No other individual has charted a more elegant evolutionary pathway for India during the last hundred years than Sri Aurobindo. #FiveDreams
@Sheks65 Political ideals often seem like dreams like the #FiveDreams of Sri Aurobindo. Kulkarni and Advani are fine tuning a firm ideology.
@Sheks65 Forming Govt is not the only legitimacy within a democracy especially when Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams Manifesto has a wide vision.
@Sheks65 See, I keep Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams as the final goal and then decide who among our present political players helps the most.
Pretty intelligent people on Twitter are discussing thousand other things but are unwilling to listen a word about Sri Aurobindo #FiveDreams
@shekharkapur @naveenbebra Sri Aurobindo is the only enduring vision round which all right thinking people should converge. #FiveDreams
An exhaustive survey of the human condition and destiny: Marx and Sri Aurobindo by D. P. Chattopadhyaya http://t.co/sq8Y82vHP8 #FiveDreams
Sri Aurobindo has reestablished the impetus of the Vedic wisdom into the heart of evolution of the nation & all must follow his #FiveDreams.
Sri Aurobindo's support for Allies in WW-II, Cripps offer, Wavel plan, Cabinet Mission, and #FiveDreams speech on Aug 14,1947 are landmarks.
Autobiographical Notes and Other Writings of Historical Interest by Sri Aurobindo #FiveDreams http://t.co/dJR6AqYImI http://t.co/sHrhptEyD2
Safeguarding Evolutionary virtues & Human values tantamount to Vedic inevitability which The Mother & Sri Aurobindo visualise in #FiveDreams
August 15, 1947 was Sri Aurobindo's 75th birth anniversary and his #FiveDreams message to the Nation was broadcast the previous evening.
Sri Aurobindo has laid out his #FiveDreams and enunciated the path of Integral Education and Yoga in order to achieve those noble goals.
Country will not achieve its true liberation unless both Congress & RSS are completely uprooted. Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams only medicine.
Sri Aurobindo and his #FiveDreams should easily form the "unifying idea for parties with disparate agendas" to rally together as Third Front
The fire that The Mother & Sri Aurobindo lit a Hundred years back is aflame in all the countries of World toward fruition of the #FiveDreams
India is yet to overcome consequences of multiple historical accidents but its future is bound to follow Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams vision.

Neither Sitaram Yechury nor Sita Ram Goel are able to guide the India of the future. #FiveDreams Manifesto of Sri Aurobindo is sure recipe.
Those who are invoking Sri Aurobindo to justify or legitimise RSS sponsored propaganda by tiny quotes are extremely misguided. #FiveDreams
Dates in Sri Aurobindo's life: http://t.co/e4yff7z1qf #FiveDreams
@thinkoutofbox Tagore was a dreamer but Sri Aurobindo, his contemporary, was a visionary. #FiveDreams
@irfhabib The Gandhi vs. Sri Aurobindo story that is waiting would surely be more interesting and intellectually stimulating. #FiveDreams
Swami Vivekananda & Yogi Adityanath in news today for different reasons. Time to remember Sri Aurobindo's #FiveDreams http://t.co/n1m4iWoiMq
No one can define the Indian national identity without consulting Sri Aurobindo & his #FiveDreams are the last words. http://t.co/n1m4iWoiMq
Sri Aurobindo has applied broom to centuries old cobwebs that spawn superstition and fuel bigotry. His #FiveDreams vision is the right path.
Sri Aurobindo's Evolutionary vision as outlined in the #FiveDreams Manifesto is in action silently. Nadkarni Doctrine http://t.co/9Vg7WAdZG1
Autobiographical Notes and Other Writings of Historical Interest - Sri Aurobindo #FiveDreams https://t.co/dJR6AqYImI https://t.co/sHrhptEyD2
"@santoshk1: Mind Interacting With Life and Matter http://t.co/aRQ8OJ3MM5" #FiveDreams Sri Aurobindo
"@santoshk1: Four Types of Human Lives http://t.co/x82JKX5hq9" 
Sri Aurobindo #FiveDreams http://t.co/pKBss8jLOW
A must read for all RW enthusiasts in India: Marx and Sri Aurobindo by D. P. Chattopadhyaya http://t.co/sq8Y82vHP8 #FiveDreams
Sri Aurobindo's Independence Day message on the eve of August 15, 1947 broadcast over AIR, Tiruchirapalli http://t.co/xCyB92UqYL #FiveDreams
Sri Aurobindo's Independence Day message broadcast on the eve of August 15, 1947 over AIR, Tiruchirapalli http://t.co/xCyB92UqYL #FiveDreams
[Sri Aurobindo credits Bankim Chandra for being the one who "first gave to the Gita this new sense of a Gospel of Duty."] #FiveDreams
The ARYA: Sri Aurobindo's Judeo-Vedic Evolutionary Dialectic and #FiveDreams Manifesto Posted by Tusar Nath Mohapatra http://t.co/ePGO3IvdWX
Savitri Era: Conversations are subject to inertia of motion -Posted by Tusar Nath Mohapatra http://t.co/ldKFrlqFUl Sri Aurobindo #FiveDreams
Sri Aurobindo's philosophy, poetry, and social theory - posted by Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Director, SELF http://t.co/7Tnj9C0J3a #FiveDreams
Sri Aurobindo and the transphysical worlds - posted by Tusar Nath Mohapatra http://t.co/qlTynRiXPC #FiveDreams
Sri Aurobindo as arbitrator of history - posted by Tusar Nath Mohapatra http://t.co/R53MSA89fW #FiveDreams
Centenary of "The Life Divine" by Sri Aurobindo in 2014: a democracy less noisy - by Tusar Nath Mohapatra http://t.co/RcSVU3hTBO #FiveDreams
@Tamil1947 @jairajp Savitri Era: How-to-rescue-nationalism-from-rss/bjp #FiveDreams #SriAurobindo #AAP #Puducherry http://t.co/qIvvGqy9JS
The task of disseminating a new Ontology is very much upon each devotee of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. http://t.co/qLgN1NrJ1g #FiveDreams

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Welcome to Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Kolkata

Departments:
Sri Aurobindo Samiti & Sri Aurobindo Bhavan:

On the occasion of the birth centenary celebration of Sri Aurobindo in the year 1972, a National Committee was formed and the then Prime Minister of India, Late Indira Gandhi, was the chairperson. As part of the Programme of the Centenary Celebrations, the Government of West Bengal established the Sri Aurobindo Samiti and the Sri Aurobindo Bhavan by a Special Act(West Bengal Act XXXIV of 1972). The Governor of West Bengal is the ex–officio Chairman of Sri Aurobindo Samiti and the Chief Minister of West Bengal is an ex-officio member. The membership of Sri Aurobindo Samiti is composed of nominees of the State Government and Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Pondicherry.

Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, 8 Shakespeare Sarani, the place where Sri Aurobindo was born, was renovated and the sacred relics of Sri Aurobindo were enshrined here on 16th February, 1973. The memorial shrine has since become a place of pilgrimage. The Bhavan was established with the primary objectives of disseminating the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother among the members of the public so as to help them to raise their mental and moral outlook and to solve their cultural and spiritual problems in the light of such teachings.

The Bhavan houses a permanent exhibition of photographs and portraits depicting the lives of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. The exhibition hall is open from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon and 3.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Present Activities of the Bhavan

General Library and Reading Room:

The General Library and the Reading Room have over 40,000 books and more than 100 periodicals on various subjects. An excellent Reference Section helps scholars of Aurobindonian studies in research work and in-depth studies. Borrowing facilities are available to public for a reasonable fee. Library is open from Monday to Saturday: 12.30 p. m. to 7.00 p. m.

Children’s Library:

One of the largest libraries of its kind in Kolkata. It houses about 35,000 books in English, Bengali and Hindi. An up-to-date Reference Service is available. It has nearly 1400 members with Reading Room and Lending facilities. Extensional activities include various competitions held annually. A children’s corner/park has been set up in front of the library. Recently one multimedia corner has been opened for children attending the library. Library is open from Monday to Saturday: 2.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Lectures and Discourses:
       

Weekly lectures on Sri Aurobindo’s and Mother’s works, teachings and related topics are held regularly.

Sri Aurobindo Study Courses and Endowment Lectures:

The Bhavan organizes study courses under expert guidance on different aspects of Sri Aurobindo and Mother’s teachings. This attracts a considerable number of scholars, researchers and the members of the public.
Five endowments under which lectures and researches are held during a year when eminent Aurobindonian scholars are invited to speak on Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy and/or associated topics.

Yoga and Gym:

An indoor Gymnasium has been opened for physical culture. Weekly Yogasana classes are held for men and women.

Ahana-Centre of Art and Culture:

A cultural wing of Bhavan imparts training in the performing arts and also encourages other cultural other cultural and artistic activities in order to enhance aesthetic and cultural values, especially among the children and the youth. Formed in 1980, the centre continues to give regular training in Drawing and Painting, Rabindrasangeet, Bharatnatyam, Kathak dance and spoken English. Classes are held from Wednesday to Saturday. Regular classes are also held on Dramatics and Recitation.
Sri Aurobindo Centre for Research on Social Sciences:

This Centre has been functioning under the able guidance of Dr. Amalendu De as Director of the centre. Research work on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, Freedom Movement of India and other related subjects are being carried regularly. Some important research works have already been published by the centre. The centre is also conducting Sanskrit classes twice a week in collaboration with HRD Dept., Govt. of India.

SABDA:

Sri Aurobindo book distribution agency of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Pondicherry and Sri Aurobindo Pathamandir, Kolkata are running a selling counter of books, photography etc. on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and other related topics.

Sri Aurobindo Centre Product:

This unit is engaged in distributing Sri Aurobindo Ashram and other centre products to devotees and general public in order to extend co-operation and assistance to different centres.

Srinvantu:

This is one independent publication unit and publish the famous journal Srinvantu(both in English and Bengali) and writings of Nalini Kanto Gupta and Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

Sri Aurobindo Society:

Sri Aurobindo Society is also maintaining one office at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan to propagate the teaching of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother by way of publishing journals, books etc.

Functions:

Jayanti functions and special meditation are held at the Bhavan every year on:

February 21          The Mother’s Birthday
April 24                The Mother’s final arrival in Pondicherry.
August 15            Sri Aurobindo’s Birthday
November 24       Sri Aurobindo’s Realisation Day

August 15, Sri Aurobindo’s Birthday is specially celebrated at the Bhavan every year. The Governor of West Bengal visits the Bhavan and pays homage to the shrine of Sri Aurobindo.

Meditation:

Collective meditation is held around the shrine on Thursdays, Sundays every week from 7.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Special meditation is held around the shrine every year on the following special days between 7.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
February 16          Installation of Relics of Sri Arobindo
March 29              The Mother’s first arrival in Pondicherry
April 4                   Sri Aurobindo’s arrival in Pondicherry
November 17        The Mother’s Withdrawal Day
November 20        The Mother’s Samadhi Day
December 5          Sri Aurobindo’s Withdrawal Day
December 9          Sri Aurobindo’s Samadhi Day
December 31        Midnight Meditation to usher in the New Year from 12.00 midnight to 12.30 a.m.


The Bhavan shrine is open to the public on all days from 6.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.

The office is open from Monday to Saturday from 10.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.


Saturday, January 09, 2016

Individual progress is linked with the collective destiny

Editorial The Metaphysical basis for Integral Health — liberation and freedom Traditionally, ‘liberation’ from a world of suffering, evil, darkness, ignorance, falsehood and death has been a cherished destiny of the individual in the Indian psyche. Psychologically, the concept of ‘liberation’ arises from a yearning for ‘freedom’. Freedom is the magic word that beckons man inspite of his bondage. We are bound to our ‘fate’ and even those who do not believe in the machinations of fate have to concede that we are nevertheless bound to circumstances, social obligations, hereditary influences, ‘biological’ as well as ‘cultural’ genes, ecological discrepancies, illnesses of all sorts,  family ties, dependency needs, our own desires, the upsurges from our subconscious, collective suggestions and what-not! It is a chimera to think we are free. Are we free from our genes, from our heredity, from our culture, from our personality traits, from our environment, from pollutants, from our political system? We clamour for freedom but truly speaking, we are in love with our chains. Yet, as Sri Aurobindo mentions in the very first paragraph of the first chapter in The Life Divine, ‘Freedom’ is one of those key guiding lights that return after all attempts at effacement, — it calls, motivates, inspires and rejuvenates us. Since freedom in a world of bondage is dependent on many variables and virtually impossible in outer life, seers and mystics yearned for an inner freedom independent of all variables.One cannot find a cue in social freedom for in the social matrix, we are bound with certain social variables at the cost of others. One cannot find a cue in psychological freedom too as the personality has the compulsion to revolve around the ego, traits and predispositions, unless one can simultaneously identify with the dimension of impersonality. This freedom in a true sense could only be found in the experience of the Spirit that is always free and one with the Divine.  In other words, an ‘Absolute’ freedom could only be found in the experience of Reality in the ‘Transcendental’ poise  — an experience of Reality as ‘Absolute’, ‘Infinite’, ’Unitary’, or ‘One’, in contrast to the experience of the multiplicity, the finite, the imperfect. The  experiential realisation of the ‘Transcendent’ is beyond the constructs of unity and multiplicity, beyond the infinite and the finite, beyond the ‘universal’ and the ‘individual’, beyond the ‘Absolute’ and the ‘Relative’, beyond the ego-centred personality and the ego-surpassing impersonality. It is a poise of perfect freedom, true liberty. That does not mean that the ‘liberated’ individual who has experienced the ‘Transcendental’ poise of Reality becomes insensitive to the plight of his fellow-brethren. In fact, liberty gives one the right to even transgress liberty with a poise of detachment. Thus was born the concept of the  Jivanmukta  — one who was liberated even while operating in the field of life. Sri Aurobindo speaks of this poise of liberty:
“It is so free that it is not even bound by its liberty. It can play at being bound without incurring a real bondage (1).” 
The question to reflect today is whether the spiritually liberated person is really free unless he or she renounces life. Sri Aurobindo also explains that the Inconscience is not an individual but a terrestrial phenomenon. Evolution starts from the Inconscience. Even then, the Inconscience has the power to negate and nullify all the gains of the evolutionary ascent. As such, a liberated individual, even a  Jivanmukta, can individually progress only up to an optimal point. One has to then wait till the terrestrial consciousness gets uplifted a bit before the individual can again resume to progress. Perhaps this is what is reflected when the Buddha, on the verge of absolute withdrawal in  Nirvana, resolved to turn back for the suffering humanity. The fact that the individual, however liberated, is yet not free till the terrestrial consciousness gets elevated demonstrates that free progress of the human race is linked with the collective destiny. The very fact that individual progress is not destined to be perfect unless it is linked with terrestrial progress proves that spiritual progress of an individual is dependent on the general well-being of the collectivity. It is not expected or logical to presume that the spiritual progress of the liberated individual would be automatically linked with the spiritual progress of the collectivity; it is ridiculous to believe that the terrestrial consciousness, stationed close to the Inconscience would be at par in spirituality with the illumined individual consciousness. Rather an elevation of the terrestrial consciousness is effectuated basically by the general well-being of the collectivity that requires the cultivation of health, education and positive values. Without the cultivation of health along an integral perspective, one cannot have a modicum of inner progress and one cannot free oneself from atavistic traits; without an education that helps to widen the consciousness, one cannot rise above exclusivism; without positive values and a constant recreation of new values, one cannot progress to manifest higher models of the human being along the evolutionary trajectory. In this world-view, freedom is a dynamic movement that continually surpasses our hitherto highest achievements, catapulting us to progressive perfection with liberation from the ego and liberation into the Infinite without losing contact with the reality of the finite. Reference 1.  Sri Aurobindo.  Birth Centenary Library, Volume 18. Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust; 1970, p. 39.               — Dr. Soumitra Basu

When Sri Aurobindo describes the merging of the individual consciousness into the cosmic consciousness, he is referring to a shift from the human to the divine standpoint. The divine standpoint is Sachchidananda, Existence-Consciousness-Bliss having the following characteristics:
“It is one eternal Existence that we then are, one eternal Consciousness which sees its own works in us and others, one eternal Will or Force of that Consciousness which displays itself in infinite workings, one eternal Delight which has the joy of itself and all its workings,–itself stable, immutable, timeless, spaceless, supreme and itself still in the infinity of its workings, not changed by their variations, not broken up by their multiplicity, not increased or diminished by their ebbings and flowings in the seas of Time and Space, not confused by their apparent contrarieties or limited by their divinely-willed limitations. Sachchidananda is the unity of the many-sidedness of manifested things, the eternal harmony of all their variations and oppositions, the infinite perfection which justifies their limitations and is the goal of their imperfections.”
When we reflect on these characteristics of consciousness, we can easily distinguish the difference between the human and the divine standpoint. The divine standpoint is one that “sees everywhere Oneness” as the Upanishad states, and at the same time, it can view, accept and integrate the individuality of forms, forces and movements, so that the experience of harmony and oneness is not disturbed by the existence and action of these (apparently) limited forms.
The methods we use to measure and distinguish forms and actions in the human experience, such as the very concepts of Time and Space, are reduced in relevance to the extent that we experience the unification of all Time and Space in one unbroken Reality, where the sequential movement of Time is seen as a convenience for experiencing reality from the human standpoint. Similarly the extension of the manifestation in Space is seen as a means for the human standpoint to experience from the basis of its limited ability to grasp the entirety of existence. Absent the actual experience, it is virtually impossible for the human intellect to have any clear sense or grasp as to what the divine standpoint, Sachchidananda, is and the inherent Oneness of its view.
Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part Two: The Yoga of Integral ...