Thursday, May 29, 2008

Political action is an essential, unavoidable and inevitable aspect of the Society

Sri Aurobindo’s Action does necessarily need, finally, to include the political aspect of the Society into Its scope and range
Barin Chaki Ever remain young. Thursday, May 22, 2008

Tusar Mohapatra

Tusar N Mohapatra, Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum, Ghaziabad, U.P., India, and the owner of the blog Aurora Mirabilis and several others, came to meet me at my residence on 14th May 2008. It was a meeting after two decades. We often met at Matruvihar, Sundargarh, during the period from 1985-1987, when I was at Sundargarh.

On 14th May, 2008, we had discussions about several matters concerning The Mother and Sri Aurobindo and Their Work on earth. Also he explained about Savitri Era Political Action.

Sri Aurobindo’s Action does necessarily need, finally, to include the political aspect of the Society into Its scope and range. As the political action is an essential, unavoidable and inevitable aspect of the Society, it has to be brought under the Scope of the Change that the Supramental Descent is already bringing on earth.

Tusar Mohapatra has begun a new course of Action that none has yet started. I felt that it was the Mother’s Will that is initiated through him. The beginning may be difficult and hard and slow, apparent failures may be there. But the steps will be taken.

It seemed to be a short meeting. Due to worldly circumstances, our talks ended abruptly. I still feel the need to talk to him. When we met and had the exchange of thought, it seemed to me that two horizons are meeting, at the silent Force of The Mother so willed.

Surely, we will work together.
Barin Chaki 22-05-2008 Posted by Barindranath Chaki at 7:20 AM Labels: , Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 6:24 PM

Re-emergence of religion

The Year That Religion Learned Humility
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006

The great, first surprise of the 21st century was the re-emergence of religion. Not only did it arrive as the most powerful cultural force of the new millennium, it also came in a particular guise. It was a fundamentalist version of faith that was triumphant. Against the doubts and decadence of the West and amid the bewilderment and backwardness of the Middle East, an utterly uncompromising faith seemed the only answer to many prayers...

In 2006, we came to see that even the most certain theological worldview has to grapple with that of others who differ and yet require coexistence, not obliteration. Certainty can be comforting in the abstract. In the real world, such certainty has to be accompanied by toleration if we are to live in any peace or resolve our politics in a civil and rational manner. And certainty itself may be an obstacle to real faith rather than its achievement. Doubt is as much a part of faith as human imperfection is a part of life.

We have learned that the hard way in the new millennium — in our politics and in war. But we may have begun to grasp the deeper obligation — and that is not to turn our back on faith but to instill it with the humility that it demands and that all the great religious figures have exemplified.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Massive reallocation of capital away from needless consumption, into social programs may be considered as an aspect of Yoga itself

May 20, 2008 vote with your money - part 2
Got Green ? Filed under: econChaitanya Pullela @ 6:29 am

But whenever there is talk about individual vs universal, i can’t resist putting up a plug from Yoga. So, here’s a relevant and weighty quote from Sri Aurobindo’s work “Synthesis of Yoga”:

“The acceptance of the law of sacrifice is a practical recognition by the ego that it is neither alone in the world nor chief in the world. It is its admission that, even in this much fragmented existence, there is beyond itself and behind that which is not its own egoistic person, something greater and completer, a diviner All which demands from it subordination and service. Indeed, sacrifice is imposed and, where need be, compelled by the universal World-Force; it takes it even from those who do not consciously recognize the law, — inevitably, because this is the intrinsic nature of things. Our ignorance or our false egoistic view of life can make no difference to this eternal bedrock truth of Nature. For this is the truth in Nature, that this ego which thinks itself a seperate independent being and claims to live for itself, is not and cannot be independent nor separate, nor can it live to itself even if it would, but rather all are linked together by a secret Oneness. Each existence is continually giving out perforce from its stock; out of its mental receipts from Nature or its vital and physical assets and acquisitions and belongings, a stream goes to all that is around it. And always again it receives something from its environment gratis or in return for its voluntary or involuntary tribute. For it is only by this giving and receiving that it can effect its own growth while at the same time it helps the sum of things”.

Pretty strong words from the sage of Bengal. To my mind, the massive reallocation of capital away from needless consumption, into social programs and towards environmental sustainability, may be considered as an aspect of Yoga itself. Whether individually and societally we engage in this Yoga, is going to be important in the next few decades, as scientists warn us that we are fast approaching limits to mindless consumption.

Dharma is the basis of democracy on which our nation’s unity in diversity stands

Killing of Migrant Labourers - A Close Look By: RS Jassal

The agency engaging outsiders as labourers must take upon it the responsibility of providing shelter & protection to them. Govt. may enact proper ordinance to issue them temporary work permits & earmark living areas. I have seen some national /regional seminar resolutions which have recommended to issue multipurpose i/cards to all Indians & Centre having agreed to that. It is surprising why such good proposals are not being implemented. I wonder why a small section of indigenous culture, under the garb of pride in ethos take it as a right to round such problem by restoring to killings only. Don’t they understand right is always linked with duty. Is this the way we can reach pinnacles of ‘egalitarian society’?

I quote Sri Aurobindo what he interprets egalitarianism to mean. He says ‘Both Rights & Duties are European ideas. Dharma is the Indian concept in which rights & duties regain the deep & eternal unity’, And Dharma is the basis of democracy on which our nation’s unity in diversity stands. Killings are definitely acts of perverts and a serious loss of values in public life whereas the eternal truth is everyone is moving in to each other’s space- knowingly or unknowingly which may be kept in mind. There are thousands of Manipuri’s who have risen to national & international fame only by moving into space of others. KILLING innocents must be ABHORED. KanglaOnline

Developing countries need to follow a more market-based approach to exchange rate management

A brief history of inflation
Alok Sheel, Business Standard New Delhi May 25, 2008, 2:01 IST

Secondly, the changing nature of inflation in a fast globalising world was also conducive to a lax monetary policy. Disinflation was largely limited to tradable value-added goods and services. The relative prices of mostly non-tradable assets, as well as commodities — including agricultural commodities — actually rose because of hyper-growth in developing countries, another by-product of globalisation.

Inflation consequently had a ‘non-core' bias, whereas disinflation had a ‘headline' bias on account of the predominance of tradable manufactures. Even as headline inflation was low, commodity and asset prices were entering a period of unprecedented boom. The Schiller index of real home prices (1890=100), which fluctuated within a relatively narrow band on either side of 110 between 1970 and 1997, rocketed to a peak of 200 in 2006. This insidious inflation lulled central banks into following a loose monetary policy since the US Fed, in particular, targeted core inflation that excluded commodity and food prices. A loose monetary policy also facilitated hyper-leverage, especially in the unregulated non-banking segments of the financialsector, which further amplified liquidity and demand.

If the above diagnosis of the resurgence of global inflation is correct, the prescriptions for addressing emergent hyperinflation over the short to medium term are self-evident. Developed countries need to look beyond core and headline inflation, and also target commodity and asset price inflation while formulating monetary policy.

Developing countries need to follow a more market-based approach to exchange rate management. Price and market signals should not be tampered with so that supplies of commodities, including oil and food grain, can rise and efficiency gains effected to equate demand and supply over the medium to long term.

The writer is a civil servant. The views expressed are personal. Data based on IMF, US Federal Statistics, US Federal Reserve and The Economist websites
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