Monday, October 3, 2016

Individual growth in connection to human society and nature

In April 1907, a year before Gandhi wrote his Hind Swaraj in South Africa, Sri Aurobindo expounded in a series of seven brilliant articles in Bande Mataram his ...

Central University of Odisha organised Lecture on Swaraj and the Divided Republic: Sri Aurobindo's Dream of a NewIndiaThursday, August 11, 2016Report by Nishapati Nayak, Koraput: Central University of Odisha organised a Distinguished Lecture on‘Swaraj and the Divided Republic: Sri Aurobindo’s Dream of a NewIndia’ in collaboration with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Sunabeda at Bhanjamandap, HAL township... Prof. Sachidananda Mohanty, Vice-Chancellor of the Central University of Orissa delivered the inaugural address while Er. Debasish Dev, Executive Director of HAL Sunabeda presided over the programme.

Prof. Mohanty reflected lights on the life of Sri Aurobindo and briefed about the Swaraj movement from Tilak to Sri Aurobindo’s. While exploring the dream of Sri Aurobindo he said “Sri Aurobindo must has to be credited for the concept of Poorna Swaraj or Complete freedomand it can be achieved with the five dreams of Sri Aurobindo for Freedom like Free and United India, Liberation of the people of Asia, World reunion, Indian’s Spiritual gift to mankind and the Dream of evolution of human spices in to a higher species. Today we are faraway from these dreams”. He also said that “Today’s young generation must know the value of the freedom for them”.

Prof. Makarand R. Paranjape focused on the dream of Sri Aurobindo fora united nation on the ground of the diversity. While delivering his lecture based on the dream of Sri Aurobindo he said “Uniformity is not unity. It’s reducing the individuality and each one has a unique gift and it is only unique for that person and without unity we can’t have progress”. He also said “Swaraj means to control inner self and if you have self mastery you will have mastery on the world”. While advising the student he said “By reading book only people can’t gain knowledge, knowledge comes from experience”.

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Sep 20, 2016 - Leaders of the freedom movement took their philosophical inspiration from the reformist Hindu thinkers starting from Ram Mohan Roy to Swami Vivekananda and culminating in Sri Aurobindo.

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Jul 11, 2016 - The ISIS has declared its delight that Brexit has taken place, which itself has ominous overtones.Sri Aurobindo in a message on August 15, 1947 (also his 75th birthday) outlined five dreams for the ... For my generation, brought up on the history of multiple wars in Europe for several centuries, resulting in havoc and millions of deaths, the emergence of the European Union (EU) was virtually a miracle.
That Sri Aurobindo, once the fiery prophet of Indian nationalism, had come to hope that nationalism would finally give way to a “new spirit of oneness” is striking, but on the ground things seem to be moving in the opposite direction. 

Issue No. 326, September 2016

Brexit and Human Unity

Auroville Today rarely comments on issues outside Auroville. But in this issue we carry an article on Brexit in the light of Sri Aurobindo’s views on human unity.  The causes of the Brexit vote in the U.K. have been analysed exhaustively and exhaustingly. Most commentators agree that the immediate reasons included fear of mass immigration, loss of sovereignty, and a protest vote against a political establishment which was perceived to have abandoned the less well-off. The leave campaign was also widely criticized for being mendacious and fear mongering, led by opportunistic politicians who did not fully believe in the arguments they were advancing. But, in truth, the Prime Minister’s decision to hold a referendum on Europe was also taken for short-term political gain and with very little consideration of the possible consequences. Speculation about those consequences have so far tended to focus upon the possible break-up of the UK and of the EU, and of the pote... 
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Even though the philosophy of Integral Yoga with its focus on individual freedom does not espouse this, voluntary simplicity is an ethos that I and many Aurovilians subscribe to. Not out of a moral stance, but simply out of the realization that “no man [woman] is an island.” Evolution is not so much about individual growth, but about individual growth in connection to human society and nature. And, notwithstanding the futuristic promise of the transformation of matter, our integral connection to and dependence on nature, enjoins us to cultivate a lifestyle that is in harmony with the limits and... 
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