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Originally posted on Overman Foundation:

Dear Friends and Well-wishers,

An exhibition of books on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother (not available at the branches of Sri Aurobindo Book Distribution Agency, i.e. SABDA) and Indian scriptures was organized by Sri Aurobindo Sakti Centre and Overman Foundation in association with Sri Aurobindo’s Action West Bengal Trust in the evening of 15th November 2014 (Saturday) at the premises of Sri Aurobindo Sakti Centre located at 532, Block “M”, New Alipore, Kolkata 700053.

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The said exhibition was inaugurated by Shrimati Chitra Bose, Managing Trustee of Sri Aurobindo Sakti Centre Trust and Principal of Sri Aurobindo Bal Mandir.

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A special segment was devoted to the books authored by Shrimat Anirvan in Bengali and English.

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We take the opportunity to thank the members of Sri Aurobindo Sakti Centre who had efficiently managed the exhibition and all the participants for their overwhelming response due to which the event was a success.

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Originally posted on Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo & The Mother:

The short answer to the question “Are Indians more spiritual” is “no, certainly not“.  If you look at the hoi polloi, they can be as materialistic as people in other countries – spending their leisure hours shopping in malls and merrily wining and dining their way through life.  But the long answer is a little more complicated since it requires some occult perception of the cultural and subconscious atmosphere which pervades in every country.   In this article, we present some observations by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother Mirra Alfassa on the East-West differences as regards the spiritual pursuit.  Do bear in mind that these observations are not eternal truths. These remarks were uttered at a certain point in time and come with an expiration date, because conditions in various countries can change over time.

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Originally posted on Sri Aurobindo Studies:

There are many who accept the idea that the human being with his mental capacity is the ultimate creation, the crown of life, and it is thus man’s destiny to sit atop that mountain and enjoy and master the rest of creation. There are others who accept the idea that humanity may be the peak of life on the earth, but there are beings who may be farther advanced elsewhere in the universe. Even these individuals, however, for the most part tend to frame the advancement as greater powers of mind.

Sri Aurobindo asks us to observe the evolutionary progression over time and thereby gain a clearer understanding of Nature’s process at work. Each new stage, while based upon the prior stage, manifests radically new and different capabilities. Thus, we see the evolution of life in what appeared before to be inanimate matter; or the evolution of mind in what…

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Originally posted on Networkologies:

To Everyone Who Reads This Website -

Many thanks over the years for all the folks who’ve come and visited and enjoyed these posts. I’m happy to announce that after many years of editing and condensing my work on networkologies into one slim volume, that the first installment of the networkological project has been published by Zer0 books, and you can now order it on Amazon! It’s called “Networkologies: A Philosophy of Networks for a Hyperconnected Age – A Manifesto.” It’s split into two halves – a very user-friendly introduction, and a crazy over-the-top manifesto. The link to Amazon is here.

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You’ll also notice that I’ve uploaded all the works in progress that went into making this book, as supplemental materials on a page on the sidebar. I’ll work on bringing these to publication as further installments in the networkologies project. But the first volume is now out, so spread…

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Originally posted on Sri Aurobindo Studies:

There can be a debate about whether the mental capacity in humanity is something newly evolved by Nature for the first time, or whether in fact it is a capacity that has had previously high attainment, later degenerated, and now must be re-established. We see that Nature’s progress often occurs in fits and starts. A leap forward is made, and then there may be a retrogressive movement in reaction, which calls back the farthest stage of advancement, but works to solidify and broaden the establishment of the principle, as a platform for later taking up the capacity and extending, expanding and increasing it. From our vantage point, while we see the true intellectual capacity developed unequally, we also note that the general ability is widespread and when given the proper opportunity through education and societal support, can blossom forth in just about any individual who has a fit and sound…

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Originally posted on Sri Aurobindo Studies:

When we view the evolutionary status of the mentality in humanity, we can identify the three stages or levels which Sri Aurobindo has described. The first is what he calls the “material mind” and this essentially brings a basically rudimentary form of mental process to the established basis of the vitality and the body. This mind is able to view, handle, manipulate, process and work on the organization of the outer life and is itself a quite considerable advance upon the much more limited mental expression found in the general animal kingdom.

The second stage is the development of the true intellectual capability of the mind, abstracted from focus or addressing the basic physical-vital life directly. The arts, philosophy, science and higher forms of religious abstraction are expressions of this second stage. This stage is not yet fully and completely integrated into human life, as seen both by its lack of…

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Originally posted on Sri Aurobindo Studies:

Specialisation has both advantages and disadvantages. The benefit arises from the ability to concentrate exclusively on a particular line of endeavor and optimize the fruits and results thereby. This takes place in Western scientific endeavor and the development of technology, as well as in the practice of the specialized forms of Yoga. This type of exclusive concentration, however, tends to narrow the vision and ability to embrace the entirety of our existence. We see then, in terms of technology, a restriction of our interaction with life and the world, which arises from our constant interaction with the technology and what it produces. Similarly with Yoga, this focus has frequently implied abandonment or withdrawal from the flow of life and action in the world, and the yogic practitioner has for the most part been someone who has given up any major active role in the development and support of the human…

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