Originally posted on Footnotes 2 Plato:

Watch Olafur Eliasson and Bruno Latour re-enact the debate between Einstein and Bergson about space-time and the polarity between art and science. 

Though I first heard about Latour’s re-enactment of the Einstein-Bergson debate several years ago, I only uncovered the videos of this conversation while engaging in a FaceBook thread yesterday about Einstein’s bloc universe. Einstein famously claimed that time as we experience it is a mere psychological illusion. If we want the fact of the matter regarding real time, we must accept the verdict of the positive sciences. Einstein didn’t fess up to the covert metaphysic of bifurcation he was employing, and although Bergson wasn’t unable to get through to him on this point during their debate in 1922, other philosophers were listening.

Alfred North Whitehead agreed with Bergson’s critique of Einstein, though not with Bergson’s philosophical reconstruction of relativity. Whitehead developed his own alternative (philosophical and geometrical) formulation of…

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Originally posted on Sri Aurobindo Studies:

We see in many religious traditions that commitment is sometimes translated into a extremity that treats other paths as less worthy (or even “wrong”) and which may in some cases even lead to the extremes of fanaticism and violence such as the outbreaks of “convert or die” we have seen throughout history in a variety of settings. The Gita makes it clear that this is not the pure and true form of devotion and sets forth the qualities and nature of the devotee in its view. The basis is equality and desirelessness, and on this foundation there arises a purity of “love and adoration of the Purushottama….”

Sri Aurobindo defines the equal consciousness the Gita calls for: “First, an absence of egoism, if I-ness and my-ness…. The Bhakta of the Purushottama is one who has a universal heart and ind which has broken down all the narrow walls of the…

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Originally posted on Sri Aurobindo Studies:

The Gita accepts the seeker, regardless of which path is chosen. Those who take the austere path of the yoga of knowledge are welcomed and accepted by the Divine. Similarly, those who choose paths of devotion or works are also accepted and they also achieve the final goal of the transformation of consciousness through unity with the supreme Purusha. There is no “bickering” here over one path being the “only way” to achieve realisation. The main thing is to focus the consciousness and the actions on the Divine and to transform the awareness to one of unity and identity with the Divine consciousness. This is not a matter of fixed rules, habits, rituals or formulae.

Sri Aurobindo explains this: “In the lower ignorant consciousness of mind, life and body there are many Dharmas, many rules, many standards and laws because there are many varying determinations and types of the mental…

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Originally posted on The Next Step:

The New Creation II

Sri Aurobindo and The Mother have assured us of Their help on the Way. Has not He told us so in the following words?

And yet I know my footprints’ track shall be

A pathway towards Immortality. [The Pilgrim of the Night]

He has asked us to find the secrets within and proceed towards the New Becoming. To show us the Way, Sri Aurobindo had to find out the Way himself, for it was an untrodden way, a New Way. He had to work hard, undertaking an untried spiritual research.

He who would bring the heavens here

Must descend himself into clay

And the burden of earthly nature bear

And tread the dolorous way. [God’s Labour: Sri Aurobindo]

And what did He tell us to do?

A voice cried, “Go where none have gone!

Dig deeper, deeper yet

Till thou reach the grim foundation stone


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Originally posted on Sri Aurobindo Studies:

The final six chapters of the Bhagavad Gita are primarily focused on taking the “big picture” view that we have been offered in the earlier chapters, and addressing the application of the principles into the details of life and action. The Gita here is transforming what would otherwise be a philosophical doctrine into a practical and detailed methodology. Arjuna has been convinced of the correctness of Sri Krishna’s viewpoint. At the same time, he has immediately grasped the issue that without some clear and detailed understanding he would again find himself lost in the play of forces and the currents of life. He therefore requests that the general knowledge, and the vision he has been vouchsafed, be turned into a detailed understanding of the way the Purusha interacts with Prakriti and the practical tools he would need to exert leverage on the reactions of his outer nature.

This interaction of…

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Originally posted on Sri Aurobindo Center of Los Angeles:

I know by experience that there isn’t one being who, were it only once in his life, has had a great urge towards… it doesn’t matter how he calls it – let us say the Divine for facility of speech, who is not sure to arrive; even if he turns his back on Him at a certain time, it’s of no importance – he is sure to arrive. He will have to struggle more or less, will have more or less difficulty, but he is sure to succeed one day. It’s a soul that has been chosen, it has become conscious because its hour has come – once the hour has come, well, the result will follow more or less quickly. You can do this in a few months; you can do it in some years; you can do it in some lives – but you will do it.


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Originally posted on The Next Step:

The New Creation I

A new creation from the old shall rise….  [Bk 3 Co 3 Savitri]

A  New Creation from  the old shall rise … so says Sri Aurobindo. The old humanity, the old earth, shall yield to the New Humanity, the new earth, which shall be on the way towards conquest of all darkness and divisions and decay and death, all ignorance and inconscience and inertia, all falls and failures and frustrations. The New Consciousness, the Supramental Consciousness, shall transform the mankind towards Light, towards Oneness, towards Knowledge and Wisdom and Truth, towards Perfection and Immortality.That is the consequence of what Sri Aurobindo and The Mother have done for the humanity and the earth.

Sri Aurobindo has said in Savitri :
A mightier race shall inhabit the mortal man’s world.
On Nature’s luminous tops, on the Spirit’s ground,
The superman shall reign king of life,
Make earth almost…

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