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Posted March 26, 2012on:
It gives me immense pleasure to announce that on 12 March 2012 Overman Foundation has published the second and paperback edition of its e-book “Sri Aurobindo: His Political Life and Activities”.
Compiled and edited by Shri Anurag Banerjee and with a preface from the pen of Prof. Kittu Reddy, this book comprising 450 pages is a chronological study of Sri Aurobindo’s political life from 1906 to 1910 through British Government documents, press coverage, memoirs of his political colleagues as well as his own autobiographical account. Hundreds of documents collected from British Government records (most of which have been published in this book for the first time) and press cuttings—both being more than a century old—have been incorporated in this volume. In addition to the aforesaid documents and press coverage, the book includes rare letters written to Sri Aurobindo by Nationalist leaders like Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Surendranath Banerjea and…
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On their page titled “Attempts to create an ‘Aurobindonian religion’,” Auro Truths refer to the judgement of the Supreme Court of India, S.P. Mittal Etc. Etc. vs. Union of India, 1982, which established that Sri Aurobindo’s and The Mother’s ideals, teachings, and the institutions they have founded do not belong to any religion or religious institution. We reproduce here the judgement in its entirety.
Title: S.P. MITTAL ETC. ETC. Vs. UNION OF INDIA AND OTHERS
Coram: CHANDRACHUD, Y.V. ((CJ), BHAGWATI, P.N., REDDY, O. CHINNAPPA (J), ERADI, V. BALAKRISHNA (J), MISRA, R.B. (J)
Date of Judgement: 08/11/1982
Right to freedom of religion and to manage religious affairs-Constitution of India, 1950 Articles 25 and 26-Shri Aurobindo’s teachings cannot be said to be of a religious nature-Aurobindo Society and the Auroville township do not fall within the meaning of religious denomination so as to be violative of Articles 25 and 26 of the Constitution. Words…
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In Plato’s Phaedrus, Socrates speaks of the four types of Divine madness(ecstasy) – prophetic, initiatory, poetic and erotic – which humans can obtain as gifts from the Gods. The gift of prophecy exemplified by the oracle at Delphi comes from Apollo, the mystic rites which bring relief from hardship are a gift from Dionysus, the gift of poetry is seen in those artists who are possessed by the Muses and lastly, the gift of love, which Socrates calls the best of the four, is derived from Eros. This fourth madness is the universal love manifested by the mystic; it is, according to Socrates, “imputed to him who, when he sees the beauty of earth, is transported with the recollection of the true beauty; he would like to fly away, but he cannot; he is like a bird fluttering and looking upward and careless of the world below; and he is…
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I still distinctly remember discovering Badiou’s work during my fourth year of graduate school. He was unlike anything else I’d read. Not only was his style characterized by rigor and clarity, but there was a deep passion that ran throughout all of his work. I couldn’t get enough. The context of Continental thought at that time was deeply depressing. Nearly everything you came across seemed to speak the impossibility of doing anything. Throughout all the work I read, there was a deep pessimism and cynicism. The reigning thesis seemed to be that behind any pronouncement there was some ugly ideological secret. One could say nothing lest it contain something that was unconsciously offensive or lest it unconsciously promoted oppression. Or we were endlessly told that nothing could be pinned down, that it was all constructed, that there was no statement that wasn’t already the result of a language game. No…
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EVER GREEN ~ Nolini Kanta Gupta.
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It gives me immense pleasure to announce that on 12 March 2012 Overman Foundation has published the second and paperback edition of its e-book ‘The Alipore Bomb Trial Judgment’. This book is the unabridged version of the Alipore Bomb Trial Judgment rendered by C. P. Beachcroft on 6 May 1909.
A portion of this judgment emphasizing mostly on Sri Aurobindo was published in the book, “The Alipore Bomb Trial” edited by B. K. Bose in 1922. But it is only through this publication of Overman Foundation that the complete judgment of the Alipore Bomb Trial had seen the light of day in 2010.
Not only will this book help the students of history but also the students of law.
Compiled and edited by Shri Anurag Banerjee, this book comprising 149 pages is available at a price of Rs. 190 (One Hundred and Ninety) only.
To place an order…
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Posted March 22, 2012on:
Veda’s formulation of Heaven-Earth (Dyau-Prithivi) structures, the basis for realization of the collective potentiality of society, has finally started to take shape amid the shapeless chaos of modern world, where already, the agrarian civilization has become a distant past, and the Industrial one, too, has moved past its maturity. In long and short, Varna, the multiverse of classes and classes within classes, has started to (re?)emerge. In the past, that has been discovered or documented yet in India, the agrarian nature of Civilization made movements of people, information and commodities sluggish, or even nil, and caused the dynamics of Varna to get devolved into the statics of castes.
So we immediately see the criticality of the expansion of the horizons of materials and technology to match that of thought and realizations, and vice-versa. There is an interdependence of the structures of Science,Technology, Economics and Politics, which hardly needs stressing, but I don’t know if…
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