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The “innocence of becoming”: Nietzsche, Whitehead, and Nihilism as a Pathological Transitional Stage between Monism and Pluralism
Posted May 31, 2014on:
It is remarkable how similar Nietzsche’s musings on perspectivism are to Whitehead’s process-relational ontology. I was reminded of their congruence while re-reading excerpts from Nietzsche’s The Will to Power (published in Mark Taylor’s Deconstruction in Context). Of course, one might read Whitehead’s somewhat Platonic cosmological scheme (which includes reformed conceptions of teleology, god, eternal objects, and so on) as directly opposed to Nietzsche’s purely immanent approach. In this post, I want to suggest that Whitehead’s process-relational cosmology at least indicates one way forward toward a post-nihilistic theory and practice.
Nihilism, according to Nietzsche, is a “psychological state” characterized by the feeling of “being ashamed in front of oneself, as if one had deceived oneself all too long” with the belief that the event we call “the universe” is about something, that “something is to be achieved through the process–and now one realizes that becoming aims at nothing and achieves nothing” (DiC, 192). Nietzsche’s…
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For most people, the path of one’s life is laid out based on various standards or rules that create a framework within which we are comfortable to act. For some, this is a particular career based on natural propensities or family focus. For some the rule of life is simply one of basic survival, while for others there are questions of carrying out a duty, to one’s family, one’s country, one’s religion, etc. Some people have developed a set of principles which they treat as a duty, in terms of the manner in which they relate to others or treat the work before them. An example of this is the dictum of the Dalai Lama who asks us to live a life of benevolent compassion towards others.
Individuals judge their success and value in their own lives based on how well they carry out their own standard. Those who see…
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Guest Post by NIRMALANGSHU MUKHERJI
The Bharatiya Janata Party secured about 19% votes in the general elections of 2009 to win 116 seats in the Parliament. With this most impressive conversion ratio, they had more or less exhausted their possibilities in their ‘safe’ states like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, and the like. They were still 157 seats away from a simple majority in the Loksabha. Even assuming the impressive conversion ratio, they needed at least 26% more of the vote share, that is 45% in all, to form a government.
When the elections for 2014 were announced, it was hard to see where the BJP would get these additional votes from. Moreover, unlike the NDA of 1999-2004, they had rather modest support from other parties with most of the big parties like AIADMK, TMC, JDU, BJD, and the like staying away. Hence, even if we factor in some…
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Posted May 27, 2014on:
On 24 April 1951, a two-day long convention named “Sri Aurobindo Memorial Convention” was organized at the Tennis Ground of Sri Aurobindo Ashram where it was resolved to establish an International University Centre in the memory of Sri Aurobindo. Stalwarts like Dr. Shyamaprasad Mukherjee, Surendra Mohan Ghose, Dr. Kalidas Nag, Hemendra Prasad Ghose and Surendranath Jauhar had participated in the said convention.
The speeches, resolutions and minutes of Sri Aurobindo Memorial Convention have been uploaded in the online forum of Overman Foundation along with some photos of the said convention.
With warm regards,
Inaugural Message of the Mother
24 April, 1951
Sri Aurobindo is present in our midst, and with all the power of his creative genius he presides over the formation of the university centre which for years he considered as one of the best means of preparing the future humanity…
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We shall now take up the period from 1968 to November 1973 when the Mother left Her body.
As already mentioned En Avant was started in December 1967. We still had the two separate sections En Avant and Vers La Perfection, functioning separately. However in December 1968, the two sections got united and we had one section called En Avant Vers La Perfection. In the first two years, the responsibility of running these sections were given to Tanmay, Amita and Kittu. Despite the two sections being united, they were still sitting in two separate blocks in the Eastern and Western parts respectively. One revealing incident happened at that time. I asked Mother through Pavitra-da whether we could start the classes in our part of the section also at 7-45 am with Mother’s music. She replied to Pavitra-da that She wanted to know why I wanted to start with…
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The question arises as to how the eternal Soul of existence can become bound in the lower nature and its activities. When we look at the original Sat-Chit-Ananda we see infinite Existence, Consciousness and Bliss. The question really can only be answered if we look at the process of differentiation and the creation of forms that takes place to achieve the manifestation of the world in the first place. As an intermediate phase, there is the level of the Gnosis or, as the Upanishads name it, the Vijnana. This level retains the full awareness and knowledge of the Oneness, while at the same time developing the multitude of forms and forces and setting each one in motion to carry out its own characteristic action within the larger play that is being created. The process of this creation leads to the development of first, the “overmental” state of consciousness in which…
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