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Integrality and Embodiment in Jean Gebser and Sri Aurobindo – Debashish Banerji

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Jean Gebser (1905-1973)[/caption]    keynote for the 43rd jean gebser society conference, los angeles, 10/4/13 Jean Gebser gives us a philosophy of history which looks at emergent structures of consciousness as forms of relative concealment and unconcelament of what he calls “the ever-present Origin.” In this he can be said to follow Heidegger’s reinterpretation of Hegel, the first modern philosopher of history. Instead of Hegel’s historicism, Heidegger had put agency back in the human, and acknowledged Being as setting up the horizon and confronting beings, who find themselves in their “thrownness,” responding with language, the house…

Tribute to J.C. by K. Curtis Lyle (from Electric Church)

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500"] John Coltrane (1926-1967)[/caption] I wouldn't go there. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memphis, Tennessee, April 3, 1968 You know If I were   standing At the beginning of time And I had the ability To view The whole Of human history And the Most High Lord of Creation Asked me which age? Which nation Would you like to live in? I would ask that my body Be sent to Egypt To become a hard poem A block of granite On the limestone face Of the great pyramid A reflector Of the Great Sun RA But In spite of…

Lines of flight: Deleuze and nomadic creativity

Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari Lines of flight: Deleuze and nomadic creativity In the 60s cult-TV series, The Prisoner, a British spy (played by Patrick McGoohan) is held captive in an Orwellian Village on an island controlled by a faceless authority. The prisoner, known only as Number 6, has resigned from the secret service. This seems to be his crime. In the opening sequence for the show, we see him burst into his spy chief’s office and passionately submit his resignation; he is subsequently drugged, kidnapped, and whisked off to the Village. We never find out why he quit. The…

The Freedom of the Integral Yoga by August Timmermans

  The Freedom of the Integral Yoga By August Timmermans   (reprinted from Collaboration summer 2012)  Sri Aurobindo does not belong to history; he is outside and beyond history. [He] has shown that the truth does not lie in running away from earthly life but in remaining in it, to transform it, divinise it, so that the Divine can manifest here, in this physical world. 1 - The Mother   Religion and yoga are not situated on the same plane of the being, and the spiritual life can exist in its purity only if it is free from all mental…

Meditations on the Isha Upanishad: The Third Movement Debashish Banerji

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"] Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950)[/caption] MEDITATIONS ON THE ISHA UPANISHAD THE THIRD MOVEMENT Debashish Banerji The third movement comprises verses 8 to 14. Here is how Sri Aurobindo describes this movement:   In the third movement there is a return to the justification of life and work – the subject of verse 2 – and an indication of their divine fulfilment. The degrees of the Lord’s self-manifestation in the universe of motion and the becoming of the One Being are set forth.  And the inner law of all existences declared to be by his conception and determination. (Verse…

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