Sri Aurobindo Aashram Programme

We had  very interesting 3 days session with Dr Mangesh Nadkarni who spoke to us on a very interesting topics

Can India ever be great again?

Can it?

Let us see what Mr Nadkarni had to say:

Indians need to have an original way ‘to think’ if we are to become a great nation again.

We tend to emulate what the ‘West’ patronizes, being unaware of what our country has to offer. Very often it is Indian ‘original thought’ that is repackaged by the ‘West’ and re-imported to India.

 Some points to think about:

Yoga is Indian born.

Yagnavalkya is as great as Socrates, but how many have heard of the former?

 An illusion:

India has no science, only philosophy.

Wonders of the Mind

Western thinkers believed that the world was born 5000 years ago.

Indian Puranas claimed that Creation is 8.64 billion years old

The ‘Big Bang Theory’ now says that the ‘Big Bang’ took place about 10 billion years ago.

Darwin’s Theory claims that life emerged from water and went on to become more intricate.

The Avataars in the Shrimad Bhaagvad claims a similar theory.

Relativity of Time

Indians knew about it long ago as is apparent from a story in Yoga Vashishta’

Modern Psychology was ‘simple’ until mid 19th Century.

The deep insights into the Human psyche as is described in Patanjali Sutras, boggles the mind.

Pingala discovered the 0 (zero) 2400 years ago (without which Mathematics and Computers would have become an impossibility).

 Nobody has written a ‘grammar’ comparable to Pannini 2000 years ago…

 Transhumanism.

Humans can become ‘Gods’ with the ‘help’ of Technology.

Humanists and Sri Aurobindo claim that Humans can live a perfect life through Spirituality:

Disease free, deathless…Transhumanism can harm, be destructive.

Man has to change from within. We may be able to reach the moon, but cannot conquer the negativities of the ego.

Mother said: Death is a bad habit. We can transcend it. Science is also claiming the same thing.

Vedic assumption: God is already involved in matter…a tree is more like God than matter…

Without matter’s permission, God cannot re-establish Himself. 

Earth and Heaven must join.

Man has to rise to Divine Greatness.

Darwin has no answer as to how ‘life’ came from ‘non-life’.

Human life change without change of human nature is unnatural not impossible.

Future of Humanity

We have enough religions to kill one another, not to love one another.

For Yoga no faith is required. It will lead the way.

A poet has said: Mankind is poised between gods and beasts.

Man is a transitional not final being.

A New Being will emerge as different, as man is to animal.

‘Lack of ego’ will be the result.

Sri Aurobindo said: The imprisoned God in us has to be revealed.

Dr Nadkarni quoted from ‘Savitri’ by Sri Aurobindo.

The story is about Sati Savitri who brings her husband Satyavan from the clutches of death.
Another way of looking at it:

…Satyavan is the soul carrying the divine truth of being within itself but descended into the grip of death and ignorance; Savitri is the Divine Word, daughter of the Sun, goddess of the Supreme Truth who comes down and is born to save…the characters are incarnations of Living Forces with whom we can enter into concrete touch and they take human bodies in order to help man and show him the way from his mortal state to a divine consciousness and immortal life…

THE PROGRAMME

VENUE : 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM, THE TIMES OF INDIA BLDG., D.N.ROAD, MUMBAI.

TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2005

6.00 p.m. to 6.05 p.m.  :  Welcome address & introduction to WMPP by Mrs. Shakun Narain       (5 minutes)      Vice- Chairperson, (Women’s Movement for Peace and Prosperity)WMPP.

6.05 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.  :  Talk by Dr. Nadkarni on ‘Can India ever be great  again?’    

(1 hrs. & 25 minutes)     

7.30 p.m.                      :  Refreshments

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2005

6.00 p.m. to 6.05 p.m.:  Welcome address by Mrs.Shakun Narain, Vice-Chairperson,                 

5 minutes)   WMPP.

 6.05 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.  :  Talk by Dr.Nadkarni on “Going Beyond Man Technologically 

    vs Spiritually” (1 hrs. & 25 minutes)  

 THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2005

6.00 p.m. to 6.05 p.m.  : Welcome address by Mr. Ram Maheshwary 

(5 minutes)                      and introduction to Times Foundation

 6.05 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.  :  Talk by Dr.Nadkarni on ‘Future of Humanity’

(1 hrs. & 25 minutes)

7.30 p.m. to 7.35 p.m.  :  Vote of Thanks