Cosmos Café: A Little Bit of Aurobindo, a Little Bit of Bourdain [6/12]


(Marco V Morelli) #1


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Marco wants to talk about Debashish Banerji’s book about Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga (The Seven Quartets of Becoming), and how Banerji bridges between Aurobindo and contemporary philosophy. He makes some observations, which may or may not be of interest. Mark asks Marco about what’s coming up for him (i.e., emotionally) while reading Aurobindo, particularly in relation to Marco’s prior experience in Ken Wilber’s integral spiritual scene, which he wrote about in a paper published on Metapsychosis.com called “Integral and Me: A Brief, Partial (But True) History of My Years as a Meta-Revolutionary.”

Mark has been there, done that w/r/t Supermind. Duff has technical difficulties, but eventually finds a wi-fi hot spot and joins the discussion. Marco compartmentalizes Mark’s (alleged) nihilism, affirming that the adventure of consciousness is aesthetically worth pursuing. Eventually John appears, and the conversation turns toward Anthony Bourdain (who recently died) and a preview of next week’s topic—on suicide, depression, and time, and creating more compelling futures for ourselves.

Participants:

Mark Jabbour
Marco V Morelli
Doug Duff
John Davis

Recorded: June 12, 2018


Reading

  • Introduction to Debashish Banerji’s Seven Quartets of Becoming: A Transformative Yoga Psychology Based on the Diaries of Sri Aurobindo, by Debashish Banerji - http://www.sciy.org/?p=8040

Background

At the end of our last Café, we decided in our next session to follow up on the first two meetings of our group reading of Sri Aurobindo’s The Life Divine by looking at the introduction to Debashish Banerji’s Seven Quartets of Becoming: A Transformative Yoga Psychology Based on the Diaries of Sri Aurobindo.

Banerji’s work is particularly interesting because of its focus on Aurobindo’s experiments with paranormal and supramental states (and structures) of consciousness, as well as for creating a bridge between Aurobindo’s philosophy and more recent/contemporary (postmodern and post-postmodern) European philosophical thought.

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Anthony Bourdain / suicide / mental health / Life / personality / reality
(Marco V Morelli) #3

Hi Durwin, here is a link to the text we’ll be reading for this event…

http://www.sciy.org/?p=8040

However, please note that this ‘Cosmos Café’ event is distinct from the weekly Thursday evening meetings The Café takes place on Tuesdays at noon Mountain, and we will not be discussing Aurobindo every week. Consider this more like an optional excursus from the main current of the reading group.