I’m in the process of writing a book on Vivekananda and Aurobindo right now.
The inspiration for the project came from Elias about a month ago.
That’s why I like about this LightMind place. It’s somehow “current.” For a hermeneut like myself, who is interested in a kind of “observer participation” where the observer can even be transformed by those he encounters, this place is kinda cool.
Some of the best shit as to what Aurobindo actually thought can be found, I believe, in his letters. And I have been studying those.
He’s a modernist, I believe, and took to heart Hegel’s critique of India.
He’s very interested in “drawing down” what he calls the “Truth Consciousness” or “SuperMind”. I don’t think that Kenny really gets what he’s talking about here. It’s an interesting idea and it relates back to the issue of the authority of the Vedas and Shankara’s endorsement of which, as this “truth consciousness” relates to the Vedas.
As an idea, it’s an intangible thing at this point in my mind and I don’t want to dismiss it outright even though it is obviously problematic.
Much of this relates back to what I said in the Part I tract on The Context of Neo-Vedanta. Aurobindo is interested in “drawing down” gnostic wisdom into the world; in making it “practical”; in making “a difference.” That’s not an Eastern concern; it’s something new. And like Vivekananda, he is obviously influenced by Western style “interests” as to the application of knowledge (refer to Habermas).
As you may know, Aurobindo was political revolutionary before he became a mystic. I think he never really renounced his politicism even if he renounced his involvement in revolutionary politics. Look forward to my book. I plan to post chapters here before its publication.
This symbol was once the personal lamen of CoT founder Phyllis Seckler, and was later adopted as the official seal of the College of Thelema. Its symbolism is borrowed from the lamen of the Martinists; the Hebrew letter yod in the triangle is replaced by the eye of Horus. The Dove and chalice are borrowed from traditional Christian symbolism representing the descent of the Holy Spirit and a Chalice containing the sacrament of the mass.
However, my inclusion of Aurobindo in the list of spiritual leaders whose actions have been brought into question was based on a book by Geoffrey Falk. The chapter on Aurobindo can be found here: http://www.strippingthegurus.com/stgsamplechapters/aurobindo.asp
I can’t verify the truth of his claims regarding Aurobindo but I have been able to get corroboration on his claims about a couple of other leaders listed in his book. Perhaps others who read this blog may have knowledge of his credibility they can share. If his claims hold up, they raise disturbing questions about Aurobindo.