Thursday, January 8, 2009

Very few Indians know Sri Aurobindo though perhaps large masses revere him

Re: Sri Aurobindo and the Future of Humanity—a Comment
by Tusar N. Mohapatra on Wed 07 Jan 2009 10:29 AM IST Profile Permanent Link

"Melding of East and West" happens in 1933 or thereabout when Sri Aurobindo’s Symbol is heralded. The genealogy of the Symbol and The Mother’s birth are matters which we ordinarily keep away from on various grounds such as religious provincialism, misplaced nationalism, and anti-colonial sentiments. Such parochialism, unfortunately, is a disservice to the very task to which we have been called upon.

The primacy of The Mother in our path is not unknown, but the Judeo-Vedic pact that she accomplishes has not received due attention. The “Third dream” consists of carrying the message and means of this pact back to its home, to the “Mediterranean” as it were. [TNM] Reply

Re: Sri Aurobindo and the Future of Humanity—a Comment
by RY Deshpande on Wed 07 Jan 2009 03:25 PM IST Profile Permanent Link

Superb. It will be wonderful if it can be fully expounded for the Mirror. An insightful article for posting is welcome.

But seeing from another point of view we can perhaps say that this started happening long long ago, long before 1933. We might mark the coming of an Avatar on a particular day or date, but he prepares his birth much much before that. The Age starts appearing at least a couple of centuries earlier. There is always an extended preparation for the "divine Event" to occur. And yet we are not aware of it. But let us have a detailed presentation. ~ RYD Reply

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Re: In Defence of the “Extracts from The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs”—Raman Reddy
by RY Deshpande on Sun 04 Jan 2009 12:00 PM IST Profile Permanent Link

“This work seems like the equivalent of reducing Napoleon from a great general to a figure of ambivalence and doubt.”—I must say you have put it very beautifully. But the basic question remains: If the foundational principle of the Integral Yoga is "aspiration-rejection-surrender" and if it is anathematic to the Westerners, rather to the Americans, then are they to be ruled out from it? Perhaps this is the fundamental question to be looked into and tackled in its proper context and depth. ~ RYD Reply

Re: In Defence of the “Extracts from The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs”—Raman Reddy
by RY Deshpande on Sun 04 Jan 2009 12:27 PM IST Profile Permanent Link

There is also the counter-question, of the tradition-bound Indian society. It is emphatically happy about the past and doesn't see the new spiritual avenues that have been opened out for it. Surely it is not fundamentalism, but it is definitely kind of tamasic, refusing to change. Very few Indians know Sri Aurobindo though perhaps large masses revere him. So the problem is here also. The principle "aspiration-rejection-surrender" is easily acceptable but in the sense of the tradition, not in the Aurobindonian spirit. RYD Reply

Re: In Defence of the “Extracts from The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs”—Raman Reddy
by Tusar N. Mohapatra on Sun 04 Jan 2009 07:18 PM IST Profile Permanent Link

Extremely important issues indeed, though this is not the right time to say something objectively without antagonizing one section or the other. But the willingness to discuss the sociological dimensions of opting for a life of spiritual quest is by itself a welcome feature. For, a plethora of interconnected concerns cry for attention but in vain.

Modern research in humanities has brought out multiple layers of inter-disciplinary insights, to lose sight of which is nothing short of suicidal. The ability and the courage to look at these challenges on their face is an added facet of yoga today as partaking of a communicative action while remaining alert to media decoding the market as well as technology.

East and West meld here, in the common future, in seeking a common sublime destiny. Proprietorial attitudes need a modification therefore, and let multiple interpretations and receptions emerge. [TNM] Reply

Re: In Defence of the “Extracts from The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs”—Raman Reddy
by RY Deshpande on Mon 05 Jan 2009 05:20 PM IST Profile Permanent Link

Very well worded,—with dignity and depth, professionally tight yet with forceful inspiration behind it. ~ RYD Reply

Re: In Defence of the “Extracts from The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs”—Melding of East and West
by RY Deshpande on Tue 06 Jan 2009 07:23 PM IST Profile Permanent Link Dear Tusar

"Melding of East and West"--May I request you to write a full length article on this important theme "in seeking a common sublime destiny"? I'll be extremely happy to have it for posting at the Mirror. Thanks. ~ RYD Reply

Re: In Defence of the “Extracts from The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs”—Raman Reddy
by Vikas on Tue 06 Jan 2009 01:09 AM IST Profile Permanent Link

"The principle "aspiration-rejection-surrender" is easily acceptable but in the sense of the tradition, not in the Aurobindonian spirit." Please elucidate Reply

Re: In Defence of the “Extracts from The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs”—Raman Reddy
by auroman on Tue 06 Jan 2009 07:10 AM IST Profile Permanent Link

A historian relies only on primary-source documents and nothing else to analyze the surface life of a Mahayogi who has specifically said his action was exclusively on the inner planes. Can anyone see the fallacy in the approach ? This book is not Aurobindonian but Ozymandian in nature! More on the aspiration, rejection, surrender aspect in a few days. Reply

Re: In Defence of the “Extracts from The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs”—Raman Reddy
by Vikas on Tue 06 Jan 2009 09:48 AM IST Profile Permanent Link
"A historian relies only on primary-source documents and nothing else to analyze the surface life of a Mahayogi who has specifically said his action was exclusively on the inner planes. Can anyone see the fallacy in the approach ?" Inspired. Terse and complete sans hair-splitting intellectual arguments. Reply

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