Thursday, April 30, 2009

Whatever has been printed in Sri Aurobindo's time and thus has passed his scrutiny of editing is final

from Jitendra Sharma to "Tusar N. Mohapatra" date 30 Apr 2009 12:33 subject Editing Sri Aurobindo's 'Savitri'
Dear Tusar-bhai,
Sub : Editing Sri Aurobindo’s ‘Savitri’

I had been a ‘best student of the year’ of the Ashram School in 1980. It was my privilege to have great teachers like Shri Nirodbaran, Shri Jugal Kishore Mukherjee, Shri Kishor Gandhi, Shri Manoj Das etc. I used to correspond regularly with the Mother.
Like many other ex-students of the Ashram, it pains me to see that the works of Sri Aurobindo have been edited by an individual who has written a very disrespectful book on Sri Aurobindo: “The Lives of Sri Aurobindo”.

In one class, Nirod-da suddenly told everybody, “ ‘You see, one day Sri Aurobindo came to me while I was revising and correcting what was written and said, ‘ Nirod in B. --- , C. ---, after this line at the end I had put a 'COMMA', I have pondered over it, you better remove that 'COMMA '. After a couple of weeks of this incident, he again came and said, 'Nirod, I have further deliberated deeply on this matter of comma at the end of that line, you had better put it back' ”.

It is just not the Mother who had said ,“ I will not allow you to change even a comma in ‘Savitri' ”. But this was literally true in the case of Sri Aurobindo. He had truly achieved that perfection in ‘Savitri’ ! To try and change anything in this divine creation is truly like putting cyanide in the mantric poetry. Both Nirod-da and Amal-da had a tendency to emphasize and probably even correct in various ways what Sri Aurobindo had written and to make changes as per their own whims and fancies.

It seems they used to add and subtract punctuations as per their own fancy. However, as long as Sri Aurobindo was present physically, he had his own way of acting from inner point of view and adjust according to his own inner inspiration.
In the ‘ Mother’s Agenda’, two points come out very forcefully :
a) that Sri Aurobindo was allowing certain changes to have peace, as he mentioned to the Mother. The Mother also said that, "Sri Aurobindo was a gentleman and he did not want anybody to feel bad, but I am not a gentleman !”
b) There were two morons who fancied correcting Sri Aurobindo !

I believe that with this back-ground, we can safely say that whatever has been printed in Sri Aurobindo's time and thus has passed his scrutiny of editing is final. Except for genuine printing mistakes in spellings , there is no scope of any corrections esp. posthumously. All the other so-called mistakes that have been discovered, may be tabulated separately, for those who want to carry out a thorough research on the subject.
Prof. Jitendra Sharma
Calicut (Kerala) Phone : 0495 – 2731523
Website : [12:59 PM 10:47 AM]

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