Saturday, August 8, 2009

Revisionism by Heehs is neither history nor good analysis

143.111.22.28 (The University Of Texas M.d. Anderson Cancer Center) Texas, Houston, United States, Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Muslim elites, particularly landlords and capitali...": "At the same time, it is true that Sri Aurobindo didn't think that ‘social problems', such as Hindu-Muslim tensions, needed to be dealt with then because India was engaged in a struggle with the colonial power and that had to take precedence. In retrospect, had more attempts been made at the time to create a united front, to engage in give-and-take with Muslim organizations, things might have worked out better."

All this is utter nonsense! Sri Aurobindo made it known to CR Das that it would be best if the Hindu-Muslim problem could be settled before the British left. He showed every concern for the problem and made every effort that he thought would be helpful. But he might have also felt that most solutions were premature and doomed to fail - neither the Hindus and certainly not most of the muslims were ready.

As for "..give-and-take with Muslim organizations", Gandhi and the Congress gave away a lot more to the muslim league than they ever got back in return according to several fellow leaders of the day. And it still didnt bring about any rapprochement. This kind of revisionism by Heehs is neither history nor good analysis. Posted by Anonymous to Savitri Era at 3:16 AM, August 08, 2009

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Heehs eclipses his links with Sri Aurobindo Ashram...":

Good eyes! What an interesting observation! This is the smoking gun. A fascinating mug shot too the center of the page that says it all. Thanks for this. Posted by Anonymous to Savitri Era at 9:46 PM, July 25, 2009

Poetry Time: 8 August 2009—Four Poems from Sri Aurobindo
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RY Deshpande on Sat 08 Aug 2009 04:38 AM IST Permanent Link Cosmos

Here are four poems written by Sri Aurobindo during the mid-1940s. The third one—Is this the end—we have already seen in the last week, but let us pick it up again along with the other three written about the same time. This we are doing in the context of the observation in The Lives of Sri Aurobindo published in May 2008 by the Columbia University Press. The comment on p. 398 is as follows: “…he [Sri Aurobindo] wrote only a few [poems] after 1943. Those he did write are uncharacteristically dark.”

The author is linking this aspect with the sadhana of Sri Aurobindo after 1941. It will be much appreciated if these poems are read carefully and their literary as well as biographical aspects are critically examined and presented. We should also remember that the author of the Lives who seems to be in a tremendous hurry has dismissed Savitri as a possible source for looking into his sadhana. The entry is open for discussion to everyone serious about the matter.

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