Monday, March 8, 2010

Sri Aurobindo and The Mother knew very well what was coming

Mirror of Tomorrow Re: Sri Aurobindo’s Marriage—a discussion by Raman Reddy pertaining to a few aspects in context of the latest biography published by the Columbia University Press
by RY Deshpande on Mon 08 Mar 2010 05:02 PM IST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
>> RR writes: Finishing his work, he lay down beside his wife, closed his eyes and went to sleep. (Lives, p. 158) Now where did he get that from -- secondary source or imagination? In any case, it is incompatible with Sri Aurobindo's own version in which he says he was sleeping on the floor. There are numerous such misrepresentations which people would not even realise as they race through the book. >> 

I think this is a serious matter, not only of misrepresentation but also of falsification. It becomes more serious when these come from an author who is said to be an “invaluable” member of the Archival team of the Ashram. At the time permission for the use of the material was given, these possibilities ought to have been kept in mind. The least that has to happen now is, the Ashram authorities should make a categorical statement that they do not approve such a manner of presentation of Sri Aurobindo’s biography, and that they have nothing to do with the text in it as published by the Columbia University Press. Sense of propriety, if not obligation, expects that this will happen. Raman Reddy’s present post and comment form only one expression of the appallingly defective and ill-intended Lives of Sri Aurobindo; in fact, there are any number of them on the web-pages, in hundreds, and these should be taken seriously if we are to be truthful to the subject.  ~ RYD Reply 
In Conversation With Dr. Shrinivas Tilak And Vishal Agarwal 3 Mar 2010
Doniger engages in denigrating, distorting, and demeaning all Hindus (low or high caste, men or women) and what is worse, ‘defrocking’ (both theologically and sexually) their gods and goddesses. Such a book therefore does have the potential to harm the Hindu self-perception and identity, particularly, young Hindus who happen to live in the diaspora.

The Hindus: An Alternative History by Wendy Doniger "reads like a long letter by an ignorant tourist with some pretensions to scholarship," remonstrates Debashish Banerji [Thu 12 Nov 2009 Science, Culture and Integral Yoga].
One expects of him equal honesty on Heehs' weighty tome.
Banerji, thankfully, offers a corrective to the tomfoolery of Bibek Debroy who had proclaimed colourfully, "Doniger’s is an amazingly breathtaking book in its sweep... As far as I am concerned, four books from my bookshelf have now been dislodged (A.L. Basham, Agehananda Bharati, Percival Spear, Romila Thapar) to make room for this one and this is reflective of the content. It is a great book." [IE » Columnist » Om School » Saturday 10 October '09]. [TNM] 6:06 PM Thursday, November 12, 2009. 6:56 AM 
Fundamentalism and the Yoga (Auroville Today interviews Debashish Banerji)  From an interview by Alan and Carel This text appeared in the February 2010 issue of Auroville Today and is reprinted here with the permission of the interviewee.
Review in Auroville Today  The Lives of Sri Aurobindo reviewed by Alan for Auroville Today. As Peter Heehs put it in his previous short introduction to Sri Aurobindo’s life and work, published in 1989, “No one has…
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