Sunday, April 4, 2010

I firmly believe that the 1972 edition of Savitri is the most precise text

                               A Few Words on the Revised Edition of Savitri
                                                      By Anurag Banerjee

For quite some time I have been following the debate on the acceptance of the revised version of Savitri. It is satisfying to observe that the greatest epic in English poetry — in which Sri Aurobindo has crammed the entire universe (to quote the Mother’s words) —which have been accused of being too obscure by even the most learned men of English literature is at last getting its due respect and people are discussing and comparing the changes included in the texts of the various editions of it with sincerity and authority. But what pains me the most is the fact that in the course of these comparisons, one of the finest scholars of Savitri Shri R.Y. Deshpande is being personally attacked and this is simply inconceivable. I know Shri Deshpande for a number of years and I can claim and proclaim at the same time that after Jugal Kishore Mukherjee, he is the only one who has not only grasped the inner message of Savitri but has also realized its actual essence. (I hasten to add that K.D. Sethna alias Amal Kiran who is still living amid us is also the finest exponent of Savitri but his voice and pen has now become silent due to the obvious reason of old age.) Debates are always welcome but personal attacks—especially among those who belong to the spiritual family of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother—should be condemned.
      Coming to the main point of the debate: I firmly believe that the 1972 edition of Savitri (included in Sri Aurobindo Birth Centenary Library) should be referred to as the most precise text. For not only had the Mother gone through it and had approved of it but so had Nolini Kanta Gupta who was an authority in the works of Sri Aurobindo. Moreover, while translating Savitri into Bengali he had also referred to this edition. The Mother had once told Amal Kiran that she won’t allow anyone to change even a comma in Savitri yet the editors of the revised edition of this epic were impudent enough to incorporate more than a thousand changes in the text. Was it not an act of sheer disobedience! What the Mother had declared to be the final should be looked upon as final. That’s all.
     I can declare with utmost confidence and certainty that almost every Aurobindonian scholar refers to the 1972 edition of Savitri and not the revised one. The revision of Savitri implied correcting the creation of Sri Aurobindo. Should we follow those who had the audacity to correct our Lord? Let the reader decide for he is the best judge. 
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I firmly believe that the 1972 edition of Savitri is the most precise text.
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May I suggest a minor change - accurate instead of precise?
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12:39 PM, April 05, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010 5:19 PM From: "aju mukhopadhyay" To: supramentalyogagroup@yahoogroups.com 
"I can declare with utmost confidence and certainty that almost every Aurobindonian scholar refers to the 1972 edition of Savitri and not the revised one. The revision ofSavitri implied correcting the creation of Sri Aurobindo. Should we follow those who had the audacity to correct our Lord? Let the reader decide for he is the best judge." 

This is true, as I have cited with Quote- it seems. I always do that. If so, it may be considered to be the ideal one except some, if any, apparent printing mistakes, to be corrected. And why not the ideal one be printed in millions when time comes!
Aju Mukhopadhyay

Friday, April 2, 2010 1:29 PM From: "intsam" To: supramentalyogagroup@yahoogroups.com
> God shall grow up while the wise men talk and sleep;
> For man shall not know the coming till its hour
> And belief shall be not till the work is done.

in the meantime, all intellectual quarrel-mongers perform their pirouettes right around their egos. maybe it would be a good idea to stop arguing in order to start practice. for the right way to find out the one and only true version of Savitri is not by polemics. it is by being ;).
:) Hermann 
From Jitendra Sharma aurofrance@gmail.com to "Tusar N. Mohapatra" tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date 5 April 2010 22:44 subject Re: Comment
                                                                                                            
These discussions about editing ‘Savitri’ have been really useful and fruitful, I believe. As the participants belong to different social and cultural backgrounds, some verbal assaults could not be avoided. All the participants have a sufficiently-developed level of intellect. So, none should have hard feelings for the fellow-beings. I fully agree with each and every word of Anurag. Savitri’s 1972 edition is the most reliable. Jitendra Sharma

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