From D. Subbramaniam firstname.lastname@example.org to "Tusar N. Mohapatra" email@example.com date 10 June 2010 18:56 subject Re: The Battle of the Deluded Doctors
Dear Mr. Tusar Mohapatra,
Dr. Raghu is completely missing the point of my observations and comments that I posted on the SEOF on
7th June ‘10.
The point that I was making was that how the heck is Dr. Raghu or anyone for that matter in a position to judge, assess or measure and therefore comment or opine on Sri Aurobindo’s or anybody’s personal experiences if one isn’t in a position to share or comprehend the same personal experiences that have been lived, observed and described?
Thus how can Dr. Raghu, Dr. Truth, Dr. Alok Pandey, Dr. Deshpande or anyone for that matter talk about Yogic Forces, consciousness, the supramental forces, etc., that Sri Aurobindo mentions if one doesn’t even know what these really and exactly mean? I most certainly do not claim to know what these are and therefore choose not to comment on subjects that I am not familiar or competent with.
Equally I think that it would be reasonable if I were to expect that Dr. Raghu who is equally in no position to comment on Sri Aurobindo's experiences to wisely refrain from judging, assessing, measuring, commenting and opining on whether Sri Aurobindo used Yogic Forces or not and whether they were effective or not.
Dr. Raghu of course may or may not believe what Sri Aurobindo has to say, but the discussion simply ends there. His attempt to prove Sri Aurobindo wrong on such personal and subjective matters only discloses the fallacy of Dr. Raghu’s so-called critical thinking process.
Dr. Raghu also appears to ignore the fact that Sri Aurobindo did not go around to the various medical associations or societies announcing and recommending the use of Yogic Forces to cure physical ailments or that such practices be taught in medical institutions. Nor did Sri Aurobindo claim in any of his publications, for example pertaining to world history, that he used Yogic Forces to shape and influence the world’s events.
If Sri Aurobindo chose to try some personal experiments of metaphysical nature and shared some of his personal experiences thereafter, these can only be treated as personal comments or observations, which are of significance to Sri Aurobindo and those who are interested in his work and they do not really concern anybody else.
It is completely another matter if miracle merchants and loud-mouthed “devotees” such as Dr. Alok Pandey, Dr. Deshpande and the likes derive satisfaction and self-glorification by drum-beating and proclaiming Sri Aurobindo’s achievements and greatness. Sri Aurobindo of course never asked for such assistance and his greatness or achievements do not depend on such individuals or their activities.
Moreover, if people like Dr. Raghu, Dr. Truth and Dr. Nandhivarman feel the urge to go out of their way and cross the limits of reason, critical thinking as well as decency and therefore choose to comment on subjective and personal matters such as Sri Aurobindo’s personal experiences, it is people like Dr. Alok Pandey, Dr. Deshpande and other die-hard “devotees” that are to blame; because it is their exaggerated actions, miracle-mongering and such tamasha as well as the propaganda of Sri Aurobindo’s God-like image that they insist to project and protect that inevitably and justifiably triggers such opposing reactions from other quarters.
And it is in this very context that I believe and urged that as none of us are entitled to talk about Sri Aurobindo’s personal experiences and observations, we would all be wiser if we would just shut up and mind our business rather than delude ourselves of being in a position to talk about such matters. Best Regards, D. Subbramaniam @ Subbu