Thursday, November 4, 2010

Heehs hyperboles

If anyone knows Aurobindo’s oeuvre better than any other living Westerner today, it is Heehs. 14 October 10: Review by Michael Ashcraft

As a brilliant and responsible scholar, Mr. Peter Heehs represents the new generation of scientists, who deny any form of essentialism or romantic narratives and prefers the clear and truthful presentation of historiographical facts, due to postmodern turn of postcolonial studies in Indology. Daiva Tamosaityte, Ph. D. 5 October 10: Letter from Vilnius to the Managing Trustee

As to the fear of people getting exposed to the wrong kind of literature on Sri Aurobindo, let’s be clear – the world is full of well-meaning and matured people who can read and decide for themselves what they want to take away from the book. 26 September 10: An open letter to all concerned (by Arindam '92) 

We, the Board members of Auroville International, are writing to you to convey our serious concerns about the impending legal action instigated by a few members of the Ashram community against the current trustees, which appears to us to be a threat to the integrity and credibility of the Ashram itself.... [PDF] 1 October 10: Auroville International to Sri Aurobindo Ashram (Open Letter) 

There are divergent views no doubt but there is also universal agreement today that there is ample criticism leveled at Sri Aurobindo throughout the book. Even its fiercest supporters don't deny it, only apologize for it by holding up the fig leaf of the praise that goes along with the criticism, or by claiming that this is the 'human' truth of Sri Aurobindo, and not just Heehs' hodge-podge construction, seen through the prism on his own narrow ignorance and dank life-experiences. There are no divergent views today on this central point. Call me Govind. mirror of tomorrow

2 comments:

  1. Govind said:

    "There are divergent views no doubt but there is also universal agreement today that there is ample criticism leveled at Sri Aurobindo throughout the book."

    It is evident that Mr. Govind lives in the illusory world of the "Mirror of Tomorrow" where not only illogic and contradictions thrive side by side, but where its members believe that they have the exclusive gift of declaring "universal" truths according to their whims and fancies.

    Mr. Govind, wake up!!! There is NO universal agreement on your baseless allegations that "there is ample criticism leveled at Sri Aurobindo throughout the book." On the contrary, there is ample evidence to suggest that there is an almost universal agreement that Sri Aurobindo is praised throughout the book.

    Please DO NOT pretend to be objective, rational and reasonable, because your bias and personal preferences are clearly visible to those who are not in the habit of spending hours on or at the Mirror.

    A.A.D.

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  2. Are you seriously claiming that there is no criticism of Sri Aurobindo in the book? In it you will find criticism of Sri Aurobindo as a politician, as a philosopher, as a poet, as a husband, as a yogi etc. etc. etc. It seems you have not read the book and you have not read my comment either or you might not have added the bit about the praise for I have already stated that the fierce supporters of the book, "apologize for it by holding up the fig leaf of the praise that goes along with the criticism" which describes exactly what you have done here. Of course, you deny that there is criticism of Sri Aurobindo. I should probably reword my comment to "universal agreement among all even among fiercest supporters who are HONEST and TRUTHFUL..." In the same vein I should expect a shrill comment from you stating that "I never claimed that there was NO criticism of Sri Aurobindo in the book!" :-)

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