Sunday, July 19, 2009

Heehs' heel

[August 4th, 2008 at 10:43 am Getting beyond the Conventions of Biography – and Hagiography Too: A Post by Peter Heehs
The following post is by Peter Heehs, author of The Lives of Sri Aurobindo There is general agreement among students of religion that Aurobindo was a remarkable mystic, but few are willing to swallow the claim of some of his followers that he was an avatar, like Krishna, Chaitanya or Christ... What about the assertion that Aurobindo was an avatar? I can’t say that the question interests me very much. Aurobindo never claimed the distinction for himself, and I don’t think anyone alive is in a position to say one way or the other. Columbia University Press » Blog Archive » Getting beyond the]

[I dont know how you can possibly think that God manifesting in a human form can be established as a fact, that can survive critical interrogation? First off to establish it as a fact you have to universally define what God even is. Try doing that to the satisfaction of everyone (all believers and non believers), I will supply the tequila. Demonstrate to me a human being who is immortal, omnipotent, omniscient and I'll drink the worm myself! Science, Culture and Integral Yoga Re: Critical thinking?
by Tony Clifton on Fri 10 Jul 2009 09:01 AM PDT
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If Heehs can define his concept of avatar to the satisfaction of Cliftony, then I will supply handia. [TNM]

1 comment:

  1. Heehs offers differing motivations for the way he wrote the book.

    On the Cambridge blog, Heehs claims that he is more interested in the "Aurobindo not as an avatar but as a person who wrote a shelf full of books"

    in the Auroville Today interview, he says "academics are interested in Aurobindo not as a spiritual figure but because of his writings."

    Seems like he is attributing his own motives to his audience.