Sunday, August 16, 2009

Third Unicorn

[Tusar N Mohapatra said... 2:18 PM, August 14, 2009
One who has mortgaged his intelligence to an astrologer, Robert E. Wilkinson is not exactly the ideal person to engage with in a debate, but his quasi-academic tone is quite enticing. TNM]

[Robert E. Wilkinson has left a new comment on your post "Placing Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on incomparab...":
Before you begin with the ad hominem attacks on my occupation and your defensive characterizations of my tone rather than the facts I presented... Believe what you like Tusar but have the integrity to respond to the facts I have presented and not deviate the discussion to your unexamined beliefs about astrology...]

My remark about Wilkinson was definitely not intended to be an attack but rather to explain the methodological perplexity of a reasoned debate not being viable. For instance, let's examine the following:

[The ontological duality of Purusha and Prakriti of which Sri Aurobindo and the Mother were the living embodiments was transformed into a seamless continuum through the addition of a Third principle which resolved this ancient polarity through a process of Synthesis and Becoming. The absolute necessity of a Third to complete this process follows a fundamental principal of Vedic knowledge known as “the Law of Three”. The Unravelling of the Auroville Cult By Robert E. Wilkinson ©]

Now, this Third "fact" - like Unicorn - is beyond my comprehension. Moreover, how do I verify something which, prima facie, is a piece of fiction? [TNM]


  1. A well-respected Greek, Apollonius of Tyana, claimed to have seen a Unicorn in India. These beautiful and fabulous creatures were renown for their goodness and grace. It was impossible to catch a Unicorn by force. They could only be tamed by a virgin. When he found an innocent maiden, the Unicorn would run up and lay its head in her lap. Tusar is quite right, this “Third” is like a Unicorn, and the reason she is beyond his comprehension is because he does not possess the purity and innocence of mind that allows entrance to such sublime knowledge. Like his cronies in Auroville, Tusar arrogantly believes that he already knows the truth making continued growth and the comprehension of anything higher a virtual impossibility. He is in a state of Mental Inertia which is simply another word for dogmatic intransigence. There is no openness, no innocence of mind, no willingness to learn, just an arrogant belief in the certainty of his own arrested comprehension. This has been the status quo in Auroville for 36 years, complete Inertia and a pathological rejection of the light. To be challenged by those of us who possess some degree of realization evokes the most vitriolic response because, as the Mother wrote, “Everything that disturbs Inertia is, for Inertia, a catastrophe.” So they continue with their unexamined rejection of anything that might disturb the comfort of orthodoxy. It is like living under a spell. There is just one huge NO, even in the face of incontrovertible facts, factual proof. It is still NO. No to the Third, No to the Mother's Chamber. Just NO! Wasn’t it the great mystic Heraclitus who wrote, ‘Alas, alas, how much is lost through disbelief.’

  2. Mr. Mohapatra, It seems an ignorant thing to say that something is "beyond my comprehension" and therefore, because you don't understand it, to dismiss it as "a piece of fiction".