Sunday, September 13, 2009

Mythologization around Sri Aurobindo

[Realisation- Later mythology obscured Siddharta Gautama's human atainments by placing him in the realm of the Divine. According to Mahayana Buddhism, the Buddha was born Awakened, and his quest for transcendent Awakening ("Enlightenment") (bodhi or sambodhi) was only a "skillful means" to guide and instruct others, however this may simply be a later mythologisation and apotheosis, just as some Sufis identified Mohammad with the cosmic logos (see some of the books of Henry Corbin for example). Interesting as this may be from a theological and transpersonal psychological (in terms of Jung's archetype of the Self) perspective, it does not throw more light on the subject of realisation; indeed it only obscures the subject. I have also noticed a similar porocess of mythologization around Sri Aurobindo, regarding opposition to a recent non-hagiographic biography.
Interestingly, Sri Aurobindo also spent three days in constant meditation (using a
Samkhyan-type technique taught to him by a yogi called Lele, about whom little is known), after which he had attained the state of Brahman, the realisation of the silent Self.
Sri Aurobindo (Integral avatar - Divinizer) Mirra Alfassa (The Mother) (Integral avatar - Divinizer) ... page by M.Alan Kazlev page last modified 18 August 2009 contact me]

[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. by Peter Heehs, author of The Lives of Sri Aurobindo August 4th, 2008
Getting beyond the Conventions of Biography – and Hagiography Too: A Post by Peter Heehs]

[Sri Aurobindo is my Supreme Master, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is my living guru becasue he does the work that I feel is most important for Mother India and of which Sri Aurobindo was a pioneer In Conversation With Francois Gauthier Ranjani Saigal, lokvani, 08/19/2009]

[I realized that the enigma of Avatarhood and the mystery of the divine Grace were frankly beyond me. I had found no ‘intellectual' framework to judge the ‘mystical' or ‘spiritual' experience that Sri Aurobindo spoke of, no anchor to fathom these depths. I must approach such concepts, I thought, with care and caution when I attempt to explicate them in intellectual terms. Where I do not understand, I must remain silent, hoping to learn in future.
I do not think my critical approach to Sri Aurobindo is incompatible with reverence for the Master. In fact, the two go hand in hand. I believe the best of ‘intellectual' approaches are born out of a deep meditative state. I believe such an approach ought to be based on a basic modesty, and the realization that intellectual formulations are limited, by definition.
Auroville Today > Current issue > August 2009
The path of moderation: Sachidananda Mohanty]

[Once incarnated as human the Avatar, too, plays, sleeps and snores, suffers from flu and fever. These are facts that can titillate us or console us by showing the Avatar's proximity to us. But that does not serve the expected purpose; rather it creates a mist between the seeker or the aspirant on the one hand and the vision of the Avatar on the other, just as it has always happened on the lesser planes. For example, in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Cassius succeeds in confusing Brutus with his casually thrown-out suggestion that since Caesar once failed to swim across the river Tiber and cried like a baby girl when suffering from fever in his youth, he could not be fit to rule Rome ! Auroville Today > Current issue > August 2009
“We cannot help writing about His life” – Manoj Das
(Manoj Das was born in Orissa and joined the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in 1963, where he teaches English literature and the works of Sri Aurobindo... In 2001 the President conferred upon him the Padma Shri.)

All said and done, calibrating and certifying an Avatar remains problematic. [TNM]

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