Sunday, September 13, 2009

A religio-spiritual Gandhi vs. a secularized Sri Aurobindo

[Even a cursory reading of HS in comparison with other four foundational texts (Jotirao Phule’s Gulamgiri, B R Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles’ The Communist Manifesto and V D Savarkar’s Hindutva) that have influenced contemporary socio-political engagements in India clearly brings out Gandhi’s distinctive stance vis-à-vis modernity... Gandhi’s approach to history, on the other hand, is civilisational, i e, normative and value-centric, a blend of cosmological time and historical time, which strongly resists the full-fledged secularising tendencies within historical interpretations...
This remained Gandhi’s indictment of modernity till his last.
Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj: Retrieving the Sacred in the Time of Modernity -Mahesh Gavaskar (mgavaskar@rediffmail.com) is the editor of Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, a Marathi quarterly published from Belgaum. EPW: VOL 44 No. 36 September 05 - September 11, 2009]

[In my book Sri Aurobindo: A Contemporary Reader, I have explored such a ‘secular' possibility. The conceptual frame work, the selection of the texts of Sri Aurobindo, my own introduction to the book as well as the prologues to the various sections, consciously eschewed references to the occult or the mystical while speaking of the contemporary relevance of Sri Aurobindo. Auroville Today > Current issue > August 2009
The path of moderation: Sachidananda Mohanty]

A religio-spiritual Gandhi vs. a secularized Sri Aurobindo. [TNM]

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