Thursday, September 10, 2009

Work far outweighs the words

[(3) In his booklet Sri Aurobindo and Hinduism, Heehs had to make the Hindu disciples of Sri Aurobindo think that their Master was against Hinduism, even though he encouraged them to regard the Mother as the incarnation of the Divine Mother and do pranam to her... Krishna, for example, will always signify the overmental power, whatever name you may call him. Yes, denounce the Hindu rituals that have lost all relevance, but why deny the eternal values of the ancient Hindu scriptures on which Sri Aurobindo himself drew the basis of his Integral Yoga?
A critique of the book "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by Peter Heehs
committed to objective, academic, respectful and honest discussions
Sep 1, 2009
The Hardinge Controversy - by Raman Reddy]

The Mother and Sri Aurobindo can't be measured merely by the words they have left behind. One hundred and one years of their life and work far outweighs the texts which remain chained to the context, and hence, hermeneutically susceptible. Grafting of their phrases by crafty editors or thematic compilation of their writings has its own hazards. [TNM]

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