Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Imaginary seeker by visionary storyteller

[What we don't mock anymore : City City Bang Bang: Santosh Desai
TOI, 22 Nov 2009 ...
Have we lost our ability to mock people, to see through those who posture and preen and puncture these pretensions with a dose of sardonic irony? ... Successful sarcasm needs to be rooted in a grain of inescapable truth. It makes us squirm for we recognise its plausibility and even when we disagree with the result, we recognize the validity of its ingredients.]

[The Metamorphosis of a Sadhak-Scholar -- by Raman Reddy
from A critique of the book "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by Peter Heehs
We live in a strange and confused time. On the one hand, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother have given us absolute certainty with regard to the general direction we should be heading in, that is, if we don’t want to get into unnecessary difficulties. On the other hand, their withdrawal from the physical world has opened up a tremendous scope for wrong interpretations of their teachings. No matter how well-read we are in this vast mental knowledge inherited by us, we flounder in uncertainty when faced with the practical problems of life. We realise that no amount of mere intellectual knowledge can replace the necessity of inner guidance, without which we are bound to lose our way in the difficult maze of life... This is exactly what has happened to our historian Peter Heehs over the last few decades of research in an Ashram dedicated to the transformation of human nature. It can happen to any of us, if we don’t take the necessary inner precautions and carry around our inner compass. I propose to outline the spiritual and intellectual journey of one such imaginary seeker whose life is similar though not the same as that of Heehs in the general circumstances of his outer and inner life.]

[The Mole and the Mountain -- by Alok Pandey
A mole was dissatisfied with its own stature. He had heard of the bear and the elephant who were apparently like him but much larger and stronger. Living in his burrow he had also heard of strange lands, of the mountains and seas, and experienced a mixed emotion of fright and wonder, doubt and faith. All this created an incre...
A critique of the book "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by Peter Heehs - Nov 16, 2009][Alok Pandey's first letter to Peter Heehs
...for a mole to dig a hole in the mighty mountain and bring out a few strands of hair of some buried carcass and declare proudly to the world, “Here is my find, my exhibit! Come, come, I will tell you the secret of the mountain. You deluded jnanis, the mountain’s snow-summit may be doubted, as “I do not see it”; you sentimental bhaktas, the purify...
A critique of the book "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by Peter Heehs - Nov 16, 2009]

Fiction to prove a pre-determined inference because facts are not enough perhaps. [TNM]

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