Sunday, March 07, 2010

Curating the factual reality

over time it is inevitable that mythologies will grow, people will create these increasingly exaggerated images of the divine guru, and some people have to keep this tendency in check. It is especially necessary in this yoga because here we are talking about human beings treading the path to a new consciousness and the experiments towards this represented by the lives of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother are the only ones we have at present to learn from. So it's really precious to retain the factual reality of how those steps were taken, to prevent it being lost under devotional mythology. This is what Peter has tried to do. From an interview by Alan and Carel, February 2010 issue of Auroville Today]

If Banerji is reiterating that The Mother & Sri Aurobindo were “human beings treading the path to a new consciousness,” I disagree. To me they are the Supreme Divine, and I have no use for Banerji’s certificate.

As a scholar he merits respect and should confine himself to Cultural Studies & Curating instead of treading into the devotees’ domain. Let him practice his own version of Integral Yoga in peace without periodically provoking the Savitri Erans. [TNM]

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