Monday, April 26, 2010

Onwards an integral worldview

No one claims that axioms of Accountancy or Engineering are to be found in the works of Sri Aurobindo. Similarly, all strands of literary criticism or behavioral economics are not available in the writings of Sri Aurobindo. The point is, the works of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo read we must, but for fuller knowledge of various other things, relying upon other sources is utterly necessary.

Struggling with the words (and style) of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is an excellent intellectual drill. It endows wideness, depth, as well as suppleness to the mind and maturity to the personality. The content whets our curiosity in varieties of subjects and whips us onwards an integral worldview. Having said that, it is also essential to remain cautious of several potential hazards and apply standard scrutiny.

As they were written at different periods of time and for differing reasons, the books need not be treated each as a unitary whole. It is rather safe to read a page or a paragraph and contemplate upon its message. Many of his works are commentaries, and hence they don’t strictly reflect Sri Aurobindo’s own opinion. One has to be very careful of the compilations, as they were addressed to different persons at different times. Socio-political comments, moreover, are to be read as suitably altered with the contemporary reality and theoretical tenets. [TNM]

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