Thursday, August 12, 2010

No interpretation is faulty

The following paragraph is from a booklet by Peter Heehs on Sri Aurobindo and Hinduism published by the Sri Aurobindo Society, Hyderabad centre in 2007. I have quoted it here in order to point out another classic distortion in the typically confusing and deceptive style of the author. Even the well-informed reader of Sri Aurobindo will be at first fooled by the basic correctness of the data presented by Heehs, without realising that the interpretation is faulty, to say the least. Even the interpretation and conclusion appear to be so equivocal that the reader would sometimes not realise that he has actually skimmed over deep contradictions which bear the false impression of a balanced view.]

One cardinal axiom Raman Reddy would do well to remember always is that no “interpretation is faulty” and hence maintaining an attitude of democratic respect and tolerance towards contrasting and adverse viewpoints is essential for personal growth as well as community well being.  By not arrogating to himself the burden of offering the official interpretation, he can save himself from much torment and spare his readers too. [TNM]  

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