Friday, September 09, 2011

Text is the bar

[ I will analyze Aurobindo's projections of what would constitute an ideal society, and compare this with the real-life scenario of Aurobindo's ashram, and the existing commune of Auroville in Puducherry, south India. My goal is to lay out a theoretical picture of what a future society might look like if Aurobindo's views, methods, and practices, were applied on a wide scale, and formed the basis of a spiritual ethics of social action. Since this is unlikely to ever actually occur, this paper will be speculative, in the vein of a “thought experiment” to use a popular term. The major technique, or ability, which would form the basis of this utopian society based on Aurobindo's thought is the power of telepathy—the sharing of thoughts at distance between people without external verbal communication.
Tristan Gulliford is a writer, poet, musician, and DJ living and working in Colorado.]

Sri Aurobindo had been a pen-pusher all his life, and consequently, his oeuvre is large and versatile. Analyses on his prophesies in the socio-political sphere, therefore, run the risk of skidding on account of inputs spread thinly.

The most concrete piece of foundation to stand upon in this connection is his August 14, 1947 AIR broadcast wherein he charts out a definite roadmap. His earlier pronouncements, when seen through the lens of this Manifesto, reveal their broad contours and causal ramifications, thus offering insights on possible timeline as well as perspectives of sequentiality.

The problem, however, doesn't cease here; rather it begins now. When one is seized with the idea that the texts somehow don't reflect the right intentions and the path to the future can't forever be braided with the impressions recorded a century back based on events occurring then. Then a strong urge is felt to engage with the present and interrogate the contingent while looking for some sure clues.

At this stage, the scenario swings between being speculative to idiosyncratic and runs the danger of being branded blasphemous. The methodological bankruptcy, besides, owing to lack of citations becomes an unpardonable crime.

Time's secrets, nevertheless, unfold incessantly, and in this amazing adventure every one of us participates in his or her unique manner. [TNM55]

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