Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Biography or Ideology?

[August 4th, 2008 at 10:43 am
Getting beyond the Conventions of Biography – and Hagiography Too: A Post by Peter Heehs
The following post is by Peter Heehs, author of The Lives of Sri Aurobindo
There is general agreement among students of religion that Aurobindo was a remarkable mystic, but few are willing to swallow the claim of some of his followers that he was an avatar, like Krishna, Chaitanya or Christ. ...
What about the assertion that Aurobindo was an avatar? I can’t say that the question interests me very much. Aurobindo never claimed the distinction for himself, and I don’t think anyone alive is in a position to say one way or the other.]

The book can surely be improved upon, but the above have been etched indelibly on the blackboard of history and can't be removed. Even today, Heehs and his followers are unwilling to accord the Divine status to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, and hence the antipathy towards religion. Yoga, like Western Buddhism, is a subversive ploy played by them to the hilt. The agenda is to turn the Ashram into a Research Centre for Students of Religion by banishing all theatrical religious practices performed by the devotees.

It's not inconsequential that these words had appeared during the heyday of pro-Obama campaigns. But the neat division in American politics can't accommodate the multiplicity of Indian reality. Hindutva, and not Religion, needs to be opposed for its pre-Modern worldview. Secularism, like Buddhism, is our adversary on metaphysical grounds. As for the Leftists, our disagreement is on Religion, Economics, and Violence. [TNM55]

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