Thursday, December 22, 2011

Divinity is in the mind of the devotee

Writings apart, even the life (or, lives) of Sri Aurobindo is liable to misinterpretations. His insistence on the primacy of inner life is, of course, a different matter. But the story of his outward life, itself, can't be said to represent him wholly. Paradoxical as it may sound, perception of the Divine personification is a projection of the devotee's mind regardless of the inner/outer life of Sri Aurobindo himself. (Heehs has aptly recorded his frustration over not finding any trace of Divinity in his subject during the long quest).

Thus, the portrayal of the Master is incomplete without the devotee's appraisal. Lack of uniformity among the devotees is also another aspect, and hence, there is scope for multiple levels of loyalty. For one section, the minute details of the Master's life becomes irrelevant barring on considerations of lila. For others on the contrary, each turn in the story can be full of significance or in resonance with past occurrences or future prophecies. Needless to say that this is the point where a religion is born and it is impossible to throttle it by writing banal biographies.

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo, therefore, can't be restricted to the writings by and on them. Name & form, lila & dham, and much more memories and imaginings are abroad in the intransitive arena. So, no one person is capable of giving full expression to it or to deform it. [TNM55]

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