Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Sri Aurobindo confronts the four

Sri Aurobindo was educated in the West and was at home with several European languages. He was also seized of the helpless state of Western thought reeling under the successive blows of the three masters of suspicion: Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud, besides Darwin. Sri Aurobindo, of course, confronts the four squarely.

The Marxist prefers to view human life as merely economic, but Sri Aurobindo, in The Synthesis of Yoga, affirmed that All Life is Yoga. Nietzsche, similarly, had proposed a crude conception of Superman, but Sri Aurobindo, in The Life Divine, linked it to Evolution with spiritual culmination. Finally, Freud's positing of the man-woman relationship as fundamental to all social affairs was epochally lifted by Sri Aurobindo to the level of Sublime Love in epic Savitri. [TNM55]

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