Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Mother and Sri Aurobindo stand for universality

[Perspectives on Sri Aurobindo's poetry, plays, and criticism - Page 85 - Google Books Result - Amrita Paresh Patel, Jaydipsinh Dodiya - 2002: On the basis of a letter written by Sri Aurobindo to his Anglicized brother, Man Mohan Ghose, G.N. Devy an eminent modern critic evaluates him as a poet critic ...]

[Who Milks This Cow? Ramachandra Guha - Outlook – The number and intensity of Hindutva hate mails in my inbox has varied over the past two decades… The third example illustrates the hectoring and bullying typical of a certain strain of Hindutva… The young profess to detest the West too… Apart from thinking in black-and-white, the fundamentalist is convinced that he will, in the end, be victorious. This triumphalist rhetoric, however, is actually a product of paranoia and insecurity.]

Fighting colonialism as well as resisting revivalism was twin challenges before Sri Aurobindo as a writer a century ago. Conscious of his task of fashioning a synthesis, he handled his wide ranging subjects with utmost sympathy. In his commentaries on ancient Indian texts, his fidelity is matched by the profundity he furnishes. Not averse towards modern science and philosophy, he accomplishes a happy harmony of Vedic vision and Evolution.

The Mother & Sri Aurobindo stand for universality. The present political situation in India – howsoever fragmented it may be – can’t afford to evince as provincial or parochial. Neither the Nehruvian nor the Hindutva worldview can be counted as appropriate for India at the moment. Rather, the 1947 Five-Dreams broadcast should be considered as the right saviour. [TNM55] 

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