Monday, January 14, 2013

Peter Heehs, Debashish Banerji, and Jyotirmaya Sharma

Tusar N. Mohapatra said, January 14, 2013 at 6:12 am

The way Peter Heehs wove falsehood so magisterially while latching on to the objective label must make us realize how sacrosanct the bare facts are at this juncture. Even Vivekananda presented a doctored picture of Ramakrishna, says a fresh book by Jyotirmaya Sharma. [TNM55]

Tweets 20h - Savitri Era Party @SavitriEraParty Vivekananda’s doctored picture of Ramakrishna … Peter Heehs: Similarities & differences in SV's & Sri Aurobindo's approach  

[Re: A Question of Hagiography and Biography by RY Deshpande on Fri 20 Feb 2009 04:12 AM Permanent Link But the focus on facts could have its own relevance and value, I suppose. ~ RYD
Posted by Kepler on Tue 17 Feb 2009 02:58 AM Permanent Link Here’s a question: what if one did want to know, as objectively as possible, all that could be documented about Sri Aurobindo’s external life…
Posted by Kepler on Thu 19 Feb 2009 09:51 PM Permanent Link I personally do appreciate the results of the rationalistic approach to this “documentation of external facts” about the saint’s life, meaning just those facts that actually were “on the surface for others to see”. I think the raw tasks of collecting, evaluating and presenting the available physical data, do lend themselves to the empirical, rationalistic approach.]

[Kepler March 16, 2012 at 10:27 pm Permalink There are a number of places where Sri Aurobindo refers to earlier stages of his sadhana and the writings corresponding to those periods, as having been superseded in various ways by later developments in his sadhana. (Given that sadhana is all about ever-increasing consciousness and experience, this doesn’t really seem surprising.)
Kepler March 17, 2012 at 9:34 am Permalink I think his sadhana and its expression advanced (in some important sense of the word) over his yogic life; he seemed to say that himself and it only makes sense that it would. That’s why I don’t think you can take texts from very different periods and assume his is talking about exactly all the same things and only choosing a different word here and there. Thus there’s reason to give more importance to his later expressions over much earlier ones.]

Last year, Kepler locked horn with Banerji over a serious epistemological issue that is far from being resolved satisfactorily. Text-based misrepresentations pertaining to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo sans the context are likely to multiply in the years to come. [TNM55]

Tusar N. Mohapatra - 1:49 PM, January 03, 2013 Ned used to blog as spiritofnow initially. She was writing about her personal concerns occasionally referring to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo before she formally launched The Stumbling Mystic with more or less similar content and style. Ned (Nehdia Sameen) passed away on June 15, 2012.

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