Friday, October 21, 2016
Sri Aurobindo's views permeate in almost all spheres of life
Though much diminished in terms of exercising power, the intellectual clout of the Left remains almost intact to this day. This is, primarily, because of the large number of institutions they dominate but not to recognise their ideological flexibility to stay relevant would be myopic. Their no-nonsense position with regard to religion and mysticism has been the mainstay of science and antidote to superstitions. They have been in the forefront in championing Human Rights and upholding modern liberal values. Standing for the poor and the marginalised is almost synonymous with the Left. Besides, by adopting Gandhi as a mascot, they have successfully domesticated and sanitised the Marxist ideology. So far so good; but their role in banishing Sri Aurobindo from curriculum is reprehensible.
Hindutva is wary of intellectuality and academic scrutiny and that is why it avoids thoroughgoing analyses of Sri Aurobindo. But instead of using Sri Aurobindo as a weapon against its continuing war against Hindutva, the Left ignores him altogether. But then, it has its own reasons otherwise the Marxist ontology will collapse like a house of cards by a mild stroke from Sri Aurobindo. Thus, it is clear that mobilisation of people through political power is how both the Left and Hindutva keep themselves afloat. Otherwise, from the intellectual sustenance point of view, they are dead stars. So, against this backdrop, the political dimension of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo's vision and action assumes supreme significance.
There is a general impression that Sri Aurobindo's philosophy is verbose and repetitive and devoid of any concrete result. The same is also imputed to his system of Integral Yoga. But a deeper examination would reveal how Sri Aurobindo's ideas have travelled far and wide. Many religious, cultural, and educational institutions have borrowed his insights and methods without perhaps being explicitly aware of it. So, although, Sri Aurobindo doesn't get credit for it, his views have permeated in almost all spheres of life in India and abroad. In this context, it would be proper to remember the contributions of stalwarts like, D. S. Kothari (1906–1993), K. R. Srinivasa Iyengar (1908–1999), V. K. Gokak (1909–1992), C. D. Narasimhaiah (1921–2005), and Kireet Joshi (1931–2014). Similarly, the role of S.K. Chakraborty in providing Sri Aurobindo a firm foothold in Management is invaluable. That all these go to designing the future in a concrete manner can't be denied and the inevitability of World Union is sure to direct more limelight on Sri Aurobindo. [TNM55]