Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Fecund amalgam of holiness and intellect in Sri Aurobindo

[Gandhiji was a good man and his greatness grew out of his goodness...He was a Very Ordinary Person who had trained himself to meet and mate with the everpresent element of goodness (sattva) in every person and every situation and so to create from moment to moment a fresh chance for a better life for all. Like the other great figures of the Indian Renascence, Swamy Vivekananda, Narayana Guru, Sri Aurobindo and Ramana Maharshi, he put off holiness and put on intellect. Like Vinoba Bhave, he accepted and combined spirituality and science. -- by K Swaminathan, 8 October 2008 Mahatma or Dharmatma Mainstream - New Delhi, Home page > 2008 > October 4, 2008 (Mainstream, Annual 1988) Prof Swaminathan, the scholar-philosopher, was the Chief Editor of the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi.]

Prof. K Swaminathan tells, by implication, that “holiness and intellect" either don't go together or not a very desirable combination, but in Sri Aurobindo we find a fecund amalgam of both that is unparalleled in history. [TNM]

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