Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The second rung leaders are now eager to usurp power

[Re: Corrections to textual excerpts of The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs
by koantum on Tue 14 Oct 2008 10:45 PM PDT
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Vladmir, my friend, I hate to have to correct you. Those strong reactions are the vital reactions of a rather primitive type of religiosity, not at all befitting of an aspirant toward the enlightened spirituality that Sri Aurobindo has put before us as the goal. Read these excerpts from the Human Cycle and you will understand.
Reply by Debashish on Wed 15 Oct 2008 01:07 AM PDT Profile Permanent Link
What happens between a seeker and his guru is entirely between them. No "other seekers on the path" have or should have anything to do with it. It is the most private of relationships. Nor can anyone have any inkling from someone's expressions, whether they have gratitude or not for their guru. DB Reply]

What apparently looks like a tussle between the devoted and the skeptic, or the religious and the academic, is at heart a political battle. The hierarchy nurtured by The Mother has, obviously, collapsed and hence, the second rung leaders are now eager to usurp power. Whose edicts would be effective in future is emerging in this test run. Who would pull the strings of the “ringleaders” is crystallizing through whispers. Such palace intrigues are nothing new, but the amorphous nature of the power equilibrium leaves scope for much volatility in future.

What hurts the most is hypocrisy. If it is devotion, worship, or scripture, call it Religion. If it is administration, distribution of posts, or selection / election of officials, then call it Politics. If we sell books or other merchandise to earn profit, call it Commerce. Instead, if everything is termed just “spiritual” which cannot be questioned, it creates many anomalies.

That good economics is good politics is a favored slogan now (Krugman winning Nobel notwithstanding 2:29 PM). But our assignment is to bring home the fact that good metaphysics is good politics. That is the essential message of the three immortal books, The Life Divine, The Human Cycle, and The Ideal of Human Unity. How long would we disregard them? Now is the time to take that leap into the future. Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. [TNM]

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