[Narrowing the Integral Yoga to a devotionalist approach
The attempt at an appropriation of Sri Aurobindo by an exclusive devotional tradition threatens to undermine the integrality of his Yoga and divide his followers along cultural and temperamental lines. While bhakti is an essential component of Sri Aurobindo's Yoga, the attempt to limit its modes of expression to those of a specific tradition, let alone to narrow, intolerant forms, is a violation of the Yoga's integrality. It tends to exclude or marginalize those who are not raised in this tradition or are as yet incapable of distinguishing genuine bhakti from the superficial manifestations of devotionalism. This imperils the universality of Sri Aurobindo’s work and legacy and its continued relevance to a changing, globalized world.
Re: Larger Issues of "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" Controversy
by koantum on Thu 05 Feb 2009 12:34 AM PST Profile Permanent Link
The apparent attempt at an appropriation of Sri Aurobindo by the Indian bhakti tradition...Please note that we have changed this paragraph. Reply]
The bhakti tradition in India is much feted for empowering the subaltern, but the irony is now it is accused of being hegemonic and predatory. [TNM]