Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Let me know also the truths which the Avatar cast not forth into speech

When one is new to the writings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo, the likelihood of being put off by unfamiliar terms and concepts is common. If one plods on, then being introduced to ever newer expressions as well as allusions becomes a routine affair. It is a never ending process and therefore, one perforce retains the humility of a child even after many decades of study and analysis.

The writings, obviously, veil the risk of conflicting textual interpretations. But the hazard is more acute when on the basis of certain sentences, pronouncements as to their definite opinions on specific topics are made. Such literal technique sits ill upon the integrality that The Mother and Sri Aurobindo embody and assure to manifest.

The text left by them is simply the scaffolding, and not an end in itself. It is like the miner's cap lamp that shows the way to hew the path ahead. The temptation to prove or disprove something with an aphorism or epigram secures instant juvenile glee, but nisus of impelling wider perspective flee. [TNM]

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