Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Mother's proposal

[A critique of the book "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by Peter Heehs Tags which define the nature of the distortion exposed
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Speculation: This marks passages which try to pass off speculation in the guise of an informed opinion or a scholarly view.
Inconsistency: Tags the text exposing the numerous statements that are inconsistent or self-contradictory across the book.
Distortion of Context: Tags use of quotations or references out of context.
Distortion of Quotation: Tags distortion of quotation or quote marks used when there is no actual quotation that is referred to.
Suppression of Facts: Tags deliberate suppression of facts which would disprove the thesis.
Perverse Intent: Discussion exposing perverse intent of the author of the book. Posted by General Editor at 12/12/2008 09:27:00 AM Labels: ]

[Re: This Author must have been from Cambridge--About Style
by RY Deshpande on Tue 10 Mar 2009 10:07 PM IST
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Apropos of Sri Aurobindo’s prose writings we’ve an instructive post at Lying With Style [from Robin Hanson, 5 March 2009] which could be profitably read to appreciate the aspects of clarity and truthfulness that are so important in a subject of the kind the Yogi-Author is presenting. ~ RYD]

[[March 05, 2009 Lying With Style - Clear and Simple as the Truth, the best book I've read in years, explains the virtues and lies of a very popular writing style... I admit it: by writing in this style I implicitly tell flattering lies about myself and my readers. But this classic style seems so very convenient for so many purposes; how can I lie less while retaining its virtues? A very vigorous hat tip to Alexis Gallagher. Posted by Robin Hanson at 06:00 AM in Media 10:47 AM]

[So here's my proposal; we put surrender first, at the top of the list, that is, we accept what Sri Aurobindo has said - that to do the integral yoga one must first resolve to surrender entirely to the Divine, there is no other way, this is the way. But after that one must have the five psychological virtues, five psychological perfections, and we say that these perfections are:
Sincerity or Transparency
Faith or Trust (Trust in the Divine, naturally)
Devotion or Gratitude
Courage or Aspiration
Endurance or Perseverance
One form of endurance is faithfulness, faithfulness to one's resolution - being faithful.
One has taken a resolution, one is faithful to one's resolution. This is endurance.
There you are. If one persists, there comes a time when one is victorious.
Victory is to the persistent.

[The Twelve Powers Explained by The Mother]

Delinking artfulness from art may not be practicable, but the goal of Sincerity or Transparency needs always to be borne in mind. [TNM]

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