Monday, April 13, 2009

Ontological superiority of ancient Indian texts

[Re: 100 Years of Sri Aurobindo on Evolution: The dialectics of biology and culture; science, ecology & economics (part 6 of 6)
by Tony Clifton on Sun 12 Apr 2009 12:19 PM PDT Profile Permanent Link
on closer examination science spirituality and even nature are by in large constructed by our cultural perspective of them. For example Nature was sacramental to the indigenous peoples, but wholly de-sacramentalized by Protestantism. Our perspective on spirituality is also structured by our cultural embededness. Thats why the world has different religious traditions, and the reason Sri Aurobindo vision reflects the perspectives of the Vedas, Upanishads, and Gita.]

By aligning Sri Aurobindo with the Vedas, Upanishads, and Gita, TC inadvertently accuses him of parochialism, while the facts are otherwise. Sri Aurobindo was sufficiently familiar with various streams of Western religion and metaphysics much before he was acquainted with the ancient Indian texts. He, however, chose to base his philosophy upon the latter after being convinced about the ontological superiority they had over their counterparts elsewhere. [TNM]

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