When we should be celebrating the centenary of Sri Aurobindo’s Uttarpara Speech (1909) with all alacrity, the mood amongst the Savitri Erans is somewhat downcast today. An ostensible biography has set off a factional war that refuses to cease. Seeds of doubt have been cleverly sown such that the relevance his teachings, the veracity of his prophecies, and the efficacy of his yoga system are called into question. A skeptic’s way is being tom-tomed as far superior to the path of a devotee.
However, the utterance at Uttarpara is the declaration of the closest and most intimate encounter with god that has ever happened and evidenced in human history. That it occurs inside the brute environs of a prison adds poignancy to the whole event. The divinity thus announced is unimpeachable and so is the role of India in molding a world that houses harmony. [TNM]