Wednesday, January 11, 2012

West forgets; Sri Aurobindo preserves

[And of course, it doesn’t help that Neoplatonism was given form by Plotinus and his successors (ie: Porphyry, Proclus), reshaping other crucial precursor movements such as Epicureanism and Stoicism, yet its center soon transfered to a ‘non-western’ culture, namely, the Arabic speaking world. No wonder the ‘west’ wants to forget this! But this Neoplatonic synthesis is in fact where ‘the west’ came from. For it was this networkological worldview that built the raw materials which mutated in Jewish thinkers of the medieval period, and the early Christian scholastics. Reading ‘The History of Philosophy’ Symptomatically, Or, Thoughts on a Networkological Historiography of Philosophy - Networkologies by chris on Jan 11, 2012 6:08 AM]

[I hero worshipped Aurobindo in my college days; but now half a century later, I am terribly disappointed. His discussion of time and eternity is wholly derived from that of Boethius; Page after page in Life Divine is watered down Plotinus. -Krishna Chaitanya (Dr. K.K. Nair) 12:55 AM]

From this viewpoint, Sri Aurobindo can be said to have preserved the original treasures of wisdom (which the West has preferred to forget) and synthesised the same with the Vedic pronouncements, thus presenting a truely global perspective suitable for the modern times as well as the future. [TNM55]

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