Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The number kills

Of many criticisms of Sri Aurobindo, his portrayal of various events and persons in a creative fashion is the most obvious. The general complain is his broad stokes of historical narrative often shows up wide gaps in contour upon close scrutiny. Nevertheless, his overall theoretical thrust and future vision has been appreciated and accepted by a galaxy of critical observers.  

When Sri Aurobindo carries us from near to far into the unknown vista of the future, insisting on mapping the lanes and by lanes is, understandably, absurd. Even in his ontological speculations also, Sri Aurobindo avoids any rigid Dantesque framework or definite numbers. This in keeping with his theory of multiple truths dovetailing or telescoping into each other depending upon the sweep of the horizon. [TNM55] 

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