Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Nature or Prakṛiti in which the Divine works in a goal-directed way

K.R. Srinivasa Iyengar (1908–1999) also wrote biographies of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. His daughter Prema Nandakumar too has written extensively on literature and culture. Her thesis on SAVITRI is a masterpiece. Younger generation must partake of this wide intellectual horizon.

It’s really disconcerting to find so much of disagreement after so much of explanations and clarifications. That of course is in the nature of philosophy.

My request is to incorporate the arguments on Karma presented by Sri Aurobindo (in both prose and poetry); Lele seems be very near to it without realising. It’s good that he is pragmatically arriving there without reading Sri Aurobindo.

And, if I’m correct, then it will be a big breakthrough for Indian philosophy; Lele will find a very good authority for his “cherry picking.”

Misc. References:

1. The leading defender was K.D. Sethna.He was supported by V.K. Gokak, Karan Singh, Sisirkumar Ghose n K.R. Srinivasa Iyengar. But the new poets formed a large army against Sri Aurobindo, the poet. Obviously they had to remove the giant from the limelight to establish themselves!
K.R. Srinivasa Iyengar's biography of Sri Aurobindo is till date the best one. It is not "hagiography" at all. It is subtly critical n balanced. When d subject's name is Sri Aurobindo one has to be extremely careful. Criticise we must but on bended knees!
The more I think of K.R. Srinivasa Iyengar the more surprises strike me! What language, what insights, what dedicated focus on Sri Aurobindo! Both in quality n quantity he is amazing! Gift apart, I wonder who were his teachers in the 1920s n 1930s!
" Almost fifty years a-growing, Savitri was shaped and reshaped in the fires of successive inspirations till it achieved at last an adequate splendour of revelation."
 K.R. Srinivasa Iyengar, Indian Writing in English, p.191

2. Dante and Sri Aurobindo: A Comparative Study of The Divine Comedy and Savitri. By Prema Nandakumar. Affiliated East-West Press. 1980. Prema didi is the daughter of K.R. Srinivasa Iyengar.

3. Darshan of Sri Aurobindo by Dr. K. R. Srinivasa Iyengar. Beautifully written, one almost relives the experience

4. Evan Thompson
on 11 August 2020 at 4:36 pm said:
I find Sri Aurobindo’s views very interesting. I grew up as a teenager in NY in a community with people who were his followers and who had spent periods of time at Auroville. My father visited Auroville and met The Mother in the 1970s. However, Lele’s views are inconsistent with Aurobindo, because Lele is a naturalist who rejects reincarnation. I expect Lele would also reject Aurobindo’s view of Nature (as Prakṛiti, in which the Divine works in a goal-directed way). So, Lele is really very far away from Aurobindo.

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