Monday, September 06, 2021

College syllabi need to change to accommodate Sri Aurobindo

Twentieth century is famous for suspecting the language. Sentences are slave to grammar and words to logic and hence expressions are either not free or are twisted. For the same expression may mean a different thing under the grammatical structure of a separate language. Besides, the interpretation of the reader being paramount added another nebulous dimension. Yet, we write and talk and communication happens incessantly in real time.

The Veda is believed to be the most ancient composition of words in India. But there might not be much truth in this assertion since it's a compilation done over centuries and the language is much evolved. Any how, much of the meanings of the words used are understood in different ways at present. The whole text seemed to be of not much worth to many great men of learning. Marxists employed their best weapon by calling the Vedic age as the pastoral age of shepherds. Sri Aurobindo, thankfully, rescued the Veda from ignominy and pointed out how its utterances reveal evolutionary destiny.

College syllabi need to change to accommodate Sri Aurobindo's philosophy so that students don't study defective ontologies of the past. They should also be saved from distorted history and false narratives. There should be clear demarcation between history, literature, and religion while studying mythology and related art forms. Deceptive overlapping must be subjected to critical scrutiny. Similarly, not to impose dominant cultural idioms upon others should always be an ethical concern. Hint by Habermas is very pertinent in this context.

Many stress on plurality and abhor any superlative. But if Everest can be the highest peak or Jupiter is the largest planet, then why can't we call Sri Aurobindo as the greatest philosopher? I haven't come across any one else greater than him in versatility as well as profundity. And this can easily be empirically established. I had some respect for western professors for their intellect but they are too parochial or protectionist to recognise the genius of Sri Aurobindo. So fine, we are no more bothered about any favourable reception from them. And, they don't matter.

Our enemies are more within our own home including the devotees. Hindutva can be successfully fought against ideologically but RSS of late is diluting old formulations. This poses a dilemma as things appear more or less closer to Sri Aurobindo. Other parties are fighting for capturing power with Hindutva as the lever. So, no ideological purity can be expected from any of them. But let them provide an alternative for strengthening democracy. Any one ruling for more than 2-3 terms, however, is illegitimate.

By Tusar Nath Mohapatra, September 6, 2021 @NathTusar Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF - since 2005). Also, Founder of Savitri Era Religion (2006) and Founder-President, Savitri Era Party (2007). SRA-102-C, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad - 201014 (U.P.) 96500-65636
Savitri Era of those who adore,
Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

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