Thursday, May 04, 2017

Savitri Era affairs: Introduction

Rescuing Sri Aurobindo from dubious representations

A very important article written on Feb 17, 2017 by Raman Reddy has been posted two months back at

Labels indicate diverse range of subjects being covered by the author and many of them are decidedly controversial: HinduismIndiaMotherMuslimsNationalismPeter HeehsRaman ReddyReligionRichard HartzSecularismSpiritualitySri AurobindoSri Aurobindo AshramThe Clasp of Civilisations

The article touches upon current affairs tangentially and admits reception of Sri Aurobindo's writings differently by different persons. Even, within the Ashram! This, obviously, has wide ranging repercussions. Besides, the context has altered from the 2008 Book controversy to formal yoking with Hindutva.

I haven't read The Clasp of Civilisations by Richard Hartz but get a fair impression of it from Reddy's account. Nothing new about it and the label "leftist secular scholars" or other epithets used by Reddy. Looking at it as an internal debate, the most important fact is that it's informed and based on published matter and so any discrepancy can easily be rectified. Thus, there is a possibility of unanimity emerging and that's the silver lining.

I like Reddy's writings for their clarity and forthrightness. His treating of “Hindu Rashtra” with kid-gloves is dictated by current political realities. So, he is afflicted with the same disease as he is accusing Hartz of. Therefore, the question is whether Sri Aurobindo can be presented, - as he is, - without any political slant. However, when Reddy warns of "alienating themselves from 95 % of the devotees," one immediately thinks of purity being more precious than popularity.

Reddy also seems to be on weak ground when he discusses "condemnation of Hinduism without having anything to replace it" and "difference between traditional Yogas & Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga of transformation mostly irrelevant in actual practice." Such observations are surely jaundiced and, I hope, political perplexity doesn't affect the Ashramites. [TNM55]
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