Monday, December 28, 2009

Amal Kiran (K. D. Sethna) is ever forthright in his criticism

Amal Kiran is ever forthright in his criticism. His hard-hitting rebuttal of Alvares, pointing out how Krishna Chaitanya is ill-versed in Sri Aurobindo, setting right the blatant Rajneeshian misrepresentations of what the Master was and worked at, putting in proper perspective the blurred notions of a so-called purist historian in the context of the adesh received by Sri Aurobindo to go to Pondicherry when one knows that the adesh is always imperative in its character, the strange misgivings of a learned critic that Sri Aurobindo can have “problems in English” vis-à-vis the composition of his epic Savitri — all these are pretty convincingly dealt with by this crusading spiritual journalism.
Aspects of Sri Aurobindo is a rich and rewarding causerie of diverse articles and letters and comments written at different times by the author. Here are studies which are insightful, topics written with “an eye to the wide world of enquiring minds and questing hearts”, showing Amal Kiran to us again as a deep Manishi, an inspired Thinker. A foreign traveller visiting this country once wrote: “India is an individual experience and a universal encounter. There are a countless ways of seeing it, many approaches to it… And always I shall remember the trees of India — the jacaranda in flame, the frangipani, the flowering mango.” Yes, Sri Aurobindo in such many splendours is what the Aspects bring to us. R. Y. Deshpande (The reviewer is a professor at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Pondicherry) December 1995

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