The Lives of Sri Aurobindo: The aggrieved victim turned aggressor
by Rich on Fri 24 Oct 2008 10:56 AM PDT Permanent Link In the absence of social, educational, and economic reform to improve living conditions often solace is sought in other worldly pursuits of religion...
It is also true that Heehs records some instances of western reaction to the outer trappings of devotional worship and holds an ambiguous stance regarding these, but neither hagiography nor worship is restricted to “Indian culture” and Heehs’ reaction is a personal choice based on the history and continuing ills of religion in the west and the world and hardly a “cultural bias.”
Heehs here bases himself on his reading of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, repeated by them many times, that they did not want their teaching converted to a religion. Yet it is made to seem as if “hagiography” and “worship” is somehow quintessentially “Indian” and then the charge against Heehs can be effectively directed... Science, Culture and Integral Yoga 8:46 AM