Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I do not consider myself a devotee

An era of Gandhian journalism in Saurashtra region came to an end with the sad demise of Ishubhai Dave, a renowned journalist and philosopher of his age on October 7. 
A staunch disciple of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, Pondicherry Ashram, Pondicherry, he served the world of journalism in Gujarat for 65 years and worked as district correspondent for The Times Of India for 54 years. He also served All India Radio, Ahmedabad. 
Ishubhai, was the witness to the Diu independence as he covered the event as a journalist from UPI. He was felicitated by the then chief minister Dilipbhai Parikh in 1997 during the golden jubilee celebration of the fight for ARZI HUKUMAT.

Comment posted by Sandeep: Re: Peter Heehs’s The Lives of Sri Aurobindo—by Raman Reddy
Admittedly, there are devotees who are offended by the book but I do not consider myself a devotee.  My objection to the book rest solely on the fact that it contains lies and distortions.
Most of the people like you who appreciate the book are unaware of the distortions that Peter has induled in, and the primary sources that he has ignored.

Comment posted by auroman: Re: What is Nationalism?—by Sri Aurobindo
I wouldn't waste effort arguing with this Doctor Raghu.  He has to follow his Swadharma as a doctor and we have to live ours.   He is free to think what he wants about Sri Aurobindo, Heehs and other.  He can call us a cult and we don't object to it either.
I have been saying all along that people who read this book "Lives of Sri Aurobindo" would conclude that Sri Aurobindo died a failure and Dr Raghu's comments have revealed this precise issue.   Those who are inside the "cult" gush about the book because they read it from the prism of their own beliefs.  But for people outside the "cult", the occult realities behind the physical realities need to be explained thoroughly, otherwise they may draw the wrong conclusions.  If the biography is not going to discuss the occult realities, then it must also omit the physical realities.   Unfortunately, this historian is so anal-retentive that he doesn't know how to make such trade-offs.

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