Extremely sad to get the news after 3 days.His treatise on Karl Marx and Sri Aurobindo shows how he could span two worlds.I used to get his news from Kartick, his nephew but have lost contact.I remember his aristocratic gait as Minister in 1970s .
Nationalism is a strong brew: a heady one that helps the human ego behave as if it is not because it speaks for a larger self. This repackages conceit as pride, habit as culture and vanity as patriotism. Military swagger is a logical extension. Brutal violence becomes a vain art
Maybe the time is fine for such blanket admonition but there are brighter dimensions and scope for sublimation. It's man who has the potential to rise to the occasion when need arises instead of succumbing to mean instincts. Such instances, of course, are rare and normative stuff
Yes, I am amazed that people seem to think they can see politics from a Supermind, or even Overmind, level. Below that, nothing can really be known of the complexities and how they will inter-manifest. It's guess-work, though some are more prescient than others.
Those able to read Shakespeare are able to read Savitri. Those able to read Hegel are able to read The Life Divine and The Synthesis of Yoga. As for others, I wish them (and myself) well in self-education. It is a continuing process.
False subjectivism on the one hand and the logic of the infinite on the other make Sri Aurobindo's cosmology esoteric. Add to this the exclusive concentration and it's a heady concoction. No wonder newspapers steer clear of such inanities. Marxist scholars view it as mumbo jumbo.
The role of reform and development doesn't have much importance in Sri Aurobindo's scheme of things. Gradualism is low priority whereas emergence holds the key and messianicity has always a chance. Nevertheless, The Mother's concern for building the Ashram and Auroville is a fact