September 11, 2009

Sri Aurobindo as a thinker rather than as a mystic

Sri Aurobindo: A Contemporary Reader (Routledge, Rs 325) edited by Sachidananda Mohanty attempts to provide a sketch of Aurobindo as a thinker rather than as a mystic by offering extracts from his writings on politics, international relations and philosophy.

Mohanty says in the Introduction that most biographies of Aurobindo end up being hagiographies and prevent one from evaluating him as an intellectual. Aurobindo’s writings are dense. Their titles, “Can Reason be the Governor of Life?”, “True and False Subjectivism” or “Growth of Continental Agglomerates”, give an inkling of their seriousness. One has to be thankful for the editor’s prologues to the essays without which they would have been difficult to understand. Calcutta Telegraph > Front Page > Opinion > Paperback Pickings Friday, September 11 , 2009

Delhi Events: "Sri Aurobindo: A Contemporary Reader by Sachidananda Mohanty" Book Discussion at Main Building, IIC - 6:30 pm on 29th September 09
Event Details : Book Discussion Group to discuss the book 'Sri Aurobindo: A Contemporary Reader by Sachidananda Mohanty (New Delhi: Routledge, 2008)' Discussants: Shri Jagmohan, former Governor, Jammu & Kashmir; and Dr. Kavita Sharma, Director IIC Chair : Dr. Karan Singh
6:30pm-8pm on 29th September 09, Place: Conference Room - 1, India International Centre ( IIC ), 40 Max Muller Marg, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi-110003 Click here for more events at India International Centre

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