Aurobindo about Advaita

Harry Spier harryspier at HOTMAIL.COM
Sat Jun 12 22:00:38 UTC 1999

Robert Zydenbos asks:
>Seeing that some of the list members have been reading Aurobindo,
>someone may help me with a reference. I was told that has written
>somewhere that the prominence that is given to Advaitavedanta is not
>the result of a natural development in Indian philosophy, but due to
>the interest given in that school of thought by Western authors. Has
>anyone on the list come across such a statement, and if so: where
>does it occur?

See: The Foundations of Indian Culture ISBN (Bd.) 81-7058-304-7, ISBN (Pb.)
81-7058-01-7 Seventh Impression: 1992, published by Sri Aurobindo Ashram
page 71.  The publishers note says that this is from an article published in
the monthly review "Arya" sometime between December 1918 and January 1921.

I quote:
"...It is only recently that educated India accepted the ideas of English
and German scholars, imagined for a time Shankara's Mayavada to be the one
highest thing, if not the whole of our philosophy, and put it in a place of
exclusive prominence. ..."


Harry Spier

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