Wednesday, March 12, 2008

#148 , WHY DID PROF. MAX MULLER CONSIDER VIVEKANANDA'S NARRATION OF RAMAKRISHNA'S LIFE A FABLE?

A biographical sketch of the Life of Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, by Prof. Max Muller is available at Sacred-texts.Com.

PROF. MAX MULLER'S VIEW OF THE BIO-SKETCH OF SHRI RAMAKRISHNA, AND THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY SWAMI VIVEKANANDA:

"...This is all that Vivekânanda sent me when I had asked him to write down whatever he could gather from his own memory and from communication with Ramakrishna's other disciples. I had warned him repeatedly not to send me mere fables, such as I had read about his Guru in several Indian periodicals, and I believe he fully understood what I meant. Yet we can hardly fail to see the first beginnings of the ravages which the Dialogic Process works even in the first generation. Given his own veneration for his departed master, there is a natural unwillingness, nay, an incapability, to believe or to repeat anything that might place his master in an unfavourable light. ...


Blogger's view:
Max Muller considered that Vivekananda sent only fables.

VIVEKANANDA'S VIEW OF MAX MULLER
"... Specially, if he* did not choose to be born in a land which excelled both in learning and wealth, where would he secure the large expenses for publishing such stupendous volumes? Didn't you hear that the East India Company paid nine lakhs of rupees in cash to have the Rig-Veda published?..."

*he = Max Muller.

Blogger's view:
East India was a Commercial Organisation, colonising and robbing a Nation. Why did it spend Rs. 900,000 a royal sum to dig out Vedas? Definitely, it cannot be cultural curiosity or philanthropism!

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