Superman
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by Sharan   
Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Sri Aurobindo (Photographer: Archive)Superman is an essay written by Sri Aurobindo. He was one of the first to call for complete independence of India from British colonial rule. This essay of Aurobindo

first appeared in his Arya Journal in the year 1920. In it he takes the conception of the Superman by Nietzsche, critiques it, and posits a compelling alternative. This reading is a humble attempt to bring to life the message and wisdom of Sri Aurobindo, a seer and spiritual visionary who emerged as one of the brightest spiritual lights of India.

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The ideal of the Superman has recently been brought into much notice, some not very fruitful discussion and a good deal of obloquy. It is apt to be resented by average humanity because men are told or have a lurking consciousness that here is a claim of the few to ascend to heights of which the many are not capable, to concentrate moral and spiritual privileges and enjoy a domination, powers and immunities hurtful to a diffused dignity and freedom in mankind. So considered, supermanhood is nothing more important than a deification of the rare or solitary ego that has out-topped others in the force of our common human qualities. But this presentation is narrow and a travesty. www.asianreflection.com/superman.shtml Sri Aurobindo (Photographer: Archive)