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DISCOVERY OF SOCIAL AND POLITICAL
leader of the society himself tried to portray me as a holdover from the sixties in
America. He appeared disturbed by my statements praising the Vedas or the favorable crowd
reaction to my speech. He talked of Indian gurus coming to the West as merely looking for
money and people like myself as perhaps well-meaning but intellectually naive.
I had remarked that such thinkers as Marx were rather minor figures compared to
such Indians as Sri Aurobindo or Vivekananda who could place all these Western
intellectuals in one corner of their minds. This is certainly true. Why an Indian would
not feel proud of such a truth but feel sympathy towards Marx and his followers is the
real mystery, but it is quite common in the country. Later someone told me that Indians
have a soft spot for Karl Marx. Be careful criticizing him in public talks I was told. I
gave many such talks and had similar experiences.