Tuesday, December 16, 2008

All readers of this book are now trying to make psycho-analysis of Peter

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "There is no denigration of Sri Aurobindo. However,...": Dear Sir,

In fact, some writers in the past who differed with the opinions, ideas and ideals of Sri Aurobindo, had voiced their opinions in a dignified and respectful manner. But the approach of Peter Heehs in the book “The Lives of Sri Aurobindo” is offensive as well as deteriorating and against the sublime stream of thoughts of Sri Aurobindo. Such a malicious mind should be kept away from the athenaeums of higher, spiritual thoughts.

This is an attempt to tarnish the image of Sri Aurobindo by wrongly enlightening the generic public. Apart from the well-referred venomous passages of the book, there are undercurrents of venom in various other pages also. So, it does not really help to remove the cancerous portions of the book and replace them by rewritten passages in a cut and paste manner. The spirit of the book cannot change.

Peter Heehs slowly built up his reputation as an authentic writer on Sri Aurobindo. But his attitude towards Sri Aurobindo began to change since some time. In his previous book “Nationalism, Religion and Beyond”, he wrote in the Introduction that what Sri Aurobindo “wrote on the issues of the day in 1906 has little direct bearing on the issues of the day a century later”. His interpretations of Sri Aurobindo have changed drastically.

No doubt, the book “The Lives of Sri Aurobindo” with detailed research work could have become a great source of inspiration for the whole world if it was written in a right spirit by a right person. As Peter has tried to make psycho-analysis of Sri Aurobindo, all readers of this book are now trying to make psycho-analysis of Peter. The curses, hatred, bad feelings towards Peter generated by this book by the followers of Sri Aurobindo everywhere in the world will ever continue to haunt Peter and he may not find an easy escape from the consequences of his bad karma. Thanking you, Jitendra Sharma aurofrance2002@yahoo.com Posted by Anonymous to Savitri Era Open Forum at 7:23 PM, December 15, 2008

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "These people at SCIY are making a mockery of dialo...":

More to the truth of the matter is that many of the posters on SCIY have concluded that there is no real dialog possible with the fundamentalist ideologues of the Ashram who began the mockery, character assassination, ex-communication efforts in the Heehs affair.

Moreover, while SCIY has participation of both Westerners and people from the subcontinent. The leadership of the Heehs ex-communication movement is 100% of Indian origins. Posted by Anonymous to Savitri Era Open Forum at 12:55 AM, December 15, 2008

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Being myself an educated Indian from the Ashram, let me make my own position clear. I am surely not the type to shout from rooftops that Sri Aurobindo and the Mother are the Avatars of this age, the ultimate statement that any devotee can make. But I confess, without feeling the least ashamed, that I believe the above statement to be true, though I would rather hold this precious faith in my heart and not try to convince others about it.

Such an aggressive propaganda of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother is often the most convenient way of forgetting their teachings. The matter is simple, they wanted us to do their yoga of transformation, they did not want us to start proselytising and found another religion. Mirror of Tomorrow

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