Friday, January 2, 2009

Heehs’ collision course with religious dogma and for that we owe him a debt of gratitude

Did Sri Aurobindo and the Mother Fail in their Work and Mission???? Robert E. Wilkinson

Peter Heehs’ book, The Lives of Sri Aurobindo, has produced a revealing storm of controversy in the Integral yoga community. By choosing to avoid the usual hagiographic treatment of his extraordinary subject, Heehs has been accused of neglecting the spiritual context of Sri Aurobindo’s life and thereby denigrating his body of scholarly works. The forums and blogs of “those who adore Sri Aurobindo and the Mother” are filled today with a great roar of indignation because Sri Aurobindo, whom they worship and revere, has been “decontectualized” in the eyes of many students and devotees.

Heehs’ attempt to remain scholarly and objective has unknowingly set him on a collision course with the impenetrable wall of religious dogma surrounding Sri Aurobindo’s work and for that we owe him a debt of gratitude. For if Aurobindonianism can so easily be “decontectualized” by the pursuit of an objective knowledge, perhaps this epochal work can now be re-contectualized in the light of the Supramental Truth.

Many years ago the Mother wrote that Sri Aurobindo was not a saint or a sage but “an action direct from the Supreme”. She later refined her description of this Divine evolutionary “action” saying:

“I do not think that a single individual (on the Earth as it is now), however great he is, however eternal his consciousness and origin, can alone, by himself change and realise, ...change the world, change the creation as it is and realise the Higher Truth that will be a new world, a world more true, if not absolutely true. That is to say, however great, however conscious, however powerful One avatar may be, he cannot, all alone realise the supramental life on Earth. It is either a group in time, arranged in a line in time, or a group spread over space...or both...that are indispensable for this realisation. I am sure of it." The Mother

This “group in Time arranged in a Line” represents a living “axis-mundi”, a connected descent of the Supramental Force bridging the successive planes of consciousness, each of which define the field and focus of an individual yoga. Its four members, known as the “Solar Line”, cover the contiguous planes from Spiritual, Mental, Vital to the Physical, incarnating the complete evolutionary spectrum in human form and thereby revealing the deepest secrets of creation.

For those who can See, this image of a vertical “axis” in time as well as its horizontal extension in Space are the pre-eminent features of the Mother’s original plan for the inner chamber of her temple. Through a ‘knowledge by identity’, these vertical and horizontal measurements may also be seen to correspond to what Sri Aurobindo called the inner “organization of the being and its parts”:

“There are in fact two systems simultaneously active in the organisation of the being and its parts: one is concentric, a series of rings or sheaths with the psychic at the centre; another is vertical, an ascension and descent, like a flight of steps, a series of superimposed planes with the supermind-overmind as the crucial nodus of the transition beyond the human into the Divine. First, there must be a conversion inwards, a going within to find the inmost psychic being and bring it out to the front, disclosing at the same time the inner mind, inner vital, inner physical parts of the nature. Next, there must be an ascension, a series of conversions upwards and a turning down to convert the lower parts.” Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga, p251.

Owing to a lack of enlightened leadership, the Integral Yoga community as it is now constituted does not recognize these sublime correspondences. It has rejected the full Solar Line and has instead established a worshipful religious dogma based exclusively upon the work of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Implicit within this truncation of the Solar line is the unavoidable conclusion that Sri Aurobindo and the Mother have failed in their stated mission. For if the line ends with only the first two members, the full descent of the Supermental Consciousness including Sri Aurobindo’s return could not possibly occur.

In a letter to Lori Tompkins in response to her recent article, “Is the True Significance of Immortality Day Lost on Followers of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother?Alan Kazlev confirms this belief:

“…the fact that Sri Aurobindo and the Mother were not able to complete their mission (due to the limitations of the disciples (and as an imperfect being i would be no better, so i am not blaiming them) and the resistence of the terrestrial consciousness which is still enmeshed in falsehood'.”

Kazlev as many of you may know is one of the principle architects of Aurobindonian dogma and along with others, he has assumed the duties of representing the public face of this epochal work on Wikipedia. Because of his admitted belief that Sri Aurobindo and the Mother have failed in their work and mission, how on earth can he properly inform the public?

Indeed, all he can do is mislead and lacking any meaningful realization himself, he is only too eager to publically hand off the authority of this work to Ken Wilber and others of the so-called ‘Integral Movement’ who have plagiarized Sri Aurobindo’s thought for years with virtually no understanding of its inner truth. What is worse, Kazlev has taken it upon himself to publically attack and vilify the Third member of the Solar Line in an attempt to discredit her formidable body of published works that detail the remaining stages of the Supramental Descent. This simply cannot continue.

For those of you who know in your hearts that Sri Aurobindo and the Mother could not possibly have failed in their mission I think you will agree that the time has come for Alan Kazlev’s obstructive posturing to end. This does not mean that you should blindly follow the Third.

Ours is a yoga of Knowledge. Read her books and make up your own minds. You can begin with her article, India’s 9/11 becomes 26/11. In this four part analysis, Thea reveals the fulfillment of Sri Aurobindo’s work and mission and his realization of Immortality on the date announced some 82 years ago as Immortality Day. Here is incontrovertible proof that the Supermind has descended upon the earth and that its actions may be seen and measured.
In the Service of Truth,
Robert E. Wilkinson

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