Saturday, July 25, 2009

Michael Murphy has started his own brand of Integral Yoga

Michael Murphy was born in 1930 to an Irish father and Basque mother in Salinas, California... Michael Murphy is the co-founder of the Esalen Institute, a key figure in the Human Potential Movement and author of both fiction and non-fiction books on topics related to extraordinary human potential... During 1956 and 1957 Murphy practiced meditation for 18 months at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India. It is likely that his ideas related to the connection between human evolution, human potential, and spiritual growth developed further here.
Founding Esalen
In 1960, while in residence at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Cultural Integration Fellowship in San Francisco, he met a fellow Stanford University graduate, Dick Price. In 1962, they founded Esalen Institute together in Big Sur, California on 127 acres (0.51 km2) of property owned by Murphy's family. (Previously, the natural hot springs baths were part of a run-down resort, whose security guard was a young Hunter S. Thompson).

In 1972 he retired from actively running Esalen to do more writing. He remains chairman of the board at the institute, and continues to be a key contributor to research projects at the Esalen Center for Theory and Research. He presently resides in Sausalito, California. [1]

In the 1980s he organized Esalen's Soviet-American Exchange Program which served as a unique form of citizen-to-citizen diplomacy. The program initiated the process that led to Boris Yeltsin's first visit to the US 1990.

In 1992 he published The Future of the Body, a massive historical and cross-cultural collection of documentation of various occurrences of extraordinary human functioning such as healing, hypnosis, martial arts, yogic techniques, telepathy, clairvoyance, and feats of superhuman strength. Rather than presenting such documentation as scientific proof, he presents it as a body of evidence to motivate further investigation.

He is also an avid golfer and has written two fictional books relating golf and human potential. His 1972 novel, "Golf in the Kingdom" has been in constant publication since its release and has become one of the best selling golf books of all time. It is considered by many to be a classic of sports literature. In 1992 it spawned The Shivas Irons Society, a 501(c)3 organization to explore the transformational potential of sport, of which Michael is the co-chairman of the advisory board. He is in partnership with film producer, Mindy Affrime, on the feature film, being adapted from the best-selling novel, "Golf In The Kingdom". It is being directed by Susan Streitfeld and stars- David O'Hara, Mason Gamble, Malcolm McDowell and Frances Fisher. The complimentary one hour TV documentary called GOLFERS IN THE KINGDOM is being directed by Ellen Spiro (BODY OF WAR). From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Introduction Bio Data Murphy, Michael
Michael Murphy is the co-founder of Esalen Institute, California. He is a key figure in the Human Potential Movement and author of both fiction and non-fiction books on topics related to extraordinary human potential. His best-selling 1972 novel, Golf in the Kingdom, is considered a classic on the transformational potential of sport. His encyclopedic work, The Future of the Body, is a historical and cross-cultural collection of documentation on extraordinary physical functioning. Murphy spent eighteen months at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry and credits Sri Aurobindo as the major inspiration and foundation for his work.

3. Richard Eggenberger ("Narad") to the Ashram Trustees (main/Documentswithoutannotations)
...e by the academic community and had now achieved it through the publication of his book and the efforts of Michael Murphy and the Esalen Institute and others in America to endorse and publicize it. I...
4. Letter from Vijay Poddar to the Ashram Trustees (main/Documentswithoutannotations)
...ghly praised and even financed by some supposedly well known scholars in the West, like Jeffrey Kripal and Michael Murphy, as the book has done such a wonderful work of “humanizing, problematisi...
5. Email posted to the SAICE forum by Sraddhalu Ranade (main/Documentswithoutannotations)
...chives cold storage and shown unpublished documents of Sri Aurobindo’s life. Jeffrey has now joined Michael Murphy in financing Peter Heehs and Richard Hartz to analyse Sri Aurobindo’s Re...
6. Analyzing Pandey (main/annodocs)
...d Sri Aurobindo's works and is using His vision to further his name. This statement seems to refer to Michael Murphy, who supports the book but has not funded it. Murphy has used his name to furt...
7. Letter to Dr Karan Singh, from Michael Murphy (main/Letters)
... so-inspired I want his influence to spread. Heeh's book is helping our cause. With fond regards, Michael Murphy ...
8. Response to Allegations, by Michael Murphy (main/Letters)
...obindo scholarship with the courage and dedication that Aurobindo embodied and recommended to us all. Michael Murphy ...
9. Letter to the Managing Trustee, from Michael Murphy (main/Letters)
... consequences. For all of this, I salute and thank you. You are one of my new heroes. With fond regards, Michael Murphy ...
10. The Core Problem (main/annodocs)
...ished documents of Sri Aurobindo’s life.” Kripal has never been in Pondicherry. Moreover, as Michael Murphy has clarified: “Rumors that I asked Jeff Kripal to write a ‘Freud...
12. Murphy, Michael (main/whois)
Michael Murphy is the co-founder of Esalen Institute, California. He is a key figure in the Human Potential Movement and author of both fiction and non-fiction books on topics relate
13. Savitra on The Lives of Sri Aurobindo (main/standpoints)
Encouraged by Mike Murphy, Savitra accepted the invitation by Rich Carlson to publish a recent letter to a friend in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. "For obvious reasons," Savitri wrote in his... http://iyfundamentalism.info/

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Jeffrey has now joined Michael Murphy in financing Peter Heehs and Richard Hartz to analyse Sri Aurobindo’s Record of Yoga for the Esalen Institute. Oct 8, 2008 Page 246: Freudian Analysis of Spirituality Posted by General Editor at 10/08/2008 03:18:00 PM A critique of the book "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by Peter Heehs

[Angiras: ...the "diabolic" intent of The Lives of Sri Aurobindo. This demonisation of the author…] There was no effort to demonise anybody or to win votes of acceptance. It is the action of the author himself that speaks for itself and for over two decades!! By the way, this phrase reminds me of Michael Murphy who used the same phrase in the Ashram context when the Mother was there in Her physical body. Is it by chance or a subtle but strong influence speaking through you (Angiras) now?

[Alok: As far as I know, the individual who has funded the book is one of those who has already usurped Sri Aurobindo's works and is using His vision to further his name. Angiras: This statement seems to refer to Michael Murphy, who supports the book but has not funded it.] I am not sure about the veracity of this statement. I have reasons to believe that this may not be true.

[Angiras: Murphy has used his name to further Sri Aurobindo's vision, not the other way around. To say he has "usurped Sri Aurobindo's works" is preposterous.] That’s news to me, unless you mean that describing his place as sleazy and sexy and teaching encounter groups, showing Sri Aurobindo’s limitations – how he simply had borrowed ideas from Whitehead – and praising Nietzsche and others, is the way of furthering His vision. Have you not read the book on Esalen or are you pretending ignorance? But let me leave these things as it would unearth much that is not good to speak about here. Nevertheless, it is no favour done to Sri Aurobindo if someone does service to Him and this does not give the individual or the group any right to criticise or belittle Him... Alok Pandey 4.4.2009. Apr 23, 2009 Alok Pandey's Reply To Angiras Posted by Raman Reddy at 4/23/2009 09:19:00 AM

More recently Kripal has been assigned by Michael Murphy to study Sri Aurobindo's Record of Yoga under the overall umbrella of funding from Esalen. Michael Murphy's interest in Sri Aurobindo may be genuine, but he has seriously erred in choosing Kripal as his research-head for studying Sri Aurobindo, considering that Kripal is a Freudian reductionist whose only field of specialisation is "comparative erotics and ethics of mystical literature" and who proudly claims, "All of my books are about sexuality and spirituality"...

Both Heehs and Hartz have formally denied receiving finance for this work, when in fact Murphy has publicly declared it twice. You will find a brief expose of this nexus in my original note to the Ashram Trust on our website www.TheLivesOfSriAurobindo.com. That note only outlines Kripal's connection with Heehs. More detailed evidence is available and, if necessary, can be brought out in a more elaborate expose... Sraddhalu Ranade (May 1st, 2009) May 19, 2009 Sraddhalu's Open Letter to Auroville and Centres Posted by S Ranade at 5/19/2009 01:37:00 PM

Two people stand out in the acknowledgements of the book (p. xv) Michael Murphy of the Esalen Institute and Jeffrey Kripal... Lets come to Michael Murphy of the Esalen Institute. Quoted below are excerpts from an article on an official website of ITP [...] Strangely, nowhere on the official site of Esalen or biography of Michael Murphy is the influence or the inspiration of Sri Aurobindo mentioned. It reads completely like Michael Murphy’s personal idea!!

Thus, it looks like Michael Murphy, has started his own brand of Integral Yoga in the form of Esalen Institute, borrowing many ideas from Sri Aurobindo though “by no means entirely based on his works!” without acknowledging it. (does one raise patent and property and copyright issues here?)

Another difficult to answer question raises its head, how does Michael Murphy get hold of as yet unpublished material or have access to read the unpublished material which is the sole property of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. If he got it through Peter Heehs and Richard Hartz, was is done by the explicit permission of the Ashram, one would like to see the permission papers and MOU.

So, the point being, why is PH thanking JK and MM??? MM because he financed this denigrating book on Sri Aurobindo, and JK for praising this deficient and biased book on Sri Aurobindo!! Or are there some other intentions that PH carries in associating with such people? ... Oct 30, 2008 Commentary on the book ‘The Lives of Sri Aurobindo’ Posted by manasi at 10/30/2008 07:50:00 PM

[Acknowledgments: ... Michael Murphy ... Jeffrey Kripal] No Comments. Read the highlighted names and draw your own conclusions. Jul 9, 2009 Comments on the Preface -- by Varuna Mitra Posted by Raman Reddy at 7/09/2009 09:32:00 AM A critique of the book "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by Peter Heehs committed to objective, academic, respectful and honest discussions

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