Thursday, November 5, 2009

Every negative remark in this book conceals a wealth of positive information

Re: The Lives of Sri Aurobindo—a Controversial Biography by Peter Heehs by Tusar N. Mohapatra on Thu 01 Jan 2009 09:09 AM IST Profile Permanent Link [Re: In Defence of the “Extracts ... by auroman on Wed 31 Dec 2008 07:02 AM IST It is precisely because of such emotional arguments that Western supporters of this book have concluded that all this controversy is superficial.]

Nothing psychic about it. You too are off your guard here and commit the same mistake. Reply

A Few Comments Apropos of The Lives of Sri Aurobindo—by Auroman
by RY Deshpande on Fri 09 Jan 2009 07:14 PM IST Mirror of Tomorrow The quandary with the latest biography of Sri Aurobindo by his own follower Peter Heehs
A Chapter from The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs Mirror of Tomorrow

Re: A Few Comments Apropos of The Lives of Sri Aurobindo
by vikram on Tue 01 Sep 2009 09:15 PM IST Profile Permanent Link
Remember the rule of thumb : Every negative remark in this book conceals a wealth of positive information. [...] This crude remark is most unrefined. Marriage in that era was regarded as a sacred act and a knot of a lifetime. The whole page suggests that Sri Aurobindo got married because he wanted sex, then lost interest in sex and so deliberately neglected his wife.

by vikram on Thu 29 Oct 2009 09:12 PM IST Profile Permanent Link
Page 212: Partition and the bloodletting that accompanied it were the movement's principal failings, and Aurobindo and his colleagues have to take their share of the blame.

Well, lets see what we have regarding this in the Evening Talks.

Sri Aurobindo : I told C. R. Das (in 1923) that this Hindu-Muslim question must be solved before the Britishers go, otherwise there was a danger of civil war. He also agreed and wanted to solve it. Sri Aurobindo was involved in the freedom struggle for a mere four years.

The above remark shows he was prescient in his analysis. And yet he must take his share of the blame! As I said before, every negative statement in this book conceals a wealth of positive information. Reply

A Few Comments Apropos of The Lives of Sri Aurobindo
by RY Deshpande on Sun 14 Dec 2008 06:10 AM IST Permanent Link Cosmos I’ve made, en passant, a number of comments about the highly controversial biography The Lives of Sri Aurobindo. Links to some of them are listed in the following. These contextual observations however must be seen in the totality of the respective articles, the context particularly pertaining to the divine work, divyam karma.
An Entry from Record of Yoga
The Path: by Sri Aurobindo
Passing through the Portals of the Birth that is a Death: Part B
Physical Transformation—the Early Beginnings
The Avataric Work: Towards the Intermediate Race
Ascent to Supermind

A Key Statement about the Integral Yoga

Re: A Few Comments Apropos of The Lives of Sri Aurobindo—by Auroman by Raman Reddy on Fri 09 Jan 2009 09:57 PM IST Profile Permanent Link Dear Auroman, Excellent analysis once again of “The Fallacies of Heehs”, we could even give this title in imitation of Kishor Gandhi’s “The Fallacy of Marx”. It is a pity that Heehs has incubated for so long his resentment for all that is accepted as normal in the Ashram –- the Mother’s primary role in Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga, the disciples’ bhakti for their Gurus, respect for the group of the first generation of sadhaks who came with Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, enthusiasm for the institutions they have created and the vast numbers of people who have been influenced, etc, etc. This is what happens when you try to be over smart and write something very different just for the sake of being different from other authors who have written on the same subject, and not because you have original ideas of your own. Raman Reddy Reply

Two Book Reviews of Sri Aurobindo: A Brief Biography by Peter Heehs
by RY Deshpande on Mon 19 Jan 2009 05:23 PM IST It will be worthwhile to see these reviews again

A critique of the book "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by Peter Heehs
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