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

Thursday, July 23, 2009

My ideal reader is therefore a sort of composite of the devotee and the academic

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Heehs' heel": Heehs offers differing motivations for the way he wrote the book.

On the Cambridge (sic.) blog, Heehs claims that he is more interested in the "Aurobindo not as an avatar but as a person who wrote a shelf full of books"

in the Auroville Today interview, he says "academics are interested in Aurobindo not as a spiritual figure but because of his writings."

Seems like he is attributing his own motives to his audience. Posted by Anonymous to Savitri Era at 7:24 AM, July 23, 2009

A comment has been posted in reference to an article titled: Amartya Sen on his idea of justice out of London—by Hasan Suroor
mirror of tomorrow Comment posted by: auroman permalink:

Amartya Sen imbibed the influence of Tagore. In fact, his name was changed to Amartya (immortal) by Tagore himself. It may be that he strives to perpetuate the same universality of thought exhibited by his influential mentor.

Can you give some examples of where Amartya has gone wrong in his work?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Rich Carlson is not representative of Americans

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Debashish Banerji is a hardcore Leftist": Quite interesting indeed. Debashish cries foul when the Asuric label is used against Peter Heehs but now he is reusing the same label to justify his own opinions. Everything Debashish says is also a contested reality. Let him not be so cocksure lest he be proved wrong later.

The best way to understand Peter Heehs is to observe Rich Carlson. They are cut from the same cloth. One has put his opinions in a book and the other expresses those same opinions on that blog.

  1. They view the Mother as just a ordinary woman, an appendage to Sri Aurobindo and a non-intellectual who engaged in devotional theatrics.
  2. They look down upon the devotees as inferior and backward people.
  3. They trash the direct disciples for not having any critical thinking skills.
  4. They claim to be independent and objective (read that as opinionated) scholars.
  5. They claim to be practitioners of Integral Yoga though they refuse to accept another human being as their Guru.
  6. They (or their physical minded ego) refuses to accept many of Sri Aurobindo's statements derived from Yogic experience. Posted by Anonymous to Savitri Era at 7:24 PM, July 14, 2009

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Debashish Banerji is a hardcore Leftist": lets face it..the americans are stupid and complete idiots where spirituality is concerned...lets just call a spade a spade...This is what the Mother said in the Agenda.

Disciple "The Americans have so little discernment. They rush headlong at anything".

Mother : "Absolutely no discernment".

If we ask the Americans to leave Ashram and Auroville there will be peace all around. Moreover Peter Hees can start his own ashram with his new disciples. Posted by Anonymous to Savitri Era at 8:33 AM, July 15, 2009

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Debashish Banerji is a hardcore Leftist": True, one should call a spade a spade sometimes but we (not having Mother's awareness) should resist such extreme characterization. Rich Carlson is not representative of americans many of whom are very sincere. I believe he has little or no real affinity for Mother and Sri A. And if we characterize all americans as we would RC, then RC would have suceeded in misleading us. Posted by Anonymous to Savitri Era at 10:43 PM, July 15, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sri Aurobindo is the farthest from the minds of Heehs supporters

Copernicus has left a new comment on your post "Alok never wanted a court case against Peter": "why don't you write and publish your own book to better inform what you consider to be all those "mislead" readers of Heeh's book? That would be constructive and something to be genuinely proud of rather than mere easy and unreflective criticism."

Would you prescribe that all those who read Heeh's book read mine? Oops, I forgot! I cant say that I am an ashram archivist - now, how many will read my book and believe me?! People with privilege and in positions of responsibility should be careful because they can cause a lot of damage before they can be counteracted!

What would be really constructive is if people such as YOU stopped seeing all matters through the narrow prism of "freedom". And lose the blind and immovable faith in Heehs. Again, as I said earlier and as your post demonstrates, Sri Aurobindo is the farthest from the minds of Heehs supporters. By the way, any scholar will tell you that criticism is not always easy or unreflective. Posted by Copernicus to Savitri Era Open Forum at 11:33 PM, June 23, 2009

Copernicus has left a new comment on your post "Alok never wanted a court case against Peter":

What you miss completely in your obsession with Heehs and his Rights are the points I have made already:

That his book is likely to reach a far wider audience than it might have bcos of the Columbia Univ. press label and the reviews by academics such as Kripal. The US academy (not so much the european ones) is notorious for how it throttles unfashionable views and labels them as non-liberal (and therefore 'uncivilized').

So pl. dont try to brainwash us about how freely anyone can write about anything. That everything is a level playing field is assumed to be a concocted theory of the american conservatives but is clearly also used by their liberal opponents when convenient to them. And of course I was only joking and dont see what credibility you have that will help promote 'my book' if I wrote one!

For some time at least no-one else can refute anything Heehs wrote because of the shield of authority that he has grabbed. Powerful arguments against him have already been made and you shouldn't be as smug as you seem to be that Heehs is intellectually invulnerable. The entire problem is with marketing these refutations and rebuttals and you know that. Maybe that IS the reason why you are so smug and keep repeating ad nauseum about how others too can write a book.

Ever heard of defamation??? You cant defame someone and then say that people who disagreed have only to write a book in response!! Stupid, arrogant solution if I ever heard one.

There clearly appear to be Ashram norms (written and unwritten) and issues of loyalty to the Guru all of which have been undercut by Heehs and his supporters. No institution can and should tolerate it and no US or European institution does - so why are they asking for special privileges in India? Heehs distortions and academic improprieties are being glossed over by people like you in this monominded defense of his rights. And unfortunately they will be overlooked by most of his uninformed readers as well.

And you deliberately continue to ignore the fact that many people might not like to write a book (or a pamphlet or anything else) in responding to Heehs simply because it means dragging Sri Aurobindo into the mud and exacerbating the controversy all over again. It's a dilemma that most of the Americans who are clearly spearheading all of this nonsense will never understand - for them it's only about rights and freedom of speech!

I see your undying support for Heehs but still no expression of any allegiance to Sri Aurobindo. I forgot! You have to be a fundamentalist to do that!

I have my doubts but I still hope you will have the humility to admit some of these. Posted by Copernicus to Savitri Era Open Forum at 11:57 PM, June 24, 2009

Copernicus has left a new comment on your post "Alok never wanted a court case against Peter":

As expected you skirted all the issues once again! I guess you weren't really interested in anything but your own views and your lack of humility could have been foreseen. But One Heehs has mattered a great deal in this case and it will take a while to set things right. If there is any lesson to be learned in this entire issue, it is probably that people like Heehs should never again be trusted in the Ashram's affairs. Fare well. Posted by Copernicus to Savitri Era Open Forum at 10:01 AM, June 27, 2009

Copernicus has left a new comment on your post "Alok never wanted a court case against Peter": "cheap and easy citicism of others"

It is you and your Guru Heehs who have taken the cheap and easy way out to defame SA, gain personal glory and profit at the same time, havent you? Not to mention lying about credentials, stealing other people's data, and taking advantage of the Ashram's liberality and rules. Then crying religious fundamentalism when challenged and expecting people to be pushovers. Didnt work, did it? Yes, I think you are wasting your time with me - it might be better spent on the converted at SCIY! Posted by Copernicus to Savitri Era Open Forum at 3:38 AM, June 28, 2009

I strongly disagree that someone like Kripal is a fellow traveler

A comment has been posted in reference to an article titled: India’s Independence and the Spiritual Destiny: Part A Comment posted by: Srikanth Comment permalink: http://www.mirroroftomorrow.org/blog/_archives/2009/6/22/4229761.html#1253543 Comment subject: Re: National attitudes in yoga Comment body:-------------Judging from how the quotes are directed, I can say that there appear to be two assumptions being made: one that we are all of us the Sadhaks that SA is talking to in those quotations! Second, I had implied by my questions that Indians were on the whole superior to westerners in their approaches to yoga and should keep their identities. I think both are wrong.

I asked several questions, of course, to know what others thought about them. Mainly, I wanted: to flesh out what it was that we were fighting for and to see if it was defensible; to debate the value of the tendency that makes Indians especially to keep out of a controversy and remain uninvolved even when it threatens matters and individuals very critical to their lives; to address the idea that anyone can write anything about SA and those who were offended by it should simply shut out their own better instincts and judgments; to argue against the dangerous assumption many make that everyone helps/contributes in their own ways (it is true at a deeper level Sri Aurobindo tells us but one has also to remember that he acted against those he thought were working against the Truth). I strongly disagree that someone like Kripal is a fellow traveler as Mr Mohapatra seemed to indicate. And not all those who claim to be following Sri Aurobindo should blindly be accepted as “Sadhaks”. Both SA and the Mother have also said that Indians by virtue of their spiritual heritage come with distinct advantages (doesn’t mean they have it easy). The loyalty to the Guru (not a narrow value as some would have us believe) is something that comes naturally to many of them (the contrast is very apparent in this Heehs controversy and they have held SA to be more important than any personal rights or freedom of expression). That does not mean that westerners are incapable of it or have nothing to offer or are unfit for IY – that is not at all what I implied.

I did bring up the issue of colonization for several reasons. Partly, I also wanted to analyze the publically aggressive and provocative behavior of some of Heehs supporters. For eg: one of the first responses of a “Sadhak” on SCIY (who recently floated a benign personality named Tony Clifton presumably to reinvent his image and appear cherubic himself!) to the Heehs controversy was an expression of regret that he had sponsored a visa for one of the letter writers (the lucky privileged few!!) and took a stance that was essentially nationalistic (wrong word? as some one said, Americans call themselves patriots. it’s all the others that may be branded as nationalists). Considering how much the visa is wielded as a weapon by the US, I am sure many who read it would have been particularly irked.

A comment has been posted in reference to an article titled: India’s Independence and the Spiritual Destiny: Part A Comment posted by: Srikanth
Comment permalink: http://www.mirroroftomorrow.org/blog/_archives/2009/6/22/4229761.html#1253545 Comment subject: Re: Re: National attitudes in yoga Comment body:-------------
““The sadhaka of the integral Yoga will make use of all these aids according to his nature; but it is necessary that he should shun their limitations and cast from himself that exclusive tendency of egoistic mind which cries, “My God, my Incarnation, my Prophet, my Guru,” and opposes it to all other realisation in a sectarian or a fanatical spirit. All sectarianism, all fanaticism must be shunned; for it is inconsistent with the integrity of the divine realisation.””

This particular one has been used extensively on SCIY for demonizing all those on the other side as fanatics, fundamentalists and sectarian zealots. I don’t see why I should assume that the SCIYites have arrived at this point (that SA refers to) in their own lives and have started to pursue IY or a spiritual life much less that they were already Sadhaks. In fact, the manner in which they have gone about their business suggests just the opposite. From what I have seen, they anointed themselves as Heehs’ guardian angels and responded to the personal and confidential correspondence of people on the other side (to the Trustees and other Ashramites) with Texan and American styled aggressiveness and expressions of justice. They quickly went on the offensive and in public began to accuse, shame, and prosecute all those they decided were their enemies. There does not seem to have been even a feeble attempt to talk privately or any show of restraint. If anything, the SCIYites talked down to everyone perhaps with the expectation that the other side would buckle and beg to be forgiven! Does anyone think that such misbehavior should be rewarded with love and forbearance or even yogic stoicism?? I don’t see how these quotes of Sri Aurobindo’s would be applicable to this type of Heehs supporters. In fact, you may have arrived on the scene quite late – there was a point when SCIY had become very derisive and critical of anyone that inconveniently quoted Sri Aurobindo or Mother to them!

A comment has been posted in reference to an article titled:India’s Independence and the Spiritual Destiny: Part A
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Kepler Comment permalink: http://www.mirroroftomorrow.org/blog/_archives/2009/6/22/4229761.html#1253593 Comment subject: Re: Re: National attitudes in yoga Comment body:-------------Srikanth, your comments are sharp and stimulating, as usual. Below are a few thoughts in reply.

Srikanth: “Judging from how the quotes are directed, I can say that there appear to be two assumptions being made: one that we are all of us the Sadhaks that SA is talking to in those quotations!“

The first two quotes are from a single long letter (SABCL v23, p555-560). If you read it carefully you'll see it appears to have been written to a westerner. The third quote is from the Synthesis of Yoga where Sri Aurobindo is addressing the broadest possible audience. All three seemed perfectly general to me and pertinent to the questions you raised. That's the only sense in which they were “directed”.

Srikanth: “the idea that anyone can write anything about SA and those who were offended by it should simply shut out their own better instincts and judgments”.

I'm hopeful you're not including support for things like violence, expulsion and imprisonment of an ashramite as part of “better instincts and judgments”. If those are the better ones I'd hate to see the worse.

Srikanth: “I wanted: to flesh out what it was that we were fighting for”

I also wonder what that is. If it's just freedom to express and act on hurt feelings and anger, it may be perfectly understandable human behavior, but let's not pretend there's anything yogic about it. If it concerns the negative impressions Heeh's book might give to others, one needs to also consider the negative impressions the reaction against the book is giving to others.

Srikanth: “And not all those who claim to be following Sri Aurobindo should blindly be accepted as 'Sadhaks'”.

Accepted by whom? Is there a certification board?

Srikanth: [moving on now to your second posted comment] “This particular [quote] has been used extensively on SCIY for demonizing all those on the other side”

The fact that a quote is frequently cited by people you don't like is irrelevant to the validity of the quote. I'll assume you're not disputing what Sri Aurobindo said, but that you just feel it's misapplied to the anti-Heehs campaigners.

Srikanth: “Does anyone think that such misbehavior should be rewarded with love and forbearance or even yogic stoicism?”

Well, if you mean yogic samata and equanimity, then absolutely yes. I could produce dozens of quotes from Sri Aurobindo prescribing yogic samata in the face of perceived insults, rudeness, or insensitivity from others. I can't think of a single quote where he counsels righteous indignation and outrage. That's because the latter have nothing to do with yoga or spirituality – they are purely reactions of the ordinary vital ego. Natural and common, yes; yogic or spiritual, no. And the nationality of those indulging in them is irrelevant. Of course I'm not attempting to disqualify speaking out to question or correct what one feels to be incorrect or misleading; that's a different matter.

Heehs has cast a cloud on his teacher's role as a nationalist

Robert E. Wilkinson has left a new comment on your post "Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville: pregnant diale...":

‘Auroville will become what it must be: only if and when the people living there will stop lying.’ The Mother, Mother’s Agenda, Vol. XIII, 18 Mar. 1973. Posted by Robert E. Wilkinson to Savitri Era at 6:54 PM, July 08, 2009

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Three Musketeers: Murray, Harris, & Webman":

Obadiah Harris in his letter (deliberately?) does not mention his connection with Debashish. Obadiah is the president at http://www.uprs.edu where Debashish is on the faculty. Check the faculty bios on the site. The lawyers of Heehs (SCIY) are working behind the scenes. Posted by Anonymous to Savitri Era at 11:44 PM, July 03, 2009

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Alok asked me to withdraw some confidential inform...": Paulette, "...the same is true about Purani's innocent comment, which depicts a much 'cool' Sri Aurobindo.".

I believe you are mistaken here. No one who has read Purani will even imagine or question his love and admiration for Sri Aurobindo. Words are not mere words but a means of expression of the consciousness of the writer and are therefore infused with his consciousness. The author here under the garb of rationality and academic posture has damned his teacher, cast a cloud on virtually everything that SA did in his life. He has cast a cloud on his teacher's role as a nationalist.

It is a tragic irony that after 60+ years of India's independance SA finds himself condemned (posthumously) by the "High court" of history that has held him negligent and therefore responsible for the bloodshed that accompanied the partition. And who is the judge of this court? It is SA's own disciple who delivers this stunning pronouncement and revelation. Contrast this with CR Das who stated

"..Long after he is dead and gone, his words will be echoed and re-echoed, not only in India but across distant seas and lands. Therefore, I say that the man in his position is not only standing before the bar of this Court, but before the bar of the High Court of History..".

I do believe you do not see it this way but if you pause and reflect a little the treachery of the book will reveal itself to you. It is because you are sincere that you find yourself withdrawing from the controversy. This naturally translates itself into a suspension of your overt support of the author and his book. Clearly those who are sincere the Divine Grace often prevents the seeker from being an instrument for perpetuating a falsehood. Why let the voice of your "friends" speak for your soul?. Posted by Anonymous to Savitri Era Open Forum at 12:47 AM, July 03, 2009

from DIBYENDU MUKHERJEE dibyendum@hotmail.com to Tushar Mohapatra tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com, R Y Deshpande rydesh@gmail.com date 7 Jul 2009 00:48 subject Information of National Workshop on Sri Aurobindo

We shall highly appreciate if you please put up the information of a National Worskhop to be held at Kolkata on August 1 & 2, 2009 entitled Sri Aurobindo's Political Life, the Alipore Bomb Trial and his Uttarpara Speech - A Centennial Perspective in your blogs. The workshop is being organized by The Institute of Integral Yoga Psychology, Mirravision Trust, Kolkata. The details of the same is attached herewith in a doc (MS-WORD) file. With best regards and wishes, Dibyendu Mukherjee

Chotochele has left a new comment on your post "Sri Chinmoy": Hello.

In my opinion Chinmoy was deluded. I refer you to the entry for 18th August 1965 of "Mother's Agenda" (Vol. VI). It can be read online in English at the following link: http://mother-agenda.narod.ru/f6.htm ... Thank you. Posted by Chotochele to Aurora Mirabilis at 7:14 AM, July 07, 2009