Thursday, February 25, 2010

It is high time that the Ashram authorities take the Ashramites into confidence

The message is fine but I have some hesitations with regard to the following points:

Use of such a beautiful occasion to score a point in the present controversy over PH. I do not know how they choose the message nowadays. If it is inspiration or concentrating and opening a book as the Mother suggested, then it is fine. But if it is only a mental process, is it not better to give something more appropriate for the occasion? For example, a quotation from the book The Mother -- I am just sharing my thoughts. In fact quite a few persons felt the same way about this message. […]

What is more important is that people still believe that those who have responded / reacted to PH are simply religious fundamentalists!! As if PH is spiritual simply because he exercises his freedom to hurt others and gets away with it because he has supporters and sympathisers in the Ashram, who seem to be practising Gandhian morality than the spirituality of the Master of the Gita. In that case, why these double standards? Why react aggressively when something is said about any responsible person in the institution and remain silent when Sri Aurobindo himself is the subject of criticism? […]

In fact turning the whole thing into two camps was the first act of division. But what can one do but wait and endure till better things emerge or are thrust upon us through crashing circumstances. That was what we heard in the Playground meditation and I suppose that is the message, literally, at the end of the day. But haven’t we already seen enough of these crashing circumstances! Alok Pandey

Posted by General Editor at 2/07/2010 01:40:00 PM
1 comments: RYD said...
Apropos of The IQ of Plankton and other Stories dated 29 January 2010 I’d sent on 31 January 2010 an e-mail at Manoj Das Gupta manojdg@sriaurobindoashram.org  It is as follows:

Dear Manoj-da
What is this we are getting? It is high time that the Ashram authorities take the Ashramites into confidence and explain openly by means of a notice on the Ashram board the whole thing to their proper satisfaction. It is not that I want a personal answer, and you don’t have to care for that, but it should be coming directly from you for all of us. There is a certain official obligation towards this and it cannot be simplistically dismissed. Will it happen? My request is that it should be done on a priority basis. Thanks 
RY Deshpande 

I’ve not heard anything in answer to the request, nor is there any public statement in the Ashram, though two weeks have gone by. I don’t think the matter can be viewed only with “dignified silence”. Will something be told to us? A response is awaited. RY Deshpande
February 13, 2010 4:17 PM

Sri Aurobindo announced that he was bringing something entirely new

Excerpts from 'The Void where Thought was born' by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (1989):

'[Any] Tantric will tell you that his aim is to secure release from birth ultimately, and a dissolution of his consciousness in the Absolute Brahman, unfettered by the coils of earthly flesh. This is no different from any other path. [In fact, the multiplicity of paths is mainly to cater to the different temperaments of seekers, rather than to provide different goals.] And hence the common slogan in spirituality is ‘there is only ONE TRUTH,’ and all paths and all religions ultimately agree and converge on this ONE Truth.

'Now, this is clearly where Sri Aurobindo’s work parts ways with ALL other spiritual paths. And this is why in the final analysis it is even difficult to refer to it as a ‘spiritual’ path. Again, this in itself introduces difficulties because one tends to rely on the old patterns and formulas which simply do not prove reliable in this work. But the new pattern or blueprint has been given; and it is this fact that I am constantly stressing. ...
'... When Sri Aurobindo announced that he was bringing something entirely new into the Earth’s atmosphere and revolutionising the world of the Spirit, he meant what he was stating very seriously. Far more seriously than what most people believe. That is, they do not have any idea of what such a statement implies.
'... There is a ‘knot’ that is very, very deep-rooted in the human embodied consciousness. It is common to all who inhabit a body. This Knot is so difficult to undo – for after all, it is the nexus of the mental creation – that no one prior to Sri Aurobindo has made any effective attempt to get rid of this tremendous obstacle. To attain the heights, as has been done by countless seers and yogis in the past, this Knot presented no obstacle. One could overlook it entirely – precisely because the ‘direction’ was otherworldly; in which case, one had no obligation at all to deal with this problem. Ultimately, it became resolved, or rather dissolved by withholding any reality from it. One could UNDERMINE its existence to the point where it became an ‘illusion’, and the creation that it upheld, the mental human creation, was, by consequence, equally illusory. This was a very effective way of dealing with that Knot. It was so very effective that it is precisely this effectiveness that stands in the way today when we try to deal with this problem. In other words, these great sages had attained such wondrous heights that when we try to convince seekers of the necessity to disregard those past achievements and strive for this ‘new way’, they are not easily convinced.' -- Patrizia Norelli Bachelet, 'The Void where Thought was born' [posted in full at http://circumsolatious.blogspot.com/2010/02/void-where-thought-was-born.html] from           Lori Tompkins  date                25 February 2010 01:24 subject                SEOF submission

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Mother and sri Aurobindo have always remained very much open regarding technology

Tusar N Mohapatra wrote... While I am thrilled at the prospect of expositions on Sri Aurobindo flowing from your keyboard, thinking of him vis-à-vis Vivekananda or linking him to Neo-Vedanta alone would be an injustice to his... Continue >>
kelamuni wrote... hi tusar,it's not that i'm unimpressed with aurobindo, or than i am consciously ignoring him. the fact is, i was hoping to deal with aurobindo's more philosophical version of neo-vedanta... Continue >>
VAMANAN wrote... Yes...in every way
Tusar N Mohapatra wrote... date 13 January 2010 07:55 subject Comment notification for Mirror of Tomorrow A comment has been posted in reference to an article titled: For a biography of Sri Aurobindo to be valid... — by... Continue >>
Anonymous wrote... The hyperlinked title when clicked goes to another site which has something else and not the matter of Aurofilio. Please correct. Thanks.
VAMANAN wrote... To each his religion...and when one man's 'religion' steps on the toes of another man's, the courts are there to settle it...And of course there are those who would like to hijack... Continue >>
Tusar N Mohapatra wrote... The state of “religion in India” is perhaps much more complicated as Chinnappa Reddy, J. held in his Dissenting note in S.P. Mittal Etc. Etc. vs. Union Of India And Others on 8 November, 1982. [TNM]
VAMANAN wrote... Dear Tusar...Much of religion in India has been spiritual while the western experience is of a dogmatic church and its unchangeable doctrines. Many westerners have a strong antipathy to religion... Continue >>
Anonymous wrote... Alok said: "[Sri Aurobindo] keeps pushing us to [do his work.]"Hmmm....Alok, I am no rooter for Heeh's book, but man, looks like you have some issues too... "[Sri Aurobindo] keeps... Continue >>
bijan ghosh advocate supreme court wrote... This man, Peter is the same person, who is the master mind in mutilating Savitri, the mantra of Supramental Transformation, then also this Manoj and company sailed together in the same boat. Devotees... Continue >>
Jim wrote... The 'IQ of Plankton' phrase originates in Steve Moffat's children's British TV series 'Press Gang'. Use of word 'blokes' which is British slang. Names have been... Continue >>
Anonymous wrote... Does Mr. Filio really think that most people who have criticized it have not read the book or understood it? He seems to be quite thick-headed and prejudiced. If he cannot understand the criticisms... Continue >>
Saturn wrote... this respite will prove short-lived. his fate will be decided next year. remember the hindi movie dialogue 'mere paas maa hai' (mother is with me) ?humpty dumpty sat on a wallhumpty dumpty... Continue >>
Copernicus wrote... Heeh's most prominent acolyte says "The complaints were vague and gave no evidence that either complainant had any knowledge of the contents of Heehs’s book. It thus seems possible that the... Continue >>
Prithwin wrote... I always admired Noren-da's tall and cheerful presence which took almost a look of amusement. The only occasion when I saw his face without a smile was early in the morning, 5th December 1950 :... Continue >>
prakash wrote... After seeing all these drama " Why Ashram Trustees are not taking any action??? This is quite difficult to undestand ..... Wake up please???
Robert E. Wilkinson wrote... Stop Scapegoating Peter Heehs Alok Pandey’s thoughtful article about the Heehs imbroglio brought up a number of important points but his burning questions about HOW and WHY this dispute occurred in... Continue >>
Tusar N Mohapatra wrote... [In memoriam Ron Jon Anastasia d. October 20th 2009 by Rich on Thu 22 Oct 2009 05:04 PM PDT |  http://www.sciy.org/blog/_archives/2009/10/22/4358910.html   Ron was the Founding Editor of SCIY... Continue >>
Harish Kumar wrote... " The Lordship of the Divine and the Divine's consent seems to be compromised. The Supreme Being seems to be bound by Time and his astronomical framework." The Lordship of the Divine is... Continue >>
panopteric wrote... thanks a lot for this connexion !!
bhattathiri wrote... Excellent article. The despondency of Arjuna in the first chapter of the Gita is typically human. Sri Krishna, by sheer power of his inspiring words, changes Arjuna's mind from a state of inertia... Continue >>
Ehsan wrote... Dr S. Hossein Nasr has written a lot on Sadra (and I wonder why the author did not mention his name!!!!). It is also worth to mention that Sadra was persian (Iranian) and he was born in Shiraz,... Continue >>
Tusar N Mohapatra wrote... from Paulette (paulette@auroville.org.in) date 17 November 2009 07:42 Please post my reply: Tusar, this is exactly what I mean, where is disagreement? I know very well what dogma is, having been... Continue >>
Tusar N Mohapatra wrote... Personally, I have disagreements with the last line. Dogma or not, it is for the individual to choose; why should it be denigrated and who do we turn to for a certificate? [TNM]
Tusar N Mohapatra wrote... from Paulette (paulette@auroville.org.in) date 16 November 2009 14:08 Please post this comment: In “The Synthesis of Yoga” Sri Aurobindo takes the trouble to analyze major yogic paths such as... Continue >>
Srikant wrote... Dear Rakesh-ji, Mother and sri Aurobindo have always remained very much open regarding technology.while one student was migrating to U.S. in '60, she said, 'yes learn about plastic technology,... Continue >>
Tusar N Mohapatra wrote... [Oct 16, 2009(title unknown) from For The Turnstiles by DGAI got an email from Ken Wilber. His email address, by the way, is "noreply@integrallife.com." Grates me, the sum:"This is Ken... Continue >>
Tusar N Mohapatra wrote... [Moving Beyond The Mind of Reason from Sri Aurobindo Studies by sriaurobindostudies “We have to go beyond the mind and the reason.” Mental understanding is a reflection of the intellect, but is not,... Continue >>
Tusar N Mohapatra wrote... [One of the issues that tends to give me headaches within the object-oriented ontologies of Harman, Latour, and Whitehead are the questions of time and space. It seems to me that all of the... Continue >>
Tusar N Mohapatra wrote... You may mail the links for consideration. [TNM]
Anonymous wrote... Do you accept, Sir, submissions, from people like myself?Thank you;Ayad Izzet Gharbawiwww.ayad-mind.com
Tusar N Mohapatra wrote... Y2K spurred me to survey the 20th Century thought and 5 years later when I stumbled upon SCIY, it was no alien territory. Banerji’s dense compositions used to surprise, Carlson’s forthright... Continue >>
Anonymous wrote... I much prefer the Trickster vision communicated in the work of Timothy Leary, Zippy the Pinhead, and the always weird and wonderful R Crumb.
Tusar N Mohapatra wrote... [Science, Culture and Integral Yoga Re: John D. Caputo: A Postmodern, Prophetic, Liberal American in Paris by Michael E. Zimmerman by Debashish on Mon 19 Oct 2009 04:35 PM PDT Haeckel in fact is a... Continue >>
Canadian Pragmatist wrote... I don't really think you believe that when you think about a dilemma and finally arrive at a decision, you really think that you're made the objectively right decision; do you?I think people... Continue >>
Anonymous wrote... In Truth & Reality, all of the problems of all of the usual philosophical points of view should have, and in fact were, resolved when the original edition of this book was published in 1972. They... Continue >>
Anonymous wrote... What a joke the "mavericks" blog is full of righteous dogmatism. And completely devoid of any real skepticism re his own dogmatic "certainties".Blame it all on the lefties is his... Continue >>
Tusar N Mohapatra wrote... Reading Hegel: The Introductions by G.W.F. Hegel (edited and introduced by Aakash Singh and Rimina Mohapatra) re.press 2008Download book as PDF (Open Access)... Continue >>
Anonymous wrote... I'm not so sure that it can accurately be called a "game", if that is meant in the sense of differing spiritual traditions and their efforts to protect their own teachings and expose... Continue >>
ernie yacub wrote... The openmoney.org website is about 10 years old, having been written for the 2001 Japan open money project. More current developments can be found... Continue >>
Srikant wrote... The communistic principle of society is intrinsically as superior to the individualistic as is brotherhood to jealousy and mutual slaughter; but all the practical schemes of Socialism invented in... Continue >>
JKUMAR wrote... It is idotic, written without knowing ground reality.
Anonymous wrote... When Bengalis were dying in their hundreds of thousands for the land of Bengal -- Bangladesh - I cannot clearly remember if the people of West Bengal said "Brothers, sisters: we are with you -- we... Continue >>
Anonymous wrote... Which is quite ironic really---even tragically so.Because ALL of Smiths admirers, including Gavin Kennedy and the various Adam Smith inspired think-tanks, and blogs etc, are very much "men of the... Continue >>
umbral de las voces wrote... Estoy de acuerdo, con este magnífico ensayo de Frank Brenner sobre todo en lo que se refiere a que ahora más que nunca es necesario distinguir con absoluta claridad el liberalismo burgués del... Continue >> [I agree with this magnificent essay by Frank Brenner especially in regard to that now more than ever is necessary to distinguish with absolute clarity of the bourgeois liberalism ...]
Anonymous wrote... These two paragraphs sum up what the AEI, and ALL the other right-wing think-tanks, really represent in the world altogether, and what they thus loudly champion."The entire pattern and trend of... Continue >>
Anonymous wrote... America was built on religious, political and economic lies and explitation. Grand theft, genocide and slavery. Slavery being both grand theft too, and systematized murder.These lies have yet to be... Continue >>
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Anonymous wrote... In Truth and Reality capitalism, which is really an "advanced" form of social Darwinism (winner takes all) has inevitably brought the entire world to the brink of both cultural &... Continue >>
Anonymous wrote... Perhaps it isn't so much that she's glorifying sloppy people as she is demoralizing them. I believe she takes the neat people's side though it seems otherwise.
Anonymous wrote... So let me guess "Suzanne Brit", you're an obese, sloppy person living in a pig sty and so embarrassed that you have to put down all these "neat" people? Lame, get a life and a... Continue >>
Sarah Hackert wrote... I am a neat person, however, I am not like the way the essay is describing a neat person. Personally, I do not find the writing of this essay that great, and the writer comes off to be a little... Continue >>

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Reconceptualizing the link between religion and politics

“Today we don’t know how it will all turn out. Maybe in the future we will say that we’ve learned a lot from all this and have emerged purified from dogma. Of course, for Peter at the moment it is very painful and completely unwarranted. The bid to evict him from the ashram and the country is a sign of the depths to which the dogmatism of religious distortion has sunk at this time.”
Jibanananda Das (1899-1954) was a Bengali poet who marks the transition to Bengali Modernist poetry. Necessitated into the career most common to modern poets, he was a teacher of English in Barisal (Bangladesh) and Calcutta and was well-read in Mallarme, Rimbaud, Valery, Pound, Eliot and the like, whom he often references in his prose writings. Jibanananda relies largely on imagistic and symbolical means to express in his poems a complexity which grapples with the subjective realities of modern urban life. The range of Jibanananda’s poems far exceeds the scope I have outlined in this essay, but my purpose here was only to touch on some important repeating themes and concerns in his work. I believe that in work of this kind, new directions towards the Future Poetry announced by Sri Aurobindo were taken, directions that have added to the store of approaches that might be utilized in the climb to a higher utterance, which yet recognize the range and complexity of consciousness in its engagement with modern existence.
This article elucidates the meaning of Indian nationalism and its connection to religious universalism as a problem of ethics. It engages in that exercise of elucidation by interpreting a few of the key texts by Aurobindo Ghose on the relationship between ethics and politics in the first two decades of the twentieth century. Both secularist and subalternist histories have contributed to misunderstandings of Aurobindo’s political thought and shown an inability to comprehend its ethical moorings. The specific failures in fathoming the depths of Aurobindo’s thought are related to more general infirmities afflicting the history of political and economic ideas in colonial India. In exploring how best to achieve Indian unity, Aurobindo had shown that Indian nationalism was not condemned to pirating from the gallery of models of states crafted by the West. By reconceptualizing the link between religion and politics, this essay suggests a new way forward in Indian intellectual history.
Continuing with the history of The Future Poetry. In this passage Sri Aurobindo ’s stresses sound and foregrounds the metric/mantric element in poetry as a sign of an approaching future poetry. A future he envisages here as a progressive evolutionary movement of Spirit in the word. It was however, to be another movement, one away from the ear to the eye -imagist- that was to primarily orient the future of English poetry after this book was completed in 1920.
“The inmost seeing must bring out of itself to be poetically effective the inmost word and sound, must find out a luminous purity of its steps or a profound depth of its movement, must be said in the inmost way. Rhythm is the most potent, founding element of poetic expression, and though most modern poets depend or at least lean more heavily on force of thought and substance than on the greater musical suggestions of rhythm, — Shelley, Swinburne, Yeats are exceptions, — there must always be a change in this basis of the poet’s art when there is a substantial change of the constituting spirit and motive.”
What are going to be the consequences for the rest of the world? Traumatically for the United States, China will fairly soon replace it as hegemon, not only in traditional areas of Chinese influence in East and South-East Asia, but across former Third and First Worlds alike. The soft power of its sporting prowess, its martial arts, its costly painters, its multitudinous language, its ancient medicine, and not least the delights of its cuisine, will spread China’s radiance far and wide, as Hollywood, English and McDonald’s do America’s today. Above all, its spectacular economic success will not only inspire imitation wherever poor nations strive for betterment. It will reorder the entire international system, by holding out the prospect, not of democracy within nation-states, which the West vainly seeks to promote, but of ‘democracy between nation-states’. For we are entering a time in which the political and ideological conflicts that marked the Cold War are giving way to an ‘overarching cultural contest’, in which ‘alternative modernities’ will end the dominance of the West. In that emancipation a distinctively Chinese modernity, rooted in the Confucian values of devotion to the family and respect for the state, will lead the way.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Intellectual Property theft committed by Peter Heehs

from     RY Deshpande rydesh@gmail.com
to         Tusar Mohapatra tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com ,
Anurag Banerjee anuragbanerjee2002@yahoo.co.in ,
Sarani Mondal mumu2007@rediffmail.com
date      12 February 2010 14:27
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Gitanjali J B gitanjali333@yahoo.com
Date: 11 February 2010 23:32
Subject: Engagement with Columbia University Press Regarding Withdrawal of "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo"
To: Manoj Das Gupta manojdg@sriaurobindoashram.org

To
Shri Manoj Das Gupta,
Managing Trustee
Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust
Pondicherry 605002

Subject: Engagement with Columbia University Press Regarding Withdrawal of "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo"

Dear Manoj Da,

1. This is to inform you that we are engaged with Columbia University Press (CUP) regarding the withdrawal of "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" from all channels of sales and distribution.

2. CUP has been informed of the alleged Intellectual Property theft committed by Peter Heehs as also of his alleged Violations of the Copyright Agreement with Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust (SAAT).

3. Further, it has also been conveyed to CUP that Peter Heehs is not the Founder of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives as has been asserted by him to CUP.

4. All necessary and relevant documentation/ correspondence/ SAAT letters/ circulars/ agreement copies have been furnished to CUP for their evaluation and assessment.

5. A copy of one of our letters to CUP in this context is attached herewith for your information and necessary action.

Kind regards,
Gitanjali JB
gitanjali333@yahoo.com          Letter to CUP 2.2.2010.pdf 166K   View   Download  

[Attached letter to Columbia University Press] 
To
Clare Wellnitz
Publishing Director
Director of Subsidiary Rights and Contracts
Columbia University Press
61 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023

2 February 2010
Dear Clare,
Sub: Copyright Violations and Impersonation by Peter Heehs author of The Lives of Sri Aurobindopublished by Columbia University Press
Ref:
  1. Our letter to Mr. James D. Jordan, Director dated 21.1.2010
  2. Your email dated 1.2.2010

1. Thank you so very much for your email dated 1.2.2010.
2. As already conveyed in our previous letter, the matter relates to The Lives of Sri Aurobindo (TLOSA) authored by Peter Heehs (PH) and published by Columbia University Press (CUP) in 2008, and specifically deals with: a) proscription of TLOSA in India by the Government of India, b) deliberate and malicious distortion of facts in TLOSA, c) Copyright Violation by Peter Heehs, d) Intellectual Property (IP) theft by Peter Heehs, e) impersonation by Peter Heehs as Founder of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives.
3. Sri Aurobindo, whose biography TLOSA masquerades as, is a national hero here in India and a global spiritual icon. A prominent leader of the Indian freedom movement, Sri Aurobindo has remained a source of great inspiration to millions of people in India and the world. There are thousands of schools, streets, libraries and other major institutions named after him across the country, and his life-sized statue occupies pride of place at the Indian National Parliament.
4. The issues of immediate relevance to CUP are categorised as under:
A. Proscription of TLOSA by the Government of India
The accompanying documentation shows you that TLOSA is proscribed by the Government of India and by the Courts after due verification of its content, primarily on the grounds of distortions of facts intended to hurt the religious sentiments of the people of India. This is the reason why Penguin Books India was barred from bringing out the Indian edition of TLOSA, and they must have informed you of the same. (Refer documents #1, 2, 3, 4.) You may also have been informed that Google, Flipkart, A1Books, etc, among others have already withdrawn access to TLOSA and all sales of TLOSA within the territory of India based on the Government and Court orders. (Refer document #12.)
B. Deliberate and malicious distortion of facts in TLOSA
This point is placed here only for your reference, so that you may know the harmful intentions of Peter Heehs in distorting the facts regarding Sri Aurobindo's life and consequently the explosive character of the present situation. This was fully taken into cognisance by relevant academicians and advisors to the Government of India, in taking decision to proscribe the book. (Refer documents #2, 4.)
C. Copyright Violation
The publication of the book involves multiple violations of copyright on the part of Peter Heehs. As the accompanying documentation will show you, Peter Heehs has given CUP more rights than he has himself acquired from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust. He has also failed to comply with CUP's requirements for its authors to get appropriate permissions from copyright holders and owners of unpublished text. (Refer documents #5, 6, 7, 8, 9.)
D. Intellectual Property Theft
The content of the book also involves multiple Intellectual Property violations, as documented in the attachments. PH has claimed ownership of the entire research database of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives developed over 40 years involving several million dollars worth of investment. The names that Peter Heehs thanks are his colleagues, and as their letter to the Ashram Trust shows, they have taken the matter seriously and have placed this theft by Peter Heehs on record. (Refer documents #5, 6, 7, 8, 9.)
E. Impersonation by Peter Heehs as Founder of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives
The letter of the Ashram Trust declares unequivocally that Peter Heehs is not the founder of the Archives as he has claimed to CUP to be and which false assertion CUP has widely publicised in promoting the book. (Refer document #8.) Attached also are the order copy and the arrest warrant issued by Barbil Court in connection with the criminal case against Peter Heehs regarding his impersonation. (Refer documents #10, 11.) Also a letter from PH to the Ashram Trust in which he declares that he never wrote to CUP to claim himself Founder of the Archives, and that a sub-editor of CUP wrote this on his own! (Refer document #13.)In this connection, you may also note that there is a pending non-bailable warrant of arrest out against PH within India. (Refer document #11.)
5. In view of the above, we would be greatly indebted if CUP takes immediate and necessary steps to halt publication, sales and distribution of the book TLOSA, given the fraud and misrepresentation being perpetrated by Peter Heehs and the anguish that this book is causing to millions of devotees of Sri Aurobindo all over the world.
6. We are confident that CUP will be sensitive and responsive to the feelings and sentiments of millions of Indians for whom CUP has always been a standard bearer of the highest levels of integrity in the publishing business.
7. We would be obliged to receive an acknowledgement of this letter, and hope to hear from you at the earliest.
Sincerely,
Gitanjali J B
gitanjali333@yahoo.com

List of Attachments (all files in PDF format, and numbered as below):

  1. High Court of Orissa order dated 4.11.2008 proscribing the book in the territory of India.
  2. Gazette Notification of the State Government of Orissa dated 9.4.2009 proscribing the book in the territory of India.
  3. Two letters from the Ministry of Home, Government of India.
  4. Three letters from Government Intelligence departments.
  5. Letter of Pranab Bhattacharya, Director of Physical Education, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, dated 5.8.2009 with legal opinion of Copyright Violation and Intellectual Property theft.
  6. Letter of researchers of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives (Peter Heehs' erstwhile colleagues) dated 20.9.2008 regarding theft of intellectual property / research database by Peter Heehs.
  7. Letter of Peter Heehs to Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust dated September 2008 confirming copyright violation.
  8. Letter of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust dated 11.11.2008 regarding disciplinary action taken against Peter Heehs and his impersonation as founder of Archives.
  9. Notice of expulsion of Peter Heehs by Pranab Bhattacharya dated 30.10.2008.
  10. Barbil Court order relating to issue of non-bailable warrant of arrest of Peter Heehs in the case of impersonation as Founder of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives, dated 8.5.2009.
  11. Non-bailable warrant of arrest against Peter Heehs in the case of impersonation dated x.5.2009.
  12. Letters from Google, Flipkart, A1Books, major online content provides for India, confirming action taken to withdraw TLOSA.
  13. Letter of Peter Heehs to Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust of 2008 claiming that he never told CUP that he is the Founder of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The book has never been “banned”. Pranksters should be thanked for giving it free publicity

from Posthuman Destinies by rcarlson

The Lives of Sri Aurobindo has never been “proscribed” (forbidden) except perhaps by the Government of Orissa. The court order mentioned above makes no mention of importation or photocopying. Copies of the book circulate freely in all parts of India. Anyone in Pondicherry, Auroville, or elsewhere in India can attest to this. […]

Heehs’s considered statement about copyright matters and about his relation, as author of the book, to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, is the following statement printed at the end of the book’s acknowledgements:

“Works of Sri Aurobindo are quoted with the kind permission of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust. My thanks to Manoj Das Gupta, Managing Trust ee and head of the Ashram’s Publication Department, for granting this per mission. The Sri Aurobindo Ashram is in no way responsible for the selection, arrangement, interpretation, or presentation of material in this biography. The author alone is responsible for the contents of the book.” […]

The book does not violate copyright law in any way, and the Ashram authorities, who are the only ones who could make such a complaint, have never made any indication of doing so. Stating an untruth over and over does not make it true. […]

The legal injunction against publishing in India, at any rate, will be over when the interim order against the book is lifted.

As happens with all attempts at censorship and persecution, the group has brought more attention to The Lives of Sri AurobindoBy opening up the book to a wider readership, they should perhaps be thanked by the many appreciative readers around the world for giving it free publicity.

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While with this iteration of sciy we had hoped that we would no longer have to respond to the malicious spreading of false statements and sophomoric disparaging comments that has been the history of those persons and blogs (mirror of tommorrow, savitri era et al), bent on the persecution of the author of the Lives of Sri Aurobindo as well as other respected members of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, who do not support their reactionary point of view unfortunately, the persistence of those with an agenda of intolerance to continue to spread false information forces us from time to time to post responses to their scandalous allegations to help set the record straight...

I don't know if we should take those who celebrate The Lives of Sri Aurobindo and defend its author with any seriousness at all. I'm yet to see, even after year and a half of publication of the book by the prestigious Columbia ...

Saturday, February 6, 2010

AVCompats forum refused to post this

from A critique of the book "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by Peter Heehs ...
By General Editor [This is what we have received in response to the propaganda campaign unleashed by SCIY / IYF / Peter Heehs. The AVCompats forum refused to post this response although it has always publicised any emails from SCIY / IYF. It looks like they too do not want the truth to be known!] […]

It's not funny that a bunch of self-serving, pompous and insensitive morons sitting in the USA are attempting to misguide and misinform people in India and elsewhere about the anguish of Sri Aurobindo Ashram's inmates, and about the legal status of the book "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" (TLOSA). It certainly isn't funny that these guys are trying to profit from what is essentially a huge tragedy that is playing out for all-involved.
A "minor legal manoeuvre", we are told, has stopped PENGUIN BOOKS INDIA and COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS effective 4th Nov, 2008, from publishing and distributing TLOSA in India even after a major promotional build-up. Some "minor legal manoeuvre" this!

Why don't M/s Rich Carlson, Debashish Banerjee and David Huchison pow wow with PENGUIN BOOKS INDIA and request them to simply undo this "minor legal manoeuvre"? All it takes is a flight to New Delhi and some Coffee, huh! Why don't these gentlemen waltz into any police station in India with the appropriate Government / Court order copies along with a copy of TLOSA and engage in a debate on the subject? How about starting with the Pondicherry Grand Bazaar police station? Would Peter Heehs do the honours by paying a much overdue visit to this police station and reward them for all the visits they have made since May 2009 to the Ashram Main Building and to Matriprasad's office looking for him to serve the warrant of arrest? No, it's not funny that irresponsible statements are being made with potentially serious consequences. Or, is it merely SCIY / IYF propaganda to shore up falling morale among their primary financiers and clientele?

What Government or Court, having passed notifications and orders proscribing TLOSA, would sit idle and watch the same book and content being freely circulated and sold in the country? You've got to be kidding! Is the Plankton afflicted with craniocerebral trauma?
It's not funny that Manoj Das Gupta and the other four are a poor apology for what the Ashram Trust was and should be! There is a frightening disconnect between the Ashram Trust and the Ashram inmates, and the sorrow, frustration and anger regarding TLOSA is no laughing matter.
The Ashram Trust has had hundreds of cases filed against it since Manoj Das Gupta has taken over control as Managing Trustee, a significant number of which were filed by inmates of the Ashram in various courts all the way to the Supreme Court! So Mr Carlson, please spare us the Holy Cow crap! And while on the subject of "intemperate language against Trustees", Sraddhalu Ranade has much to learn from the crude and insulting letters Peter Heehs wrote to Manoj Das Gupta when the Ashram Trust asked him to leave the Ashram community and quit staying in Pondicherry.
The publication of the “diary” is a further action by the group trying to have The Lives of Sri Aurobindo censored, and now are trying to have Heehs ... The following “court diary” was received from RY Deshpande, who sent it to Paulette in Auroville. She posted it on the Auroville Compats email list on Wednesday, Jan 20. Since it shows no author, and in the absence of further ...
... let someone who has an authentic version post it on the forum... Subject: Re: [Avcompats] Case Regarding Cancellation of Peter Heehs¹ Visa and ...
This reply, which she shared with the AV Compat forum, simply deflects and avoids the issue. Your refusal to respond to our legitimate inquiries is ...

30 January 10: Questioning Deshpande
23 January 10: Disinformation Alert