Thursday, September 30, 2010

Where was the Notice put up in October 2008?

Re: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust does not Approve The Lives of Sri Aurobindo
by Sandeep on Sun 26 Sep 2010 06:50 AM IST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
This statement is too insipid having come after two years of inaction. … This declaration which seems drafted under the guidance of some scrupulous (or unscrupulous ;-)) lawyer needs two more clauses.
a) An acknowledgement that the book contains distortions made by the author, willfully or otherwise. Disowning the book is not enough.
b) A declaration that author of the book Peter Heehs will never work in the Archives again. 
by Anonymous on Sun 26 Sep 2010 10:21 PM IST  |  Permanent Link
It is time to heal.
by Anonymous on Sun 26 Sep 2010 01:23 PM IST  |  Permanent Link
The Notice says that the book IS not sold from any department. There is no question of the book being sold, for, the Indian edition was banned by Govt. before it could see the light of the day in 2008. So this statement is false and misleading.
If the Trust's stand was as now declared, where was the necessity to enter into protracted dialogues by sadhaks, devotees, disciples, well wishers etc. and court cases, representations to Govt.? Where was the Notice put up in October 2008? It was Pranab Bhattacharya, the In-Charge of Physical Education who put a Notice stopping the author from all physical activities.
by Bikash Rath on Sun 26 Sep 2010 01:46 PM IST  |  Permanent Link
I am really happy to know this. Yes, this came too late and seems to be a diplomatic one, but I am sure we need to have a constructive opinion on the same.
by SAROJ KUMAR PATNAIK on Sun 26 Sep 2010 11:32 PM IST  |  Permanent Link
Good news. Let's now forget the past and march ahead. The chapter is now closed. Bury it. Request to the Mother's devotees not to reopen it.
comment from Alok Pandey on Mon 27 Sep 2010 05:10 AM IST |  Profile |  Permanent Link 
I completely agree with Sandeep. The statement has neither the ring of truth nor the feel of transparency in it. It is worded legally, a language that has become an expert at using truth to vindicate a lie, ... 

Christianity, Buddhism, & Integral Yoga

Comment posted by: Anonymous Re: Sraddhalu Ranade writes to Manoj Das
The majority of the population here in America is held captive by the prison of the Christianity that I described. … While I am aware that "Yoga cannot be spread by external means", I feel a great urge to see something done in the way of making visible the writings of SA and the Mother for the sake of those in the depths of confusion here in the West and elsewhere. …
But what I would like to know is this: What, if anything, is to be done to cast the illumining light of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother's knowledge upon such terrible falsehood and darkness? If only someone had pointed me in the direction of SA and the Mother when I began seriously inquiring about the "big questions" I would not have had to pass through Hell before finding my answers. Overcoming my own indoctrination was an insurmountable obstacle until I discovered SA and the Mother. There are scores of others out there unsuccessfully seeking answers. …
After having emerged somewhat from such falsehood at dire cost to my life and body, it pains me to no end to witness the utter cluelessness and fear with which my countrymen, and no doubt those of many other nations, continue to approach the spiritual and the occult. 

Rick Lipschutz reflects on the continuum which stretches from religion to spirituality. Drawing on the Mother's distinction between spiritual realization, spiritual philosophy, occultism and religion and her perception of a complementarity in their workings, the author calls for a more integral understanding of the yoga and its stages and processes.
There are different approaches than his to the Veda, Gita, Upanishad and all forms of Indian spirituality; but I think that as he has perceived it, in a remarkably clear way, there is a directly spiritual Veda, Gita, and Upanishad that is much more universal than the Western approaches, the Western faiths. It is simply part of the common spiritual heritage of humanity. That explains why Westerners who want a direct experience, a realization or a series of them culminating in a fully dynamic yogic life in the world, seem to have to turn to the East. Where else to turn? And for an affirmative spirituality, a “proactive yoga,” where better to turn than to Mother and Sri Aurobindo? Westerners may have something to add, also, with their kind of religious approach to living ideals in the practical life — but we should not throw the baby out with the bathwater. We can collapse all religious and spiritual expressions into some oozing equality where they all express the same monotonous dichotomous homogeneous religious mess; lump in “Hinduism” indiscriminately massed with anything else. But this is not true to the massive reality and even the history of Indian spiritual practice. We have to respect this most diverse gene-pool of Indian spirituality & will fail to put spirituality into practice if we hack away its foundation. Sri Aurobindo can help us here, so can Mother; Nolinida but also Sastriji and M.P. Pandit and Amal Kiran and the list goes on. And really, if we are looking for truth, we must develop each one our own truth-sense, our own truth-bell; our instruments: our mental sentinel and “clear austerity of the mind,” work diligently for the transformation of our vital ego into the true vital (not easily done), and the aspiration of our physical body and entire physical consciousness to participate, as it can and must. If we do this, we might find some truth we need to progress by a casual remark from a passing stranger, learning to read life even as we read Sri Aurobindo. [Seven Dedicated Lives Sunayana Panda - Jul 2009, The Golden Path: Interviews with Disciples of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville Anie Nunnally - Jan 1, 2004, Breath of grace Madhav Pundalik Pandit, How they came to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother: Twenty-nine true stories of sadhaks and devotees Shyam Kumari

From Bikash Rath bikash1968@gmail.com to "Tusar N. Mohapatra" tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com cc Paulette paulette@auroville.org.in date 30 September 2010 10:51 subject Re: Sri Aurobindo Ashram: “Paradise on Earth”
Dear Paulette,
Seeing your sharing today feels like regaining something lost, and refreshing with that eternal air of sanctity which your golden experiences correspond to. Thanks to the Master that after a long war of suffocating exchanges we could have this.

You have already emphacised on the kingdom within, so I need not add anything unnecessary. The only thing I would like to share with you that I have reasons to believe that the Master has always people to continue his yoga, though they might not surface sufficiently. It is also likely that some of them want to come out for external leadership simply because they feel that the Master has given them that strength & vision, but they have not done it due to want of permission. And, the difference between them and those who appear to be the leaders(of war) now is that with the former confusion(if any) melts into vision whereas the opposite appears with the latter. Best regards. Bikash Rath

In my metaphysics courses, I am currently teaching Buddhist thought. I find Buddhism powerfully attractive due to its emphasis on living a life characterized by non-hurtfulness, compassion, and the diminution of suffering. While one might be able to do all sorts of conceptual contortions to show that such concepts are present throughout the history of Western thought, it’s my view that these concepts are almost entirely absent. The closest one comes is the thought of the Epicureans and the Stoics, yet even there, while we get an emphasis on diminishing suffering (though not in that language), we don’t encounter much in the way of discussion of anything resembling a discussion of either compassion or non-hurtfulness. And here it should be understood that the diminution of suffering, and the pursuit of compassion and non-hurtfulness is restricted not simply to the human, but to existence in general. In my view, we need to make a place for these values. This is the way it is with most ethical philosophies: They boil down to the exhortation or imperative “don’t be an asshole!” It’s a shame that generally moralists are the biggest assholes of all. So it goes with the narcissism that ethical thought often invites despite itself.
Now, I’m just easing my way into various strains of Eastern thought (I’m nearly a complete virgin), so please go easy on me. However, my hunch is that the ethical system of Buddhist thought follows almost directly from the metaphysical of conditioned genesis. What, then, is conditioned genesis? The term “conditioned” should be understood, I think, as a verb, “to condition”. Something conditions something else when it affects that way through some sort of action. “Genesis”, of course, refers to the production of something. Thus, for example, when you cook dinner at night, you are engaged in an act of genesis that produces a meal. When the two terms are put together, you get the thesis that all entities are a product of their interactions with other entities. Contrast the wine grape approached in an Aristotlean manner from the wine grape approached in a Buddhist way. The Aristotlean would focus on the qualities of the grape: it is purple, round, has such and such a taste, etc. The Buddhist wouldn’t reject these qualities, but rather than drawing our attention towards the object taken in isolation would instead direct our attention outward, focusing on the relationships and interactions of the grape. Hence the Buddhist would attend to the soil conditions, the sunlight, the weather conditions, the other plants in the region, the smog of California, the animals and the insects that contribute to producing these particular qualities.

Each of them had an extraordinary story, more beautiful than a fairy tale

From Paulette paulette@auroville.org.in to "Tusar N. Mohapatra" tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com cc RY Deshpande rydesh@gmail.com date 30 September 2010 08:31 subject Can you post my reply to a long-term Aurovilian
Tusar,
my posting is also in the internal website of Auroville. Can you post my reply to a long-term Aurovilian, she too fully aware of those presences? Thanks Paulette

How blessed have we been, to be witnesses of that world before it was all over! I knew your Birendra too, he bonded books for me. But the Birendra I have mentioned was a short man, no longer young, with long curly hair and intense eyes, wearing invariably blue shorts and a white shirt. Big smile, no words… He radiated a simple joy, contagious: I felt happy just by looking at him. And there was a third Birendra, looking like a small old child, very gentle. He worked at the Press’s binding section and was considered one of the greatest sadhaks. He was popular because of his cap… and for walking daily up to the Matrimandir until a very advanced age.

Heavenly innocence… Professor Aravind Basu, who for twenty years taught Sri Aurobindo at a British university, used to eat at the Dining Room; daily he cracked jokes, playing the fool with my daughter Blanchefleur, who at that time was not yet two… Champaklal, exchanging roses in his room with small Blanchefleur… Once I accompanied him to the train station; Champaklal was leaving for Amarnath and invited me to follow him but… how could I leave my young child? And later on, Nirod – who to my daughter Blanchefleur simply was “uncle”. Every afternoon at 4 pm she had tea, biscuits and cake with him and his niece Dollydi, in his room. When Blanchefleur became a Kalakshetra student Nirod often asked her to sing, dance, and do mudras for him…

Amal Kiran (Sethna), the ‘overmind’ poet, on his ex wife Lalita’s demand used to cheerfully comment on the poems I wrote in my broken English… A constant flow of grace, a daily miracle: this was life at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, those days. Can I ever forget those sadhaks, known and unknown?

I have mentioned my daily flower offering to Nolini-da, around the samadhi, but there was a third party as well: a small, very old lady, wearing a white sari, whose task was to wipe the marble. Day in and day out, with a broad smile, she offered me an incense stick; if I was leaning on the samadhi tapping on my shoulder, to let me know she had come… Ten years later I enquired who was she, I did not even know her name; to my great surprise I discovered that she was Navajata’s mother: a most simple lady who did not speak one word in English, and who with me never uttered a word anyhow: what for? We communicated through the heart!

And there was Themi, whom many considered the one authority on Savitri. Themi had come very young, along with her wealthy parents; like them, she lived in a room in Golconde. Elegantly beautiful in her youth, over the years she kept growing more and more thin, oblivious of her health and person, totally absorbed in her work for the Mother. Intimidated by her grandness I was unable to speak to her, as with Nolini and Parichan. It took me months to find the courage to ask her one question: can we relate the state of suspended death described in Savitri (and discussed in the Agenda) to the Mother? The seemingly other-worldly sadhika turned suddenly into a shakti and passionately replied yes, yes!

So many others… a few still alive, mostly women… Each of them had an extraordinary story, more beautiful than a fairy tale… A common thread, a special charisma linked all of them, one could feel that they belonged to a different world, it was tangibly real. Awareness of another dimension of being, tireless service… Trustfulness, generosity, straightforwardness… That psychic quality that compels to love people as they are, concentrating on others’ positive aspects and leaving the negative ones to the Mother to be taken care of – what’s left of it? Gentleness, innocence, graciousness… Psychic love, divine compassion…

This is the stuff those early sadhaks were made of. And there is no one to replace them. No one. When all of them will be gone, what of that world will be left? Paulette

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Leaving a backdoor for escape you go with the weather

Nib (national Internet Backbone) (117.198.194.83) Vadodara, Gujarat, India, Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Das Gupta is a captive of Heehs camp": 
In what way can the Asram trust disassociate from the book now? What are the legal ways and the more popular ways? There is already a print in America. Would it like to issue an official refutation on the contested statements in the book? Posted by Anonymous to Savitri Era at 5:36 PM, September 29, 2010
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Ashram is answerable to the devotees": 
Heehs has done a remarkable job of falsification of the fact of the supramental advent on earth through the work and mission of Sri Aurobindo by a factoidal collage of his own collossal ignorance reflected in the ignorant mozaic of his book. He deserves to be condemned in a more than remarkable way for this misadventure of unconsciousness. Posted by Anonymous to Savitri Era at 12:51 PM, September 29, 2010
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Hard to categorize Heehs": 
Paid or not paid is not the point. Your comment smacks of the ambivalent attitude which appears to dole out generous helpings of fair dealings without an equally rigorous asssessment of the damage undertaken and the spirit in which this "terrorism" was unleashed by a lone fanatic that is Heehs. Posted by Anonymous to Savitri Era at 12:58 PM, September 29, 2010
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Who earns money by selling Sri Aurobindo’s reputat...":
Your comments if studied over a period of time reflect your penchant for appearing objective and fair while leaving a backdoor for escape. Essentially you go with the weather. it not the royalty but the wider damage done to the scholarship on Sri Aurobindo at stake. Posted by Anonymous to Savitri Era at 1:04 PM, September 29, 2010

These rare gifts will adorn the shrine of Overman Foundation

From overman foundation overmanfoundation@gmail.com date 29 September 2010 12:20 subject From Overman Foundation: Two Precious Gifts
Dear Friends,
    It gives me immense bliss to announce to you all that Overman Foundation has received two precious gifts from two senior sadhikas of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. And the gifts are a sari with a blouse worn by the Mother and a piece of cloth belonging to Sri Aurobindo.
     These rare gifts will adorn the shrine of Overman Foundation and be brought out for public darshan on special occasions. To have a darshan of the Mother’s sari and Sri Aurobindo’s cloth-piece, please click on the following link:     
http://overmanfoundation.wordpress.com/2010/09/28/two-precious-gifts/
 With warm regards, Anurag Banerjee
Chairman, Overman Foundation.

Integral Yoga is an irreversible call that make you drop everything

From Paulette paulette@auroville.org.in to "Tusar N. Mohapatra" tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date 29 September 2010 15:17 subject Re: Sri Aurobindo Ashram: “Paradise on Earth” mailed-by auroville.org.in
Tusar, Can you kindly post the following, also attached, in the Savitri Era Open Forum? Thanks
Paulette
Sri Aurobindo Ashram: “Paradise on Earth”
Dry argumentations leaving no space for the heart, for the soul, for one’s cry for the Mother. I feel a chill reading the insentient comment of someone, in Auroville since only a few years, exhorting us not to bother about the fratricidal war raging at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Someone who does not have the history we old Aurovilians have – eventually, commenced at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, decades ago, as in my case. As if our past, our memories, our longings, our feelings could be chopped off, and by this act our wings as well. Our models too, predestined souls who had joined the Masters long time ago and whose sadhana was fashioned directly by Them… If I could never quit Auroville it is because I carry forever in my heart the presence of self-effaced sadhaks of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, of whom often I did not even know the name… What name and fame are to the adoring soul who works unassumingly, unpretentiously, having gathered in oneself the four varnas? What power is? And prestige?
There is no need to speak: everything is within. Who can define the Eternal, give classes about the Ineffable? We are, the One. The yearning and ecstasy of pure psychic beings is all one needs, the fragrance of flowers growing by humbly serving the Mother, tenderly attended by her. There is but she, and one’s daily offering, year in and year out, bowing at her feet. This was for me the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, which Nolini Kanta Gupta had called “paradise on earth”. As long as I bathed in the atmosphere of the early, great sadhaks this was my language too, the abode of my soul, my home.
Nolini, who was to be hanged along with Aurobindo and Barin Ghose and the nationalist youth… Read the first hundred pages of “Reminiscences” and you’ll know who Nolini Kanta Gupta is! Nolini, whom Sri Aurobindo saw as his most advanced disciple, the third one to follow on the supramental path! When the Mother left the body the entire Ashram gathered around him, Nolini-da!
1973, I had just arrived at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. An unknown woman of a regal beauty (Purna, I did not know she was the Mother’s granddaughter) walks straight to me and two hours later I end up in Nolini’s room, escorted by her. He asks what I have read of Sri Aurobindo, The Doctrine of Passive Resistance I reply; one article was made an exhibit in the Alipore Conspiracy Case, I go on talking… I cross Nolini’s eyes… and see the Infinite… Enwrapped by his majestic silence, never again was I able to speak to Nolini. At five in the afternoon he used to do pradakshina around the samadhi. I waited there, with a flower for him, daily; we looked into each other’s eyes without exchanging a word, and I knew that their Path is real, Their Ashram is real, Their people are real. Never did I feel as an orphaned child, never did I look for surrogate gurus, spiritual chaperons or others. As in the Scriptures, initiation without touching… The highest satsang is silence, as in the teaching of Dakshinamurti, the guru of gurus… In the utmost silence of one’s soul the psychic threads the Path: the one and only guide, progressively merging into the Mother!
Nor was Nolini the only honey bee. Other great sadhaks were still alive and they too were my teachers, in the subtlest way: by their silent example. In their luminous presence I could tangibly feel Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Indra Sen, professor of psychology at the University of Delhi… When he started visiting the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, in the thirties, Sen was the foremost Jungian in India. He is the one who, even before joining the Ashram, introduced the concept of integral psychology, with Sri Aurobindo’s blessings. The Master had asked Nolini-da to read him every single page the professor wrote; but when finally Sen settled in Pondy, in the forties, for the first ten years the Mother made him water plants, and afterwards look after the Ashram Press and its machines… And there was Birendra, freshly graduated at Calcutta University and proud of it, whom the Mother made sweep and count bananas for the next sixteen years… Kishor Gandhi, whom the Mother had appointed as the sole editor of Sri Aurobindo’s Letters on Yoga: he lived in a tiny room that he never gave up for a better one, because from there he could glimpse the Mother’s room… Fiery-eyes Parichan, in charge of the Ashram gardens; weeds grew all around the yard outside his house and at the end of the day his elegant white clothes were stained with earth: he had no time for his person or the place where he lived… How could Parichan-da be my Sanskrit teacher, when in front of him I was unable to utter a word, feeling like an ant in front of the Himalayas? In all those years only once he addressed me directly, “To be a mother you must be a yogini” he told me.
On the Mother’s request Rishabchand had written a biography on Sri Aurobindo nationalist; also on request he wrote a fantastic compendium on Integral yoga for the purpose of introducing the Path to the American reader. The quality of his books is such that decades later still they are being reprinted, but… his day-to-day job was to look after the carpentry department! By the way, isn’t this the place where Nirod the doctor commenced his yogic career and where, when doubting himself, he wished to return? Rishabchand had given up his family and most successful business in Calcutta to live in a few square meters room whose walls were padded with books. I entered that room every afternoon to type on Rishabchand’s typewriter notes from his biography on Sri Aurobindo. The great one was no more but I felt his towering presence in every object… Rishabchand had a friend, Purod-da, a small man with a child face and enchanting smiling eyes; he too was a sweeper. Both men used to meet every evening for their daily reading of Savitri; when this reached a peak Rishabchand looked at his sweeper friend: he was gloriously asleep, after a full day work for the Mother…
Integral Yoga is an irreversible call that make you drop everything, wherever you are, whatever you own, whatever you have achieved, to come and serve the Mother: watering plants, working with machines, counting bananas, sweeping the Ashram compound or elsewhere, looking after the carpentry workshop, just anything she tells you to do. The Italian countess Marta Avogadro joined the Ashram to live in one room and work at the binding section of the Ashram Press. Gluing had become her daylong occupation. “After wasting all my life playing bridge and canasta, only now I am learning to live” the grand lady told me. This is what a sadhak of Integral Yoga is. And there is no amount of books or classes, no external ‘teachers’ or ‘counselors’, no lecturers and no priests who can make of you one. No one can give you clothes if you can’t make your own, warned the Mother.
My only reading, those years, were Sri Aurobindo’s “Last Poems”, the Mother’s “Prayers and Meditations”, and what I read on the face of those sadhaks: loyalty, humility, surrender, joy, love, empathy, compassion, ineffable peace. Has the split from that world grown irreversible? More than anything else it is our vacuum that is responsible for the no-man-land we are, in Auroville, and for the suicidal war uprooting all that the Sri Aurobindo Ashram stands for. The great sadhaks and scholars are no more, there is no one to replace them. When the few of us, initiated into that world, will be gone as well, who will tell our children and grandchildren what the Sri Aurobindo Ashram was, and the Auroville of the pioneers? How real they were? And that this is the future?
Everything is within, without any need for external crutches. Utterly alone: the Divine – and oneself. Eternal, immortal, Jivatman!
Long live the Sri Aurobindo Ashram!
Paulette

Cosmic mischief

From Jitendra Sharma aurofrance@gmail.com to "Tusar N. Mohapatra" tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date 29 September 2010 00:22 subject It's not my post! [Written vs. oral history]

Dear Tusar-bhai, 
                  Obviously, there is some mischief here in my name. This post does not interest me. Moreover, I always publish my posts directly in my name, not through any X, Y, Z. Jitendra Sharma

From cosmic human to "Tusar N. Mohapatra" tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date 29 September 2010 16:44 subject Re: It's not my post!
Dear Tusar-ji, 
Before anything else, thank you for posting my message on your website. 
About Jitendra Sharma's message, I honestly don't see any mischief if he forwarded this message to some other people and nor do I see any mischief whatsoever if I in turn forward it to you. 
I occasionally receive some e-mail or the other with Jitendra Sharma's name appearing on it from many of the e-mailing lists that are devoted and dedicated at the Service of Our Masters. Jitendra Sharma also directly posts on your website regularly, so I don't see any mischief or any reason for suspecting some thing like this at all. 
I suppose that the message that I have indirectly received from the SAICE list might have contained Jitendra Sharma's name as a proof of authenticity of the source. I do not see any foul play at all. I can imagine that in these times of tension everybody is very suspicious of one another. And that is why I prefer remaining anonymous. 
I hope that this clarifies my stand point and pov. Best Regards, CH

From Jitendra Sharma aurofrance@gmail.com to "Tusar N. Mohapatra" tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date 29 September 2010 17:59 subject Re: It's not my post!
Dear CH,
             I had never forwarded this message to any person. Even a serious investigation by the crime branch will prove it. How has my name figured in it? Jitendra Sharma

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust bows to the public dema...": 
Raghu please take YOUR medication REGULARLY. You forgot to take the morning dose. You have admitted yourself the asininities you are capable of when you miss the dose. Do you know when you make the most sense: when you are silent. You have as much alma-mater in your brain as you have hair on your head.
You might have to be confined to a mental asylum. And stop posting as anonymous. Posted by Anonymous to Savitri Era Open Forum at 11:21 PM, September 28, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dirty Minds have right to vote

From dr raghu to tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date 28 September 2010 14:15 subject Re: Pl. Post
Dear Mr. Mohapatra,
Pl. post without displaying my e-mail address. Thanks!
Dr. Raghu

Dirty Minds Make Dirty Projections!

The anti-Heehs gang suffers from severe challenges in reading comprehension in English. One of their claims is Peter engages in a “cardinal slur” and makes “lurid” sexual suggestions about the relationship between Aurobindo and Mirra. I will show that this is false and a classic case of "dirty minds" making dirty projections on Peter’s account. 

The passage these "dirty minds" like to quote as evidence of Peter’s “cardinal slur” and “lurid” suggestions occurs in the context of his account of dinner meetings and talks held at the house of Paul Richard (ex-husband of Mirra, assuming that their marriage was formally or legally dissolved) and other meetings between Aurobindo and Mirra in Pondicherry around 1920-21.

The "dirty minds" allege that Peter describes, or suggests, or insinuates that there was something stealthy and sexually improper going on between Aurobindo and Mirra when they were sometimes alone together during this period. Is this true?

Here is a part of the passage on p. 326 of The Lives of Sri Aurobindo:

“At some of those meetings, people noticed a surprising development. After dinner those present tended to cluster in two groups: Aurobindo and Mirra on one side, Paul and the others on another. Sometimes when they were alone, Mirra took Aurobindo’s hand in hersOne evening when Nolini found them thus together, Mirra quickly drew her hand away.”

The "dirty minds" seize on the last two sentences of this passage as proof of Peter’s “mischievous intent”, “cardinal slur”, and “lurid suggestions” on sexual impropriety between Mirra and Aurobindo. But this is silly, asinine, and a product of sexually repressed minds culturally conditioned to read something sexual into the most innocuous behavior of men and women toward each other.

Mirra could have taken Aurobindo’s hand in hers to emphasize something, or to seek assurance, and/or to express affection. Note that, if the description is true, it was Mirra, and not Aurobindo, who quickly withdrew her hand when Nolini found them together. This suggests that Aurobindo did not see anything improper in the fact that Mirra held his hands. Mirra may have withdrawn her hand out of consideration for the Victorian puritanical sensibilities of Indians concerning women and men in those times and which still persists at large in India to this day.

Peter goes on to write on p.326 that:
On another occasion, Suresh entered Aurobindo’s room and found Mirra kneeling before him in an attitude of surrender. Sensing the visitor, she at once stood up. There was nothing furtive about these encounters, but they did strike observers as unusual. Neither Mirra nor Aurobindo were in the habit of expressing their emotions openly.”

Again, only a dirty and sexually repressed mind would read something "lurid" into this description of the behavior of a fully-clothed disciple paying respect to her fully-clothed master.The key sentences which dispel the malicious allegations of “mischievous intent”, “cardinal slur”, and “lurid suggestions” in Peter's account are the ones which follow:

“There was nothing furtive about these encounters, but they did strike observers as unusual. Neither Mirra nor Aurobindo were in the habit of expressing their emotions openly.”

The key word in the first sentence is “furtive”. The word means “Characterized by stealth; surreptitious. 2. Expressive of hidden motives or purposes; shifty”. Peter is clearly denying that any of these elements characterized the meetings of Mirra and Aurobindo! He also explains what made those behaviors unusual for those observers: “Neither Mirra nor Aurobindo were in the habit of expressing their emotions openly.” 

And these are simply the ordinary and healthy emotions of devotion and affection and not the stealthy sexual ones the dirty minds are projecting on Peter’s account of some innocuous features of the early meetings between Aurobindo and Mirra

So much for Peter's infamous "cardinal slur", "mischievous intent", and "lurid suggestions" on the relation between Aurobindo and Mirra! 

Tusar N Mohapatra has left a new comment on your post "Das Gupta is a captive of Heehs camp":
Manoj Das Gupta is the latest to join the anti-book bandwagon, and you may address your request to him for an authorized explanation. [TNM] Posted to Savitri Era at 12:54 PM, September 27, 2010

Written vs. oral history

From cosmic human to tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date 28 September 2010 13:35 subject Attitude of a Teacher... and Savitri editing
Dear Tusarji, 
I have received the following message from the SAICE list from someone known to me who in turn received it from Prof. Sharma who is also a member of that SAICE list. 
As it concerns the editing of the Savitri, the readers of your website might be interested in this information and pov. 
Best Regards, CH
P.S. Please remove my e-mail address before posting.
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From: Date: Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 5:15 PM Subject: FW: [SAICE] Attitude of a Teacher... and Savitri editing


Hi C (and not only you of course), 

I would like to take note of your message and say that while you were treading a middle path, you knowingly or inadvertently led us to the underbelly or the mother of many controversies, i.e. RYD’s Mirror Of  Tomorrow (MOT) and touched upon what I have found to be (during my earlier examinations of the editing of the Savitri) one of the root-causes of all the troubles and ills that we are witnessing in recent times.

And not very surprisingly RYD is once again right in the middle of this mess too. And it should certainly make one wonder if in reality, today’s mess is not merely the continuation and deliberate multiplication of one big mess initiated by the same people quite some time ago.

I am of course referring to the little piece of re-written "history" by Anuraag Benerjee surrounding the editing of the Savitri that is posted on the MOT in which RYD's insights as an "insider" surely reveals a lot about the current state of affairs.

So in the same vein, given that "factual details" are the order of the day, I find a few statements that are expressed on the MOT to be objectionable if not regrettable and irresponsible, particularly those of Anuraag Banerjee's (which are obviously approved by RYD as it has been posted by RYD himself on his website) because I find that they are a quitefar  removed from "facts":

Anuraag Banerjee says:
"The fact that Deshpande is one of the greatest exponents of Savitri is known to all...." 

While this first point might appear to be trivial and insignificant, I would like to delve on it as it is in reality very closely and importantly linked to the second point that I am making further below.

So I would like to ask and in a way challenge Anuraag Banerjee if this statement of his, is a "fact" or if this is an/his opinion? I clearly think that its the latter because I'm sure that there are many others who SILENTLY and PRIVATELY study the Savitri, read it, understand it in a way that corresponds to them and go about their lives discretely without trumpeting around that they are exponents of Savitri and giving their interpretation even to those who don't ask for it (on websites for example). Of course we rarely or never get to hear about these silent and discrete sadhaks, disciples and seekers. But the question is why is RYD so keen to promote himself as an exponent of Savitri? Does it help his sadhana or does it serve another purpose? Well, I think that the answer lies in what follows.

Because when I was examining the issues concerning the tampering of the Savitri and I found that the Courts had ruled against any tampering, and Srikant-bhai and some others appeared to run out of ideas and never produced any evidence to back their allegations and confabulations, I was often confronted with the following little breakfast story of RYD and most allegations of tampering seemed to converge towards this point. And this is when my antennae started to rise each time I would hear the name “RYD”.

And clearly, the following "story" from RYD is equally one of those episodes that he IRRESPONSIBLY keeps propagating into the public domain. (Is that "history" or is it actually "his  story"?).

Because Anuraag Banerjee recounts:
"And it was from Deshpande that I had heard the following part of the story. It was evident that Nirodbaran was unable to support whatever was going on in the name of revision. One day he remarked to Deshpande: “We’ve been tampering with the sense of Savitri.” When Deshpande asked him the reason for his silence, Nirodbaran replied: “I won’t argue. I would just make my point and then leave it just like that. I won’t insist upon anything and impose anything upon anyone. They must realize these things for themselves and they should be receptive.” 

How insidiously inflammatory this story is, is best understood when one understands that it has kept dragging the Ashram to the Courts time and again under one pretext or another since the last decade or more.

Because we have on the one hand the indisputable and hard FACTS, a document signed by both Nirod-da and Amal Kiran, black on white, (attached here for reference and as clear evidence [or also displayed on page 10 of the following online document: http://www.miraura.org/lit/sa/savitri.pdf]) that clearly states that they approved of the restorative work of the Savitri that they undertook for over 20 years (with a whole team of people).

And then on the other hand, we have the stories of RYD's alleged personal conversations with Nirod-da.... oh how "factually" convincing...

If we have to rely on FACTS, I think that anybody in his good senses and without an axe to grind would rely on Nirod-da's and Amal Kiran's written and signed statements. The rest clearly appears to be of the level of irresponsible, personal bickering and petty gossiping that RYD has by now clearly and repeatedly shown that he is capable of fabricating and propagating into the public domain for reasons best known to him.

Because how much more absurd can RYD's story get? Does he mean that Nirod-da and Amal Kiran (not to mention the numerous people that were involved) had no integrity and were not dedicated towards Sri Aurobindo? RYD even seems to suggest that Nirod-da had such a weak character that he could not oppose things that he wasn't convinced of? Let's not forget that Nirod-da and Amal Kiran had no hesitation asking all kinds of questions to Sri Aurobindo, questions that the band of "book-banners" such as RYD & Co. would have surely censored!!! So what is RYD trying to say??? Is he the only sincere, knowledgeable and enlightened soul around? Is he the only EXPONENT around? Or is he just another of those exponentially irresponsible and self-opinionated people who gravitate around the ashram just because it suits them???

I think that it's time that RYD got serious and really looked at the FACTS and accepted them whether he likes it or not. Because the historical FACT is that RYD's involvement in the editing of the Savitri was terminated as he was more keen to push and force his views and opinions on others in the editing team. Isn't there "his  story" repeating itself with the Book? 
From this perspective it only becomes very clear why RYD is on an insulting spree. Because for someone whose personal opinions or interests matter more than the collective good, after 20 years or more of disgruntlement and rancour, the only form of expression becomes Hate. 
So is it surprising that he should get stone-walled, if [at] all that is the case? 
In earnestness, F. 
From: SAICE@yahoogroups.com On Behalf Of Sent: Friday, September 24, 2010 2:31 AM Subject: Re: [SAICE] Attitude of a Teacher 
Not defending anyone but in a slightly different context, "factual details" still seem to be the order of the day...so there's still hope from all sides of the coin...
http://www.mirroroftomorrow.org/blog/_archives/2010/7/16/4572716.html#1358716
cheers c

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust bows to the public demand

Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust does not Approve The Lives of Sri Aurobindo
by RY Deshpande on Sat 25 Sep 2010 05:11 PM IST  |  Permanent Link  |  Cosmos
The following is the notice displayed on the Ashram Notice Board.

SRI AUROBINDO ASHRAM TRUST 
It is unfortunate that certain rumours are being circulated that the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust is in some way endorsing, supporting or promoting the book Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs. We would like to reiterate what has been our consistent stand since October 2008, namely: 
“Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust does not approve and has nothing to do with the book entitled The Lives of Sri Aurobindo written by Peter Heehs and Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust is not in any way responsible for the contents or the interpretations of the material contained therein…” 
This is to re-affirm that the stand of the Ashram Trust has been consistent and remains unchanged. The book is not sold from any department of the Ashram. 
Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust is fully aware of its responsibilities and its actions are determined keeping in view the vision and values it is supposed to uphold. 
For the Board of the Trustees
Signed: Manoj Das Gupta   
Seal: Managing Trustee
         Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust
         Pondicherry 
23.09.2010