Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mahatab said that Heehs' depiction of Sri Aurobindo was objectionable

BJP MP seeks cancellation of Heehs' visa Times of India TNN | May 20, 2012, 06.35AM IST NEW DELHI:
The controversy over a book written on Sri Aurobindo by American author Peter Heehs echoed afresh in Parliament this week, with BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahatab demanding that the visa granted to the writer be withdrawn.
Mahatab said that Heehs' depiction of Sri Aurobindo was objectionable as it presented a selective and distorted picture of the spiritual thinker based on the appraisals of his critics. Raising the issue during zero hour on Friday, the MP said the "blasphemous" book is part of a "malicious design to discredit and defame" thinkers of modern India.
Mahatab found the support of some members, including those from Trinamool Congress and Congress, and said there has been "widespread indignation" among devotees of Sri Aurobindo over the biography written by Heehs. The MP has said that author has chosen to ignore more balanced views on the thinker.
Heehs' visa was recently extended by a year after the controversy. The author is an inmate of Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry. Mahatab wondered as to how a person was granted a visa, despite repeated complaints against him. "We should stop such people from coming to the country," he added.

Very unfortunately, there are some people at Sri Aurobindo Ashram who have gone out of their way to extend direct and indirect support to this mischievous writer Peter. It is quite sad state of affairs that these persons are in position of power and privilege, to pressurise other saner persons with the lure of personal favour, and misuse the wealth of Ashram for this purpose. These betrayers of the mission of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother are no longer worthy for their position,and should quit forthwith. Peter problem does not look solvable, till such betrayers are in power. H Acharya May 7, 2012 9:22 PM
It is absolutely clear that Peter has completely wasted his 40 years as an inmate, in association with the Ashram and the archives. he could not learn or understand the very basic attitudes needed of a inmate and devotee. As a result, his perverted mind and the influence from his perverted and mischievous associates, along with unhindered and unchecked access to the classified records at the Archives, has created a new Asura in him, and expressed through his now infamous book. How would such a person understand [much less appreciate] the above attributes of a Guru? and the attitudes expected of a follower?
rajendram chackravartisri May 13, 2012 9:54 PM Major Gen has very aptly put forth the feelings of a large number of devotees of Sri Aurobindo. 
One gets a feeling that Peter Heehs has probably tried to put in sensational nonfacts for fast sale of the book. Since it is not available in India, he has very generously offered to bring up for local consumption in the country another book.
getting endorsemets from prominent names for his work, will in my opinion not save such a biased book from being consigned to the dustbin of history- the self styled historian probably wasted his best years in India sofar- to paint Sri Aurobindo in black.

We have stated, as succinctly as is consistent with clearness, the main psychological principles on which the ancient Indians based their scheme of education. By the training of Brahmacharya they placed all the energy of which the system was capable and which could be spared from bodily functions, at the service of the brain. In [...]

The biographical in Savitri (1) from Savitri Posting date: 20 May 2012
The Lives of Sri Aurobindo published by the Columbia University Press two years ago declares Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri as a “fictional creation”. For its author it is not of any use from the point of view of it being a source-book for the biographical material. Let us briefly try to examine this statement taking into account some of the known facts we have about Sri Aurobindo’s spiritual life, specifically corresponding to his Calcutta years, 1905-10. Some of the aspects presented in Savitri can be directly correlated with the Yogi’s spiritual biography belonging to this period. We shall take a few illustrative particulars essentially belonging to the early part of his yoga-tapasya. 

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