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In Defence of the “Extracts from The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs”—Raman Reddy

I would like to present here one argument which Heehs and his supporters have never cared to consider,—the “argument against intellectual argument”. Any sadhak who has followed a spiritual path will accept that sadhana is best done when you base yourself on something higher or deeper than the mind. Read the rest of this entry »

All choice: She is the golden bridge
By Barindranath Chaki

On this 21st day of February 2009, which happens to be the birthday anniversary of The Mother, Mira Alfassa, the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo, let us remember Her and The Master, in Silence and in utter sincerity and faithfulness . …. of Man to outgrow and master all his imperfections and darkness, to grow into a creative, constructive and higher divine being, along with the society, conquering all inner and outer darkness, crossing all barriers and divisions.

BABUL’S WORLD: 21 February 1878, The Mother’s birthday (Darshan Day)
By kripatirtha97@yahoo.com  (Debabrata Ghosh)
21st February 1878, The Mother’s Birthday. In Sri Aurobindo Ashram it is observed as Darshan Day. On this special day devotees are allowed to visit the room of Mother and Sri Aurobindo
BABUL’S WORLD

 

Savitri: the Light of the Supreme :: Savitri from Collected Works
By RY Deshpande
Last night, we (you and I and a few others) were together for quite a long time in Sri Aurobindo’s permanent dwelling-place in the subtle physical (what Sri Aurobindo called the true physical). Everything that took place there (far too
Savitri: the Light of the Supreme
Some Dates Connected with Sri Aurobindo and the Mother

 

[1]15 August 1872 Thursday

Sri Aurobindo’s Birthday

 

[2] 21 February 1878 Thursday

The Mother’s Birthday

 

[3] 4 April 1910 Monday

Sri Aurobindo’s Arrival at Pondicherry

 

[4] 29 March 1914 Sunday

The First Meeting of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo

 

[5] 24 April 1920 Saturday

The Mother’s Final Arrival at Pondicherry

 

[6] 24 November 1926 Wednesday

The Siddhi of Krishna’s Consciousness in the Physical

 

[7] 24 November 1938 Thursday

Accident to Sri Aurobindo’s Right Thigh Bone

 

[8] 24 April 1939 Monday

Introduced as Darshan Day

 

[9] 5 December 1950 Tuesday

Sri Aurobindo’s Mahasamadhi

Strategically Fixing-up of the Supramental in the Physical

 

[10] 9 December 1950 Saturday

A New Phase of Work Begins with the Samadhi

 

[11] 12 December 1950 Tuesday

The Mother Gives First Blessings after Sri Aurobindo’s Passing Away

 

[12] 29 February 1956 Wednesday

Supramental Manifestation in the Subtle-Physical of the Earth

 

[13] 17 November 1973 Saturday

The Mother’s Mahasamadhi—

She Walking into the New Body

 

[14] 20 November 1973 Tuesday

A New Leap towards the Work of Transformation in the New Body

 

 

 


The list is open for additions by way of comments from the interested readers.  Thanks. ~ RYD


 

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Weekly Schedule Print E-mail
Written by Radio Team   
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
This week we are broadcasting:

  • Zamasanga – Reggae night at Visitor’s Center (new)
  • Ameeta Mehra – “What does Savitri mean to me?”
  • Deepanam School – Cultural Program of January 2009 (new)
  • Françoise Bouquet –  Dé.Mé.Lés. method – An innovative therapy – French
  • Health Services Team – The Auroville Clinic (new)
  • Nadaka & Gopika – Shantakaram – Chants & Mantras (new)
  • Frederick – Mix up
  • Fabienne and Warren – What would a free lance journalist ask about Auroville?

You can listen to these by checking the broadcasting schedule here.

 

Weekly Schedule Print E-mail
Written by Radio Team   
Monday, 02 February 2009
This week we are broadcasting :

  • Michele Decoust et Jean Yves Bilien – Ecologie, Santé et Spiritualité (new)
  • Satprem – Radioscopie – Jacques Chancel
  • Holger Jetter & Barbara Jungfer – German/Indian Jazz Exchange (new)
  • Loretta & Savitri – Savitri, Book 1 – Canto 2
  • Sadhana Forest – Pionneer Spirit – Mix Up (new)
  • Jean-Francois Noubel – Collective intelligence, wisdom and consciousness
  • Jivan & Suryan – Peace Day Concert
  • Joel – Y’a toujours pleins d’trucs qui cassent

You can listen to these by checking the broadcasting schedule here.

View Article  The Strange Case of Dr. M and Mr. S

Sachidananda Mohanty is a Professor of English at the University of Hyderabad, India.

Like the main character in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Sachidananda Mohanty seems to have a split personality. There is the academic – let us call him Dr. M – who praised the work of Peter Heehs and warned of the danger of “collective bigotry” in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. And there is the writer of a letter to the Trustees – we may call him Mr. S – who has condemned The Lives of Sri Aurobindo and joined the movement calling for Heehs’s expulsion. The contrast between the two makes an interesting study.   more »

View Article  Larger Issues of “The Lives of Sri Aurobindo” Controversy

The Heehs biography controversy is unfortunately a symptom of a much deeper crisis in the Integral Yoga community, with future repercussions which are hardly optimistic. In this consideration of some of the larger issues involved, the editors of sciy and other concerned viewers of the phenomenon draw attention to what is at stake for all those interested in the Integral Yoga. These are only a few of the more serious ramifications. Readers are welcome to add their own concerns as comments.   more »

View Article  Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism by Robert Jay Lifton
This is an edited excerpt from Chapter 22 of Robert Jay Lifton’s book,”Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of ‘Brainwashing’ in China.” Lifton, a psychiatrist and distinguished professor at the City University of New York, has studied the psychology of extremism for decades. He testified at the 1976 bank robbery trial of Patty Hearst about the theory of “coercive persuasion.” First published in 1961, his book was reprinted in 1989 by the University of North Carolina Press. Lifton’s analysis of “thought-reform” applied to cultic behavior is very instructive in our present space-time.   more »

View Article  A Cultural Misunderstanding

Ananda Reddy is founder-director of SACAR

Ananda Reddy addressed a letter to the Managing Trustee of Sri Aurobindo Ashram on 6 September, 2008. A significant feature of this letter is the cultural issues it raises. The Lives of Sri Aurobindo was written for publication in America and has been widely appreciated there. Some reactions to it in India, such as Reddy’s, have been markedly different. An understanding of the cultural factors underlying these varying responses might contribute to healing the division that has recently arisen in the international Sri Aurobindo community.   more »

View Article  Yoga, religion, and fundamentalism in the Integral Yoga Community by Lynda Lester

Lynda Lester made a great presentation at AUM 2007 on fundamentalist tendencies in Integral Yoga. We are happy to post it here:

Today I’d like to focus on the difference between yoga, religion, and fundamentalism in the Integral Yoga community. And because in a discussion like this we’re all coming from different cultures and orientations, my yoga might be your religion and someone else’s fundamentalism. So I thought I’d start out with some definitions….   more »

View Article  Savitra speaks out on The Lives of Sri Aurobindo

Until recently, I had not actually read Peter’s book. So, despite the polarizing atmosphere and escalating polemics surrounding its publication, I refrained from taking a position or passing judgment. For how could I come to conclusions about something that I myself had not personally experienced?

As a published author myself, my own natural writing style tends more toward the creative rather than the academic or scholarly. So to be honest, I was not sure if I could wade through more than 400 pages of biographical details drawn from decades of archival research. After all, I was, I believed, sufficiently familiar with the essential outline and major events of Sri Aurobindo’s life. And as a dedicated practitioner of Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga as well as a serious student of his own writings since the mid-1960s, having read all of his major works before coming to Pondicherry to meet the Mother, I wondered how I could possibly benefit from pouring through the micro-facts and minutia of such a figure whose Life was so much greater than the sum of its parts. I also had reservations about whether such an academic approach would turn out to be a boring compilation or disconnected series of meticulously-researched historical details which would simply drone on, failing both to hold my attention or hold together as a whole….   more »

View Article  The Genesis of a Controversy
A two-page document, “The Role of Peter Heehs in the Archives,” was submitted to the Trustees of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram around the beginning of September, 2008. This was perhaps the first definite act of hostility in what quickly grew into a full-blown campaign against Heehs. It was soon followed by several longer and in some cases even more virulent letters which were widely circulated to mobilize opinion and force the Trustees to take action. This letter by colleagues of Heehs in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives is of special interest, not only because it seems to have marked the beginning of what would soon become a raging controversy, but because it shows clearly the personal nature of the attacks on the biographer. The writers of the letter had admittedly not read the book. But it seems that they know the author from having tea with him in the Archives until he had to suspend his work there as a result of the movement they began. His “attitude” – or their impressions of it gathered from casual conversation – is their main focus. This letter will be commented on in detail in order to get the facts straight and put the issues in perspective.   more »

View Article  Peter Heehs called to appear in Court

In an act of desperation the petitioner as well as those Ashramites who are conspiring against Peter Heehs are attempting to file criminal charges in this matter. Note that these charges are being filed under the following sections: Section 501 is “printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory” – Section 500 covers punishment for defamation; Section 275 (a) does not seem to exist though 275 covers sale of adulterated drugs.

The truth however, will not be denied. Not only will this case be dismissed but the truth regards the hypocrisy and malice of those persons who have seen fit to conspire in secret to take these actions will be unveiled for all to see.

The truth of this matter will be revealed in a forthcoming text that will be announced on SCIY. The voices of the ashramite leaders of the ex-communication movement will speak for themselves. What will become obvious is their disregarded for the spirit of the yoga as well as the rules and regulations of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram itself in persecuting a fellow sadhak.   more »

View Article  An examination of the criticism against The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Larry Seidlitz
This article continues the section of responses on The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by those who have read the book. In this essay, Larry Seidlitz, a resident and scholar at Pondicherry, examines the charges being made against the author of The Lives of Sri Aurobindo and attempts to put to rest the exaggerations and misreadings which have been circulated by the ringleaders of the “anti-PH movement” and which have become “authorized truths” to a vast range of “followers” of these ringleaders, most of whom have not read the book.   more »

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The new proselytizers

 

Nandita Das created a stir by scripting and directing “Firaaq”. It’s a soul-stirring movie. Nandita, the director and scriptwriter, has tried to be as honest and candid with the celluloid as her deep-rooted commitment to her political ideology. Terrifyingly impressive is the way she uses silence as a tool to etch her message on the viewers’ minds. The actors live the characters they represent. And she admits frankly, “It’s a political movie.” 

As a filmmaker and journalist, I would give her full marks for a political statement that has been registered so strongly that this film is going to have better effect than a hundred thousand people’s gathering.

 
     
     
 

If Old Age wasnt there We would have been ‘Manupanzee

 

 
     
     
 

Jaagore!!!

 

I was really pained when BJP lost the 2004 election. Did we really deserve to lose? Maybe. We got 44 seats lesser than 13th Lok Sabha. But there’s devil in the detail.There was just a swing of -1.5% in our vote share when compared to the electionbefore. India,which boasts an electorate of more than 670 million people had only 56% voterturnout with most absentees from Urban areas.

Can we dosomething to urge Urban youth to vote? As per me, yes we can do it by forwarding this information to as many people we can!

Jaago Re!

 
     
     
 

Sinister plan to Islamize Kerala

 

Dr. Babu Suseelan
The greatest threat facing Kerala, the land of Parasuram, Sankaracharya, and Sri Narayana Guru today is Islamic expansionism.  For centuries, Muslims from the Middle East, the self-approved Islamic fanatics have been waging a Jihad war against Hindus in Kerala. Even before the Portuguese pirate Vasco De Gama reached Kozhikode, Arab Muslims have marched into Kerala for looting, sex escapade and coercive religious conversion. Most of the earlier Arab Muslims were small and fluid, appearing and disappearing, splintering, and reemerging in new Islamic disguises. They were successful in settling in Malabar and forcefully converting few Hindus by the sword.
 
     
     
 

Inspirational Speech by Shri Arabindo: 15th Aug 47

 

August 15th, 1947 is the birthday of free India. It marks for her the end of an old era, the beginning of a new age. But we can also make it by our life and acts as a free nation an important date in a new age opening for the whole world, for the political, social, cultural and spiritual future of humanity.
August 15th is my own birthday and it is naturally gratifying to me that it should have assumed this vast significance. I take this coincidence, not as a fortuitous accident, but as the sanction and seal of the Divine Force that guides my steps on the work with which I began life, the beginning of its full fruition. Indeed, on this day I can watch almost all the world movements which I hoped to see fulfilled in my lifetime, though then they looked like impracticable dreams arriving at fruition or on their way to achievement. In all these movements free India may well play a large part and take a leading position.

 
     
     
 

The contemporary Hindu predicament By Dr. Gautam Sen

 

Savitri Bhavan is located in the International Zone of Auroville, between Bharat Nivas and Matrimandir. It has been created as a unit of SAIIER (Sri Aurobindo International Institute of Educational Research) to be a focal point for Sri Aurobindo studies in Auroville, taking Savitri, his revelatory epic poem, as a starting point for exploring his other writings, and using what he has written elsewhere to deepen our understanding and appreciation of Savitri, the most profound and powerfully creative of all his works. It is meant as a place where all kinds of materials for study, research and concentration on Sri Aurobindo’s revelatory epic poem Savitri can be gathered and made available.

The varied activities being organised and developed by Savitri Bhavan aim to make Sri Aurobindo’s insights more accessible to people of very different psychological types and cultural origins. Our object is not mere intellectual or academical scrutiny of Sri Aurobindo’s language and thought. We approach his writings for help and light, for the psychological insights and support which can aid us to live in such a way that Auroville can fulfil its mission as a pathfinder towards a new kind of human society.

About Savitri Bhavan

Savitri is the masterwork of Sri Aurobindo, freedom-fighter, poet, and spiritual pioneer. Taking as his framework and starting point the ancient Indian symbolic legend of Satyavan and Savitri, Sri Aurobindo worked on this epic poem from October 1916 to a few days before leaving his body in December 1950. Almost 24,000 lines of masterly mantric poetry carry the essence of his revolutionary spiritual vision. His spiritual co-worker, The Mother, has said of it :

 

Savitri – the supreme revelation of Sri Aurobindo’s vision.”

 

“I believe that it is his message.

All his other writings are preparations,

but Savitri is the message.”

 

Savitri is a mantra for the transformation of the world”.

 
We dream of an environment in Auroville
  • that will breathe the atmosphere of Savitri

  • that will welcome Savitri lovers from every corner of the world

  • that will be an inspiring centre of Savitri studies

  • that will house all kinds of materials and activities to enrich our understanding and enjoyment of Sri Aurobindo’s revelatory epic

  • that will be the abode of Savitri, the Truth that has come from the Sun.

Support is welcome from everyone who feels that the vibration of Savitri will help to manifest a better tomorrow. 

Savitri Bhavan
Auroville 605 101
Tamil Nadu
INDIA

Email : savitribhavan@auroville.org.in 

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