Robert E. Wilkinson

Heehs’ collision course with religious dogma and for that we owe him a debt of gratitude

Did Sri Aurobindo and the Mother Fail in their Work and Mission???? Robert E. Wilkinson

Peter Heehs’ book, The Lives of Sri Aurobindo, has produced a revealing storm of controversy in the Integral yoga community. By choosing to avoid the usual hagiographic treatment of his extraordinary subject, Heehs has been accused of neglecting the spiritual context of Sri Aurobindo’s life and thereby denigrating his body of scholarly works. The forums and blogs of “those who adore Sri Aurobindo and the Mother” are filled today with a great roar of indignation because Sri Aurobindo, whom they worship and revere, has been “decontectualized” in the eyes of many students and devotees. Heehs’ attempt to remain scholarly and objective has unknowingly set him on a collision course with the impenetrable wall of religious dogma surrounding Sri Aurobindo’s work and for that we owe him a debt of gratitude. For if Aurobindonianism can so easily be “decontectualized” by the pursuit of an objective knowledge, perhaps this epochal work can now be re-contectualized in the light of the Supramental Truth.

Many years ago the Mother wrote that Sri Aurobindo was not a saint or a sage but “an action direct from the Supreme”. She later refined her description of this Divine evolutionary “action” saying:

“I do not think that a single individual (on the Earth as it is now), however great he is, however eternal his consciousness and origin, can alone, by himself change and realise, …change the world, change the creation as it is and realise the Higher Truth that will be a new world, a world more true, if not absolutely true. That is to say, however great, however conscious, however powerful One avatar may be, he cannot, all alone realise the supramental life on Earth. It is either a group in time, arranged in a line in time, or a group spread over space…or both…that are indispensable for this realisation. I am sure of it.” The Mother

This “group in Time arranged in a Line” represents a living “axis-mundi”, a connected descent of the Supramental Force bridging the successive planes of consciousness, each of which define the field and focus of an individual yoga. Its four members, known as the “Solar Line”, cover the contiguous planes from Spiritual, Mental, Vital to the Physical, incarnating the complete evolutionary spectrum in human form and thereby revealing the deepest secrets of creation. For those who can See, this image of a vertical “axis” in time as well as its horizontal extension in Space are the pre-eminent features of the Mother’s original plan for the inner chamber of her temple. Through a ‘knowledge by identity’, these vertical and horizontal measurements may also be seen to correspond to what Sri Aurobindo called the inner “organization of the being and its parts”:

“There are in fact two systems simultaneously active in the organisation of the being and its parts: one is concentric, a series of rings or sheaths with the psychic at the centre; another is vertical, an ascension and descent, like a flight of steps, a series of superimposed planes with the supermind-overmind as the crucial nodus of the transition beyond the human into the Divine. First, there must be a conversion inwards, a going within to find the inmost psychic being and bring it out to the front, disclosing at the same time the inner mind, inner vital, inner physical parts of the nature. Next, there must be an ascension, a series of conversions upwards and a turning down to convert the lower parts.” Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga, p251.

Owing to a lack of enlightened leadership, the Integral Yoga community as it is now constituted does not recognize these sublime correspondences. It has rejected the full Solar Line and has instead established a worshipful religious dogma based exclusively upon the work of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Implicit within this truncation of the Solar line is the unavoidable conclusion that Sri Aurobindo and the Mother have failed in their stated mission. For if the line ends with only the first two members, the full descent of the Supermental Consciousness including Sri Aurobindo’s return could not possibly occur. In a letter to Lori Tompkins in response to her recent article, “Is the True Significance of Immortality Day Lost on Followers of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother?” Alan Kazlev confirms this belief:

“…the fact that Sri Aurobindo and the Mother were not able to complete their mission (due to the limitations of the disciples (and as an imperfect being i would be no better, so i am not blaiming them) and the resistence of the terrestrial consciousness which is still enmeshed in falsehood’.”

Kazlev as many of you may know is one of the principle architects of Aurobindonian dogma and along with others, he has assumed the duties of representing the public face of this epochal work on Wikipedia. Because of his admitted belief that Sri Aurobindo and the Mother have failed in their work and mission, how on earth can he properly inform the public?

Indeed, all he can do is mislead and lacking any meaningful realization himself, he is only too eager to publically hand off the authority of this work to Ken Wilber and others of the so-called ‘Integral Movement’ who have plagiarized Sri Aurobindo’s thought for years with virtually no understanding of its inner truth. What is worse, Kazlev has taken it upon himself to publically attack and vilify the Third member of the Solar Line in an attempt to discredit her formidable body of published works that detail the remaining stages of the Supramental Descent. This simply cannot continue.

For those of you who know in your hearts that Sri Aurobindo and the Mother could not possibly have failed in their mission I think you will agree that the time has come for Alan Kazlev’s obstructive posturing to end. This does not mean that you should blindly follow the Third. Ours is a yoga of Knowledge. Read her books and make up your own minds. You can begin with her article, India’s 9/11 becomes 26/11. In this four part analysis, Thea reveals the fulfillment of Sri Aurobindo’s work and mission and his realization of Immortality on the date announced some 82 years ago as Immortality Day. Here is incontrovertible proof that the Supermind has descended upon the earth and that its actions may be seen and measured.
In the Service of Truth,
Robert E. Wilkinson

Robert E. Wilkinson said… What can one say about the so-called biographical works coming out of Auroville these days? One can only conclude that they are the result of the stultifying dogma which has leached the soul out of the most important spiritual work of the Age. In what must be the greatest irony of all time, Vishnu’s emissaries, which take birth only once every 6, 480 years, are being reduced to a caricature by the very devotees who claim to love and adore them. Instead of announcing to the world the arrival of these divine incarnations and the incomparable knowledge they bring to uplift the world, their own devotees are rushing to de-contectualize and humanize them under the guise of objective scholarship.
It fairly boggles the mind to read Peter Heehs’ statement to the effect that Sri Aurobindo’s “Avatarhood” was a distracting hagiographic idealization in which he had no real interest. This literary lunacy is now being carried over to Georges Van Vrekhem’s biography of the Mother which, like Heehs, does not inquire into matters like “avatarhood” or “divine force”. For persons of knowledge, the arrogance of these so-called biographers is simply breathtaking. Unfortunately it reflects a long standing attitude of many of the so-called wise-men who claim to ‘adore Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’. It is as if the Vedic tradition of the Avatar is meaningless, even though it is sanctified by the Gita in Sri Krishna’s own words, and Sri Aurobindo’s and the Mother’s as well.
In what can only be called a ‘Brahmanicide’, Auroville’s intellectual elite has systematically destroyed every trace that the Divine has taken birth in human form and corrupted every objective proof of their appearance on the earth and why it would take place at this time and no other. As a result, pretenders to their knowledge and usurpers of their authority rush to fill the void of a murdered Avatar. Spiritual dilettantes like Andrew Cohen swarm like sharks smelling blood to patronize and diminish Sri Aurobindo’s and the Mother’s stature so he can brand himself and his ‘EnlightenNext’ magazine as the leading authority on “Evolutionary Spirituality”.
As Carter Phipps writes, ‘…the offices of EnlightenNext believe that the reason Sri Aurobindo’s work is not more celebrated is because his followers ‘view his work in such mythic and messianic terms’ regarding him as a flawless saint or Avatar.’ According to Phipps, students of Aurobindo and the Mother have a tendency to take this kind of hagiographic inflation to extreme heights.
By all means…lets humanize Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, gossip about their foibles, denigrate their divinity and maybe then we can reduce them to a level more comfortable to our own un-evolved condition. Then we can lament the fact that while they made a valiant effort, they failed in their mission which comforts us in dealing with our own failure.
And we can dismiss altogether any question of a continuation of their line, one which might hold us to account for our complicity in the distortion and destruction of the greatest spiritual work of the Age. And when we look at the chaos and destruction around us and the growing conflict between India and Pakistan that threatens to erupt in a nuclear conflict, we can tell ourselves that we are blameless. After all, who would believe that a Temple built correctly could actually alter the course of history. As the Mother confirms, ‘…But one is not going to say it. To begin, they would not believe me.’ Robert E. Wilkinson
9:36 PM, August 08, 2009    10:46 PM

1 Response to "Robert E. Wilkinson"

Here we go ’round the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush….
here we go ’round the mulberry bush…
ad infinitum, ad nauseum

Aurobindo’s philosophy is going nowhere fast.

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