Monthly Archives: March 2012

Misleading remarks page 328

From a certain point of view, however, Aurobindowrote the works he published in the Arya more for himself than for others. ‘I wanted to throw out certain things that were moving in my mind,’ he once said. ‘If nobody reads and understands, it does not matter.’ Continue reading

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Poems after 1943 are uncharacteristically dark – page 398

On page 398, there are a couple of errors which are discussed here. Continue reading

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On the Mother’s trip to Japan – page 260 and 319

The purpose of this article is to correct some misinterpretations in the Lives of Sri Aurobindo (referred to as LOSA hereafter) regarding the Mother Mirra Alfassa’s trip to Japan. Continue reading

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Madame Theon’s revelations are bizarre – page 253

In this short note, we cover another distortion in this book which no one seems to have caught. Continue reading

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Amplifying Jitendral Lal Banerji’s negative remark : pp 101-102

Peter Heehs uses in his book certain subtle psychological techniques to create a negative opinion of Sri Aurobindo. One such device is never passing an outright negative judgment without making some qualifications to it. Generally he flip-flops between positive and negative statements, swings to the left and right, and in a most unsuspecting way nullifies his positive statements on Sri Aurobindo. Continue reading

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Seed-tree metaphor : page 203

In this short note, we discuss the incorrect conclusion drawn on page 203 regarding the seed-tree metaphor Continue reading

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Distortion of the episode involving Vivekananda’s guidance to Sri Aurobindo in Alipore jail (page 178)

On page 178 of the biography, Heehs surreptitiously debunks the well-known fact that Sri Aurobindo received guidance from Swami Vivekananda in Alipore jail. It is astonishing that so many people have read the biography but not one seems to have noticed this glaring inaccuracy. Perhaps it is because while reading, people tend to gloss over the incidents in Sri Aurobindo’s life that they are already familiar with, or they trust that the author is telling the truth, or they have not bothered to investigate and determine what the primary sources actually contain. Continue reading

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