- This blog enumerates the errors found in the "Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by Peter Heehs. Most readers do not know what the primary sources contain so they mistakenly assume that the text is without errors.
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- History of Kidney trouble-page 406
- Sexual union dignified by marriage – page 318
- Romantic Relationship – page 326
- His followers – page 277, preface, epilogue
- Undermining the Adesh page 204
- Disciples used to plagiarize – page 394
- Defaming the Ashram community – page 373
- Demeaning devotion – page 343
- Misleading remarks page 328
- Poems after 1943 are uncharacteristically dark – page 398
- On the Mother’s trip to Japan – page 260 and 319
- Madame Theon’s revelations are bizarre – page 253
- Amplifying Jitendral Lal Banerji’s negative remark : pp 101-102
- Seed-tree metaphor : page 203
- Distortion of the episode involving Vivekananda’s guidance to Sri Aurobindo in Alipore jail (page 178)
- Secret of the Veda – page 266
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On page 406, Peter incorrectly claims that Sri Aurobindo had a history of kidney trouble.
On page 318, Peter Heehs alleges that Sri Aurobindo engaged in “sexual union dignified by marriage”.
Description on page 326 arouses suspicion of the relationship between Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
In various places in the book, Peter Heehs undermines the very community he belongs to. He ridicules Sri Aurobindo’s “followers” as being naive and uncritical in order to demonstrate his own objectivity to the reader. A member of the Ashram … Continue reading
Sri Aurobindo received an Adesh(Divine command) from his Divine guide, Krishna, to go to Chandernagore and then to Pondicherry. The author tries to rationalize this Adesh below and in the process undermines Sri Aurobindo.
The following passage on page 394 claims Sri Aurobindo’s disciples used to plagiarize his works!
On page 373, he defames the members of the Ashram where he has lived for the past 40 years.
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
On page 398, there are a couple of errors which are discussed here. Continue reading
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
In this short note, we cover another distortion in this book which no one seems to have caught. Continue reading
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
In this short note, we discuss the incorrect conclusion drawn on page 203 regarding the seed-tree metaphor Continue reading
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
In many places in the book, Peter Heehs, having mentioned something positive, proceeds to concoct a negative side. Some of these negatives are phony because they have been inferred by craftily using Sri Aurobindo’s words against him. By that I mean he takes Sri Aurobindo’s quotes out-of-context to potentially mislead uninformed readers. There is a certain procedure which has to be followed in order to uncover such deceptions. When you find a negative remark, you should look up the citation and read the original source. Then you must search for alternative sources, at which point you will realize that the negative remark is not really negative at all. Continue reading