Demeaning devotion – page 343

The path of Devotion(bhakti) is demeaned on page 343

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Misleading remarks page 328

On page 328, we have

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Poems after 1943 are uncharacteristically dark – page 398

On page 398, we are given the impression that Sri Aurobindo’s Sadhana(askesis) was failing, and that his poems written during the 1940s were uncharacteristically dark and ominous.

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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.

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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.

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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. For committing this ‘murder in cold print’, he begins with some sweet talk lulling the reader into a false sense of sympathy, and then delivers a blow to Sri Aurobindo in someone else’s name, adding his own opinion quietly in the presentation of a multitude of documents. He does this so cleverly that at times it is hard to distinguish his personal opinion from the quoted documents. For example, while summarizing Sri Aurobindo’s life at Baroda, the author makes the following statement:

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Seed-tree metaphor : page 203

In this short note, we discuss the incorrect conclusion drawn on page 203 of the biography.

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