Monday, September 22, 2008

I wholeheartedly support the book: The Lives of Sri Aurobindo

from Tusar N. Mohapatra to PP Raghavachary <> date 22 September 2008 13:45 subject Re: Protests against Peter Heehs

Dear Raghav,

If “the Trustees are spineless” and it is “a universally known fact” then it is implied that the applications for “expulsion of Peter Heehs” that are being submitted to them won’t yield any result. Political mobilization is the only recourse left then to bring the Ashram administration back to the rails.

I am not sure whether you are willing to provide the details of Heehs’ offences for public information so that all right thinking people come forward to help convict him. Whether he should be singled out or some others also deserve punitive action can be decided through consultations.

In this distressing backdrop, may I reiterate that I wholeheartedly support the book, The Lives of Sri Aurobindo, whosoever its author may be. Writing about Sri Aurobindo: A Brief Biography (Oxford-1989, 2006) by Peter Heehs, Prof. Sachidananda Mohanty in his Sri Aurobindo: A Contemporary Reader (Routledge India-2008) notes: “This book in my opinion, represents a balanced approach – sympathetic and objective at the same time.” “A fine critical biography” like The Lives of Sri Aurobindo (List Price: $45.00, Offer Price: $36.00) too deserves identical estimation and reception.

Yours fraternally, Tusar N. Mohapatra
[Spice need not be mistaken for spite Whether Heehs has actually "criticized the Master" Writing an irreverent book is not a crime Biased train of conversation which denounces the integrity of a fine critical biography] 7:40 AM


  1. There is revolt within the Trust, trustees are divided, managing trustee supporting Mr.Peter, others opposing him. Mr.Peter had been expelled by a resolution passed in the Trust board on Monday 22nd September 2008. The Managing Trustee Manoj Das Gupta is unaware of this expulsion, or became deaf, dumb, and blind on seeing all other trustees opposing him, having lost majority he should step down but he is shameless, and will stick to office even if he is 99 years old.

  2. Thanks Nandhi for the quick report. It is certainly a dismal situation, and more so because the large number of inmates find themselves as helpless in the matter. On the other hand, most of the devotees feel that the Ashram is sacred, and they should not poke their noses in its affair. I understand the Trust rules are too stiff to expel someone. It will be nice if you can shed light on the whole affair in little bit more detail.