[This insistence on the physical – the form and the formula – is a penchant of the western orientation. On the contrary, Sri Aurobindo even admonishes the Overmind for nothing short of the plenary Supramental would please him. The books of Satprem had forcefully advanced an impression that The Mother was engaged in somewhat alchemic activities with the cells of her body. The sensationalism floundered over time but not without corroding the credibility of her mission immensely. Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 9:25 AM Monday, December 18, 2006 Chase the ambrosia of Harmony] 1:10 PM 11:06 AM
[Thursday, March 27, 2008 It is safer to read the original works of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo
To know about The Mother and Sri Aurobindo, many Westerners prefer to pick up books authored by Satprem, Peter Heehs, Georges Van Vrekhem, Joseph Vrinte, or Ken Wilber et al. But it is a flawed choice, as their works - in earnest tones - tend to prejudice the reader in a particular way. It is much safer, therefore, that one initially reads the originals, and then study other writers with a critical eye. [TNM] Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra 1:47 PM 2 comments: Anonymous said...
By and large, yes, it is better to read the original. Nonetheless, Vrekhem's 'Beyond Man' does present a coherent and interesting view of what The Mother had achived in terms of transfiguring and supramentalising Her body. 7:09 PM, April 06, 2008
Tusar N Mohapatra said... I agree. But there is no gainsaying of the fact that there is a grain of truth in this comment over Amazon.com: "But frankly, as far as introducing someone else to their way of thought, I think it might actually be doing some harm. The book is a "thriller". Permalink] 10:48 AM
[These curious disclaimers by one who has been at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives and Research Library for years is simply baffling. Why this split identity? If he lacks the courage of conviction and ducks not to bear the cross, then who’d represent the Ashram? The irreverent tenor of the terse sentences Heehs crafts in his books in order to secure his credentials as an unbiased scholar feels like to pierce as if with a spear. Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra 11:55 AM Thursday, December 21, 2006] 10:08 AM