Monday, April 09, 2012

Fake neutrality

[Tweets Gautam Chikermane  @gchikermane Been getting huge hate-mail and hate-tweets on Peter Heehs. My suggestion to all of them: read The Lives of Sri Aurobindo. It is the finest biography of Sri Aurobindo. Don't be misled by selective, out of context excerpts. It is a hugely inspiring book. Read it! 1:09 PM - 9 Apr 12 Amit Bhargava  @lightstalker_AB - @RupaSubramanya @gchikermane Why deport Peter Heehs, send him to Jail instead. On lighter note, send him to Alipore if the jails exists... 2:50 AM - 9 Apr 12 Sivaram Velaga  @svelaga - @internet_hindus He dragged down Sri Aurobindo to the level of a charlatan by giving sexual context to his relation with Mirra Alfassa. 10:10 PM - 8 Apr 12]

The following statement was issued in February 2012. Emphases as in the original. — Ed.
The considered view of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust is that it does not project itself in the role of dictating to readers and followers of Sri Aurobindo, as to what they should read and what they should not read. Each person is at complete liberty to decide for himself whether he finds any book to be meaningful and useful, or whether he does not find it to be so, and Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust respects and has full faith in the intellectual and spiritual discernment of the readers. No one should or needs to force his personal opinions on any other reader in general, and more particularly on the followers of Sri Aurobindo.]

Clarity at last. The Ashram has no misgivings regarding the book and gives it a clean chit. Fine, but I find it as an insult to my intelligence. [TNM55] 

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