['I was targeted for showing Aurobindo’s human side’ STOI Bosco Dominique, TNN Apr 15, 2012, 01.22 AM IST PUDUCHERRY: Peter Heehs
I can say categorically that I did not say Sri Aurobindo and the Mother had a romantic relationship. I did not say that there was any element of madness in Sri Aurobindo's personality. But these questions were raised in the literature I had read. As an impartial biographer, I wanted to take up and discuss these. On these issues, I have written four pages and at the end of it I concluded that the relationship between Sri Aurobindo and the Mother was entirely spiritual. It is unfortunate that people did not bother to read till the end.]
It’s quite revealing that Heehs has confessed his conscious treatment of the two contentious themes in the book. This proves Dr. Ryder’s thesis of Heehs’ anticipating-refuting methodology. Heehs’ promoters had claimed to have smelt nothing of the sort, but now Heehs divulges that he had read about such things. So, obviously, Heehs attempted reconstructing the settings so that the reader comes as close as to such conclusions before he himself intervenes desultorily like the Bollywood police.
This is a serious blunder especially when undertaken within the sacred precincts of an Ashram. Conceiving such a depraved project is itself desecration and amounts to circulating antagonistic vibrations. However, Heehs must explain why he didn’t write out appropriate rejoinders when he read them first and why he didn’t caution the reader regarding this in the preface. [TNM55]