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Statement by Auroville International’s Advisory Council

Auroville International Advisory Council’s Comments Concerning the Controversy over The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs:

Having watched the unfolding of this controversy over many years we are saddened that Sri Aurobindo’s name is being dragged into an unseemly dispute which is contrary to the values of intellectual and spiritual freedom exemplified by his life and teachings.

The Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust has issued a statement:

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.

We support this statement and hope that the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust’s authority and standing in this matter is respected.

To summarize, we feel that Sri Aurobindo’s name must not be associated with banning books or deportation of scholars and each of us must take the appropriate initiatives to prevent this from happening.

Mark Tully
Doudou Diene
Marc Luyckx Ghisi
Julian Lines

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