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Fact, fiction, and Robert Wilkinson

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. (Attributed to Mark Twain)

“Thea” disciple Robert Wilkinson in his latest blog post:


Regrettably, CNN/IBN attributed such a statement to Peter Heehs in the headline to the online posting of their interview:

CNN-IBN interview with Peter Heehs

Had Mr. Wilkinson actually watched this interview he would have noticed two things.

The first is that Peter did indeed refer to Sri Aurobindo as a spiritual leader.

The second is that during the entire interview Peter not once denied that Sri Aurobindo was an Avatar.

Among the calamities of war may be jointly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates and credulity encourages. (Samuel Johnson in The Idler)

  1. Nicolas Flamel
    May 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Between the years 1954 and 1964, while the Mother was alive, 3 major works dedicated to Sri Aurobindo were published by the Ashram Trust: 2 biographies, 1 essay.

    1/ In 1954, in French, “Sri Aurobindo” (420 pages) by Dr. G.E. Monod-Herzen, a disciple, a close friend of Governor Baron, Pavitra, Paul Repiton-Preneuf and Tanmaya. It is the only biography which had been read, approved and corrected by Sri Aurobindo in person (and by the Mother too of course). After Sri Aurobindo had left His Body, Paul Repiton-Preneuf added the necessary complement to the approved major chapters of this biography.

    The word AVATAR is nowhere mentionned in this biography….

    2/ In 1958, “The Life of Sri Aurobindo” (420 pages) by A.B. Purani, one of the early disciples, privy to Sri Aurobindo’s intimate secrets.

    The word AVATAR appears only TWICE, but NOT IN ASSOCIATION WITH SRI AUROBINDO. In the first instance, Purani quotes Sri Aurobindo who speaks of the “Avatar” in general. In the second instance, the word “Avatar” qualifies Lord Krishna…

    3/ In 1964, appeared in French the first edition of Satprem’s seminal essay: “Sri Aurobindo, ou l’aventure de la Conscience”. It was written under the Mother’s supervision, and it had Her full approval and Blessings.

    The word AVATAR appears nowhere to qualify Sri Aurobindo….

    Why should Peter Heehs be forced to utilise a term that his 3 important predecessors, writing under the Mother’s direct supervision, didn’t use in relation to Sri Aurobindo?

    This ridiculous accusation does not make sense at all….

  2. Brother Rabelais
    May 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Anyhow, imagine we all agree to pin on Sri Aurobindo the label “AVATAR”.

    The “aurobindian” clerics will instantaneously up the ante.

    Father Ranade will invent a “MAHAVATAR”…..
    Reverend Georges Van Vrekhem will coin an “OVERAVATAR”….
    Bishop Narad will sing in praise of the “MEGAVATAR”….
    Dom Kittu Reddy will preach about the “AVATAR OF AVATARS”.

    And then you’ll get HYPERAVATAR, SUPERAVATAR, you name it, they have it.

    “Sri Aurobindo” is a mantra.
    Let’s stick to it!

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