Reply to Dr. Raghu -- by Dr. Alok Pandey from A critique of the book "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by Peter Heehs
We are not against the book simply because it challenges our beliefs, as if we need the testimony of a non-entity like Mr Heehs to have faith or understand things. Our main objection is that first of all it is Untruth (falsehood as it is called) and any sensible right thinking man must have enough courage to stand by Truth. What makes it worse is that not only it is falsehood but a conscious one, for it comes through the pen of someone who has spent decades at the Ashram and cannot claim ignorance of all that has been said by Sri Aurobindo. This book besides is a retrogressive step as it tries to re-establish the old materialistic paradigm that men all over the world are fast discarding. It is necessary to challenge it and set the record straight.
Dr Raghu needs to know that not only old sadhakas but also new ones, including scientists and experts in their own field, trust Sri Aurobindo's vision and have ample evidence to testify it. It is not some cult or blind irrational belief, but the call of Truth that motivates us. Dr. Alok Pandey 30 May 2010
Notwithstanding the words of M.P. Pandit, I am agnostic on this Amma. This hugging business seems disingenuous ["ugh, don't touch me"]. The Mother [the real one] did not have to hug anybody, did she? She cooked people from the inside.