Thursday, December 21, 2006

Who’d represent the Ashram?

The selection, introduction and notes are my own responsibility and should not be taken as representing the views of the Ashram.Peter Heehs
The selection, and arrangement of the extracts, and the substance and the tone of the introduction and notes, are the responsibility of the editor alone.Peter Heehs
These curious disclaimers by one who has been at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives and Research Library for years is simply baffling. Why this split identity? If he lacks the courage of conviction and ducks not to bear the cross, then who’d represent the Ashram? The irreverent tenor of the terse sentences Heehs crafts in his books in order to secure his credentials as an unbiased scholar feels like to pierce as if with a spear. No wonder, now many Daniels, Gustavs, and Andersons have taken the cue and attempt to outdo him.

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