LITHMAN, ALAN SASHA
A graduate of the University of Florida with a B.A. in English Literature, cultured in the activist milieu of the 1960s, the author migrated to San Francisco to pursue more inner-directed disciplines. Drawn to the Indic Traditions, he crossed paths with Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri. This meeting led to his eventual grounding in the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, leading him at the close of the sixties to hitchhike from London to India to meet the Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. He met her then, received the name "Savitra" from her, and entered the pioneering global community experiment of Auroville near Pondicherry. He spent the next 21 years there as an Auroville resident, apprenticing what he calls "applied spirituality", engaged not only in inner development but in the transformation of earthly realities. He helped jumpstart the first schools, organizational and communications systems, as well as the afforestation program which eventually planted over two million trees, reviving a barren plateau back into lush tropical forests. Returning to the States in 1990, he moved to Ashland, Oregon where he wrote his first American book, The Savitri Legend (with Foreword by Robert Johnson) published in 1999. He has since been involved with numerous social, ecological and community-based initiatives and organizations, considering himself an "evolutionary activist". In April, 2000, he became a research associate with the Institute of Noetic Sciences in California under their donor-advised program, and was interviewed that same year by New Dimensions Radio. His current work, An Evolutionary Agenda for the Third Millennium, is scheduled for publication Spring, 2003.