Eric Hughes 1931 – 2016

Eric Hughes
Eric Hughes 1931-2016

Eric Hughes passed away Sunday evening, March 6th after suffering a stroke. He was 84 years old.

Winner of the Edward Albee award for his play “The Empty Room”, Eric had a deep love of theater and the opera. He worked as a copy editor for many years both in Manhattan and in upstate New York.

He met his partner of over fifty years, Sam Spanier, in Manhattan. Sam, an accomplished painter who had been a student of the Gurdjieff work with Madam de Salzmann in Paris, became a disciple of the Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry. Both men went to Pondicherry and had profound spiritual experiences from their contact with her which changed the course of their lives.

Eric read deeply in Sri Aurobindo and Mother’s published works and translated the 13 Volumes of Mother’s Agenda of the Supramental Action Upon Earth from the original French which contributed to the official translation. Sam and Eric co-founded Matagiri in(Mother’s Mountain) and later incorporated it as a nonprofit organization.

He also edited a book entitled “On Collective Yoga” containing quotes from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

Sam and Eric were joined by others in a community and over the years received thousands of people at the 42 acre retreat. After Sam’s death, Eric continued to greet visitors and share insights until his passing. Matagiri will continue under a Board of Trustees including Julian and Wendy Lines, whom Eric named as his successors. They both have been students of Sri Aurobindo’s yoga since the early ’70s.