Thursday, April 30, 2009

Whatever has been printed in Sri Aurobindo's time and thus has passed his scrutiny of editing is final

from Jitendra Sharma aurofrance@gmail.com to "Tusar N. Mohapatra" tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date 30 Apr 2009 12:33 subject Editing Sri Aurobindo's 'Savitri'
Dear Tusar-bhai,
Sub : Editing Sri Aurobindo’s ‘Savitri’

I had been a ‘best student of the year’ of the Ashram School in 1980. It was my privilege to have great teachers like Shri Nirodbaran, Shri Jugal Kishore Mukherjee, Shri Kishor Gandhi, Shri Manoj Das etc. I used to correspond regularly with the Mother.
Like many other ex-students of the Ashram, it pains me to see that the works of Sri Aurobindo have been edited by an individual who has written a very disrespectful book on Sri Aurobindo: “The Lives of Sri Aurobindo”.

In one class, Nirod-da suddenly told everybody, “ ‘You see, one day Sri Aurobindo came to me while I was revising and correcting what was written and said, ‘ Nirod in B. --- , C. ---, after this line at the end I had put a 'COMMA', I have pondered over it, you better remove that 'COMMA '. After a couple of weeks of this incident, he again came and said, 'Nirod, I have further deliberated deeply on this matter of comma at the end of that line, you had better put it back' ”.

It is just not the Mother who had said ,“ I will not allow you to change even a comma in ‘Savitri' ”. But this was literally true in the case of Sri Aurobindo. He had truly achieved that perfection in ‘Savitri’ ! To try and change anything in this divine creation is truly like putting cyanide in the mantric poetry. Both Nirod-da and Amal-da had a tendency to emphasize and probably even correct in various ways what Sri Aurobindo had written and to make changes as per their own whims and fancies.

It seems they used to add and subtract punctuations as per their own fancy. However, as long as Sri Aurobindo was present physically, he had his own way of acting from inner point of view and adjust according to his own inner inspiration.
In the ‘ Mother’s Agenda’, two points come out very forcefully :
a) that Sri Aurobindo was allowing certain changes to have peace, as he mentioned to the Mother. The Mother also said that, "Sri Aurobindo was a gentleman and he did not want anybody to feel bad, but I am not a gentleman !”
b) There were two morons who fancied correcting Sri Aurobindo !

I believe that with this back-ground, we can safely say that whatever has been printed in Sri Aurobindo's time and thus has passed his scrutiny of editing is final. Except for genuine printing mistakes in spellings , there is no scope of any corrections esp. posthumously. All the other so-called mistakes that have been discovered, may be tabulated separately, for those who want to carry out a thorough research on the subject.
Regards.
Prof. Jitendra Sharma
Calicut (Kerala) Phone : 0495 – 2731523
Website :
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/supramentalyogagroup/ [12:59 PM 10:47 AM]

Additional 77 paragraphs were made of 'The Mother' book in 1978

from Jitendra Sharma aurofrance@gmail.com to "Tusar N. Mohapatra" tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date 30 Apr 2009 06:44 subject If this is not tampering, what is it ? Dear Tusar-bhai,
Sub : If this is not tampering, what is it ?

In 1978, 'The Mother' by Sri Aurobindo was distributed to all the sadhaks of the Ashram.
At the end of the book, this is what is written as editorial script:
Special calligraphic edition brought out to commemorate the birth centenary of the Mother, paragraphed according to the artistic needs.
Additional 77 paragraphs were made of that book which came out first in 1930.

If this is not tampering, what is it?
Regards.
Prof. Jitendra Sharma
Chairman, Sri Aurobindo Society Centre
Calicut (Kerala) Phone : 0495 - 2731523 [12:59 PM
]

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ashram is not an association or a religious body or a monastery

from PP Raghavachary raag62@gmail.com date 24 Apr 2009 06:45 subject
Fwd: article from outlookindia.com
magazine
Mar 15, 1999 Editing Aurobindo The trustees of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram are accused of tampering with his original works A.S. Panneerselvan

RATHER than meditate on the meaning of life, the inmates of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry are now involved in a semantic debate. The ashram has been witness to many legal battles since the death of Mother, the spiritual successor of Sri Aurobindo, on November 17, 1973. But while most of the cases pertained to the formation and functioning of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust (SAAT), the new spat has a literary dimension.

In a recent writ petition filed in the Calcutta High Court, some of Aurobindo's devotees have raised questions about the legality of the SAAT trustees "making corrections to the writings of Sri Aurobindo in a manner that undermines the worth of the masterpieces created by the great guru". The opponents to the changes contend that "SAAT was formed in 1956, six years after Aurobindo's death and that the copyright was obtained much after the death of the author, and hence SAAT has no authority to tamper with the original versions".

The main grouse, though, is in the deletion of a sentence that actually calls for the ashram's winding up. Pranab Bhattacharya-the ashram's physical education director-points out in his book I Remember: "The editor must have thought himself to be very clever in avoiding one line and bringing in the changes, perhaps thinking that it could change the Ashram's fate."

The line in question is in The Teachings of Sri Aurobindo and Sri Aurobindo Ashram, first published in 1934. In that, Aurobindo explains his concept of an ashram:

"An Ashram means the house or houses of a Teacher or Master of spiritual philosophy in which he receives and lodges those who come to him for the teaching and practice. An Ashram is not an association or a religious body or a monastery-it is only what has been indicated above and nothing more. Everything in the Ashram belongs to the Teacher. The sadhaks (disciples) have no claim, right or voice in any matter. They remain and go according to his Will. Whatever money he receives is his property and not that of a public body. It is not a trust or fund, for there is no public institution. Such Ashrams have existed in India for centuries before Christ and still exist in large numbers. It all depends on the Teacher and ends with his lifetime, unless there is another Teacher who can take his place."

By deleting the last line-which actually means the ashram's rationale for existence ended with the passing of the Mother-the trustees, say the opponents, "are sustaining an institution against the teachings of Sri Aurobindo". They point out that till the 1972 birth centenary editions, there had been no tampering with Aurobindo's works. [...] Link to this story as it appears on the site :- Editing Aurobindo outlookindia.com Subscribe Online: Outlook Magazine

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Gandhiji had a secret meeting with Charles Tegart to plead the heroic case of the Bengali patriots

from Prithwin Mukherjee prithwin.mukherjee@gmail.com to "Tusar N. Mohapatra" tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date 29 Apr 2009 13:09 subject Bagha Jatin and Gandhi. Bhâi Tusâr,

Yesterday the Kolkata issue of The Statesman has revealed a fundamentally significant information. One year after the death of Chittaranjan Dâs ("Deshabandhu"), on 25 June 1925, Gandhiji had a secret meeting with Charles Tegart, the notorious Police Commissioner, to plead the heroic case of the Bengali patriots. Before coming to Gandhiji's tribute to Bâghaâ Jatîn, let me remind you a few steps supplied by history.

Professor Amales Tripathi mentions having learnt from Bhupendra Kumar Datta that Jatindra Nath Mukherjee was ideologically influenced by the Upanishads, the Gita, Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo : by fight for independence, Jatindra meant the spiritual endeavour (sadhana) to promote human society from the status of animal to that of divinity; this was corroborated by his disciple Naren Bhattacharya alias M.N. Roy, in his New Orientations.[1]

More explicit in his assessment, Bhupendra Kumar Datta wrote indeed that the spiritual endeavour to raise humanity to a divinised society lies on an utter surrender to the Divine’s Will, on the capacity of transcending those “miserable aims that end with self.” On discussing with Gandhiji the issues of violence, Datta came to discover that – ideologically speaking - Gandhi’s dream of a non-violent society was similar to Sri Aurobindo’s vision of the divinised society, in spite of a difference in their two methods. Datta realised that only a personality of Jatindra Mukherjee’s stature could reconcile the cult of strength (shakti) with that self-surrender.[2] Elsewhere Datta claimed that Jatindra was probably a herald of that transformed man.

It has been revealed that in a secret meeting on 25 June 1925, Gandhiji told Tegart (the notorious Commissioner of Police) that Jatin Mukherjee, generally referred to as “Bagha Jatin”, was “a divine personality”. The writer comments : “Little did he know that Tegart had once told his colleagues that if Jatin were an Englishman, then the English people would have built his statue next to Nelson’s at Trafalgar Square. In his note to JE Francis of the India Office in 1926, he described Bengali terrorists as “the most selfless political workers in India”.[3]

M.N. Roy claimed to have admired his Jatinda [“Jatin, the Elder Brother”] “because he personified (…) the best of mankind. The corollary to that realisation was that Jatinda’s death would be avenged if I worked for the ideal of establishing a social order in which the best in man could be manifest.”[4]

Can you let me know what you think of this wonderful turn our history is taking ?
Warm regards.
Prithwindra Mukherjee

[1]
Loc. cit.
[2] Datta, op. cit., pp221-222
[3]Gandhi, Tegart and the Bengali Terrorist” by Sobhanlal Mukherjee, in The Statesman, Calcutta, 28 April, 2009
[4] M.N. Roy’s Memoirs, Allied Publishers, 1964, p36

Tampering with Sri Aurobindo’s Poem “One Day: The Little More”

from Jitendra Sharma aurofrance@gmail.com to "Tusar N. Mohapatra" tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date 29 Apr 2009 11:16 subject
Tampering with Sri Aurobindo's Poem
Dear Tusar-bhai,

Sub : Tampering with Sri Aurobindo’s Poem “One Day: The Little More”

Here is a new video “When things are difficult”:
http://www.sriaurobindoyoga.com/films/en/the_mother/ things_difficult .html
In this video, the Mother clearly reads the first two lines of the poem
“One Day: The Little More” as :

"One day, and all the half-deed is done,
One day, and all the unborn begun;"

But in the present edited version, we find:

"One day, and all the half-dead is done,
One day, and all the unborn begun;"

How has ‘half-deed’ been edited as ‘half-dead’ ?
Is it not tampering with Sri Aurobindo’s poetry ?

It is believed that some of the earlier editions of Sri Aurobindo’s “Collected Poems” had it as ‘half-deed’.
Regards.
Prof. Jitendra Sharma
Head, Dept. of French
St. Joseph’s College, Devagiri
Calicut – 673008 (Kerala)

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Monday, April 27, 2009

If scholars wish to point out its shortcomings (in any) they need to do it in a scholarly way

Introduction Further Documents Dhir Sarangi to the Managing Trustee
Letter to the Managing Trustee, from Dhir Sarangi
24 September 2008

Dear Manoj-da,
For the past one week or so I have been following the discussions and debates over the new biography of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs. Initially, I thought I would not voice my opinion on the SAICE [Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education] yahoo group, but I finally did so judging by some of the reactions that were posted on the group. Frankly, I cannot understand how this group of 'ex-students' could claim to be custodians of Sri Aurobindo's philosophy or for that matter, his Ashram....

More importantly, there are talks of forming a pressure group (with the help of some inmates of the Ashram) and 'force the Trustees' to evict Peter Heehs for his 'asuric' act. Peter's book (I am in the process of reading it) is an academic work of merit and has received wonderful reviews in academic circles. If scholars wish to point out its shortcomings (in any) they need to do it in a scholarly way. And even though it presents the 'human' side of Sri Aurobindo it certainly does not show any disrespect for Him nor does it take away his divinity. I thought an 'avatar' was precisely the divine who came down and took a 'human' body (capable of feeling the pangs and sorrows of the human being), thereby showing us the path of transformation.

Well, my objective for writing this letter to you is to present the dangers of such web groups like the SAICE [Yahoo group] and the free circulation of opinions over the web that are 'communal' in nature. These opinions appear to gather some sort of 'sanction' of the Ashram community. Words like 'fatwa', 'am willing to kill him', 'asura' and the like are potentially dangerous for the Ashram in the eyes of the outside world....

Therefore, in my opinion, it is best for the Ashram to 'disown' these views and perhaps advise the inmates not to help in their instigation or circulation. I say this, because there are some Ashramites (I don't want to name them) who seem to be adding fuel to the fire: their opinions are posted on the SAICE group. Just one reading of some of the views (whether it be those of ex-students or of the inmates) is enough to reveal the dangers they pose for the Ashram.

With genuine concern for Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and the Ashram, Warm regards, Dhir Sarangi Sarangi, Dhir Dr. Dhir Sarangi is Associate Professor at the Centre for French and Francophone Studies of the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Search Sarangi at this website.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Just ordered "The Life Divine" printed in India at the Aurobindo Ashram

Re: Evolutionary Enlightenment takes another Postmodern Drubbing Lisaji said Today, 9:52 AM:

Andrew Cohen is a fine example of a living teacher who is easy to ridicule... I've found his commentary and teachings especially interesting, along with Ken Wilbers, - aside from the breadth Ken gives to theory, mainly because of how they utilize some of the most profound insights of Sri Aurobindo (among many other things) who continues to be a fundamental catalyst and inspirational in my own personal development.

I don't understand how people can allow themselves to get so comfortable with slating something that they have no first hand experience of. It seems incredibly immature to me to mock current 'enlightenment' teachings, which are designed to be ultimately, a collaborative ongoing process, using insights of some of the most committed capable people alive. Lisa

Gaia: Connect. Grow. Inspire. Empower. Re: Poetry Chaikhana Poem of the Day Posted on Apr 13th, 2009 by Lisaji in Integral Archipelago
I love the words on that video you posted, David. Several lines really leap out there. Here's some from our friend Sri Aurobindo: The Guest I have discovered my deep deathless being: Masked by my... More »

Re: Evolution and Enlightenment Posted on Feb 21st, 2009 by David in Integral Archipelago
Tom: Structures need to be in place before a certain level of experience or awareness appears, and those structures need to be built. Organismic “building” is not a process that excludes that thing we... More »

Re: Original Repression (Ego and the Dynamic Ground) Posted on Jan 24th, 2009 by Lisaji in Integral Archipelago
Hi Tom - Tom: Bring in here the notion that the collective exists only as between individuals in and as their relations—is the measure of their relations—and as such therefore exists as a dimension of... More »

Re: The Lives of Sri Aurobindo Posted on Dec 31st, 2008 by Lisaji in Integral Archipelago
Hi Daniel, Thanks for posting those criticising reviews! :) It's got me more interested. You will not be disappointed with the Life Divine. That book shop in the Ashram is rocking. A loosely related topic.... More »

Re: The Lives of Sri Aurobindo Posted on Dec 31st, 2008 by Hawkeye in Integral Archipelago
Just ordered "The Life Divine" printed in India at the Aurobindo ashram. 1000+ pages. I hear it's a challenging read. Thanks for the interview link David, "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" however has not faired well... More »

Re: Life in the Slammer Posted on Dec 27th, 2008 by Lisaji in Integral Archipelago
Nope, I am right here - but thanks for your concern, David. :) ! :) Yes, what a AQAlicious challenge, (and range of opportunities for some!!) life behind bars offers. Interesting what you say on... More »

Re: The Lives of Sri Aurobindo Posted on Dec 13th, 2008 by Nicole in Integral Archipelago
They sure know how to tempt us, David... I'm on the email list and when I received that poem you quote, I was simply entranced. Light and peace, Nicole

Re: The Lives of Sri Aurobindo Posted on Dec 13th, 2008 by Lisaji in Integral Archipelago
Thank you for posting that David. I may even treat myself to a subscription. :) Here's where our good buddy rests. It's a lovely Ashram, and it was a nice place to sit for a... More »

The Lives of Sri Aurobindo Posted on Dec 10th, 2008 by David in Integral Archipelago
There's an interview with Peter Heehs, who wrote a book about Sri Aurobindo called The Lives of Sri Aurobindo, on WIE Unbound . Even if you don't subscribe you could still get 15 days for... More »

Intuition Posted on Nov 1st, 2008 by David in Integral Archipelago
I don't usually read integral-pod threads, but I happened to see one a couple of weeks ago and read a great post from Lauren that I didn't think received the proper recognition or reception there. I had... More »

Re: David and e's ongoing 2 year old discussion... Posted on Sep 21st, 2008 by Lisaji in Integral Archipelago
Could I just offer a quick cup of tea to you 2 year debaters and quote a little bit of Aurobindo before I jump out of here. It's pretty revelant to your discussion. It's lifted from... More »

Why Sri Aurobindo Is Cool Posted on Sep 21st, 2008 by Lisaji in Integral Archipelago
People cool enough to discover & discuss 'Why Sri Aurobindo is Cool' here. Fantastico Maximo! Lisa

Friday, April 24, 2009

Gautier is right when he says Sri Aurobindo’s legacy is undervalued in India

from PP Raghavachary raag62@gmail.com date 24 Apr 2009 06:57 subject responses on the Stroy
These are the responses on the Stroy "A Fatherhood More Equal? (Apr 13)" published by OUTLOOK, These letters appeared in the current issue dated 27.04.09

Tales Of Our Fathers A Fatherhood More Equal? Apropos Francois Gautier’s piece, A Fatherhood More Equal? (Apr 13), it was Aurobindo who stood for complete independence, for which India was "entitled to attain its freedom by violence, if it can do so, or if there is no other way". It is wrong to say that many disciples of Aurobindo and the Mother today have swept under the carpet their conviction that ‘dharma’ should be protected, if necessary, by force. Like Gandhiji, he felt a strong spiritual dimension in the quest for freedom. Sri Aurobindo shared his birthday with our Independence day, and explained that it was "not as a coincidence or fortuitous accident, but as a sanction and seal of the Divine Power which guides my steps on the work with which I began life". Shall we say Sri Aurobindo is the spiritual father of the nation? Col C.V. Venugopalan (retd), Palakkad, Kerala

As Peter Heehs writes in his excellent The Lives of Sri Aurobindo, one should never lose sight of the fact that similarities between the freedom movement-era religious nationalism and contemporary Hindu right-wing nationalism "are superficial while the points of difference are deep". Heehs writes further, "Aurobindo favoured an eclectic, Vedantic Hinduism, which he believed to be universal. But this ‘wider Hinduism’ was something that embraced ‘science and faith, Theism, Christianity, Mohammedanism and Buddhism and yet is none of these’." "The Hindu nation-builder," Aurobindo wrote, "shall not seek to superimpose his own ideals and methods on his Mohammedan brother, nor shall the Mohammedan, the Buddhist or the Christian seek to obliterate the essential characteristics of the Hindu culture and Hindu race". Ulrich M., Pondicherry

A great yogi like Aurobindo, in tune with the absolute, can release spiritual forces which will influence human behaviour in such a way that we will overcome differences and work together to achieve even the most impossible tasks. No wonder India’s independence arrived on his birthday. Subramania Bharati’s poems, many of which were written in Pondicherry, were also a spiritual contribution to the hastening of independence. V. Seshadri, Chennai

Gautier’s radical views have been more Hindu than those of the Hindutva brigade. He is welcome to his views, but to place Aurobindo on a higher pedestal than Gandhiji is a bit hard to swallow. Undoubtedly, Aurobindo was a great saint, poet and writer. But he merely wrote about and meditated and wished India’s independence. Gandhiji went out and played a huge part in the achievement of it. Furthermore, Gandhi was a great saint in his own right too. Suresh A., Tiruvannamalai

Rather than trying to dwarf Gandhiji vis-a-vis Aurobindo, all Gautier says is that as a Frenchman, if his country had the fortune to have a great man like Aurobindo, his memory would have been honoured, his poetry, philosophy would have been taught and he would have been idolised as a national icon, while he is largely ignored in India. Gautier is right, and I agree with him. Vijay A., Northampton, UK

Gautier is right when he says Sri Aurobindo’s legacy is undervalued in India. Our country, unfortunately, has this tragic tradition of worshipping false prophets. Naropa Ray, Mumbai 01:16:31PM (IST) MORE MAIL

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Applied Ethics in Management: Book Review by Ranjan Mitter, Journal of Human Values, Apr 2001

Science and Society
Kenneth Walker Health Education Journal, Jan 1963; vol. 21: pp. 211 - 217.
...order to answer the probable criticism that because Sri Aurobindo was a Hindu he was probably devoid of all scientific...Actually he was highly competent to do so. Nor is it only Sri Aurobindo who is of the opinion that we can no longer describe... Check item Full Text (PDF) Table of Contents MatchMaker

Literature
Expository Times, Jan 1961; vol. 72: pp. 169 - 176.
...this Commemorative Symposium-The Integral Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo (Allen and Unwin ; 42s. net)-the two editors-Dr. Haridas...has presented us with a basic study of the relation of Aurobindo to existentialism. Another contributor has given us a... Check item Full Text (PDF) Table of Contents MatchMaker

Spirituality in a Changing World: Issues for Education
David Kimber Journal of Human Values, Oct 2000; vol. 6: pp. 175 - 184.
...Aurobindo, Living Within (Pondicherry : Sri Aurobindo Ashram Press, 1987 ); Swami Vivekananda...more familiar with these issues. Sri Aurobindo and Vivekananda drew from Vedantic...Aurobindo, Living Within (Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Press, 1987); Swami Vivekananda... Check item Abstract Full Text (PDF) References Table of Contents MatchMaker

Book Reviews : M. Maharajan, Gandhian Thought: A Study of Tradition and Modernity. New Delhi: Sterling Publishers, 1996, 164 pp. Rs 300
S.K. Chakraborty Journal of Human Values, Oct 2000; vol. 6: pp. 196 - 199.
...and a junior contemporary like Sri Aurobindo, had also been forcefully emphasizing...of this book is very appealing. Sri Aurobindo lived, worked and dreamt of the...culled together key references from Sri Aurobindo and provided his own insights... Check item Full Text (PDF) Table of Contents MatchMaker

India
John Ferguson The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Jan 1967; vol. 2: pp. 59 - 66.
...Aesthetics', H.H. Sri J.C.W. Bahadur in...K. D. Sethna, Sri Aurobindo Asram, Pondicherry...ed. N. K. Gupta, Sri Aurobindo Asram, Pondicherry...Aesthetics', H. H. Sri J. C. W. Bahadur...K. D. Sethna, Sri Aurobindo Asram, Pondicherry... Check item Full Text (PDF) References Table of Contents MatchMaker

Shedding Light on the Underlying Forms of Transformative Learning Theory: Introducing Three Distinct Categories of Consciousness
Olen Gunnlaugson Journal of Transformative Education, Apr 2007; vol. 5: pp. 134 - 151.
...transformative learning Aurobindo, S. (2000). The integral yoga. Pondicherry, India: Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Beck, D., Cohen, C...integral yoga. Pondicherry, India: Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Beck, D., & Cohen, C... Check item Abstract Full Text (PDF) References Table of Contents MatchMaker

Religion in Politics
Gopal Krishna Indian Economic & Social History Review, Jan 1971; vol. 8: pp. 362 - 394.
...mdash;Writings and Speeches, I and II, Delhi, 1966. For Sri Aurobindo, see V. P. Varma, The Political Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo, 1960. For Tilak see Theodore L. Shay, The Legacy of... Check item Full Text (PDF) Table of Contents MatchMaker

Book Reviews : S.K. Chakraborty and S.R. Chatterjee, eds, Applied Ethics in Management: Towards a New Perspective. Berlin: Springer Verlag, 1999
Ranjan Mitter Journal of Human Values, Apr 2001; vol. 7: pp. 92 - 98.
...prerequisite for long-term survival and excellence. RANJAN MITTER MCHV IIM Calcutta NOTE 1. Sri Aurobindo, The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo (Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram), Vol. 25, 217- 18. Arun Wakhlu, Managing from the Heart: Un- folding Spirit... Check item Full Text (PDF) Table of Contents MatchMaker

Book Reviews : Lt Col G.L. Bhattacharya, Krishna of the Git. Calcutta: Calcutta, Writers Work shop, 1993, 233 pp
Shekhar Sen Journal of Human Values, Oct 1996; vol. 2: pp. 191 - 194.
...he is not eminently success- ful in reasoning out why Sri Aurobindo called him yogisreshtha--(the best of the yogis). Generally...additional attraction has been the author's elaboration of Sri Aurobindo's and Vinobaji's thoughts on such matters in this section... Check item Full Text (PDF) Table of Contents MatchMaker

Book Reviews : R.P. Banerjee, Mother Leadership. New Delhi: Wheeler Publishing, 1998,231 pp. Price not mentioned
C. Panduranga Bhatta Journal of Human Values, Oct 1998; vol. 4: pp. 224 - 226.
...Panduranga Bhatta Management Centre for Human Values Indian Institute of Management Calcutta 224 NOTES AND REFERENCES 1. Sri Aurobindo, Collected Works, Vol. 23 (Pondicherry: SABDA), 877. 2. Danah Zohar, The Quantum Self (London: Flamingo, 1991), 202... Check item Full Text (PDF) Table of Contents MatchMaker

Quality of Worklife: A Human Values Approach
Tanmoy Datta Journal of Human Values, Oct 1999; vol. 5: pp. 135 - 145.
...a human being; in the sense of Sri Aurobindo or Swami Vivekananda.1 We are...Hill, 1987), 3. 3. For example, Sri Aurobindo says: There are people who are...mdash;Selectionsfrom the Works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother [Pondicherry: Sri... Check item Abstract Full Text (PDF) Table of Contents MatchMaker

I Indian Poets and the Use of English
Ooi Boo Eng The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Jan 1974; vol. 9: pp. 10 - 20.
...considered to be 'the stilted, mystic-incense style of Sri Aurobindo, and the Romantic fire flies dancing through the neem...come to recognize that Toru Dutt, Sarojini Naidu and Sri Aurobindo 'have this great strength in common, though in varying... Check item Full Text (PDF) Table of Contents MatchMaker

India
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Seasons of the Heart: A Journey with the Quality Mind Process
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S.K. Chakraborty Journal of Human Values, Oct 1998; vol. 4: pp. 221 - 224.
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Back to the Future or the 'Bitter Tastelessness of Shadow Fruit'?
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Adil Jussawalla The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Jan 1970; vol. 5: pp. 65 - 78.
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He does not seek the Mother but a place for rest and relaxation, not the higher bliss but sex and sensation

A critique of the book "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by Peter Heehs committed to objective, academic, respectful and honest discussions Apr 23, 2009
Alok Pandey's Reply To Angiras

PH himself writes in his poem, published in the 2004 anthology, curiously named, Devotion, that he does not seek the Mother but a place for rest and relaxation, not the higher bliss but sex and sensation, etc. etc. These traits are the exact hallmark of an Asuric nature: first, that he confuses the mental, vital, physical ego for the soul, and their desires as his true needs, second, he is full of doubts and hostile to the Divine, and gives by his mind a twist to His work. I wrote this in an impersonal way concerning the kind of work that this book seems to represent. It is not a permanent judgment on him or his life but as a strong word of caution to our sleeping seniors.

Angiras: At a time when the world is plagued with proliferating fundamentalisms, surely the followers of Sri Aurobindo should be capable of better things than to imitate the worst that others are doing.

Why is this question of fundamentalism being raised? PH has a track record of writing and courting controversies concerning Sri Aurobindo – a host of them over decades. He has sat over judgment on Sri Aurobindo’s Adesh, forwarding his apparently more rational theory over Sri Aurobindo’s own statements; then in the Savitri changes, on the issue of Pondicherry being called Vedapuri, so on and so forth, and despite so many feelers and suggestions supported by sound arguments by well-known Ashram inmates whose calibre cannot be doubted – men who are deeply respected for their qualities of the head and the heart, such as Jugal-da and Amal Kiran – he yet goes on and on and none of his friends ever advise him to stop this nonsense. So he becomes more and more belligerent and arrogant – there are so many examples of it that if I quote all of them, it would become mud-slinging.

So one day someone had to pull on the reins and cry halt to his mental aggression and tendency to plunder and desecrate a sacred space. Yet, even then, no one heeds it, and he continues to be unabashedly supported by some ‘broad-minded’ persons who are more concerned to look pleasant in the eyes of others than to do what is true and correct. He hides behind these ‘experts’ and yet none tell him to look into his soul and see what is going on there. Fresh chances and suggestions are given to rectify the situation amicably, but he becomes more stubborn, unyielding and manipulative. So when the world-forces strike back in just defence, his friends start immediately shouting, “Look, here are fundamentalists!! Look at these jehadis! Look at these narrow-minded persons!”

It means that so long as we quietly gulp down your nonsense, you find us good chaps. But you can, over the years, taking advantage of our weakness, slowly enter our house, occupy it, and even claim to be greater than its owner – in this case, Sri Aurobindo – and sit in judgment over Him. So the moment we wake up and raise an alarm and call the guardians who are caught sleeping, you start calling us names!!!

What would you do if someone entered your own house? Just because this is the house of the Lord, it does not concern you? You conveniently say that He can take care of Himself, why bother about it and spoil relations with my friends! But when your own house is being burgled, you find it perfectly justified to raise a hue and cry and to call your friends. Strange one-sided logic indeed!!!

It means the only way of keeping harmony is to accept that PH has nothing to do with the disturbance created in the atmosphere!! He has only written a book, after all, with good intentions to woo the academia. We have to accept it all and live harmoniously, because you say so. But if we speak up, you will charge us with sedition and for creating disharmony. Sounds like the days of the British Raj!

Alok: 5. It is also interesting that this man had already written a brief biography of Sri Aurobindo which did raise a few eyebrows. Was it just a feeler? What impelled this second biography? And what would prevent a third one, - has he not already conceded that he has more material but did not/could not put it as it may be considered 'objectionable'. Angiras: Again Pandey lets his fantasy run wild.

What is the fantasy in it? Has he not written earlier doubting Sri Aurobindo’s own statements about his life? Jugal-da’s letters and Pranab-da’s letters of the eighties are all fantasies? What white lies are these! Alok Pandey 4.4.2009

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The Theme of Evolution in Sri Aurobindo’s Writings...
About Immersed Attention and Revelatory Speech
Sri Aurobindo's Sevenfold Prose Style
Sri Aurobindo was unable to restructure his articl...
March (6)
A Review by Raman Reddy of The Lives of Sri Aurobi...
Alok Pandey's comment on Heehs (27.03.2009)
In Defence of the Extracts
Hail to "Angiras"!
Ranganath's reply to Angiras
Orissa Govt tells High Court to ban Heehs' book
February (1)
Defamation of Sri Aurobindo's character and Heehs'...
2008 (28)
December (2)
Frequently Asked Questions
List of Categories for Labelling Posts
November (12)
Background facts which set a context for this book...
Sri Aurobindo and the Future of Humanity—a Comment...
The Avataric Work: Towards the Intermediate Race
Instruments of Higher Knowledge
Early Work
A Question of Hagiography and Biography
The Divisive Nature of The Lives of Sri Aurobindo
An Entry from Record of Yoga
A Key Statement about Integral Yoga
Some Responses to Stock-Taking
All Life is Yoga—A Brief Sketch of Sri Aurobindo’s...
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Background to this Book
Page 054: Romantic interludes
Page 246: Freudian Analysis of Spirituality
Page 245: Record of Yogic Failures
Page 199: Fanatical, dangerous, mad
What You Can Do
Narad's Letter to the Ashram Trust
September (2)
Letter of Alok Pandey to the Ashram Trust
Ananda Reddy's letter to the Ashram Trust
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So let's keep the dialog going

194.154.227.103 (Tmo Isp Lan Segment) Slovakia, Funny-da has left a new comment on your post "One can prove and justify any damn thing":

The protagonists of this imbroglio ought to think more like Nolini-da than Derri-da.

The capital period of my intellectual development was when I could see clearly that what the intellect said might be correct and not correct, that what the intellect justified was true and its opposite was also true.... -Sri Aurobindo

Posted by Funny-da to Savitri Era at 5:42 AM, April 23, 2009

Re: Devolution: Why Intelligent Design isn't by H. Allen Orr (The New Yorker)
by Tony Clifton on Wed 22 Apr 2009 12:59 PM PDT Profile Permanent Link

Kepler, as always your comments and insights are most welcome and clearly defined. Especially a pleasure when dealing with other matters besides the PH mess, since SCIY only adopted that cause as a side bar to its main mission of addressing contemporary culture in the light of Sri Aurobindo and visa versa.. So lets keep the dialog going

Re: Fundamentalism in Integral Yoga - New Website Announcement
by koantum on Wed 22 Apr 2009 09:36 AM PDT Profile Permanent Link

This has become a mess. It's no longer clear at all what I quoted and what I said myself. Reply

by ned on Sat 18 Apr 2009 10:25 PM PDT Profile Permanent Link

Kepler, you know I have enjoyed your balanced comments on SCIY and I do appreciate your trying to point out the other side of the story too.

by Debashish on Mon 20 Apr 2009 07:29 AM PDT Profile Permanent Link

The reification of spirituality into conventional morality and the rise of teachers who impart the comforting assurance that they possess Knowledge based on such repeated moral buzz-words, is a gradual process, which need not announce itself "by beat of drum" (to adapt one of the Mother's colorful similies from an obverse context). The "significant evidence" has not been lacking for those who have been watching the growth of this phenomenon. Orthodoxy replaces spirituality imperceptibly without contest until it is challenged by a publc act of individual interpretation. No such thing can be allowed of course, when the teachers have closed the gates on any personal approach not authorized by them. Reply

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Appearing of a cult of bigger or lesser fanaticism is a totally natural mechanism

lucid skies (lucid_skies) wrote,@ 2009-04-22 18:06:00 Entry tags: india, photos
Auroville. The first citadel of New Age.

Also known as true Fairy Tale city, or Dream City. When you read the concept made up by the Mother, the main associate of Indian prilosopher Shri Aurobindo you immidiately want to get off and go there to build the Future. Of course, I'm not an expert in 60s, I can imagine the spirits of that time only approximately but according to what I can see coming to life of a city like Auroville suited the general spirit of that time perfectly.

Total unity, renunciation of the material for the sake of the spiritual, accent on creative expression. No religions or, to be more specitif, the unity of them all. The Divine which has neither name, nor form. In general, it's about all those kinds of things which seemed extremely new to the people who knew only the dogma of single religion before and then suddenly obtained admittance to all the possible philosophies of the humanity. Looking with a first superficial glance they've seen familiar words and came to conclusion that everything is the same.

In general, this was the beginning of what will later on grow into a separate phenomena named New Age.

Now this term can even sound a bit contemptuously referring to a special category of people who put themselver over all the phylosophical systems though they have not studied properly a single one of them. But at that time everything was very serious: New Time, New Age and the New Human was coming. Then these were new forms of art and self-expression and now it's only a usual interiour of a good tea-house somewhere in a big city.

"Please, don't make a religion out of it" - Mother stressed repeatedly. But it's like commanding a person "Please, don't breather, don't eat, drink and don't go to toilet". Appearing of a cult of bigger or lesser fanaticism is a totally natural mechanism how consciousness functions. It's useless to fight with it. It can be either used as an additional fuel on the way or refused to be used and then one is likely to spend all the energy on rejection. And then huge portraits of Mother with flower offerings throughout all Auroville will be named non-altar. Or not named in any way.

In the contemporary society religion has been replaced with the idea of Brand which is the object of worship for the person who does not believe in God. So Auroville sometimes reminds of a brand.

When a group of companies or projects is created often one word or word combination is used as a prefix. Here, as it's easy to imagine, this is "Auro". And so we get AuroMode, AuroMoon, AuroCafe... Or, in another way, Mother Something. The only thing lacking is one tracing and company style.

And the symbol which always accompanies the tracing is, of course, The Matrimandir, a huge golden ball. And I'd really like to know if the Aurovillians would be honest enough to themselves to make a real logotype and the company style when the Matrimandir is completed. They already have a slogan: а city with a soul. And there are plentiful designers and artists in the team, as this can be seen from well-done leaflets and posters.

So, Auroville. The geographical center of the city is Banyan tree, the only tree which was there when future Aurovillians had got this land. Matrimandir, city's soul is located a bit aside it. Gardens, artists' studios', sports ground, pavillions of different cultures, cafes and restaurants are all around. Altogether it must resemble a galaxy.

Matrimandir deserves a separate story. Aurovillians, of course, would never let you call their golden ball a Temple, but we, guests of the city have the luxury of calling the things by their names. How else then would you refer to a complicated esoterical construction in the middle of which in a totally white hall on the symbol of Universal Mother a crystal ball is rested reflecting one ray of light from the roof? The crystal ball is surrounded by 12 white columns and the golden ball is, in its turn, surrounded by 12 petal-halls each of them painted in particular color standing for one of the qualities of the Divine. All the colours gather in the spectrum which is very familiar to graphical software users. Very contemporary, isn't it?"

A place for trying to find one's consciousness. No insense, no flowers, no religion." But still, at the same time the whole process of getting into the Matrimandir is quite a complicated ritual. Frist you have to see a special movie, obtain the pass to the garden where, no step left, no step right from the special road you can reach a platform and look at the Ball from a definate perspective.

Then you have to come back. At a certain time call the special phone number and register for meditation. Everything folows the Mother's instructions. She said that in order to be let into the main Hall the person has to be sincere and ask to see Matrimandir by oneself. What a luck that they hasn't come up with a complicated ritual for checking one's sincerity, just like Holy Inquisition was checking in the Medieval Ages if a woman is a witch or not through trying to drown her. If she drowns then she is not a witch. Here sincerity stays the heart concern of the visitos themselves and only little bit is left. You have to come to the gates at a certain time, listen to hourly lecture about how it was built, put on white socks in order not to soil the floor with red indian dust and finally! You are sitting in a gloomy white hall before the crystal ball and trying to find one's consciousness. Frist time is no more than 15 minutes. Photos are not allowed.

Of course, every Aurovillian can tell you that this complicated process has a simple and clear sense, whites socks being especially meaningful. But all the other religious rituals also had a simple and clear sense at the moment of their creation.

It happened that my first day out in Auroville was exactly when the president of India honoured the city with a visit. In a some maraclous way I got off the restricted path and coming close to the fence could see the divine image of the symbol of the city of freedom, of the city which does not belong to any nation and obeys only the Higher Truth. And this must be the President. Probably, listening to the lecture.

I personally don't mind people trying to build the New, Better World. It's known that people think that the main problem is what surrounds them. And it's enough only for idealists to gather together to create the ideal society. It works to some extent and then it invariably proves that the idealists are same humans. Probably, possesing doubtless human merits but not deprived of common human demerits as well.

And I was told about it by every citizen of Auroville which I was talking with. According to the original concept there had to be no money in this city as the people had to have no other wishes than the creative self expression and search of the Higher Truth. In reality this, of course, did not work. Therefore there is a finansial system which reminds usual banking with pared-down functionality. Every citizen has account number where he gets his monthly maintenance from the community he works for. As it usually happens, the maintenance is enough for quite plain life only and those who want more try all their best to find additional sourses of income. And tourists, so called city guests, of course, make up one of main contributions to it.

And tourists or guests of the city can enjoy it here quite a lot. There are dozens of sorts of yoga, aikido, tai chi, capoera, dances, even ballet, sports, riding, music and meditation in the list of actions they can take part in. Altogether it makes up a usual set which can be found in ordinary big cities as well due to its popularity among the contemporary highly spiritual yough. And central shops have range of goods usual for common esoteric shops in big cities or to an indian stall only much more expensive. This is due to European immigrants making all those things instead of Indians. And in contrast to citizens of the Auroville and ordinary Indian stalls the guests can pay with a real, fully-functional bank card. But this is only in the main shop, in the rest of the shops and cafes this bonus is lost, and unless you get your own guest card with the temporary number you cannot even have a cup of coffee.

Auroville can easily be included in the list of nice places for unobtrusive spiritual development and one can come here to learn yoga, ikebana, Tai Chi... A contemporary spiritual tourist can spend the warmer season somewhere in Kathmandu, Dharamsala or Rishikesh and when it gets too cold in the mountains go down here, to the sea. And be reading Sri Aurobindo's books instead of Dalai Lama's. And it will be not to hard to make it as while talking about the absense of private estate in Auroville and about everybody living where they get the place, the Mother did not say anything about absense of agents which would be distributing those places. And not about numerous guest houses.

The general environment in Auroville reminds a lot the British Art Colledge I once attended. Young, stylish and inspired people are everywhere. Everyone is full of ideas for future life and creativity. Everybody is inspired equally in Auroville, age does not matter. Everybody is busy with one's own creative search. With one's own serious task. Algotogether they are dreaming and making up plans what Auroville will be in the future. They are trying, putting these plans to reality.

They create, experiment with new froms. Or, to be more specific, with what was new forms some years ago and how is rather mainstream.I could have attended this kind of exhibition somewhere in London or Prague. And I would like to frankly thank Auroville for this. I personally would be coming here when I shall feel like immersing into creative European atmosphere but will not have a chance or intent to go too far.And so it's a nice compromise. Going through uneven Indian roads in between small oasises of cleaniness and style. Through miserable Indian villages to oasises of the familiar culture.

On the top of it Aurovillians are using ecologically pure, wasteless production, mainly solar energy and grow organic food which also suits the New Age spirit very well. They are making whole mandalas out of flowers. Religious fanatics, shut up! This is not an offering to any deity, it's only there for beauty, for joy. And the children here are wonderful.

To summarise in a way this amazing social phenomena named Auroville I would like to say that if during 60x all the politics, soldiers and millionaries became hippies then our contemporary world would most probably look like Auroville. If only all the remaining ordinary people who did not turn into hippies would not make it back to what it is now. And it's quite interesting what Sri Aurobindo and Mother would say about it all if they were still alive.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Consequences of attacking The Mother’s children

58.241.73.112 (Czpppoepool Car Co. Changzhou Jiangsu Province) Beijing, China, Anonymous has left a new comment on your post “No one has any right or authority to apply filter“:

The creators of the IYFundamentalism website have displayed a behavior smacking of Fundamentalism!! Difficult to see it in yourself. Mother said do not mind others’ stupidities but your own. It is a pity but the consequences of their actions of attacking Mother’s children whoever they are in such bad taste will be sad for them personally. Posted by Anonymous to Savitri Era at 7:52 AM, April 21, 2009 [The propagandist spirit]

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Debashish Banerji always overgeneralizes

151.66.10.16 (Iunet-bnet) Lombardia, Brescia, Italy, Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "No one has any right or authority to apply filter": > Anyone who did not follow the dictates of the crowd in what they said and did risked general condemnation.

Debashish Banerji seems to have lost his mind. He always overgeneralizes and hallucinates about non-existent Fundamentalism. Our quarrel is solely with Peter Heehs and not the rest who have genuine aspiration. Peter has a history of well-documented misconduct since the 1980s. Peter enjoys cross-examining Sri Aurobindo's motives, disbelieving his statements, and has, on one occasion, even called him an ABSCONDER in the Archives and Research journal.

This is all written up in the letter by Jugal on the website http://www.sriaurobindooriginalworks.org Posted by Anonymous to Savitri Era at 11:33 PM, April 17, 2009 Home Sri Aurobindo The Mother Savitri Copyright Ashram On the way Down memory lane Books by Others Banish Peter Works of Others Journal Section The Continuation Words of The Mother Works of Sri Aurobindo Research Excerpts from Agenda Open Letters Your Letters
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SRI AUROBINDO’S TEACHING The teaching of Sri Aurobindo starts from that of the ancient sages of India that behind the appearances of the universe there is the Reality of a Being and Consciousness, a Self of all things one and eternal. All beings are united in that One Sell and Spirit but divided by a certain separativity of consciousness, an ignorance of their true Self and Reality in the mind, life and body. It is possible by a certain psychological discipline to remove this veil of separative consciousness and become aware of the true Self, the divinity within us and all. More...

SRI AUROBINDO’S ASRAM An Asram means the house or houses of a Teacher or Master of spiritual philosophy in which he receives and lodges to those who come to him for the teaching and practice. An Asram is not an association or a religious body or a monastery - it is only what has been indicated about and nothing more.

Everything in the Asram belongs to the Teacher: the sadhaks (those who practise under him) have no claim, right of voice in any matter. They remain or (pg- 3) go according to his will. Whatever money he receives is his property and not that of a public body. It is not a trust or a fund, for there is no public institution. Such Asrams have existed in India since many centuries before Christ and still exist in large numbers.

All depends on the Teacher and ends with his life-time, unless there is another Teacher who can take his place. More...

All the money spent belongs either to Sri Aurobindo or the Mother. Money is given by many to help in Sri Aurobindo’s work. Some who are here give their earnings, but it is given to Sri Aurobindo or the Mother and not to the Asram as a public body, for there is no such body.” More... info@sriaurobindooriginalworks.org sri.aurobindo.foundation@gmail.com © 2008 foundation for Sri Aurobindo Ashram and his original works. Website by - Wonder Guru Communications