From D. Subbramaniam firstname.lastname@example.org to email@example.com date 7 June 2010 14:59 subject The Battle of the Deluded Doctors
Dear Mr. Tusar Mohapatra,
Ever since I first commented on an attempt that was made by some people to give some importance to Mr. Nandhivarman's book The Failed Prophet, I have been silently following this discussion across several internet fora and have been witnessing since then the sad and pitiable state of affairs brought about by the group of what one may call the Deluded Doctors and their entourage from both and opposite camps as they try to battle it out in the public domain.
For, who are these Doctors and how are they entitled to talk about Sri Aurobindo's Yogic Force or his experience of it? Do they even have the slightest inkling of the meaning of Yogic Force let alone experience it?
Dr. Truth, Dr. Raghu and Dr.(?) Nandhivarman might very well be steeped in ignorance and blinded by their materialism and atheism. While they may try to cast aspersions or try to belittle Sri Aurobindo and his work, it is more than evident that they speak more out of envy or self-adulation because deep within they may well be aware that they are incapable of accomplishing even 1% (and this is being generous) of what Sri Aurobindo accomplished in the field of freedom fighting and nation building, literature, world thought and philosophy, etc... the list can go on.
But the fact that they and maybe many others around the world do not consider Sri Aurobindo worthy of consideration is of no significance to those who find that Sri Aurobindo has something of extreme value to offer to the world and human civilization. There is room for all kinds of people in this world and that should not bother any of us.
But what is a botheration for the larger community of followers of Sri Aurobindo's Yoga and path is the apparent appropriation of Sri Aurobindo's philosophy and ideas by what appears to be a handful of so-called devotees, and scholars who take equal pride in being called or considered "Doctors" or Scholars mostly from within the Sri Aurobindo Ashram establishment, who behave as though they are the only enlightened ones and the only ones who are entitled to talk about or interpret Sri Aurobindo, his life, work, philosophy, etc.
For instance, are Dr. Alok Pandey, Dr. Deshpande and their entourage by any measure wiser or more enlightened when it comes to talking about Yogic Forces or Sri Aurobindo's spiritual work? With which authority or from which high pulpit can they pretend to condescendingly agree to engage in dialogue with the "non-believers" about consciousness or yogic cures? Moreover, have they become the self-appointed custodians of Sri Aurobindo and his work and do they run what they call the "supramental clinic"?
That Doctors such as Dr. Alok Pandey, Dr. Deshpande and their entourage firstly pay any attention to people such as Dr. Raghu and secondly believe that they are the only and true custodians and protectors of Sri Aurobindo reveals that they are really deluded souls whose actions go a long way from serving any good to Sri Aurobindo, his cause, his work and the people who seriously wish to follow his Yoga and path.
I would presume that those with the slightest inkling of the workings of yogic and supramental forces would not be wasting their time and dabbling with such matters, particularly on public fora. They certainly wouldn't be wearing their devotion on their sleeves and wouldn't entertain slogan-shouting matches. Moreover, they would mind their business and wouldn't be accusing the Sri Aurobindo Ashram establishment of a "nonsensical silence" when it chooses to ignore such trivial non-issues and rubbish.
It therefore appears that all these doctors, from both sides, instead of refraining from talking or dealing with things (such as Yogic Forces, consciousness or Sri Aurobindo's experinece with these matters) that they know very little of, have fallen prey to their own political or personal aspirations which they need to demonstrate and publicize for their own good, and in the process they ignore the simple fact that their silence would have been their strongest advocate.
But then of course comes the question of how would they be able draw attention to themselves on the one hand and on the other hand draw their guns and target their criticism on the management of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram establishment if they would obey a wise silence?
This is clearly a dilemma that they appear to be unable to resolve as they prefer to live in the delusional world of pretending to fight their principled battles Don Quixote style either against or on behalf of Sri Aurobindo and his followers, while evidently and actually they are all merely trying to fulfill their own personal motives. Best Regards, D. Subbramaniam @ Subbu