Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Dozens of letters have been sent by the Ashram inmates to Manoj Das Gupta

Mirror of Tomorrow An Open Letter to Manoj-baboo from RY Deshpande
by RY Deshpande on Fri 16 Jul 2010 03:30 AM IST  |  Permanent Link  |  Cosmos
The first element of dubiousness arises from the fact that it is not you as the administrative head of the institution but a member of the board of the trustees should have signed it for them. This immediately gives rise to a question: Is there a resolution passed by the board to this effect? If it is so, then it should have been made clear by referring to the minutes of the board meeting, that the reply would be sent by Dilip Datta. This is necessary for the highly loaded reason that the matter has now assumed an altogether different dimension, something more than informal discussions among the intimate inmates who are seriously concerned about the administrative happenings in the Ashram. 
In the course of several forwards, these papers have now reached me and I felt that I should candidly express my views in my individual capacity as well as a matter of right without hesitation being a beneficiary of the Ashram trust, if at all these views have any importance or pertinence in this regard. After going through them with due care I must very regretfully say that anyone who is perceptive enough to the values of the Ashram will get stunned, that its administrative body should have climbed down to such a depth of crudeness. […] RY Deshpande 5 July 2010 
NB: If in the larger interest of the Institution and in the interest of the aspiring followers of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother I should feel it desirable, I might send this letter widely around to bring into the spirit of things the strength and the nobility of ideas cherished by everyone of us in the soul’s trueness and greatness. 

Re: An Open Letter—the Lives is the cause of all this disharmony
by RY Deshpande on Mon 26 Jul 2010 04:45 PM IST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
The Ashram as an institution at the moment is passing through this painful phase, and therefore a serious responsibility devolves on the responsible. It is true that to some extent the future of the Ashram as an institution may depend upon us all, the individuals as its members, but least in the ultimate analysis will its spiritual position be affected by these things. If the management should fail to recognize this and continue to assert its authority, it may have to face challenges—because authority is meant not to create conflict but to promote harmony in a collective organization. That is all the expectation. But this expectation gets knocked down by promoting activities that downgrade the founders themselves. The Lives of Sri Aurobindo is one such example. The ridiculous support for this ridiculous book by the management is the cause of all disharmony which was never there in this way earlier. Conflict resolution by them should start at that point. Will they do it? That’s the question. ~ RYD Reply

Re: An Open Letter to Manoj-baboo from RY Deshpande
by RY Deshpande on Fri 23 Jul 2010 06:28 PM IST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
A comment sent by Alok Pandey for posting 
Or perhaps a religion is forming but not around Sri Aurobindo and the Mother where it would quickly emancipate itself and become a means towards a greater spiritual becoming. It is rather forming around the trust who is considered infallible by many, its members representatives of the Divine in Their 'physical absence'. Strangely, these very same people declared that Sri Aurobindo and the Mother are not infallible and can make mistakes, but they cannot. A religion is also forming around PH whose gospel is grounded in Scientific Materialism and its main tenets are: […]
There are many other tenets of this new gospel whose influence is fast spreading at the seat of power itself. But these are too sickening to be even mentioned. The latest is that a couple of teachers are already telling the students that some fundamentalists are simply raising noise about the book for no reason. Next, they will prescribe it as an objective biography for students in the Ashram’s Centre of Education; for that to happen the endeavour is to remove the ban on the book. It can then also go to other educational institutions. Reply

Re: An Open Letter—Sudha Sinha writes to Manoj-baboo
by RY Deshpande on Tue 27 Jul 2010 05:46 AM IST |  Profile |  Permanent Link
An Open Letter—Sudha Sinha writes to Manoj-baboo 
Dozens of letters have been sent by the Ashram inmates to Manoj-baboo during the last few weeks, but to no avail. Some of them when approached him personally received only arrogant replies, without the least perception of the deeper issues involved and without the least feeling of the sincerity of the people who wrote to him. Now a situation has developed when at times police have to be called for Ashram management. Let me just reproduce here the letters Sudha Sinha wrote to Manoj-baboo. [...]

2 comments:

  1. $ 100 Billion Question For The Supporters of The Campaign To Ban Heehs' Book!
    If Aurobindo were alive today, would he offer support to those who want to ban Heehs' book?
    I challenge all those who want to ban Heerhs' book, and particularly a vociferous, "asuric", reactionary, quarter-baked "integral pontiff" among them, to offer a shred of evidence from Aurobindo's writings and his documented avowed positions on issues in support of the conclusion that he would have supported the campaign to ban Heehs' book.
    Take a look at the published comments Aurobindo made of attempts to provide accounts of his life! While he offered corrections of misconceptions or errors and stated, in essence, that any standard biography typically focused on externalities would fail to capture the meaning of his life, he never even suggested that these attempts should be censored or suppressed. As a man imbued with liberal values, he would not have done so.
    What a contrast these self-styled followers of Aurobindo present with their crude, intolerant, and raucous calls for banning Heehs' book!

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  2. Alok Pandey wrote: "A religion is also forming around PH whose gospel is grounded in Scientific Materialism and its main tenets are: […]
    There are many other tenets of this new gospel whose influence is fast spreading at the seat of power itself. But these are too sickening to be even mentioned. The latest is that a couple of teachers are already telling the students that some fundamentalists are simply raising noise about the book for no reason. Next, they will prescribe it as an objective biography for students in the Ashram’s Centre of Education; for that to happen the endeavour is to remove the ban on the book. It can then also go to other educational institutions."

    Yes, all this no doubt makes it imperative to immediately appoint an "Auro Thought Police Chief" whose first order of business would be to issue an edict prohibiting the purchase or distribution of Heehs' biography of Aurobindo, calling for the burning of all copies of Peter Heehs' biography of Aurobindo, firing those teachers who correctly aver that the campaign against Heehs' book is just "Much Ado About Nothing"!!!!

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