From auroman de le Miroir to "Tusar N. Mohapatra" email@example.com date 29 July 2010 00:52 subject Reply to Dr Raghu
This is my reply to Dr Raghu. Please remove my email address. Best
What Sri Aurobindo would have done in any given circumstance is anybody's guess. There is no canon or scripture which can tell you that. It is like asking "What would Jesus do?". Either side can pick some verse from scripture to justify its approach. Sages typically arrive at their decisions by using their subtle vision to see the soul of the person in order to understand why he behaves in a certain manner. In the absence of such vision, either side could be right in a given argument.
Most people are getting sidetracked by the secondary issue, which is that the book is being banned. There would be no need to ban this book if it hadn't been for the fact that the Managing Trustee refused to do his job and expel the author from the Ashram. We don't go around banning books in general. People who live outside the Ashram are free to write critical books on Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and his disciples.
But when you voluntary join the Aurobindo Ashram, it presupposes that you have accepted Sri Aurobindo as your Guru and that must inform the judgements you make while writing a biography. If you think Sri Aurobindo was a liar and you want to distort his version of the story, then please leave the Ashram and join a University where you can exercise your free speech rights.
Which principle to apply in a certain situation requires some wisdom. Rights comes with responsibilities. The rules of secular society cannot be directly applied to a person working in an institution. Doesn't a person working in the White House in
have his free-speech rights constricted? He works no longer for himself but for the President. The same analogy can be applied to a disciple living in the Ashram. USA
I would encourage Dr Thill Raghu to get back to his teaching job and leave us to our woes. His students return for classes in about six to eight weeks.
Govind has left a new comment on your post "As a man imbued with liberal values, Sri Aurobindo...":
You are confusing Sri Aurobindo's "liberalism" with an "anything goes" attitude. I think you need to brush up a bit on life in the Ashram. Certainly, there is much more freedom there than other institutes that go by that name. However, when it came to Sri Aurobindo and portraying Him in a "critical" manner to the rest of the world there was never a point in time where any Sadhak was given absolute license. In fact, I would like to challenge you to prove to me otherwise. Posted by Govind to Savitri Era Open Forum at ,
July 29, 2010