From Robert E. Wilkinson email@example.com to "Tusar N. Mohapatra" firstname.lastname@example.org date 16 November 2010 07:39 subject Re: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Controversy
Hi Tusar, Would you please post this in response to Paulette's latest. Thanks Robert
In a 1905 letter to his wife, Mrinalini Devi, Sri Aurobindo told her that she must ignore the calumny and the ridicule of others, behavior which he described as proceeding from a severe defect of character. He went on to say that…
‘…The times are such that people are incapable of listening to serious things in a serious manner. Religion, philanthropy, noble aspirations, high endeavour, the deliverance of the country, all that is serious, all that is high and noble is turned to ridicule.' Sri Aurobindo, SABCL, Volume 4 "Writings in Bengali"
It is painful to note that today in Auroville, things have not changed much for the better. All that is serious, all that is high and noble about Sri Aurobindo’s life and legacy and the forms it has taken, including the Solar Line, the sublime measurements of the Mother’s Inner Chamber and Thea’s revelation of Supramental Time, continue to be disparaged and belittled by Paulette Hadnagy through an ignorant and vicious ridicule. Any serious student of Sri Aurobindo should recognize Paulette’s frequent and overt use of ridicule as a weak and pathetic device used only when reason is lacking or when the facts are against her. It does not discredit the one who is ridiculed but dishonors the mediocre personality who, lacking true understanding, must stoop to its use. Does no one SEE this? How long will serious students of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother continue to turn a blind eye to Paulette’s vicious arrogance and allow her to promote herself to the public as an exemplar of Sri Aurobindo’s yoga? And at what cost to this epochal work do devotees follow someone who is unwilling to recognize the light and denies it when it comes? Wake up people. It is time to discuss serious things in a serious manner.