Saturday, November 6, 2010

What happens to the Mother’s expectations about the School?

Yet it is unfortunate that the author of The Lives of Sri Aurobindo considers Savitri a “fictional creation” and hence of no help to detail out the day-today events in the life of its author. Here is what we have on p. ... 


Comment posted by: RY Deshpande Re: Manoj Das Gupta demands apology from RY Deshpande
I do not want to give them even a hint, not as an aspect of stone-walling but for the good reason that they should first develop a strict harsh discipline of study. Understanding deeper issues, understanding when it comes to serious non-gossipy academic pursuits demands definite commitments, and these people ought to realize that this has to be assiduously developed, systematically cultivated. It is generally there in the educated Western mind, […]
Perhaps I’ll not call this so much the fault of the students who have not been trained to develop the faculty of organized disciplined thinking; it is more the fault of the School Management which alas has been particularly of late failing in these matters. One solid pillar till yesterday was Jugal Kishor Mukherjee—but now… I don’t know how things are going to change. If the Registrar thinks that the School Management is a part-time job, that one hour in a day is enough for it, well… What happens to the Mother’s expectations about the School, about her vision of it? Should I wait for the answer? Perhaps I need not worry about it when I’ve been given the “get-out” order. And yet, à la Blake, I’ll not cease from mental fight till is built… ~ RYD

 What are the lessons?
First, we need to strengthen the academic/intellectual side of the Sri Aurobindo International Centre for Education. We must fashion out a way of intellectual training of the young students and critics that fits into Sri Aurobindo’s injunction about the office and limitation of Reason, expounded in Human Cycle and elsewhere. The Mind, Sri Aurobindo says, most emphatically, has to be developed as an instrument, and open itself to higher Truths of Life. If we do not do this, we cannot blame others who are not attuned to this approach, from taking over and filling the void, as it has regrettably happened now. In this regard, we must be prepared to take the help of the ex-students of the Ashram who have had considerable training in this regard in the outside world. We must remember that either we move forward or go backward. There is no third alternative.

Clearly, as spirituality enjoins upon us, the best way of living within in our context, is to immerse ourselves in the writings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. While dogma and religiosity are to be shunned at all costs, we must internalize the Aurobindonian view of life which alone can safeguard us against aberrations and pitfalls. When a sufficiently large number of a community practise an ethical and spiritual life (ethics is not a bad word), then they would generate a force that alone can act as an effective antidote to darkness and ignorance.

Conclusion: Clarity of vision leads to a clarity of action. Those that are at the helms of affairs of a community must have a larger vision and discharge their responsibilities without fear and favor. The Sri Aurobindo Ashram was founded upon spiritual Realizations. As ordinary mortals, we can at least have conviction in the basic Truth of the Founders!
Is this too much to expect! Sachidananda Mohanty   ...full text... Posted by Raman Reddy at 7/27/2009 09:20:00 PM 

1 comment:

  1. "First, we need to strengthen the academic/intellectual side of the Sri Aurobindo International Centre for Education. We must fashion out a way of intellectual training of the young students and critics that fits into Sri Aurobindo’s injunction about the office and limitation of Reason, expounded in Human Cycle and elsewhere."

    Yes, dear professor. And after we have studied the office and limitations of Reason, we should proceed straight away to ban books you dislike, as have suggested so many times. This is in fact the best way to train the mind and make it grow in intellectuality.

    R. Rao

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