Saturday, December 11, 2010

Discuss the Mother's actual legacy, her actual vision

From Lori Tompkins to "Tusar N. Mohapatra" date 11 December 2010 01:21 subject SEOF Submission
Pirates of the Royal Ship
by Lori Tompkins 9 December 2010
In a November exchange between Paulette Hadnagy of Auroville and Sunil of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram on Savitri Era Open Forum, Paulette wrote that the public (internet) infighting that has been sparked by Peter Heehs 2008 book has been a poisonous atmosphere for sadahks. She asked, ‘… who will ever want to come and live at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, with all that you people are spewing in the internet? Even Auroville is affected. People do ask questions.'

My first thought was, “Hallelujah people are asking questions! They should be asking questions. Specifically, they should be asking the question, ‘Where has the soul of the Integral and Supramental knowledge that used to inhabit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram fled to?’ And if they truly search with an open heart and mind, they will find the answer.

Paulette also wrote in reference to the forces she feels are destroying the spirit of the Ashram, 'Pirates can assault the royal ship and grab it, but this doesn’t make of them a king!'

But what happens if a group of hopeful yogis imagine that they have inherited the ‘royal ship’ when in actuality they know nothing of its true form, dimensions, dynamics, range, potentialities and destination? What if whole truth of the ship is actually beyond their comprehension, yet they still try to control its movements. This classic and miserable state in which the ignorant/egoic self possessively controls, or rather thinks it controls the Vessel, has as its trophy or monument, the Auroville Temple.

Before leaving her body, the Mother left behind as her greatest legacy, the blueprints of her temple, the Matrimandir. What hardly a soul noticed was that the Mother's blueprints simultaneously laid out the design of the Royal Vessel (i.e. the Divine Self) and IT’s Divine Journey (i.e. the Sanatana Dharma of Being and Becoming). As a result of this ignorance the design and dimensions were altered without giving heed to the protests of Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet who knew it was a grave mistake to alter the sacred geometries of the Mother’s Temple design. And now, 37 years later, there is still no scale-tipping, world-altering roar from those who espouse their love for Sri Aurobindo and the Mother for the REAL THING, the real Temple, the real Vessel, the real of knowledge of Self and the real relation-SHIP we are in with the One and the Many.  

Plenty of efforts have been made to reveal the astounding rhyme, reason and significance of the Sacred Vessel/Vedic Temple that Mother dropped into their laps with minimal explanation. [See the Matrimandir Action Committee’s website and The New Way,Volumes 1 & 2] But the majority have covered their ears, refusing to let the new information rock their boat, mistaking their refusal as an honorable defense against asuras, pirates, forces of darkness, etc. Their ‘love’ for Sri Aurobindo and the Mother is a sentimental and rigid attachment to their own hold on or grasp of the Yoga rather than a fluid, humble and open-hearted receptivity to the Supramental Play that has continued to SUCCEED after Sri Aurobindo and the Mother left their bodies. The strife in Auroville and in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram is the necessary and inevitable culmination of this lowly vein of ‘love’.     

It will be a refreshing and encouraging day when students of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’s Yoga begin to discuss the Mother's actual legacy, her actual vision, her actual Temple design and what that means in terms of the dynamic progression of the Supramental Manifestation rather than fighting over control of a Royal Ship that they know not the head or tail nor even the whereabouts of.

Jimarten has left a new comment on your post "Three refutations of Paulette, the interlocutor"
This unedifying exchange seems to have little or nothing to do with the high and noble spiritual aims of the Aurobindo Ashram. Sri Aurobindo warned against religion, including turning his and the Mother's agenda into a religion. How wise he was. 
Their work will not be carried on by the controllers of institutions fossilised in their Names, but by those who can live up to the spiritual evolutionary agenda by and for which they themselves lived - wherever they may be in the world, and whatever their nominal allegiances.
'The spirit bloweth where it listeth'. It always has done, and always will. Posted by Jimarten to Savitri Era Open Forum at 5:23 AM, December 11, 2010


  1. I am disgusted to see my name repeated over again by Patrizia Norelli's rare "devotees". In Auroville we ignore her and I want to be left in peace.

  2. Believe me Paulette, those of us committed to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother's actual legacy, their actual vision, and Her original Temple design would like nothing more than to leave you in peace. But since you have made a career out of obfuscation, distorting and misrepresenting the most important spiritual knowledge given out in the last six thousand years, you leave us little choice. And let me be clear, your comments do not reflect an honest difference of opinion which might be resolved through a thoughtful and respectful discourse of Vedic principles, but an arrogant and vicious ridicule which Sri Aurobindo described as having its origin in a severe defect of character.

    For example, in your response to her very informative post, you characterize Lori as a “rare devotee of Patrizia Norelli”. There is no attempt at sincere and intelligent discussion of the points she made, but rather a cynical ploy to discredit her comments by sarcastically portraying her to Tusar’s forum as something other than a long time and highly competent devotee of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Then you go on to suggest that you speak for the whole of Auroville who you say shares your contempt for Patrizia’s work.

    I have to say Paulette that I owe you an apology. I had you pegged as just your everyday character defective book burning malcontent but you are so much more. Anyone familiar with the Rig Veda will immediately recognize you as Vṛtra, the coverer or restrainer of the Truth. It is Vṛtra who kept the waters of the world captive and obstructed the clearness of the sky. But as asuras go, things don’t go so well for Vṛtra in the long run. According to Rig Veda Book 6 Hymn 61, Vṛtra was finally slain by Sarasvati and cast into hell.

  3. As one of the servants or 'lories' of Patrizia Norelli you have an appropriate name Lori, parroting the words of Patrizia does not make you convincing, neither is Patrizia Norelli.
    Have you ever visited the Matrimandir? I lived and worked in its premises for eight years and enjoyed the wonderful uplifting atmosphere of the Matrimandir day and night. Working on the Matrimandir building itself was a joy, like no fear for height, as if one was carried over the scaffolding by a gentle force to do the construcition work. I also hear only enlightening stories from those people who have visited the Inner Room, not to speak of those who meditate there regularly. Did you say you have an open mind and heart?

    August Timmermans