Recent Additions - IYfundamentalism.info
23 April 2012: Blasphemy tag strains Aurobindo Ashram
20 April 2012: Yoga and philosophy of Sri Aurobindo is not a religion
14–15 April 2012: I look forward to being forgotten [and more]
14 April 2012: Govt values freedom of expression: Heehs
14 April 2012: Govt extends Heehs’s visa by one year
14 April 2012: India extends visa of US historian Heehs
12 April 2012: Indian Express: Book clubbed
10 April 2012: Times of India: The intolerant Indian?
9 April 2012: Indian Express: A cloud over 40-yr tryst with India
6–7 April 2012: Are historians losing their freedom of expression? [and more]
1–4 April 2012:Chidambaram to decide on Heeh's visa [and more]
31 March 2012: Don't expel US historian, govt told
10 March 2012: Those who get upset by these things are worse
24 February 2012: Sri Aurobindo, Heehs and the fragility of faith
Vijay Poddar, the self-appointed chief ideologue of the
or “Head Office” of the Sri
Aurobindo Society (S.A.S.) is following his father’s tradition of placing
personal preferences before institutional interests and of manipulating and
pulling strings from behind the scenes in order to influence the public with
his personal opinions. Puducherry Center
Navajata, Keshav Dev Poddar, whom the Mother with much hope and optimism would call “my faithful”, was instead quick to betray the Mother not long after she had passed away when – to serve his personal preferences – he dragged the S.A.S. in his attempt to reduce Sri Aurobindo’s and the Mother’s spiritual work to that of a religion. Navajata regretfully implicated the S.A.S. in a sordid court case (S.P. Mittal Etc. Etc. vs. Union of India, 1982 ) in which he sought to convert Sri Aurobindo’s spiritual teachings and philosophy into a religion that would be controlled by the S.A.S. That his attempt failed seems to have slipped out of Vijay Poddar’s aging memory.
Barely thirty years later, when with much difficulty the S.A.S. was starting to regain some of its deeply scarred credibility, Vijay Poddar has demonstrated that genetic bondage is stronger than spiritual integrity. The S.A.S.’s recent announcement of its disapproval of the book “The Lives of Sri Aurobindo” by Peter Heehs, publicly reveals and exposes Vijay Poddar’s inherent propensity to place personal preferences before institutional interests.
In stark contrast, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust (S.A.A.T.) chose to neither proscribe or prescribe the said book – even though individual Trustees in their personal capacities may or may not have expressed their critical or favorable opinions on the book - thereby choosing to uphold the teachings, philosophy, principles and values of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Vijay Poddar, who has publicly voiced his criticism against the S.A.A.T. has instead chosen to uphold his personal preferences over the S.A.S.’s largest interests as envisioned by the Mother.
Because there is indeed absolutely no justification, moral, ethical and particularly spiritual, more so in relation to Sri Aurobindo’s and the Mother’s Integral Yoga for the decision that Vijay Poddar has thrust upon the S.A.S.’s Executive Committee. The only justification for taking such a position is to satisfy Vijay Poddar’s publicly known position vis-a-vis Peter Heehs’ book, which besides being an approach which is undoubtedly limited, dogmatic and un-Aurobindonian, is obviously influenced by the politicking initiated by Navajata.
The many members of the S.A.S. who have chosen to associate themselves with this institution have done so because of their devotion towards Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. They would wish to follow the S.A.S.’s motto which was given by the Mother herself: “To know is good, to live is better, to be, that is perfect.”
Instead, Vijay Poddar has once again chosen to go against the very spirit and grain of the Mother’s motto given to the S.A.S., preferring to substitute it with his own dogmatic and hypocritical approach: “Not to know is good, pretending to live is better, and if you can’t be, succumb to the imperfect.” In other words, if Vijay Poddar is unable to understand, live or be according to the Mother’s vision, all others should follow the path that he has chosen to tread.
Finally but not insignificantly, that Vijay Poddar has chosen to publicly align himself with the most despicable and hostile lot of anti-Ashram elements that the Aurobindonian collective has ever seen – most of whom are frequent and privileged speakers at the S.A.S. – when their chips are down, gives a clear indication of what lies ahead of the S.A.S. under the ideological leadership of Vijay Poddar’s personal preferences. Admins.