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NOV 1, 2013
The Ashram is indeed now or will soon be a “Community Housing Society” with all its drawbacks and limitations. Arpit should have a first-hand look at the New Creation complex where hundreds of inmates presently reside. He should even stay there for a few days to gauge for himself the extent of deterioration in Ashram life. Many of the present inmates residing at New Creation can hardly represent the Old Creation (by which I mean normal society), leave alone embodying the New Creation of the Mother! In fact, it is commonly accepted that life at the Ashram has gone beyond the point of recovery from the point of view of sadhana. Nowadays you have to remind inmates of the original purpose of the Ashram, as if you are reminding them of their past lives!
Fifty years of staying together have not produced a spiritual family but an ordinary family and a coterie, making just and fair administration impossible.
NOV 8, 2013
NOV 29, 2013
If the Aurovillians were harassed by villagers sent by Sri Aurobindo Society as has been alleged, then the Aurovillians were no less cruel in evicting people from their houses and throwing out the belongings of those who supported the Society or even remained neutral in the conflict. Not many people know that a number of cases were filed against them with the Police of Tamilnadu, all of which were withdrawn later. So both sides were not angelic in their behaviour! As a matter of fact, many of the early settlers were deeply disillusioned about Auroville during this period of conflict and left it for good. In any case, when the Society has reconciled itself to these unfortunate mishaps of the past, why don’t the Aurovillians also forget and forgive instead of taking every opportunity to take a swipe at it? After all, the Society has over 16000 members enrolled with it and has hundreds of centres around India and the world, where people only aspire to serve Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and for whom differences between Auroville and Sri Aurobindo Society don’t matter at all. Finally, I would like to remind the Aurovillians a millennium old truth, that any institution, be it Auroville, Sri Aurobindo Society or Sri Aurobindo Ashram, is only a means and not an end in itself!
DEC 14, 2013
MAR 24, 2014
Therefore, in the absence of people who are ruled by the higher Prakriti, the best alternative is to have a sufficiently democratic setup which will have checks and balances on those who are given the onerous task of governing others despite their inherent defects.
The Ashram is now run mainly by the spoilt children of the Mother, who pretend to be “sun-eyed children of a marvellous dawn” when they are actually full of common human defects. What they need is sober introspection and a good dressing-down by people with enough common sense to call a spade a spade!
For the information of all those who are interested in the Auroville judgment, the Sri Aurobindo Society finally lost the case against the Govt. not due to Sri Aurobindo’s teaching not being a religion (as so many people keep parroting) but because of a damning audit report on the misutilisation and diversion of a funds received from the Central Govt.
Then the first thing to do is to wind up the democratic system in Auroville which many of the Ashramites actually admire and look up to. Filio basically wants to go back to the divine rights age of the kings in England or the brahmanical social order of India.
MAY 12, 2014
When the Mother is so reactive to the slightest dilution of the Lord’s magnanimity and glory, then why should we, the disciples, tolerate it silently under the plea of maintaining peace, equanimity and harmony? Peace, equanimity and harmony are not static in our yoga. Dynamic and peaceful silence is also possible. If any member of our institution wilfully and deliberately abuses the Mother and Sri Aurobindo either through speech or written word, we should retaliate. Otherwise, it would be presumed in general that we are acknowledging to his deliberate and baseless abuse. If someone speaks against us, we could tolerate it, but never when it is against the Guru. Disciplinary action deemed proper according to the norms of the concerned institute has to be taken against such a person. Such persons, who openly blame and insult their masters in the public, undoubtedly consider themselves superior to the Masters. Therefore they should quit the institution and form their own institution. It is unethical to remain in the institute and falsely portray the Mother and Sri Aurobindo as ordinary beings.
Apart from these external measures, inner measures are more important. We have to sever all our relations; even in our consciousness we should dissociate with such persons.
JUN 12, 2014
JUL 11, 2014
If the effort to reform the Ashram administration is successful, it would surely mean the resurgence of the spiritual role of the Ashram in India and abroad. This role has been completely trampled under the feet of the present Trustees, who are not only themselves under the grip of sex, wealth and power, but also encourage the same vices in others in order to get their support. If the force behind the effort to change the present Trust Deed is really so frightful, then how frightful must be the force that is working behind the senseless insult of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother in their own Ashram and by their own disciple! You have very cleverly bypassed this basic issue. Your prayer is therefore ridiculous. Moreover, you have prayed to let the Divine’s Will be fulfilled. So what is the necessity of praying for the failure of the effort of Niranjan-bhai’s group? If that is necessary, will not the Divine Will do it? Again how can you be an ordinary person when all the knavery required to protect and encourage the misdeeds of the Trustees are provided by you and another knave of the Trust office?
Mr. Das, you are not only praying but adopting all sorts of means to make the position of your Lord Manoj Das Gupta as secure as possible, which is necessary for your own security. Some people have even seen you at this ripe age running from Delhi to Odisha with brief cases apparently full of the offerings of devotees. Is this true, and if it is true, can you please explain me the purpose of these missions? You recently attempted to influence some important persons, including ministers and ex-Governors, with the weight of your titles to put pressure on the Government of Odisha to withdraw the ban on Peter Heehs’s book.