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Monday, February 27, 2012

Ashramites on warpath

150 inmates of Aurobindo Ashram on three-day dharna 
IBNLive.com 11:02 PM, Feb 26, 2012 Puducherry (PTI)
About 150 inmates of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram here today embarked upon a three-day dharna demanding that trustees managing the ashram be dismissed immediately for their "failure" to protect its reputation. A release issued by a spokesman of the inmates and devotees of the Ashram alleged that the Trustees had failed to take action against Peter Heehs, a US national and inmate of the Ashram, for his controversial book titled ‘The Lives of Sri Aurobindo’ published in 2008 in which the writer had allegedly made "inflammatory and denigrating remarks" against Sri Aurobindo and his spiritual collaborator, The Mother.
The present team of trustees should either resign or be sacked as they are "protecting the writer without expelling him from the Ashram although his controversial book had insulted and denigrated the spiritual savants," it said. The inmates, staging the protest outside the ashram premises, said in the release that the Trust should publicly condemn the "insulting" book and withdraw the copyright permission to the Columbia University Press which has published the book. The release said the Union Home Ministry had "issued instructions" to various State governments and Union Territories to stop its publication, sales and distribution. The Orissa government had through Gazette notification in 2009 proscribed the book and declared its contents `inflammatory in nature and ordered all copies of the book be forfeited`.
Meanwhile, a source in the Ashram Trust said "according to many, who have written to the Ashram in appreciation of the book, those who found the book to be offensive have either not read it in its entirety or have clearly misunderstood its import." The source also said the question whether the author of the book can stay in India or not was entirely a matter "exclusively within the purview of the Union Home Ministry." The Ashram was founded in 1926. Aurobindo passed away in 1950 while the Mother died in 1973. The Mother (Mira Alfassa) founded Aurobindo International Centre of Education in 1952 and the international township of Auroville, 10 km from here, in 1968.

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Netaji Subash Chandra Bose was the product of Bengal Renaissance (1775 - 1941). The attempt to rationalize Hinduism by Sri Aurobindo, Swami Vivekananda also espoused Atheism. The Germans also genuinely attempted to rationalize Hinduism was used by British colony (through German indologist Max Müller) and Christian missionaries to westernize Hinduism- which continues till Today.
Netaji reflect this part of the Rationalism. Gandhi-Nehru "shadowy non Violence" was part of "Tantra" like Kashmiri Saivism, not of Hinduism- of course part of Hinduism - could not be understood by ordinary people. This was evolved into Nehru's "Tryst with Destny"- it is not in anyway Hindu "Sanatana Dharma" or fate or Hegelian Dilectics- it was a rational? westernized interpretation of Hinduism.
India got Independence because of end of WWII and British was no more in a position to maintain Colonies- in which Netaji and INA's sacrifices was a strong catalyst than Gandhi - Nehru. GovindaJan 27, 2012 #51

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