Wednesday, June 27, 2012

86-year old Sri Aurobindo Ashram needs the young

Odia Scholar Gets Rare Honour  By Debilal Mishra June 26, 2012 
Dr Sampadananda Mishra who has recently received the enviable ‘Maharshi Badrayana Vyas Samman’ from the Indian president for his excellent contribution to research in Sanskrit. Dr Mishra received this award on the 19th of this month on an illustrious occasion in the Rashtrapati Bhawan…
While in puducherry, Mishra explored Sri Aurobindo international society as a centre to work for his sublime pursuits and got associated with it. Now he is working as the Director of the Sri Aurobindo Foundation of Indian culture [SAFIC], a principal constituent of Sri Aurobindo society.

PM to visit Puducherry on June 29-30 PTI 05:06 PM, Jun 27, 2012
Puducherry, June 27 (PTI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will arrive here on June 29 on a two-day visit to the Union Territory. Singh would attend a function in the Pondicherry University on June 29 and on the next day visit the Aurobindo Ashram and participate in the convocation of premier medical institution JIPMER here, official sources said today. After arriving here by helicopter from Chennai, Singh, on his first visit to the former French colony, would proceed to the Pondicherry University and dedicate to the nation the Madanjeet Singh Institute of South Asia Regional Cooperation.
On June 30, he would visit the 86-year old Aurobindo Ashram and pay homage at the `samadhis` (memorials) of Sri Aurobindo and his spiritual collaborator The Mother. The Prime Minister would also visit the room where Sri Aurobindo carried out his spiritual experiments for several years. Sri Aurobindo breathed his last in December 1950 while The Mother (Mirra Alfasa) passed away in November 1973. Lt Governor Dr Iqbal Singh today visited the ashram to oversee the arrangements for the Prime Minister`s visit.

from: Sunil date: 27 June 2012 09:36 subject: for posting
Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a spiritual organisation, the priority for anybody given the power must be determined by his spiritual capacity, his relationship with the Divine, his or her commitment to fulfill the Divine's work. The number of years one has been there is important but more important is the sincerity, the straight forwardness, the simplicity and the intensity to make the Ashram work. The individual's capacity to represent the Divine's work. All those who have this living link should be given the representative positions. This will bring in the safety for the Ashram and avoid the misuse of power and position for personal gain, importance or rule. At present the Departmental Heads may be in power because of their relation with Manoj and not with the Divine. In the Ashram the work behind the appearance of all activity is that of and for the supramental descent, so that being the real work and as the current  management is not representing the Trusteeship, new management has to come
A question does arise as how to measure the spiritual level of the candidate, as we have sadhaks who are genuinely doing the sadhana and there are those who are genuinely showing others that they are doing the sadhana.  But as the consciousness of the individual does not lie, the truth can be easily detected and the fake eliminated. And the ones who are not spiritually active as some of them claim openly, they should not qualify for any Ashram management.
Some such ground rules can be laid, and age too can be given a priority, as for the right functioning of the job at hand. We are here to be ever young but that does not mean that what we cannot do ourselves anymore, we will still continue working in the same job even when we have become unfit for quality functioning.  All fitness coaches who are in the grounds must be fit and pass a basic fitness level themselves, all teachers must have their standards of qualifications. Every position in work and management must have a right training attached to it to ensure the right workings and functionality worth of the Mother's and Sri Aurobindo's name. A quality working control group can be formed to ensure the high standards are maintained and improved....  All are disciples and seekers for the Truth, and should be treated with respect, kindness and love. The young and sincere should be given the opportunities to do the Divine's work. Sunil

from: Matri Vandana date: 23 May 2012 22:15 subject: Response to Jitendra Sharma
Jitender, stop pretending that you are in any way serving the Divine!
Just how can you separate the two issues?– Peter’s mischief and the Trustee’s unstinted support to him. Do you have to be reminded that Peter’s extension of visa was given on the recommendation of the Ashram trustees only? So your war cry that ‘I will fight tooth and nail’ is all bogus.
People like yourself who are supporting the present set of trustees are only making use of moral and yogic ideas to conceal their personal motives. Instead of serving the Divine you are only serving your own violent egoism. This is no longer even self-deception: it’s sheer hypocrisy!
The present set of trustees have only been misconducting themselves, are egoistical, unfaithful , treacherous.What all they have been doing all these years is cloaking everything with a favorable appearance, giving all movements a favorable explanation. But it has been so flagrant that it can fool nobody but themselves!
So, when a Peter denigrates Sri Aurobindo in his own Ashram he is given all possible support, he is even welcomed back to the Archives!
And when one Radhikaranjan stands for Sri Aurobindo, he is thrown out of his job!
This is the war of the Gods and Titans, the symbol of which the old Indian literature is full. The present trustees are the incarnations of the Titanic powers, they are Asuras. Who shall win in the end in this struggle between Dharma and Adharma, well, you very well know it! 

Does Sri Aurobindo’s Poetry Stand the Test of Critics and Time? from: Jitendra Sharma date: 26 June 2012 22:23 (Sri Aurobindo to Dilip. Ed. Sujata Nahar and Shankar Bandopadhyay. Pune and Mysore; HariKrishna Mandir Trust and Mira Aditi. V-2.p.100)
Not only the Western critics took an adverse view of Sri Aurobindo’s poetic works, some Indian poets and critics like P. Lal and Nissim Ezekiel, following their trail, criticised and disapproved of his creations. One of Sri Aurobindo’s followers, poet and critic, K. D. Sethna, amply replied them…
In only 10 pages we get so many intriguing things that it casts a doubt as to how many such gems are scattered in almost all the other pages of the book to so greatly represent Sri Aurobindo before the enthusiastic public… © Aju Mukhopadhyay, 2011 

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