Friday, November 13, 2015

Paradox of solitude in an overcrowded place

Peter Heehs on the Crisis in Sri Aurobindo Ashram – by Bireshwar ChouduryPeter Heehs says that the crisis in the Ashram can be solved by offering career “advancement prospects” to the senior sadhaks who are unhappy with the pres...

Peter Heehs: It was relatively easy [for members of the Ashram] to accept subordination in an organization headed by the Mother; it is not so easy to accept it when the final authority is the trust board. Indeed, the lack of advancement prospects for senior sadhaks may have driven some of them to join the anti-Trust group. One potential solution to the problem of overcrowding at the top is that used by the Hutterites, who allow mature colonies to establish daughter colonies, thus providing ‘‘new job opportunities’’ for young men ‘‘anxious to obtain leadership positions’’ upon finding themselves ‘‘blocked by a lack of available positions, with older men holding onto their positions for life.’’ Each colony has its ‘‘own leadership structure,’’ and daughter colonies are not regarded as inherently inferior to mother colonies.  Some such mechanism might help relieve pressure in the ashram, but it would be difficult to implement owing to the strong attachment to the original establishment, the site of the samadhi or tomb of the founders. In the absence of such a solution, it looks as though the conflict will continue until the pro- and anti-Trust factions either realize that a diverse, united community is in everyone’s best interest, or else decide to go their own ways.

Peter Heehs, Sri Aurobindo and His Ashram 1910-2010, An Unfinished History, p 81.
Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, Vol. 19, No. 1 (August 2015), pp. 65-86
Published by: University of California Press

Sri Aurobindo and his Ashram, 1910–2010

P Heehs - Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent …, 2015 -
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The Human Zoo

27 October 1994
The human zoo is a superb book that analyses one by one the many aspects of urban life such as the paradox of solitude on an overcrowded place, dominance mimic versus status symbol, and of course the rewards of living in an exciting environment where just about everything is possible. By Leonardo Alves 

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