Sunday, August 09, 2009

Whoever has come to Puducherry to pray can't escape his or her "complicity"

[Sri Aurobindo, of course, disclaimed that he was founding a religion. No great religious teacher ever claimed that he was, founding a new religion or a new school of religious thought. The question is not whether Sri Aurobindo refused to claim or denied that he was founding a new religion or a new school of religious thought but whether his disciples and the community thought so. …If the followers of Sri Aurobindo constitute a 'religious nomination as, to my mind, they undoubtedly do, the members of Sri Aurobindo Society are certainly a distinct and identifiable section of the ‘religious denomination’… (O. CHINNAPPA REDDY) New Delhi, 8th November, 1982. EXTRACTS FROM THE JUDGEMENT BYJUSTICE O. CHINNAPPA REDDY Auroville Matrimandir -- more is less in the City of Dawn

[Re: Competing Visions of History in Internal Islamic Discourse and Islamic-Western Dialogue - ABDULLAHI A. AN-NA'IM Angiras Fri 14 Nov 2008 05:27 AM PST I hoped someone would object to my comparing Pondicherry to Mecca. A religious community is, of course, exactly what the Integral Yoga community was not intended to be. But whether it is or isn't depends on the members of the community, not on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. And it doesn't matter what it is called. The first dogma will be that it is NOT a religion. The Mother warned that human beings "are so foolish that they can change anything into a religion, so great is their need of a fixed framework for their narrow thought and limited action." (CWM 10:96)]

[What is Wrong with Religion
by Debashish on Mon 27 Oct 2008 09:35 PM PDT
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What has been offended here is not "the psychic being," but the norms of orthodox religious representation. And the high priests of this orthodoxy will not allow any other kind of representation to stake its claim to approach the Truth. At a time when, more than ever before, the world needs the unfettered light of consciousness which Sri Aurobindo and the Mother have gifted to humankind, a bunch of aggressive churchmen will make sure to smother it into insignificance. I marvel also at how little opposition there is to them and how well organized they are with their weapons. The principal weapons of the orthodox are the varieties of verbal propaganda and such efficiency of means I have rarely seen, a truly exemplary division of labor. There is one with a heavy-handed threatening didacticism, another who deals in social paranoia, a third with his lachrymose devotional pieties, a fourth who is a merchant in theological disputation and a fifth who poses as a fair-minded reformist. What more or else do we need? The good shepherds are all here. Be comforted in that they will not spare the rod to keep you snug in the fold in spite of yourself. DB

[Science, Culture and Integral Yoga :: Peter Heehs called to appear in Court
by ned on Thu 01 Jan 2009 10:07 AM PST Profile Permanent Link
Re: the point about the ipetition. There's also another fellow (I won't take the name right now) who has been talking of creating a religion on the basis of the integral yoga, and even a political party. I even got an e-mail from this fellow once telling me that since I am from a Pakistani and Muslim background I could play a very important role in this movement. I wrote back and told him that I had absolutely no such ambitions and thought that all these endeavours were completely against the spirit of the integral yoga and of Sri Aurobindo and Mother's obvious distaste for mass movements. I never got a reply. Point being, there is no end to the number of people using the Gurus to push their personal agendas. We can't possibly sue every single one of them. Reply]

[Science, Culture and Integral Yoga :: Peter Heehs called to appear in Court
by koantum on Thu 01 Jan 2009 07:42 PM PST Profile Permanent Link
This is perhaps the most telling piece about said character:
"The path has been charted out by The Mother and Sri Aurobindo 100 years back. We must follow it, we must tell others to follow it, and we must persuade others to follow it. We have to cajole others to follow it. And if need arises, we must force others to follow it, for, we are sure that in that only lies our welfare as well as theirs."

[Celebrating 137th Birth Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo
Comment by Barindranath Chaki
And to be sincere to The Mother and Sri Aurobindo, we must never forget that Their Teaching is NOT a religion — religions belong to the old humanity, full of divisions and strifes and groups and limitations. We, the Aspirants must be above all religions! Barin Chaki 09-08-09]

[Celebrating 137th Birth Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo
Comment by
Jordi Valero
Sri Aurobindo always made clear that his work should not be construed as a religious movement. He rejected the attempts (from certain sectors of the Ashram) to become His vision and work in an organized religion. Indeed, Mother, in certain passages of the Agenda, also refers to such movements within the Ashram who were trying to crystallize the action of Sri Aurobindo and herself in a religious system (I remember something like a movement called "World Union")]

[The Integral Yoga and Religion — An Historical Overview Sri Aurobindo made it clear on many occasions that it was not his intention to found a new religion or to revive an old one. Sri Aurobindo on religion]

[You are treading on dangerous ground both with this Savitri Era Party and Savitri Era Religion stuff... I hope you realize you are stepping into very, very deep waters if you mix this sort of stuff with yoga. by ned on Fri 07 Aug 2009 12:34 PM IST Profile Permanent Link Re: The Mother’s role in the 1971 War—by Kittu Reddy mirror of tomorrow]

Let there be no illusion that a solitary wayward character is playing spoilsport by publicizing creation of religion. On the contrary, whoever has come to Puducherry to pray at the Samadhi can't escape his or her "complicity" in this new religion taking birth.

It would be much more honest to accept, therefore, that a distinct religion did take shape over the years and simply its formal nomenclature is awaited. The Mother hates hypocrisy and chicanery, to be sure. [TNM]

1 comment:

  1. Folks, isn't it time we did away with the organized religions?