Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What ails the Sri Aurobindo Ashram?

            Jeffrey John Kripal, Glenn W. Shuck - 2005 - 323 pages
Third, and finally, I am also deeply struck by the text's incredible abstractness, by its long complicated sentences, its architectonic scholastic structure, and its almost lack of reference to emotion or the physical body. ... 
Such a feature also marks it as standing in sharp contrast to the later somatic practices and sensual literature of Esalen.]

Indian Express - ‎Undergoing a rectification exercise to root out “alien class influences” from within its fold, the CPM has concluded that there is “erosion in the primacy” of its working class outlook — reflected also in the fact that 70 per cent of its leaders are from the middle class and other sections — and that electoral alliances with “bourgeois parties” are proving to be a source of “corrosive” influence. ...
The document talks in detail about the wrong trends that have crept into the party rank and file over the years — be it the increase in “parliamentary opportunism” which is also connected to the desire for acquiring more material positions and a better lifestyle or growth of individualism, careerism, factionalism, corruption and the absence of collective functioning. …
The tendency to collect big amounts from individuals and affluent sections, instead of mass collection, has increased especially to meet election expenses.]

Much introspection and extensive deliberations are needed for setting right the present (mal)functioning of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. As long as it receives donations from the general public it is accountable to subject itself to scrutiny. [TNM]

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