Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The book is an illegitimate child
Sri Aurobindo Ashram issued a book titled The Lives of Sri Aurobindo under the Columbia University Press imprint in 2008. The book has since come under attack from diverse quarters for its dishonest portrayal of various episodes of the Master’s life. Manoj Das, the noted littérateur and a long time resident of the Ashram, has condemned the book in public. R.Y. Deshpande, also an ashramite and distinguished scholar on the epic, Savitri, too has castigated the book. This is the first time in the Ashram’s history that such widespread protests have been lodged against a book from amongst the inmates as well as devotees outside.
The Ashram, so far, has swallowed all complaints in this respect and is pretending that all is well. It is probable that under the pressure of certain Leftist rationalists, the Ashram is continuing its support for the book. The situation, however, is so peculiar that no such example can be found anywhere in the world. But the Ashram is sitting pretty for the last two years defying civility and accountability. Savitri Era Party has been consistently voicing the devotees’ concern against the Ashram’s endorsement of the book. It is hoped that good sense prevails upon its administrators. [TNM]