Saturday, September 11, 2010
Safeguarding the sanctity of Sri Aurobindo Ashram
[A year ago, on September 11, 2009, remembering the body blow inaugurating global fundamentalism in our times, we organized a conference on Fundamentalism and the Future. The overlapping of politics and fundamentalism, so characteristic of these times, has now declared itself unmistakably at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram exactly two years after its emergence in that community. -- Debashish Banerji, Rich Carlson, & David Hutchinson Lawsuit filed by Sraddhalu Ranade, Raman Reddy, and others against ...]
Banerji & Sons owe their allegiance to the left-liberal persuasion and they are free to valorize their political posture with ample theoretical cushion (for which they are famous). But their latest pamphleteering proves beyond doubt that they are also in the power game and, therefore, are in politics. Thus it becomes a level playing field and let the wrestle be open sans any chicanery.
To be sure, Banerji & Sons enjoy no monopoly over defining what constitutes “Sri Aurobindo’s ideals and the principles enshrined in the Ashram,” nor are they aware what it takes to live in the Ashram. The contorted facts and convoluted arguments that Peter Heehs has set forth in his crooked book can never form the paradigm for enunciating the teaching of Sri Aurobindo.
Banerji & Sons have been staunch advocates of the book in the garb of academicians but their real intentions have come out in the open. Used to the ease of controlling crucial moves of the Ashram Trust by remote control, they justly feel threatened now. Safeguarding the sanctity of the Ashram is the most sacred duty that devolves upon the devotees worldwide. There will be no miserliness in “rewarding” every single act of treachery and trickery. [TNM]