Saturday, October 09, 2010

Political passivity is unethical and cowardly

[Comment posted by Sandeep: Re: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust does not Approve The Lives of Sri Aurobindo
If we are satisfied so easily, we are only thinking of our discomfort and how to get out of the unsavory situation.
I have noticed that some people are unable to sustain a protracted conflict.  Their vital shrinks from it. It’s like "Oh, lets just have some peace and quiet :-)".
One should be able to debate happily without losing one's composure even in an unpleasant situation.   That would be another mark of a Stithaprajna (Gita 2:55-72)]

Most people in the initial stages of the spiritual path attain what may be called a "passive calm". The glow on their face lasts only as long as they are surrounded by kind and gentle people like themselves. Faced with a protracted conflict, they either shrink from it in revulsion or unexpectedly lose their composure in exasperation. One must ...]

Shortly after The Mother passed away, students protested in Patna in March 1974 leading to the flaring up of the JP movement. Criticisms against it of turning fascist in the name of Democracy may have some substance, but the good that came out at that point far outweighed the negative points. Hindutva elements, unfortunately, tasted power at the Centre and they are a formidable force after three decades.

Savitri Erans have avoided conflicts like ostriches, and their silence has been misappropriated by vested interests. Lending intellectual legitimacy to spurious forces in such a passive manner is unethical and cowardly. Why should we be allowed to be exploited in this fashion has no rationale. Institutions, admittedly, have their own compulsions. But why individuals don’t come out forcefully with political statements is a mystery. 

Don’t be under the false notion that you can conquer the Kingdom of God without first conquering the kingdom of man. The fight is very much here and clarity on political issues is a must. [TNM]

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