Sunday, July 10, 2011

Ashram's silence might lead to scams

[Subhas said, July 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm
Secondly, to the best of my knowledge, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram is known for its un-intrusive attitude and approach and does not interfere with the doings of others, … But do you expect a spiritual institution such as the Ashram to stoop so low and even indulge in such futile bickering or try to make statements that resemble the press releases of motivated political parties?
Understandably, whether individuals such as Srimati Shyam Kumari or Mr. Peter Heehs or Mr. Nandhivarman feel the need to express their opinions, beliefs, findings and analysis of their work – whether obtained by more or less scholarly means – appears to be of little concern to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram.]

Subhas claims an exalted status for the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and justifies its silence. But, the same “spiritual institution” files reams of refutations in various courts from time to time the contents of which never come to the notice of the inmates and devotees. Pushing dirt under the carpet is certainly not good for the health of the Ashram, and all stakeholders need to be more vigilant and not mere supplicants. [TNM55] 

1 comment:

  1. Dear Tusar-ji,

    You state:

    "...the same “spiritual institution” [Sri Aurobindo Ashram] files reams of refutations in various courts from time to time the contents of which never come to the notice of the inmates and devotees."

    Can you please be a little more specific and give specific instances when such refutations if any were not brought to the notice of the concerned inmates or devotees? Or are you making sweeping statements without any basis, like so many do?

    Secondly, you seem to carry some misconceptions about the constitution and functioning of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram when you invoke all the "Stakeholders." Because you ought to know that the only stakeholders in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram are The Mother, Sri Aurobindo and The Divine they represent. All the rest, inmates, devotees, and sundry who wish to associate with the Sri Aurobindo Ashram are merely there to serve a cause, ideal, philosophy or entity and they do so voluntarily and on their own free-will. If some are not happy with The Mother, Sri Aurobindo, The Divine or their Ashram, they can dissociate themselves at any point of time, unconditionally. But the universal laws of decent behaviour suggest, especially in a "spiritual institution" that all sense of dissatisfaction or displeasure be expressed in a respectful and dignified manner. Too much to ask from Humanity?

    One would have hoped that this would have been the order of the day during the Era of Savitri, but alas all of the Savitri Era blogs have so far proved just the opposite...

    But to end on a positive note, let's all hope that Good Sense will someday prevail and that the Savitri Era will live to its expectations.