Monday, February 06, 2012

Reblogging and parasitic SELF Group Blogs

[Blogs from within the Integral Yoga community Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother. - Family of blogs by Tusar N Mohapatra. I won't give all of them, there are two many, but if you go to the first one, Savitri Era Learning Forum (or SELF for short), which was started in 2005, you can follow the links to the others. Posts a huge amount of material, often totally unsorted, of anything that appears on the Web that is in any way related to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, usually with editorial comment in the headings only. Adopts a religious devotee approach. M Alan Kazlev]

[Robert E. Wilkinson Aug 13, 2009 06:31 AM This is a classic example of someone taking their own unfounded hagiographic inflation to extremes. What is most revealing is Tusar’s desire to get away from all formulation, mythic or otherwise which allows him to believe whatever fantasy he likes without the inconvenience of having to deal with proof of his claims and the facts that support them. He does so by putting them “up there” on the Transcendent heights beyond the reach and explanation of mortal man. This is a perfect example of how devotees with no yogic experience and realization attempt to turn this epochal spiritual work into a Religion. What remains are un-provable pronouncements about Sri Aurobindo and the Mother solely derived from Tusar’s subjective devotional fervor. His hopes are pinned on the ‘years to come’ and any fellow disillusioned Aurobindonians who might rally to his flag. Update - August 2009]

I believe in the future and in every word of the Five Dreams delineated by Sri Aurobindo. Thanks to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo I feel liberated from all past religions and their tangled mythologies. Yes, I admit, that’s a great convenience. Born in a free country, I have the right to believe in my own beliefs, and no one need be troubled for that. TNM]

[PLEASE do not refer to any of the blogs maintained by Tusar Mohapatra as "the Aurobindo site". With his many cross-linked parasitic blogs, this character has achieved an altogether undeserved prominence among Google searches for "Aurobindo". (It's the same technique by which porn site bootstrap themselves upward.) Mohapatra's agenda is political (he's even founded a party!) --Ulrich Mohrhoff, Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Pondicherry, India Managing Editor, AntiMatters 13 Sep 2009 (plagiarized from)]

[Introduction (SE): The “Savitri Era” group of blogs and the so-called “honeycomb” of websites (listed below) are created and administered by Tusar N. Mohapatra, President of the Savitri Era Party. Our Critique - The personal political and religious ambitions of the editor cast a shadow on the intentions of the editor. - The editor’s persistent attack on the management of the Ashram and his repeated calls for the resignation of the Managing Trustee betray the editor’s personal ambitions of seemingly wanting to determine the fate of Sri Aurobindo’s teachings as well as that of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram institution.]

When the honeycomb of parasitic SELF Group Blogs rolled out in 2005, I remember having received several mails accusing me of plagiarism and even threats of legal action. They, apparently, were unaware of the advantages of linking and cross-posting. Many, however, have benefited over the years from this mode in terms of traffic and now that WordPress has made Reblogging a breeze, old inhibitions are thrown to the wind.

The cyberspace is fast expanding like our galaxy and it is easy to sink within it without leaving a trace. Therefore, there should be collaborative effort to stay aloft even among those who fight, just like attracting controversies is common for movie promos. For there is a vast audience out there of whom some might chance upon our sites, today or tomorrow. [TNM55]   

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