Sunday, December 09, 2012

Economic paradigm of Sri Aurobindo Ashram needs scrutiny

All said and done, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry today represents a lived reality that is unparalleled anywhere in the world. Bankim’s Anandamath and the concept of Anushilan through Bhawani Mandir and Prabartak Sangha along with The Mother’s Idea took a concrete shape forsaking the world-negating doctrines of the past. The material basis that The Mother established then has been the bedrock over the years for the lofty ideal of Sri Aurobindo to survive as a possibility. But whether The Ashram has been able to take advantage of the changes during the four decades after The Mother is hugely debatable.

Call it a cult, religion, or spirituality, the Community, indisputably, is an economic reality. There is no escape from consumption as there is no escape from the waves at the sea beach or the sunrise. Further, it’s also true that the consumption profile follows a pattern and thus constitutes a paradigm which has a chance of being perceived as prescriptive. Integral Yoga, by itself, lacks firmness in formulation and avoids rigid characterization. Given the puerile predicament of the Parliament over FDI last week, it’s expected that The Ashram doesn’t remain as a showpiece of discredited manifestoes of the last Century. [TNM55]       

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