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Sunlit path to where?

February 17, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

From: Savitra <…>
Date: February 16, 2012 7:49:03 AM PST
To: xxx (at) jhmhotels.com
Subject: re. your center’s upcoming retreat conference

To the Sri Aurobindo Center South East:

A friend received the follow announcement through you and forwarded it to me. I struggled with the futility of replying to you or the easier path of simply deleting. As you can see, I have chosen the former. (Please do not take this personally as I am addressing it to your Center. However after reading this yourself, I would sincerely appreciate you passing it on to those in charge of the Center and its upcoming Conference. Thank you.)

I must say that I am profoundly shocked by the contradiction of hosting a conference/retreat titled “Sunlit Path to Life Divine” when many of your primary speakers/presenters are directly or indirectly engaged in a court case against the Trustees of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. In addition, as you must know, the same speakers have been engaged in ideological warfare and a sustained persecution of one of the Ashram’s longtime residents whose biography of Sri Aurobindo (published by Columbia University Press) they deem blasphemous.

By way of introducing myself and my concerns in this matter, I have been involved with the work of Mother and Sri Aurobindo since 1967. I have also been a resident of the Ashram and later Auroville (1969-1990), accepted both in the Ashram and Auroville directly by the Mother from whom I received the name Savitra. I am also a published author here in the States with a new book on the way. In this light, I ask:

How can your Center disconnect from these troubling realities and the shadow these speakers cast, inviting such speakers to present on the theme of “Sunlit Path to Life Divine”? How can your Center consider itself a Center of Sri Aurobindo yet provide a platform for speakers who choose the path of open warfare with the Trustees of the Ashram bearing Sri Aurobindo’s name? Such disconnection makes a mockery of the concept of “Integral” in Integral Yoga. And to host such speakers under the banner of “Sunlit Path to Life Divine” only adds to the absurdity and surreality.

In this Yoga, are we here to simply preach in words or practice in action? Surely you know the answer to this question. In which case, how can you in good conscience sponsor such a dis-integral and divisive contradiction in the name of Sri Aurobindo?



(Alan Sasha Lithman)

responding to the following email:

from: Sri Aurobindo Center, Southeast
Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina
Subject: Sunlit Path to Life Divine

The Sri Aurobindo Center South East is pleased to host the 2012
Integral Yoga Retreat. We invite you to participate in a valuable
opportunity to learn more about the many aspects of Sri Aurobindo and
The Mother’s Integral Yoga. The conference offers valuable insights for
people of all ages through activities, discussions, and lectures. The
retreat will also include daily physical fitness, meditation and
experiential sessions. With powerful speakers from India and the United
States, attendees will be richly rewarded with a better understanding
of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo’s teachings and its practical
application to our everyday lives. For registration and additional
details, visit http://www.sriaurobindoyogaretreat.com or call 864.248.1571.

Confirmed Speakers:

Dr. Alok Pandey
Pondicherry, India
Sraddhalu Ranade
Pondicherry, India
Dr. Dilip Sarkar
Hampton, Virginia
Narad (Richard Eggenberger)
Pondicherry, India

Registration Options Adult Occupant (Housing, Meals, & Conference Fee):
$299/person (No daily rate available; average cost per day: $60 )
Student Occupant (Housing, Meals, & Conference Fee):
$199 /person (No daily rate available; requires a student ID; average
cost per day: $40)
Commuter Only (Meals and Conference Fee):
$99 /day (Three meals per day)
$199 /2 days or more
Children 12 and under are free.
Pay online or send a check to:
Sri Aurobindo Center Southeast, Inc.
60 Pointe Circle
Greenville, SC 29615

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  1. Nicolas Flamel
    February 19, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Sunlit path to Las Vegas…. It’s just a question of supply and demand: to some who are willing to buy Sri Aurobindo, others are ready to sell. It’s business only. $299 for a first class entry ticket to the Supramental Paradise is a fair price considering that “powerful speakers” are been imported for the purpose. I have been told that the show is scheduled in Las Vegas with Shradavan performing some pole dancing. Disneyland, Auroland…. Cool! What’s wrong with that?

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