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Statement from the Auroville Working Committee

02 Mar 2012

In the light of the events which have taken place on 27th February at the Ashram, the Working Committee on 29th February has requested Savitri Bhavan to discontinue Shraddhalu’s talks.

The Working Committee

  1. paulette
    March 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    To the Working Committee
    Copy to Shraddhavan and Savitri Bhavan


    Thanks for your statement regarding Sraddhalu’s classes at Savitri Bhavan. I have tried to dialogue in every possible way with those people, writing countless articles and comments in Deshpande’s blog Mirror of Tomorrow and Mohapatra’s Savitri Era Open Forum. Writing four ad hoc refutations of their accusations regarding the Heehs biography, to be debated with them. I went as far as trying to dialogue with Sraddhalu during the first dharna, and even two days afterwards. I walked out from the AVI compatforum to be free to stick to my position seeing grey areas in the other camp too. All was in vain, though I don’t regret the time and energy I wasted for nothing, reaching nowhere. Many more people have tried, facing the same deadlock.

    A moment comes when, having tried just everything, one must admit that there is nowhere else to go, nothing more to try. That moment came with the mob violence done to Dr. Datta, a trustee but first of all a senior ashramite. It was on Auroville’s birthday, during the dawn fire, seeing the children playing with the flowers, that I knew that, as Aurovilians, for the sake of our children and grandchildren (I’ll soon be a grandmother) we have to put a halt to the unspeakable violence done to all of us, to the monstrous language killing people by the tongue, to the relentless campaign of hatred and character assassination.

    Even before ourselves, we have to take a stand for our children, to whom we are obliged, and who must grow in an atmosphere of beauty, and love, and compassion, and gentleness. This is our foremost duty. Psychic love, divine love!


  2. Nicolas Flamel
    March 3, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    What will Shraddhavan do without her Shraddhalu?
    She is his Juliet (vintage), he is her Romeo.
    So sad, so romantic, so tragic a drama!

    Poor Shraddhalu: obsessed by his asuric rival
    He pays no attention to his angelic Shraddhavan
    Who languishes lonely in her Holy Bhavan.

    Atrocious poetry Jeeves to be sure.
    Yes but what a story by jove!
    Worth a Bollywood movie….

  3. auroleaks
    March 9, 2012 at 9:11 am

    A letter posted to the avcompats list on March 8, 2012

    Dear friends,

    As many of you have closely followed recent events in Pondicherry around the matter of Ashram Trustees being asked to resign through dharna’s etc, you may be interested in a recent development.

    A note posted today on the Auroville Intranet by Shraddhavan on behalf of the Savitri Bhavan team indicates that “in view of the increasing emotions building up around this issue here in Auroville, and the widespread misunderstanding of our position as implying support for the actions being taken against Peter Heehs and the Ashram Trustees – which we do not want to support – we find ourselves agreeing with those who are advocating a ‘breathing space’. We have therefore decided to ask Sraddhalu to suspend his classes for the time being – although we know that many Aurovilians will be disappointed by this decision.”

    This paragraph contains the gist of a beautiful and balanced letter, which is truly respected here by many. May this be a first step in the right direction towards the dissolving of a complex and highly important situation.

    OM ~


  4. Parvati
    March 9, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Shobanallah! Alleluia! Har Har Bholanath!

    This is indeed “a first step in the right direction”. The second and final step would be “the dissolving” of all cases against Peter Heehs and the Ashram Trustees…. as a condition for Shraddhalu to resume his fascinating talks in the Savitri Bhavan.

    If this is mentionned in the “beautiful and balanced letter” we would all be delighted to read it in full. Otherwise the expression “for the time being” seem to indicate that the cease fire will be shortlived – time to heal a few wounds – and that this is just a lull preparing for further insanities.


  5. paulette
    March 13, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I am afraid that Parvati is right. However, this time the game will have to stop for good.

    I have always been forwarding to Shraddhavan the most atrocious documents. What has she done with this? Isn’t her duty to keep herself informed about who she invites to give regular classes (and more…)?

    Also, I am going to copy incendiary writings by Shraddhalu, Alok Pandey and Ananda Reddy for the Working Committee and anybody else wishing to go through, and will forward them AGAIN to Shraddhavan, publicly, with a simple question:


    No more hide and seek. The game is over.


  6. Nicolas Flamel
    March 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Cyclone Thane energized the Aurovilians.
    Cyclone Ranade dispirits the Aurovilians.

    But not to worry, they will soon recover.
    These chaps are resourceful.

    The curt statement issued by their Working Committee is clear indication that its members mean business. This freshly elected official body seems to be wanting to take the job seriously. It would be naive to expect from the High Priestess of the Bhavan a spontaneous and gracious surrender but soon or later she will realise that she has no other option but to yield. Her Ben Ranade has heavily blundered. His terror tactics have backfired. He has become a liability, even an embarrassment to the Bhavan wallahs.

    Who knows? Shraddhavan might discover that in the place she lives, Auroville, there are plenty of eloquent, cultured, articulate, spiritually mature men and women who can deliver exciting lectures on various aspects of Sri Aurobindo’s thoughts and works. She might end up prefering the local manpower to outsourcing. By giving a chance to her fellow Aurovilians, herself and her Bhavan can only gain in popularity.

    The cleaning up of cyclone Ranade has already started.
    It will soon be over….

  7. Parvati
    March 25, 2012 at 12:45 am

    In the last issue of “Auroville Today”, Georges Van Vrekhem gives a stunning description of early Aurovilians:(quote)”hippies of all sort… big-mouthed pseudo-participants in the French student revolution of 1968…. ignorant but pretentious, lazy, half-clad and not so clean, pot-smoking youngsters…. dazed hippies…. arrogant pseudo-revolutionaries…. in Auroville at the time there was no one with a spiritual realization….” Blimey! Navajata was right after all! With the addtion of “sex-maniacs” it fits Nava’s description of the Aurovilians. Nobody believed him, poor fellow! Fancy why Government of India paid so much attention to these “pseudo-revolutionaries” going so far as creating a special legislation in their favor. Fortunately, Georges’ arrival and the benefic influence of Savitri Bhavan solved the problem transforming the “dazed hippies” and “pseudo-revolutionaries” into docile meditative lambs.

  8. auroleaks
    March 26, 2012 at 9:31 am

    You can download the March issue of Auroville Today here.

  9. Parvati
    March 26, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    The problem is that in “Mother’s Agenda”, there is nowhere question of an “OVERMAN”. In August 30, 1969 (p. 222), Mother said: “Auroville wants to be the cradle of the superman”. She never ever mentionned an “overman”. Sri Aurobindo too used the words “superman” and “supermanhood”.

    Georges Van Vrekhem is taking liberty with Mother & Sri Aurobindo’s terminology. Is this privilege reserved to people who, like him, officiate in Shraddhavan’s Bhavan? Had Peter Heehs done the same, Ranade and his gang would have gone into fits of hysteria….

  10. Nicolas Flamel
    March 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Problem is if you “google” superman, you get a thousand craps.
    Google instead “overman”: you get smiling Georges and his books….

    The same with another neologism coined by good old Georges in the same article: (his) “Aurobindian” vs (widely used) “Aurobindonian”.

    Google “Aurobindonian”, you get Ashram, Auroville, Madhav Pandit, Satprem, Nolini, Tusar N. Mohapatra (God forbid!), etc.
    Google instead “Aurobindian”: you get smiling Georges and his books….

    The game is called “googling”. Coin a neologism, and you get first in line on Google. Business is business: “It’s the economy, stupid!”

  11. Brother Rabelais
    March 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm


    In the “Sermon On The Mount,” Jesus said:
    “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    For they shall inherit the earth.”

    In the “Auroville Today”, Georges said:
    “Blessed are the simple people,
    For they shall inherit the overman.”

    Like a new Moses, Georges the Good Sheperd is bravely leading his flock of simple folks on the way to overmanhood!

    Brother Rabelais

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