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The 9/11 pipe dream

September 13, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

A pipe dream is a fantastic hope or plan that is generally regarded as being nearly impossible to achieve, originating in the 19th century as an allusion to the dreams experienced by smokers of opium pipes.

The Central Hub of Lies about The Lives of Sri Aurobindo (CHOLATLOSA) has once again revealed the sinister designs of its contributors by posting a proposed scheme of governance for the ashram on the fateful date of September 11. We chime in with a few comments.

The Ashram community’s primary objective is to practise the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. As the Trustees have failed to keep in mind this primary objective while disbursing their duties.

It is ironic that this charge is brought against those who valiantly strive to keep the ashram focused on its primary objective. We speak of the ashram’s primary objective advisedly. We dare not inquire into the ashram community’s primary objective.

The Advisory Board should consist of members who can truly qualify as practitioners of the Yoga and at the same time have the confidence of the community. They need not be technically qualified or endowed with great administrative ability as much as being spiritually oriented in the right direction. The members of the Advisory Board should be chosen by the entire community.

A catch-22 situation.  Those who are “spiritually oriented in the right direction” are not likely to be chosen by the entire community, and those who would be chosen by the entire community are not likely to be so oriented. Besides, who would be so arrogant as to presume to know who “can truly qualify as practitioners of the Yoga”?

There can be several ways to shortlist the names of those who would constitute the Advisory Board, such as by the principle of seniority or by the longevity of service at the Ashram.

In other words, the number of years you’ve been playing the fool counts for more than your sincerity.

A few basic conditions should be laid down to qualify as members of the Advisory Board. They … certainly should have no criminal cases pending against them.

A most convenient way by which you can disqualify anyone who does not fit your agenda. Just launch a frivolous court case against him or her. This practice has been perfected by Sraddhalu R, his pal Jayant B (son of Gopal B, member of the Executive Committee of the Sri Aurobindo Society), and the latter’s wife Geetanjali JB.

The Governing Board can consist of members from the larger community, people associated with the Ashram, members of centres outside Pondicherry… A method should be found by which the devotees and disciples from outside can be represented in this system of self-governance.

The larger the crowd, the easier it is to manipulate it. (See Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti.) Everyone must understand that the ashram has no centers, just as GP (Gampatram’s, now the ashram’s Cottage Restaurant) has no branches, as the notice used to say. It is the Sri Aurobindo Society that has centers. This provision makes it clear who is behind the proposed scheme of governance. As mentioned just now, Gopal B, the father of Jayant B (who is the husband of Geetanjali JB and the pal of Sraddhalu R) is a member of the Society’s Executive Committee.

The community at any point of time should be able to assert itself and reject those who are responsible for the crisis.

Which crisis? The crisis provoked by those who now propose this scheme to gain power?

Left to itself, the Ashram will deteriorate further and further until it will collapse under the weight of its defects and deficiencies.

Sadly, this appears to be the only true statement so far in this harebrained proposal. (We keep hoping, though, that it is still “the hour of the unexpected, the incalculable, the immeasurable.”)

The intervention of disciples living outside is required to prevent the Ashramites from falling below the minimum level of morality and consciousness required to live in a normal society.

This can only accelerate and ensure the patient’s speedy demise.

  1. daksha
    November 25, 2012 at 8:17 am

    do not understand why everyone who writes is anonymous, at both ends: those who run pro and anti heehs sites, pro and anti ashram trust sites, but name their targets properly, including their damaging biography.
    this thing goes on from all books here where everyone is x, y or z, only mother or sri aurobindo are identified and in few instances are names given. for most the justification is humility, mother wanted etc etc, asked someone at archives about this if mother wanted this cover. there was no clear reply.
    personally feel it is people here who do this to cover their and their friends mistakes and stupid questions etc.
    this cover is not fair for the one against whom one writes.

    did sradhalu give the anti ashram talk at residence of palkhivala’s or society centre in mumbai, or both, these facts are not clear. both are written.


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