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A day in the life of Sraddhalu Ranade

September 17, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Today we received the following letter from a practitioner of the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

Dear Friends,

This is a belated reaction to an event that took about one and half months ago. A first-hand report of the event shocked me. Could I receive some clarification on issues contained in this letter?

1. One Sraddhalu Ranade who is believed to be an inmate of our great institution, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, addressed a meeting held at the residence of the Palkhiwalas. The whole talk of this gentleman was an outburst of filth. He criticised the Trustees on points, which I understood, were naked lies. Unfortunately there was nobody in the audience who could protest. The friend who reported to me was too shy and unprepared to raise his voice. I do not repeat the lies here, because that will make this letter too long. Among many criticisms, one was that the Ashram inmates had no freedom to find fault with the Trustees. How then is this gentleman free to roam about and pour out endless nonsense?

2. He showed a short film. This was to be shown by a TV Channel. But the management of the Channel withdrew it because they realised that it was a concocted piece. How did this Ranade get hold of it?  Must be from the fellow who shot the film. How many lakhs he paid for it and what is the source of his wealth?

3. As if all the lies were not enough, he tried to exploit the superstitious  propensity of the audience by saying that the Service tree’s branch fell because of the unholy actions of the Trustees. This gentleman, I was told, once advertised himself as a ‘scientist’. When did he reconcile to this kind of primitivism? Does he know that in the early forties of the last century – I was a minor student at that time – a huge branch of this great tree broke. But our Divine Master and our Divine Mother were there. How does he explain that?

4. The world is in a mixed-up condition, full of hypocrisy and falsehood. Great sages  and Yogis die. Let us recollect what the Mother said when the Master left His body. It was due to the lack of the earth’s receptivity.  The same cause must have been there when the Mother too left  us.  Ranade is a part of the earth. Must he blame the Trustees when a tree loses a branch?

It was also shocking that the sponsor of the event, a lady supposed to be a devotee, openly announced that she will no longer send any offering to the Ashram, but divert her contribution to some organisation run by this Ranade.

I feel sorry for the lady. She was under the belief that she was patronising the Ashram. Can any reader tell this madam that it was a privilege for her to give to the Ashram? The Ashram is run by the Divine Mother. She will look after it. She can freely patronise Ranade. But she is simply unfortunate that she is depriving others from their spiritual action of offering to the Ashram – which for them is the Mother’s creation.


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  1. Ex Naive Aurobindonian
    September 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    “a lady supposed to be a devotee” or a family friend/ devotee of Shraddhalu?

    Hopefully normal devotees have a bit more discerning capacity in choosing what or who to believe. A renegade (ex?) Ashramite with a big beard and a white gown should not throw off any real lady so easily.

  2. Albert Zweistein
    January 17, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Where science is concerned, SR is not even potty-trained.

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