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Ashram responds to MPs

October 19, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Earlier this year the website of Raman Reddy and Sraddhalu Ranade announced that 68 Members of Parliament (MPs) had written to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust seeking clarifications of what they alleged was the “mismanagement of the Heehs affair.” About a month later, in July 2012, the Ashram responded to those MPs. Our friends at Well-wishers of Sri Aurobindo Ashram have now made public a copy of that response. It dispels the myths and lies that Sraddhalunatics, Inc., have fed to those MPs. A scanned copy of the Ashram Trustee’s letter has also been made available, along with numerous annexures.

Excerpts from the letter:

Sri Aurobindo Ashram must keep in mind that all its actions must stand the scrutiny and the test of Time and must be fully in conformity with the all-embracing and global Vision of Sri Aurobindo. To abandon oneself to the heat and the excitement and agitation of the moment or to get coerced into taking some action simply because that appears to be the most tangible populist solution immediately available, would be inconsistent with the Truth that Sri Aurobindo represents….

[O]ur action too must take into consideration that the appeal of Sri Aurobindo transcends the national and provincial borders and consequently persons with different backgrounds, different cultural orientations and individuals representing different shades of personality, all have an equal claim to perceive themselves as being followers of Sri Aurobindo. Sri Aurobindo cannot be restricted and confined within the limits of any dogma or school of thought or boundaries that trivial human preferences might like to impose upon his personality and Vision….

The Ashram’s position has been straight and clear from the very beginning: the Ashram is not an organization promoting any kind of fundamentalism or standardized conformism. Each individual should engage himself in a personal quest for spiritual Truth and find his own path which would be best suited for his own inner development. No one is entitled to impose his or her personal preferences or predilections upon others. It cannot be emphasised sufficiently that Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a spiritual institution and not a conventional religious organisation – something that has been stated on innumerable occasion by The Mother Herself and which is also a position that has been confirmed by the Supreme Court in the famous Mittal Case….

Having failed in the Court of Law and in order to coerce the Ashram to support their stand, these litigants then staged a week-long dharna along the Ashram Main Building from the 1st of January 2012. The Dharna was a pitiable sight with hardly anybody attending it. Further the Ashram has received letters from some devotees who apologised that they had been tricked into sitting there because they were misinformed that this is only a meditation session and that at the end of it The Mother’s Prasad would be distributed…. Having failed in this attempt, the same organisers brought hired crowds mainly from Orissa [some of whom] did not even know as to why they had come or what for they were sitting in the Dharna….

We once again assert that as an institution the Ashram is neither against nor in favour of the book. These matters are best left to the taste and judgment of each individual. But the Ashram upholds the right of any author to pursue his independent approach.

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  1. October 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Dear Editor,

    I do not understand one thing which has been bothering me for some time now.

    The Members of Parliament have written a letter to the Ashram – so be it.

    Did the Honourable Members of Parliament also mark a copy of the same to Shri Shri Sraddhalu-ji and Scholar Raman Reddy-ji or perhaps Prof Kiittu Reddy ji?? The website TLOSA does not say so.

    If that be the case how on earth or the moon did our great Shri Shri Sraddhalu-ji and Raman Reddy ji or any other Reddy-ji get hold of the scan of the signatures on a letter sent to the Ashram? Is Ashram so liberal in giving away copies of the letters it has received?

    Or was it our Sraddhalu-ji and Bhattacharjee -ji who got the MPs to sign a letter which they themselves had drafted?

    can someone explain this mystery to me?

    – A Truth Clinger

  2. Banquo
    July 28, 2013 at 7:10 am

    truthclinger :
    … Or was it our Sraddhalu-ji and Bhattacharjee -ji who got the MPs to sign a letter which they themselves had drafted? can someone explain this mystery to me?

    This is the answer.

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