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Deccan Chronicle implicates Sraddhalu Ranade

December 22, 2014 Leave a comment

Sisters victims of Sri Aurobindo Ashram squabble

From the article:

Senior ashramites claim that Jayashree Prasad and her younger sisters were misguided by another ashramite, Sraddalu Ranade, who has been fighting the trust for years.

“Sraddalu and his associates are responsible for driving the sisters and their old parents to the point of suicide. They have been trying to damage the image of the ashram for several years,” claimed one senior ashramite.

Senior ashramites claim that Jayashree Prasad and her younger sisters were being advised by another ashramite, Sraddalu Ranade, who has been fighting against the ashram trust for several years, demanding that it be dissolved, citing mismanagement.

“Sraddalu and his associates are responsible for driving the sisters and their aged parents to the point of suicide. They have been trying to damage the image of the ashram for the past several years. First, they went ballistic against the biography of Sri Aurobindo written by American Peter Heehs claiming that it portrayed the ashram and its guru in a bad light. When they could not succeed in this, they forced these sisters to make allegations of sexual harassment. They have also filed a case in the Supreme Court, seeking dissolution of the trust and the ashram. We have to wait and see what their next move will be,” the senior ashramite said.

When this newspaper tried to contact Sraddalu Ranade at his home just a few blocks away from the ashram premises, his mother Sadhana, also an inmate of the ashram since 1968, said he was away on a tour to lecture on the teachings of the guru. “My son came here when he was just six months old and is a product of the ashram and its school. He has been fighting against the present members of the trust as there has been gross mismanagement and several complaints of sexual harassment. There are at least 100 cases being fought against the ashram management in various courts across the country. If they have done nothing wrong, why are so many cases filed against them?” asks Sadhana. “We have only been fighting to preserve the sanctity of this ashram and its glory.”

Suicide sisters: Sri Aurobindo Ashram clarifies

December 22, 2014 Leave a comment

Re-posted from Well-wishers of Sri Aurobindo Ashram:

Those within the Sri Aurobindo Ashram who had to directly or indirectly deal with the Prasad sisters and their senseless agitation for the last 14 years have witnessed from close quarters the complete unreasonable folly as well as the unimaginably dirty tricks that were being vindictively played by these sisters in their relentless attempts to bring disrepute to the Ashram and cause it harm.

Until now, some of those who were not familiar with the completely unreasonable, unjustified and unfair actions of the Prasad sisters, may have given some benefit of the doubt to the Prasad sisters. In fact, an uninformed observer may even be led to believe that if the Prasad sisters took the extreme step of attempting to commit suicide (which was in part unsuccessful), there might be some validity to their story.

But after the Prasad sisters publicly demonstrated their complete and unjustified anarchism by holding the Supreme Court of India, the Puducherry Police, the Puducherry administration and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram to ransom and went to the extremes of executing their premeditated suicidal plans to cause as much damage to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram it became crystal clear that we were not dealing with normal people when it came to the Prasad sisters.

When the Prasad sisters announced their suicide mission to cause as much damage to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and threateningly spelled out that their “…suicide notes will cause adverse repercussions on the Ashram community as a whole…” they had sealed their fate.

To quote one of our readers who wished to maintain anonymity:

To use one’s life and the threat of suicide to harm the life of others is one of the worst forms of terrorism. The attempt to commit suicide (which was in part successful as well as a failure) designed to cause harm to the Ashram and some of its inmates, has very little difference from the cowardly acts of terrorism inflicted by suicidal extremists. Despite the tragedy and personal loss for those committing such irresponsible and ruthless acts, such a behaviour cannot be condoned or justified.

Such an act of ‘terrorism’ against the Ashram assumes an even larger dimension as any attack against the Ashram constitutes an attack against the work of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. To be willing to use one’s life to cause injury to Their work only shows to what extent the attackers were possessed by forces that were willing to destroy everything.

Whether the sisters have made themselves willing instruments of such destructive forces or whether they were lured [by anti-Ashram elements] into such a situation is something that should be known.

We therefore invite all our readers to see and hear for themselves the information that the Ashram has now shared publicly.

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For non-Tamil-speakers: The English interview begins at 0:40.