- One, when the young disciple joins the Ashram with high aspirations and is ready to consecrate his (or her) entire life at the service of the Divine.
- Two, when the disciple realises that the Yoga is exceedingly difficult, far more difficult than he had ever expected, and is faced with the shameful prospect of returning to his old life that he had given up years ago.
- Three, when he looks round at the others and realises humbly that he cannot do without compromises in the spiritual life.
- Four: there is an abrupt normalisation, a relaxation, and the frustration of not being able to do what one ought to do disappears, and there is a comfortable settling down to the new found balance of one’s life, which is often temporary.
- Five: Life hits back at him and takes its sweet revenge for having been suppressed all these years and deprived of its normal course of physical satisfaction. The balance then tilts to the other side once the inhibitions are broken, and there is a demand for the full satisfaction of its basic instincts, without any reservations whatsoever.
- Six: The Yogic aim is then indefinitely postponed, or fitted neatly into a small corner of the larger framework of the ordinary life that one is now forced to abide by. A daily visit to the Samadhi of the great Gurus, the lighting of an incense stick and standing for a moment in prayerful silence in front of their photographs, or the occasional attendance of the collective meditation with the Mother’s voice, is all that now remains of the spiritual life.
- At this point, the so-called disciple (who has been a resident of the Ashram for, say, sixty years) makes the outlandish claim of being a Yogi Purush and of having practised the Integral Yoga all his life. When you point out to him the huge discrepancy between the teaching he is supposed to follow and the spiritual distortion he actually practises, he brushes aside your objections and solemnly declares, “All Life is Yoga.”
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Hindutva exercises a weighty bearing on Heehs' imbroglio
Heehs' imbroglio continues to ferment and newer dimensions of practical aspects of spiritual life and organisational shortcomings come to light constituting a rich basket for sociological investigation. Pronouncements by the Supreme Court and international ramifications of the publication, further, turn the whole episode quite complex and push it beyond normal understanding. But breaking the problem into various parts holds the chance of lending perspective.
a) Auroville ownership is an anomaly which is sure to attract some amendment in the future.
b) The shadow of Auroville looms large on the Ashram ownership given Sri Aurobindo's position as an eminent national icon.
c) No organisation is perfect and so searching for an ideal scheme for the Ashram Trust is a chimera.
d) Restricting the Head's tenure is an immediate remedy but there is no guarantee of its success in all circumstances.
e) Conflict between individuals can't be wished away but change of guard catalyzes realignment of power equations centered around self-interest.
f) This crisis has led to under-utilization of talent available to the Ashram since negative and destructive activities have usurped creative energy.
g) What the Odisha High Court will decide can't be predicted. The book, however, will remain an object-of-curse for ever by the devotees.
As an exercise in recapitulation, it would be proper to mention that support for Hindutva factor has a weighty bearing upon the issue which makes the matter exceedingly complicated. In this context, the third facet that we have kept aloft will, surely, be judged appropriately in the days to come. [TNM55]
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3. A critique of "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by Peter Heehs and its consequences in the Ashram life
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4. A critique of "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by Peter Heehs and its consequences in the Ashram life
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Court case last hearing on 2/2/16 - Lawyer for the petitioner parents wanted to mention and close the matter yesterday ie 21/1/16 but the Court Master told her that the Judge had declined to ...