[I’m not sure exactly how to define a “perfect city,” but I guess that Auroville in theory, does a decent, if communist, job of it. You hand over your assets to the city upon joining, help your neighbors, are friendly to all, and live off the earth. Still though, the end of the walking tour of Auroville dumped us right into a gift shop with prices on homemade paper, organic tea, and pottery that would raise eyebrows anywhere. Ah, how capital prevails. Posted by Rianna ♥ at 3:55 PM Rianna Starheim, Coimbatore, email@example.com November 29, 2009 7:53 AM]
[Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat said on Sunday the “glorious history” of the party in West Bengal had been tarnished by the greed for power and money of some.
He attributed the decline in the party’s fortunes in Bengal to “bourgeois influence on living standards”. Greed ruining CPM in Bengal: Karat Hindustan Times Tanmay Chatterjee, Kolkata, November 30, 2009 Karat threatens stern action against 'moral deviations' in CPI-M Sify 'Party leaders and workers should strictly follow the communist values and living standards. If there is any deviation in principles and morals, stern steps must be taken again that,' he added. Bengal CPM wants cadres to stick to 'Communist lifestyle' Indian Express He also warned party members against deviating from the path of honesty and morality and added that it would attract stringent punishment. “All party members will have to strictly adhere to a lifestyle befitting a Communist,” the general secretary said.]
[It is also well known that the best darshan of Ramana was… at 4 in the morning, in the kitchen, cutting vegetables with him! I wish that ashramites and Aurovilians get such type of ‘illusion’, so that they do construction work, clean their house, do their beds, cut their vegetables – instead of hiring workers and servants! Mirror of Tomorrow Re: Sanatana Dharma XXVI—the Four luminous Powers and the Story of Creation
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All said and done, "the path of honesty and morality" will always remain ambiguous. [TNM]