As devotees and disciples of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo and practitioners of the Integral Yoga, we have one important prerequisite condition: faith in their Teaching. With this conviction I start with a quote from the Mother:
“My point of view is this, that anything written by a sadhak about Sri Aurobindo which brings him down to an ordinary level and admits the reader to a sort of gossiping familiarity with him is an unfaithfulness to Him and His work.”
[MCW, Vol. 13, p.27]
So the book The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs is in the Mother’s view an act of unfaithfulness to Sri Aurobindo and His work. If we consider the Mother as the head of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the Trustees of His Ashram and the supporters of the book have deliberately ignored Her point of view showing utter disregard to Her. By supporting and promoting the author of the book, they have become unfaithful to Sri Aurobindo and His work. This is no doubt a grave problem. The Trustees avoided the problem by maintaining a fake “dignified silence” in front, but went on supporting the author and dishonoured the court verdict. All the senior sadhaks and sadhikas of the Ashram remain plunged in their “sadhana” of tamasic surrender and so-called “absolute faith” in the Mother. Five long years were given to them to take a conscious decision. Alas, nothing disturbed their routine! They did not take the trouble to brood over what the Mother meant by the New Year message of 1967:
“Men, countries, continents! The choice is imperative: Truth or the abyss.”
[MCW, Vol. 15, p.175]
But recently, all of a sudden, their “faith” was shaken and a few sadhaks and sadhikas of Sri Aurobindo Ashram woke up from their slumber and rushed to an MLA’s house late in the evening to challenge his faithfulness to Sri Aurobindo! I ask the rule makers of the Ashram whether show-cause notices have been issued to these people for breaking the Ashram rules? Or are the rules only for those who refuse to get admitted to the council of the Trustees’ sycophants?
Can I ask the ex-students, teachers and captains of the SAICE the meaning of the student’s prayer given by the Mother in 1952?
Make of us the hero warriors we aspire to become. May we fight successfully the great battle of the future that is to be born, against the past that seeks to endure; so that the new things may manifest and we may be ready to receive them.
[MCW, Vol. 12, p. 112]
I think, this is the great battle of the future we are facing now, for which She wants Her children to be hero-warriors to fight the obscurity, ignorance, falsehood of the old creation, and to prepare the ground for the Truth to manifest. It is a great tragedy that some of Her children are only fighting to hide the truth and are clinging to falsehood!
Let us do a little brain storming on why the Ashram is facing the problem today and why Government interference is indispensable:
1. The Trustees supported the denigration of Sri Aurobindo in His own Ashram. Sri Aurobindo is a national figure. So in the interest of the nation, Sri Aurobindo and His work have to be protected from the hands of the traitors of this country.
2. When the whole country is raising its voice against sexual harassment, our Trustees are helping and protecting the culprits of these crimes.
3. Dishonest persons are kept as departmental heads by the Trustees to get their support in the present crisis.
4. There are serious violations of human rights:
- a) Food and medical facilities to the inmates are refused to those who stand against the Trustees’ malpractices.
- b) The Trustees are using the local police to frighten the inmates with the threat of arrest even inside the Ashram Dining Room.
- c) There is no equal treatment to all the inmates. Some privileged people get luxurious houses and vehicles because they support the crimes of the Trustees, while others live in great hardship.
5. There is no transparency in financial dealings. With or without RTI, the inmates have every right to know about financial transactions in the running of the Ashram, but they are never shown any accounts.
6. Till date the Ashram has not been able to build a self-sufficient medical unit for its inmates.
Consider the way the Ashram’s resources are being spent. Can anyone believe that the Ashram Trust does not have money to supply packets of health drink to its inmates when they are in need, and it cannot spend money on medical investigation and proper diagnosis in order to provide the right treatment to its inmates? If at all the Ashram is going through a financial crisis, then how is it that so many court cases are being fought with the most expensive lawyers to merely protect the egos of the Trustees under the pretext of saving the Ashram?
The Trustees have been spreading the rumour that a section of the inmates are fighting with them for gaining power. But these inmates are ready to sign a legal bond stating that they will never in their lifetime claim any position of power in the Ashram if the Trustees quit their chairs and assume the status of common inmates!
One should not confuse fighting against the misdeeds of the Trustees with fighting against the Ashram. The Sri Aurobindo Ashram is the Creation of the Supreme. The Mother is the Presiding Conscious-Force, guiding and leading it towards the New Creation. It existed before the present inmates of the Ashram, and will continue to exist after them. The Mother came upon the earth to establish the Truth-Consciousness which will help to transform life. If human beings do not collaborate, She will get Her work done through crashing circumstances. Let us remove the mask of self-deception, try to be honest to our inner-self, and ask ourselves sincerely the question: “Does the present condition of the Ashram satisfy the requirements of the New Creation?” Are we following the words of the Mother:
“the Ashram is not meant for those who seek the satisfaction of their vital or sentimental desires, but for those who aspire to perfect their consecration to the Divine.”
[MCW, Vol.13, p.121]
“The Ashram is meant for Yoga, not for musical entertainment or other social activities.”
[MCW, Vol.13, p.120]
The Mother is surely observing what Her children are doing and how they are distorting Her work. Has spirituality been given a new definition? As spirituality is beyond morality, should one indulge in immoral lower vital activities? If this example of new spirituality is shown to the whole world, then the mission of the dual Avatars will certainly fail. Do you think that the Mother will accept Her failure? Again She says:
“You must use everything for the purpose which it is given, otherwise you commit a crime. I am not speaking merely of physical things. All inner things that I am giving you all the time, all the strength, light, energy and life that are being poured into you all the time, are meant for the service of the Divine, for the sake of transforming you. If you use them for any other purpose you are a robber and your crime is the worst possible.”
[MCW, Vol.13, p.188]
So each one of us is a criminal to the extent we misuse what the Mother has given us, and is consequently responsible for the incoming blows. And blows are inevitable as this is the “Hour of God”, and the hour of the unexpected!
21 August 2013
21 August 2013