New content: Attempts to create an “Aurobindonian religion”

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Attempts to create an “Aurobindonian religion”:

Sri Aurobindo and The Mother have unambiguously stated that their ideals, teachings and the institutions that they have founded do not belong to any religion or religious body, in any name or form.

For instance, in Sri Aurobindo’s own words (The Teaching and the Ashram of Sri Aurobindo, 1934, p. 6): “The Ashram is not a religious association. Those who are here come from all religions and some are of no religion. There is no creed or set of dogmas, no governing religious body; there are only the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and certain psychological practices of concentration and meditation, etc., for the enlarging of the consciousness, receptivity to the Truth, mastery over the desires, the discovery of the divine self and consciousness concealed within each human being, a higher evolution of the nature.”

For whatever is it’s worth – especially in the realm of spirituality – there is even a judgment of the Supreme Court of India, S.P. Mittal Etc. Etc. vs. Union of India, 1982 (http://judis.nic.in/supremecourt/imgs.aspx), that has established that Sri Aurobindo’s and The Mother’s ideals, teachings and the institutions that they have founded do not belong to any religion or religious institution.

There are numerous other instances where Sri Aurobindo and The Mother have unambiguously stated that their ideals, teachings and the institutions that they have founded have nothing to do with religion. There is even nothing in their teachings and works to suggest that they wanted their followers to create a new religion or establish religious institutions.

Nevertheless, Myths and Falsehoods that suggest that Sri Aurobindo’s and The Mother’s ideals, teachings and the institutions that they have founded belong to some form of a new “Aurobindonian religion” continue to be spun, encouraged and propagated by some individuals or by groups that have similar interests. Persistent attempts to reduce Sri Aurobindo’s and The Mother’s work – which they clearly enunciated belongs to the vast, non-religious realm of Spirituality – to a Religion, can be witnessed. This can be seen particularly in the dogmatic attitudes that are encouraged by those who wish to establish such a creed. For instance, the logic and culture of “hurt (religious) sentiments” and the polarization and exploitation of opinions based on such hurt feelings is gradually but systematically being cultivated in the Aurobindonian collective by those seeking to establish such a doctrine… and all that goes with it.

Just because some or even several followers of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother chose to follow their Masters by treading a path that is based on a religious sentiment, attitude or approach, does not mean that the Myth and Falsehood of such a new religion shall someday become a reality. For whilst the vastness of Sri Aurobindo’s and The Mother’s ideals, teachings and their institutions can and do accommodate such religious attitudes and sentiments – without any intolerance whatsoever – so far they have however proved to be just too vast to get reduced to the limited confines of Religion in whichever name or form.

The reasons for which the creation of these Myths and Falsehoods is being attempted is left to the understanding of the reader. But it can be clearly affirmed that an “Aurobindonian religion” or a religion that is based on Sri Aurobindo’s and The Mother’s teachings is a Myth which is nothing short of a Falsehood.

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New content: FAQs: Editing of Savitri poem

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FAQs: Editing of Savitri poem

Please click on the frequently asked question to read the answer and related discussions:

1) Was the editing of Sri Aurobindo’s Epic of the 1993 edition disputed in court? If so, what was the outcome?

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Content update: Introduction

Content in the “Introduction” page has been updated.

The significant changes that have been made are highlighted in red color font in the text appended below. Those who have read this page before might want to skip the rest of the text and read only the updated content.

Introduction:

The Internet Era has facilitated the dissemination of information. However, this phenomenon has also facilitated the spreading of inaccurate and even deliberately misleading information.

In our Aurobindonian collective, we have benefited largely from the availability of information and material related to Sri Aurobindo, The Mother, their work, the institutions that they created like the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville and also by bringing together the larger Aurobindonian collective.

However, in recent times the internet has been increasingly used – or misused one may say – to spread inaccurate and even deliberately misleading information particularly to malign, attack or discredit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and even sections of the Aurobindonian collective.

But more often than not, these acts are done not so much as acts of freedom of expression or to create awareness, but they are clearly designed to promote a certain individual’s or a small group’s personal opinions, beliefs, motives and agendas.

The recent times have therefore seen an increase in websites, blogs, internet fora, etc., that have been disseminating and propagating information that is either blatantly false or deliberately misleading and inaccurate or that slyly sow the seeds of doubts in people’s minds. This is done in order to create Myths that over time tend to establish themselves as beliefs that take the appearance of “Truths”, which these personally motivated individuals or groups exploit for their limited ends.

This website therefore wishes to provide information that is required to weed out and dispel all the myths and misinformation that have been created over time. This is done with the hope and intention to help those who are interested to find and create a more balanced, reasonable and truthful atmosphere within the Aurobindonian collective.

We are not suggesting that the institutions that Sri Aurobindo and The Mother have established, such as the Sri Aurobindo Ashram or Auroville, are free of problems or cannot be criticized. Everyone is free to poke their nose into the internal affairs of these institutions or criticize them to their heart’s content if it so pleases them.

But we are of the opinion that the manufacturing of non-existent problems that are born out of myths and falsehoods – more often than not mischievously planted by individuals or groups that have personal agendas to execute – and the unjustified and baseless criticism that is publicly propagated to wrongly influence public opinion is unethical, immoral and unacceptable.

For instance there is a considerable amount of confusion that has been generated around the editing of Sri Aurobindo’s poem Savitri. Because the issues concerning the editing of the Savitri poem are complex, these issues have provided a fertile ground for the creation of myths and related controversies that have been used to the hilt to exploit people’s sentiments.

But more often than not a common sense approach to understand and evaluate the issues however complex is all that is required. Therefore, the issues presented here will be analyzed with the use of supporting information as well as with a good dose of common sense. Because common sense like a gust of wind can easily bring down the top-heavy edifices of Myths and Falsehoods which like a house of cards can quickly come crashing down.

Finally, we are well aware of the fact that “a lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” Lies therefore tend to have a head-start over Truth, and they can travel around world much faster these days with the help of the internet. But we also know that when Truth has put on its shoes, it’s only a matter of time before it catches up, overtakes and outlives the fast but short-lived lies, even if these have a head start of a few decades.

Truth has now certainly put on its shoes, is well warmed up and ready to give the mischievous creators of lies and myths a good run for their money.

As is oft repeated “Cling to Truth!”

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Savitri Era welcomes Auro Truths

Savitri Era’s welcome of the Auro Truths website is appreciated and well-received.

As is rightly observed by TNM, the task of fighting falsehood is likely to be an uphill task. But the journey uphill is as rewarding as the summit that is sought to be attained. Moreover, the investment that is made in this direction is independent of the results that might be obtained, because in spite of our individual or collective efforts Truth shall always prevail and falsehood can only tumble downhill and finally disintegrate into dust. Our efforts here are only designed to hasten this inevitable downfall.

With regards to “talking to masks”, explicit anonymity should not be mistaken with deliberately deceptive identities, i.e. like the many names that have surfaced in recent times with some self-appointed title or another (Professor so and so…). Shying away from a dialogue because of the lack of a visible face shouldn’t become an excuse to runaway from the loud and clear voices of reason and sanity that seem to have struck a chord.

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Welcome to Auro Truths!

This website is still is under construction. Content for several of the menus and their pages is still under preparation and will be published as and when it’s ready. As there is no set deadline for any of this work and as the information is likely to keep getting updated, those who are interested in the information that is being published here are welcome to keep visiting this website in order to follow the progress that is being made.

Unlike most blog sites, this website is designed more as a conventional website where more emphasis is given to the pages rather than the posts. However, unlike conventional websites that are static, the format of a blog site allows interaction to take place between the readers and the various people who interact on and contribute to this website. The interaction with the readers will take place on the topics that are contained in each of the pages and will enable the information on this website to be dynamic. Readers shall  provide their feedback or inputs in the comments section of each of the respective pages.

We welcome the patronage of this website by the Aurobindonian collective, especially by those who want to put an end to the spreading of spurious, inaccurate, deliberately misleading and false information concerning Sri Aurobindo, The Mother and the institutions they established, i.e. Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville.

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