Introduction (DW)

Introduction to Dubious Websites:

As the internet is becoming increasingly accessible to a larger number of people, a plethora of websites, blogs, internet discussion groups, etc., related to Sri Aurobindo, The Mother, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the larger Aurobindonian collective are also ever-increasingly springing up. As a result of that a large amount of information on these subjects and related matters is being propagated through cyberspace.

While many benefit from the availability of such information, there is however a flip-side to the ease with which information, especially inaccurate, erroneous and even deliberately misleading information can be created and diffused on the internet.

Because like in everything else, there are a few individuals or small groups of like-minded people who are more interested and keen to promote their personal ideas, views and opinions as well as their personal agendas and interests, which more often than not go contrary to the ideology that they claim to espouse.  In fact, such individuals land up using an ideology – to which they may have an affinity or dedication – also as a prop to promote themselves. While lip-service is given to the ideology, it is in reality given a back seat as their personal preferences take over, determine and drive all their actions.

The evident and inevitable outcome of the mixing of ideologies with personal preferences is: confusion. This is made worse with the deliberate creation and diffusion of misinformation with the intent to confuse and muddle issues. Thus unfortunately in recent times, the names of Sri Aurobindo, The Mother, The Sri Aurobindo Ashram as well as the Aurobindonian collective have found themselves surrounded by rumours, myths, even blatant lies all designed to promote an individual’s or a small group’s personal preferences.

As the internet has provided a convenient platform for the diffusion of all kinds of information, this blog attempts to verify, analyze, demystify and critique some of the information, especially that which is dubious, inaccurate, misleading, biased, etc., that is being propagated on some of the websites and blogs that associate themselves to Sri Aurobindo, The Mother, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the Aurobindonian collective.


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