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Martyrdom vs Spirituality

October 27, 2012

Raman Reddy, Sraddhalu Ranade and the General Editor of their website “” believe that it is worth the while to cultivate, nurture “deep anguish” even when it leads to a “bundle of health problems … plagued by giddiness, constipation, breathlessness, and finally [a] cancerous growth …” They say, even if you go “down bravely fighting until the very end without changing a wee bit [your] stand on those who [you believe] have betrayed Sri Aurobindo and the Mother…” it doesn’t matter.

They evidently mean that it doesn’t matter if spirituality, as is taught and practiced in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, encourages people to overcome their anguish or to rise above rigid, petty, personal points of views. Instead, they would like people to serve limited interests and points of views, even at the cost of health or life, in exchange for a martyrdom that shall be magnanimously bestowed upon them on their ludicrous website.

They also mean that their offer to martyrdom supersedes The Mother’s teachings and prayers that anguish needs to be effaced and replaced.

The Mother had prayed [highlights added]:

 THIS morning my prayer rises to Thee, always with the same aspiration: to live Thy love, to radiate Thy love, with such potency and effectiveness that all may feel fortified, regenerated and illumined by our contact. To have power to heal life, to relieve suffering, to generate peace and calm confidenceto efface anguish and replace it by the sense of the one true happiness, the happiness that is founded in Thee and never fades….

 O Lord, 0 marvellous Friend, 0 all-powerful Master, penetrate all our being, transfigure it till Thou alone livest in us and through us.

                                                                                                                          March 7, 1914. Prayers And Meditations. Page – 31.

The Mother also observed:

       …If only the individual could consent to be spiritualised…could consent.

      Something in him asks for it, aspires, and all the rest refuses, wants to continue to be what it is: the mixed ore which needs to be cast into the furnace.

      ….Everywhere there is anguish, expectation, fear. “What is going to happen?…” There is only one reply: “If only man could consent to be spiritualised.”

         CWMCE, Questions And Answers, Volume-09,22 March 1957. Page – 74.


Yet, Raman Reddy, Sraddhalu Ranade and the “General Editor” would like people to go against the tenets of spirituality for the sake of what they believe is a worthwhile martyrdom. They want people to remain that raw, mixed ore where deep anguish prevails and keeps alive the fire of hatred, both of which do not consent Man to be spiritualised. The reward they have to offer: a place in the Hall of Fame and of Martyrs on the website ““!


– Well-wishers of Sri Aurobindo Ashram –


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  1. suresh permalink

    Raman, Sradhalu, Deshpande and their gang are really shameless. They will go to any extent to try to draw mileage from any situation that they hope will give them some brownie points, like even use the suffering, sickness and death of people. They are really sick people. I don’t think that anyone can stoop so low. Instead of showing some respect to that poor gentleman who suffered and passed away, they are trying to use his illness and failures and present them as a great virtue. What shameless people.

  2. suresh permalink

    Now Togo too has found his place in the “Hall of Fame” of the Martyrs of Stupidity. At this rate, one may start to conclude that following Raman, Sradhalu, Deshpande and their gang is at one’w own risk and peril as it is proving to be injurious to health and long living.

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