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Dr. Gayatri’s lecture

September 5, 2013

The following post is authored by a former student of the SAICE.

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Anyone reading Dr. Gayatri’s article in TLOSA blog will notice a desperate attempt by Jayant, Sraddhalu, Raman and others in their camp to take the moral high ground once again. They tried doing this five years back by deliberately creating a controversy over Peter’s book, by spreading outright lies about the book, the author and the Trustees, and projecting themselves to be the ‘hero warriors’ who were out to slay asuras. They toyed with people’s devotion and aroused emotions of unsuspecting inmates inside the Ashram and devotees outside the Ashram. The ulterior aim was always to breed antagonism towards the Trust and channelizing that antagonism to overthrow the present Trustees.

Peter’s book was always the smoke cover. Behind the smoke screen, this bunch of ambitious, jealous, perverted men and women schemed and connived, masterminded every little move to take control of the Trust. The likes of ‘Renganaths’ and ‘Kittu Reddys’, who have no business to be in the Ashram, given their naked ambition and propensity for politicking, took advantage of the disruption and bolstered the movement. Not to be left behind, the eternal dissenters like ‘Srikants’ and ‘Pillus’ of ‘inmates association’ fame joined in and a grand alliance was formed. If it was not possible to grab power legally, then every other method was to be used, even if it meant destroying the basic nature of the Ashram and selling it to politicians and businessmen.

Fortunately, people saw through this game and rejected the controversy over the book, both inside and outside the Ashram. Today, this controversy lies buried. Dr. Gayatri’s attempt to revive this under the garb of ‘denigration’ is a last-ditch effort to resurrect a ghost that never existed in the first place. Dr. Gayatri can take the loudest of the loud speakers and yell from the tallest building in the world, and yet all that she will attract are passing crows. And we all know what passing crows are capable of dropping.

It is also noteworthy that some prominent members of our community such as Alok Pandey, Anand Reddy, Vijay Poddar, Pradeep Narang, who were the loudest voices some years back, seem to have gone into hibernation. These self-appointed ideologues claimed that their hearts burnt in a rage of white psychic fire at the site of the book and saw dark clouds around it. These are the people who are directly responsible for abetting the likes of Sraddhalu, Raman and Jayant to embark on their campaign. These are the people who aided people like Jayant to create the smoke screen behind which he could carry out his machinations. Today, this lot is maintaining a stoic silence as if they are mere witnesses to a part of the history that they were never a part of. Undoubtedly, if there is any group of people who have lost complete credibility today, it is this lot. The likes of Sraddhalu, Jayant, Kittu Reddy never had any credibility. But for these people, they had everything to lose, starting with the aura of being ‘senior members’ in the community to being ‘leading luminaries’ on Sri Aurobindo’s yoga. Today, people simply don’t care about their common-place ideas and values. They have ceased to be relevant.

Dr. Gayatri represents the most perverted side of the movement, a movement that Jayant, Sraddhalu, Raman and others have meticulously planned to hit systematically below the belt. Only time will tell if persistent manipulations and sordid allegations will win the day. So far, if not anything else, these wild allegations have succeeded in convincing some people to look at the Ashram through the prism of some common and established administrative standards. What and how much of these standards needs to be applied to an institution like the Ashram where people are meant to pursue individual sadhana will always remain a matter of debate. This debate aside, the current administrative setup of the Ashram forms part of the basic nature of the Ashram which was sanctioned by The Mother. This will always remain non-negotiable.

As to Dr. Gayatri’s call for a government take-over, we all know what governments are capable of. The recent bandh called by the local traders in Pondicherry was a proof how secure a government can make the citizens feel. Dr. Gayatri has to show one government department that can be considered as a role model of administrative propriety. Whom is she trying to hoodwink? Instead of lecturing us on the merits of government take-over, she must first learn to realize her responsibility as a medical practitioner. The government subsidized her medical education so that she could take care of patients. Instead, she has put her personal interest above the interest of the patients by resigning from the Nursing Home on the grounds of her unhappiness over the book.

The detractors, including those from outside who are looking at the Ashram with lust and greed, must have realized by this time that today they are faced with a resistance that they did not anticipate. The spontaneous visit to the MLAs house was only a small demonstration of what the average person in the community is capable of if pushed to a corner. Dr. Gayatri can claim that the ‘whole country’ is raising its voice but no amount of hyperbole can hide the fact that the 20 odd disoriented men and women who are running around in the courts and in the Assembly with armbands and wristbands look quite miserable.

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– Well-wishers of Sri Aurobindo Ashram – 

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