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BJP President lauds, deeply appreciates the Sri Aurobindo Ashram

August 26, 2015

While the Sri Aurobindo Ashram does not depend on or need the patronage and certificates of good conduct from politicians, bureaucrats, the media, etc., the visit of the president of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) Mr. Amit Shah to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram yesterday (25th August 2015) is worth mentioning in the backdrop of the misinformation campaign that has been undertaken by anti-Ashram elements in recent times.

Raman Reddy, Sraddhalu Ranade, R.Y. Deshpande and their ilk have been trying their best to misinform and misguide influential members of various political parties and of the government, especially those from the present dispensation at the Center in New Delhi, so that some action is taken against the Ashram management. One of the many lies that these anti-Ashram elements keep spreading is that Sri Aurobindo’s manuscripts that are stored and preserved at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives Department are in the wrong hands.

However, Mr. Amit Shah’s visit not only to Sri Aurobindo’s room in the Ashram, but also to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives Department where he was shown the scientifically controlled conditions in which Sri Aurobindo’s manuscripts were preserved has delivered a body blow to the lies that the anti-Ashram elements have been fabricating. To the great displeasure of these anti-Ashram elements, Mr. Shah is reported to have been “deeply appreciative of the manner in which the manuscripts were preserved” and “lauds trust members for preserving [the] manuscripts.”

Now that also Mr. Amit Shah has witnessed with his own eyes that Sri Aurobindo’s manuscripts are in the safe, capable and responsible hands of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust and the capable archives team, these anti-Ashram elements are left with fewer lies to spread around.

We reproduce here the news reports describing Mr. Amit Shah’s visit to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram:

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PUDUCHERRY, August 26, 2015

STAFF REPORTER

Aurobindo Ashram visit

BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday visited Sri Aurobindo Ashram. He went to the room of Sri Aurobindo where he had carried out his spiritual experiments. Mr. Shah also wished to see the manuscripts of Sri Aurobindo. The Ashram has created a vault and all the available materials of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother have been preserved in scientifically controlled conditions. Mr. Shah was deeply appreciative of the manner in which the manuscripts were preserved. He left tha ashram at around 3.30 p.m. Union Minister of State for Shipping Pon. Radhakrishnan and TN BJP president Tamilisai Soundararajan accompanied him.

Earlier, Mr. Shah visited the Natarajar Temple in Chidambaram.

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/puducherry/aurobindo-ashram-visit/article7580722.ece?ref=sliderNews

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PUDUCHERRY, August 25, 2015

BOSCO DOMINIQUE

Amit Shah visits Sri Aurobindo Ashram, lauds trust members for preserving manuscripts

PUDUCHERRY: BJP president Amit Shah visited Sri Aurobindo Ashram here on Tuesday and stood in silence for a few minutes before the samadhis (tombs) of Sri Aurobindo and his spiritual collaborator, Mira Alfassa, paying tributes to them.

Shah went to the room of Aurobindo, where the revolutionary-turned-philosopher had stayed from 1926 to 1950 after retiring from daily contact with his followers. The followers had visited him in his room for darshan on a few occasions a year and these days were later known as darshan days. A major portion of his epic Savitri was written in this room.

The BJP leader, who also visited the ashram’s archives, was impressed by the way in which the manuscripts of Sri Aurobindo were preserved in a scientific manner by the trust. The archives has a cold storage vault, which regulates the temperature and humidity in a scientific manner to preserve the manuscripts.

The papers used in Aurobindo’s time were not acid-free and would not last long if steps were not taken to preserve them.

Shah, who reached ashram 2.55pm, was received by a section of trustees. He left the ashram at 3.30pm to attend a meeting of industrialists.

Earlier, Shah, who is on a one-day visit to Puducherry and Tamil Nadu, visited the Nataraja temple in Chidambaram.

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– Well-wishers of Sri Aurobindo Ashram –

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