Monday, June 30, 2008

Dictatorial attitude in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram

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The solution for this type of problems will come only when there are more and more Tusar N. Mohapatras who take up the cause and project it. As has been highlighted by you, the inmates are prevented from approaching any forum by the stringent and dictatorial attitude of the m(d)an(m)agers of the Ashram. Its a shame in this democratic country that the inmates who dedicate their life are denied basic needs of food and shelter if ever they fight against the atrocities of the Trustees in a legalway. Posted by Annapoorna to Aurora Mirabilis at 8:56 PM, June 29, 2008

Excellent work in ecology, reforestation and social services to the Tamil Villages surrounding Auroville

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I am currently serving as the Chair of Auroville International, an NGO dedicated to high ideals of the international community dedicated to Human Unity in South India . I first visited Auroville in 1974. As a young man my first job in New York was working with the children of the international community from the UN, foreign service, visiting doctors, etc. I later taught pre-school and trained teachers and in the early '80's co-founded a school in upstate New York .

With much of my life dedicated to progressive child-centered education and to supporting the excellent work Auroville has done in ecology, reforestation and social services to the Tamil Villages surrounding Auroville, to find the BBC presenting a slanderous portrayal of an Auroville school is deeply offensive.

To broadcast these lies on the television, radio and internet without any comment or defense from the school, the school headmaster being a local Tamil, shows an appalling lack of fairness or integrity on the part of the BBC reporter. She damages the very children she is purportedly defending as many of them come from desperate home situations to a school which relies on international support.

The BBC has been used by a malcontent, Mr. Batra, who was asked to leave Auroville, to get revenge by sullying Auroville's name. You have done an excellent job. A pity it has nothing to do with journalism, investigative reporting, your mission or the truth. Sincerely, Julian Lines, Chair Auroville International
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Tixon 29 May 2008-06-25

I'm a local young village man living in New Creation community for the past 15 years.
I had my primary education at New Creation Bilingual School for which I'm very proud. After s eeing your biased broadcast on New Creation Bilingual School and Auroville in general, I'm deeply distressed and disheartened and it made me wonder how a well reputed news co-operation could do such an inaccurate report.

The untrue allegations made by your reporter against New Creation Bilingual School has intensely dented the image of the school and has wounded the souls who are giving their energies to develop the school in all ways for the local village children. I would therefore kindly request your esteemed organisation to do a meticulous report once again, taking on a wider variety of members of the community with good energies. yours sincerely,
Tixon, Auroville
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Experimental communities like Auroville are most essential for the world at this crucial moment

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Shankar May 27 th 2008
Principal, New Creation Bilingual School, Auroville, 605 101, India

Dear BBC,
As a long-term Tamil Aurovilian, and being the Principal of New Creation Bilingual School, I was shattered to pieces when I saw what you have aired about Auroville and New Creation Bilingual School. I am one of the Tamil locals who was born in Kuilapalayam Village (which was mentioned in the show) and grew up as a villager till I was 28 and joined Auroville. Afterwards I started realising why experimental communities like Auroville are most essential for the world at this crucial moment.

Our school is supported by the Auroville community, the Govt. of India and by others from all over the world. Imagine how exited I was when I heard about BBC coming to our school and filming our children. In fact, I was the only one whom your reporter Rachel Wright interviewed at school (for more than 10 minutes and it was not shown in the clip) and she also filmed some of our children. I thought Rachel Wright was an angel who came to help our more than 200 poor children from my village. But what I saw in the TV was not something like my thought but more like We Tamil teachers working at NCBS have been raping our own uncle's, brother's and aunt's children every day. You people may not know the culture of South India, but I, as a Tamil who has been working with some very dedicated, old-time western Aurovilians for the upliftment of my poor village children, my high ideas about Ms Wright and BBC were brutally slashed into pieces.

What we Tamils have been thinking about BBC has become a nightmare. I cannot understand the way you accept your reporter Rachel Wright. In Indian schools we learn a song "BBC is the media" (if you are interested, I can translate this Tamil children song about the glory of the BBC for you), but now I find myself thinking about forms of falsehood.

Please come to the screen and say “ We BBC apologise for the video clip we showed about NEW CREATION BILINGUAL SCHOOL and AUROVILLE”. Or be happy about this assassination that your reporter did to my village children and keep talking about Children Development in your TV.
In deep and great sadness,
Shankar, Principal, New Creation Bilingual School.
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One third of the Auroville population comes from the local villages. We hold important positions in Auroville

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A. Sivaraj June 23 rd 2008 Dear BBC,

I am a Tamil person who was born in the village of Kottakarai next to Auroville. Auroville took me in when I was only 7 or 8 years old, along with about 25 other young boys and girls from broken families in the villages. We were never misused -- on the contrary, we were given food, education, love and care. We learned to follow the culture of Auroville, meaning that all life is yoga, that it is possible to develop both in the outward life but more importantly in the inner, true life.

Of those 25 children, most of them have joined Auroville and hold good positions in Auroville. For example, I am the head of a Siddha medicine healing forest and clinic. Another has become a professional Bharat Nathyam dancer and teacher. Another heads up a landscaping unit. Others are farmer, carpenter, candle maker, artificial inseminator, bamboo caretaker, petty shop proprieter, etc. These were defenseless children, but there was never any misuse or even rumour of abuse during all the time.

I would also like to point out that one third of the Auroville population comes from the local villages. We hold important positions in Auroville: head of the Auroville Fund, for example; members of the Working Committee, head of Electrical Service and of Land Service, and the directors of many production and service units.

I was so shocked that the respected and influential BBC, which is one of the trusted media in the world, could produce this film which is not correctly or properly researched, and shake the reputation of Auroville. Your film is based on the testimony of handful of people who are prejudiced against Auroville, but you have not taken into account all the sincere Aurovilians, like me, who feel hurt by this misrepresentation of my home, our ideals, and our commitments. You should take action to rectify this hurt which you have done.
A. Sivaraj
Executive, Martuvam Healing Forest, Auroville Village Action Trust
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A thorough investigation is needed in SAIIER’s criminal activities

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The separate city state of Auroville had debated its Official Language issue too, as per Auroville News dated December 21st 2002.

“Regarding the language issue, I would like to notice that the Entry group recommends also to foreigners the knowledge of the English language. The official papers, the meetings, the assemblies, etc are in English, most of the people in Auroville speak English, so it would not be possible to interact with many members of the community and participate to what goes on in Auroville without knowing at least English. Let us face it, of the four official languages of Auroville, English is the easiest to learn, that’s why it is considered the international language of the world “wrote Claudio Djaima, an Italian. This brings to light that Auroville has 4 official languages, contrary to the three-language formula at Indian national level and the two-language policy at Tamilnadu state level. A community of foreigners living in Aurovillage naturally will speak their mother tongue. After all the French woman, Mirra Alfasa, who is The Mother to Aurovillians, spoke everyday in French her views, which are in audio form as well as book form titled “Mother’s Agenda” compiled by Satprem for 22 years running into 6000 pages of 13 volumes. In that 13th volume in her own words, she had told how people surrounding her are cheating her because of her fading eyesight. Our charge here is that this city state has its own official language policy.

The same Claudia Djaima in his reply to one Thiru.Gnanavel, who fortunately became Aurovillian but not his wife, writes “About institutionalized discrimination, I don’t understand whom you refer to. If I am right, 30% of Aurovillians are Tamils, in fact if you divide the Aurovillians by nationality, Tamilians are the largest group. So where is the discrimination? By the way you surely know Auroville should be a universal city or at least international. What kind of universal city will it be if 90% of inhabitants come from one single country and only the remaining 10% belong to other 185 countries of the world? Every big city around the world is like that, most of it made up of native population, and only a small part is made up of immigrants”

Dravida Peravai draws the attention of Tamilnadu Government to this statement, which clearly reflects the policy of Auroville IS NOT TO ADMIT TAMILS AS RESIDENTS. EVEN IF HUSBAND IS AUROVILLIAN, HIS WIFE WILL NOT BE MADE AUROVILLIAN. This was in 2002, and I am not clear about this individual Tamil’s case today. But the brazen manner in which an Italian state to a Tamil that his wife need not be made Aurovillian proves the Mother’s dictum that Auroville belongs to nobody but to everybody as failed promise. How can Indian Government or Tamilnadu Government allow the growth of a city, where its own sons of the soil will be shown the closed door?

We all are aware of the Amarnath row, even if we have missed it, the Chairman of Auroville Foundation Dr. Karan Singh, being a Kashmiri first and Universalist next, would have taken note of. “The Jammu and Kashmir Government on Friday 27th June 2008 said that notwithstanding noises being made about the Government order diverting 39.88 hectares of land under compartment No: 63a /Sindh in Sindh Forest Division to Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, the fact of the matter is that the Government order No.184/FST of 2008 dated June 26th issued in this regard says in unequivocal terms that the diversion of land is for raising pre fabricated structures only for camping purposes of pilgrims without going in for construction of permanent structures at Baltal and Domail by Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board. The order lays down specific terms and conditions that the property status of the forest land shall remain unchanged and the land so diverted shall be utilized only for the purpose for which it has been diverted. It shall not be transferred to any other agency without approval of the Forest Department, the order further says. The land shall not be mortgaged, re-assigned or sub leased by user agency in any manner whatsoever to any other agency, adds the order” says Deccan Chronicle.

People’s protests and Jammu and Kashmir Government changing its decision are issues not related to the subject of this salvo against Auroville Foundation. Even for a temple, that too pilgrimage purposes, people of you Kingdom are not allowing Government to allocate land, Dr. Karan Singh, how come you are not going there, to gain Hindus land, in spite of you being a former Prince of Kashmir. All the way you come to Tamilnadu to grab our land to set up a neo-colony, we are sorry to pinpoint your double standards, since democracy considers a king or a cobbler, a prince or a beggar as equals.

“Auroville is situated in Vanur Taluk, Villupuram District and is comprised of the Panchayats of Irumbai and Bommayarpalayam. Small extent of this land is in Kattukuppam, Rajapudupallam, and Mathur Panchayats and in Melankuppam within the Union Territory of Puducherry.

In view of the difficulties in declaring the area- Auroville, under Town and Country Planning Act consequent to the Auroville Foundation Act 1988, envisaging autonomy to the resident’s assembly of Auroville, it was suggested to protect the area by separate legislation as that of Kalpakkam [Tamilnadu Nuclear Installation Authority ] or on the lines of proposals of heritage sites, towns declared by Tamilnadu” so goes on one of the proposals in the Report of Special Commission of Town and Country Planning dated 1st July 2002.

The Central Act itself needs review. It was done to take over the project from a mismanaged society, but its aims run contrary to Tamilnadu Town Country Planning Act. Yes, how can Tamilnadu call a VILLAGE of 1619 people as TOWN? So the master minds of this neo-colony want to give Auroville, the status of Kalpakkam. Kalpakkam Atomic Power Plant generates power for our country, but Auroville through its sub trusts generate money for foreigners, who live in bungalows worth 3 crores, whereas all the Tamil villagers live in huts getting less than 30 $ per month as wages, as rightly pointed out by Ms.Rachel Wright in BBC.

The Auroville Foundation Act spells about Resident Assembly. “The resident’s assembly shall consist of all the residents of Auroville who are for the time being entered in the register of residents maintained under this section. The Secretary of the Governing Board shall maintain the register of residents in such manner as may be prescribed and all the persons who are residents of Auroville and who are of the age of eighteen years and above are entitled to have their names entered in the register on an application made to the Secretary in such form as may be prescribed”.

The Secretary, who as Carel Theime proudly proclaimed is Joint Secretary Grade. He has right to enter register of residents. It may appear as per the above clause that he has powers to admit residents once they are 18 years old. But this power is mirage, as next provision will establish.

Under functions of Residents Assembly, it has powers to allow the admission or Cause the termination of persons in the register of residents in accordance with the regulations made under Section 32”. This power of the Resident Assembly should be withdrawn. The Resident Assembly can only be a Community debating Integral Yoga; it should have no statutory role to confer citizenship of Auroville city-state, a historical legacy of the Roman city state. These powers are used by foreigners to deny wife citizenship while husband is resident, in case if he happens to be Tamilian.

Let me revert back to the Italian friend who sermonizes to Tamil Aurovillian. “One question arises in me. Your wife has been living in Auroville with you all these years, what will the big difference be for her if she will become Aurovillian? I always saw the status of Aurovillian as a help from Indian Government with visa for those people that are really dedicated to Auroville “says Claudio Djaima.

The cat is out of the bag. Visa to Auroville. Who recommends? Is it Secretary, an Indian Government servant answerable to Indian Parliament, in view of himself holding office in a Parliament created Foundation? NO. NO. NO. The so called resident’s assembly, its working committee, literally foreigners recommend visa for fellow foreigners. This power poses grave dangers to Indian security, yet Indian Government is in slumber.

Having said that Tamils face discrimination, the rest of Indians should not think that the neo-colony will welcome them with red carpet. Let me reproduce news from THE HINDU:

Row over carrying bags inside Auroville: [By our Staff Reporter] Auroville Dec.26: Visitors to Matrimandir in Auroville were engaged in a scuffle with volunteers over an alleged racial discrimination this evening. As per instructions at the entrance, visitors have to leave their belongings at a counter before entering to the Matrimandir. Trouble started when a group, which was not allowed to carry its bag inside, pointed that the authorities were allowing foreigners in with bags, but not Indians. “We have so much cash in the bag but they did not allow us to take it in. So we asked our servant to stay here with the bag but we spotted a foreigner inside with a bag. How can they treat us like that? asked Shubhara Singh.

Accusing the authorities discrimination, her husband U.K. Singh asked other Indians in the crowd to stage a dharna. His father K.K. Singh, the BJP Gaya District President from Bihar, challenged the volunteers saying “we will show them what BJP’s dharma means. Let them realize what Indians are”

The volunteers meanwhile tried to shut the gates and directed visitors who still wanted to go through another path. A scuffle emerged when the visitors attempted to keep the volunteers from shutting the gates and some were pushed around….. So reports national daily The Hindu. Hats off to Biharis, they protested for entrance but we Tamils denied resident status just murmur, which never could reach the ears of Government of India, through its eyes, namely Intelligence Bureau.

Meanwhile most of my blogs are getting good responses. Let me quote one response.
Sampradayak June 24, 2008 at 6:21 am
You are correct: The Act has entrusted the primary responsibility for organizing various activities, formulating the master plan, raising of funds to the Residents Assembly.
But what mess is there in reality?

Several criminal clans have illegally shared between them the powers and functions of the Residents Assembly. These criminal groups have effectively kept the Residents Assembly’s meetings to 1-2 times a year, and restricted it to some general policy-making.
The Residents Assembly in the past 20 years has not organized any activities, has not formulated (but ratified only) the master plan, has not raised any funds. Everything has been privatized.

A thorough investigation is needed in SAIIER’s criminal activities. Crores of the central government grants received specifically for research has been misspent: where are the reports of this research and what kind of research is it if there are no results, no publications of such “research”? It is fraud: grants were spent on anything but research. Grants were spent on salaries, tuitions for Aurovillian children, feeding them, taking them on tours, buying them expensive equipment.
N. Nandhivarman General Secretary Dravida Peravai

Friday, June 27, 2008

Where equality and harmony rules among people

Auroville, Pondicherry, Pondicherry, India
Auroville at a glance:
With more and more people talking about globalization, Lalit Bhati, an architect and urban planner, took the first step in creating a world where equality and harmony rules among people, disregarding the part of the Earth they are from, the language they speak or the color of their skin.
For this, he designed a city that will host 50,000 people in which the only rule for those who want to live there will be their desire for a harmonious lifestyle. Auroville would be the model for cities of the future, which should combine the possibilities of the modern age with the delight of great landscapes, nature having an important role in the day-to-day course of life.
Houses and buildings are spiraling around the center filled with green spaces, symbolizing the praises mother nature should receive for allowing us to enjoy its creations. The industrial areas are at the city’s periphery, leaving clean air for the center of the town, where the residential buildings will be located; pollution won’t affect anyone, so this would be one of the best places on Earth to raise your children - away from a big town’s squalor, growing in a natural environment, but still taking advantage of the modern technology. It is located in south India and its construction is only half done, but it already has habitants. They come from almost 35 nations and are of all age groups, from different social classes, different cultures and represent all aspects of humanity. There is still plenty of room for many other residents.

Short-Term Internships at Auroville:
Yes, the going is tough if you are contemplating a permanent residence at Auroville. It makes better sense to put in a short stint and find out whether you fit in. Even if you are not contemplating a permanent move, a short stint at Auroville would definitely broaden your outlook. For students or for those fresh out of university, this may sound particularly appealing.
The Auroville Volunteer, Internships and Study program (AVIS) was launched a few years ago. There is no structured program as such. If you are interested you are required to send an email together with a brief description of yourself, your field of study, and your preferences as regards the fields in which you would like to volunteer.
A list of projects available for which you could be best suited is then sent to you. Contact details of project leaders are provided and you have to get in touch with them directly.
With project leaders being busy, it is essential to plan this in advance. You cannot visit India and then try your luck at Auroville. This does not work, is what I learned from a literature student from London, with whom I swapped views over a cup of coffee. However, if you are lucky, you may get an interesting project in spheres ranging from architecture, town-planning, organic farming, teaching, or even social work that is carried out in the surrounding villages. Source: Mad Architect Tags: , , Current Location: Seattle, WA, USACurrent Music: Rusted Root - Send Me On My Way 2 comments or Leave a comment

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Those who are unacquainted with Vaisnava philosophies as Visistadvaita cannot understand Sri Aurobindo

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It is the general opinion that among modern-day spiritualists who have tried to know the Supreme through their own puny efforts, Sri Aurobindo has attained some degree of realization. The reason for his success, it is claimed, is that the object of his search was not material knowledge. The Mayavadis attempt to know the oneness of everything, but their search takes them only up to realization of the impersonal, nondual Brahman. They do not know that becoming free from disease is not perfection, that after the diseased material condition comes the healthy state of spiritual existence, wherein a liberated soul is still an individual with personality. This fact is incomprehensible to them.

Sri Aurobindo rose beyond this limited sphere of thinking and talked about "supramental consciousness" in such books as Life Divine. We consider this book a hazy attempt to present the Supreme Lord's transcendental potencies. He accepted that the Supreme Lord is endowed with transcendental potency, and therefore we have some appreciation for him, but we feel that many persons cannot understand Sri Aurobindo's explanation of transcendence in his books. Although he uses fairly simple English, the reader remains puzzled.

Those who are unacquainted with such Vaisnava philosophies as Visistadvaita, Suddhadvaita, Dvaitadvaita, and finally Lord Caitanya's acintya-bhedabheda-tattva, cannot understand Sri Aurobindo. And those who are learned only in impersonal philosophy, who are searching for the nondual Brahman, have even less access to Sri Aurobindo's works.

From the book Reunciation through wisdom by, A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acharya of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) 1 year ago

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1. Sri Aurobindo Memorial School (BSK) 2. Deccan International School (Near Uttrahalli) 3. Jyothi Kendriya Vidyalaya (Kanakpura Road) ... sorry ive never heard of any of those schools, but if you wanted...
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Does any one takes birth in this earth have some important purpose?can anybody tell me the real goal of life.?
...come to know that they have a real purpose to be here. (-the mother - Sri Aurobindo Ashram) ... You are living the the things you do are the purpose. If you do good things...
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shan k - 2 years ago - Religion & Spirituality - 6 Answers - Resolved Questions
A Question For Hindus About Notable Hindu Thinkers/Scholars???
... Hindu scholars such as Shri Aurobindo and David Frawley.... Thanks.... Swami Vivekananda, Keshav Balaram Hedgewar and Madhavrao Sadashivrao Golwalkar.
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What's this modern day Gnostic Christanity.. I saw something like that in Yahoo answers ...?????
... aware of a Vision put forward by Sri. Aurobindo on the Evolution of a Creative Gnostic Minority... I think that all philosphies are good to look into, it helps shape your own faith. Here is a link in...
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jayakrishnamenon - 2 years ago - Religion & Spirituality - 4 Answers - Resolved Questions which contain infomation regarding pondicherry?
... in pondicherry, bangalore to pondicherry, aurobindo ashram pondicherry, hotel de pondicherry, the dune... thanx
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gokul g - 9 months ago - Other - India - 1 Answer - Resolved Questions
Does history have an end and purpose?
... of by Teilhard de Chardin and Sri Aurobindo? Is there a purpose to life and history... There is with no doubt a purpose, which is to succeed in the eyes of the Almighty god, who is...
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Bruce G - 1 year ago - Religion & Spirituality - 8 Answers - Resolved Questions
integral yoga how to do it.?
integral yoga by sri aurobindo. if any body can enlighten me regarding the procedure i will be obliged. philosopher-sage Sri Aurobindo, Integral yoga (or purna...deep relaxation Sri Aurobindo initiated...
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Fair trade or limited aid?
...merely the late awakening of conscience in the mind of a robber' (Sri Aurobindo) ... Poverty existed even before society emerged. Society is not meant for poverty...
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eyvind - 1 year ago - Other - Social Science - 2 Answers - Resolved Questions
I read a nice article,if u have time read it,Just wanted to share,it's about "pure consciousness"
...the guru in the learning process. Aurobindo had an experience in cosmic consciousness... Enjoyed. Thank you. =)
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R&S, what do you think of this quote?
...; the rest is appearance, prejudice and opinion." ~ Sri Aurobindo ... HI Seems like a pure statement of personal faith and conviction as opposed to his former doubting...
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۞Aum۞ - 2 years ago - Religion & Spirituality - 11 Answers - Resolved Questions
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kittana! - 1 year ago - Religion & Spirituality - 6 Answers - Resolved Questions
which is the meaning of "guru" in your country. what kind of problems do you offer for their consideration?
Gurus such as Sai Baba, Rajneesh, Aurobindo, Yogananda, Ananda Mai, Aurobindo. With ... The term "Guru" refers a teacher. But i dont think you are refering to him. The Guru you are...
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yours for ever - 2 years ago - Religion & Spirituality - 5 Answers - Resolved Questions
Hinduism ~ What is Vedanta in a nut-shell ?
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۞Aum۞ - 1 year ago - Religion & Spirituality - 11 Answers - Resolved Questions
Hello. I´m Brazilian and I would like to know what do you think about Paramahansa Yogananda.?
...meditation and spirit came through Yogananda and Sri Aurobindo. I don´t know if their names ... Paramahamsa Yogananda became familiar in other countries rather than in India. But his immortal book...
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zezinho - 1 year ago - Religion & Spirituality - 13 Answers - Resolved Questions
What is the THEME STATEMENT of the Raven by Edgar Allan Poe?
...Kahlil Gibran -The Fear of Life and Death by Sri Aurobindo -Fancy in Nubibus (or Poet in the Clouds... The raven: The Raven is wholly occupied with the author's typical theme—the irretrievable loss of an...
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ElizabethAmber - 8 months ago - Poetry - 2 Answers - Resolved Questions
what is the difference between rishi aurobindo's philosophy & swami vivekananda's philosophy?who is better ?
through their own puny efforts, Sri Aurobindo has attained some degree of...
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san111_2006 - 1 year ago - Religion & Spirituality - 4 Answers - Resolved Questions
Do you accept the following statement of a Hindu Philosopher.... ???
... at himself ? (As written by Sri Aurobindo-the great hindu philosopher ... Each religions has some message for us but we humans love dividing people on the...
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۞Aum۞ - 1 year ago - Religion & Spirituality - 34 Answers - Resolved Questions
evolution of matter into Divinity? take help of great souls like aurobindo or any other for its evolution beyond matter... Matter and Life cannot be viewed as two compartmentalised objects. Matter is not...
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sathkhol - 2 years ago - Philosophy - 4 Answers - Resolved Questions
Have you read Osho? Don't u think its far better to unfold his philosophy in academics as well?
... of Freud, Know more about Aurobindo & yes Osho in our academic world? These... yes i have read some of osho i am greatly impressed by his philosophy. yuo are right i strongly agree...
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guitarmonk - 2 years ago - Primary & Secondary Education - 2 Answers - Resolved Questions
Is it not True !!!? himself ? (As written by Sri Aurobindo-the great hindu philosopher) What do you think... Sri Aurobindo was very sharp and perceptive, and I think he hit the nail on the head, so to speak.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The whole coast from Chennai down to Puducherry is known for child sex tourism

Home > Response to BBC broadcast - Greta Jensen
22 May & 7 June 2008 RE: ITEM ON AUROVILLE, NEWSNIGHT 21st MAY 2008

I have been a regular Newsnight watcher for many years and have always trusted that the news is presented with the degree of integrity I have come to expect from the BBC. I write to complain about the highly biased item on Auroville last night, as a result of which I feel I can no longer trust the integrity of the programme editor or the presenter, Jeremy Paxman.

I write to you from an objective position as someone who has acted as a professional consultant to Auroville International UK (as well as to many other UK NGOs) and as such have had considerable opportunity to observe - from the outside - many aspects of this remarkable community over a period of some years.

The whole coast from Chennai down to Puducherry is known for child sex tourism, so I'm sure tourists go to Auroville too with evil intent, but it's hard to know what Auroville can do other than to be vigilant and to ask any suspects to leave - which I understand they have done in the past. The big question is, what is the Indian Government and/or the local police doing about the allegations and indeed the wider child abuse problem related to popular tourist destinations?

What checks did Newsnight do on the reporter, the interviewee and the witnesses to check their motives and their credibility? Why was so much time given to them to put their case, while so little opportunity was given to Auroville to respond? I am an independent international development consultant to a number of large and small UK-based NGOs. I have for the past 10+ years worked with various Auroville schools on education projects run specifically for the benefit for the local village children in the surrounding district. These projects have been co-financed by both DFID and the European Commission and as such have come under the scrutiny of a wide range of people during project evaluations, as well as the Education Department of the Govt. of Tamil Nadu and the Ministry of Human Resources of the Govt. of India. The latter as it subsidises Auroville's educational outreach programmes. If child abuse were endemic in these schools then I am sure I would have been aware of it and indeed I am sure the various Govt. departments would have investigated, given that the ethical and operational expectations they hold of Auroville are very high. Apart from innovative education initiatives, Auroville has done an amazing amount of work to bring a range of livelihood opportunities to the region and has developed cutting edge environmental regeneration and appropriate technology methods for which they have won many national and international awards. Their response to the Tsunami was instant and effective because they knew those that were affected locally. Auroville is so much more than was presented last night. Did anyone ever stop to think of the damage this biased coverage would cause to all the excellent work that Auroville has done over a period of some 40 years?

I am also a UKCP registered psychotherapist with masters in psychotherapy. In this capacity I have worked with a number of clients who were victims of serious sexual abuse as children. I am therefore very sensitive to the need to be vigilant in all situations that involve close adult-child interface. The allegations made against Auroville in Ms Wright's report are therefore deeply disturbing to me and indeed I have often discussed this matter with teachers of the Auroville outreach schools (i.e. those that serve the children of the surrounding villages) that were the beneficiaries of the EC co-financing to the education project that I was involved with, but felt reassured that monitoring systems were in place to prevent such abuse - indeed one of the components of this project was a very impressive training centre where young women from the villages, who had been the victims of abuse, were taught life skills within a nurturing therapeutic environment. The work of this centre has provided a much admired model for visiting staff from many European and US NGOs.
And finally I must ask the question, would you deal with accusations of child abuse that occur in the UK in the same way? Coverage of the recent Jersey child abuse case has been very different because, quite rightly, allegations have to be substantiated with hard facts. Why should journalistic standards drop when dealing with a developing country?

International Development Consultant
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CHEC has supported Auroville for over twenty years and will continue to do so

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Mr. Mark Thompson
Director General BBC Television Centre Wood Lane Shepherds Bush
W12 7RJ 12 th June 2008

Dear Mr. Thompson,

The Commonwealth Human Ecology Council (CHEC) has seen the rebuttals contained on the Auroville website against charges levelled in the BBC2 Newsnight programme on 21 May 2008 and BBC World on 24 May 2008. These can be seen on .

CHEC's Executive Committee considered the matter at its meeting on Wednesday 11 June 2008 and fully endorsed the official statement issued by the Working Committee of Auroville, the text of the letter dated 2 June 2008 from Dr. Karan Singh, Chairman of the Auroville Foundation, to yourself, and the letter sent by the Chairman of the Auroville International Advisory Council, Sir Mark Tully, and other co-signatories, to Mr. Peter Barron, Editor of Newsnight.

The CHEC Executive Committee welcomes the steps that are being taken by Auroville to fully investigate these allegations. CHEC recommends that Auroville establish a procedure to ensure transparency and accountability of its dealings with any allegations of impropriety against its residents or guests, including appointment of an independent person or organization of good standing in the area to hear any such allegations and ensure they are dealt with promptly.

CHEC has supported Auroville for over twenty years and will continue to do so, subject to Auroville addressing these recommendations. CHEC was pleased to learn that such processes are already under consideration and would urge that these be set up as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Eleanor Morris Dame Zena Daysh , CNZM
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Home > Response to BBC broadcast - Auroville Village Action Trust
31 May 2008

To the Editor

We have seen an article and a documentary on Auroville aired by you (

We, Ambu Siromani and A Gerald Moris, have been working as social workers and program coordinators in the Auroville Village Action Trust (AVAT) for the past 20 years. Our main job is to stimulate activities and development in villages around Auroville mostly through self-help groups. So we can honestly say that we have a fairly good knowledge of what is going on in our area.

We were shocked to hear insinuations in your program as if there were large-scale children abuses by Aurovilians. We can testify that there is no such a thing, and that on the contrary Aurovilian authorities have taken swift action on the very few occasions when such misconduct came to light.

We should also add that Auroville has created and is managing many schools for the villages, which definitely benefit the local population a great deal. To slander those institutions, as your documentary tried to do, is in effect to harm these villagers and their children.

Therefore we request you to stop airing this programme and to remove it from your website with immediate effect.
Ambu Siromani A. Gerald Moris

I hereby certify that Mrs Ambu Siromani and Mr A. Gerald Moris, Indian citizens residing at Puducherry, have been working as social workers and program coordinators in Auroville Village Action Trust since 1988. AVAT is working in more than 50 villages around Auroville.

Alain Bernard
Trustee, AVAT ( Auroville Village Action Trust)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Sri Aurobindo completed all work for the evolution of planet earth which has resulted in vast development of materialism

Planes of consciousness By dhriti

The modern technology marvels that we are enjoying are the result of the work done in the mental plane by the Masters for faster human evolution. We can also understand this as Savitri Shakti. Sri Aurobindo completed all work required for this state for the evolution of planet earth which has resulted in vast development of materialism, technology, electrical appliances or you can say these modern life style instruments.

Sri Aurobindo did all his work in the Mental plane when he was in his physical body proving to us again that there is no need to leave our physical body to work in this plane. We just need to be able to over come physical, astral planes to be able to reach mental plane. For our understanding we can think , Sri Auro was able to reflect his works on the highest mental plane. ( I am not saying he worked only in mental plane, but he was an expert in higher mental planes and made ready Supra mental state for entire humanity who are ready to reach higher mental plane).

So using Savitri Shakti he made available Supra mental state for the Humanity...The downside of the Savitri Sadhana is an extensive growth in materialism which made humans more selfish...Filed under Interesting finds, Science, Spiritual Masters, yoga Tags: , , , ,