Sunday, April 11, 2010

A large institution needs policies and procedures related to communication and public relations

The Hindu : Engagements : New Delhi : In the Capital Today
Sri Aurobindo Ashram: Lecture on “Spiritual Approach to Life” by Bimal Mohanty, Sri Aurobindo Marg, 10 a.m. to 11-15 a.m.
Sri Aurobindo Society: Study circle meeting on 'Spirituality in day to day life,' 3 Lajapathi Roy Road, Chinna Chokkikulam, 10.30 a.m. 
Sri Aurobindo International School presents A Tryst With God, a play on Sri Aurobindo's Alipore jail trial. Venue: Ravindra Bharati Date: April 10; 6.30 p.m. Contact: ...
Play Tryst with God, a play, is being staged as part of the centenary celebrations of Sri Aurobindo's arrival at Pondicherry.

Re: Explanation of my Stand wrt  The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by David Hutchinson on Wed 26 Nov 2008 06:24 AM PST Profile Permanent Link 4:36 PM

Any large institution that is involved in publishing needs policies that address individual copyright, the ability of its members to write and publish within the subject matter of their jobs and their role within the institution. It is the nature of writing that it may offend some people, or there may be questions about the right of a person to publish certain material. An institution needs to address this directly. In addition, a large institution needs policies and procedures related to communication and public relations. This issue only shows the current weakness. This "controversy" is common knowledge in the Ashram, in Auroville, and across the world, and is bringing a bad name to the Ashram. There should be a person or an office that is empowered to speak to this, that can be the voice of the Ashram as a whole, that can tell residents, locals, and the world what the actions of the institution are, how it is approaching this matter. In the absence of such a voice, it seems that the institution is throwing itself open to arbitrary actions, movements, and outcomes.
from     Satheesh S to       "Tusar N. Mohapatra" date           10 April 2010 17:05 subject           Re: Drawing one’s own conclusions and imposing them on others: the case of one Mr. RYD.
Dear Thusar, 
Sorry for the delayed reply. I was travelling once again.
Briefly, yes those who are competent in their respective areas should be let to do their work.
I know that there isn't an apex body or a very rigid hierarchy in the SA Ashram since The Mother has left, and therefore it gives room for some people to try to challenge that authority. 
I am also sure that faith, transparency and good will will at the end carry us all through. But those followers and devotees who think that they have the right to insult and slander and spread false information, hopefully will realize that everybody doesn't necessarily agree with their methods. Sincerely, Satheesh.

Re: LACMA 111909 - Debashish Banerji
by Debashish on Fri 04 Dec 2009 10:45 PM PST |  Profile |  Permanent Link

We may say Sri Aurobindo brought new possibilities of experience which he expressed using the open language of his time, stretching it to accommodate what he brought. But with time, the language itself evolves in its capacity to embody new distinctions of experience which need to be reconstellated with the new possibilities introduced by Sri Aurobindo. If this does not happen, the language vehicle created by Sri Aurobindo will cease to be open and reify into a fetish. On the other hand, the open language will leave it behind as belonging to an anterior (Orientalist) structure. As with other contemporary reconsiderations of history, it is a process of reviving through dialog which maintains currency in the evolving body of language. I am not speaking here of rewriting Sri Aurobindo but of reconstellating or recontextualzing him. In continuously negotiating a location within this shifting terrain the relative values will stand evident. 

RYD’s sly and insidious Method of sowing Doubts in People’s Minds—by S Satheesh Comment posted by: RY Deshpande

If we go by Satheesh-Tusar’s ham-fisted reasoning, then we must allow to stand, unchallenged, the two ‘slip’-entries listed above, these unquestionably forming a part of literature published and offered by the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a preposterous proposition indeed. Add to that also Amal’s Divine prone to human mistakes when he takes a human birth by the ordinary human process!

In the context of editing Savitri, if at all it has to be done in a minimal way, all this would amount to making a mess of the whole thing. The upshot is an obvious distinction, in fact in the present circumstances an important distinction, must be made between the Ashram as an institution and the Ashram as a spiritual centre when the founding Guides are not physically present. ~RYD

The Meaning of It All from One Cosmos by Gagdad Bob

As I have mentioned before, I have some fundamental disagreements with Schuon in several key areas, including the value of science, the meaning of modernity, the actual conditions in which most premodern men lived (e.g., illiteracy, famine, plague, oppression, unpleasant rashes, bad smells, et al), the relative utility of psychoanalysis, his placement of metaphysics over revelation, the providential role of the United States, his idealization of American Indian culture (and "primordial culture" in general, what with its psychotic levels of violence, not to mention human sacrifice), and the contributions of people like Teilhard and Aurobindo, who tried to reconcile evolution and Spirit (not to suggest that I fully agree with those two either).

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