|On a personal note I should add that for me the vision, work, being
and consciousness of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother are more alive and present
than ever, both within me and in the world. How can you have successors
when something hasn't gone away?
What follows is not directed at anyone in particular and although it
seem a bit pointed, the course of this (email) thread has brought up
very important points and I guess I feel compelled to say things as
of these messages about the status of the various people, "gurus" and
"teachers" talked about here has emphasized to me that it's crucial
of these matters to refrain from judging by externals, inference, or
an encyclopedic reading of the voluminous literature on Integral Yoga
to then try and assemble and put together what "should and shouldn't
done" and apply it to events and individuals. All we wind up
with is a
"put together" version of truths that are incomplete and fragmentary
ultimately become orthodoxy and dogmatic.
Another area that I consider very critical is that constantly applying
"written rules" can erode one's own spontaneous insight, intuition
vision. This can become a form of "spiritual conditioning" and takes
farther from what is Real. Ultimately one can become so attached, mentally
and emotionally to all of the words, ideas, concepts, etc. that one
literally (pun intended) dependent on them. A subtle fear of
go so as to dive into direct experience grows and can become a very
difficult area to move on from. This additional conditioning becomes
another layer between our sense of who we are and the spontaneous
perception that is part of the psychic being.
In other words, all of that "stuff" becomes a substitute for doing Yoga.
And doing Yoga, living it, applying it to "all life" is what Sri Aurobindo
and The Mother came to show us. Not to follow them in the sense of
to the rules but to do as they did, for and in ourselves-to become
the true sense of the word! And I'll apply this to questions surrounding
all the "teachers" and "gurus," etc. If someone truly gets help
Yoga from anyone else, who are we to judge that? One true inner step
consciousness is infinitely more valuable and a greater honor to Sri
Aurobindo and The Mother than any adherence to a rule.
All the rest of it: whether anyone has attained a specific spiritual
and how that applies to lines of successorship is just politics. It's
played out everywhere to some extent-the Ashram, Auroville, almost
spiritual path and right here on Auroconf. No one seems to be immune
it makes for interesting debate and it certainly is entertaining gossip
let's not get carried away to thinking that it has anything at all
with Yoga or the vision and teaching of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.
That all being said, I'm feeling rather mischievous so I'll add my
contribution to the Sri Aurobindo Zen/Yiddish Koan Archives:
quick, who is the true successor?
If you answer something like:
"the person closest to the Supramental Transformation"
"Sri Aurobindo, when he manifests in a Supramental Body"
"The Mother when she comes again"
"Patrizia and her son"
anyone you ever heard of
"there is no successor, they said so themselves"
or especially if you quote anything...Then you get a deft potch (Yiddish
Sanskrit for a smack) from the Zen Supramental Baal Shem Tov's themselves.
Now quick, who is the true successor?
Of course, you are the successor...and I am the successor...we are the
successor. The only successorship that truly matters is the realization
transformation in our own consciousness and being. Sri Aurobindo
come and sit on our heads and that alone ultimately wouldn't matter.
The Mother relate in The Agenda that he did just that to the whole
during one Darshan after he left his body, and hardly anyone knew it!
So, let's not look around, let's look in the mirror. Until we see the
successor there we won't be able to see it anywhere else, either.
-Kenny Schachat (email@example.com)