Faced with the inability of being able to justify his preferred personal opinions and beliefs that the 1950-’51 edition of Savitri is allegedly more authentic than the 1954 and 1970-’72 editions (that were edited and published during The Mother’s time) RY Deshpande has once again resorted to what he does best, i.e. misusing The Mother’s words in order to try to justify his limited, personal and petty goals of wanting to demonstrate that he is always right.
Thus, once again RY Deshpande attempts to spin his web of deceit and misinformation by selectively referring to a passage from The Mother’s Agenda that is drawn out of its context, in order to mislead, at least some of the more gullible readers of his blog Mirror of Tomorrow (MoT).
RY Deshpande appears to firmly believe that all the readers of his MoT blog are brain-dead idiots who are going to accept whatever he dishes out without any analysis or inquiry. That might be the case in some instances, but unfortunately for him many of us and our readers don’t belong to that category. But it is nevertheless surprising that some of his faithful readers enjoy being treated like dimwits and never question him.
Let us therefore examine the passage from The Mother’s agenda that RY Deshpande has painstakingly dug out and reproduced.
1) The motive:
RYD’s motive to resurrect this particular passage is to try to establish, hook or crook, that the 1954 and 1970-’72 editions of the Savitri that were published during The Mother’s time are likely to be less authentic than the 1950-’51 edition. He has always skirted the question of the authenticity of the editions that were edited and published during The Mother’s time, under Her control.
By quoting and reproducing the selected passage on his MoT blog, RYD now wishes to create the impression that Sri Aurobindo’s publications were being grossly mismanaged in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and that even corrections were being made to Sri Aurobindo’s works without The Mother’s knowledge. But let us examine the facts contained in the full text of the passage that RYD refers to in The Mother’s Agenda, dated 22nd July, 1972 (pages 151-163).
2) Quoting passages out of context:
By reading the entire passage, it becomes evident that RY Deshpande intends to deliberately misrepresent facts and mislead his readers. Because the passage that is quoted by RYD is completely removed out of its context in order to create the impression that all kinds of “corrections” were being made to Sri Aurobindo’s books without The Mother’s knowledge.
Firstly, the discussion between Satprem and The Mother does not concern at all the editing of Sri Aurobindo’s works, and it has nothing to do with the editing of Savitri. In fact, the central issue if not the ENTIRE discussion concerns the distribution of Sri Aurobindo’s and Satprem’s books (in fact it clearly emerges that Satprem is more preoccupied about the royalties from the sale of his books more than anything else!). Therefore when RYD picks out only a limited portion of this exchange which refers to some “corrections” being made to Sri Aurobindo’s books, it is evident that he deliberately wishes to create exaggerated, partial and therefore inaccurate and wrong impressions.
Secondly but equally importantly, it is not The Mother who is complaining or being critical about any wrong-doings with regards to Sri Aurobindo’s publications, but it is instead Satprem who is complaining and making allegations to The Mother and She is merely reacting and responding to his complaints. Therefore, how does RYD assume that what Satprem was reporting to The Mother was based on accurate information? RYD would like us to believe that all of Satprem’s observations were always accurate. However, what emerges rather clearly in this passage is that Satprem, like RYD had a few axes to grind and that he was more preoccupied with trying to settle a few personal scores with people he didn’t get along too well, especially when it concerned matters relating to his own publications.
Thirdly, Satprem’s grouse is only with two individuals – one from SABDA and the other from the All India Press – who were involved with the distribution and sale of Sri Aurobindo’s books and had nothing to do with the editing or correcting Sri Aurobindo’s works. How are therefore the doings of these people in anyway related to the editing of the 1954 or 1970-’72 editions of Savitri? There is in fact absolutely no connection whatsoever, except presumably in the perverted imagination of RYD.
Lastly and most importantly, while there is a reference to some “corrections” that were being made to some film negatives, there is however no mention of the type of “corrections” that were being made as reported by Satprem and Andre. The word “corrections” could mean anything, like changing the layout, cover page designs, formatting, etc., and not necessarily Sri Aurobindo’s words. And if any “corrections” had been at all really made, these refer only to corrections made by one “M” of the All India Press and not the Sri Aurobindo Ashram as RYD would like us to believe, in order to discredit the institution and its work! Moreover, the “corrections” were allegedly made specifically to the film negatives of the Centenary Edition of Sri Aurobindo’s works and does not apply to all of Sri Aurobindo’s published works such as the 1954 and 1970 editions of Savitri.
By trying to create the impression that “corrections” were being made to Sri Aurobindo’s works RYD slyly tries to sow the seeds of doubts, mistrust and fear of wrong-doing into the minds of his readers so that he can try to legitimize his argument that his preferred 1950-’51 edition is more authentic than the other ones that followed in 1954 and 1970-‘72. But, unfortunately RYD seems to ignore that even if corrections were being made to the Centenary Edition of Sri Aurobindo’s works, there is absolutely no reference or suggestion that the 1954 and 1970 editions of Savitri were part of this discussion and the authenticity of these editions compared to the 1950-’51 edition is therefore without any doubt.
Therefore, RYD’s attempt to portray the 1950-’51 edition as being more authentic than the 1954 and 1970-‘72 editions that were published during The Mother’s time has miserably failed once again in spite of all his efforts to slyly mislead his readers and spin his webs of deceit.
3) Leaving important passages out:
What’s even more unethical in RY Deshpande’s devious methods is that he selectively leaves out important passages and quotes of The Mother when they don’t suit him and run counter to his arguments.
The concluding paragraph in the excerpt that RYD has reproduced is in fact incomplete and ends as follows below (bold, underlines added). The Mother continues:
“I am no longer on this side but not yet on the other; I am in between – it’s difficult.
But I am still capable of controlling what these people are doing…. At any rate, they have no right to do whatever they want with Sri Aurobindo’s books. And as for Satprem’s books, I had said that he gave them to me personally…”
Please mark The Mother’s operative words which RYD has conveniently left out:
“But I am still capable of controlling what these people are doing….”
Why did RYD leave out this phrase? Evidently because it doesn’t suit him and his lame arguments. Because if The Mother clearly states that She is controlling what the people in the Ashram are doing, then She is also in command of what is being published. The 1954 and 1970-‘72 editions of the Savitri were therefore published under Her control. RYD’s argument that the 1950-’51 edition is more authentic than those published by The Mother, therefore falls flat if he admits this fact and the sly operator that he is, he is therefore understandably going to conceal it as much as he can. This omission is certainly not accidental!
Moreover, RYD clearly seems to have an aversion for concluding paragraphs, particularly those that enlarge the vision and scope of problems and their solutions. Because the discussion between The Mother, Satprem and André concludes with the following exchange (bold, underline added):
The Mother: But you shouldn’t at all think that…. (Turning towards André) You’re doing your best – you said you were afraid of going against my thinking….
The Mother: But, mon petit, you’ve got to understand!!
The Mother: I can’t explain it in words, you wouldn’t understand. I don’t even know how to express it…. I just know that even mistakes (what we call “mistakes”) and difficulties are the result of the manifestation of the divine Consciousness helping us to progress towards the future perfection through … (what’s the word?) through continuous molding. That’s what I see. And that’s why….
Satprem, aside to André: … We mustn’t be afraid of making mistakes.
André: Yes, we mustn’t be afraid of mistakes.
The Mother: Each one has a role and plays his part.
Satprem, aside to André: We mustn’t be afraid of our own truth, André.
The Mother: The only important thing is to mix as little personal ego as possible with the divine vision. That’s all.
That RYD didn’t find anything of relevance, value or importance in the passage above and that he chose to ignore it, is not really surprising. Given his indelible track record in finding fault with everyone else except with himself, his opinions and his beliefs, it is more than evident that his personal Ego matters much more than all the wisdom that The Mother has to offer, especially in the realm of conflict resolution.
RY Deshpande’s devious intentions therefore stand completely exposed as does another of his failed attempts to deceive and mislead his readers.
The only argument that is left to RYD for him to justify and defend his personal opinions and beliefs that the 1950-’51 edition of Savitri is more authentic than those published by The Mother in 1954 and 1970-’72 is for him to finally declare that he is wiser, more enlightened and able than The Mother as well as being more committed to Sri Aurobindo and His works. Will he do so? We won’t be surprised if he does… because he is certainly insinuating it and has till now just stopped short of doing so, as he desperately searches for justifications to defend his lame arguments and conceal his real beliefs of superiority.