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Luc Venet on Satprem


Like yours, my story begins with an impulse of childlike enthusiasm, followed by a surrender of all personal considerations.

At the beginning of 1976, a relatively recent resident of Auroville, I had received “by chance” a bundle of mimeographed letters, then circulating in Auroville. I learned that “threats” were being leveled at Satprem by certain Ashram authorities concerning the original manuscripts of Mother’s Agenda which he kept in his house in Nandanam.

Without thinking, I rushed to offer him my support against the “enemy,” as vague for me as if all this were simply a work of fiction, but in fact very real and material for him, made up of real faces and people. Unknown to me, I was about to enter a world of internecine quarrels among certain Ashram members. Satprem, because of his personality and previous stances, was cast in a starring role. But I did not care about the “historical” reality. I disregarded all contingencies. It was imperative for me to side with the underdog, the alleged victim; even if in doing so I was sacrificing reason and reflection upon the altar of spontaneity.

Thus, I began a new life. I had chosen my camp, as it were. In my eagerness and naiveté, I subscribed to a past that was completely foreign to me, and eagerly began to endorse a psychological profile that was not mine. Henceforth, there would be “pros” and “cons”, “blacks” and “whites,” but no halftones. And, above all, no wavering. For in fact, my existence had become amazingly plain and simple. I was embarking on the path already mapped out by Satprem. In a split-second I had willingly handed over to someone else the job of understanding and interpreting the world about me. I had agreed to immerse myself body and soul into a prearranged universe. And my commitment had to be free of all personal reservations. Such was the price I would have to pay to gain access to the world of responsibilities and to exchange my youthful hesitations for a strong-minded certitude, even though that strength would not be really mine. The child in me would be comfortable. For I would thus be endowed with a new life, proud to be relieved of my infantile cocoon. I would be “responsible” at last.

Or so I thought. For, in actual fact, I had already, if unknowingly, entered the cage of illusions.

I believed I had grown up by committing to an “adult” stance. I had a “real cause” to defend fiercely against numberless (and often faceless) enemies. “Enemies” seemed a prerequisite in order to be taken seriously. Enemies helped to define who you were; they enhanced your state of being.

In retrospect, I see now that none of this had anything to do with me. I was not getting any closer to myself by taking such a “radical” position. In reality, without my knowing it, I had internalized Satprem’s own internal world. My initial movement of adherence and uncontrolled empathy led me to identify with Satprem’s inner reality. I now felt as he felt, thought as he thought, saw through his eyes.

It was a perfect working arrangement and a win-win situation. I covered the field in my borrowed seven-league boots; he gained a helper who would spare no effort. In the ensuing years, to varying degrees, I saw the same phenomenon of identification affect all who had an extended working relationship with Satprem. Although the practical, day-to-day benefits of such a situation seemed inestimable, it is obvious that the extreme empathy which I felt also carried the perils of total psychic dependence — as future events would unfortunately more than demonstrate.

Why do human beings often feel such a need to seek support outside themselves in order to give significance to their life? Why must we seek to offload the burden of finding the full meaning of our incarnation onto an outsider, be it a person or an organization? Do we not contain everything within ourselves? The question and its answer? The problem and its solution, like two chicks in the same egg? For a time, it is no doubt easier to leave the matter in someone else’s hands. But this is just putting off the day of reckoning. A time will come when we are alone face to face with ourselves.

But for the moment, these queries were mere inner murmurs, vague intuitions awaiting their time to burst into the open and declare themselves.

next: The Agenda




Copyright © La Fin de l’Illusion 

[It must be said that the preceding text was written between November 2006 and February 2007, well before Satprem’s demise in April 2007. I found it useful — and still relevant today — to reveal this story, not so much because of the context in which it took place, but perhaps more because of the human experiences of a broader nature it entails.]

Luc Venet

14 Responses to "Luc Venet on Satprem"

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En 1970 les 3 represantants d’Aspiration ( comme les rois mage ) Jean Pierre, Navodite et moi meme, ne pouvant voir Mere pour la visite hebdomadaire pour lui raconter nos miseres, Jean Pierre suggere d’aller voir Satprem qui joue au tennis au play ground de la plage, pour nous aider a regler un important probleme, dont je ne me souviens meme plus! J’ai informe Jean Pierre et Navodite que connaissant Satprem depuis 4 ans et qu’il etait comme nous, a se chercher et a se realiser…..on rencontre Satprem, Jean Pierre et Navodite presente le probleme, et Satprem apres 5 minutes leve la tete, regarde le ciel et nous dit ” Le ciel est bleu, les fleurs sont epanouies, les oiseaux chantent……il n’y a pas de problemes ! nous sommes remontes a Aspiration et dans la cafetaria tous le monde attendait les directives de Mere pour continuer notre experience de vie communautaire !

Comme Satprem je dirais IL N’Y A PAS DE PROBLEMES

bonjour !à ceux qui aiment SATPREM .AUMMMMMMMMMMMM…
NE PAS AIMER S ATPREM?,c,est ne pas Aimer Mère et S.A.
Gérard va laisser la plume à des amis de coeur de Satprem:
(Maryse et Kartik)29.oct.2007
-Il n’est pas facile de comprendre ceux qui sont en Avant.La petitesse humaine préfaire éssayer de détruire.
Pourtant comment ne pas vous aimer VOUS dont la simplicité émanait de la Vraie grandeur?
Alors!au delà du temps et de l’espace nous vous aimons et nous
gardons comme un Trésor au fond du coeur la lumière des yeux de Satprem et le rire ensoleillé de SUJATA…Maryse et Kartik.
voici ma conclusion en citant Douce Mère qui nous donne des explications et des réponses ..ici et maintenant………………………..
<<les Seigneurs du mensonge exercent maintenant un empire
à peu près total sur cette pauvre humanité…
Innombrables sont les manières dont on les adore…et les
hommes se cramponnent à leur mensonge comme si c'était un
trésor…(LA Mere) gérard na plus rien à dire..à toujour dans la conscience de Mère et la compassion de Sri Aurobindo.gégé de DK.

Ne pas aimer n’importe quel etre humain, c’est rejete les fondements de la pensee de Sri Aurobindo et Mere !

Après lecture du plaidoyer affligeant de Luc Venet, Je comprends qu’il y a des mondes qui ne peuvent se rencontrer et qu’à l’aune de l’intellect tous les arguments peuvent paraître crédibles et de bonne augure.
Cependant, l’homme, dans l’étroitesse et les limites de sa recherche, est loin de saisir l’essence véritable du vrai travail qu’il doit accomplir en profondeur tant qu’il n’est pas touché dans sa substance mortelle, tant qu’il n’est pas lié comme les doigts de sa main à d’intimes Vérités qui sont les seules vraies réponses et le véritable lien qui montre où est le sens occulte d’une indéfectible fraternité.
Combien ont compris le sens du vrai travail sans tomber dans les complaisances de l’individu de surface, quel que soit le niveau de collaboration et d’activités accomplies?
Combien sont dans la lumière de Sri Aurobindo et de Mère?
Je suis convaincu que Luc Venet n’a pas pu saisir ce lien véritable de fraternité, ainsi que tant d’autres qui se sont retournés aveuglément contre Satprem et Sujata.
Le vrai travail est long et difficile. Il demande une annulation totale des subtilités de l’ego et de ses revendications.
Est-ce que Luc Venet en est arrivé là pour se lancer dans des justifications et des accusations aussi scabreuses?
Sur quoi est fondée sa vraie connaissance?

Sat prem = Vrai Amour

On ne peut qu’être infiniment reconnaissant à son égard. Le travail herculéen qu’il a accompli, les tortures innombrables qu’il a subies, la malveillance et l’incompréhension qui tombent encore aujourd’hui sur lui comme une ombre pesante ne ternissent cependant en rien le soleil qu’il a allumé dans son corps et dans le corps de la terre pour guérir notre esprit.
Rien n’empêche !!!
Harald

http://www.arianuova.org/arianuova.it/arianuova.it/Components/English/A9-zSAT4Y.html
voici un lien!ou certaines pendules sot misent à l'<lheure<
celui qui n'aime pas satprem!ne peut aimer Sri Aurobindo et mère
aum.namo.bhagavaté.gérard.2011

C’est facile de critiquer et de voir des failles dans nos perceptions mentales, a savoir en ce qui concerne une ‘adversion de genre’ et probablement des motifs particuliers dans le domaine du resultat individuel… Luc Venet n’apporte rien de plus dans son essay que des doutes sur lui-meme et des questions puriles sur sa propre defaite.
Satprem rira toujours dans mon coeur, comme nous riames dans le temps que Vincenzo nous decrit si bien, a Toujours Mieux ou a Pour Tous, a Aspiration ou au Matrimandir & aussi partout ou nous disions merci a Satprem de nous ouvrir cette voie ensolleillee, meme si nous vimes deja autour de nous quelques ombres pathetiques dans le coeur des douteux, qui sans doute eurent choisi une autre route.
Luc est une ombre molle qui passe en trainant un fardeau mais qui ne pourra jamais au grand jamais eteindre le phare que Satprem eclaira et eclaire toujours autour de nous.

Merci Satprem

Dominique, un ancien de Toujours Mieux

de gérard à ses frères et soeurs de coeur!!!
La vérité ne se trouve pas couché sur du papier.
La vérité est a incarner dans nos corps!
Mais le mensonge se débat actuellement!(sa mort est programé sur
La Grande machine à laver de L(Univers!)
Les quelques soubreseaux des tremblement de terre ne font pas peur
Aux enfants de mère! et ce n’est pas un petit(nain) comme L_V.
Qui détruira le travail que Satprem avec Douce Mère a engagé
pour la réalisation de L’homme/après l’homme.
Aum Namo Bhagavaté en vous tous qui êtes sincères.(j’espère)
gerard de Dunkerque.France.

It is exactly rigth to question one’s motivation in a path followed. And it is evident that if simply your motivations was to “follow” Satprem, then you may have fitted well in an army Job.
Ma perception de Mere, Sri Aurobindo et Satprem est tout autre. Ce qu’ils disent me parle. Ca a un sens alors que j’etais dans un monde qui en manquait… et de but et de sens et de valeur et ce qui j’etais? pourquoi? pour aller ou? s’il y a aller qquepart. Donc on ne suit pas Mere comme une “patronne” mais on reconnait une phrase, une perception, Mere, Satprem et meme Sri Aurobindo ne sont pas des dieux. Ils sont un sens, un espoir, une direction ou diriger son regard et explorer… mais plus exactement etre un volontaire vers cette beaute et pefection qui est notre moteur… et surtout ne sachant rien du but… Nous sommes tellement encore a nous debattre avec nos preferences, et ce petit nous qui veut mais ne veut pas, resiste et veut tout donner, etre, exister… etc…
Alors, regarder si ce “surrender” est merite par celui/celle a qui on le donne!!! quelle futilite, non maturite. C’est le cartesianisme qui veut regner alors que le “Reve” a un sens… sans securite aucunne…
Heureusement cela n’est pas mon chemin… Bonne chance!!!
Jean de Toujours Mieux

Dear Luc,
Your article on Satprem was indeed a revelation about the people around him especially the inner group. Likewise, it was shocking for an “outsider” to learn of the “negative attitude” of people around Mother and the scheming that went on around her in the Mother´s Agenda.
That is not to be little the wealth of knowledge, help , usefulness of Mother´s Agenda and the contribution of Satprem despite the short fallings of Satprem as mentioned in your article “End of an illusion”.
Satprem was no saint neither was he any guru, his ardent search for “THAT” burnt all those around him. His nature as “rebel” character according to you, so against all established religions ended up falling into the same trap with Institute for Evolutionary Research. We take up a course to cling on to, call it what you what Agenda, Cross, the poor etc etc. Even that have to go down!
Still his search was genuine like the rest of US!!
It´s his particular way of doing things
Picasso one of the world most famous painter is a great painter and some of his works are master pieces yet if we go deep down into his personal life, there are many things which we would despise from the moral point of view.
But that those not mean that he has not contributed to this earth, to mankind.
Satprem like Picasso is not perfect.
We expect those around the great masters or even their siblings to be a bit like them and that is not the case as we can well see all around us. Many end up championing the master’s works like parrots without “the real essence”.
But still with time the works of the masters have helped many externally and I presume more important raised mankind from the esoteric, inner levels as well.
We are still living in an ignorant and unconscious life.
I am indeed sad to learn that the so call inner circle of Satprem ended up in tragedies.
Luc, what are your inner reflections regarding Satprem now that he has left us for some years now?
How do we reconcile the past, how do we redeem the past how can “bad and good” live together and be ONE?
Peace and happiness must we sought and live.
Liam

[Comment removed on request from
Liesbeth Stikkelman] July 22, 2014 [TNM55]

Dear Luc, thanks a lot for this article.Mother has shown me the article though she guided me from the inner. It cleared my mind. One must read Sri Aurobindo’s Bases of Yoga and elements of yoga, especially where he stresses about “Settled calmness or Settled peace” before going for higher force. Without this settled calmness or finding out the PURUSHA these things bound to happen, though our regard for SATPREM has not gone down even a bit. one more basic advice of Sri Aurobindo must be always remembered, that in this Yoga, only MOTHER is the GURU.(Mother and Sri Aurobindo is not different).

” Settled calmness” and finding out the purusha as advised by Sri Aurobindo is essential and also one must accept only Mother as one’s own guru and not any other brothers how ever great they are. Om Maa- Sri Aurobindo.

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