I took this photo in Auroville, a universal city in the making in South-India. “Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity.”
“Auroville was founded as a project of the Sri Aurobindo Society on Wednesday 28 February 1968 by Mirra Alfassa, “The Mother”. She was spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo, who believed that “man is a transitional being”. Mother expected that this experimental “universal township” would contribute significantly in the “progress of humanity towards its splendid future by bringing together people of goodwill and aspiration for a better world.” Mother also believed that such a universal township will contribute decisively to the Indian renaissance (Ref. Mother’s Agenda, Vol. 9, dt.3.02.68). The Government of India endorsed the township, and in 1966, UNESCO also endorsed it inviting the member-states to participate in the development of Auroville. UNESCO re-endorsed Auroville four times more in the course of the last 40 years. In the inauguration ceremony attended by delegates of 124 nations on 28 February 1968, Mother gave Auroville its 4-point Charter setting forth her vision of Integral living:
Auroville belongs to nobody in particular. Auroville belongs to humanity as a whole. But to live in Auroville, one must be the willing servitor of the Divine Consciousness.
Auroville will be the place of an unending education, of constant progress, and a youth that never ages.
Auroville wants to be the bridge between the past and the future. Taking advantage of all discoveries from without and from within, Auroville will boldly spring towards future realisations.
Auroville will be a site of material and spiritual researches for a living embodiment of an actual Human Unity.” This information was provided in a link from wikipedia.You can read more here.
I was first introduced to work of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother’s only a year ago. I read an article about their work, after reading the article I googled their work and made a mental note to visit their ashram if I will be in India and not far from Pondicherry. It happened this year, I was in South India volunteering for WEP and went to explore Ponducherry and visit Sri Aurobindo’s ashram.
We all have dreams.
Airn’t we, how many of us have a chance “To smuggle the dream into reality” as David Mitchell said. Such grand dream as The Mother’s. The dream is so beautiful that it was hard to imagine to be a reality because you know some dreams are so grand, out of space, you feel that they should stay a dream because a reality could not have enough imagination to execute it 100% the dream’s vision. How often we watch average movies based on books we call world masterpieces.
When I saw Matrimandir, I wanted to pinch myself. My mind was given all possible explanations, the truth is I could not explain myself what I saw, I could not grasp it. I had never seen anything like that even in movies. I was right not only seeing in, I was in that universal quite energy of ever present. I honestly could not calm down for a while and at some point I had to just deeply breath in and out and let the experience overflow me. Be ok with not being able to explain. In the middle of the town is the Matrimandir, which has been acclaimed as “an outstanding and original architectural achievement”. It was conceived by “The Mother” as “a symbol of the Divine’s answer to man’s inspiration for perfection”. Silence is maintained inside the Matrimandir to ensure the tranquility of the space and entire area surrounding the Matrimandir is called Peace area. Inside the Matrimandir, a spiraling ramp leads upwards to an air-conditioned chamber of polished white marble referred to as “a place to find one’s consciousness”. The surface of the dome has 56 kg of Gold, which was sandwiched between as thin sheets. At its centre is a 70 cm crystal ball in a gold mount which glows with a single ray of sunlight that is directed on the globe from the top of the structure. According to Mother, this represents “a symbol of future realisation.” Matrimandir is equipped with a solar power plant and is surrounded by manicured gardens. When there is no sun or after the sunset, the sunray on the globe is replaced by a beam from a solar powered light. Radiating from this center are four “zones” of the City Area: the “Residential Zone”, “Industrial Zone”, “Cultural (& Educational) Zone” and “International Zone”. Around the City or the urban area, lies a Green Belt which is an environment research and resource area and includes farms and forestries, a botanical garden, seed bank, medicinal and herbal plants, water catchment bunds, and some communities.
I almost missed the bus and was really reluctant about my trip to Auroville as I did not know what I could miss, after I left Auroville I felt a huge gratitude and understanding, I have must done something good to have a chance just even see the place and know about the possibility.
We need to know about the grand dreams becoming a reality to be able to dream and act beyond our limitations and believe in the capacity of unimaginable.
Thank you, The Mother and many other people who made a dream a reality.
This post was originally written on September 25th, 2013.