LANDS FOR AUROVILLE UNIFIED (LFAU)
Auroville Centre for Urban Research, Administrative Area,
Auroville – 605101, Tamil Nadu, India
24th November 2023
Dear friends & well-wishers of Auroville,
24 November 1924. Ninety-nine ago, on this date, Sri Aurobindo reached a critical milestone in his yoga for the earth evolution, and withdrew for further advances on radically new and untrodden pathways. That was also the official beginning of the Ashram. Then, forty-four years later, in 1968, Auroville was inaugurated. Fifty-five years have passed since that momentous beginning. Today, both the initiatives – the Ashram in 1924 & Auroville in 1968 – are soundly established ongoing successes.
There have been numerous challenges but, each time, they have come out stronger. Challenges there still are, but we have the absolute certitude that as in the past, the present and future hurdles too will be overcome. The basis of this absolute certitude does not lie in the greatness of ideology nor aims and ideals – but in something much more profound. Some may call it the Supreme or the Divine. Others may call it the Spirit or the New Consciousness. Still others may call it immortal aspirations of the human Soul. But no matter the name, therein lies the roots of our absolute certitude about the future of these two initiatives.
“The task of giving a concrete form to Sri Aurobindo’s vision was entrusted to the
Mother. The creation of a new world, a new humanity, a new society expressing and
embodying the new consciousness is the work she has undertaken. By the very nature
of things, it is a collective ideal that calls for a collective effort so that it may be
realised in the terms of an integral human perfection.
The Ashram founded and built by the Mother was the first step towards the
accomplishment of this goal. The project of Auroville is the next step, more exterior,
which seeks to widen the base of this attempt to establish harmony between soul and
body, spirit and nature, heaven and earth, in the collective life of mankind.”
The Mother – 1969 (Ref. “The Mother on Auroville”, page 18)
“Acres for Auroville” (A4A), too, “seeks to widen the base of this attempt” by providing the required material layer for the magnificent home of Auroville to rise “to establish harmony between soul and body, spirit and nature, heaven and earth, in the collective life of mankind.” We thank you for your valued collaboration in this attempt.
With trust in Auroville’s bright future,
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