In this landmark month of Febrary 2018, we remember the great vision and events behind the creation of Auroville 50 years ago this month. The Mother emphasized land as The City of Dawn's essential material support in its role for a new world consciousness.
This month marks two highly significant dates – the 50th anniversary of Auroville’s inauguration as The City of Dawn and the 140th anniversary of The Mother’s birth. These events are not separate – Auroville is the manifestation of The Mother’s vision and work. Here is her vision for Auroville and for the advent of a new world.
Now turning 50 this February, Auroville is blooming. Its once-barren land is a green and creative testimony to the years of dedication, hope, hard work, and collaboration! All of these impressive achievements are built upon - and depend on - the City of Dawn's land!
The story of Auroville can be understood as 5 decades of trial and effort for “the growth of light” and “the struggle towards better things”. Starting with a scarcity of resources of any kind, today we see a healthy, multi-pronged international community striving for a sunlit vision of the future.
Seventy years ago, Sri Aurobindo wrote a message that was broadcast on All India Radio for India's Independence. He wrote of his long-cherished dreams, two of which relate to the Auroville vision. Auroville exists to incarnate these 2 dreams, and Acres for Auroville exists to provide the land!
August 15th marks the completion of Acres for Auroville's third year. Thanks to donations, A4A again reached its goal, providing funds for 15 new plots to date. As we start Year 4, A4A is the indispensable resource for the Land Board's vital work!
India’s Parliament approved The Mother’s vision for the City of Dawn, but it’s up to us to make that vision a reality. A4A’s results show that we can do it - by collaborating! See the new land that your donations have bought!
April 24th marks the Mother’s final arrival in India in 1920 to join Sri Aurobindo in Puducherry and “the united two began a greater age”. Auroville, envisioned as The City of Dawn, is one outcome of that collaboration - and a vehicle to manifest “a greater age”.
Anchored in Matter, Auroville is non-separable from its land. Today, securing Auroville’s still-missing land is the urgent need. Since we can all see this need around us, we must all unite and act! As Sri Aurobindo wrote: “If you merely wait for things to happen, there is no reason why they should happen at all”
February is a special month for Auroville and for the new creation upon earth. It was in this month, on the 21st in 1878, that the Mother was born; in this month, on the 29th in 1956, the universal descent of the supramental force took place; and again in this month, on the 28th in 1968, Auroville was founded.