April has historically been a very special month - and despite today's appearances even, a Victory month. Over the decades, April has held the special events at the foundation of Auroville. Our newsletter provides these histories PLUS a look the encouraging actions happening today in the City of Dawn. READ MORE
In 1910, Sri Aurobindo found safe refuge in Pondicherry , initiating a series of events that have impacted the world consciousness and its future. We are happy to provide historical narrative of how and under what circumstances Sri Aurobindo moved to Pondicherry.
April is the Victory month for Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, with decades of significant April events, starting with Sri Aurobindo’s arrival to a safe haven in Pondicherry on April 4th 1910. This year, April 24th marks the 100th anniversary of The Mother's final arrival back in India for her collaboration with Sri Aurobindo. Peacocks, the sign of success, were seen both in front of Sri Aurobindo’s statue and on The Mother’s balcony.
Auroville has been developing new paradigms of society based on alternative, spiritual, and progressive ideals. Now, in a special study and dissertation, The City of Dawn is recognized for “its exceptional combination of longevity, size, scope of activity, recognition, aims and experimental ethos”. What are the ideals and values that impel its development? READ MORE
Frederick first came to India in 1959 when he was 20 and met The Mother, a “life-changing experience”. In 1966, he settled in the Ashram, surrendering himself and all his material belongings. He began working for Auroville's inauguration and at The Mother's request, he built the community's first permanent house. One of the original pioneers, he shares what The Mother personally told him about the deep importance of the land for the City of Dawn.
AUROIMAGE- in collaboration with A4A - has created a new video clip “Solidarity for the Land of Auroville” with music by Nadaka, available in English and in French. It is another inspiring addition to our rich collection of multi-language original films about the City of Dawn, and the land that is designated for it.
In India, the peacock is the symbol of VICTORY, and recently, a pair of peacocks were seen on The Mother’s Terrace! This and other special peacock sightings seem particularly significant, coming at the time of the March and April events celebrated by the worldwide Integral Yoga-Ashram-Auroville family. Perhaps these peacocks express a deeper, encouraging truth behind the present difficult circumstances ... READ MORE
In this special month, the “harmonious collective aspiration” that The Mother spoke of was very much in evidence with a series of solidarity events FOR A CAUSE - the harmonious manifestation of Auroville. Read all our news, including our articles on pioneer Gérard & the building of AuroOrchard, and on the "AV baby newcomers" brought into the world with the assistance of Paula & the Morning Star Birthing Project team, and the inauguration of Art for Land 2020 by the Hon. Dr. Kiran Bedi, Lt. Governor of Puducherry.
Auroville, the universal township, was founded as a dedicated place for Sri Aurobindo’s great vision to take root and unfold. The steps in the chain all took place in February - The Mother’s birth, the City of Dawn’s Inauguration, and between them, the landmark event of February 29th, 1956.
The ideals of “constant progress” and “a living embodiment of an actual human unity" in the charter of Auroville are most fully understood in the context of the landmark event of February 29th, 1956. Our quest for a unified base of Auroville is to provide a cohesive ground for Auroville's ideals to become realised facts.