On this November 24th we commemorate the 83rd anniversary of a great evolutionary victory in the life of Sri Aurobindo, a milestone that paved laid the roots for the establishment of Auroville. In honor of this special date, we present many aspects of Auroville’s 51 years, focusing on the values of constant progress and a "youth that never ages" as enshrined in its Charter.
Since its start, over 1000 babies have been born in Auroville. Today, there are the children of the children of the first pioneers – a third generation carrying on the beautiful torch of Auroville! These children have the privilege of imbibing the atmosphere of the great vision and ideals of Auroville. Obviously, Auroville is here to stay!
According to Sri Aurobindo, perpetual youth is one of the characteristics of the Spirit and The Mother enshrined the goals of “youth that never ages” and “constant progress” in the Auroville Charter. How can we live these ideals, personally and collectively, to build a true City of Dawn?
For 51 years, the City of Dawn has flowered step by step, serving and showcasing the oneness of the Human Family in its rich diversity. For Sri Aurobindo, the unification of mankind was “a necessity in the course of Nature, an inevitable movement”. Auroville was created by The Mother to create a place for the “international spirit and outlook” that Sri Aurobindo said must grow up, in line with his great teaching that “all the nations are essentially one..." and that “Truth lies in union rather than in division”.
The task before the first Aurovilians was to reclaim the eroded land and plant the seeds of the future. In the endless progression of Auroville, we are all pioneers continuing the adventure!
“Auroville will be the site of material and spiritual researches for a living embodiment of an actual Human Unity”. The City of Dawn's high aspiration incarnates the deep sense of what we can live and be.
“One must have heroism to be a precursor for, generally, men have faith only in what is already accomplished ... These words carry great relevance for the manifestation of a new world, and of Auroville!
The Matrimandir is Auroville's most valued creation, and it is cared for with dedication and courage! The Mother wrote: “Let the Matrimandir be the living symbol of Auroville’s aspiration for the Divine” – “manifesting in a progressive human unity”.
A few days before the inauguration of Auroville, the Mother “perched on a low stool and armed with a huge black felt-pen” started writing the Auroville Charter. A unique document in earth's history, it has given a new challenge to the human spirit - and the challenge of building a unique universal town for this unique, visionary charter.
Throughout history, attempts have been made to create a new model for human life. Most have proved to be short-lived or limited in scope. But Auroville - The Mother’s City of Dawn – has stood the test of time, continuing to grow with richness and vibrancy. In this 50th year, we salute Auroville and remember The Mother’s wish for the land, Auroville's material body!