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!
August 15th holds a distinctive place in human history. On this date, Sri Aurobindo took birth 146 years ago and 75 years later, India attained her freedom on the same date. And it is India that hosts Auroville and its role of pioneer in opening the collective consciousness to the truer consciousness. The Mother wrote that “Spiritual beauty has a contagious power”. As Auroville grows and manifests, a higher beauty will surely spread - through the spiritual power at work behind the City of Dawn.
Auroville is not just any place on the planet - it is a consecrated space for the growth of a truer consciousness. For 50 years, starting with barren soil, Auroville has created beauty where before there was none. Much of Auroville’s designated land – the material base for this work and beauty - is missing and at risk of being bought and used for private profit. The future of many missing plots is now up to us - together, we can make a difference!
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!