SPECIAL NEWSLETTER – CELEBRATING SRI AUROBINDO’S 150TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY & A4A’S 9TH YEAR

Our special August 15th newsletter brings you: the quarterly A4A flier and LFAU letter; creative sharings from India and around the world in honor of Sri Aurobindo’s 150th anniversary year ; a report on the work, collaboration and results of 8 years of A4A as we start Year 9; the Auroville life and work of pioneer André Hababou; the Auroville growing-up of “AV born and bred” Jagan; Art for Land’s Year 7 Exhibition and land fundraiser; and eight of Sri Aurobindo’s most inspiring spiritual sonnets. Version française en pdf … பிடிஎஃப்பில் தமிழ்ப் பதிப்பு

THE VALUE OF AUROVILLE’S FARMS

Auroville’s farmers are engaged in applied research, networking and policy making: Annapurna farm, South India’s first organic dairy farm, helped to set the national standards, and Dr. Lucas Dengel, secretary of the Biodynamic Association of India, has built up EcoPro with its vast educational outreach in the use of EM (micro-organisms) for farming and sanitation. The Sustainable Livelihood Institute (SLI) is one such initiative to reach out since many years to Tamil Nadu through a multitude of channels, collaborating with the Tamil Nadu State Government

A4A FLIER – 15TH AUGUST 2022

Upon Sri Aurobindo’s passing, The Mother inscribed these words on his Samadhi : “May we never forget even for a moment, all we owe to Thee”. Then, in 1972, The Mother issued this call “Let us all strive to be worthy of Sri Aurobindo’s Centenary”. And now for the 150th anniversary of Sri Aurobindo’s birth, it is we who express our wish, our gratitude, and our aspiration to serve his high dreams, and to help build the City of Dawn. Version française en pdf … பிடிஎஃப்பில் தமிழ்ப் பதிப்பு

LFAU LETTER – 15TH AUGUST 2022

At the present moment, we, humanity as a whole, are most fortunate because we have access to the light of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. For most people, the future is a big mystery about which they speculate. However, in Sri Aurobindo’s message and teaching, there is no speculation. It is a revelation from deeper realities of world existence – a sunlight shining over the future where things become visible in their truth of things. The challenge now is to live and embody this revelation. Version française en pdf … பிடிஎஃப்பில் தமிழ்ப் பதிப்பு

ACRES FOR AUROVILLE – STARTING YEAR 9 OF OUR UNITY ACTION

On August 15th 2014, the Acres for Auroville land campaign was launched as a collaboration between Lands for Auroville Unified and the worldwide centers of Auroville International. In its eight years, A4A has created awareness of the imperative need to raise funds for land purchase to consolidate Auroville’s designated Master Plan area. On the occasion of starting A4A’s Year 9, we are happy to share our work and results to date.

ANDRE – STILL SHINING AFTER 54 AUROVILIAN YEARS!

Auroville’s pioneers came from around the world to build the City of Dawn. Several have been filmed, sharing the life-changing inspiration they received from The Mother. Here, we share the recollections of André Hababou of his landmark 1968 meeting with The Mother, which provided the inspiration and energy for his over 50 years of contributions for Auroville. With photos of André at work over the decades.

JAGAN – BORN & BRED IN AUROVILLE

Jagan is 22 and was “born and bred” in Auroville. His family has been connected with the City of Dawn for 3 generations now, and his parents became Aurovilians in 1980. In this article, Jagan describes the rich elements of his growing-up – from education to sports to spiritual influences – and his contributions to the community via the “Let’s Talk Trash” ecology action, with NESS School students, and his work at Unity Pavilion for “Art for Land”.

ART FOR LAND YEAR 7 – AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2022

The 7th year of ART FOR LAND, the beautiful support action for Auroville’s land, will be held from August 7th to September 4th at the Unity Pavilion. Now a recognized artistic showcase, the exhibit presents works in all media that have been generously donated by participating artists, with proceeds going to A4A for land purchase. Many inspiring cultural events support the fundraising action. Online viewing and purchase of the works, plus complete event information, are available at www.artforland.in

CREATIVE OFFERINGS FOR THE 150TH

In this special 150th year, many creative efforts have been made to highlight Sri Aurobindo’s contributions. Here are several very beautiful offerings made by Aurovilians, Ashramites in Puducherry and Delhi and friends abroad to add to the richness of this special year: the eight films by Know Your Rhythm, the Sri Aurobindo’s Gayatri Mantra concert by the Auroville Choir, the online offerings by Auroville Live via AVI-USA, creations by musician-devotee Americo Piaggesi, and the online and live events at La Grace Center.

EIGHT SPIRITUAL SONNETS BY SRI AUROBINDO

For our August 15th 2022 newsletter, we are pleased to present a selection of eight of Sri Aurobindo’s best-known spiritual sonnets. The sonnets treat a variety of spiritual subjects and experiences with a great depth and precision of description and a parallel beauty of language. Together these elements make reading each sonnet a memorable and life-accompanying experience. The Mother’s 1935 sketch of Sri Aurobindo completes the selection.

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