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.
Since its start, Auroville has been a magnet for the youth of the villages around. Many have joined the project to become talented actors in Auroville life. Poovizhi, born in Edayanchavadi on Auroville’s birthday in 1996, has decided to join Auroville. In her interview with Rakhal of the YUCCA Newcomer Program, we see the close links of the past 50 years, and the inspiring role Auroville has played for so many village youth.
Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Dr. Kiran Bedi again honoured Auroville with her invitation to hold a week-long continuation of Art for Land 2020 at the Governor's mansion in Puducherry, inaugurated on the Golden Day of February 29th. The Inauguration's highlight was the performance by Svaram's Sound Experience and its rhythmic magic! (the video links are included). READ MORE
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.