“Greetings from Auroville to all men of good will. Are invited to Auroville all those who thirst for progress and aspire to a higher and truer life.” – The Mother, (Mirra Alfassa, the Founder of Auroville) 28th February 1968
“Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities.“purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity.” – The Mother.
Auroville was founded in 1968 with an aim to manifest Human Unity based on the teachings of Integral Yoga by Sri Aurobindo(1872-1950) and the Mother (1878-1973). Auroville is recognized by UNESCO as an international township bringing together the values of different nations, cultures and civilizations. This is a living laboratory where the residents in all their diversity aspire towards working out solutions to all the issues facing mankind.
Given by the Mother on 28th February 1968 for the Inauguration ceremony of Auroville
At the very center of Auroville, one finds the “soul of the city”, the Matrimandir. Situated in a large open area called the “Peace Area”, from where the future township (which aims to host 50,000 inhabitants) will radiate outwards. The Matrimandir can be viewed as a large golden lotus which is emerging out of the earth, symbolizing the birth of a new consciousness upon earth. The Mother gave a clear instruction about the central meditation room called the inner chamber. The Matrimandir is composed of the inner chamber and 12 small meditation rooms, called petals further surrounded by the 12 Gardens.
Integral Yoga is a methodology developed by Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, for not only exploring the profound depths and heights of human psyche but also for an integral evolutionary transformation of the human nature.
The Fundamental Realisations of Integral Yoga
At the time of Auroville’s founding Mother chose French architect Roger Anger to be the chief architect for Auroville. After drafting several town planning models Roger proposed the “Galaxy” model which was accepted by the Mother and became the base of master plan of Auroville today.
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