Soul of the City
The Matrimandir will be the
soul of Auroville.
At the very centre of Auroville one finds the 'soul of the city', the Matrimandir, situated in a large open area called 'Peace', from where the future township will radiate outwards. The atmosphere is quiet and charged, and the area beautiful, even though at present large parts of it are still under construction.
As yet incomplete, the Matrimandir emerges as a large golden sphere which seems to be rising out of the earth, symbolising the birth of a new consciousness seeking to manifest. Its slow and steady progress towards completion is followed by many.
While walking through the lovely green Matrimandir Gardens with their great variety of flowers, shrubs and trees, one's attention is greatly drawn by this important and powerful feature at the heart of the city which was seen by the Mother as the "symbol of the Divine's answer to man's aspiration for perfection" and as "the central cohesive force" for the growth of Auroville.
The name 'Matrimandir' means literally 'Temple of the Mother'. According to Sri Aurobindo's teaching, the 'Mother' concept stands for the great evolutionary, conscious and intelligent principle of Life, the Universal Mother, - which seeks to help humanity move beyond its present limitations into the next step of its evolutionary adventure, the supramental consciousness.
The spacious Inner Chamber in the upper hemisphere
of the structure is completely white, with white marble walls and white
carpeting. In the centre a pure crystal-glass globe suffuses a ray of
electronically guided sunlight which falls on it through an opening
at the apex of the sphere.
There are no images, no organised meditations, no flowers, no incense, no religion or religious forms.
To find one's consciousness..
The Matrimandir is there for "those who want to learn to concentrate.." "No fixed meditations, none of all that, but they should stay there in silence, in silence and concentration. A place for trying to find one's consciousness."
"Let it not become a religion",
the Mother said. "The failure of religions is... because they
were divided. They wanted people to be religious to the exclusion of
other religions, and every branch of knowledge has been a failure because
it has been exclusive.
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