The Matrimandir wants to be the symbol
When viewing the Matrimandir's structure and its immediate surroundings, the first impression it may evoke is the image of the New Consciousness breaking forth from Matter. While serious students of Auroville's vision and endeavour may find a range of other symbolic aspects in the Matrimandir's design, we list here some of the most evident.
The four Pillars
The four pillars that support the structure of Matrimandir, and carry the Inner Chamber, have been set at the four main directions of the compass.
"Four great Aspects of the Mother, four of her leading Powers and Personalities have stood in front in her guidance of this Universe and in her dealings with the terrestrial play".
In talking about the four aspects of the Mother, and their four directions, it helps to know that in India, traditionally, the evolutionary principle of creation is approached, and adored, as the great Mother, and seen as a deity. Sri Aurobindo distinguishes four main powers and personalities through which this evolutionary force manifests. The pillars of the Matrimandir have been named after these:
The Mother's symbol and the Petals
The meditation rooms inside the twelve stone-clad 'petals' surrounding the Matrimandir carry the names and colours of the 'petals' in the Mother's symbol:
"The first eight concern the attitude towards the Divine, and the last four towards humanity." (Mother's symbol)
Meaning of colours
In March 1934, Sri Aurobindo indicated through the (above placed) colour chart of the twelve petals pertaining to the symbol:
According to Sri Aurobindo the colours mentioned generally have the following significances, though the exact meaning may vary "with the field, the combinations, the character and shades of the color, the play of forces":
Colours of meditation rooms
The above mentioned names and colours have been integrated into the sequence of the meditation rooms which are being completed inside each of the twelve petals surrounding the structure in the following order:
(When moving from the south axis towards the
east axis, the Humility room is in the first petal.)
south axis towards the east axis, the Humility room is in the first petal.)
See also the Matrimandir Journal page
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