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.
Auroville is a place in south India where,
for 43 years now, an increasing number of people
from all over the world have been quietly and painstakingly
working on the construction of a new township, a new way of
living, a new way of being. Something is being attempted here
for the benefit of all.
"Man is a transitional being, he is not
final. Evolution is not finished; reason is not the last word
nor the reasoning animal the supreme figure of Nature,"
observes Sri Aurobindo. "There
something that he is not yet which he has to be; he is reaching
always towards the something yet unrealised; his whole life
and nature is a preparation, an endeavour of Nature towards
what is beyond him."
Auroville is to be a major vehicle of this
evolutionary thrust and, eventually, a platform for transformation.
This wide and vast objective of the township
has attracted people from its inauguration in 1968 onwards.
Today, the Auroville project is quite well established, having
found ways of collaborating with the villages in its bioregion,
with the Indian authorities, with many non-governmental organisations
and world bodies worldwide.
But the real experiment is hardly beginning..
Holding the vision
The present around 2200 residents from some 43
nations living in Auroville are aware that they may not yet
be able to live up to the project's high aims. While holding
the vision in their heads, hearts and meditations, they turn
for the time being their energies to those aspects of the
experiment upon which they can actively work.
These aspects are all the challenges of
daily life which are being faced by so many individuals on
earth who attempt to do things in a new way, to approach life
in a more conscious manner.
In Auroville particularly, there are the
enormous challenges of how to
shape, plan and build a city for an
ideal society of the future
let the indigenous population of Auroville's
along with it
educate our young in a way that their
deeper identity is allowed to remain at the forefront
organise a collective life without authoritarian
manifest beauty in all facets of living
consciously, wisely and justly manage
the wide variety
of resources available
heal, and to evoke healing energies
relate to the earth in a truly appropriate
artistically express newly found realities
The main challenge
Underlying all this is the main challenge
of living an actual human unity.
By their very choice of being here, the
Aurovilians commit themselves to be instrumental in the creation
of "a universal township where men and women of all countries
are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all
creeds, all politics and all nationalities". They are
aware that "the purpose of Auroville is to realise human
unity" so that, eventually, our species may progress.
On this website we attempt to show you
how we're doing. Different people have written the various
introductions from different angles, different perspectives
and different modes of understanding. Taken as a whole, these
pages form a colourful quilt, a moment-in-time expression
of Auroville's experiment in creating human unity through
WELCOME TO AUROVILLE, and happy exploring!
The web team