Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's Visit To Auroville

November 1st, 2004 

President Kalam’s visit to Auroville exemplified his admiration for its purpose and ideals.

The Former President's Speech 

"Friends, I have come as a pilgrim to this place, Auroville, and why I say pilgrim is because you have a mission bigger than mine; the mission you are having is larger than that of any indi­vidual. It is a vision that came from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and naturally, it is a very big mission." He also said, "Most of you in Auroville, you are shaped as better human beings." When asked by a child earlier in the day, "How do you consider yourself? As a scientist? As a Muslim? As a Tamilian? " he replied to the kid that what matters most in life is to be a better human being.  

Words in the Visitors Book:

‘MATRIMANDIR is a beautiful divine creation. When I spent a few minutes in the concentration chamber, I felt the time was infinite; something echoed in me; can I give words to the divine call: “Divine beauty, divine peace, entered into me, and blossoms happiness in my body and soul.”’ (1.11.2004)