Essential Auroville texts
Charter of Auroville
Auroville belongs to nobody in particular.
Auroville belongs to humanity as a whole. But to live in Auroville, one must be a willing
servitor of the Divine Consciousness. Auroville will be the place of an unending education, of constant
progress, and a youth that never ages. Auroville wants to be the bridge between the past and the future.
Taking advantage of all discoveries from without
and from within, Auroville will boldly spring towards
future realisations. Auroville will be a site of material and spiritual researches for a living embodiment
of an actual Human Unity.
There should be somewhere
on earth a place which no nation could claim as its own, where all human beings of goodwill
who have a sincere aspiration
could live freely as citizens
of the world and obey one single authority, that of the supreme Truth; a place of peace, concord and harmony where all the fighting instincts
of man would be used exclusively to conquer the causes of his
sufferings and miseries, to surmount his weaknesses and ignorance,
to triumph over
his limitations and incapacities; a place where the needs of the spirit and the concern for progress would
take precedence over the
satisfaction of desires
and passions, the search
for pleasure and material enjoyment.
In this place, children would be able to grow and develop integrally without losing contact with their souls; education would be given not for passing
examinations or obtaining certificates and posts but to enrich existing
faculties and bring forth new ones.
In this place, titles and positions
would be replaced by opportunities to serve and organise; the bodily needs of each one would be equally provided
for, and intellectual, moral and spiritual superiority would be expressed in the general organisation not by an increase
in the pleasures and powers of life but by increased duties and responsibilities.
Beauty in all its artistic forms, painting, sculpture, music, literature, would be equally accessible to all; the ability to share in the joy it brings would be limited only by the capacities of each one and not by social or financial position.
For in this ideal place money would no longer be the sovereign lord; individual worth would have a far greater importance than that of material wealth and social standing.
There, work would not be a way to earn one’s living but a way to express
oneself and to develop one’s capacities and possibilities while being of service
to the community as a whole, which, for its own part, would provide
for each individual’s subsistence and sphere of action.
In short, it would be a place where human relationships, which are normally
based almost exclusively on competition and strife,
would be replaced by relationships of emulation
in doing well, of collaboration and real brotherhood.
To be a True Aurovilian
The first necessity is the inner discovery by which one learns who one really is behind the social, moral, cultural,
racial and hereditary appearances. At our inmost centre there is a free being, wide and knowing,
who awaits our discovery and who ought to become the acting centre of our being and our life in Auroville.
One lives in Auroville in order to be free of moral and social conventions; but this liberty must not be a new slavery
to the ego, its desires and its ambitions. The fulfilment of desires bars the route to the inner discovery
which can only be attained
in peace and the transparency of a perfect
The Aurovilian must lose the proprietary sense of possession. For our
passage in the material world, that which is indispensable to our life and to our action is put at our disposal
according to the place we should occupy there.
The more conscious our contact is with our inner being, the more exact are the means given.
Work, even manual work, is an indispensable thing for the inner discovery. If one does not work, if one does not inject his consciousness into matter, the latter will never develop.
To let one's consciousness organize a bit of matter by way of one's body is very good. To establish order around oneself, helps to bring order within oneself.
One should organize life not according to outer, artificial rules, but according to an organized,
inner consciousness, because if one allows life to drift without imposing
the control of a higher consciousness, life becomes inexpressive and irresolute. It is to waste one's time in the sense that matter persists without a conscious utilization. The whole earth must prepare itself for the advent of the new species, and Auroville wants to consciously work towards hastening
that advent. Little by little it will be revealed to us what this new species should be, and meanwhile
the best measure to take is
to consecrate oneself
entirely to the Divine.
- The Mother
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