Francis Malan of Citadines peacefully left his body in the morning of Wednesday 5 October while listening to ‘A New Birth’, told by the Mother. He was sitting outside on the terrace looking out over the garden of Marika's Home where he had been taken several days ago after suffering a stroke. He was 81.
From France, Francis has been visiting Auroville since 2006 and made it his home in 2009, officially joining in 2011. He was always happy to help in many ways: teaching French and mathematics, supporting educational projects and his many friends. He particularly loved the Matrimandir where he spent many hours in duty, meditating or walking. Until very recently, he would go every morning watch the sunrise at the Amphitheatre and in the evening see the sunset there as well.
We will remember his big gentle smile, his kindness and sense of humour, his generosity and his love for Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Satprem.
Francis’s body remained in Farewell during the week and was cremated at the Auroville mandapam in the afternoon of Monday October 10th.
Our warmest condolences go out to his niece Claire of Darkali and her partner Michel, as well as his friends Kalou, Sophie, Padma and family, Namah, Patrice, Turiya and others.
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