Paulette Hadnagy first came to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and visited Auroville in 1973. Nurtured by the special atmosphere of some early sadhaks, thanks to a special permission of the Ashram Trust she lived for a few months with an attendant of the Mother. This everlasting awareness has moulded her approach to Yoga and subsequently to Auroville.
In 1977 she
started cycling from Pondicherry to participate in the non-stop concreting on
the roof of Matrimandir. After twelve years back and forth from the Sri Aurobindo
Ashram in 1985 she settled in Auroville, working for one year at the
Matrimandir construction site. From 1986 to 1990 Paulette joined the Laboratory
of Evolution/Centre for Human Unity; the outcome were six compilations on
archival documents and Mother's statements on the town and Matrimandir. Funded
with grants from the Government of India, they were distributed free to the
community. She also displayed two large photographic exhibitions on the various
layouts of the town.
theme of Paulette’s research is the psycho-physical transformation that follows
Self-realisation (in Integral Yoga, the spiritual transformation), which she
went on investigating for some ten years while touring ashrams. She never
submitted this material for publication, though, being too advanced.
authored seven books compiled from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on Integral
Yoga and the ideal society, along with three books of archival material and
Mother’s statement on Auroville’s early years. She is presently working at a
new book on the complete process of Integral Yoga and its triple
transformations – psychic, spiritual and supramental.
displayed seventeen exhibitions of her photographs on Matrimandir and other Auroville
subjects; and another seven on contemporary architecture and design as an
inspiration to the town to be built.
Books by Paulette Hadnagy: