Last updated: 10 May, 2023

Mali of Utility (Rafael Vázquez Corona)

On Monday 24 April, long ago pioneer Mali, born Rafael Vázquez Corona, left his body in Spain.

As Alfonso of AVI Spain wrote to us:

The Mother herself gave him his name. Mexican by origin, he was Ashramite and Aurovilian and by the Mother's mandate, he founded the Utilité community.

Those who knew him will have their pros and cons about him, but never indifference. The Sri Aurobindo Center in Barcelona has sent us a video where Mali recites, in Spanish, the poem ‘The Triumph Song of Trishuncou’.

One of the lines of the Trishuncou poem by Sri Aurobindo is “My spirit shall avoid the hungry tomb…” Knowing Mali’s exuberant energy and undaunting spirit, he may have gone far beyond indeed.

Our warmest salutations to an old comrade on the path.


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