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Sri Aurobindo – principles of true teaching

“The business of both parent and teacher is to enable and to help the child to educate himself, to develop his own intellectual, moral, aesthetic and practical capacities and to grow freely as an organic being, not to be kneaded and pressured into form like an inert plastic material” – Sri Aurobindo – The Human Cycle Published in JuneContinue reading “Sri Aurobindo – principles of true teaching”

The Mothers founding principles of Auroville

Auroville

The founding principles of Auroville are as follows: “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. AurovilleContinue reading “The Mothers founding principles of Auroville”

The Methods and Teachings of Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo developed an education system which is popularly known as integral education. Integral Education aims at bringing about change not merely in the society but primarily in the human behaviour or nature itself. Therefore it seeks to help the individual as follows: 1. To develop an integrate personality of both the pupil & theContinue reading “The Methods and Teachings of Sri Aurobindo”

150th birth anniversary year of Sri Aurobindo: ‘Govt committed to helping in Auroville expansion plan’

Founded in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa – known as ‘The Mother’ – Auroville currently has a population of 3200 people, with the Auroville Foundation owning 3,300 acres of land. A plan, known as the Galaxy Plan, envisages a city of 50,000 residents. The government is committed to expanding Auroville into a ‘city’ in line withContinue reading “150th birth anniversary year of Sri Aurobindo: ‘Govt committed to helping in Auroville expansion plan’”

The 144th Anniversary of The Mother’s Birthday

Monday 21st February 2022 The 144th Anniversary of The Mother’s Birthday Mother is the most sacred word in the world, and it’s a special emotion for a woman to be a called a mother. But it’s an eternal boon for someone to be called mother by the entire world and Mira Alfassa was one such woman toContinue reading “The 144th Anniversary of The Mother’s Birthday”

150 Universities Should Be Involved In Writing Papers On Sri Aurobindo’s Life: Prime Minister

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday suggested that 150 universities across the country should be involved in writing papers on different aspects of spiritual leader Sri Aurobindo’s life and philosophy to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary. Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested that 150 universities across the country should be involved in writing papers on differentContinue reading “150 Universities Should Be Involved In Writing Papers On Sri Aurobindo’s Life: Prime Minister”

A look at India’s first modernist building, Golconde in Pondicherry

This is the first reinforced-concrete structure in India, predating Chandigarh’s and Ahmedabad’s modern architecture. Golconde in Pondicherry was completed in 1945. It was built as a dormitory for members—ashramites, as they are called—of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. It might be easily overlooked from the street, but walk through the singular discreet wooden door with aContinue reading “A look at India’s first modernist building, Golconde in Pondicherry”

Guiding Light: The drive of desire and the spiritual path

Most men are, like animals, driven by the forces of Nature: Whatever desires come, they fulfil them, whatever emotions come they allow them to play, whatever physical wants they have, they try to satisfy. We say then that the activities and feelings of men are controlled by their Prakriti, and mostly by the vital andContinue reading “Guiding Light: The drive of desire and the spiritual path”

Documentary on Auroville’s afforestation project to be screened at ChangeNow summit.

‘I am excited and proud that my film will be screening alongside Sir David Attenborough’s new documentary Breaking Boundaries,’ says Aurovillian Christoph Pohl. Aurovillian Christoph Pohl’s documentary Ever Slow Green, which tells the story of Auroville’s unique afforestation project that took root on an eroded desert plateau in Villupuram district, has been officially selected for screening at the prestigiousContinue reading “Documentary on Auroville’s afforestation project to be screened at ChangeNow summit.”

Spiritual violence and the divine revolution of Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

In 1879, a young Indian boy arrived in England from Calcutta (now Kolkata), in the state of Bengal, sent by his father to receive a British education. Aurobindo Ghosh showed enormous promise and would go on to receive a scholarship to study classics at King’s College, Cambridge. By the time he had moved back toContinue reading “Spiritual violence and the divine revolution of Sri Aurobindo Ghosh”

In Sri Aurobindo’s poetry, a vision for spiritual consciousness

‘Kavi’ does not just mean ‘poet’. In classical Sanskrit, the term was used for any maker of prose or verse. In Vedic times, it had an even simpler definition—anyone who saw and sang. It is with this context that viewers were introduced to ‘Sri Aurobindo—The Kavi’, a webinar event conducted Friday by Sri Aurobindo FoundationContinue reading “In Sri Aurobindo’s poetry, a vision for spiritual consciousness”

Comprehensive and up to date botanical survey of Merveille and its surrounding area, Pondicherry

The Sri Aurobindo Trust sponsored a comprehensive study into the botanical survey of Merveille and its surrounding area, Pondicherry. Main GoalThe present study meets two objectives: Identifying the plant species, preparing and publishing a photographic flora Distribution map of endemic and RET species found in Merveille, extending to thePondicherry Bio-region. Output As a result ofContinue reading “Comprehensive and up to date botanical survey of Merveille and its surrounding area, Pondicherry”

The Ashram

The ashram

Created in 1926, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram has grown, under the Mother’s guidance, from a small group of a small group of disciples into a diverse community of almost 2,000 members. Counting the 400 students of the Centre of Education and the hundreds of devotees who live close to the Ashram, the larger community consistsContinue reading “The Ashram”

Sri Aurobindo Exhibition

Sri Aurobindo

The exhibition “Sri Aurobindo & The Mother, The Advent of a New World” was created as a permanent exhibition for the Auroville Visitors Center in 2014.Conceived as a meditative journey through Sri Aurobindo’s and The Mother’s vision and action, it displays some of their most essential and inspiring texts,and it is illustrated with photos andContinue reading “Sri Aurobindo Exhibition”

The Spirit of Auroville Exhibition

The Spitit Of Auroville

The permanent exhibition ‘Auroville, The City the Earth Needs’ has been created on the occasion of Auroville’s fiftieth birthday and was inaugurated on the 28th of February 2018.Conceived as an exploration of the Auroville’s Charter and it’s four main themes — Karma Yoga, Unending Education, The Cradle of a New World and Human Unity —,itContinue reading “The Spirit of Auroville Exhibition”

Divine Ananda

Sri Aurobindo

The yoga we practice is not for ourselves alone, but for the Divine; its aim is to work out the will of the Divine in the world, to effect a spiritual transformation and to bring down a divine nature and a divine life into the mental, vital and physical nature and life of humanity.

Letters on Yoga

Letters on Yoga

“The spiritual life (adhyatma-jivana), the religious life (dharma-jivana) and the ordinary human life of which morality is a part are three quite different things and one must know which one desires and not confuse the three together.

Sri Aurobindo and the Earth’s Future

Earth

Sometimes a great wandering Thought sees the ages still unaccomplished, seizes the Force in its eternal flow and precipitates upon earth the powerful vision, which is like a power of realizing what it sees. The world is a vision becoming real. Indeed its past and its present are not the result of an obscure impulse coming from the womb of time, of a slow accumulation of sediments which little by little mold us—and stifle us and imprison us. It is the powerful golden attraction of the future which draws us in spite of ourselves, as the sun draws the lotus from the mud, and forces us to a glory greater than any our mud or efforts or present triumphs could have foreseen or created.

Auroville Afforestation Schemes

Auroville Afforestation Schemes

Today it’s difficult to pick up any publication without reading about the state of the environment. But the first Aurovilians, struggling in the late sixties, early seventies to gain a foothold on a scorched and almost barren plateau in south India, did not agonise over pH-levels, the destruction of the ozone layer or the greenhouse effect. They had no choice. They dug, they planted, they watered. And this basic, uncomplicated approach, taken up by many others and refined over the years, has made Auroville what it is today – a comparatively green and pleasant land which is the indispensable physical base for its dreams and its experiments.

To be a True Aurovilian…

David Klammer Matrimandir Auroville

The first necessity is the inner discovery in order to know what one truly is behind social, moral, cultural, racial and hereditary appearances.
At the centre there is a being free, vast and knowing, who awaits our discovery and who ought to become the active centre of our being and our life in Auroville.

Looking for Trustees

People Coffee Meeting Team

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who have a passion for the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. We are keen to recruit those who may have some interest in charity, education or similar. Enthusiasm and the ability to think creatively, working alongside a small Trustee Board and Senior Management Team.

SOAS University Partnership Agreeement

SOAS University Partnership Agreement

SOAS, University of London has formally signed a new partnership agreement with the Sri Aurobindo Trust in order to launch a brand new module – ‘Modern Indian Philosophy with a focus on the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother’. Sri Aurobindo Trust Dr Erica Hunter; Professor Nirmala Rao; Pruthvish Patel, Sri Aurobindo Trust TreasurerContinue reading “SOAS University Partnership Agreeement”