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”