At Auroville nothing belongs to anyone in particular.
All is collective property.
To be utilised with my blessings for the welfare of all.
I have been writing this paper with the same spirit I have been trained for to do research on history at a Northern Italian university, with no preconceived ideas, letting the documents speak for themselves. This last research is but a continuation of all the research work on the Mother's true Auroville that I have been pursuing since 1985 when first I joined Auroville, coming from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. In spite of initial difficulties in going through legal jargon, the more I read the Auroville Foundation Act the more I found striking similarities to the atmosphere of the archival documents drafted under Mother's guidance. I have arranged, in chronological order, all the material I have so far gathered on Auroville as forerunner to the ideal society, and it appears to be in perfect harmony with the Auroville Foundation Act.
Many of the Mother's texts that I am presenting come from “Auroville Prosperity”, a compilation of the Mother's messages and archival material revolving around the theme of the ‘in kind' economic system that she instituted in June 1968, three months after founding Auroville; the emphasis was upon minimum needs, as one would expect in a truly spiritual society. Sponsored by the Working Committee of the Residents' Assembly, on January 1 st , 2000, this compilation was distributed for free to the entire community as a vision for the new millennium. Other texts come from one of the Matrimandir trustees, Gilles Guigan's compilation consisting of all available statements by the Mother, as well as all the archival documents and publications still available. Some of the texts presented in the chapter “The Avatar's model town” are a re-working of the introduction and concluding parts that I wrote for the “Auroville Prosperity” compilation.
This and related issues are going to be an integral part of the research to be published in my fifth book of the series on the ideal society, compiling from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother; this time focusing on the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville. Besides the Mother's statements I will present archival documents that have been approved and blessed by her.
I am submitting this work with infinite gratitude to the Mother, as well as to all those who have made possible the coming into existence of The Auroville Foundation Act, and to the Parliament of India for passing it. I recognise the Act as the Mother's guidelines taking legal form, as binding legally as the Mother's original statements are spiritually. It is for us Aurovilians to honor such lofty premises in respect to the Mother's vision and will, of which the Act is but the legal representation .
Note: Often the quotes have been reproduced in several publications; in this case the reference is taken from the most well-known. The parts in italic refer to someone other than the Mother.
C O N T E N T S
THE GOVERNMENT TAKING OVER
The Auroville Foundation Act..... 4
Rules: a major addition to the Act..... 8
The Act and its Rules in the light of Mother’s guidelines..... 10
THE MOTHER: NO PRIVATE PROPERTY, NO PRIVATE PROFIT!
Mother’s guidelines on industries and economic activities..... 12
The yoga of wealth..... 21
THE AVATAR’S MODEL TOWN
The vision..... 24
Towards the ideal society..... 27
The true guidelines: the Mother’s..... 30
A first embryo of communal life within Mother’s vision..... 31
Apprenticeship for the Auroville consciousness..... 32
THE “AUROVILLE PROSPERITY” SERVICE:
MINIMUM NEEDS, IN KIND!..... 33
THE SPIRIT OF THE “AUROVILLE PROSPERITY”..... 47
NO SERVANTS, NO PAID WORKERS: INTEGRATION..... 60
Some powers of the Governing Board..... 66
Powers and duties of the Secretary..... 67
Introducing the Auroville Foundation Bill
to the Parliament of India..... 68
The role of industries in Mother’s vision..... 70
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