The Mother on Auroville
One of the main aims of the Auroville experiment is to undergo an inner change within oneself, and to make Auroville into a model where material and spiritual solutions to the difficulties of humanity can be constructively researched. To facilitate this the Mother has given a set of practical guiding principles:
Greetings from Auroville to all men of good will. Are invited to Auroville all those who thirst for progress and aspire to a higher and truer life.
Earth needs a place where men can live away from all national rivalries, social conventions, self-contradictory moralities and contending religions; a place where human beings, freed from all slavery to the past, can devote themselves wholly to the discovery and practice of the Divine Consciousness that is seeking to manifest. Auroville wants to be this place and offers itself to all who aspire to live the Truth of tomorrow.
Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity.
Auroville wants to be the first realisation of human unity based on the teaching of Sri Aurobindo, where men of all countries would be at home.
Auroville is meant to hasten the advent of supramental Reality upon earth. The help of all those who find that the world is not as it ought to be is welcome.
Conditions for Living in Auroville:
From the psychological point of view, the required conditions are: (1) To be convinced of the essential unity of mankind and to have the will to collaborate for the material realisation of that unity; (2) To have the will to collaborate in all that furthers future realisations. The material conditions will be worked out as the realisation proceeds.
Humanity is not the last rung of the terrestrial creation. Evolution continues and man will be surpassed. It is for each individual to know whether he wants to participate in the advent of this new species. For those who are satisfied with the world as it is, Auroville obviously has no reason to exist.
It is true that to live in Auroville a great progress of consciousness has to be made. But the moment has come when this progress is possible.
Auroville is the ideal place for those who want to know the joy and liberation of no longer having any personal possessions.
It is not for comfort and satisfaction of desires that one comes to Auroville; it is for the growth of consciousness and consecration to the Truth that has to be realised. Unselfishness is the first need to participate in the creation of Auroville.
Auroville is for those who want to live a life essentially divine but who renounce all religions whether they be ancient, modern, new or future.
I want to insist on the fact that this will be an experiment, it is for making experiments - experiments, researches, studies.
Auroville wants to shelter people happy to be in Auroville. Those who are dissatisfied ought to return to the world where they can do what they want and where there is place for everybody.
A relationship that is not only cordial but friendly with the inhabitants of the neighbouring village is absolutely indispensable. For the realisation of Auroville the first step is to establish a true human fraternity - any shortcoming in this regard is a grave mistake which can compromise the whole work.
Drugs are prohibited in Auroville. If there are any who take them, they do it deceitfully. The ideal Aurovilian, eager to become conscious of the Divine Consciousness, takes neither tobacco, nor alcohol, nor drugs.
Q. What political organisation do you want for Auroville ?
An amusing definition occurs to me: a divine anarchy. But the world will not understand. Men must become conscious of their psychic being and organise themselves spontaneously, without fixed rules and laws - that is the ideal. For this one must be in contact with one's psychic being, one must be guided by it and the ego's authority and influence must disappear.
Q. To what extent does the building of Auroville depend on man's acceptance of spirituality?
The opposition between spirituality and material life, the division between the two, has no meaning for me, for in truth life and the spirit are one and it is in and by physical work that the highest spirit must manifest.
Q. Is Auroville the only solution to the misery of mankind and the disorders of society?
Not the only solution. It is a centre of transformation, a small nucleus of men who are transforming themselves and setting an example to the world. This is what Auroville hopes to be. As long as egoism and bad will exist in the world, a general transformation is impossible.
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