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Auroville: A Beacon of Humanity and Global Unity

  • Auroville: A Global Experiment in Unity and Equality
  • Embracing Diversity: The Multinational Community of Auroville
  • Beyond Borders: Auroville’s Vision of Humanity as Religion
  • Citizenship and Commitment: Becoming an Aurovilian
  • Governing for the Greater Good: The Leadership of Auroville
  • Auroville Today: Nurturing Peace and Progress for Tomorrow’s World

Auroville : Auroville, nestled near Puducherry in Tamil Nadu, stands as a beacon of brotherhood and unity, transcending boundaries of caste, creed, and nationality. Founded on February 28, 1968, by Mother Meera Alfassa, the spiritual associate of Maharishi Aurobindo, Auroville embodies the vision of establishing humanity, human unity, and equality.

This experimental city, the world’s first of its kind, is a testament to the power of collective endeavor and shared purpose. With its population comprising approximately three thousand residents from 56 countries, including France, Germany, Italy, America, Russia, Spain, Britain, Switzerland, Israel, and South Korea, Auroville exemplifies the spirit of inclusivity and diversity.

In Auroville, humanity reigns supreme, serving as the unifying force that binds its inhabitants together. The absence of temples, mosques, churches, or gurudwaras underscores the city’s commitment to a formless God, who serves as the foundation of all existence.

The process of becoming a resident of Auroville underscores its commitment to fostering a sense of community and shared responsibility. Prospective residents are required to volunteer in the city for two years, with their contributions evaluated by a committee before being granted permanent residency.

Governed by a Governing Board under the Union Ministry of Education, Auroville is guided by the vision set forth by Mother Meera Alfassa. Dr. Jayanti S. Ravi, Foundation Secretary, emphasizes that Auroville is designed to be a global beacon of peace and progress, transcending barriers of caste, politics, and nationality.

The establishment of Auroville was a collaborative effort supported by 124 countries, with representatives from each nation contributing soil during its inception. Guided by a four-point manifesto, Auroville stands as a testament to collective ownership, serving as a center for physical and spiritual research aimed at fostering true human unity.

As Auroville continues to evolve, it remains steadfast in its commitment to promoting humanity, global unity, and shared prosperity. With its doors open to individuals from all corners of the world, Auroville stands as a living testament to the timeless principles of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – the world is one family.

By Sanjay Tuteja