Auroville, a place where the need of spirit and care for progress overpowers the satisfaction of pleasure and material enjoyments, is celebrating its Golden Jubilee year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended on February 25, 2018 the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Auroville Foundation in Viluppuram, Tamil Nadu and highlighted how Sri Aurobindo contributed towards good of the nation and humanity. Modi said that Sri Aurobindo’s vision of India’s spiritual leadership continues to inspire us, even today. Indeed, Auroville is a manifestation of that vision. Over the last five decades, it has emerged as a hub of social, cultural, educational, economic and spiritual innovation.
Auroville was founded in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa (born Blanche Rachel Mirra Alfassa), known to her followers as The Mother, who was the spiritual partner of Aurobindo, philosopher, yogi, guru and a leader of the independence movement. Auroville’s inauguration ceremony attended by over 5,000 people from across the world was held on Wednesday 28 February 1968. Earth from 114 countries was poured into an urn in the amphitheatre and the charter was read in several languages of the world. The Mother read from The Auroville Charter, hand-written in French by the Divine Mother herself, and the city of the future was born. The charter said:
Auroville, to be necessarily artistic with an emphasis on beauty; was planned as a unified, self-sustaining town, ideas that are now in vogue. It was planned with overlapping, multi-use zones, with solar energy and non-polluting, non-motorised traffic. It balanced high and low density areas to integrate green zones in city spaces.
The Mother had then said, “Earth needs a place where men can live away from all national rivalries, social conventions, and 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.”
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