The community is well known among travelers visiting the Indian subcontinent. And it seems to be a curious hybrid of the old and the new. Young Indian artists pursue careers in film and video production there, while international seekers use it as a retreat center for meditation and alternative community living.
The Mother had this to say during her first public address about Pondicherry:
Auroville is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity.¹
Meanwhile, Lonely Planet’s TV host Justine Shapiro visited Auroville and seemed to imply that it was a haven for foreigners seeking enlightenment while exploiting local laborers. Whether or not this is a fair assessment remains unclear.
On the Web:
- “Scenes from the documentary Journey To The City of Dawn based in Auroville, India produced by Paul Kakert of edpvideo.com and Storytellers International. Visit the film’s website at http://www.cityofdawn.com.”
- Puducherry (inabookreviews.wordpress.com)
- Sri Aurobindo’s influence on Russians (auromere.wordpress.com)
- Art, the Auroville way (thehindu.com)
- “Auroville” to the Midlands : Humanity (houseofhealingmidlands.wordpress.com)
- The Collaborators Meet (uniquelearnerinitiative.wordpress.com)
- Widening our Mind: a Necessity for Conscious Evolution (labofevolution.wordpress.com)
- Isis, about ‘Africa in Evolution’ (labofevolution.wordpress.com)
- Laboratory of Evolution: Report from Bhaga for 2011-2012 (labofevolution.wordpress.com)
- Pondicherry – A Conglomerate of Peace and Amity (swastikverma.wordpress.com)