Category Archives: City Life
This CAT's meet (Creating Auroville Together) was on the most crucial topic to Auroville, which are the volunteers. As someone once said, without volunteers there would be no Auroville. And for this utmost important service of facilitating the volunteers, we have the SAVI service. SAVI had created this CAT's meet and gave a heart touching presentation on the workings of SAVI to support the volunteers and also an insight into the contribution volunteers are literally making into the Auroville lifestyle, with an underscore that they are being perhaps taken for granted rather than cherished. Who were the first set of Aurovillians, the Volunteers! SAVI team through its members gave a presentation based on facts and figures about their day-to-day working and in a unique manner invited an entire array of real-time sharing from existing volunteers, something the audience could relate to. SAVI pointed out about the stringent rules of the visa process and also some of the rules of Auroville community are not so encouraging for volunteers. They with proper projections proved the actual accounted contribution done by volunteers which is more than 3.5 crores, and a question was naturally left imposing to the participating community members, why so are volunteers preferred lesser than visiting guest in terms of housing and contributions? In simple words why are the volunteers often found in hardships and how can we create resources which give the message of Auroville being a Volunteerland, WELCOME VOLUNTAIRE'. To download the presentation PPT - click here
Presentation by the core group, selected to come up with 'Terms of Reference' which will further enable the Auroville Council, and the community on the whole in fulfilling this daunting task of re-structuring the Town Planning & Development Council (TDC). Last year, the Auroville council was asked to facilitate a process to restructure the TDC, the core group working on this comprised of Martin, Sauro, Pashi, Shama, Suhasini, Mamta, Elvira, Lionel and Christiane. The presentation was fully loaded with useful content and consist of guidelines through which restructuring of TDC could be accomplished. The depth of the content and the importance of this procedure saw the meeting going into overtime with only a few people ready to leave this discussion midway. A lot of healthy debate and constructive insights were offered by the members of the community attending the presentation. The group had invited a special artist to create infographics (www.weibkekodi.de) to help break down the heavy content and had created many posters and charts to help envision the key points in reference and the overall presentation was concise. But a point noted by Sauro was, "in the meeting too much time was used in discussing the organization and selection process rather than the content" but maybe that underscores the people's intimate involvement and keen sense for details for restructuring of one of our most important working group, which will directly be responsible in shaping our future in Auroville. To download the PDF presentation click here
Bhaga arrived in Auroville in 1972 and since then has been a pioneering force in Auroville's various aspect. We met up with Bhaga, a day before her birthday which is on 23 February to chat with her and wish her best wishes for the coming year. In a delightful exchange of thoughts, Bhaga chose to speak more about her favorite topic 'Auroville' than her personal being. She speaks about her life in Aurovile past, present, future and deeply reflects upon what it means to have true collaboration between people who have come to Auroville, to manifest Auroville. Bhaga as always speaks her heart out frankly and courageously to not overlook her own participation in bringing the change in human consciousness. Many sweet memories of the past were also cherished and future aspiration mentioned, listening to her helps in going into deep awareness of presence of the divine and brings consciousness into our being, much like her work, workshops on cellular consciousness, Labarotary of Evolution or the publication of her books.
We wish many more delightful years to come for us, with Bhaga. OM!!!
A series of Two Talks by Loretta, Part 1.
Loretta speaks of the inner and outer lives and the inner and outer work of Sri Aurobindo and Mother. She tells about Mother's early realizations as a child, and Sri Aurobindo's realizations before he came to Pondicherry. Throughout all of this history she tells of the great Love they have for the world, for humanity, and she shows us what great Beings came here to bring the new force.
CAT10- was organized on Mother's birthday to reflect on the 'Joy of building a green universal township: Auroville'. Luigi and team had created this presentation based on the vision of the Mother of an eco-friendly city the Earth needs. It was a very harmonious presentation and was explained in much detail to inspire deeper insights. An innovative presentation style, with 4 panelist from various fields and having pioneering experience in Auroville, to discuss and comment on the presentation content as it moved along from topic to topic. Due to late start, the presentation was cut short but the passion and enthusiasm with which Luigi and panelists presented was abundant. There were many aspects to take away from this presentation, like the suggestion to 'remove the internal fences between communities to concretely foster human unity ' or to increase the use of creepers in a maximum effect manner or use applied research in making internal spaces, external facades and terraces more energy efficient in order to develop greener landscapes including vegetables cultivation. The entire evening and the audience response was very pleasant, ideal to discuss Mother's vision in action. Thank you Luigi, the panelists, the participants and the 'CAT's' to co-create this safe space of reflection on what holds Auroville to the past and what opens to the future.
"The solar light is the symbol of the supra-mental light " - The Mother said Varuna is shining bright like the sun, so to speak. A Genaral Meeting was organized by Varuna and TDC to discuss the revised site application for the Solar Plant, it has proposed for Auroville. The meeting was packed with people from Auroville, obviously demonstrating the magnitude of this project. The Solar Power Plant, which proposes to take care of the electrical needs of the entire community for 50,000 future inhabitants of Auroville, had come across a kind of road block regarding the location of the site it had been allocated earlier. The matter was pending and was needed to be addressed by the residents along with the groups involved. In the spirit of Auroville, where mutual respect is above personal ambition, the Varuna team, made ingenious amendments and by the end of their presentation, the general feeling was that they have found out a way to keep the balance in opinions and integrity of their project intact. Much kudos to Varuna for envisioning such a remarkable project along with the state of the art desalination plant and the uphill power storage project all of which are discussed in detail in the presentation. Very soon Varuna can expect list of recommendation for site application from TDC after which it will follow its general procedure and will be posted in the News&Notes for mandatory two weeks notice and if all goes well, finally commence work on this new land for the project. All we can say is, let the force be with you. To download the presentation pdf, please click here.