Category Archives: Pioneers
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 viz 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, Library of Evolution or the publication of her books. We wish many more delightful years to come for us, with Bhaga. OM!!!
On December 5th, Francois and Rakhal projected the 2nd part of Shyama's (Certitude) interview. This is an extremely moving movie as Shyama recounts the very beginnings of Auroville, her unique relationship with the Mother, the death of the first Auroson and the birth of the second one, as well as her insights into Auroville today. Shyama had seven children and her life, courage and strength are an inspiration to all. The 5th of December is Sri Aurobindo's Mahasamadhi and it is a fitting day as Shyama, the name given by the Mother, is one of Krishna's names.
The earliest settlers on the land of Auroville: Debora and Bob. Listen to Debora reminisce about those days, back in 1968....Forecomers is the name Mother gave to that area and Debora and Bob were those pioneers to come first. Under primitive conditions they built a basic strructure on an arid plain overlooking a canyon, chosen for its beauty. Water was delivered daily by truck which meant boiling it for drinking as well as learning to bathe with perhaps two cups of the precious commodity, until a bore well was prepared. Debora, visiting Auroville today, finds the present living conditions indeed luxurious compared to 40 years ago. She also describes meeting the Mother.
The new season of Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of India, International Zone has started last night with amazing performance Embracing the Planet. We follow the story of misplaced San bushman who was denied for the birthright of using his mother tongue. Lost in his life journey gets across of a spirit, who becomes his guide on the path of reconnection to the thread of light. Performes supported by rich video imagery are along with the audience, totally immerse in the incredible sound which , either we want it or not, affects with its frequencies our bodies, minds, and completes the universal story ... What have we done? ...in the name of civilization and the progress? ..... what is one's mission on this planet? ....
Excellent performance is a fruition of collaboration and work of many
Philippe Pelen Baldini - author, artistic director, choreographer, director
Thierry Moucazambo - assistant director, performer, choreographer,
Irven Morapedi Teme - performer, choreographer,
Jemremy Roske - musician, performer
Vania - sound, music and sound tracks
Eric Angels - video creator
Jean - light
Joshua - sound
Kiran - costumes
Riju - organisation
The San bush people of the Africa desert believed we are each connected by a thread of light to the stars, nature and all life. Their wisdom says - when the thread is cute, we suffer, what they call "star sickness". We are left disoriented , isolated and alone - breeding anger, fear, greed and separation... Can we find this lost thread of light? Can we connect once again, to our cosmic roots?
Shraddhavan is the Sanskrit name given by the Mother, in June 1972,' to an English woman who joined Auroville in 1970 and has lived here ever since. After studying English Language and Literature at Bristol University in the U.K. she travelled extensively in Europe, Asia and Australia before coming to Auroville. Here, she works as an educator, translator, editor and writer. Several of her poems, stories, essays and book reviews have been published in the Ashram journal Mother India as well as in Heritage magazine.
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.
The Pavilion of French Culture shows, at regular intervals, video interviews with Aurovilians who knew the Mother. Screenings take place at Cinema Paradiso, Town Hall. As Rakhal explains, until today 25 interviews have been recorded, with more to be done. Rakhal and Francois Gautier are working on them, and, as Rakhal says, in general it is very touchy to record these testimonial reflections on the past and future development of Auroville. At the same time, the interviews are vivid documents of the growth that has happened.
What if the permanent changes which we all think is permanent, in just words? What if we can undo the changes and restore the initial structure. Here comes an interesting conversation with the pioneer, Guy Ryckert, from the Quiet Healing Center and Rajen Parekh, representing PondyCAN. They explain the root causes of the problem on Puducherry - Tamil Nadu coast line and present the soft solutions that can be implemented, only if everyone's full attention and approval lies within the both sides of the coin.