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(Arts & Culture)
Smt Bombay Jayashree

Matri Arpanam - a once in a Blue Moon(*) happening. 30th August 2012. As twilight descended over the Park of Unity the candles around the stage became brighter while the fragrance of jasmine and tuberose from the flower decoration wafted ever stronger in the air. The marvel and wonder, however was the beautiful moon that hung in the sky like the quiet blessing of the Universal Mother who consented to make the evening as beautiful as possible for Her children who came to experience this special evening at the amphitheater of the Matrimandir. Read more

Tuesday, 04 September 2012
(News)
Ownerships,  Mapuche, Cherry Tree
In their last two months of activity the Auroville Council has been busy mainly with complaints related to territory issues : extensions of fences leading to disputes among Aurovilians, misuse of AV assets, non authorized construction on AV lands or by Aurovillians on their family land inside the Master Plan area. If ownership is becoming the main achievement then we are drifting away form the dream of a more conscious society. Tomorrow at 6pm at Unity Pavilion at Women's Circle Macarena will share Mapuche's Sacred Dance with the community. Read more

Monday, 11 June 2012
(News)
All India Bandh, Eclipses

Matrimandir team informs us that due to the announced All India Bandh Matrimandir will be open for meditation for Aurovillians and newcomers only from 6am to 8.30am and 4.30pm to 8pm. We are requested to bring our friends and family members on any other day. A Transit of Venus, preceded by a Lunar eclipse, is one of the rarest sights in astronomy which occur 8 years apart, each pair separated from the next by over a century, and the next pair will occur in 2117 and 2125. Partial Lunar Eclipse on 4th, Venus eclipse on 5th and 6th of June. Read more

Thursday, 31 May 2012
(Arts & Culture)
Sing, resonate

The Russian Singing Bells came to Auroville as an inspiration for the Russian Pavilion about four years ago, and ever since have been bringing special and joyful experience to many during the Sunday meditations at Unity Pavilion in International Zone. Vera, who plays on them since, felt the need for a change and brought the bells to open-outdoor space in March. That series finished with yesterday's meditation on the platform between the buildings at Town Hall, opposite Le Morgan cafe. Open and informal space allowed the bells to vibrate, and resonate peace and beauty Read more

Monday, 26 March 2012
(City Life)
Pierre Legrand and Auroville
He was involved in many different domains of Auroville and is now concentrating on his artwork. Pierre Legrand is giving us an interview about his current occupation as artist and committed member of the community and also about the struggles that he is facing. 'Sometimes I cannot understand why people fight.' Why did Pierre resign from L'Avenir? 'The problems arise because it's time for them to be solved.' What are Auroville's problems? Listen to Pierre Legrand's personal thoughts on that and on his own inner development.

Friday, 23 March 2012
(Arts & Culture)
Singing Bronze

For over last four years we have heard and participated in the Russian Bells meditation at Unity Pavilion in International Zone. Vera shares with us her thoughts and aspirations on them. As she says "During these four years a few thousand people have enjoyed these deeply resonating sounds in Auroville, and several hundred people from all the continents experienced the wonder of playing the instrument together in – this magical way and communicating through harmonious sounds, without words, without knowing each other's’ languages, in a single aspiration." Read more

Thursday, 22 March 2012
(Arts & Culture)
Holi Tango Festival in Auroville
'Tango is not just two people dancing, it is meditation in movement' The Holi Tango Festival started on the 8th of March 2012 in Auroville and will end on the 11th. Almost 100 people, coming from Auroville and outside, registered for the festival and its different workshops. Three of the very experienced teachers are giving us an interview about the dance itself and the schedule of the festival. Listen to Aurevan (Auroville), Caterina (Italy, Interview in French) and Jorge (Ecuador) as well as to the participants from different countries. Read more

Monday, 12 March 2012
(City Life)
Working Committee Update
Daniel of the working committee brings us updates on Auroville's 44th Birthday to be celebrated tomorrow, 28 February 2012, and the events line-up, hoping for peace and human unity. Daniel also gives important information on the cyclone relief situation pertaining to the cleaning up of tress, the coming-up auction of firewood, and the financials involved. As for the hot-topic of illegal buildings, he tells us about the on-going discussions with the l'Avenir and the other groups currently involved in the land protection work.

Monday, 27 February 2012
(Arts & Culture)
Solar Songs about Savitri
Based on the rhythm and inherent melody of the epic word, these simple tunes want to convey the mantric atmosphere of the solar myth about Savitri and her stories. The audience in the Savitri Bhavan center closed their eyes and followed the contemplative music as if in meditation. Aurelio: Voice and Tambura. Nadaprem: Bansuri, Viola, Computer Read more

Friday, 24 February 2012
(Arts & Culture)
Chanting for the Dragon Year
In order to celebrate the turn of the year, Tibetan students from Dharamsala let us listen to their traditional chanting in the Tibetan Pavilion. After their singing the audience was invited to join in meditation. Each year of the 12-year circle of the Chinese calendar is represented by a different animal. This wednesday was the first day of the Dragon year 2139. The day before a new year begins, Tibetans affirm their dedication to the dharma by chanting and meditating. They let go of the old and welcome the new. Read more

Thursday, 23 February 2012
(Spirituality)
Early meditation and Shraddhavan
Yesterday morning at quarter to six when the birds were still asleep, hundreds of Aurovillians and Auroville guests came to the Matrimandir amphitheatre for meditation to honor the mothers birthday. Shraddhavan who came to Auroville almost forty years ago is giving us an interview about the mothers birthday and the reasons why people are so enthusiastic about her. She is looking after Savitri Bhavan which aspires to be a center for spiritual education aiming to realize human unity. Read more

Wednesday, 22 February 2012
(Spirituality)
Seal of The Last Chapter
Dr. Prema Nandkumar talked about the growing need for humanity to break the seal of the last chapter of the play she calls the 'evolutionary destiny of man'. With stories and poems ranging from Norwegian folklore to western legends, from Indian mythology to Greek mythology, Dr Prema spoke about the meaning of the cycle of life and death, and if a total transition of the matter is possible. Finally she draws our attention to relying on the power of the soul, not science, to explore matter.

Saturday, 11 February 2012
(Arts & Culture)
Interviews at Rinpoche`s talk
Prior to Prof Samdhong Rinpoche's arrival, interviews were sought with two Tibetan exchange students Namgyal and Tsened, and Jungchup from Auroville. They were waiting at the entrance of the Tibetan Pavillion to see the rare photos of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, and his documented asylum into India and a talk delivered by Rinpoche. Each one spoke very sweetly of their experiences living in Auroville. Firstly, Namgyal covered the topic of the Mahayana discipline of meditation and, how to be a 'better man' for Tibet. Read more

Friday, 03 February 2012
(News)
Help for Matrimandir Banyan
Under the Matrimandir Banyan Tree John Harper speaks of how it looks here. Juan, professional tree pruner called in to cut the badly broken limb of the Banyan, cyclone damage. Juan offers a class in safe handling of chainsaws. All service connections in Auroville and surrounding villages without power since the cyclone struck. A total of 42 distribution transformers affected. Funding priorities: to restore Electricity, Water, Security, Access, and Shelter. Pavilion of Tibetan Culture: Lighting of Lamps and Meditation Tuesday Tuesday 7 pm. Read more

Monday, 09 January 2012
(News)
Peace, Light and Security
For tropical Cyclone Thane warning is on we can expect max sustained winds 118 km/h with stronger gusts possible. At Multimedia Center in Town Hall on Saturday 31st of December at 5pm we can see a Puppet show. Pavilion of Tibetan Culture invites us for the 2012 Light Mandala , A Prayer for Peace ar 7pm.The WC, AC and AV Security Team published special New Year Eve Message that for New Year's Eve special Security arrangements have been made. There will be a Police presence in and around the Auroville area. AV Security -9443090107, 9443362691 Read more

Thursday, 29 December 2011
(City Life)
Consensus versus voting
Attendance was sparse at yesterday's General Meeting, yet Residents' Assembly Service members Elvira and Jesse facilitated an open meeting on the topic of selection processes for new Auroville Council and Working Committee members. Points discussed: whether to select by consensus or voting...whether an in-place study group meeting regularly might work, whether to return to the 2007 process which produced good results....another ongoing process, more challenges to face. Read more

Thursday, 29 September 2011
(Spirituality)
Peace
Humanity on planet Earth spent past weekend in different gatherings, meditations, prayers ... for humanity, human unity, ecological awareness .... and of course for peace. One of those special occasion was a common gathering at the same time on three continents around three tables of peace made by George Nakashima. Irene Goldman welcomed those gathered in Moscow, Julian Lines had guests in New York and Shivaya welcomed those in Auroville. Greetings were followed by Vera playing on Russian bells and the reading of prayers and messages. Read more

Monday, 26 September 2011
(Arts & Culture)
Confluence
Neither the raging storm nor the rain stopped the music lovers from coming to Pitanga on Wednesday evening 24th of August for one of the best concerts this year. Matt, out of his love for music , put together Confluence - a concert of contemporary Indian jazz featuring Amit Heri on guitar . Beauty of songs was expressed with excellence in techinque. Love and passion for music can bring the transcendental into music. In this moment the listener is melted into energy of it, drifted away, and beside music nothing else matters any more. Read more

Thursday, 25 August 2011
(Spirituality)
Manoj Pavitran on mutation

This talk of Manoj Pavitran was part of a series of talks on the topic "mutation" that were held in February 2010. We feel that it still has a great value since we are in the middle of a world crisis that seems to bring the advent of mutation. First we hear an introduction to the three-day event on "mutation", then Aurevan is reading three poems from Anu and after Manoj Pavitran is giving a talk titled "Surrendering to change". He speaks of a poise of peace and silence and the presence of the sacred that we have to establish in ourselves. Read more

Friday, 12 August 2011
(Arts & Culture)
Evening Raga at Pitanga
Uday Bhawalkar started his rendition at Pitanga Cultural Centre with Rag Pooriya, an evening Rag. This was followed by another Rag after a short interval. The rendition was performed in two specific parts Alap and Bandish. He is one of India's foremost exponents of Hindustani vocal music in the Dhrupad tradition, the oldest existing form of Indian classical music. The nature of this music is spiritual and is based more on a sense of worship than entertainment. The music did induce a feeling of peace and contemplation in the listener. Read more

Thursday, 04 August 2011
(City Life)
Moment of Unity

Yesterday's General Meeting, one of many in the last few months, was different: we came together to listen and be heard; and togetherness and sharing took place after a silent meditation. Approaching the problematic issue of selecting a new Working Committee and new Auroville Council, it became obvious that the solution doesn't lie in any mental exercise, but in the practice of unity. It happened: a unique moment of unity, expressing a solution that most felt comfortable with, to be presented at a future Residents AssemblyRead more

Wednesday, 20 July 2011
(Spirituality)
Lotus Pond Reflections
Sunday morning, hot summer day, Matrimandir...Sitting quietly beneath the inner chamber, next to lotus pond one can hear chirping birds, accompanied by the wind finding its way trough all four sides of the sky, and by the gentle sound of water cascading down over the lotus petals toward the small crystal ball. Timeless and yet so present, one might drift in a sweet oblivion of a peaceful moment... Read more

Saturday, 02 July 2011
(News)
Burning Sky
Tomorrow it will be Sagittarius full moon, and on that night more than half the world will have the opportunity to watch one of the darkest Lunar eclipses. This will be the darkest lunar eclipse in almost 100 years as the centres of the Sun, the Earth and the Moon would nearly be on one straight line. For that and also other reasons many on the planet will use this time to meditate and work on specific regions. One might be purging the alter ego and the energies of control, manipulation and dominance; removing the fear of Fire, the fear of the Power of Light and the Fear of Union. The Moon is about change and she is often a trigger to set things in motion that have been "lounging in the wings" waiting for a call to action. Auroville Council and Working Committee want to clarify that the so called "selection process for the renewal of AVC and WC through ballot", which was recently announced by a self appointed group, is not according to the process approved by the Residents' Assembly in 2007 and therefore is not recognized as valid. The AVC and the WC regret that division and confusion is being created and whether or not the feelings of dissatisfaction are legitimate, processes that have been approved by the larger community cannot be ignored. As announced by AVC in the News & Notes of 11/06/2011, a new Residents' Assembly Service will be formed after the two weeks feed back period and this new RA Service will undertake the steps required to implement whatever process the community as a whole endorses. Read more

Tuesday, 14 June 2011
(News)
Remembering Bhavana
To remember dear Bhavana Auroville Village Action Group (AVAG) would like to invite you this Saturday, to join them for a little get together to remember our great friend Bhavana Dee. On 11th of June it will be one month since she left her body. They would like to meditate together and if there are people who want to speak and remember her in a group, they would be very happy to provide the space for it. They want to connect Aurovilians, villagers and everybody else, who would like to join, in an open gathering and sharing about Bhavana. Please feel free to join them between 10 am and 11.30 am at the AVAG- Campus in Irumbai. An announcement From the News desk which says that Owing to the resignation of the main News& Notes messenger, the Messenger Service will be reduced drastically in the coming weeks. As a consequence we will also be short of delivery staff from July 1st. Every community is requested to install a covered mail box on the main gate for receiving the weekly News copies. There will be no more door-to-door delivery. Read more

Thursday, 09 June 2011
(City Life)
Time for Action
Follow up (of General Meeting from Wednesday 1st of June, follow up from 25th of May, 18th April...)on Tuesday 7th of June at SAWCHU was a clear expression from all participants that this is the time for action, because the mandate of Working Committee and Auroville Council is about to end on 22nd of June. For that reason the election process for new members of both should start, as well the new members of Resident Assembly Service should be elected, since its function is to facilitate meetings, and held communication between Working Committee, Auroville Council and residents. Read more

Wednesday, 08 June 2011
(Spirituality)
The Force of Consciousness

We talked with Loretta, who is going to the USA in a week.  Following her line of service to the Mother, she is invited to lecture in California.  When you serve something, its vibration becomes part of you.  Serving Mother means receiving her consciousness.  Loretta received an inner push to lecture. This started with five talks on the Supramental Transformation connected with her recent exhibition.  Eight presentations in seven weeks will include four of these talks, a talk on Savitri, a question/answer session on Auroville, and a talk to children.  She will speak at the AUM Conference in Lodi, the California Institute of Integral Studies and the Cultural Integration Fellowship in San Fransisco, the East/West Cultural Center in Los Angeles, and Meditation Mount in Ojai. Read more

Friday, 03 June 2011
(Arts & Culture)
Organic Bahams Concert
Organic Bahams- gave their first ever concert on Thursday 12th at the SAWCHU, Bharat Nivas. Visitors impulses were rattled by the list of songs and overlapping genres of the diverse performance filled with talent and humor. Our dear friend Gino also used the opportunity to unveil his love for percussion. His rhythmic and restless hands ensured an upbeat flow of the evening. Enjoy the ranging aptitude of guitarist and singer Jasleen from New Delhi and Girish from Bangalore, percussionist and Aurovillian Gino and body percussionist Nachi from Tamil Nadu. From Punjabi, Hindi, French, English, Traditional and Pop, there is a little piece for everyone to love and cherish.

Friday, 13 May 2011
(News)
Sufi and Football
If last week passed in Earth Day-Week spirit, this one will be mostly in Sufi since the visiting guest Sufi musician Latif Bolat prepared many lectures, which are all followed by concerts. Latif is a very serious and advanced Sufi scholar. And on Saturday at 8pm he and Parvathy Baul will give a concert at Sri Aurobindo Auditorium Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture with tittle "Songs from the heart beyond borders." In today's news we feature also interview with Johnny and children about wacky Earth Day Parade, and with Satyen about fund raising tournament for the football field at Aurodhan on Saturday at 8am. Read more

Tuesday, 26 April 2011
(City Life)
More Transformation for Children
Last week AurovilleRadio broadcast Loretta's talk on transformation to sixty fourth graders from Transition School. A second talk to a second group of sixty fourth graders called out a very different style of lecture, with different stories for different children. Swaha and Martin's classes were more serious and concentrated, Loretta reports. In the wonderful way things happen in Auroville, their lecture automatically tailored itself for their way of learning. This time. Anu and Paula's classes were more light hearted and lively, and their lecture came with a very different energy. Did these sixty lively children sit still and listen to the subject which adults say they can't understand? Nobody moved. You could have heard a pin drop in the room. Read more

Tuesday, 26 April 2011
(City Life)
Transformation for Fourth Graders

What are the mysterious words "Supramental Transformation? Sixty fourth grade children came to the Supramental Transformation exhibition at Savitri Bhavan to hear Loretta explain. Will children of 9-10 years remain quiet and listen to a subject which adults say they can't understand? Every child remained attentive, and they really learned what the words mean. Then they heard the story of The Mother's experience on the Supramental Ship. When the children walked freely through the exhibition they felt very much at home. Read more

Friday, 22 April 2011
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