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(Spirituality)
Auroville Round
The program 'Matter Precipitates... It is in a hurry to transform itself' by Sri Aurobindo Centre for Studies... India and the World, concluded with the 'Auroville Round'. It was a session open to all to come together and share their perceptions of how to take the next steps towards creating a new collective space. Aurovillians, scientists, philosophers, researchers, followers of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and curious tourists, who had attended all or some parts of the program got together to share their learnings and experiences.

Sunday, 12 February 2012
(Spirituality)
A Conscious Collective
Deepti Tewari has been in Auroville since she was 16. She has read the Mother and Sri Aurobindo extensively and has achieved much clarity on their ideas of the 'earth consciousness'. Today she shared with us her understanding of the 'type of consciousness' that Auroville was built on, and the consciousness that Aurovillians perhaps need now. Auroville was built to be a psychological garden of harmony, sweetness and beauty, she says, but it can be that only if we renounce our egos and let the 'collective realization' take over.

Sunday, 12 February 2012
(Education)
Activities at AVI Centres
At the end of the Auroville International Meeting 2012 we heard what AVI Centres actually do, how many active members they have, what is their focus and their aspirations. AVI Germany, USA, UK.... are one of the largest ones, with several activities and also considerable donation to Auroville for different purposes and projects. Today the number of AVI Centres is growing, adding to the family of centres supporting Aurovillie ideals and work all over the world. Soon we will have liaison of Turkey, Haiti, Hungary, Ethiopia.... joining us. Read more

Sunday, 12 February 2012
(Spirituality)
The Visionary Element
Dr. Chris Macann, a philosopher, first explains that it's crucial to know 'whose' vision we subscribe to in our understanding of the world. He goes on to draw comparisons between the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo and that of the French philosopher Henri-Louis Bergson on the 'visionary element in human thinking', and the 'Ladder of Being' (i.e. matter / life / consciousness / self consciousness). He then proposes an alteration in the ladder, that of replacing 'matter' with 'nature', and explains what can be made possible with this change.

Saturday, 11 February 2012
(Spirituality)
Right Action
Devdip Ganguli reflects on dilemma around 'right action' - how to evaluate an action as right or wrong? In the context of solutions provided over the ages, such as codes, testaments and religious principles, Devdip uses some very interesting anecdotes and letters written by the Mother to present her view on this issue and her strong belief in a person's inner sense to take decisions. Devdip concludes that 'right action' is what is inspired from the highest light available to us at that time. Read more

Saturday, 11 February 2012
(Spirituality)
Creative Chaos
Uma Haimavati, founder of a design unit at Auroville, shares her experiences of being in Auroville and of the inspirations that the Mother provides her. After experiencing 'extreme vulnerability' during the recent cyclone Thane, Uma's past experience was reinforced that 'creativity' must apply itself to human unity in order to counter the feeling of nullness that arises after a disaster. She strongly believes 'knowledge would be delivered at the doorstep of action,' and looks forward to humanity arriving at its best composite for the future.

Saturday, 11 February 2012
(Spirituality)
A Matter of Matter

Georges Van Vrekhem, as a physicist, curiously observes that 'matter is weird stuff'. With interesting examples and clarity, he compares the general religious view of matter or the human body (i.e. burdensome) with that of Sri Aurobindo's (i.e. miracle of matter). He also explains the 8 ways of interpreting matter and goes on to ponder on texts by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and explains the relationship between matter, mind and spirit. His conclusion: In matter lies the truth, the reality. Human existence is then a matter of matter! Read more

Saturday, 11 February 2012
(Arts & Culture)
The God Enchanter
As part of the "Matter Precipitates" program by Sri Aurobindo Centre for Studies, India and the World, we had a chance to experience a small preview of Anu's recently published book "God Enchanter : Beings in Transition" at Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of Indian Culture in International Zone. This is a story that begins during the war in Iraq and is spoken by different people around the world as their lives transform when they come in touch with the God Enchanter. Read more

Saturday, 11 February 2012
(Spirituality)
Genes and Life
A presentation by Dr. Anand Kumar, Professor & Chairman, Department of Reproductive Biology, AIIMS, New Delhi. Also a student of Life Divine, Dr Kumar discussed how Science has used several connection, metaphors and simile to explain the wonder of human life. Often 'life' has been reduced laws of chemistry and physics, sometimes DNA, genes and proteins. But do they explain our being? 'No', comes the clear answer from Dr Kumar. Perhaps there is no definite 'program' that explains the 'higher beings' that we are. Read more

Friday, 10 February 2012
(Spirituality)
Stem Cells: Evolution of the Body
Dr. Ashok Mukhopadhyay from the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, has been studying stem cells extensively, and alongside finding correlations between the human body's natural survival behavior and experiences of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. He explained certain biological process and demonstrated how the natural tendency of the cells to multiply, evolve, fight against threats and heal is what Sri Aurobindo and the Mother may have called 'physical transformation of biological matter and the yoga of the cells'! Read more

Friday, 10 February 2012
(Spirituality)
Globalization, IT Revolution
Dr. C.V. Rao from America gave an informative session on 'How Globalization and IT Revolution is Erasing the Boundaries of Science, Technology and Medicine.' Dr Rao expounded on the origins of globalisation and IT revolution, and the tendency of civilizations to look for 'other' sources to fulfill their needs. Despite erasure of geographical boundaries, however, globalisation and IT have their downside. And yet, the two phenomena are here to stay and it is unto us how to utilize them best... for human unity perhaps?

Friday, 10 February 2012
(Spirituality)
Humanity in Transition
Jean-Yves Lung opened 'Matter Precipitates' with his ideas on the present status of humanity. Today, he says, the world is coming together through technology, economy, education, ecology... as well as the problems. But we are drifting away from the solution with our reliance on technology, finance... At one time, humanity was considered at the peak of evolution, today we see much irrelevance in what we have become. What is the true development we seek? And of what? Is there an answer in Sri Aurobindo and the Mother's ideals of human unity? Read more

Friday, 10 February 2012
(News)
” Passage”
"Passage" - a contemporary dance performance organized by Auroson, we can see on Saturday 11th of Febrauary at Sri Aruobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas in International Zone. Auroson stopped at our studio and talked about it. Town is busy with many events, workshops and performances, so tonight we can listen to musical event at Pitanga at 7.30 pm with Jacky Mouvillat playing on Champan Stick, with Anaka, Matt and Manosh Bardhan. At Bharat Nivas we can see Loretta's preimere of a fim "The Teachings of Flowers – The Life and Work of The Mother" Read more

Thursday, 09 February 2012
(News)
Auroville Council Transparency
Auroville Council member Sonja, longtime Aurovilian, skilled counselor and facilitator of the Transformation Game speaks in depth about some of the current issues in the Council. The Study Group for Self Governance, including a selection process for members of Auroville’s working groups, find responsible participation in the General Meetings with respect for the Working Groups must happen for positive change. Residents should resume their key role of participation; absolute transparency should be maintained by all Governing groups. Read more

Wednesday, 08 February 2012
(Spirituality)
Matter Precipitates
As every year in the second week of February also this year Sri Aurobindo Centre for Studies... India and the World Bharat Nivas, prepared series of talks and cultural events with the read thread "Matter Precipitates... It is in a a hurry to transform itself". Starting with Thursday 9th of February for three days many scientists and researchers, as well as artist will share with us their particular view on fluidity in our beings, transitions which so adventurous lead into unknown world of changed matter, so much palpable with its new qualities. Read more

Tuesday, 07 February 2012
(News)
Film; The Teachings of Flowers
Loretta talks about her film ‘The teachings of Flowers; the Life and Work of the Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Aikido Wokshop 2012: Jean-Pierre Pigeau, offers a 12 day workshop. Auroville Marathon 2012 on February 12. A conference by Dr. Aster Patel: ‘Matter Precipitates… It is in a hurry to transform itself... ’beginning on 9 Feb. with a premiere of Loretta’s film. Ela for Insight Seminars: a one-day-workshop on the deeper level of the community: ‘An Introduction to the spiritual dimension of Auroville 9th February Center Guest House. Read more

Monday, 06 February 2012
(Arts & Culture)
A dream about  the future Tibet
On Saturday 28th January, 4.30 pm at the Tibetan Pavillion, Auroville was graced with a visit by Prof Samdhong Rinpoche. Rinpoche was greeted by children and guests who had arrived for the inauguration of a rare photo gallery documenting the 1959 departure of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from Tibet and arrival into India. There was a sense of nostalgia and appreciation to be present at such an auspicious event that dated decades back, during which His Holiness's asylum had been facilitated by the Government of India and, at their invitation. Read more

Wednesday, 01 February 2012
(Spirituality)
The Hour of God and LOVE
..."But the hour is often terrible, of fire and whirlwind and the tempest, a threading of the winepress of the feed of God..." says Sri Aurobindo on the Hour of God which Loretta quote in our interview or reflections on recent cyclone Thane raging over Auroville and nearby villages. And as she says that when something happens that hurts you, and it hurts you much, you stop and ask, although the Hour of God is not physical thing but it does crush down something inside of us. The bottom line is LOVE, which made and manifest the Universe. Read more

Saturday, 28 January 2012
(News)
Impact of the Storm
An interview with Sathiya, secretary for the Council; she is enthusiastic about this Council. Auroville Wood-link, an initiative of the Auroville Forest group seeks people to run, maintain and manage the project. The financial impact of the storm is devastating to many forests; there is a lot of timber on the floor, but the forest will not have any other source of income for the next 10 to 15 years. Concert on 7 January: French nomadic pianist Marc Vella with Ana, Hartmut, Suryan, Joy, Jivatman, Taranti, Caroline, Elisa, Anisha and Tiago. Read more

Wednesday, 11 January 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)
One in All, All in One
Auroville Council member Sonja gives an update on what's current on their table; not surprisingly, a lot on cyclone relief. Info on making a donation provided in the news; see more at cyclonehelp@auroville.org.in. Cyclone Relief Services information listed for water, generators, solar, tree clearing, housing and help in the Greebelt. Matrimandir closed to visitors until Pongal, mid-January. Wind/Solar Renewable Energy Design Workshop coming up on January 9 to 14. For more images open the READ MORE section. Read more

Wednesday, 04 January 2012
(News)
Small Differences Put  Aside
Cyclone Thane swirled around Auroville at the end of 2011 changing the landscape; people reuniting, working together, small differences forgotten, cleaning and clearing the roads, the land. Interviewed is Alok, organizer of clean-up work teams, meeting daily 9 a.m. Town Hall parking. Auroville Electrical Service asks for assistance both financially and physically to help their team to hasten the return of power. Carrie Dashow NYC-based interdisciplinary artist shares her work at Paradiso. Read more

Monday, 02 January 2012
(News)
The Language of Music
Featured is Ludovica who presents a one-day workshop with partner Paola to share the language of music, of composing and playing; another workshop on the deeper level of the community and remembering those who left us this year: Aurovilians Lucia, Tenzin, Bhavana, Alumelu, Tatiana and Anna Maria. Living abroad Mark Aspi, Erica and Myriam, ShyamSundar in Pondy and Mia Berden in Holland. a moment of remembrance..at Matrimandir no bonfire at the Amphitheatre on 1st January... 6 pm to 9 a Meditative Space in Candle Light under the Banyan Tree. Read more

Monday, 26 December 2011
(News)
Work as Yoga
Ricardo of New Dawn Carpentery speaks about his work in Auroville, his work in fine woodworking, his work as his yoga. Announcements: Thamarai, a cross cultural project that provides informal education, offers an open house 18th December, 10 a.m. E-mobility: a solution for AV Guests and Volunteers; they would like to offer an alternative to th rental of petrol vehicles. Contact chandresh@auroville.org.in for more information. Read more

Wednesday, 14 December 2011
(News)
Hibiscus Art Village Project
Lola speaks about the Hibiscus Art Village project, which finally has a site location; it plans to be a place for arts and crafts to flourish, a place to work and to learn. Announcements: a Rudra Veena concert Saturday 17 December, 7:30 pm at Bharat Nivas; a monthly mime workshop at Life Education Centre; a 5-day course in Organic Food Growing at Buddha Garden and free interactive seminars offered by Insight Seminars at Auroshilpam. See the photo of the total lunar eclipse during last Saturday's full moon taken by Lalit (read more section). Read more

Monday, 12 December 2011
(News)
AurovilleRadio`s 7th Birthday
5 December 2011, significant for AurovilleRadio: it's our 7th birthday. Hear Andrea, AurovilleRadio's founder. Also today: the anniversary of the passing of Sri Aurobindo the great avatar, who has given more than can be told. Road construction: Bharat Nivas gate to existent paved road built by Martanda some 4 years ago, promised completion for the 2012 Marathon. Housing news: Line of Force Housing Project has conditional site permission for a first phase for 75 residents and, Kalpana Housing Project, a phased development of 64 apartments. Read more

Monday, 05 December 2011
(Education)
Lucy
No doubt that talk on Lucy - mother of us all at the National Museum of Ethiopia , and the interaction on "Human Unity in Evolution" deeply impressed all the participants. Dr. Berhane Asfaw, leading Ethiopian Paleontologist presented Ethiopian archeological finds related to the evolution of the hominid to man, and after seeing Lucy in the next door we were following with huge respect and anticipation. Deepti followed by presentation of the view of Evolutions as seen by Sri Aurobindo, and both talks and interaction were presented by Haimanot. Read more

Thursday, 24 November 2011
(Spirituality)
Zero Contradiction
In and interesting interview with Latif Bolat , who is a Sufi musician and sufi scholar, born in Turkey and lived for a long time in the USA we can hear interseting comparisons - on Auroville with other alternative communities he has been visited troughout years of traveling around the globe; on Sri Aurobindo life with Latif Bolat's life and the way of thinking. The later is tryin to create the positive environment for his countrymen and society in general. And in his eyes Auroville got more spiritual perspective than most of the others he saw

Tuesday, 22 November 2011
(Education)
Opening Ceremony - part 2
In the continuation of opening ceremony on first day of the Auroville International Conference at the Red Cross Society Training Institution facilitate by versatile Mr. Haimanot Alemu Deepti talked on Auroville and Human Unity as A living expression of Sri Aurobindo's evolutionary vision. Joss has continued with his presentation with tittle On Auroville and the Environment in which we saw an over view of Auroville development trough years. trough his talk he also presented hsi and his team huge work on the project of Adyar Poonga in Chennai. Read more

Monday, 21 November 2011
(Education)
On Education
During the Auroville International meeting in Addis Abbaba at the Red Cross Society Training Institute Deepti presented "An Auroville Perspective" on the topic of education and Lourdes Nadine talked about "Activity Based Learning for Primary Education in India". Both talks were very much interesting for numerous local audience, and practical questions on methods arose after the presentations. Integral education, based on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother's principals, and Activity Based Learning trough cards over years proved their effeciency. Read more

Sunday, 20 November 2011
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