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Ceremony of the Pachamama
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by Anandi   
Friday, 13 December 2013

11-12-13 : The Ceremony of the Pachamama ( the Mother Earth) (Photographer: Anandi)11-12-13, December 11th, 2013: Ceremony of Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) "The mother, who we are accustomed to evoking for her giving birth and taking care of life, also has a phase in which she receives, calls to herself, and waits"”. In the Andes, there is a ceremony of offering, or simply “AYNI,” or reciprocity, to Mother Earth, who gives us life. In that way, we also give strength to the Pacha Mama, so that she is able to go on generating life. During the ceremony, prayers are ... Read more

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New” SAIIER building
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by Andrea   
Friday, 08 November 2013

From right to left: Dr Karan Singh, Aster Patel, N.Bala Baskar & Sanjeev (Photographer: Andrea)After many years, and having, since 1984, resided at Bharat Nivas, SAIIER (Sri Aurobindo International Institute for Educational Research), has finally got access to its new office. The official inauguration took place this morning, next to the Auroville Foundation building of the Town Hall complex. SAIIER is the covering umbrella for all education an transport activities and projects in Auroville. Starting with an invocation song by Joy, during the ceremonial Dr. Karan Singh presented gifts to the architect and the builders. The people gathered were also invited to visit the new space. Read more

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Personal Commitment
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by Shirin   
Monday, 21 October 2013

Freek Schiphorst (Photographer: Shirin)Freek Schiphorst, one of four board members of Stichting de Zaaier, is currently visiting Auroville together with Martine Busek and Jan-Willen Pieterson. Here we interview him. After briefly introducing Zaaier, Freek explains that the Auroville visit is an exploration of what is happening here, not an evaluation mission. Especially for him and Jan-Willen, who are here for the first time, the aim is to get a "feeling" of what is going on. Freek has been deeply moved by the Auroville youth, and by the personal commitment of community members.

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New Colors Masala Stage
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by Patrick   
Monday, 14 October 2013

New Colors (Photographer: Youri)New Colors is a learning and social support center for underprivileged children living in and around Edayanchavdy. Nikadass, alias Kumar, opened it in 2002. He was born in Auroville on March 9, 1979 and is an Udavi School Grade 3 teacher of Sports, Tamil and additional subjects. In 2006 Kumar married Israeli native Renana. They live together in the village. Renana has a high school diploma in agricultural geography and economics, a degree in civil engineering, and a degree in architectural and interior design engineering. Read more

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ANGIRAS - talks
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by Zoe   
Tuesday, 08 October 2013

ANGIRAS - Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living in Remote Areas (Photographer: Zoe)

The afternoon session of ANGIRAS - Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living in Remote Areas - started with Toine talking on sustainable energy solutions, raising the question if sustainability is not first and foremost about choosing a life style that takes into consideration the environment and already badly depleted natural resources. Nick continued with a SEDAB presentation, focusing mainly on the bio-region and its development. Gijs shared an interesting story about organic cotton and its value chain. At the end of presentations, Chamlaji Gupta from the ashram shared some thoughts on the beginning of a search for "unconventional sources of power". He said that the Mother, in 1966, after the construction of the first solar device in Ashram, commented " ...blessings for the efficacy..."

 
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