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Category Archives: History

Journey Trough Tradition Inquiry

Last night on the occasion of the Kerala Festival, in India Space Manoj gave a presentation of the story of avatars. Through an inquiry of the evolutionary path from the perspective of Sri Aurobindo's teaching.

Comments: 0 Date: 04 Sep 2014

AIR 1968 Auroville Inauguration

Listen to an inspiring piece of broadcasting history as Mother announces the inauguration of Auroville live across India on 28 February 1968. The recording was made with Mother sitting in Pondicherry while 5000 founding members of Auroville conducted the inauguration ceremony nearby at the Matrimandir Amphitheater. Thanks to All India Radio, her reading of the original Charter of Auroville in French was broadcast live to the amphitheater, as well as across India, while soil representing 124 nations and 23 Indian states was placed in the ground.

"Auroville wants to be the first realisation of human unity based on the teaching of Sri Aurobindo, where men of all countries would be at home". To learn more about the 1968 inauguration ceremony of Auroville, please visit

Comments: 0 Date: 28 Feb 2013

Histoires de manuscrits anciens

Anas Wion est historienne, chercheure au CNRS, spcialiste de l'thiopie mdivale. Les sources historiques avec lesquelles elle travaille sont en grande majorit des manuscrits qu'elle consulte dans les glises et les monastres des hauts-plateaux thiopiens. Elle propose une confrence sur la place de l'homme dans la culture manuscrite : qui fabrique les manuscrits, qui les copie, qui les enlumine, qui les lit, qui les commandite, qui en sont les auteurs ?

Comments: 0 Date: 23 Feb 2012

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.

A few of the audience remarked that was it really that long ago? Rinpoche's recollection of that particular time was concise, followed by a sharing of his dream for the future of Tibet. Rinpoche initially began by acknowledging his lack of education in the English language however, from where I was sitting - his capacity to mindfully share his thoughts made for a candid discussion covering China, Tibet, globablization and the most detrimental of crimes against humanilty - our loss of self. Rinpoche did not need to go into the depths of philosophy about such a critical subject matter to be understood. His courage to share his concerns about the system and the fact it has, is and still impacting our daily lives was impressive particularly referring to the disparity of wealth and health care across the globe. According to the professor, India has the potential to facilitate the collective involvement of the world to transform our troubled planet. Through the combined use of non-violence, eco-friendly attitudes, a sustainable mindset and, a concerted effort to ensure humanity is the sole beneficiary - then these four criterion can facilitate a new earth. Please click here to download the transcription as a pdf.

Comments: 0 Date: 28 Jan 2012

Mr Sanjeev Sanyal

Saturday afternoon saw the MMC packed full. Mr. Bala Baskhar and many others were present to hear Mr. Sanjeev Sanyal talk about his most recent book "The land of the seven rivers". Mr. Sanyal is a leading Indian economist, environmentalist and urban theorist. He has worked in the field of financial markets since the mid-nineties and is widely regarded as one of Asia's leading economists. In addition he is a well-known environmentalist and an expert on the economics of cities, founder of the Sustainable Planet Institute,

, a member of the Steering Committee of "Urban Age" at the London School of Economics (LSE), and a Senior Fellow of the World Wildlife Fund. In addition, Sanjay is the co-founder and Director of GIST - a think-tank that is a pioneer in the field of environmental accounting, and, not least, a famous writer with the best seller "The Indian Renaissance: India's Rise after a Thousand Years of Decline", and other books, under his belt. Do listen to his take on the near and long-term future, based on his understanding of our genetic and historical past. '

Comments: 0 Date: 04 Jan 2014

Chanting to Goddess Sarasvati II

In this the second lecture about the Goddess Sarasvati, Nishtha translated and explained more of the poetry. Nishtha has translated all main and sub-hymns to the Goddess Sarasvati in the Rig-Veda. Participants had a chance to hear how the Rishis of the Rig-Veda chanted about what they heard and seen in the spiritual worlds as they where invoking the Goddess Sarasvati. There will be two succeeding lectures on Wednesday in Verite Hall 3-5 pm.

Comments: 0 Date: 20 Feb 2013


Aurodhan Gallery at Pondicherry will present on Friday 3th of February an interesting "Pondicherry" exhibition of selection of fine art photographic images exclusively selected from the book launched at the same time. Sebastian shared with us some insights on the process of making the book, which is collaboration of photographic artistic view of life heritage of Pondicherry with written word of Pascal Bruckner, Akash Kapur and Amin Jaffer, all experts on their fields of exploration. "Pondicherry" is published in French and English.

Comments: 0 Date: 30 Jan 2012

Conference sur le Vedanta

Surya Tahora nous a presente une conférence captivante sur le védânta et les chemins de la liberté, ou comment apprehender la vision du UN absolu et universel. Surya n'est n Madagascar... Il rencontre en 1995 Swami Dayananda Saraswati, un enseignant contemporain de la non Dualit (Advaita Vedanta) dans la tradition du philosophe Indien Shankaracarya. Surya Tudie depuis cette date avec Swami Dayananda les principaux textes de la tradition philosophique Indienne dans leur langue dorigine, le sanskrit . Il est également titulaire d'un doctorat en Sciences pharmaceutiques et d'un MBA. Il a travaillé pour des grandes socits multinationales dans le domaine du marketing international et stratégique la fois Paris et Bangkok. .Il à participe de nombreux cours résidentiels de courte et longue dure conduits par Swamiji Coimbatore et Rishikesh, qui sont deux de ses centres dtudes et de retraite en Inde. Depuis 2007, Surya et Neema animent des séminaires et des retraites intensives, et donne des conférences publiques sur la non Dualit en Inde et en Europe, la fois en Anglais et en Français.

Comments: 0 Date: 24 Sep 2013

History of ancient manuscripts

On Thursday 23rd at 5 pm in Cinema Paradiso - Town Hall, Anais Woin in collaboration with French Pavilion and CIRHU presented "History of ancient manuscripts". Anais is an historian, researcher at CRNS (Centre National Recerche Scientifique), specialist of the Christian Kingdom of Ethiopia during medieval and modern periods. She works with manuscript texts, most of them being consulted in the churches and monasteries of the Ethiopian highlands. Those manuscripts are still part of a living culture and much related to oral traditions.

From this field work as well as from her researches in libraries and archives, she possesses a deep knowledge of manuscript culture. The conference she held in Auroville was about manuscripts and more over about the men (and sometimes women) who were preparing, writing, painting and reading them. Looking at some concrete cases, we will also reflect on our contemporary relationship with texts and images. ITALIAN VERSION - Storia dei manoscritti antichi - Mercoledi 23, alle ore 17 al Cinema Paradiso nella Town Hall, Anais Woin, in collaborazione con il Padiglione Francese e il CIRHU, ha presentato "Storia dei manoscritti antichi". La Woin, storica e ricercatrice al CNRS (Centro Nazionale della Ricerca Scientifica francese) ha spiegato lo sviluppo degli alfabeti dell'area mesopotamica e medio-orientale, illustrando l'evoluzione segnica, dalla scrittura cuneiforme ai pittogrammi dell'aramaico antico, sui vari supporti impiegati nel tempo, come tavolette d'argilla, rotoli di papiro (la cui lettura necessitava di un lavoro fisico che comprendeva l'uso di entrambe le mani e un particolare metodo di respirazione), codici e libri prodotti con la carta. Ci ha introdotto alla cultura calligrafica ancora viva dell'Etiopia, partendo dalla produzione della pergamena ricavata dalla lavorazione della pelle di capra e dalla realizzazione del resistente inchiostro vegetale con ricetta segreta, fino alla successiva rilegatura e consegna del libro ai copisti scrivani. Molti dei testi manoscritti utilizzati dalla Woin per questa ricerca sono stati consultati direttamente nelle chiese e nei monasteri degli altopiani etiopi ed e' risultato che solo i religiosi e i letterati sono in grado di leggerli. (Centre national de la recherche scientifique). (Centre d'tudes des mondes africains). (Centre for International Research in Human Unity).

Comments: 0 Date: 23 Feb 2012

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.

Then Tseden, shared about the difficulty in returning to Tibet to live with his family. And lastly, Jungchup, a child of Auroville, displayed amazing courage to speak in her very first radio interview.

Comments: 0 Date: 28 Jan 2012