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Category Archives: Pioneers

The Early Days Of Patrick

Patrick recounts his youthful adventures of hitchhiking along with his friends from France to India and eventually to Auroville. He recalls what drove him to join Auroville, his early days in the ashram and how it has evolved into the place we know today. From being a coolie helping with the construction of the Matrimandir to being the pioneer for surfing in Auroville, Patrick's days are enriched with interesting anecdotes and experiences. He also shares with us what it means for him to be a true Aurovilian, and which of The Mother's teachings resonate with him the most. His story is told to the backdrop of the song 'In My Life' by The Beatles, a song about loving the memories created in places that have changed for better or for worse.

Sri Aurobindo & the Mother Part1

A series of Two Talks by Loretta, Part 1.
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.

How Close Are We?

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.

Comments: 0 Date: 12 Dec 2013

Beach Erosion

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.

Comments: 0 Date: 03 Nov 2010

Happy Birthhday Bhaga !!!

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 which is 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, Labarotary of Evolution or the publication of her books.
We wish many more delightful years to come for us, with Bhaga. OM!!!

Frederick-Early days in Auroville

Frederick share about the early days in Auroville, his relationship with the mother and the land, the complexity and the joy to live the creation of the city the earth needs.

Shyama's Interview Part 2

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.


Comments: 0 Date: 06 Dec 2013

Coming of the New Force part2

A series of Two Talks by Loretta, Part 2.
Loretta speaks about the deep, mystic relationship that Sri Aurobindo and Mother have as the Purusha, the Supreme, divine unmanifest, and the Prakriti, his power of creation and manifestation who is the whole creation. She gives things from Savitri which show us that this relationship is an Eternal love affair. She tells about the coming of the Supramental Force and Mother's experience in bringing it, and some of its results in Mother's life. She also tells about some prophesies of the coming of the force and also one prophecy about the coming of Auroville.

Embracing the Planet

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? 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?

Comments: 0 Date: 11 Jul 2015

Shraddhavan filmed interview

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.

At present Shraddhavan is in charge of the Savitri Bhavan, a centre focusing on Sri Aurobindo studies, and especially his revelatory epic poem Savitri. - Ce film vous est presente par Rakhal et Francois Gautier dans le cadre de la serie de reportages qu'ils ont realises sur les pionniers d'Auroville. '

Comments: 0 Date: 12 Nov 2013