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Presentation for Zeitgeist

In this recording Aryadeep is sharing the philosophy of Auroville with visiting members of the Zeitgeist movement and they are explaining the structure and ideas of their movement. While Auroville attracted people from all over the world that were touched by the future vision of the Mother to create a township were people from all nations could live together in human unity, also the members of the Zeitgeist movement were inspired by a vision for a better human future. Their core idea is a money-free and cybernated “resource-based economy”.

Aryadeep lives in Aroville since 21 years. He is originally from Hyderabad and his work is to communicate the vision and work of Auroville. He writes articles and newsletters.


Comments: 0 Date: 27 Aug 2011

In Memoriam Shyam Sundar

On Saturday, 14thAugust, a memorialgathering was held in Savitri Bhavan dedicated to Syam Sundar who recently passedaway. Shyam Sundar was appointed by the Mother asthe secretary of Auroville affairs and was involved in the township project from the verybeginning. About thirty Aurovilians and fifteen Ashramites gathered in SavitriBhavan to pay tribute toShyam Sundar. After a short meditation, several friendsspontaneously shared their reminiscences of Shyamsunder, who had taken significantroles in his lifetime.

Shyam Sundar played a central role in the unfolding of Auroville in the early years as Mother entrusted him with the responsibility for the project.

I will always have goodwill for Auroville – Shyam Sundar

http://www.auroville.org/journals%26media/avtoday/November_2005/goodwill.htm


Comments: 0 Date: 14 Aug 2011

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.

You must do the work as an offering to the Divine and take it as part of your sadhana. In that spirit the nature of the work is of little importance and you can do any work without losing the contact with the inner presence.The Words of The Mother, Vol.14


Comments: 0 Date: 26 Apr 2011

Brihaspathy: Auroville`s Tamil Farmers

As a kick-off for the presentation of the Auroville Sustainable Agriculture Plan (ASAP), within the next few months, Auroville Radio presents a series of eleven interviews concerning the foods we eat in Auroville. What were the ideas in the old days of Auroville regarding agriculture and sustainable foods? Which agricultural developments did Auroville been through since the first Aurovillians started to change the dusty plains into the forest it is today? How is the present situation in Auroville’s greenbelt and what is it capable of? And, perhaps most important, what are the challenges for the future?….

..Different people, all involved in Auroville’s food sector, give their personal views and opinions on these matters from their own background…In this third interview Ayyanar (Brihaspathy Farm) gives us an insight in his personal history which illustrates the history of Auroville’s farmers with a Tamil background. He explaines how his farm developed without the aid of any financial resources. Arriving at the age of eight in Auroville his interest in farming started. Through clever thinking and persistence, Ayyanar managed to obtain his own farm in Auroville’s greenbelt eleven years ago. What challenges do Tamil people meet in becoming an Aurovillian without the aid of money as some others do? Ayyanar explains how Auroville’s politics are not always easy for people who lack financial resources.


Comments: 0 Date: 16 Feb 2011

Mohanam Experience

Mohanam Sound Crew have just returned from folk theater festival in Thailand. With the members we talked about it, and they all told us that it was an unique experience for them. The festival, lead by Morodokmai Theater Group – they’ve been to Aruoville twice – was on premises of their well known and popular school for folk theater. As the Mohanam boys said, it was very intense time of learning, sharing, and bonding with groups from all over the world.

Mohanam Sound Crew – Anandabaskaran.V, Murugan, Surakimay, Madhu, Anand Velu, Prakash, Sudharsan, Rajesh………Lead by Balu


Comments: 0 Date: 13 Feb 2011

Local Knowledge

As a kick-off for the presentation of the Auroville Sustainable Agriculture Plan (ASAP), within the next few months, Auroville Radio presents a series of eleven interviews concerning the foods we eat in Auroville. What were the ideas in the old days of Auroville regarding agriculture and sustainable foods? Which agricultural developments did Auroville been through since the first Aurovilians started to change the dusty plains into the forest it is today? How is the present situation in Auroville’s greenbelt and what is it capable of? And, perhaps most important, what are the challenges for the future?…

…Different people, all involved in Auroville’s food sector, give their personal views and opinions on these matters from their own background…In this second interview Johnny (Fertile Farm) shares his view on the history of farming in Auroville with us. Where Charlie seemed to put the emphasis on economical changes among the Tamil villages, Johnny put more emphasis on how the local people showed him “how to eat, how to work the land, how to dress… Next Johnny explains how his farm evolved and what agricultural experiments seemed to work for him without being connected to the energy grid, or without the use of extensive irrigation. From local field crops, to vegetables, to an orchard back to local field crops, dairy and a vegetable garden grown under the protective cover of massive Banyan trees. As a final Johnny shares some of his critiques on Auroville’s developments and its sector based city planning with us.


Comments: 0 Date: 10 Feb 2011

From Dust to Forest

As a kick-off for the presentation of the Auroville Sustainable Agriculture Plan (ASAP), within the next few months, Auroville Radio presents a series of eleven interviews concerning the foods we eat in Auroville. What were the ideas in the old days of Auroville regarding agriculture and sustainable foods? Which agricultural developments did Auroville been through since the first Aurovillians started to change the dusty plains into the forest it is today? How is the present situation in Auroville’s greenbelt and what is it capable of? And, perhaps most important, what are the challenges for the future?…

…Different people, all involved in Auroville’s food sector, give their personal views and opinions on these matters from their own background… In this first interview Charlie (Aurogreen Farm) gives his view on the history and challenges of farming in Auroville. Arriving in the early seventies Charlie decided to start a farm, named Aurogreen. Although at the present moment not completely in production, Charlie created a green land of forests, orchards and dairy, all produced according to organic principles. Next he gives us an insight in the developments the local peasants went through till the present day. From an rural area with villages completely dependent on there own food production did the larger Auroville developed into flourishing Tamil communities with modern needs.


Comments: 0 Date: 02 Feb 2011

The End of the History?

Debashish Banerji immersed in the works of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother came with the theme – The European Enlightenment… and the Divinization of the Human – on 28th of December to participate in the second set of inter action series on Mutation II. From the philosophical point of view participants were diving into the subjects. Many common aspects emerged, but also many unanswered questions. Event was organized by Sri Aurobindo Centre for Studies. India and the World Bharat Nivas.


Comments: 0 Date: 28 Dec 2010

Sarasvati, from River to Goddess

The Sarasvati, the most sacred river of the Rig-Veda, disappeared in the post-Vedic era. The only major river to do so in North-west India, it was also the only one to be deified. In many ways, Sarasvati, the goddess of speech, knowledge and the arts, is the fountain-head of Indias classical civilization. But there is another side to the story, which began with the rediscovery of the rivers dry bed in the nineteenth century: later, archaeological explorations initiated by Marc Aurel Stein eventually unearthed hundreds of Harappan sites in the Sarasvatis basin. As it turned out, the lost river has provided an unexpected bridge between the Vedic world and the Indus-Sarasvati civilization, calling for a fresh look at old models.

About Michel -Independent scholar, author and educationist. Has been living in India since 1977, currently near Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, researching aspects of Indian civilization. Has lectured widely in India, especially in cultural and educational institutions. Writes in English and French. His latest book is “The Lost River: On the Trail of the Sarasvati” (Penguin Books, India, 2010)


Comments: 0 Date: 10 Aug 2010

Dance and Architecture

On 17th of April as last act of project “In the footsteps of the devadasi..” Rekha and Michael gave us an interesting lecture on how odisi was created in the 1950s and 60s using the inspiration of the temple sculpture and elements from the existing folk performing arts in Orissa. In the connection with exhibition in Gallery Square Circle at Kala Kendra which traces the genesis and flowering of dance as a ritual offering before the gods, the topic draw selected few, and it end up with vivid discussion about dancers, postures and energy, and how it all reflected on the architecture and sculptures at the certain point of time.


Comments: 0 Date: 17 Apr 2010
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