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Opening Ceremony

Auroville International meeting in Ethiopa in Addis Abbaba officially started on 24th of October with some introductory speeches by many, with mr. Heimanot Alemu as master of ceremony commenting talks on his own witty and humorous way. As we had a chance to see later, during the week, he is a man of many talents. Heimanot breifly explain to the numerous Ethiopian public what the Auroville stands for, and the purpose of this meeting with short description of all the talks and presentations. Auroville International members welcomed guests.

Comments: 0 Date: 24 Oct 2011

Coffee Ideas

For Marc coffee is more than just a hot brew, and he’s known to always provide the best coffee in Auroville. Trough beautiful pictures he presented different ventures on the topic with leading thread of uniting people trough the value Coffee Chain. Sustainable coffee plantation in Kerala surely impressed the audience, so the questions followed the talk. Although coffee culture differentiate from country to country, to all is common that they bring peace, as is not known that somebody would make war over a cup of coffee….link to power point

Comments: 0 Date: 24 Oct 2011

The Western Mind

During the formation of Christianity, a series of hard fought councils and creeds formulated what was the authorized thinking in the Christian West. This catholic faith dominated the minds for centuries, till its irrationality was eroded, attacked and finally overcome by a rational movement culminating in the Enlightenment. Sri Aurobindo calls its main ideas liberty, equality and fraternity godheads of the soul, and has fought to keep them alive in the build-up of the new world. The Georges van Vrekhem’s talk was held in Savitri Bhavan.

The full title of the presentation is: “The closing of the Western mind and the Enlightenment”.

Comments: 0 Date: 22 Oct 2011

Changes and Elections

In today’s news we feature short interview with Anandi on 15th of October – the Day fo Global Changes. On 21st October at 5pm The “Water Cell” invites the community to participate in a presentation / debate at Cinema Paradiso where the talk would be on the need for a new water policy for Auroville and what role does the Matrimandir Lake play in this new policy? “Jugal Bandi” are playing instrumental Indian classical music on Saturday 22nd in Pitanga at 8pm. Chronotype workshop by Giorgio at Arka tomorrow at 6.30 at Arka library.

…One single drop of Thy divine love, can transform this suffering into an ocean of delight!The Mother

Comments: 0 Date: 18 Oct 2011

Community Spirit

With sparkling eyes and always present smile on her face Rebecca is one of very interesting long term guest we can see around for almost a year now. Her curiosity and a quest to finish her phd thesis on community and belonging brought her to Auroville. And since the method of research is ethnography in anthropology with participant observation she involved herself in few projects. In one she works for SAVI , interviewing units holders in order to design web page which will bring more useful informations to potential volunteers.

Comments: 0 Date: 12 Oct 2011

Film Festival Enthusiam

Featured today is an interview with Aurovilian Dianna, journalist with Auroville Today, expressing her enthusiam for the recent film festival. ‘If we want peace on earth, we need to get an idea of what peace is’ from the recent Auroville Seminar ‘Renewable Townships of Tomorrow;’ a book on Tamera Community in Portugal has been given to Laboratory of Evolution. The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmother’s film For the Next 7 Generations is their story. Hopefully they will sit in council in Auroville next year.

WORDS OF THE MOTHER 1951 on SlaveryNo law can liberate women unless they liberate themselves.
What makes them slaves is:
Attraction towards the male and his strength,
Desire for home life and its security,
Attachment to motherhood.
If they get free from these three slaveries, they will truly be the equal of men.
Men also have three slaveries:
Spirit of possession, attachment to power and domination,
Sexual desire,
Attachment to the small comforts of married life.
If they get rid of these three slaveries, they can truly become the equal of women.

Comments: 0 Date: 12 Oct 2011

Why I wrote a book on evolution

‘Evolution’ is generally thought to be well-known. Looking deeper into the subject however, it proves to be an extremely complex subject, and so is the term ‘Darwinism’, commonly used by the media. As evolution is about life and life is about humans, evolution also had from the outset of its various theories a close connection with religion and life. Most importantly, the spiritual interpretation of evolution is the backbone of Sri Aurobindo’s worldview, directly impacting on our understanding of the Yoga and the aim of life.

(Evolution, Religion, and the Unknown God – Georges van Vrekhem’ latest book – is now available at Focus bookstore, Mission St. Pondy we hope to have copies at Savitri Bhavan in time for the talk)

Comments: 0 Date: 08 Oct 2011

100 Thousand Poets for Change

World Poetry Movement organized for 24th of September World Poetry Reading day, and 283 poetry reading in 80 countries occured that day. Unity Pavilion with the Tamil Heritage Centre with Anandi was the host of one in Auroville, starting by reading of Savitri in many languages. B while reciting his poem Today also wanted to join this event with The Moving Planet event, which is trying to reverse global warming, and was organized for the same day. And as the need for the kind of global solidarity, the need for ecological push is here.

Comments: 0 Date: 24 Sep 2011

Healthcare giver Certification

Auroville Life Education Centre celebrated the completion of the first 3-months Healthcare giver workshop. A lively audience watched the eight women participants of the workshop receive their certificates from Zerina, Coordinator LEC, and Ulrike who led workshop. It was heartwarming to hear the caregivers from neighbouring villages talk about their experience of undergoing a transformative workshop that changed their notions about the reality of caring for the sick. This was followed by some snacks and soulful music by Tiago and Anischa.

The names of the eight participants of the Healthcare giver workshop are as follows. J.Rajalakshmi, K.Kavitha, Lisa Thole, Komala, Indirani, Muna Sombray, Aumdeshwari, Chitra. Drupad made the audience laugh with his mime performance entitled “Were is my heart?”

Comments: 0 Date: 18 Sep 2011

Gift Economy for CD

About CD Made In Auroville and about live music concert with artist from the CD in Kalabhumi on Friday 16th at 8 pm we talked with Caroline from Auroville Performing Artist group. For the World Bamboo Day on 18th of September Auroville Bamboo Research Centre prepared various events to celebrate it. All it will culminate on Saturday with morning market at Visitor Centre and with special dinner – fashion show – bamboo music evening also at Visitor Centre. In today’s news we feature excerpt of interview with Balu on bamboo celebrations.

Even the body has to submit to a mutation and be no longer the clamorous animal or the impeding clod it now is, but become instead a conscious servant and radiant instrument and living form of the spirit.The Synthesis of Yoga , Sri Aurobindo

Comments: 0 Date: 13 Sep 2011
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