AUROVILLE: The first six years
“Auroville, the first 6 years – 1968-1974” written by Savitra is one of only two records of what was happening on the Auroville plateau during the first 6 years of its creation.
Print Length: 102 pages
Original source: Auroville Archives
Contributors: Gilles Guigan
Book format: PDF, ePub, Kindle
- GROUND AND BACKGROUND
- SET AND SETTINGS
- COMMUNITIES: THE SCATTERING OF THE SEEDS
- Promesse; Forecomers; Auroson’s Home; Udavi; Hope; Aspiration; Peace; Kottakarai; Utilité; Fraternity; Fertile-Two Banyans; Pitchandiculam; Beach Communities; Emergent Communities
- Alternative Environments; reforestation; biological agriculture; conservation of water resources; Alternative Energy and Waste Recycling; Alternative Foods; Alternative Housings
- AUROVILLE AND THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE, THE TAMILS
- Work as the Medium; Constructions as the media; Abri; Land as the media; Tamil-ecology; Art as the medium; Aurocreation; Villages
- CULTURAL AND ARTISTIC EXPRESSION
- Bharat Nivas
- WORK: INDUSTRIAL AND AGRICULTURAL
- Industries and Services; Toujours Mieux; Auropolyester; Auropress; Matrimandir workshop; Auroville Bakery; Auroville Handmade Paper; Auroelectronics; Takshanalaya; Abri; Agriculture: Auro-orchard, the Dairy, Annapurna
- HEALTH HYGIENE AND NUTRITION
- TRANSPORTATION AND ROADS
- THE CENTERING OF THE CITY
- Matrimandir; the Gardens of the Matrimandir
- ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING AND NON-PLANNING
- TOWARDS A NON-ECONOMIC SOCIETY
- GOVERNMENT AND COLLECTIVE ORGANISATION
- CONCLUSIONS AND INCONCLUSIONS
- Map; census data; UNESCO Resolutions
AUROVILLE: The first six years
GROUND AND BACKGROUND
There should be somewhere upon earth a place that no nation could claim as its sole property, a place where all… could live freely as citizens of the world…
A Dream, the Mother
There should be such a place. But there has not been. Isolated attempts have been scattered here and there through the human cycle, succumbing swiftly on more stubbornly to their exclusiveness. Generally they have been movements away from rather than confronting, suppressive rather than transformative. Generally they have been sectarian, following some religious or social doctrine, some formula, some path, some way prescribed and preconceived. But they have, in their rough and primitive translations, represented a persistent dream of man – a dream which the child in him has cherished and the o1d man denied – a dream of a utopia.
Through the past, the o1d man seems to have dominated. Utopia has come to be equated with a foolishness, a folly, a fantasy irrelevant to the mundane reality and its all-absorbing demands. But with the present precarious state of that reality – the world, its humanity, its environment and resources it is no longer a matter of semantics but survival. Utopia has become an imperative.
In mid-February of 1968, Vincenzo, a young Sicilian living at Promesse (vide Communities) was asked to do the marble mosaic for a lotus-shaped urn to be used in Auroville’s foundation ceremony on the 28th. Though he had never done marble-work before (perhaps it was assumed because he spoke Italian?), he accepted the challenge. During the next two weeks, he had cut 13,000 pieces, fitting the puzzle together the evening before the 28th. The following day, children from 124 nations and the states of India ascended a narrow spiral at the centre of the unborn city and placed handfuls of earth from their motherlands into the urn, while Vincenzo, exhausted by his labour, slept.