I am traveling with a plan, but mainly I give the chance to lead. So, by chance I met a few lovely people that live in Auroville. www.auroville.info/WISP
It's only half an hour drive from Pondicherry, but it's like a different world.
I took a tuk-tuk car and came to see the place. I joint a 3 day course of introduction to Aurovill with 21 others from differnent nationalities and age groups from 18 to 70. In the group were 2 Americans, 2 Germans, 3 Israelis, 2 Indians etc.
The Community of Auroville started 40 years ago, by a remarkable woman called 'The Mother', and her spiritual leader Sri Aurobindo, they had a vision of an unique & different kind of community life.
"the first condition to live at Auroville is to be convinced of the essential unity and to have the will to collaborate for the material realisation of that unity." The Mother wrote in 20.6.64 (?)
On the 28th of Feb.1968 with representatives from 124 countries that brought soil from all over the word, the foundation was put down, with the Indian government support. The first settlers lived with no running water or electricity. (I met Barbara the first woman settler.) Now there are 2000 people living in small communities. In the centre of Auroville there is an extraordinary round building – The Matriaudir, surrounded with beautiful gardens – the spiritual centre.
Auroville is a GREEN place, with great concern for the envirment. The Vegetables & fruits are organically grown, some if the houses are 'green' with solar electricity.They are replanting The Ever Green Tropical Forest that was demolished by the French & English.
This community is like an Utopian society, trying to build with human unity & intuitive intelligence the city & society of the future.
I am staying in Auroville a few more days to breath & feel.