Auroville belongs to nobody in particular. Auroville belongs to humanity as a whole. But, to live in Auroville, one must be a willing servitor of the divine consciousness.
Auroville will be the place of an unending education, of constant progress, and a youth that never ages.
Auroville wants to be the bridge between the past and the future. Taking advantage of all discoveries from without and from within, Auroville will boldly spring towards future realisations.
Auroville will be a site of material and spiritual researches for a living embodiment of an actual human unity.
What is Auroville?
Auroville is a universal township in the making for a population of up to 50'000 people from around the world. Located in South India, 150 kms south of Chennai and 10 kms north of the town of Puducherry.
The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity in diversity. Today Auroville is recognised as the first and only internationally endorsed ongoing experiment in human unity and transformation of consciousness, also concerned with - and practically researching into - sustainable living and the future cultural, environmental, social and spiritual needs of mankind.
Aurovilians come from 50+ nations, from all age groups (from infancy to over eighty, averaging around 30), from all social classes, backgrounds and cultures, representing humanity as a whole. The population of the township is constantly growing, but currently stands with currently over 3000 people, of whom approximatively one-third are Indian.
How did Auroville begin?
The concept of Auroville - an ideal township devoted to an experiment in human unity - came to Mirra Alfassa (known as "the Mother") as early as the 1930's. In the mid 1960's the concept was developed and put before the Government of India, who gave their backing and took it to the General Assembly of UNESCO.
In 1966, UNESCO passed a unanimous resolution commending it as a project of importance to the future of humanity, thereby giving their full encouragement.
When did Auroville start?
On 28th February 1968 some 5'000 people assembled near the banyan tree at the centre of the future township for an inauguration ceremony attended by representatives of 124 nations, including all the States of India. The representatives brought with them some soil from their homeland, to be mixed in a white marble-clad, lotus-shaped urn, now sited at the focal point of the Amphitheatre. At the same time the Mother gave Auroville its Four Points Charter.
The future belongs to the young. It is a young and new world which is now under process of development and it is the young who must create it.