Friday, July 24, 2009

The Matri Mandir

The centerpiece building designed by Richard Anger in Auroville, an international yogic city located in Pondicherry, India. Founded in 1968 by Sri Aurobindo Ghose and later administered by French emigré, Mira Richards (aka The Mother). Initially planned to serve 50,000 enlightenment seekers, Auroville is currently host to approximately 2000 residents today.

The Charter of the City:
1. Auroville belongs to nobody in particular. Auroville belongs to humanity as a whole. But to live in Auroville, one must be the willing servitor of the Divine Consciousness.
2. Auroville will be the place of an unending education, of constant progress, and a youth that never ages.
3. 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.
4. Auroville will be a site of material and spiritual researches for a living embodiment of an actual Human Unity.

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