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International Peace Day September 21

International Day of Peace  (September 21) was celebrated at Unity Pavilion with a beautiful event. At the stroke of 12 noon every one present at the premises gathered around the Table of Peace and held a few moments of silence. 

From 3 pm it was  time for the various group activities. In the Unity Hall people gathered in small groups and made peace cranes with coloured paper (the Japanese art of origami). The cranes were strung together to make colourful chains. Another activity was the collective flower mandala, where children and adults alike showcased their creative talents to make a beautiful design around the symbol of peace with flowers and seeds. A world map was hung on the wall where people could put post-its to direct their peace wishes for any particular place in the world where there is some unrest at the moment or where they wanted peace to prevail. 

At 4.30 everyone gathered in the Hall of Peace for the Peace day ceremony. The ceremony started off with Shivaya explaining the need of awareness of Peace Day among the youth of Auroville to take the message of Unity further. The ceremonial lamp-lighting was done by senior Aurovillian Aster Patel along with some little girls to mark the opening of the programme of Auroville Peace month. A group of youth read out the Peace day declaration line by line. The Peace flag was displayed and the embassy of Peace certificate was handed over to the Hall of Peace by Anandi. A  Peace mantra in Sanskrit, wishing peace for the entire universe, was chanted by everyone for 10 minutes. 

After a refreshment break for around 10 minutes the group gathered in the Hall of Peace once again for Peace meditation. After ten minutes of silent concentration, very soft sound and music were played to make it a deeper contemplative experience for one and all. Gradually the music subsided to silence which was held for another 10 minutes. The whole experience of collective concentration was a memorable one for all.

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Descent of the Supramental light


Aurovilians know the importance of the date 29 February. On that day in 1956 the Mother seated in meditation at the Ashram was able to break the wall that was separating our earth from the Supermind and in a torrential flow the golden light rained on earth. The lucky few who were seated around her also experienced a silence and peace descending in their being.

Here is an account of one of the devotees of the ashram who was present on the occasion: http://sasp.collaboration.org/Feb29.html

The Supramental light since then on has been working on this earth and whether we know it or not it definitely influences our lives. We should always be receptive to it and open up our enter being to be transformed, divinised, by it.

Yesterday many Aurovillians gathered around the Table of Peace for Asia at 5 pm for a meditation and reawakening to the Supramental light. The program was led by Julian Lines and Miriam Belov who are members of the Nakashima Peace foundation and AV International. The Peace table as well as the Hall of Peace were fully decorated with flowers carefully chosen according to their spiritual significance. Mira Nakashima joined the gathering on Skype from New York and read out her father’s dream (regarding world peace and Peace tables as symbols of world unity). The Russian Peace Table team also conveyed their good wishes on the occasion.

A selection of flowers with ‘Supramental’ significance were displayed on a big screen and members from the gathering read out their significance. Later on Miriam Belov guided a group meditation aspiring for peace throughout the world. Melodious flute recital accompanying the guiding voice made it a divine experience altogether.



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Pongal Time

At the beginning of the Year, in the Tamil month of Thai, Pongal festival is celebrated. It is a festival celebrated all over India, but with different names. In Tamil Nadu it is a three-day celebration. The first day is actually thanks-giving for the sun, which is the source of all forms of energy and life on our planet. In every nook and corner of Tamil Nadu, people from all walks of life come in the open to prepare “pongal”, a sweet dish with rice and jaggery, and offer it to the Sun God. The second and third day are for offering pooja to the cattle and the farmer respectively. Amidst his mechanised life in the city the city dweller pauses a while to remember and pay gratitude towards his brethren in the village who feed the whole world through his hard work and not so easy life. Let us all join in this prayer of the farmer for a good harvest this year!

Happy Pongal to All

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Happy New Year Auroville 2016!

Let 2016 be a year when we all join in the responsibility to secure the land for Auroville – All of Us Together

Mother once said that she would rather have one rupee each from one million people, than one million rupees from one person. Imagine if by the 50th birthday we all together give her one million gifts of money towards buying the land of Auroville!

Inspired by the actions and persistent work of Aryadeep – Lands for Auroville Unified, MandakiniAcres 4 Auroville, SigridGreenAcres for Auroville, – the commitment of the Land Board to secure the Auroville land and Rakhals film on the land, there is a sense that we all should consciously join force with them. Not just in appreciation, but in action.

Already a fair number of Aurovilians are contributing towards the land on a monthly basis. Can we all come on board for this – with whatever amount can be offered regularly. Probably we can also give one-time gifts for special occasions, Birthdays – ours and others, Auroville’s Celebrations, or just for a Happy day and something that worked out well! From us, we can reach out in a wider circle to link up all support in India and all over the world – finding simple and uncomplicated ways of channelling funds and bringing people together in this effort.

We can also ask our restaurants, to advertise on their tables for an additional amount, maybe Rs.10/-, to add to the bill – going directly towards the land. Guesthouses can ask similarly – this way guests will participate directly. We can ask each Unit and Service, each account in Financial Service, to give an amount regularly.

We need to step away from judgement and sense of much or little and accept what each one feels free to give, then it will flow. It is not a showcase, it is not a pressure, its participation and collaboration, simply joining hands in love and gratitude for the possibility we have been given to participate in this great adventure.

The aspiration is to create a format which is easy to tick and which can be available on the net, by mail and also in hard copy at financial service. There can also be a graph on Auronet which shows where we are at, number of monthly donations as well as the amounts flowing in.

For this there can be multiple choice focusing on the three efforts to secure the land – the City Area – The Green Belt – or a general contribution towards All the Land – as well as the amount to be contributed on a monthly or one-time basis by automatic transfer.

It will be possible to tick several options as well as one-time contributions.

There is no limits of amount, up or down, which will allow everybody to participate joyfully, including children and youth.

 As we see, many Aurovilians already contribute regularly towards the land – It will be an incredible force if we all do it and gather all our outreach friendship and support into the action.

Let’s secure the land of Auroville, we can do it together, All of us!

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Christmas at Unity Pavilion

Christmas was celebrated in a grand way at Unity Pavilion. We had paper cutting sessions for children and adults. Some of the guests were so innovative and were cutting very beautiful and intricate designs. By around 5 pm the dancing session started. All guests danced around the tree to some fantastic Swedish numbers. Before that everyone had something to munch on – sandwiches, rice porridge and cookies. Later on the music session started with a core group singing Christmas songs. Guests also joined in to showcase their musical skills. All the guests received a gift as well – a paper basket of nuts, dry fruits and cookies. A really wonderful atmosphere indeed!

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Christmas is Nearing

The rains are gone for the time being. When they will return we don’t know. However, with just two weeks left for Christmas Unity Pavilion is bustling with activity. There are plenty of things to do. Like every year we have planned a grand celebration on 24 December. We’ll have paper cutting sessions to decorate the tree, songs and dance and some food too. We would love to have Christmas songs from as many countries as possible (live or recorded). Should be very interesting for children (of all ages). Right now we are adding to our collection of decorations.

One interesting programme coming up for the week is “A Glimpse of Myanmar” presentation by Joshua and Stephanie on December 18.  It should be quite informative! And after the presentation we get to learn some Burmese language also. Hope to see all Aurovillians and guests there.

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More rains….Unbelievable!

Already this part of the world has received more rains than we can expect for the entire season. And the met department has predicted even more rains for this week as well. Surprisingly all the repeated low pressure formations in the Bay of Bengal are bringing rains to the same area this year, ie Chennai and the adjoining coastal districts, which includes Pondicherry as well. We can only hope the already pathetic conditions prevailing in Chennai do not get any worse.

The selection process for WC and AVC members went very well at Unity Pavilion. Both the participants and the facilitators, which included our own Jaya, shared their satisfaction and appreciation of the way the process was conducted. Here is a link to the photos