Statement Of Support For Auroville

‘Friends, I have come as a pilgrim to this place, Auroville, and why I say pilgrim is because you have a mission bigger than mine; the mission you are having is larger than that of any indi­vidual. It is a vision which came from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and naturally it is a very big mission’

-Shri. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, President of India 2004

Auroville is not just an idea. It is the future, the future of the World. It is the only model that I know of that has survived, and I believe in it more today than ever before. I have come here today to breath the Auroville spirit. I am not an Auroville, but I have the Auroville spirit.”

 

-Shri. J.R.D Tata, Eminent Industrialist and former Member of the International Advisory Council of Auroville.

“We are deeply impressed by the spiritual aim behind the building of an international city called Auroville. The importance of the effort to achieve human unity and international co-operation by the creation of such a city cannot be over-emphasised; nor can we neglect the benefit to be acquired from it.”

 

-His Holiness Dalai Lama

Auroville is an alternative to the conflicting strategies that aim at mere freedom that hurts the values of equality and equity or at mere equality that tends to fetter the freedom of the spirit. In this context, Auroville stands out as a promise that liberty, equality and fraternity can meet together in a larger synthesis.

 

-Dr.Murali Manohar Joshi
As Minister of Human Resource Development in 2003.

“Auroville is a dream, a concept, a symbol of a new way of life, a new way of perpetual education.  It is conceived to be a sanctuary of learning and research and the entire population will consist of teachers who will be pupils and of pupils who will be teachers.”

 

-Dr.Kireet Joshi, Former Chairman of Auroville Foundation

“Auroville will grow in two ways in the next 50 years. Firstly, the city of Auroville will grow without losing its principles by sticking to the original plan and secondly, that its influence on the rest of the world will grow by become a shining light on how people can live in harmony.”

 

-Sir Mark Tully, former chief BBC in India, former member of IAC of Auroville

“I don’t know why we are calling Auroville an experiment; it is life, it is a part of life, it ought to be a part of life, but now that we have gone back and started calling it an experiment, let’s make it a success.”

 

-Shri.P.V.Narsimha Rao, former Prime Minister of India.

“It is appropriate that seekers of enlightenment from various lands should found a new city there bearing Sri Aurobindo’s name. It is an exciting project for bringing about harmony among different cultures and for understanding the environmental needs for man’s spiritual growth. May Auroville truly become a city of light and of peace.”

 

-Smt.Indira Gandhi, Former Prime Minister of India

“Sri Aurobindo will also forever be associated with the founding of Auroville — a unique international township founded in 1968, as a place where people from different cultural, educational and political backgrounds can work together towards the common goal of unity through diversity. I have indeed visited this magical place.

On this first trip, I went to Auroville, such a unique place that stands for one humanity united around common values and respect for diversity.”

-Madame Irina Bukova, Director General of UNESCO in 2017.

“You have been able to transcend what yesterday may have been barriers, that separated you. You work together, you understand each other, and perhaps you are what I might say a summing-up of the aspiration of the world of tomorrow.”


-Mr. A. M. M’Bow from Senegal, then Director-General of UNESCO, during his visit in 1986, addressing the Auroville residents as a member of the (first) Auroville International Advisory Council

 

“The Auroville project situated in Tamil Nadu, South India, which has been supported by the General Conference of UNESCO in 1966, 1968, 1970 and 1983, is actively developing according to the basic principles of international understanding and human unity.”

 

-Snr. Federico Mayor, Director-General of UNESCO, in his letter of 31.01.98

 

“Auroville as a spiritually-based community using the most modern technology could be a centre for social transformation in the villages around. It could be like the centre of the lotus with the villages as petals. This is how I look at this place.”

 

-Dr.A.T. Aryaratne from social scientist from Sri Lanka former Member of IAC of Auroville.

 

,,”The city of Auroville is a unique human experiment, respecting and celebrating diversity and pluralism,”

-Dr.M.S. Swaminathan, Eminent Scientist and Former Chairman of the Governing Board of Auroville Foundation

” 28 February  2018 will  mark  the  50th  anniversary  of  the  founding  of  Auroville, Further  recognizing  that  Auroville  is  a  successful  and  unique  model  project,  proving  the  capacity  of an  international  community,  after  almost  50  years  of  existence,  to  continue  to  live  up  to  its  initial founding  ideas  of  peace  and  international  harmony  and  which  are  also  UNESCO’s  own  values  and principles,  as  well  as  some of  its  major  priorities

 

Invites  the  Director-General  to  reinforce  the  association  of  UNESCO  with  Auroville  and organize  commemorative activities  for  its  50th  anniversary  and to re-invite the Member  States on the special  occasion  of  Auroville’s  50th  anniversary,  to participate in  Auroville’s  further development. ”

-UNESCO resolution by General Assembly 2017

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