Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The disagreeable yet congruous

Its rather unbelieveable how,even in today's world where all one is interested in is himself, there exist the likes of the inhabitants of this small "universal township" called Auroville, near Puducherry in South India. This was an idea of Mirra Alfassa, known as "The Mother", who organized the followers of Sri Aurobindo into the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. the idea was later accepted by UNESCO.The inhabitants include nationals of 32 odd countries across the globe. Their stated purpose is "to realize human unity in diversity". They are foresters, mediatators and workers. Among other activities, they make hand-made paper and incense sticks and commute by bi-cycles. Interesting huh? Yes it is. My point is, who are these men and women? Which segments of societies do they hail from? They have left behind their families, friends and careers to spend a lifetime among people from different countries, different political and social views, different religions and beliefs. What happens to their aspirations for life, their aptitude for sports? Or is it that they never had any. Perhaps, these recluses have found the answer to their aspirations on that land confined within a few hundred acres of land. No matter how quixotic the idea may appear at the first glance, they, afterall, are 2000 odd people who have made Auroville their way of life. Kudos!

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