February 28 marks the Foundation Day of Auroville, the city of Dawn, the city the earth needs, as the Mother once said. Presented below are some pictures from the Dawn-fire we attended on February 28, 2016.
All the selected quotes are from the Volume 13 of the Collected Works of the Mother. Photographer: Suhas Mehra
Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity. (8 September 1965)
Auroville, the City at the service of Truth (28 February 1968)
As long as you are for some and against others, you are necessarily outside the Truth.
You should constantly keep good will and love in your heart and let them pour out on all with tranquillity and equality. (16 December 1966)
Question: How can people having different values live and work together in harmony?
The solution is to go deep within oneself and find the place where all the differences combine to constitute the essential and eternal Unity. (4 May 1969)
a place where men can live away from all national rivalries, social conventions, self contradictory moralities and contending religions;
a place where human beings, freed from all slavery to the past, can devote themselves wholly to the discovery and practice of the Divine Consciousness that is seeking to manifest.
Auroville wants to be this place and offers itself to all who aspire to live the Truth of tomorrow. (20 September 1969)
Peace through human unity:
Unity through uniformity is an absurdity.
Unity must be realised through the union of the many.
Each one is part of the unity; each one is indispensable to the whole. (October 1969)
Auroville wants to be the first realisation of human unity based on the teaching of Sri Aurobindo, where men of all countries would be at home. (January 1972)
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.
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. (28 February 1968)
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Linking with ABC Wednesday, H: H is for Human Unity