Auroville: Laboratory of Evolution
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Auroville is a universal township in the making for a population of up to 50,000 people from around the world. It is located in south India, mostly in the State of Tamil Nadu (some parts are in the State of Puducherry), a few kilometres inland from the Coromandel Coast, approx 160 kms south of Chennai (previously Madras) and 10 kms north of the town of Puducherry.
The concept of Auroville – an ideal township devoted to an experiment in human unity – came to “the Mother” as early as the 1930s. In the mid 1960s the Sri Aurobindo Society in Pondicherry proposed to Her that such a township should be started. She gave her blessings. The concept was then put before the Govt. of India, who gave their backing and took it to the General Assembly of UNESCO. In 1966 UNESCO passed a unanimous resolution commending it as a project of importance to the future of humanity, thereby giving their full encouragement.
The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity—in diversity. Today Auroville is recognized as the first and only internationally endorsed ongoing experiment in human unity and transformation of consciousness, also concerned with—and practically researching—sustainable living and the future cultural, environmental, social and spiritual needs of mankind.
Auroville is considered a “laboratory of evolution.”
Visitors to Auroville are sometimes disappointed to find here no Ashram, no typical tourist attractions or generally welcoming atmosphere. This is firstly because Auroville is an experiment in human unity and secondly because Auroville is not a tourist place, despite being referred to in travel and tourist literature. Guests are requested to give a contribution of Rs 100 per day per adult, reduced to Rs 50 per day for students and teenagers up to the age of 18.