Auroville

Auroville is meant for one thing and one thing only: humanity as a whole, which means that the community should not belong to no one in particular and be a place of material and spiritual research for a living embodiment of an actual Human Unity.

Auroville is a complex society that was founded 1968 by Mirra Alfassa also known as the Mother. She defined and explained the purpose of Auroville: “Auroville is meant to be a universal community 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 realize human unity.”

Auroville is not like other communities. For the first time in my life, I see a community that is trying to be their own society- independent of governance and other actors. Of course they are not able to stand outside of the system fully, but their attempt to only use local organic foods and trying to keep things in Auroville create a value and identity for the people in the area. We are one, it doesn’t matter where you come and have done before. This makes Auroville unique, unlike any other community in our world.  

Approximately 1500 people live in Auroville, a laboratory for the development of human consensus. Their residents are not tied to any religious belief and the society should have room for alternative lifestyle and different individual life choices. It is a place which people move from far, far away to express your dreams. It’s the own journey, to find peace, concentration and release everything in your body. To not feel any anger, frustration and credence any more.

Instead of using paper and coin as a currency, people that chooses to live here gets an account card that is connected with their central account bank. Visitors are allowed to requested for a temporarily Auroville card. This is one of many attempts to change the value of currency.   They could just as well use 1000 apples instead of changing money for some numbers. Auroville wants that people do not have to consider the economic factors. Another business that Auroville have is the shop”Pour Tous” where you can get the things that you need. You buy yourself into the system with a small amount, and for example, if it’s going to rain soon and you know it, you can go the shop and borrow an umbrella. When you feel the umbrella is not needed any more, you can go back to the shop and leave it. At the same time you maybe think that you have things that you don’t use, that you can give the shop like a pair of boots. The purpose with the shop is that material things should go around people so you not over-consume.

It is impossible to explain the world of this society in one small text. People have written large books in this subject and even then you have to read between the lines if you want to understand its complexity. This was only an attempt to open your eyes for a new world that is trying to be sustainable. 

/By Filip Johansson, Linneaus University

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