People & Talk
Portraits of Aurovilians and their ideas about their lives and society.
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Usually and generally
I am a pain in the ass for our
in-bred authorities. And some of those
we have here.
And since Mother said "no rules",
that s what I am doing.
When you come here,
you are nobody. So for us it´s
very easy to pick up these people
and make them conscious.
And let their soul just relax.
Angelika & Selvi
Music seems to be
a gate or portal or a connection.
Both ways. Either deep down
into the sub-conscience or into
the highest unimaginable heights.
I think music is the bridge,
it s the jacob´s ladder,
which can ascend or descend.
My job is to confuse people,
to present many different ideas
and then they can make
their own choices.
Not to persuade them to go on
a specific path
Growing up here I don´t see
the different skin colours,
I don´t see if someone is black, or is white,
or whatever caste, religion, background,
if he is poor or rich.
I never felt, that i should give less
respect for this guy
or more respect for that person, no.
Here, people are not
separated from each other.
They are interested in other cultures.
Here I work on the Africa House project,
where I want to connect with my roots.
The whole of Auroville is a
vast school of learning.
Does it mean we have to repeat
the structures of school in
the industrial world?
We are now in a new age,
the information age.
Auroville is a process first
of un-learning, who you are.
I always use the image
that all the wonderful things
which happen in Auroville are in bubbles.
There is this bubble, and it´s fantastic
and there is another one that is great
and there are so many inspiring
and impressive bubbles in Auroville,
but they are not connected.
Auroville is a field where
so many things are possible,
these possibilities will be your teacher,
even your body can become a teacher.
If you listen carefully
it´ s a great adventure.
Auroville is not the place
where you complain.
If you want to complain
you go elsewhere.
You are here because
you chose to be here.
You gonna work really hard
to make this place happen.
One of the principles of Auroville
is karma yoga, means, your work
is your yoga.
You don´t work because
you´re making money,
it´s a different idea.
Your work is what makes you happy.
Because you´re doing what you
want to do.
And you are serving.
And service is a fulfilling work.
You see, kids sometimes
the most secure of them,
the less secure don´ t want
to know about that.
I´ ve noticed, that often
they get to a point
where they panic.
If you can help them to deal with chaos,
they will learn a lot.
I never liked to leave things
is a nice place
to do our surf-school.
We take kids from schools ,
we give free sessions for them.
Now we can start to give back
to the community
as much as we can.
You give, you take,
you get, you share.
This is the growth,
it always works,
but then people give up
very easily, because now
everything you want fast,
Conflict is actually not personal.
So, if me and my mom have a conflict,
it doesn´t just impact me and her.
It impacts my friends or my
brother or her friends.
So the conflict belongs to the community
and the people that are named
to be in the circle.
The finding of your center is the key
to the unity that we are seeking.
The difference is threatening,
racial or perspective difference.
But when you are founded with
your deepest truth,
you have instantanious trust.
Then you have your trail of light.
But you have a choice here!
I love India, but I also want
to go abroad to Europe.
You can be happy anywhere in the world,
but this is my home and
I will always be happy here.
It s such an amazing experience.
I can´t imagine, how my life would be,
if I would not have been born in Auroville.
Integral yoga aims at changing ourself
and finally adapt to the situation
where we are:
because we are the problem on the planet,
there is no other problem on the planet,
it´s the human species.
Money cannot be
If you don´t have leaders
if you don´t have owners,
you end up doing nothing,
There is a newcomer process
that you have to do, when you
want to integrate here.
It´s about one full year
you have to stay here to be
involved somewhere .
During that time you need to be
you need quite some money.
Suhasini & Lukas
We are a patriotic bunch of people:
Those who look at us, our failures
and still see our enthusiasm,
see the potential of Auroville.
None of us is brilliant and none of us
is inspiring individually.
But collectively we tend to inspire people
despite of the little nonsense that we do.
How to share paradise?
This came to my mind when I
first came to Auroville. In Germany,
like in most of the rest of the world,
people don´t have any understanding,
what life is actually for.