Invoking Sri Aurobindo’s Vision: The Significance of G20 Celebrating His 150th Birth Anniversary at Auroville
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The Group of Twenty (G20) is the premier forum for international economic cooperation. It plays an important role in shaping and strengthening global architecture and governance on all major international economic issues.
Auroville aspires 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 realize human unity.
Auroville was inaugurated in 1968, and residents from 55 nations call Auroville their home. Auroville functions under the aegis of the Auroville Foundation, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Education, Government of India. Auroville has also been recognized by UNESCO, through its 5 resolutions, in the last 55 years.
The Group of Twenty (G20) comprises 19 countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Türkiye, United Kingdom and United States) and the European Union. The G20 members represent around 85% of the global GDP, over 75% of the global trade, and about two-thirds of the world population.
This year, India holds the Presidency of the G20 from 1 December 2022 to 30 November 2023. It is an honour for Auroville, that the Government of India has decided to highlight Auroville during its presidency year. A delegation from G20 countries visited Auroville in January and was touched by the Spirit of Auroville.
In fact, the Spirit of Auroville, which stands for Human Unity, actually embodies the theme of India’s G20 Presidency – “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” or “One Earth · One Family · One Future”. Auroville was set up by the Mother in 1968, based on the ideas and ideals of Sri Aurobindo, to guide us toward a truer and higher life. The writings and teachings of Sri Aurobindo on Integral Yoga suggest to us a simple yet beautiful life, both at an individual and collective level. The G20’s theme also spotlights LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment), with its associated, environmentally sustainable and responsible choices, both at the level of individual lifestyles as well as national development, leading to globally transformative actions resulting in a cleaner, greener and bluer future.
For India, the G20 Presidency also marks the beginning of “Amritkaal”, the 25-year period beginning from the 75th anniversary of its independence on 15 August 2022, leading up to the centenary of its independence, towards a futuristic, prosperous, inclusive and developed society, distinguished by a human-centric approach at its core.
For Auroville and India, the 75th anniversary of India’s independence coincides with the 150th Birth Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo. Auroville wants to support India’s 25-year period ‘Amritkaal’ in its journey towards a purposeful, abundant, peaceful, and conscious species, distinguished by an evolution-centric approach at its core.
The purpose of the visit would be to highlight the raison d’être of Auroville and further emphasise on India’s longstanding support of the global project, to support humanity as a whole. The concept of “One Earth · One Family · One Future” is not new to the Indian ethos. Even in ancient Tamil, there is an equivalent “Yaadum Oorey, Yaavarum Kelir”. Thus, the concept of Human Unity is a gift from the Indian Civilization to the world. The living international City of Auroville is a testament to that eternal fact.
The City of Auroville, also known as the City of Dawn or the City of Future, was envisioned in the 1960s by the Mother, and actuated forever, in 1968. The plan of the City, popularly known as the Galaxy Model, is designed to create a sustainable visionary city. The City provides a simple and sustainable lifestyle, based on the concept of commons. The affordable and adorable building technologies developed in Auroville are world-renowned. Auroville has a unique educational system, called Integral Education, which makes use of the entire City as a Campus. The economy is based on innovation, invention and intelligence. Auroville experiences a huge influx of tourists, but it manages them in a conscious and earth-friendly manner. Culturally, it’s a melting pot of global traditions and worldwide trends. Environmentally, the City of Auroville is an exception to the norm of city progressions. Auroville is perhaps one of the very few cities which have managed to improve its green footprint, instead of reducing it. Altogether, an exceptional model to exhibit around the world, of its emphasis on Lifestyle for the Environment. LiFE@Auroville.
As India marks the beginning of “Amritkaal”, the 25-year period beginning from the 75th anniversary of its independence, leading up to the centenary of its independence, on 15 August 2047, towards a futuristic, prosperous, inclusive and developed society, distinguished by a human-centric approach at its core, it is an apt moment to remember Sri Aurobindo’s five dreams. On the eve of India’s Independence, in 1947, Sri Aurobindo expressed his thoughts and wishes for the new India, through his five dreams. Sri Aurobindo, in his early years, was also a freedom fighter and was the first to demand Total Freedom. Remarkably, he’d predicted India’s independence and resurgence long before its actualisation. His five dreams are United India, Asia’s Resurgence, World Union, Spiritual Gift, and Self Perfection.
India’s Amritkal, cannot fulfil itself to its fullest, without manifesting the five dreams of Sri Aurobindo. The delegation of Auroville will emphasise and highlight the idea of India, whose time has come.
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