Living Together in Peace: Auroville’s Model of a Human Unity

A Vision of Unity

“Unity is the secret, a complex, understanding and embracing unity.”

Auroville’s journey began with the visionary Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa (The Mother), who envisioned a place where people from all corners of the world could live together in peace and unity. This vision transcended the narrow confines of nationalism and embraced the concept of a global family. Their message was clear: humanity must move beyond divisions and conflicts, working together for the common good.

Overcoming Obstacles

“At the time of the Partition we ourselves had been blessed with a vision of Mother Bengal, that was a vision of unity, hence the future unity and progress of Bengal is assured. But the unified image of Mother India is yet to be realised.”

Auroville’s journey hasn’t been without challenges. India’s partition and the subsequent conflicts between various communities posed significant obstacles to the idea of unity. However, Auroville remained resolute, believing that the ultimate unity of India, and indeed the world, could be achieved through a shared vision of a higher purpose.

The Triumph of Unity

“For passive resistance to succeed unity, perseverance and thoroughness are the first requisites.”

Auroville’s success story is not just about lofty ideals but also about practical implementation. It emphasizes the importance of unity, perseverance, and thoroughness in achieving shared goals. The victory of the people of Tuticorin in their struggle against injustice serves as a testament to the power of collective action.

A Journey Within

“When this unity has been realised by the individual in every part of his being, he becomes perfect, pure, liberated from ego and the dualities, possessed of the entire divine felicity.”

Auroville is not just about external unity; it’s also about inner transformation. The philosophy emphasizes that true unity can only be achieved when individuals realize it within themselves. This introspective journey leads to liberation from ego and the dualities of life, allowing individuals to experience divine felicity.

Unity in Diversity

“Nationalism is a truth, unity of the human race is also a truth and only the harmony of these two truths can bring the highest good of humanity.”

Auroville’s model of unity advocates a harmonious coexistence of nationalism and the unity of the human race. It recognizes that diversity is a strength and that the highest good for humanity can only be achieved when these two truths are in harmony. This message resonates not only in India but across the globe.

Auroville’s Message for the World

“By knowledge we seek unity with the Divine in his conscious being: by works we seek also unity with the Divine in his conscious being, not statically, but dynamically, through conscious union with the divine Will; but by love we seek unity with him in all the delight of his being.”

In a world marred by conflicts and divisions, Auroville stands as a beacon of hope, reminding us that unity is not just a lofty idea but a tangible reality. It emphasizes that unity can be achieved through knowledge, works, and love, leading to a harmonious existence with both fellow humans and the divine.


Auroville’s journey is a testament to the power of unity and the transformative potential of collective action. It encourages us to move beyond the limitations of our divisions and work together for a common purpose. In a world where conflicts often overshadow cooperation, Auroville’s message of unity, peace, and inner transformation is a source of inspiration and a path toward a better future for humanity.

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