In the vision of Auroville’s founder, Sri Aurobindo, and his spiritual collaborator, Mirra Alfassa (also known as The Mother), the ideal society would be one where all individuals work selflessly for the common good, motivated by a higher purpose rather than personal gain. The Willing Servitors are those who embody this ideal, and they are seen as the backbone of the community.
In practice, the Willing Servitors of Auroville are volunteers who dedicate themselves to various aspects of community life, such as farming, construction, education, or arts. They often live in communal settings and receive basic necessities such as food and shelter in exchange for their services. The aim is to create a self-sustaining community where everyone contributes according to their abilities and receives according to their needs.
The concept of Willing Servitors is closely linked to the spiritual philosophy of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, who believed that true fulfillment and happiness could only be achieved by transcending the ego and serving a higher purpose. Auroville, therefore, is not just a social experiment but also a spiritual one, aimed at creating a model for a new kind of humanity based on spiritual principles.