Why Auroville?

“The same thing which in the history of the universe made the earth the symbolic representation of the universe so as to concentrate the work on one point, the same phenomenon is now taking place: India is the representation of all human difficulties on earth, and it is in India that the … cure will be found. And then, that is why … I was made to start Auroville.
Mother’s Agenda Vol. 9, 3rd February 1968

“Auroville wants 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 realise human unity.”
Mirra Alfassa, Founder of Auroville

Auroville is a planned universal township for up to 50,000 people under development in south east India, located by the Coromandel Coast some 10 kilometres north of Pondicherry. Aspects of Auroville can be found in other projects and communities around the world, but Auroville is the world’s first and only internationally recognised experiment in human unity, also concerned with – and practically researching into – the future cultural, environmental, social and spiritual needs of mankind. Its global importance is emphasised by the fact that it has been endorsed by UNESCO as well as other international bodies and enjoys the full support and encouragement of the Government of India, its host nation.

Thus, Auroville’s work is not confined only to meeting the needs of the township, or to those of the wider bio-region. Auroville sees itself as a place of research and experimentation for humanity as a whole, not only into sustainable practices – such as in the fields of agriculture and energy generation – but more importantly into the establishment for the first time on earth of a practical human unity applicable to all people and all nations. As such it is a unique and important experiment, role-model and potential catalyst for changing global perceptions, lifestyles and practices for the benefit of all humanity – independently of political, religious or cultural influences.