Art for Land – for the City of Dawn
... is a collaboration of Aurovilians and friends of Auroville who have come together for the goal of raising urgently-needed funds for Auroville’s designated yet still-missing Master Plan land.
Art for Land is collaboratively organized by Auroville’s Unity Pavilion, the ‘Acres for Auroville” land campaign, and the Auroville Arts Service.
Over 80 Artists from Auroville, Auroville International, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and all over India have generously donated art works in several media - paintings, sculptures, ceramics, prints, glassware, jewelry and photographs – for the exclusive purpose of fundraising for Auroville’s missing land. Several of the contributing artists are widely recognized in India and abroad.
Based on this special collection of beautiful creations, Auroville’s friends can make land donations to ‘Art for Land’ and receive an artwork in recognition of their generosity. Works are distributed by reservation via our website after donation. For details please see ‘How it Works’
Art for Land is entirely non-commercial – the contributions by artists and by donors are land donations - offerings towards a greater purpose and a shared cause!
Land is the material necessity for assuring the security and continued development of the Auroville vision (see below). All Art for land proceeds go to the ‘Acres for Auroville’ land campaign to be used exclusively by Auroville’s Land Board for purchase of missing land in Auroville’s Master Plan area.
* On today's situation and the need to secure the land:
Currently about 10% percent of all lands in the City Area still remain to be acquired, essential for creating a consolidated urban, cultural and economic center. Almost 50% of the Greenbelt area is missing - the green lungs providing water, food and guaranteeing life for the township and its bioregion. Rapid urbanisation spreading from nearby Pondicherry, and the buying-up of agricultural lands for commercial developments both challenge the integrity of Auroville’s harmonious development. For more information on the land and on fundraising for land acquisition, please visit the dedicated site.
Greetings from Auroville to all men of goodwill.
Are invited to Auroville all those who thirst for progress and aspire to a higher and truer life.
Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity.
Humanity is not the last rung of the terrestrial creation.
Evolution continues and man will be surpassed.
Sri AurobindoAuroville is an evolving international township in south India where, for fifty years, an increasing number of people from all over the world have been working on a new way of living and being. Something is being attempted here for the benefit of all. Auroville was founded on 28th February 1968 by Mirra Alfassa, known as the Mother, Sri Aurobindo's spiritual collaborator. Today, almost 50 years later, Auroville is well-established and recognized for both its inspiring vision in action and its practical material results. Auroville has collaborative outreach actions with 80 villages in its bioregion, with the Indian authorities, with numerous non-governmental organisations and world bodies across the globe. It has been recognized by UNESCO for its importance to the future of humanity.
"Man is a transitional being, he is not final. Evolution is not finished; reason is not the last word nor the reasoning animal the supreme figure of Nature," observes Sri Aurobindo, upon whose vision Auroville is based and after whom the township is named. "There is something that he is not yet which he has to be; he is reaching always towards the something yet unrealised; his whole life and nature is a preparation, an endeavour of Nature towards what is beyond.”
In this spirit of evolution and endeavor, the present 2500 residents from almost 50 nations living in Auroville are aware that they may not live to see the project's high aims fully realized. While holding the vision in their heads, hearts and meditations, they positively and with confidence bring their energies to those aspects of the experiment upon which they can actively work, in line with the Auroville Charter.
2. Auroville will be the place of an unending education, of constant progress, and a youth that never ages.
3. Auroville wants to be the bridge between the past and the future. Taking advantage of all discoveries from without and from within, Auroville will boldly spring towards future realisations.
4. Auroville will be a site of material and spiritual researches for a living embodiment of an actual Human Unity.
A DREAM - THE INSPIRATION FOR AUROVILLE
There should be somewhere upon earth a place that no nation could claim as its sole property, a place where all human beings of goodwill, sincere in their aspiration, could live freely as citizens of the world, obeying one single authority, that of the supreme Truth; a place of peace, concord, harmony, where all the fighting instincts of man would be used exclusively to conquer the causes of his suffering and misery, to surmount his weakness and ignorance, to triumph over his limitations and incapacities; a place where the needs of the spirit and the care for progress would get precedence over the satisfaction of desires and passions, the seeking for pleasures and material enjoyments.
In this place, children would be able to grow and develop integrally without losing contact with their soul. Education would be given, not with a view to passing examinations and getting certificates and posts, but for enriching the existing faculties and bringing forth new ones. In this place titles and positions would be supplanted by opportunities to serve and organize. The needs of the body will be provided for equally in the case of each and everyone. In the general organisation intellectual, moral and spiritual superiority will find expression not in the enhancement of the pleasures and powers of life but in the increase of duties and responsibilities.
Artistic beauty in all forms, painting, sculpture, music, literature, will be available equally to all, the opportunity to share in the joys they bring being limited solely by each one's capacities and not by social or financial position.
For in this ideal place money would be no more the sovereign lord. Individual merit will have a greater importance than the value due to material wealth and social position. Work would not be there as the means of gaining one's livelihood, it would be the means whereby to express oneself, develop one's capacities and possibilities, while doing at the same time service to the whole group, which on its side would provide for each one's subsistence and for the field of his work.
In brief, it would be a place where the relations among human beings, usually based almost exclusively upon competition and strife, would be replaced by relations of emulation for doing better, for collaboration, relations of real brotherhood.
Texts by the Mother
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