India's PM Narendra Modi visits Auroville on 25 February 2018
Text of PM's address at Auroville,
I am happy to be here today on the occasion of the golden
jubilee week of Auroville. Sri Aurobindo’s vision of India’s spiritual
leadership continues to inspire us, even today.
Indeed, Auroville is a manifestation of that vision.Over the
last five decades, it has emerged as a hub of social, cultural, educational,
economic and spiritual innovation.
It is important today to remember the vast extent of action and
thought of Shri Aurobindo.
A man of action, a philosopher, a poet, there were so many
facets to his character. And each of them was dedicated to the good of the
nation and humanity.
In the words of RabindraNath Tagore:
Rabindranath, O Aurobindo, bows to thee!
O friend, my country's friend, O voice incarnate , free,
Of India's soul!
As The Mother had observed, Auroville was to be a universal
town. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity.
The large gathering here today, is a reflection of that idea.
For ages, India has been a spiritual destination for the world. The great
universities of Nalanda and Taxila hosted students from all over the
world. Many of the world's great religions were born here. They motivate
people from all walks of life,) to take to a spiritual path in their day to day
Recently, the United Nations has declared June 21 as
International Day of Yoga, recognizing a great Indian tradition. Auroville has
brought together men and women, young and old, cutting across boundaries
I understand that Auroville’s Charter was hand-written in French
by the Divine Mother herself. According to the Charter, the Mother set five
high principles for Auroville.
The first high principle of Auroville is that it belongs to all
humanity. This is a reflection of our ancient credo of VasudhaivaKutumbakam --
the world is one family.
I am told, that the inauguration ceremony of Auroville in 1968
was attended by delegates of 124 nations. I learn that today, it has over two
thousand, four hundred residents from forty-nine countries.
This leads us to the second high principle of Auroville. Anyone
who is willingly in service of the Divine Consciousness is entitled to live in
Maharishi Aurobindo’s philosophy of Consciousness integrates not
just humans, but the entire universe.This matches with the ancient saying in
the Ishavasya Upanishad.This has been translated by Mahatma Gandhi to mean
“everything down to the tiniest atom is divine”.
The third founding principle of Auroville is that it will emerge
as the bridge between the past and the future. If one looks at where the world
and India were in 1968 when Auroville was founded, the world was living in
compartments and in a state of cold war. The idea of Auroville saw the world
getting integrated by trade, travel and communication.
Auroville was conceived with the vision of enveloping the whole
of humanity in one small area. This would show that the future would see an
integrated world. The fourth founding principle of Auroville is that it will
connect the spiritual and material approaches of the contemporary world. As the
world progresses materially through science and technology, it will
increasingly long for and need spiritual orientation for social order and
At Auroville, the material and the spiritual, co-exist in
The fifth basic principle of Auroville is that it will be a
place of un-ending learning and constant progress, so that it never stagnates.
The progress of humanity calls for continuous thinking and
re-thinking, so that the human mind does not become frozen into one idea.
The very fact that Auroville has brought together such huge
diversity of people and ideas makes dialogue and debate natural.
Indian society is fundamentally diverse. It has fostered
dialogue and a philosophic tradition. Auroville show-cases this ancient Indian
tradition to the world by bringing together global diversity.
India has always allowed mutual respect and co-existence of
different religions and cultures. India is home to the age old tradition of
Gurukul, where learning is not confined to classrooms; where life is a living
laboratory. Auroville too has developed as a place of un-ending and life-long
In ancient times, our sages and ‘Rishis’ would perform ‘yagya’
to begin great endeavours. Occasionally, those yagyas would shape the course of
One such ‘Yagna’ for unity was performed here exactly 50 years
ago. Men and Women brought soils from all parts of the world. In the mixing of
the soils, began the journey of one-ness.
The world has received positive vibrations from Auroville, in
many forms, over the years.
Be it un-ending education, environment regeneration, renewable
energy, organic agriculture, appropriate building technologies, water
management, or waste management. Auroville has been a pioneer.
You have done a lot to promote quality education in the country.
On the occasion of 50 years of Auroville, I hope you can enhance your efforts
in this direction. Serving young minds through education will be a big tribute
to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
Many of you may not be aware, but I too, have been a follower of
your efforts on education. Shri Kireet Bhai Joshi, an ardent disciple of Sri
Aurobindo, and the Mother, was an eminent educationist.
He was also my Education Advisor, when I was the Chief Minister
of Gujarat. He is not amongst us today. But his contribution to the field of
education in India, is worth remembering.
The Rig Veda states: “आनोभद्रा: क्रतवोयन्तुविश्वत:”; Let noble thoughts come to us
from all sides.
May Auroville continue to come up with ideas to empower the
ordinary citizens of this country.
May people from far and wide bring with them new ideas. May
Auroville become the centre where these ideas are synthesized.
May Auroville serve as a beacon to the world.
May it be the guardian which calls for breaking down narrow
walls of the mind. May it continue to invite everyone to celebrate the
possibilities of humanity’s one-ness.
May the spirit of Maharishi Aurobindo and the Divine Mother,
continue to guide Auroville to the eventual fulfilment of its lofty founding