My Work for Auroville Since 1972

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A non-Aurovilian spiritual seeker from the US, who came to South India several times during the last few of the eighteen years I spent at Repos (then the main Beach Community of Auroville), around 2014, and who became a friend then, is still keeping in touch through email and this Research Blog of mine, as we have in common many spiritual interests.  But a recent comment by him made me realize suddenly that I had somehow left him ignorant of what my work for Auroville actually was, and this, at a time when it seemed pretty much like I was just looking after Repos as a whole and its Guest facilities in particular. When that whole era came to an end because of the coastal erosion that brutally wiped out the place, what work remained for me to do for Auroville after that must have been a rather confusing question indeed for those who didn’t know better!

As quite a few of my visitors here know me only through this Blog, they could very well be as ignorant, or at least not have a clear idea at all either, of what has been my work for Auroville, and where, since joining in 1972. To remedy this, I am posting a copy of my reply to that friend, as a cheerful piece of information for all, that will later be permanently available as an added Page, for it will help people figure out which Auroville place I am talking about in this or that Post, why, and in which area it is located:

Dear friend,

You are asking me:
“So are you working for Auroville again? Volunteering at a library or research? ”

My surprised answer is:

But I never stopped working for Auroville!…  😀
There is a misunderstanding somewhere, it would seem, in your image of me and my work for AV, that needs clarifying… Here goes:

From my arrival in 1972 as a young certified teacher in the Classics (yes, French, Latin and Greek Literature!…), I did much appreciated work teaching French as a second language at the various schools starting to exist, and also helping build Matrimandir, while already doing a lot of important evolutive research work on my own, unofficially, because I couldn’t help but doing it, for my own evolution first of all.
But in 1984 I was led to become very officially the founder and head researcher of the ‘Laboratory of Evolution – Centre for Human Unity’ (LOE-CHU), still located for the time being at Bharat Nivas, just next to the small official Indian Post-office also located there.
The ever richer Specialized Library that the LOE-CHU has now, was actually started and developed by me from 1984 on, and run entirely by me for the first several years. But it was so time-consuming that the Research aspect of my work was hindered, so it is with relief that I finally entrusted our Library to another then (and ever) young Aurovilian lady who proposed herself for that work in 1990, and still does it with a small team of other Aurovilians, while a few other persons joined me also for the Research aspect.
I still attend to the Library work one afternoon a week, although by now all my other work is done at ‘Luminosity’ (in my little office downstairs or even my home upstairs) as there is no room left in our small building at Bharat Nivas: the Research and all the work it entails has to happen elsewhere – but at least with the big advantage of having all this ever growing amount of documentation available right in our LOE-CHU Library, which many other Aurovilians and Guests cherish too.
After twenty years of unexpectedly but increasingly having experiences of an awakening Cellular Consciousness, which I kept carefully secret, in 1996 the secret accidentally was revealed. The workshops about that cutting edge specific topic and the Integral Yoga in general, that I was asked to give in Auroville from 1998 on (from 2001 to 2007, also invited all over the world) have never stopped: even while I was still at Repos (and doing a lot of other work there), and later more inland, at Djaïma, for two years, people would keep coming to me for my Integral Yoga or Cellular Consciousness workshops – and now all the more of course, as I live more in the Centre, at Luminosity. But I don’t want to travel any longer, it is too tiring.
The blog I am writing since 2011 is only an addition to that, one more expression of the experiential as well as theoretical Evolutive Research that is going on in me for so many years, literally at every single moment of my life and at all levels of my being: the Integral Yoga says ‘All life is Yoga’, and for evolutive purposes it cannot but be that way…!
So I would never stop that evolutive work and this research I love doing about it. I am ever so grateful to the Divine that it has become since 1984 my official work for Auroville, providing me with a maintenance for my basic needs, and so enabling me not to need any other outer work than what is anyway my true passion, my life’s mission to both live and document.
And that Research includes of course as well whatever evolutive progress I notice anywhere else, in Auroville itself or in other parts of the world…. for example in the USA: this is how thanks to miraculous funding I visited twice (in 1991 and 2001) both the Edgar Cayce Foundation (A.R.E.) and the Monroe Institute (TMI), that I had first discovered the existence and work of much earlier, through my own Research (see some of my blog-posts about that, under the Cayce and Monroe respective Categories liste in the right margin).
Hoping that all confusion about my work for Auroville is now cleared for good,

Bhaga 🙂

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. silrakk
    Sep 07, 2017 @ 19:16:04

    I’m glad my question had some greater utility than shedding light on this area of my ignorance. Lets keep going.

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