Our ‘Auroville’s Golden Jubilee’… as Aurovilians

My latest post before this one was on Feb. 9th…  As too often nowadays, nearly one month has elapsed between that one and this new one I am at last able to start.

But this time it is not due only to my own private circumstances. Here is what I wrote in answer to a comment about that prior article of mine:

“I am quite grateful to you, dear Rick, for such an excellent comment on my article and the main points it touched! You are adding information to it, and a link that I’ll be happy to go to as soon as this yearly ‘Special Week’ we are having here in Auroville at this time of the year will be over and I get again some extra time for reading…! The fact that this year Auroville’s Birthday on the 28th will be its Fiftieth Birthday, or ‘Golden Jubilee’, with all the many various celebrations you can imagine, doesn’t make things any easier… 😀 “

Later on, a certainly hoped for, but at the same time tremendously aggravating outer circumstance did materialize: the Prime Minister of India, Sri Narendra Modi, came to visit in person on Feb. 25th!… This made top news across India:

It wasn’t in Pondicherry of course, but in Auroville itself, and the audience that can be seen seated in our vast Sri Aurobindo Auditorium at Bharat Nivas (the cultural Pavilion of India, among the many Cultural Pavilions already built or to be erected in that specific area of Auroville) are Aurovilians, as is also the Indian lady presenter next to the VIPs lined up on the stage on both sides of the Prime Minister.

Well, that so important ‘Golden Jubilee’ of Auroville – celebrated with due grandness and beauty three days later, on the 28th, anniversary of the actual date of its Foundation Ceremony in 1968 – is now over indeed, and I am indeed getting again some free time… not yet for reading anything, but at least for writing a new post for this blog of mine!!!

About that ‘Golden Jubilee’ of course. Not from the point of view of one of the many, many outsiders who, in whatever official or unofficial capacity, attended in some way the event(s), but from an insider’s point of view: the point of view of an Aurovilian who has herself been living and working here since 1972, that is, forty-five years – quite a long while, as you can see – and is able to fully appreciate the truly enormous, unbelievable changes that have happened here during that time.

From the dreadful barren land with a handful of precarious huts huddling together here and there under a scorching sun, to the present almost overabundant greenery and the quite visibly emerging City in the midst of it, with buildings such as the magnificent one in which, oh incredible but true fact, I am now myself living, what a huge miracle seems to have happened! Not to mention these Golden Jubilee celebrations in themselves too: the overflowing miracle of event after event presented in practically every place of Auroville, practically non-stop, during this entire ‘Birthday Week’ (from Mother’s Birthday on Feb. 21st to Auroville’s on Feb. 28th) made even more significant this time around because it was the 50th Birthday of our dear Auroville!…

From the way I have myself experienced in the recent few months the totally bewildering ups and downs of preparing my own little event (for my own birthday on the 23rd) at and for the African Pavilion, in the middle of all this whirlwind of other events being prepared everywhere else as well, I can say the sum of all our efforts seems to have been enormous, but would have come finally to nothing much if not by the palpable help of the Divine Grace getting rid for us of all the apparently insurmountable obstacles we were all facing in our extremely diverse and daring endeavors.

For this is for me the even bigger miracle that has happened over the years of our steady, stubborn, obstinate presence here: the inner miracle, the one that started transforming each of us radically, through the sheer magic of Faith.

The odds were, from the start in 1968 and at any further point in time too, ever so much against us, it couldn’t be but out of faith, an ever-growing faith, less and less in our own human efforts, but more and more in the Divine Help, that we took on all we attempted to do – and indeed managed to do in the end, however impossible it may have seemed at first… and usually for a long, long while after that.

We each may have grown in our own unique way, each gradually shedding some of our uniquely blended personal human problems, but we have all grown together in that common, collective way: acquiring more and more patience, and more and more perseverance, in one word more and more of that miraculous ingredient in all of us human beings: Faith.

Faith in the Divine before doing any of the various completely crazy things we just had invariably to do as the years passed, and Gratitude for the Divine afterwards, when quite miraculously it had been done.

Those who are coming only now to Auroville, especially from the West, have no way to even imagine how simply impossible at every step it has all been, to get to the point where Auroville is now.

So in the end it unexpectedly becomes somehow fun. Sheer fun!!!

Of course we still have to put in the personal effort, the concrete proof that yes, we really do want it to happen, but by now we aren’t truly anxious anymore about the outcome: if it’s the true thing that is to happen, the Divine will make it happen against all odds anyway – and if it doesn’t happen, well, that simply means it wasn’t really what had to happen, or not in that form, and so it’s good that it didn’t happen: it will happen in its true form later, that’s all…

This is how, phoning yesterday affectionately a friend and colleague Aurovilian just gone out for a week for giving a seminar elsewhere in India, after both of us had had no time to meet as usual during those last crazy ten days, we soon found ourselves irresistibly laughing together over this whole ordeal that it had been.

Laughing with the sheer inner delight that comes from knowing inwardly this so secret and so wonderful Fact: that if you, from your own part, are really giving it your all, in all sincerity and trust, then there is no need to worry: the Divine will do all the rest for you, that you couldn’t possibly do, and the Impossible will happen again and again, on a regular basis, as the New Way of Life so many of us here have been longing for so ardently in our minds, hearts and bodies – still human to a large extent, yes, but at the same time, to some extent at least, already not quite human any longer… and it feels so incredibly wonderful that it is so!!!

To know from direct, repeated experience that you can count on that Divine Help, because the Divine is more and more for you that Immense, limitless, Eternal, all-powerful, Knowing and Loving Being that is in you and all around you, in Whom you have eternally your own being, quite safely and blissfully, so that taking on the worthy Challenge which for the divine spirit, part of the Divine, that you are, is this Physical World, becomes Divine Fun indeed… all that becomes gradually Divine Delight – even for the very cells of your physical body in their own profound awakening.

In this so precious Auroville, in which we are so blessed to live, all of the above is on its way to become the Collective Realization of an ever-growing number of Aurovilians, in a new kind of society that is already benefiting Humanity as a whole.

May our gratitude go for ever to the two heroic Pioneers of Conscious Evolution, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, who have made it all possible through their own bodies, first of all in this Auroville they envisioned, founded and guided in its first years, their Two-in-One Consciousness still invisibly helping it to keep growing towards the full Truth of its envisioned Future as an official, recognized first Universal City, the Cradle of the true, loving Superhumanity that we are slowly evolving into…

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