was founded as a project of the Sri Aurobindo Society on Wednesday 28
February 1968 by Mirra Alfassa, "The Mother". She was spiritual collaborator of
Sri Aurobindo, who believed that "man is a transitional being". Mother expected
that this experimental "universal township" would contribute significantly in the
"progress of humanity towards its splendid future by bringing together people of
goodwill and aspiration for a better world." Mother also believed that such a universal
township will contribute decisively to the Indian renaissance (Ref. Mother's Agenda,
Vol. 9, dt.3.02.68). The Government of India endorsed the township, and in 1966,
UNESCO also endorsed it inviting the member-states to participate in the development
of Auroville. UNESCO re-endorsed Auroville four times more in the course of the
last 40 years. In the inauguration ceremony attended by delegates
of 124 nations on 28 February 1968, Mother gave Auroville its 4-point Charter setting
forth her vision of Integral living: Auroville belongs to nobody in particular.
Auroville belongs to humanity as a whole. But to live in Auroville, one must be
the willing servitor of the Divine Consciousness.
- Auroville will be the place of an unending education, of constant progress, and
a youth that never ages.
- 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
- Auroville will be a site of material and spiritual researches for a living embodiment
of an actual Human Unity.