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Proposal for a Collective Call (2016)

The following proposal was shared as early as August 2015 with a few people here and there and some members of working groups, and again in the early days of January 2016.Apert from a few vague responses such as “I love it, there must be a few others in Auroville who feel the same way…”, nothing came of it, even when I suggested it could be circulated anonymously so as not to burden it with any personal reactions of prejudices. […]

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A Personal Note from a Recidivist

A Personal Note from a Recidivist Reading this note of refusal, I felt: “alright, this road too has come to an end…”I wrote back, briefly, to ask for the courtesy of a signed clarification, observing that the reasons for this censorship were unclear to me, since I had not attacked anyone personally.On Tuesday the 6th of January 2009, I accessed again my e-mail and found two notes of reply; the first one an indignant and plainly hostile rebuttal, signed by […]

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On Various Collective Penances

The next contribution would have been published on 03-01-09, if all had gone well… But things happened differently. I sent the article early on, in the evening of Sunday the 28th of December, 2008, from an Internet booth on the East Coast Road, as the computer in my brother’s house had been out of order and I was not sure to have access to any other computer connected to Internet before the following Wednesday, last day for entering contributions. Then […]

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On Offerings and Maintenance (20-12-2008)

On Offerings and Maintenance (20-12-2008) Ruthless is the focus brought to bear, by such physical, ‘natural’ events as have recently occurred and are occurring with increasing frequency all over the earth, on where we stand in relation to the material reality in whose bosom we exist. As complex individualized beings at once blessed and cursed to fulfill our destinies as co-rulers and co-creators, we generally tend to want, almost at any cost, to preserve whatever we have acquired in terms […]

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On Certainties and the Unknown

Heavy rains started on the 24 th of November, the day of the Darshan; the next day a cyclone began blowing from the North-East; it went down the coast and returned up, devastating the entire coastal area and pouring a deluge of rains inland. This went on till the 27 th; the following night an enormous rain came down for hours. Then it eased off. Over 50 poles were snapped and most of the power lines were down in the […]

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On Titles and Goats(22-11-2008)

On Titles and Goats(22-11-2008) That unconditional respect is due to every being, every figure of existence and every form of life is a law universally recognized, but arbitrarily and erratically observed. Yet, it is easy to see that its generalized application would change the world. Why than has it been so largely and disastrously ignored?Perhaps it is because, even though the ethical mind has conceived of it and formulated it, human beings do not as yet have the capacity to […]

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On 64 and Solidarity (08-11-2008)

This was written partly in response to a survey announced in the “Auroville News and Notes” on how to rightly provide for the Aurovilians beyond 64 years of age; there was a call to all to give their feedbacks on the matter of ageing in Auroville, what may be missing, what one would expect of the community, what one would recommend… The initiators of this survey explained they had given it the appellation “64” after a famous song of the […]

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On Us and Them (25-10-2008)

On Us and Them (25-10-2008) Basic spiritual experience reveals, thankfully, that the Divine is not separate from the world – including, stunningly, the whole of humanity!Simple logic dictates, therefore, that service to the Divine is necessarily and at the same time service to the world as well.Yet on this fundamental articulation, we continue to exhibit an ambivalence that is quite baffling, to say the least.We are supposedly building Auroville on behalf of humanity, as a first cradle of a more […]

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On Plans and Priorities

One of the editors of the “Auroville News and Notes” had sent me a scolding, regarding this last piece, reminding me that contributions to the “Notes section” must not exceed 500 words; however I did not see the mail until after publication. For the next note I tried to remain brief, but barely succeeded! It appeared on 11-10-08. Reading this issue, I found that the Working Committee entirely ignored my short objection to their stipulating a time-limit for serving in […]

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On Consumption and Awareness (27-09-2008)

On Consumption and Awareness (27-09-2008) There is possibly a widespread – ‘global’? – confusion between knowledge and meaning, between accessing knowledge and becoming aware.The current alliance of technology and consumerism is acting as a great leveler: while it tends to level all human societies to the single common gradation of financial and political power, it also establishes the reign of the undeveloped, untransformed physical mind as the single common denominator and filter.All knowledge is thus treated as information which is […]

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