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Points de Vue

Vous trouverez ici une série d'articles qui furent publiés dans les Nouvelles et Notes d'Auroville en 2007-08 sous la rubrique "Points de Vue", chacun intitulé par son propre titre.

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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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On Journeying and Delight

On Journeying and Delight The main weakness of the idealist, however brave one is, lies in the tendency to discount, or to shy away from addressing it directly, the basic contradiction that is lodged in our human nature and condition; the idealist usually prefers to invest with a kind of blind, superstitious faith, the virtual transforming capacity that must eventually radiate from the chosen ideal. The main strength of the ambitious, driven pragmatist, however decent one is, lies in the […]

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A response to the proposed WC mandate for the Road Service (title entered by the editors)

In the evening of the 3rd of September – the day of Chaturthy when all of India celebrates Lord Ganesha – another of us passed away: Aruna was thrown off her two-wheeler by a speeding bus on the East Coast Road, and passed a couple of hours later from massive internal bleeding; she would have been 60 on the 19th. Aruna had been a very close friend to me for a number of years; we hardly ever saw each other […]

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On Crowns and Communication (30-08-2008)

On Crowns and Communication (30-08-2008) By all accounts we seem to have built an extraordinary monument in our midst.It is another matter that the radical shift from the original vision of a sheltered, central sanctuary, harboring the richness and beauty of Material Nature, to this highly visible golden affirmation reigning over its own controlled environment – not a weed or a wild flower to mar the calibrated, enhanced green of its lawns – remains to this day unexplained.Be that as […]

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The New Spirit of Our Economy

And here is the note written by Jean-Yves: The New Spirit of Our Economy To be part of a group that has to deal with our economic guidelines is a worthwhile experience and everyone should be offered the opportunity.One realizes that the main features of the Auroville project are slowly but surely fading: work done as an offering instead of a way of earning one’s living, the possibility for each one to find a work according to one’s aspiration, an […]

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On Incarnation end Freedom

On Incarnation end Freedom The actual incarnation of an ideal is, for much of what we still are, a botheration.It is a troublesome affair that keeps disturbing us at the roots of the beliefs, assumptions, habits and prejudices which generally contribute to our sense of belonging, cultural identity and continuity. Our ideal is very high and, by definition, it is all-embracing.At least centrally, we want it very much to manifest: we are here because of our inner commitments to give […]

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On Nooses and Links (02-08-2008)

On Nooses and Links (02-08-2008) There is no denying the fact that our collective head is presently in the noose.To struggle valiantly or to wriggle ingratiatingly, to holler our goodness or to remonstrate virtuously, to apportion blame or to scheme cleverly, it all seems to further activate the trap.This is indeed an awkward posture. There may be those who, for a little while longer, may indulge in thinking themselves immune but that, actually, is quite irrelevant. To lie still, like […]

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On Youth and Meaning (19-07-2008)

On Youth and Meaning (19-07-2008) If one ponders and compares the situation experienced by those of us who were present at the very beginning of Auroville – the ‘forecomers’, the ‘pioneers’, the ‘guinea pigs’, the ‘offered ones’ – to that obtaining now for the ghettoized youth of our ambiguous society, a blatant unfairness strikes one’s attention. Instead of the collective realization of a progressive continuum of experience and change, we have apparently buckled down to the weak system of plain […]

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On Practicalities and Motives (05-07-2008)

On Practicalities and Motives (05-07-2008) Another angle of approach: to be attained and achieved, each and every purpose requires and dictates a particular series of practical steps. Each creature, according to its nature and the stage of its development, has access to some purposes only and must address their respective, necessary practical steps. And once one has committed to a purpose, whichever it may be, the practicality of its gradual accomplishment tends naturally to override every other consideration and priority.To […]

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On Rules and the Unexpected (21-06-2008)

On Rules and the Unexpected (21-06-2008) There is no doubt that, at times, the guidelines and rules we design turn out to be absurd, if not idiotic. But they have one irreplaceable virtue: we made them, and so we can scrap and change them, and proceed with our exploration and our efforts, in the laboratory of Auroville, to genuinely and honestly offer our human nature and condition to the process of transformation. There is no doubt either that, at times, […]

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On Choices and Investments (07-06-2008)

On Choices and Investments (07-06-2008) We in Auroville enjoy a high-quality environment: we live our daily lives with the blessings of Nature; what we have built so far is mostly harmonious; we can still hear the birds, see the stars, inhale the fragrances, appreciate the lines of a roof against the sky, the texture of concrete among the trees, the bounce of sunlight from a lily pond to a polished floor; each of us, returning from some work or some […]

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A communication to all, regarding the Auroville Archives

In the article titled “On Symptoms and Questions” published on 03-05-08, I had alluded to the situation of the “Auroville Archives”. This seemed to have no effect whatsoever and Krishna, its founder and main person, remained ignored, and justifiably upset about it. Krishna also wrote to the Working Committee and to the Finances and Assets Management Committee; the latter – in a reduced form, several of its members being on “vacation” – discussed the issue in its meeting of 23-05-08, […]

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On Powers and Equilibrium (17-05-2008)

On Powers and Equilibrium (17-05-2008) We want to evolve together to a condition wherein the collective will be a vessel and a channel for the power of Truth, whereby an atmosphere will pervade its every gesture and its every space with a calm, smiling, generous awareness, unjudging yet incorruptible, unhurried yet wholly intent and discerning in its commitment to an ever progressive harmony.This is noticeably different in character from the condition we have generally experienced so far, as of a […]

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On Symptoms and Questions(03-05-2008)

On Symptoms and Questions(03-05-2008) It is always wonderful to meet a person whose process of unification is well advanced and established: one is in the presence of, as it were, real civilization – at last. Auroville’s collective persona, however, still emanates bizarre quirks, expressions and assertions of a kind of dyslexic behavior which belies its otherwise vigorous profession of faith. Sri Aurobindo and the Mother are unified beings: Their Consciousness is true and right and vast; Their utterances are universal […]

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On Chaos and Research (19-04-2008)

On Chaos and Research (19-04-2008) Fractured ice-caps are collapsing, denuded mountains are floundering, poisoned rivers contaminate lands and seas; urban survival modes of living spread like cancer, scum and refuse accumulates like tumors, earth’s wounds fester; even outer space is polluted with the detritus of practical human wisdom.Meanwhile almost every kid almost everywhere will do almost anything to acquire the equipment that is paraded every instant on every wave-length as part of the most desirable self-image of human victory, and […]

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On Evolution and Solidarity (05-04-2008)

On Evolution and Solidarity (05-04-2008) It is an immeasurable and extraordinary privilege to live in Auroville.A privilege which, at times, is a little bewildering: in terms of human justice and fairness, it can hardly be accounted for on the mere strength of our human qualities; there are undoubtedly countless others in the wide world who are more dedicated, more talented, more capable than we are.It is not, therefore, that we deserve to be granted this privilege.We may indulge in the […]

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Viewpoints – On Forms of Address(22-03-2008)

Viewpoints – On Forms of Address(22-03-2008) There is, after all, something quite sound and healthy in the basic scientific approach, as long as the motive that dictates the enquiry is genuine: first, by trial and error, one learns what works and what doesn’t; then, through attentive observation, one learns how it works and how it doesn’t. And thus, one gains the knowledge of processes and of their applications in response to specific necessities. Auroville being itself a laboratory, our first […]

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On Protection and Creativity (08-03-2008)

On Protection and Creativity (08-03-2008) Up until not so long ago, there used to be a rule of action which, although unwritten, every one in Auroville was keen to apply: not to receive, for Auroville, any money that had strings attached to it. Experience had shown early on, and repeatedly, that some donors, whether individuals or institutions, were liable to use their investments in Auroville as a leverage to claim the right to influence and determine Auroville’s choices and processes […]

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Note on another publication

Note on another publication Late last year, the editor of the Ashram Magazine “Mother India”, which was started in Sri Aurobindo’s time by one of his disciples, Amal Kiran, and is considered very highly in many circles throughout the world; sent a message to Aurovilians seeking their written contributions for a special issue he wanted to bring out on the occasion of Auroville’s 40th birth anniversary. He had specifically sought, in an individual letter, the input of Krishna Tewari, who […]

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On the Relative Merits of Criticism

On the Relative Merits of Criticism This is always a pertinent question: how best to contribute, through words, to the reflection and collective progress of the community one is part of? To be merely critical is obviously not sufficient; besides, it is a risky affair as, clearly, it is safer and more useful to practice severe and considered self-criticism, rather than gratuitously underlining collective failings while implying that one’s little person is immunized from those very traits one is pointing […]

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On Borders and Companionship (21-01-2008)

On the 21st of January, I had to travel to the South-West of France to be with my father for a while; he was ailing, much weakened, and grieving for the absence of his life-companion, Christiane, who had left on the 29th of September last. From there, I sent my next contribution; a couple of days later, on the 31st of January, I checked the e-mail box at a local Internet café, and found a note from the editors of […]

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On Intents and History (19-01-2008)

On Intents and History (19-01-2008) Methodical enquiry has shown that, for a given incident, ten witnesses may well give ten different accounts; that is, instead of being ten recordings from ten vantage points each complementing the others, these may well be ten mismatched renderings of whatever has actually happened. Sheer bafflement at the unreliability of our testimonies is of little use, for, how could it be otherwise?Our physical consciousness is constitutionally biased and, besides, each of us carries constantly a […]

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On Cultural Inertia and Dharma (05-01-2008)

On Cultural Inertia and Dharma (05-01-2008) One might argue that it would have been more sensible to elect, for Auroville, a site equidistant from all cultures; if not geographically so – an island in the Pacific, uninhabited but blessed with its own fresh water-source, would have been a good bet, but perhaps too economically selective -, then at least in terms of the effort and perseverance required from every applicant, wherever they came from. However, an essential part of Auroville’s […]

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On Schisms and Safety(22-12-2007)

On Schisms and Safety(22-12-2007) There is an understanding that true sacrifice is done three ways at once: to the Supreme absolute, eternal; to the Supreme in the whole of humanity; to the Supreme’s presence in every element and part of creation. Its movement is not that of a tearing apart, but of a matured offering: one holds forth the clarities one has gained or attained through one’s progress and pours them into the flame. When the flame grows full and […]

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On Duplicity and Price-tags (08-12-2007)

On Duplicity and Price-tags (08-12-2007) In the current edition of human modern society, one is well-advised to arrange for appropriate funding and a valid credit card before taking birth, and one cannot possibly afford to die unless one has already provided for the various expenditures to be incurred; one must also be prepared to sustain the continuous series of transactions that will occupy one’s sojourn between these two defining events, under the dictates of a self-reproducing, voracious, insatiable system of […]

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On Ribbons and Purposes(24-11-2007)

On Ribbons and Purposes(24-11-2007) As we seem to be told – ‘Cheer up, you people have done well, 40 years of your lives have at last come to fruition; here, dress up, time to be proud for the picture, we are… inaugurating! It is done! Congratulations!’ And as we perhaps nurse, discreetly, the slightest of doubts – we hadn’t quite understood that this was a monument, one more monument; we had in fact got so far out as to even […]

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On Needs and Ideals(10-11-2007)

On Needs and Ideals(10-11-2007) Our endless, and largely tedious, discussions on how to achieve and promote our stated ideals might possibly denote a compounded misunderstanding. It is a verifiable reality of this physical world that nothing ever gets accomplished without the irresistible drive of an overwhelming urge or need. Avatars have stated our ideals.As human beings, Avatars identify with all the resisting obscurities and offer them up in an absolute, imperative need for living Truth and in total surrender.As self-realized […]

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On the Need for Ethics (27-10-2007)

On the Need for Ethics (27-10-2007) Any community, to survive and to thrive, needs the strong binding element of a code of conduct that is adhered to unquestionably; this alone gives its members the sense of belonging and of an active solidarity.Whether it be an Amish settlement, a Mafia family, a Franciscan monastery, a Maori tribe, a corporation or a nation, whatever its size a community, in order to be firm in identity and purpose, needs the common committing bond […]

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On Politics (13-10-2007)

On Politics (13-10-2007) We all know that most human relationships are, in effect, based on a trade: ‘you give me, or let me have, what I need or want from you; I’ll give you, or let you get, what you want from me’. Matters become complicated as each one develops an individuality: different parts aim at different objects. Eventually, the emergence of an inner center and the unification of the being around it, do help, as they allow for the […]

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On the Practical Nobility of Civic Sense (29-09-2007)

The next contribution was published on 29-9-07; I had sent it earlier, but the editors postponed its appearance as they wanted me to rephrase one sentence, and also due to lack of space; in the meantime, the decisions taken at the last Governing Board meeting were published and I was prompted to contribute a specific query regarding one of these “decisions”. This query therefore appeared also on 29-9-07. On the Practical Nobility of Civic Sense (29-09-2007) There is a view […]

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On Displays and Statements of Intent (08-09-2007)

On Displays and Statements of Intent (08-09-2007) ‘The City at the Service of Truth’…, ‘The City the Earth needs’…: these, at the birth of Auroville, were two major statements of intent, rallying banners bold and powerful and filled with promise. Almost 40 years later, there are less than 2000 of us who, at least in principle, are committed to offer themselves to the Force of Change and become ‘true Aurovilians’, living in and by their souls, consciously aspiring in every […]

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On Agreement (25-08-2007)

On Agreement (25-08-2007) It is of course impolite and discourteous to belabor a point, as it tends to imply that one perhaps does not consider one’s audience as sufficiently intelligent to have grasped one’s meaning. However there are points that must be emphasized again and again, if the significance of our endeavor here is not only to remain alive but to truly evolve. The point here is the necessity to all agree. In our collective and personal history, we are […]

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On Information Technology (11-08-2007)

On Information Technology (11-08-2007) Granted, this is really, like salmons – an endangered species -, going upstream… But some viewpoints are indeed an endangered species, and here is such a one: however clever and all-knowing and powerful one feels clicking away one’s views on the Intranet or on one’s self-created blog, this new addiction does not appear in any significant way to enhance one’s capabilities to deal with the latest breach in the fence, the neighbor’s dog barking at night […]

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On Development and Service (28-07-2007)

On Development and Service (28-07-2007) Perhaps, when we promote ‘development’, we ought to be cautious and define with some care the nature and orientation of its movement. There might be a real need to clarify how the future development of Auroville differs from the ‘development’ we see taking place all over the earth: this monstrous insanity that spreads like a plague and aims at coercing everyone into gaping, drooling submission, raving at the coveted things, seething with the bite of […]

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On the function of Symbols(14-07-2007)

On the function of Symbols(14-07-2007) More deeply, more completely, more directly and with more evidence than all the words, symbols express and convey the intents of a collectivity. They filter through our senses and physical consciousness and carry and channel more effectively and more accurately than any literature and any speeches the essence of what a given collectivity is at. But, as for any type of language, there is a text and a sub-text, a stance and content. There are […]

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Movement of Consciousness (30-06-2007)

Movement of Consciousness (30-06-2007) In relation to the official Master Plan of Auroville, there is an interesting question deserving to be contemplated; it has to do with movement. So far and generally speaking, in our human experience, movement is occurring in space and is synonymous with dynamics, with action. And, in our general human experience again, each and every such movement or action at one time or another is bound to elicit, or to meet, its opposite. Obviously: if one […]

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On Centralization (16-06-2007)

On Centralization (16-06-2007) In Auroville at present, one dominating trend is of centralization. There seems to be a relentless determination to bring every power and capacity of action to one single central location, under one single central entity, obeying a single central formulation and program of action. Considering the extraordinary advantages and privileges Auroville has been given so as to boldly hew and discover the ways and forms of a future more harmonious and more conscious upon earth, this is […]

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Who is building Auroville? (26-05-2007)

Who is building Auroville? (26-05-2007) A four-word question, which can be variously asked: skeptically, accusingly, religiously, candidly, meditatively, searchingly, suspiciously, dismissively, humorously… Whichever way it is asked, it is a very interesting question. As one ponders its correct answer, one is faced with a kind of ladder: not a hierarchy in the rational sense, but rather an inspirational or dimensional ladder, or chain. And a little silence is required to identify its several rungs, or links. Number One = the […]

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On the Property of Auroville (12-05-2007)

On the Property of Auroville   (12-05-2007) There are viewpoints that do not have much fun at the moment. They do not find our present conditions, so to speak, congenial. Such viewpoints arise from a defining experience and have withstood the test of time; they hold a fire that cuts through the ages. However we are in an era in which, among remarkable phenomena, thrives an elaborate mental cunning: the mind has learnt to argue any position successfully, no matter […]

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Viewpoints – On Viewpoints (05-05-2007)

Viewpoints – On Viewpoints   (05-05-2007) The thing with viewpoints is that, since they exist, they are necessarily complementary. This seems to be one of the rules of this manifestation: it applies to species, to individual human beings, and to viewpoints as well. Yet, as this manifestation is an evolving one, just as some species appear to dominate for a time, so do viewpoints. There comes the matter of choice and purpose and, with it, the question of order and […]

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Chronicles and Viewpoints – On ‘professionals’ as a brand (28-04-2007)

Chronicles and Viewpoints – On ‘professionals’ as a brand  (28-04-2007) Increasingly over the past several years, mention is made of ‘professionals’ versus us all, ‘amateurs’… It appears in numerous reports, resumes and formal communications. ‘Professionals’ are to be invited, attracted, welcomed, made use of, I suppose to complement, assist or compensate for our idiotic clumsiness… ‘Professionals’ are considered as efficient realists, implying that we are severely handicapped by a sort of composite self-deluded idealism. In turn, ‘professionals’, when they do […]

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Reflections on Communication in Auroville (17-04-2007)

Reflections on Communication in Auroville   (17-04-2007) Greetings to all. In the previous issue of the ‘News and Notes’ there was a very decent and sensible statement issued by the present ‘Selection Committee’, to the effect that the only lasting and sure guarantee of a fruitful communication amongst us all, is a self-discipline, practiced by each of us, to abstain from any sort of defamation, unfounded accusation, malignant insinuation, trading of rumors, and to express exclusively what one is fairly […]

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