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 notion that it is because of the sincerity of our aspiration that we are thus placed, under the cascade of Her Grace…
But what is the nature of this aspiration and who is to say that many others elsewhere are not burning with the same need and the same flame with more courage?
Or we may, rather peremptorily, consider that this heavenly boon is the answer due to our selfless commitment to the aims of Auroville; but isn’t it obvious that in many parts of the world are heroes who, often against terrible odds, serve those very aims with more exemplary perseverance than we do?
One can work for the actual realization of human unity everywhere; there are surely other cities to be built; researches in education, alternative modes of living, development of consciousness, can be conducted in numberless sites; one can even, provided one is ready, offer oneself for the transformation anywhere…
But perhaps there is a kind of hierarchy among the aims of Auroville: perhaps there is a master-key to the edifice they form, which is also its central, crucial raison d’etre – at once its cause and its purpose – and gives their unique, living value to the conditions that are assembled in Auroville…
Auroville is to become the cradle of the new species: in Auroville is to form and establish itself the milieu that can best receive the first manifestations of the new species…
This purpose at once transcends all the others and is most profoundly practical: it explains, justifies and rightly positions every aim and task Auroville has set before itself.
(The above paragraph had been, by my fault, left out when I had typed the text in my e-mail to the AV News and Notes, an omission which, when I read it again in printed form, seemed to me to render the entire text rather mysterious, and almost pointless. At first, and because I had felt a little tense about this particular text, I wrongly assumed that the editors had willfully blanked it out, and I prepared to write to them about it; but when I verified my mailed text, I found that it had been my own blunder; I asked them whether they could make a note of the missing paragraph in the following issue, but I also thanked them for kindly abstaining to remark on the obscurity of the text, and added that, if they felt readers would somehow guess the meaning, as they seemed to have done, the decision would be theirs. They answered promptly that they thought other readers would have understood my intent and so, one could leave it.)
And the view here is that, perhaps, it is time to be more positive and forward about it; it may bring an effective clarity of perspective and focus in our exploring, and help dissolve some of our recalcitrant dilemmas.
For instance, it renders each of us responsible in the most significant way: as representatives of humanity, it is our job to ensure that no single truth is denied in our processes.
For it is evident from the teachings that nurture our growth, that there can be no exclusivism in the receptivity that must be developed: every truth must be present, in its place.
It is thus for each of us, through experience, affiliation, affinity or sympathy, to represent some of the valid viewpoints that coexist in the consciousness now extant in the world, so that humanity as a whole is engaged in the making of this cradle.
And then would the privilege of living here be justified!
Would not that be a most wonderful expression of solidarity?
But, of course, this is only a reflection!