Auroville is considered a 'universal township', it is 'an experiment in human unity'. The settlement covering a surface area of 20 square kilometres, counts 1700 inhabitants from more than 30 nations. It was envisioned and started up by Mira Alfasa (referred to as 'the Mother') who was the partner of Sri Aurobindo, a well respected guru whose ashram in Pondicherry still exists along side the UNESCO endorsed township of Auroville. One of the stated aims of Auroville is to be a bridge between the past and the future, so the place is of great interest to us.
On a practical level there are many projects going on here concerning the use of renewable energy, sustainable living and ecological farming. What is happening at a spiritual level is harder to grasp though. Aurovillians are dedicated to the spiritual development of mankind into a new evolutionary stage and many are practitioners of Aurobindo's 'Integral Yoga'. Of course this place filled with idealism is far from ideal but it has to be said that the effort made to create the history of the future here is quite admirable.