Philosophical and technical roots
of Niveau élevé
On 28 February 1968, a remarkable ceremony took place in South India, near the city of Pondicherry. An international city was founded, known as Auroville.
Invitations to the founding ceremony were sent out by UNESCO, the Indian government and a French-Algerian philosopher whose real name was Mirra Alfassa, but was more commonly known as “the Mother”.
Delegations from 124 nations and 23 Indian states travelled to the event, bringing soil from their home countries which was sealed in an urn together with Auroville’s Charter in the future centre of Auroville.
Delegations from the following nations were present at the founding:
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Burundi, China (Nationalist), China (Communist), Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Rep., Ceylon, Chad, Chile, Columbia, Congo, Congo (Kinshasa), Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Dahomey, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, India (23 States), Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Luxembourg, Malagasy, Malta, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Rhodesia, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sikkim, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, South Yemen, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Tibet, Uganda, USSR, UAR, UK, USA, Upper Volta, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Zambia.
The galaxy: the concept on which the city of Auroville is based
To allow the Auroville Charter to be accepted by all participating states, at the last moment a special version was produced, replacing the term “divine” with “the highest”, otherwise atheist USSR would have stayed away from the ceremony.
The Auroville Charter
Auroville belongs to nobody in particular. Auroville belongs to humanity as a whole. But, to live in Auroville, one must be a 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 future realisations.
Auroville will be a site of material and spiritual researches for a living embodiment of an actual human unity.