Organisation of Auroville

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“What political organisation do you want for Auroville?

An amusing definition occurs to me: a divine anarchy. But the world will not understand. Men must become conscious of their psychic being and organize themselves spontaneously, without fixed rules and laws – that is the ideal.
         For this, one must be in contact with one's psychic being, one must be guided by it an the ego's authority and influence must disappear.”[1]


“What will to political organisation of Auroville be like?

There will be no politics.
         The town will be directed by a Municipal Council, a committee of technicians, headed (in order to avoid any arbitrariness) by two people in authority who are no longer imprisoned by the mind, who possess true knowledge.
         Any regulations will be as liberal as possible and very flexible. Rules should arise according to the requirements. Plasticity and swiftness are needed in order to keep up with world-movements, so as not to fall behind the universal progress.
         Truth is a totality, not exclusion.
         Future man will not be an intellectual.”[2]


“I met Y. They're preparing an issue on Auroville, and she came with a list of questions this long (gesture), saying, "I don't know Auroville's sociology too well." I told her, "Neither do I!" Then she asked me questions (very intelligent ones, mind you), and I answered her. But there was one thing about the selection of people and admissions to Auroville; I told her that naturally, the essential condition to be able to select people was that preferences, attractions and repulsions, likes and dislikes, all moral rules, all of that must have completely disappeared – not that one should be on the way to overcoming it, it's not that: it must have disappeared (laughing), there must be no more ego! Then I told her, "It's not a judgment, it's not that you look at people and judge whether they are fit to be there or not, destined to be there or not, it's not that at all – you don't 'judge'...." And after she left, I noted the end of the thing (Mother takes a note and reads it out):

"The Force is put on all, identical and supreme ..."

The Force is identical for all (uniform gesture all over the earth) and supreme, that is... well, it means supreme, like this (same even, outspread gesture). Whoever they are, whatever their attitude, the Force is put on all identically - and THEY are the ones who classify themselves; it's not that you decide that such and such person goes here or there or here: they classify THEMSELVES according to...

"...And everyone classifies himself, by himself, according to his own receptivity and the quality of that receptivity - or else his refusal or incapacity."

All degrees are there, of course. When it's a refusal or incapacity, then the person flees BY HIMSELF, saying, "They're fools, they are trying to do something impossible and unrealizable." (I know many such people, they think they have superior intelligences.) But even to place themselves, it's people themselves who will do it... [Y.] came with the idea of a hierarchy. I said, "Yes, everything is always in a hierarchy, especially all conscious individuals, but not out of any arbitrary will: it's people themselves who spontaneously take their place without knowing it, the place they must have. It's not," I told her, "it's not a decision, we don't want categories: this category, that category, and so this person will go here, that person will go there - all that," I said, "is mental constructions, it's worthless!" The true thing is that NATURALLY, according to his own receptivity, his own capacity, his inner mission, everyone takes up the post which in the hierarchy he truly and spontaneously occupies, without any decision.
         What can be done to make the organization easier is a sort of plan or general map, so that everyone need not build his position but will find it ready for him – that's all.[3]




  1. Words of the Mother - I, p. 219
  2. Gazette Aurovilienne, 19.8.1966
  3. Mother's Agenda 1967, 11 October 1967


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