October 22, 2014
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People practicing yoga and people who are searching for peace, spirituality and their inner-self, always try to find time during the day and a nice quiet little place where they can be away from the noise of everyday life. Yoga seminars are always held on beautiful places such as quiet sandy beaches, high hilltops overlooking some incredible landscape, colorful meadows and so on. And 40 years ago in the southeast of India in the state of Tamil Nadu the ideas of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother inspired people to start building a city dedicated to the same idea, a place of peace, self exploration, a centre of human unity and spirituality, a place ideal for those in search for a deeper understanding. That city is Auroville.
Its creation was a joint effort of 124 nations and although according to the initial plans it was to be a city of 50 000 people, today there are around 2000 people living there. However, the principles and ideas based on which it was created are kept today. Auroville is a city without leaders and money, a city dedicated to endless education and spirituality, a place where you can get in touch with your consciousness and become part of the group of people who believe in making a better world. This is achieved through yoga, meditation, learning and researching. The understanding that Man is a transitional being is the starting point of each man’s journey.
The city is designed in the shape of a spiral. In its centre is “Matrimandir” i.e. the temple of the mother, a huge temple with a spherical shape painted gold. Matrimandir is the main gathering point with a simple white interior and also one of the main tourist sites. People of Auroville take good care of the plant life so the city has a lot of greenery despite the dry weather and it also has a beautiful botanical garden filled with various plants and flowers such as orchids, cacti, various vegetables and many more. The botanical garden is also used as teaching area and so is the beach of Auroville also called Auro beach. Each beautiful place created by nature is respected, appreciated and used for yoga and meditation.
People of Auroville follow the concept of integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo. This teaching states that man needs to fight and conquer its instincts, desires, greed and attachments and transform human nature in order to achieve liberation. This is done partly by nature and evolution but man needs to practice yoga to take the next step in consciousness, becoming aware of one’s true self in mind body and life.
Qi Yoga integrates several techniques to help people on their way to liberation such as traditional Indian yoga, Chinese Qi gong, Balinese healing tools and self defense practices and Auroville serves as a center for those seeking liberation. Annual yoga teacher trainings are held there to train teachers how to help others find their way through integral yoga. This is a spiritual centre which supports unity in diversity, selflessness, psychophysical development, and the belief that there is no wrong or right but both are part of a single force which brought them into existence.
People who visit Auroville and the annual yoga teacher trainings also visit the Sri Ramana Maharishi Ashram which is about 400 km away from Auroville. It is surrounded by giant trees, peacocks and monkeys and it radiates with peace and serenity. There are also interesting caves of meditation of great yogis, as well as the Sri Aurobindo’s ashram in Pondycherry. This ashram was founded in 1926 and is an important destination of those in search of their spirituality. This ashram does not require special rituals to be followed, or specific routines but respects each mans’ nature and its right to achieve liberation according to its own tempo and energy. This same town is the place where the Multiversal Yoga Society has its headquarters.
The belief in self improvement though self exploration, meditation and yoga creates a strong connection between Qi Yo Multiversal Yoga, the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and Auroville. They represent a fine circle of teachings, teachers and temples, a circle that each man will go through on its spiritual journey.