Have you ever dreamed of a city without politics, religion, and money? A city with no political spectrum? It sounds like a city that John Lennon dreamed of when he wrote Imagine. But, the truth is that there is such a city in India. It is a utopian place, a dreamer’s paradise to see. Auroville is the stuff of legends. It is nestled in the deep recesses of India, and it is populated by people from all walks of life. Even though the place is dotted with the latest amenities, its inhabitants stick to the familiar, as well as old-fashioned practices.
And because of its setup, the travelers from all over have craved to get a glimpse of what people now dub as the paradise on earth.
Auroville, a city without politics, religion, and money
The city of Auroville had been founded in 1968. It has been established as a city since then and is recognized by UNESCO. The inhabitants of Auroville are not just locals from India. In fact, it has people from around 50 different countries, as well as cultures and lives. Thus, this makes it one of the unique places on the planet earth. But, the divergence is not the only thing which sets it apart.
Just like its citizens from every country of the world, the people that are living in Auroville also have cultural, as well as social, environmental, and spiritual needs. Mother has also designed the town to give everything that the residents require to survive and thrive. What is more important, while the town is still being built and completed, Mother has made sure that her spiritual teachings embody every structure.
At the center of Auroville is the Peace Area or what the residents call the Matrimandir. One look at its construction and the visitor can see just how unique it is. The gold structure of the town is surrounded by luscious gardens, and the amphitheater contains one of the town’s most important properties, the Urn of Human Unity.
When Auroville was inaugurated on the 28th of February, 1968, a total of 5,000 people assembled near the banyan tree of the town. Representatives from 124 nations and about 23 Indian countries came to give soil from their land as a symbol of unity. Mother considered this as a gesture of acceptance and recognition for her hard work and vision.
But, how does Auroville make money actually? Well, the city has been carefully planned and laid out, with one area detected to the industrial business. This zone is open for “green” industries like training centers, art and crafts businesses, and the city administration. The goal of the town is to open a place to establishments that can afford enough revenue for the town to be self-sufficient.
The residential area of the city is the largest of the four city zones. It covers about 189 hectares of land surrounded by nature. The parks that in the north, south, east and west ends give a fresh feel to the place. In fact, the greens cover 55% of the area and the rest, 45%, is for the structure itself.
International and cultural area
This international town deserves an international zone too. In fact, 75 hectares of land will host cultural pavilions grouped by continent. The focus of this area is to foster unity, as well as celebrate diversity.
It celebrates differences while encouraging unity, so it needs a cultural zone. The site is devoted to applied research and artistic expressions. This zone also includes different facilities for athletic, as well as cultural, artistic, and educational needs.
The Green Belt is the thing that surrounds Auroville. It is the zone for organic farms and wildlife. It also serves as a barricade from the messy outside urban world.
Auroville’s purpose is to be completely self-sufficient. The Green Belt which acts as a barrier is also going to provide the townsfolk with timber, food, and medicine. And it is also beautiful.
Even though incomplete, tourists and visitors can admire the Green Belt zone. It covers a massive 405 hectares of land, and it stands as a perfect example of transforming the wastelands into a fully attractive and efficient ecosystem.
It is a peaceful, yet anarchic community. However, the City of Dawn (as sometimes called) is free of strife, suffering, and anger. The people in this town follow a unique method of living.
How the people here survive?
To start with, there may be an absence of government. However, there are committees that are in charge of the different needs of the town – they exchange goods for other goods. They also have the Aurocard for financial transactions.
Auroville is a city without politics, religion, and money. However, it is far from the perfect town that it is. Outsiders are always welcome and they can break some rules. That is why the place does not have a set of rules in place. Rather than that, polices are enforced based on the system of trust.
Alcohol and cars are not permitted in Auroville, but yes, it does have its fair share of problems. There have also been known robberies in the area. But, visitors to the town have been more than impressed. That is because this is the perfect place for meditation.
Guests can access the places with the use of a motorbike or a rickshaw. And for meals, they can pick organic food from anyone’s backyard.
When the visitors want to experience Auroville, the town has what they call the Visitor Center (VC). It is located in the International Zone. The best part is that the VC welcomes hundreds of guests each day.
What actually attracts people to Auroville is the fact that outsiders are extremely welcome. They even have permission even to take home a piece of Auroville with them when they are going home. There are those that make handicrafts, as well as clothing, incense, jewelry and so much more – all of it uniquely reflective of how the town is.
For those that seek peace and who want to know more about how unity should be, Auroville is a must-see. It started with a vision by two very spiritual individuals.
Auroville is a town with no guns, no hunger, no pain, and no money. What it has is a lot of friendship, unity, as well as peace. It is a yogi’s paradise. A place where people get to actually catch a glimpse of heaven.