21 February 2017 - LFAU/ Acres for Auroville
ACRES FOR AUROVILLE – 21ST FEBRUARY 2017
February – a Special Month
February is a special month for Auroville and for the new creation upon earth. It was in this month, on the 21st in 1878, that the Mother was born; in this month, on the 29th in 1956, the universal descent of the supramental force took place; and again in this month, on the 28th in 1968, Auroville was founded.
Sri Aurobindo: “The
Mother comes to bring down the supramental and it is the descent which makes
her full manifestation here possible.”
With reference to the supramental descent of 29th Feb. 1956, The Mother wrote - revising into the present tense what she had first written in the future tense in her diary decades earlier:
“Lord, thou hast willed and I dost execute
A new light breaks upon the earth
A new world is born
Things that were promised are fulfilled”
Subsequently, on 1st January 1969, the Mother experienced the advent of the superman consciousness which led her to write in one of her annual messages: “The world is preparing for a big change. Will you help?”
When asked what she meant by ‘the world is preparing for a big change’ and how to help it, she replied:
“It is the advent of the being that will succeed man, the being that will be to man what man is to the animal that is being prepared. And the work has already begun with the action of a new consciousness which came on the first of January 1969 and is at work in all who are ready. The action of this consciousness has intensified and is becoming more and more material. It is up to us to be receptive if we want to hasten the outcome of its action. Blessings. 1 January 1970
The words “action of this consciousness has intensified and becoming more and more material” is very relevant in the times we are living in. Auroville, seen in this light, is nothing but action of consciousness “becoming more and more material”. Taking this line of understanding further, we can say that to secure an integral material base of Auroville Universal Township, to provide the needed lands for Auroville to take shape in matter, amounts to collaborating with the “big change” the Mother described.
Please specify “ACRES FOR AUROVILLE” (all priority plots) or GreenAcres (exclusively for the Greenbelt) for all donations via Auroville Unity Fund (checks or bank transfers), Auroville Donation Gateway (credit or debit cards) www.auroville.com/donations/, Auroville International www.auroville-international.org. For tax deductibility: www.colaap.org
Lands for Auroville Unified (LFAU) - previously Auroville Land Fund - communicates with donors and publishes a newsletter, COLAAP Newsletter (an acronym for Collaboration for Auroville Area Protection). LFAU is a subsidiary of the Land Board. LFAU currently has two ongoing fundraising campaigns for securing Auroville lands: Acres for Auroville and GreenAcres.
The Lands for Auroville Unified (LFAU) aims to:
- Provide information and create public awareness of the importance and urgency of securing the land within the designated Auroville Township area.
- Appeal to all people of the world for support to acquire the land for this evolutionary project.
- Enhance and expand global outreach through united networking with the Auroville International Centers and allied organizations worldwide.
- Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with foundations, funding agencies, and governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Escalating Land Prices
Land prices within the Auroville Township have increased by almost 500% over the past 10 years. The rates at which land is being traded in the Auroville area are determined by:
- the close proximity of Pondicherry , one of India 's fastest growing cities;
- the quick transition of the surrounding rural area into a semi-urban region due to the tremendous population pressure;
- Auroville's own development from a small community into an emerging town.
The rapid escalation of land prices is not only a reality for land within the designated Auroville Township , but also for other areas in the surrounding region.
Speculators and Real Estate DevelopersReal estate speculation and developments within the township area, inconsistent with Auroville's Master Plan, are on the increase. Real estate developers and outside business people are eager to profit from Auroville's growth and its worldwide attraction of visitors and guests. Restaurants, guesthouses, travel services, massage centres and shops are already booming on the edge of the Auroville township area. Currently, strategic pieces of land within the Green Belt have been bought by outside parties for real estate development. (The Green Belt area has been reserved for environmental conservation and water resource management).
Strip Development along Access Roads
Over the past few years commercial development by outside business owners has mushroomed along the two access roads to Auroville. Further encroachment is very likely to happen where land has not yet been acquired by Auroville. Approximately 150 acres of land along the major access roads needs to be acquired to prevent further detrimental development and to preserve the integrity of the township's master plan and vision.
Auroville's current task is to overcome these challenges in order to acquire the remaining land that is still needed.
For more information, please contact:
Lands for Auroville Unified (LFAU),
Centre for Urban Research,
Auroville - 605 101, Tamil Nadu, India
Phone: +91 (0)413 2622657 Fax: +91 (0)413 2622055