'Unity in diversity' is one of Auroville's
main tenets, and the township is definitely living up to this.
Presently we have more than a hundred different settlements, spread
out over some 20 sq kms, each of which has a different size, style
and standard of living, plus level of interaction and agreement
among its residents. Needless to say that the housing arrangements
differ greatly as well.
Finding one's right place in the whole
To find one's true place is an intrinsic
part of the Auroville process, and a very important one. It is
only when one has found one's right place in the whole - be it
on whatever level - that the real work can begin.
Auroville has evolved a great variety
of possible living situations for like-minded people to plug into.
New patterns are still being sought, - the process is never ending.
The names of many of the different settlements
carry psychological significances pertaining to the Integral Yoga
practiced in the township, such as Sincerity, Aspiration, Fraternity,
Surrender, Adventure and so on. In the late sixties and early seventies of
the last century, the Mother allotted names to the then emerging
settlements. Later on, residents wishing to cultivate a new plot
would take their time to sense the spirit of the land and space
of their choice, and name it accordingly. This practice continues
to the present day.
On this page you will find an as-yet incomplete
and not frequently updated list of the present settlements.
Some residents don't feel like
being mentioned in this list, - we can only respect this.