It is funny, when we do not write up what we do, people wonder if anything is happening on the farm at all. Often the opposite is true; we are just too busy with the reality so that writing about it is coming last. Besides being busy with paddy cultivation and harvest, monsoon and what not the recent happenings in Auroville took for a moment the energy out of the writing.
I’ve been trying to make something of all the happenings, allegations, emotions and seeing where I myself am in all of this. In a nutshell, for non Auroville readers, the battle which is raging in our township right now is between people who want to adapt the Auroville masterplan to today’s reality and what ecology tells us right now and people who feel we should stick to the original concept of the plan which has special significance and to move faster than what we have been doing in the last 50 years.
Now this is a very rough and limited explanation of what is happening and most Aurovilians, including myself, do not feel fully on one side or the other. But going into the details will not fit in my nutshell and I think for someone on the other side of the globe it gives a fair picture of Auroville with this one liner right now😉
On the one hand the situation is worrying, very painful and the cracks which I have been observing in all those years which were under the surface suddenly burst into the open with all the human reactions playing in.
Then on the other hand I see that all this stuff forces us to pull ourselves up to another level. If we stick to one view or the other we will end up in an endless battle about what is the right and wrong way.
Now it is very human and easy to subscribe to one side or the other; minds love to function in black and white, right and wrong and such polarities. Then it is about winning and losing and this is the game which has been going on for as long as I can remember and is very much persisting today.
Personally, I ignore my opinion and keep my mind in a blank space; this is interesting because I see this creates space in my being. Opinions make us smaller and we shrink in consciousness I realize. Letting all that go creates openness and space. With it comes also trust and a flow of energy in my being from where I can act more clearly. All this does not stop me from acting when that is needed, I think actually in this space one can act instead of react.
I truly hope that as a collective we learn to step beyond the current dilemma, each one of us in his/her way, and can come in a space which is light and constructive and we can make steps.
In the end we came here all to create something better.
Sorry for this rather personal little epistle, but felt the need to write a bit about all this since it very much dominates the life in Auroville right now.
Next time more about Annapurna Farm again, because rest assured lots is happening every day.
It’s a good summary for non auroville folks to understand what’s going on Tomas. I have read multiple versions from both sides but this page gave me the fair understanding.
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