Does anyone have thoughts on the recent controversy surrounding Auroville and the BBC piece? It brings up interesting issues about the nature of utopian communities, Aurobindo's vision of the future, and the realities of global culture. I was surprised that it hasn't been mentioned by anyone yet.
Very perceptive comment and needs an authentic response, particularly from somebody belonging to Auroville. May I expect it to happen? and thanks. RYD
Here is a link to the BBC Broadcast: auroville http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/7413982.stm
While I certainly would appreciate a response from an Auroville resident, this event has brought up some questions I deal with when ever I try to explain Sri Aurobindo to someone in a way that doesn't sound ignorant of various post-structuralist critiques of power. While I have no doubts that Sri Aurobindo's philosophy is certainly compatible and aware of the dangers of simplistic notions of "development", I sometimes question the language he uses, and the consequences those ideas have when translated not just into individual evolution, but more sensitively, communities with a utopian aim. While I may have an open, evolving way of interpreting what forces are Divine in myself, and what are lower impulses in need of sublimation, transformation, (or ??appropriation??), what happens when I form a community based on these ideas?
I cannot understand why it took someone to be expelled from Auroville when they have been caught in 2002 and then after 2 years in 2004 was expelled. This seriously jeopardizes the integrity of the spiritual town.