Savitra on Auroville
Which in the case of our own dramatis personae would include the Ashram, Auroville and that motley collection of bed-fellows out here in the wider world who identify themselves with the evolutionary principles and practice of Sri Aurobindo & the Mother’s Integral Yoga. Evolution, after all, is an equal-opportunity employer and destroyer.
In this humbling light, we are all under the same evolutionary magnifying lens, feeling the same heat as the once-mighty Madoffs and Wall Street barons, as the Nero-fiddlers and Global Warmers. Perhaps even more so. Because we claim to be evolutionaries, willingly participating in our own conscious evolution/transformation/mutation; while the rest of humanity, for the most part, is simply trying to prop up the present version of our species and patch up the world/reality as we’ve known it.
Cultured in the activist milieu of the 1960s, Savitra hitchhiked from London to India to meet the Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. He received his name from her and eventually shifted from the Ashram to Auroville where he spent the next 21 years (1969-1990) apprenticing “applied spirituality,” community-building, and environmental restoration in the interface of first-world/third-world realities.
Actively involved with Auroville’s pioneering experiments in self-organization, he helped jump-start the community’s internal communication systems as well as liaison with America, getting the first grants to establish the afforestation program, developing exchange programs such as “Peacetrees,” planting the seeds for future relations with Russia and other former Soviet bloc States. He relocated in 1990 to America where he currently lives in Ashland, Oregon.
Since the early 1970s, his work and writings have bridged him into a broad network of collaborative relations including Margaret Mead, Michael Murphy, David Brower, Amory Lovins, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Jean Houston and Matthew Fox; as well as organizationally with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), where he is an extended research associate under their donor-advised program.
He has been a guest on Michael Toms’ New Dimensions Radio as well as a presenter at numerous conferences, universities, and institutes including Esalen, Matthew Fox’s University of Creation Spiritualiy, the IONS 30th Anniversary Conference, and What is Enlightenment journal’s community retreat center.
In 1999, his first American book, The Savitri Legend, was published by Sigo Press. His latest book, An Evolutionary Agenda for the Third Millennium, was published by White Cloud Press with support from IONS.
His recent trips to Auroville has reignited his earlier liaison role to build collaborative bridges and exchange between Auroville and the States. He may be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org .
Savitra received his name from the Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and lived at the Ashram and Auroville, where he spent 21 years (1969–1990) apprenticing “applied spirituality,” community-building, and environmental restoration in the interface of first-world/third-world realities. In 1990, he relocated to America where he currently lives in Ashland, Oregon. He is an extended research associate with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and has been a guest on Michael Toms’ New Dimensions Radio as well as a presenter at numerous conferences, universities, and institutes including Esalen, Matthew Fox’s University of Creation Spiritualiy, the IONS 30th Anniversary Conference, and What is Enlightenment journal’s community retreat center. He has written a number of books, the latest being An Evolutionary Agenda for the Third Millennium, published by White Cloud Press. He may be reached via savitra AT earthlink DOT net. → Savitra shares his thoughts on The Lives of Sri Aurobindo and the surrounding controversy.