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Auroville Spring 2009

Describe experiences as a faculty in training with the Living Routes program in Auroville, India. What is it like here?

Matt Lindsay Blog Entry

India Auroville, India  |  May 08, 2009
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 This is the blog for Matt Lindsay at the end of the semester. Had trouble getting into his own account, so I'm posting it for him. 

Wow! It’s already May and I still have yet to post a blog!  Sorry!!!  I guess now however, is a better time than never.  I have absolutely loved this program! 

On the average morning I am woken up to tribal sounding music from the local temples.  I do a morning meditation, then walk over to a large Tibetan-style temple for breakfast, trying to spot mongeese on the way over.  With compost toilets, banana groves, and ever-budding flowers, the living conditions are hard to argue against.

          As far as Aurovillle is concerned, there are so many people here with some many varying passions.  With even the slightest bit of willpower you have access to free knowledge about almost any topic you could desire.  There are people here designing solar air conditioning, documenting indigenous medicinal wisdom, pioneering new water-harvesting techniques, contemplating and trying to influence the nature of reality, and creating beautiful instruments.

          While providing a basic structure, the program forces participants to look at the way they interact with other people, and the larger world around them.  Classes are generally really engaging, and conversations are easy to carry out of the classroom as you living amongst the faculty.  At the same time, I never found this situation to be stifling.  It is relatively easy to do “your own thing” when needed and pioneer your education in different ways.

          I don’t mean to sound like an advertisement, but I really do think it is important for me to convey just how much I have enjoyed the past four months.  I can say without a doubt that the past four months have been the best four months I can recall.  The laws and properties that accompany life here are just not similar to being back home…

          Anyway, additional points of interest are the trip to the great Arunchala, seeing Amma’s ashram in Kerala, and camping in Kodai Canal.  From the wandering sadhu city of Triruvanamalai, to the French quarters of Pondicherry, the Laboratory of Evolution in Auroville, the deep jungles of Kerala, the vast desert lands of Tamil Nadu, and the terraced woodlands of Kodai, this trip is unreal.


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