Reports from the AVI meeting in Bela Horizonte, Brazil
Second part :
Now the three public days of Auroville presentations in the university are over and we are all happy that they went to well. The response we got from the people was very good. Yesterday afternoon the Brazilian consul to India, Mr. Elson de Barros Gomes Junior did not just open the conference "with a few words", but he arrived late, we were already watching the film "Auroville - From Utopia to Reality" which we then interrupted, and from then on he took over. I would say he was THE highlight of the whole show. He spoke in Portugese a long time, until Paulo and Aryamani interrupted him and asked to translate into English. It turned out that Mr. Gomes had been in Auroville and he was well versed about the integral yoga and Auroville. He spoke about the importance of the Supramental Descent on 29th of February 1956 for the world, the work in consciousness and the transformation of the Mother, about the yoga of Sri Aurobindo and of Auroville as the material manifestation to work out that divine consciousness in matter and people. He also spoke at length about the economic global situation and how it relates to the yoga since he just came from a meeting with UNESCO representatives on economy. We were delighted as you can imagine, to find in Brazil unexpectedly a friend and companion in spirit.
Hasta la vista, until tomorrow, I hope that my laptop internet connection will also work in the seminar center. with Love, Tine
Here we are in Brazil, in this huge South American continent, where Brazil is the biggest country, even one third larger than India. For the first time Auroville International is holding its meeting in a Latin American country. Now it is winter in Brazil, and pretty cool for thin-blooded Aurovilians like me .... but the spirit of the Brazilians is anything else than "cool". They are dancing and singing, they are alive and kicking, and the poor people invent creative ways on how to get by and make some money.
Paulo, former Aurovilian and now AVI-liaison Brazil in Belo-Horizonte, has done a great job organizing for three days a public Auroville event in the University of Belo-Horizonte prior to the AVI meeting starting Thursday, 17th of June. Please see some photos on the AV and the AVI-website which I am sending now. After the public university days, we will have the regular AVI meeting in the seminar center "Retiro das Rosas", a good hour drive away from Belo-Horizonte in the mountains. Most AVI members have already arrived on Sunday and they are staying in the seminar center right now and commute to Belo.
The Director of the School of Music of the UFMG = Federal University of Minais Gerais, Prof. Lucas Bretas opened the conference today and on Wednesday 16th of June, the Consul A. H. of India , Mr. Elson de Barros Gomes Jr., will give a speech in honor of Sri Aurobindo.
Here is the program:
The CONSULATE OF INDIA and the SCHOOL OF MUSIC, SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS, SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE of the UFMG and AUROVILLE INTERNATIONAL
Invite for the Event
BRASIL - INDIA
AUROVILLE - The City the Earth Needs
From 14 th to 16 th of June 2004, 14 th of June (Monday)
TIME: 14 to 17 hrs
PLACE: Auditorium of the School of Music of UFMG
15 th of June (Tuesday)
TIME: 9 to 12 hrs
PLACE: Auditorium of the School of Fine Arts of UFMG
16 th of June (Wednesday)
TIME: 14 to 16 hrs
PLACE: Auditorium of the School of Music of the UFMG
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
14 th of June (Monday), from 9:30 to 11:30 hrs
SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS / SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS
(the practical part is reserved to the students of the School of Performing Arts , remaining open to the public to watch)
15 th of June (Tuesday), from 15 to 18 hrs
SCHOOL OF MUSIC
16 th of June (Wednesday), from 10 to 12 hrs
Today was the first day of the event. We had put up the photos of the UNESCO exhibition on Auroville on the walls of the unversity UFMG, and a big poster of "The Dream" which drew the attention of the students. Today, mostly students were attending, they roamed the table with books, brochures and magazines on Auroville, and started asking questions. One young man asked me if I had written the text of "The Dream", I replied "no, but I live in 'the dream'." In the architecture school, Aryamani gave a power point presentation on architecture on Auroville. Also there we hung big laminated photos of Auroville from the ceiling in the entrance hall and had a huge poster of "The Dream" right at the entrance.
Devasmita's enchanting dance brought the flavour of India into the auditorium and I believe people found the talk, following power point presentation and video on Auroville interesting. One person from the "Casa Sri Aurobindo" in Belo Horizonte was present, but most people had never heard about Auroville. So this conference is a challenge in many ways. It is a pleasure to work with the Brazilians, I find them exceptionally open and helpful, and although they do not know what Auroville is, they are available and give their time and energy whenever we need them.
Tomorrow the conference starts early and I say
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