Records of Auroville's history during Mother's lifetime are found in periodicals (Mother India, the Bulletin of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, the Information Letter of the Sri Aurobindo Society and the Gazette Aurovilienne), in books published by disciples (Satprem, Shyam Sunder, Huta, Savitra), in archives (Sri Aurobindo Society, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville), in personal archives as well as in published and unpublished interviews of disciples (Roger Anger and others). Gilles Guigan, one of the Aurovilians engaged in the study of the early history of Auroville, shares some of his findings. Many Aurovilians think that the idea for the town which would become Auroville was The Mother’s. It wasn’t. The idea came from Navajata, the General Secretary of the Sri Aurobindo Society (SAS), who brought the proposal to the Society’s first World Conference fifty years ago. On August 14, 1964, it decided “To develop a t...
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