Debashish Banerji, PhD, is Haridas Chaudhuri Professor of Indian Philosophies and Cultures and Chairman of the East West Psychology Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He is author of Seven Quartets of Becoming: A Transformative Yoga Psychology Based on the Diaries of Sri Aurobindo and also The Alternatate Nation of Abanindranath Tagore, a book about his great grandfather. He edited an anthology about his great uncle, Rabindranath Tagore in the Twenty-First Century. His newest anthology is titled Critical Posthumanism and Planetary Futures.
Here he notes that, while Shri Aurobindo is the spiritual father of Auroville, it was actually founded years after his death by The Mother, Mira Alfassa — based on principles of “spiritual anarchy” enunciated in the teachings of Aurobindo. The ambience is distinct from that of the Aurobindo ashram where Aurobindo and The Mother are revered and even worshipped. In Auroville, the focus is on karma yoga, self-sufficiency, harmony with nature, and a cosmopolitan, inclusive democracy.
(Recorded on May 23, 2019)
Published on June 20, 2019