Evelyne Guinouard

My love story with India began when I was 5 years old. I was admiring a picture of the Taj Mahal, and at that moment, I immediately knew I would go there one day. and that, without forcing anything, one day, all the conditions would come together and I would be able to go to India.

And that “one day” came in 1988 when I had the freedom and enough money to make my first trip to India. I chose a non-touristic trip which was organized by a yoga centre in Paris where I had been spending time. But even with its spiritual focus, the trip included a visit to the Taj Mahal as a little “wink” at that childhood flash.
More important was that half of my time was devoted to a stay in Pondicherry, as well as a visit to Auroville. This first contact with the Ashram was a decisive one, as it was then that I discovered my true spiritual path, that of the future evolution of our humanity. Since that time, I have gone back almost every year, spending more and more time in Auroville with each visit. It’s a period of both spiritual retreat and volunteering, allowing me to add my little stone to the growth of the Auroville ideal.
For the past three years, I’ve spent three months a year there, which always feels too short. In fact, so many discoveries and exchanges enrich me and carry me through the rest of the year. It’s at Auroville that I’ve met the majority of my friends. We immediately share what is closest to our hearts, certain that we understand each other deeply. The Aurovilians are my true family.
When I was asked to join AVI France, I was happy to participate, conscious of this opportunity to strengthen the link between Auroville and France. My other aim: to have the Auroville spirit live in ourselves, in our group and our nation.

Courtesy: Auroville International, the worldwide network of Auroville Friends.

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