Mandakini Lebrun

On August 15, 1977, I met Jyotipriya(Dr. Judith Tyberg) of the East-West Cultural Center in Los Angeles, who had received her name “The Lover of Light ” from Sri Aurobindo in 1947. She had the same effect on me as she had had on hundreds of seekers – she awakened my soul and responded to my deep need for “the adventure of consciousness”.

This led to my three years in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and my love for Auroville, the Mother’s cherished project.
I arrived in Auroville for the first time in 1980, and I still feel a deep connection with the Aurovilians who arrived at that time too. I love the courage, determination and sincerity of Aurovilians – old timers and the newer arrivals. They inspire me! What touches me the most in Auroville in general is the spiritual force that hangs in the atmosphere above us, like a promise. My favorite work is in the Matrimandir gardens with that dedicated, hardworking, international team. I do all I can to support Auroville’s growth and its major projects so that Auroville can develop sustainably and anchor – in the earth and in our consciousness – the reality of the spiritual future that is being built.

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

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