„I was very young at that time, and always I used to tell myself that if ever I could do it, I would try to create a little world — Oh! quite a small one, but still — a small world where people would be able to live without having to be preoccupied by problems of food and lodging and clothing and the imperious necessities of life, to see if all the energies freed by this certainty of an assured material living would spontaneously be turned towards the divine life and inner realization.“

—  The Mother

In "Auroville — The City Of Dawn in South India" (27 February 2009)
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spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo 1878 - 1973

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