Alfonso Galiana

I still keep with me the article in the Spanish magazine Gaceta Ilustrada where Auroville was presented in February 1973(I was close to 18 years old). Last School, the Galaxy, children and young adults and a photo of the young Sri Aurobindo watching me…

Later on, inside me, things were arranged for progress and a break, and after a short trip to Rishikesh and Varanasi I arrived in Pondicherry and Auroville.

On 19th January 1982 I moved from the Center Guest House to Horizon and later to Revelation, Sincerity and Utility. I was working in the Ganesh Bakery and in Revelation, later in the Matrimandir and finally I was taking care of the “7 Tea Shop” in Fraternity. It was the time when Auroville won the court case against the SAS, the time of the envelopes and the Pour Tous meetings near the Matrimandir, the time when nobody had a fixed house or a fixed work – the time of a smiling Karma Yoga work and a lovely plasticity in life, the time of my rebirth – then it was back to Spain in December for a paid job to earn money. I found a wife, we had four children and I was trying to build Auroville in my own Spanish home.

During one of my trips to Auroville, in 1998, Mauna and Asumpta introduced me to AVI and back home I started helping AVI Spain in their tasks. From then on I started an AVI Spain sub-centre in Catalonia and I took the responsibility of an Auroville Expo in Tortosa in 2010, two AVI International Meetings in Sant Feliu de Guixols in 2005 and in Tortosa in 2013. I was also taking responsibility for the publication of the translation of the complete Savitri epos into Catalan and for the review Auromagazine.

I usually visit Auroville once a year and I try to participate in all the AVI meetings, as far as I can.

Itxaso Recondo

Auroville came to me… when I was 19 years old, after reading Satprem’s Adventure of Consciousness and a short article in a Spanish magazine called Integral, about several communities around the world. The picture of the galaxy model awakened in me a wish to go there immediately. Two years later, I visited the dreamed city alone, still young, and open to anything. No internet, no friends, no cell phones – it was July 1987. I did not know about the Ashram, and I thought that Auroville was finished!! 

During the three months I stayed there, I met beautiful people who helped me to land on the ‘Aurovilian planet’.

One of them was Sharanam, who was my first Sherpa. She came to spain a year later and linked up with a group of six Auro-friends to fund AVI Spain in Pamplona: at that time we were Anandi, Joseba, Uma, mikel, Kitxu and myself. Half of them moved soon to Auroville. Later on, more new people arrived giving refreshment to our dreamers-team.

We have being doing our best to spread information about Auroville, giving talks and helping its development by raising funds from our local Government and private companies for different projects: the Health Center, the School of Arts in the Pyramids, educational programs, sanitation in the surrounding rural areas, Tsunamika, Small Steps, etc. We give information about Auroville to anybody interested and help them at the time of their first visit.

I visit Auroville as often as I can to get in touch with what is going on and keep close contact with it through my Aurovilian friends.