John Kelly

John Walker

John Walker



Deborah Lawlor

Robert Lawlor


Vinod, who hails from Andhra Pradesh and lived here in Prayatna, joined Auroville in 1992. After working for some time in Pour Tous, he started organising a little stall in Kottakarai with organic fruits for which he would bicycle up and down in the area to obtain the best wares he could find. Over the years, the stall grew out into the small but pucca HERS supermarket, located beside Ganesh Bakery – a multi-supply point for the area.

Vinod’s remains were brought to the new Farewell centre just off Auroville’s Crown Road for a last viewing by friends. As per his very specific request to be cremated in Auroville itself, his family conceded and, respecting his wish, his brothers and sisters were present during the cremation at Adventure’s mandappam in the late afternoon of on Sunday October 4th. Along with Vinod’s Aurovilian friends, they performed the last rites for their brother and were grateful to do this in the harmonious atmosphere and late-hour colouring of the day.

Thank you, Vinod, for having brought HERS into being.


our good friend and long-term sister Ursula Mack quietly left her body at the age of 91, surrounded by friends in her Samasti house after a long period of gradual and peaceful withdrawal.

Ursula, who hailed from Germany and at a later stage mainly lived and worked in Switzerland and Italy, has been visiting the Ashram and Auroville since the very early years during which she met the Mother. In Germany she was an active member of the AVI team there (for instance by hosting in 1983 the AVI meeting in her brother’s house in Laubach). Immediately after retirement Ursula came to Auroville, in 1990, where she became the much appreciated, very first professional resident physiotherapist helping Aurovilians wherever she could. She became instrumental in the building of Pitanga and Quiet healing centre, and also in her Samasti house people were welcome when in need for treatment, advice or just a chat.

Ursula’s friendly and loving nature was apparent till the end. After a second stroke, she became bedridden and quite indrawn but even while going through increasingly profound physical crises; she always managed to convey a steady, faithful and grateful disposition, evoking deep contact and love in the ones caring for her.

For years, around this time, Ursula ordered some hundred Christmas Stollen-breads baked by the Auroville Bakery as per her German recipe, which she personally delivered by taxi to her friends – now she has gone… Thank you for everything, dear Ursula, our love and prayers accompany you on the way to the Light.