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“A calmness within the walls becomes a calmness within yourself.”

Sri Aurobindo Ashram
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Great Falls, Montana
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“A calmness within the walls becomes a calmness within yourself.”
Reviewed October 13, 2011

Meditation area, museum and book shop to help one understand the ashram's purpose and the leaders and thought behind it. The Mother was an incredible woman with a dream of a world close to god, but without religions. I bought three books to take my education home with me.

Visited October 2011
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Limoux, France
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“A peaceful moment”
Reviewed October 5, 2011

The graves of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother are there, it's a place of silence and meditation, many people sit down for a moment.
The bookshop has interesting titles in many languages.

Visited September 2011
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Mumbai Indian
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“Serene place- peaceful moments”
Reviewed November 2, 2010

Aurobindo Ashram--the place around which Pondy revolves. The samadhi is serene and always beddecked with flowers. One can sit near the Samadhi and mediate for few minutes--a true moment.
The entrance to the Ashram has got lot of Flowers and one gets motivated to visit again and again.
There are quite few volunteers to guide to you. One can books on Mahan Aurobindo and on mother.
Ashram has got many many other buildings including a guest house. One can buy unique hand printed silk sarees in one of the Ashram centres.
A must visit place if in Pondy

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Walnut Creek, California
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“what a location”
Reviewed November 2, 2005

We visited the sri aurobindo ashram in October 2005. The ashram buildings are built next to the Indian ocean and are peaceful and attractive. The rooms are basic but all overlook the ocean and have their own bathroom. The sunrise over the ocean is spectacular, and in the evening you can see the fishing boats heading out with their lights.

Beware the biting insects and use your mosquito nets at night - in our 2 weeks in southern India this was the only place we needed to use them - there are a LOT of things to bite you. Also some of the mattresses seem to have plastic covers which are removable and you WILL want to take off or you will melt - it is hot and VERY humid at this time of year

Pondicherry is a delightful town, and if you want to visit the ashram industries (weaving, paper making, perfume, ayurvedic and homeopathic medicines, incense making, tie dye etc etc) then the only tour of the day starts at 8:30am. Just be aware it's basically a shopping trip, and you dont get to see ashram dwellings or dwellers or learn anything more about the sri aurobindo set up.

We also used the ashram as our base to visit nearby Auroville - which had to be the weirdest experience of the journey. Auroville is quite a famous international peace community set up about 40 years ago, and sanctioned by UNESCO, but when you visit all you see is the visitors center, the banyan tree and the strange golf ball like building that houses the giant crystal (reputedly the biggest in the world), the Matrimandir. No residences or residents, they are all hidden away in the jungle and 'out of bounds'. And you can't see the Matrimandir crystal either.

Definitely recommend the ashram, the sea breeze makes up for the lack of A/C - and the area in general. We could have spent several more days here.

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