As someone with a hands-on experience in the making of the Matrimandir in Auroville, Paulette Hadnagy shares her rare insights on the gold disc encrusted soul of the universal township in a photo exhibition starting this week.
The exhibition, ‘Matrimandir As Below So Above’ begins at Pitanga on Thursday and is on till February 25.
In her words, the Matrimandir “is not a building, nor is the Chamber with a white marble hall with a crystal globe. Matrimandir is a state of consciousness, a living temple within our heart that is the heart of the world.”
In fact, she sees in the manifestation of the Matrimandir a parallel in the Upanishadic philosophy where “without and within are one, below and above are one, microcosm and macrocosm are one.”
Ms. Hadnagy first came to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and visited Auroville in 1973. Nurtured by the special atmosphere of some early sadhaks, thanks to a special permission of the Ashram Trust she lived for a few months with an attendant of the Mother.
This everlasting awareness has moulded her approach to Yoga and subsequently to Auroville, according to auroville.org.
She joined the monumental challenge of translating the vision of Auroville founder Mirra Alfassa, The Mother to her followers, for the Matrimandir as the soul of the City of Dawn and an ever-inspiring symbol of an emerging new consciousness.
After 12 years of back and forth visits from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram to Auroville on a cycle, she moved into the universal township in 1985 and continued working for a year longer at the Matrimandir construction site. Her association with the Laboratory of Evolution/Centre for Human Unity led to six compilations on archival documents and Mother’s statements on the town and Matrimandir.
Author of several books and as researcher she has dwelt on the psycho-physical transformation that follows self-realisation — the philosophy advanced by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on Integral Yoga, its psychic, spiritual and supramental transformations, and the ideal society.
As with her previous exhibitions of photographs on Matrimandir and other Auroville subjects, the upcoming event too will reflect the Matrimandir’s deeper significance and its embodying of Vedic thought, especially the Chandogya Upanishad’s interpretation of the eternal universal truth.