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SRM SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE & INTERIOR DESIGN

ACADEMIC YEAR – 2015 – 2020


THESIS SYNOPSIS 2019 – 2020
CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH ON HUMAN UNITY
SRI BALAJI. M
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SECTION – C
CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH ON HUMAN UNITY (CIRHU)
INTRODUCTION:
At the end of this millennium man suffers from the limitations of his condition, he feels threatened by
the deterioration of the earth caused by his own uncontrolled ‘excesses and questions himself with a
sense of inquietude on the incertitude of his future.

This thrust demands from us a change of behaviour outside of all tradition, of all dogma and of all forms
of sectarianism whether of religion or of politics. A feeling of urgency emerges throughout the world
which aspires towards this radical reversal. CIRHU is a major project that aims at this “Great Sense”
that reorients the compass and sets the course towards a new horizon.

The time has come, in fact, to build an organization that could help us to get out of our suffocation and
accelerate the means of progress at the scale of the earth, which is only one big village throbbing to
the same rhythm.

AIM:

To provide a “hub” for all true researchers in the world searching for an environment favourable to
pure knowledge as well as applied research. CIRHU will focus on the themes of human unity and
evolution of consciousness in all disciplines and of fields work.
OBJECTIVES:

• Stimulate and promote research and the development of a new integral education for human
unity at the local, national and international levels

• Study and experiment with the new possibilities that are emerging on the planet for creating
an “ideal society” which rests on the integral development of each of its’ human parts

• Pioneer new methods for creating and fostering peace and harmony that transcends race, class
and nationality

• Be a point of convergence for social researchers within Auroville and around the world who
are studying the above themes.

• Organize and coordinate exchange programmes conducted by the Faculties with outside
Organizations

• Facilitate the coordination of research and training programmes conducted by the Faculties

• Stimulate the development of experiential and experimental methods of research and training
by the faculties as well as the elaboration of models that can be replicated in India and the
world
THRUST AREA:
CIRHU wishes to be a kind of think tank and exchange-point for people around the world who are
concerned with these themes –

to experiment, discuss, exchange and contribute to the growing global understanding of what it means
to create and live in a truly spiritualised society.

The Centre will have seven Faculties with organic relationship among themselves and with a Central
Faculty. The Central Faculty will reflect vast interdisciplinary.

This Central faculty will have five major themes of research: a) Evolution; b) Synthesis of Knowledge; c)
Synthesis of Culture; d) Human Unity; and e) Next Species

These seven Faculties will be as follows: 1) Faculty of Indian Culture and Human Unity; 2) Faculty of
East, West and Human Unity; 3) Faculty of Education for Human Unity; 4) Faculty of Arts, Crafts and
Technologies; 5) Faculty of Synthesis of Knowledge; 6) Faculty of Futuristic Sociology and Business
Management; and 7) Faculty of Studies in Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.
SCOPE:
The organization of CIRHU will be created around 2 main components:
• A section “analysis and action”
• A section “research and experimentation”
These two sections are complimentary and work in permanent communication with a coordinating
body.
MAJOR THEMES OF RESEARCH

EVOLUTION:

Evolution being the very process of manifestation, the knowledge of its laws is the key to right understanding and right
action, especially in our time of accelerated evolutionary change. We propose to study it along the following lines: Theories
of evolution, spiritual evolution, human progress, contemporary evolutionary crisis, unity and diversity, towards the next
species.

SYNTHESIS OF KNOWLEDGE:

The modern world has developed knowledge on a huge scale but in a fragmented way, and only of the outer
phenomena. A deeper approach is necessary to reconcile these separate elements within a vast synthetic and
organizing vision, which will enable man to possess himself and the world. Studies will include particularly:
Ancient synthesis of knowledge (Veda, Upanishads, Gita), other systems of synthesis of the past science and
modern knowledge, need for a new synthesis, Integral philosophy, Internal yoga, new synthesis of knowledge
and human unity.
SYNTHESIS OF CULTURE:

Human unity will not be possible unless we discover and express what is behind the diversity of the world
cultures, so that they do not appear anymore as separated, specific and sometimes irreconcilable universes, but
as the diverse manifestation of the one in humanity. Studies will include; History of Religion, ethical, Aesthetic
and Rational cultures, contemporary Internationalism, Humanism, Necessity of spiritual transformation,
Development of spiritual culture, Cultural diversity and unity, world culture and Human unity.

HUMAN UNITY:

Humanity is going faster and faster towards some sort of organic unity, but without mastering this process nor building
it consciously due to the lack of the conceptual framework through which to work it out. It will therefore be
researched as a separate course of study, to include: State, nationalism and world union of free nations, New forms of
political, social and economic organizations, Ideals of liberty, Equality and Fraternity, League of nations and its failure,
united nations organizations, latest developments towards actual Human unity.
NEXT SPECIES:

Humanity’, said Mother, ‘is not the last rung of the terrestrial creation. Evolution continues and man will be surpassed. ‘The
unification of the human race is a necessary pre-condition for the emergence, with the descent of a new state of
consciousness, of the next evolutionary species. Auroville is meant to be the cradle of the new humanity. Studies will
include: Concepts of Human unity and superhumanity; Supramental being and next species; Experiments in the birth an
development of the next species; Sri Aurobindo and the Mother; Their experiments and realizations for Human evolution,
Human unity and the next species.

SUBORDINATE FACULTIES

FACULTY OF STUDIES IN SRI AUROBINDO AND THE MOTHER:

As Auroville wants to be the first realization of human unity based on the teaching of Sri Aurobindo’ and as
‘Auroville is meant to hasten the advent of the supramental reality upon Earth’ as heralded and experienced by
both Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, it is of the utmost importance that everyone in Auroville has a programme of
studies of their works at his own level. Not only do these works deal in great detail with all the subjects treated
by all the other following faculties but they also contain keys without which the understanding and undertaking
of all aspects of the manifestation of Auroville are not possible. At the level of education, Mother said that the
teacher should not be seen as a screen between Sri Aurobindo and the pupil and that the task of the teacher is
to give the background material for understanding the works of Sri Aurobindo. The purpose of this faculty
therefore is to provide such background material: publications, exhibitions readings, slide shows, videos,
workshop, seminars etc.
Major themes of research:

1. Compilation of background materials required to study the works of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother,
particularly, the following:
• The life divine;
• The synthesis of yoga;
• The supramental manifestation on the earth;
• Mother’s Agenda;
• The ideal of Human Unity;
• The Human Cycle;
• The foundations of Indian culture; and
• Savitri

2. Problems of training teachers who can impact the contents of the works of Sri
Aurobindo and The Mother to the coming generations.

3. Development of methods of research that employ experience of the supreme


Truth without developing any religion.

4. Research in the development of the next species – study of Mother’s Agenda.


FACULTY OF SYNTHESIS OF KNOWLEDGE

One important contribution Sri Aurobindo has made is in the field of synthesis, which is the greatest need of mankind
today. Although one speaks of synthesis, one needs to do research as to what the meaning is. There is education par
juxtaposition, there is compromise but is not synthesis. Synthesis is when everything is integrated. There is therefore
the need to develop what The Mother called ‘spherical thinking’ and what Sri Aurobindo described as the “light of
the thought that carries in its own opposite” in which synthesis is automatically born. This is the new consciousness,
which Sri Aurobindo called the supramental and that “links past, present and future in their indivisible connections,
in a single continuous map of knowledge, side by side”. It is this consciousness that needs to be developed, because
without it there is no real synthesis possible and without synthesis the unity of mankind is impossible. A dialogue
between specialists in all fields of knowledge will have to take place so that a real synthesis of all these fields will be
constantly developed.

Major themes of research:

• Ancient and Medieval systems of synthesis


• Concepts of Modernity and post-modernity
• Nature and methods of scientific knowledge
• Nature and Methodology of critical knowledge
• Frontiers o scientific knowledge
• Frontiers of logical, Mathematical and Philosophical
Thought
• Contemporary concerns of Biological and medical
science: Human Bioengineering and Ethical issues
• Science, Ethics, Law and religion in current thought: Conflicts and Quest for resolution
of conflicts
• Yoga as Science
• Emergence of Interdisciplinarity: problems and quests for solutions
• Emergence of the theme of consciousness:
a) Importance of psychology
b) Psychical Research
c) Higher states of consciousness
d) Relevance of consciousness in physical sciences
e) Yogic knowledge of matter, life, mind and spirit
• Contemporary Research for the recovery of Ancient and Medieval knowledge
• Need for a new synthesis of knowledge
• Sri Aurobindo’s contributions to the contemporary synthesis of knowledge
• Synthesis of knowledge and Human unity.

FACULTY OF INDIAN CULTURE AND HUMAN UNITY:


OVERVIEW

The whole world is one family” , said the ancient Indian sages who also spoke of “the whole universe”. Tremendous
care was then take to understand the human race and its problem as a whole, and goals to be achieved for the
entire race. This has Create a specific development in Indian history from Vedic rishis to Sri Aurobindo, who
represent the greatest synthesis of the East and West, who heralded the advent of human unity in the context of a
new evolution. Sri Aurobindo believed that “the Veda was the benging of our spiritual knowledge;
the Veda will remain It’s end” and that there secret concealed in the Veda, when entirely discovered, will be found to
formulate perfectly that knowledge and practice of a Divine life to which the March of the humanity must inevitably
return” . For these reasons there is a need to bring out the gains of Indian culture that are relevant to the unity of
mankind.

Major themes of research:

• Indian religion and spirituality; Dharma and social organization; Yoga


• Indian art
• Indian literature
• Indian philosophy
• Science and technology in India
• Indian polity
• Renaissance of the Indian culture
• India and the world
• Lessons of Indian experience for human unity.
FACULTY OF EAST, WEST AND HUMAN UNITY:
Overview

In his messages to America, In 1949, Sri Aurobindo said that although it has been customary to dwell on the division and
difference between the West and the East, on the spirituality of the former and the materialism of the latter, “It is no
longer between division and difference that we should turn our minds”, but on unity, Union, oneness necessary to pursuit
and realization of a common ideal, the destined goal”. There is therefore to see how “East and West could be reconciled in
the pursuit of highest and largest ideals, spirit embrace matter and matter find it’s own true reality and hidden reality in
all things in the spirit”. In order to do so the faculty could explore how the aspects of each culture could be combined in a
complementary way In order to achieve common objectives to in various fields and various levels, as well as to encourage
the development of interchange or, whenever possible, fusion of both cultures in such a way that the unique contribution
and qualities of each individual culture is preserved.
Major themes of research:

• Common and divergent experience of East and the West : the problems of synthesis
Concept of Civilization and culture
• Pursuit of truth, beauty and goddess in Western and Eastern culture
• Pursuit of liberty, equality and fraternity in Eastern and Western culture
• Problems of cultural and political unity in the East and in the West
• Revolutionary and revolutionary movements in the west and in the East: their contribution to
the human progress
• contemporary trends towards planetary Civilization, problems and quest for solution
a) Science and technology
b) Arts and craft
c) Humanistic thought
d) law constitutions and International judiciary
e) War and Peace
f) Globalization: economic and commercial trends, Monetary systems, industrial trends,
trends in communication
g) Conflicts in religious, Race and cultural prejudices
h) Science and spirituality
i) Concept of centralized world – state and federation of free nation in the world – union.
j) Ideal of peace, harmony and unity
k) Ideal of individual and collective perfectibility.

FACULTY OF EDUCATION FOR HUMAN UNITY:

Overview

Since auroville is meant “to be the first realization of human unity based on the teaching of Sri Aurobindo” and since it is
meant to be “ a site for Unending education” and to make experience, research studies”, it can make significant
contributions to the world at large field experimentation and progressive manifestation of the ideal of Human Unity. The
experimental as well as experiment methods of research elaborated by Auroville in various aspects of human life
towards a synthetic organization of a spiritualized society can be as many valuable contributions to the educational
experience of the world in the future development of humanity
Major themes of research:
• Education for international understanding, peace and Human Unity
• Methods and contents of complete education for the complete Human being:
a) Physical education
b) Vital education
c) Mental education
d) Psychic and spiritual education
• Education for future:
a) Education for the new humanity striving for Human Unity
b) Supramental Education
• specific themes of Teaching and Learning:
a) Languages;
b) Sciences;
c) Arts, crafts and technologies;
d) Humanities;
• Specific themes of Aid training of teachers:
a) Education for international understanding, peace and Human Unity
b) Educational innovations and reforms
c) The aim of life
d) The good teacher and good pupil
e) Mystery and excellence of the human body
f) Stories of Heroism ,Harmony and illumination
g) Mind and its powers: Rational Ethical Aesthetic Cosmic and Transcendental
h) Concept of Divine Life and education for integral society of living.
FACULTY OF FUTURISTIC SOCIOLOGY AND BUSINESS MANAGEMENT:

Overview

So far, despite numerous attempts, humanity has not been able to who establish a harmonious
and ideal society. As the emphasis on Auroville is on collective realization one of its focus is
precisely on the problems of collectivity. The aim of this faculty
Beyond race, Class and Nationality;
Advantages and disadvantages of various economic models – capitalism, communism , socialism;
Need for a new economy:
a) Concepts of new economic and world order
b) Uses and misuses of money
c) Motivation for work, economic, humanistic, spiritual
d) New economy for work for All and joy of work, work for development of Faculties, Leisure for
Inner growth
e) New economy and prosperity: avoidance of perils of huge non-human scale organization and
mechanization of Human being
f) New education for the new economy
g) Ethics in business – primary principles of ethical business management
h) Promotion of universal fraternity, peace, Concord and harmony as aims of business and
industrial development
i) Utilization of fighting instincts for conquering the causes of sufferings, weaknesses and
ignorance
j) Higher positions in the hierarchy for greater responsibilities to serve and organize
k) Replacement of competition by relationships of emulation in doing well, or collaboration and brotherhood

• Training in ethical business management


• Experiments in ethical business management in Auroville
• Development of a new economy in Auroville as a pilot project
• New forms of political organization
• New forms of international relationship
• Law and beyond law
• Concepts and practice of spiritual Anarchism: relevance of experiments in Auroville
FACULTY OF ARTS, CRAFTS AND TECHNOLOGIES:
Overview

According to Sri Aurobindo, a culture survives through the transmission and development of arts, crafts and
technologies, which are the expression of the many planes of the nature of man. Though it has been customary to
dissociate these various expressions, when one examines them in their totality one finds that they cannot be
separated for there is no art or craft possible without technique and no technique can be conceived without
creativity and a sense of Aesthetics. Crafts, which synthesize both art and technology, and which in our modern
world have become mostly the expression of rural people, are actually very important for all practical aspects of
life. Lastly the use of arts and crafts can be a great help to the education of the vital being. Sri Aurobindo pointed
out that music, art and poetry are a perfect education for the soul: ‘They are, when properly used, great
education, edifying and Civilization forces”. Because if the interconnection between arts, crafts and technologies,
there is a need for developing interdisciplinary research and application between the three.
Major themes of research:

• Aesthetic experiences and artistic expression


• Architecture
• Poetry; Theme of future poetry
• Painting, music and Dance; Theme of universal languages
• Theatre and cinema; Theme of integration of Arts, Crafts and Technologies
• Art of exhibition
• Arts and crafts; Their interrelationship creativity and productivity
• Arts and crafts; Role of techniques and machines
• Science and technology
• Technologies and perils of mechanization
• Training in specific arts
• Training in specific crafts
• Training in specific Technologies
a) sustainable energy Technologies
b) Alternative transportation Technologies
• Roles of Arts, Crafts and Technologies in promoting human unity
• Arts, Crafts of the future; the Supra – rational in the pursuit of beauty
THE FACILITIES INCLUDE:

• Arrival
• Information
• Entrance
• Panoramic promenade
• Hotel
• Hall
• Cafe
• Auditorium
• Restaurant
• Auditorium Service
• Lounge
• Exhibition
• 2 multi-purpose conference rooms of 300 seats each
• An exhibition space
• A library and a centre of documentation
• A workshop room for the section “analysis and action”
• 4 rooms for the section “research and experimentation” with spaces reserved for the study
centres and their laboratories.
• A coordination space
• A cafeteria
• Hotel
• An administrative quarter
• Technical service and parking

SITE:
LOCATION - AUROVILLE, BOMMAYAPALAYAM, TAMIL NADU

SITE AREA: ~11.9 acres (48196 sq.m)


CIRHU Headquarters will be located in the International Zone, connected to the Lake and along the
radiating axis of Matrimandir, Banyan Tree and Unity Garden.
KEY PLAN
SITE PLAN

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DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE

SOURCE :
http://research.auroville.org/
CASE STUDIES :

• MATRIMANDIR, AUROVILLE ( with respect to the faculty of east,


west and Indian culture and Sri Aurobindo & The Mother )
• University of Auckland Science Centre – New Zealand
• Inspiria Science Centre – Norway
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