1 September 2015
The ten months’ journey is nearly over. The Peace Bell has arrived from Moscow to Auroville on the sacred day of 15th August 2015. The truck with the big, human height aluminum plate bell of 82 kg reached Matrimandir gate at six in the morning, during the dawn bonfire in honour of Sri Aurobindo’s birthday – an unexpected Grace for the project team taken as a blessing to the purpose of the Peace Bell.
The dedication of the Peace Bell took place the same day, at six in the evening at the Matrimandir Amphitheater, during the musical offering with the Russian Singing Bells attended by many Aurovilians and guests. As the sun was slowly setting, the deep, enveloping, long resonating sounds created the atmosphere of almost a palpable silence, inducing a state of peaceful concentration. Here you can have some glimpses of the event recorded by our everhelpful Manohar.
This Friday, 4th of September, the Peace Bell is going to be installed in the Pavilion of the Tibetan Culture in the International Zone of Auroville – please be with us during the inauguration hour between 5 and 6 pm!
Deep gratitude to all those who by their work, donations, guidance or just the good will made the Peace Bell in Auroville a reality – friends from the Auroville Foundation, the International Zone Coordination group, the Auroville International worldwide, the Matrimandir Amphitheater group, the Working Committee, the Auroville Unity Fund, the Russian Pavilion group, the Pavilion of Tibetan Culture, Ricardo and the New Dawn carpentry team, Aryadeep, B, Claude J., John H., Lijun, Paula Murphy, Prasad and team, Roma, Surya and Vasanthi and other Aurovilian friends and well-wishers, as well as to our friends from Bangalore. The voice of the Peace Bell has been supported by now by people from 24 countries (in alphabetical order) – Australia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Moldova, Netherlands, Oman, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela. Our heartfelt gratitude to the bell-master Alexander Zhikharev, who carries the life-long aspiration to manifest Beauty in sound. We aspire that our project grows further inviting greater beauty and harmony and contributing towards the unfolding of Auroville.
And thank you very much to all those who have already answered to our call and helped us cover some extra expenses for the project. We still need 75000 rupees (equals to 1100 USD or 1000 Euros), so any donation is highly appreciated. (Please find the account details in the previous post.)
In hope of future realizations,
The Peace Bell project team –
Vera Lipen, Asheh Joshi, Vyacheslav Mitevsky (from Auroville), Sergey Novotny, Sergey Kornienko (from Moscow, with Auroville in their hearts)