The Foundation for World Education
and U.S. Centers
Over the past 15 years, the Foundation for World Education (FWE) has supported the development of Sri Aurobindo centers in the United States. In the beginning, the Sri Aurobindo Association and Auroville International USA made annual requests for operating expenses in order to build their capacity to reach out to Sri Aurobindo devotees nationwide.
FWE has played a role in supporting the All USA Meeting (AUM) and conferences in Crestone, Colorado sponsored by the Sri Aurobindo Learning Center. FWE has also supported the publication of Collaboration, the development of communication via the Internet, and special one-time conferences on cellular evolution (San Francisco), world religions (Chicago), and psychology (Matagiri Sri Aurobindo Center, Mt. Tremper, New York).
The East-West Cultural Center in Los Angeles has organized a number of tours of speakers from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram among interested centers and groups in the U.S. Our support for these activities has added up to nearly $150,000 over the years.
Publication of works such as Mother’s Agenda, Mother’s Auroville Messages, and George Van Vrekham’s Beyond Man, and republication of The Essential Aurobindo and The Integral Yoga: Sri Aurobindo’s Teaching and Method of Practice have been made possible through the FWE. About $125,000 has been expended on various periodicals and books since the beginning of our funding history. The board continues to support publication of work related to Sri Aurobindo’s yoga, as it has historically been the starting point for many devotees involvement in the yoga in the United States.
With the creation of the Sri Aurobindo Integral Yoga website (http://www.miraura.org), the possibilities of coordinating, communicating, and reaching out to others is only beginning to tap the base upon which we are now building the organizations of the future.