Every detail of the Auroville version strengthens the view that this rendition created by the architect in his own image, - that is, as a product of his creative devices and consciousness rather than the Mother’s – is exactly the opposite of hers. For example, in the architect’s version the centrepiece is raised above floor level; according to the Knowledge, the Core should be placed 20 cms below floor level. The crystal is transparent not translucent; hence it is dark and not light-filled. The stand is vacant and effete, lacking the right proportions to support the crystal properly; this see-through version cannot compare to the power of the Mother’s design in stone. Each and every item has similarly been reversed; with the result that the symbolism is also reversed.
           Many have been taken in by the construction’s university-trained architects who believe that they know best and that the Mother was in no position to understand even simple aesthetics to the extent that they were trained to do. And yet, in that sphere too there is no comparison. Aesthetics can only be enhanced when Truth is the basis of the creative process.
However, there are still questions to be asked. Our photograph of the Mother’s version was circulated from 1981 onwards, widely enough to safely assume that the architects and builders of the temple in Auroville had access to this image before they took major decisions when fashioning their crystal and stand. Moreover, they had the Mother’s own words which could leave no doubt as to what she wanted, even if they wished to disregard our efforts, convincing as they might be. And so, the question we ask is, Did the Auroville architect purposely and wilfully design the centrepiece to be the exact opposite of what the Mother wanted?
Readers can verify the matter for themselves: In every detail what stands in Auroville today, proclaimed to be the Mother’s original, has been reversed. The final result is evident for all to see: darkness and not light. Again we ask: Was this deliberate? Those who have contributed to the Auroville construction, both in the township and throughout the world, must ask this vital question. If they do not, then one has to wonder if the atmosphere generated by the reversed form has taken its toll beyond redemption.

‘The effects of such a disintegrating occult force are subtle, impossible for the human being to perceive and understand. This power is a hundredfold intensified when given a material support such as a Matrimandir. When this happens we find that suddenly, almost imperceptibly, the atmosphere begins to change, the area becomes pervaded with a fog that clouds the people’s consciousness. Friends turn to foes, falsehood is held up as truth, and—worst of all, no one can perceive, no one can see the Truth. Each one believes himself to be its upholder, when in fact each one is subjected to the same toxic force, living under the same cloud, being made use of for the one end: disintegration, disunity, division—in a word, the opposite of Truth’s goal. And this is being accomplished by a power greater than the human, which he cannot combat without a psychic realisation, or without at least some touch of the soul as his support and guiding light.’

 Extracted from
What is Wrong with Matrimandir
(February 1977)

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