Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday visited Auroville Foundation in Puducherry on the occasion of its 50th anniversary celebrations and paid homage to its founder Sri Aurobindo, a day after he inaugurated former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s subsidised scooter scheme for working women.

This was PM Mod’s first visit to Puducherry.

While addressing the gathering, PM Modi said: “It is important to remember the vast extent of action and thought of Sri Aurobindo. A man of action, a philosopher, a poet, there were so many facets to his character, as each of them was dedicated to the good of the nation and humanity”.

Auroville has brought together men and women, young and old, cutting across boundaries and identities, said PM Modi.

“Maharishi Aurobindo’s philosophy of consciousness integrates not just humans, but the entire universe. This matches with the ancient saying: “ईशावास्यम इदम सर्वम्.” This has been translated by Mahatma Gandhi to mean “everything down to the tiniest atom is divine,” said PM Modi

PM Modi also said, as the world progresses materially through science and technology, it will increasingly long for and need spiritual orientation for social order and stability. “At Auroville, the material and the spiritual, co-exist in harmony,” he said.

The fact that Auroville has brought together such huge diversity of people and ideas create dialogue and debate. “Indian society is fundamentally diverse. It has fostered dialogue & a philosophic tradition. Auroville show-cases this ancient Indian tradition to the world,” PM Modi said.

He said India had always allowed mutual respect and co-existence of different religions and cultures. “India is home to the age old tradition of Gurukul, where learning is not confined to classrooms. Auroville too has developed as a place of un-ending and life-long education,” PM Modi added.