In Auroville, My Search for Spirituality Ended at a Forest Rave Party

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In Auroville, My Search for Spirituality Ended at a Forest Rave Party

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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n a late Friday evening, I found myself in a state of severe distress caused by a massive workload, a negative balance, and an alarming number of empty coffee mugs on my desk. I had the sudden urge to call Hickey, an old friend from college.

Hickey was one of the smartest people I knew – one of those guys who would party until 8 am, when everyone else had passed out with their mouths open, but still constantly get good grades. He was an all-rounder, and all of us assumed he’d grow up to be super successful. So it came as a surprise when Hickey told us one day that he’d give up everything and move to Auroville, a spiritual township 10 km from Pondicherry, because he wanted to connect with nature through meditation.

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