We are guided by the vision of Sri Aurobindo who on many occasions pronounced the importance of India and her relevance to the world:
“I have always held and said that India was arising, not to serve her own material interests only, to achieve expansion, greatness, power and prosperity,—though these too she must not neglect, —and certainly not like others to acquire domination of other peoples, but to live also for God and the world as a helper and leader of the whole human race. Those aims and ideals were in their natural order these: a revolution which would achieve India’s freedom and her unity; the resurgence and liberation of Asia and her return to the great role which she had played in the progress of human civilisation; the rise of a new, a greater, brighter and nobler life for mankind which for its entire realisation would rest outwardly on an international unification of the separate existence of the peoples, preserving and securing their national life but drawing them together into an overriding and consummating oneness; the gift by India of her spiritual knowledge and her means for the spiritualisation of life to the whole race; finally, a new step in the evolution which, by uplifting the consciousness to a higher level, would begin the solution of the many problems of existence which have perplexed and vexed humanity, since men began to think and to dream of individual perfection and a perfect society.” (CWSA 36: 475)
Prof. V. Madhusudan Reddy an ardent devotee and a dedicated scholar of the works of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo started many educational projects in and around Hyderabad with the blessings and sanction of the Mother. One such project sanctioned was “The University of Tomorrow”. Though this concept is yet to take shape, his son Dr. V. Ananda Reddy planned to start its research wing in Pondicherry. It is with this purpose that Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research was established as a Trust in 1998.
Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research (SACAR), is a not for profit charitable trust established in Pondicherry in 1998. SACAR has for its objective an in-depth study of and research into the thought and vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and relate it to the present and future of India in particular, and the world in general. We encourage study of all allied thought and perspectives from other visionaries from different cultures with an objective to offer a synthetic view of the future. SACAR is a centre of research and learning dedicated to acquiring and implementing in all areas a new and broader perspective on human life.
1.Facilitating Online Courses in Sri Aurobindo Studies
2.Organising Workshops and Seminars based on Sri Aurobindo’s thought and vision
3.Publishing books researched on Sri Aurobindo’s thought.
4.Publish two quaterly e-journals: “New Race” and “Sri Aurobindo Darshan”.
5.Maintaining an Audio-Video library on the deliberations on the Works of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo.
6.Outreach Programmes on Sri Aurobindo’s major works.
7.Organise monthly “Living Within” study camps exploring the works and thought of Sri Aurobindo.
8.Facilitate “Intensive Research in Sri Aurobindo’s Major Works” – A study on-campus programme.
The idea of starting SACAR as an academic centre focusing on the thought and vision of Sri Aurobindo was first shared with my father, late Prof. V. Madhusudan Reddy, way back in 1990. Subsequently, the discussion resulted in purchasing a plot in Vaithikuppam, Pondicherry and the foundation ceremony of the proposed building took place on 29-02-1992.
As the buiding started rising from the ground in August 1998, my dreams for the future of SACAR started getting clearer. SACAR wants to become a centre of learning where learners will come purely for the love of knowledge and not for the sake of degrees or some such gain. It will vibrate with the delight and love of research and insearch in Sri Aurobindo’s and the Mother’s embodied experience and knowledge. Going through this process, the learners as well as the facilitators will realize that all pursuit of knowledge, all fulfillment of works and projects are ultimately means of a growth of one’s consciousness in an integral manner.
This dream is being given a firm body – a body of an academic institution. It must be well organized, should be organic in its growth, flexible in its rules and regulations. For this purpose it may initially affiliate itself with other academic centres, universities and become part of the academic main stream of India. It has to become relevant not only to learners from India but also for those from foreign countries.
The vision and consciousness of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother is cosmic and to translate it into an integral academic pursuit requires a centre of knowledge which would become the foundation of “The University of Tomorrow”. And SACAR aspires to be the foundation of such a Future.
Students' Prayer: "Make of us the hero warriors we aspire to become. May we fight successfully the great battle of the future that is to be born, against the past that seeks to endure; so that the new things may manifest and we may be ready and receive them."