SWASTIKA – ONE ASIA studio in Auroville
SWASTIKA -ONE ASIA studio – is one of our social activity projects in Auroville, South India that includes: Cultural event facility, Artist-in-Residence, Gallery space, Tea Ceremony space, Handicraft research and more.
We invite your donation to support to realize this project which we are planning to open it to the public in the middle of 2015.
進行中的活動 SWASTIKA— ONE ASIA的工作室，是我們在南印度曙光之城的社會活動專案之一，計畫包括：文化設施、藝術家駐點、畫廊空間、茶會空間、手工藝等等。我們邀請您的捐助支持並了解我們的計畫，這項計畫將於2015年公開化。
Drinking Water Machine Offering Project in Himachal Pradesh, INDIA
It was in 2005 that my first project in Auroville started.
Since I had a deep connection with the Tibetan people and their culture, I decided to offer dynamised water machines from Auroville to various Tibetan communities.
The story began thus – there was a huge Buddhists’ gathering, called Kalachakra ceremony, in Amaravathy, Andra Pradesh. It is the most important ritual for Buddhists, dedicated to world peace. Although I didn’t feel myself particularly to be a Buddhist anymore, my inner light guided me to support this huge event where the need of water would be a crucial issue. So I contacted the organizers through my friend in Auroville.
More than 200,000 participants came from all over the world to Kalachakra, including mainland Chinese Buddhists. I noticed there quite a few Aurovilians as well.
My friend in Tokyo, the late Mr Ono, financially helped this project and we could purchase 4 large capacity machines (average 1,000 litre per day) for the Kalachakra event and later we installed the same machines at 4 major institutes in Dharamsala, namely the Namgyal Monastery, Sarah Institute, Norbulingka Institute and lower TCV school.
To conduct the installation work in such distant places was a big challenge for the Aquadyn team. Also for myself it was a great challenge to undertake such a project in India where everything works differently than in the countries where I lived or travelled before…. But the appreciation of the people was a priceless reward. Drinking the water from these machines, they sensed the difference and became aware of the importance of pure drinking water. The water in hill stations is not good enough to maintain good health, especially in the monsoon season. Our friend, the Tibetan doctor, reported that the health condition of the people has improved after drinking the water from Auroville’s machines.
At the beginning of May 2012, I had an opportunity to revisit Dharamsala because of an ongoing art project. Although my schedule was very tight, I managed to visit 4 major installation places in Dharamsala. Even though this visit took place after 7 years, many people recognized me immediately, even some whom I had never met before recognized me as the “Water machine Japanese man”!
A good number of them mentioned that “this machine changed our lives”. I could see that their awareness of drinking water had changed. Quite many of them carried their own water bottle. Each institute had created some nice & unique pavilion for the machines and some asked me to order new machines, for both large and small capacity output.
Today, there are 5 large capacity machines and more than 30 small capacity machines, named Melusine, installed in Dharamsala, including in the Dalai Lama’s private office, the Karmapa’s private office, Nechun monastery and also in nearby Tibetan settlements.
At the end of my trip, I promised the people to arrange for a maintenance trip by the Aquadyn technicians to conduct an intensive check-up in the above mentioned places.
It is just amazing to see all these machines maintained so well and respectfully in these places. Mostly it is because of a lama called Tenzin from the Sarah institute who came to learn the basic maintenance techniques at Aquadyn in 2006. He still serves selflessly when there is a major or minor problem in one of the installations.
Water is one of the essential elements in life. Healthy body and mind come from healthy drinking water. In history, water has always been the first consideration for the respective civilizations.
It is my wish to continue this project to offer safe drinking water to as many as possible in the communities in the Himalayan region as well as in some remote areas where people have difficulty to access to the pure & healthy drinking water.