Many communities were founded to improve the world in the second half of the last century. India, with its enormous historic potential of celebrated spirituality and a generous attitude to other life forms, became the home to many of these communes seeking meaning. The 2,200 members of the Auroville community in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu have turned their back on the capitalist way of life. Instead, in what they call their ±laboratory of evolution¬, they are pursuing the goal of helping man to evolve into a being with divine consciousness. Auroville shows its inhabitants and their everyday life that is geared towards necessities rather than consumerism.