Sri Aurobindo Ashrama was founded by Aurobindo Ghose (1871-1950) during his self-imposed exile in the French colony of Pondicherry. There he devouted his life to yoga and writing on spiritual matters. His ashram attracted many people from India and abroad. He attempted to formulate an integral yoga which synthesized Hindu Spirituality with modern ideas and an active role within the world. His disciples planned to develop Auroville as a model city fro the modern world. Their work continues today.