"Sooner or later all hearts ask themselves the why they beat"  

AGHNI is not only the founder of the community: it is the conductor to which all the members belong and whom they recognize as a guide; he is the forger, the conscious soul, the one who embodies the dream of unity and is the example of every moment; it is he who takes charge, internally and externally, of every person, thing and event that gravitates to the atmosphere of the community; he makes his own being and experience available in order to concretize a particular type of 'whole', of community, on Earth; it is only thanks to Aghni that this 'living laboratory' exists which is the Aurora community.

But Aghni's experience is far from being purely personal: when individual consciousness opens up to the higher regions it automatically becomes, carries and lives within itself a dimension that no longer has the limits of a single mind and body, that it increasingly crosses the boundaries that separate the individual's reality from the total reality; for this reason the experience and reality of each member of the community are also those of Aghni and his can sometimes become his own, if allowed.

To open the doors of the possible to a dream, to a project, to a future realization (even if, as in this case, it is an evolving 'something', which is built and outlined gradually), it is necessary someone who becomes an instrument of its realization and becomes an irradiating cell of the possibility seen and dreamed. Aghni is this 'Someone' for what concerns an attempt such as the Aurora Community; an attempt which, in the footsteps of the experience revealed by the Work of Sri Aurobindo and Mère, carries within it a dream: that of realizing and becoming a " Gnostic community ",


"... a 'whole' where the one takes charge of the whole and the whole supports the individual with equal intensity and strength;

a knowledge of intimate feeling, action, thought, vision, strength and sense, where universal and individual consciousness merge into a single supermental Consciousness of Truth ... "(Aghni)

A dream that, for Aghni who embodies it and for those who are aware of it, already hovers present and active in a more subtle, parallel dimension; but in the present, in the 'daily', it must be built day after day, experimenting, trying and suffering if necessary, in search of that higher and more true something that Sri Aurobindo and the Mother have called the Consciousness of Truth, the Mondo Nuovo, the Supermente.

It is difficult and arbitrary to describe what Aghni's action as the soul, guide and precursor of this attempt can be, if not, perhaps, using words such as self-giving, immolation, sacrifice.

" Any leader of any movement who is truly a" leader "cannot be seen as a simple individual incarnation; he brings with him in addition to his personal destiny a" dream ", a" project ", an" ideal ", social, political or religious that it is, which obliges it to a centrifugal action addressed to others, to the environment and to the whole world. This action can only take place through a "sacrifice" and a "gift of self". It must be offered and offered in a a more or less constant gift if you want to have a minimal chance of success; you have to abandon yourself, overcome yourself, your limitations, your inability, your gains, if you want to channel and materialize until materialization a subtle possibility, such as "Equality, Liberty, Equanimity or Knowledge by identity. Abandonment and Self-giving are the wings necessary for the spirit that truly wants to be an instrument and not a mere agent of the Universal Force. " (Aghni )

The very essence of the term 'sacrifice' (as it is understood in Vedic culture, and not in the more narrow and negative sense it assumes in western culture) is also intimately connected to the profound meaning of its name: Aghni, in the Vedic myth, it is not only the homonymous divinity, the will inspired by divine wisdom and its active and effective power, but it is also the sacrificial and purifying fire, its warmth, its energy: qualities that in fact well distinguish, in practice, the energetic, intense and particular action of Aghni as the 'teacher of life'.


Aghni's own words can better highlight his role:

" In the world there are various types of teachers: spiritual teachers, masters of occult and non-occult sciences, social and political teachers, etc ... A particular type of teacher is the" Gnostic "one. Going to see the etymology of these words, we see that : 'master' = 'the strongest', 'the greatest', 'the one who educates'. 'Educate' = 'lead out'. 'Gnostic' = 'True Higher Knowledge'.

In summary, here is who I am: I am someone who can 'bring out' the essence of things. I was born to teach this. I can only do this well. All those who aim to know and become the secret Self of manifestation, who consciously seek Existence must confront the mind, life and matter and find the hidden reasons for being.

You can do it yourself if you want, but Divine Wisdom foresees that you can take advantage of the work of those who have already investigated, sweated and often suffered for it; hence the role of the masters: living incarnations of secret Essences. "


Regarding the origin and meaning of his name, Aghni replies: “ Each of us has a double Truth, a double aspect: external and internal, superficial and deep. Everything that surrounds us, lives and throbs, moves, presents this double character. The flowers, so beautiful and fragrant, are the materialization of a 'Something else' that expresses itself here. Even animals 'materialize' more subtle and etheric forces and principles: the fox represents cunning, the lion strength, the eagle sharpness, etc ...

We humans, higher animals, with greater evidence and vigor express and concretize extra-physical or supernatural entities and personalities. We all go deep within the presence of some Cosmic or Divine Principle whether we are aware of it or not. And there is a moment when this Principle emerges on the surface and reveals itself to the thinking consciousness of the host. "


In Aghni this happened in the early 1980s. At first in a latent way, then with increasing vigor, a certain 'Something' emerged, followed by a certain 'Someone'. In a continuous and ever more intense way, an increasing number of qualities or inner attributes converging towards one of the 'primordial Essences' or 'supreme Consciences' have imposed themselves on his frontal personality, which, more and more, came to preside over his ideas , his choices, feelings, emotions, desires and instincts themselves. It is difficult now to explain these Essences, including Aghni.


I could speak of Divinity. I could speak of Cosmogony. I could talk about the involution of the Spirit and its universal plans. Instead, I will just say that every human being is shaped in the 'image and likeness' of a 'Something' that religions call God, philosophers call Origin, occultists call Supreme and adepts call Lord.

This 'Something' progressively emerges in physical and material manifestation, it shapes this world of form to translate more and more the immeasurable Perfection hidden in itself. "(Aghni)


Aghni, Pondicherry, India,1997

Aghni, Pondicherry, India 1996

House of associations, April 2019, Torreglia (PD) 

Aghni at Matrimandir - Auroville in 1989 

Recently interview by Narad

in the same channel you will find also the second part, don't miss it!

Aghni in the gardens of

Sri Aurobindo Ashram-Delhi Branch

February 2019



Giovanni Tonioni (Aghni) nasce nel 1952 a Savignano s/P (Mo) dove tuttora risiede. Fin da piccolo vive intensamente un susseguirsi di esperienze esistenziali che lo portano ad avvicinarsi sempre più allo yoga. Negli anni ‘70 dirige il “Centro d’informazione e filosofia yoga”, aderisce alla Self Realisation Fellowship; diviene istruttore di hatha yoga ed insegna le vie tradizionali dello yoga: hatha yoga, karma yoga, bhakti yoga e jnana yoga.

Nel 1986, sulla base del pensiero di Sri Aurobindo e della Madre, fonda il Centro Sri Aurobindo e Mère che si che si concretizzerà, ad un anno di distanza, nel Gruppo Germoglio-Comunità Aurora: un pugno di persone che, accomunate dal bisogno di conoscere se stessi, il mondo e la coscienza che permea ogni cosa, vivono insieme, studiano, lavorano e ricercano i ‘come’ ed i ‘perché’ della vita. Attraverso il comune bisogno di conoscere se stessi, il mondo e la coscienza che permea ogni cosa, essere e avvenimento, i membri della comunità vivono insieme come una grande famiglia su sedici ettari di terreno collinare posti nella fascia pedemontana che incornicia la splendida valle dei ciliegi di Vignola, a circa trenta chilometri da Bologna o da Modena.

Da un certo momento in poi Aghni cessa la sua attività di insegnante e si dedica esclusivamente alla armonizzazione delle diverse coscienze e alla concretizzazione delle energie sottili presenti nel Centro col fine ultimo di materializzare “un Corpo Gnostico”, un Essere Supermentale sulla Terra.

I contenuti e le tappe di questa esperienza sono descritti in alcuni dei suoi lavori letterari, quali “Oltre ogni trama”, “Passo dopo passo” e “Al di là della morte: dialogo con un essere di transizione.”. scrive diversi libri raccolti nella collana “Conoscere se stessi”. Il lavoro e la ricerca di Aghni sono altresì fissati nelle sue opere artistiche e didattiche: “Namasté Savitri” (acquerelli), tele a tematiche esistenziale, (gipsografie), “Terre e cieli dell’aldilà” (schemi grafici sui piani e sulle parti dell’essere), Savitri (quadri ad olio), “L’Ora di Dio” -“La Legge del Sentiero” – “Il Dopo-uomo divino” (dipinti con tecniche miste riferiti ai saggi scritti da Sri Aurobindo).

Egamban, Aghni, Sirish at Sri Aurobindo Ashram Press,

January 2019, Pondicherry 

Aghni is  doing an art lesson at Mirambika

(Research Centre for Integral Education and Human Values),

February 2019, Sri Aurobindo Ashram-Delhi Branch, New  Delhi

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