The city was founded upon these principles, called "The Auroville Charter:"
1. Auroville belongs to nobody in particular. Auroville belongs to humanity as a whole. But to live in Auroville, one must be the willing servitor of the Divine Consciousness.
2. Auroville will be the place of an unending education, of constant progress, and a youth that never ages.
3. Auroville wants to be the bridge between the past and the future. Taking advantage of all discoveries from without and from within, Auroville will boldly spring towards future realizations.
Foreword by Shri Jagmohan' Auroville's emphasis on sustainable use of resources, the building of community through human creativity, and relevant urban design clearly place Auroville in the category of "cosmopolis." The matrimandir is a modern day ziggurat of the modern day "cosmopolis," and to top off the comparison, the galaxy urban design literally make Auroville a "cosmos"-polis.