Sri Aurobindo cautions us against taking the path of suffering towards the Divine. It should be rather a calm and glad submission to the Divine. It is through this inner union with the Divine that we can discover the Bliss that built the worlds and feel it behind all events and circumstances of life, regardless of their surface value.
Man seeks for Freedom and Knowledge and Bliss and Power since he is intuitively aware of his divine Origin. However he can take one of the two paths towards this Goal of divine self-fulfillment. One is the path of the gods, a gradual and patient unfolding of the godlike nature in him through aspiration, faith and surrender. The other is the path of the Titans, impatient and stormy, driven by self-will and ego.
The true solution to the enigma of evil and pain lies in transforming the Inconscient base upon which earthly life stands. But this is no mean or easy task. The powers of the Inconscience oppose and deny, and until the Inconscient law is changed, the lasting remedy for pain will continue to elude us.
The problem of pain is not just an individual problem though the life of individuals is caught up in it. It is a cosmic problem whose occult roots lie in the dark subconscient and inconscient terrains. It is this that has to be tackled and it is for this that the Avatara descends upon Earth.
“The problem of suffering and pain has a cosmic dimension and hence demands a cosmic solution as well. The evil in human heart is too deep-rooted and afflicts those too who come to succor and save.”
Narad reveals how pain chisels out greatness and why is suffering allowed to those who are among the good and the great, whose very life is to serve a higher purpose and who live selflessly. This is a question that vexes all who look upon pain and suffering as some sort of judgment by God for our errors and sins.
Narad has heard the queen, her anguish that blames the Cosmic management. But behind her anguish there is also the seeking to understand the Eternal’s Play. Narad starts his long reply setting the first notes.
“In the face of personal crisis we often raise questions that challenge our fixed beliefs, and seek answers that conventional understanding does not fully provide. The Queen too raises such questions, seeking their answers from the calm wise sage, Narada.”
The Queen and human mother of Savitri is touched by her daughter’s Adverse Fate. At first she states the problem of Pain and how our body and mind connive to make life painful.
The Queen and human mother of Savitri has spoken her apprehensions and her fears. Who would knowingly dare death and wrestle with adverse Fate if one can avert it? But Savitri is made of another mettle. The prophesy of death only steels her resolve further and makes her will even more firm.
Hearing the prophesy the queen and human mother of Savitri pleads to her to change her choice since death has made it pointless. But Savitri speaks in the manner of the gods. She refuses to give up love or hope.
Now Sage Narad reveals what Fate has in store for Savitri. Satyavan is indeed a marvel meeting of the Earth and Heaven. In his being Soul and Nature are in a fine and beautiful balance. Though all is beautiful about Satyavan, there is but one challenge ahead…
Even as the Seer-King Aswapati and the celestial sage Narad are discussing with each other, the queen, Savitri’s mother, is filled with a strange apprehension. She senses some danger or misfortune ahead in this marriage, and entreaties Narad to release the word of Fate, so that a way may be found to avoid it.
“Too hard the gods are with man’s fragile race;
In their large heavens they dwell exempt from Fate
And they forget the wounded feet of man,
His limbs that faint beneath the whips of grief,
His heart that hears the tread of time and death.”