With the touch of a great Master Sri Aurobindo first recounts the scene of Savitri’s departure from her parental palace to the Satyavan’s simple hermitage. As with other scenes of this epic, Sri Aurobindo beautifully weaves into it subtle symbols and profound truths.
“To the Queen’s apprehensions concerning her daughter Savitri, Narad reminds that She has come for this work as the incarnate Force of the Divine, charged with the mandate to ‘open the doors long closed and denied’ to man, and that She is sufficient to her task. On these hopeful and powerful words closes the Book of Fate.”
Though the outer events that crowd our life trigger in us the reactions of pleasure and pain, they are not the real essence of Fate. The truth of Fate lies deep within us in our soul. It is the goal towards which we move and the path we have taken to arrive.
There is an eternal Will working out Its incalculable purpose. Man can align himself to this eternal Will or work at cross-purposes to It. Yet in either case, ultimately the eternal Will is bound to prevail. We can only choose the path towards that.
Pain is the signature of Ignorance. But what compelled the immortal soul to become subject to death and Ignorance? Well, its own unique choice since thus alone it could arrive at its fullest blossoming.
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.