Behind the surface life of man, below the threshold of his waking awareness there lies a whole mysterious world and its powers and energies and beings.
The very first step towards the discovery of our soul is to observe our nature as a witness and a student. What do we find there? A constant restless movement of Nature in different domains of our being. It is the surface of our life. Here we cannot find the soul.
Here we see a critical moment in Savitri’s life, when her central being, which is none other than the Divine Mother Herself in Her poise that has turned towards Creation to redeem it, the Mother of all souls, speaks to her reminding of her mission and gives her the program towards fulfilling it.
Here, the Master is revealing to us profound truths through Savitri’s moment of crisis. In this critical hour of Destiny, Savitri is awake searching for the meaning of her life, speaking to her own higher Self.
Slowly Savitri’s grief turns to a quiet strength within even as she awaits the hour of the fatal stroke, wondering what could be done, if anything at all, for her strange predicament where love must end too soon cut abruptly by Death.
Savitri is caught in an inner battle between love and grief. Her grief for an impending doom has made her love even more intense and precious. Still Savitri keeps her grief secluded in her heart and shares it with none.
Savitri outwardly remains calm and sweet and forbearing in her dealings with her little world around, but inwardly she suffers with the foreknowledge of death. She experiences now the entire range of human life and identifies with it.
Savitri must experience the entire play of human life and human love. She must face the difficulty and the danger, the fleeting joys and the grief that afflicts human hopes, so that She may find the true remedy.
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.