Savitri’s Resolve, pp 434-436 (SH224)

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.

The prophecy of Narad, pp 429-431 (SH 222)

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…

The apprehensive human heart, pp 427-429 (SH 221)

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.

The problem of foresight, pp 425-427 (SH 220)

“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.”

The Choice of Destiny, pp 423-425 (SH 219)

“Savitri has chosen Satyavan for her partner in the game of life. This choice has implications upon future that is yet sealed to human view. But there, in the court of King Aswapati, are seated two great beings – King, a yogi and seer, and Narada, the demigod, who has privy to the book of Fate. A brief exchange between three of them follows.”

The guarded voice of Truth, pp 419-421 (SH 217)

Narad, the heavenly sage, has been blessed with the ability of seeing the scroll of fate. This foresight is a mixed boon since it can see and hear the far approaching feet of pain even as the individual is rejoicing in the present moment. He circles around the truth that is appearing before his eyes…

Savitri arrives at her father’s palace, pp 417-418 (SH 216)

Even as Narada, the demi-god is received at Aswapati’s palace, as he sings to them the glories of Heaven-love brooding in the depths of pain, Savitri arrives to her father’s home. There she is met with the seer-gaze of the yogi-King, who discovers in his daughter a marvelous change by the touch of love.

The song of Narad, pp 416-418 (SH 215)

Narada, the demigod and a bhakta of the Lord, is ever engaged in the good of all creatures. His work, if he has any since he lives in freedom, is to sing the names of the Lord. As he draws near to Earth, he feels the touch of pain that inhabits mortal things.

The heavenly bard and divine messenger Narad, pp 413-416 (SH 214)

Meanwhile, in the Seer-King Aswapati’s palace, Narad, the demigod, choses to descend! As always he brings with him a strange mix of good news and a bad news. But in fact the attribution of good and bad is our doing, or rather the mind’s way of looking at things. Narad simply brings down to man the word of Fate.