This is a standalone Canto in the Book of Death and yet it has been named Canto Three. First, Sri Aurobindo takes us close to the fatal hour, revealing profound truths about Death and human nature, caught up in its net, through a series of highly suggestive images.
The scene changes and Savitri moves from the grey Night and its hellish atmosphere to the ‘seeming heavens.’ Mostly built by man’s imagination and wishes, they are not the true higher planes but drawn from them.
Savitri now reveals to death the secret truth hidden in the folds of darkness. She reveals to him the origin of man’s birth and his inevitable destiny.
Death once more tries to intimidate Savitri, to take away faith and steal hope but Savitri knows who she is and why she has come and the power of Love that she has brought with her.
Now Death tries to frighten her with the Furies and the unforgiving Law which he calls as his god. But Savitri replies to him with the greater Truth of God who loves and is compassionate and mighty and wise.
Death tries to dissuade Savitri but ultimately concedes an earthly boon, all except Satyavan. Savitri wisely asks Death to give back all that Satyavan wished for himself when he was alive.
In that infernal realm where darkness swallows all sense and purpose and will, there is still one gleam of Light that springs forth from the soul of Savitri. It is enough to threaten the darkness and bring her memory back and resume the journey through the Night.
Savitri enters the gates of subconscient world and steps into the Night. There is threat and dread everywhere in that state where space collapses and time dissolves. But Savitri stays firm within her soul.
Now starts a long and arduous journey through the Night of Death where Savitri must bring Light. We see here the first steps of this journey that Savitri, the Divine Mother, has taken for humanity to intercede with Death on our behalf.
Even as Savitri is inwardly armed to take the challenge of Death, the being of Death pulls out the soul of Satyavan from his body.
The moment has arrived and Satyavan has departed from his body. In this hour of great crisis, Savitri holds back her human heart and brings out her divine element to meet the challenge thrown by Death.
Now the moment of departure draws near, and Satyavan passes into another field of consciousness. This whole occult process is described here in some detail.
Video and audio recordings of the concluding class of the Savitri Study Camp No 21 with Alok Pandey SE 224 at Sangham Hall of the Savitri Bhavan, Auroville, August 2017.
One and multitudinous, Savitri has now discovered the very Highest that is none else but Herself.