At first Savitri steps into a Night of God whence all that she found her support in is taken away. She is surrounded by a holy ignorance, awaiting the great discovery in utter awe and humility.
Savitri has heard the voice of Light followed by the warped echo arising in the Mind of Night. She responds to her being of Light with a promise that one day she shall return and fulfill her work.
Even as Savitri meets her being of Light, she hears the echo from the lower human planes, that divert the message of the Light and the gifts it brings for its own small purposes.
Savitri passes onward towards her secret soul. Before entering the secret cave of her soul she encounters her being of Light, the Madonna of Light, Mother of Joy and Peace.
An opening class of the Savitri Study Camp No 20
The strength to save turns into the realm of our ego, the strength to plunder for our own sake, to love for our own sake, to use resources of nature for our own sake. At its extreme it creates in us the tyrant and the arrogant self-aggrandising Asura.
Passing further on her nature’s upwards route, Savitri’s being encounters the Madonna of Strength, the Mother of Force and Might who brings the crown of victory and protects us on the paths of life as we move in our ascent towards yoga. She is Durga and Lakshmi, who endow us with the Kshatriya and Vaishya power.
Even as the pristine pure Ganges flowing from its mountain tops is polluted as it enters the inhabited plains, so too the forces of higher Nature supported by divine Powers, daivi prakriti, are twisted as they enter into the narrow and limited scope of human nature. The distorting elements are the Ego and Desires.
Savitri now enters the strands of Nature to swim to its Source. At first Savitri encounters the Madonna of Suffering who absorbs all earthly suffering and heals and puts a balm over our pain. She gives us the strength to endure the trials and tribulations of our life even though she has not the strength to save.
Savitri passes beyond the limits of the mind. She comes in contact with certain luminous forms emerging out of her being rushing towards the outer waking consciousness. It is here that she gets the first hints of the passage towards her secret soul.
The force of life chained, the mind dissects Truth into various bits and parts and assigns to each ‘piece’ a fixed formula. Thus are sects and religions formed that war with each other. But those who seek to go beyond, cannot remain tied to any dogmas and narrow belief systems.
Next Savitri enters the realm of Mind. It is a realm of measure and rule. It is the nature of Mind to define and limit into finite shapes and forms the Illimitable, Infinite One Reality. Thereby it misses upon Truth and mistakes It for its broken reflections and shadows and partial images.
There are powers and energies hidden in the intermediate zone between gross Matter and the ground of pure Spirit. It is here that the sadhaka can easily get lost and miss his goal. A letter of Sri Aurobindo appended below describes it at some length.
Released from the prison house of Matter, Savitri enters into the dangerous and delightful, fitful and fanciful world of life. She has come out of individual ignorance but has entered into the cosmic ignorance, a much vaster and mixed territory where truth and error walk hand in hand.