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. An attached letter of Sri Aurobindo describes it at some length.
“As to the question of pursuing the Path without an embodied Guru – well, we may not be able to see Her, but She is able to see us, and yoga depends primarily on the Divine rather than on human end… “
“a deep spiritual calm and peace that is the only stable foundation for a lasting Bhakti and Ananda. In that new consciousness there would be a new basis for relations with others; for an ascetic dryness or isolated loneliness cannot be your spiritual destiny […] Therefore do not be discouraged; wait upon the purifying movement of Shiva.”
After giving us a brief account of the karmic law that holds in its grip all humanity by the noose of Ignorance, Sri Aurobindo reveals to us the secret that would liberate us from its clutches. But man cannot do it by himself. Savitri has come to open the doors to a New Power, a Power that has not yet manifested in creation.
“And yet I know my footprints’ track shall be
A pathway towards Immortality.”
“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.”
16th of Jan 1894 is birthday of Pavitra da, one of the early and foremost disciples of Sri Aurobindo. His life (and his death) are truly exemplary. His seeking brought him to Pondicherry at the Feet of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother in 1925, where he devoted the rest of life until his departure in 1969. Today we shall take a look at some aspects of Pavitra da’s life.
B1 C2 Movement 1, Part 2 Passage-by-Passage Summary
“Life’s meanings fled from the pursuing eye.
Life’s visage hides life’s real self from sight;
Life’s secret sense is written within, above.
The thought that gives it sense lives far beyond;
It is not seen in its half-finished design.
In vain we hope to read the baffling signs”
B1 C2 Movement 1, Part 1 Passage-by-Passage Summary
B1 C2 Opening Remarks
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.
“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.”
“Illness like suffering holds out before our sight the points that need to be shaped and reshaped under the transforming action of Grace. The final remedy also lies in this — to respond whole-heartedly to the pressure of transformation and to consent willingly in all our parts to the action of Grace.”