The development of Savitri’s inner being pp 360-362 (SH 187)

Savitri Class in Hindi with Alok Pandey (SH 187)

21st October 2015 at the Dining Room Hall, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, India.

Savitri Book Four “The Book of Birth and Quest”, Canto 2 “The Growth of the Flame”, Pages 360 – 362

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Synopsis :

The development of Savitri’s inner being

The Divine Mother incarnate grows up to be a many-sided personality. She has a developed philosophic and intellectual side no less than the artistic and poetic one. All the crown of human possibilities She has girdled around Her waist. But on Her solemn head She wears the crown of Divine possibilities. In Her She has realized the synthesis between Reason and Faith, both turned into an instrument of human ascension towards the Divine. Thus She liberates byu Her touch all that She takes within Herself, turns these human systems into divine movements.

Intense philosophies pointed earth to heaven

Or on foundations broad as cosmic Space

Upraised the earth-mind to superhuman heights.

Overpassing lines that please the outward eyes

But hide the sight of that which lives within

Sculpture and painting concentrated sense

Upon an inner vision’s motionless verge,

Revealed a figure of the invisible,

Unveiled all Nature’s meaning in a form,

Or caught into a body the Divine.


The architecture of the Infinite

Discovered here its inward-musing shapes

Captured into wide breadths of soaring stone:

Music brought down celestial yearnings, song

Held the merged heart absorbed in rapturous depths,

Linking the human with the cosmic cry;

The world-interpreting movements of the dance

Moulded idea and mood to a rhythmic sway

And posture; crafts minute in subtle lines

Eternised a swift moment’s memory

Or showed in a carving’s sweep, a cup’s design

The underlying patterns of the unseen:


Poems in largeness cast like moving worlds

And metres surging with the ocean’s voice

Translated by grandeurs locked in Nature’s heart

But thrown now into a crowded glory of speech

The beauty and sublimity of her forms,

The passion of her moments and her moods

Lifting the human word nearer to the god’s.


Man’s eyes could look into the inner realms;

His scrutiny discovered number’s law

And organised the motions of the stars,

Mapped out the visible fashioning of the world,

Questioned the process of his thoughts or made

A theorised diagram of mind and life.


These things she took in as her nature’s food,

But these alone could fill not her wide Self:

A human seeking limited by its gains,

To her they seemed the great and early steps

Hazardous of a young discovering spirit

Which saw not yet by its own native light;

It tapped the universe with testing knocks

Or stretched to find truth mind’s divining rod;

There was a growing out to numberless sides,

But not the widest seeing of the soul,

Not yet the vast direct immediate touch,

Nor yet the art and wisdom of the Gods.


A boundless knowledge greater than man’s thought,

A happiness too high for heart and sense

Locked in the world and yearning for release

She felt in her; waiting as yet for form,

It asked for objects around which to grow

And natures strong to bear without recoil

The splendour of her native royalty,

Her greatness and her sweetness and her bliss,

Her might to possess and her vast power to love:

Earth made a stepping-stone to conquer heaven,

The soul saw beyond heaven’s limiting boundaries,

Met a great light from the Unknowable

And dreamed of a transcendent action’s sphere.


BOOK IV: The Book of Birth and Quest 361 – 362


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