Introduction and Contents

An Announcement

On the auspicious day of April 24, 2019, a book of forty-two annotated selections from Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri with an introductory passage from Sri Aurobindo’s book The Mother has been offered at Her Feet. The book has been compiled by Dr Alok Pandey, who’s notes on the approach followed in choosing and annotating the selections are given below.

An electronic edition of the book is freely available in multiple formats.  Additionally, it is being serialized at this website and its FaceBook page.

Editor’s Notes

Savitri is a many-layered mantric epic that Sri Aurobindo has gifted to earth and men. It contains a whole cosmos as the story moves through earthly and unearthly landscapes, now climbing to heights and pinnacles of Glory, now dipping in the dark stream that runs below the surfaces of life drawing us towards the abysses of nature. It is the story of the soul climbing out from its state of ignorance and the iron grip of Death towards Freedom, Light, Bliss, Oneness and Immortality. It is the story of creation as seen with the Divine vision in its completeness including the birth of Space and Time, the progressive manifestation that takes place through outer challenges and inner pressures to evolve towards the great Goal which man and earth and creation moves. But most of all it is the story of the Divine Mother in Her earthly incarnation to lead the soul of man through the gates of Death to states of immortality, eventually culminating in the escape of the body itself from the clutch of ignorance and death. Indeed the story begins with a wonderful image of the first Advent of the Divine Mother described by the Divine Artist in a significant and symbolic image of Dawn. It closes with the victory of the Divine Mother over Death and Ignorance for man on earth. In between, the narrative reveals to us various powers and aspects of the Divine Mother, first, as the individual incarnate Divine doing the sadhana for Earth. She is also revealed to us as the World-Mother who holds creation in Her womb and carries it forward with her stride. Above and beyond creation She appears to the subtle vision of the seer-yogin Aswapati as the Transcendent Mother who stands above all and yet embraces all.  Besides these three there are many other ways of being of the Mother, many modes of Her workings, impossible to recount and understand even by the swiftest Intelligence. Most of all She brings for us the alchemic power of transformation, the victorious power of Divine Love that alone can enter the abyss and transmute falsehood and all that is fed by it into the true image of Truth.

Given the mantric nature of Savitri and the incarnate Divine Mother at the center and core of the yoga of supramental transformation, it is felt that invoking Her Presence with the help of these mantric lines is bound to help the aspiring soul to open more and more to Her who holds the key to change human nature into divine nature. Though the entire Savitri is mantric but even within this ocean of Light there are waves and ripples that carry a special intensity and can carry us in a sweeping moment closer to the Heart that is one with every heart. Through these magical and mantric lines Sri Aurobindo draws the Divine Mother closer to us and opens us to recognize and worship and adore and give ourselves to Her.

It is with this purpose that these passages have been selected, passages that reveal to us the glory of the Divine Mother and Her vast all-embracing, all-transmuting Love. The titles are given by the editor just to give a little perspective. They are not meant to be explanatory in nature as much as to facilitate our meditation upon Her who is beyond the reach of Mind and intellect yet intimate and near, nearer than our very breath and more intimate than our heart-beats.

May Her Glory shine in all beings and may this earthly substance be transformed by Her magical touch.

 Alok Pandey
Pondicherry, April 24, 2019

Book Contents

The One (from “The Mother”)

The Divine Mother as the Great Creatrix

The Divine Mother as Usha, the Dawn Goddess
The Advent of the Divine Mother
The Incarnate Divine Mother assuming a human form
The Mother, – human and Divine
The Divine Mother’s ordeal
A static Oneness and dynamic Power
The Divine Mother as Prakriti
The Divine Mother as the divine Word that creates
The play of the Divine and His Shakti
The Divine Mother as the Power that liberates and transforms us
The Divine Mother as Yogamaya
The Sacrifice of the Divine Mother
The Mother as the Supramental Mahashakti
The Divine Mother as the Wisdom working unseen in Nature’s depths
The Divine Mother as the key to Nature’s change
The Divine Mother as the Queen and Empress of Life-Heavens
The Divine Mother as the Omniscient and Omnipotent Power
The World-Mother, Jagatjanani
Aditi, the Mother of the Gods, the Supreme Transcendent Mother
The supreme liberation that comes by conscious union with the Divine Mother
The Infinite Mother, the Mother of Beauty, Love and Bliss

The Divine Mother as Savitri

Incarnation of the Divine Mother
The divine-human Personality of Savitri
Savitri as seen by Satyavan
The Mystery of Savitri, the Divine Mother in her human embodiment
Savitri becoming conscious of her divine mission
Aspect of the Divine Mother as Madonna of Suffering
Aspect of the Divine Mother as Madonna of Might and Strength
Aspect of the Divine Mother as Madonna of Light and Truth
The Incarnate Divine recovering Her divinity
The Divine Mother as the Kundalini Shakti hidden in Man
The Incarnate Divine recovering Her Oneness with the Supreme Absolute
The Divine Mother recovering Her universal Self

The Divine Mother as the Saviour Grace and the Transforming Power of Love

Savitri confronting the being of Death
Savitri revolting against the Falsehood and Darkness of Death
Savitri as seen through the eyes of Death
Savitri, the incarnate Divine Mother revealing Herself to Death
Savitri, the Alchemist Power of transformation upon Earth
Savitri securing the gifts divine for Earth and Man
Savitri, the Sun-Word, giver of the highest Light and Love and Truth
Savitri, the Power of God laboring upon Earth to bring Immortality
Savitri, the Saviour Grace of the Supreme

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