THE MOTHER’S SAVITRI: Book 2 Canto 10


The Mother Reads Selections from Savitri by Sri Aurobindo

Book 2 Canto 10
The Kingdoms and Godheads of the Little Mind.

But first he met a silver-grey expanse
Where Day and Night had wedded and were one:
. . .
Escaping over a wide and shimmering bridge,
He came into a realm of early Light
And the regency of a half-risen sun.
Out of its rays our mind’s full orb was born.
[pp. 239; 241]
* * *
Thus streamed down from the realm of early Light,
Ethereal thinkings into Matter’s world;
Its gold-horned herds trooped into earth’s cave-heart.
Its morning rays illume our twilight’s eyes,
Its young formations move the mind of earth
To labour and to dream and new-create,
To feel beauty’s touch and know the world and self:
The Golden Child began to think and see.
[p. 243]
* * *
A small keen instrument the great Puissance chose,
. . .
A dwarf three-bodied trinity was her serf.
First, smallest of the three, but strong of limb,
A low-brow with a square and heavy jowl,
A pigmy Thought needing to live in bounds
For ever stooped to hammer fact and form.
Absorbed and cabined in external sight,
It takes its stand on Nature’s solid base.
[pp. 243; 245]
* * *
A fiery spirit came, next of the three.
A hunchback rider of the red Wild-Ass,
A rash Intelligence leaped down lion-maned
From the great mystic Flame that rings the worlds
And with its dire edge eats at being’s heart.
Thence sprang the burning vision of Desire.
[p. 247]
* * *
Of all these Powers the greatest was the last.
. . .
Came Reason, the squat godhead artisan,
To her narrow house upon a ridge in Time.
. . .
Armed with her lens and measuring-rod and probe,
She looked upon an object universe
[p. 249]
* * *
Above in a high breathless stratosphere,
Overshadowing the dwarfish trinity,
Lived, aspirants to a limitless Beyond,
. . .
Two sun-gaze Daemons witnessing all that is.
A power to uplift the laggard World,
Imperious rode a huge high-winged Life-Thought
. . .
Beyond in wideness where no footing is,
. . .
A pure Thought-Mind surveyed the cosmic act.
Archangel of a white transcending realm,
It saw the world from solitary heights
[pp. 258-259]

End of Book 2 Canto 10


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