Book 10 Canto 4 continued. This talk covers the passage where Savitri replies to Death about the objections raised against God and His ways of workings.
Book 10 Canto 4 continued. The portion we read today describes the dialogue between Savitri and Death. Savitri describes him as the shadow of God.
Death chides Savitri telling her of the futility of trying to change the fixed established laws.
This passage from Book 10 Canto 4 is a powerful answer of Savitri given to Death revealing the purpose of Creation and the meaning of Freedom.
Death is experiencing a change of heart, he is striving to understand God’s purpose in creation and mankind. Savitri has come to change the Law. She has brought with her not only the calm Wisdom of the gods but also the fiery heart of the Divine Mother’s Love.
Savitri now reveals to Death how Light has been growing despite all the resistances. She reveals how God is slowly manifesting Himself through the process of evolution.
Death now attempts to create a gulf between creation and the Creator by stating that since Mind is man, therefore man is forever doomed to a life of division. All that we can do is to escape from earthly ties into some Heaven of peace and bliss.
Death once again tries to dissuade Savitri from holding on to her aspiration of perfecting earthly life. He wants to impress upon her the fruitlessness of the human toil.
Now the three, Savitri, Satyavan and Death turn towards the earth. That is the final ground where all things are tested. Here Savitri must prove the truth that She is revealing. This is the place where Truth must be established.
This world is neither an illusion nor a meaningless vanity built by some dreaming god. There is a deep meaning hidden in each and every experience of life. There is a purpose in creation, a sanction from the Eternal upholds this game of transient things.
Death creates a seemingly unbridgeable gulf between Spirit and Matter thereby thwarting the dream of a divine life upon Earth. Savitri responds to his lie by once showing the unity of creation with the Creator.
Humanity is a mask of God. Identified with the mask we remain subject to Death and grief. But the moment we turn from the mask towards the Light and truth, then we start getting liberated. This is the great work that Savitri has come to reveal by Her own example.
Life and Nature struggle and suffer to unfold the Bliss hidden within their breast. Through all the meanderings and wanderings nature strives to prepare us for the grand crowning manifestation of the Ananda that is at the root of creation.
The passage that follows reveals to us that the origin of Creation is Bliss. So also the purpose of creation is to embody and enshrine this bliss. That is why all creatures find some little fragment, search for some small morsel of bliss, however limited, partial and degraded it be.
Life and creation could have blossomed beautifully and happily but something has come in between our true divine nature and our fallen self. A shadow falls upon our life shutting our doors to the pure, simple, natural joy divine.
Even though darkness and shadows have occupied the fields of God here, yet there is Light that grows within earth’s breast. It declares itself in various ways leading man’s ascension towards the Eternal.
Savitri reveals to Death how our nature swinging between extremes tends to veil the One Divine. In reality these are masks of the Divine and each is a needed step in our growth out of ignorance towards the all-comprehending Wisdom.
Savitri is revealing to us what we do not see since Death’s darkness blinds our eyes. Yet when the eyes open, we see that was this not the obvious truth hidden for so long! She reveals to us that creation is not an unfortunate accident but a play of the Divine.