An opening of the Savitri Study Camp with Dr Alok Pandey from August of 2007. The talk gives a general introduction to Savitri, its main characters and the core message.
This talk is about the origin of Savitri as a mantra and its birth through Sri Aurobindo’s Consciousness.
Sri Aurobindo reveals the nature of darkness that precedes dawn. This darkness is pregnant with a greater Light that is about to take birth. Such is the cosmic state before creation.
Dawn arrives and darkness is cleaved to make a passage for her coming.
Sri Aurobindo uses the image of dawn as a symbol his deeper vision of Savitri as an Avatara of the Divine Mother, Her Work and Mission.
Dawn arrives with its gifts of Light and Hope and a new creation but earth is not ready and man refuses the Light. He prefers the old consciousness to the new one.
The Avatara is the Divine action upon Earth. Though He is always present and acts from behind the veil, yet from time to time He takes a human birth and carries the load of human destiny in his lonely heart.
Divine beings have come to earth from time to time but humanity does not value it. Man turns away from the savior hands of Grace.
The Divine descends into our humanity assuming a human form so as to bear the burden of man’s Fate.
Savitri has taken upon herself the burden of man.
In this summary session, we take up some of the key ideas in Savitri as revealed to us as a background to the story in Book One Canto One. It is the story of Light conquering over darkness.
The Divine Mother has never left the earth since its inception. She has always been here in some form or another to carry humanity along the evolutionary path.
Savitri is a revelation and hence our approach to understanding it should be a different one. In this talk we share some of these unique aspects of Savitri.
What does the Earth contain? Is it just forms of matter or something else, something more than matter?
Earth is thus the scene of a great drama unfolding through the Ages. It is a special place created for evolutionary purposes.
There is a work to do, a role for all of us to fulfill. What is that work? What is the theme of the earthly drama?
Our ordinary human life is centered around desires of various kinds and the transient happiness it can bring. We prefer this life of ignorance rather than explore higher possibilities. But there are souls who come down with a definite divine work.
The difference between the ordinary human life and the Divine Soul is inspiring and instructive. The Divine Soul sets the standard that humanity may follow.