Nature is not merely a blind mechanical Energy, building forms and then destroying them. A Wisdom, a vast, luminous Intelligence, a conscious Force stands concealed, working behind all the movements of Nature. This truth is being brought home to us in the lines that follow.
Savitri once again shows us the way, the way to true freedom and mastery. She has come to show us that man need not be subject to the blind determinism of Fate. Destiny can be changed but for that we must awaken our soul within and call down the Grace from Above.
“…we see a glimpse of the inner life of Savitri, an incarnation of the Divine Mother. Though She is human in appearance, Her deeds well from a superhuman source and leave footprints of the incarnate Divine along whose tracks the future will walk.”
What is described in the passages that follow is the predicament of human life caught in some dubious game of cosmic powers that keep us tied to the outposts of Ignorance. Sri Aurobindo compares this ordinary human life to the life of those who, as Savitri, have risen to a greater Supernature and become conscious of their Divine Origin.
The next movement describes summarily, as it were, Savitri’s life until this moment, and contrasts it with the ordinary human life. The Master Poet also reveals the general law of earthly evolution which is largely under the law of Ignorance and the stress of Suffering and pain.
Of all the powers that Savitri embodies the most potent is Love. What follows is a vivid description of Her inner being which could harbor this all-powerful transmuting flame. It inspires and uplifts, sets a supreme and sublime example before humanity, opens our inner doors to the Divine Mother’s wonderful Heart of Love, filling us with Her Peace and Light and Sweetness and Bliss.
This is the first brief hint provided by the Master-poet Sri Aurobindo about Savitri’s tapasya that armed and prepared her for taking on the challenge of Destiny and facing the spirit of Death with a will to conquer.
After giving us a brief account of the karmic law that holds in its grip all humanity by the noose of Ignorance, Sri Aurobindo reveals to us the secret that would liberate us from its clutches. But man cannot do it by himself. Savitri has come to open the doors to a New Power, a Power that has not yet manifested in creation.
B1 C2 Movement 1, Part 2 Passage-by-Passage Summary
B1 C2 Movement 1, Part 1 Passage-by-Passage Summary
B1 C2 Opening Remarks
The very first Canto of the First Book has been aptly titled The Symbol Dawn. All new life begins with the advent of Light. The first touch of this Light that awakens us out of the state of Ignorance is the Dawn.
Book 1 Canto 1 Movement 2 Summary
Book 1 Canto 1 Movement 2, Part 4
Book 1 Canto 1 Movement 2, Part 3
Book 1 Canto 1 Movement 2, Part 2
Book 1 Canto 1 Movement 2, Part 1
Opening Remarks to the Second Movement of Book One Canto I