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At the Feet of The Mother

Book Two: The Book of the Traveller of the Worlds

COMMENTARY ON SAVITRI BY DR ALOK PANDEY (TEXT)
The spiritual life is full of its own dangers due to these forces of darkness and falsehood that chase and cling to an aspirant’s feet. A great persistence, vigilance and sincerity are needed to pass through the devious traps laid down by the forces of Evil on the way.
COMMENTARY ON SAVITRI BY DR ALOK PANDEY (TEXT)
Embedded in creation is the force that opposes our evolutionary advance. It keeps pulling the soul back towards the dark Inconscient out of which it rises towards Freedom, Unity, Peace, Light and Bliss.
COMMENTARY ON SAVITRI BY DR ALOK PANDEY (TEXT)
It is indeed inconceivable as to the why and wherefore of Evil and darkness and error with our limited human intelligence absorbed in the outward and the immediate. Yet the Wisdom that works in the heart of Night is real and serves a purpose in the grand scheme of things.
COMMENTARY ON SAVITRI BY DR ALOK PANDEY (TEXT)
Hell is not so much and outer condition as it is an inner space. It exists in some inner dimension of existence and sometimes its dark influence creeps up in our own life polluting it with its breath.
COMMENTARY ON SAVITRI BY DR ALOK PANDEY (TEXT)
Darkness has no reality of its own. It is a shadow that claims our attention as if it were a self-existent reality. So too falsehood has no reality of its own. It is a twisting of the body of truth. Suffering has no reality of its own. It is an entanglement of delight into finite and transient forms.
COMMENTARY ON SAVITRI BY DR ALOK PANDEY (TEXT)
Having revealed to us the general description and the atmosphere of various levels of descent into Hell, Sri Aurobindo now describes the beings and forces of evil and darkness, the parent power that gave them birth and finally, their nemesis and end.
COMMENTARY ON SAVITRI BY DR ALOK PANDEY (TEXT)
Aswapati has now completed his descent into the Abyss. Thus Aswapati entered the pit of Inconscient, digging deep into the filth and mire of a distorted and perverse nature to prepare a field for sowing there too the seeds of light and faith and hope.
COMMENTARY ON SAVITRI BY DR ALOK PANDEY (TEXT)
Aswapati now moves from dusk towards the Night. His face is turned away from all that is human and living and joyous and beautiful. His steps take him towards the grim solitude of the Night.
COMMENTARY ON SAVITRI BY DR ALOK PANDEY (TEXT)
All that is found in the higher states is recreated here as its dark imitation, thereby trapping the fallen beings in a web of lies and propaganda, mixed with terror and fear and the perverted joy of a fallen state.
COMMENTARY ON SAVITRI BY DR ALOK PANDEY (TEXT)
Aswapati now reveals to us how Darkness and Hell have a hold on the human consciousness and influence our lives, creating here too a reign of Hell. Sri Aurobindo reveals to us what really is Evil and how it operates under the garb of organized religions and creeds.
COMMENTARY ON SAVITRI BY DR ALOK PANDEY (TEXT)
Evil is not just a state or a domain, it is an institution in its own right. There are beings that live and thrive by evil, they are described as Rakshasa and Asura in Indian mythology and with similar terms in other mystic lores. Aswapati goes down into the pit where they live and draw their power from.
COMMENTARY ON SAVITRI BY DR ALOK PANDEY (TEXT)
Evil twists the truth. It uses its body, drives away the original spirit and then twists it beyond recognition. Such is its action upon nature and man.
COMMENTARY ON SAVITRI BY DR ALOK PANDEY (TEXT)
It is the dark side of Prakriti, and accordingly Aswapati encounters in this realm the dark feminine energies. These forces of darkness are rampant in the world of glamour and are often used by the Asuras to destroy humanity and lead it towards death and sin.
COMMENTARY ON SAVITRI BY DR ALOK PANDEY (TEXT)
The journey towards the heart of darkness seems endless. It moves from grey to dark and further towards the dark extreme of creation.
Commentary on Savitri by Dr Alok Pandey (TEXT)
Here Sri Aurobindo is cautioning us of what the aspirant may encounter on the Eternal’s Road. At the same time he reminds us of the ever-present Help and the Grace that we must always summon and pray for.