Invitation (SAP 23)


Today’s talk is based on Sri Aurobindo’s poem “Invitation”, which was published in Sri Aurobindo’s weekly newspaper Karmayogin on 6 November 1909, under the inscription: “Composed in the Alipur Jail”

INVITATION

With wind and the weather beating round me
     Up to the hill and the moorland I go.
Who will come with me? Who will climb with me?
     Wade through the brook and tramp through the snow?

Not in the petty circle of cities
     Cramped by your doors and your walls I dwell;
Over me God is blue in the welkin,
     Against me the wind and the storm rebel.

I sport with solitude here in my regions,
     Of misadventure have made me a friend.
Who would live largely? Who would live freely?
     Here to the wind-swept uplands ascend.

I am the lord of tempest and mountain,
     I am the Spirit of freedom and pride.
Stark must he be and a kinsman to danger
     Who shares my kingdom and walks at my side.

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