Audio recording of the Savitri Study Class with Alok Pandey. Book 2, Canto 7.
Aswapati now plunges into the Abyss to discover what supports evil in this world. He enters the dark and fallen worlds. What follows is a vivid description of the realm of Darkness. This will run through several pages and will be taken up subsequently.
A world that clung to the law of a slain Light
Cherished the putrid corpses of dead truths,
Hailed twisted forms as things free, new and true,
A darkness settled on the heavy air;
It hunted the bright smile from Nature’s lips
And slew the native confidence in her heart
And put fear’s crooked look into her eyes.
The lust that warps the spirit’s natural good
Replaced by a manufactured virtue and vice
The frank spontaneous impulse of the soul:
Afflicting Nature with the dual’s lie,
Their twin values whetted a forbidden zest,
Made evil a relief from spurious good,
The ego battened on righteousness and sin
And each became an instrument of Hell.