The Infinite Adventure (SAP 20)


This talk is a summary of Sri Aurobindo’s sonnet, written on 11 September, 1939. At the end there is also a brief reading of another poem, To the Hill-tops of Silence (1934).


THE INFINITE ADVENTURE

On the waters of a nameless Infinite
          My skiff is launched; I have left the human shore.
          All fades behind me and I see before
The unknown abyss and one pale pointing light.
An unseen Hand controls my rudder. Night
          Walls up the sea in a black corridor,—
          An inconscient Hunger’s lion plaint and roar
Or the ocean sleep of a dead Eremite.

I feel the greatness of the Power I seek
     Surround me; below me are its giant deeps,
          Beyond, the invisible height no soul has trod.
I shall be merged in the Lonely and Unique
     And wake into a sudden blaze of God,
          The marvel and rapture of the Apocalypse.

                                                       [CWSA 2: 606]

 

TO THE HILL -TOPS OF SCIENCE

To the hill-tops of silence from over the infinite sea,
          Golden he came,
          Armed with the flame,
Looked on the world that his greatness and passion must free.

                                                          [CWSA 2: 649]

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