Guiding Light of The Month

All is light, all is love, ignorance and egoism are but vain phantoms, they can be dissolved. And over all things spreads Thy sovereign peace, Thy fecund calmness. - The Mother


Sri Aurobindo’s compassion

Innumerable, ever present, and effective in every instance.

Botanical Name: Portulaca grandiflora
Common Name: Rose Moss
Spiritual Significance: Sri Aurobindo’s compassion

If our souls could see and love and clasp God’s Truth,
Its infinite radiance would seize our hearts,
Our being in God’
s image be remade
And earthly life become the life divine.

-          Savitri, Sri Aurobindo

From the Editor’s Desk (Jul 2017)

A revelation, a meditation, a quest for the Truth…this is how The Mother has described Savitri. Dear Readers, we turn our attention to this elevating theme on Savitri, Sri Aurobindo’s 724-lined epic poetry, for the next season. The first of the Savitri manuscript was published in 1916. About 15 years later, Sri Auribindo began to turn Savitri towards an epical marvel that it is now, today. Sri Aurobindo took on the work of Savitri attempting to recast a modern language, English, as a medium to express the inexpressible as best as it was possible, while working out the sadhana of realising the manifestation of the Supramental on earth. The result of this usually moves us into the speechless, awe-stricken state, since his was a task of expressing the inexpressible; his use of imagery challenges the understanding of the reader and astounds him into a deep silence at being confronted with the unspeakable and unapproachable. The Mother says that Savitri is something which cannot be fully understood by man, by or with the mind, since Sri Aurobindo spells out his vision, his experience of the Supracosmic truths beyond mind. She explains that this poem of the future can only be understood in meditation,  and when one is open and prepared for the truths that Savitri would reveal. In fact, The Mother refers to Savitri as a guide to sadhana in Integral Yoga as Sri Aurobindo chronicles the joint adventure of his and The Mother’s in discovering the Supreme Truth in exceptional detail, thereby making the work of man more feasible, by the mere tracing out of the routes and hewing out a pathway in a virgin forest. The Mother says, “ He has noted all the stages, marked each step in order to advance integrally in the integral Yoga.”

The messages therein are cryptic, well hidden behind Sri Aurobindo’s ingenious use of the English language and open only to the being who is open and ready for the true understanding of
spiritual truths. 

Since The Mother and Sri Aurobindo collaborated deeply in their spiritual journey, Savitri, too, The Mother reveals, is her journey, as much as his – her experiences of the previous nights, during which time Sri Aurobindo wrote, which he read out to her in the following mornings would have similarities. Savitri is The Mother’s and Sri Aurobindo’s “joint adventure into… the Supermind.”

How is Savitri important to the devotee, the follower, the sadhak? The Mother urges that when one’s consciousness is prepared enough, one would see in Savitri every step that one had to take. 
Savitri is Sri Aurobindo’s and Her consciousness and when one reads Savitri, one comes in contact with this consciousness to the measure that one is capable, to the measure of the development of one’s own consciousness. When one holds Savitri, it is their consciousness that one holds; when one reads Savitri, it is their consciousness that speaks to us, or whispers into our depths. 

With reference to her work with Huta on “About Savitri”, The Mother revealed, “You see, each time when I speak, Sri Aurobindo comes here. And I speak exactly what he wants me to speak. It is the inner hidden truth of Savitri that he wants me to reveal. You see, each time when I speak, Sri Aurobindo come here… each time he comes, a wonderful atmosphere is created. I have read Savitri before, but it was nothing compared to this reading.” So with Sri Aurobindo and The Mother’s blessings, we consecrate this season on Savitri at their feet. Lets begin.

Savitri, a journey of Love and Light

My hidden presence led thee unknowing on
From thy beginning in earth’
s voiceless bosom
Through life and pain and time and will and death,
Through outer shocks and inner silences
Along the mystic roads of Space and Time
To the experience which all Nature hides.

Who hunts and seizes me, my captive grows:
This shalt thou henceforth learn from thy heart-beats.

For ever love, O beautiful slave of God!

O lasso of my rapture’s widening noose,
Become my cord of universal love.

(Book eleven, Canto one)

The Mother says… On Savitri

It may then be said that Savitri a revelation, it is a meditation, it is a quest of the Infinite, the Eternal. If it is read with this aspiration for Immortality, the reading itself will serve as a guide to Immortality. To read Savitri is indeed to realise the Divine. Each step of Yoga is noted here, including the secret of all other Yogas. Surely, if one sincerely follows what is always what is revealed here in each verse one will reach finally the transformation of supramental Yoga. It is truly the infallible guide who never abandons you; his support is always there for him who wants to follow the path. Each verse of Savitri is like a Mantra which surpasses all that man possessed by way of knowledge, and I repeat this, the words are expressed and arranged in such a way that the sonority of the rhythm leads you to the origin of sound, which is OM.
My child, yes, everything is there: mysticism, occultism, philosophy, the history of evolution, the history of man, of the Gods, of creation, of Nature. How the universe was created, why, for what purpose, what destiny—all is there. You can find all the answers to all your questions therein. Everything is explained, even the future of man and of evolution, all that nobody yet knows. He has described it all in beautiful and clear words so that spiritual "adventurers" who wish to solve the mysteries of the world may understand it more easily. But this mystery is well hidden behind the words and lines and one must climb to the required level of true consciousness to discover it. All prophecies, all that is going to come is presented with a precise and wonderful clarity. Sri Aurobindo gives you here the key to find the truth, to discover the consciousness, solve the problem of what the light may penetrate there and transform it. He has shown the path, the way to liberate oneself from the ignorance and climb right up to the superconscience; each stage, each plane of consciousness, how they can be scaled, how one can cross even the barrier of death and reach immortality. You will find the whole journey in detail, and much more yet. It is a real experience—reading Savitri. All the secrets that man possessed, he has revealed,—as well as that awaits him in the future; all thus is found in the depth of Savitri. But one must have the knowledge to discover it all, the experience of the conquest of Death. He has noted all the stages, marked each step in order to advance integrally in the integral Yoga.
All this is own experience, and what is most surprising is that it is my own experience also. It is my sadhana which he has worked out. Each object, each event, each realisation, all the descriptions, even the colours are exactly what I saw and the words, phrases are also exactly what I heard. And all this before having read the book. I read Savitri many times afterwards, but earlier, when he was writing he used to read it to me. Every morning I used to hear him read Savitri. During the night he would write and in the morning read out to me in the morning were those I had the previous night, word by word. Yes, all the descriptions, the colours, the pictures I had seen, the words I had heard, all, all, I heard it all, put by him into poetry, into miraculous poetry. Yes, they were exactly my experiences of the previous night which he read out to me the following morning. And it was not just one day by chance, but for days and days together. And every time I used to compare what he said with my previous experiences and that he had noted them down afterwards, no, he knew already what I had seen. It is my experiences he has presented of our joint adventure into the unknown or rather into the Supermind.
These are experiences lived by him, realities, supracosmic truth. He experienced all these as one experiences of joy or sorrow, physically. He walked in the darkness of inconscience, even in the neighbourhood of death, endured the sufferings of perdition, and emerged from the mud, the world-misery to breathe the sovereign plenitude and enter the supreme Ananda. He crossed all these realms, went through the consequences, suffered and endured physically what one cannot imagine. Nobody till today has suffered like him. He accepted suffering to transform suffering into the joy of union with the Supreme. It is something unique and incomparable in the history of the world. It is something that has never happened, he is the first to have traced the path in the Unknown, so that we may be able to walk with certitude towards the Supermind. He has made the work easy for us. Savitri is his whole Yoga of Transformation, and this Yoga appears now for the first time in the earth-consciousness.
And I think that man is not yet ready to receive it. It is too high and too vast for him. He cannot understand it, grasp it, for it is not by the mind that one can understand Savitri. One needs spiritual experiences in order to understand and assimilate it. The more one advances on the path of Yoga, the more one assimilates and the better. No, it is something which will be appreciated only in the future, it is the poetry of tomorrow of which he has spoken in The Future Poetry. It is too subtle, too refined,—it is not in the mind or through the mind, it is in meditation that Savitri is revealed.
And men have the audacity to compare it with the work of Virgil or Homer and to find it inferior. They do not understand, they cannot understand. What do they know? Nothing at all. And it is useless to try to make them understand. Men will know what it is, but in a distant future. It is only the new race with a new consciousness which will be able to understand. I assure you there is nothing under the blue sky to compare with Savitri. It is the mystery of mysteries. It is the super-epic, it is super-literature, super-poetry, super-vision, it is a super-work even if one considers the number of lines he has written. No these human words are not adequate to describe Savitri. Yes, one needs superlatives, hyperbolas to describe it. It is a hyper-epic. No, words express nothing of what Savitri is; at least I do not find them. It is of immense value—spiritual value and all other values; it is eternal in the subject, and infinite in its appeal, miraculous in its mode and power of execution; it is a unique thing, the more you come in contact with this, the higher will you be uplifted. Ah, truly it is something! It is most beautiful thing he has left for man, the highest possible. What is it? When will man know it? When is he going to lead a life of truth? When is he going to accept this in his life? This yet remains to be known.

Sketch of Savitri – The Mother

One had returned from the transcendent planes
And bore anew the load of mortal breath,
Who had striven of old with our darkness and our pain;
She took again her divine unfinished task:
Survivor of death and the aeonic years,
Once more with her fathomless heart she fronted Time.

Again there was renewed, again revealed
The ancient closeness by earth-vision veiled,
The secret contact broken off in Time,
A consanguinity of earth and heaven,
Between the human portion toiling here
And an as yet unborn and limitless Force.

(Savitri, Book four, Canto one)

Lines from Ancient tale of Savitri as in Mahabharatha

Savitri tells Yama

By the Truth the saints lead the sun;
By askesis the saints uphold the earth;
The past, present and future find their refuge in the saints.
Noble persons in the midst of the saints have never any grief.

Savitri Upakhyana vana parva, Mahabharatha

In the one task for which our lives were born,
To raise the world to God in deathless Light,
To bring God down to the world on earth we came,
To change the earthly life to life divine.

(Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri, Book eleven, Canto one)

Savitri, A jewel from His flute music

Impatient for felicity he came,
High-fluting with the coil’
s happy voice,
His peacock turban trailing on the trees;
-          Sri Aurobindo, Savitri

(An artistic impression of the Savitri book by Sandhya)