Guiding Light of The Month

In this immense heroic struggle, in this sublime struggle of love against hatred, of justice against injustice, of obedience to Thy supreme law against revolt, may I gradually be able to make humanity worthy of a still sublimer peace in which, all internal dissensions having ceased, the whole effort of man may be united for the attainment of a more and more perfect and integral realisation of Thy divine Will and Thy progressive ideal. - The Mother

The Symbol Dawn - Part 2

We had the privilege of listening to the talk of Sri S. S. Lahiri, from the Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Ulsoor on the evening of the 28thof September, 2014. As an added bonus, Lahiri-ji had compiled excerpts of his talks from his notes, which we reproduce here. The subject of the talk was on ‘Savitri – The Symbol Dawn’. Sri Lahiri explored many ideas presented in this canto lucidly and candidly, drawing from other works of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother as well as ancient Vedic texts and epics and his constant cross-references to world events and events that occurred in the lives of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. We present these notes in two parts. The November 2014 issue of our Newsletter contained Part1, and below is the concluding part.

The Dawn, Night and Inconscient
in the opening section of

The Symbol Dawn
(continued from the November 2014 issue)

Part 2

1.                                                                      In the Vedas Nakt Usha is the term used to covey the idea of Night and Dawn, the two mothers who suckle the child sun. In Savitri and specially in The Symbol Dawn these mothers have been extensively and very vividly portrayed. The night symbol itself has been portrayed as a double symbol- a temporary one and the other the primordial Night. The temporary fall is  brought out
           “…As in a dark beginning of all things…”
           “…A mute featureless semblance of the Unknown…”
           “…Thrown back once more into unthinking dreams…”
           “…Condemned to resume the effort and the pang…”

The primordial and the fundamental fall is also depicted and we find terms like,
”…Abysm of unbodied Infinite’’….
     “…Fallen boundless self…’’
     “…Vacant Naught’’…
     “…Athwart the vain enormous trance of space,…’’.

2.      In the opening canto, Sri Aurobindo brings in an infinite number of suggestive lines to depict the emergence of Dawn with a failing of darkness, ‘Dawn built her aura of magnificent hue’.  Amal Kiran says, ‘So subtle is the flexibility of expression, that one tends to get blown away and often fail to notice the  richness so delicately spread.’

3.      As the Mother says “Satyavan is the soul of the earth, the earth’s jiva”. Then it is Satyavan, the soul of earth, who has been kneading the soil of earth, and making it ready, for the descent of the Truth.  But the final descent of the Sun of Truth would perhaps require an encounter with Night. In his poem The Pilgrim of the Night he says, “… my footprints’ track shall be A pathway towards Immortality”. Then only “ Heaven’s fire is lit in the breast of the earth And the undying suns here burn”.  Likewise Savitri tells her queen mother in the presence of Narad,“I am stronger than death and greater than my fate; “The Mother says that the big difficulty in Matter is the material consciousness; the mind in Matter was formed under great difficulties, obstacles and struggle. It was “worked out” by these agencies and that gave it the impression of defeatism and pessimism. These are the greatest of all difficulties, and Matter needed to be “whipped” into action. This is the difficulty with the Night that has to be tackled.

4.      We find in the second sentence of the canto

“Across the path of the divine Event
The huge foreboding mind of Night, alone
In her temple of eternity,
Lay stretched immobile upon Silence’ marge.”

The advent of the divine Event of the Supramental decent is prevented by the formidable ‘mind of Night’. The term ‘mind of Night’ came as a replacement of the previous term, ‘mind of Spirit’. The term, ‘mind of Light’ got introduced by Sri Aurobindo some time in 1935. By this phrase it was meant the physical’s mind receiving the Supramental Light. Drawing from this we may say ‘mind of Night’ would mean physical’s mind receiving the Inconscient. Mother says in her talks on 21 Aug 65, “The physical’s mind (or the mind of Matter) is the link joining the physical mind and this material substance”. It is the most unconscious part. So the real problem lies in the very Matter, in the very cells as also the solution too lies there. Satprem says in his book, ‘Mother on Divine Materialism’, “… He   (Sri Aurobindo) set into motion Matter’s truth so that Matter itself would do the work- which is precisely what happened when Sri Aurobindo was speaking to Richard; without his trying….silence was established in Mother from within….. He let Matter itself speak if we may say so …”

5.      Therefore first the advent of Truth and then the descent of Divine Love would follow. And for Truth to win, Falsehood must be transformed. Then,
“… God needed no more the Inconscient’s screen.”(664).

The return of Savitri and Satyavan followed by Krishna Kali is the statement made through the epic, that the work on the earth has begun. What was fore-shadowed, would be true. The Mother says, “Savitri is the epic of the victory over death.”

-          Sri Lahiri
Om Sri Aurrobindo Mirra.


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