Guiding Light of The Month

THERE is a great difference between being in the midst of active work, of external action, while keeping one’s thought constantly fixed on Thee, and entering into that perfect union with Thee which leads to what I have called “absolute Consciousness, true Omniscience, Knowledge”. - The Mother

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.

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