Guiding Light of The Month

O Lord, how ardently do I call and implore Thy love! Grant that my aspiration may be intense enough to awaken the same aspiration everywhere: oh, may good- ness, justice and peace reign as supreme masters, may ignorant egoism be overcome, darkness be suddenly illu- minated by Thy pure Light; may the blind see, the deaf hear, may Thy law be proclaimed in every place and, in a constantly progressive union, in an ever more perfect harmony, may all, like one single being, stretch out their arms towards Thee to identify themselves with Thee and manifest Thee upon earth. - The Mother

Delightful Savitri

When Sri Aurobindo was still young, the ancient tale of Savitri in Mahabharatha had attracted his heart. He felt drawn to it foreseeing a great work to be done with it in the future. There are texts that illustrate his efforts to write Savitri at Baroda and other places of his stay.

The love he had for the tale made him use the same as the spinal cord around which he spawned a creative poem expressing the philosophy of yoga and life he had given birth to. Victory through the Truth of Love was his noble aim and he found Savitri resounding the same.

Having found his true call in serving India and realizing her freedom, he left his life in England and came to India on a wonderful mission. As he was going through his political journey, a revealing event made him decide India can attain true freedom only through spiritual service. He proclaimed that India is to become the spiritual leader of the world and her people have to work towards that. His life at Pondicherry was one of a spiritual mission and creation of a new world.

As he was working towards his noble aim, he got reminded of Savitri, the delightful tale his young heart had got attracted to. He called all life as yoga and made all our lives an enjoyable yoga through his work in Savitri.

Savitri has come as a literary symbol for Sri Aurobindo’s yoga. The work lives as a vibrant expression towards universal love, truth and delight in The Mother. Sri Aurobindo has sung his own self search in Aswapathy’s journey, has given rhythmical notes for The Mother in the book of Divine Mother and has set into music the birth and growth of a beautiful soul in the forthcoming chapters. The song of Savitri’s life marks the onset of a life divine on earth.

Princess Savitri enters as the heaven gods shower a rain of flowers. She grows as the flame gold daughter of King Aswapathy. She grows up doing art and science, she grows up as the Mother of the world. Her destined work calls her as she chooses the person she has to blossom along with. The foreknowledge that Satyavan is going to die does not let her fall into a grief, rather, she withdraws into the depths of her soul and grows into the beauty of Truth. A debate she has with lord yama, a debate that expresses the Truth she has grown into, when he appears to take Satyavan’s life. Her wisdom and love conquers death and she wins Satyavan back into her midst. A divine life begins on earth.

The English of Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri has Sanskrit in it. It is modern Veda alighting the world to move towards a new age, the next future.

-          Sandhya

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