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

From the Editor’s Desk (Jan 2018)

This newsletter edition bids a grateful farewell to 2017 and welcomes the new birth of 2018 with the theme, The Quest. This is an important Canto in Savitri. Sri Aurobindo throws light on the reason for all the trials and tribulations that Savitri goes through hereafter, in the epic poetry. Outwardly, Savitri is seen as one who leaves her palace in search of him who is meant for her. Though romance there is in this, it is not to be merely taken at face value. Since Savitri, as Sri Aurobindo declares, is a Legend and a Symbol, there is a need to look at this significant canto in its depth, from that light. Savitri is the daughter of the Sun, Light Supreme. Aswapathy is the Lord of the Horse and Satyavan is the soul carrying the divine truth of being but descended into death and ignorance. Divine in his origin, bearer of divinity, there is in him a Divine seed waiting to manifest itself in all its splendour in this human body upon this material earth. Savitri is the Light who subsequently confronts the darkness, shadow and ignorance in the guise of Death. She stands steadfast in saving the human soul from its clutches so that God may reveal Himself. Let us now take a closer look at The Quest. 

In the previous issue of the newsletter, we saw how Savitri was shown an inkling of the quest at hand. She hears the first call (or Adesh) to the quest as Aswapathy sounds it, as received from the stillness of heights above, to seek out her soul-mate so that a greater episode, of immense significance to the whole of humanity, may unfold. While giving a very vivid description of Savitri on her quest, from terrain to terrain, across changing climes, we also come to know of inner changes coming over Savitri, at the level of her Consciousness. 
Lets meditate on these lines awhile:

But as she moved across the changing earth

A deeper consciousness welled up in her:
A citizen of many scenes and climes,
Each soil and country it had made its home;
It took all clans and peoples for her own,
Till the whole destiny of mankind was hers.

Savitri remembers her past selves upon earth as she recognized each element set on this journey, with gods in attendance, as she moved to fulfill her quest. 

Traveller to a prefigured high event,
She seemed to her remembering witness soul

To trace again a journey often made.

Here are hints of Savitri’s high mission upon earth. She is no ordinary child on earth to live as others do. A fiery spirit was hers out on a mission to conquer a Divine life for humanity. 

From Savitri, the Legend and Symbol, let us now turn towards our own selves – our lives within our own spheres, both inner and outer. What is that high mission upon which we may be set upon? Is our life’s quest clear and open before us? Have we asked for it? As the bountiful year of 2017 ticks into a trickle to merge with the slowly emerging tide of 2018, let us sit together at the portal of a new birth, where the quest of our lives are known to us and where everything in the being is in readiness to open to that Light and Love and Life Divine that seek to manifest. May we all call for these more and more and be in readiness and receptivity to receive the streaming forces of Grace coming our way always.

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