Savitri | a Legend and a Symbol
Book Three All Cantos
The Book of the Divine Mother
The Pursuit of the Unknowable
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All is too little that the world can give:
Its power and knowledge are the gifts of Time
And cannot fill the spirit's sacred thirst.
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of One these forms of greatness are
And by its breath of grace our lives abide,
Although more near to us than nearness' self,
It is some utter truth of what we are;
Hidden by its own works, it seemed far-off,
Impenetrable, occult, voiceless, obscure.
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Presence was lost by which all things have charm,
The Glory lacked of which they are dim signs.
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world lived on made empty of its Cause,
Like love when the beloved's face is gone.
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labour to know seemed a vain strife of Mind;
All knowledge ended in the Unknowable:
The effort to rule seemed a vain pride of Will;
A trivial achievement scorned by Time,
All power retired into the Omnipotent.
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cave of darkness guards the eternal Light.
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silence settled on his striving heart; l
Absolved from the voices of the world's desire,
He turned to the Ineffable's timeless call.
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Being intimate and unnameable,
A wide compelling ecstasy and peace
Felt in himself and all and yet ungrasped,
Approached and faded from his soul's pursuit
As if for ever luring him beyond.
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it retreated; far, it called him still.
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could satisfy but its delight:
Its absence left the greatest actions dull,
Its presence made the smallest seem divine.
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it was there, the heart's abyss was filled;
But when the uplifting Deity withdrew,
Existence lost its aim in the Inane.
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order of the immemorial planes,
The godlike fullness of the instruments
Were turned to props for an impermanent scene.
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who that mightiness was he knew not yet.
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yet filling all that is,
It made and blotted out a million worlds
And took and lost a thousand shapes and names.
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wore the guise of an indiscernible Vast,
Or was a subtle kernel in the soul:
A distant greatness left it huge and dim,
A mystic closeness shut it sweetly in:
It seemed sometimes a figment or a robe
And seemed sometimes his own colossal shade.
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giant doubt overshadowed his advance.
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a neutral all-supporting Void
Whose blankness nursed his lone immortal spirit,
Allured towards some recondite Supreme,
Aided, coerced by enigmatic Powers,
Aspiring and half-sinking and upborne,
Invincibly he ascended without pause.
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a signless vague Immensity
Brooded, without approach, beyond response,
Condemning finite things to nothingness,
Fronting him with the incommensurable.
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to the ascent there came a mighty term.
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height was reached where nothing made could live,
A line where every hope and search must cease
Neared some intolerant bare Reality,
A zero formed pregnant with boundless change.
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a dizzy verge where all disguises fail
And human mind must abdicate in Light
Or die like a moth in the naked blaze of Truth,
He stood compelled to a tremendous choice.
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he had been and all towards which he grew
Must now be left behind or else transform
Into a self of That which has no name.
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and fronting an intangible Force
Which offered nothing to the grasp of Thought,
His spirit faced the adventure of the Inane.
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by the worlds of Form he strove.
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fruitful world-wide Ignorance foundered here;
Thought's long far-circling journey touched its close
And ineffective paused the actor Will.
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symbol modes of being helped no more,
The structures Nescience builds collapsing failed,
And even the spirit that holds the universe
Fainted in luminous insufficiency.
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an abysmal lapse of all things built
Transcending every perishable support
And joining at last its mighty origin,
The separate self must melt or be reborn
Into a Truth beyond the mind's appeal.
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glory of outline, sweetness of harmony,
Rejected like a grace of trivial notes,
Expunged from Being's silence nude, austere,
Died into a fine and blissful Nothingness.
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Demiurges lost their names and forms,
The great schemed worlds that they had planned and wrought
Passed, taken and abolished one by one.
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universe removed its coloured veil,
And at the unimaginable end
Of the huge riddle of created things
Appeared the far-seen Godhead of the whole,
His feet firm-based on Life's stupendous wings,
Omnipotent, a lonely seer of Time,
Inward, inscrutable, with diamond gaze.
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by the unfathomable regard
The unsolved slow cycles to their fount returned
To rise again from that invisible sea.
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from his puissance born was now undone;
Nothing remained the cosmic Mind conceives.
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prepared to fade and seemed
A hue and imposition on the Void,
Space was the fluttering of a dream that sank
Before its ending into Nothing's deeps.
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spirit that dies not and the Godhead's self
Seemed myths projected from the Unknowable;
From It all sprang, in It is called to cease.
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what That was, no thought nor sight could tell.
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a formless Form of self was left,
A tenuous ghost of something that had been,
The last experience of a lapsing wave
Before it sinks into a bourneless sea,-
As if it kept even on the brink of Nought
Its bare feeling of the ocean whence it came.
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Vastness brooded free from sense of Space,
An Everlastingness cut off from Time;
A strange sublime inalterable Peace
Silent rejected from it world and soul.
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stark companionless Reality
Answered at last to his soul's passionate search:
Passionless, wordless, absorbed in its fathomless hush,
Keeping the mystery none would ever pierce,
It brooded inscrutable and intangible
Facing him with its dumb tremendous calm.
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had no kinship with the universe:
There was no act, no movement in its Vast:
Life's question met by its silence died on her lips,
The world's effort ceased convicted of ignorance
Finding no sanction of supernal Light:
There was no mind there with its need to know,
There was no heart there with its need to love.
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All person perished in its namelessness.
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was no second, it had no partner or peer;
Only itself was real to itself.
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pure existence safe from thought and mood,
A consciousness of unshared immortal bliss,
It dwelt aloof in its bare infinite,
One and unique, unutterably sole.
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Being formless, featureless and mute
That knew itself by its own timeless self,
Aware for ever in its motionless depths,
Uncreating, uncreated and unborn,
The One by whom all live, who lives by none,
An immeasurable luminous secrecy
Guarded by the veils of the Unmanifest,
Above the changing cosmic interlude
Abode supreme, immutably the same,
A silent Cause occult, impenetrable,-
Infinite, eternal, unthinkable, alone.
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Book Three Canto One End
The Pursuit of the Unknowable
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Savitri | a Legend and a Symbol
The Book of the Divine Mother
The Adoration of the Divine Mother
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Play Section One
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A stillness absolute, incommunicable,
Meets the sheer self-discovery of the soul;
A wall of stillness shuts it from the world,
A gulf of stillness swallows up the sense
And makes unreal all that mind has known,
All that the labouring senses still would weave
Prolonging an imaged unreality.
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vast spiritual silence occupies Space;
Only the Inconceivable is left,
Only the Nameless without space and time:
Abolished is the burdening need of life:
Thought falls from us, we cease from joy and grief;
The ego is dead; we are freed from being and care,
We have done with birth and death and work and fate.
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soul, it is too early to rejoice!
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hast reached the boundless silence of the Self,
Thou hast leaped into a glad divine abyss;
But where hast thou thrown Self's mission and Self's power?
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what dead bank on the Eternal's road?
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was within thee who was self and world,
What hast thou done for his purpose in the stars?
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brings not the victory and the crown!
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thou cam'st to do from the Unknown,
But nothing is finished and the world goes on
Because only half God's cosmic work is done.
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the everlasting No has neared
And stared into thy eyes and killed thy heart:
But where is the Lover's everlasting Yes,
And immortality in the secret heart,
The voice that chants to the creator Fire,
The symbolled OM, the great assenting Word,
The bridge between the rapture and the calm,
The passion and the beauty of the Bride,
The chamber where the glorious enemies kiss,
The smile that saves, the golden peak of things?
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too is Truth at the mystic fount of Life.
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black veil has been lifted; we have seen
The mighty shadow of the omniscient Lord;
But who has lifted up the veil of light
And who has seen the body of the King?
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mystery of God's birth and acts remains
Leaving unbroken the last chapter's seal,
Unsolved the riddle of the unfinished Play;
The cosmic Player laughs within his mask,
And still the last inviolate secret hides
Behind the human glory of a Form,
Behind the gold eidolon of a Name.
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large white line has figured as a goal,
But far beyond the ineffable suntracks blaze:
What seemed the source and end was a wide gate,
A last bare step into eternity.
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eye has opened upon timelessness,
Infinity takes back the forms it gave,
And through God's darkness or his naked light
His million rays return into the Sun.
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is a zero sign of the Supreme;
Nature left nude and still uncovers God.
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in her grandiose nothingness all is there:
When her strong garbs are torn away from us,
The soul's ignorance is slain but not the soul:
The zero covers an immortal face.
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high and blank negation is not all,
A huge extinction is not God's last word,
Life's ultimate sense, the close of being's course,
The meaning of this great mysterious world.
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absolute silence sleeps an absolute Power.
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it can wake the trance-bound soul
And in the ray reveal the parent sun:
It can make the world a vessel of Spirit's force,
It can fashion in the clay God's perfect shape.
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free the self is but one radiant pace;
Here to fulfil himself was God's desire.
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Play Section Two
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Even while he stood on being's naked edge
And all the passion and seeking of his soul
Faced their extinction in some featureless Vast,
The Presence he yearned for suddenly drew close.
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the silence of the ultimate Calm,
Out of a marvellous Transcendence' core,
A body of wonder and translucency
As if a sweet mystic summary of her self
Escaping into the original Bliss
Had come enlarged out of eternity,
Someone came infinite and absolute.
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being of wisdom, power and delight,
Even as a mother draws her child to her arms,
Took to her breast Nature and world and soul.
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the signless emptiness,
Breaking the vacancy and voiceless hush,
Piercing the limitless Unknowable,
Into the liberty of the motionless depths
A beautiful and felicitous lustre stole.
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Power, the Light, the Bliss no word can speak
Imaged itself in a surprising beam
And built a golden passage to his heart
Touching through him all longing sentient things.
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moment's sweetness of the All-Beautiful
Cancelled the vanity of the cosmic whirl.
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Nature throbbing with a Heart divine
Was felt in the unconscious universe;
It made the breath a happy mystery.
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love that bore the cross of pain with joy
Eudaemonised the sorrow of the world,
Made happy the weight of long unending Time,
The secret caught of God's felicity.
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in life a hidden ecstasy
It held the spirit to its miraculous course;
Carrying immortal values to the hours
It justified the labour of the suns.
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one was there supreme behind the God.
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Mother Might brooded upon the world;
A Consciousness revealed its marvellous front
Transcending all that is, denying none:
Imperishable above our fallen heads
He felt a rapturous and unstumbling Force.
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undying Truth appeared, the enduring Power
Of all that here is made and then destroyed,
The Mother of all godheads and all strengths
Who, mediatrix, binds earth to the Supreme.
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Enigma ceased that rules our nature's night,
The covering Nescience was unmasked and slain;
Its mind of error was stripped off from things
And the dull moods of its perverting will.
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by her all-seeing identity
Knowledge and Ignorance could strive no more;
No longer could the titan Opposites,
Antagonist poles of the world's artifice,
Impose the illusion of their twofold screen
Throwing their figures between us and her.
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Wisdom was near, disguised by its own works,
Of which the darkened universe is the robe.
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more existence seemed an aimless fall,
Extinction was no more the sole release.
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hidden Word was found, the long-sought clue,
Revealed was the meaning of our spirit's birth,
Condemned to an imperfect body and mind,
In the inconscience of material things
And the indignity of mortal life.
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Heart was felt in the spaces wide and bare,
A burning Love from white spiritual founts
Annulled the sorrow of the ignorant depths;
Suffering was lost in her immortal smile.
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Life from beyond grew conqueror here of death;
To err no more was natural to mind;
Wrong could not come where all was light and love.
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Formless and the Formed were joined in her:
Immensity was exceeded by a look,
A Face revealed the crowded Infinite.
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inexpressibly in her limbs
The boundless joy the blind world-forces seek,
Her body of beauty mooned the seas of bliss.
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the head she stands of birth and toil and fate,
In their slow round the cycles turn to her call;
Alone her hands can change Time's dragon base.
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is the mystery the Night conceals;
The spirit's alchemist energy is hers;
She is the golden bridge, the wonderful fire.
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luminous heart of the Unknown is she,
A power of silence in the depths of God;
She is the Force, the inevitable Word,
The magnet of our difficult ascent,
The Sun from which we kindle all our suns,
The Light that leans from the unrealised Vasts,
The joy that beckons from the impossible,
The Might of all that never yet came down.
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Nature dumbly calls to her alone
To heal with her feet the aching throb of life
And break the seals on the dim soul of man
And kindle her fire in the closed heart of things.
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here shall be one day her sweetness' home,
All contraries prepare her harmony;
Towards her our knowledge climbs, our passion gropes;
In her miraculous rapture we shall dwell,
Her clasp shall turn to ecstasy our pain.
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self shall be one self with all through her.
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her confirmed because transformed in her,
Our life shall find in its fulfilled response
Above, the boundless hushed beatitudes,
Below, the wonder of the embrace divine.
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known as in a thunder-flash of God,
The rapture of things eternal filled his limbs;
Amazement fell upon his ravished sense;
His spirit was caught in her intolerant flame.
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seen, his heart acknowledged only her.
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a hunger of infinite bliss was left.
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aims in her were lost, then found in her;
His base was gathered to one pointing spire.
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Play Section Three
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This was a seed cast into endless Time.
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Word is spoken or a Light is shown,
A moment sees, the ages toil to express.
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flashing out of the Timeless leaped the worlds;
An eternal instant is the cause of the years.
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he had done was to prepare a field;
His small beginnings asked for a mighty end:
For all that he had been must now new-shape
In him her joy to embody, to enshrine
Her beauty and greatness in his house of life.
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now his being was too wide for self;
His heart's demand had grown immeasurable:
His single freedom could not satisfy,
Her light, her bliss he asked for earth and men.
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vain are human power and human love
To break earth's seal of ignorance and death;
His nature's might seemed now an infant's grasp;
Heaven is too high for outstretched hands to seize.
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Light comes not by struggle or by thought;
In the mind's silence the Transcendent acts
And the hushed heart hears the unuttered Word.
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vast surrender was his only strength.
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Power that lives upon the heights must act,
Bring into life's closed room the Immortal's air
And fill the finite with the Infinite.
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that denies must be torn out and slain
And crushed the many longings for whose sake
We lose the One for whom our lives were made.
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other claims had hushed in him their cry:
Only he longed to draw her presence and power
Into his heart and mind and breathing frame;
Only he yearned to call for ever down
Her healing touch of love and truth and joy
Into the darkness of the suffering world.
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soul was freed and given to her alone.
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Book Three Canto Two End
The Adoration of the Divine Mother
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Savitri | a Legend and a Symbol
The Book of the Divine Mother
The House of the Spirit and the New Creation
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Play Section One
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A mightier task remained than all he had done.
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To That he turned from which all being comes,
A sign attending from the Secrecy
Which knows the Truth ungrasped behind our thoughts
And guards the world with its all-seeing gaze.
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In the unapproachable stillness of his soul,
Intense, one-pointed, monumental, lone,
Patient he sat like an incarnate hope
Motionless on a pedestal of prayer.
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A strength he sought that was not yet on earth,
Help from a Power too great for mortal will,
The light of a Truth now only seen afar,
A sanction from his high omnipotent Source.
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But from the appalling heights there stooped no voice;
The timeless lids were closed; no opening came.
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A neutral helpless void oppressed the years.
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In the texture of our bound humanity
He felt the stark resistance huge and dumb
Of our inconscient and unseeing base,
The stubborn mute rejection in life's depths,
The ignorant No in the origin of things.
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A veiled collaboration with the Night
Even in himself survived and hid from his view:
Still something in his earthly being kept
Its kinship with the Inconscient whence it came.
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A shadowy unity with a vanished past
Treasured in an old-world frame was lurking there,
Secret, unnoted by the illumined mind,
And in subconscious whispers and in dream
Still murmured at the mind's and spirit's choice.
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Its treacherous elements spread like slippery grains
Hoping the incoming Truth might stumble and fall,
And old ideal voices wandering moaned
And pleaded for a heavenly leniency
To the gracious imperfections of our earth
And the sweet weaknesses of our mortal state.
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This now he willed to discover and exile,
The element in him betraying God.
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All Nature's recondite spaces were stripped bare,
All her dim crypts and corners searched with fire
Where refugee instincts and unshaped revolts
Could shelter find in darkness' sanctuary
Against the white purity of heaven's cleansing flame.
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All seemed to have perished that was undivine:
Yet some minutest dissident might escape
And still a centre lurk of the blind force.
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For the Inconscient too is infinite;
The more its abysses we insist to sound,
The more it stretches, stretches endlessly.
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Then lest a human cry should spoil the Truth
He tore desire up from its bleeding roots
And offered to the gods the vacant place.
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Thus could he bear the touch immaculate.
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A last and mightiest transformation came.
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His soul was all in front like a great sea
Flooding the mind and body with its waves;
His being, spread to embrace the universe,
United the within and the without
To make of life a cosmic harmony,
An empire of the immanent Divine.
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In this tremendous universality
Not only his soul-nature and mind-sense
Included every soul and mind in his,
But even the life of flesh and nerve was changed
And grew one flesh and nerve with all that lives;
He felt the joy of others as his joy,
He bore the grief of others as his grief;
His universal sympathy upbore,
Immense like ocean, the creation's load
As earth upbears all beings' sacrifice,
Thrilled with the hidden Transcendent's joy and peace.
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There was no more division's endless scroll;
One grew the Spirit's secret unity,
All Nature felt again the single bliss.
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There was no cleavage between soul and soul,
There was no barrier between world and God.
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Overpowered were form and memory's limiting line;
The covering mind was seized and torn apart;
It was dissolved and now no more could be,
The one Consciousness that made the world was seen;
All now was luminosity and force.
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Abolished in its last thin fainting trace
The circle of the little self was gone;
The separate being could no more be felt;
It disappeared and knew itself no more,
Lost in the spirit's wide identity.
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His nature grew a movement of the All,
Exploring itself to find that all was He,
His soul was a delegation of the All
That turned from itself to join the one Supreme.
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Transcended was the human formula;
Man's heart that had obscured the Inviolable
Assumed the mighty beating of a god's;
His seeking mind ceased in the Truth that knows;
His life was a flow of the universal life.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-01 F-25]
He stood fulfilled on the world's highest line
Awaiting the ascent beyond the world,
Awaiting the descent the world to save.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-01 F-26]
A Splendour and a Symbol wrapped the earth,
Serene epiphanies looked and hallowed vasts
Surrounded, wise infinitudes were close
And bright remotenesses leaned near and kin.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-01 F-27]
Sense failed in that tremendous lucency;
Ephemeral voices from his hearing fell
And Thought potent no more sank large and pale
Like a tired god into mysterious seas.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-01 F-28]
The robes of mortal thinking were cast down
Leaving his knowledge bare to absolute sight;
Fate's driving ceased and Nature's sleepless spur:
The athlete heavings of the will were stilled
In the Omnipotent's unmoving peace.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-01 F-29]
Life in his members lay down vast and mute;
Naked, unwalled, unterrified it bore
The immense regard of Immortality.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-01 F-30]
The last movement died and all at once grew still.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-01 F-31]
A weight that was the unseen Transcendent's hand
Laid on his limbs the Spirit's measureless seal,
Infinity swallowed him into shoreless trance.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-01 F-32]
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[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-02]
As one who sets his sail towards mysteried shores
Driven through huge oceans by the breath of God,
The fathomless below, the unknown around,
His soul abandoned the blind star-field, Space.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-02 F-01]
Afar from all that makes the measured world,
Plunging to hidden eternities it withdrew
Back from mind's foaming surface to the Vasts
Voiceless within us in omniscient sleep.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-02 F-02]
Above the imperfect reach of word and thought,
Beyond the sight that seeks support of form,
Lost in deep tracts of superconscient Light,
Or voyaging in blank featureless Nothingness,
Sole in the trackless Incommensurable,
Or past not-self and self and selflessness,
Transgressing the dream-shores of conscious mind
He reached at last his sempiternal base.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-02 F-03]
On sorrowless heights no winging cry disturbs,
Pure and untouched above this mortal play
Is spread the spirit's hushed immobile air.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-02 F-04]
There no beginning is and there no end;
There is the stable force of all that moves;
There the aeonic labourer is at rest.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-02 F-05]
There turns no keyed creation in the void,
No giant mechanism watched by a soul;
There creaks no fate-turned huge machinery;
The marriage of evil with good within one breast,
The clash of strife in the very clasp of love,
The dangerous pain of life's experiment
In the values of Inconsequence and Chance,
The peril of mind's gamble, throwing our lives
As stake in a wager of indifferent gods
And the shifting lights and shadows of the idea
Falling upon the surface consciousness,
And in the dream of a mute witness soul
Creating the error of a half-seen world
Where knowledge is a seeking ignorance,
Life's steps a stumbling series without suit,
Its aspect of fortuitous design,
Its equal measure of the true and false
In that immobile and immutable realm
Find no access, no cause, no right to live:
There only reigns the spirit's motionless power
Poised in itself through still eternity
And its omniscient and omnipotent peace.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-02 F-06]
Thought clashes not with thought and truth with truth,
There is no war of right with rival right;
There are no stumbling and half-seeing lives
Passing from chance to unexpected chance,
No suffering of hearts compelled to beat
In bodies of the inert Inconscient's make.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-02 F-07]
Armed with the immune occult unsinking Fire
The guardians of Eternity keep its law
For ever fixed upon Truth's giant base
In her magnificent and termless home.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-02 F-08]
There Nature on her dumb spiritual couch
Immutably transcendent knows her source
And to the stir of multitudinous worlds
Assents unmoved in a perpetual calm.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-02 F-09]
All-causing, all-sustaining and aloof,
The Witness looks from his unshaken poise,
An Eye immense regarding all things done.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-02 F-10]
Apart, at peace above creation's stir,
Immersed in the eternal altitudes,
He abode defended in his shoreless self,
Companioned only by the all-seeing One.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-02 F-11]
A Mind too mighty to be bound by Thought,
A Life too boundless for the play in Space,
A Soul without borders unconvinced of Time,
He felt the extinction of the world's long pain,
He became the unborn Self that never dies,
He joined the sessions of Infinity.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-02 F-12]
On the cosmic murmur primal loneliness fell,
Annulled was the contact formed with time-born things,
Empty grew Nature's wide community.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-02 F-13]
All things were brought back to their formless seed,
The world was silent for a cyclic hour.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-02 F-14]
Although the afflicted Nature he had left
Maintained beneath him her broad numberless fields,
Her enormous act, receding, failed remote
As if a soulless dream at last had ceased.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-02 F-15]
No voice came down from the high Silences,
None answered from her desolate solitudes.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-02 F-16]
A stillness of cessation reigned, the wide
Immortal hush before the gods are born;
A universal Force awaited, mute,
The veiled Transcendent's ultimate decree.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-02 F-17]
Play Section Three
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03]
Then suddenly there came a downward look.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-01]
As if a sea exploring its own depths,
A living Oneness widened at its core
And joined him to unnumbered multitudes.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-02]
A Bliss, a Light, a Power, a flame-white Love
Caught all into a sole immense embrace;
Existence found its truth on Oneness' breast
And each became the self and space of all.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-03]
The great world-rhythms were heart-beats of one Soul,
To feel was a flame-discovery of God,
All mind was a single harp of many strings,
All life a song of many meeting lives;
For worlds were many, but the Self was one.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-04]
This knowledge now was made a cosmos' seed:
This seed was cased in the safety of the Light,
It needed not a sheath of Ignorance.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-05]
Then from the trance of that tremendous clasp
And from the throbbings of that single Heart
And from the naked Spirit's victory
A new and marvellous creation rose.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-06]
Incalculable outflowing infinitudes
Laughing out an unmeasured happiness
Lived their innumerable unity;
Worlds where the being is unbound and wide
Bodied unthinkably the egoless Self;
Rapture of beatific energies
Joined Time to the Timeless, poles of a single joy;
White vasts were seen where all is wrapped in all.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-07]
There were no contraries, no sundered parts,
All by spiritual links were joined to all
And bound indissolubly to the One:
Each was unique, but took all lives as his own,
And, following out these tones of the Infinite,
Recognised in himself the universe.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-08]
A splendid centre of infinity's whirl
Pushed to its zenith's height, its last expanse,
Felt the divinity of its own self-bliss
Repeated in its numberless other selves:
It took up tirelessly into its scope
Persons and figures of the Impersonal,
As if prolonging in a ceaseless count,
In a rapturous multiplication's sum,
The recurring decimals of eternity.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-09]
None was apart, none lived for himself alone,
Each lived for God in him and God in all,
Each soleness inexpressibly held the whole.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-10]
There Oneness was not tied to monotone;
It showed a thousand aspects of itself,
Its calm immutable stability
Upbore on a changeless ground for ever safe,
Compelled to a spontaneous servitude,
The ever-changing incalculable steps,
The seeming-reckless dance's subtle plan
Of immense world-forces in their perfect play.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-11]
Appearance looked back to its hidden truth
And made of difference oneness' smiling play;
It made all persons fractions of the Unique,
Yet all were being's secret integers.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-12]
All struggle was turned to a sweet strife of love
In the harmonised circle of a sure embrace.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-13]
Identity's reconciling happiness gave
A rich security to difference.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-14]
On a meeting line of hazardous extremes
The game of games was played to its breaking-point,
Where through self-finding by divine self-loss
There leaps out unity's supreme delight
Whose blissful undivided sweetness feels
A communality of the Absolute.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-15]
There was no sob of suffering anywhere;
Experience ran from point to point of joy:
Bliss was the pure undying truth of things.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-16]
All Nature was a conscious front of God:
A wisdom worked in all, self-moved, self-sure,
A plenitude of illimitable Light,
An authenticity of intuitive Truth,
A glory and passion of creative Force.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-17]
Infallible, leaping from eternity,
The moment's thought inspired the passing act.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-18]
A word, a laughter, sprang from Silence' breast,
A rhythm of Beauty in the calm of Space,
A knowledge in the fathomless heart of Time.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-19]
All turned to all without reserve's recoil:
A single ecstasy without a break,
Love was a close and thrilled identity
In the throbbing heart of all that luminous life.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-20]
A universal vision that unites,
A sympathy of nerve replying to nerve,
Hearing that listens to thought's inner sound
And follows the rhythmic meanings of the heart,
A touch that needs not hands to feel, to clasp,
Were there the native means of consciousness
And heightened the intimacy of soul with soul.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-21]
A grand orchestra of spiritual powers,
A diapason of soul-interchange
Harmonised a Oneness deep, immeasurable.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-22]
In these new worlds projected he became
A portion of the universal gaze,
A station of the all-inhabiting light,
A ripple on a single sea of peace.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-23]
His mind answered to countless communing minds,
His words were syllables of the cosmos' speech,
His life a field of the vast cosmic stir.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-24]
He felt the footsteps of a million wills
Moving in unison to a single goal.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-25]
A stream ever new-born that never dies,
Caught in its thousandfold current's ravishing flow,
With eddies of immortal sweetness thrilled,
He bore coiling through his members as they passed
Calm movements of interminable delight,
The bliss of a myriad myriads who are one.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-03 F-26]
Play Section Four
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04]
In this vast outbreak of perfection's law
Imposing its fixity on the flux of things
He saw a hierarchy of lucent planes
Enfeoffed to this highest kingdom of God-state.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-01]
Attuning to one Truth their own right rule
Each housed the gladness of a bright degree,
Alone in beauty, perfect in self-kind,
An image cast by one deep truth's absolute,
Married to all in happy difference.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-02]
Each gave its powers to help its neighbours' parts,
But suffered no diminution by the gift;
Profiteers of a mystic interchange,
They grew by what they took and what they gave,
All others they felt as their own complements,
One in the might and joy of multitude.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-03]
Even in the poise where Oneness draws apart
To feel the rapture of its separate selves,
The Sole in its solitude yearned towards the All
And the Many turned to look back at the One.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-04]
An all-revealing all-creating Bliss,
Seeking for forms to manifest truths divine,
Aligned in their significant mystery
The gleams of the symbols of the Ineffable
Blazoned like hues upon a colourless air
On the white purity of the Witness Soul.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-05]
These hues were the very prism of the Supreme,
His beauty, power, delight creation's cause.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-06]
A vast Truth-Consciousness took up these signs
To pass them on to some divine child Heart
That looked on them with laughter and delight
And joyed in these transcendent images
Living and real as the truths they house.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-07]
The Spirit's white neutrality became
A playground of miracles, a rendezvous
For the secret powers of a mystic Timelessness:
It made of Space a marvel house of God,
It poured through Time its works of ageless might,
Unveiled seen as a luring rapturous face
The wonder and beauty of its Love and Force.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-08]
The eternal Goddess moved in her cosmic house
Sporting with God as a Mother with her child:
To him the universe was her bosom of love,
His toys were the immortal verities.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-09]
All here self-lost had there its divine place.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-10]
The Powers that here betray our hearts and err,
Were there sovereign in truth, perfect in joy,
Masters in a creation without flaw,
Possessors of their own infinitude.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-11]
There Mind, a splendid sun of vision's rays,
Shaped substance by the glory of its thoughts
And moved amidst the grandeur of its dreams.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-12]
Imagination's great ensorcelling rod
Summoned the unknown and gave to it a home,
Outspread luxuriantly in golden air
Truth's iris-coloured wings of fantasy,
Or sang to the intuitive heart of joy
Wonder's dream-notes that bring the Real close.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-13]
Its power that makes the unknowable near and true,
In the temple of the ideal shrined the One:
It peopled thought and mind and happy sense
Filled with bright aspects of the might of God
And living persons of the one Supreme,
The speech that voices the ineffable,
The ray revealing unseen Presences,
The virgin forms through which the Formless shines,
The Word that ushers divine experience
And the Ideas that crowd the Infinite.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-14]
There was no gulf between the thought and fact,
Ever they replied like bird to calling bird;
The will obeyed the thought, the act the will.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-15]
There was a harmony woven twixt soul and soul.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-16]
A marriage with eternity divinised Time.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-17]
There Life pursued, unwearied of her sport,
Joy in her heart and laughter on her lips,
The bright adventure of God's game of chance.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-18]
In her ingenious ardour of caprice,
In her transfiguring mirth she mapped on Time
A fascinating puzzle of events,
Lured at each turn by new vicissitudes
To self-discovery that could never cease.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-19]
Ever she framed stark bonds for the will to break,
Brought new creations for the thought's surprise
And passionate ventures for the heart to dare,
Where Truth recurred with an unexpected face
Or else repeated old familiar joy
Like the return of a delightful rhyme.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-20]
At hide-and-seek on a Mother-Wisdom's breast,
An artist teeming with her world-idea,
She never could exhaust its numberless thoughts
And vast adventure into thinking shapes
And trial and lure of a new living's dreams.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-21]
Untired of sameness and untired of change,
Endlessly she unrolled her moving act,
A mystery drama of divine delight,
A living poem of world-ecstasy,
A kakemono of significant forms,
A coiled perspective of developing scenes,
A brilliant chase of self-revealing shapes,
An ardent hunt of soul looking for soul,
A seeking and a finding as of gods.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-22]
There Matter is the Spirit's firm density,
An artistry of glad outwardness of self,
A treasure-house of lasting images
Where sense can build a world of pure delight:
The home of a perpetual happiness,
It lodged the hours as in a pleasant inn.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-23]
The senses there were outlets of the soul;
Even the youngest child-thought of the mind
Incarnated some touch of highest things.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-24]
There substance was a resonant harp of self,
A net for the constant lightnings of the spirit,
A magnet power of love's intensity
Whose yearning throb and adoration's cry
Drew God's approaches close, sweet, wonderful.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-25]
Its solidity was a mass of heavenly make;
Its fixity and sweet permanence of charm
Made a bright pedestal for felicity.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-26]
Its bodies woven by a divine sense
Prolonged the nearness of soul's clasp with soul;
Its warm play of external sight and touch
Reflected the glow and thrill of the heart's joy,
Mind's climbing brilliant thoughts, the spirit's bliss;
Life's rapture kept for ever its flame and cry.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-27]
All that now passes lived immortal there
In the proud beauty and fine harmony
Of Matter plastic to spiritual light.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-28]
Its ordered hours proclaimed the eternal Law;
Vision reposed on a safety of deathless forms;
Time was Eternity's transparent robe.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-29]
An architect hewing out self's living rock,
Phenomenon built Reality's summer-house
On the beaches of the sea of Infinity.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-04 F-30]
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[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-05]
Against this glory of spiritual states,
Their parallels and yet their opposites,
Floated and swayed, eclipsed and shadowlike
As if a doubt made substance, flickering, pale,
This other scheme two vast negations found.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-05 F-01}
A world that knows not its inhabiting Self
Labours to find its cause and need to be;
A spirit ignorant of the world it made,
Obscured by Matter, travestied by Life,
Struggles to emerge, to be free, to know and reign;
These were close-tied in one disharmony,
Yet the divergent lines met not at all.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-05 F-02}
Three Powers governed its irrational course,
In the beginning an unknowing Force,
In the middle an embodied striving soul,
In its end a silent spirit denying life.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-05 F-03}
A dull and infelicitous interlude
Unrolls its dubious truth to a questioning Mind
Compelled by the ignorant Power to play its part
And to record her inconclusive tale,
The mystery of her inconscient plan
And the riddle of a being born from Night
By a marriage of Necessity with Chance.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-05 F-04}
This darkness hides our nobler destiny.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-05 F-05}
A chrysalis of a great and glorious truth,
It stifles the winged marvel in its sheath
Lest from the prison of Matter it escape
And, wasting its beauty on the formless Vast,
Merged into the Unknowable's mystery,
Leave unfulfilled the world's miraculous fate.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-05 F-06}
As yet thought only some high spirit's dream
Or a vexed illusion in man's toiling mind,
A new creation from the old shall rise,
A Knowledge inarticulate find speech,
Beauty suppressed burst into paradise bloom,
Pleasure and pain dive into absolute bliss.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-05 F-07}
A tongueless oracle shall speak at last,
The Superconscient conscious grow on earth,
The Eternal's wonders join the dance of Time.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-05 F-08}
But now all seemed a vainly teeming vast
Upheld by a deluded Energy
To a spectator self-absorbed and mute,
Careless of the unmeaning show he watched,
Regarding the bizarre procession pass
Like one who waits for an expected end.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-05 F-09}
He saw a world that is from a world to be.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-05 F-10}
There he divined rather than saw or felt,
Far off upon the rim of consciousness,
Transient and frail this little whirling globe
And on it left like a lost dream's vain mould,
A fragile copy of the spirit's shell,
His body gathered into mystic sleep.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-05 F-11}
A foreign shape it seemed, a mythic shade.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-05 F-12}
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[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-06]
Alien now seemed that dim far universe,
Self and eternity alone were true.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-06 F-01}
Then memory climbed to him from the striving planes
Bringing a cry from once-loved cherished things,
And to the cry as to its own lost call
A ray replied from the occult Supreme.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-06 F-02}
For even there the boundless Oneness dwells.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-06 F-03}
To its own sight unrecognisable,
It lived still sunk in its own tenebrous seas,
Upholding the world's inconscient unity
Hidden in Matter's insentient multitude.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-06 F-04}
This seed-self sown in the Indeterminate
Forfeits its glory of divinity,
Concealing the omnipotence of its Force,
Concealing the omniscience of its Soul;
An agent of its own transcendent Will,
It merges knowledge in the inconscient deep;
Accepting error, sorrow, death and pain,
It pays the ransom of the ignorant Night,
Redeeming by its substance Nature's fall.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-06 F-05}
Himself he knew and why his soul had gone
Into earth's passionate obscurity
To share the labour of an errant Power
Which by division hopes to find the One.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-06 F-06}
Two beings he was, one wide and free above,
One struggling, bound, intense, its portion here.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-06 F-07}
A tie between them still could bridge two worlds;
There was a dim response, a distant breath;
All had not ceased in the unbounded hush.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-06 F-08}
His heart lay somewhere conscious and alone
Far down below him like a lamp in night;
Abandoned it lay, alone, imperishable,
Immobile with excess of passionate will,
His living, sacrificed and offered heart
Absorbed in adoration mystical,
Turned to its far-off fount of light and love.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-06 F-09}
In the luminous stillness of its mute appeal
It looked up to the heights it could not see;
It yearned from the longing depths it could not leave.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-06 F-10}
In the centre of his vast and fateful trance
Half-way between his free and fallen selves,
Interceding twixt God's day and the mortal's night,
Accepting worship as its single law,
Accepting bliss as the sole cause of things,
Refusing the austere joy which none can share,
Refusing the calm that lives for calm alone,
To her it turned for whom it willed to be.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-06 F-11}
In the passion of its solitary dream
It lay like a closed soundless oratory
Where sleeps a consecrated argent floor
Lit by a single and untrembling ray
And an invisible Presence kneels in prayer.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-06 F-12}
On some deep breast of liberating peace
All else was satisfied with quietude;
This only knew there was a truth beyond.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-06 F-13}
All other parts were dumb in centred sleep
Consenting to the slow deliberate Power
Which tolerates the world's error and its grief,
Consenting to the cosmic long delay,
Timelessly waiting through the patient years
Her coming they had asked for earth and men;
This was the fiery point that called her now.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-06 F-14}
Extinction could not quench that lonely fire;
Its seeing filled the blank of mind and will;
Thought dead, its changeless force abode and grew.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-06 F-15}
Armed with the intuition of a bliss
To which some moved tranquillity was the key,
It persevered through life's huge emptiness
Amid the blank denials of the world.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-06 F-16}
It sent its voiceless prayer to the Unknown;
It listened for the footsteps of its hopes
Returning through the void immensities,
It waited for the fiat of the Word
That comes through the still self from the Supreme.
[Savitri B-03 C-03 S-06 F-17}
Book Three Canto Three End
The House of the Spirit and the New Creation
[Savitri B-03 C-03 Canto End]
Savitri | a Legend and a Symbol
The Book of the Divine Mother
The Vision and the Boon
[Savitri B-03 C-04 Canto Name]
Play Section One
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01]
Then suddenly there rose a sacred stir.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-01]
the lifeless silence of the Void
In a solitude and an immensity
A sound came quivering like a loved footfall
Heard in the listening spaces of the soul;
A touch perturbed his fibres with delight.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-02]
Influence had approached the mortal range,
A boundless Heart was near his longing heart,
A mystic Form enveloped his earthly shape.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-03]
at her contact broke from silence' seal;
Spirit and body thrilled identified,
Linked in the grasp of an unspoken joy;
Mind, members, life were merged in ecstasy.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-04]
as with nectarous rain
His nature's passioning stretches flowed to her,
Flashing with lightnings, mad with luminous wine.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-05]
was a limitless sea that heaved to the moon.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-06]
divinising stream possessed his veins,
His body's cells awoke to spirit sense,
Each nerve became a burning thread of joy:
Tissue and flesh partook beatitude.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-07]
the dun unplumbed subconscient caves
Thrilled with the prescience of her longed-for tread
And filled with flickering crests and praying tongues.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-08]
lost in slumber, mute, inanimate
His very body answered to her power.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-09]
One he worshipped was within him now:
Flame-pure, ethereal-tressed, a mighty Face
Appeared and lips moved by immortal words;
Lids, Wisdom's leaves, drooped over rapture's orbs.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-10]
marble monument of ponderings, shone
A forehead, sight's crypt, and large like ocean's gaze
Towards Heaven, two tranquil eyes of boundless thought
Looked into man's and saw the god to come.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-11]
Shape was seen on threshold Mind, a Voice
Absolute and wise in the heart's chambers spoke:
"O Son of Strength who climbst creation's peaks,
No soul is thy companion in the light;
Alone thou standest at the eternal doors.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-12]
thou hast won is thine, but ask no more.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-13]
Spirit aspiring in an ignorant frame,
O Voice arisen from the Inconscient's world,
How shalt thou speak for men whose hearts are dumb,
Make purblind earth the soul's seer-vision's home
Or lighten the burden of the senseless globe?
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-14]
am the Mystery beyond reach of mind,
I am the goal of the travail of the suns;
My fire and sweetness are the cause of life.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-15]
too immense my danger and my joy.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-16]
not the immeasurable descent,
Speak not my secret name to hostile Time;
Man is too weak to bear the Infinite's weight.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-17]
born too soon might break the imperfect earth.
Leave the all-seeing Power to hew its way:
In thy single vast achievement reign apart
Helping the world with thy great lonely days.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-18]
ask thee not to merge thy heart of flame
In the Immobile's wide uncaring bliss,
Turned from the fruitless motion of the years,
Deserting the fierce labour of the worlds,
Aloof from beings, lost in the Alone.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-19]
shall thy mighty spirit brook repose
While Death is still unconquered on the earth
And Time a field of suffering and pain?
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-20]
soul was born to share the laden Force;
Obey thy nature and fulfil thy fate:
Accept the difficulty and godlike toil,
For the slow-paced omniscient purpose live.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-21]
The Enigma's knot is tied in humankind.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04 F-22]
lightning from the heights that think and plan,
Ploughing the air of life with vanishing trails,
Man, sole awake in an unconscious world,
Aspires in vain to change the cosmic dream.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-23]
from some half-luminous Beyond
He is a stranger in the mindless vasts;
A traveller in his oft-shifting home
Amid the tread of many infinities,
He has pitched a tent of life in desert Space.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-24]
fixed regard beholds him from above,
In the house of Nature a perturbing guest,
A voyager twixt Thought's inconstant shores,
A hunter of unknown and beautiful Powers,
A nomad of the far mysterious Light,
In the wide ways a little spark of God.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-25]
his spirit all is in dire league,
A Titan influence stops his Godward gaze.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04 F-26]
him hungers the unpitying Void,
The eternal Darkness seeks him with her hands,
Inscrutable Energies drive him and deceive,
Immense implacable deities oppose.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-27]
inert Soul and a somnambulist Force
Have made a world estranged from life and thought;
The Dragon of the dark foundations keeps
Unalterable the law of Chance and Death;
On his long way through Time and Circumstance
The grey-hued riddling nether shadow-Sphinx,
Her dreadful paws upon the swallowing sands,
Awaits him armed with the soul-slaying word:
Across his path sits the dim camp of Night.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-28]
day is a moment in perpetual Time;
He is the prey of the minutes and the hours.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-29]
on earth and unassured of heaven,
Descended here unhappy and sublime,
A link between the demigod and the beast,
He knows not his own greatness nor his aim;
He has forgotten why he has come and whence.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-30]
spirit and his members are at war;
His heights break off too low to reach the skies,
His mass is buried in the animal mire.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-31]
strange antinomy is his nature's rule.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-32]
riddle of opposites is made his field:
Freedom he asks but needs to live in bonds,
He has need of darkness to perceive some light
And need of grief to feel a little bliss;
He has need of death to find a greater life.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-33]
sides he sees and turns to every call;
He has no certain light by which to walk;
His life is a blind-man's-buff, a hide-and-seek;
He seeks himself and from himself he runs;
Meeting himself, he thinks it other than he.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-34]
he builds, but finds no constant ground,
Always he journeys, but nowhere arrives;
He would guide the world, himself he cannot guide;
He would save his soul, his life he cannot save.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-35]
light his soul had brought his mind has lost;
All he has learned is soon again in doubt;
A sun to him seems the shadow of his thoughts,
Then all is shadow again and nothing true:
Unknowing what he does or whither he tends
He fabricates signs of the Real in Ignorance.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-36]
has hitched his mortal error to Truth's star.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-37]
attracts him with her luminous masks,
But never has he seen the face behind:
A giant Ignorance surrounds his lore.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-38]
to meet the cosmic mystery
In the dumb figure of a material world,
His passport of entry false and his personage,
He is compelled to be what he is not;
He obeys the Inconscience he had come to rule
And sinks in Matter to fulfil his soul.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-39]
from her lower driven forms
The Earth-Mother gave her forces to his hands
And painfully he guards the heavy trust;
His mind is a lost torch-bearer on her roads.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-40]
breath to think and plasm to feel,
He labours with his slow and sceptic brain
Helped by the reason's vacillating fires,
To make his thought and will a magic door
For knowledge to enter the darkness of the world
And love to rule a realm of strife and hate.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-41]
mind impotent to reconcile heaven and earth
And tied to Matter with a thousand bonds,
He lifts himself to be a conscious god.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-42]
when a glory of wisdom crowns his brow,
When mind and spirit shed a grandiose ray
To exalt this product of the sperm and gene,
This alchemist's miracle from plasm and gas,
And he who shared the animal's run and crawl
Lifts his thought-stature to the Immortal's heights,
His life still keeps the human middle way;
His body he resigns to death and pain,
Abandoning Matter, his too heavy charge.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-43]
thaumaturge sceptic of miracles,
A spirit left sterile of its occult power
By an unbelieving brain and credulous heart,
He leaves the world to end where it began:
His work unfinished he claims a heavenly prize.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-44]
has he missed creation's absolute.
Half-way he stops his star of destiny:
A vast and vain long-tried experiment,
An ill-served high conception doubtfully done,
The world's life falters on not seeing its goal,-
A zigzag towards unknown dangerous ground
Ever repeating its habitual walk,
Ever retreating after marches long
And hardiest victories without sure result,
Drawn endlessly an inconclusive game.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-45]
an ill-fitting and voluminous robe
A radiant purpose still conceals its face,
A mighty blindness stumbles hoping on,
Feeding its strength on gifts of luminous Chance.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-46]
the human instrument has failed,
The Godhead frustrate sleeps within its seed,
A spirit entangled in the forms it made.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-47]
failure is not failure whom God leads;
Through all the slow mysterious march goes on:
An immutable Power has made this mutable world;
A self-fulfilling transcendence treads man's road;
The driver of the soul upon its path,
It knows its steps, its way is inevitable,
And how shall the end be vain when God is guide?
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-48]
man's mind may tire or fail his flesh,
A will prevails cancelling his conscious choice:
The goal recedes, a bourneless vastness calls
Retreating into an immense Unknown;
There is no end to the world's stupendous march,
There is no rest for the embodied soul.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-49]
must live on, describe all Time's huge curve.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-50]
Influx presses from the closed Beyond
Forbidding to him rest and earthly ease,
Till he has found himself he cannot pause.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-51]
Light there is that leads, a Power that aids;
Unmarked, unfelt it sees in him and acts:
Ignorant, he forms the All-Conscient in his depths,
Human, looks up to superhuman peaks:
A borrower of Supernature's gold,
He paves his road to Immortality.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-52]
high gods look on man and watch and choose
Today's impossibles for the future's base.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-53]
transience trembles with the Eternal's touch,
His barriers cede beneath the Infinite's tread;
The Immortals have their entries in his life:
The Ambassadors of the Unseen draw near.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-54]
splendour sullied by the mortal air,
Love passes through his heart, a wandering guest.
Beauty surrounds him for a magic hour,
He has visits of a large revealing joy,
Brief widenesses release him from himself,
Enticing towards a glory ever in front
Hopes of a deathless sweetness lure and leave.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-55]
mind is crossed by strange discovering fires,
Rare intimations lift his stumbling speech
To a moment's kinship with the eternal Word;
A masque of Wisdom circles through his brain
Perturbing him with glimpses half divine.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-56]
lays his hands sometimes on the Unknown;
He communes sometimes with Eternity.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-57]
strange and grandiose symbol was his birth
And immortality and spirit-room
And pure perfection and a shadowless bliss
Are this afflicted creature's mighty fate.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04 F-58]
him the Earth-Mother sees draw near the change
Foreshadowed in her dumb and fiery depths,
A godhead drawn from her transmuted limbs,
An alchemy of Heaven on Nature's base.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-59]
of the self-born unfailing line,
Leave not the light to die the ages bore,
Help still humanity's blind and suffering life:
Obey thy spirit's wide omnipotent urge.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-60]
witness to God's parley with the Night,
It leaned compassionate from immortal calm
And housed desire, the troubled seed of things.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-61]
to thy high self, create, endure.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-62]
not from knowledge, let thy toil be vast.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-63]
more can earthly limits pen thy force;
Equal thy work with long unending Time's.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-64]
upon the bare eternal heights,
Tread still the difficult and dateless path
Joining the cycles with its austere curve
Measured for man by the initiate Gods.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-65]
light shall be in thee, my strength thy force.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-66]
not the impatient Titan drive thy heart,
Ask not the imperfect fruit, the partial prize.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-67]
one boon, to greaten thy spirit, demand;
Only one joy, to raise thy kind, desire.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-68]
blind fate and the antagonist powers
Moveless there stands a high unchanging Will;
To its omnipotence leave thy work's result.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-01 F-69]
things shall change in God's transfiguring hour."
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04 F-70]
Play Section Two
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02]
August and sweet sank hushed that mighty Voice.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-01]
now moved in the vast brooding space:
A stillness came upon the listening world,
A mute immensity of the Eternal's peace.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-02]
Aswapati's heart replied to her,
A cry amid the silence of the Vasts:
shall I rest content with mortal days
And the dull measure of terrestrial things,
I who have seen behind the cosmic mask
The glory and the beauty of thy face?
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-03]
is the doom to which thou bindst thy sons!
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-04]
long shall our spirits battle with the Night
And bear defeat and the brute yoke of Death,
We who are vessels of a deathless Force
And builders of the godhead of the race?
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-05]
if it is thy work I do below
Amid the error and waste of human life
In the vague light of man's half-conscious mind,
Why breaks not in some distant gleam of thee?
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-06]
the centuries and millenniums pass.
Where in the greyness is thy coming's ray?
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-07]
is the thunder of thy victory's wings?
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-08]
we hear the feet of passing gods.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-09]
plan in the occult eternal Mind
Mapped out to backward and prophetic sight,
The aeons ever repeat their changeless round,
The cycles all rebuild and ever aspire.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-10]
we have done is ever still to do.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-11]
breaks and all renews and is the same.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-12]
revolutions of life's fruitless gyre,
The new-born ages perish like the old,
As if the sad Enigma kept its right
Till all is done for which this scene was made.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-13]
little the strength that now with us is born,
Too faint the light that steals through Nature's lids,
Too scant the joy with which she buys our pain.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-14]
a brute world that knows not its own sense,
Thought-racked upon the wheel of birth we live,
The instruments of an impulse not our own
Moved to achieve with our heart's blood for price
Half-knowledge, half-creations that soon tire.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-15]
foiled immortal soul in perishing limbs,
Baffled and beaten back we labour still;
Annulled, frustrated, spent, we still survive.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-16]
anguish we labour that from us may rise
A larger-seeing man with nobler heart,
A golden vessel of the incarnate Truth,
The executor of the divine attempt
Equipped to wear the earthly body of God,
Communicant and prophet and lover and king.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-17]
know that thy creation cannot fail:
For even through the mists of mortal thought
Infallible are thy mysterious steps,
And, though Necessity dons the garb of Chance,
Hidden in the blind shifts of Fate she keeps
The slow calm logic of Infinity's pace
And the inviolate sequence of its will.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-18]
life is fixed in an ascending scale
And adamantine is the evolving Law;
In the beginning is prepared the close.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-19]
strange irrational product of the mire,
This compromise between the beast and god,
Is not the crown of thy miraculous world.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-20]
know there shall inform the inconscient cells,
At one with Nature and at height with heaven,
A spirit vast as the containing sky
And swept with ecstasy from invisible founts,
A god come down and greater by the fall.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-21]
Power arose out of my slumber's cell.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-22]
the tardy limp of the hours
And the inconstant blink of mortal sight,
There where the Thinker sleeps in too much light
And intolerant flames the lone all-witnessing Eye
Hearing the word of Fate from Silence' heart
In the endless moment of Eternity,
It saw from timelessness the works of Time.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-23]
were the leaden formulas of the Mind,
Overpowered the obstacle of mortal Space:
The unfolding Image showed the things to come.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04 F-24]
giant dance of Shiva tore the past;
There was a thunder as of worlds that fall;
Earth was o'errun with fire and the roar of Death
Clamouring to slay a world his hunger had made;
There was a clangour of Destruction's wings:
The Titan's battle-cry was in my ears,
Alarm and rumour shook the armoured Night.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04 F-25]
saw the Omnipotent's flaming pioneers
Over the heavenly verge which turns towards life
Come crowding down the amber stairs of birth;
Forerunners of a divine multitude,
Out of the paths of the morning star they came
Into the little room of mortal life.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-26]
saw them cross the twilight of an age,
The sun-eyed children of a marvellous dawn,
The great creators with wide brows of calm,
The massive barrier-breakers of the world
And wrestlers with destiny in her lists of will,
The labourers in the quarries of the gods,
The messengers of the Incommunicable,
The architects of immortality.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-27]
the fallen human sphere they came,
Faces that wore the Immortal's glory still,
Voices that communed still with the thoughts of God,
Bodies made beautiful by the spirit's light,
Carrying the magic word, the mystic fire,
Carrying the Dionysian cup of joy,
Approaching eyes of a diviner man,
Lips chanting an unknown anthem of the soul,
Feet echoing in the corridors of Time.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-28]
priests of wisdom, sweetness, might and bliss,
Discoverers of beauty's sunlit ways
And swimmers of Love's laughing fiery floods
And dancers within rapture's golden doors,
Their tread one day shall change the suffering earth
And justify the light on Nature's face.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-29]
Fate lingers in the high Beyond
And the work seems vain on which our heart's force was spent,
All shall be done for which our pain was borne.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-30]
as of old man came behind the beast
This high divine successor surely shall come
Behind man's inefficient mortal pace,
Behind his vain labour, sweat and blood and tears:
He shall know what mortal mind barely durst think,
He shall do what the heart of the mortal could not dare.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-31]
of the toil of human time,
He shall take on him the burden of the gods;
All heavenly light shall visit the earth's thoughts,
The might of heaven shall fortify earthly hearts;
Earth's deeds shall touch the superhuman's height,
Earth's seeing widen into the infinite.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-32]
unchanged weighs still the imperfect world;
The splendid youth of Time has passed and failed;
Heavy and long are the years our labour counts
And still the seals are firm upon man's soul
And weary is the ancient Mother's heart.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-33]
Truth defended in thy secret sun,
Voice of her mighty musings in shut heavens
On things withdrawn within her luminous depths,
O Wisdom-Splendour, Mother of the universe,
Creatrix, the Eternal's artist Bride,
Linger not long with thy transmuting hand
Pressed vainly on one golden bar of Time,
As if Time dare not open its heart to God.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-34]
radiant fountain of the world's delight
World-free and unattainable above,
O Bliss who ever dwellst deep-hid within
While men seek thee outside and never find,
Mystery and Muse with hieratic tongue,
Incarnate the white passion of thy force,
Mission to earth some living form of thee.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-35]
moment fill with thy eternity,
Let thy infinity in one body live,
All-Knowledge wrap one mind in seas of light,
All-Love throb single in one human heart.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-36]
treading the earth with mortal feet
All heaven's beauty crowd in earthly limbs!
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-37]
girdle with the power of God
Movements and moments of a mortal will,
Pack with the eternal might one human hour
And with one gesture change all future time.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-38]
a great word be spoken from the heights
And one great act unlock the doors of Fate."
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-02 F-39]
Play Section Three
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-03]
His prayer sank down in the resisting Night
Oppressed by the thousand forces that deny,
As if too weak to climb to the Supreme.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-03 F-01]
there arose a wide consenting Voice;
The spirit of beauty was revealed in sound:
Light floated round the marvellous Vision's brow
And on her lips the Immortal's joy took shape.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-03 F-02]
strong forerunner, I have heard thy cry.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-03 F-03]
shall descend and break the iron Law,
Change Nature's doom by the lone spirit's power.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-03 F-04]
limitless Mind that can contain the world,
A sweet and violent heart of ardent calms
Moved by the passions of the gods shall come.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-03 F-05]
mights and greatnesses shall join in her;
Beauty shall walk celestial on the earth,
Delight shall sleep in the cloud-net of her hair,
And in her body as on his homing tree
Immortal Love shall beat his glorious wings.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-03 F-06]
music of griefless things shall weave her charm;
The harps of the Perfect shall attune her voice,
The streams of Heaven shall murmur in her laugh,
Her lips shall be the honeycombs of God,
Her limbs his golden jars of ecstasy,
Her breasts the rapture-flowers of Paradise.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-03 F-07]
shall bear Wisdom in her voiceless bosom,
Strength shall be with her like a conqueror's sword
And from her eyes the Eternal's bliss shall gaze.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-03 F-08]
seed shall be sown in Death's tremendous hour,
A branch of heaven transplant to human soil;
Nature shall overleap her mortal step;
Fate shall be changed by an unchanging will."
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-03 F-09]
Play Section Four
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04]
As a flame disappears in endless Light
Immortally extinguished in its source,
Vanished the splendour and was stilled the word.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04 F-01]
echo of delight that once was close,
The harmony journeyed towards some distant hush,
A music failing in the ear of trance,
A cadence called by distant cadences,
A voice that trembled into strains withdrawn.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04 F-02]
form retreated from the longing earth
Forsaking nearness to the abandoned sense,
Ascending to her unattainable home.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04 F-03]
brilliant, vacant lay the inner fields;
All was unfilled inordinate spirit space,
Indifferent, waste, a desert of bright peace.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04 F-04]
a line moved on the far edge of calm:
The warm-lipped sentient soft terrestrial wave,
A quick and many-murmured moan and laugh,
Came gliding in upon white feet of sound.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04 F-05]
was the deep glory of Silence' heart;
The absolute unmoving stillnesses
Surrendered to the breath of mortal air,
Dissolving boundlessly the heavens of trance
Collapsed to waking mind.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04 F-06]
Cast down its incommunicable lids
Over its solitudes remote from ken
Behind the voiceless mystery of sleep.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04 F-07]
grandiose respite failed, the wide release.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04 F-08]
the light of fast-receding planes
That fled from him as from a falling star,
Compelled to fill its human house in Time
His soul drew back into the speed and noise
Of the vast business of created things.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04 F-09]
chariot of the marvels of the heavens
Broad-based to bear the gods on fiery wheels,
Flaming he swept through the spiritual gates.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04 F-10]
mortal stir received him in its midst.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04 F-11]
more he moved amid material scenes,
Lifted by intimations from the heights
And in the pauses of the building brain
Touched by the thoughts that skim the fathomless surge
Of Nature and wing back to hidden shores.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04 F-12]
eternal seeker in the aeonic field
Besieged by the intolerant press of hours
Again was strong for great swift-footed deeds.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04 F-13]
beneath the ignorant vault of Night,
He saw the unnumbered people of the stars
And heard the questioning of the unsatisfied flood
And toiled with the form-maker, measuring Mind.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04 F-14]
wanderer from the occult invisible suns
Accomplishing the fate of transient things,
A god in the figure of the arisen beast,
He raised his brow of conquest to the heavens
Establishing the empire of the soul
On Matter and its bounded universe
As on a solid rock in infinite seas.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04 F-15]
Lord of Life resumed his mighty rounds
In the scant field of the ambiguous globe.
[Savitri B-03 C-04 S-04 F-16]
Book Three Canto Four End
The Vision and the Boon
[Savitri B-03 C-04 Canto End]
Book Three End
The Book of the Divine Mother
[Savitri B-03 Book End]
Part One End
[Savitri P-01 End]