Aurobindo 143 Savitri Book 10 - Poem by Indira Renganathan
An appreciation on Savitri-
Book Ten: The Book of the Double Twilight
Canto Three - The Debate of Love and Death
Words within inverted commas are Aurobindo's
'O dark-browed sophist of the universeLine 5 to
Love is man's lien on the Absolute.' Line 461
Who veilst the Real with its own Idea, '
'Thou hast used words to shutter out the Light
And called in Truth to vindicate a lie.'
'O Death, thou speakest truth but truth that slays,
I answer to thee with the Truth that saves.'
So was Savitri's determined reply
'O Death, thou lookst on an unfinished world
Assailed by thee and of its road unsure,
Peopled by imperfect minds and ignorant lives,
And sayest God is not and all is vain.
How shall the child already be the man?
Because he is infant, shall he never grow?
Because he is ignorant, shall he never learn? '
A spiritual metamorphosis through a cosmic journey
'A miracle structure of the eternal Mage,
Matter its mystery hides from its own eyes,
A scripture written out in cryptic signs,
An occult document of the All-Wonderful's art.
All here bears witness to his secret might,
In all we feel his presence and his power.'
'He has built a world in the unknowing Void.
His forms he has massed from infinitesimal dust; '
'Immortality assured itself by death;
The Eternal's face was seen through drifts of Time.'
'His knowledge he disguised as Ignorance,
His Good he sowed in Evil's monstrous bed, '
'Made error a door by which Truth could enter in,
His plant of bliss watered with Sorrow's tears.'..
............My consciousness this moment,
O'Guru, I'm in awe....in invincible heights
Ineffable Thee embellishing poetic creation
My inquisitive apprehension, erring Thee may opine
May thereso, let Savitri in my self arise
Aroused thereso be knowledge and fortune
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