Aurobindo 145 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 Death, this is the mystery of thy reign.
In earth's anomalous and magic field
Carried in its aimless journey by the sun
Mid the forced marches of the great dumb stars,
A darkness occupied the fields of God,
And Matter's world was governed by thy shape.
Thy mask has covered the Eternal's face,
The Bliss that made the world has fallen asleep.'
'Abandoned in the Vast she slumbered on: '
'But now the primal innocence is lost
And Death and Ignorance govern the mortal world
'Earth still has kept her early charm and grace,
The grandeur and the beauty still are hers,
But veiled is the divine Inhabitant.'
'The souls of men have wandered from the Light
And the great Mother turns away her face.'
'The eyes of the creatrix Bliss are closed
And sorrow's touch has found her in her dreams.'
'Forgetting her instinct of felicity,
Forgetting to create a world of joy,
She weeps and makes her creatures' eyes to weep; '
'A puritan God made pleasure a poisonous fruit,
Or red drug in the market-place of Death,
And sin the child of Nature's ecstasy.'
A long strong slap of words haunting Death
A strong long answer for Death to realise
A long strong discourse for the humans
A strong long preaching for us to discern
'Yet every creature hunts for happiness, '
Savitri continues with her accounting....
............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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