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At the Feet of The Mother

Purusha and Prakriti, p. 614 (SH 302)

Savitri Class in Hindi with Alok Pandey
Book Ten: The Book of the Double Twilight, Canto Two: The Gospel of Death and Vanity of the Ideal

Sri Aurobindo now reveals to us the truth behind man-woman relationship, their mutual attraction, which is the truth of Purusha and Prakriti, Soul and Nature, reflected in our ignorance.


For we were man and woman from the first,
The twin souls born from one undying fire.

Did he not dawn on me in other stars?

How has he through the thickets of the world
Pursued me like a lion in the night
And come upon me suddenly in the ways
And seized me with his glorious golden leap!

Unsatisfied he yearned for me through time,
Sometimes with wrath and sometimes with sweet peace
Desiring me since first the world began.

He rose like a wild wave out of the floods
And dragged me helpless into seas of bliss.

Out of my curtained past his arms arrive;
They have touched me like the soft persuading wind,
They have plucked me like a glad and trembling flower,
And clasped me happily burned in ruthless flame.

I too have found him charmed in lovely forms
And run delighted to his distant voice
And pressed to him past many dreadful bars.

If there is a yet happier greater god,
Let him first wear the face of Satyavan
And let his soul be one with him I love;
So let him seek me that I may desire.
For only one heart beats within my breast
And one god sits there throned. Advance, O Death,
Beyond the phantom beauty of this world;
For of its citizens I am not one.

I cherish God the Fire, not God the Dream.”

[Savitri: 614]


(line breaks added to emphasize separate movements)

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