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At the Feet of The Mother

Savitri Departs from Her Father’s Palace, pp. 375-376 & Closing Remarks for the Canto

Opening Remarks
Savitri has heard the inspired words from her father and the words have acted as a mantra. She acts upon them and leaves the palace in search of her true partner and mate.

Unseen world
Accustomed scenes were now an ended play:
Moving in muse amid familiar powers,
Touched by new magnitudes and fiery signs,
She turned to vastnesses not yet her own;
Allured her heart throbbed to unknown sweetnesses;
The secrets of an unseen world were close.

Savitri decides to leave the palace to fulfil her quest. The familiar comfort zones of her life must now be left behind as she moves towards realms and worlds and people unknown to her. Her heart felt drawn to some unknown sweetnesses as if some secret world was close to her.

The day of departure
The morn went up into a smiling sky;
Cast from its sapphire pinnacle of trance
Day sank into the burning gold of eve;
The moon floated, a luminous waif through heaven
And sank below the oblivious edge of dream;
Night lit the watch-fires of eternity.

Savitri thence spends a day contemplating and reflecting, preparing for her mission. The sapphire sky smiled in the morning and evening sank like burning gold. The moon came up floating in the sky as a luminous wanderer and sank into the world of dreams. Night lit up the sky with stars.

Depths of sleep
Then all went back into mind’s secret caves;
A darkness stooping on the heaven-bird’s wings
Sealed in her senses from external sight
And opened the stupendous depths of sleep.

In her sleep Savitri withdraws from the world of senses and enters the depths of her mind’s secret caves to discover lost memories. There the darkness opened to her the doors through which she entered into deeper states.

The pale dawn
When the pale dawn slipped through Night’s shadowy guard,
Vainly the new-born light desired her face;
The palace woke to its own emptiness;
The sovereign of its daily joys was far;
Her moonbeam feet tinged not the lucent floors:
The beauty and divinity were gone.

Something transpires during her sleep and as the pale dawn emerged she could not find the charming face of Savitri in the palace of Aswapati. The palace itself, once her royal home, seemed empty and the sovereign of its daily joy had gone afar. Her soft and radiant feet touched the floor no more. The beauty and divinity that inhabited the palace had gone.

Delight had fled
Delight had fled to search the spacious world.

With Savitri’s departure it felt as if delight had fled to search the wide world.

Closing remarks
Savitri’s departure marks a new phase in her life that will eventually lead to the unfolding of fate and lead her towards the accomplishment of her mission.

 

Closing Remarks for the Canto
In Canto three we see Aswapati is revealed about the purpose of Savitri’s coming. He must facilitate in the fulfilment of her mission in some way. He therefore feels inspired and bids her to venture out into the so far unknown world and search her true partner and mate. Savitri hears the luminous words that act as a mantra and heeding them she leaves the palace.

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