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At the Feet of The Mother

Savitri Study Class 01-05 “Savitri, the Avatar of the Divine Mother”, pp. 4-5

Audio recording of the Savitri Study Class with Alok Pandey. Book 1, Canto 1.

Sri Aurobindo uses the image of dawn as a symbol his deeper vision of Savitri as an Avatara of the Divine Mother, Her Work and Mission. He starts introducing us to the inner Savitri or rather her deeper truth. She indeed is the Dawn, the Light that leans upon Earth to give hope and illumine. As she comes the whole earth is lit up with a new aspiration and effort.

 

Ambassadress twixt eternity and change,
The omniscient Goddess leaned across the breadths
That wrap the fated journeyings of the stars
And saw the spaces ready for her feet.
Once she half looked behind for her veiled sun,
Then, thoughtful, went to her immortal work.
Earth felt the Imperishable’s passage close:
The waking ear of Nature heard her steps
And wideness turned to her its limitless eye,
And, scattered on sealed depths, her luminous smile
Kindled to fire the silence of the worlds.
All grew a consecration and a rite.
Air was a vibrant link between earth and heaven;
The wide-winged hymn of a great priestly wind
Arose and failed upon the altar hills;
The high boughs prayed in a revealing sky.
Here where our half-lit ignorance skirts the gulfs
On the dumb bosom of the ambiguous earth,
Here where one knows not even the step in front
And Truth has her throne on the shadowy back of doubt,
On this anguished and precarious field of toil
Outspread beneath some large indifferent gaze,
Impartial witness of our joy and bale,
Our prostrate soil bore the awakening ray.
Here too the vision and prophetic gleam
Lit into miracles common meaningless shapes;
Then the divine afflatus, spent, withdrew,
Unwanted, fading from the mortal’s range.
A sacred yearning lingered in its trace,
The worship of a Presence and a Power
Too perfect to be held by death-bound hearts,
The prescience of a marvellous birth to come.

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