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At the Feet of The Mother

Savitri Study Class 01-02 “Backdrop and the Very Beginning of Savitri”, p. 1

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

This talk is about the origin of Savitri as a mantra and its birth through Sri Aurobindo’s Consciousness. After this general backdrop of the epic poem, we start from Book One Canto One, the Symbol Dawn. The first few lines dealing with the very beginning of creation are then taken up for study.

It was the hour before the Gods awake.
Across the path of the divine Event
The huge foreboding mind of Night, alone
In her unlit temple of eternity,
Lay stretched immobile upon Silence’ marge.
Almost one felt, opaque, impenetrable,
In the sombre symbol of her eyeless muse
The abysm of the unbodied Infinite;
A fathomless zero occupied the world.
A power of fallen boundless self awake
Between the first and the last Nothingness,
Recalling the tenebrous womb from which it came,
Turned from the insoluble mystery of birth
And the tardy process of mortality
And longed to reach its end in vacant Nought.
As in a dark beginning of all things,
A mute featureless semblance of the Unknown
Repeating for ever the unconscious act,
Prolonging for ever the unseeing will,
Cradled the cosmic drowse of ignorant Force
Whose moved creative slumber kindles the suns
And carries our lives in its somnambulist whirl.

 

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