Aurobindo 121 Savitri Book 7
An appreciation on Savitri-
by Indira Renganathan
Book Seven: The Book of Yoga
Canto Six: Nirvana and the Discovery of the All-Negating Absolute
Words within inverted commas are Aurobindo's
'As if continuing old habitual turns,
And pushed by an old unexhausted force
The engine did the work for which it was made:
Her consciousness looked on and took no part; '
A new conscious mind in the front
Pushing behind all routine of a mechanical mind...
'A hollow physical shell persisted still.
'All seemed a brilliant shadow of itself, '
'Wherever she turned, at whatsoever she looked,
It was perceived, yet hid from mind and sight.
The One only real shut itself from Space
And stood aloof from the idea of Time.
Its truth escaped from shape and line and hue.'
'It faced her as some vast Nought's immensity,
An endless No to all that seems to be,
An endless Yes to things ever unconceived'
'If all existence could renounce to be
And Being take refuge in Non-being's arms
And Non-being could strike out its ciphered round,
Some lustre of that Reality might appear.
A formless liberation came on her.'
'She was no more a Person in a world,
She had escaped into infinity.'
'There was no frame of things, no figure of soul.'
'She shared the Superconscient's high retreat
Beyond the self-born Word, the nude Idea,
The first bare solid ground of consciousness; '
'A lonely Absolute negated all:
It effaced the ignorant world from its solitude
And drowned the soul in its everlasting peace.'....
............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
End of Canto Six