Savitri: A Legend and a Symbol

Savitri: A Legend and a Symbol

by Sri Aurobindo

In this epic spiritual poem, Sri Aurobindo reveals his vision of mankind's destiny within the universal evolution. He sets forth the optimistic view that life on earth has a purpose, and he places our travail within the context of this purpose: to participate in the evolution of consciousness that represents the secret thread behind life on Earth.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Poetry
  • Rating: 4.71
  • Pages: 816
  • Publish Date: January 1st 1995 by Lotus Press
  • Isbn10: 0941524809
  • Isbn13: 9780941524803

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My favorite poetry, introduced to me by Sri Maa many years ago. Aurobindo wrote it while in exalted samadhic states over years.

"It does not matter if you do not understand it Savitri, read it always. Every time you try to read and understand, you will see that something is added, something which was hidden behind is revealed clearly and vividly. If truly one knows how to meditate on Savitri, one will receive all the help one needs. You know, before writing Savitri Sri Aurobindo said to me, I am impelled to launch on a new adventure; I was hesitant in the beginning, but now I am decided. In truth, the entire form of Savitri has descended en masse from the highest region and Sri Aurobindo with His genius only arranged the lines in a superb and magnificent style. Sometimes entire lines were revealed and He has left them intact; He worked hard, untiringly, so that the inspiration could come from the highest possible summit. My child, I have read so many things, but I have never come across anything which could be compared with Savitri. I have studied the best works in Greek, Latin, English and of course French literature, also in German and all the great creations of the West and the East, including the great epics; but I repeat it, I have not found anywhere anything comparable with Savitri. To read Savitri is indeed to practice Yoga, spiritual concentration; one can find there all that is needed to realise the Divine. Surely, if one sincerely follows what is revealed here in each line one will reach finally the transformation of the Supramental Yoga. Each verse of Savitri is like a revealed Mantra which surpasses all that man possessed by way of knowledge, and I repeat this, the words are expressed and arranged in such a way that the sonority of the rhythm leads you to the origin of sound, which is OM. He has described it all in beautiful and clear words so that spiritual adventurers who wish to solve the mysteries of the world may understand it more easily. Sri Aurobindo gives you here the key to find the Truth, to discover the Consciousness, to solve the problem of what the universe is. It is a real experience reading Savitri. All the secrets that man possessed, He has revealed, as well as all that awaits him in the future; all this is found in the depth of Savitri. I read Savitri many times afterwards, but earlier, when He was writing He used to read it to me. Yes, they were exactly my experiences of the previous night which He read out to me the following morning. Savitri is His whole Yoga of transformation, and this Yoga appears now for the first time in the earth-consciousness. One needs spiritual experiences in order to understand and assimilate it. My child, every day you are going to read Savitri; read properly, with the right attitude, concentrating a little before opening the pages and trying to keep the mind as empty as possible, absolutely without a thought. Try and you will see how very different it is, how new, if you read with this attitude, with this something at the back of your consciousness; as though it were an offering to Sri Aurobindo. You know it is charged, fully charged with consciousness; as if Savitri were a being, a real guide. I tell you, whoever, wanting to practice Yoga, tries sincerely and feels the necessity for it, will be able to climb with the help of Savitri to the highest rung of the ladder of Yoga, will be able to find the secret that Savitri represents. If he remains very quiet when before a difficulty, or when he does not know where to turn to go forward and how to overcome obstacles, for all these hesitations and incertitudes which overwhelm us at every moment, he will have the necessary indications, and the necessary concrete help. Indeed, Savitri is something concrete, living, it is all replete, packed with consciousness, it is the supreme knowledge above all human philosophies and religions. Savitri has an extraordinary power, it gives out vibrations for him who can receive them, the true vibrations of each stage of consciousness. My child, one must try to find the secret that Savitri represents, the prophetic message Sri Aurobindo reveals there for us.

It is inevitable because it is at once the intention of the inner spirit and the logic of Nature's process." The principal writings of Sri Aurobindo include, in prose, The Life Divine, considered his single great work of metaphysics,The Synthesis of Yoga, Secrets of the Vedas, Essays on the Gita, The Human Cycle, The Ideal of Human Unity, Renaissance in India and other essays, Supramental Manifestation upon Earth, The Future Poetry, Thoughts and Aphorisms and several volumes of letters.