LIFE – SRI AUROBINDO’S SAVITRI

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LIFE – SRI AUROBINDO’S SAVITRI

 

A long dim preparation is man’s life,

 

A circle of toil and hope and war and peace

Tracked out by Life on Matter’s obscure ground.

In his climb to a peak no feet have ever trod,

He seeks through a penumbra shot with flame

A veiled reality half-known, ever missed,

A search for something or someone never found,

Cult of an ideal never made real here,

An endless spiral of ascent and fall

 

Until at last is reached the giant point

Through which his Glory shines for whom we were made

And we break into the infinity of God.

 

A mutual debt binds man to the Supreme:

His nature we must put on as he put ours;

We are sons of God and must be even as he:

His human portion, we must grow divine.

 

Our life is a paradox with God for key.

 

A mutual debt binds man to the Supreme:

His nature we must put on as he put ours;

We are sons of God and must be even as he:

His human portion, we must grow divine.

 

Our life is a paradox with God for key.

How will you grow divine?

 

An eyeless Power that sees no more its aim,

A restless hungry energy of Will,

Life cast her seed in the body’s indolent mould;

 

It woke from happy torpor a blind Force

Compelling it to sense and seek and feel.

 

Ever since consciousness was born on earth,

Life is the same in insect, ape and man,

Its stuff unchanged, its way the common route.

If new designs, if richer details grow

And thought is added and more tangled cares,

If little by little it wears a brighter face,

Still even in man the plot is mean and poor.

Life stared at him with vague confused outlines

Offering a picture the eyes could not keep,

A story that was yet not written there.

As in a fragmentary half-lost design

Life’s meanings fled from the pursuing eye.

 

Life’s visage hides life’s real self from sight;

Life’s secret sense is written within, above.

The thought that gives it sense lives far beyond;

It is not seen in its half-finished design.

 

A long dim preparation is man’s life,

 

A circle of toil and hope and war and peace

Tracked out by Life on Matter’s obscure ground.

In his climb to a peak no feet have ever trod,

He seeks through a penumbra shot with flame

A veiled reality half-known, ever missed,

A search for something or someone never found,

Cult of an ideal never made real here,

An endless spiral of ascent and fall

 

Until at last is reached the giant point

Through which his Glory shines for whom we were made

And we break into the infinity of God.

 

And Life, a splendor stream of musing Force,
Carries the voices of the mystic Suns.

A happiness it brings of whispered truth;
There runs in its flow honeying the bosom of Space

A laughter from the immortal heart of Bliss,

And the unfathomed Joy of timelessness,

The sound of Wisdom’s murmur in the Unknown
And the breath of an unseen Infinity.

 

In Nescience began her mighty task,

In Ignorance she pursues the unfinished work,

For knowledge gropes, but meets not Wisdom’s face.

Ascending slowly with unconscious steps,

 

A foundling of the Gods she wanders here

Like a child-soul left near the gates of Hell

Fumbling through fog in search of Paradise.

 

An eyeless Power that sees no more its aim,

A restless hungry energy of Will,

Life cast her seed in the body’s indolent mould;

 

It woke from happy torpor a blind Force

Compelling it to sense and seek and feel.

 

Ever since consciousness was born on earth,

Life is the same in insect, ape and man,

Its stuff unchanged, its way the common route.

If new designs, if richer details grow

And thought is added and more tangled cares,

If little by little it wears a brighter face,

Still even in man the plot is mean and poor.

Life stared at him with vague confused outlines

Offering a picture the eyes could not keep,

A story that was yet not written there.

As in a fragmentary half-lost design

Life’s meanings fled from the pursuing eye.

 

Life’s visage hides life’s real self from sight;

Life’s secret sense is written within, above.

The thought that gives it sense lives far beyond;

It is not seen in its half-finished design.

 

 

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