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Savitri, Book l, The Book of Beginnings, Canto lll,
Part 2, Pages 27 - 34
Last time King Aswapathy was changed by the secret hand of the cosmic Worker. Now he reaches higher and higher states of consciousness. Windows of inner sight opened. A vision came of higher realms than ours. All now his bright clairaudience could receive. The Supreme's gaze looked out through human eyes and saw all things and creatures as itself. Wisdom transcendent touched his quivering heart. His soul stood free, a witness and a king. Sri Aurobindo told about some of his own yoga in the story of the yoga of King Aswapathy. Again this week, Richard Hartz from the Ashram Archives has given us some of Sri Aurobindo's own diary entries in the Record of Yoga which correspond to things that happen to Aswapathy.
Savitri, Book l, The Book Of Beginnings, Canto ll, The Issue, The Second Part
Savitri is the incarnation of the Divine Mother who came here to conquer Death. Her single will opposed the cosmic will. Accustomed to the eternal and the true, her being, conscious of its divine founts, asked not from mortal frailty pain's relief, patched not with failure, bargain or compromise, The armed Immortal bore the snare of time. But not to submit and suffer was she born; to lead, to deliver was her glorious part. A living choice reversed fate's cold dead turn, affirmed the spirit's tread on Circumstance, pressed back the senseless dire revolving wheel and stopped the mute march of necessity. A victory was won for God in man on the day that Savirti woke at dawn and remembered that this was the day that Death was coming to take her husband.
Savitri, Book VII, The Book of Yoga Canto VII, The Discovery of the Cosmic Spirit and the Cosmic Consciousness This is the last Canto in The Book of Yoga, where Savitri is going to attain Cosmic Consciousness. This is the last thing that Savitri must do to prepare herself for her husband's death and the great work she was born to do. Now she must conquer Almighty Death and bring her husband's soul back to live on earth again. We have now come to the point where the whole story of Savitri starts. Canto l, at the very beginning of Book I is called The Symbol Dawn. It is the dawn of the day when Savitri wakes and remembers that it is the day that Satyavan must die.
SAVITRI, BOOK VII, THE BOOK OF YOGA
CANTO V, THE FINDING OF THE SOUL
The Second Part
Then through a tunnel dug in the last rock
She came out where there shone a deathless sun.
A house was there all made of flame and light
And crossing a wall of doorless living fire
There suddenly she met her secret soul.
In the slow process of the evolving spirit,
In the brief stade between a death and birth
A first perfection's stage is reached at last;
Book 1, The Book Of Beginnings, Canto 1, The Symbol Dawn The Second Part, pages 6 - 10 Savitri awakens at dawn on the morning that she must perform her Divine task. The Godhead greater by a human fate, this Immortal Being has taken human birth into this green, smiling, dangerous world to conquer Death for the beautiful soul of man on earth.
Savitri, Book l, The Book Of Beginnings, Canto ll, The Issue, Pages 11 - 16
The long foreknown and fateful day has dawned. Savitri wakes on the morning that Satyavan, her beloved husband, is going to die and she reviews her past. She has known about this day for one year. The hour has come for her soul, her timeless Spirit, to come forward and remove her past and present births so that she can be the ungarbed entity within. Savitri must be her her true immortal self and face and conquer almighty Death and bring Satyavan back to life.
SAVITRI, BOOK VII, THE BOOK OF YOGA CANTO VI, NIRVANA AND THE ALL-NEGATING ABSOLUTE The Third Part Savitri has gone completely beyond her mind. Nothing enters or moves in her inner space. A blank, pure consciousness has replaced her mind. In this condition Savitri experiences Nirvana, the opposite of everything that is the created universe, including the most subtle vibrations. Beings were not there, existence had no place, there was no temptation of the joy to be. A lonely absolute negated all: it effaced the ignorant world from its solitude and drowned the soul in its everlasting peace...
Savitri, Book l, The Book of Beginnings, Canto lll, The Yoga of The King, The Yoga of The Soul's Release. Part one of four parts, pages 22 - 27.
In Canto lll, we meet the great yogi and king, King Aswapathy, the human father of Savitri. His name in Sanskrit means "The Lord of The Horse". Sri Aurobindo says that The Lord of The Horse is the Lord of Tapasya, the concentrated energy of spiritual endeavor that helps us to rise from the mortal to the immortal planes. In the yoga of the king Sri Aurobindo wrote about his own yoga and spiritual experiences in the way that he wanted us to understand for our own spiritual practice. Aswapathy's days were a long growth to the Supreme. Eventually man must break into the infinity of God and escape across nature's borderline into Supernature's arc of living light. In Aswapathy that high transition laid its base.
Book One, The Book of Beginnings, Canto One, The Symbol Dawn
The First Part, Pages 1 to 6
The beginning of Savitri is the dawning of a new day; the symbol dawn, a message from the unknown immortal light, calling the adventure of consciousness and joy. Beauty and wonder disturbed the fields of god. All can be done if the god-touch is there.