Category Archives: Sri Aurobindo
Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto VI, The Kingdoms And Godheads Of The Greater Life, Part 4, Pages 189 - 195
The King follows in Life's fine and mighty trails, seeking to learn the secret of her soul. All he became that she was or longed to be. A witness overmastered by his scene, he admired her splendid front of pomp and play and her rich and delicate craft. He thrilled to the insistance of her cry. He bore her might, felt her will, her hands of fate, her touch that moves and her power that sei4ze and drive. But he also saw her soul that wept within, her seekings vain, her heart that captures not the one Beloved. Finally Life is not satisfied with Life, nor is the King. In all of Life's rich and complex music, alone the God-given hymn escapes her her art.
Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto VI, The Kingdoms And Godheads Of The Greater Life, Part 2 of 5, Pages 179 - 184
The Mother and Divine Creatrix, who is the Greater Life and builds and inspires the Greater Life, does everything only to attract and keep her eternal Lover, the Master of Existence. Here Sri Aurobindo calls her 'this Greatness". On earth, in heaven, in hell she is the same; of every fate she takes her mighty part. Time is her road of endless pilgrimage. This Greatness creates a larger world of greater life with embodied beings who live not by the body or in outward things: a deeper living was their seat of self. This region borders on our mortal state.
Savitri, Book II, Canto V, Part 3, Pages 160 - 167
Sri Aurobindo describes our little life today when we live only for ourselves, wanting only outward things, while our immortal soul, our psychic being sleeps unknown and unfelt within us. As long as the intellect's outward gazing sight serves earthly interest and creative joys, an incurable littleness pursues our days. The mind learns and knows not, turning its back to truth. Our souls are moved by powers behind the wall. This is the ephemeral creature's daily life.
Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto VI, The Kingdom And Godheads Of The Greater Life, Part 3, Pages 184 - 189
The King travels through the region where beings are what we strive to be. They follow their inner law and wage war either for heaven or for hell. Whatever fate may do to them they have earned. Something they have done, something they have been, they live. There matter is the soul's result, not its cause .Being felt being even when afar and consciousness replied to consciousness, yet the ultimate oneness was not there. By mysteries they explained a Mystery. A riddling answer met the riddle of things. As the King moved in this space, himself became a riddle to himself. He followed in Life's fine and mighty trails in a perilous adventure without close.
Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto VI, The Kingdoms And The Godheads Of The Greater Life, Part 1, Pages 173 - 179
The Traveller entered the very first manifestation of the worlds of the Greater Life. The Greater Life first emerged as a magic place of dreams and hopes and promises of charm and delight which never yet become true. Then came the Kingdom of The Morning Star and the throb of promise of a greater life and something seemed to be achieved at last. This realm inspires us with our vaster hopes. All that we seek for is prefigured there.
Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto V, The Godheads Of The Little Life, Part 2, Pages 154 - 160
Sri Aurobindo gives us an experience of the creation of the Cosmos from the time Spirit became Matter. A mass phenomenon of visible shapes appeared in the eternal Consciousness. Being was an inert substance driven by Force. God sits, unknown, behind everything and, slowly, very slowly, as life was born in matter, helpless and indistinct came pleasure and pain, trembling with the first faint thrills of a World-Soul. Nature made a thinking body from chemic cells. She turned her dreams towards some high unknown. A quick celestial flash could sometimes come to uplift heart and flesh.
Today continues the Introduction of the Synthesis of Yoga, the first half of Chapter IV: The Systems of Yoga, page 31 , and the second half will be recorded next week.
Sri Aurobindo explains that in practice there are three conceptions necessary before there can be any possibility of Yoga; three consenting parties to the effort: God, Nature and the human soul.
Hatha Yoga is explained in depth. Raja Yoga, will be the next thing considered...
Savitri, Book II The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto V The Godheads Of The Little Life, Part 4
The Traveller is moving towards the end of the little life and Sri Aurobindo speaks of the greater future that awaits when our soul awakens and we learn at last who lives unseen within us. The Little Life is only a provisional scheme; A false appearance sketched by a limiting mind and sense. When the Traveller first came to the Godheads of the Little Life, he plunged his gaze into the sea of mist to see the small vital beings lurking and working there. On his way out of the mist, traveling in the wounded gloom, he shore his way through the astral chaos like one who walks without a guide, treading a soil that failed beneath his feet.
Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto V, The Godheads Of The Little Life, Part 1, Pages 151 -154
The Traveller of the Worlds sees the vital forces which move the small beings in the Kingdom of the Little Worlds to live only for themselves and their own small wants and needs, and which makes them hurt others and destroy others' lives to get what they want for themselves. In this Canto Sri Aurobindo makes it clear that these forces are the same ones which drive our human hearts wherever love and light and largeness lack and in a small body self is all that counts. The Mother gave a talk in which she described and explained exactly the same forces and their devious and poisonous work in humans. We have Mother's clear explanation in prose and then Sri Aurobindo's moving and evocative poetic version of the same thing. The original French tape recording will play after the English translation.