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Savitri, B. II, C. VIII, Part 2

Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto VIII, The World Of Falsehood, The Mother Of Evil and The Sons Of Darkness, Part 2, Pages 225 - 229

The Traveller is in the World of Falsehood where the giant sons of Darkness sit as in a studio of creative Death and plan the tragic drama of the earth. These are the subtle and enormous powers which fill Nature with evil and claim God's approval for their acts.The dark Adventurers, terrible agencies allowed by the Spirit, oppose the eternal Will and load the dice of Doom with wizard lies. This too the Traveller of the Worlds must dare. None can reach heaven who has not passed through Hell.

Savitri, B. II, C. VII, Part 2

Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto VII, The Descent Into Night, Part 2, Pages 208 - 214

The Traveller is moving deeper into the world of the Night of Life's fall now that she is in the Inconscience of our physical matter. He has looked beyond Nature's visible face and seen the mouth of the black pit of Ignorance, the evil guarded at the roots of life, and the source of the world's lasting pain. He has seen the fatal influence upon creatures that came from Night's Grey Mask. He has traversed the first world that is under these influences and now he enters the place which is under the rule of Ego and Falsehood, and then he experiences a place of even greater darkness. Sri Aurobindo explains how to traverse these worlds which those on the upward way have to know, because "Daring Hell's kingdoms winds the heavenly route." In his Letters On Yoga he also tells us how to get beyond the influences of these worlds. In this part of Savitri he is speaking of things that one can recognize throughout the course of history, and also in the world around us today.

Savitri, B. II, C. VI, Part 4

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, B. II, C. VI, Part 2

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, B. I, C. II, Part 1

Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto VIII, The World Of Falsehood, The Mother Of Evil And The Sons Of Darkness, Part 1, Pages 220 - 225

The soul of the great Yogi-King has awakened, and he mastered the tides of Nature and met naked Hell with his bare spirit. Now he can see the hidden heart of Night. He is in deep levels of the Inconscience where a Nature denies the eternal Truth and hopes to abolish God. He sees an immense negation of spiritual things and great evil beings who have no inner spirit. It is a place where Heaven's face becomes a mask and snare of Hell. A monstrous birth prepared its cosmic form in Nature's titan embryo, Ignorance. A seeking mind replaced the seeing Soul. Sri Aurobindo describes how the dire antagonist Energy, hostile to the true Mother-force, sees the One grow in the heart of time and sees the Immortal shine through the human mould. She does her best to slay the soul. This is the tragedy of the inner death when forfeited is the divine element and only a mind and body live to die.

Savitri, B. II, C. VII

Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto VII, The Descent Into Night,
Part 1, Pages 202 - 208

The Traveller starts his descent into Night to learn the secret of Life's wide world-failure. He looked behind Nature's visible face and the veil was rent that covers Natures depths. He saw the fount of the world's lasting pain and the fatal whispers of grey carved Mask of Night. He saw Life's beauty and her gold sunlight, but saw too the dreadful Powers that drive her moods. Sri Aurobindo tells us the mystic truth of the source of darkness that makes progress into a purveyor of death. Then he brings us into the first place where people are ruled and influenced by falsehood and truth is exiled.

Savitri, B.II, C. VI, Part 3

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, B. II, C. VII, Part 3

Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto VII, The Descent Into Night, Part 3 of 3, Pages 214 - 219

The Traveller Yogi King is descending into dark and inconscient states which come to spiritual seekers on their way to Light and consciousness. These states also come to people in the world as the whole creation progresses towards Light and Consciousness. Sri Aurobindo describes the spiritual seeker's darkness before the dawn many times and in many ways in Savitri, beginning in Book One, Canto One with The Symbol Dawn. The Traveller is still in the world of Life's deformation into evil worship and sinful lust. To have power, to be master, is the sole virtue and good. All were deceived or served their own deceit. Then the King moved down to a world where nothing was left, not even an evil face, and he was faced with an eternity of pain and emptiness. The King's actions as he moves down, ever down, teach us how we should deal with such situations when they come to us.

Savitri, B. II, C. VI, Part 5

Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto VI, The Kingdoms And Godheads Of The Greater Life, Part 5, Pages 195 - 201

The Traveller of the worlds is ready to leave the Greater Life. Here Life cannot stop creating but she is not able to fulfill her real purpose. In this kingdom Life lacks the wisdom that sets the spirit free even though the beings in the Kingdom of the Greater Life have achieved something of the life of the soul. The wide soul of the Traveller-King asks a deeper joy than Life can give here. He moves endlessly in the endless labyrinth of her creations at this level of the manifestation and cannot even find an escape-door of spiritual sight. Life has no issue, Death brings no release; there is no end of dying and return. Until Life has found itself, it cannot cease.

Synthesis of Yoga Chapter IV

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...

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