Category Archives: Sri Aurobindo
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.
Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto IV, The Kingdoms Of The Little Life, Part 4, Pages 146 - 150
The King is observing the third creation that rises in the stages of the evolution of Life as it is developing in early beings whose small existence and petty state resemble our human days, but are fixed to eternity as a changeless type. We see a third creation arise as the dim, obscure mind power is pressed by a seeing Power to fashion the primitive pattern of the thoughts of man. This small creature of the little life knows itself a creature of mud and it turns around around the same unchanging points of ego-interest and desire. Sri Aurobindo says this movement lasts through time, so it still functions today along with aspects of further evolution.
Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto IV, The Kingdoms Of The Little Life, Part 2, p. 137 - 141
The Yogi-King Aswapathy can see the purpose of the works of time in the very beginning of life's slow rise out of the inconscience of matter. He can see her ascension towards consciousness from the inconscient torpor of her sleep in matter because of his developed spiritual sight. Impure and degraded though life's motions are here, a heaven-truth always broods in life's deeps. The phantom of this dark and evil start still pursues all that we dream and do, but it was needed for the breath of life to be. This week there is an entry from Sri Aurobindo's diary, the Record of Yoga where we can see that he is experiencing what he writes about in Canto IV.
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.
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, Canto IV, Part 3, Pages 141 - 146
King Aswapathy now sees the rise of strange creations of a thinking sense as he follows Life's rise from inconscient sleep in matter. A seeking Power found out its road to form. The force of creation, working by the light of Ignorance, began her animal experiment. Beings were there who wore a human form but identified only with the body and worked only for outward wants. They turned in grooves of animal desire. Instinct was formed. Only life could think and not the mind. Only sense could feel and not the soul. As yet, the individual soul was unheeded and unknown.