His call had reached the Traveller in Time.
Apart in an unfathomed loneliness,
He travelled in his mute and single strength
Bearing the burden of the world’s desire.
The call of that ‘Seer’ had ‘reached the Traveller in Time’. The ‘Traveller in Time’ is the Divine dwelling in the world, the Divine soul in each of us following the evolutionary journey.
In Book One Canto Four, ‘The Secret Knowledge’, Sri Aurobindo refers to the inner Divine Presence in us as ‘the explorer and the mariner’, ‘the adventurer and cosmologist’ and ‘the sailor on the flow of Time’. Here it is Aswapati who embodies this ‘Traveller in Time’, carrying the Divine Presence within him on this inner journey through the planes and realms of universal existence. He is ‘Apart’, separated from everything that is happening here in the human world, ‘in an unfathomed loneliness’. There seems to be no bottom, no end, to this loneliness; he is all alone. He is travelling in his own ‘mute’ – silent – and ‘single strength’, and he is carrying with him, Sri Aurobindo says, ‘the burden’, the load, of the desire of the world. In the first line of Book One Canto Three, when Sri Aurobindo introduces us to Aswapati, he says that Savitri has been born here in response to ‘A world’s desire’; Aswapati is the protagonist, the one who is representing that desire, that need and aspiration of the whole world.
[Shraddhavan’s English of Savitri, Book 2]