(S 1)
But now she sat by sleeping Satyavan,
Awake within, and the enormous Night
Surrounded her with the Unknowable’s vast.
(S 2)
130 A voice began to speak from her own heart
That was not hers, yet mastered thought and sense.
(S 3)
As it spoke all changed within her and without; EoS
All was, all lived; she felt all being one;
The world of unreality ceased to be:
135 There was no more a universe built by mind,
Convicted as a structure or a sign;
A spirit, a being saw created things
And cast itself into unnumbered forms
And was what it saw and made; all now became
140 An evidence of one stupendous truth,
A Truth in which negation had no place,
A being and a living consciousness,
A stark and absolute Reality.
(S 4)
There the unreal could not find a place,
145 The sense of unreality was slain:
There all was conscious, made of the Infinite,
All had a substance of Eternity.
(S 5)
Yet this was the same Indecipherable;
It seemed to cast from it universe like a dream
150 Vanishing for ever into an original Void.
(S 6)
But this was no more some vague ubiquitous point
Or a cipher of vastness in unreal Nought.
(S 7)
It was the same but now no more seemed far EoS
To the living clasp of her recovered soul.
(S 8)
155 It was her self, it was the self of all,
It was the reality of existing things,
It was the consciousness of all that lived
And felt and saw; it was Timelessness and Time,
It was the Bliss of formlessness and form.
(S 9)
160 It was all Love and the one Beloved’s arms,
It was sight and thought in one all-seeing Mind,
It was joy of Being on the peaks of God.
(S 10)
She passed beyond Time into eternity,
Slipped out of space and became the Infinite;
165 Her being rose into unreachable heights
And found no end of its journey in the Self.
(S 11)
It plunged into the unfathomable deeps EoS
And found no end to the silent mystery
That held all world within one lonely breast,
170 Yet harboured all creation’s multitudes.
(S 12)
She was all vastness and one measureless point,
She was a height beyond heights, a depth beyond depths,
She lived in the everlasting and was all
That harbours death and bears the wheeling hours.
(S 13)
175 All contraries were true in one huge spirit
Surpassing measure, change and circumstance.
(S 14)
An individual, one with cosmic self EoS
In the heart of the Transcendent’s miracle
And the secret of World-personality
180 Was the creator and the lord of all.
(S 15)
Mind was a single innumerable look
Upon himself and all that he became.
(S 16)
Life was his drama and the Vast a stage,
The universe was his body, God its soul.
(S 17)
185 All was one single immense reality,
All its innumerable phenomenon.
(S 18)
Her spirit saw the world as living God; EoS
It saw the One and knew that all was He.
(S 19)
She knew him as the Absolute’s self-space,
190 One with her self and ground of all things here
In which the world wanders seeking for the Truth
Guarded behind its face of ignorance:
She followed him through the march of endless Time.
(S 20)
All Nature’s happenings were events in her,
195 The heart-beats of the cosmos were her own,
All beings thought and felt and moved in her;
She inhabited the vastness of the world,
Its distances were her nature’s boundaries,
Its closenesses her own life’s intimacies.
(S 21)
200 Her mind became familiar with its mind,
Its body was her body’s larger frame
In which she lived and knew herself in it
One, multitudinous in its multitudes.
(S 22)
She was a single being, yet all things; EoS
205 The world was her spirit’s wide circumference,
The thoughts of others were her intimates,
Their feelings close to her universal heart,
Their bodies her many bodies kin to her;
She was no more herself but all the world.
(S 23)
210 Out of the infinitudes all came to her,
Into the infinitudes sentient she spread,
Infinity was her own natural home.
(S 24)
Nowhere she dwelt, her spirit was everywhere,
The distant constellations wheeled round her;
215 Earth saw her born, all worlds were her colonies,
The greater worlds of life and mind were hers;
All Nature reproduced her in its lines,
Its movements were large copies of her own.
(S 25)
She was the single self of all these selves,
220 She was in them and they were all in her.
(S 26)
This first was an immense identity
In which her own identity was lost:
What seemed herself was an image of the Whole.
(S 27)
She was a subconscient life of tree and flower, EoS
225 The outbreak of the honied buds of spring;
She burned in the passion and splendour of the rose,
She was the red heart of the passion-flower,
The dream-white of the lotus in its pool.
(S 28)
Out of subconscient life she climbed to mind, EoS
230 She was thought and the passion of the world’s heart,
She was the godhead hid in the heart of man,
She was the climbing of his soul to God.
(S 29)
The cosmos flowered in her, she was its bed. EoS
(S 30)
She was Time and the dreams of God in Time;
235 She was Space and the wideness of his days.
(S 31)
From this she rose where Time and Space were not; EoS
The superconscient was her native air,
Infinity was her movement’s natural space;
Eternity looked out from her on Time.