(S 1)
Then after silence a still blissful cry
960 Began, such as arose from the Infinite
When the first whisperings of a strange delight
Imagined in its deep the joy to seek,
The passion to discover and to touch,
The enamoured laugh which rhymed the chanting worlds:
965 “O beautiful body of the incarnate Word, EoS
Thy thoughts are mine, I have spoken with thy voice.
(S 2)
My will is thine, what thou hast chosen I choose:
All thou hast asked I give to earth and men.
(S 3)
All shall be written out in destiny’s book
970 By my trustee of thought and plan and act,
The executor of my will, eternal Time.
(S 4)
But since thou hast refused my maimless Calm EoS
And turned from my termless peace in which is expunged
The visage of Space and the shape of Time is lost,
975 And from happy extinction of thy separate self
In my uncompanioned lone eternity, —
For not for thee the nameless worldless Nought,
Annihilation of thy living soul
And the end of thought and hope and life and love
980 In the blank measureless Unknowable, —
I lay my hands upon thy soul of flame,
I lay my hands upon thy heart of love,
I yoke thee to my power of work in Time.
(S 5)
Because thou hast obeyed my timeless will, EoS
985 Because thou hast chosen to share earth’s struggle and fate
And leaned in pity over earth-bound men
And turned aside to help and yearned to save,
I bind by thy heart’s passion thy heart to mine
And lay my splendid yoke upon thy soul.
(S 6)
990 Now will I do in thee my marvellous works.
(S 7)
I will fasten thy nature with my cords of strength,
Subdue to my delight thy spirit’s limbs
And make thee a vivid knot of all my bliss
And build in thee my proud and crystal home.
(S 8)
995 Thy days shall be my shafts of power and light,
Thy nights my starry mysteries of joy
And all my clouds lie tangled in thy hair
And all my springtides marry in thy mouth.
(S 9)
O Sun-Word, thou shalt raise the earth-soul to Light EoS
1000 And bring down God into the lives of men;
Earth shall be my work-chamber and my house,
My garden of life to plant a seed divine.
(S 10)
When all thy work in human time is done
The mind of earth shall be a home of light,
1005 The life of earth a tree growing towards heaven,
The body of earth a tabernacle of God.
(S 11)
Awakened from the mortal’s ignorance
Men shall be lit with the Eternal’s ray
And the glory of my sun-lift in their thoughts
1010 And feel in their hearts the sweetness of my love
And in their acts my Power’s miraculous drive.
(S 12)
My will shall be the meaning of their days;
Living for me, by me, in me they shall live.
(S 13)
In the heart of my creation’s mystery
1015 I will enact the drama of thy soul,
Inscribe the long romance of Thee and Me.
(S 14)
I will pursue thee across the centuries;
Thou shalt be hunted through the world by love,
Naked of ignorance’ protecting veil
1020 And without covert from my radiant gods.
(S 15)
No shape shall screen screen from my divine desire,
Nowhere shalt thou escape my living eyes.
(S 16)
In the nudity of thy discovered self, EoS
In a bare identity with all that is,
1025 Disrobed of thy covering of humanity,
Divested of the dense veil of human thought,
Made one with every mind and body and heart,
Made one with all Nature and with Self and God,
Summing in thy single soul my mystic world
1030 I will possess in thee my universe,
The universe find all I am in thee.
(S 17)
Thou shalt bear all things that all things may change,
Thou shalt fill all with my splendour and my bliss,
Thou shalt meet all with thy transmuting soul.
(S 18)
1035 Assailed by my infinitudes above,
And quivering in immensities below,
Pursued by me through my mind’s wall-less vast,
Oceanic with the surges of my life,
A swimmer lost between two leaping seas
1040 By my outer pains and inner sweetnesses
Finding my joy in my opposite mysteries
Thou shalt respond to me from every nerve.
(S 19)
A vision shall compel thy coursing breath,
Thy heart shall drive thee on the wheel of works,
1045 Thy mind shall urge thee through the flames of thought,
To meet me in the abyss and on the heights,
To feel me in the tempest and the calm,tempest
And love me in the noble and the vile,
In beautiful things and terrible desire.
(S 20)
1050 The pains of hell shall be to thee my kiss, EoS
The flowers of heaven persuade thee with my touch.
(S 21)
My fiercest masks shall my attractions bring.
(S 22)
Music shall find thee in the voice of swords,
Beauty pursue thee through the core of flame.
(S 23)
1055 Thou shalt know me in the rolling of the spheres
And cross me in the atoms of the whirl.
(S 24)
The wheeling forces of my universe
Shall cry to thee the summons of my name.
(S 25)
Delight shall drop down from my nectarous moon,
1060 My fragrance seize thee in the jasmine’s snare,
My eye shall look upon thee from the sun.
(S 26)
Mirror of Nature’s secret spirit made,
Thou shalt reflect my hidden heart of joy,
Thou shalt drink down my sweetness unalloyed
1065 In my pure lotus-cup of starry brim.
(S 27)
My dreadful hands laid on thy bosom shall force
Thy being bathed in fiercest longing’s streams.
(S 28)
Thou shalt discover the one and quivering note,
And cry, the harp of all my melodies,
1070 And roll, my foaming wave in seas of love.
(S 29)
Even my disasters’ clutch shall be to thee
The ordeal of my rapture’s contrary shape:
In pain’s self shall smile on thee my secret face:
Thou shalt bear my ruthless beauty unabridged
1075 Amid the world’s intolerable wrongs,
Trampled by the violent misdeeds of Time
Cry out to the ecstasy of my rapture’s touch.
(S 30)
All beings shall be to thy life my emissaries;
Drawn to me on the bosom of thy friend,
1080 Compelled to meet me in thy enemy’s eyes,
My creatures shall demand me from thy heart.
(S 31)
Thou shalt not shrink from any brother soul.
(S 32)
Thou shalt be attracted helplessly to all.
(S 33)
Men seeing thee shall feel my hands of joy,
1085 In sorrow’s pangs feel steps of the world’s delight,
Their life experience its tumultuous shock
In the mutual craving of two opposites.
(S 34)
Hearts touched by thy love shall answer to my call, EoS
Discover the ancient music of the spheres
1090 In the revealing accents of thy voice
And nearer draw to me because thou art:
Enamoured of thy spirit’s loveliness
They shall embrace my body in thy soul,
Hear in thy life the beauty of my laugh,
1095 Know the thrilled bliss with which I made the worlds.
(S 35)
All that thou hast, shall be for others’ bliss, EoS
All that thou art, shall to my hands belong.
(S 36)
I will pour delight from thee as from a jar,
I will whirl thee as my chariot through the ways,
1100 I will use thee as my sword and as my lyre,
I will play on thee my minstrelsies of thought.
(S 37)
And when thou art vibrant with all ecstasy, EoS
And when thou liv’st one spirit with all things,
Then will I spare thee not my living fires,
1105 But make thee a channel for my timeless force.
(S 38)
My hidden presence led thee unknowing on
From thy beginning in earth’s voiceless bosom
Through life and pain and time and will and death,
Through outer shocks and inner silences
1110 Along the mystic roads of Space and Time
To the experience which all Nature hides.
(S 39)
Who hunts and seizes me, my captive grows:
This shalt thou henceforth learn from thy heart-beats.
(S 40)
For ever love, O beautiful slave of God!
(S 41)
1115 O lasso of my rapture’s widening noose,
Become my cord of universal love.
(S 42)
The spirit ensnared by thee force to delight
Of creation’s oneness sweet and fathomless,
Compelled to embrace my myriad unities
1120 And all my endless forms and divine souls.
(S 43)
O Mind, grow full of the eternal peace;
O Word, cry out the immortal litany:
Built is the golden tower, the flame-child born.
(S 44)
“Descend to life with him thy heart desires.
(S 45)
1125 O Satyavan, O luminous Savitri,
I sent you forth of old beneath the stars,
A dual power of God in an ignorant world,
In a hedged creation shut from limitless self,
Bringing down God to the insentient globe,
1130 Lifting earth-beings to immortality.
(S 46)
In the world of my knowledge and my ignorance EoS
Where God is unseen and only is heard a Name
And knowledge is trapped in the boundaries of mind
And life is hauled in the drag-net of desire
1135 And Matter hides the soul from its own sight,
You are my Force at work to uplift earth’s fate,
My self that moves up the immense incline
Between the extremes of the spirit’s night and day.
(S 47)
He is my soul that climbs from nescient Night
1140 Through life and mind and supernature’s Vast
To the supernal light of Timelessness
And my eternity hid in moving Time
And my boundlessness cut by the curve of Space.
(S 48)
It climbs to the greatness it has left behind EoS
1145 And to the beauty and joy from which it fell,
To the closeness and sweetness of all things divine,
To light without bounds and life illimitable,
Taste of the depths of the Ineffable’s bliss,
Touch of the immortal and the infinite.
(S 49)
1150 He is my soul that gropes out of the beast
To reach humanity’s heights of lucent thought
And the vicinity of Truth’s sublime.
(S 50)
He is the godhead growing in human lives EoS
And in the body of earth-being’s forms:
1155 He is the soul of man climbing to God
In Nature’s surge out of earth’s ignorance.
(S 51)
O Savitri, thou art my spirit’s Power,
The revealing voice of my immortal Word,
The face of Truth upon the roads of Time
1160 Pointing to the souls of men the routes to God.
(S 52)
While the dim light from the veiled Spirit’s peak EoS
Falls upon Matter’s stark inconscient sleep
As if a pale moonbeam on a dense glade,
And Mind in a half-light moves amid half-truths
1165 And the human heart knows only human love
And life is a stumbling and imperfect force
And the body counts out its precarious days,
You shall be born into man’s dubious hours
In forms that hide the soul’s divinity
1170 And show through veils of the earth’s doubting air
My glory breaking as through clouds a sun,
Or burning like a rare and inward fire,
And with my nameless influence fill men’s lives.
(S 53)
Yet shall they look up as to peaks of God
1175 And feel God like a circumambient air
And rest on God as on a motionless base.
(S 54)
Yet shall there glow on mind like a horned moon
The Spirit’s crescent splendour in pale skies
And light man’s life upon his Godward road.
(S 55)
1180 But more there is concealed in God’s Beyond EoS
That shall one day reveal its hidden face.
(S 56)
Now mind is all and its uncertain ray,
Mind is the leader of the body and life,
Mind the thought-driven chariot of the soul
1185 Carrying the luminous wanderer in the night
To vistas of a far uncertain dawn,
To the end of the Spirit’s fathomless desire,
To its dream of absolute truth and utter bliss.
(S 57)
There are greater destinies mind cannot surmise
1190 Fixed on the summit of the evolving Path
The Traveller now treads in the Ignorance,
Unaware of his next step, not knowing his goal.
(S 58)
Mind is not all his tireless climb can reach,
There is a fire on the apex of the worlds,
1195 There is a house of the Eternal’s light,
There is an infinite truth, an absolute power.
(S 59)
The Spirit’s mightiness shall cast off its mask; EoS
Its greatness shall be felt shaping the world’s course:
It shall be seen in its own veilless beams,
1200 A star rising from the Inconscient’s night,
A sun climbing to Supernature’s peak.
(S 60)
Abandoning the dubious middle Way, EoS
A few shall glimpse the miraculous Origin
And some shall feel in you the secret Force
1205 And they shall turn to meet a nameless tread
Adventurers into a mightier Day.
(S 61)
Ascending out of the limiting breadths of mind, EoS
They shall discover the world’s huge design
And step into the Truth, the Right, the Vast.
(S 62)
1210 You shall reveal to them the hidden eternities,
The breath of infinitudes not yet revealed,
Some rapture of the bliss that made the world,
Some rush of the force of God’s omnipotence,
Some beam of the omniscient Mystery.
(S 63)
1215 But when the hour of the Divine draws near EoS
The Mighty Mother shall take birth in Time
And God be born into the human clay
In forms made ready by your human lives.
(S 64)
Then shall the Truth supreme be given to men:
1220 There is a being beyond the being of mind, EoS
An Immeasurable cast into many forms,
A miracle of the multitudinous One,
There is a consciousness mind cannot touch,
Its speech cannot utter nor its thought reveal.
(S 65)
1225 It has no home on earth, no centre in man,
Yet is the source of all things thought and done,
The fount of the creation and its works,
It is the origin of all truth here,
The sun-orbof mind’s fragmentary rays,
1230 Infinity’s heaven that spills the rain of God, EoS
The Immense that calls to man to expand the Spirit,
The wide Aim that justifies his narrow attempts,
A channel for the little he tastes of bliss.
(S 66)
Some shall be made the glory’s receptacles EoS
1235 And vehicles of the Eternal’s luminous power.
(S 67)
These are the high forerunners, the heads of Time,
The great deliverers of earth-bound mind,
The high transfigurers of human clay,
The first-born of a new supernal race.
(S 68)
1240 The incarnate dual Power shall open God’s door, EoS
Eternal supermind touch earthly Time.
(S 69)
The superman shall wake in mortal man
And manifest the hidden demigod
Or grow into the God-Light and God-Force
1245 Revealing the secret deity in the cave.
(S 70)
Then shall the earth be touched by the Supreme,
His bright unveiled Transcendence shall illumine
The mind and heart and force the life and act
To interpret his inexpressible mystery
1250 In a heavenly alphabet of Divinity’s signs.
(S 71)
His living cosmic spirit shall enring, EoS
Annulling the decree of death and pain,
Erasing the formulas of the Ignorance,
With the deep meaning of beauty and life’s hid sense,
1255 The being ready for immortality,
His regard crossing infinity’s mystic waves
Bring back to Nature her early joy to live,
The metred heart-beats of a lost delight,
The cry of a forgotten ecstasy,
1260 The dance of the first world-creating Bliss.
(S 72)
The Immanent shall be the witness God
Watching on his many-petalled lotus-throne
His actionless being and his silent might
Ruling earth-nature by eternity’s law,
1265 A thinker waking the Inconscient’s world,
An immobile centre of many infinitudes
In his thousand-pillared temple by Time’s sea.
(S 73)
Then shall the embodied being live as one EoS
Who is a thought, a will of the Divine,
1270 A mask or robe of his divinity,
An instrument and partner of his Force,
A point or line drawn in the infinite,
A manifest of the Imperishable .
(S 74)
The supermind shall be his nature’s fount, EoS
1275 The Eternal’s truth shall mould his thoughts and acts,
The Eternal’s truth shall be his light and guide.
(S 75)
All then shall change, a magic order come EoS
Overtopping this mechanical universe.
(S 76)
A mightier race shall inhabit the mortal’s world.
(S 77)
1280 On Nature’s luminous tops, on the Spirit’s ground,
The superman shall reign as king of life,
Make earth almost the mate and peer of heaven,
And lead towards God and truth man’s ignorant heart
And lift towards godhead his mortality.
(S 78)
1285 A power released from circumscribing bounds,
Its height pushed up beyond death’s hungry reach,
Life’s tops shall flame with the Immortal’s thoughts,
Light shall invade the darkness of its base.
(S 79)
Then in the process of evolving Time EoS
1290 All shall be drawn into a single plan,
A divine harmony shall be earth’s law,
Beauty and joy remould her way to live:
Even the body shall remember God,
Nature shall draw back from mortality
1295 And Spirit’s fires shall guide the earth’s blind force;
Knowledge shall bring into the aspirant Thought
A high proximity to Truth and God.
(S 80)
The supermind shall claim the world for Light
And thrill with love of God the enamoured heart
1300 And place Light’s crown on Nature’s lifted head
And found Light’s reign on her unshaking base.
(S 81)
A greater truth than earth’s shall roof-in earth
And shed its sunlight on the roads of mind;
A power infallible shall lead the thought,
1305 A seeing Puissance govern life and act,
In earthly hearts kindle the Immortal’s fire.
(S 82)
A soul shall wake in the Inconscient’s house;
The mind shall be God-vision’s tabernacle,,
The body intuition’s instrument,
1310 And life a channel for God’s visible power.
(S 83)
All earth shall be the Spirit’s manifest home,
Hidden no more by the body and the life,
Hidden no more by the mind’s ignorance;
An unerring Hand shall shape event and act.
(S 84)
1315 The Spirit’s eyes shall look through Nature’s eyes,
The Spirit’s force shall occupy Nature’s force.
(S 85)
This world shall be God’s visible garden-house,
The earth shall be a field and camp of God,
Man shall forget consent to mortality
1320 And his embodied frail impermanence
(S 86)
This universe shall unseal its occult sense,
Creation’s process change its antique front,
An ignorant evolution’s hierarchy
Release the Wisdom chained below its base.
(S 87)
1325 The Spirit shall be the master of his world
Lurking no more in form’s obscurity
And Nature shall reverse her action’s rule,
The outward world disclose the Truth it veils;
All things shall manifest the covert God,
1330 All shall reveal the Spirit’s light and might
And move to its destiny of felicity.
(S 88)
Even should a hostile force cling to its reign EoS
And claim its right’s perpetual sovereignty
And man refuse his high spiritual fate,
1335 Yet shall the secret Truth in things prevail.
(S 89)
For in the march of all-fulfilling Time
The hour must come of the Transcendent’s will:
All turns and winds towards his predestined ends
In Nature’s fixed inevitable course
1340 Decreed since the beginning of the worlds
In the deep essence of created things:
Even there shall come as a high crown of all
The end of Death, the death of Ignorance.
(S 90)
But first high Truth must set her feet on earth EoS
1345 And man aspire to the Eternal’s light
And all his members feel the Spirit’s touch
And all his life obey an inner Force.
(S 91)
This too shall be; for a new life shall come, EoS
A body of the Superconscients truth,
1350 A native field of Supernature’s mights:
It shall make earth’s nescient ground Truth’s colony,
Make even the Ignorance a transparent robe
Through which shall shine the brilliant limbs of Truth
And Truth shall be a sun on Nature’s head
1355 And Truth shall be the guide of Nature’s steps
And Truth shall gaze out of her nether deeps.
(S 92)
When superman is born as Nature’s king
His presence shall transfigure Matter’s world:
He shall light up Truth’s fire in Nature’s night,
1360 He shall lay upon the earth Truth’s greater law;
Man too shall turn towards the Spirit’s call.
(S 93)
Awake to his hidden possibility,
Awake to all that slept within his heart
And all that Nature meant when earth was formed
1365 And the Spirit made this ignorant world his home,
He shall aspire to Truth and God and Bliss.
(S 94)
Interpreter of a diviner law
And instrument of a supreme design,
The higher kind shall lean to lift up man.
(S 95)
1370 Man shall desire to climb to his own heights.
(S 96)
The truth above shall wake a nether truth,
Even the dumb earth become a sentient force.
(S 97)
The Spirit’s tops and Nature’s base shall draw EoS
Near to the secret of their separate truth
1375 And know each other as one deity.
(S 98)
The Spirit shall look out through Matter’s gaze
And Matter shall reveal the Spirit’s face.
(S 99)
Then man and superman shall be at one
And all the earth become a single life.
(S 100)
1380 Even the multitude shall hear the Voice
And turn to commune with the Spirit within
And strive to obey the high spiritual law:
This earth shall stir with impulses sublime,
Humanity awake to deepest self,
1385 Nature the hidden godhead recognise.
(S 101)
Even the many shall some answer make
And bear the splendour of the Divine’s rush
And his impetuous knock at unseen doors.
(S 102)
A heavenlier passion shall upheave men’s lives,
1390 Their mind shall share in the ineffable gleam,
Their heart shall feel the ecstasy and the fire.
(S 103)
Earth’s bodies shall be conscious of a soul; EoS
Mortality’s bondslaves shall unloose their bonds,
Mere men into spiritual beings grow
1395 And see awake the dumb divinity.
(S 104)
Intuitive beams shall touch the nature’s peaks,
A revelation stir the nature’s depths;
The Truth shall be the leader of their lives,
Truth shall dictate their thought and speech and act,
1400 They shall feel themselves lifted nearer to the sky,
As if a little lower than the gods.
(S 105)
For knowledge shall pour down in radiant streams
And even darkened mind quiver with new life
And kindle and burn with the Ideal’s fire
1405 And turn to escape from mortal ignorance.
(S 106)
The frontiers of the Ignorance shall recede, EoS
More and more souls shall enter into light,
Minds lit, inspired, the occult summoner hear
And lives blaze with a sudden inner flame
1410 And hearts grow enamoured of divine delight
And human wills tune to the divine will,
These separate selves the Spirit’s oneness feel,
These senses of heavenly sense grow capable,
The flesh and nerves of a strange ethereal joy
1415 And mortal bodies of immortality.
(S 107)
A divine force shall flow through tissue and cell EoS
And take the charge of breath and speech and act
And all the thoughts shall be a glow of suns
And every feeling a celestial thrill.
(S 108)
1420 Often a lustrous inner dawn shall come
Lighting the chambers of the slumbering mind;
A sudden bliss shall run through every limb
And Nature with a mightier Presence fill.
(S 109)
Thus shall the earth open to divinity
1425 And common natures feel the wide uplift,
Illumine common acts with the Spirit’s ray
And meet the deity in common things.
(S 110)
Nature shall live to manifest secret God,
The Spirit shall take up the human play,
1430 This earthly life become the life divine.