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Savitri, boek 10 t/m 12: The Book of the Double Twilight, The Book of Everlasting Day, Epilogue

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SAVITRI, INHOUD (klik op de link om direct naar het betreffende boek te gaan)

1. The Book of Beginnings

2. The Book of the Traveller of the Worlds

3. The Book of the Divine Mother

4. The Book of Birth and Quest

5. The Book of Love

6. The Book of Fate

7. The Book of Yoga

8. The Book of Death

9. The Book of Eternal Night

10. The Book of the Double Twilight

11. The Book of Everlasting Day

12. Epilogue


Book Ten: The Book of the Double Twilight

10.1. The Dream Twilight of the Ideal


071   Night is not our beginning nor our end;
072   She is the dark Mother in whose womb we have hid
073   Safe from too swift a waking to world-pain.


086   Assailed in the sovereign emptiness of its reign
087   The intolerant Darkness paled and drew apart
088   Till only a few black remnants stained that Ray.
089   But on a failing edge of dumb lost space
090   Still a great dragon body sullenly loomed;
091   Adversary of the slow struggling Dawn
092   Defending its ground of tortured mystery,
093   It trailed its coils through the dead martyred air
094   And curving fled down a grey slope of Time.


095   There is a morning twilight of the gods;
096   Miraculous from sleep their forms arise
097   And God's long nights are justified by dawn.
. . .
109   Into a happy misty twilit world
110   Where all ran after light and joy and love
111   She slipped; there far-off raptures drew more close


252   Above, her spirit in its mighty trance
253   Saw all, but lived for its transcendent task,
254   Immutable like a fixed eternal star


10.2. The Gospel of Death and Vanity of the Ideal


001   Then pealed the calm inexorable voice:
. . .
011   This is the world from which thy yearnings came.

10.3. The Debate of Love and Death


004   But Savitri answered to almighty Death:
. . .
432   "O Death, I have triumphed over thee within;
. . .
443   O Death, not for my heart's sweet poignancy
444   Nor for my happy body's bliss alone
445   I have claimed from thee the living Satyavan,
446   But for his work and mine, our sacred charge.
447   Our lives are God's messengers beneath the stars;
448   To dwell under death's shadow they have come
449   Tempting God's light to earth for the ignorant race,


462   But to the woman Death the god replied,
. . .
480   O human face, put off mind-painted masks:
481   The animal be, the worm that Nature meant;
482   Accept thy futile birth, thy narrow life.
. . .
523   But Savitri replied to mighty Death:
524   "My heart is wiser than the Reason's thoughts,
525   My heart is stronger than thy bonds, O Death.
526   It sees and feels the one Heart beat in all,
527   It feels the high Transcendent's sunlike hands,


567   Death bowed his sovereign head in cold assent:
568   "I give to thee, saved from death and poignant fate
569   Whatever once the living Satyavan
570   Desired in his heart for Savitri.
. . .
582   Return, O child, to thy forsaken earth."
583   But Savitri replied, "Thy gifts resist.
584   Earth cannot flower if lonely I return."


585   Then Death sent forth once more his angry cry,
. . .
587   "What knowst thou of earth's rich and changing life
588   Who thinkst that one man dead all joy must cease?
. . .
597   But Savitri replied to the vague god,
598   "Give me back Satyavan, my only lord.
599   Thy thoughts are vacant to my soul that feels
600   The deep eternal truth in transient things."
. . .
645   Thus with armed speech the great opponents strove.


674   The mortal led, the god and spirit obeyed
675   And she behind was leader of their march
676   And they in front were followers of her will.
. . .

685   Death walked in front of her and Satyavan,
686   In the dark front of Death, a failing star.
687   Above was the unseen balance of his fate.

10.4. The Dream Twilight of the Earthly Real


083   Once more arose the great destroying Voice:
. . .
087   "Behold the figures of this symbol realm,
088   Its solid outlines of creative dream
089   Inspiring the great concrete tasks of earth.
. . .
096   Where Nature changes not, man cannot change:
. . .
121   Hope not to call God down into his life.
122   How shalt thou bring the Everlasting here?
123   There is no house for him in hurrying Time.


234   But Savitri answered to the sophist God:
. . .
290   If the chamber's door is even a little ajar,
291   What then can hinder God from stealing in
292   Or who forbid his kiss on the sleeping soul?
293   Already God is near, the Truth is close:
. . .
305   A lonely freedom cannot satisfy
306   A heart that has grown one with every heart:
307   I am a deputy of the aspiring world,
308   My spirit's liberty I ask for all."


309   Then rang again a deeper cry of Death.
. . .
378   Mighty art thou with the dread goddess filled,
379   To whom thou criedst at dawn in the dim woods.
380   Use not thy strength like the wild Titan souls!
381   Touch not the seated lines, the ancient laws,
382   Respect the calm of great established things."
383   But Savitri replied to the huge god:
384   "What is the calm thou vauntst, O Law, O Death?
. . .
401   I trample on thy law with living feet;
402   For to arise in freedom I was born.


408   . . . Death replied to her,
409   "Why should the noble and immortal will
410   Stoop to the petty works of transient earth,
411   Freedom forgotten and the Eternal's path?
. . .
424   She answered, "Straight I trample on the road
425   The strong hand hewed for me which planned our paths.
. . .
446   Freedom is this with ever seated soul,
447   Large in life's limits, strong in Matter's knots,
448   Building great stuff of action from the worlds
449   To make fine wisdom from coarse, scattered strands
450   And love and beauty out of war and night,
451   The wager wonderful, the game divine.


461   Immutable, Death's denial met her cry:
. . .
496   All things hang here between God's yes and no,
497   Two Powers real but to each other untrue,
498   Two consort stars in the mooned night of mind
499   That towards two opposite horizons gaze,
500   The white head and black tail of the mystic drake,
501   The swift and the lame foot, wing strong, wing broken
502   Sustaining the body of the uncertain world,
503   A great surreal dragon in the skies.


539   The Woman answered to the mighty Shade,
540   And as she spoke, mortality disappeared;
541   Her Goddess self grew visible in her eyes,
542   Light came, a dream of heaven, into her face.


666   On summit Mind are radiant altitudes
667   Exposed to the lustre of Infinity,
668   Outskirts and dependencies of the house of Truth,
. . .
671   A cosmic Thought spreads out its vastitudes;
672   Its smallest parts are here philosophies
673   Challenging with their detailed immensity,


675   But higher still can climb the ascending light;
676   There are vasts of vision and eternal suns,
677   Oceans of an immortal luminousness,
678   Flame-hills assaulting heaven with their peaks,


684   A highest flight climbs to a deepest view:
685   In a wide opening of its native sky
686   Intuition's lightnings range in a bright pack
687   Hunting all hidden truths out of their lairs,
. . .
695   Thought there has revelation's sun-bright eyes;
696   The Word, a mighty and inspiring Voice,
697   Enters Truth's inmost cabin of privacy
698   And tears away the veil from God and life.


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699. Then stretches the boundless finite's last expanse,
700. The cosmic empire of the Overmind,
701. Time's buffer state bordering Eternity,
702. Too vast for the experience of man's soul:
703. All here gathers beneath one golden sky:
711. There is the Godhead's universal gaze
712. And there the boundaries of immortal Mind:
716. In her glorious kingdom of eternal light
717. All-ruler, ruled by none, the Truth supreme,
718. Omnipotent, omniscient and alone,
719. In a golden country keeps her measureless house;
727. Transcending Time's hours, transcending Timelessness,
728. The Mighty Mother sits in lucent calm
729. And holds the eternal Child upon her knees
730. Attending the day when he shall speak to Fate.
747. There in a world of everlasting Light,
748. In the realms of the immortal Supermind
800. O Death, if thou couldst touch the Truth supreme
801. Thou wouldst grow suddenly wise and cease to be.
806. Then Death the last time answered Savitri:
830. O human claimant to immortality,
831. Reveal thy power, lay bare thy spirit's force,
832. Then will I give back to thee Satyavan.
833. Or if the Mighty Mother is with thee,
834. Show me her face that I may worship her;
835. Let deathless eyes look into the eyes of Death,
836. An imperishable Force touching brute things
837. Transform earth's death into immortal life.
842. And Savitri looked on Death and answered not.
846. A mighty transformation came on her.
857. A curve of the calm hauteur of far heaven
858. Descending into earth's humility,
859. Her forehead's span vaulted the Omniscient's gaze,
860. Her eyes were two stars that watched the universe.
861. The Power that from her being's summit reigned,
862. The Presence chambered in lotus secrecy,
863. Came down and held the centre in her brow
871. It stirred in the lotus of her throat of song,
877. It glided into the lotus of her heart
879. It poured into her navel's lotus depth,
883. Broke into the cave where coiled World-Energy sleeps
884. And smote the thousand-hooded serpent Force
885. That blazing towered and clasped the World-Self above,
888. Thus changed she waited for the Word to speak.
889. Eternity looked into the eyes of Death
890. And Darkness saw God's living Reality.
891. Then a Voice was heard that seemed the stillness' self
894. "I hail thee, almighty and victorious Death,
895. Thou grandiose Darkness of the Infinite.
905. Thou art my shadow and my instrument.
920. Relieve the radiant God from thy black mask:
921. Release the soul of the world called Satyavan
927. She spoke; Death unconvinced resisted still,
940. A pressure of intolerable force
941. Weighed on his unbowed head and stubborn breast;
942. Light like a burning tongue licked up his thoughts,
943. Light was a luminous torture in his heart,
944. Light coursed, a splendid agony, through his nerves;
945. His darkness muttered perishing in her blaze.
956. He called to his strength, but it refused his call.
957. His body was eaten by light, his spirit devoured.
962. Afar he fled shunning her dreaded touch
963. And refuge took in the retreating Night.
964. In the dream twilight of that symbol world
965. The dire universal Shadow disappeared
966. Vanishing into the Void from which it came.
967. As if deprived of its original cause,
968. The twilight realm passed fading from their souls,
969. And Satyavan and Savitri were alone.
970. But neither stirred: between those figures rose
971. A mute invisible and translucent wall.
972. In the long blank moment's pause nothing could move:
973. All waited on the unknown inscrutable Will.

Book Eleven: The Book of Everlasting Day

11.1. The Eternal Day: The Soul's Choice and the Supreme Consummation

*Hieronder zijn twee verschillende opnamen die bijna dezelfde tekst van de canto bevatten (regels 898...1123). Het lijkt erop dat dit verschillende opnames zijn, omdat de tekst en het dicteren verschillen.


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001. A marvellous sun looked down from ecstasy's skies
002. On worlds of deathless bliss, perfection's home,
005. God's everlasting day surrounded her,
006. Domains appeared of sempiternal light
007. Invading all Nature with the Absolute's joy.
046. Arisen beneath a triple mystic heaven
047. The seven immortal earths were seen, sublime:
048. Homes of the blest released from death and sleep
049. Where grief can never come nor any pang
067. Eternal mountains ridge on gleaming ridge
068. Whose lines were graved as on a sapphire plate
069. And etched the borders of heaven's lustrous noon
070. Climbed like piled temple stairs and from their heads
071. Of topless meditation heard below
072. The approach of a blue pilgrim multitude
073. And listened to a great arriving voice
074. Of the wide travel hymn of timeless seas.
095. In cities cut like gems of conscious stone
096. And wonderful pastures and on gleaming coasts
097. Bright forms were seen, eternity's luminous tribes.
098. Above her rhythming godheads whirled the spheres,
099. Rapt mobile fixities here blindly sought
100. By the huge erring orbits of our stars.
116. Immortal harmonies filled her listening ear;
117. A great spontaneous utterance of the heights
118. On Titan wings of rhythmic grandeur borne
119. Poured from some deep spiritual heart of sound,
120. Strains trembling with the secrets of the gods.
148. In the harmony of an original sight
152. She saw all Nature marvellous without fault.
186. Endless aspired the climbing of those heavens;
187. Realm upon realm received her soaring view.
190. Immune she beheld the strong immortals' seats
191. Who live for a celestial joy and rule,
192. The middle regions of the unfading Ray.
193. Great forms of deities sat in deathless tiers,
194. Eyes of an unborn gaze towards her leaned
195. Through a transparency of crystal fire.
205. The golden-bosomed Apsara goddesses,
212. Whirled linked in moonlit revels of the heart.
215. Wind-haired Gandharvas chanted to the ear
216. The odes that shape the universal thought,
217. The lines that tear the veil from Deity's face,
218. The rhythms that bring the sounds of wisdom's sea.
239. Worlds of an infinite reach crowned Nature's stir.
254. Sunlight the soul's vision and moonlight its dream.
257. Into those heights her spirit went floating up
286. A secret splendour rose revealed to sight
287. Where once the vast embodied Void had stood.
288. Night the dim mask had grown a wonderful face.
289. The vague infinity was slain whose gloom
290. Had outlined from the terrible unknown
291. The obscure disastrous figure of a god,
303. As if the choric calyx of a flower
304. Aerial, visible on music's waves,
305. A lotus of light-petalled ecstasy
306. Took shape out of the tremulous heart of things.
322. Death's sombre cowl was cast from Nature's brow;
323. There lightened on her the godhead's lurking laugh.
324. All grace and glory and all divinity
325. Were here collected in a single form;
326. All worshipped eyes looked through his from one face;
327. He bore all godheads in his grandiose limbs.
332. In him the fourfold Being bore its crown
333. That wears the mystery of a nameless Name,
338. Spirit and seer and thinker of things seen,
339. Virat, who lights his camp-fires in the suns
340. And the star-entangled ether is his hold,
341. Expressed himself with Matter for his speech:
354. In him shadows his form the Golden Child
355. Who in the Sun-capped Vast cradles his birth:
356. Hiranyagarbha, author of thoughts and dreams,
365. Armed with the golden speech, the diamond eye,
366. His is the vision and the prophecy:
374. A third spirit stood behind, their hidden cause,
375. A mass of superconscience closed in light,
376. Creator of things in his all-knowing sleep.
390. His slumber is an Almightiness in things,
391. Awake, he is the Eternal and Supreme.
392. Above was the brooding bliss of the Infinite,
393. Its omniscient and omnipotent repose,
394. Its immobile silence absolute and alone.
434. He seemed the wideness of a boundless sky,
435. He seemed the passion of a sorrowless earth,
436. He seemed the burning of a world-wide sun.
437. Two looked upon each other, Soul saw Soul.
438. Then like an anthem from the heart's lucent cave
439. A voice soared up whose magic sound could turn
440. The poignant weeping of the earth to sobs
441. Of rapture and her cry to spirit song.
522. A smile came rippling out in her wide eyes,
607. Then with a smile august as noonday heavens
608. The godhead of the vision wonderful:
609. "How shall earth-nature and man's nature rise
610. To the celestial levels, yet earth abide?
726. O flame, withdraw into thy luminous self.
727. Or else return to thy original might
728. On a seer-summit above thought and world;
756. But Savitri answered to the radiant God:
757. "In vain thou temptst with solitary bliss
758. Two spirits saved out of a suffering world;
785. Since God has made earth, earth must make in her God;
786. What hides within her breast she must reveal.
801. But the god answered to the woman's heart:
802. "O living power of the incarnate Word,
828. Arise upon a ladder of greater worlds
829. To the infinity where no world can be.
857. Ascend, O soul, into thy timeless self;
858. Choose destiny's curve and stamp thy will on Time."
872. In an ineffable world she lived fulfilled.
873. An energy of the triune Infinite,
874. In a measureless Reality she dwelt,
894. Around her some tremendous spirit lived,
895. Mysterious flame around a melting pearl,
896. And in the phantom of abolished Space
897. There was a voice unheard by ears that cried:
898. "Choose, spirit, thy supreme choice not given again;
908. Accept, O music, weariness of thy notes,
909. O stream, wide breaking of thy channel banks."
912. And silently the woman's heart replied:
913. "Thy peace, O Lord, a boon within to keep
914. Amid the roar and ruin of wild Time
915. For the magnificent soul of man on earth.
917. Limitless like ocean round a lonely isle
918. A second time the eternal cry arose:
919. "Wide open are the ineffable gates in front.
928. Immeasurably the woman's nature spoke:
929. "Thy oneness, Lord, in many approaching hearts,
932. A third time swelled the great admonishing call:
933. "I spread abroad the refuge of my wings.
938. A sob of things was answer to the voice,
939. And passionately the woman's heart replied:
940. "Thy energy, Lord, to seize on woman and man,
941. To take all things and creatures in their grief
942. And gather them into a mother's arms."
943. Solemn and distant like a seraph's lyre
944. A last great time the warning sound was heard:
945. "I open the wide eye of solitude
946. To uncover the voiceless rapture of my bliss,
954. Then all the woman yearningly replied:
955. "Thy embrace which rends the living knot of pain,
956. Thy joy, O Lord, in which all creatures breathe,
957. Thy magic flowing waters of deep love,
958. Thy sweetness give to me for earth and men."
959. Then after silence a still blissful cry
965. "O beautiful body of the incarnate Word,
966. Thy thoughts are mine, I have spoken with thy voice.
967. My will is thine, what thou hast chosen I choose:
968. All thou hast asked I give to earth and men.
990. Now will I do in thee my marvellous works.
999. O Sun-Word, thou shalt raise the earth-soul to Light
1000. And bring down God into the lives of men;
1029. Summing in thy single soul my mystic world
1030. I will possess in thee my universe,
1031. The universe find all I am in thee.
1112. Who hunts and seizes me, my captive grows:
1113. This shalt thou henceforth learn from thy heart-beats.
1114. For ever love, O beautiful slave of God!
1115. O lasso of my rapture's widening noose,
1116. Become my cord of universal love.

1124. "Descend to life with him thy heart desires.
1125. O Satyavan, O luminous Savitri,
1126. I sent you forth of old beneath the stars,
1127. A dual power of God in an ignorant world,
1128. In a hedged creation shut from limitless self,
1129. Bringing down God to the insentient globe,
1130. Lifting earth-beings to immortality.
1196. There is an infinite truth, an absolute power.
1197. The Spirit's mightiness shall cast off its mask;
1198. Its greatness shall be felt shaping the world's course:
1199. It shall be seen in its own veilless beams,
1200. A star rising from the Inconscient's night,
1201. A sun climbing to Supernature's peak.
1277. All then shall change, a magic order come
1278. Overtopping this mechanical universe.
1279. A mightier race shall inhabit the mortal's world.
1280. On Nature's luminous tops, on the Spirit's ground,
1281. The superman shall reign as king of life,
1344. But first high Truth must set her feet on earth
1345. And man aspire to the Eternal's light
1346. And all his members feel the Spirit's touch
1347. And all his life obey an inner Force.
1348. This too shall be; for a new life shall come,
1428. Nature shall live to manifest secret God,
1429. The Spirit shall take up the human play,
1430. This earthly life become the life divine."
1431. The measure of that subtle music ceased.
1432. Down with a hurried swimming floating lapse
1433. Through unseen worlds and bottomless spaces forced
1434. Sank like a star the soul of Savitri.
1441. Pursuing her in her fall, implacably sweet,
1442. A face was over her which seemed a youth's,
1443. Symbol of all the beauty eyes see not,
1444. Crowned as with peacock plumes of gorgeous hue
1445. Framing a sapphire, whose heart-disturbing smile
1446. Insatiably attracted to delight,
1447. Voluptuous to the embraces of her soul.
1448. Changed in its shape, yet rapturously the same,
1449. It grew a woman's dark and beautiful
1450. Like a mooned night with drifting star-gemmed clouds,
1451. A shadowy glory and a stormy depth,
1452. Turbulent in will and terrible in love.
1453. Eyes in which Nature's blind ecstatic life
1454. Sprang from some spirit's passionate content,
1455. Missioned her to the whirling dance of earth.
1461. She kept within her strong embosoming soul
1462. Like a flower hidden in the heart of spring
1463. The soul of Satyavan drawn down by her
1464. Inextricably in that mighty lapse.
1465. Invisible heavens in a thronging flight
1466. Soared past her as she fell. Then all the blind
1467. And near attraction of the earth compelled
1468. Fearful rapidities of downward bliss.
1477. Then from a timeless plane that watches Time,
1478. A Spirit gazed out upon destiny,
1481. The prophet moment covered limitless Space
1482. And cast into the heart of hurrying Time
1483. A diamond light of the Eternal's peace,
1484. A crimson seed of God's felicity;
1485. A glance from the gaze fell of undying Love.


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898   "Choose, spirit, thy supreme choice not given again;
899   For now from my highest being looks at thee
900   The nameless formless peace where all things rest.
901   In a happy vast sublime cessation know,-
902   An immense extinction in eternity,
903   A point that disappears in the infinite,-
904   Felicity of the extinguished flame,
905   Last sinking of a wave in a boundless sea,
906   End of the trouble of thy wandering thoughts,
907   Close of the journeying of thy pilgrim soul.
908   Accept, O music, weariness of thy notes,
909   O stream, wide breaking of thy channel banks."
910   The moments fell into eternity.
911   But someone yearned within a bosom unknown
912   And silently the woman's heart replied:
913   "Thy peace, O Lord, a boon within to keep
914   Amid the roar and ruin of wild Time
915   For the magnificent soul of man on earth.
916   Thy calm, O Lord, that bears thy hands of joy."
917   Limitless like ocean round a lonely isle
918   A second time the eternal cry arose:
919   "Wide open are the ineffable gates in front.
920   My spirit leans down to break the knot of earth,
921   Amorous of oneness without thought or sign
922   To cast down wall and fence, to strip heaven bare,
923   See with the large eye of infinity,
924   Unweave the stars and into silence pass."
925   In an immense and world-destroying pause
926   She heard a million creatures cry to her.
927   Through the tremendous stillness of her thoughts
928   Immeasurably the woman's nature spoke:
929   "Thy oneness, Lord, in many approaching hearts,
930   My sweet infinity of thy numberless souls."
931   Mightily retreating like a sea in ebb
932   A third time swelled the great admonishing call:
933   "I spread abroad the refuge of my wings.
934   Out of its incommunicable deeps
935   My power looks forth of mightiest splendour, stilled
936   Into its majesty of sleep, withdrawn
937   Above the dreadful whirlings of the world."
938   A sob of things was answer to the voice,
939   And passionately the woman's heart replied:
940   "Thy energy, Lord, to seize on woman and man,
941   To take all things and creatures in their grief
942   And gather them into a mother's arms."
943   Solemn and distant like a seraph's lyre
944   A last great time the warning sound was heard:
945   "I open the wide eye of solitude
946   To uncover the voiceless rapture of my bliss,
947   Where in a pure and exquisite hush it lies
948   Motionless in its slumber of ecstasy,
949   Resting from the sweet madness of the dance
950   Out of whose beat the throb of hearts was born."
951   Breaking the Silence with appeal and cry
952   A hymn of adoration tireless climbed,
953   A music beat of winged uniting souls,
954   Then all the woman yearningly replied:
955   "Thy embrace which rends the living knot of pain,
956   Thy joy, O Lord, in which all creatures breathe,
957   Thy magic flowing waters of deep love,
958   Thy sweetness give to me for earth and men."
959   Then after silence a still blissful cry
960   Began, such as arose from the Infinite
961   When the first whisperings of a strange delight
962   Imagined in its deep the joy to seek,
963   The passion to discover and to touch,
964   The enamoured laugh which rhymed the chanting worlds:
965   "O beautiful body of the incarnate Word,
966   Thy thoughts are mine, I have spoken with thy voice.
967   My will is thine, what thou hast chosen I choose:
968   All thou hast asked I give to earth and men.
969   All shall be written out in destiny's book
970   By my trustee of thought and plan and act,
971   The executor of my will, eternal Time.
972   But since thou hast refused my maimless Calm
973   And turned from my termless peace in which is expunged
974   The visage of Space and the shape of Time is lost,
975   And from happy extinction of thy separate self
976   In my uncompanioned lone eternity,-
977   For not for thee the nameless worldless Nought,
978   Annihilation of thy living soul
979   And the end of thought and hope and life and love
980   In the blank measureless Unknowable,-
981   I lay my hands upon thy soul of flame,
982   I lay my hands upon thy heart of love,
983   I yoke thee to my power of work in Time.
984   Because thou hast obeyed my timeless will,
985   Because thou hast chosen to share earth's struggle and fate
986   And leaned in pity over earth-bound men
987   And turned aside to help and yearned to save,
988   I bind by thy heart's passion thy heart to mine
989   And lay my splendid yoke upon thy soul.
990   Now will I do in thee my marvellous works.
991   I will fasten thy nature with my cords of strength,
992   Subdue to my delight thy spirit's limbs
993   And make thee a vivid knot of all my bliss
994   And build in thee my proud and crystal home.
995   Thy days shall be my shafts of power and light,
996   Thy nights my starry mysteries of joy
997   And all my clouds lie tangled in thy hair
998   And all my springtides marry in thy mouth.
999   O Sun-Word, thou shalt raise the earth-soul to Light
1000   And bring down God into the lives of men;
1001   Earth shall be my work-chamber and my house,
1002   My garden of life to plant a seed divine.
1003   When all thy work in human time is done
1004   The mind of earth shall be a home of light,
1005   The life of earth a tree growing towards heaven,
1006   The body of earth a tabernacle of God.
1007   Awakened from the mortal's ignorance
1008   Men shall be lit with the Eternal's ray
1009   And the glory of my sun-lift in their thoughts
1010   And feel in their hearts the sweetness of my love
1011   And in their acts my Power's miraculous drive.
1012   My will shall be the meaning of their days;
1013   Living for me, by me, in me they shall live.
1014   In the heart of my creation's mystery
1015   I will enact the drama of thy soul,
1016   Inscribe the long romance of Thee and Me.
1017   I will pursue thee across the centuries;
1018   Thou shalt be hunted through the world by love,
1019   Naked of ignorance' protecting veil
1020   And without covert from my radiant gods.
1021   No shape shall screen thee from my divine desire,
1022   Nowhere shalt thou escape my living eyes.
1023   In the nudity of thy discovered self,
1024   In a bare identity with all that is,
1025   Disrobed of thy covering of humanity,
1026   Divested of the dense veil of human thought,
1027   Made one with every mind and body and heart,
1028   Made one with all Nature and with Self and God,
1029   Summing in thy single soul my mystic world
1030   I will possess in thee my universe,
1031   The universe find all I am in thee.
1032   Thou shalt bear all things that all things may change,
1033   Thou shalt fill all with my splendour and my bliss,
1034   Thou shalt meet all with thy transmuting soul.
1035   Assailed by my infinitudes above,
1036   And quivering in immensities below,
1037   Pursued by me through my mind's wall-less vast,
1038   Oceanic with the surges of my life,
1039   A swimmer lost between two leaping seas
1040   By my outer pains and inner sweetnesses
1041   Finding my joy in my opposite mysteries
1042   Thou shalt respond to me from every nerve.
1043   A vision shall compel thy coursing breath,
1044   Thy heart shall drive thee on the wheel of works,
1045   Thy mind shall urge thee through the flames of thought,
1046   To meet me in the abyss and on the heights,
1047   To feel me in the tempest and the calm,
1048   And love me in the noble and the vile,
1049   In beautiful things and terrible desire.
1050   The pains of hell shall be to thee my kiss,
1051   The flowers of heaven persuade thee with my touch.
1052   My fiercest masks shall my attractions bring.
1053   Music shall find thee in the voice of swords,
1054   Beauty pursue thee through the core of flame.
1055   Thou shalt know me in the rolling of the spheres
1056   And cross me in the atoms of the whirl.
1057   The wheeling forces of my universe
1058   Shall cry to thee the summons of my name.
1059   Delight shall drop down from my nectarous moon,
1060   My fragrance seize thee in the jasmine's snare,
1061   My eye shall look upon thee from the sun.
1062   Mirror of Nature's secret spirit made,
1063   Thou shalt reflect my hidden heart of joy,
1064   Thou shalt drink down my sweetness unalloyed
1065   In my pure lotus-cup of starry brim.
1066   My dreadful hands laid on thy bosom shall force
1067   Thy being bathed in fiercest longing's streams.
1068   Thou shalt discover the one and quivering note,
1069   And cry, the harp of all my melodies,
1070   And roll, my foaming wave in seas of love.
1071   Even my disasters' clutch shall be to thee
1072   The ordeal of my rapture's contrary shape:
1073   In pain's self shall smile on thee my secret face:
1074   Thou shalt bear my ruthless beauty unabridged
1075   Amid the world's intolerable wrongs,
1076   Trampled by the violent misdeeds of Time
1077   Cry out to the ecstasy of my rapture's touch.
1078   All beings shall be to thy life my emissaries;
1079   Drawn to me on the bosom of thy friend,
1080   Compelled to meet me in thy enemy's eyes,
1081   My creatures shall demand me from thy heart.
1082   Thou shalt not shrink from any brother soul.
1083   Thou shalt be attracted helplessly to all.
1084   Men seeing thee shall feel my hands of joy,
1085   In sorrow's pangs feel steps of the world's delight,
1086   Their life experience its tumultuous shock
1087   In the mutual craving of two opposites.
1088   Hearts touched by thy love shall answer to my call,
1089   Discover the ancient music of the spheres
1090   In the revealing accents of thy voice
1091   And nearer draw to me because thou art:
1092   Enamoured of thy spirit's loveliness
1093   They shall embrace my body in thy soul,
1094   Hear in thy life the beauty of my laugh,
1095   Know the thrilled bliss with which I made the worlds.
1096   All that thou hast, shall be for others' bliss,
1097   All that thou art, shall to my hands belong.
1098   I will pour delight from thee as from a jar,
1099   I will whirl thee as my chariot through the ways,
1100   I will use thee as my sword and as my lyre,
1101   I will play on thee my minstrelsies of thought.
1102   And when thou art vibrant with all ecstasy,
1103   And when thou liv'st one spirit with all things,
1104   Then will I spare thee not my living fires,
1105   But make thee a channel for my timeless force.
1106   My hidden presence led thee unknowing on
1107   From thy beginning in earth's voiceless bosom
1108   Through life and pain and time and will and death,
1109   Through outer shocks and inner silences
1110   Along the mystic roads of Space and Time
1111   To the experience which all Nature hides.
1112   Who hunts and seizes me, my captive grows:
1113   This shalt thou henceforth learn from thy heart-beats.
1114   For ever love, O beautiful slave of God!
1115   O lasso of my rapture's widening noose,
1116   Become my cord of universal love.
1117   The spirit ensnared by thee force to delight
1118   Of creation's oneness sweet and fathomless,
1119   Compelled to embrace my myriad unities
1120   And all my endless forms and divine souls.
1121   O Mind, grow full of the eternal peace;
1122   O Word, cry out the immortal litany:
1123.   Built is the golden tower, the flame-child born.

Book Twelve: Epilogue

The Return to Earth


(zonder achtergrondmuziek)

001. Out of abysmal trance her spirit woke.
002. Lain on the earth-mother's calm inconscient breast
003. She saw the green-clad branches lean above
004. Guarding her sleep with their enchanted life,
005. And overhead a blue-winged ecstasy
006. Fluttered from bough to bough with high-pitched call.
020. The immense remoteness of her trance had passed;
021. Human she was once more, earth's Savitri,
022. Yet felt in her illimitable change.
058. But soon she leaned down over her loved to call
059. His mind back to her with her travelling touch
060. On his closed eyelids; settled was her still look
061. Of strong delight, not yearning now, but large
062. With limitless joy or sovereign last content,
063. Pure, passionate with the passion of the gods.
069. Then sighing to her touch the soft-winged sleep
070. Rose hovering from his flowerlike lids and flew
071. Murmurous away. Awake, he found her eyes
077. He murmured with hesitating lips her name,
078. And vaguely recollecting wonder cried,
079. "Whence hast thou brought me captive back, love-chained,
088. Where now has passed that formidable Shape
089. Which rose against us, the Spirit of the Void,
090. Claiming the world for Death and Nothingness,
091. Denying God and soul? Or was all a dream
092. Or a vision seen in a spiritual sleep,
101. But she replied, "Our parting was the dream;
102. We are together, we live, O Satyavan.
103. Look round thee and behold, glad and unchanged
104. Our home, this forest with its thousand cries
105. And the whisper of the wind among the leaves
106. And, through rifts in emerald scene, the evening sky,
119. But he with a new wonder in his heart
120. And a new flame of worship in his eyes:
121. "What high change is in thee, O Savitri? Bright
122. Ever thou wast, a goddess still and pure,
123. Yet dearer to me by thy sweet human parts
124. Earth gave thee making thee yet more divine.
131. But now thou seemst almost too high and great
132. For mortal worship; Time lies below thy feet
133. And the whole world seems only a part of thee,
148. My human earth will still demand thy bliss.
149. Make still my life through thee a song of joy
150. And all my silence wide and deep with thee."
155. "All now is changed, yet all is still the same.
167. Still am I she who came to thee mid the murmur
168. Of sunlit leaves upon this forest verge;
169. I am the Madran, I am Savitri.
199. Let us give joy to all, for joy is ours.
200. For not for ourselves alone our spirits came
201. Out of the veil of the Unmanifest,
205. Two fires that burn towards that parent Sun,
206. Two rays that travel to the original Light.
207. To lead man's soul towards truth and God we are born,
208. To draw the chequered scheme of mortal life
209. Into some semblance of the Immortal's plan,
219. Then hand in hand they left that solemn place
220. Full now of mute unusual memories,
221. To the green distance of their sylvan home
222. Returning slowly through the forest's heart.
242. Topped by a flaring multitude of lights
243. A great resplendent company arrived.
253. In front King Dyumatsena walked, no more
254. Blind, faltering-limbed, but his far-questing eyes
255. Restored to all their confidence in light
256. Took seeingly this imaged outer world;
258. By him that queen and mother's anxious face
259. Came changed from its habitual burdened look
272. And the swift parents hurrying to their child,-
273. Their cause of life now who had given him breath,-
274. Possessed him with their arms. Then tenderly
275. Cried Dyumatsena chiding Satyavan:
276. "The fortunate gods have looked on me today,
277. A kingdom seeking came and heaven's rays.
278. But where wast thou? Thou hast tormented gladness
279. With fear's dull shadow, O my child, my life.
284. Not like thyself was this done, Savitri,
285. Who ledst not back thy husband to our arms,
289. But Satyavan replied with smiling lips,
290. "Lay all on her; she is the cause of all.
291. With her enchantments she has twined me round.
292. Behold, at noon leaving this house of clay
293. I wandered in far-off eternities,
294. Yet still, a captive in her golden hands,
295. I tread your little hillock called green earth
309. Then one spoke there who seemed a priest and sage:
310. "O woman soul, what light, what power revealed,
311. Working the rapid marvels of this day,
312. Opens for us by thee a happier age?"
313. Her lashes fluttering upwards gathered in
314. To a vision which had scanned immortal things,
318. Then falling veiled the light. Low she replied,
319. "Awakened to the meaning of my heart
320. That to feel love and oneness is to live
321. And this the magic of our golden change,
322. Is all the truth I know or seek, O sage."
323. Wondering at her and her too luminous words
324. Westward they turned in the fast-gathering night.
333. Drawn by white manes upon a high-roofed car
334. In flare of the unsteady torches went
335. With linked hands Satyavan and Savitri,
336. Hearing a marriage march and nuptial hymn,
337. Where waited them the many-voiced human world.
338. Numberless the stars swam on their shadowy field
339. Describing in the gloom the ways of light.
340. Then while they skirted yet the southward verge,
341. Lost in the halo of her musing brows
342. Night, splendid with the moon dreaming in heaven
343. In silver peace, possessed her luminous reign.
344. She brooded through her stillness on a thought
345. Deep-guarded by her mystic folds of light,
346. And in her bosom nursed a greater dawn.

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