Sri Aurobindo's Savitri
Sri Aurobindo's Savitri in Divine Mother's Words
"Savitri is a mantra for the transformation of the world."
"The importance of Savitri is immense. Its subject is universal. Its revelation is prophetic. The time spent in its atmosphere is not wasted."
(from the message for the Meditations on Savitri exhibition, 1967)
Divine Mother's discussion with one of her devotees on Sri Aurobindo's Savitri.
The Mother: Do you read Savitri?
Devotee: Yes, Mother, yes.
The Mother: You have read the whole poem?
Devotee: Yes, Mother, I have read it twice.
The Mother: Have you understood all that you have read?
Devotee: Not much, but I like poetry, it is because of that I read it.
The Mother: It does not matter if you do not understand it – Savitri, read it always. You will see that every time you read it, there will be something new experience; things which were not here, things you did not understand arise and suddenly become clear. Always an unexpected vision comes up through the words and lines. Every time you try to read and understand, you will see that something which was hidden behind is revealed clearly and vividly. I tell you the very verses you have read once before, will appear to you in a different light each time you re-read them. This is what happens invariably. Always your experience is enriched, it is revelation at each step.
But you must not read it as you read other books or newspapers. You must read with an empty head, a blank and vacant mind, without there being any other thought; you must concentrate much, remain empty, calm and open; then the words, rhythms, vibrations will penetrate directly to this white page, will put their stamp upon the brain, will explain themselves without your making any effort.
Savitri alone is sufficient to make you climb to the highest peaks. If truly one knows how to meditate upon Savitri, one will receive all the help one needs. For him who wishes to Follow this path, it is a concrete help as though the Lord himself were taking you by the hand and leading you to the destined goal. And then, every question, however personal it may be, has its answer here, every difficulty finds its solution herein; indeed there is necessary for doing the Yoga.
To read Savitri is indeed to realize the Divine. Each verse of Savitri is like a Mantra which surpasses all that man possessed by way of knowledge, and I repeat this, the words are expressed and arranged in such a way that the sonority of the rhythm leads you to the origin of sound, which is OM.
Sri Aurobindo's Savitri book is available in Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry.