The Mother Reading Savitri - Book I

 

    Book I The Book of Beginnings  
       
    Canto I The Symbol Dawn  
 
 It was the hour before the gods awake  2' 33"  2.3 Mb
 Athwart the vain enormous trance of space  1' 53"  1.7 Mb
 Then something in the inscrutable darkness stirred  2' 22"  2.1 Mb
 An unshaped consciousness desired light  3' 03"  2.7 Mb
 Arrived from the other side of boundlessness  3' 29"  3.0 Mb
 The darkness failed and slipped like a falling cloak  3' 32"  3.3 Mb
 A glamour from the unreached transcendences  2' 18"  2.1 Mb
 Earth felt the Imperishable's passage close  2' 02"  1.8 Mb
 Here where our half-lit ignorance skirts the gulfs  3' 39"  3.3 Mb
 And Savitri too awoke among these tribes  2' 35"  2.4 Mb
 Thus trapped in the gin of earthly destinies  2' 49"  2.6 Mb
 Against the evil at life's afflicted roots  2' 52"  2.6 Mb
 At the summons of her body's voiceless call  3' 25"  3.2 Mb
 Immobile in herself she gathered force  3' 19"  3.0 Mb
 
       
    Canto II The Issue  
 
 An absolute supernatural darkness falls  3' 57"  3.5 Mb
 And the mighty wideness of the primitive earth  4' 28"  4.1 Mb
 Here with the suddeness divine advents have  3' 04"  2.8 Mb
 As in a mystic and dynamic dance  4' 34"  4.2 Mb
 As might a soul fly like a hunted bird  3' 11"  2.8 Mb
 A creature born to bend beneath the yoke  4' 12"  3.9 Mb
 A conscious frame was here, a self born Force  1' 43"  1.6 Mb
 A grey tribunal of the Ignorance  3' 20"  3.1 Mb
 Death stays the journeying discoverer, Life  2' 07"  1.9 Mb
 A magic leverage suddenly is caught  2' 45"  2.5 Mb
 A flaming warrior from the eternal peaks  4' 18"  3.6 Mb
 
       
    Canto III The Yoga of the King: The Yoga of the Soul's Release  
 
 A world's desire compelled her mortal birth  3' 31"  3.3 Mb
 Lifting the heavy curtain of the flesh  4' 36"  4.3 Mb
 There knowing herself by her own termless self  2' 37"  2.5 Mb
 An old pull of subconscious cords renews  4' 01"  3.8 Mb
 Always the power poured back like sudden rain  2' 44"  2.6 Mb
 Already in him was seen that task of Power  3' 21"  3.1 Mb
 Thence stooped the eagles of Omniscience  2' 34"  2.4 Mb
 Oft inspiration with her lightening feet  3' 47"  3.5 Mb
 Or she gathered the lost secrets dropped by Time  3' 47"  3.6 Mb
 A traveller between summit and abyss  3' 43"  3.5 Mb
 The inspiring goddess entered a mortal's breast  4' 48"  4.5 Mb
 A genius heightened in his body's cells  3' 44"  3.5 Mb
 
       
    Canto IV The Secret Knowledge  
 
 On a height he stood that looked towards greater heights  4' 18"  4.0 Mb
 Our souls can visit in great lonely hours  3' 28"  3.2 Mb
 A treasure of honey in the combs of God  3' 49"  3.6 Mb
 Along a path of aeons serpentine  1' 26"  1.3 Mb
 A Being is in her whom she hopes to know  3' 47"  3.5 Mb
 Ignorant and weary and invincible  2' 40"  2.4 Mb
 A light grows in her, she assumes a voice  1' 54"  1.7 Mb
 A vision meets her of supernal Powers  2' 06"  1.9 Mb
 Outstretching arms to the unconscious Void  4' 25"  4.0 Mb
 In the wide signless ether of the Self  3' 52"  3.6 Mb
 An outstretched Hand is felt upon our lives  3' 05"  2.9 Mb
 In the mystery of the deeps that God has built  2' 35"  2.4 Mb
 There are Two who are One and play in many worlds  3' 00"  2.8 Mb
 His works, his thoughts have been devised by her  4' 34"  4.2 Mb
 In Matter shall be lit the spirit's glow  2' 32"  2.3 Mb
 The master of existence lurks in us  4' 21"  4.0 Mb
 Then in a figure of divinity  4' 16"  4.0 Mb
 This transfiguration is earth's due to heaven  2' 45"  2.5 Mb
 For the key is hid and by the Inconscient kept  2' 00"  1.9 Mb
 He is the explorer and the mariner  3' 11"  3.0 Mb
 Or passing through a gate of pillar-rocks  4' 21"  4.0 Mb
 Earth's borders recede and the terrestrial air  2' 26"  2.1 Mb
 A greater world Time's traveller must explore  3' 21"  3.1 Mb
 But none learns whither through the unknown he sails  3' 04"  2.6 Mb
 Late will he know, opening the mystic script  3' 22"  3.1 Mb
 A power is on him from her occult force  3' 53"  3.6 Mb
 As long as Nature lasts, he too is there  0' 46"  0.7 Mb
 This constant will she covered with her sport  4' 45"  4.4 Mb
 For this he left his white infinity  1' 24"  1.3 Mb
 
       
    Canto V The Yoga of the King: The Yoga of the Spirit's Freedom and Greatness  
 
 This knowledge first he had of time-born men  4' 48"  4.1 Mb
 There in a hidden chamber closed and mute  2' 49"  2.5 Mb
 In the glow of the Spirit's room of memories  3' 44"  3.3 Mb
 He saw the unshaped thought in soulless forms  2' 51"  2.6 Mb
 A larger lustre lit the mighty page  3' 34"  3.1 Mb
 A Will, a hope immense now seized his heart  3' 46"  3.2 Mb
 A packed assemblage of crude tentative lives  2' 14"  2.0 Mb
 An animal with some instincts of a god  2' 26"  2.2 Mb
 Impassive he lived immune from earthly hopes  3' 32"  3.2 Mb
 A universal light was in his eyes  3' 07"  2.8 Mb
 One-pointed to the immaculate Delight  3' 00"  2.8 Mb
 His spirit mingles with Eternity's heart  2' 56"  2.7 Mb
 His nature shuddered in the Unknown's grasp  4' 04"  3.5 Mb
 As when a timeless Eye annuls the hours  4' 10"  3.8 Mb
 The little ego's ring could join no more  4' 48"  4.2 Mb
 There was no small death-hunted creature more  3' 40"  3.3 Mb
 A secret Nature stripped of her defence  3' 05"  2.7 Mb
 A border sovereign is the occult Force  2' 40"  2.3 Mb
 Ascending and descending twixt life's poles  4' 39"  4.0 Mb
 Sunbelts of knowledge, moonbelts of delight  2' 23"  2.0 Mb