Inspiration from Savitri (Earth)
- Narad (Richard Eggenberger)
This volume with all the quotations about earth in Savitri, is filled with passages of promise, of the beauty she will offer in a not too distant future, surviving all the harm man's greed and lust for domination has visited upon her. The series of books, Inspiration from Savitri, is a compilation of selected passages from Savitri, themes that I have chosen because they resonate most strongly within me. This method of approach enables one to read only a few lines at a time, meditate on them and allow their mantric force to enter into the cavern of the soul where they will illumine and transmit to the inner being and make eventually understandable to the mind something of the essence of Overhead poetry that Sri Aurobindo has brought down to earth. One could easily have chosen other themes as well, as the possibilities are endless in this epic of Divine Love conquering death and the establishment of a divine life on earth. People often tell me that Savitri is 'too difficult' or 'closed' to them. To give a facile suggestion to 'Go Deeper' or to say that Savitri has been written from planes above the mind and is therefore impossible for the mind to understand, does nothing to encourage anyone to begin this marvellous 'adventure of consciousness and joy'. * The universal themes I have selected will hopefully capture the interest of all who would like to begin reading Savitri but fear it is too daunting. Earth is the chosen place of mightiest souls; Earth is the heroic spirit's battlefield, The forge where the Arch-mason shapes his works. 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. And here the promise of the Avatar: The truth above shall wake a nether truth; Even the dumb earth become a sentient force. Then man and superman shall be at one And all the earth become a single life. Sri Aurobindo once wrote to a disciple, Dilip Kumar Roy, long before the Gaia theory was expounded, the following, (paraphrased). The earth is a conscious being and the world is only the form it has taken to manifest. Reading these passages we become conscious of the sacredness of earth and the work we need to do within ourselves to help heal and transform her current suffering and despoliation, returning her to a paradise of beauty, fragrance and delight. These magnificent lines from Savitri fill my soul with wonder and intense delight, I who have been for these many years a child of earth and shared the life of her flowers and gardens, her forests and rivers, lakes and streams, a communicant of her four-footed life and the winged majesty that soars above us in song.