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Kalpana Sashidharan



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:15 am    Post subject: Savitri - Sri Aurobindo's Epic Poem Reply with quote

I like the way space is described as a vast experiment of the soul.

''A limitless movement filled a limitless peace.
In a profound existence beyond earth's
Parent or kin to our ideas and dreams
Where Space is a vast experiment of the soul,
In an immaterial substance linked to ours
In a deep oneness of all things that are,
The universe of the Unknown arose. ''
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Savitri by Sri Aurobindo
Book I The Book of Beginnings
Canto V The Yoga of the King: The Yoga of the Spirit's Freedom and Greatness
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David Taylor



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Kalpana,

a warm welcome to you, thank you for joining our humble poetry forum. I too like the description of space you refer to above.
Some more of book one of Sri Aurobindo's Epic Poem for our readers:
Canto IV "The Secret Knowledge".



On a height he stood that looked towards greater heights.
Our early approaches to the Infinite
Are sunrise splendours on a marvellous verge
While lingers yet unseen the glorious sun.
What now we see is a shadow of what must come.
The earth's uplook to a remote Unknown
Is a preface only of the epic climb
Of human soul from its flat earthly state
To the discovery of a greater self
And the far gleam of an eternal Light.
This world is a beginning and a base
Where Life and Mind erect their structured dreams;
An unborn Power must build reality.
A deathbound littleness is not all we are:
Immortal our forgotten vastnesses
Await discovery in our summit selves;
Unmeasured breadths and depths of being are ours.
Akin to the ineffable Secrecy,
Mystic, eternal in unrealised Time,
Neighbours of Heaven are Nature's altitudes.
To these high-peaked dominions sealed to our search,
Too far from surface Nature's postal routes,
Too lofty for our mortal lives to breathe,
Deep in us a forgotten kinship points
And a faint voice of ecstasy and prayer
Calls to those lucent lost immensities.
Even when we fail to look into our souls
Or lie embedded in earthly consciousness,
Still have we parts that grow towards the light,
Yet are there luminous tracts and heavens serene
And Eldorados of splendour and ecstasy

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