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Inspiring Lines from Savitri

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A long lone line of hesitating hue

Like a vague smile tempting a desert heart

Troubled the far rim of life's obscure sleep.                           2                      24-27


Its message crept through the reluctant hush

Calling the adventure of consciousness and joy                 2                      35-36


A memory quivered in the heart of Time                                  3                      5


All can be done if the God-touch is there.                               3                      11


A gate of dreams ajar on mystery's verge.                              3                      26


The darkness failed and slipped like a falling cloak

From the reclining body of a god.                                             3                      29-30


Dawn built her aura of magnificent hues

And buried its seed of grandeur in the hours.                       4                      3-4


                        ......her luminous smile

Kindled to fire the silence of the worlds.                                 4                      30-31


A spark of deity lost in Matter's crypt                                       5                      23


Outcast from her inborn felicity,

Accepting life's obscure terrestrial robe...

The godhead greater by a human fate.                                    8                      1-2,5


The sacrifice of suffering and desire

Earth offers to the immortal Ecstasy

Began again beneath the eternal Hand.                                  10                    14-16


As in a many-hued flaming inner dawn,

Her life's broad highways and its sweet bypaths

Lay mapped to her sun-clear recording view,                        11                    16-18


The world unknowing, for the world she stood:                   13                    22


A dense magnificent coloured self-wrapped life                   13                    30


A spot for the eternal's tread on earth . . .

Appeared through an aureate opening in Time                     14                    15,18


Changing to rapture the dull earthly round,

Love came to her hiding the shadow, Death                          14                    23,24


A priestess of immaculate ecstasies. . .

Moves in some prophet cavern of the gods,                          15                    4,6


A heart of silence in the hands of joy

Inhabited with rich creative beats

A body like a parable of dawn

That seemed a niche for veiled divinity                                   15                    7-10


In a haven of safety and splendid soft repose

One could drink life back in streams of honey-fire.              15                    25-26


An ocean of untrembling virgin fire:

The strength, the silence of the gods were hers.                  16                    5,6


His high warm subtle ether he refound

And moved in her as in his natural home.                               16                    8-9


...wondered at this world of fragile forms

Carried on canvas strips of shimmering Time,                      16                    17-18


The white-fire dragon bird of endless bliss

Drifting with burning wings above her days:                         16                    29-30


Years like gold raiment of the gods that pass;

Her youth sat throned in calm felicity.                                      16                    33-34


Death stays the journeying discoverer, Life.                          18                    28


A prayer, a master act, a king idea

Can link man's strength to a transcendent Force.                20                    11-12


A pointing beam on earth's uncertain roads,

His birth held up a symbol and a sign;                         22                    12-13


His mind was like a fire assailing heaven,

His will a hunter in the trails of  light.                                        23                    4-5


He seeks through a penumbra shot with flame

A veiled reality half-known, ever missed,                                24                    22-23


Modelled in inward Time his rhythmic parts.                          25                    9


A Seer was born, a shining Guest of Time.                             25                    17


He sat in secret chambers looking out

Into the luminous countries of the unborn                             27                    31-32


He saw the Perfect in their starry homes . . .

Lain in the arms of the Eternal's peace,

Rapt in the heart-beats of God-ecstasy.                                  27-28          35,1-2


...heard the footsteps of the undreamed Idea

In the far avenues of the Beyond.                                              28                    17,18


The wide world-rhythms wove their stupendous chant     30                    6


And love is a yearning of the One for the One,

And beauty is a sweet difference of the Same                       32                    1-2


Thought lay down in a mighty voicelessness;                      33                    28


There grew in him as grows a waxing moon

The glory of the integer of his soul.                                          35                    30-31


A safety in the Silence and the Ray,                                          36                    5


The illusion and mystery of the Inconscient

In whose black pall the Eternal wraps his head                    36                    30,31


Experience was a tale of blaze and fire,

Air rippled round the argosies of the Gods,                            37                    13-14


Visits of beauty, storm-sweeps of delight

Rained from the all-powerful Mystery above.             37                    19-20


A wisdom-cry from rapt transcendences

Sang on the mountains of an unseen world;                         37                    24-25


Oft inspiration with her lightning feet, . . .

Traversed the soundless corridors of his mind                    38                    7,9


Her lifted finger's keen unthinkable tip

Bared with a stab of flame the closed Beyond.                     38-39              36,1


The radiant world of the everlasting Truth

Glimmered like a faint star bordering the night

Above the golden Overmind's shimmering ridge.                 41                    9-11


Silence the nurse of the Almighty's power,                            41                    16


Time's secrets were to him an oft-read book;                        44                    18


Lonely his days and splendid like the sun's.                         45                    5

Our early approaches to the Infinite

Are sunrise splendours on a marvellous verge                     46                    2-3


Immortal our forgotten vastnesses

Await discovery in our summit selves;                                    46                    15-16


Our souls can visit in great lonely hours

Still regions of imperishable Light, . . .

And moon-flame oceans of swift fathomless Bliss               47               9,10,12


Knowledge breaks through trailing its radiant seas            47                    25


In moment when the inner lamps are lit . . .

Our spirit sits alone and speaks to its gulfs.                           47                    34,36


We meet the ecstasy of the Godhead's touch

In golden privacies of immortal fire.                                          48                    17-18


A treasure of honey in the combs of God                                49                    8


An immortality cowled in the cape of death,

The shape of our unborn divinity.                                             49                    12-13


An aspiration in the Night's profound, . . .

Uplifts its lonely tongue of conscious fire                               50                    12,14


In Matter shall be lit the spirit's glow,

In body and body kindled the sacred birth;                            55                    13-14


Alive in a dead rotating universe

We whirl not here upon a casual globe                                    58                    35-36


An outstretched Hand is felt upon our lives.                          59                    4


She wraps him in the magic of her moods

And makes of his myriad truths her countless dreams.      61                    4-5


Author and actor with himself as scene,

He moves there as the Soul, as Nature she.                           61                    32-33


He burns the incense of his night and days

Offering his life, a splendour of sacrifice.                                62                    27-28


This whole wide world is only he and she.                             63                    10


His journey through the days is her sun-march;                  63                    28


Our life is a paradox with God for key.                         67                    32


A seeker of the islands of the Blest, . . .

He turns to eternal things his symbol quest;                         70                    28,30


He found the occult cave, the mystic door . . .

And entered where the Wings of Glory brood

In the sunlit space where all is for ever known.                     74                    4,6-7


The will to live under a reign of death,

The thirst for rapture in a heart of flesh,                                  75                    26,27


Pacing the vast cathedral of his thoughts

Under its arches dim with infinity

And heavenward brooding of invisible wings.                      79                    6-8


The Immobile's ocean-silence saw him pass,

An arrow leaping through eternity                                            79                    28-29


A ray returning to its parent sun.                                               79                    31


Death lay beneath him like a gate of sleep.                             79                    36


Questing for God as for a splendid prey,

He mounted burning like a cone of fire.                                   80                    2-3


And driven by a pointing hand of Light

Across his soul's unmapped immensitudes.                         80                    8-9


A lone forerunner of the Godward earth,                                 80                    25


A Beauty half-visible with deathless eyes

A violent Ecstasy, a Sweetness dire,                                        81                    5-6


His nature shuddered in the Unknown's grasp.                    81                    10


The heavenly wideness of a Godhead's gaze.                      82                    5


The python coils of the restricting Law

Could not restrain the swift arisen God:                                  83                    3-4


It lodged upon an edge of hourless Time, . . .

Its shadows gleaming with the birth of gods,                        88                    9,11


Her gulfs stood nude, her far transcendences

Flamed in transparencies of crowded light.                           88                    19-20

In its summit gleam where Night is not nor Sleep,

The light began of the Trinity supreme.                                   89                    25-26


A paean swelled from the lost musing deeps; . . .

A cry of the moments to the Immortal's bliss.                        90-91              36,2


Across the unfolding of the seas of self

Appeared the deathless countries of the One.                       91                    11-12


Sunbelts of knowledge, moonbelts of delight

Stretched out in an ecstasy of widenesses                            91                    21-22


His self-discovery's flaming witnesses,

Offering their marvel and their multitude.                                97                    7-8


The wide and prone leap of a godhead's fall.                        99                    26


Divinity's lapse from its own splendours wove

The many-patterned ground of all we are.                              99                    31-32


In that lucent ambiance mystically clear

The eyes were doors to a celestial sense,                              103                 15-16


A gossamer marriage-hall of Mind with Form

Is hidden by a tapestry of dreams;                                            104                 13-14


A brilliant passage for the infallible Flame                               108                 27


A ripple of light and glory wraps the brain,

And travelling down the moment's vanishing route

The figures of eternity arrive.                                                      110                 6-8


The Spirit's greatness is our timeless source

And it shall be our crown in endless Time.                             110                 27-28


In a gallop of thunder-hooved vicissitudes

She swept through the race-fields of Circumstance,           117                 15-16


Above him in a new celestial vault . . .

An archipelago of laughter and fire,

Swam stars apart in a rippled sea of sky.                                119                 2,5-6


In a swift eternal moment fixed there live . . .

Calm heavens of imperishable Light,

Illumined continents of violet peace,

Oceans and rivers of the mirth of God

And griefless countries under purple suns.                           120        12,14-17


Above was a monarchy of unfallen self,

Beneath was the gloomy trance of the abyss,                       122                 11-12


The light of God she has parted from his dark

To test the savour of bare opposites                                       122                 25-26


Pure mystic voices in beatitude's hush

Appealed to Love's immaculate sweetnesses,

Calling his honeyed touch to thrill the worlds,                      123                 20-22


Beauty unimaginable moved heaven-bare

Absolved from boundaries in the vasts of dream;                124                 3-4


Power laid its head upon the breasts of Bliss.                       124                 23


An immortal moth in happy and endless fire,

She burned in his sweet intolerable blaze.                             125                 25-26


Made forms his inward vision's rhythmic shapes

And her acts the living body of his will.                                   125                 35-36


A flaming thunder, a creator flash

His victor Light rode on her deathless Force:                        126                 1-2


The nude God-children in their play-fields ran

Smiting the winds with splendour and with speed;             126                 26-27


No guide she needed but her luminous heart:

No fall debased the godhead of her steps,                             127                 4-5


At will she wove her wizard wonder-dance,

A Dionysian goddess of delight,

A Bacchant of creative ecstasy.                                     128                 14-16


A voice was heard on the mute rolling globe,

A murmur moaned in the unlistening Void.                            129                 28-29 


Here too the gracious great-winged Angel poured

Her splendour and her sweetness and her bliss,                 130                 4-5


In her obscure cathedral of delight

To dim dwarf gods she offers secret rites.                             134                 16-17


A foundling of the gods she wanders here

Like a child-soul left near the gates of Hell

Fumbling through fog in search of Paradise.             135                 5-7


The world's senseless beauty mirrors God's delight.         139                 11


All lurking things were torn out of their veils

And held up in his vision's sun-white blaze.                          151                 26-27


A dream of living woke in Matter's heart,                                 156                 19


The illumined soul-ray fell on heart and flesh

And touched with semblances of ideal light

The stuff of which our earthly dreams are made.                  159                 10-12


In a narrow plot he has pitched his tent of life

Beneath the wide gaze of the starry Vast.                               166                 7-8


The world quivers with a God-light at its core,                      168                 14


The unfelt Self within who is the guide,

The unknown Self above who is the goal.                              168                 31-32


Across the cosmic fields through narrow lanes

Asking a scanty dole from Fortune's hands

And garbed in beggar's robes there walks the One.            169                 11-13


An Infant playing in the magic woods,

Fluting to rapture by the Spirit's streams,                               169                 26-27


Acquaint our depths with the supernal Ray

And cleave the darkness with the mystic Fire.                       172                 2-3


His only sunlight was his spirit's flame.                                   172                 25


Dim tokens of a Splendour sealed above,

Awoke the passion of the eyes' desire,                                   174                 12-13


A hierophant of the bodiless Secrecy . . .

Half captured a sealed sweetness of desire

That yearned from a bosom of mysterious Bliss.                 176           5,10-11


Across a luminous dream of spirit-space

She builds creation like a rainbow bridge                               182                 13-14


Across the leaping springs of death and birth . . .

A hunter on the Spirit's creative track,

He followed in life's fine and mighty trails                               188                 4,6-7


In the sleepy splendour of her noons he saw,. . .

Thought's dance of dragon-flies on mystery's stream        190                 23,25


Impassioned he bore the sorceries of her might,

Felt laid on him her abrupt mysterious will,                            191                 18-19


The spirit lost in the splendour of a dream

Listens to a thousand-voiced illusion's ode.                          193                 23-24


Only were safe who kept God in their hearts:. . .                   211                 3,7      

Heroes and soldiers of the army of Light.


He was alone with the grey python Night.                              217                 31


He mastered the tides of Nature with a look:

He met with his bare spirit naked Hell.                         219                 6-7


A yoke is laid upon the world's dim heart;

Masked are its beats from the supernal Bliss,

And the closed peripheries of brilliant Mind

Block the fine entries of celestial Fire.                          225                 31-34


He entered into dumb despairing Night

Challenging the darkness with his luminous soul.               227                 9-10


Pinned to the black inertia of our base

He treasured between his hands his flickering soul.           230                 33-34


The diamond script of the Imperishable. . .

The lyric of the love that waits through Time             232                 12,18


Hell split across its huge abrupt facade

As if a magic building were undone,

Night opened and vanished like a gulf of dream.                  232                 23-25


The soul lit the conscious body with its ray,

Matter and Spirit mingled and were one.                                 232                 32-33


Thrilled by the clasp of the warm satisfied sense

And the swift wonder-rush and flame and cry

Of the life-impulse's red magnificent race,

It lived in a jewel-rhythm of the laughter of God                    233                 19-22


Repeating its sweet involuntary note

A sob of rapture flowed along the hours.                                234                 2-3


Dream walked along the highway of the stars                       235                 9


A touch supreme surprised his hurrying heart,

The clasp was remembered of the Wonderful,

And hints leaped down of white beatitudes.                          237                 3-5


Eternity drew close disguised as Love

And laid its hand upon the body of Time.                               237                 6-7


A memory soft as grass and faint as sleep,

The beauty and call receding sank behind                             239                 2-3


Escaping over a wide and shimmering bridge,

He came into a realm of early Light                                           241                 1-2


Its gold-horned herds trooped into earth's cave-heart,       243                 12


Its morning rays illume our twilight's eyes,

Its young formations move the mind of earth

To labour and to dream and new-create,                                243                 13-15


A touch can alter the fixed front of Fate.                                  256                 8


Crossing out of some far omniscience

On lustrous seas from the still rapt Alone                               258                 17-18


Across a gleaming ether's golden laugh

A light falls on our vexed unsatisfied lives,                             261                 35-36


Form luminous leaps from the all-shaping beam                  264                 5


...Life, a splendour-stream of musing Force,

Carries the voices of the mystic Suns.                         264                 7-8


In gleaming clarities of amethyst air

The chainless and omnipotent Spirit of Mind

Brooded on the blue lotus of the Idea.                         264                 15-17


On meditation's mounting edge of trance

Great stairs of thought climbed up to unborn heights

Where Time's last ridges touch eternity's skies                    264                 23-25


A light of liberating Knowledge shone

Across the gulfs of silence in their eyes;                                 268                 16-17


Truth smiled upon the gracious golden game.                      275                 14


Out of her hushed eternal spaces leaned

The great and boundless Goddess feigned to yield

The sunlit sweetness of her secrecies.                                   275                 15-17


She has lowered her heights to the stature of our souls

And dazzled our lids with her celestial gaze.                          275                 29-30


But thought nor word can seize eternal Truth;                      276                 1


A new rung formed in Being's mighty stair,

A great wide step trembling with jewelled fire

As if a burning spirit quivered there                                          277                 13-15


The heavens of the ideal Mind were seen

In a blue lucency of dreaming space

Like strips of brilliant sky clinging to the moon.                    277                 21-23


A body of the cosmic beauty and joy . . .

Climbing from Nature's deep surrendered heart

It blooms for ever at the feet of God,                                         278                 3,5-6


Time's sunflowers gaze at gold Eternity:                                279                 20


A million lotuses swaying on one stem,

World after coloured and ecstatic world

Climbs towards some far unseen epiphany.                          279                 22-24


Lonely mounts up to heaven the deathless Flame.              279                 29-30


A fire along the mystic paths of earth...

It enters the occult eternal Light

And clambers whitening to the invisible Throne.                  279-80    36, 3-4


In secrecy wraps the seed the Eternal sows

Silence, the mystic birthplace of the soul.                               283                 30-21


A rumour and a movement and a call,

A foaming mass, a cry innumerable

Rolled ever upon the ocean surge of Life

Along the coasts of mortal Ignorance.                         287                 18-21


As if a beckoning finger of secrecy

Outstretched into a crystal mood of air,                                   289                 15-16


There shimmered stealing out into the Mind

A mute and quivering ecstasy of light,                         289                 21-22


The immortal cry ravished the captive ear,                

It marked with shrill melody night's moonless hush            290                 4,11


A jingling silver laugh of anklet bells

Travelled the roads of a solitary heart;. . .

An old forgotten sweetness sobbing came.                           290        14-15,17


An incense floated in the quivering air,

A mystic happiness trembled in the breast

As if the invisible Beloved had come

Assuming the sudden loveliness of a face                             290                 25-28


Infinite, coeval with the mind of God,

It bore within itself a seed, a flame,                                            291                 16,17


A constant touch of sweetness linked all hearts,

The throb of one adoration's single bliss

In a rapt ether of undying love.                                                   291                 25-27


A fragrance wandered in a coloured haze

As if the scent and hue of all sweet flowers

Had mingled to copy heaven's atmosphere.                          293                 1-3


A single being in two bodies clasped. . .

Their trance of bliss sustained the mobile world.                 295                 8,11


Mute in the fathomless passion of his will

He outstretched to her his folded hands of prayer.              295                 29-30


Tossed towards the shores of her ocean ecstasy,

Drunk with a deep golden spiritual wine,

He cast from the rent stillness of his soul

A cry of adoration and desire                                                     296                 6-9


A thousand roads leaped into Eternity

Or singing ran to meet God's veilless face                              298                 7-8


He saw the splendour of the spirit's realms. . .

The rapture of its movement and its rest,

And its fire-sweet miracle of transcendent life,                      298         13,16-17


There knowledge called him to her mystic peaks

Where thought is held in a vast internal sense

And feeling swims across a sea of peace                               299                 1-3


Ablaze the triple heavens revealed their suns,

The obscure Abyss exposed its monstrous rule.                 300                 19-20


He was a vast that soon became a Sun.                                  301                 26


All glory of outline, sweetness of harmony, . . .

Expunged from Being's silence nude, austere,

Died into a fine and blissful Nothingness                               307         20,22-23

His feet firm-based on Life's stupendous wings,

Omnipotent, a lonely seer of Time,

Inward, inscrutable, with diamond gaze.                                 307                 31-33


The One by whom all live, who lives by none,

An immeasurable luminous secrecy                                        309                 9-10


Only the everlasting No has neared. . .

But where is the Lover's everlasting Yes,                               310                 26,28


The voice that chants to the creator Fire,

The symbolled OM, the great assenting Word,                      310                 30-31


A body of wonder and translucency

As if a sweet mystic summary of her self

Escaping into the original Bliss

Had come enlarged out of eternity,                                           312                 12-15


A beautiful and felicitous lustre stole,

Imaged itself in a surprising beam

And built a golden passage to his heart                                  312                 24-26


A moment's sweetness of the All-Beautiful

Cancelled the vanity of the cosmic whirl.                                312                 28-29


The Mother of all godheads and all strengths

Who, mediatrix, binds earth to the Supreme.             313                 15-16


Her body of beauty mooned the seas of bliss,                      314                 12


Alone her hands can change Time's dragon base.              314                 15


She is the golden bridge, the wonderful fire.                          314                 18


The luminous heart of the Unknown is she,

A power of silence in the depths of God;                                314                 19-20


The Sun from which we kindle all our suns,

The Light that leans from the unrealised Vasts                     314                 23-24


All Nature dumbly calls to her alone

To heal with her feet the aching throb of life. . .        

And kindle her fire in the closed heart of things.                   314                 27-28


Amazement fell upon his ravished sense;

His spirit was caught in her intolerant flame.             315                 7-8


In the unapproachable stillness of his soul,

Intense, one-pointed, monumental, lone,

Patient he sat like an incarnate hope

Motionless on a pedestal of prayer.                                          317                 6-9


His soul was all in front like a great sea

Flooding the mind and body with its waves;                          318                 24-25


Infinity swallowed him into shoreless trance.                        320                 15


On sorrowless heights no winging cry disturbs,

Pure and untouched above the mortal play

Is spread the spirit's hushed immobile air.                             320                 32-34


Existence found its truth on Oneness' breast

And each became the self and space of all.                            323                 2-3


A splendid centre of infinity's whirl

Pushed to its zenith's height, its last expense,

Felt the divinity of its own self-bliss                                          323                 30-32


All struggle was turned to a sweet strife of love

In the harmonised circle of a sure embrace.                           324                 18-19


There Mind, a splendid sun of vision's rays,

Shaped substance by the glory of its thoughts

And moved amidst the grandeur of its dreams.                     327                 13


Imagination's great ensorcelling rod . . .

Outspread luxuriantly in golden air

Truth's iris-coloured wings of fantasy,                                    327       14, 16-17


Phenomenon built Reality's summer-house             

On the beaches of the sea of Infinity.                                       329            21-22


His heart lay somewhere conscious and alone

Far down below him like a lamp in night;                                331            34-35


My fire and sweetness are the cause of life.

But too immense my danger and my joy,                                335                 17-18


Speak not my secret name to hostile Time;

Man is too weak to bear the Infinite's weight.             335                 20-21


Obey thy spirit's wide omnipotent urge.                                  340                 28


All things shall change in God's transfiguring hour.            341                 12


I saw the Omnipotent's flaming pioneers

Over the heavenly verge which turns towards life

Come crowding down the amber stairs of birth;                   343           28-30


Out of the paths of the morning star they came

Into the little room of mortal life. . .

The sun-eyed children of a marvellous dawn,                       343     32-33,35


...dancers within rapture's golden doors,

Their tread one day shall change the suffering earth

And justify the light on Nature's face.                                      344       18-20


Linger not long with thy transmuting hand

Pressed vainly on one gold bar of Time,                                 345        10-11


O radiant fountain of the world's delight . . .

Incarnate the white passion of thy force,

Mission to earth some living form of thee.                              345     13, 18-19


Beauty shall walk celestial on the earth,

Delight shall sleep in the cloud-net of her hair                       346                 11-12


The streams of Heaven shall murmur in her laugh,

Her lips shall be the honeycombs of God,

Her limbs his golden jars of ecstasy,                                       346                 17-19


Strength shall be with her like a conqueror's sword

And from her eyes the Eternal's bliss shall gaze.                  346                 22-23


A seed shall be sown in Death's tremendous hour,             346                 24


The warm-lipped sentient soft terrestrial wave,

A quick and many-murmured moan and laugh,

Came gliding in upon white feet of sound.                             347                 8-10


Then Spring, an ardent lover, leaped through leaves

And caught the earth-bride in his eager clasp;                      351                 25-26


Changed by the passion of his divine outbreak

He made her body beautiful with his kiss.                              352                 6-7


Pure like the breath of an unstained desire

White jasmines haunted the enamoured air,                          352                 30-31


Survivor of death and the aeonic years,

Once more with her fathomless heart she fronted Time.  353       20-21

A world translated was her gleaming mind,

And marvel-mooned bright crowding fantasies                    356                 23-24


Celestial-human deep warm slumbrous fires

Woke in the long fringed glory of her eyes

Like altar-burnings in a mysteried shrine.                               357                 30-32


A brooding world of reverie and trance, . . .

Harboured the childhood of the incarnate Flame.                359                 6,10]


She laid the secrecies of her heart's deep muse

Upon the altar of the Wonderful;                                                360                 12-13


Her measure they could not reach but bore her touch,

Answering with the flower's answer to the sun

They gave themselves to her and asked no more.               364                 16-18


Her name ran murmuring on the lips of men

Exalted and sweet like an inspired verse

Struck from the epic lyre of rumour's winds                          367                 21-23


Her beauty and flaming strength were seen afar

Like lightning playing with the fallen day,

A glory unapproachably divine.                                                 367                 27-29


Her heart was a crowded temple of delight.                           368                 14


A word that leaped from some far sky of thought . .

Traversed the echoing passages of his brain                       369-70            31,2


Heaven's flaming lights descend and back return,

The luminous Eye approaches and retires;. . .

Fate is unwilling and the Abyss denies;                                  371       31-32, 34


Carved like a nectar-cup for thirsty gods,

This breathing Scripture of the Eternal's joy,

This net of sweetness woven of aureate fire.             372                21-23


The long eyes shadowed as by wings of Night

Under that moon-gold forehead's dreaming breadth

Were seas of love and thought that held the world; 372                 33-35


One light shall be around you and within;

Hand in strong hand confront Heaven's question, life:

Challenge the ordeal of the immense disguise.                     374-5       35-36,1

Cast from its sapphire pinnacle of trance

Day sank into the burning gold of eve;                                    375                 34-35


Night lit the watch-fires of eternity.                                            376                 2


The world was fibred with their own heart-strings;              381                 32


As floats a sunbeam through a shady place,

The golden virgin in her carven car

Came gliding among meditation's seats.                                384                 11-13


Below there crouched a dream of emerald woods. . .

Pale waters ran like glimmering threads of pearl.                 389                 26,28


Earth couched alone with her great lover Heaven,               390                 5


Magician of her rapt felicities,

Blithe, sensuous-hearted, careless and divine,

Life ran or hid in her delightful rooms;                         390                 15-17


As if a weapon of the living Light,

Erect and lofty like a spear of God

His figure led the splendour of the morn.                                393                 8-10


All in a moment was surprised and seized,

All in inconscient ecstasy lain wrapped                                  395                 19-20


Feelings as when a universe takes birth,

Swept through the turmoil of her bosom's space

Invaded by a swarm of golden gods:                                       395                 29-31


Mastered by the honey of a strange flower-mouth,

Drawn to soul-spaces opening round a brow,

He turned to the vision like a sea to the moon                       396                 12-14


The splendid lonely idols of his brain

Fell prostrate from their bright sufficiencies,              396                 21-22


He met in her regard his future's gaze

A promise and a presence and a fire,                                       396-7              36, 1


Abased, disfigured, mocked by baser mights

That steal his name and shape and ecstasy,

He is still the Godhead by which all can change.                  397                 33-35


Love dwells in us like an unopened flower

Awaiting a rapid moment of the soul,                                       398                 2-3


The winds have shown to me their trampling lords,

I have beheld the princes of the Sun

Burning in thousand-pillared homes of light.             401                 23-25


A slow swan silvering the azure lake,

A shape of magic whiteness, sailed through dream;           405                 4-5


I groped for the Mystery with the lantern, Thought.             407                 8


Descend, O Happiness, with thy moon-gold feet,

Enrich earth's floors upon whose sleep we lie.                     408                 26-27


On the high glowing cupola of the day

Fate tied a knot with morning's halo threads             411                 3-4


He sang no more the deathless heart of love,

His chant was a hymn of Ignorance and Fate.                       416                 10-11


A mighty shuddering coil of ecstasy

Crept through the deep heart of the universe.                       417                 35-36


........O ruby-eyed and snow-winged dove,

Flitting through thickets of thy pure desires

In the unwounded beauty of thy soul.                                      420                 7-9


A flame of radiant happiness she was born,

And surely will that flame set earth alight:                               423                 5-6


As brilliant as a lonely moon in heaven,

Gentle like the sweet bud that spring desires,

Pure like a stream that kisses silent banks,. . .

A living knot of golden Paradise,                                               430                 5-7,9


Death is the gardener of this wonder-tree;

Love's sweetness sleeps in his pale marble hand.              431                 28-29


Each year a mile upon the heavenly Way,

Each dawn opens into a larger Light.                                       434                 27-29


Pain is the hammer of the gods to break

A dead resistance in the mortal's heart,

His slow inertia as of living stone.                                             443                 30-32


The Eternal suffers in a human form,

He has signed salvation's testament with his blood:

He has opened the doors of his undying peace.                  445                 16-18


The Immortal bound to earth's mortality

Appearing and perishing on the roads of Time

Creates God's moment by eternity's beats.                            447                 11-13


But few are those who tread the sunlit path;

Only the pure in soul can walk in light.                                    448                 22-23


A little bliss is lent thee from above,

A touch divine upon they human days:                                   451                 27-28


Bliss is the Godhead's crown, eternal, free,. . .

Pain is the signature of the Ignorance                                     453             30,32


Indifference, pain and joy, a triple disguise,

Attire of the rapturous Dancer in the ways,                            454           10-11


The spirit rises mightier by defeat;. . .

Its splendid failures sum to victory.                                          458           22,24


The great are strongest when they stand alone.                   460                 35


A day may come when she must stand unhelped. . .

Carrying the world's future on her lonely breast,                  461             4,6


She must cross alone a perilous bridge in Time

And reach an apex of world-destiny                                         461            11-12


Cry not to heaven, for she alone can save.                             461            25


The luminous body of the eternal seer

Assailed the purple glory of the noon

And disappeared like a receding star                                       462                 14-16


A high and far imperishable voice

Chanted the anthem of eternal love.                                         462              20-21


The moon-gold sweetness of heaven's earth-born child.  466                 9


Night was a chrysoprase on velvet cloth, . . .

Day was a purple pageant and a hymn,                                   468                 18,20


Two lives were locked within an earthly heaven

And fate and grief fled from that fiery hour.                            468                 29-30


Her deepest grief from sweetest gulfs arose.             469                 20


Each day a golden leaf torn cruelly out

From her too slender book of love and joy.                            469                 22-23


Into a simplest movement she could bring

A oneness with earth's glowing robe of light,

A lifting up of common acts by love.                                         470                 34-36


Her spirit like a sea of living fire                                     471                 9


A stone of God lit by an amethyst soul.                                   474                 17


Our body's subtle self is throned within

In its viewless palace of veridical dreams                               485                 21-22


Out of the mystic cavern in man's heart

The heavenly Psyche must put off her veil                             486                 35-36


A spate, a torrent of the speed of Life

Broke like a wind-lashed driven mob of waves

Racing on a pale floor of summer sand;                                  491                 33-35


There was an ardour in the gaze of Life

That saw heaven blue in the grey air of Night:

The impulses godward soared on passion's wings.           493                 23-25


Truth lay with delight in error's passionate arms

Gliding downstream in a blithe gilded barge:

She edged her ray with a magnificent lie.                                494                 4-6


I am Prometheus under the vulture's beak,

Man, the discoverer of the undying Fire,

In the flame he kindled burning like a moth;                           506                 2-4


His streams of force shall triumph in thy limbs. . .

Misery shall pass abolished from the earth;                           507                 30,34


The Mother of Might looked down on passing things. . .

Saw the irresistible wheeling of the suns

And heard the thunder of the march of God.                          508       29, 30-31


In a frozen grandeur lone and desolate

Call me not to die the great eternal Death,

Left naked of my own humanity                                                 520                 4-6


Because thou art, love grows in spite of hate

And knowledge walks unslain in the pit of Night.                 520                 26-27


A rose of splendour on a tree of dreams,

The face of Dawn out of mooned twilight grew.                    523              14-15


An awful dimness wrapped the great rock-doors

Carved in the massive stone of Matter's trance                     524                 1-2-


Love chanting its pure hymeneal hymn

Made life and body mirrors of sacred joy

And all the emotions gave themselves to God.                      529                 34-36


The beloved despot of our thoughts and acts,

She streams into us with her unbound force,                        530                 33-34


Each thought is a ripple on a sea of Light.                              531                 2


A camp of God is pitched in human time.                                531                 28


The night's gold treasure of autumnal moons

Came floating shipped through ripples of fairy air.              532                 9-10


A golden circle round a mystic sun

Disclosed to her new-born predicting sight

The cyclic rondure of a sovereign life.                         533                 7-9


When Nature who is now unconscious God

Translucent grows to the Eternal's light, . . .

And Matter is the Spirit's willing bride.                         538                 3-4,7


As if at flower-prints in a dingy room

Laughed in a golden vase one living rose.                             539                 21-22


Thoughts, glistening Angels, stood behind the brain

In flashing armour, folding hands of prayer,

And poured heaven's rays into the earthly form.                  539                 28-30


The word, the form, the charm, the glory and grace

Are missioned sparks from a stupendous Fire;                    542                 16-17


The One only real shut itself from Space

And stood aloof from the idea of Time.                                    547                 15-16


The original Mystery wore her human face.                           552                 10


Being that never willed to bear a world

Restored to its original loneliness

Impassive, sole, silent, intangible.                                             552                 24-26


Mind was a single innumerable look

Upon himself and all that he became,

Life was his drama and the Vast a stage,

The universe was his body, God its soul.                               556                 6-9


The cosmos flowered in her, she was its bed.                       557                 22


The Shadow of a remote uncaring god

Doomed to his Nought the illusory universe,

Cancelling its show of idea and act in Time

And its imitation of eternity.                                                         565                 29-32


To mate with the Glory it sees, the spirit grows:. . .

The moments on great wings of lightning come                  

And godlike thoughts surprise the mind of earth.                571-2        29,31,1


Large quiverings of godhead seeking run

And weave upon a puissant field of calm

A high and lonely ecstasy of will.                                              572                 12-14


The Spirit who had hidden in Nature soared

Out of his luminous nest within the worlds                            572                 18-19


A sovereignty, a silence and a swiftness,

One brooded over abysses who was she.                              572                 33-34


Something stood there, unearthly, sombre, grand,

A limitless denial of all being

That wore the terror and wonder of a shape.                         574                 8-10


A fiery-footed splendour puissant-winged

Watched flaming-silent with her voiceless soul

Like a still sail upon a windless sea.                                         575                 30-32


Then flaming from her body's nest, alarmed,

Her violent spirit soared at Satyavan....

A fierce she-eagle threatened in her brood,

Borne on a rush of puissance and a cry,

Outwinging like a mass of golden fire.                         578   20-21,26-28


Her sovereign prisoned in her being's core,

He beat there like a rhythmic heart, -- herself             579                 5-6


Still like a statue on its pedestal,

Lone in the silence and to vastness bared,. . .

A columned shaft of fire and light she rose.                           581          15-16,18


But still in its lone niche of templed strength

Motionless, her flame-bright spirit, mute, erect,

Burned like a torch-fire from a windowed room                    582                 12-14

Immortal, unappalled her spirit faced

The danger of the ruthless eyeless waste.                             582                 20-21


A fragile miracle of thinking clay,

Armed with illusions walks the child of Time.                        586                 28-29


Like moonlight ridges on a shuddering flood

A stir of thoughts out of some silence born

Across the sea of her dumb fathomless heart.                      588                 9-11


My unwept tears have turned to pearls of strength:

I have transformed my ill-shaped brittle clay

Into the hardness of a statued soul.                                         588                 22-24


I will bear with him the ancient Mother's load

I will follow with him earth's path that leads to God. 590                 4-5


The eyes of love gaze starlike through death's night,

The feet of love tread naked hardest worlds.             592                 6-7


And thou, who art thou, soul, thou glorious dream

Of brief emotions made and glittering thoughts, . . .

A sparkling ferment in life's sunlit mire?                                  592                 25-28


That which thou seest as thy immortal self. . .

Is Death in thee dreaming of eternity.                                       593                 16,18


A golden fire came in and burnt Night's heart;

Her dusky mindlessness began to dream;                             601                 16-17


Adversary of the slow struggling Dawn

Defending its ground of tortured mystery,

It trailed its coils through the dead martyred air

And curving fled down a grey slope of Time.             601                 24-27


The gleaming shoulder of some godlike hope,

The flying feet of exquisite desires.                                          604                 8-9


Pain grew a trembling undertone of bliss

And transience immortality's floating hem,                             605                 29-30


What is this love thy thought has deified,

This sacred legend and immortal myth?

It is a conscious yearning of thy flesh,. . .

A rose of dream-splendour petalling thy mind,

A great red rapture and torture of thy heart.                           610       10-12,14,15


A ravishing edge of sweetness and of pain,

A thrill in its yearning makes it seem divine,                           610                 18-19


Love cannot live by heavenly food alone,

Only on sap of earth can it survive.                                           611                 6-7


One day I shall behold my great sweet world

Put off the dire disguises of the gods,

Unveil from terror and disrobe from sin,                                  613                 10-12


Then shall we clasp the ecstasy we chase,

Then shall we shudder with the long-sought god,               613                 15-16


Ever he comes to us across the years

Bearing a sweet new face that is the old.                                613                 35-34


He rose like a wild wave out of the floods

And dragged me helpless into seas of bliss.                          614                 16-17


I cherish God the Fire, not god the Dream.                             614                 33


As knowledge grows Light flames up from within:

It is a shining warrior in the mind,

An eagle of dreams in the divining heart,

An armour in the fight, a bow of God.                                       626                 33-36


Philosophy climbs up Thought's cloud-bank peaks           627                 3


On heights unreached by mind's most daring soar,

Upon a dangerous edge of failing Time

The soul draws back into its deathless Self;                          627                 8-10


Delight, God's sweetest sign and Beauty's twin,                  629                 9


Indifferent to the threat of karmic law,

Joy dares to grow upon forbidden soil,                                   630                 27-28


Time thrills to the sapphics of her amour song

And Space fills with a white beatitude.                         632                 3-4


In the vast golden laughter of Truth's sun

Like a great heaven-bird on a motionless sea

Is poised her winged ardour of creative joy

On the still deep of the Eternal's peace.                                   632                 14-17


Out of the Void this grand creation rose,

For this the Spirit came into the Abyss                                    632                 21-22


Love is the far Transcendent's angel here;

Love is man's lien on the Absolute.                                          633                 35-36


The great stars burn with my unceasing fire

And life and death are both its fuel made.                               638                 23-24


Life only was my blind attempt to love:

Earth saw my struggle, heaven my victory;                            638                 25-26


All utterance, all mood must there become

An unenduring tissue sewn by mind

To make a gossamer robe of beautiful change.                    639                 14-16


Intent upon her silent will she walked. . .

A trailing robe of dreams behind her feet.                               639                 17,20


Borne like a coloured and embosomed fire,

By spirits carried in a pearl-hued cave,

On through the enchanted dimness moved her soul.         640                 5-7 bodies motionless like statues, fixed

In tranced cessations of their sleepless thought

Sat sleeping souls, and this too was a dream.                       642-3     35-36,1


How shall the mighty Mother her calm delight

Keep fragrant in this narrow fragile vase

Or lodge her sweet unbroken ecstasy

In hearts which earthly sorrow can assail                               647                 1-4


Dream not to change the world that God has planned.       647                 6


I run where his sweet dreadful voice commands

And I am driven by the reins of God.                                         653                 1-2


The Person is a bubble on Time's sea.                                    654                 13


All things hang here between God's yes and no,

Two Powers real but to each other untrue,

Two consort stars in the mooned night of mind                   654-5              36,1-2


Thought there has revelation's sun-bright eyes;                  660                 19


The Word, a mighty and inspiring Voice,

Enters Truth's inmost cabin of privacy

And tears away the veil from God and life.                              660                 20-22

The prostrate earth perhaps shall lift her gaze

And feel near her the secret body of God

And love and joy overtake fleeing Time.                                 664                 18-20


Her forehead's span vaulted the Omniscient's gaze,           665                 3


As glides God's sun into the mystic cave

Where hides his light from the pursuing gods,

It glided into the lotus of her heart

And woke in it the Force that alters Fate.                                665                 19-22


Eternity looked into the eyes of Death,

And Darkness saw God's living Reality.                                  665                 33-34


Light was a luminous torture in his heart,

Light coursed, a splendid agony, through his nerves;

His darkness muttered perishing in her blaze.                      667                 15-17


In the dream twilight of that symbol world

The dire universal Shadow disappeared

Vanishing into the Void from which it came.                          667-8       36, 1-2


A dancing chaos, an iridescent sea

Eternised to Heaven's ever wakeful sight

The crowding petal-glow of marvel's tints

Which float across the curtained lids of dream.                    674                 11-14


Heaven's cup bearers bore round the Eternal's wine;        676                 26


There lightning-filled with glory and with flame,

Melting in waves of sympathy and sight,. . .

She beheld the clasp to earth denied and bore

The imperishable eyes of veilless love.                                   677     21-22,26-27


Experience mounted on joy's coloured breast

To inaccessible spheres in spiral flight.                                  678                 19-20


Night the dim mask had grown a wonderful face.                 679                 8


Fled was the error that arms the hands of grief,

And lighted the ignorant gulf whose hollow deeps

Had given to nothingness a dreadful voice.                           679                 12-14


The nectar spilled by love with trembling hands,

The joy the cup of Nature cannot hold,

Had crowded to the beauty of his face,

Were waiting in the honey of his laugh.                                   682                 16-19


I am the inviolable Ecstasy;

They who have looked on me shall grieve no more.            684                 4-5


On the pale shores of conscious foaming straits. . .

Two powers from one original ecstasy born

Pace near, but parted in the life of man;                                  684                 7,9-10


Heaven in its rapture dreams of perfect earth,

Earth in its sorrow dreams of perfect heaven.                       684                 12-13


Wait patient of the brittle bars of form

Making division your delightful means

Of happy oneness rapturously enhanced

By attraction in the throbbing air between.                             684-5      35-36,1-2


Fashion to beauty, point us through the world.

Break not the lyre before the song is found;                          687                 17-18


O thunderer with the lightnings of the soul,

Give not to darkness and to death thy sun,

Achieve thy wisdom's hidden firm decree

And the mandate of thy secret world-wide love.                   687                 32-35


In her heart there move celestial seekings soft

And beautiful like fluttering wings of birds,

Visions of joy that she can never win

Traverse the fading mirror of her dreams.                              688                 17-20


Heaven's call is rare, rarer the heart that heeds;                   689                 17


Melt, Lightning, into thy invisible flame.

Clasp, Ocean, deep into thyself thy wave,

Happy for ever in the embosoming surge.                              692                 3-5


To raise the world to God in deathless Light,

To bring down God to the world on earth we came,

To change the earthly life to life divine.                                   692                 17-19


Choired in calm seas she heard the eternal Thought

Rhythming itself abroad unutterably

In spaceless orbits and on timeless roads.                            695                 18-20


A thousand doors of oneness was her heart,

A crypt and sanctuary of brooding light

Appeared, the last recess of things beyond.                          695-6              35-36, 1

"Thy peace, O Lord, a boon within to keep

Amid the roar and ruin of wild Time

For the magnificent soul of man on earth.                              696                 26-28


"Thy embrace which rends the living knot of pain,

Thy joy, O Lord, in which all creatures breathe,

Thy magic flowing waters of deep love,

Thy sweetness give to me for earth and men."                     697                 33-36


Because thou hast obeyed my timeless will

I lay my hands upon thy soul of flame,

I lay my hands upon thy heart of love,                                     698                 23-25


I bind by thy heart's passion thy heart to mine

And lay my splendid yoke upon thy soul.                               698                 31-32


Thy days shall be my shafts of power and light,

Thy nights my starry mysteries of joy

And all my clouds lie tangled in thy hair

And all my springtides marry in thy mouth.                            699                 2-5


Thy heart shall drive thee on the wheel of works,

Thy mind shall urge thee through the flames of thought,

To meet me in the abyss and on the heights,                        670                 15-17


The pains of hell shall be to thee my kiss,

The flowers of heaven persuade thee with my touch.         670                 21-22


Delight shall drop down from my nectarous moon. . .

My eye shall look upon thee from the sun.                             670             30,32


Thou shalt discover the one and quivering note

And cry, the harp of all my melodies,

And roll, my foaming wave in seas of love.                             701                 3-5


For ever love, O beautiful slave of God!                                   702                 13


O Word, cry out the immortal litany:

Built is the golden tower, the flame-child born.                     702                 21-22


Life's tops shall flame with the Immortal's thoughts,

Light shall invade the darkness of its base.                           707                 7-8


For knowledge shall pour down its radiant streams

And even darkened mind quiver with new life

And kindle and burn with the Ideal's fire                                 710                 14-16


The prophet moment covered limitless Space

And cast into the heart of hurrying Time

A diamond light of the Eternal's peace,

A crimson seed of God's felicity;                                              12                 22-24


A key turned in a mystic lock of Time.                                     712                 29


Over wide earth brooded the infinite bliss.                             712                 36


My life a whisper of thy dreaming thoughts,

My morns a gleaming of thy spirit's wings,                

And day and night are of thy beauty part.                               718                 34-36


Lo, we have looked upon the face of God,

Our life has opened with divinity.                                            719                 17-18


Two fires that burn towards that parent Sun,

Two rays that travel to the original Light.                                720                 30-31


Night, splendid with the moon dreaming in heaven

In silver peace, possessed her luminous reign.                        724                 24-25


She brooded through her stillness on a thought

Deep-guarded by her mystic folds of light,

And in her bosom nursed a greater dawn.                                 724                 26-28

story | by Dr. Radut