Savitri Reading Group [2019-8-7]

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Recorded 7 August 2019

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We are performing an intimate reading of Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri – A Legend and a Symbol, with virtual meeting every 1st and 3rd Wednesday until the poem is fully read. Savitri: A Legend and a Symbol is an epic poem in blank verse by Sri Aurobindo, based upon the theology from the Mahabharata. Its central theme revolves around the transcendence of man as the consummation of terrestrial evolution, and the emergence of an immortal supramental gnostic race upon earth. Unfinished at Sri Aurobindo’s death, Savitri approaches 24,000 lines. 

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So, one of my other “ten thousand questions” concerned the first line of Canto One of Savitri : “It was the hour before the gods awake…” This struck me as itself of interest. I do not think the Christian God sleeps, so what of the Vedic gods? Well, Vishnu seems to be asleep all the time, and the universe is his dream, so his awakening should correspond to the death of the universe. On the other hand, according to one source, Brahma awakens everyday at 4 in the morning :

“Now the condition described is before the gods awake. The gods awake every day at 4 in the morning, at the brahma-muhurta , the moment of the Eternal. Hence it was between 3 and 4 that the Night light stretched across the path of the divine Event.” (- Savitri)

This seems to be the result of the gods coming down to Earth, so that by their awakening, the divine transformation of the world can begin. All that in one line!


That’s good to know! And feels right. Between 3 and 4 in the morning is my favorite time to wake up (esp. for meditation & writing). Anytime before that, I feel sleep-deprived and grouchy. Anytime later, I feel that Hyperspace has already moved on without me.

There is a pristine moment of universal prana in the air just before sunrise, that’s for sure.