The Love of Savitri

For many years I have found something beautiful and profound in a section of the epic poem Savitri by Sri Aurobindo.  It is a section that dives into the depths of the relationship between the masculine and feminine, between men and women, and also, I feel, the Eternal Relationship between All, between Life and the Divine, and the inherent, essential Unity that Is all of it.  In these days where many people are seeking more and more to understand the nature of Relationships with more Consciousness and Wisdom – including but not limited to romantic relationships – and during this time where I myself am aspiring for Guidance in this big part of life, I felt like sharing the following lines from Savitri with you.   For those of you who are not familiar with this epic poem, it is, in short, a vast story which traverses all the realms of Consciousness and Existence through the lives of a married couple, Savitri and Satyavan, where Savitri follows her beloved into the realms of Death in order to save him, and essentially the Earth and Humanity, from Death itself.  It is a poem written as Mantra, as an expression of Direct Experience of the layers of Consciousness, and holds quite a powerful Vibration and transformational Power.  So, enjoy my Beloved Friends of Light and Love!

“All here where each thing seems its lonely self
Are figures of the sole transcendent One:
Only by him they are, his breath is their life;
An unseen Presence moulds the oblivious clay.
A playmate in the mighty Mother’s game,
One came upon the dubious whirling globe
To hide from her pursuit in force and form.
A secret spirit in the Inconscient’s sleep,
A shapeless Energy, a voiceless Word,
He was here before the elements could emerge,
Before there was light of mind or life could breathe.
Accomplice of her cosmic huge pretense,

His semblances he turns to real shapes
And makes the symbol equal with the truth:
He gives to his timeless thoughts a form in Time.
He is the substance, he the self of things;
She has forged from him her works of skill and might:
She wraps him in the magic of her moods
And makes of his myriad truths her countless dreams.
The Master of being has come down to her,
An immortal child born in the fugitive years.
In objects wrought, in the persons she conceives,
Dreaming she chases her idea of him,
And catches here a look and there a gest:
Ever he repeats in them his ceaseless births.
He is the Maker and the world he made,
He is the vision and he is the Seer;
He is himself the actor and the act,
He is himself the knower and the known,
He is himself the dreamer and the dream.
There are Two who are One and play in many worlds;
In Knowledge and Ignorance they have spoken and met
And light and darkness are their eyes’ interchange;
Our pleasure and pain are their wrestle and embrace,
Our deeds, our hopes are intimate to their tale;
They are married secretly in our thought and life.
The universe is an endless masquerade:
For nothing here is utterly what it seems;
It is a dream-fact vision of a truth
Which but for the dream would not be wholly true,
A phenomenon stands out significant
Against dim backgrounds of eternity;
We accept its face and pass by all it means;
A part is seen, we take it for the whole.
Thus have they made their play with us for roles:
Author and actor with himself as scene,
He moves there as the Soul, as Nature she.
Here on the earth where we must fill our parts,

We know not how shall run the drama’s course;
Our uttered sentences veil in their thought.
Her mighty plan she holds back from our sight:
She has concealed her glory and her bliss
And disguised the Love and Wisdom in her heart;
Of all the marvel and beauty that are hers,
Only a darkened little we can feel.
He too wears a diminished godhead here;
He has forsaken his omnipotence,
His calm he has foregone and infinity.
He knows her only, he has forgotten himself;
To her he abandons all to make her great.
He hopes in her to find himself anew,
Incarnate, wedding his infinity’s peace
To her creative passion’s ecstasy.
Although possessor of the earth and heavens,
He leaves to her the cosmic management
And watches all, the Witness of her scene.
A supernumerary on her stage,
He speaks no words or hides behind the wings.
He takes birth in her world, waits on her will,
Divines her enigmatic gesture’s sense,
The fluctuating chance turns of her mood,
Works out her meanings she seems not to know
And serves her secret purpose in long Time.
As one too great for him he worships her;
He adores her as his regent of desire,
He yields to her as the mover of his will,
He burns the incense of his nights and days
Offering his life, a splendour of sacrifice.
A rapt solicitor for her love and grace,
His bliss in her to him is his whole world:
He grows through her in all his being’s powers;
He reads by her God’s hidden aim in things.
Or, a courtier in her countless retinue,
Content to be with her and feel her near

He makes the most of the little that she gives
And all she does drapes with his own delight.
A glance can make his whole day wonderful,
A word from her lips with happiness wings the hours.
He leans on her for all he does and is:
He builds on her largesses his proud fortunate days
And trails his peacock-plumaged joy of life
And suns in the glory of her passing smile.
In a thousand ways he serves her royal needs;
He makes the hours pivot around her will,
Makes all reflect her whims; all is their play:
This whole wide world is only he and she.

This is the knot that ties together the stars:
The Two who are one are the secret of all power,
The Two who are one are the might and right in things.
His soul, silent, supports the world and her,
His acts are her commandment’s registers.
Happy, inert, he lies beneath her feet:
His breast he offers for her cosmic dance
Of which our lives are the quivering theatre,
And none could bear but for his strength within,
Yet none would leave because of his delight.
His works, his thoughts have been devised by her,
His being is a mirror vast of hers:
Active, inspired by her he speaks and moves;
His deeds obey her heart’s unspoken demands:
Passive, he bears the impacts of the world
As if her touches shaping his soul and life:
His journey through the days is her sun-march;
He runs upon her roads; hers is his course.
A witness and student of her joy and dole,
A partner in her evil and her good,
He has consented to her passionate ways,
He is driven by her sweet and dreadful force.
His sanctioning name initials all her works;

His silence is his signature to her deeds;
In the execution of her drama’s scheme,
In her fancies of the moment and its mood,
In the march of this obvious ordinary world
Where all is deep and strange to the eyes that see
And Nature’s common forms are marvel-wefts,
She through his witness sight and motion of might
Unrolls the material of her cosmic Act,
Her happenings that exalt and smite the soul,
Her force that moves, her powers that save and slay,
Her Word that in the silence speaks to our hearts,
Her silence that transcends the summit Word,
Her heights and depths to which our spirit moves,
Her events that weave the texture of our lives
And all by which we find or lose ourselves,
Things sweet and bitter, magnificent and mean,
Things terrible and beautiful and divine.
Her empire in the cosmos she has built,
He is governed by her subtle and mighty laws.
His consciousness is a babe upon her knees,
His being a field of her vast experiment,
Her endless space is the playground of his thoughts;
She binds to knowledge of the shapes of Time
And the creative error of limiting mind
And chance that wears the rigid face of fate
And her sport of death and pain and Nescience,
His changed and struggling immortality.
His soul is a subtle atom in a mass,
His substance a material for her works.
His spirit survives amid the death of things,
He climbs to eternity through being’s gaps,
He is carried by her from Night to deathless Light.
This grand surrender is his free-will’s gift,
His pure transcendent force submits to hers.
In the mystery of her cosmic ignorance,
In the insoluble riddle of her play,

A creature made of perishable stuff,
In the pattern she has set for him he moves,
He thinks with her thoughts, with her trouble his bosom heaves;
He seems the thing that she would have him seem,
He is whatever her artist will can make.
Although she drives him on her fancy’s roads,
At play with him as with her child or slave,
To freedom and the Eternal’s mastery
And immortality’s stand above the world,
She moves her seeming puppet of an hour.
Even in his mortal session in body’s house,
An aimless traveller between birth and death,
Ephemeral dreaming of immortality,
To reign she spurs him. He takes up her powers;
He has harnessed her to the yoke of her own law.
His face of human thought puts on a crown.
Held in her leash, bound to her veiled caprice,
He studies her ways if so he may prevail
Even for an hour and she work out his will;
He makes of her his moment passion’s serf:
To obey she feigns, she follows her creature’s lead:
For him she was made, lives only for his use.
But conquering her, then is he most her slave;
He is her dependent, all his means are hers;
Nothing without her he can, she rules him still.
At last he wakes to a memory of Self:
He sees within the face of deity,
The Godhead breaks out through the human mould:
Her highest heights she unmasks and is his mate.
Till then he is a plaything in her game;
Her seeming regent, yet her fancy’s toy,
A living robot moved by her energy’s springs,
He acts as in the movements of a dream,
An automaton stepping in the grooves of Fate,
He stumbles on driven by her whip of Force:
His thought labours, a bullock in Time’s fields;

His will he thinks his own, is shaped in her forge.
Obedient to World-Nature’s dumb control,
Driven by his own formidable Power,
His chosen partner in a titan game,
Her will he has made the master of his fate,
Her whim the dispenser of his pleasure and pain;
He has sold himself into her regal power
For any blow or boon that she may choose:
Even in what is suffering to our sense,
He feels the sweetness of her mastering touch,
In all experience meets her blissful hands;
On his heart he bears the happiness of her tread
And the surprise of her arrival’s joy
In each event and every moment’s chance.
All she can do is marvelous in his sight:
He revels in her, a swimmer in her sea,
A tireless amateur of her world-delight,
He rejoices in her every thought and act
And gives consent to all that she can wish;
Whatever she desires he wills to be:
The Spirit, the innumerable One,
He has left behind his lone eternity,
He is an endless birth in endless Time,
Her finite’s multitude in an infinite Space.”

Volume: 33-34 [CWSA] (Savitri — A Legend and a Symbol), Page: 60

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The New Relationship in Love

From the beginning of existence the search for Love in life has been like a divinelove2constant Urge and Yearning behind all of life’s movements….like the body’s need to Breathe, when it is not there and not felt truly, deeply, dynamically, there is this reaction within us, even within Matter itself, to gasp and cry out for it, to reach for it, even fight for it, as if it were the only True Thing….without it we suffocate.  It is this Love that binds us together, the interconnected Bliss of the Oneness that is not just within each of us but also everywhere and in everything, which allows us to relate and experience relations of all diverse kinds in Life.  It is this inherent and essential Love that pushes and pulls us as humans together and apart, like a Dance that is seeking a Divine Harmony, but has yet to totally Realize it in its absolute Perfection.

One of the powerful ways that this seeking for Love has manifested itself through us is in our desire for a special, intimate partnership with another Soul that opens us up to more of who we truly are, which helps us grow beyond our boundaries and limitations and inspires us to experience life in new ways.  Yet, while these romantic relationships have been a beautiful way for Love to bring us together and help us see beyond our blindness and build the awareness of our profound interconnectedness, we must also recognize that there is a need to grow further and evolve in our way of experiencing and relating with each other.

The world is slowly beginning to realize that Love is something far beyond any relationship with another person that we may connect with or experience life with, that we are more Divine than we have understood and that this Love we seek is ultimately within us all the time, for it is Who We Are, that it is not something we receive from outside ourselves but rather something which lives always deep within us, and which we must awaken more and more as we grow and become more Conscious of our Divine Source which animates everything and all of us.  With this Awakening to our inner Divine Truth, our own Self-Love which, again, does not belong to one individual or another, but which is a Self that lives in all of us, as Us, the need to shift our perception of our relationships between each other, especially those we call ‘romantic’, is also necessary. 

The old relationships of the world have been dominated by old ideals and old powers, by old perceptions of separation and the need to dominate or be dominated.  Our romantic relationships of the past have been weighed down and tainted by the power games we have created between men and women, by the need to control, by superficial and artificial desires and interests, by so many false ways of looking at each other and seeking to manipulate each other to satisfy personal desires that are bound up in this sense that we are separate from each other and from everything else – what is known as the great Ego that experiences everything according to fear because it perceives itself to be separate from everything – and thus the need to create disharmonious ways of attaining whatever it/we want.  Yet this dark illusion of the Ego and Division is slowly crumbling….the veil of ignorance is being pierced and thrown aside more and more as the Light Within us breaks through the crust of our blind shells.  It is revealing to us that what we have believed to be Love in this world is still merely a shadow of a Divine Love which is more powerful than we have yet imagined.  It is showing us that this Love goes beyond the need to find “the perfect match”, “the one”, with the idea that we must find someone with particular characteristics or “mutual interests”, where love seems to be more about satisfying personal desires and images, about needing certain things to feel happy or loved, about give-and-take relations, about finding something in the outer world that one has not found within oneself, and so many other false ways of being.

There is a growing Aspiration in humanity for a New Relationship, a True Relationship that is based in a Love that must first be found Within Oneself.  As long as one does not know the Divine Origin of Love at the Heart of Oneself, then our relationships with others cannot yet be the Harmony and Beauty that is possible. The search for Love is ultimately, of course, the search for our true Self, the search for the Divine within us.  It is true that when we seek Love outwardly in life it is Love, and the Divine, which is seeking Itself, seeking to unite itself with more and more of its own Vastness of Form and Diversity, within its ever Vaster Unity.  This is a part of our Journey, and there is a beauty in this.  Yet as long as we are not fully Conscious of ourselves as being this Love, we continue to live life, and our relationships, from this false sense of separation, which creates only the disharmony, difficulty and suffering (personal and collective) which is plaguing our world.

Though we experience and perceive life as being separate, divided, this is merely a part of a passing phase along a Vaster Journey that we all are traveling within, and being carried by.  Our collective truth is not ultimately Division, but an inherent Interconnectedness and Total Oneness of All.  Love is this Connection and the Connector which is fulfilling itself through all our experiences in life, even the most difficult and painful.  Yet as we become more Awakened to the Love that resides within us, the difficulty and pain can and will become transformed.

The vision of this New Relationship empowered by a Divine Love is something that can take us beyond the need for romantic relationships, but does not exclude the possibility and beauty of them, whether they are between men and women or the same sex, or any other diverse arrangements and partnerships.  It is a Relationship where one loves  not because of what one receives, but because one simply Loves to Love.  It is a Love that sees and discovers itself in everyone, and everything, and chooses to Love without needing anything, for It Is everything already…..there is no need for desire, no need to cling or to hold or expect…for Love is constantly Free by the nature of it dwelling everywhere.  It is a Relationship where each Soul offers oneself unconditionally, totally, in all one’s unique Lightness and darkness, strength and weakness.  It is where a magnetic Fire of Connection breathes between the Souls without needing anything, yet willing to share everything, to surrender ourselves to the Divine Presence in each other mutually in a pursuit of the Inner Union.  It is a Relationship that is essentially motivated by the Aspiration to serve the Divine Consciousness, to grow and to Become more of the Beauty of this Life Divine together.  It is a Relationship of transcending each other’s limitations to arrive on that pathway which emerges into an Unending Evolution and Growth of Consciousness, the Eternally flowing and Becoming of Truth that is as diverse as our Infinite Imagination and Creativity allows.  It is a Relationship of each Soul building the Harmony of their own being in the context of another Soul’s growing Harmony, where each accepts both the Light and the dark, and recognizes that the challenges of the other are a part of oneself, of All.  It is a Relationship of true Intimacy, where sharing each other becomes an offering to the Divine in the other, where engaging each other becomes a process of Awakening to each other’s Truth and Beauty, of Light and Absolute Love.  It is a Relationship where each and every Moment is sacred and offers the opportunity to grow and experience the Beauty of each other, including all the difficulties and challenges that are confronted along the Way.  It is a Relationship where each must feel comfortable in expressing and sharing their truths of each moment, even if those truths be only temporary steps towards the Greater Truth to come, and where each can accept the other for where they are at without judgment, and offer the support that is right for each moment, for the unique Soul that is before them.  It is a Relationship that must keep itself Open always to Change and Transformation, and to Surrendering all attachments and expectations even as one Aspires and Dreams together for a greater Abundance of Experience.  It is a Relationship that can find something Beautiful even if the Relationship lasts merely a Moment, a Year, a Lifetime, or More…..for it is a Relationship that knows it is a representative of the Eternal Infinite Relationship of All, that we are ultimately all One and must merge our Being with this All that dwells within All, even as we keep true to our own unique Identities as individuals, couples, groups, or collective bodies of Light Beings.

The New Relationship may only be slowly emerging at the present time, and may take a lot of work and difficulty for it to shed its Light upon this chaotic world that is in dire need for a change in how we live and relate with one another.  Yet it is destined to Be as we dare to go ever deeper within ourselves as individuals to Connect with our own Divine Source, and as we dare collectively to build a world that recognizes this Divine Relationship in and between all of us.  Let us dare to share ourselves more freely and dare to overwhelm the fears of the world with our growing Absolute Love.  May All Love awaken within All of You and Us….and may we each find the Soul Partnership that is destined for each of us. 

Love and Light,
Noel

Poetry Book Release: Transcendent Sky

After many years of Soul-seeking, Consciousness-diving, Spirit-soaring, and a lot Transcendent Sky Book Cover1of poetry-writing, I have finally published a book of poetry, entitled Transcendent Sky: A Spiritual Journey of Poetry, available in paperback at my E-store and as an e-book through Kindle Amazon and all other versions at Smashwords. It is a collection of poems that explore the spiritual essence of life through my own personal offering of inspiration, contemplation, and insight. It expresses some of my inner experiences and personal reflections along the spiritual journey with an intention to inspire the awakening of the Soul and Spirit towards greater enlightenment and self-awareness. It is a journey of poetry that evokes the Oneness of all of Life and the Divine Presence that dwells uniquely within All.

While many of the poems in my book are found here in this blog, there are many more poems that have never before been published which I believe other spiritual seekers may enjoy and appreciate. I hope you will consider supporting my first attempt in the world of publishing and welcome any feedback or ideas for spreading the word.  Please visit my book page for more information.

Here are a few ideas for how you can help me share this book with the rest of the world:

  • Share this article, my blog address, and/or the Transcendent Sky Facebook page with your friends, family, poetry lovers, and social media world.
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  • Tell me of a local independent bookstore or another unique store – online or in your area of the world – that I could contact about carrying my book.
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Thank you to all my Followers and readers of this blog and I wish you all much Grace and Enlightenment along your own Poetic Journey.

Your Friend in Spirit and Soul,
Noel

Poem: Twin Flame

in a world where all seems lost and untrue,

two beings sailing adrift, separate and alone,

calling upon the powers of Spirit’s good grace         

to embody a Connection of True Intimacy,               

found in unlikely places their Intrinsic Soul,

where Fate emerged from its long hiding place

and woke a Twin Flame by their Inner Identity.

 

a simple Glance upon a lone picture’s smile,

a few words read upon the ether’s profile,

and all the Heavens opened with a descending Flood,

washing over their Hearts with a Moment’s Touch,

igniting a Fusion between familiar strangers,

awakening the Bliss of a shared Destiny

where space and distance were no obstacles

to a mutual Discovery bound in Eternity’s Love:

a Yearning across ages seemed to be fulfilled,

Uniting two who were yet always the same One.

 

a long awaited reconciliation was upon their Soul:

his presence, a shining Light for her uneasy days,

her Laughter, a Dance of Joy for his lonely Heart,

her Eyes, an endless Ocean for him to merge within,

her Love, the compass of his Soul’s exploration.

 

through shadows and sufferings born of fear,

the two now One discovered strength to Soar,

separate paths now Interwoven and joined ever more,

a new Journey gazing into the Future’s Unknown,

a twin Phoenix arising from adventures long past,

flaming together towards the Dawn of One Soul.

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Poem: i have something to say

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i have something to say.

no matter whether i am believed or disbelieved,

rewarded or punished,

praised or belittled.

i must say what i have to say.

there is no other way.

yet should i say it poetically

only the poets would hear.

should i try selling it to voters

it would become lost in politics.

if i were to sing it

it would dance for a while,

then fade into unpopularity.

if i were to paint a picture of it,

its colors would speak for a while,

then dry into a dead permanence.

if i were to scream it,

yell it everywhere i go,

it would run in fear and anger,

recoiling into the shadows awaiting another day.

were i to put it into law,

it would lie scorned by the rebellious nature.

were i to kill for it,

it would wither itself into a lonely grave.

were i to represent it by any form,

surround it with words and deeds,

still there would seem an incompleteness to it’s nature.

yet if i were to ignore it,

stifle it as a repressed heart never to be expressed,

my Soul would cry ceaselessly unto the dying ages.

 

i have something to say,

and so with an inadequate word, i say

Love.