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“if I had to write for the general reader I could not have written ''Savitri'' at all. It is in fact for myself that I have written it and for those who can lend themselves to the subject-matter, images, technique of mystic poetry.<br>
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&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;This is the real stumbling-block of mystic poetry and specially mystic poetry of this kind. The mystic feels real and present, even ever-present to his experience, intimate to his being, truths which to the ordinary reader are intellectual abstractions or metaphysical speculations. He is writing of experiences that are foreign to the ordinary mentality. ... The mystical poet can only describe what he has felt, seen in himself or others or in the world just as he has felt or seen it or experienced through exact vision, close contact or identity and leave it to the general reader to understand or not understand or misunderstand according to his capacity.”<ref>Ibid., p.316</ref>
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([[Mother]]:) “it is something immortal and eternal he has created. I tell you once again, there is nothing like it in the whole world. Even if one puts aside the vision of the reality, that is, the essential substance which is the heart of the inspiration, and considers only the lines in themselves, one will find them unique, of the highest classical kind. What he has created is something man cannot imagine. For, everything is there, everything.”<ref>''[[Sweet Mother - Luminous Notes|Sweet Mother: Lumnious Notes]] - Conversations with the Mother recollected by Mona Sarkar''</ref>
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“My child, yes, everything is there: mysticism, occultism, philosophy, the history of evolution, the history of man, of the gods, of creation, of Nature; how the universe was created, why, for what purpose, what destiny — all is there. You can find there all the answers to all your questions. Everything is explained, even the future of man and of the evolution, all that nobody yet knows. He has expressed them in beautiful and clear words so that spiritual adventurers who wish to solve the mysteries of the world may understand it more easily. But the mystery is well hidden behind the lines and one must rise to the required level of true consciousness to discover it.”<ref>Ibid.</ref>
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“It is my experiences he has presented all along and they were also his experiences. It is, moreover, the picture of our adventure together into the unknown or rather into the Supermind.”<ref>Ibid.</ref>
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Savitri: a Legend and a Symbol


“in intention a sort of symbolic epic of the aim of supramental Yoga”[1]


“if I had to write for the general reader I could not have written Savitri at all. It is in fact for myself that I have written it and for those who can lend themselves to the subject-matter, images, technique of mystic poetry.
         This is the real stumbling-block of mystic poetry and specially mystic poetry of this kind. The mystic feels real and present, even ever-present to his experience, intimate to his being, truths which to the ordinary reader are intellectual abstractions or metaphysical speculations. He is writing of experiences that are foreign to the ordinary mentality. ... The mystical poet can only describe what he has felt, seen in himself or others or in the world just as he has felt or seen it or experienced through exact vision, close contact or identity and leave it to the general reader to understand or not understand or misunderstand according to his capacity.”[2]


(Mother:) “it is something immortal and eternal he has created. I tell you once again, there is nothing like it in the whole world. Even if one puts aside the vision of the reality, that is, the essential substance which is the heart of the inspiration, and considers only the lines in themselves, one will find them unique, of the highest classical kind. What he has created is something man cannot imagine. For, everything is there, everything.”[3]


“My child, yes, everything is there: mysticism, occultism, philosophy, the history of evolution, the history of man, of the gods, of creation, of Nature; how the universe was created, why, for what purpose, what destiny — all is there. You can find there all the answers to all your questions. Everything is explained, even the future of man and of the evolution, all that nobody yet knows. He has expressed them in beautiful and clear words so that spiritual adventurers who wish to solve the mysteries of the world may understand it more easily. But the mystery is well hidden behind the lines and one must rise to the required level of true consciousness to discover it.”[4]


“It is my experiences he has presented all along and they were also his experiences. It is, moreover, the picture of our adventure together into the unknown or rather into the Supermind.”[5]


PART ONE

Book One: The Book of Beginnings

Canto I The Symbol Dawn 1 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto II The Issue 11 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto III The Yoga of the King: The Yoga of the Soul’s Release 22 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto IV The Secret Knowledge 46 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto V The Yoga of the King: The Yoga of the Spirit’s Freedom and Greatness 74 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png

Book Two: The Book of the Traveller of the Worlds

Canto I The World-Stair 95 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto II The Kingdom of Subtle Matter 103 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto III The Glory and the Fall of Life 116 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto IV The Kingdoms of the Little Life 132 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto V The Godheads of the Little Life 151 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto VI The Kingdoms and Godheads of the Greater Life 173 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto VII The Descent into Night 202 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto VIII The World of Falsehood, the Mother of Evil and the Sons of Darkness 220 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto IX The Paradise of the Life-Gods 233 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto X The Kingdoms and Godheads of the Little Mind 238 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto XI The Kingdoms and Godheads of the Greater Mind 260 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto XII The Heavens of the Ideal 277 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto XIII In the Self of Mind 283 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto XIV The World-Soul 289 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto XV The Kingdoms of the Greater Knowledge 297 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png

Book Three: The Book of the Divine Mother

Canto I The Pursuit of the Unknowable 305 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto II The Adoration of the Divine Mother 310 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto III The House of the Spirit and the New Creation 317 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto IV The Vision and the Boon 334 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png

PART TWO

Book Four: The Book of Birth and Quest

Canto I The Birth and Childhood of the Flame 349 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto II The Growth of the Flame 359 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto III The Call to the Quest 369 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto IV The Quest 377 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png

Book Five: The Book of Love

Canto I The Destined Meeting-Place 389 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto II Satyavan 392 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto III Satyavan and Savitri 400 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png

Book Six: The Book of Fate

Canto I The Word of Fate 415 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto II The Way of Fate and the Problem of Pain 437 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png

Book Seven: The Book of Yoga

Canto I The Joy of Union; the Ordeal of the Foreknowledge of Death and the Heart’s Grief and Pain 465 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto II The Parable of the Search for the Soul 474 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto III The Entry into the Inner Countries 488 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto IV The Triple Soul-Forces 503 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto V The Finding of the Soul 522 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto VI Nirvana and the Discovery of the All-Negating Absolute 532 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png
Canto VII The Discovery of the Cosmic Spirit and the Cosmic Consciousness 551 Paper icon.png AurovilleRadio logo 20px.png

Book Eight: The Book of Death

“Canto III” Death in the Forest 561 Paper icon.png

PART THREE

Book Nine: The Book of Eternal Night

Canto I Towards the Black Void 571 Paper icon.png
Canto II The Journey in Eternal Night and the Voice of the Darkness 582 Paper icon.png

Book Ten: The Book of the Double Twilight

Canto I The Dream Twilight of the Ideal 599 Paper icon.png
Canto II The Gospel of Death and Vanity of the Ideal 607 Paper icon.png
Canto III The Debate of Love and Death 621 Paper icon.png
Canto IV The Dream Twilight of the Earthly Real 641 Paper icon.png

Book Eleven: The Book of Everlasting Day

Canto I The Eternal Day: The Soul’s Choice and the Supreme Consummation 671 Paper icon.png

Book Twelve: Epilogue

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  1. Letters on Poetry and Art, p.261
  2. Ibid., p.316
  3. Sweet Mother: Lumnious Notes - Conversations with the Mother recollected by Mona Sarkar
  4. Ibid.
  5. Ibid.


See also

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