Savitri | a Legend and a Symbol    

Sri Aurobindo Gayatri

(Tat savitur varam rūpam jyoti parasya dhīmahi, yanna satyena dīpayet.)

Let us meditate on the most auspicious form of Savitri,

on the Light of the Supreme which shall illumine us with the Truth.

Sri Aurobindo

The following selections are from Sri Aurobindo's The Future Poetry

"A supreme, an absolute of itself, a reaching to an infinite and
utmost, a last point of perfection of its own possibilities is that
to which all action of Nature intuitively tends in its unconscious
formations and when it has arrived to that point it has justified its
existence to the spirit which has created it and fulfilled the secret
creative will within it. Speech, the expressive Word, has such a
summit or absolute, a perfection which is the touch of the infinite
upon its finite possibilities and the seal upon it of its Creator.
This absolute of the expressive Word can be given the name
which was found for it by the inspired singers of the Veda, the
Mantra. ...... the Mantra is the word that carries the
godhead in it or the power of the godhead, can bring it into the
consciousness and fix there it and its workings, awaken there the
thrill of the infinite, the force of something absolute, perpetuate
the miracle of the supreme utterance. " (p. 315)

"what we might call the Mantra in
poetry, that rhythmic speech which, as the Veda puts it, rises at
once from the heart of the seer and from the distant home of
the Truth,—the discovery of the word, the divine movement,
the form of thought proper to the reality ....” (p. 12)

"The Mantra, poetic expression of the deepest spiritual
reality, is only possible when three highest intensities
of poetic speech meet and become indissolubly one, a
highest intensity of rhythmic movement, a highest intensity of
interwoven verbal form and thought-substance, of style, and a
highest intensity of the soul’s vision of truth." (p.21)

"The Mantra is born through the
heart and shaped or massed by the thinking mind into a chariot
of that godhead of the Eternal of whom the truth seen is a face or
a form. And in the mind too of the fit outward hearer who listens
to the word of the poet-seer, these three must come together, if
our word is a real Mantra; the sight of the inmost truth must
accompany the hearing, the possession of the inmost spirit of it
by the mind and its coming home to the soul must accompany or
follow immediately upon the rhythmic message of theWord and
the mind’s sight of the Truth." (p. 220)

But poetry is
the Mantra only when it is the voice of the inmost truth and is
couched in the highest power of the very rhythm and speech of
that truth. ..... The Mantra in other words is a direct and most
heightened, an intensest and most divinely burdened rhythmic
word which embodies an intuitive and revelatory inspiration
and ensouls the mind with the sight and the presence of the very
self, the inmost reality of things and with its truth and with the
divine soul-forms of it, the Godheads which are born from the
living Truth.(p.218)

"But the privilege of the
poet is to go beyond and discover that more intense illumination
of speech, that inspired word and supreme inevitable utterance,
in which there meets the unity of a divine rhythmic movement
with a depth of sense and a power of infinite suggestion welling
up directly from the fountain-heads of the spirit within us." (p. 19)

At the highest (he) the poet himself
disappears into sight; the personality of the seer is lost in the
eternity of the vision, and the Spirit of all seems alone to be
there speaking out sovereignly its own secret. (p.38)

Hymn to Savitri in the Rig Veda (No. V. 81)

But also thou goest, O Savitri, to the three shining worlds of heaven and thou art made manifest by the rays of the Sun, and thou encirclest on both sides the Night, and thou becomest Mitra, O god, with his settled laws of Truth.

Translation by Sri Aurobindo