Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

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Sri Aurobindo (1872 – 1950) was a key figure in the early movement for Indian Independence. He was arrested by the British on charges of sedition and after a deep spiritual experience in jail, he left politics to pursue a path of spiritual seeking. Sri Aurobindo founded an ashram in Pondicherry, where he became a prominent spiritual philosopher, poet and Spiritual Master. His greatest work was the epic poem Savitri and his Magnum opus The Life Divine. Sri Aurobindo was a prolific writer writing some of the most detailed and comprehensive discourses on spiritual evolution. Sri Aurobindo said that his inspiration to write came from his inner pilot, from a higher source. Sri Aurobindo wrote extensively, in particular, he spent many hours patiently replying to the questions and problems of his disciples. Even on the smallest detail, Sri Aurobindo would reply with great care, attention and often good humour. It is interesting to note that Sri Aurobindo often refused to write for prestigious newspapers and journals, he frequently turned down requests to return to the leadership of the Indian independence movement. Sri Aurobindo was also a Seer Poet of the highest order. His epic Savitri is a testimony to his own spiritual sadhana. For over 20 years he continually refined and amended this mantric poetic output. It became one of the most powerful testimonies of his spiritual consciousness.

Mantras from Savitri

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

All can be done
if the God-touch is there
~
Only a little
The God-light can stay.
~
A traveller between summit and abyss.
~
The human in him
Paced with the Divine.
~
God shall grow up
While the wise men
Talk and sleep.
~
We are sons of God
And must be even as he.
~
Beyond earth’s longitudes and latitudes.
~
Our life
Is a holocaust
Of the Supreme.
~
Oh, surely one day
He shall come to our cry.
~
None can reach heaven
Who has not
Passed through hell.
~
Our human state
Cradles the future god.
~
The One by whom all live,
Who lives by none.
~
Escape brings not the victory and the crown.
~
In absolute silence
Sleeps an absolute Power.
~
A God comes down greater by the fall.
~
A giant dance of Shiva tore the past.
~
Whoever is too great
Must lonely live.
~
The soul in man
Is greater
Than his fate.
~
The life you lead
Conceals the light you are.
~
The great are strongest
When they stand alone.
~
The day-bringer
Must walk
In darkest night.
~
Our life is a march
To a victory
Never won.
~
Man can accept his fate,
He can refuse.
~
His failure is not failure
Whom God leads.
~
I wear the face of Kali
When I kill.
~
One man’s perfection
Still can save the world.
~
He who would save the world
Must share its pain.
~
All is too little that the world can give.
~
I shall save earth,
If earth consents
To be saved.
~
He Who Chooses The Infinite Has Been Chosen by the Infinite
~
Truth born too soon
Might break
The imperfect earth.
~
A cave of darkness guards the eternal Light.
~
A death-bound littleness is not all we are.
~
A Light there is that leads,
A Power that aids.
~
A moment sees,
The ages toil to express.
~
All our earth starts from mud and ends in sky.
All rose from the silence;
All goes back to its hush.
~
All things are real
That here are only dreams.
~
An idiot hour destroys what centuries made.
~
Love is a yearning
Of the One
For the One.
~
Mortality bears ill
The eternal’s touch.
~
The spirit rises mightier
By defeat.
~
The soul that can
Live alone with itself
Meets God.
~
There is a purpose
In each stumble and fall.
~
A future knowledge is an added pain.
~
To know is best,
However hard to bear.
~
But few are they who tread the sunlit path.
~
Death helps us not,
Vain is the hope to cease.
~
Earth is the chosen place of mightiest souls.
~
Eternity speaks, none understands its word.
~
Fate shall be changed by an unchanging will.
~
For joy
And not for sorrow
Earth was made.
~
Heaven’s call is rare,
Rarer the heart that heeds.
~
My God is Love
And sweetly suffers all.
~
Only the pure in soul
Can walk in light.
~
The gods are still too few
In mortal forms.
~
We are greater
Than our thoughts.
~
Even the body shall remember God.

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Ascent: The Silence

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

Into the Silence, into the Silence,
Arise, O Spirit immortal,
Away from the turning Wheel, breaking the magical Circle.
Ascend, single and deathless:
Care no more for the whispers and the shoutings in the darkness,
Pass from the sphere of the grey and the little,
Leaving the cry and the struggle,
Into the Silence forever.
Vast and immobile, formless and marvellous,
Higher than Heaven, wider than the universe,
In a pure glory of being,
In a bright stillness of self-seeing,
Communing with a boundlessness voiceless and intimate,
Make thy knowledge too high for thought, thy joy too deep for emotion;
At rest in the unchanging Light, mute with the wordless self-vision,
Spirit, pass out of thyself; Soul, escape from the clutch of Nature.
All thou hast seen cast from thee, O Witness.
Turn to the Alone and the Absolute, turn to the Eternal:
Be only eternity, peace and silence,
world-transcending nameless Oneness,
Spirit immortal.

Read More
Ascent: Beyond the Silence

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

Out from the Silence, out from the Silence,
Carrying with thee the ineffable Substance,
Carrying with thee the splendour and wideness,
Ascend, O Spirit immortal.
Assigning to Time its endless meaning,
Blissful enter into the clasp of the Timeless.
Awake in the living Eternal, taken to the bosom of love of the Infinite,
Live self-found in his endless completeness,
Thy heart close to the heart of the Godhead for ever.
Vast, God-possessing, embraced by the Wonderful,
Lifted by the All-Beautiful into his infinite beauty,
Love shall envelop thee endless and fathomless,
Joy unimaginable, Ecstasy illimitable,
Knowledge omnipotent, Might omniscient,
Light without darkness, Truth that is dateless.
One with the Transcendent, calm, universal,
Single and free, yet innumerably living,
All in thyself and thyself in all dwelling,
Act in the world with thy being beyond it.
Soul, exceed life’s boundaries; Spirit, surpass the universe.
Outclimbing the summits of Nature,
Transcending and uplifting the soul of the finite,
Rise with the world in thy bosom,
O Word gathered into the heart of the Ineffable.
One with the Eternal, live in his infinity,
Drowned in the Absolute, found in the Godhead,
Swan of the supreme and spaceless ether wandering winged through the universe,
Spirit immortal.

Read More
Life

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

Mystic Miracle, daughter of Delight,
Life, thou ecstasy,
Let the radius of thy flight
Be eternity.
On thy wings thou bearest high
Glory and disdain,
Godhead and mortality,
Ecstasy and pain.
Take me in thy wild embrace
Without weak reserve
Body dire and unveiled face;
Faint not, Life, nor swerve.
All thy bliss I would explore,
All thy tyranny.
Cruel like the lion’s roar,
Sweet like springtide be.
Like a Titan I would take,
Like a God enjoy,
Like a man contend and make,
Revel like a boy.
More I will not ask of thee,
Nor my fate would choose;
King or conquered let me be,
Live or lose.
Even in rags I am a god;
Fallen, I am divine;
High I triumph when down-trod,
Long I live when slain.

Read More
Nirvana

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

All is abolished but the mute Alone.
The mind from thought released, the heart from grief,
Grow inexistent now beyond belief;
There is no I, no Nature, known-unknown.
The city, a shadow picture without tone,
Floats, quivers unreal; forms without relief
Flow, a cinema’s vacant shapes; like a reef
Foundering in shoreless gulfs the world is done.
Only the illimitable Permanent
Is here. A Peace stupendous, featureless, still.
Replaces all, – what once was I, in It
A silent unnamed emptiness content
Either to fade in the Unknowable
Or thrill with the luminous seas of the Infinite.

Read More
The Infinitesimal Infinite

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

Out of a still Immensity all came!
These million universes were to it
The poor light-bubbles of a trivial game,
A fragile glimmer in the Infinite.
It could not find its soul in all that vast:
It drew itself into a little speck
Infinitesimal, ignobly cast
Out of earth’s mud and slime strangely awake,-
A tiny plasm on a little globe,
In the small system of a dwarflike sun,
A little life wearing the flesh for robe,
A little mind winged through wide space to run!
It lived, it knew, it saw its self sublime,
Deathless, outmeasuring Space, outlasting Time.

Read More
Mantras from Savitri

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

All can be done
if the God-touch is there
~
Only a little
The God-light can stay.
~
A traveller between summit and abyss.
~
The human in him
Paced with the Divine.
~
God shall grow up
While the wise men
Talk and sleep.
~
We are sons of God
And must be even as he.
~
Beyond earth’s longitudes and latitudes.
~
Our life
Is a holocaust
Of the Supreme.
~
Oh, surely one day
He shall come to our cry.
~
None can reach heaven
Who has not
Passed through hell.
~
Our human state
Cradles the future god.
~
The One by whom all live,
Who lives by none.
~
Escape brings not the victory and the crown.
~
In absolute silence
Sleeps an absolute Power.
~
A God comes down greater by the fall.
~
A giant dance of Shiva tore the past.
~
Whoever is too great
Must lonely live.
~
The soul in man
Is greater
Than his fate.
~
The life you lead
Conceals the light you are.
~
The great are strongest
When they stand alone.
~
The day-bringer
Must walk
In darkest night.
~
Our life is a march
To a victory
Never won.
~
Man can accept his fate,
He can refuse.
~
His failure is not failure
Whom God leads.
~
I wear the face of Kali
When I kill.
~
One man’s perfection
Still can save the world.
~
He who would save the world
Must share its pain.
~
All is too little that the world can give.
~
I shall save earth,
If earth consents
To be saved.
~
He Who Chooses The Infinite Has Been Chosen by the Infinite
~
Truth born too soon
Might break
The imperfect earth.
~
A cave of darkness guards the eternal Light.
~
A death-bound littleness is not all we are.
~
A Light there is that leads,
A Power that aids.
~
A moment sees,
The ages toil to express.
~
All our earth starts from mud and ends in sky.
All rose from the silence;
All goes back to its hush.
~
All things are real
That here are only dreams.
~
An idiot hour destroys what centuries made.
~
Love is a yearning
Of the One
For the One.
~
Mortality bears ill
The eternal’s touch.
~
The spirit rises mightier
By defeat.
~
The soul that can
Live alone with itself
Meets God.
~
There is a purpose
In each stumble and fall.
~
A future knowledge is an added pain.
~
To know is best,
However hard to bear.
~
But few are they who tread the sunlit path.
~
Death helps us not,
Vain is the hope to cease.
~
Earth is the chosen place of mightiest souls.
~
Eternity speaks, none understands its word.
~
Fate shall be changed by an unchanging will.
~
For joy
And not for sorrow
Earth was made.
~
Heaven’s call is rare,
Rarer the heart that heeds.
~
My God is Love
And sweetly suffers all.
~
Only the pure in soul
Can walk in light.
~
The gods are still too few
In mortal forms.
~
We are greater
Than our thoughts.
~
Even the body shall remember God.

Read More
Ascent: The Silence

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

Into the Silence, into the Silence,
Arise, O Spirit immortal,
Away from the turning Wheel, breaking the magical Circle.
Ascend, single and deathless:
Care no more for the whispers and the shoutings in the darkness,
Pass from the sphere of the grey and the little,
Leaving the cry and the struggle,
Into the Silence forever.
Vast and immobile, formless and marvellous,
Higher than Heaven, wider than the universe,
In a pure glory of being,
In a bright stillness of self-seeing,
Communing with a boundlessness voiceless and intimate,
Make thy knowledge too high for thought, thy joy too deep for emotion;
At rest in the unchanging Light, mute with the wordless self-vision,
Spirit, pass out of thyself; Soul, escape from the clutch of Nature.
All thou hast seen cast from thee, O Witness.
Turn to the Alone and the Absolute, turn to the Eternal:
Be only eternity, peace and silence,
world-transcending nameless Oneness,
Spirit immortal.

Read More
Ascent: Beyond the Silence

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

Out from the Silence, out from the Silence,
Carrying with thee the ineffable Substance,
Carrying with thee the splendour and wideness,
Ascend, O Spirit immortal.
Assigning to Time its endless meaning,
Blissful enter into the clasp of the Timeless.
Awake in the living Eternal, taken to the bosom of love of the Infinite,
Live self-found in his endless completeness,
Thy heart close to the heart of the Godhead for ever.
Vast, God-possessing, embraced by the Wonderful,
Lifted by the All-Beautiful into his infinite beauty,
Love shall envelop thee endless and fathomless,
Joy unimaginable, Ecstasy illimitable,
Knowledge omnipotent, Might omniscient,
Light without darkness, Truth that is dateless.
One with the Transcendent, calm, universal,
Single and free, yet innumerably living,
All in thyself and thyself in all dwelling,
Act in the world with thy being beyond it.
Soul, exceed life’s boundaries; Spirit, surpass the universe.
Outclimbing the summits of Nature,
Transcending and uplifting the soul of the finite,
Rise with the world in thy bosom,
O Word gathered into the heart of the Ineffable.
One with the Eternal, live in his infinity,
Drowned in the Absolute, found in the Godhead,
Swan of the supreme and spaceless ether wandering winged through the universe,
Spirit immortal.

Read More
Life

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

Mystic Miracle, daughter of Delight,
Life, thou ecstasy,
Let the radius of thy flight
Be eternity.
On thy wings thou bearest high
Glory and disdain,
Godhead and mortality,
Ecstasy and pain.
Take me in thy wild embrace
Without weak reserve
Body dire and unveiled face;
Faint not, Life, nor swerve.
All thy bliss I would explore,
All thy tyranny.
Cruel like the lion’s roar,
Sweet like springtide be.
Like a Titan I would take,
Like a God enjoy,
Like a man contend and make,
Revel like a boy.
More I will not ask of thee,
Nor my fate would choose;
King or conquered let me be,
Live or lose.
Even in rags I am a god;
Fallen, I am divine;
High I triumph when down-trod,
Long I live when slain.

Read More
Nirvana

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

All is abolished but the mute Alone.
The mind from thought released, the heart from grief,
Grow inexistent now beyond belief;
There is no I, no Nature, known-unknown.
The city, a shadow picture without tone,
Floats, quivers unreal; forms without relief
Flow, a cinema’s vacant shapes; like a reef
Foundering in shoreless gulfs the world is done.
Only the illimitable Permanent
Is here. A Peace stupendous, featureless, still.
Replaces all, – what once was I, in It
A silent unnamed emptiness content
Either to fade in the Unknowable
Or thrill with the luminous seas of the Infinite.

Read More
The Infinitesimal Infinite

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

Out of a still Immensity all came!
These million universes were to it
The poor light-bubbles of a trivial game,
A fragile glimmer in the Infinite.
It could not find its soul in all that vast:
It drew itself into a little speck
Infinitesimal, ignobly cast
Out of earth’s mud and slime strangely awake,-
A tiny plasm on a little globe,
In the small system of a dwarflike sun,
A little life wearing the flesh for robe,
A little mind winged through wide space to run!
It lived, it knew, it saw its self sublime,
Deathless, outmeasuring Space, outlasting Time.

Read More
Mantras from Savitri

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

All can be done
if the God-touch is there
~
Only a little
The God-light can stay.
~
A traveller between summit and abyss.
~
The human in him
Paced with the Divine.
~
God shall grow up
While the wise men
Talk and sleep.
~
We are sons of God
And must be even as he.
~
Beyond earth’s longitudes and latitudes.
~
Our life
Is a holocaust
Of the Supreme.
~
Oh, surely one day
He shall come to our cry.
~
None can reach heaven
Who has not
Passed through hell.
~
Our human state
Cradles the future god.
~
The One by whom all live,
Who lives by none.
~
Escape brings not the victory and the crown.
~
In absolute silence
Sleeps an absolute Power.
~
A God comes down greater by the fall.
~
A giant dance of Shiva tore the past.
~
Whoever is too great
Must lonely live.
~
The soul in man
Is greater
Than his fate.
~
The life you lead
Conceals the light you are.
~
The great are strongest
When they stand alone.
~
The day-bringer
Must walk
In darkest night.
~
Our life is a march
To a victory
Never won.
~
Man can accept his fate,
He can refuse.
~
His failure is not failure
Whom God leads.
~
I wear the face of Kali
When I kill.
~
One man’s perfection
Still can save the world.
~
He who would save the world
Must share its pain.
~
All is too little that the world can give.
~
I shall save earth,
If earth consents
To be saved.
~
He Who Chooses The Infinite Has Been Chosen by the Infinite
~
Truth born too soon
Might break
The imperfect earth.
~
A cave of darkness guards the eternal Light.
~
A death-bound littleness is not all we are.
~
A Light there is that leads,
A Power that aids.
~
A moment sees,
The ages toil to express.
~
All our earth starts from mud and ends in sky.
All rose from the silence;
All goes back to its hush.
~
All things are real
That here are only dreams.
~
An idiot hour destroys what centuries made.
~
Love is a yearning
Of the One
For the One.
~
Mortality bears ill
The eternal’s touch.
~
The spirit rises mightier
By defeat.
~
The soul that can
Live alone with itself
Meets God.
~
There is a purpose
In each stumble and fall.
~
A future knowledge is an added pain.
~
To know is best,
However hard to bear.
~
But few are they who tread the sunlit path.
~
Death helps us not,
Vain is the hope to cease.
~
Earth is the chosen place of mightiest souls.
~
Eternity speaks, none understands its word.
~
Fate shall be changed by an unchanging will.
~
For joy
And not for sorrow
Earth was made.
~
Heaven’s call is rare,
Rarer the heart that heeds.
~
My God is Love
And sweetly suffers all.
~
Only the pure in soul
Can walk in light.
~
The gods are still too few
In mortal forms.
~
We are greater
Than our thoughts.
~
Even the body shall remember God.

Read More
Ascent: The Silence

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

Into the Silence, into the Silence,
Arise, O Spirit immortal,
Away from the turning Wheel, breaking the magical Circle.
Ascend, single and deathless:
Care no more for the whispers and the shoutings in the darkness,
Pass from the sphere of the grey and the little,
Leaving the cry and the struggle,
Into the Silence forever.
Vast and immobile, formless and marvellous,
Higher than Heaven, wider than the universe,
In a pure glory of being,
In a bright stillness of self-seeing,
Communing with a boundlessness voiceless and intimate,
Make thy knowledge too high for thought, thy joy too deep for emotion;
At rest in the unchanging Light, mute with the wordless self-vision,
Spirit, pass out of thyself; Soul, escape from the clutch of Nature.
All thou hast seen cast from thee, O Witness.
Turn to the Alone and the Absolute, turn to the Eternal:
Be only eternity, peace and silence,
world-transcending nameless Oneness,
Spirit immortal.

Read More
Ascent: Beyond the Silence

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

Out from the Silence, out from the Silence,
Carrying with thee the ineffable Substance,
Carrying with thee the splendour and wideness,
Ascend, O Spirit immortal.
Assigning to Time its endless meaning,
Blissful enter into the clasp of the Timeless.
Awake in the living Eternal, taken to the bosom of love of the Infinite,
Live self-found in his endless completeness,
Thy heart close to the heart of the Godhead for ever.
Vast, God-possessing, embraced by the Wonderful,
Lifted by the All-Beautiful into his infinite beauty,
Love shall envelop thee endless and fathomless,
Joy unimaginable, Ecstasy illimitable,
Knowledge omnipotent, Might omniscient,
Light without darkness, Truth that is dateless.
One with the Transcendent, calm, universal,
Single and free, yet innumerably living,
All in thyself and thyself in all dwelling,
Act in the world with thy being beyond it.
Soul, exceed life’s boundaries; Spirit, surpass the universe.
Outclimbing the summits of Nature,
Transcending and uplifting the soul of the finite,
Rise with the world in thy bosom,
O Word gathered into the heart of the Ineffable.
One with the Eternal, live in his infinity,
Drowned in the Absolute, found in the Godhead,
Swan of the supreme and spaceless ether wandering winged through the universe,
Spirit immortal.

Read More
Life

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

Mystic Miracle, daughter of Delight,
Life, thou ecstasy,
Let the radius of thy flight
Be eternity.
On thy wings thou bearest high
Glory and disdain,
Godhead and mortality,
Ecstasy and pain.
Take me in thy wild embrace
Without weak reserve
Body dire and unveiled face;
Faint not, Life, nor swerve.
All thy bliss I would explore,
All thy tyranny.
Cruel like the lion’s roar,
Sweet like springtide be.
Like a Titan I would take,
Like a God enjoy,
Like a man contend and make,
Revel like a boy.
More I will not ask of thee,
Nor my fate would choose;
King or conquered let me be,
Live or lose.
Even in rags I am a god;
Fallen, I am divine;
High I triumph when down-trod,
Long I live when slain.

Read More
Nirvana

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

All is abolished but the mute Alone.
The mind from thought released, the heart from grief,
Grow inexistent now beyond belief;
There is no I, no Nature, known-unknown.
The city, a shadow picture without tone,
Floats, quivers unreal; forms without relief
Flow, a cinema’s vacant shapes; like a reef
Foundering in shoreless gulfs the world is done.
Only the illimitable Permanent
Is here. A Peace stupendous, featureless, still.
Replaces all, – what once was I, in It
A silent unnamed emptiness content
Either to fade in the Unknowable
Or thrill with the luminous seas of the Infinite.

Read More
The Infinitesimal Infinite

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

Out of a still Immensity all came!
These million universes were to it
The poor light-bubbles of a trivial game,
A fragile glimmer in the Infinite.
It could not find its soul in all that vast:
It drew itself into a little speck
Infinitesimal, ignobly cast
Out of earth’s mud and slime strangely awake,-
A tiny plasm on a little globe,
In the small system of a dwarflike sun,
A little life wearing the flesh for robe,
A little mind winged through wide space to run!
It lived, it knew, it saw its self sublime,
Deathless, outmeasuring Space, outlasting Time.

Read More
Mantras from Savitri

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

All can be done
if the God-touch is there
~
Only a little
The God-light can stay.
~
A traveller between summit and abyss.
~
The human in him
Paced with the Divine.
~
God shall grow up
While the wise men
Talk and sleep.
~
We are sons of God
And must be even as he.
~
Beyond earth’s longitudes and latitudes.
~
Our life
Is a holocaust
Of the Supreme.
~
Oh, surely one day
He shall come to our cry.
~
None can reach heaven
Who has not
Passed through hell.
~
Our human state
Cradles the future god.
~
The One by whom all live,
Who lives by none.
~
Escape brings not the victory and the crown.
~
In absolute silence
Sleeps an absolute Power.
~
A God comes down greater by the fall.
~
A giant dance of Shiva tore the past.
~
Whoever is too great
Must lonely live.
~
The soul in man
Is greater
Than his fate.
~
The life you lead
Conceals the light you are.
~
The great are strongest
When they stand alone.
~
The day-bringer
Must walk
In darkest night.
~
Our life is a march
To a victory
Never won.
~
Man can accept his fate,
He can refuse.
~
His failure is not failure
Whom God leads.
~
I wear the face of Kali
When I kill.
~
One man’s perfection
Still can save the world.
~
He who would save the world
Must share its pain.
~
All is too little that the world can give.
~
I shall save earth,
If earth consents
To be saved.
~
He Who Chooses The Infinite Has Been Chosen by the Infinite
~
Truth born too soon
Might break
The imperfect earth.
~
A cave of darkness guards the eternal Light.
~
A death-bound littleness is not all we are.
~
A Light there is that leads,
A Power that aids.
~
A moment sees,
The ages toil to express.
~
All our earth starts from mud and ends in sky.
All rose from the silence;
All goes back to its hush.
~
All things are real
That here are only dreams.
~
An idiot hour destroys what centuries made.
~
Love is a yearning
Of the One
For the One.
~
Mortality bears ill
The eternal’s touch.
~
The spirit rises mightier
By defeat.
~
The soul that can
Live alone with itself
Meets God.
~
There is a purpose
In each stumble and fall.
~
A future knowledge is an added pain.
~
To know is best,
However hard to bear.
~
But few are they who tread the sunlit path.
~
Death helps us not,
Vain is the hope to cease.
~
Earth is the chosen place of mightiest souls.
~
Eternity speaks, none understands its word.
~
Fate shall be changed by an unchanging will.
~
For joy
And not for sorrow
Earth was made.
~
Heaven’s call is rare,
Rarer the heart that heeds.
~
My God is Love
And sweetly suffers all.
~
Only the pure in soul
Can walk in light.
~
The gods are still too few
In mortal forms.
~
We are greater
Than our thoughts.
~
Even the body shall remember God.

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Ascent: The Silence

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

Into the Silence, into the Silence,
Arise, O Spirit immortal,
Away from the turning Wheel, breaking the magical Circle.
Ascend, single and deathless:
Care no more for the whispers and the shoutings in the darkness,
Pass from the sphere of the grey and the little,
Leaving the cry and the struggle,
Into the Silence forever.
Vast and immobile, formless and marvellous,
Higher than Heaven, wider than the universe,
In a pure glory of being,
In a bright stillness of self-seeing,
Communing with a boundlessness voiceless and intimate,
Make thy knowledge too high for thought, thy joy too deep for emotion;
At rest in the unchanging Light, mute with the wordless self-vision,
Spirit, pass out of thyself; Soul, escape from the clutch of Nature.
All thou hast seen cast from thee, O Witness.
Turn to the Alone and the Absolute, turn to the Eternal:
Be only eternity, peace and silence,
world-transcending nameless Oneness,
Spirit immortal.

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Ascent: Beyond the Silence

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

Out from the Silence, out from the Silence,
Carrying with thee the ineffable Substance,
Carrying with thee the splendour and wideness,
Ascend, O Spirit immortal.
Assigning to Time its endless meaning,
Blissful enter into the clasp of the Timeless.
Awake in the living Eternal, taken to the bosom of love of the Infinite,
Live self-found in his endless completeness,
Thy heart close to the heart of the Godhead for ever.
Vast, God-possessing, embraced by the Wonderful,
Lifted by the All-Beautiful into his infinite beauty,
Love shall envelop thee endless and fathomless,
Joy unimaginable, Ecstasy illimitable,
Knowledge omnipotent, Might omniscient,
Light without darkness, Truth that is dateless.
One with the Transcendent, calm, universal,
Single and free, yet innumerably living,
All in thyself and thyself in all dwelling,
Act in the world with thy being beyond it.
Soul, exceed life’s boundaries; Spirit, surpass the universe.
Outclimbing the summits of Nature,
Transcending and uplifting the soul of the finite,
Rise with the world in thy bosom,
O Word gathered into the heart of the Ineffable.
One with the Eternal, live in his infinity,
Drowned in the Absolute, found in the Godhead,
Swan of the supreme and spaceless ether wandering winged through the universe,
Spirit immortal.

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Life

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

Mystic Miracle, daughter of Delight,
Life, thou ecstasy,
Let the radius of thy flight
Be eternity.
On thy wings thou bearest high
Glory and disdain,
Godhead and mortality,
Ecstasy and pain.
Take me in thy wild embrace
Without weak reserve
Body dire and unveiled face;
Faint not, Life, nor swerve.
All thy bliss I would explore,
All thy tyranny.
Cruel like the lion’s roar,
Sweet like springtide be.
Like a Titan I would take,
Like a God enjoy,
Like a man contend and make,
Revel like a boy.
More I will not ask of thee,
Nor my fate would choose;
King or conquered let me be,
Live or lose.
Even in rags I am a god;
Fallen, I am divine;
High I triumph when down-trod,
Long I live when slain.

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Nirvana

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

All is abolished but the mute Alone.
The mind from thought released, the heart from grief,
Grow inexistent now beyond belief;
There is no I, no Nature, known-unknown.
The city, a shadow picture without tone,
Floats, quivers unreal; forms without relief
Flow, a cinema’s vacant shapes; like a reef
Foundering in shoreless gulfs the world is done.
Only the illimitable Permanent
Is here. A Peace stupendous, featureless, still.
Replaces all, – what once was I, in It
A silent unnamed emptiness content
Either to fade in the Unknowable
Or thrill with the luminous seas of the Infinite.

Read More
The Infinitesimal Infinite

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

Out of a still Immensity all came!
These million universes were to it
The poor light-bubbles of a trivial game,
A fragile glimmer in the Infinite.
It could not find its soul in all that vast:
It drew itself into a little speck
Infinitesimal, ignobly cast
Out of earth’s mud and slime strangely awake,-
A tiny plasm on a little globe,
In the small system of a dwarflike sun,
A little life wearing the flesh for robe,
A little mind winged through wide space to run!
It lived, it knew, it saw its self sublime,
Deathless, outmeasuring Space, outlasting Time.

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Mantras from Savitri

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

All can be done
if the God-touch is there
~
Only a little
The God-light can stay.
~
A traveller between summit and abyss.
~
The human in him
Paced with the Divine.
~
God shall grow up
While the wise men
Talk and sleep.
~
We are sons of God
And must be even as he.
~
Beyond earth’s longitudes and latitudes.
~
Our life
Is a holocaust
Of the Supreme.
~
Oh, surely one day
He shall come to our cry.
~
None can reach heaven
Who has not
Passed through hell.
~
Our human state
Cradles the future god.
~
The One by whom all live,
Who lives by none.
~
Escape brings not the victory and the crown.
~
In absolute silence
Sleeps an absolute Power.
~
A God comes down greater by the fall.
~
A giant dance of Shiva tore the past.
~
Whoever is too great
Must lonely live.
~
The soul in man
Is greater
Than his fate.
~
The life you lead
Conceals the light you are.
~
The great are strongest
When they stand alone.
~
The day-bringer
Must walk
In darkest night.
~
Our life is a march
To a victory
Never won.
~
Man can accept his fate,
He can refuse.
~
His failure is not failure
Whom God leads.
~
I wear the face of Kali
When I kill.
~
One man’s perfection
Still can save the world.
~
He who would save the world
Must share its pain.
~
All is too little that the world can give.
~
I shall save earth,
If earth consents
To be saved.
~
He Who Chooses The Infinite Has Been Chosen by the Infinite
~
Truth born too soon
Might break
The imperfect earth.
~
A cave of darkness guards the eternal Light.
~
A death-bound littleness is not all we are.
~
A Light there is that leads,
A Power that aids.
~
A moment sees,
The ages toil to express.
~
All our earth starts from mud and ends in sky.
All rose from the silence;
All goes back to its hush.
~
All things are real
That here are only dreams.
~
An idiot hour destroys what centuries made.
~
Love is a yearning
Of the One
For the One.
~
Mortality bears ill
The eternal’s touch.
~
The spirit rises mightier
By defeat.
~
The soul that can
Live alone with itself
Meets God.
~
There is a purpose
In each stumble and fall.
~
A future knowledge is an added pain.
~
To know is best,
However hard to bear.
~
But few are they who tread the sunlit path.
~
Death helps us not,
Vain is the hope to cease.
~
Earth is the chosen place of mightiest souls.
~
Eternity speaks, none understands its word.
~
Fate shall be changed by an unchanging will.
~
For joy
And not for sorrow
Earth was made.
~
Heaven’s call is rare,
Rarer the heart that heeds.
~
My God is Love
And sweetly suffers all.
~
Only the pure in soul
Can walk in light.
~
The gods are still too few
In mortal forms.
~
We are greater
Than our thoughts.
~
Even the body shall remember God.

Read More
Ascent: The Silence

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

Into the Silence, into the Silence,
Arise, O Spirit immortal,
Away from the turning Wheel, breaking the magical Circle.
Ascend, single and deathless:
Care no more for the whispers and the shoutings in the darkness,
Pass from the sphere of the grey and the little,
Leaving the cry and the struggle,
Into the Silence forever.
Vast and immobile, formless and marvellous,
Higher than Heaven, wider than the universe,
In a pure glory of being,
In a bright stillness of self-seeing,
Communing with a boundlessness voiceless and intimate,
Make thy knowledge too high for thought, thy joy too deep for emotion;
At rest in the unchanging Light, mute with the wordless self-vision,
Spirit, pass out of thyself; Soul, escape from the clutch of Nature.
All thou hast seen cast from thee, O Witness.
Turn to the Alone and the Absolute, turn to the Eternal:
Be only eternity, peace and silence,
world-transcending nameless Oneness,
Spirit immortal.

Read More
Ascent: Beyond the Silence

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

Out from the Silence, out from the Silence,
Carrying with thee the ineffable Substance,
Carrying with thee the splendour and wideness,
Ascend, O Spirit immortal.
Assigning to Time its endless meaning,
Blissful enter into the clasp of the Timeless.
Awake in the living Eternal, taken to the bosom of love of the Infinite,
Live self-found in his endless completeness,
Thy heart close to the heart of the Godhead for ever.
Vast, God-possessing, embraced by the Wonderful,
Lifted by the All-Beautiful into his infinite beauty,
Love shall envelop thee endless and fathomless,
Joy unimaginable, Ecstasy illimitable,
Knowledge omnipotent, Might omniscient,
Light without darkness, Truth that is dateless.
One with the Transcendent, calm, universal,
Single and free, yet innumerably living,
All in thyself and thyself in all dwelling,
Act in the world with thy being beyond it.
Soul, exceed life’s boundaries; Spirit, surpass the universe.
Outclimbing the summits of Nature,
Transcending and uplifting the soul of the finite,
Rise with the world in thy bosom,
O Word gathered into the heart of the Ineffable.
One with the Eternal, live in his infinity,
Drowned in the Absolute, found in the Godhead,
Swan of the supreme and spaceless ether wandering winged through the universe,
Spirit immortal.

Read More
Life

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

Mystic Miracle, daughter of Delight,
Life, thou ecstasy,
Let the radius of thy flight
Be eternity.
On thy wings thou bearest high
Glory and disdain,
Godhead and mortality,
Ecstasy and pain.
Take me in thy wild embrace
Without weak reserve
Body dire and unveiled face;
Faint not, Life, nor swerve.
All thy bliss I would explore,
All thy tyranny.
Cruel like the lion’s roar,
Sweet like springtide be.
Like a Titan I would take,
Like a God enjoy,
Like a man contend and make,
Revel like a boy.
More I will not ask of thee,
Nor my fate would choose;
King or conquered let me be,
Live or lose.
Even in rags I am a god;
Fallen, I am divine;
High I triumph when down-trod,
Long I live when slain.

Read More
Nirvana

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

All is abolished but the mute Alone.
The mind from thought released, the heart from grief,
Grow inexistent now beyond belief;
There is no I, no Nature, known-unknown.
The city, a shadow picture without tone,
Floats, quivers unreal; forms without relief
Flow, a cinema’s vacant shapes; like a reef
Foundering in shoreless gulfs the world is done.
Only the illimitable Permanent
Is here. A Peace stupendous, featureless, still.
Replaces all, – what once was I, in It
A silent unnamed emptiness content
Either to fade in the Unknowable
Or thrill with the luminous seas of the Infinite.

Read More
The Infinitesimal Infinite

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

Out of a still Immensity all came!
These million universes were to it
The poor light-bubbles of a trivial game,
A fragile glimmer in the Infinite.
It could not find its soul in all that vast:
It drew itself into a little speck
Infinitesimal, ignobly cast
Out of earth’s mud and slime strangely awake,-
A tiny plasm on a little globe,
In the small system of a dwarflike sun,
A little life wearing the flesh for robe,
A little mind winged through wide space to run!
It lived, it knew, it saw its self sublime,
Deathless, outmeasuring Space, outlasting Time.

Read More
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