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different it is, how new, if you read with this attitude, with this something at the back of
               your consciousness; as throughout it were an offering to Sri Aurobindo. You know it is
               charged, fully charged with consciousness; as though Savitri were a being, a real guide. I tell
               you, whoever, wishing to practise Yoga, tries sincerely and feels the necessity for it, will be
               able to climb with the help of Savitri to the highest step of the ladder of Yoga, will be able
               to find the secret that Savitri represents. And this without the help of a Guru. And he will
               be able to practise it anywhere. For him Savitri alone will be the guide, for all, that he needs
               he will find in Savitri. If he remains very quiet when before a difficulty, or when he does not
               know where to turn to go forward and how to overcome obstacles, for all these hesitations
               and these incertitudes which overwhelm us at every moment, he will have the necessary
               indications, and the necessary concrete help. If he remains very calm, open, if he aspires
               sincerely, always he will be as if led by the hand. If he has faith, the will to give himself and
               essential sincerity he will reach the final goal.
                   Indeed, Savitri is something concrete, living, it is all replete, packed with consciousness,
               it is the supreme knowledge above all human philosophies and religions. It is the spiritual
               path, it is Yoga, tapasya, sadhana, everything, in its single body. Savitri has an extraordi-
               nary power, it gives out vibrations for him who can receive them, the true vibrations of
               each stage of consciousness. It is incomparable, it is truth in its plenitude, the truth Sri
               Aurobindo  brought  down  on  the  earth.  My  child,  one  must  try  to  find  the  secret  that
               Savitri represents, the prophetic message Sri  Aurobindo reveals there for us. This is the work
               before you, it is hard but it is worth the trouble.

                                                       The Mother: Conversation with a Disciple, 5 November 1967

                 The tale of Satyavan and Savitri
                     The tale of Satyavan and Savitri is recited in the Mahabharata  as a story of con-
                 jugal love conquering death. But this legend is, as shown by many features of the
                 human tale, one of the many symbolic myths of the Vedic cycle. Satyavan is the soul
                 carrying the divine truth of being within itself but descended into the grip of death
                 and ignorance; Savitri is the Divine Word, daughter of the Sun, goddess of the su-
                 preme Truth who comes down and is born to save; Aswapati, the Lord of the Horse,
                 her human father, is the Lord of Tapasya, the concentrated energy of spiritual en-
                 deavour that helps us to rise from the mortal to the immortal planes; Dyumatsena,
                 Lord of the Shining Hosts, father of Satyavan, is the Divine Mind here fallen blind,
                 losing its celestial kingdom of vision, and through that loss its kingdom of glory.
                 Still this is not a mere allegory, the characters are not personified qualities, but in-
                 carnations or emanations of living and conscious Forces with whom we can enter
                 into concrete touch and they take human bodies in order to help man and show
                 him the way from his mortal state to a divine consciousness and immortal life.
                 Sri Aurobindo on Himelf, p. 265                                                            Sri Aurobindo

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