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Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Deshpande, R. Y./English/Vyasa^s Savitri/Some Perspectives of Savitri Upakhyana.htm
PART II SOME PERSPECTIVES OF THE SAVITRI UPAKHYANA The story of Savitri narrated by Rishi Markandeya to Yudhishthira appears as a minor episode or upakhyana in seven cantos of the Book of the Forest in the Mahabharata (Pativrata Mahatmya, Chapters 293-299, Vana Parva, Gita Press, Gorakhpur). The immediate purpose of the narration seems to be the alleviation of grief of the eldest of the Pandavas, afflicted as he was by the sad helpless plight of his brothers and more so by the plight of their common wife Draupadi. This virtuous daughter of Drupada, the king of Panchala Desh, was born in the purity of a sacrificial flame and was radiant and beautifu
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Deshpande, R. Y./English/Vyasa^s Savitri/Vyasa^s Savitri Canto-3.htm
-03_Vyasa^s Savitri Canto-3.htm The Marriage of Satyavan and Savitri; by her Work and Service Savitri's Keeping the In-Laws and Everybody Happy and Pleased. Markandeya said: Then the King paid attention to the details of giving his daughter in marriage; by arranging for the needed materials he got everything ready for the wedding. Page – 22 He invited the elderly Brahmins, and all the priests officiating at the holy sacrifice, and the reciters of the Riks; choosing an auspicious day and hour he, along with them, and his daughter, set out on the journey. On reaching the de
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Deshpande, R. Y./English/Vyasa^s Savitri/Vyasa^s Savitri Canto-5.htm
-05_Vyasa^s Savitri Canto-5.htm The Dialogue between Savitri and Yama; with Savitri's Commendable Utterances Yama's Getting Pleased and his Granting her Several Boons; Satyavan's Coming back to Life and, after Some Talk Amongst them, their Setting forth towards the Ashram. Markandeya said: Then he, lustrous in strength, and helped by his wife, collected a basketful of fruits and began chopping the firewood. But, while hewing the branches, he started sweating profusely and, as a result of that hard labour, suffering a severe headache. Distressed as he was, he went closer to his loving wife and in t
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Deshpande, R. Y./English/Vyasa^s Savitri/Vyasa^s Savitri Canto-7.htm
-07_Vyasa^s Savitri Canto-7.htm Request from the Citizens of Shalwa to Dyumatsena to Return and to Rule over the Kingdom, the Coronation Ceremony, and the Fulfilment of the Boons by Getting a Hundred Sons and a Hundred Brothers. Page – 85 Markandeya said: When the night was over and the solar orb had well ascended they, all rich in austerities, performed their morning rituals and gathered again. All those great Rishis spoke to Dyumatsena of the extreme good fortune of Savitri and were not contented even though they expressed it again and again. About the same time, arriving, the citizens of Shalwa inf
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Deshpande, R. Y./English/Vyasa^s Savitri/Vyasa^s Savitri Canto-1.htm
-01_Vyasa^s Savitri Canto-1.htm Vyasa's Savitri R Y Deshpande ********* Publishers' Note The work being presented here had first appeared in Mother India, the monthly review of culture, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Pondicherry. We are thankful to its editor for serialising it in his periodical. Our thanks are also due to M/S Amravan Group for the financial support to bring out this book. ************ King Aswapati's Receiving a Boon from Goddess Savitri, the Birth of a Daughter to him, Named Savitri, and her Sojourn in Different Countries in Search of a Husband.
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Deshpande, R. Y./English/Perspectives of Savitri Part 2/Imagery and Structure in the First Canto of Savitri.htm
Imagery and Structure in the First Canto of Savitri Introduction The first canto of Sri Aurobindo's Savitri is perhaps the most well-known and oft-quoted portion of this epic poem. Many readers have been touched by its splendid imagery, its subtle rhythms, and its majestic movement as the dawn slowly displays its divine splendour and buries "its seed of grandeur in the hours." Perhaps one aspect of the poem which has not been fully described or appreciated is the internal structure of this first canto and the integral relationship of its structure to the imagery. The reader of Savitri may well ask: "Why study the form of
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Deshpande, R. Y./English/Perspectives of Savitri Part 2/Savitri, the Mother.htm
Savitri, the Mother 1 THE cup has to be emptied again and again if it is to be filled with ever-new riches. The vessel of the human consciousness has to be kept free and ready for the advent of the felicities of the higher altitudes of being. For what prevents the inflow of the Higher Consciousness into the Lower is precisely the spirit of holding, grabbing and egoistic appropriation. Such a spirit not only insulates the gifts of Grace and therefore shuts the personality from the Source but goes on distorting and corrupting them and therefore degrading itself in the process. This may lead to the denial and betrayal of the Grace, which becomes the iron curtain sepa
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Deshpande, R. Y./English/Perspectives of Savitri Part 2/Savitri- Its Inner Significance.htm
Savitri: Its Inner Significance Savitri is, at its highest, a revelation and a flame: a revelation of the Supramental Truth and a flame of man's immemorial aspiration for immortality. This epic of inner voyage is in its essence symbolic of the answering Grace from above and the call from below embodied in the two protagonists—Satyavan-Savitri and Aswapati. While Savitri can be called an epic of the soul's "mystic voyage" upon "uncharted routes", represented by Aswapati, it is more "a significant myth" telling of the great "wrestle with the shadow" and the conquest over Ignorance and Death, represeented by Savitri. It reveals "from the highest pinnacle a
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Deshpande, R. Y./English/Perspectives of Savitri Part 2/Savitr^s House of Meditation.htm
-006_Savitr^s House of Meditation.htm Savitri's House of Meditation Introduction In the course of Savitri's encounter with Death we have in Sri Aurobindo's epic the following passage1 which marks a significant stage in her attempt to win back the soul of deceased Satyavan. Intent upon her silent will she walked On the dim grass of vague unreal plains, A floating veil of visions in her front, A trailing robe of dreams behind her feet. But now her spirit's flame of conscient force Retiring from a sweetness without fruit Called back her thoughts from speech to sit within In a deep room in meditation's house. For only there could dwell the soul's firm truth:
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Deshpande, R. Y./English/Perspectives of Savitri Part 2/Life and Time in Savitri.htm
Life and Time in Savitri A fire shall come out of the infinitudes, A greater Gnosis shall regard the world Crossing out of some far omniscience On lustrous seas from the still rapt Alone To illumine the deep heart of self and things. A timeless knowledge it shall bring to Mind, Its aim to life, to Ignorance its close.1 Introduction: Lifetime Verily, as the Mother expressed, Sri Aurobindo's Savitri is a vast ocean and one may, upon reflection, go in pursuit of the choicest of pearls. The common follower will find inspiration in day-to-day life. Those dedicated to serious spiritual pursuits will find ways to mysticis