Savitri (A Legend and a Symbol)
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Item Code: NAK596
Author: Sri Aurobindo
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry
Language: English
Edition: 2019
ISBN: 9788170583400
Pages: 832
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 9.0 inch x 6.0 inch
Weight 1.1 kg
About the Author

Sri Aurobindo was born in Calcutta on 15 August 1872. At the age of seven he was taken to England for his education. He studied at St. Paul's School, London, and at King's College, Cambridge. Returning to India in 1893, he worked for the next thirteen years in the Princely State of Baroda in the service of the Maharaja and as a professor in the state's college.

In 1906 Sri Aurobindo quit his post in Baroda and went to Calcutta, where he became one of the leaders of the Indian nationalist movement. As editor of the newspaper Bande Mataram, he put forward the idea of complete independence from Britain. Arrested three times for sedition or treason, he was released each time for lack of evidence.

Sri Aurobindo began the practice of Yoga in 1905. Within a few years he achieved several fundamental spiritual realisations. In 1910 he withdrew from politics and went to Pondicherry in French India in order to concentrate on his inner life and work. Over the next forty years, he developed a new spiritual path, the Integral Yoga, whose ultimate aim is the transformation of life by the power of a supra mental consciousness. In 1926, with the help of his spiritual collaborator the Mother, he founded the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. His vision of life is presented in numerous works of prose and poetry, among the best known of which are The Life Divine, The Synthesis of Yoga, Essays on the Gita and Savitri. Sri Aurobindo passed away on 5 December 1950.

 

Publisher Note

The writing of Savitri extended over much of the later part of Sri Aurobindo's life. Earliest known manuscript is dated 1916. The Original narrative poem was recast several times in the first phase of composition. By around 1930, Sri Aurobindo had begun to turn it into an epic with a larger scope and deeper significance.

Transformed into "A Legend and a Symbol", Savitri became his major literary work which he continued to expand and perfect until his last days. In the late 1940s, when his eyesight was failing, he took the help of a scribe and dictated the extensive final stages of revision.

Separate cantos started to appear in print in 1946. Part One of the first edition was published in 1950. The next year after Sri Aurobindo's passing the rest of poem was brought out in a second volume. In the Second edition (1954), Sri Aurobindo's letters on Savitri were added.

For the present edition the text has been thoroughly checked for agreement with the final manuscript and dictated revision.

 

Contents

 

  Part One  
  Book one  
Canto 1 The Symbol Dawn 1
Canto 2 The Issue 11
Canto 3 The Yoga of The King: The Yoga of the Soul's Release 22
Canto 4 The Secret Knowledge 46
Canto 5 The Yoga of The King: The Yoga of The Spirit's Freedom and Greatness 74
  Book Two  
  The Book of the Traveller of The Worlds  
Canto 1 The world Stair 95
Canto 2 The Kingdom of Subtle Matter 103
Canto 3 The Glory and The Fall of Life 116
Canto 4 The Kingdoms of The Little Life 132
Canto 5 The Godheads of the Little Life 151
Canto 6 The Kingdoms and Godheads of the Greater Life 173
Canto 7 The Descent into Night 202
Canto 8 The world of Falsehood, The Mother of Evil and The Sons of Darkness 220
Canto 9 The Paradise of The Life Gods 233
Canto 10 The Kingdoms and Godheads of the Little Mind 238
Canto 11 The Kingdoms and Godheads of the Greater Mind 260
Canto 12 The Heavens of the Ideal 277
Canto 13 In The Self of Mind 283
Canto 14 The World Soul 289
Canto 15 The Kingdoms of the Greater Knowledge 297
  Book Three  
  The Book Of The Divine Mother  
Canto 1 The Pursuit of The Unknowable 305
Canto 2 The Adoration of The Divine Mother 310
Canto 3 The House of the Spirit and The New Creation 317
Canto 4 The Vision and the Boon 334
  Part Two  
  Book Four  
  The Book of Birth and Quest  
Canto 1 The Birth and Childhood of the Flame 349
Canto 2 The Growth of The Flame 359
Canto 3 The Gall to The Quest 369
Canto 4 The Quest 377
  Book Five  
  The Book of Love  
Canto 1 The Destined Meeting Place 389
Canto 2 Satyavan 392
Canto 3 Satyavan and Savitri 400
  Book Six  
  The Book of Fate  
Canto 1 The word of Fate 415
Canto 2 The way of Fate and The Problem of Pain 437
  Book Seven  
  The Book of Yoga  
Canto 1 The Joy of Union, The Ordeal of The Fore-knowledge of Death and The Heart's Grief and Pain 465
Canto 2 The Parable of the Search for The Soul 474
Canto 3 The Entry into the Inner Countries 488
Canto 4 The Triple Soul Forces 503
Canto 5 The Finding of The Soul 522
Canto 6 Nirvana and The Discovery of The All-Negeting Absolute 532
Canto 7 The Discovery of The Cosmic Spirit And The Cosmic Consciousness 551
  Book Eight  
  The Book of Death  
Canto 1 Death in The Forest 561
  Part Three  
  Book Nine  
  The Book Of Eternal Night  
Canto 1 Towards The Black Void 571
Canto 2 The Journey in Eternal Night and The Voice of the Darkness 582
  Book Ten  
  The Book of The Double Twilight  
Canto 1 The Dream Twilight of The Ideal 599
Canto 2 The Gospel of Death and Vanity of the Ideal 607
Canto 3 The Debate of Love and Death 621
Canto 4 The Dream Twilight of The Earthly Real 641
  Book Eleven  
  The Book of Everlasting Day  
Canto 1 The Eternal Day: The Soul's Choice and The Supreme Consummation 671
  Book Twelve  
  Epilogue  
Canto 1 The Return to Earth 715
Canto 2 Sri Aurobindo's Letters on saviitri  
  Letters on Savitri 727

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