approaches the poem on several different levels. His
book is meant to help readers enter into the spirit and
sense of the poem, respond to its poetic appeal, and
open themselves to its expression of "an integral and
cosmic truth beginning with the origin of the world
and rising towards man’s ultimate divine fulfilment on
In addition to explaining the general idea, the
legend, and the symbols behind the poem and studying
its content in canto-by-canto summaries, the author
provides thought-provoking chapters that look at
Savitri’s status as a modern epic and its spiritual affinity
with the poetry of the Veda and the Upanishads.
And it is when describing the power of Savitri’s poetic
expression that the author best conveys a sense of the
sublime intensities of the poem: its power of truth-
‘vision, its vast life-throb, its incandescent beauty and
delight, and its apotheosis of the inspired rhythmic
The first edition of this book was published in 1952. In this book I have
taken the opportunity of bringing under one cover the whole of the epic,
Savitri. Three or four topics have been added before the story of the
second part of Savitri: Yoga of Aswapathy and the Yoga of Savitri. A
short story of ‘‘Overhead planes and aesthetics’’ has also been included
so that the reader may see all poetry from another view-point.
Even though readers of poetry in England have not as yet come to
realise the value of Sri Aurobindo’s contribution, I believe that time will
come when that will happen. Savitri is a great epic which ushers in a
new age in poetic creation. Being a masterpiece of the greatest mystic of
our times it does not lend itself easily to mere intellectual under-
standing. Its meaning, rather its Reality, is to be felt. One has to allow
the vibration of it to sink into oneself, one has to arouse in himself the
power of vision and see what the Master is showing.
In course of reading Savitri with some friends I tried to make it
better and more easily understood by acquainting them with the general
idea, the symbols, the legend etc.
This book is the result of putting all that material for the general
reader. It is hoped that the book will fulfil its purpose of encouraging
and helping earnest students to enter into the Master’s great vision.
Book's Contents and Sample Pages
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