Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Christ’s crucifixion in Savitri

Re: 05: A Many-hued inner Dawn by RY Deshpande on Mon 19 Feb 2007 03:50 AM PST Profile Permanent Link
An hour arrives when fail all Nature's means In Savitri we have the following lines with an obvious reference to Christ’s crucifixion:
His crucified voice proclaims, “I, I am God.”
“Yes, all is God,” peals back Heaven’s deathless call.
Could this be connected with the hour that arrives “when fail all Nature’s means”? Possibly. In St Matthew we have “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying E’-li, E’-li, la’-ma sa-bach’-tha-ni? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” The sun darkened at the death of Jesus. An absolute supernatural darkness falls on man sometimes when he draws near to God. Jesus had offered up himself as the Passover Lamb and there were supernatural signs and wonders were witnessed on that day. And there was darkness over the land, over Jerusalem from noon till 3 pm. There was heavy darkness, skotos, more than the physical, the spiritual darkness could bear. In that darkness the Saviour had to deal with the evil that is present at the root of the cosmos. His “loud voice”, in spite of having been severely scourged, was the cry of agony for man, and therefore Heaven’s response: “Yes, all is God”.
The Lord said to Moses: “Stretch out your hand toward the sky.” And there was the darkness that helped Moses. There was darkness for three days over the land of Egypt.
And Abraham—a good man who owned many sheep and cattle. One day God said to him: “Pack up all your things and go the land where all the families of the earth will be blessed.” He trusted God and everything was settled for him. One night God appeared again, and said to Abraham: “Look up at the stars in the sky, and you will have a son.” The 75-year old man had faith in God, and God led him out of the darkness of the night.
In the Bhakti tradition of India there are any number of instances when the helpless, the desperate Bhakta was helped in one or the other by his God. The difficult Yoga of Savitri was carried out by her entirely under the instructions she received at every stage from her presiding Goddess, the Divine Mother, the Consciousness-Force herself. For instance, Savitri had discovered her soul and it looked as though nothing more was needed to be done. But (Savitri, p. 534) ... The answering Voice instructed Savitri what exactly she was to do in this situation. Her yogic journey moved to yet another realm of transcendence where nothing remained of hers; and all became God’s. RYD

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