I am, I love, …

I am, I love, …“.

“O Death, who reasonest, I reason not,
Reason that scans and breaks, but cannot build
Or builds in vain because she doubts her work.

I am, I love, I see, I act, I will.

Death answered her, one deep surrounding cry:
“Know also. Knowing, thou shalt cease to love
And cease to will, delivered from thy heart,
So shalt thou rest for ever and be still,
Consenting to the impermanence of things.

But Savitri replied for man to Death:
“When I have loved for ever, I shall know.

Love in me knows the truth all changings mask.

I know that knowledge is a vast embrace:
I know that every being is myself,
In every heart is hidden the myriad One.

I know the calm Transcendent bears the world,
The veiled Inhabitant, the silent Lord:
I feel his secret act, his intimate fire;
I hear the murmur of the cosmic Voice.

I know my coming was a wave from God.

For all his suns were conscient in my birth,
And one who loves in us came veiled by death.

Then man was born among the monstrous stars
Dowered with a mind and heart to conquer thee.

1        2        3        4        5        6

“O       Death,   who      rea      son      est,
~        I        rea      son      not,     ~
Rea      son      that     scans    and      breaks,
~        but      can      not      build    ~ 
Or       builds   in       vain     ~        be
cause    she      doubts   her      work.    ~

I        am,      ~        ~        I        love,
~        ~        I        see,     ~        ~
I        act,     ~        ~        I        will. 
~        ~        ~        ~        ~        ~
~        ~        ~        ~        ~        ~

Death    ans      wered    her,     ~        one
deep     sur      roun     ding     cry:     ~
“Know    al       so.      ~        Know     ing,
~        thou     shalt    cease    to love  ~ 
And      cease    to will, ~        de       li
vered    from     thy      heart,   ~        ~ 
So       shalt    thou     rest     ~        for
ever     ~        and      be       still,   ~
Con      sen      ting     to       the      im
per      ma       nence    ~        of       things.
~        ~        ~        ~        ~        ~

But      Sa       vit      ri       ~        rep
lied     for      man      ~        to       Death: 
“When    I        have     loved    ~        for
ever,    ~        I        shall    know.    ~

Etc.

Rhythmic at 6s per line:

Simple reading:

Which one?

3 thoughts on “I am, I love, …

  1. Oh I love the chanting : 6s per line. There is a feeling of Sanskrit sonority in the slow movement, like gathering clouds rolling over hills n mountains. Very charming undoubtedly. Did u notice that the pronoun I comes 13 times in this passage, in fact 14 times on this page 594. When Savitri says I then it is highly potent ! By the way I like the word myriad pronounced with a soft last vowel (3rd vowel). Even when prolonged it could stretch without altering itself. Lovely recitation Akash !
    Aditi

  2. Thank you, Aditi. In this one I have a one measure pause after the “I will” to give that line space, and a half measure pause before “But Savitri” where the dialog switches speakers. Otherwise there are no long pauses between sentences, unlike the Absolute one.

  3. From Aditi:
    Wonderful dear Akash ! A Voice coming through the blue-gold sky like Akash-Vani !
    It is a All containing line, with five main aspects : 1) Existence – I am; 2) Bliss – I love; 3) Consciousness – I act; 4) Knowledge (Vijnana) – I see; and 5) Rytam (Dynamic Truth) – I will.
    First comes Love, then action, seeing and willing !
    And as u say it seems to come from some invisible Infinity and again disappears into another invisible Infinity !
    When we dwell on these lines, with multi- mutual one pointed aspiration to live Savitri, then the infinite content of these mantric words gets etched in us and starts working wonders !
    Again her emphatic words :
    I know my coming was a wave from God.
    She has come straight from the Being of God !
    The Suns which Sri Aurobindo explains at length in The Synthesis of Yoga, were all conscient in her birth.
    Thank u, with warm regards,
    aditi

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