Near to earth’s wideness

We conclude our study of chanting Savitri with this passage: http://savitri.in/read/1/2/1#31.

The technique is to scan it metrically, discover its rhythm in terms of number of beats in a measure and measures in a line, add pauses and elongations naturally to map lines and their metrical feet to the rhythmic measures, find a suitable time duration for the measure (6s per line works well for the passages we have chanted), and then to go for it.

Near to earth’s wideness, intimate with heaven,
Exalted and swift her young large-visioned spirit
Voyaging through worlds of splendour and of calm
Overflew the ways of Thought to unborn things.

Ardent was her self-poised unstumbling will;
Her mind, a sea of white sincerity,
Passionate in flow, had not one turbid wave.

As in a mystic and dynamic dance
A priestess of immaculate ecstasies
Inspired and ruled from Truth’s revealing vault
Moves in some prophet cavern of the gods,
A heart of silence in the hands of joy
Inhabited with rich creative beats
A body like a parable of dawn
That seemed a niche for veiled divinity
Or golden temple door to things beyond.

1        2        3        4        5        6        7        8
Ne^      a_r      ~        to_      ea^rth's wi^de    ne_ss,   ~
i^n      ti_      ma_te    ~        wi_th    hea^     ve_n     ~
E_x      a^l      te_d     a_nd     swi^ft   ~        he_r     you^ng
~        la^rge   vi^      sio_ned  ~        spi^     ri_t     ~
Vo_      ya^      gi_ng    ~        throu_gh wo^rlds  ~        o_f
sple^n   dou_r    ~        a_nd     o_f      ca^lm    ~        ~
O^v      e_r      flew_    ~        the_     way^s    o_f      Thou^ght
~        to_      u^n      bo_rn    ~        thi^ngs. ~        ~
...
A_       hea^rt   ~        ~        o_f      si^      le_nce    ~
~        i_n      the_     ha^nds   ~        ~        o_f      joy^
I_n      ha^      bi_      te_d     ~        wi_th    ri^ch    ~
cre_     a^       ti_ve    bea^ts   ~        ~        ~        ~
A_       bo^      dy_      ~        ~        li_ke    a_       pa^
ra_      ble_     ~        ~        o_f      daw^n    ~        ~
...

Chanted in 6s per line:

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2 thoughts on “Near to earth’s wideness

  1. Oh this full passage of 51 lines—there’s nothing beyond this, ne plus ultra. It comes straight from the Overmind plane, the highest possible expression in a language:

    Near to earth’s wideness, intimate with heaven,
    Exalted and swift her young large-visioned spirit
    Voyaging through worlds of splendour and of calm
    Overflew the ways of Thought to unborn things.

    Ardent was her self-poised unstumbling will;
    Her mind, a sea of white sincerity,
    Passionate in flow, had not one turbid wave.

    As in a mystic and dynamic dance
    A priestess of immaculate ecstasies
    Inspired and ruled from Truth’s revealing vault
    Moves in some prophet cavern of the gods,
    A heart of silence in the hands of joy
    Inhabited with rich creative beats
    A body like a parable of dawn
    That seemed a niche for veiled divinity
    Or golden temple door to things beyond.

    Immortal rhythms swayed in her time-born steps;
    Her look, her smile awoke celestial sense
    Even in earth-stuff, and their intense delight
    Poured a supernal beauty on men’s lives.

    A wide self-giving was her native act;
    A magnanimity as of sea or sky
    Enveloped with its greatness all that came
    And gave a sense as of a greatened world:
    Her kindly care was a sweet temperate sun,
    Her high passion a blue heaven’s equipoise.

    As might a soul fly like a hunted bird,
    Escaping with tired wings from a world of storms,
    And a quiet reach like a remembered breast,
    In a haven of safety and splendid soft repose
    One could drink life back in streams of honey-fire,
    Recover the lost habit of happiness,
    Feel her bright nature’s glorious ambiance,
    And preen joy in her warmth and colour’s rule.

    A deep of compassion, a hushed sanctuary,
    Her inward help unbarred a gate in heaven;
    Love in her was wider than the universe,
    The whole world could take refuge in her single heart.

    The great unsatisfied godhead here could dwell:
    Vacant of the dwarf self’s imprisoned air
    Her mood could harbour his sublimer breath
    Spiritual that can make all things divine.

    For even her gulfs were secrecies of light.

    At once she was the stillness and the word,
    A continent of self-diffusing peace,
    An ocean of untrembling virgin fire:
    The strength, the silence of the gods were hers.

    In her he found a vastness like his own,
    His high warm subtle ether he refound
    And moved in her as in his natural home.

    In her he met his own eternity.

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