sun-eyed children of a marvellous dawn

SRI AUROBINDO was one of humanity’s most inspired sages of the twentieth century. early in his life he engaged in ‘terrorist’ activities to bring an end to british colonial rule in India, but after a spell in jail came to follow a path of self-realisation which led him to write much about the transformation of human consciousness. the piece below is a prophecy that comes in the epic work Savitri at a point where the world seems crippled by darkness and war. instead of devastation his prophetic sight tuned into the appearance of ‘flaming pioneers….. sun eyed children of a marvellous age… barrier breakers of the world…. wrestlers with destiny…. messengers of the Incommunicable…. architects of immortality….. carrying the dionysian cup of joy’. After Aurobindo’s death his work was carried on his wife, known as The Mother, for several decades.

I saw the Omnipotent’s flaming pioneers
Over the heavenly verge which turns towards life
Come crowding down the amber stairs of birth;
Forerunners of a divine multitude,
Out of the paths of the morning star they came
Into the little room of mortal life.
I saw them cross the twilight of an age,
The sun-eyed children of a marvellous dawn,
The great creators with wide brows of calm,
The massive barrier-breakers of the world
And wrestlers with destiny in her lists of will,
The labourers in the quarries of the gods,
The messengers of the Incommunicable,
The architects of immortality.
Into the fallen human sphere they came,
Faces that wore the Immortal’s glory still,
Voices that communed still with the thoughts of God,
Bodies made beautiful by the spirit’s light,
Carrying the magic word, the mystic fire,
Carrying the Dionysian cup of joy,
Approaching eyes of a diviner man,
Lips chanting an unknown anthem of the soul,
Feet echoing in the corridors of Time.
High priests of wisdom, sweetness, might and bliss,
Discoverers of beauty’s sunlit ways
And swimmers of Love’s laughing fiery floods
And dancers within rapture’s golden doors,
Their tread one day shall change the suffering earth
And justify the light on Nature’s face.
(Sri Aurobindo – Savitri, Book III, Canto IV)


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