Did Sri Aurobindo & The Mother Foresee This Time?

Yes, we are rapidly coming already towards the last part of this famous Year 2012 that is supposed to mark the end of things as we know them, and the beginning of… Something Else.

Did Sri Aurobindo and the Mother foresee such a special period as the one we find ourselves in presently?

In Sri Aurobindo’s great poem, ‘Savitri’,  there is a passage when Ashwapathy, the King in ancient India who will become the father of the feminine divine Incarnation that will be Savitri, tells how his consciousness, in a moment of extraordinary vision, saw the far future of the Earth:

‘It saw from timelessness the works of Time.
Overpassed were the leaden formulas of the Mind,
Overpowered the obstacle of mortal Space:
The unfolding Image showed the things to come.
A giant dance of Shiva tore the past;
There was a thunder as of worlds that fall;
Earth was o’errun with fire and the roar of Death
Clamouring to slay a world his hunger had made;
There was a clangour of Destruction’s wings:
The Titan battle-cry was in my ears,
Alarm and rumour shook the armoured Night.”

Well, even for those readers from the West who have no idea what ‘A giant dance of Shiva’ might mean, the following lines make it pretty clear, and rather frighteningly so, I would say. The present period, with its extraordinary profusion of earthquakes and tsunamis and cyclones and weather extremes and the floods or raging fires they bring all over the planet, to the extent that the kind of catastrophe that usually made the headlines in the news, now hardly gets mentioned at all, seems quite correctly described in Sri Aurobindo’s lines, along with the constant threat of generalized war among the bomb explosions by fanatics murdering people in the most unexpected places and circumstances.
As is said from the start, what this ‘giant dance of Shiva’ does is to tear the past. An awful period, but useful…
And then, surprise: the next lines of Sri Aurobindo’s poem and of Ashwapathy’s vision couldn’t be more in contrast with the preceding ones:

‘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 across 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.’

Thus we come to know, together with Ashwapathy, that ‘All shall be done for which our pain was borne’.
This is already quite a comforting revelation, which can give us the courage to go through the ‘tearing of the past’ that in our time is possibly still not over.
And some of the parents who have read the lines above may have recognized with awe some of the amazing children that have been born to them in the recent years.
Children being born more conscious than was usually the case before have been noticed also by the Mother among the new-born babies from Auroville who were brought to her as early as 1965, and in the next few years. As the Mother left her own body in the end of 1973, after that date we don’t have her testimony any more to tell us whether this phenomenon continued, but if I myself can judge just from some of the few more recently born Auroville children I happen to have met, my answer will be a resounding ‘Yes’.

I remember also how stunned I have been in my early years of life in Auroville, as I discovered in some documents retrieved from the hasty oblivion of most other human beings,  that the Mother, speaking about Auroville, had made the casual but startling remark that in the future, there would be snow here.
This was said in the late Sixties, at a time when no one had heard yet of Climate Change; and even now what is talked about mostly is the global warming that comes first, but only a few scientists are aware that it is all a cyclical, recurrent change, in which the initial warming is followed later by some form of short Ice Age.

Did Sri Aurobindo or the Mother ever give any date for the major changes they too foresaw in the future of the Earth?

I remember another passing remark by the Mother, in a volume of her ‘Agenda’; she was chuckling while talking about the year 2000: that year, she was saying, would be ‘the beginning of the real changes’…!

As for Sri Aurobindo, as far as I know (but I may be mistaken) he didn’t give a definite date as the beginning or the end of that critical period we seem to be in. But the way he described the final Major Change seems to indicate at least quite clearly that it will happen very abruptly; here are some other lines from ‘Savitri’, on page 55 already, where it is all revealed in advance:

UNIQUE PICTURE: Earth as seen from the outer S...

UNIQUE PICTURE: Earth as seen from the outer Solar System (Photo credit: Icarus Kuwait)

‘Thus will the masked Transcendent mount his throne.
When darkness deepens strangling the earth’s breast
And man’s corporeal mind is the only lamp,
As a thief’s in the night will be the covert tread
Of one who steps unseen into his house.
A Voice ill-heard shall speak, the soul obey,
A Power into mind’s inner chamber steal,
A charm and sweetness open life’s closed doors
And beauty conquer the resisting world,
The Truth-Light capture Nature by surprise,
A stealth of God compel the heart to bliss,
And earth grow unexpectedly divine.
A few shall see what none yet understands;
God shall grow up while the wise men talk and sleep;
For man shall not know the coming till its hour
And belief shall be not till the work is done.’

I don’t know about you, but I hope we are very near the moment when all this will happen and we find ourselves all of a sudden in an inexplicably but wonderfully changed world.
Does the darkness need to deepen yet more? Do we have yet to reach the stage when our corporeal mind is the only lamp? Really, I hope not, for things are already difficult enough, I would say, I certainly don’t want that they get still worse, if that can be at all avoided.
But even if it cannot be helped… Wow.  What incredibly magnificent Future is awaiting us. It was truly all worth it…


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Noel
    Sep 25, 2012 @ 11:27:12

    Dearest Bhaga,

    Thank you for this article about the coming end of 2012 and the newly emerging future before us. I had been wondering also about if Sri Aurobindo or Mother had mentioned anything about 2012 or not, so I appreciate what you have expressed here. It must also be noted that scientists, and including prophecies from around the world, suggest a shifting of the earth’s axis in the very near future – which might very well bring that ‘snow’ to Auroville that Mother mentions!! Love, Noel



  2. Bhaga
    Sep 25, 2012 @ 13:11:37

    So nice to meet you here, dear Noel…!
    I’m glad my little research article provided some new and interesting information even to a well-informed person like yourself. If there is anything more that you can think of now or discover later that should be added to these few items I put together, please do let me know…
    Thank you very much for your comment, and remark about the scientists too! I didn’t want to bring that into my post, so as to keep the focus in it only on what Sri Aurobindo and Mother themselves have said, but it is good that you reminded everyone of the other persons adding also their converging perspective in the overall picture.



  3. Nina
    Sep 25, 2012 @ 18:24:16


    yes to possibility




  4. axel shivaya
    Sep 26, 2012 @ 13:38:22

    Dear Bhaga, a photo on the Thought Power page list Guðskraftur as the author. I am just wondering if you know what that means. It is from the Icelandic, meaning Gods Power : ) (Guðs Kraftur) – Axel Shivaya, Angiras Garden



  5. Jitendra Sharma
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 04:35:52

    Dear Bhaga, Thanks for this beautiful Article. Could I share it on my Blog?
    Dr. Jitendra Sharma



  6. arindam
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 12:10:49

    Dear Bhaga,

    A very good article indeed but is it not the ego speaking loud by saying ” as long as I am mentioned as the researcher?
    Keep writing!




    • Bhaga
      Oct 02, 2012 @ 13:27:46

      I think it is for each person to feel for themselves if it is or not. In my own case I feel it is not.
      Anyway I am just stating a fact, which has its validity and importance also because this is my official work inside Auroville, and for a Research Centre that ought to have its work recognized, that is only normal and fair.



      • Bhaga
        Oct 02, 2012 @ 13:51:31

        An additional clarification:
        It’s not because this article is deemed good by some that I want my name mentioned as the author. I would say the same for any other article I have put up on this blog, and if I myself quote something from someone else I’ll always mention the author too, it’s a matter of courtesy if not of legal copyright.


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