SABCL - Volume 5
VI. Poems in New Metres
The World Game
The Ishwara to the Ishwari
I have guarded the law of the Invisible for the sake of thy smile, O sweet;
While lives followed innumerable winged lives, as if birds crossing a wide sea,
I have watched on the path of the centuries for the light of thy running feet.
Were my speed to arrive through the flux of things and to neighbour at last thy face.
For I follow a secret and sublime Will and the steps of thy Mother-might.
It is I who am questing1 in Life’s broken ways for thy laughter and love and light.
When Time moved not yet nor2 Space was unrolled wide, for thy game of the worlds I gave
Myself to thy delightful hands of power to govern me and move and drive;
To earth’s dumbness I fell for thy desire’s sport weaving my spirit stuff
In a million pattern-shapes of souls made with me alive.
I am in thee as thou art in me, O Love; we are closer than heart and breast;
From thee I leaped forth struck to a spirit spark, I mount back in the soul’s fire;
To our motion the stars whirl in the swing of Time, our oneness is Nature’s rest.
When Light first from the unconscious Immense broke3 to create nebula and sun
’Twas the meeting of our hands through the empty Night that enkindled the fateful blaze;
The huge systems abandoned their inert trance and this green crater of life rose
That we might look on each other form on form from the depths of a living gaze.
My thought toiling laboured to know all myself in thee to our atoms and widths and deeps,
My all yearned4 to thy all to be held close, to the heart heart and to self self,
As a sea with a sea joins or limbs with limbs, and as waking’s delight with sleep’s.
When mind pinnacled is lost in thy Light-Vasts and the man drowns in the god5,
Thy Truth shall ungirdle its golden flames and thy diamond whiteness blaze;
My souls lumined shall discover their joy-self, they shall clasp all in the near One,
And the sorrow of the heart shall turn to bliss and thy sweetness possess earth’s days.
With thy joy for the spirit’s immortal flame and thy peace for its deathless base.
I shall know that the game was well worth the toil6 whose end is thy divine embrace.
Later edition of this work: The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo.- Set in 37 volumes.- Volume 2.- Collected Poems.- Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 2009.- 751 p.
1 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: I questing
2 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: nor yet
4 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: yearns
5 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: the wide god