There is a Wisdom like a brooding Sun,
A Bliss in the heart’s crypt grown fiery white,
The heart of a world in which all hearts are one,
A Silence on the mountains of delight.
A Calm that cradles Fate upon its knees;
A wide Compassion leans to embrace earth’s pain;
A Witness dwells within our secrecies,
The incarnate Godhead in the body of man.
Our mind is a glimmering curtain of that Ray,
Our strength a parody of the Immortal’s power,
Our joy a dreamer on the Eternal’s way
Hunting the fugitive beauty of an hour.
Only on the heart’s veiled door the word of flame
Is written, the secret and tremendous Name.
Reference: # 98 in “Les poèmes de Sri Aurobindo” (bilingual edition)
also in “Last Poems” – 14
and “Collected Poems” – 138
all published by Sri Aurobindo Ashram – Pondicherry
diffusion by SABDA