My breath runs in a subtle rhythmic stream;
It fills my members with a might divine:
I have drunk the Infinite like a giant’s wine.
Time is my drama or my pageant dream.
Now are my illumined cells joy’s flaming scheme
And changed my thrilled and branching nerves to fine
Channels of rapture opal and hyaline
For the influx of the Unknown and the Supreme.

I am no more a vassal of flesh,
A slave to Nature and her leaden rule;
I am caught no more in the senses’ narrow mesh.
My soul unhorizoned widens to measureless sight,
My body is God’s happy living tool,
My spirit a vast sun of deathless light.


  • Sri Aurobindo
  • The Sonnets

    Reference: # 36 in “Les poèmes de Sri Aurobindo” (bilingual edition)
    also in “Collected Poems and Plays, volume 2” – 297
    and in “Collected Poems” – 161
    all published by Sri Aurobindo Ashram – Pondicherry
    diffusion by SABDA