“I would like to present Sri Aurobindo’s Rose of God, the full text of which is given in the following. The poem was written by him on 31 December 1934, in one go, as he himself had said.
Sometime ago I had organised the chanting of the poem by a group of students in Sri Aurobindo School at Bangalore.
It has the original text in Sri Aurobindo’s own handwriting and the entire video was prepared by the team under me, at Savitri Foundation.” — RY Deshpande
Rose of God, vermilion stain on the sapphires of heaven,
Rose of Bliss, fire-sweet, seven-tinged with the ecstasies seven!
Leap up in our heart of humanhood, O miracle, O flame,
Passion-flower of the Nameless, bud of the mystical Name.
Rose of God, great wisdom-bloom on the summits of being,
Rose of Light, immaculate core of the ultimate seeing!
Live in the mind of our earthhood; O golden Mystery, flower,
Sun on the head of the Timeless, guest of the marvellous Hour.
Rose of God, damask force of Infinity, red icon of might,
Rose of Power with thy diamond halo piercing the night!
Ablaze in the will of the mortal, design the wonder of thy plan,
Image of Immortality, outbreak of the Godhead in man.
Rose of God, smitten purple with the incarnate divine Desire,
Rose of Life, crowded with petals, colour’s lyre!
Transform the body of the mortal like a sweet and magical rhyme;
Bridge our earthhood and heavenhood, make deathless the children of Time.
Rose of God, like a blush of rapture on Eternity’s face,
Rose of Love, ruby depth of all being, fire-passion of Grace!
Arise from the heart of the yearning that sobs in Nature’s abyss:
Make earth the home of the Wonderful and life beatitude’s kiss.
— Sri Aurobindo . 31 December 1934
Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, India
Human Passions Changed into Love for the Divine
“May they become a real fact, and their abundance will save the world.”