Like ‘Thought the Paraclete‘, ‘Rose of God‘ is also a mystic poem written by Sri Aurobindo. In this poem, the poet seeks to explore the secrets of Divine Rose (of God). Aurobindo wrote a few mystic poems which are often known for their thematic complexity.
The soul of this poem resides on strong symbols and vibrant images which invite various interpretations. Rose of God manifests in itself Rose of Bliss, Light, Power, Life and Love.
ROSE OF GOD POEMRose of God, vermilion stain on the sapphires of heaven,
ROSE OF GOD SUMMARY
In ‘Rose of God’, Aurobindo attempts to explore the enigmatic Divine Rose. ‘Rose of God’ is a bright and brilliant vermilion stain on the vast blue stretch, out of which the ‘Rose of Bliss’ blooms. The sapphires of heaven means the endless blue sky on which the red sun, the passion flower of the Nameless, stands bright.
Aurobindo goes on to invoke the ‘Rose of Light and Time’ in the next stanza. The Rose of God is the golden mystery, (the sun on the head of the Timeless) who acts as a guest of the marvelous hour, the Light-giver who drives away all darkness (ignorance) of the earth.
The Divine Force is also the ‘Rose of Power’ which like the Rose of Light is essential to organise and design the world of mortals.
‘Rose of Life’ bridges the two realms, earth and heaven, and transforms the mortals of the earth to deathless children of Time (immortal) in the heaven.
In the concluding stanza, the poet wishes the earth to be transformed into an eternal bliss (heaven) with the ‘Rose of Love’ and thereby to lift up the mortals from their suffering.