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What is the summary of the poem "Transformation" by Sri Aurobindo?

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The summary of the poem "Transformation" written by Sri Aurobindo is as follows:

The poet talks of breathing peaceably and rhythmically as he lives his life. He is content and this quiet spirit of his fills his body with strength, a strength he calls “a might divine.” He indicates that he has tasted spirituality (the Infinite) and that it is a like ‘a giant’s wine.” This Infinite is to him God, the Creator, the all-powerful Being. The author acknowledges the higher power, “the Unknown and the Supreme”, “the Infinite”, as God in line fourteen of this sonnet. This sonnet poem consist of two stanzas. One stanza is eight lines; the second stanza is six lines.

The poet says that Time is his platform in life that lets him experience all that life has to offer. It is in using time wisely that he can experience joy. He can feel an electricity in his nerves and knows that his branching nerves are the channels in which the excitement and wonder and blessings of life, from the Supreme Creator God, can come into him. These branching nerves are “Channels of rapture opal and hyaline.”

Fundamentally, the poet says that he is no longer just carnal flesh. He is no longer “A slave to Nature.” He is a man that is open to the endless beauty and blessings that God provides. He sees so much of these wonders and knows there is an infinite amount to see and that there always will be this endless wonder in life. He closes by saying that he is in God’s hand – a tool to be used by God, in essence a living sacrifice to God.

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