Eliot's Fire As The Symbol Of Nature

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“Fire” is the symbol of destruction, used by Eliot instead of time, which is also an agent of change and destruction and “rose” is the symbol of perfection, used by Eliot to signify the Timelessness that in itself is perfection. The union of the two symbols here in the concluding lines is the resolution of all the dualities and contradictions. The two opposites are brought together not on the physical but on the spiritual plane. It is only with the spiritual consciousness that one can see and perceive the opposites as entirely reconciling. The antithetical poles are comprehended as one. This reconciliation and fusion is perceived by Eliot on the highest consciousness level. It is the point of resolution of all the worldly problems as it is …show more content…
The soul lit the conscious body with its ray,
Matter and spirit mingled and were one. (Aurobindo 1993: 232)
The human consciousness gets the enlightenment and the body gets the realisation of the indwelling spirit that is all pervading also. There is no distinction left between the two and only the Divine is experienced in all the creation. The division between the self and the other is gone as everything is perceived as the part of the self. The Divine presence in all the creatures removes the distinction. Everything bears a stamp of eternity and Aurobindo in his sonnet Nirvana puts it as:
All is abolished but the mute Alone.
The mind from thought released, the heart from grief
Grow inexistent now beyond belief;
There is no I, no Nature, known-unknown. (Aurobindo 1972 5:
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Here is the safety of the ultimate wall,
Here is the clarity of the sword of Light,
Here is the victory of a single Truth,
Here burns the diamond of flawless bliss.
A favourite of Heaven and Nature live. (Aurobindo 1993: 499)
The inanimate objects with the spiritual consciousness are realized to be having the Divine spark, the indwelling spirit is seen peeping out of the matter. This revelation liberates the man of the worldly contradictions as all contradictions are automatically resolved because the oneness is the end of all the distinctions. “The intimacy of God was everywhere, / No veil was felt, no brute barrier inert, / Distance could not divide, Time could not change.” (291) The Divine stands revealed in all his infinitude:
This faint and fluid sketch of soul called man
Shall stand out on the background of long Time
A glowing epitome of eternity,
A little point reveal the infinitudes.
A Mystery’s process is the universe. (100) The transformed individual experiences all creation as a joyous union and a deep communion with the Supreme Divine. No traces of ego are there on the spiritual level and the opposites of clock time and Timeless Time fuse into one and the entire creation is realised wrapped in the shade of their

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