Act XIII, Scene 1(1940. An eminent Indian political leader and a well-known disciple of Sri Aurobindo.)
LEADER: What does your Guru say about the outcome of the War?
DISCIPLE: He says the Allies will win and he is doing his best to see that they win.
LEADER: The Allies despite their series of reverses and their ineptitude? And, even if they win, won't their victory reinforce and perpetuate their imperialism?
DISCIPLE: None knows the Allies, their ins and outs, more than Sri Aurobindo, and none has given the British Empire a greater shake-up than he.
LEADER: And yet he lends them his support? Indeed, it is a puzzle to me.
DISCIPLE: No puzzle. He has given his crystal-clear and far-reaching reasons for his stand.
LEADER: Tell me, please.
DISCIPLE: The Allies will stand for freedom and progress, whereas the axis-powers for world domination. And the axis-powers in the ascendant will throw the world back into serfdom. He has written, speaking for the Mother and himself:
LEADER: Those who know Sri Aurobindo well may share his view but the multitude…
DISCIPLE (interrupting): The Seer and the multitude… When did they ever see eye to eye?