Act I, Scene 5

(The abode of Manomohan Ghosh, a Barrister and close friend of Dr. K.D. Ghosh. Behind the screen.)

The Birth of the Infinite
(5 a.m., 15 August 1872)



The golden dawn of the cosmos rapt in trance,
Awaits the birth of the All.
The seven worlds' bliss converges in her heart
With august and sun-vast call.

Slowly the Peak unmeasured of rapture-fire
Climbs down to our human cry.
His diamond vision's deathless Will leans low
Our mortal yearnings nigh.

Suddenly life's giant somnolence is stirred.
His all-embracing Wing
Declares, "I come to end your eyeless fear:
To me alone now cling!

"No fleeting dreams your teeming births do trace:
Now own my infinite bloom.
In me the flood of Immortality!
Nowhere shall be your doom."

MANOMOHAN: My joy knows no bounds that your son takes birth in my house.

K.D.: No doubt, it will be a matter of great rejoicing if the dream of my wife comes true.

MANOMOHAN: How does her dream run?

K.D.: Friend, to me it is just a dream, a chimera's mist, but to her it is a blazing truth.

MANOMOHAN: Krishnadhan, I wish to hear her dream and not your comment on it.

K.D.: Well, during her confinement she dreamt that it was Sri Krishna who would take human birth through her.

MANOMOHAN: I see nothing wrong in her dream. You are a pessimist from head to foot. Come, let us hurry to the child. Who knows, we may find the Marvellous One?