Three dramatic scenes from "The Descent of the Blue"

Act VII, Scene 101

(Alipore Court. Beachcroft, Additional Sessions Judge and the jury. Norton, C.R. Das and other lawyers. The day of Aurobindo’s release. C.R. Das, after summing up his whole case, concludes his historic address.)

C.R. DAS: “…My appeal to you is this — that long after this turmoil, this agitation will have ceased, long after he is dead and gone, he will be looked upon as the poet of patriotism, as the prophet of nationalism and the lover of humanity. Long after he is dead and gone, his words will be echoed and re-echoed not only in India but across distant seas and lands….”

(Beachcroft looks on, eyes indrawn. The prosecution counsel, Mr. Norton, who was listening spellbound to the peroration, now looks at C.R. Das, relaxed and relieved of his year-long tension. Beachcroft starts addressing the jury. After his address to the jury the foreman takes leave of the court to retire for consultation with his colleagues. The jurors retire. The Court rises for lunch.)


  1. DBF 8-10. Three dramatic scenes from The Descent of the Blue. When Sri Chinmoy was between twenty-six and twenty-eight years old, he wrote a full-length drama about the life of Sri Aurobindo entitled "The Descent of the Blue." Three scenes in that play focus on C.R. Das and his historic defence of Sri Aurobindo, as well as his later urge to follow the spiritual life. The play was published serially between 1958 and 1962 in "Mother India".