Scene 11

(Surya’s room. Enter Vayu and Vishwakarma.)

VAYU: Surya, I have found the person who can help you.

VISHWAKARMA: Surya, I am the architect of this universe. I can take away enough of your brilliance so that my daughter will be able to live with you again. Here is my lathe. I shall grind off an eighth part of your brightness and power. This eighth will fall to earth shining and blazing. But before it touches the ground I shall transform it, I shall shape it. It will become three particular things. From this eighth part of your brilliance will come the discus of Vishnu, which is the Sudarshan chakra; the trident of Shiva and the lance of Kumara.

(Vishwakarma carves off a portion of Surya’s light. Vishnu, Shiva and Kumara appear momentarily, side-stage, with their weapons.)

SURYA: You have saved me, dearest Father. You have given me another chance to live happily with my beloved wife.

(He touches Vishwakarma’s feet.)

Sri Chinmoy, Supreme sacrifice, Sky Publishers, New York, 1973