AUM 1698-1708. Following lecture at the University of Victoria
Question: Why is God so subtle?
Sri Chinmoy: God is not so subtle. The only thing is that we are lacking in vision. Right now we are blind. Even if the sun is shining brightly, if vision is lacking, then we don’t see the light. When we have vision, we see everything. But when we are blind, even if we are in a brightly lighted room, we do not see anything. Just because our oneness-heart, our heart which is totally, inseparably one with God, has not been able to convince our mind that God is ours and that He is for us, we are not aware of His Presence. The moment our heart convinces our mind that God is for us, God does not remain subtle. It is the mind that makes us feel that God is subtle, God is invisible and God is beyond our reach. Once we remain inside the heart and become inseparably one with our aspiring heart, God does not remain invisible or unreachable. He does not remain subtle. He is all Reality right in front of our noses. Just because we are using the mind to see God, to know God, to fathom God, God remains a far cry and God-realisation remains a far cry. If we use the heart, the heart that identifies, the heart that becomes inseparably one with the eternal Truth, Light and Bliss, then we discover that we are not only of God, but we are also for God, and God does not remain an unreachable goal. We discover that what we eternally are is nothing short of God Himself in the process of perfect manifestation here on earth.