Absence in the physical world is frustration, if not suspicion.

Absence in the spiritual world is division, if not destruction.

Presence is the winging Satisfaction-God for us. Absence is the sinking dissatisfaction-man in us.

Presence quickens our oneness-joy. Absence dampens our newness-hope.

Presence strengthens and enlightens the human in us, and lengthens and fulfils the divine in us.

Are we helpless? No.

Are we hopeless? No.

Are we useless? No.

Then why do we have to be absent?

Were we present? Yes.

Are we present? Yes.

Shall we be present? Yes.

Therefore, instead of our running toward the Goal, the Goal itself is fast approaching us.

Sri Chinmoy, AUM — Vol.II-4, No.11, November 27, 1977.First published by Vishma Press in 1977.

This is the 9126th book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.


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