48. Bliss

A child is blissful
When he hears
    A thunderous noise
When he himself creates
    A thunderous noise.

An old man is blissful
When the desire-life drops
    From his earthly existence.

A seeker is blissful
Only when he knows
That God has made him
His devoted and surrendered smile.
Sri Chinmoy, Beauty-Drops, Agni Press, 1975