6. Self-forgetfulness

My sweetest Lord Supreme,
Is self-forgetfulness
 A divine blessing
 An animal curse?

“Self-forgetfulness can never be
 A curse.
It can only be
 A sad experience
In a seeker’s ever-running and
 Transcending journey
  To the Beyond.
The self-forgetfulness of the puny “I”
Is a blessing supreme indeed,
As the self-remembrance of the giant “I”
Is an unparalleled blessing
On the seeker’s march along the path
 Of reality’s space.
Forget the sad and the saddening past;
Remember the illumining and the illumined present.
Accelerate the birth and the life-flow
 Of the fast-approaching future-noon.
Before the dawn of realisation-height,
Self-forgetfulness at times saves
The seeker’s inner sky
 And outer moon.
After the birth of realisation-height,
Self-forgetfulness in the heart
 Of a Master divine
Is the zenith of impossibility remote.”

Sri Chinmoy, The Golden Boat, part 6.First published by Agni Press in 1974.

This is the 102nd book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.


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