42. A favour

God asked me for a favour.
I gave Him not what He wanted.
Can you imagine
    What He wanted from me?
He wanted to have
    All my ignorance.
I said to Him,
    “If I give You all my ignorance
What will I have on earth
    To live with and to live for?”

I asked God for a favour.
He gave me immediately what I wanted.
He gave me
    His Infinity’s Love,
    Eternity’s height
    Immortality’s life.
He shared with me His supreme Secret:
That real joy is in self-giving.
Sri Chinmoy, The Golden Boat, part 9, Vishma Press, New York, 1974