O my heart1O my heart, how can the human mind ever be happy since it regularly plies its tiny and feeble boat between suspicion-shore and confusion-shore?
I shall not fear my mind’s confusion. I shall not fear my mind’s suspicion, I shall not fear. I shall not resist my heart’s aspiration, I shall not resist. I shall not insist on having a perfection-life, I shall not insist. I shall cheerfully and unconditionally wait for God’s Hour, God’s choice Hour.
O my mind, how can I believe you when you tell me that you do love the world? I find it extremely difficult to believe you. I do not believe you and I cannot believe you when you tell me that you do love the world, for at every moment you cherish world-criticism. Each fleeting moment embodies your world-criticism. Therefore, my mind, I do not and cannot believe you when you tell me that you love the world.
O my heart, I do not and cannot believe you when you tell me that the world does not need you. The world does need you, for the world needs oneness. In oneness abides satisfaction, and it is in you, O heart, it is with you, that satisfaction can and will dawn here on earth. Therefore, O heart, I do not and cannot believe you when you tell me that the world does not need you. The world needs you at every moment, for it is you who embody satisfaction in boundless measure. The world needs you, needs you, O my heart.
My mind’s illumining defeat in the battlefield of life is the most valuable contribution that I shall make to the world at large for the amazing profits of blossoming posterity. My heart’s sweeping victory in the battlefield of life is the richest bequest I shall leave behind me here on earth smilingly and unreservedly when my life’s final hour thunderously strikes.
EHWM 102. Columbia University; New York, NY, USA, 1 June 1982 ↩