This prayer reveals to us the essence of true and integral love for the Divine.
May 24, 1914
O MY sweet Master, let me not be submerged by outer things. They have no interest, no savour for me. If I am busy with them, it is because it seems to me that such is Thy will and that the work must be accomplished integrally, down to the smallest details in action and in substance. But it is quite enough to turn our attention towards them and infuse Thy forces into them as much as possible. We must not allow them to take precedence of the true realities in our consciousness.
O my sweet Master, I aspire to Thee, to the knowledge of what Thou art, to identification with Thee. I ask for a love increasing, growing ever purer, ever vaster, ever more intense, and I find myself as if submerged in matter; is this Thy reply?
As Thou hast Thyself chosen to be submerged in Matter so as to awaken it little by little to consciousness, is this the result of a more perfect identification with Thee? Is this not Thy answer to me: “If Thou wouldst learn how to love truly, it is in this way that Thou must love…. in the darkness and the inconscience.
O my Lord, my sweet Master, Thou knowest that I belong to Thee and that always I will what Thou willest; but let not a doubt of what is Thy will be born in me. Enlighten me in whatever way in the immutable peace of the heart. Let me be submerged in darkness, if it is necessary, but let me at least know that it is Thou who willest it.
O Lord, in reply, I hear chant in my heart the hymn of the gladness of Thy divine and permanent Presence.”
The text above is quoted from the Third Edition, 1954 (translation by Rishabhchand Samsukha)
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