I wandered far and wide. And shunning the crowds of men, I went up hills and to river-banks and secluded spots. I disappeared in a forest, in search of God. And there I heard, one day, a voice. It said: “I am with thee. Why wanderest thou? I have led thee into darkness. Through the yoga of darkness shall I lead thee into the light! I have been with thee in thy work. Remember, work is, also, an instrument of my will. And man’s work is not ‘design’ ‘destiny’ appointed by the Eternal.”
And I said: “Yes, I have wandered far and wide. And sometimes I have heard tunes but lost them! Can I recover them? And know their meaning? And what shall I do?”
And the voice said: “There is but one thing to know it is the meaning of life and its quest. The one thing, the greatest thing, is love. And love is an unspoken reality, but not unseen. And when you see love, even in the shadows and darkness of life, there is no more to ask, no more to find!”
And I asked: “What shall I do to see Love?” And the voice said: “Something better than doing. Silently gather! Each day eternity pours two treasures—light and darkness. Silently gather them! Out of the two springeth love. Through the ‘dark night of the soul’ must a man go, if he would grow in the love which is not softness but the strength of self-giving, the joy of self-renunciation. Silently gather these two treasures of eternity!”
And I heard the song of the flute! It ravished my heart. Who sang the song? He whose voice spake unto me the words of wisdom.