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What is Existence


        Existence  is  not  a  fluke,  a  random  creation  by  nobody,  a
        thing that unaccountably happened to be. It carries in it-
        self the Word of God, it is full of a hidden Divine Presence.
            Existence is not  a blind  machine  that somehow  came
        and started a set ignoble motion without object or sense
        or purpose. Existence is a Truth of things unfolding by a
        gradual process of manifestation, an evolution of its own
        involved Reality.
            Existence is not an illusion, a Maya that had no reason,
        no business to exist, could not exist, does not exist but
        only seems to be. A mighty Reality manifests in itself this
        marvelous universe.
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        Manifestation  is not an episode  of the  Eternal. It is his
        face and body of glory that is imperishable, it is the move-
        ment of his joy and power…
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        All  that  is  is  the  manifestation  of  a  Divine  Infinite.  The
        universe has no other reason for existence.
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        The Divine that we adore is not only a remote extra-cosmic
        Reality, but a half-veiled Manifestation present and near to
        us here in the universe. Life is the field of a divine manifes-
        tation not yet complete: here, in life, on earth, in the body,
        — ihaiva [here (itself)] as the Upanishads insist, — we have
        to unveil the Godhead; here we must make its transcendent
        greatness, light and sweetness real to our consciousness,
        here possess and, as far as may be, express it.

                                     CWSA 12: 218, 219, 218; CWSA 23: 74

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