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Divine exists, that there is something in the universe which
        is the Divine, that it is not just the monstrosity we see, that
        there is the Divine, the Divine exists. And each time that the
        least thing puts you either directly or indirectly in contact
        with  this  sublime  Reality  of  divine  existence,  the  heart  is
        filled with so intense, so marvellous a joy, such a gratitude
        as of all things has the most delightful taste.
            There is nothing which gives you a joy equal to that of
        gratitude. One hears a bird sing, sees a lovely flower, looks at
        a little child, observes an act of generosity, reads a beautiful
        sentence, looks at the setting sun, no matter what, suddenly
        this comes upon you, this kind of emotion — indeed so deep,
        so intense — that the world manifests the Divine, that there
        is something behind the world which is the Divine.
            So I find that devotion without gratitude is quite incom-
        plete, gratitude must come with devotion.

        Aspiration or courage
            I remember that once we spoke of courage as one of the
        perfections; I remember having written it down once in a list.
        But this courage means having a taste for the supreme ad-
        venture. And this taste for supreme adventure is aspiration —
        an aspiration which takes hold of you completely and flings
        you, without calculation and without reserve and without
        a possibility of withdrawal, into the great adventure of the
        divine  discovery,  the  great  adventure  of  the  divine  meet-
        ing, the yet greater adventure of the divine Realisation; you
        throw yourself into the adventure without looking back and
        without asking for a single minute, “What’s going to hap-
        pen?” For if you ask what is going to happen, you never start,
        you always remain stuck there, rooted to the spot, afraid to
        lose something, to lose your balance.

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