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The mystic or yogi who seeks entry into the divine presence may possibly succeed in doing so. For a while his state is completely changed, transcended, heightened. But after all he is not God; he is a human still and he falls back to the old awareness. The glimpse goes: he is once again what he was, yet with a difference. The experience can be, is, remembered, and may even possibly return. Moreover some kind of a residue is left behind, subtle, not easy to measure or describe, yet appearing in briefly felt and beautifully scented moments.

Is this glimpse the highest anyone may dare to hope for? Let it be said frankly that in his present condition and situation a greater attainment for the human being is uncommon--yet it happens.

-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself > Chapter 8: Glimpses and Permanent Illumination > # 10

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