Divine Absence and Presence

Published: 15 December 2023| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/7yvr63p8hd.2
Sunil Maria Benedict


This dataset delves into the intricate interplay between the absence and presence of the divine, as depicted in poetic expressions and mirrored in the spiritual journeys of Christian mystics. The poem encapsulates the poignant tension experienced by individuals, oscillating between the longing for God's presence and grappling with the perceived absence of the divine. The dataset employs a mathematical model, leveraging the concept of a Periodic Function to symbolise the cyclic nature of spiritual experiences—a perpetual oscillation between sensing the absence and experiencing the presence of the divine. The function, Experience(t) = sin(ωt) + C, embodies the ebb and flow of these spiritual encounters at a given time 't'. The parameter ω denotes the frequency of oscillation between moments of perceived divine absence and profound presence, while 'C' represents the baseline experience within this oscillating spectrum. By integrating poetic symbolism with mathematical abstraction, this dataset endeavours to analyse and quantify the cyclical nature of spiritual experiences. It seeks to illuminate the oscillation between the absence and presence of the divine, offering insights into the rhythmic patterns that define the spiritual landscapes of individuals. Through this interdisciplinary approach, the dataset invites exploration and analysis across multiple domains, fostering a deeper comprehension of the intricate dynamics between the human spirit and the divine.


Steps to reproduce

import numpy as np import matplotlib.pyplot as plt # Define the periodic function representing spiritual experiences def spiritual_experience(t, omega, C): return np.sin(omega * t) + C # Generating time values from 0 to 10 time_values = np.linspace(0, 10, 500) # Adjust the range and number of points as needed # Set parameters: frequency of oscillation (omega) and baseline experience (C) frequency_omega = 2 * np.pi / 5 # Adjust the frequency as desired baseline_experience_C = 0.5 # Adjust the baseline experience as needed # Calculate spiritual experiences at each time value experiences = spiritual_experience(time_values, frequency_omega, baseline_experience_C) # Plotting the graph plt.figure(figsize=(8, 6)) plt.plot(time_values, experiences, label='Spiritual Experience') plt.title('Oscillation Between Divine Absence and Presence over Time') plt.xlabel('Time') plt.ylabel('Spiritual Experience') plt.legend() plt.grid(True) plt.show()


CMR Jnanadhara Trust, CMR Group of institutions


Literature, Mathematics, Spirituality, Poetry Therapy