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Sri Chinmoy's Writings on Poetry

O my poem,
You are the lotus of my heart.
You bring into my heart
Nectar-Light from Heaven.
When my life flows
With the river of sorrow
With its countless waves,
May your magic touch
Hide me in the waters of liberation-sea.

- O My Poem by Sri Chinmoy

 

Sri Chinmoy was a great lover of poetry throughout his life. Like many Spiritual Teachers, he felt poetry could express the deepest yearning of the soul; it was poetry more than anything else that could give a glimpse to a consciousness beyond the domain of the mind.

"A poet sees what we cannot see - the highest Beauty's golden crown, the deepest Beauty's golden throne.
A poet feels what we cannot feel - oneness with the sorrows of Eternity, oneness with the joys of Infinity."

From: Poetry the winner

 
"The soul of the poet creates. The heart of the poet originates. The eyes of the poet initiate. Inside each human being there is a poet. This poet can bring down the loftiest heights of truth and, at the same time, can powerfully eclipse the darkest falsehood if and when necessity demands."

From: Poetry and Prose

 

The poetry of Sri Chinmoy often encompassed a range of different emotions and experiences that seekers go through. This is best exemplified by one of Sri Chinmoy's very early poems - The Golden Flute.

The Golden Flute by Sri Chinmoy

A sea of Peace and Joy and Light
Beyond my reach I know.
In me the storm-tossed weeping night
Finds room to rage and flow.

I cry aloud, but all in vain;
I helpless, the earth unkind
What soul of might can share my pain?
Death-dart alone I find.

A raft am I on the sea of Time,
My oars are washed away.
How can I hope to reach the clime
Of God's eternal Day?

But hark! I hear Thy golden Flute,
Its notes bring the Summit down.
Now safe am I, O Absolute!
Gone death, gone night's stark frown!

By: Sri Chinmoy

From: My Flute

 

As well as the traditional style of poem. Sri Chinmoy was adept at using the short instructional aphorism as a means of offering both clarity and spiritual instruction. Sri Chinmoy wrote over 70,000 poems / aphorisms; writing from a seemingly never ending source of inspiration

If I have just one aim,
And if that aim is to be myself,
Then I am bound to discover joy,
True joy, eternal joy.

~

If you can create harmony
In your own life,
This harmony will enter
Into the vast world.

~

The transformation of life
Begins with a soulful smile
Of the heart.

~

At the dawn of each day,
Let us make our hopes
And promises
As sincere and powerful
As possible.

 

The Power of Poetry

Poetry I read to lighten my mind and enlighten my heart.
Poetry I read to sweeten my bitter mind.
Poetry I read to replace my heart's sorrows with my soul's ecstasy.
Poetry I read to transform my human mind-jungle into my divine heart-garden.

From: Poet and Poetry by Sri Chinmoy