My heart's thirty-one sacred secrets

1.

My heart needs only one freedom:
The freedom to dream.

2.

A depressed heart
Means a confessed failure.

3.

Because you are always depressed,
God has secretly told His choice children
That you are not a member
Of His inner Family.

4.

The Hour of God
Mercilessly threatens the doubting mind
And
Measurelessly enlightens the aspiring heart.

5.

O man of eloquence,
My mind sincerely admires you.

O man of silence,
My heart soulfully loves you.

6.

The farther away I am from my inner hunger,
The greater is my outer insecurity.

7.

Before you declare
That you have realised God,
Can you not tell the whole world
That God has truly and unconditionally
Loved your teeming ignorance?
Try it.
It may not be an easy task.

8.

You tell God:
"My Lord, will You accept what I have for You —
My eternity's hunger-cry?"

God tells you:
"My child, will you accept what I have for you —
My Immortality's Feast-Smile?"

9.

You live for yourself alone.
How do you then expect God to live with you
And any human being to die for you?

10.

Alas,
My mind, the silly talker,
Has taken away all the wisdom-light
That I received from my Lord's
Silence-Eye.

11.

Two souls
Meet to promise.

Two hearts
Meet to love.

Two minds
Meet to challenge.

12.

The quicker
I unlearn,
The wiser
I become,
The better
I love
My Beloved Supreme.

13.

An aspiring heart
Is the only secret-sharer
Of my sacred soul.

14.

My Lord,
I do not want to carry the heavy burden
Of knowledge anymore.
I wish to carry the tiny briefcase
Of wisdom-delight
Which You have given me
As a blessingful gift.

15.

Yesterday for the first time
I loved my searching mind.

Today for the first time
I am loving my crying heart.

Tomorrow for the first time
I shall love my smiling soul.

16.

During the night
I stay with my old and mature friends:
Dreams.

During the day
I stay with my young and immature friends:
Realities.

17.

A sacred heart-flower
Is a secret treasure-fruit
Of God.

18.

A purity-heart
Never allows the waves of life
To become wild.

19.

A surrender-heart
Is the safest island
In an unknown life-sea.

20.

Secretly
My soul creates purity.

Openly
My heart enjoys it.

Secretly
My heart creates beauty.

Openly
My mind enjoys it.

21.

A surrender-life
Means a continuous illumination.

A gratitude-heart
Means a spontaneous perfection.

22.

The outer world thinks
That I am a devouring tiger.

The inner world knows
That I am a roaring lion.

23.

Man thinks
That I am in no way superior
To any wild animal.


God knows
That I am in no way inferior
To any cosmic god.

24.

Self-awareness
And
Conscious oneness with God
Are not
Two different things.

25.

My heart's inner examination
Determines
My life's outer perfection.

26.

Self-giving
Means a glorious success.

God-becoming
Means a stupendous progress.

27.

My own gratitude-heart
Is all that matters.

28.

Detachment
Is man's never-failing smile.

29.

If you want your soul
To be truly proud of you,
Then every day challenge
The giant pride
Of impossibility.

30.

I do not want to know
What has made your mind
Exceptionally great.
But I do want to know
What has made your heart
Soulfully pure.

31.

Look,
The entire world is in favour
Of your becoming another God.

From: Sri Chinmoy, My heart's thirty-one sacred secrets - , Agni Press, 1982
Sourced from http://www.srichinmoylibrary.com/mhs