A rainbow-garland

1.

Every morning
I weave a rainbow-garland
With my heart-beauty
And my soul-fragrance,
And then I place it
  At the Feet
Of my Lord Supreme.

2.

I was born of God’s Grace,
To see His Face
In the streaming tears of my heart
And in the beaming smiles of my soul.

3.

You do not have to surrender
  To destiny.
The power of destiny is limited.
The power of your soul is unlimited.
Be one — and remain one —
  With your soul
   All the time.

4.

My devotion-heart-eyes
Tearfully, smilingly and self-givingly
Follow the Footsteps
Of my Lord Supreme.

5.

When I look
At my Lord’s Eye,
  I become
A tiny, tender plant.

6.

When I enter
Into my Lord’s Heart,
  I become
A fully blossomed tree.

7.

When I prostrate myself
At my Lord's Feet,
  I become
The measureless Harvest.

8.

Light is
Self-expansion.

9.

Power is
Self-annihilation.

10.

Light eventually
Conquers.

11.

Power eventually
Surrenders.

12.

God lives everywhere,
But He prefers to live
In the heart-prison
Of every human being.

13.

Mother Kali
Is at once
  Terrifying
And sleeplessly
  Self-giving.

14.

Whenever I am
The boss of my life,
I get no peace.

15.

Each heart
Is destined to swim
In a sea of bliss.

16.

Nobody is perfect,
But perfection is guaranteed.
By whom?
By God Himself.

17.

When God’s Grace descends,
Even a mind black as clouds
Can be transformed
Into a cloudless sky.

18.

Ignorance-night disappears
When the heart-tears
Start climbing.

19.

Every day
The seeker must try
To drape his body
With his Lord’s Name.

20.

I need
God the Companion
  And not
God the Magician.

21.

Every day
My soul flies
In the sky of blossoming
And becoming.

22.

My Lord,
Blame me, shame me,
But please do not forget
To tame me.

23.

A simplified life
Is a God-satisfied heart.

24.

The outer map
  Directs us
To God’s Eye.

25.

The inner map
  Directs us
To God’s Feet.

26.

God pretends
To understand my mind,
But actually
He does not.

27.

My surrender becomes
The fragrance
Of God’s Heart.

28.

Every day
My Lord Supreme beckons me
To be under
His fear-dispelling Feet.

29.

My eyes
Are earth-bound.

30.

My heart
Is Heaven-free.

31.

God shares His Secrets
Only with those souls
Who have crossed
The ocean of expectation.

32.

Desire
Is the slave
Of the mind.

33.

Aspiration
Is the child
Of the heart.

34.

Whether I shall realise God
In this lifetime or not —
God has given the matter
  Much thought.

35.

Each desire-thought
Is an imprisoned convict.

36.

Each aspiration-will
Is a Heaven-bound journey.

37.

God's Compassion-Eye
Is the only possession
  Of my heart.

38.

A soulful cry
Is a Heaven-fragrance
Here on earth.

39.

Sound vehemently
Dislikes silence
Only to be embraced
By silence.

40.

God’s Promise God will keep —
Someday I shall definitely
  Please God
In His own Way.

41.

Finally
My Lord has removed
His world-complaint-acceptance-box.

42.

I live
  In between
My heart-openness
  And
My God-closeness.

43.

My God-oneness
Depends on
My heart-cries
  And
My life-smiles.

44.

My outer hopes
Revolve around
My inner promises.

45.

Morning prayers
  Are
God-whispers.

46.

God’s Love-Hands
Feed us.

47.

God’s Power-Hands
Protect us.

48.

My heart’s aspiration-cries
  Fly
In Infinity’s sky.

49.

Knowledge
Is the mind-product.

50.

Wisdom
Is the heart-fountain.

51.

My heart
Is made of
My life’s tears
  And
My soul’s smiles.

52.

God gives Surrender-lessons
  Only to
The first-class seekers.

53.

God is the
Decision-maker
For those whose surrender
Is complete.

54.

Regularity runs.
Punctuality sprints.

55.

When I claim God,
He immediately gives me
His own Heart-Strength.

56.

God tells me to treasure —
And not measure —
His Heaven-kissed Smile.

57.

God’s Compassion
  We may lose,
But not God's Forgiveness.

58.

God the Delight
Prepaid
My earth-journey.

59.

God the Pride
Will prepay
My Heaven-pilgrimage.

60.

My Lord and I are two experts
  In telling lies.
Can you imagine what I tell God?
  I tell God that I love Him only.
Can you imagine what God tells me?
  He tells me that He loves me
  Infinitely more than I love Him.
We two deserve lifelong imprisonment.

61.

Whenever I do something wrong,
Either consciously or unconsciously
  I blame God.
God smilingly, lovingly,
Unreservedly and unconditionally
  Takes the blame.

62.

Last time when I saw God,
I told Him that I think of Him only,
  All the time.
I could not believe when God told me
That He also does the same,
  Vice versa.

63.

God
Loves to examine
My life.

64.

God’s Eye
Loves to embrace
My heart.

65.

God’s Feet
Love to show me the way
To my Destination.

66.

Every day God advises me
To revise my heart-songs
And my life-book.

67.

God tells me
That each heart-song of mine
Adds to the fragrance
  Of my soul.

68.

My life’s outer voice
Is very aggressive.

69.

My life’s inner voice
Is extremely progressive.

70.

When I pray,
I become
My heart-rose.

71.

When I meditate,
I become
My life-lotus.

72.

I pray
To make my heart
  Happy.

73.

I meditate
To make my life
  Perfect.

74.

While I am slowly walking
Along Eternity’s Road,
I learn the geography
  Of earth.

75.

While I am speedily running
Along Eternity’s Road,
I learn the history
  Of Heaven.

76.

God and I
Are two
Expectation-beggars.

77.

God and I
Are two
Frustration-prisoners.

78.

God is not disturbed
By His age —
Why should I be?

79.

In each life
Calamities and opportunities,
It seems,
Are overwhelming.

80.

We are all hunting For God’s Beauty And God’s Fragrance.

81.

At every moment
We must try to please God
With our readiness, at least.

82.

My Lord,
It is high time
For me to change my name
  To gratitude.

83.

My heart-room
I keep open
Only for my Lord’s
Secret and sacred Visits.

84.

Disobedience
Betrays us
Ruthlessly.

85.

Hesitation
And insecurity
Belong to
The same family.

86.

We please God most satisfactorily
Only when we do not know
Why we cry and weep
  For Him.

87.

Time passes by.
The mind-worries
Do not stop.

88.

Millennia come and go.
For humanity
To please God in God's own Way
Remains a far cry.

89.

God, I am sorry,
I cannot surrender to You today.
“My child, why not? Why not?
Just give it a try!
Who knows, there is every possibility
That today you will succeed.”

90.

My Lord,
No matter how hard I try,
I cannot surrender to You.
“My child, try, continue trying!
You can and you will.”

91.

Each broken heart
Is a self-pity-hunger.

92.

Humanity and Divinity —
Both wish for
A second chance.

93.

Transformation
  Is not
Our mental hallucination.
  It is an imagination
That will blossom into reality.

94.

Spirituality
Dares to brave
Life’s turbulent hurricanes.

95.

The aspiration-heart knows
What is real love
  And
What is counterfeit love
  For God.

96.

God’s scoldings
Frighten the mind
  And
Illumine the heart.

97.

Ego has
The loudest voice.

98.

Surrender has
The sweetest voice.

99.

At the end of God’s day,
God’s Promises fly and fly
In ecstasy-sky.

100.

At the end of my day,
My hopes sigh and sigh
In bitter disappointment.

101.

I am alive — That is
God’s outer miracle.

102.

I love God — That is
God’s inner miracle.

103.

My Lord,
Will You be
My aspiration-supplier?
“My child, first tell Me,
Will you be
My manifestation-supporter?”

104.

My Lord says to my mind-room:
“I shall come to see you
Only when you are
  Immaculately clean.”

105.

My Lord says to my heart-room:
“I shall come to see you
Only when you are
  Absolutely pure.”

106.

When I go to God
  Walking very slowly,
God opens and closes His Eyes
  At long intervals,
Heaving heavy sighs.

107.

When I go to God
  Whistling,
God eagerly waits for me
With His open Arms.

108.

We can turn
Each pure thought
Into an earth-fulfilling opportunity.

109.

God pushes and pulls
The unwilling.

110.

God protects and leads
The willing.

111.

Two things do not ran short:
My Lord’s Compassion
And my doubts.

112.

An ignorance-life
Sees no exit-door.

113.

May every day be
My heart-victory-day.

114.

May every day be
My mind-defeat-day.

115.

God does not take any intermission
From His Heaven-day and earth-night
  Performances.
I must do the same
To prove that I am
  His beloved child.

116.

O curiosity-consumed
God-miracle-watchers,
God-realisation will never
Befriend you.

117.

God believes me
Whenever I say anything to Him.
I disbelieve God
Whenever He says anything to me.
What an irony of fate!

118.

My mind ridicules God,
My heart loves God
And I question God.

119.

The moment I tell God
That I do not need Him,
He immediately hurls
His disappointment-arrows
  At me.

120.

The heart
Of each human being
Is a masterpiece of God.

121.

A God-devotion-teardrop
Is what I need
Every day.

122.

My existence has
Only one Master
Who is carrying me
To the Shore of God-oneness
And God-fulness.

123.

My life begins
With my Masters eyes
And ends
At my Master’s feet.

Editor's note

The poems in this volume were written by Sri Chinmoy during the period from 2 to 11 August 2005. A number of them were set to music by the author on 26 August 2005 and were among the songs published in July 2006 in a song book entitled A God-Devotion-Teardrop.

Book title selected by Sri Chinmoy Centre Publications NY from Sri Chinmoy’s poem on page 1.

Inside photos by Sarama, Bhashwar and others.

From: Sri Chinmoy, A rainbow-garland - , Agni Press, 2014
Sourced from http://www.srichinmoylibrary.com/rg