Impurity: the mad elephant mental asylum

1.

Impurity,
Where do you live?
Do you live inside my body?
"No!"
Do you live inside my vital?
"No, no!"
Do you live inside my mind?
"No, no, no!"
Do you live inside my heart?
"No, no, no, no!"
Do you live inside my soul?
"You stupid fellow!
I never thought
That you could be so stupid.
Of course, if your soul
Were made of charcoal,
I could live there.
But you must know
That your soul is made of
God's own Divinity."
In that case,
I will not dare to ask you
If you live inside God.
"Better not! Otherwise,
The elephant-pride of the mental asylum
Will immediately beckon you!"
Impurity, my dear friend,
Then do tell me
Where you actually live.
"I live inside the beauty
And fragrance
Of your incoming breath."
What about my outgoing breath?
Do you ever accompany
My outgoing breath?
"Yes, I do,
Only when I am forced to."
Impurity,
You are so powerful;
Who could ever dare
To force you?
"Although I am powerful,
Very powerful,
Extremely powerful,
Unimaginably powerful,
I am no match for
Your heart's streaming tears,
Your heart's climbing tears and
Your heart's falling tears,
Or for
Your soul's life-awakening smiles,
Your soul's world-illumining smiles and
Your soul's earth-transforming smiles."

2.

Who is an impure seeker?
An impure seeker
Is the possessor of heart-sand.
An impure seeker
Is the possessor of mind-mud.
An impure seeker
Is the possessor of vital-clay.
An impure seeker
Is the possessor of body-filth.

3.

What is impurity?
Impurity is
An atom bomb-explosion.
So says my purity-flooded
Consciousness.

4.

Impurity says to the body:
"O body, where are you?"
The body says to impurity:
"Can you not see
That I am at your powerful feet?"

5.

Impurity says to the vital:
"O vital, where are you?"
The vital says to impurity:
"Can you not see
That I am at your ruthless feet?"

6.

Impurity says to the mind:
"O mind, where are you?"
The mind says to impurity:
"Can you not see
That I am at your inescapable feet?"

7.

Impurity says to the heart:
"O heart, where are you?"
The heart says to impurity:
"Can you not see
That I am at your immeasurable feet?"

8.

The body, vital, mind
And heart
Together say to impurity:
"Impurity, how we wish
We could see you
At the feet of somebody,
As we are always at your feet!"
Impurity says:
"O body, vital, mind and heart,
You four are really blind!
Can you not see
That I am at the feet
Of purity-thought-planters
And at the feet
Of Divinity-will-power-growers?"

9.

Impurity,
In the abyss
Of inconscience-sleep,
You just descend
And
Descend.

10.

Impurity
Is absolutely certain
That hell is another name
For Heaven.

11.

Impurity
Is absolutely certain
That the hardest reality
Is another name for
The sweetest dream.

12.

Impurity
Is absolutely certain
That emotional fantasy
Is another name for
Devotional ecstasy.

13.

Impurity
Is absolutely certain
That negativity-forest
Is another name for
Positivity-garden.

14.

Impurity and disobedience
Deeply enjoy
Their friendship.

15.

Impurity,
You are my soul's
Disappointment.

16.

Impurity,
You are my heart's
Failure.

17.

Impurity,
You are my mind's
Backward march.

18.

Impurity,
You are
Volcano-emotion-eruption
In disguise.

19.

Impurity,
Purity-whisper
You ignore.

20.

Impurity,
Callousness-drummer
You are.

21.

Impurity,
I am consumed
With embittered memories
Of you.

22.

Impurity,
At your mere presence,
The poor and helpless seeker's
Emotional temperature
Reaches its godless
Highest height.

23.

Impurity,
Though I stumble often
On the way,
I am sure that
I shall ultimately succeed
In reaching God's
Golden Shore.

24.

The seeker says to impurity:
"Impurity,
There shall come a time
In my life
When I shall swim and swim
In my heart's
Sleeplessly running
Purity-river
Towards the enlightenment-sea
Of my Lord Beloved Supreme.
And what you will do then?
You will be drowning
And drowning
And finally sinking
In the abysmal abyss
Of darkest inconscience-night!"

25.

Impurity of the vital
And
Insecurity of the heart
Belong to the same family.

26.

The seeker says to impurity:
"O impurity-hurricane,
I am facing you bravely;
I shall always face you bravely."

27.

Impurity,
Like a pleasant host,
Slowly and smilingly,
Lovingly and charmingly,
Invites the seeker
Into its domain.

28.

"Impurity,
You are overwhelmingly
Dangerous
And agonisingly
Contagious."
So says a seeker,
A highly advanced seeker.

29.

Impurity,
No matter when
You place a call
To my heart's
Sleepless aspiration-phone,
You will always get
A busy signal.

30.

Impurity,
You need a total
Transformation.
Therefore,
My soul's concern-circle
Does not exclude you.

31.

Impurity,
Your very presence
Mutilates
My heart's oneness-happiness.

32.

Impurity,
The moment I see you,
The human in me
Is immediately frightened
And the Divine in me
Is surprisingly amused.

33.

Impurity,
Yours is a life
Bound for imminent
Or remote tragedy.

34.

Impurity,
Desire-fire you are;
Aspiration-flame
You must needs be.

35.

He who sets fire
To his mind's impurity-forest
Is blessingfully granted
An aspiration-garden
By God Himself.

36.

Impurity,
To-day you are
An insurmountable obstacle;
To-morrow it is you
Who will be transformed
Into the heart's self-giving
Purity-fragrance-rose.

37.

Impurity,
Are you ready to leave me?
Look!
I am tearing out the pages
Of your sordid past
In my life.

38.

Impurity,
If you want to remain
Mischievous,
Then I can easily remain
Devious.

39.

Impurity,
Can you not see
That God has dismissed
Your impertinent vital?

40.

Impurity.
Can you not see
That God has revoked
Your indulgence-license?

41.

Between an ungrateful person
And an impure person,
O seeker,
Whom do you prefer?
"I prefer an impure person
To an ungrateful person,
For I feel I will be able
To illumine and transform
An impure person,
But I will never be able
To transform
An ungrateful person.
Needless to say, I am saying this
From my personal experience."

From: Sri Chinmoy, Impurity: the mad elephant mental asylum - , Agni Press, 1994
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