The Wings of Light, part 2

51. My desire, aspiration and realisation

My desire says
Although God is good
I do not need Him
Right now.

My aspiration says
Since God is good
I wish to see Him
As soon as possible.

My realisation says
Since God is good
I shall always remain
With Him.

52. Death does not shorten

Death does not shorten,
But
Awakens life.

Truth does not destroy,
But
Enlightens life.

Love does not question,
But
Immortalises life.

53. In Heaven, on earth

In Heaven
When I stumbled
God came, stood beside me
And
Lifted me up compassionately and gently.

On earth
When God starved
I came, stood beside Him
And
Fed Him devotedly and sumptuously.

54. Big dreams, small dreams

His small head
Had big dreams.
Now
His big head
Has small dreams.
He is waiting
For his head
To become larger than the largest
So that his small dreams
Can die down
Secretly, unnoticed,
And his reality-friends
Can stand living with him
Openly and fruitfully.

55. When

He is an angel
When he smiles.

He is a yogi
When he meditates.

He is a lover
When he cries.

He is a seer
When he sleeps.

He is a dreamer
When he speaks.

He is divinely great
When he is for God.

He is supremely good
When he is of God.

56. Don’t give up!

Pray and meditate;
Meditate and pray.
Don’t give up!
If you give up,
Then you will be
As bad as the worst.

Pray and meditate;
Meditate and pray.
Reach the Goal.
No matter when you reach the Goal,
You will be
As good as the best.

57. His realisation

His realisation is skin-deep
Who says that the body’s beauty is skin-deep.
Alas!
When will he know
That the outer beauty
Of a human being
Is a solid portion
Of God the Beauty.

His realisation is sea-deep
Who feels that man can transcend himself.
Ah! He will know,
He will know without fail
That today’s man is tomorrow’s God.

58. A thing

A thing of beauty
Is always a great expense.
A thing of duty
Deserves always a great reward.

A thing of necessity
Always surrenders.
A thing of surrender
Commands man to surrender
To the demand of price.

59. I believe it

When the world says
That I am a fool,
I believe it.

When the world says
That I am a rogue,
I believe it.

When the world says
That I am a helpless,
Hopeless and useless creature,
I believe it.

But God, when You tell me something,
Why do I find it so hard to believe it?

“Son, your love
Of ignorance-night
Far surpasses your love
Of Knowledge-Light.

“Empty your experience
Inside My Heart unreservedly.
I shall flood your being
With Light and Delight
Devotedly, soulfully and perpetually.”

60. They welcome

A lazy man welcomes
Volcano-destruction.
A crazy man welcomes
Tempest-confusion.
A wise man welcomes
Wisdom-ocean.
A good man welcomes
God-Perfection.

61. The writer

Before he writes a book
He reads ten books
Written by others.

After he has written his book
He stops reading altogether
Books written by others.

He reads and reads and reads
His book until he empties
His appreciation-mountain,
Admiration-ocean, adoration-moon
On his beloved creation-son,
A mere book.

62. Before and after

You use your wise eyes
Before and after
You buy anything.

He uses his proud nose
Before and after
He buys anything.

I use my clever ears
Before and after
I buy anything.

God uses His Oneness-Heart
Before and after
He buys anything.

63. He

He loved God
When he was
9 years old.

He judged God
When he was
18 years old.

He forgave God
When he was
27 years old.

He realised his ignorance
When he was
36 years old.

God gave him everything
When he was
45 years old.

He became God
When he was
54 years old.

The world kicked him
When he was
63 years old.

The world killed him
When he was
72 years old.

And then immediately
The world gave him
Admiration-sun,
Adoration-moon.

64. A mother’s two Gods

Each mother has two Gods:
One is the God in Heaven,
The other is her own son.

To her God in Heaven
She prays,
To her God on earth
She surrenders.

65. A father’s two goddesses

Each father has two Goddesses:
One is the Goddess in Heaven,
The other is his own daughter.

He soulfully admires
His Goddess in Heaven,
He unconditionally adores
His Goddess on earth.

66. He has already won

He who strives and dives
Will eventually succeed.

He who watches and catches
Will never succeed.

He who loves and serves
Has already won.

He who bites and blights
Has already lost.

67. The cosmic game

The donkey in him
Tries to clear the cosmic fence.

The deer in him
Wants to win the cosmic race.

The elephant in him
Wants to break down the cosmic palace.

The tiger in him
Wants to devour the cosmic fruit.

The God in him
Wants to enjoy the cosmic game.

68. He thinks

He thinks the sun shines
To please him.

He thinks God smiles
To please him.

He thinks humanity breathes
To please him.

Proudly he thinks,
Sweetly he dreams,
Quickly he sinks.

69. The boundaries

The human in me
Has a tiny room
Bounded
On the north, south, east, west
By C. K. Ghose.

The divine in me
Has the boundless universe
Bounded
On the north, by God’s Compassion,
On the south, by God’s Protection,
On the east, by God’s Aspiration,
On the west, by God’s Perfection.

70. Love and hate

Love yourself.
Lo, you have begun
Your lifelong romance.

Hate yourself.
Lo, you have begun
Your lifelong battle.

Love God.
Lo, you have established
Your supremacy on earth.

Hate God.
Lo, the fool in you has caught
The fool you are.

71. Who is rich?

Who is rich?
He who has peace of mind.

Where is he?
All mortals searched
And searched for him
But
Found him not.

Now God is searching for him
On Humanity’s behalf.

If and when God finds him,
God will settle down
Near where he lives
To be his closest neighbour.

72. If you contradict

Contradict a man:
He will tell you free
Everything he knows.

Contradict a woman:
She will tell you free
Everything she has heard about you
And what she herself thinks about you.

Contradict God:
He will forgive you immediately,
He will teach you unreservedly,
He will fulfil you unconditionally.

73. What they deserve

Her speech deserves
Appreciation.

Her silence deserves
Admiration.

Her smile deserves
Adoration.

Her surrender deserves
Perfection:
Not man’s perfection,
But God’s Perfection
And
God the Perfection
Combined.

74. A very slight difference

Everyone is unrealised
Except
You
And
Me.
But there is a very slight difference
Between
Your realisation
And
My realisation.
Your realisation is
Theoretical
Partial
And
Limited;
Whereas my realisation is
Impartial
Universal
Transcendental
And even
Practical.
I mean it.
I
Repeat
It.

75. Be a listener!

Be a listener!
You will be able to
Escape being a barber.

Be a listener!
Very soon you will be able to
Become a professor.

Be a listener!
Eventually you are bound to
Be the best advisor.

Be a listener!
Lo, you have become so popular
That your heights
Can easily touch
God’s supernal Pride.

76. When I talk to man

When I talk to man
I see that each discussion is
A public meeting
Without a microphone.

Naturally I shout,
I bark and
I do not even hesitate to bite
When necessity demands.

77. Devotion

Devotion:
What is it?
Devotion is the combination
Of
Love’s intensity
And
Surrender’s divinity.
A man of devotion
Is God’s conscious and constant pride
In His Reality-sky
And
Infinity-sea.

78. Be careful

O descending disciples,
Be careful on your way
Down the hill.
If you kick the disciples
Who are below you
With your eyeless pride,
Then when the hour strikes
For you to ascend again,
They will not only prevent
Your upward journey,
But also extinguish
Your rekindled aspiration-flames.

79. To avoid

To avoid criticism,
I do nothing.

To avoid misunderstanding,
I say nothing.

To avoid competition,
I become nothing.

80. The time

Awakening is the time
When the men of reason
Go to sleep.

Enlightenment is the time
When the men of amusement
Stop drinking earth-pleasures.

Perfection is the time
When the God-men and the God-women
Stay on earth to love supremely
And serve unconditionally.

81. Don’t doubt!

Don’t doubt!
When you doubt God
You lengthen your ignorance-journey,
You diminish the flow
Of your life-energy,
You destroy your
Fast-approaching sovereignty.
Therefore, don’t doubt,
Never!

82. Her birthday, his age

She knows her birthday
But not her age.

He knows his age
But not his birthday.

But
God does not know
Either
Her birthday
Or
His age.

83. They take us to God

Doctors take us to God
Unconsciously and unintentionally.

Generals take us to God
Forcefully and dramatically.

Spiritual Masters take us to God
Smilingly and lovingly.

God takes us to God
Devotedly and unconditionally.

84. My lying, sitting and standing

Before I stand
I sit.
Before I sit
I lie.
Why? Why?

I love my lying
Because
It gives me complete satisfaction.

I admire my sitting
Because
It gives me immeasurable confidence.

I appreciate my standing
Because
It gives me the greatest competence.

85. A new friend

I said to my friend:
“You are wrong.”
Alas, I lost my friend.

I said to my enemy:
“You are right.”
Lo, I gained a new friend.

86. Now learn it!

England is an island.
You knew it.
An Englishman is also an island.
Now learn it!

France is a pleasure-paradise.
You knew it.
A Frenchman is also a pleasure-paradise.
Now learn it!

India is a degradation-life.
You knew it.
An Indian is also a degradation-life.
Now learn it!

America is a promise-advertising soul.
You knew it.
An American is also a promise-advertising soul.
Now learn it!

Canada is a height-unnoticing eye.
You knew it.
A Canadian is also a height-unnoticing eye.
Now learn it!

87. The Indian love

The English language
Unites the whole world
But
Separates America from England.

The Indian love
Feeds the whole world
But
Strangles both the brothers:
Pakistan and India.

88. A small fee

A small admission fee
Takes all my enthusiasm away.
A small realisation fee
Takes all my aspiration away.
A small perfection fee
Takes all my energy away.

89. Their specialities

You know everything;
That is your speciality.

He knows nothing;
That is his speciality.

I know something of everything;
That is my speciality.

Light is in everything;
That is its speciality.

Love is for everything;
That is its speciality.

God is of everything and for everything;
That is His speciality.

90. Attention and intention

Attention he pays,
Intention he hides.
Indeed, this is the story
Of a human thief.

Attention he pays,
Intention he lacks.
Indeed, this is the story
Of a human rogue.

Attention he pays,
Intention he tries.
Indeed, this is the story
Of a sincere man.

Attention he pays,
Intention he fulfils.
Indeed, this is the story
Of a divine hero.

91. Love increases

Love increases
By visiting friends.
Love increases more
By helping friends.
Love increases most
By loving friends.

God the Host
Loves a visiting friend.
God the Father
Loves more a helping friend.
God the Beloved
Loves most a loving friend.

92. Friendship

Friendship between fear and hatred
Is only a suspension of hostility.

Friendship between doubt and suspicion
Is only a suspension of futility.

Friendship between love and life
Is only a suspension of ecstasy.

Friendship between an ascending cry
and a descending smile
Is only a suspension of Reality.

93. They save me

My faith saves me
From the suspicious world.
My love saves me
From the ferocious world.
My light saves me
From the ungenerous world.
My God saves me
From the unharmonious world.

94. Too short, too little, too far

His life was too short
To learn yoga.
His love was too little
To see God.
His goal was too far
To value his Beloved.

95. When I offer gratitude

When I offer gratitude to God
And God alone
I secretly expect
A greater favour from God.

When I offer gratitude to man
Man immediately claims
The most legitimate favour from me.

O God, with my gratitude
I hopefully try to fool you.
O man, with my gratitude
I unavoidably bind my helpless self.

96. Life and love

Life I give,
Life I receive.
With life I bind my Heaven and my earth.
Love I eat,
Love I feed.
With love I free my earth and my Heaven.

97. What is worse, what is better?

What is worse than a donkey?
Two donkeys.
What is better than a seeker?
Two seekers.
What is worse than the worst enemy?
Two enemies.
What is better than the best friend?
Two friends.

Two donkeys:
Doubt and Jealousy.
Two seekers:
Sincerity and Purity.
Two enemies:
Pride and Fear.
Two friends:
Faith and Courage.

98. When I talk

When I talk with God
I cramp His conversation.

When I talk with a man
We cramp each other’s conversation.

When I talk with a woman
She cramps my conversation.
And in return
The human in me strangles our conversation,
While
The divine in me admires her conversation.

When I talk with myself
I overfeed my conversation
And kill the real thinker in me.

99. Love is all

The animal in me says:
Destruction is above all,
Destruction is all.

The human in me says:
Sensation is above all,
Sensation is all.

The divine in me says:
Liberation is above all,
Liberation is all.

The angel in me says:
Beauty is above all,
Beauty is all.

The God in me says:
Love is above all,
Love is all.

100. God’s nationality

In his dream he saw
A Russian, an American, a German,
A Chinaman, a Japanese, an Indian,
A Pakistani, a Frenchman, an Englishman
and a Canadian
Fighting over the nationality of God.
The Russian said,
“God can be of any nationality, but not
American.”
The American said,
“I shall ask God to leave me for some time,
Change His nationality
And stay with the Russian.
Russia needs God’s inner Presence,
Whereas I can stay for some time
Without God’s outer Presence.
Needless to say, God is an American.”
The German said,
“God is a clever fellow.
He changes His nationality quite often.
When a nation becomes powerful
He adopts the nationality of that country
Quickly and devotedly.”
The Chinaman said,
“Although God’s Presence does not add
Anything to my nation,
God secretly indulges His Chinese nationality.”
The Japanese said,
“We all know that God
Most secretly and convincingly
Enjoys His sole nationality: Japanese.”
The Indian said,
“Before God started
Taking human incarnation,
He assured India that
He would assume only one nationality,
Forever and forever.”
The Pakistani said,
“We know it.
That is why we do not allow God
The eternal Hindu
To darken our country.”
The Frenchman and the Englishman
Fought bitterly
And then divided God’s nationality
Into two gigantic halves.
The Canadian saluted the American and said,
“God’s eternal American nationality
Will one day be proved indisputable.”
The American embraced the Canadian and said,
“Take what I have and what I am.
What I have is outer assurance.
What I am is inner gratitude.”

From: Sri Chinmoy, The Wings of Light, part 2 - , Agni Press, 1974
Sourced from http://www.srichinmoylibrary.com/wl-2