The Wings of Light, part 9

401. In your daily life

Where is your temple?
Is it not in your daily life?

Where is your shrine?
Is it not in your daily life?

Where is your duty?
Is it not in your daily life?

Where is your God?
Is He not in your daily life?

Who is God?
He who sings the songs
Of self-transcendence
At each hush-gap.

402. The other day, the other night

I played with Eternity the other day.
Neither Eternity nor I won the game,
Neither Eternity nor I lost the game.

I sang with Infinity the other night.
Indeed, we two are the singers
Of the transcendental Heights.

I danced with Immortality the other day.
At the end we bartered our lives.

I walked with God the other night.
When He felt tired, I carried Him along
On my shoulders.
When I felt tired, He carried me along
Inside His Heart.

403. With no difficulty at all

With difficulty I discovered
The face of the earth.

With greater difficulty I discovered
The life in the world.

With greatest difficulty I discovered
A sun on earth.

But with no difficulty at all
I discovered the transcendental Silence-Height
Of the Absolute Supreme.

404. I sleep with God

From the golden morn
To the fiery noon
I pray to God.

From the fiery noon
To the retiring eve
I meditate on God.

From the retiring eve
To the starry night
I contemplate on God.

From the starry night
To the Golden Dawn
I sleep with God.

405. They make their own selections

The soul selects
Its own members.

The heart selects
Its own brothers and sisters.

The mind selects
Its own mentors.

The vital selects
Its own admirers.

The body selects
Its own fellow-dreamers.

406. Here is the difference

  Here is
The difference between
A doleful cry
  And
A soulful smile:
A doleful cry
Is a human query;
A soulful smile
Is an answer divine.

407. O Messenger

O Messenger of death,
I feel your universal hunger.

O Messenger of life,
I know your universal Truth.

O Messenger of love,
I am, I am Your universal Light.

408. O my world

  O my world,
Sleep not with a groaning age.

  O my world,
Stay not with a moaning age.

  O my world,
Live, live with a climbing face.

  O my world,
Love, love with the dawning grace.

409. You, only you!

  O orphan hope,
Who were your parents?

  O infant love,
Where are your parents?

  O constant fear,
Who are you?

  O instant joy,
You, only you!

410. All are born to transcend

All are not born to see.
All are not born to feel.
All are not born to run.
All are not born to dive.
All are not born to fly.
     But
All are born to love,
All are born to serve,
All are born to progress,
All are born to perfect,
All are born to transcend.

411. They have given me

Earth has given me
  What it has: lasting cry.

Heaven has given me
  What it has: lasting smile.

Doubt has given me
  What it has: lasting torture.

Faith has given me
  What it has: lasting confidence.

God has given me
  What He is: lasting Love.

412. The favourite

He is Heaven’s favourite lover.
   Therefore
He loves the world
   Devotedly.

He is earth’s favourite server.
   Therefore
He serves the world
   Soulfully.

He is God’s favourite hero.
   Therefore
He defends the world
   Gratefully.

413. To please God, to please man

  To please God
I offer my life’s little lamp.
  And God is unreservedly satisfied.

  To please man
I offer my soul’s vast sun.
  Yet man is unquestionably dissatisfied.

  Who can please God?
Whoever wants to.

  Who can please man?
No one, not even God.

414. I am known to surrender

You are happy
  Because
You are unknown to doubt.

He is happy
  Because
He is unknown to failure.

Heaven is happy
  Because
It is known to tomorrow.

Earth is happy
  Because
It is known to joy.

Finally, I am happy
  Because
I am known to surrender, constant surrender, unconditional surrender.

415. Dance and dine

When my weary night
Struggles into day,
God and I together dance
  In the garden of Love-light.

When my fiery day
Slips into night,
Satan and the King of death
  Together dine in the Kitchen of Surprise.

416. The secrets of trance

  Morning the teacher
Teaches him the secrets
  Of beautiful trance.

  Noon the teacher
Teaches him the secrets
  Of powerful trance.

  Evening the teacher
Teaches him the secrets
  Of silent trance.

  God the teacher
Teaches him the secrets
  Of natural trance.

417. Two watchmen

Man the watchman tells me:
  “Stop, stop! Show me your identification.”

God the Watchman tells me:
  “Come in, come in.
Look, here is my identification.”

418. Silence and sound

The sound in silence
  Talks much,
  Says less.

The silence in sound
  Talks less,
  Says more.

The God in sound
  Speaks first,
  Then acts.

The God in silence
  Speaks not,
  Just acts.

419. Let us wager

Lord, let us wager
Our kingdoms.
Let Thy Kingdom come down,
Let my kingdom go up.
Let us see whose kingdom
Has a faster speed.
Lord, if You win
I shall give you immediately
My only wealth: surrender-light.
Lord, if I win
Will You give me
Your Perfection-height?

420. A Prince of Love

When I was a Prince of gloom
I thought I could do
   Everything
In the twinkling of an eye.

When I was a Prince of Light
I discovered that patience and I
   Eventually
Would do everything.

When I was a Prince of Love
I realised that God and I
   Had already
Done everything.

421. Achieve and stop not

O Lord of my body,
  Awake.

O Lord of my vital,
  Build and break not.

O Lord of my mind,
  Receive.

O Lord of my heart,
  Achieve and stop not.

422. How hard I work

O beloved pride,
How hard I work
To build you up.

O beloved doubt,
How hard I work
To defend your cause.

O beloved fear,
How hard I work
To treasure your body.

O beloved depression,
How hard I work
To fathom your realisation.

423. My last goal

  My human goals
Have fooled me
  Quickly,
  Abruptly,
  Ruthlessly.

  My divine goals
Are ignoring me
  Slowly,
  Steadily,
  Unerringly.

I shall now try my last goal:
  The goal of God-becoming.

424. My heart shall grow with you

O sleeping night,
  Don’t be so frightened.
My body shall sleep with you.

O whistling wind,
  Don’t be so restless.
My vital shall play with you.

O murmuring river,
  Don’t be so proud.
My mind shall run with you.

O lonely garden,
  Don’t be so depressed.
My heart shall grow with you.

425. Flying

He was flying sweetly and divinely
From the mortal dream-world
Into the immortal Reality-world.

He is flying consciously and supremely
From the Reality-world
Into the Perfection-sun.

He shall be flying swiftly and unerringly
From the Perfection-sun
Into the Source:
  The Silence of the
   Ever-transcending Beyond.

426. Danger-red, danger-white

Danger-red challenges
  Human courage.

Danger-blue welcomes
  Human faith.

Danger-green defies
  Earthly time.

Danger-white strengthens
  Our prayer.

427. The ruler of night

Protection, what is it?
Man’s spontaneous belief in a higher power.

What is a higher power?
Man’s unmanifested Light.

What is Light?
Light is the ruler of night
     And
Nourisher of Delight.

428. God, stay not alone!

God, stay not alone!
I am more than eager
To stay with You.

God, use not Your Will alone!
I am more than willing
To use my will with Yours.

God, govern not alone!
Since two heads are better than one
I am ready to offer You my service-light
So that You can govern
Your worlds supremely well.

429. No recognition, no reward

   His pride
Deserves no response.

   His humility
Requires no recognition.

   His ignorance
Deserves no reward.

   His wisdom
Far transcends human appreciation.

430. God and I meet together

  In the morning
God and I meet together
  To appreciate our beauty’s birth.

  In the evening
God and I meet together
  To admire our duty’s end.

  At night
God and I meet together
  To immortalise our necessity’s life.

431. Three songs

I know only three songs:
Heart-song,
Soul-song,
Life-song.

With my heart-song,
I reveal God the Lover.

With my soul-song,
I manifest God the Beloved.

With my life-song,
I fulfil God the Supreme.

432. He and his experiences

  He and his eyes
Stood against the blue-vast sky.

  He and his nose
Stood against the green-brown earth.

  He and his arms
Stood against the gold-white Heaven.

   His victories were followed
  By giant defeats.

   His defeats were followed
  By Himalayan victories.

  He and his experiences
Breathe Immortality’s Life.

433. Even so

As I conceal
Death’s proud capacity,
Even so, death
Reveals my stupendous capacity.

As I ask death
To delay its final arrival,
Even so, death demands
My supreme authority.

434. O sweet oblivion, O great remembrance

O sweet oblivion,
To you I bow and bow.
You have made me forget
All my yesterdays,
My yesterdays’ bitter failures.

O great remembrance,
To you I bow and bow.
You have granted me the capacity
To remember all my sublimely significant conversations,
My conversations with the Lord Supreme.

435. His mind-cloud

His mind-cloud
Appreciates the teeming clouds
  Of the sky.

His vital-pleasure
Enjoys the teeming pleasures
  Of the world.

His body-sleep
Knows nothing save the embrace
  Of ignorance-sleep.

His heart-surrender
Is all surrender to the God
  In humanity.

436. Who has brought me?

Who has brought me
To the old familiar hell?
  Ah, my desire-thief.

Who has brought me
To the old familiar Heaven?
  Ah, my aspiration-chief.

Who has brought me
To my old familiar Lord?
  Ah, His Compassion supreme.

437. You have

O fortunate star,
You have the capacity to give.

O fortunate earth,
You have the necessity to receive.

O fortunate human-soul,
You have the divinity
  To see the glory of Light,
  To drink the life of Delight,
  To become the Goal of Oneness.

438. God went home empty-handed

  To darkness
He has sold his light.

  To bondage
He has sold his freedom.

  To ignorance
He has sold his wisdom.

  To deception
He has sold his conscience.

  Alas, when God came
To buy something from him,
  Nothing was left.
Poor God went home empty-handed.

439. God forgives

When the mind hesitates,
The vital postpones.

When the vital postpones,
The body sleeps.

When the body sleeps,
The heart weeps.

When the heart weeps,
God forgives.
He forgives all the members.

440. Nothing enters into me

Nothing enters into me.
Humility does not enter into me
Even when I eat my blades of grass.

Devotion does not enter into me
Even when I place my head at the feet of my Master.

Sincerity does not enter into me
Even though every morning I go to church.

Purity does not enter into me
Even though I wash myself for hours.
   Am I not something?

441. An abiding and conquering name

When I lost the cosmic game
Centuries suffered in me.
     Yet
When I won the cosmic game
Nobody cared.
Nobody was happy
Save my Lord Supreme,
My eternal friend.
He congratulated me
By giving me an abiding
And conquering name:
     Love.

442. Successful and happy was I

Successful was I
  When I did business
With God and God alone.

I gave Him my centuries’ possession:
  Ignorance.
He gave me His Eternity’s possession:
  Love.

Happy was I
  When the all-forgiving Compassion
Of the Lord Supreme
  Married the extremities of my ceaseless pride.

443. Two proposals

Two proposals:
  Humanity’s inner duty needs me.
When I am needed,
I feel my life
Is divinely meaningful
And supremely fruitful.
Therefore,
I gladly accept the proposal
  Of Divinity’s inner duty.

444. Your first wish and your last wish

Your first wish will be granted
     This year.
You will be able to cry
Soulfully, divinely,
Supremely and unconditionally.

Your second and last wish will be granted
     Next year.
God will smile in you, through you,
Around you and for you
With His supernal Pride.

445. My two old friends are engaged

My two old friends, fear and doubt,
Are engaged.
At their wedding
I shall give them
My best smile and best embrace,
For I may not see them any more
Since they are planning to move away
After they get married.
When my friends, fear and doubt, go away
I will try to have two new friends:
Faith and courage.

446. If I had time enough

Lord, I tell You,
If I had time enough
I would definitely
Help You in Your manifestation.

Lord, I tell you,
If I had time enough
I would unmistakably prove to be
Your most perfect instrument.

Alas, time is my worst enemy.
How hard I try to make friends with time
So that I can use her
At my sweet will.

Lord, just give me the time.
A little more, I tell You,
And I shall love You,
Please You and fulfil You,
Even in Your own way.
Is it not an astonishing bargain?

447. Four supreme secrets

Lord Supreme,
All my life I have treasured
Three supreme secrets.
Today I shall share them with You:
  I love myself
  Infinitely more than I love You.
   I think I could have created
   A creation infinitely better
   Than Yours, Lord. I absolutely mean it.
     And Lord, third but not least,
     For a long time I have
     Been trying to dethrone You,
     But with no success.
Alas, now that I have told You
My supreme secrets,
Will You give me something?
“Certainly I shall.
I am giving you My supreme secret:
  I love you. I love you
  Infinitely more than I love Myself.
  Little heart, I love you infinitely more
  Than I love My entire creation.”

448. Four promises

I made three promises
To the Supreme:
I shall appreciate the outer beauty
Through my inner eye,
I shall love the outer world
Through my inner heart,
I shall be the bridge
Between the hunger of the earth-body
  And
The fulfilment of the Heaven-soul.

The Supreme made
One promise to me:
No matter how many times I fail,
He will come to me in His form of
Compassion-sky
  And
Patience-sea.

449. My two friends

I have only two friends:
God and man.
In the world of ignorance,
Man is my friend.
In the sky of Light,
God is my friend.

My man-friend secretly whispers
I need him more than he needs me.
My God-friend openly declares
He needs me more than I need Him.
He adds: He is ready to wait indefinitely
For my arrival.

450. A higher position, a higher salary

Lord, will You not give me
A higher position and raise my salary?

“Your salary: Peace, Light and Delight
I can and shall easily increase.
But I am afraid I shall
Not be able to give you a higher position.
A few years ago,
When I accepted you,
I accepted you as an instrument of Mine.
Then I raised your position.
I declared you as a chosen son of Mine.
Now you want to be My representative on earth.
I am sorry! For that you have to work very hard.
I am afraid it may take a few incarnations
For you to represent Me on earth.”

From: Sri Chinmoy, The Wings of Light, part 9 - , Agni Press, 1974
Sourced from http://www.srichinmoylibrary.com/wl-9