The Dance of Life, part 11

501. Nothing to do with it

Insecurity is for women only;
Men have nothing to do with it.

Impurity is for men only;
Women have nothing to do with it.

Love is for God only;
Human beings have nothing to do with it.

Ingratitude is for human beings only;
God has nothing to do with it.

502. Destination guaranteed

Human thought has degenerated,
Human hope has degenerated,
Human love has degenerated,
Human soul has degenerated,
Human goal has degenerated.

But God’s Thought for man is still the same,
God’s Hope for man is still the same,
God’s Love for man is still the same,
God’s Soul for man is still the same,
God’s Goal for man is still the same.
Therefore,
Man’s higher destination
Is guaranteed.

503. Who has all the answers?

Have you all the answers?
No!

Has he all the answers?
No!

Have I all the answers?
No!

Who has all the answers?
Faith, man’s faith,
His faith in himself,
His faith in God.

504. Gratitude

A desiring man
Never gets tired of offering his gratitude
To his own efforts.

An aspiring man
Never gets tired of offering his gratitude
To his own faith.

A surrendered seeker
Never gets tired of offering his gratitude
To his Lord divine.

The Lord Supreme
Never gets tired of offering His Gratitude
To His Infinite Compassion.

505. Success

Desire waits for the future
To make it successful.

Aspiration actually makes the future
Successful.

Realisation itself is the glorious success.
Realisation is
The seed of the past,
The flower of the present,
The fruit of the future.

506. Evils

O fear, O doubt,
You two are unnecessary evils.

O money, O power,
You two are necessary evils.

O impurity, O insecurity,
You two are Satan’s necessities.

507. My progress

There was a time
When I tried hard to avoid desires.
Now desires avoid me, my aspiration.

There was a time
When I tried hard to avoid doubts.
Now doubts avoid me, my faith.

There was a time
When I tried hard to avoid fear.
Now fear avoids me, my courage.

There was a time
When I tried hard to avoid temptation.
Now temptation avoids me, my liberation.

508. He is brave

He who hears is brave.
He who sees is brave.
He who feels is brave.
He who thinks is brave.
He who desires is brave.
He who aspires is brave.
He who surrenders is brave.
But he who braves is God.

509. I leave and I take

I leave my fears inside my room,
I take my courage when I go out.

I leave my pride inside my room,
I take my humility when I go out.

I leave my despair inside my room,
I take my hope when I go out.

I leave my darkness inside my room,
I take my illumination when I go out.

510. They hate him

Fear hates him
Because
He speaks ill of fear
To his friend, courage.

Doubt hates him
Because
He speaks ill of doubt
To his friend, faith.

Impurity hates him
Because
He speaks ill of impurity
To his friend, purity.

Bondage hates him
Because
He speaks ill of bondage
To his friend, liberation.

511. Today and tomorrow

Today courage endures;
Tomorrow courage shall prevail.

Today love endures;
Tomorrow love shall prevail.

Today truth endures;
Tomorrow truth shall prevail.

Likewise,
O Lord, today in me You endure;
Tomorrow, I assure You, in me You shall prevail.

512. Wisdom

Faith is the wisdom
That has said its prayers.

Surrender is the wisdom
That has fulfilled its life.

Love is the wisdom
That has done its duty.

God is the Wisdom
Who has opened His Heart.

513. I see, I have and I am

Doubt I see,
Faith I have,
Courage I am.

Ignorance I see,
Wisdom I have,
Bliss I am.

Separation I see,
Union I have,
God I am.

514. He is

He is a sufferer.
Therefore
He lives five minutes longer.

He is a hero.
Therefore
He lives ten minutes longer.

He is a sacrificer.
Therefore
He lives fifteen minutes longer.

He is a believer.
Therefore
He lives twenty minutes longer.

He is a lover.
Therefore
He lives forever.

515. He who misses

He who misses
God’s Eye
Misses much.

He who misses
God’s Smile
Misses more.

He who misses
God’s Heart
Misses most.

He who misses
God’s Love
Misses everything.

516. It is always easy

It is always easy
To brave ignorance
From a safe distance.

It is always easy
To adore man
From a safe distance.

It is always easy
To deny Truth
From a safe distance.

It is always easy
To doubt God
From a safe distance.

517. We all need hope

Courage needs hope
For its aspiration.

Faith needs hope
For its realisation.

Love needs hope
For its revelation.

I need hope
For my manifestation.

518. Together they go

Courage and Love
Together go.

Courage and Peace
Together go.

Courage and Bliss
Together go.

Courage and God
Together go.

519. Everyone asks me for a favour

Doubt asks me
To cherish him
And boast of him.

Fear asks me
To nourish her
And boast of her.

Courage asks me
To feed him
And look after him.

Faith asks me
To strengthen her
And immortalise her.

520. My needs

I need a sleepless body
To see God.

I need a tireless vital
To play with God.

I need a fearless mind
To travel with God.

I need a selfless heart
To converse with God.

I need a deathless life
To dance with God.

521. Since everything is in the hands of God

I have insulted the world;
I deserve a severe punishment.
But I must not
Be frightened to death,
Since
Everything is in the Hands of God.

I have criticised God;
I deserve a severe punishment.
But I must not
Be frightened to death,
Since
Everything is in the Hands of God.

I have doubted myself;
I deserve ceaseless punishment.
And the law of Karma
Shall dog me and dog me and dog me.

522. Above all

Man above all:
This is the height
Of my animal realisation.

Love above all:
This is the height
Of my human realisation.

Oneness above all:
This is the height
Of my divine realisation.

God-manifestation above all:
This is the height
Of my absolute Perfection.

523. Before and after

Before God-realisation
My renunciation
Was my supreme sacrifice.

After God-realisation
My unconditional oneness
With the ignorance-world
Is my supreme sacrifice.

524. How can I attain God?

Not by rituals
Can I attain God.

Not by austerity
Can I attain God.

Not by self-denial
Can I attain God.

I can attain God
With a love-heart,
With soul-bliss.

525. My immortality

My beauty
Is immortal in Heaven.

My duty
Is immortal on earth.

My aspiration
Is immortal in life.

My surrender
Is immortal in God.

526. In me they need

The animal
In me needs
Freedom from aggression.

The human
In me needs
Freedom from fear.

The divine
In me needs
Freedom from ignorance.

The Supreme
In me needs
Freedom from Compassion.

527. God-Discovery and Man-Perfection

His philosophy,
Explained and expanded,
Becomes God-Discovery.

God-Discovery,
Condensed and made practical,
Becomes Man-Perfection.

528. Not going to last

Lord, my life
Always bristles with problems
Of varying magnitude.

Son, this realisation of yours
Is not going to last.

Lord, when will You prove
The authenticity
Of Your prophecy?

Son, just smile
And see
If I am right.

529. What is it?

An incarnation: what is it?
A manifestation of God.

An animal incarnation: what is it?
A general manifestation of God.

A human incarnation: what is it?
A special manifestation of God.

A divine incarnation: what is it?
The supreme manifestation of God.

530. Love

Human love
Originates in the whispers
Of uncertainty.

Divine love
Originates in the whiteness
Of purity.

God’s Love
Originates in the oneness
Of beauty.

531. His birthright

He has only one friend:
Love.
Three times a day
His friend helps him.

In the morning,
Love energises him.

In the afternoon,
Love enfolds the best in him.

In the evening,
Love tells him
That God-Discovery is his birthright.

532. No peace here or hereafter

A weakling
Has no peace,
Here or hereafter.

An unthinking man
Has no peace,
Here or hereafter.

An unloving heart
Has no peace,
Here or hereafter.

An unfulfilled life
Has no peace,
Here or hereafter.

533. He will wake up

He talks.
He is a man of empty talk.

He lives.
He lives a purposeless life.

He yields.
He constantly yields to cowardice.

He is.
He is hopelessly faint-hearted.

Yet one day
He will wake up.
He will wake up
And listen to the clarion call
Of his Inner Pilot.

534. The ripe fruit

When I think of God,
I become His bud.

When I pray to God,
I become His tender flower.

When I concentrate on God,
I become His unripe fruit.

When I meditate on God,
I become His ripe fruit.

535. The master-key

Life has two significant aspects:
A changeful aspect
And
A changeless aspect.
God is undoubtedly the master-key
To both the aspects.

Life has two stories:
The story of destruction
And
The story of perfection.
God is undoubtedly the master-key
To both the stories.

536. I need

I need.
I need my Mother’s Love.

I need.
I need my Father’s Wisdom.

I need.
I need my Master’s Light.

I need.
I need my God’s Compassion.

What else do I need?
Nothing, absolutely nothing!

537. A world of difference

There is a world of difference
Between
Fear and doubt.
Fear is something that I treasure;
Doubt is something that treasures me.

There is a world of difference
Between
Stupidity and absurdity.
Stupidity tells me that everybody has surpassed me;
Absurdity tells me that I have surpassed everybody.

538. We allow our minds

You allow your mind
To wander on unwanted things.

He allows his mind
To wander on wanted pleasures.

I allow my mind
To wander on futile thoughts.

Together we shall sing
The song of temptation.

Together we shall dance
The dance of frustration.

Together we shall die
The death of destruction.

539. First think

First think of God
And then dine with man.
Do not proceed
In the reverse order.

First think of Compassion
And then meditate on Justice.
Do not proceed
In the reverse order.

First think of your own perfection
And then cherish the idea of God-manifestation.
Do not proceed
In the reverse order.

540. Progress

In the morning of our life,
Our true progress
Is measured
By the yardstick
Of our sense-control.

In the afternoon of our life,
Our true progress
Is measured
By the yardstick
Of our compassion-realisation.

In the evening of our life,
Our true progress
Is measured
By the yardstick
Of our oneness-manifestation.

541. Life

In the animal life
Competition is indispensable.
Here the struggle for existence, itself,
Is a constant battle.

In the human life
Co-operation is indispensable.
Here collective peace and security
Give birth to progress and prosperity.

In the life divine
Self-dedication is indispensable.
Here universal oneness and love-revelation
Are God-manifestation.

542. Together stay, together play

The murmuring of the life-river dies
When it reaches the peace-ocean.

The functioning of the unlit mind ceases
When the soul embraces the mind.

The dancing of the heart begins
When meditation and dedication
Together stay,
Together play.

543. When the mind

When the mind
Thinks of silence,
It begins to solve its problems.

When the mind
Speaks to silence,
Half of its problems are solved.

When the mind
Sleeps in the lap of silence,
All its problems are solved.

544. When he speaks

When he speaks to doubt,
He becomes a stream of faith.

When he speaks to fear,
He becomes a stream of courage.

When he speaks to insecurity,
He becomes a stream of confidence.

When he speaks to impurity,
He becomes a stream of purity.

When he speaks to his lower self,
He becomes a stream of concern.

When he speaks to his higher Self,
He becomes a stream of admiration.

545. I shall fight

Until my life burns down
I shall fight.
I shall fight against
My brooding ignorance.

Until my life burns down
I shall fight.
I shall fight against
The world’s roaring indifference.

Until my life burns down
I shall fight.
I shall fight against
Heaven’s burning impatience.

546. Speaking to my different selves

To speak to my highest Self,
I need neither vision nor voice.

To speak to my higher self,
I need only vision.

To speak to my lower self,
I need both vision and voice.

To speak to my lowest self,
I need a sleepless vision,
I need a tireless voice,
I need a dauntless heart.

547. When he sleeps

When he sleeps beside faith
He enjoys a restful sleep.

When he sleeps beside doubt
He suffers a restless sleep.

When he sleeps beside fear
He dies in his endless sleep.

548. Pavilion of the Eternal Beyond

His heart-life
Is a pavilion of earth.

His soul-life
Is a pavilion of Heaven.

His God-Life
Is a pavilion of the Eternal Beyond.

Earth sees
Through his heart.

Heaven feels
Through his soul.

The Eternal Beyond glows
Through his God-Life.

549. Stay not in the paradise

O my body,
Stay not in the paradise
Of helplessness.

O my vital,
Stay not in the paradise
Of wilderness.

O my mind,
Stay not in the paradise
Of forgetfulness.

O my heart,
Stay not in the paradise
Of ungratefulness.

O my soul,
Stay not in the paradise
Of carelessness.

550. Just a habit

Why do I speak to God?
It is just a habit
Of my perfection.

Why do I adore myself?
It is just a habit
Of my imperfection.

Why do I love man?
It is just a habit
Of my obligation.

From: Sri Chinmoy, The Dance of Life, part 11 - , Agni Press, 1973
Sourced from http://www.srichinmoylibrary.com/dl-11