The Dance of Life, part 4

151. Joy-gifts

My heart gives me infant joy.
My soul gives me instant joy.
My Goal gives me constant joy.
My Supreme gives me
  Birthless and measureless
  Deathless and ceaseless
      Joy.

152. If I listen

My Lord asks me
  Whom to listen to?

“If I listen to the demands of your body,
  You will grow into a blind beggar.

“If I listen to the demands of your vital,
  You will grow into a wild elephant.

“If I listen to the demands of your mind,
  You will grow into unparalleled insanity.

“If I listen to the demands of your heart,
  You will grow into the ignorance-king.”

153. You are insecure

You are insecure
   Because
Your belief is not sustained
  By the inner faith.

You are insecure
   Because
Your faith is not sustained
  By the unconditional surrender.

You are insecure
   Because
Your surrender has not
  Breathed the life of oneness supreme.

154. In loneliness

     When
He is in the well of loneliness,
  He thinks of doubt.

     When
He is in the pool of loneliness,
  He thinks of despair.

     When
He is in the lake of loneliness,
  He thinks of consolation.

     When
He is in the river of loneliness,
  He thinks of hope.

     When
He is in the sea of loneliness,
  He thinks of God.

155. I saw in his eyes

  He slept in silence.
I saw in his closed eyes
  The Peace of God.

  He woke up in silence.
I saw in his blossomed eyes
  The Joy of God.

  He walked in silence.
I saw in his glowing eyes
  The Light of God.

  He ran in silence.
I saw in his ambrosial eyes
  The Life of God.

156. When pangs flashed

When pangs flashed
  Across your heart,
   You criticised God.

When pangs flashed
  Across your mind,
   You blamed God.

When pangs flashed
  Across your vital,
   You cursed God.

When pangs flashed
  Across your body,
   You deserted God.

157. Please

O generous earth!
Pray for me, please.

O generous sky!
Think of me, please.

O generous Heaven!
Meditate on me, please.

O generous God!
Love me, Love me, Love me, please.

158. Do you know?

Do you know
  Your lowest and strongest temptation?
It is your evening doubt.
  It is your evening doubt.

Do you know
  Your lower and stronger temptation?
It is your afternoon jealousy.
  It is your afternoon jealousy.

Do you know
  Your low and strong temptation?
It is your morning insecurity.
  It is your morning insecurity.

159. His loyalty

   He was helpless.
     Therefore
He declared his loyalty to fear.

   He was hopeless.
     Therefore
He offered his loyalty to unhappiness.

   He was useless.
     Therefore
He surrendered his loyalty to doubt.

160. Before he saw

Before he saw
  The face of the world,
He was the smile of an angel-child.

Before he saw
  The Face of God,
He was the tempest of despair.

Before he saw
  The face of God-manifestation,
He was the life of uncertainty.

161. To be the voice

To become the voice of humanity,
  He touched the Feet of God.

To become the voice of divinity,
  He breathed the Heart of God.

To become the Voice of God,
  He dined with the Soul of God.

162. In him I see a rascal

  When he gives
His birthless and deathless sermon,
  In him I see a superlative rascal.

  When he offers
The message of Love divine,
  In him I see an unparalleled rascal.

  When he distributes
The Life of the Absolute Supreme,
  In him I see the transcendental rascal.

163. The beggar

His smiles
  Are lovelier than the moon.
His cries
  Are quieter than death.
His thoughts
  Are faster than the bullet.
His heart
  Is feebler than the tiniest ant.
His hopes
  Are richer than the Emperor supreme.
His life
  Is poorer than Eternity’s beggar.

164. A drop of tears

A drop of my tears
Is enough to make my Lord
Embrace my ageless
  Inner poverty.

A drop of my Lord’s tears
Is enough to transform my life of ignorance-dream
Into Reality’s
  Divinity-Love.

165. He sees

In his doubting mind,
He sees Eternity’s Cloud.

In his sleepless heart,
He sees Infinity’s Rainbow.

In his warrior-soul,
He sees Immortality’s Life.

166. The cosmic river

His body flows
  With the river of cosmic sadness.

His vital flows
  With the river of cosmic madness.

His mind flows
  With the river of cosmic blindness.

His heart flows
  With the river of cosmic kindness.

His soul flows
  With the river of cosmic gladness.

His goal flows
  With the river of cosmic oneness.

167. He becomes

When he is angry,
He becomes a mountain.

When he is peaceful,
He becomes an ocean.

When he is happy,
He becomes the vision of the skies.

When he is sad,
He becomes the slave of death.

168. My life

My desire-life
Lighted the candle of God.

My aspiration-life
Kindled the lamp of God.

My realisation-life
Glorified the sun of God.

My manifestation-life
Fulfilled the LIGHT of God.

169. No difference

      No difference
      Between
The sleeping spirit and destruction-power.

      No difference
      Between
The stainless Pride and transcendental Height.

      No difference
      Between
Humanity’s gratitude and divinity’s plenitude.

170. Music

O music of love,
From you I learn
The secret of closeness.

O music of will,
From you I learn
The secret of future-creation.

O music of silence,
From you I learn
The secret of universal oneness.

O music of surrender,
From you I learn
The secret of cosmic perfection.

171. I am not ready

Earth is waiting for me;
I am not ready.
I want to rest more.

Heaven is waiting for me;
I am not ready.
I want to sleep more.

God is waiting for me;
I am not ready.
I want to dream more.

I shall rest with Eternity’s Body.
I shall sleep with Infinity’s Heart.
I shall dream with Immortality’s Soul.

172. My longings

A sad longing
I have for Peace.

A sweet longing
I have for Light.

A conscious longing
I have for self-transcendence.

A surrendered longing
I have for God-realisation.

A sleepless longing
I have for my perfect Perfection.

173. I cry

   I cry
When my heart-sea
Is black with desires.

   I cry
When my mind-sky
Is grey with desires.

   I cry
When my vital-forest
Is green with desires.

   I cry
When my body-desert
Is red with desires.

174. My promises and my failures

My morning promise:
I shall be divine.
     I fail.

My afternoon promise:
All my actions shall be divine.
     I fail.

My evening promise:
In everything I shall see the divine.
     I fail.

My night promise:
I shall think of the divine alone.
     I fail.

175. The waves of temptation, frustration and destruction

  Temptation-waves
Are the armies of the day.
  In vain my vital fights with them,
     In vain.

  Frustration-waves
Are the armies of the night.
  In vain my heart fights with them,
     In vain.

  Destruction-waves
Are the armies of tomorrow.
  In vain my soul fights with them,
     In vain.

176. I am not alone

  I am not alone.
The burial ground of hope
  Is within my heart.

  I am not alone.
The burial ground of hope
  Is before my eyes.

  I am not alone.
The burial ground of hope
  Is around my life.

  I am not alone.
The burial ground of hope
  Is above my soul.

177. Yesterday and today

     Yesterday
She was the bride of enthusiasm.
     Today
She is the widow of hope.

     Yesterday
She was the bride of humility.
     Today
She is the widow of humiliation.

     Yesterday
She was the bride of confidence.
     Today
She is the widow of doubt.

178. My necessities

A fatal necessity:
The whisper of my temptation.

A promising necessity:
The whisper of my prayers.

A fruitful necessity:
The whisper of my surrender.

A fulfilled necessity:
The whisper of my oneness.

179. He was misunderstood

He preached the gospel of purest love.
  He was misunderstood.

He preached the gospel of sweetest devotion.
  He was misunderstood.

He preached the gospel of quickest surrender.
  He was misunderstood.

He preached the gospel of slowest repentance.
  He was misunderstood.
     YES,
   This time
  He was misunderstood
Far beyond the power of his receptivity.
He became the worst victim
  Of the world’s wild derision.

180. Sin and crime

It is a sin against the human
   In my mind
When I think of fear.

It is a crime against the God
   In my heart
When I think of doubt.

It is a sin against my God-becoming
   In my life-river
When I deliberately feed despair.

It is a crime against my God-manifestation
   In my body-field
When I unconditionally surrender to shameless death.

181. Four immortal gifts

His life is a gift
Of God’s Silent Compassion.

His heart is a gift
Of God’s Silent Attention.

His soul is a gift
Of God’s Silent Illumination.

His Goal is a gift
Of God’s Silent Perfection.

182. Discussions

The mind and the heart
Do not discuss.

The mind and the vital discuss,
But never conclude.

The vital and the body discuss,
Include and exclude.

The soul and the heart
Never discuss,
Just include and conclude.

183. Hopeless, useless and helpless

     He is hopeless.
   His darkness
Has corrupted the beauty of his mind.

     He is useless.
   His insincerity
Has corrupted the lustre of his heart.

     He is helpless.
   His ingratitude
Has corrupted the effulgence of his soul.

184. There is no other

After the first Soul
There is no other.

After the first Race
There is no other.

After the first Goal
There is no other.

After the first God
There is no other.

185. Against

Against the shore of death,
The waves of science beat in vain.

Against the peak of life,
The arrows of science strike in vain.

Against the vision of the soul,
The soldiers of science fight in vain.

186. Who can stand?

Against man’s impurity,
  Who can stand?
  No, not even a saint.

Against man’s insincerity,
  Who can stand?
  No, not even a sage.

Against man’s obscurity,
  Who can stand?
  No, not even a seer.

Against man’s insecurity,
  Who can stand?
  No, not even a yogi.

Against man’s stupidity,
  Who can stand?
  No, not even an Avatar.

Against man’s futility,
  Who can stand?
  No, not even God.

187. Answer me

Answer me in one word:
  Who is God?
Answer me in two words:
  Where is God?
Answer me in three words:
  How to realise God?
Answer me in four words:
  How to become God?

      Who is God?
      Truth.
      Where is God?
      With Light.
      How to realise God?
      Through constant offering.
      How to become God?
      Through surrender-devotion-love.

The seeker’s surrender
  Embodies God’s Soul.
The seeker’s devotion
  Embodies God’s Heart.
The seeker’s love
  Embodies God’s Life.

188. At every word

At every word my real necessity dies.
At every word my strong capacity dies.
At every word my illumining beauty dies.
At every word my liberating duty dies.
At every word my fulfilling promise dies.
At every word my Himalayan Goal dies.

189. Ask me no questions

Ask me no questions,
  I shall not possess you.

Ask me no questions,
  I shall not desert you.

Ask me no questions,
  I shall not disappoint you.

Ask me no questions,
  I shall not dislike you.

Ask me no questions,
  I shall bring God to you.

Ask me no questions,
  I shall make God feed you.

Ask me no questions,
  I shall place you on God’s blue-gold Throne.

190. Beauty

Beauty that must die
Is the human face.

Beauty that must live
Is the human heart.

Beauty that must increase
Is the human soul.

Beauty that must enlighten
The life of the world
Is the flame-wave of love.

191. Be not

Body, be not impure.
Vital, be not restless.
Mind, be not obscure.
Heart, be not insecure.
Life, be not hopeless.
Death, be not so sure.

192. Do as I say, not as I do

Do as I say, not as I do.
I ask you to tell the truth;
  Hence, you must.
I am far beyond the snares of lies;
  Hence, I need not stick to truth.

Do as I say, not as I do.
I ask you to realise God;
  Hence, you must.
I am far beyond the domain of ignorance;
  Hence, I need no God-realisation.

193. I do my duty

I do my duty
   And
Let God’s Compassion do the rest.

I do my duty
   And
Let God’s Blessing do the rest.

I do my duty
   And
Let God’s Assurance do the rest.

I do my duty
   And
Let God’s Will do the rest.

I do my duty
   And
Let God’s Pride do the rest.

I do my duty
   And
Let God’s Oneness do the rest.

194. There was a time

There was a time
  When I
Was a dreamer of dreams.
But now I am a lover of realities.

There was a time
  When I
Killed God with my venom-doubts.
But now I kill God
With my love-fire.

There was a time
  When I
Was ignorant of the life of nectar-sea.
But now I have become
Within and without
Infinity’s Nectar-Sea.

195. When the time came

He loved the things he wanted.
He killed the things he wanted.

When the time came,
He loved doubt dearly.
When the time came,
He killed doubt ruthlessly.

When the time came,
He loved autocracy shamelessly.
When the time came,
He killed autocracy ruthlessly.

When the time came,
He loved ignorance supremely.
When the time came,
He killed ignorance ruthlessly.

196. Are you a favourite son of God?

Are you a favourite son of God?
Then expect no friend from the world.

Are you a favourite son of God?
Then expect jealousy from the world
Far beyond the power of your receptivity.

Are you a favourite son of God?
Then expect contempt from the world
Far beyond the end of your imagination’s flight.

Are you a favourite son of God?
Then rest assured the length and breadth of the world
Will misunderstand you:
  Your love-light, your devotion-height, your surrender-delight.

  For you the Supreme is Compassion.
  In you the Supreme is Illumination.
  With you the Supreme is Perfection.

197. Are you a favourite daughter of God?

Are you a favourite daughter of God?
  Then you need nothing, absolutely nothing,
Either from Heaven or from earth.

Are you a favourite daughter of God?
  Then feel that your Lord
Is not only within your soul-boat
  But also of your life-river.

Are you a favourite daughter of God?
  If you think that your Father does everything for you,
Then you are mistaken.

If you feel that your Father will do everything for you,
  Then you are mistaken.
If you feel that He has already done everything for you,
  Then you are right, absolutely right.

Indeed, He had done everything for you
  Long before your soul came into the field of manifestation.
  You just become in the life of your heart
What you eternally are in His Soul:
  His, only His.

198. He is for God only

There was a time
When he was for God on earth only.

There was a time
When he was for God in Heaven only.

There was a time
When he was for God in his heart only.

But now he is for God only,
    For God only.

199. Hell

Hell is a thing like doubt.
Hell is a thing like jealousy.

Hell is an animal like a panther.
Hell is an animal like a tiger.

Hell is a man like the poorest beggar.
Hell is a man like the fiercest brute.

Hell is a road paved with good intentions.
Hell is a road that compels us to think of perfection.

200. He barks but he bites not

He barks and barks;
That is what he knows.

He bites not, he bites not.
How can he bite?
Since he knows not,
Since he knows not.

He barks and barks;
That is his self-styled role.

He bites not and bites not,
That is his God-ordained Goal.

From: Sri Chinmoy, The Dance of Life, part 4 - , Agni Press, 1973
Sourced from http://www.srichinmoylibrary.com/dl-4