396. Orders

Orders are lovely and gracious things
When they come from God.
God orders me
Because He loves me,
Because He wants to perfect me.

Orders are clever and dangerous things
When they come from man.
Man orders me
To quench his own quenchless thirst,
To feed his own sleepless hunger.
Sri Chinmoy, Europe-Blossoms, Aum Press, Puerto Rico, 1974