Politics and spirituality1

Spirituality
Can enter into politics.
Spirituality
Does not dismiss politics.

Politics can claim spirituality.
Likewise,
Spirituality can claim politics.
Politics and spirituality
Are branches of the same life-tree,
And this life-tree
Is all oneness-peace.

Spirituality is the heart.
Politics is the body.
These two are at once
Interdependent
And indispensable to each other.

The body is the flower.
The heart is the fragrance.
The flower charmingly reminds us
Of our universal beauty.
The fragrance breathlessly reminds us
Of our transcendental divinity.

Gorbachev the flower
Our outer world unsurpassably loves.
Gorbachev the fragrance
Our inner world unreservedly treasures.


  1. GMK 85. This essay was written by the author and sent to President Gorbachev on 11 June 1990.

Sri Chinmoy, Gorbachev: the master-key of the Universal Heart.First published by Agni Press in 1990.

This is the 777th book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.

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