My success-life and my progress-lifeThe human in me wants success.
The divine in me wants progress.
The human in me wants success-might.
The divine in me wants progress-light.
The human in me wants
The divine in me wants
My success wants to subjugate the whole world. My progress wants to liberate the world from its limitations, imperfections, bondage and ignorance-night.
My success wants to challenge the world. My progress wants to illumine the world.
My success-life has a fleeting breath. My progress-life is an enduring reality.
My success life has an all-conquering thirst. My progress-life is an all-loving thirst.
My success-life has a world-devouring hunger. My progress-life is a world-illumining hunger.
The moment I enjoy success, I proudly shake hands with greedy division-superiority. The moment I make progress, I am embraced by the world's oneness-longing divinity.
My Lord, I am never happy with my success-life. No matter how many ways I am successful, I always see a beggar in myself. And this beggar in me cries and cries because he feels that there is insufficient reality in him.
But when I make progress, my Lord, I see in myself a king, an emperor. At that time I see the whole world as my own, very own, for I claim the entire world and the entire world claims me.
O my Lord, do make my success-life and progress-life inseparably one. Do give me the capacity to see my success-life as the divine beauty of my heart-rose and to feel my progress-life as the celestial fragrance of my heart-rose.
May the beauty and the fragrance of my heart-rose please You, my Lord Supreme, in Your own Way at every moment.
University of Vienna
1 April 1989