Sri Chinmoy's Writings on Poetry
O my poem,
You are the lotus of my heart.
You bring into my heart
Nectar-Light from Heaven.
When my life flows
With the river of sorrow
With its countless waves,
May your magic touch
Hide me in the waters of liberation-sea.
- O My Poem by Sri Chinmoy
Sri Chinmoy was a great lover of poetry throughout his life. Like many Spiritual Teachers, he felt poetry could express the deepest yearning of the soul; it was poetry more than anything else that could give a glimpse to a consciousness beyond the domain of the mind.
"A poet sees what we cannot see - the highest Beauty's golden crown, the deepest Beauty's golden throne.
A poet feels what we cannot feel - oneness with the sorrows of Eternity, oneness with the joys of Infinity."
From: Poetry the winner
"The soul of the poet creates. The heart of the poet originates. The eyes of the poet initiate. Inside each human being there is a poet. This poet can bring down the loftiest heights of truth and, at the same time, can powerfully eclipse the darkest falsehood if and when necessity demands."
From: Poetry and Prose
The poetry of Sri Chinmoy often encompassed a range of different emotions and experiences that seekers go through. This is best exemplified by one of Sri Chinmoy's very early poems - The Golden Flute.
The Golden Flute by Sri Chinmoy
A sea of Peace and Joy and Light
Beyond my reach I know.
In me the storm-tossed weeping night
Finds room to rage and flow.
I cry aloud, but all in vain;
I helpless, the earth unkind
What soul of might can share my pain?
Death-dart alone I find.
A raft am I on the sea of Time,
My oars are washed away.
How can I hope to reach the clime
Of God's eternal Day?
But hark! I hear Thy golden Flute,
Its notes bring the Summit down.
Now safe am I, O Absolute!
Gone death, gone night's stark frown!
By: Sri Chinmoy
From: My Flute
As well as the traditional style of poem. Sri Chinmoy was adept at using the short instructional aphorism as a means of offering both clarity and spiritual instruction. Sri Chinmoy wrote over 70,000 poems / aphorisms; writing from a seemingly never ending source of inspiration
If I have just one aim,
And if that aim is to be myself,
Then I am bound to discover joy,
True joy, eternal joy.
If you can create harmony
In your own life,
This harmony will enter
Into the vast world.
The transformation of life
Begins with a soulful smile
Of the heart.
At the dawn of each day,
Let us make our hopes
As sincere and powerful
The Power of Poetry
Poetry I read to lighten my mind and enlighten my heart.
Poetry I read to sweeten my bitter mind.
Poetry I read to replace my heart's sorrows with my soul's ecstasy.
Poetry I read to transform my human mind-jungle into my divine heart-garden.
From: Poet and Poetry by Sri Chinmoy