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What is poetry? Poetry is the absolutely shortest road to delight. If you take the destination as _ananda_ or delight, then poetry is the shortest road.

I always say that man writes prose, but poetry God writes through man. Each word in a poem carries us into the Unknowable. When we say "Unknowable", we may think that we will be totally lost. But we are not lost; we are flying, because in the Unknowable there is tremendous joy.

Poetry is intuitive. Please do not try to understand it. In order to derive joy from poetry, it is not the mind we want but the heart. Poetry is not meant to offer us knowledge; it is meant to offer us satisfaction.


  1. PRH 7. 12 June 1990.

Sri Chinmoy, Poetry: My Rainbow-Heart-Dreams, Perfection-Glory Press, Augsburg., 1993