Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, part 64

6301. Only one answer


You have a multitude of questions,

But there is only one answer:

The road is right in front of you,

And the guide is waiting for you. ```

6302. The children of your mind


As parents disown their children

If they are extremely bad,

You can disown

The children of your mind.

But if a thought

Produced by your mind is good,

Then embrace it with a mother’s love

And claim it as your own, very own. ```

6303. All is not lost


No matter how many bad things

You have done over the years,

If you have done even ten good things,

Then all is not lost.

When you are depressed or assailed by doubt,

Think of these good things,

For they have tremendous power

And can give you the strength

To overcome your inner enemies.


6304. A train without cars


If you want to drag behind you

A long train with many cars,

You can.

Again, if you want to go

Faster than the fastest

With just an engine,

You can.

To reach your destined goal

You don’t need to carry the passengers

Doubt, fear, anxiety,

Worry and frustration.


6305. He still has a golden chance


Even if a mature seeker

Is doubting his own spirituality,

Even if around him

Is nothing but frustration and hell,

He still has a golden chance

To rediscover in himself

The divine qualities

Which he has temporarily lost.


Just by sincerely encouraging

The new seekers who have come after him.


6306. Mutual inspiration


Old seekers and new seekers

Have much to offer one another.

The old ones should encourage the new ones

At every moment.

Indeed, they must make sacrifice after sacrifice

For their younger brothers and sisters.

The freshness and eagerness

Of the new ones

Will give the old ones

Boundless joy and enthusiasm.

It is mutual inspiration

Founded upon true family-oneness. ```

6307. God's Forest


Advanced seekers are like tall trees;

Beginning seekers are like small plants.

Overnight a plant cannot become

As tall, powerful and beautiful

As the trees

That have been ascending heavenward

For many years,

With roots firmly in the ground

And branches aiming at the highest height.

The trees can give the plants inspiration

And aspiration.

The trees can give the plants protection

So they will not be blown away

By doubt, suspicion and other negative forces.

But only patience-light

Can turn the aspiration-plants

Into realisation-trees

In God’s Forest. ```

6308. Eternity's race


The day you made

A sincere commitment to God

You started running along Eternity’s Road

With bullet-speed.

Now you are going

At bullock-cart speed.

True, the race may be

Longer than the longest,

But that does not mean

Your inner speed has to become

Slower than the slowest.


6309. Your Master's messages


Take your Master’s words

As coming directly from the Absolute Supreme.

You will find that his messages

Will satisfy and fulfil you

Beyond your wildest hopes

And brightest dreams. ```

6310. God will give you the capacity


If you have the sincere necessity

To do something,

Then God will give you the capacity

To do that very thing.

If you have the sincere necessity

To become something,

Then God will give you the capacity

To become that very thing. ```

6311. God's supreme Message


God’s supreme Message:

“Please Me in My own Way

And do not expect Me to please you.”

If you expect God to please you

In any way,

Then in the inner world

You have already failed.

Again, there is no difference

Between your failure and God’s failure.

If a flower does not blossom,

The gardener takes the blame.


6312. Only one prayer


I have only one prayer:

I wish my heart to become

The Flower-Fragrance

Of my Lord’s Heart. ```

6313. Even one thing wrong


If a seeker

Does even one thing wrong,

Rest assured,

In the inner world

He has gone millions of miles

Away from his Lord Supreme.

If a seeker

Does one thing right,

Even in the thought-world only,

Rest assured,

In the inner world

He has taken a giant step

Closer to his Lord Supreme.


6314. Do not speak ill of yourself


Do not speak ill of yourself.

The world around you

Will always gladly do that

On your behalf. ```

6315. God wants to please the few


For God to please us

In our desire-world

Is not a difficult task.

But God is eager to please us

Only in our aspiration-world.

He wants to please the few

Who long for Him only.

To others He silently offers

His compassionate Heart of Oneness.


6316. The capacity to ignore


If his mouth has the capacity

To criticise you,

Then your mind definitely has the capacity

To ignore him. ```

6317. The Divine in your Master


Be careful!

The human in your Master

May tolerate your weaknesses indefinitely,

But the Divine in your Master

May one day be compelled

To use His Justice-Light,

Which is only another name

For His Compassion-Height. ```

6318. Remember your commitments


When you accepted

The Path of the Supreme,

You made an inner commitment

To please your Lord Supreme

All the time in His own Way.

Remember this commitment

All your life

As you walk, march, run and fly

Towards the Golden Beyond.


6319. God will satisfy you


If you accept the inner life

With the hope that God

Will please and fulfil you

In your desire-life,

You will always remain a failure.

But if you accept the inner life

With the hope that God

Will satisfy your divine hunger

And quench your divine thirst,

You will never be disappointed.

I assure you,

God can and God will

Fulfil your divine hopes

In the near or distant future. ```

6320. I shall not pretend


My Lord Supreme,

I shall not pretend

To be good and perfect any more.

Only make me worthy

Of Your Compassion-Sea,

If so is Your Will. ```

6321. Gifts from God


When the Master

Outwardly encourages his disciples

In any field,

He is showing his most sincere

Blessingful concern.

For it is absolutely necessary

For them to bring to the fore

Their good qualities

For their own perfection.

These good qualities

Are truly gifts from God,

To be manifested in His own Way

At His choice Hour.


6322. A true disciple feels


A true disciple feels

That no journey is too long

If it brings him to the feet

Of his beloved Master.

A false disciple feels

That the shortest distance is too far

For him to go to receive

His Master’s highest Peace,

Light and Delight.


6323. Try to remember


Try to remember

Absolutely the first time

You saw your Master

Or when he accepted you

As his true disciple.

Try to remember

What you felt

Deep inside your heart.

Remember your soul’s joy and thrill.

Remember the aspiration, dedication

And surrender

That you offered to the Supreme in him.

Try to remember!


6324. Dormant capacities


If you allow your capacities to remain dormant

Inside your heart, mind and body,

Then God may even go to the length

Of arguing with Himself

About whether He did the right thing

In bringing you down

Into the world-arena.


6325. Always continue trying


Because you have tried over the years

And failed,

You must not feel

You are a hopeless case.

Always continue trying

With more intensity and enthusiasm. ```

6326. Patience is light


To please the Supreme

In His own Way

Is not possible overnight.

If you are sincerely and consciously trying,

What you need is patience.

Patience is light,

Patience is strength,

Patience is peace. ```

6327. The greatest blessing


If you do not receive

What you are expecting from God,

Feel that it is

The greatest blessing.

Your expectation

Is nothing but stupidity

Which can eventually become

Your own destruction. ```

6328. A heart-to-heart talk


I had a heart-to-heart talk

With my mind.

At long last my clever mind

Wants to become wise.

It does not want to enjoy any more

The self-doubt and world-doubt games. ```

6329. Unveil and reveal


The human in us

Must not remain hidden.

It has to be unveiled

For its real transformation.

The divine in us

Must not remain concealed.

It has to be revealed

For its full manifestation. ```

6330. Your world of misery


Your mind is paralysed

With fear.

Your heart is overwhelmed

By despair.

The Hour of God

Is hesitating to approach you.

Alas, you are your own lonely world

Of constantly brooding misery. ```

6331. Everything can smile


Everything can smile,

Even your mind’s ugliness.

But you will be satisfied

Only with the smile

Of your heart’s soulfulness.


6332. God and His Vision-Eye


God and His Vision-Eye

Together live

Inside the heart-garden of Heaven.

God and His Mission-Heart

Together live

Inside the body-fort of earth.


6333. Do give me


My Lord Supreme,

Do give me a beautiful life

So that I can invite You

To visit my heart.

My Lord Supreme,

Do give me a powerful breath

So that I can embody You

To our mutual satisfaction. ```

6334. A breath of impurity


A single breath of impurity

Has the capacity

To totally empty

An ocean of faith. ```

6335. Inner name, outer name


My tiny boat plies

Between my mind’s curiosity

And my heart’s uncertainty.

Therefore, illusion is my inner name

And frustration is my outer name.


6336. Forever inseparable


Your heart’s forgiveness-light,

Your life’s oneness-delight

And your Lord’s Self-transcending Height

Shall forever remain inseparable. ```

6337. Inside my heart-garden


Inside my heart-garden

I see the purity

Of humanity’s cry

And the beauty

Of Divinity’s Smile.

Also I see something else:

The ceaseless and sleepless flow

Of God’s Heart-Delight. ```

6338. The Eye of my Inner Pilot


I have accepted man as my friend

Not because his mind is great

And his heart is good

But because the Eye of my Inner Pilot

Is all the time dreaming through him.


6339. A moment's ignorance-pleasure


A moment’s ignorance-pleasure

Can easily shatter

The sky-climbing tree

Of a seeker’s life. ```

6340. God's magic Touch


My Lord, You ask me to come

And sing with You.

How can I sing with You

When I live all the time

With my mind’s impurity-clouds?

“My child, just come.

My magic Touch will clear away

Your mind’s clouds.” ```

6341. One little desire


One little desire man has:

He wants to become

As powerful as God.

One little desire God has:

He wants to see man

Sincerely happy.


6342. Divinity knows


The difference between humanity

And divinity is this:

Humanity cries for

What it does not have,

Whereas divinity knows that

Anything it does not have

Is not worth having.

It also knows something else:

Its own satisfaction-smile

Is for the transformation

Of humanity’s present dissatisfaction-cry.


6343. I see my Fate-Maker


When I sail my hope-boat

Towards the Golden Shore,

To my wide surprise

I see my Fate-Maker

Seated inside my boat

Sweetly smiling at me. ```

6344. No shelter


He who has an undisciplined life

And obeys Himalayan falsehood

Will never be able to take shelter

Under the canopy of God’s

Transcendental Satisfaction.


6345. A land of hope-light


Where do I live?

I live in a land of hope-light.

What do I see there?

The complete end of my yesterday’s

Totally barren life.


6346. The language of your divine heart


When you learn

The language of your divine heart,

God will immediately grant you

The Fragrance of His own Flower-Heart. ```

6347. Be absolutely sure


First be absolutely sure

That you know the truth

Before you talk to others

About the truth. ```

6348. When I love


When I love God the man,

I live inside my perfection-nest.

When I love man the God,

I enjoy my satisfaction-rest. ```

6349. Immortality's Banner


My Lord,

If my heart is awakened once more,

What will You give me?

“My child,

I shall give you

My own Immortality’s Banner

Of Silence-Peace.”


6350. A self-indulgence-life


If you become

A self-indulgence-life,

What can you expect from your soul

Save and except

A helplessly crying reality-existence?


6351. My pain


My past pain was:

I did not want to see

God’s Face.

My present pain is:

I do not want to live

Inside God’s Heart.

My future pain will be:

I shall not need God

For God’s sake.


6352. When I offer


When I offer my heart’s blossoming gratitude

To my Lord Supreme,

He shows me His Infinity’s smiling Face.

When I offer Him

My Eternity’s unconditional surrender-oneness,

He grants me His Immortality’s Crown

While dancing inside

His ever-expanding universe. ```

6353. Your soul is pining


Your body sleeps shamelessly.

Your vital fights shamelessly.

Your mind doubts shamelessly.

Your heart hesitates shamelessly.

Therefore, your soul, the God-messenger,

Is sleeplessly pining

For the total transformation

Of your life-family. ```

6354. For your perfect perfection


For your perfect perfection

Your mind must silence

The noise of impatience

And your heart must hear

The voice of patience.


6355. My inventions


My yesterday’s invention:

God does not care for me,

Only I care for Him.

My today’s invention:

Not only God the Creator

But also God the creation

Cares for me.

My tomorrow’s invention:

Even if I do not care for God,

I shall always be taken care of

By God the Creator and God the creation. ```

6356. Your mind's duty


You have a heart

And it does its duty:

It gives you its tearful cries.

You have a mind,

But it does not do its duty.

Can you not ask your mind

To do its duty

By mixing with your life’s

Fruitful faith? ```

6357. Do you want to learn?


Do you want to learn?

Then stop arguing.

Do you want to teach?

Then start loving

And firmly establishing

Your oneness-heart. ```

6358. A rising inner sun


If you love knowledge-light

And if you love and need


Then every day,

Just for a few fleeting seconds,

Dive deep within.

You are bound to see

A rising inner sun

With ever-increasing golden rays.


6359. The unlimited Vision-Light


You are such a fool!

You want to discover the limits

Of your Heaven-free soul.

Yet you cannot even discover

The limits of your own

Earth-bound body.

Indeed, anything that God creates

Embodies the unlimited Vision-Light

Of God’s Infinity.


6360. Votary of ignorance-night


O champion votary of ignorance-night,

Can you not see

That death-night is enveloping

Your outer body,

Your inner hopeful promise


Your God’s blessingful Concern?


6361. My Lord's Compassion-Boon


What else can save me

From the hunger of my desire-swoon

If not my Lord’s

Daily Compassion-Boon? ```

6362. When I rely on my soul


When I rely on my mind,

I unmistakably rely

On my mind’s teeming doubts.

When I rely on my heart,

I invariably rely

On my heart’s increasing insecurities.

When I rely on my soul,

I sleeplessly and eternally rely

On my soul’s earth-illumining

And God-satisfying Infinities. ```

6363. Two dreamers


Humanity’s aspiration-core

And Divinity’s satisfaction-door

Every day without fail

Dream of each other. ```

6364. If you confide in me


If you confide in me,

You will not be the loser.

I shall grant you a hope-dawn,

A promise-sun

And my own Satisfaction-Lord Supreme.


6365. God's Secret and mine


God has told me His only Secret:

He has safely kept

His Immortality’s Crown for me.

I have told God my own secret:

I do not want to be another God,

I want to be His own

Eternity’s perfect slave. ```

6366. What can my poor heart do?


My mind is my attachment-forest.

My life is my problem-world.

What can my poor heart do?

It has forgotten to offer

Its own self-giving breath to humanity.


6367. A deer-speed


When my life grows into a deer-speed,

God comes to me and plays

On His Flute of Delight

For me to appreciate, admire,

Adore and finally love.


6368. Exchange of smiles


My Lord and I exchange

Our mutual smiles.

In my smile my Lord finds

His Vision of the Infinite.

In His Smile I find

My aspiration for Eternity. ```

6369. Wild calamities


You think that nobody is following you,

That only you are following,

Cleverly and deliberately,

Your doubting mind.

Look behind!

Can you not see

The wild calamities following you,

Secretly but powerfully? ```

6370. If you cannot face yourself


If you cannot face yourself,

Then how will you have

The inner courage to face others?


6371. Each prayer


Each prayer

Is an earth-illumining flame

Of the seeker’s heart.

Each meditation

Is a Heaven-reaching plant

Of the seeker’s soul.


6372. The power


Who has the power?

He who has not surrendered

To the world-noise.

Who is the power?

He who is always drunk

With Heaven-silence.


6373. Sleepless dreams


Your sleepless dreams

Are for your achievement-glories.

God’s sleepless Dreams

Are for your heart’s

Everlasting satisfaction.


6374. Strive to bring back


If over the years

You have lost instead of intensified

The inspiration, aspiration,

Inner joy and thrill

That you had when you first accepted

The spiritual life,

Then you must strive to bring back

Your original intensity and eagerness.

Only then will you once again feel

The utmost sweetness and loveliness

Of your spiritual quest.


6375. Relaxation has assailed you


Once upon a time

You felt that many things

Were necessary in your spiritual life,

And you worked very hard for them.

Now tremendous relaxation

Has assailed your body, vital, mind

And perhaps even your heart.

Rid yourself of this destructive relaxation!

Walk, march, run and fly

To reach your destined goal! ```

6376. Who really meditates?


There are those who blame their Master

For not giving enough importance

To meditation.

But who are the ones who really meditate?

Those who really need God

And God alone,

Those who see the Supreme in their Master

As their only Guru,

Are the ones who sleeplessly,

Soulfully and breathlessly meditate. ```

6377. Either side can win


If you are a genuine seeker,

Beware of the constant tug-of-war

Between the sincere and insincere members

Of your spiritual family.

Until the boat reaches the Golden Shore,

Either side can win. ```

6378. Meditation means loving thought


Meditation does not only mean

To sit at one place

With closed eyes.

Meditation also means

Loving thought, pure thought,

Self-giving thought,

In our daily life of aspiration.


6379. If you avail yourself


If you avail yourself

Of the ample opportunities you receive

To meditate with your Master,

Then you can easily

Make the fastest progress

In your inner life

And achieve the greatest success

In your outer life. ```

6380. An inner marathon


The spiritual life is a marathon,

An inner marathon which never ends.

The Supreme is begging

All His seeker-children

To be excellent runners —

To run speedily, like deer —

In this eternal inner journey.


6381. One drop of doubt


One drop of doubt

Is enough to ruin

A faith-cup

Filled to the brim. ```

6382. My inner revolution


My outer resolution

Silences the world of my outer noise.

My inner revolution

Awakens the world of my inner voice. ```

6383. Determination and hope


The Master’s inner determination

And outer hope

Save his spiritual children

And keep the Master alive on earth.

His determination is

His adamantine will.

His hope is his commitment

To his Beloved Supreme in humanity. ```

6384. Obedience and disobedience


In one second of cheerful obedience

And willingness

You make Himalayan progress.

In one second of disobedience

And unwillingness

You become your own Himalayan failure.


6385. He makes friends


He makes friends with empty days,

Empty weeks and empty months,

And then he asks himself

Why he has not pleased God

And why he is not pleased with himself.


6386. The frustration of yesterday


If you are carrying

The frustration of yesterday,

Just say, “The past is dust.”

If you can remember this mantra,

You can free yourself from the frustration

That is darkening your life. ```

6387. A rank fool


Cherishing frustration in your inner life

Is like carrying a dead elephant

On your shoulders.

Why do you have to carry this elephant?

If you continue, you are a fool,

A rank fool. ```

6388. Make me worthy


My Lord Supreme,

Make me worthy

Of my spiritual life

And make me worthy

Of pleasing You

In Your own Way

At every moment.


6389. A good disciple


A bad disciple will try

To please his Master in one way,

Hoping his Master

Will please him in nine ways.

A clever disciple will try

To please his Master in nine ways,

Hoping his Master will forgive him

For not pleasing him in the tenth way.

A good disciple will prepare himself

To please his Master in every way,

And he will succeed!


6390. An open life


What I always need

Is an open life

Inside my Lord’s hidden Heart.


6391. Two kinds of bondage


There are two kinds of bondage:

The attachment-bondage

Of an ordinary man

And the compassion-bondage

Of a spiritual man.


6392. I must embark


O my mind,

You and I have travelled

For a long time

And covered

A very long distance.

Now we must part.

I must embark on a new journey

With my new friend:



6393. Another opportunity


As the year comes to an end,

Your mind and vital may feel tired

And not want to continue

The great spiritual journey.

But the divine in you

Will always feel that each new year

Offers another opportunity —

A new hope, a new aspiration,

A new determination —

To completely obliterate the unfortunate past. ```

6394. If this question echoes


“If ever I lose my Beloved Supreme,

How shall I be able

To continue my life?”

If this question echoes and re-echoes

Inside your heart,

Your fast-declining spiritual life

Will reverse its course

And you will be saved. ```

6395. The role of traitors


Bring to the fore as soon as possible

All the good qualities of your followers.

Otherwise, they can easily play the role

Of great traitors. ```

6396. God knows better


Almost everybody feels he knows

What is best for himself.

But fortunately there are some truth-seekers

Who have accepted the spiritual life

Only because they feel

That God knows better than they do. ```

6397. An untimely end


There was a time

When you thought that God

Knew what was best for you.

Now you think

That God does not know what is best

Either for you or for others.

Alas, your spiritual life

Has reached its untimely end. ```

6398. God's Golden Boat


As long as you can feel

That what God does for you and for others

Is absolutely the best thing,

You will be able to remain

In God’s Golden Boat.


6399. Yesterday and today


My Lord,

Why is it that today

You are not doing the same thing

For me

That You did yesterday?

“My child,

Perhaps I know a little better

Than you do

What is good for your heart and soul

Both yesterday and today.”


6400. Inside my sleepless eagerness


Inside my sleepless eagerness

Man’s doubtless newness

And God’s earth-transforming Fulness

Shall blossom.

This is the message supreme

Which my heart’s blue bird

Has brought to my self-giving life.


Editor's introduction to the first edition

This is the sixty-fourth volume in a series of ten thousand “flaming flower-poems” which Sri Chinmoy is placing devotedly, unreservedly and unconditionally at the Compassion-Feet of God, our Beloved Supreme. They stand as a supreme offering from the unfolding beauty of his flower-heart and the flaming heights of his realisation-sun. Indeed, a treasure-tower which will at once be claimed by humanity’s self-ascending cry and Divinity’s God-descending Smile.

Editor's note to cover photo

Sri Chinmoy greets Dr Carlos Ozores Typaldos, Ambassador of Panama to the United Nations at a reception the President of Panama was hosting at the United Nations on 30 September 1981.

From:Sri Chinmoy,Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, part 64, Agni Press, 1983
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