My California Redwoods

1. Acceptance


My acceptance of God is the height of my greatness.

God's acceptance of me is the depth of His weakness.

My greatness eternally speaks

To the human in me.

God's weakness eternally glorifies

And fulfils the Divine in me. ```

2. Art


God blesses me and my sincerity and my ignorance

When I fail to appreciate human art.

God loves me and embraces me and immortalises me

When I see no difference between my


And His divine Art supreme. ```

3. Bliss


I thought ignorance was bliss;

Therefore I stayed with my mind.



I thought incapacity was bliss;

Therefore I stayed with my heart.



But now I know what bliss is;

I know where bliss is.

Bliss is my God-manifestation,

Bliss is in my God-satisfaction. ```

4. Compassion


When I use my little 'i'

And my infernal 'I',

My compassion is the dance

Of my attachment-sea.

When I use my big 'I'

And my transcendental 'I'

My compassion is the perfection

Of God's ever-transcending Beyond. ```

5. Confidence


My beloved Father-Lord,

I need ceaseless confidence

To claim You as my Eternity's own.

"My daughter,

Your life-river

Has already claimed Me

As its Eternity's own,

But you have to do something more:

You have to constantly feel

That My Vision-height

Loves you infinitely more

Than you love your earth-existence-life

And Heaven-transcendence-light." ```

6. Cooperation


Heaven's Vision and earth's aspiration

Are eternally in need of only one thing:


And what is cooperation?

The dance of God's Satisfaction-light in me


The song of my Perfection-life in God.


7. Delight


The difference between Delight and God is this:

When I misuse Delight

I go back to my animal kingdom.

When I misuse God

God still allows me to live

with my human family. ```

8. Devotion


In the morning I need devotion

To see the face of my Inner Pilot.

At noon I need devotion

To see the smile of

The Supreme Lover in me.

At night I need devotion

To become the total

And complete Manifestation

Of my Beloved Supreme. ```

9. Dynamism


Dynamism is the God-expansion

Of my divine vital.

Dynamism is the God-awareness

Of my awakened body.

Dynamism is the God-journey

Of my Dream-boat. ```

10. Gratitude


When I saw a gratitude-flower

God gave me a smiling face.

When I felt a gratitude-heart

God gave me a loving embrace.

When I became a gratitude-life

God made me Eternity's indispensable comrade. ```

11. Harmony


My earth-life needs

The life of harmony-light.

My Heaven-life inundates my heart

With God's harmony-light


His Eternity's Perfection-dream. ```

12. Humility


My Lord Supreme,

Do tell me the secret of Your Greatness.

"My son, to you I reveal the secret of My Greatness:

My earth-cry is humility-light."

My Lord Supreme,

Do tell me the secret of Your Goodness.

"Son, to you I reveal the secret of My Goodness:

My earth-smile is humility-light."

My Lord Supreme,

Do tell me the secret of Your


"Son, to you I reveal the secret of My Perfection-oneness:

My Silence-vision and My Sound-creation

Have a common source:

Humility's satisfaction supreme."


13. Inspiration


My inspiration is the harbinger of my destination.

My aspiration is the transcendence of my destination.

My realisation is the supreme need of God's perfection-flood

In the heart of human cry. ```

14. Joy


My outer joy tells me:

I can remain without God's Dream-boat.

My inner joy tells me:

Where is God's Dream-boat

If not at the shore

Of my Reality's Silence-height? ```

15. Leadership


My Divinity's Father Absolute,

Do tell me the difference

Between my leadership and

Your Leadership.

"My son,

Your leadership is a battleship

That surrenders to your ignorance-sea

Long before your life-battle starts.

My Leadership has been starving from time immemorial

Because you have not been willing to dine with Me

On My Infinity's transcendental Height."


16. Love


I love God

Because He alone loves me.

I love God

Because He alone claims me.

I love God

Because He alone needs me.

I love God

Because He alone tells me

That I am none other than Himself.


17. Meekness


In my body-life,

My meekness is my perfect helplessness

And my total worthlessness.

In my soul-life,

My meekness is my perfect life-mastery

And my supreme God-discovery.


18. Music


Earth-music instigates me

To swim in the pleasure-sea.

Heaven-music inspires me

To grow into the Love-light of God.

God's Music awakens me

To empty my ignorance-sound

And treasure my silence-height.


19. Oneness


My oneness with humanity

Has taught me two things:

Temptation-cry and frustration-sigh.

My oneness with divinity

Has taught me two things:

Satisfaction-soul and perfection-whole.


20. Patience


God uses His Patience-Light

To illumine my ignorance-night.

I use my patience-life

To brave darkness-knife. ```

21. Peace


Where is peace?

Peace is in self-expansion.

What is peace?

Peace is God-manifestation.

How far is peace?

As far as my imagination flows.

How near is peace?

As near as my realisation glows. ```

22. Power


When I use my body-power,

God feels sorry

That He has not given me

His Power absolute.

When I use my soul-power,

God feels proud

Not only for His manifestation

In and through me,

But also for my acceptance-light

Of His Vision's perfection-goal. ```

23. Purity


What is purity?

Divinity's younger sister.

Where is purity?

Inside the heart of oneness-life.

Why is purity?

To fulfil God's eternal Necessity. ```

24. Realisation


Our earth-realisation is painful.

Our Heaven-realisation is fanciful.

Our God-realisation is doubtful.

Our own realisation is pitiful. ```

25. Renunciation


Lord Supreme,

Do I need earth-renunciation

To love You more?

"My son,

Do I need Love-perfection

To claim you more?"

Lord Supreme,

Tell me the difference

Between my body-renunciation

And my soul-renunciation.

"My son,

Your body-renunciation

Is your clever cry for an immediate escape.

Your soul-renunciation

Is the invention of your ignorance-dream.

"Son, do you love Me?

Then do not renounce,

Do not reject.

Son, do you need Me?

Then accept and perfect."


26. Security


Divine Father Supreme,

My heart-cry devotedly, unreservedly and constantly

Needs the flood of Your security.

"Son, My son,

What you need is not My security.

What you need is My ceaseless proclamation:

You are of

My Eternity's Silence-Height

And you are for

My Infinity's Reality-Light."


27. Selflessness


Father, my Father Supreme,

Tell me how far my selflessness

Can carry me.

"Daughter, My daughter,

As far as My perfect Perfection carries Me."

Father, my Father Supreme,

Tell me the difference between

My selflessness and my self-discovery.

"Daughter, My daughter,

The same as the difference between

My divine Pride in you


My Concern supreme for you." ```

28. Service


Human service teaches me

How to become exceptionally great.

Divine service teaches me

How to become supremely good.

God-service teaches me

How to become Eternity's Perfection-cry

And Infinity's Perfection-smile.


29. Simplicity


My simplicity

Is my God's Necessity,

Not mine.

My God's Necessity

Is God-Reality.

God-Reality is my Silence-height

And my sound-might.


30. Sincerity


My earth's sincerity has made my life great.

My Heaven's sincerity has made my life good.

My God's Sincerity has made my life

Immortality's seed,

Infinity's flower,

Eternity's fruit. ```

31. Strength


Lord Supreme,

Give me the strength to love You.

"Son, give Me the smile

To claim you as My own."

Lord Supreme,

Give me the strength to accept You

As my very own.

"Son, empty your treasured


At My Immortality's Reality-shore." ```

32. Surrender


When I surrender my earth-bound thought

To God's omnipotent Will,

The ecstasy of Heaven-free Will

Needs me, claims me and treasures me

As its very own.


33. Sweetness


My sweetness is my magnet-love

To bring down God's Compassion-flood.

My sweetness is my heart-cry

To carry me to God's absolute Height. ```

34. Transcendental


Love I need to feel

My Lord's Transcendental Grace.

Devotion I need to see

My Lord's Transcendental Face.

Surrender I need to win

My Lord's Transcendental Race. ```

35. Transformation


Lord, why do I need a transformation-life?

"Son, why do you need a satisfaction-goal?"

Lord, I need a satisfaction-goal

Because satisfaction is perfection.

"Son, what is perfection

If not another name for your transformation-life?" ```

36. Truth


At last I know the difference

Between Truth and God:

Truth tells me

One day, at God's choice Hour,

I shall realise God;

God tells me smilingly and proudly,

Who else is God if not I,

The Eternal I? ```

37. Victory


O Mother Divine,

I long to become

Your Eternity's Victory-banner.

"Son, easy!

Just feel that you are

My supernal Vision's

Birthless and deathless armour." ```

38. Vital transformation


God, how many years shall it take

For the vital transformation?

"Son, if you feel that you will not be able

To bring about your vital transformation,

Then you have to stay with Eternity's frustration.

But if you meet the responsibility

Of the vital transformation

Then I tell you with all the sincerity

At my divine command,

That your vital transformation,

Is not and cannot be a far cry.

It is being done.

Nay, it is already done!"


39. Wideness


What is my wideness

If not my Lord's Satisfaction-smile?

What is my Lord's Satisfaction-smile

If not my arrival

At my Lord's transcendental Height?


From:Sri Chinmoy,My California Redwoods, Agni Press, 1974
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