Morning prayers. Poems on war

Part I — Morning prayers



This morning

During my meditation

My soul blessingfully spoke to me.

My human eyes and human ears

Were the soulful

And prayerful witnesses.

"My child,

You need love

More, infinitely more,

To succeed.

"You need devotion

More, infinitely more,

To proceed.

"You need surrender

More, infinitely more,

To make yourself happy


To make Me happy.

There is no other way,

And there can be no other way."




My problem is this:

I cannot think

Of God

Even for seven minutes a day.

God's problem is this:

He cannot stop thinking

Of me

Even for seven seconds a day.

My problem is this:

I do not want to know

How great God is,

As long as He is kind to me.

God's problem is this:

He does not want to know

How undivine I am,

As long as I call Him my Father. ```



My Lord,

Is it possible to have happiness

In this world?

"Definitely, My child.

I would not have created this world

If I could not create happiness

In this world.

"My child,

There are two kinds of happiness:

Happiness real

And happiness unreal.

"When the real in you

Pleases Me in My own Way,

That happiness is real.

"When the unreal in you

Pleases you in your own way,

That happiness is unreal.

"Do you want to know how

You can know the real happiness

From the unreal happiness?

"When you are really happy,

You are satisfied within,

Divinely and supremely.

"When you are unreally happy,

You get no sense of satisfaction

Either in your inner life

Or in your outer life." ```



My Supreme Lord,

When You make me happy

In my own way,

I feel that I have achieved

Something great.

My Supreme Lord,

When I make You happy

In Your own Way

What happens to You?

"My child,

I feel that I have made

Tremendous progress,

And I also feel that the Hour

Has struck for Me

To dream of a better, higher

And deeper creation

In and through you."




My Lord Supreme,

Do give me the sweet hope

To feel that I can

Fulfil You and please You

In Your own Way.

My Lord Supreme,

Do give me the brave courage

To feel that I will

Fulfil You and please You

In Your own Way.

My Lord Supreme,

Do give me the surrendered life

To feel that I am

Fulfilling You and pleasing You

In Your own Way.




I do not pray

To an unknown God.

I do not meditate

On an unknowable God.

I pray to the God

Whose Transcendental Eye

Is extremely familiar.

I meditate on the God

Whose universal Heart

Is extremely popular.

His Transcendental Eye

Tells me to make Him happy

Only in His own Way.

His Universal Heart

Tells me to become perfect

Only in His own Way.


Part II — Poems on war



My Lord,

Please forgive me.

I have not brought anything

For You this time.

"My child,

Next time you come to visit Me

Here in Heaven,

Will you bring Me

What I desperately need?"

Definitely, my Lord.

Please tell me what it is

That You desperately need.

"My child,

Then bring Me

All the nuclear weapons

That the countries of the world,

Especially the superpowers,

Have produced."




My Lord,

What is the difference

Between suicide and war?

"My child, Suicide you commit

When you are an impossible fool.

"War you declare

When you are absolutely

The worst sinner." ```



My Lord,

Everybody knows what war is

And what peace is.

May I learn from You

The difference?

"My child,

War is the mind's

World-devouring problem.

Peace is the heart's

World-illumining solution."




My Lord,

How can humanity

Stop declaring war?

"My child, easily.

Just by not thinking of war,

Exactly the way humanity

Does not think of Me." ```



My Lord,

After You created the world,

Did You ever think of war?

"My child,

I have infinitely better things

To think of:

Love, oneness and peace." ```



My Lord,

When the war-mongers die,

Where do they go?

"My child,

I send them to a place

Where I have never been

And I shall never go,





My Lord,

Will there be

A Third World War?

"No, My child,


Every night I make it a point

To threaten and frighten

The war-mongers in their sleep."

My Lord,

Are they conscious of it?

"My child,

I do not care

If they are conscious of it,

As long as I do not allow them

To do what they want to do." ```



My Lord, Rama and Krishna fought

Against their enemies.

I am sure that they did

The right thing.

"My child,

Rama, Krishna and I

Are inseparably one.

Therefore, how could they

Do anything wrong?

"At that time,

The divine forces fought

Against the undivine forces.

"But now,

To manifest the Light of the Divine,

The inner insecurity-forces

Fight against

The outer security-forces

To fool the outer world."




My Lord,

Will there be a day

When there will be no war

And this world of ours

Will be flooded with peace?

"My child,

Do not think of war.

Do not think of peace.

Just become peace.

Lo and behold, war is nowhere."




My Lord,

As You know, thousands of people

Have been killed

By nuclear weapons.

"My child,

I am sure that you know that

Billions and trillions of people

Have been saved

By My Compassion-Eye." ```



My Lord,

The superpowers are decreasing

Their nuclear weapons.

I am sure that You are pleased

With them.

"My child,

I am indeed pleased with them,

But not proud of them."

What do You mean,

My Lord?

"My child,

I shall be proud of them only when

They place at My Forgiveness-Feet

All their nuclear weapons."




My Lord,

If I dislike someone vehemently,

What is the best way to deal with

That person?

"My child,

There is not just one,

But there are many ways

To deal with that person:


Do not express

Your volcanic anger.


Think and feel

That you have the capacity

To mould and shape that person

Into a perfectly lovely human being.


Discard all your preconceived ideas

And judgements about the person,

For if you cherish hostile attitudes

Towards any person,

Then your own hostility

Will devour you.


Just imagine that right now

Your so-called enemy is having

Nice thoughts about you.

Not only that,

To your wide surprise, your enemy

Is speaking highly of you

To others.


Ask your mind to be a peace-maker.

Ask your heart to be a peace-lover.

Ask yourself to be a peace-observer

Here and everywhere

In the Eternal Now."


From:Sri Chinmoy,Morning prayers. Poems on war, Agni Press, 1992
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