Three soulful prayers

1. Three soulful prayers


Lord, three soulful prayers

I have all along treasured.

Today I place them at Your Feet.

May I always remain awake

To see Your Face.

May I always remain conscious

To feel Your Grace.

May I always remain

A descendant of Your Grace.


2. Movement


Doubt moves not forward.

Faith runs not backward.

Fears crawls not forward.

Courage marches not backward.

Love runs forward, upward and inward,

And never backward. ```

3. Our earth-birth evolves


Our earth-birth evolves

When our animal ego

Is dissolved.

Our divine life begins

When we love

Inner Reality's lustre-moon.


4. His life covered


His truth-life covered

Below, above.

His love-life covered

Within, without.

His bliss-life covered

All-where. ```

5. One accepted second


Countless rejected hours

Have taken me away

From God-Heart.

One accepted second

Will bring me back

To God's Feet,

My Haven-Home.


6. Just yesterday


The night that greedily devours,

Just yesterday he saw.

The day that devotedly aspires,

Just today he is seeing.

The sun that eternally illumines,

Just tomorrow he will become. ```

7. Fruitless and hopeless



Fruitless is my hesitation-ignorance.


Hopeless is my determination-somnolence.


Lifeless is my action-dullness.


Godless is my darkness-oneness. ```

8. Good-bye


Good-bye, my sad earth,

I shall always remember

Your sacrifice-sea.

Good-bye, my strong Heaven,

I shall always remember

Your illumination-flood.


9. You call it, I call it


You call it dedication,


I call it the length of aspiration.

You call it aspiration,


I call it the height of dedication.

Dedication becomes, aspiration becomes.

Dedication becomes

God the Body;

Aspiration becomes

God the Soul.


10. Chinmoy-reality


In Heaven



On earth



In the Supreme




11. I am helpless


True, my body is not submissive,

But what can I do?

I am helpless.

True, my vital is impulsive,

But what can I do?

I am helpless.

True, my mind is not pure,

But what can I do?

I am helpless.

True, my heart is not sure,

But what can I do?

I am helpless.


12. Do not imagine


Do not imagine!

The animal in you

Becomes jealous

If you imagine.

Do not think!

The divine in you feels sad

That you are a hopeless case

If you think.

Just act and become,

And become and act. ```

13. I see, I feel


I see Divinity the Doer.

I feel Eternity the Knower.

I like Infinity the Seer.

I love Immortality the Lover. ```

14. Abandon them!


Abandon your worries!

Confidence is your divine birthright.

Abandon your sense of worthlessness!

You are God-Eternity's Satisfaction-Light. ```

15. All know not


Greatness knows not

The weakness of its incapacity.

Goodness knows not

The strength of its capacity.

I know not

The usefulness of my sincerity. ```

16. How pure is the eye


How pure is the eye of Mother earth.

How cheerful is the eye of Father Heaven.

How soulful is the eye of my earth-peace.

How fruitful is the eye of my Heaven-Love. ```

17. A regular aspiration-heart


A regular aspiration-heart

Is bright like a used key

To open up God's Door.

And once you are in,

God-Peace blesses you,

God-Love treasures you

And God-Joy embraces you.


18. Three things have confused him


Three things have really confused him

And his life:

The tears of God's World,

The fears of the higher world,

The cheers of the lower world.


19. An attentive eye


An attentive eye

Does not make a mistake.

A sympathetic eye

Does the right thing.

An illumining eye

Is the right thing. ```

20. Scolding is a foolish thing


Scolding is a foolish thing,

But if it is done well,

It may transform someone's nature.

I may remain foolish,

But if my foolishness

Unconsciously elevates

Somebody's consciousness,

I am more than prepared

To scold.


21. In the morning


In the morning

My Lord has only two names:

Compassion and Love.

In the afternoon

My Lord has only one name:


In the evening

My Lord has no name:

I shall have to give Him

A suitable name. ```

22. My needs


My Indian heart

Needs more compassion.

My American body

Needs more vitality.

My African legs

Need more speed.

My Chinese head

Needs more wisdom.

My European mind

Needs more nobility.

My German vital

Needs more determination. ```

23. A favour


My Lord, I have all along

Championed Your Cause:

Complete and perfect manifestation on earth.

In return can You not

Do me a favour?

Can You not give me

A fraction of Your Satisfaction-Smile? ```

24. No hope


Earth has no hope.

Heaven has no hope.

Why, why?


God has decided that He will not

Care any more

For Heaven's consciousness-aloofness


Earth's constant silliness.


25. I cry, I try


I cry in the depth

Of despair.

I try in the depth

Of doubt.

I surrender in the depth

Of fear. ```

26. Lord, I love You


Lord, I love You

Because You are great;

I love You

Because You are good.

Your greatness inspires me

To be great like You.

Your goodness elevates me

To be good like You. ```

27. Yet he is not afraid


Doubt strikes him

Like a thunderbolt,

Yet he is not afraid of doubt.

He invokes faith.

In faith he sees Divinity's Face.


28. A terrible oath


Don't You know

What a terrible oath I have taken?

I shall not leave You

No matter what You do,

No matter what You say,

No matter what becomes of me.

Lord, I cannot leave You;

And You cannot ignore me. ```

29. Her tragedy


When he heard about her tragedy

He smiled and said to her:

"You deserve it!"

When she heard about his tragedy

She cried and said to him:

"Not you, but I who needed it!" ```

30. Hate me if You have to


Hate me if You have to.

Scold me and insult me

If You want to.

Punish me if that is what You want.

But, for God's sake, O Lord,

Don't leave me.

That will be too much!


31. Sacred joy, secret sorrow


My God-realisation

Was a sacred joy.

My God-manifestation

Is a secret sorrow. ```

32. I am happy


I am happy


I have smiled

At the Beauty


The Universal God.

I am happy


I have cried

For the Reality


The Transcendental God. ```

33. Mind-road and heart-road


Do you know


You are so unhappy?

You are unhappy


Your mind-road is dangerously overcrowded

By notorious travellers.

Try your heart-road.

Your own luck will travel

With very few fortunate travellers. ```

34. Your new song


Your life does not

Have to be so dull.

Just sing a new song

To replace your frustration-song.

Your new song is:

"God is all for me." ```

35. Who will remember?


Will anyone remember me

When I am gone?


My untiringly expecting,

My sleeplessly demanding


My constantly frustrated

Children-friends. ```

36. Out of my element


How long can I remain

In ignorance-night?

Not for long.


Because there I am out of my place-element.


37. What is progress?


What is success?


What is success?


What is progress?


What is progress?

Perfection-delight. ```

38. Song and dance


Mine is one joyful song.

God's is one thankful Song.

Mine is one perfection-dance.

God's is one Satisfaction-Dance. ```

39. Two songs


Compassion: God's Life-Song.

Gratitude: My life-song.

From this very moment

I shall be singing these two songs

In God's own Way.


40. He will be only too happy


You do not have to use your eyes;

You can use God's Eyes.

He will be only too happy

To grant you His Eyes.

You do not have to use your ears;

You can use God's Ears.

He will be only too happy

To grant you His Ears.

You do not have to use even your own heart.

You can use God's Heart.

God will be only too happy

To grant you His Heart Universal.

He will without fail,

He will. ```

41. I am not like that


I am not like that.

I am not as bad as you think.

I do pray in the morning.

I am not like that.

I am not as bad as you think.

I do meditate in the evening.

I am not like that.

I am not as bad as you think.

I do offer my gratitude-heart

To my Beloved Supreme

At midnight.


42. They do not love


What are the three main reasons

Why people are not happy?

People are not happy

Because they do not love.

People are not happy

Because they do not love God.

People are not happy

Because they do not love God

In God's own Way.


43. Enough


You say:

Seeing is not enough.

I say:

Feeling is enough.

And our common Lord God says:

Becoming and nothing else

Is more than enough.


44. Failure incarnate


I am sorry that you cannot trust the Bible.

Do one thing:

Try to trust God.

If even that you cannot do,

Then you must dare

To trust yourself.

Here, too, if you fail,

(I definitely hope you won't),

I will have no other choice but to call you

"Failure incarnate." ```

45. I looked


I looked at the morning dew.

Humility captured my heart.

I looked at the ocean.

Immensity captured my heart.

I looked at the sky.

Infinity captured my heart. ```

46. When love suffers


When love suffers

It is surprisingly meaningful.

When the lover suffers

It is singularly soulful.

When the Beloved suffers

It is supremely powerful. ```

47. Blessings


An unbelievable blessing:


An unimaginable blessing:


An incomparable blessing:


An unbelievable,





ever-fulfilling blessing:

Complete and constant oneness

With the Will of our Beloved Supreme. ```

48. When calamity comes


When calamity comes

God becomes real.

Until then

God seems to be seemingly real. ```

49. Be prepared


Be prepared.

The Supreme will soon come

And knock at your door.

Be prepared.

He will then touch your heart.

Be prepared.

Then He will examine your life.

Be prepared.

Finally He will feed your aspiration-breath

And help you don your dedication-uniform. ```

50. Do you not remember?


God once secretly told you that He loves you.

Do you not remember it?

God once openly told you that He needs you.

Do you not remember it? ```

From:Sri Chinmoy,Three soulful prayers, Agni Press, 1979
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