551. Difficulties

Patience is hard
To achieve.

Sympathy is hard
To offer.

Sacrifice is hard
To make.

Fear is hard
To conquer.

Doubt is hard
To transcend.

Humility is hard
To treasure.

Surrender is hard
To become.

552. Let me

O my body, since nobody loves you,
Let me love you.
O my vital, since nobody disciplines you,
Let me discipline you.
O my mind, since nobody widens you,
Let me widen you.
O my heart, since nobody inspires you,
Let me inspire you.
O my soul, since nobody fulfils you,
Let me fulfil you.
O my Goal, since nobody speaks highly of You,
Let me speak highly of you.

553. A perfect daughter

No man can ever have a daughter
Who always thinks of her father’s height.

No woman can ever have a daughter
Who always thinks of her mother’s light.

No world can ever have a daughter
Who always feels its excruciating pangs.

No truth can ever have a daughter
Who always adores its inevitable victory.

554. Let us talk about ourselves

O soul, you and I
Have come into the world
To speak of God.
Since nobody
Wants to hear us,
Let us talk
About ourselves.
O soul, I think that
Without God’s guidance
I can teach His world.
“O seeker, I think that
I can manifest God
Without your assistance.”

555. Golden mystic sun

The descending fire descends;
The ascending fire ascends.
The smile of Light
Watches their tasks divine
From across the empty space
Where the hands of ether
Salute the golden mystic sun.

556. The saint and the sinner

The saint was about to fall
When he saw not the Face of God
In the mind of darkness
And
In the heart of impurity.

The sinner was about to rise
When he felt the life
Of love within, without,
And
When he sang the song
Of life-transforming Light.

557. He knelt, he wept, he prayed

He knelt, he wept, he prayed.
He quietly knelt,
He throbbingly wept,
He unreservedly prayed.

He knelt when he discovered
That God is All-might.
He wept when he discovered
That God is All-love.
He prayed when he discovered
That God is All-giving.

558. Time, you do your own work!

Time, you do your own work!
Let me play and let me sing.

Time, you do your own work!
Let me jump and let me run.

Time, you do your own work!
Let me dive and let me fly.

And when I am tired
Of playing and singing,
Jumping and running,
Diving and flying,
I shall invite you
To offer me your wise
Advice,
Without fail.

559. Suddenly

Suddenly I shall wake.
Suddenly I shall have
Flying wings.
Suddenly the sky will give me
What it has: freedom.
Suddenly I shall once more
Consciously become
What I was before:
God.

560. Money divinely acquired

Money is the joy of the poor.
More money is the joy of the rich.

Joy is the money of the budding seeker.
More joy is the money of the blossomed seeker.

Money divinely acquired and used,
Joy divinely achieved and distributed
Can alone
Touch the very Heart
Of God.

561. What others see

On his path
What others see
Is the world of sorrow.

On his path
What others see
Is the dance of despair.

On his path
What others see
Is the hunger of destruction.

But
He unmistakably knows
That his path
Is the sunlit path.

562. I am tired and disappointed

I am tired.
I am tired of eyeless days
And
Eyeless nights.

I am disappointed.
I am disappointed
In my earth-ascending pilgrimage
And
God’s Heaven-descending pilgrimage.

563. For you

O Lord Supreme:
For You I see,
For You I feel,
For You I give,
For You I receive,
For You I can,
For You I become,
For You I am.

564. Let me finish!

Let me finish
My unfinished life-story!
Let me finish
If possible
By tomorrow.

Let me finish
My unfinished God-story!
Not tomorrow,
Not today,
But here and now,
Before I allow myself
To worry about God
And me.