Author’s preface

I have selected 207 poems out of 10,000 from my series, Ten thousand Flower-Flames, which was originally published in 100 volumes. Here the poet in me is soulfully satisfied, the reader in me is smilingly satisfied and the critic in me is surprisingly satisfied.

My Beloved Supreme, what more can I tell You, and what more do You expect from me?

“Be quiet, My poet-reader-critic-son. The Hour, My Hour, is about to strike.”

— Sri Chinmoy

1. You have discovered

My Lord,
I came to You with empty hands,
But You have discovered
My empty heart, too.

2. I came from God

I came from God
The Eternal Dreamer.
I am heading towards God
The Immortal Lover.

3. Your happiness-gift

Of all the gifts
I have offered to God,
My happiness-gift
He treasures most.

4. The mind wants to invent

The mind wants to invent
A new God.
The heart wants to discover
The ancient and eternal God.

5. Please warn me

My Lord,
Please warn me before You come.
Otherwise, You may come unrecognised
And go back unloved.

6. My heart says to my mind

My mind says to my heart:
“Will you please praise God for me?”
My heart says to my mind:
“Will you please pray to God
To bless me?”

7. The fare

What is the fare
From earth to Heaven?
The fragrance-beauty
Of a gratitude-heart.

8. Every time I run away from You

Every time I run away from You
And come back,
I see Your Eyes
More illumining than before,
And I feel Your Heart
More forgiving than before.

9. The Lord of my thoughts

My Lord, I am happy
Because You are the Lord of my life.
Can You not make me perfect
By becoming the Lord of my thoughts?

10. Two miracles

The miracle of my sound-life:
It can chase God.

The miracle of my silence-life:
It can embrace God.

11. Two secret wishes

Two
Are my secret wishes:
I shall show God
Man’s transformation-head.
I shall show man
God’s Compassion-Feet.

12. Not beyond possibility

Not beyond man’s possibility
Is God-realisation.
Not beyond earth’s possibility
Is earth-transformation.
Not beyond my possibility
Is self-transcendence.

13. I do not interfere

I do not interfere in God’s Affairs.
Every day I let Him
Create a new world.
God does not interfere in my affairs
Either.
Every day He lets me
Destroy an old world.