9.

My Lord Supreme,

my gratitude-heart is the headquarters for building my satisfaction-world.

10.

My Lord Supreme,

I am grateful to You because You have given me a mind that thinks of You spontaneously. I am grateful to You because You have given me a heart that thanks You constantly.

11.

My Lord Supreme,

my prayer-heart is pure, my meditation-life is sure. Needless to say, these two love each other deeply, and are unfailing friends.

12.

My Lord Supreme,

will You let me stay with You alone, only for a day? My Lord Supreme, will You?

13.

My Lord Supreme,

when I pray, I speak to divinity on behalf of humanity. When I meditate, I speak to humanity on behalf of divinity.

14.

My Lord Supreme,

my heart of faith and Your Eye of Compassion have developed tremendous friendship since I have accepted the life of aspiration-dedication.

Letter

Office of the Mayor City of New York City Hall New York 10007

December 19, 1979

Dear Guru:

Thank you so much for your book and for the kind personal inscription. It is unbelievable that anyone could be so prodigious as to be the author of 400 books as you are. I shall read your thoughts.

All the best.

Sincerely,

Edward I. Koch Mayor

Sri Chinmoy 85-45 149th Street Jamaica, New York 11432

Poems

I know not why

Two aimless eyes
Are torturing me.
One senseless mind
Is destroying me.
Yet I love to stay on earth —
I know not why,
I know not why.

No extravagant hopes

Because
You nurse no extravagant hopes
Frustration-night will always fail
To arrive at your heart’s door.

Because
You nurse no extravagant hopes
A life of satisfaction-bliss
Shall feed your lofty inner heights.

To brave the sound-life

To brave the sound-life
I sit at God’s Protection-Feet.

To brave the silence-life
I drink in God’s Perfection-Smile.

The mouth of my wild desires

The mouth of my wild desires
I shall boldly seal.
The heart of my high aspiration
I shall sleeplessly unseal.

My life-flute

My life-flute
Invites all.
My death-gong
Rejects all.
My God-silence
Satisfies all.

Beyond the sunrise sky

Sail
Beyond the sunrise sky.
Reach
The Pinnacle-Goal
Before the sunset cry.

Picture

Stories

Babar’s heart of forgiveness

The Mogul Emperor Babar was very kind, very generous and very powerful. Once, while he was away from his kingdom, his step-grandmother instigated one of his cousins to stand against Babar. This particular cousin made friends with the chief of the army and a few important figures in the capital.

When Babar tried to return to his kingdom, his whole army fought against him. They wouldn’t allow Babar to come back. But Babar had quite a few followers outside his kingdom, and they helped him to fight against his own people. Babar was so great, so powerful, that eventually he won the battle.

And then what happened? Babar went and knelt down before his step-grandmother. He said to her very kindly, very politely, “I don’t hold anything against you. If a mother likes one of her sons more than another son, what can the other son do? He should not feel miserable. It is up to the mother to love equally, which the mother should do. But if the mother does not love all her children equally, the ones that are not in favour must not feel sorry. They should still have the same love for their mother as the ones who stand high in her favour. So I don’t hold anything against you’ You have done the right thing according to your light. Now let me have peace of mind.” So he placed his head on her lap, and fell asleep.

A few hours later Babar woke up and he saw in front of him the main culprit, his cousin. He had been arrested and was brought to Babar by Babar’s loyal followers. But Babar again very kindly and politely showed his heart’s magnanimity.

He said to his cousin, “You are at perfect liberty either to stay with me the rest of your life or to leave my kingdom. If you leave my kingdom, if you want to live elsewhere, I will meet with your expenses. If you want to stay here as before, you can freely stay. I feel no ill will towards you at all.”