AUM — Vol. 8, No. 5, December 1972

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Flame-Waves from The Upanishad-Sea

AUM 919-926. This talk was given by Sri Chinmoy at Fordham University, The Bronx, New York. On the 28th of February 1972.



Agne naya supathā rāye asmān viśvāni deva vayunāni vidvān yuyodhy asmaj juhurāṇam eno bhūyiṣṭhāṃ te nama-ūktiṃ vidhema


“O Agni, O Fire God, lead us along the right path so that we can enjoy the fruits of our divine actions. You know, O God, all our deeds. O God, take away from us all our unaspiring and binding sins and destroy them. To You we offer our teeming, soulful salutations and prayers, to You we offer.”


Heart’s aspiration is the right path. God’s Compassion is the genuine guidance. The fruits of our divine actions are peace, light and bliss. Sin is the smile of self-limiting bondage. In our prayers and salutations abides God the illumining Saviour.



Uttiṣthata jāgrata prāpya varān nibodhata kṣurasya dhārā niśitā duratyayā durgaṃ pathas tat kavayo vadanti


“Arise, awake, realise and achieve the Highest with the help of the illumining, leading and fulfilling Masters.

The path is as sharp as the edge of a razor, difficult to cross, hard to tread — so declare the wise sages.”


“Arise, you need God. Awake, God needs you.” Who brings this message? The Master. The road may be long, but not endless. The goal is not only an endless life, but an ever-energising immortal breath. A wise sage is he whose outer life is the manifestation of the Truth’s inner life.



Yo vai bhūmā tat sukhaṃ nālpe sukhaṃ asti bhūmaiva sukhaṃ


“The Infinite is the satisfying happiness. In the finite no happiness can ever breathe. The Infinite alone is the fulfilling happiness.”


The Life Infinite is the Delight Infinite. The finite is a stranger to the infinite happiness. Infinity without Delight means the creation without a Creator. Indeed, this is absurd. Delight without Infinity means the Creator without the creation. Indeed, this is equally absurd.



Na tatra sūryo bhāti na candra-tārakaṃ nemā vidyuto bhānti kutoyam agniḥ: tam eva bhāntam anubhāti sarvaṃ tasya bhāsā sarvaṃ idaṃ vibhāti


“There the sun shines not, nor the moon and the stars, nor these lightnings, let alone this earthly fire. Only when illumining Light shines, everything else shines; the self-revealing Light illumines the entire universe.”


The outer sun asks us to see and when we look around we see all darkness. The inner sun makes us see what we eternally are: the Light Infinite.



Nāyam ātmā bala-hīnena labhyo


“This soul cannot be won by the weakling.”


True, a weak aspirant cannot realise his soul. Again, who can really be strong before he has realised his soul? A weak aspirant is God in His perfecting aspiration. A strong aspirant is God in His manifesting realisation.



Yo devo agnau yo´psu yo viśvaṃ bhuvanam āviveśa yo oṣadhīṣu yo vanaspatiṣu tasmai devāya namo namaḥ


“We offer our supreme salutations to this divine Being who is in fire, in water, in the plants, in the trees and who has entered and pervaded the whole universe.”


Fire is aspiration. Water is consciousness. A plant is a climbing hope. A tree is an assuring confidence. The divine Being is the concealed Breath and revealed Life of the universe.



Vidyām cāvidyāṃ ca yas tad vedobhyām saha avidyayā mṛtyuṃ tīrtvā vidyayāmṛtam aśnute


“He who knows and understands knowledge and ignorance as one, through ignorance he passes beyond the domain of death, through knowledge he attains to an eternal Life and drinks deep the Light of Immortality.”


Ignorance is the knowledge of the physical mind. Knowledge is the secret of the soul. When the physical mind surrenders its existence to the illumination of the soul, death dies, immortality dawns.



Bhadraṃ karṇebhiḥ śṛṇuyāma devāh bhadraṃ paśyemākṣabhir yajatrāḥ sthirair aṅgais tuṣṭuvāṁsas tanūbhiḥ vyaśema deva-hitaṃ yad āyuḥ


“O Cosmic Gods, may we hear with our human ears all that is auspicious. O Gods who are truly worthy of worship, may we see with our human eyes all that is auspicious. May we enjoy our life given by You, offering constant praises with our sound body and earthly existence to You.”


To hear an auspicious thing is to invoke God the Inspiration and God the Aspiration. To see an auspicious thing is to feel God the Light and God the Delight.



We can easily realise God if our mind does not confine and define God.


We have two enemies: Our first enemy is self-forgetfulness. Our last enemy is self-indulgence.


God has possessed us with His Love Delight. Let us possess Him with our surrender’s Light.


Perfection is at once man’s aspiration and God’s recreation.


When you yourself sincerely try to undo the past, God will destroy it for you, not before.

One truth

One truth to learn — Ignorance is naught.
One truth to follow — the path of Grace.
One truth to live — forget Him not.
One truth to be — His Heart and Face.

A vision2

A figure of the Mother with a golden lyre of very soft and sweet cadence was seen singing in my heart. I asked Her, “Who and what art Thou?”

“As a fruit of penance covering many aeons I have got thee from my Beloved. I have brought thee forth on the bosom of the universe. In thy happiness and sorrow, in thy victory and defeat I reside ever with thee. On thy journey to the Goal I lead and guide thee with infinite love and care of the Mother. It is I who am to unite thee when thy part in the Play is over — with the ever pure Self of my Beloved, thy Father. Thou art a hero, a prince, a lord of the cosmos. In thee is the seed of whole Immortal Self. And I am the eternal Life-Force; delightful and Super Conscient, come out from the bosom of the Supreme for Play."

AUM 933. 1948

2. 3

Midnight. The sky was overcast with clouds. It was raining in torrents. I do not know why and what for a sweet surge of bliss entered my heart and awakened me from my sleep. I got up. After a while I began to look hither and thither. I found nobody and was unable to know from whom the sweet bliss had come. So with a heavy heart I was going to have my sleep again. All of a sudden someone in me cried aloud, saying, “Look to the sky, my dear, just have a look to the sky.” I looked to the sky. It was raining no more. No cloud was seen in the sky. The eternally pure face of the moon was shining brightly.

Soon I felt my bird of consciousness was dancing merrily in the bosom of the Moon. Thither I found a sweet and flower-like hand calling me with great love. Soon dancing with infinite joy my heart began to fly up to the blue sky from where my friend was beckoning me.

On the way only once I looked down on the earth. There I saw some earthly beings calling me with great affection and requesting me not to go to my Goal. While on the other hand some were saying, “Our loving friend, proceed on, onward. Hearken, our beloved is calling you.” I responded to the ardent wish of the latter.

I reached my Goal. The flower-like hand commanded me to go into the depth of my heart and see his whole creation. With what a joy I saw his entire creation in me. Soon the Hand touched my head lightly and transformed me into light, love and beauty.

AUM 934. 1 June 1949

Slowly — but steadily and unerringly4

Millions and millions of years our mother earth Basundhara was in one body with Savita, the Sun. Our mother on whose lap we are born, grow, play and retire after finishing our part has taken millions and millions of years to be what she is now.

Banaspati, the King of the trees, hides himself in a tiny seed. With the help of light, air and food gradually it becomes a huge tree. Who will believe by seeing a little particle of seed that it will grow one day a gigantic banyan tree and will live thousands of years? A time may come when a weakling of today may, gathering courage and strength, become a Timur or Hitler before whom nations trembled in horror. Or an ordinary child of today may grow up as Christ, Ramakrishna, Buddha, or Sri Aurobindo through whom God will reveal Himself to the Earth. Even if we see no mark of progress, no appreciable change, progress and change are going on. Unnoticed yet, under the secret guidance of God through nature.

We should remember what the world-famous poet, Tagore, once sang with so beautiful and sweet voice, “I know well, very well, the river that has lost her flow in the desert-way has not lost herself nor her way.”

One’s endeavour is not finished even when one’s days are numbered with the dead. Death is nothing but changing one flow of life for another. Man is going on slowly, but steadily and unerringly to fulfil his mission, to be the Divine. The finite is going to realise the Infinite hidden in its core. Seeming weal and woe, seeming light and darkness, seeming success and failure are the process through which the Incarnate Supreme is becoming the Transcendent. Everything exists, nothing does perish. What is within, under the pressure of the omniscient and omnipotent is becoming what is above — slowly — though it may seem — but steadily and unerringly.

AUM 935. 26 April 1949

Farewell of Ahana5

Slowly, very slowly Ahana (Dawn) puts off the veil of darkness and shows her face to Dharitri (earth) for a while. When she appears before Dharitri, Dharitri asks, “Ahana, my sister, where do you go after staying with me?"

“My sister, you do not want me. When I approach you, having smiled a little you bid me farewell and invite Savita (Sun-God). You know I cannot stay when the chariot of seven lighted horses is seen."

Savita is seen ready in his golden chariot of light, to court Dharitri. All of a sudden she cries aloud, “Savita, my friend and beloved! I shall no more invite thee and thou must not come to me henceforth,” and instantly closes her eyes. Savita is shocked and retires to his home of the other firmament.

Aeons pass away in a sweet and serene trance in expectation of Light. Suddenly Ahana murmurs into the ear of Dharitri, “Sister, my sister! Are you awake? My sisters that are to follow me — the dawns of the future — cannot appear if Savita does not finish his courting with you. Invite then your Beloved! I must take leave of this form. I must make way for my sisters — myself in other forms. I come forth from Savita and vanish in him. I must come again and again to paint the sky for the chosen illumined.”

Au revoir, then my sister, au revoir.

AUM 936. 1948


“Who and what am I? Why have I come into this mortal world? And what is the aim of my life?" Some sort of answers to these questions arose in my mind. But my mind was not at all satisfied with them. All of a sudden in a full moon night of spring a young boy appeared before me. His face was so beautiful! And it seemed to me that his twinkling eyes were playing with the little waves of light. He must have been in his teens, most probably fourteen or fifteen. And I am on the opposite side of forty. I asked him very gently, “Where have you come from? And what do you want?”

“From your own heart I have appeared to fulfil your wish. Can’t you recognise me?” Soon I came to know that he was no one else but my Lord. I bowed down before His Lotus Feet and prayed before Him not to let me alone anymore.

My Lord said, “I will never leave you. Remember ever, that he alone who loves me wholeheartedly without any desire and likes to play ever with me is dear to me. He is my very soul. Alas, only a few companions I have in this world.”

AUM 937. 1948

Music section

I know

I know now what my soul can be:
My soul can be my Guru’s Food,
My Guru’s Food.
I know now what my Life can be:
My Life can be my Lord’s childhood,
My Lord’s childhood.
I know now what my mind can be:
My mind can be my Master’s Joy,
My Master’s Joy.
I know, I know, I know now
What my heart can be:
My heart can be the Light Chinmoy,
The Light Chinmoy, The Light Chinmoy.


Jatri jatri jatri jatri jatri
Mora bidhatar asimer patha-jatri
Badhar duar vengechhi ebar
Ghor tamasar abachetanar
Chira durbar mrittyu bhitir ratri
Dakichhe tarani alor bhorer
Bhava kandari premer dorer
Mukti dishari maha ajanar sindhu
Pijush desher paran jinia
Param prabhur pataka bahiya
Phiriba amara rupantarer bindu