Chandelier, part 1

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My Beauty

My beauty
Is immortal in Heaven.
My duty
Is immortal on earth.
My aspiration
Is immortal in life.
My surrender
Is immortal in God.

To See Her Is to Own Her

Each of her spiritual children
Thought of her differently,
Spoke of her differently,
Saw her differently,
Loved her differently,
Judged her differently.
To each she represented
Something else.
But one sweet fact they all affirmed:
“To see her is to own her.”

Although

Although I teach, I am the cap of fools;
Although I love all souls, a fiend am I.
I am not strong, yet for the weak I fight;
At will I sell myself and myself I buy.
At every pause my life I contradict.
To me are ever the same all truths and lies.
To me the earthly beings and He are one.
We fly in His Bosom vast, in us He flies.

Body, Be Not Impure

Body, be not impure.
Vital, be not restless.
Mind, be not obscure.
Heart, be not insecure.
Life, be not hopeless.
Death, be not so sure.

The Golden Flute

A sea of Peace and Joy and Light
Beyond my reach I know.
In me the storm-tossed weeping night
Finds room to rage and flow.
I cry aloud, but all in vain;
I helpless, the earth unkind!
What soul of might can share my pain?
Death-dart alone I find.
A raft am I on the sea of Time,
My oars are washed away.
How can I hope to reach the clime
Of God’s eternal Day?
But hark! I hear Thy golden Flute,
Its notes bring the Summit down.
Now safe am I, O Absolute!
Gone death, gone night’s stark frown!

A Hundred Years

A hundred years from now
My highest Goal shall bow
To me, to me, to me.
A hundred years from now
My Silence-Breath shall cow
Dark earth’s ignorance-sea.
A hundred years from now
My single Eye shall plough
The soil of Eternity.
A hundred years from now
I shall, I shall endow
My Lord with my Spirit’s Key.

I Am a Fool

I am a fool, they say.
Am I, am I a fool?
I go to my inner School;
God’s Eye my eternal Day.
To serve my Lord in His Play,
To found His Smile on earth,
My divinely human birth.
Yet I am a fool, they say.

I Am a Thief

I am a thief; I steal every night.
Each theft of mine kindles a thrill
On the Supreme’s all-fulfilling Eye.
What do I steal? His Grace, my meal.
Why do I steal? He compels me so.
Perhaps He finds no other way
To feed my Spirit’s hunger stark
With the Nectar of His shadowless Ray.

I Cry, I Smile

I cry, I smile to be Thy Vision-dove
Within, without, my Lord, below, above.
Mine is the life of the selfless, soulful cry.
Mine is the heart of Beauty’s rainbow-sky.
Always with Thee, my soul of love-delight
Shall sing and dance, to clasp Thy Victory-Height.

I Shall Not Sleep

I shall not sleep, I shall not sleep
In the sea of vast ignorance deep!
I shall now run and dive and fly.
I shall now touch my freedom-sky.

I Sit Alone

I sit alone with a throbbing moan.
I cry alone with flowers dry.
I eat alone with the rat of the church.
I fly alone in the earth-bound sky.

Into the World I Came, Not for Enormous Fame

Into the world I came,
Not for enormous fame.
Into the world I came,
To see Thy earthly frame.

My Body Sleeps

My body sleeps, my vital sleeps,
Also my mind and heart.
Alas, my soul of suffering
Keeps crying in bondage-mart.

My Ego and My Soul

My ego needs.
My soul has.
My ego tries.
My soul does.
My ego knows the problem that is.
My soul becomes the answer that is.
I am not alone;
Within my unlit self
My ego, my naked death.
I am not alone;
Within my snow-white heart
My soul and my Spirit’s flame.

At Last I Know

At last I know my name.
My name is God’s eternal Game.
At last I know my name.
At last I know my age.
My age is Infinity’s page.
At last I know my age.
At last I know my home.
My home is where my flame-worlds roam.
At last I know my home.

My Task

I ask, my Lord Supreme, I ask:
What is my task, what is my task?
“My child, try and cry to change thy face,
And tell the world My Name is Grace.”
Shall I succeed, can I succeed?
“Why not, why not? My Breath shall feed
Your life of love, devotion pure,
Victory all-where when surrender sure.”

No Good

No good, no good, no good!
Eat not ignorance-food!
Always desire-delight
And pure perfection-height.

The Supreme

Father, I have seen.
“No.”
Father, I have known.
“No.”
Father, I have felt.
“No.”
Father, I have become.
“No.”
Father, I Am.
“Yes.”

O United Nations

O United Nations, O U.N.,
You are the world-body
Crying for the world-soul,
And you are the earth-life
Longing for oneness-goal.
In the heart of your glowing dream,
Big brothers and brothers small
Shall smile, sing and dance,
O Vision-Perfection in all!

O Wilson's League of Nations

O Wilson’s League of Nations pure,
No more your dream remains obscure.
Behold your tree, its fruit and flower,
Dancing in the world of oneness-hour!

The Absolute

No mind, no form, I only exist;
Now ceased all will and thought.
The final end of Nature’s dance,
I am It whom I have sought.
A realm of Bliss bare, ultimate;
Beyond both knower and known;
A rest immense I enjoy at last;
I face the One alone.
I have crossed the secret ways of life,
I have become the Goal.
The Truth immutable is revealed;
I am the way, the God-Soul.
My spirit aware of all the heights,
I am mute in the core of the Sun.
I barter nothing with time and deeds;
My cosmic play is done.

The First Woman

The first woman
Tempted
The first man
To eat.
The last woman
Shall inspire
The last man
To be divine,
To be perfect,
To be supreme.

I Am an Idiot

I know I am an idiot true.
In the growing clouds my hopeful feet,
Hands flung skywards for the blue stars.
My throes no sun, no moon, shall greet.
I had a dream, a real dream:
God would bury Himself to live
In human ignorance hungry and black,
To human death His Soul He’ll give.

I Know Now

I know now what my soul can be.
My soul can be my Guru’s food.
I know now what my life can be.
My life can be my Lord’s childhood.
I know now what my mind can be.
My mind can be my Master’s joy.
I know now what my heart can be.
My heart can be the Light Chinmoy.

I Say, I Say

I say, I say!
I nothing know, I nothing see.
Yet with me You play,
In me You glow
With Compassion free.

Marriage

What is marriage?
The smile of love
That allows two souls
To soar above.
What is marriage?
The curse of night.
A tug-of-war,
No escape to Light.
What is marriage?
God’s fulfilment true.
In Silence and Power
His Vision’s due.

O, Come and Sing With Me

O, come and sing with me,
I shall give you my love
And all my beauty free.
O, come and dance with me,
I shall give you my breath
And my life of nectar-sea.
O, come and cry with me,
Cry with me,
Cry with me.
O Beloved, O Lover sweet,
We shall shine, we shall shine
Through Eternity!

To Think of Her

To think of Her
Is to become a chosen instrument of God.
To meditate on Her
Is to reach the heights of Paradise unchallenged.
To see Her
Is to sit on Infinity’s Transcendental Throne.
To feel Her
Is to become Immortality’s Bliss.

Supreme Bhagaban Supremo Gott

Supreme
Bhagavan
Supremo
Gott
Supreme
Signore
Ishwara

Sweet, Sweeter, Sweetest

Sweet is my Lord.
Him I have realised as the Eternal Truth.
Sweeter is my Lord.
Him I have realised as the only Doer.
Sweetest is my Lord.
Him I have realised as the Enjoyer Supreme.

Tears

Tears, idle tears,
Stop!
Tears, soulful tears,
Start!
Tears, helpless tears,
Continue!
Tears, determined tears,
Reach!

Heaven Is Afraid of Me

Heaven is afraid of me.
What can I do?
I fly beyond its glee,
Piercing the Blue.
Earth is afraid of me.
What can I do?
I fell its Ignorance-tree
To plant the True.
Hell is afraid of me.
What can I do?
My compassion frees its pangs
From the racking screw.
My soul is afraid of me.
What can I do?
My body’s Eternity
I needs must hue.

O Dream of God

O dream of God,
O dream of man,
Your soul smiles with
Perfection-plan.
O love of Truth,
O truth of Love,
I see your flood
Of dance above.

I Pray for You, O U.N. Soul

I pray for you, O U.N. soul.
I pray for your Victory’s golden crown.
Your sun shall burst our bondage-frown.
No cry, no sigh, no darkness-role.

O Body of the World (2)

O body of the world,
O soul of the world,
In you the nest
Of cosmic oneness-rest.
Yours is the nectar-role;
Our souls desire to grow
In your duty’s vision-glow.

I Know You Surely Can

U.N., U.N., U.N.!
I know you surely can
Transform the human face,
Illume the earthly race,
And strike the Hour Supreme
To clasp your Promise-Dream.

With You Began

U.N., U.N.!
With you began
A fulness-cry
In oneness-sky.
For you I see
A flood-ecstasy.

Our Ascending Hope

U.N., U.N., U.N.!
You are our ascending hope,
You are our spreading scope.
The meteor-speed of your boat
Is touching the shore remote.
Your victory’s flower-light
Shows us the Silence-Height.

The Lord's Sun-Vision-Plan

U.N., U.N., U.N., U.N.!
You are the Lord’s Sun-Vision Plan.
We know your soul, its beauty’s flow,
A world-body’s translucent glow.

Our U.N. Soul

We know our U.N. soul
And its God-decreed role.
We know our U.N. life
That braves ignorance-knife.
We know our U.N. cry:
A quest for the oneness-sky.

O Great U.N.!

O great U.N.! O good U.N.!
You own Eternity’s sure ken.
Your soul-love shall never die.
All-where it soon will multiply.
You are our sun-vast promise-surprise
And God-Waves high beyond surmise.

They Say

They say, U.N. is puny, weak and poor.
I say, have they measured its sky-heart door?
They say, feeble is the U.N. voice.
I say, U.N. our Father’s constant Choice.

UNICEF

UNICEF, UNICEF,
O mother and child, O sweetness-sea,
O beauty-flower and duty-tree!
You are your glowing eyes of light,
You are your loving oneness-height,
You are your soaring fulfilment-dream,
A true triumph of the Lord Supreme.

O Human Rights

O Human Rights Divine!
In harmony-world you shine.
You are the voice of Light
And blue Perfection-Height.
Yours is the supreme role
To change the cosmos-dole.
You are the only strength
Of Heaven’s Vision-length.
Division, bondage, doom,
No more —
All oneness-bloom.

U.N. Meditation

U.N. meditation: a soulful cry
To reach the vastness of oneness-sky.
United Nations Meditation Group:
A simple, Truth-serving, all-loving troop.
United Nations Meditation Room:
To stop for good the birth of cosmos-doom.

O World Gratitude Day

O World Gratitude Day!
I pray for you, I pray.
Man’s feeble climbing ray
Is one with God’s Vision-Play.
Compassion: highest gift.
Gratitude: fastest lift.
Only satisfaction-seed
Can feed man and God’s need.

Oneness-Earth

Oneness-earth, oneness:
A life of fulness.
Division-mind dies,
Oneness-heart flies.
Heaven’s God-length:
Oneness-earth’s strength.
Today’s Vision-Plan:
Tomorrow’s God-man.

O Diplomat, O Delegate!

O diplomat, O delegate!
You change your country’s fate.
Sorrows and joys in fulness
You bring to the U.N. oneness.
Long live your country’s height;
Long live its pure delight.

We Believe

We believe and we hold that each man has the
potentiality of reaching the Ultimate Truth. We
also believe that man cannot and will not remain
imperfect forever. Each man is an instrument of
God. When the hour strikes, each individual soul
listens to the inner dictates of God. When man
listens to God, his imperfections are turned into
perfections, his ignorance into knowledge, his
searching mind into revealing light and his
uncertain reality into all-fulfilling Divinity.
[Motto of Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the United Nations]

The United Nations

The United Nations is the Supreme Law of the world.
[Words of Trygve Lie, Secretary-General of the United Nations]

May I Be Offered

May I be offered to that in the offering which will be offered. . .
God took the form of man in the victim who chose to be sacrificed.
[Words of Dag Hammarskjold, Secretary-General of the United Nations]

In the Wake of the Most Catastrophic War

In the wake of the most catastrophic war in the
history of mankind, humanity had a new Vision:
it saw the glimmer of dawn of a warless world.
[Words of U Thant, Secretary-General of the United Nations]

Gone Are the Days

Gone are the days when each Nation was an island unto itself.
[Words of U Thant, Secretary-General of the United Nations]

I Know That the World

I know that the world cannot do without the United Nations.
[Words of Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-General of the United Nations]

We Are Men and Women

We are men and women from many lands,
representing a rich variety of cultures. And
we have been brought together to work in
a great common cause: the survival and
progress of mankind.
[Words of Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-General of the United Nations]

Forward, Upward, Onward, Together

Forward, upward, onward, together.
[Motto of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas]

Honour, Justice and Liberty

Honour, Justice and Liberty.
[Motto of the Republic of Panama]

The League of Nations

I am rarely enthusiastic about what the
League of Nations has done or not done,
but I am always thankful that it exists.
[Words of Albert Einstein]

Make a Peace

Make a peace that does not conceal a future war.
[Words of Albert Einstein]

Nothing I Can Do or Say

Nothing I can do or say will change the structure
of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice,
I can help the greatest of all causes: good-will
among men and peace on earth.
[Words of Albert Einstein]

Our Physical Separateness

If it were not for our physical separateness, we would
more clearly perceive our psychic interdependence.
[Words of Elliot Richardson]

My Fellow Inhabitants

My fellow inhabitants of this planet: let us take
our stand here in this assembly of nations. And
let us see if we, in our own time, can move the
world towards a just and lasting peace.
[Words of President John F. Kennedy]

In Order to Have a Free Access

In order to have a free access to the integral planet,
you will have to be integral in yourself, to resonate
with the same inner process of realisation and
transformation. Planetisation of mankind requires,
ultimately, the self-transcendent man.
[Words of Donald Keys]

All Men Are Created Equal

All men are created equal. Not some men.
Not white men. All men. America, rise up
and come home.
[Words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.]

I Have a Dream

I have a dream. Today, with this faith we will be able
to work together, to pray together, to struggle together,
to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together,
knowing that we will be free one day.
[Words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.]

The Threat of Self-Extinction

Mankind is now, as never before, faced by the
threat of self-extinction, from which there is no
retreat and no escape. There is only one way out,
that leading up to the brotherhood of man.
Humanity will have to follow it or perish.
[Words of Ambassador Zenon Rossides of Cyprus]

We Are Confident

We are confident that the time is near when the Member States
of a great international Organisation will bring to it their voices
and their influence, not governed by self-centred pursuits or
their particular interest, but in terms of the common good of
humanity in its progress towards world peace based on freedom.
[Words of Ambassador Zenon Rossides of Cyprus]

We Come with an Open Mind

We come with an open mind and an open heart.
We are not unaware of our limitations. We are a
small country, one of the smallest units of the
United Nations, and we command no material
power or influence; our strength will depend
wholly on the moral content of our stand.
[Words of Ambassador Zenon Rossides of Cyprus]

Co-existence

It is co-existence or no existence.
[Words of Bertrand Russell]