AusterityA life of austerity can never be a guaranteed proximity to God's Door.
BeautyA life of constant duty is a life of supernal beauty.
ConfidenceConfidence is not in doing or becoming but in being.
ConfusionHow far is confusion-night from Illumination-light ?
It is as far as man's doubting mind and man's loving heart.
ConsciousnessThe role of consciousness is to deepen silence and expand sound.
DelightHuman surrender is slavery, perpetual slavery.
Divine surrender is delight, constant delight.
DestinationLove divine is the destination of the ever-transcending Beyond.
DestructionThe destruction of the vital is at times necessary for the purification of the heart and for the perfection of life.
DeterminationA heart of determination is a son of God's achievement-glorification.
DevotionAttachment illumined, love intensified, devotion divinised: surrender immortalised.
Divine JourneyThe divine journey never ends.
Each ending is the preparation for a greater and more fulfilling beginning.
Dream-GlowA man of expectation is a citizen of dream-glow land.
A man of perfection is a citizen of reality-land.
Earth-Bound NecessityAn unaspiring man is an earth-bound necessity.
An aspiring man is a Heaven-free Reality.
EnthusiasmGod's Dream-Boat treasures a man of soaring enthusiasm.
GloryMan's human glory begins when his animal story ends.
His divine glory begins when his human story ends.
His supreme Glory has neither birth nor death.
GraceUnconditional love is the connecting link between earth's ascending face and Heaven's descending Grace.
HeroismHeroism lies not in self-fulfilment but in God-becoming.
HospitalityHeaven's hospitality, earth is apt to suspect.
Earth's hospitality, Heaven is apt to reject.
HumilityNext to the surrender-boat, the humility-boat sails the fastest towards the Golden Shore.
ImmensityThe immensity of man's heart is the Beauty of God's Soul.
InconscienceThe transformation of inconscience is the transcendence of man's finite existence.
Intense AffectionIntense affection in the ordinary life may lead to disastrous attachment.
In the spiritual life, intense affection is the mother of immense Compassion.
IntuitionThe eye of intuition challenges destruction-night and embraces perfection-light.
JoyJoy alone has the capacity to shorten our way to God-realisation.
LightThe dance of light awakens the wings of life to soar into the Silence of the Absolute Supreme.
LoveGod the Master becomes God the slave the moment we soulfully love Him.
LustreLustre is the Perfection-Smile of God's Transcendental Height.
ManifestationHow far is God's perfect Manifestation?
As far as man's transformation and his unconditional surrender.
New LifeA new life of man is the evolving soul of God.
OfferingAn act of self-offering is one step more towards God-becoming.
PlenitudeWhen you become your heart's gratitude, God becomes your life's plenitude.
PovertyThe divine in us asks, "Where is poverty?"
The human in us answers, "Easily you will find it in the heart of my existence."
PowerWith power man wants to bind the world.
With power God wants to energise His creation.
ProgressThe difference between man and God is this: man wants success while God wants progress.
PromiseCompassion is Gods fulfilled promise to man.
Surrender is man's lingering promise to God.
ProsperityA moment of inner cry is a day of outer prosperity.
Purity And DivinityGod stands between man's fully-blossomed purity and Divinity's fully-envisioned Reality.
RenunciationReal renunciation is giving up one's earth-bound necessity and accepting one's Heaven-free Reality.
RhythmWhen God dances His Cosmic Dance, man's gratitude-sea can alone serve as His Cosmic Rhythm.
SacrificeThe animal in us demands sacrifice from others.
The human in us expects sacrifice from others.
The divine in us cheerfully and unconditionally sacrifices.
The Supreme in us says: "There is no such thing as sacrifice.
Sacrifice is nothing but the conscious fulfilment of one's universal Oneness."
SerenityWhen the serenity of the mind and the purity of the heart work together, nothing can stand against their immediate success.
SinceritySincerity is next door to Divinity.
SorrowA life of sorrow is not a life of perdition, but a life of self-purification and God-glorification.
SpeedSilence not only has, but is the fastest speed.
StruggleHuman life is a constant struggle.
Divine life is a joyful gambol.
SurrenderMan does not know the meaning of real surrender; therefore he hesitates.
God knows the real meaning of surrender; therefore He acts and explicates.
SympathyMan shows sympathy.
God is Concern.
TransformationThere is no difference between human transformation and divine Perfection.
UncertaintyA heart of uncertainty is a body of future failure.
UnityUnity does not understand the complexity of multiplicity.
Multiplicity does not understand the simplicity of unity.
Vastness And SpiritualityOur heart is Infinity's Vastness.
Our soul is Eternity's Oneness.
VictoryThe victory of human love is confusing.
The victory of divine love is illumining.
The victory of supreme love is fulfilling.
Editor's note — Pantone(r) numbersSri Chinmoy chose the specific colours reproduced in this book from a Pantone® Colourchart, assigning each a different spiritual quality.
Since this edition of the book is printed digitally, the colours may be slightly different from the original Pantone® colours, which were reproduced by an offset printing process in the first edition in 1974.
The colours are identified by their Pantone® number, which are listed below.
The interested reader may find an exact replica of the colour Sri Chinmoy intended to describe.
Delight warm red
Divine Journey 298
Earth-bound necessity 456
Intense affection 347
New Life 339
Purity and Divinity white
Vastness and Spirituality 284