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1. Dedication

Is God's Satisfaction
In Heaven's soul
In earth's heart.

2. Surrender

The finite surrenders
To the Infinite
Not because the Infinite
Is all-powerful,
But because the Infinite
Is all-love;
Plus the Infinite
Is the yet unrecognised reality
Of the finite itself.

3. Consciousness

Is the bridge between
Earth's aspiration-cry
Heaven's satisfaction-smile.

4. Purity

Is the supreme necessity
To grow into

5. Light

Is oneness-perfection
In Eternity's Height,
Infinity's Length
Immortality's Depth.

6. Cosmos

The divine in us
Is not only conscious of everything
That exists in the cosmos,
But also embodies everything
That is inside the cosmos.
Something more,
The divine in us
Is the cosmos,
The entire cosmos,

7. Consistency

For a divine purpose
Is a continuous forward movement
Along Eternity's road toward

8. Courage

The human courage
Wants to break.
The divine courage
Wants to sail.
The supreme Courage
Wants Perfection-manifestation
Here on earth.

9. Peace

Is in minimising and diminishing
The desire-life
Increasing and fulfilling
The aspiration-life,
The life divine.

10. Life

The animal life
Finds satisfaction
In destruction-night.
The human life
Finds satisfaction
In temptation-day.
The divine life
Finds satisfaction
In the aspiration-moon,
The liberation-sky
The reality-sun.

11. Worship

We worship Someone
Who is not high above our heads,
But who is inside the very depth of our hearts,
And who loves us infinitely more
Than we love ourselves.
Not only that,
He alone loves us
And nobody else,
Not even we ourselves.

12. Devotion

Is the magnet
That pulls us towards the ecstasy-height,
The height that makes us see and feel
What we truly are:
Unmanifested divinity.

13. Detachment

Does not mean negligence.
Does not mean lack of concern for humanity.
True detachment means
Not to try to influence the world,
Convince the world
Or guide the world
In one's own way,
But to allow the world to grow
In God's way,
For in each individual
There is a spark of divinity.
Let divinity act
In and through each individual —
Seeker or non-seeker —
For the Inner Pilot knows best
How to operate
In and through each human being.

14. Humility

Is the mental clarity in us,
The vital reality in us
The physical divinity in us.
Is the most fruitful
Consciousness-reality in us.

15. Union

Is God-Vision in us.
Is God-Reality in us.
Is God-Satisfaction in us.

16. Simplicity

In the divine ladder
Is the first rung,
Is the second,
Is the third,
Is the fourth and highest.

17. Transformation

Of the body-consciousness
Has been a dream of the Supreme
For millennia.
This transformation
Of the body-consciousness
Will be the real Reality,
The perfect Perfection-Reality
On earth.

18. Work

To work under compulsion
Is to eventually revolt.
To work because that is the only thing
That can give us satisfaction
Or bring about our perfection
Is to become conscious and constant friends
Of our eternal Pilot Supreme.

19. Love

We love God
Because He is great:
This is what our desire-life
Has taught us.
We love God
Because He is good:
This is what our aspiration-life
Has taught us.
As long as we remain in the desire-world,
We shall love God
Because He is all-powerful.
The moment we enter into the aspiration-world,
We love God
Because He is all Goodness,
All Kindness,
All Compassion
For us.

20. Delight

Delight is our source,
Delight is our course
Delight is the all-illumining,
All-fulfilling force
In us,
With us
For us.

21. Sincerity

Is not the seed.
Is the fruit
Of God-action
In us,
Through us
For us.

22. Patience

Is not helpless surrender
To one's fate.

Is one's secret and sacred
Undying cry
To see the face of satisfaction-light.

23. Manifestation

Sincere aspiration itself
Is God-manifestation
For God-revelation
God-satisfaction in us.
Is Perfection supreme
Perfection supreme
Is Reality absolute.

24. Silence and sound

In silence
We grow and glow;
In sound
We love and serve.
Is the tree.
Is the fruit.
If there is no tree,
There can be no fruit
And if there is no fruit,
There is no need for a tree.
Silence and sound both
Are of paramount importance.

25. Dynamism

Dynamism of the soul
Is the illumining discovery
Of the seeker in us.
Dynamism is not aggression.
Aggression is the precursor of destruction.
Dynamism is God-enthusiasm in us
For God-realisation,
God satisfaction.

26. Joy

Joy is our progress.
Progress is God's Choice.
God's Choice is our inner Immortality's

27. Soulful invocation

A soulful invocation
Of God's Presence
Brings God's immediate Satisfaction-Smile
To the seeker's promise-heart.

28. God's Feet

God's Feet do not kick us.
God's Feet only shelter us,
And show us the goal.
God's Feet walk on our behalf
And reach the goal for us,
And bring the infinite Light,
Peace and Bliss
To offer to us,
For our own use.

29. Patience

Is not forced surrender
Or helpless surrender
To the reality-existence.

Is the secret of secrets
That allows God's Hour to dawn
According to God's own Will.

Means allowing God to arrive
Before our heart's door
At His own time.

30. Family

In a human family
We quarrel and struggle
Because we feel that each one
Has to survive
For his own earth-satisfaction.

In a divine family
We strive devotedly and soulfully
Because we feel that each individual
Is responsible for the collective satisfaction
And collective perfection.

In a divine family
God plays the preparation-role,
The perfection-role,
The satisfaction-role.

The divine family
Is the only thing
That God desperately needs
Here on earth.

31. Gratitude-flower

Lord Supreme,
Make my heart gratitude-flower
Not for my satisfaction,
But for Your Satisfaction
In and through me.

Lord Supreme,
Make my heart gratitude-flower
So that You can grow and glow and flow
In my universal Reality
Inside Your Dream-Boat —
The Dream-Boat You have made of me
And, at the same time, for me.

32. God-Realisation

My desire-life tells me
That I do not need God;
What I need is God's creation.

My aspiration-life tells me
That I do not need God's creation;
What I need is God alone.

My surrender-life tells me
That I need only the thing
That God wants me to have,
For His constant Satisfaction.

33. Supreme's Justice

The human in us will never know
What the Supreme's supreme Justice is.
The divine in us always knows
What the Supreme's supreme Justice is.
The Supreme's supreme Justice
Is Forgiveness-Light
In order to prove the Supreme's
In His eternal Perfection-Height.

34. Love

The animal love in us
Is the dance of destruction.
The human love in us
Is the song of temptation.
The divine love in us
Is the game of perfection.
The supreme Love in us
Is the satisfaction of constantly
Self-transcending heights
Of Delight.

35. Surrender

There was a time
When I surrendered out of fear,
But that surrender only made me feel
How useless, hopeless, worthless
I was.
But now I surrender to whom?
To the real in me,
To the Supreme in me,
To the Inner Pilot in me,
To the divine Lover
To the divine Beloved in me.
Now my surrender is not imposed.
Now my surrender is my expansion.
Now my surrender is the song
Of self-illumination,
In me.

36. Delight

There are two oceans in front of me:
The ocean of night
The ocean of delight.
The ocean of night tells me,
"Child, I shall give you
What you need.
Come and take it from me."
The ocean of delight tells me,
"Child, I shall give you
What I am.
Even if you do not care for
What I am,
I care for you.
I shall always care for you
And wait for you,
For your God-Hour,
For it is I who have to make you feel
That you are of the Source
Which is Delight
You are for the Goal
Which is equally Delight."

37. Truth

A painful truth
Is worse than a lie.
Truth that hurts,
Truth that destroys,
Is no truth.
Truth that illumines,
Truth that reveals,
Truth that perfects,
Truth that transforms the animal in us
Satisfies the human in us
Fulfils the divine in us
Is the only Truth.

38. Discipline

The discipline of the body
Culminates in glorious awareness.
The discipline of the vital
Culminates in glorious dynamism.
The discipline of the mind
Culminates in glorious clarity.
The discipline of the heart
Culminates in glorious oneness,
Inseparable oneness
With the world of inner aspiration
With the world of outer dedication.

39. Song

The song that carries me
To the world of depression-frustration
Is the song of my desire-life.
The song that carries me
To the world of salvation-liberation
Is the song of my aspiration-life.
The song that carries me
To the world of God-satisfaction
Is the song of my self-giving,
Constant self-giving.

40. Bliss

Sweet is bliss
When I see the Face of my Beloved
The way I want to see it.
Sweeter is bliss
When I feel the Heart of my Beloved Supreme
The way I want to feel it.
Sweetest is bliss
When I see His Face
Feel His Heart
The way my Beloved Supreme
Wants me to.

41. Courage

The supreme courage lies
In demanding and commanding the mind
To live in the oneness-love of the heart.
The supreme courage lies
In demanding and commanding the vital
To live in the heart of the illumining mind.
The supreme courage lies
In demanding and commanding the body
To live in the vast receptivity of the dynamic vital.

42. Sacrifice

When I sing the song of duality —
You as an individual,
I as an individual —
The song of sacrifice I sing.

When I sing the song of oneness-reality,
There is no sacrifice,
For in the realisation of oneness-light,
There can be no sacrifice,
Only the song of transformation,
Constant transformation.

The lower and the higher
Fulfil each other.
The lower in me fulfils the higher
By serving the higher.
The higher in me fulfils the lower
By transforming the lower.
In the real fulfilment of one's total existence
There is no sacrifice;
It is only the game of

43. Faith

With personal effort we start.
With personal faith we continue.
With divine faith we complete the game.
With supreme awareness of constant God-faith
In us and for us,
We eternally remain the chosen instruments
Of the Absolute Supreme
In His Heart of Divinity
In His Life of Infinity
In His Dream of Eternity.

44. Humility

Is the purity-eye in us.
Is the beauty-heart in us.
Is the reality-soul in us.

With purity-eye we measure the distance
To our Goal.
With beauty-heart we run the fastest
Towards our Goal.
With reality-soul we eventually become
The Goal itself.

45. Gratitude

In the life of aspiration and dedication
The gratitude-deer always runs the fastest,
Always achieves the most,
Always becomes the perfection-satisfaction
Of the highest
Most fulfilling and fulfilled
Supreme in us.
Gratitude is not a human achievement.
Gratitude is a divine treasure
Granted to us
By the Inner Pilot within us,
The Absolute Supreme.

46. Oneness

When I aspire,
I know my oneness-role
With aspiring humanity.
When I serve,
I know my oneness-soul
With smiling Divinity.
When I become gratitude-perfection,
I become the oneness-goal
Of the Divine within
The Divine without.

47. Willpower

Is the soul's light within us.
Is the hero divine within us.
Is the self-giving love in us
For the Reality in us.
And the Reality in us
Is the Inner Pilot,
The Supreme.

48. Oneness

What we call consecrated oneness
In the morning,
We call that very thing
Inseparable oneness
In the afternoon.
What we call inseparable oneness
In the afternoon,
We call that very thing
In the evening.

49. Perfection

Smiles at justice-light.
Laughs at injustice-might.
Fulfils itself in compassion-delight.

50. Independence-day

Is not the day of equality
But the day of
Human life's equanimity
Human heart's beauty.

Editor's preface to the first edition

The poems in this book were composed spontaneously by Sri Chinmoy from words given by his disciples at various Centres.