The Dance of Life, part 12

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551. Absence

In man's absence
My fondness-tree proudly grows.

In God's absence
My life-tree helplessly dies.

O man and God,
I tell you
My supreme secret:
Ignorance misses my absence,
Earth cherishes my absence,
Heaven terminates my absence.

552. What is it?

Abstinence, what is it?
The best medicine.

Persistence, what is it?
The surest crown.

Surrender, what is it?
The highest goal.

553. With much sweat

Without sweat
I acquired teeming doubts.
Without regret
I threw them away.

Without sweat
I grabbed ignorance-night.
Without regret
I killed its life.

With much sweat
I have acquired an iota of faith.
If I ever lose it
My life-boat shall sink.

With much sweat
I have discovered an iota of Light.
If I ever lose it,
I shall become a soulless creature.

554. Difficulties

A woman
Finds it difficult
To admit her insecurity.

A man
Finds it difficult
To admit his impurity.

Poor earth
Finds it difficult
To brave its sufferings.

Rich Heaven
Finds it difficult
To hide its Treasures.

The Supreme
Finds it impossible
To overrule His Compassion.

555. The undivine and the divine

The undivine flourish,
The divine die young:
This is what we hear,
This is what we think,
This is what we know.

My soul wants to add
Something to this lofty theory:
The undivine flourish
In the closed coffin of Death.
The divine die young
In the Lap of Immortality.

556. His books and his looks

His books lead me
To the sage inside him.

His looks draw me
To the animal inside him.

His books deserve immediate recognition.
His looks need gradual transformation.

557. Nothing more, nothing less

To keep the doctor away
I need sound health.

To keep sound health
I need nature's blessing.

To have nature's blessing
I need God's Grace.

To have God's Grace
I need the strength of surrender.

To have the strength of surrender
I need just one thing:
Faith, only faith.
Nothing more,
Nothing less!

558. I associate

I associate with God
To enjoy my natural realisation.

I associate with Man
To enjoy my regular aspiration.

I associate with Earth
To enjoy the universal Emptiness.

I associate with Heaven
To enjoy the absolute Infinitude.

559. Boys and girls

Boys will be boys;
Girls will be girls.
Boys will reach their Goal
Singing and running.
Girls will reach their Goal
Dancing and diving.

Boys will be boys;
Girls will be girls.
Boys will realise God,
The Highest Realisation.
Girls will manifest God,
The Absolute Perfection.

560. Before

Duty before pleasure,
Compassion before justice,
Offering before receiving,
Heart before mind,
Faith-flame before doubt-net,
God-realisation before world-perfection.

561. Come and go, come and stay

Fear, the timid guest,
Comes and goes.

Doubt, the bold guest,
Comes and goes.

Jealousy, the clever guest,
Comes and goes.

Compassion, the kind guest,
Comes and stays.

Light, the beautiful guest,
Comes and stays.

Bliss, the sweet guest,
Comes and stays.

God, the silent Guest,
Comes, stays and never goes.

562. Feast and fast

A desiring vital
Feasts today,
Fasts tomorrow.

An aspiring heart
Fasts today,
Feasts tomorrow.

What does a desiring vital eat?
It eats fear and doubt,
It eats hope and despair,
It eats impurity and futility.

What does an aspiring heart eat?
It eats Compassion and Concern,
It eats Peace and Bliss,
It eats Salvation and Illumination.

563. A will and a way

There is a will,
And that will is in the soul.

There is a way,
And that way is in the heart.

There is a will,
And that will is of God.

There is a way,
And that way is for God.

There is a will,
And that will is leading me to the Supreme.

There is a way,
And that way has made me love the Supreme.

564. God feels sad

The doctor fails;
And God feels sad.
He feels sad
That He did not give the doctor
The life-saving medicine.

The patient dies;
And God feels sad.
He feels sad
That He did not give the patient
The message of immortal life.

The relatives weep;
And God feels sad.
He feels sad
That He did not tell them
That Heaven is the second floor
And earth is the first floor
Of the same building.
God feels sad
That He forgot to tell them
Even the name of the building.
Love is its name.

565. Carriers

Doubt, don't come to me!
If you come
I shall carry you to Faith.
Faith and I shall kill you.

Fear, don't come to me!
If you come
I shall carry you to Will.
Will and I shall kill you.

Faith, do come to me!
Carry me to the real starting point.

Will, do come to me!
Carry me to the ultimate Goal.

566. They do not believe it

Haste is waste:
The vital does not believe it.

Suspicion is frustration:
The mind does not believe it.

Insecurity is futility:
The heart does not believe it.

Hesitation is destruction:
The body does not believe it.

567. The brain appreciates

An idle brain
Appreciates
The long nose of the devil.

An ignorant brain
Appreciates
The face of bondage.

A man-liking brain
Appreciates
The discoveries of man.

A God-loving brain
Appreciates
The omnipresence of God.

568. He needs more

The more an earth-bound man has,
The more he needs.

He has doubt;
He needs more.

He has despair;
He needs more.

He has failure;
He needs more.

The more a Heaven-soaring man has,
The more he needs.

He has faith, faith in himself;
He needs more.

He has courage, courage to brave ignorance;
He needs more.

He has love, love to feed the world;
He needs more.

569. Satan and God

When the human "I" enters,
Satan enters, too.

When the divine "I" enters,
God enters, too.

Who is Satan?
Satan is the grandson of imperfection
And
The son of destruction.

Who is God?
God is the Grandfather of life
And
The Father of love.

570. God enters

God's Compassion enters;
The animal in me departs.

God's Illumination enters;
The human in me departs.

God's Perfection enters;
The finite in me departs.

Finally God enters
And I quickly bolt the door
So that He can never depart.

571. Made and meant

Laws are made
To be executed.

Doubts are meant
To be avoided.

Ignorance is made
To be transcended.

The heights of God are meant
To be realised,
Revealed,
Manifested.

572. It is never too late

It is never too late to learn.
I have offered this message
To my ignorant friend, Ignorance.

It is never too late to cure.
I have offered this message
To my diseased friend, Disease.

It is never too late to attain perfection.
I have offered this message
To my imperfect friend, Imperfection.

573. Tomorrow does not come

Tomorrow does not come.
Why?
Because
Yesterday was enough
And
Today is more than enough.

Tomorrow will never come.
Why?
Because
God has not given birth
To tomorrow
And
He does not want
To change His Plan.

574. No news

No news is sad news
When I expect
My God-realisation news
From God,
My negligent correspondent.

No news is good news
When I expect
My endless bondage news
From ignorance,
My forgetful correspondent.

575. Sufficient

A word to the surrendered heart
Is sufficient.
A million words to the searching mind
Are sufficient.
A billion words to the striving vital
Are sufficient.
A trillion words to the sleeping body
Are NOT sufficient.
A sleeping body, what is it?
Doubt, man's doubt:
His teeming doubts,
His brooding doubts.

576. Passports

Money is the superlative passport
In the country of
Deception and corruption.

Conscience is the most effective passport
In the country of
Truth and justice.

Surrender divine is the only passport
In the country of
Realisation and Perfection.

577. Rome was not built in a day

Rome was not built in a day.
I have been telling this all along
To my impatient son,
Impatience.

Rome was not built in a day.
I have been telling this constantly
To my despondent daughter,
Despondency.

Rome was not built in a day.
I have been telling this year after year
To my doubting friend,
Doubt.

Rome was not built in a day.
I have been telling this tirelessly
To my mocking enemy,
Mockery.

578. Practice makes perfect

Practice makes perfect.
God believes in this theory;
Therefore
He practised Compassion.
Lo, He has become Compassion,
Unconditional Compassion.

Practice makes perfect.
God believes in this theory;
Therefore
He practised surrender.
Lo, He has become perfect Surrender,
Surrender to man's countless desires.

579. Early and late

I went to see God
An hour early.
He welcomed me
And
Shook hands with me.

I went to see God
Two hours early.
He welcomed me
And
Embraced me.

I went to see God
Three hours early.
He welcomed me
And
Made me sit on His
Transcendental Throne.

I went to see God
A minute late.
He thoughtfully hesitated to welcome me.

I went to see God
Two minutes late.
He simply ignored my arrival.

I went to see God
Three minutes late.
He refused to open the door.

580. Ask me any question

O man,
Ask me any question.
I shall answer
According to your sense of perfection.

O earth,
Ask me any question.
I shall answer
According to your sublime satisfaction.

O God,
Ask me any question.
I shall answer
According to my insignificant realisation.

581. They assert

Fear asserts
Its strength.

Doubt asserts
Its certainty.

Ignorance asserts
Its wisdom.

Death asserts
Its life.

I assert
My Lord Supreme.

582. Not enough

Not enough to aim;
You have to strike.

Not enough to aspire;
You have to realise.

Not enough to start;
You have to reach.

Not enough to have faith in God;
You have to know that God
Has faith in you.

583. Many things

Many things I have received
For the asking.

Many things I have lost
For want of asking.

Many things I have said
Only to feed my ego.

Many things I have not said
Only to hide my ignorance.

Many things I have done
At the request of ignorance.

Many things I have not done
Even at the express request of God Himself.

584. They wait

Time waits for nobody;
Truth waits for everybody.

Peace waits for earth;
Heaven waits for human love.

God waits for man's smile;
Man waits for God's Assurance.

585. Only to be

I touched his feet
Only to be kicked.

I struck his head
Only to be blessed.

I breathed his heart
Only to be ridiculed.

I braved his soul
Only to be embraced.

586. Change! Change!

Change!
Change!
If not, you will suffer.

Change!
Change!
You will prosper.

Brave, brave the old!
If not, you will die.

Brave, brave the new!
You will fly.

587. Don't be

O patient,
Don't be a rank fool!
Don't make the doctor
Your heir.

O client,
Don't be a rank fool!
Don't make the lawyer
Your heir.

O dreamer,
Don't be a rank fool!
Don't make the non-idealist
Your heir.

588. He told me

He told me
The forgotten truth:
I pray to God.

He told me
The undiscovered truth:
God needs me.

He told me
The impossible secret:
God fasts in the morning
Because I cannot afford
To eat Light in the morning.

He told me
The open secret:
God starves in the evening
Because I have consumed
All His patience-food.

589. Is it true?

"A great talker
Is a great liar."
I asked God
If this statement is true.
God said, "No!
Son, every second I speak
To My countless children,
And I never tell a lie."

"A great saint
Can never be a liar."
I asked God
If this statement is true.
God said, "No!
Son, your great saint
Has convinced his mind
That he has surpassed
My creation, which is nothing
Other than Myself, in purity.
Can anybody surpass Me in purity?
Son, what else is he
If not a liar?"

590. For God no return

Doubt came to him on horseback
And went away on foot.

Faith came to him on foot
And went away on horseback.

Hate came to him on foot
And went away on foot.

Love came to him on horseback
And went away on horseback.

Truth came to him dancing
And went away limping.

God came to him running
And exhausted all His Energy.
God is dead tired;
He needs a long rest.
Therefore
For God, no return.

591. He gains who loses

He gains love
Who loses might-power.

He gains peace
Who loses doubt-power.

He gains bliss
Who loses calculation-power.

He gains divinity
Who loses animal-power.

592. A friend to everybody

My outer body, Earth,
Is a friend to everybody.

My inner body, Heaven,
Is a friend to everybody.

My divine faith, Confidence,
Is a friend to everybody.

My highest Self, God,
Is a friend to everybody.

593. They forget

The old forget
That they have an unpardonable past.

The young do not know
That they have an insurmountable future.

The old do not know
That God has decided to forgive them,
Their sordid past.
Today, this very day.

The young forget
That God is eager to help them
Surmount the heights of their future.
Today, this very day.

594. A new Heaven, a new earth

A new friend is not quite dependable.
A new enemy is quite forgivable.

A new patient is a real problem-maker.
A new doctor is an immediate grave-digger.

A new client learns the art of surrendering.
A new lawyer learns the art of losing.

A new Heaven I shall create for God on earth.
A new earth God will create for me in Heaven.

595. God and I

God is a good example.
Therefore,
He needs no sermon.

I am a bad example.
Therefore,
I carry long sermons with me.

God works.
He finds
That it is not necessary to speak.

I speak,
Ignoring the fact
That I have to work.

596. Conversations

God said to me:
"Son, you deserve God-realisation today
And I am now granting it."

Satan immediately said to God:
"No, not today, God.
Tomorrow You may grant him realisation,
If You are so consumed with that desire.
Tomorrow will be the best time,
I tell You, God."

God said to me:
"Son, of late I have not been pleased with you.
Therefore, I want to delay your God-realisation."

Satan immediately said to God:
"God, I tell You once and for all
That delaying will not satisfy You.
Please cancel Your promise, God, for God's sake.
I am telling You that if he is not ready by this time,
In spite of Your infinite Compassion,
He will never be ready.
This is not only my unmistakable conviction,
But also my immutable realisation."

597. The guests

A gold possessor
Is a welcome guest.

A silver possessor
Is an acceptable guest.

A man with no gold
And no silver
Is an unwanted guest.

But
When I went to visit God,
He asked me,
"Son, do you have gold with you?"
Sorry.
No, Father.

"I am so happy, son, that you do
Not have gold.
Son, do you have silver with you?"
Sorry.
No, Father.

"Son, I am so happy that you do
Not have silver.
Son, what actually have you brought for Me?"
Father, unfortunately, nothing.

"Son, you do have something for Me.
You have brought Me
Your bold nothingness-pride.
Son, give Me your pride
And I give you My All."

598. My advocates

Doubt says to me:
"I want to be your advocate.
When happiness tortures your heart,
I shall bravely defend your cause."

Faith says to me:
"I wish to be your advocate.
When wild miseries torture your mind,
I shall unreservedly defend your cause."

God says to me:
"I shall be your advocate.
When nothingness saddens your mind
And plenitude puzzles your heart,
I shall immediately defend your cause."

599. Privileged liars

Poets are privileged liars.
Without even seeing the truth,
They tell the world
That they have realised the truth.

Lovers are privileged liars.
After having realised the truth
In fullest measure,
They tell the world
That they are doubtful about the existence of truth.

Seekers are privileged liars.
God repeatedly tells them
That He has His Omniscience, His Omnipotence
For them, only for them.
They tell the world
That they desperately need
What God outwardly has
And
What God inwardly is.

600. They are known

By the servant's submissiveness,
The master is known.

By the lover's oneness,
The beloved is known.

By the wife's unhappiness,
The husband is known.

By the disciple's aspiration,
The Guru is known.

By man's perfection,
God is known.

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