Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, part 47
4601. The lost God-HourWho says that nothing can bring back
The lost God-Hour?
You can easily bring back the God-Hour
If you can turn each and every breath
Of your life
Into a beautiful and soulful
4602. If your heart has confidenceIf your heart has confidence
In full measure,
Only then will your mind be entitled
To have peace,
The treasure of treasures.
4603. Two raritiesTwo rarities
In the world of manifestation:
My aspiring heart's universal beauty
My loving soul's transcendental truth.
4604. Two kinds of responsibilityThere are two kinds of responsibility.
One is preparation
And the other is realisation.
Preparation is your responsibility.
Realisation is God's Responsibility.
4605. God will keep you from swayingGod will always keep you from swaying
If your inner name
Is diamond faith
And your outer name
Is golden determination.
4606. If you fear GodIf you fear God,
Then you do not have to fear anybody.
But if you love God,
Then you also have to love everybody.
4607. Compromise-stupidityYou are indeed a fool!
Therefore, you put all your faith
If you were wise,
Then you would be brave enough
To not even look in the direction
Of frustrating and devastating compromise.
4608. Your own most irresponsible slaveUnless and until your heart
Has become a sea of purity,
You are bound to remain
Your own most irresponsible slave
And your own worst enemy.
4609. A heart of loveYou can keep your own achievements,
Since they are all yours.
I beg of you only to give me
A small portion of the thing
That I have given you:
A heart of love.
4610. If you are awakenedIf you are not awakened,
Your days and nights do not belong to you;
They belong to Satan.
If you are awakened,
You are not only the possessor
Of your own days and nights
But also the possessor
Of God's Days and Nights.
4611. The only offeringYour oneness-love is the only offering
That satisfies God's hungry Heart
And quenches man's thirsty life.
4612. Faith does not governFaith does not govern,
But reason does.
Why then do we not embrace faith
And enjoy our own independence?
4613. When will you free me?My Lord,
When will You free me
From the wild impatience of my mind,
When will You free me
From the blind ingratitude of my heart,
4614. God's Eye is upon youGod's Eye is upon you
Not because you worship Him,
But because He has taken you
As His choice warship
To fight against darkness-night.
4615. A new world of todayYou cannot change the past.
You may not change the future.
But you can change the present
And create a new world of today
To love you and please you
And thus fulfil the soul of your life
In the eternal Now.
4616. Only one realityWhat is in store for tomorrow?
This is your query.
But I am telling you,
Try to swim in the sea
Of the mind's tranquillity.
Then you will see
There is only one reality,
And that is today
Inside the heart of Eternity's
4617. Yield to God's WillYield to God's Will.
A difficult task, no doubt,
But not an impossible task!
If you yield to God's Will,
God's Compassion will think of you powerfully
And God's Satisfaction will direct you
In many surprising ways.
4618. To shun the noise of follyIt is not an easy task
To shun the noise of folly.
But if you can succeed,
Then the voice of Immortality
Will not only speak through you
But also for you.
4619. The manifesting realityIf you are a Heaven-free will,
Then nothing can overrule
The manifesting reality
Of your transcending vision.
4620. Nothing is so unkindNothing is so unkind
As your mind's impurity.
Nothing is so brutal
As your heart's ingratitude.
4621. If your heart is rich in hopeIf your heart is rich in hope,
You will be granted a climbing rope
That reaches God's Compassion-Sky
4622. The song of beautyThe future poets
Shall sing only one song:
The song of beauty
Inside the simplicity-heart
Of a profundity-soul.
4623. You are a foolYou are a fool
If you mistake earth for Heaven.
You are a greater fool
If you mistake Heaven for earth.
You are the greatest fool
If you do not know
How to cry soulfully with earth
How to smile powerfully with Heaven.
4624. Your enthusiasm needs devotionTell your enthusiasm
That it needs devotion.
Tell your devotion
That it needs intensity.
Tell your intensity
That it needs oneness.
Tell your oneness
That it needs purity.
4625. Deathless deserts of EternityIf your life lives
Inside the snares of pleasure,
Then you will ultimately be forced
To make friends with
The deathless deserts
Of Infinity's Eternity.
4626. Cleverly you surrenderSecretly plus vehemently
You fight against
Openly, cleverly, loudly and speedily
You surrender to
4627. The eve of your mindOpen the eyelids of your heart's morn.
Then the eve of your mind
Will not be able to darken
Your life's dedication-door.
4628. If your life has the quantityIf your life has the quantity
Then God will grant you the quality
Of His Satisfaction-Delight.
4629. A pessimistic mind does not knowA pessimistic mind does not know
Why it suffers so much.
An optimistic heart does not know
Why and how it enjoys so much.
A realistic life does not know
Why a pessimistic mind and an optimistic heart
Do not offer their sorrows and joys
To God the eternal Enjoyer Supreme.
4630. Fiercer than argumentsFiercer than arguments,
Sicker than doubts,
Thicker than disbeliefs,
Quicker than temptations:
This is what an ordinary human life is.
4631. Impurity binds youImpurity, the monster,
Binds you and blinds your sight.
Purity, the emperor,
Liberates you and grants you
Its own ever-transcending freedom-tower.
4632. Tomorrow's ecstasy-hoursDo not be afraid of the piercing dart
Of today's sorrow,
For tomorrow will dawn
With its ecstasy-hours
Of light and delight.
4633. A perpetual paradise-gardenIf you see gratitude-plants around you
And if you feel gratitude-plants within you,
That means you have already planted
A perpetual paradise-garden
Not only for yourself but also for all mankind.
4634. God's Satisfaction claims youIf your mind houses a serious thought,
Earth admires you.
If your heart owns a spacious thought,
Heaven loves you.
If your life offers a precious thought,
Then God's complete Satisfaction
Claims you as its very own.
4635. God's effulgent interpreterOn earth God's Compassion-Might
Is God's indulgent interpreter.
In Heaven God's Justice-Height
Is God's effulgent interpreter.
4636. If you sincerely feel the weightIf you sincerely feel the weight
Of your desire-chain,
Then God will allow you freely
To fly the aspiration-plane
In His Infinity's Freedom-Sky.
4637. God the Compassion is watchingCry soulfully
Not only for your safety from bondage-night
But also for your freedom-light.
God the Compassion is watching you,
So failure cannot darken your life's door.
4638. God's unparalleled trumpetWhen your heart becomes
The beauty of self-giving,
God claims you as
The unparalleled trumpet
Of His Vision-Promise to the world.
4639. His ancient heart tells himHis ancient heart tells him
That God is beautiful plus powerful.
His modern mind tells him
That God is either unmindful or doubtful.
4640. Inspiration, aspiration, dedicationInspiration has kept
My mind alert.
Aspiration has kept
My heart active.
Dedication has kept
My life happy.
4641. The master of your destinyYou can be
The master of your destiny
If you can only have
A peaceful mind
A soulful heart.
4642. God's Satisfaction-HeartMy mind does not believe
My mind believes only
In fruitful understanding.
Therefore, God's Satisfaction-Heart
Is fast approaching me.
4643. A new day of lightA new day of light
Is before me.
Therefore, my activity-life
A new night of peace
Is within me.
Therefore, my satisfaction-heart
4644. Your negative self-imageBecause
Of your very negative self-image,
Does not love you any more.
4645. God's Protection-LightMan does not care to value
Until he is forced to enter
The valley of suffering-night
By the forces undivine.
4646. Two wisdom-prayersMy Lord,
I have only two wisdom-prayers:
Even when I love You,
You do not have to be available.
Even when I please You,
You do not have to be changeable.
4647. I shall grow into miracle-delightYesterday
I believed in miracle-power.
I expect miracle-light.
I shall grow into miracle-delight.
4648. A life-perfecting incidentYou call it an accident.
I call it a life-perfecting incident.
God calls it a manifested reality
Of His Vision-Delight.
4649. What God needs from meWhat God needs from me
Is a beautiful heart.
What I need from God
Is a powerful Smile.
4650. The freedom of the unifying heartThe freedom of the separating mind
The freedom of the unifying heart
4651. When the heart functions properlyWhen the heart functions properly,
How close the entire world seems
Even when it is far away.
4652. Truth that needs explanationTruth that needs explanation
Is no truth.
Oneness that needs perfection
Is no oneness.
4653. Before the heart can discoverThe mind
Has to uncover its night
Before the heart
Can discover its delight.
4654. Two fulfilling compeersThe tolerance of a saint
And the reverence of a sinner
Are two truly fulfilling compeers.
4655. A stark foolIndeed,
He is a stark fool
Who longs for beautiful dreams
And is afraid of fruitful silence.
4656. Experience saysFaith says:
God is the divine Emperor.
God is the supreme Lover.
4657. The ancient delightThe present-day world
Is nothing but a transient entertainment.
Therefore, how can we have here
The ancient delight
Of the universal Oneness-Soul?
4658. The hunger of my soulI can satisfy
The hunger of my body.
But only God
The unconditional Compassion
The hunger of my soul.
4659. A speedy deliveranceNo matter what the mind does
Or what the mind is,
The heart always desires
A speedy deliverance for the mind.
4660. A most deplorable disappointmentAnything other than,
Anything less than
Is a most deplorable disappointment.
4661. Then you will be protectedIf your outer life
Is silver simplicity
And your inner life
Is golden sincerity,
Then you will be protected against
All the forces of destruction.
4662. Do not overfeed your mindDo not feed your mind
Beyond its power of receptivity,
For you will be hopelessly snared
And brought into wild confusion
And stark bondage.
4663. Empty the mind every dayThe earth-bound mind
Has to be emptied every day
If one wants to be
An unmistakable success
With no frustrating strains
And devastating confusions.
4664. I shall only look for vision-lightI shall not question circumstances.
I shall only look for vision-light
Here, there and all-where.
4665. My final choiceI have made my final choice.
I shall listen to You, my Lord,
And not voice my teeming complaints.
4666. Your challenging willCast aside
Your bewildering thought-life.
Lo, your challenging will
Is fast approaching you.
4667. My mind's desire-life thrivesMy mind's desire-life thrives
My heart's aspiration-life thrives
And I thrive
On God's Compassion-Height.
4668. All your requests are grantedFirst become God's choice instrument.
You will see that already
All your requests are granted
The needed help is provided.
4669. The secret of my victoriesMy adamantine determination
Is the secret of my every outer victory.
My soulful gratitude
Is the secret of my every inner victory.
4670. If God compassionately needs youIf God compassionately needs you,
Then He unmistakably needs
All your heavy burdens as well.
4671. The dreaming mindIf the doubting mind
Does not know where God is,
Then how can the dreaming mind
Know who God is?
4672. My surrendering willMy fighting will
Is nothing but a burnt-out candle.
My surrendering will
Is all illumination.
4673. The unparalleled winnerGive yourself away
To your greedy mind:
Lo, you are totally lost.
Give yourself away
To your hungry heart:
Behold, you are the unparalleled winner.
4674. Become a breathless dreamerBecome a breathless dreamer.
God will tell the whole world
That you are His ceaseless lover.
4675. Eternally mutual admirersGod the universal Beauty
And God the transcendental Truth
Are eternally mutual admirers.
4676. It is time to be ashamedYou love your mind unreservedly,
Yet your mind does not care for you.
Do you not think that it is high time
For you to be ashamed of yourself?
Your heart loves you untiringly,
Yet you do not care for your heart.
Do you not think that it is high time
For you to be ashamed of yourself?
4677. To be closer to GodTo be closer to God,
Be a better cry
Have a better smile.
4678. God's Heart wants to knowMan's mind wants to know
Who has the light.
God's Heart wants to know
Who needs the light.
4679. My heart is an aspiration-gardenYou think of God
Because you are happy.
He thinks of God
Because he is unhappy.
I think of God
Because my mind is a confusion-jungle
And my heart is an aspiration-garden.
4680. My loving serviceI have yet to meet
A man of ignorance
Who does not rightly deserve
My loving service.
4681. No partitionThere is neither a visible
Nor an invisible partition
Between self-giving and God-becoming.
4682. He discovered GodHe discovered God
Not in his deep meditation.
He discovered God
The moment he softly
Uncovered his heart.
4683. My Lord's eternally loving taskI do not have to find fault
With myself incessantly.
Others are eagerly waiting for that job.
I do not have to love myself
That is my Lord's eternally loving task.
4684. Something precious for the futureIf you are going to save
Something precious for the future,
Then do not forget to put away
A large portion of your gratitude-heart
For the person who has taught you the lesson
4685. An opportunity for GodIf at every moment
I take God as my supreme necessity,
Then at every moment
I become God's fulfilling opportunity.
4686. The winner of GodA heart of soulfulness
Is the winner of love.
A life of oneness
Is the winner of God.
4687. What my heart needsWhat my mind needs is wisdom,
And that wisdom is my faith.
What my heart needs is surrender,
And that surrender is
My complete satisfaction.
4688. The most fruitful treasuresMeditate, meditate, meditate!
You are bound to get
The most fruitful treasures,
But only if you can dare to ignore
The very idea of any reward.
4689. Let us welcome the inevitableLet us welcome the inevitable
Well in advance
So that abiding peace
Can start reigning supreme
Inside our heart's aspiration-cry.
4690. Your heart-safeYou are looking for the right thing
But you are looking in the wrong place.
You are looking for peace, joy,
Love and satisfaction
Inside your mind-mailbox daily.
But that is the wrong place.
The right place is inside
Your larger than the largest
And safer than the safest heart-safe.
4691. No joy in your mind-caveYou will find no joy in your mind-cave,
No matter how many times a day
You enter it.
Joy is where your loving heart is.
Joy is where your strong life is.
4692. Your aspiring heart will lead youYour doubting mind will haunt you,
For that is its very nature.
Your aspiring heart will lead you
And guide you,
For that is the only lesson
God has lovingly and carefully taught it.
4693. Three obstinate questionsThree obstinate questions:
Why do I need God?
Why does God remain invisible?
Is there anybody in God's entire creation
Who can dare to show me
The Face of God the Beautiful
The Heart of God the Bountiful?
4694. My Lord's illumining BlessingsMy life is surcharged
With my Lord's biting criticisms
And my Lord's illumining Blessings.
His hurtful scoldings help my mind
Sooner than at once
To sink into the abysmal abyss.
His blessingful Love helps my heart
Sooner than at once
To reach my pinnacle-height of gratitude.
4695. Even if I changeEven if I change,
Even if my heart is totally transformed,
My dividing and doubting mind
Is not going to enjoy
The beauty and divinity
Of my transformed heart.
4696. His heart has experiencedHis heart has experienced
The outer world wisely,
To disown it.
His mind has experienced
The inner world cleverly,
To own it.
4697. Your mind's constant resistanceYour mind's constant resistance
To receiving light
Is the hindrance
That is most difficult to surmount.
4698. My life-boat pliesWhen I have freedom in my human love,
I make undesirable mistakes.
When I have love in my divine freedom,
My life-boat plies
4699. God's Freedom-LightYour mind is its own slave.
Why do you want
And how can you want
Your mind to inherit God's Freedom-Light?
It is only your heart, your free-born heart,
That can inherit God's Freedom-Light.
4700. Your heart is always infallibleYour mind is telling you
That you are facing
Trials and tribulations.
Your heart is telling you
That God is illumining
Your unlit path.
And I am telling you
That your heart
Is always infallible.
Editor's introduction to the first editionThis is the forty-seventh volume in a series of ten thousand "flaming flower-poems" which Sri Chinmoy is placing devotedly, unreservedly and unconditionally at the Compassion-Feet of God, our Beloved Supreme. They stand as a supreme offering from the unfolding beauty of his flower-heart and the flaming heights of his realisation-sun. Indeed, a treasure-tower which will at once be claimed by humanity's self-ascending cry and Divinity's God-descending Smile.
Editor's note to cover photoOn 23 April 1982 the Meditation Group at the United Nations formally congratulated Dr Robert Muller on his appointment as Assistant Secretary-General for Economic and Social Matters. In gratitude for the guidance and support that Dr Muller has offered to the Group over the years, Sri Chinmoy presented him with a plaque and flowers, saying, "This is a humble token of our deepest admiration for you — for what you have been doing not only for the United Nations but for the entire world. We see in you the life of pure dedication and the life of constant inspiration to all of humanity."
Dr Muller replied, "I would like to express my gratitude for all you have always meant to me. Thank God we have a Meditation Group at the United Nations. Spirituality has to spread."