Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, part 54

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5301. With equal cheerfulness

My joy shall know no bounds
If God shows me His Compassion-Eye
At this very moment.
But if He wants to show me
His Compassion-Eye
In the very distant future,
With equal cheerfulness
I can and I shall wait.

5302. Time's telescope

If you want to own
Time’s telescope
To see the head of the past
And the heart of the future,
Then become inseparably one
With the waves of your heart’s

5303. This same life

Life is tension,
Life is apprehension.
Yet this same life
In the distant future
Will embody God’s Manifestation-Light
And God’s Satisfaction-Delight.

5304. What you actually need

What you want
Is an attention-drum.
What you actually need
Is a transformation-flute.

5305. Wait for God

If you do not know the truth,
Then wait; wait for the right time.
God will come to you
And smile at your preparation-hour.

If you know the truth,
Then also wait; wait for God
To descend upon you
With His Satisfaction-Shower.

5306. The heart is beautiful

The heart is beautiful
Because it breathes in

The soul is fruitful
Because it breathes in

5307. A very difficult subject

My Lord, since spirituality
Is a very difficult subject,
May I start studying it
With a minute-life of surrender
A second-life of gratitude?

5308. Our faultless choice

There are two realities:
One is a God-embracing reality,
The other is a satisfaction-destroying
At every moment we have to make
Our faultless choice.

5309. An unconditional seeker

The heart of an unconditional seeker
Lives in God’s Promise-World.
The life of an unconditional seeker
Lives in God’s Delight-World.

5310. Alarming danger

Your heart will enter into
Alarming danger
If it ever sees eye-to-eye
With the mind’s poison-doubt.

5311. Surrender is peace-expansion

Surrender is peace-expansion.
Gratitude is delight-expansion.
Oneness is birthless and deathless

5312. Our conscience-light

When we listen to
The whispering dictates
Of our conscience-light,
We can easily escape
The jaws of death.

5313. Inside God's Heart of Pride

God is so pleased
With his heart’s compassion-sky
And his life’s dedication-sun,
That God has asked him to stay
All the time
Inside His Heart of Pride.

5314. Before you pray and meditate

Before you pray and meditate,
You must invoke the deer-speed.
While you are praying and meditating,
You must invoke the elephant-confidence.
After you have prayed and meditated,
You must invoke the lion-victory.

5315. To love in the aspiration-world

To live in the desire-world
Is to forget how to smile.
To love in the aspiration-world
Is to become an expert
In the art of smiling.

5316. Can you dare to believe?

Can you dare to believe
That God wants your heart
To be His Eternity’s partner
And wants your soul
To be His Immortality’s collaborator?

5317. My illumination-friend

In my desire-life
Is my frustration-friend.

In my aspiration-life
Is my illumination-friend.

5318. As long as you are willing

As long as you are willing
To muster your inner courage
To achieve a perfect life,
God’s Compassion-Flood
Will, without fail,
Wait for you.

5319. A special love

My eyes have a special love
For the aspiration-shrine.
My life has a special love
For the dedication-shrine.
My soul has a special love
For the surrender-shrine.

5320. Man's service-hands

Man’s service-hands
And God’s Benediction-Eye
And Satisfaction-Heart
Always live together.

5321. A life of daring promise

A life of daring promise
Is specially blessed
With an ever-transcending horizon.

5322. Choose to live like an emperor

Remain not
In your beggar-life of desire.
Choose to live like an emperor
In your life of aspiration.

5323. If I lose faith

If I lose faith in my Lord Supreme,
He can and He will forgive me.
But if I lose faith in myself,
Who knows,
I may not want to
Or may not be able to
Forgive myself.

5324. If each moment of your life

If each moment of your life
Can be made into a sacrifice,
God’s Perfection-Life and Satisfaction-Heart
Will claim you as their very own.

5325. If you want to serve God

If you want to serve God,
As you must,
Then detach yourself
From your unreal self:

5326. Before your mind dares

Before your mind dares
To suspect others,
Can you not dare
To look into your mind’s eye
With greater suspicion?

5327. Perfection-love

The perfection-love
That the divinity of purity attracts
Is bound to last
For Eternity.

5328. What we need now

This world is full
Of God-fearing men.
We do not need any more.
What we need now
Is just a few
God-loving and God-serving seekers.

5329. The divine hunger

The animal hunger
Tells us that self-indulgence
Is necessary.
The divine hunger
Tells us that God-effulgence
Is indispensable.

5330. God invites us all

God invites us all.
Only the self-made men
And self-satisfied men
Proudly and foolishly
Decline His Invitation.

5331. Longing for self-effulgence

Poverty is dying for
Plenty is enjoying
An awakened soul
Is longing for

5332. A negligible distance

The distance between
God’s Grace and God’s Face
Is so negligible
That God does not want us
To measure it.

5333. I take the Heaven-bound train

I take the Heaven-bound train
To see the Face of God,
And then I take the earth-bound train
To sit at the Feet of God.

5334. My sincerity is the hyphen

My sincerity is the hyphen,
The golden connecting link,
Between my life’s perfection
And my Lord’s Satisfaction.

5335. Powerful practicality

Long have I been
On the mountain peak of hope.
Now I want to stand
On the solid ground of powerful practicality.

5336. I shall not mind

Let there be
Countless delays and detours.
I shall not mind as long as I know
That in the process of evolution
I shall one day be able to sit
Consciously, soulfully and unconditionally
At the Feet of my Lord, my Beloved Supreme.

5337. My heart's cry

My heart’s cry is infinitely stronger
Than what I have already done wrong
And what I am going to do wrong
In the near or distant future.
Such being the case,
I can never be doomed
To utter disappointment.

5338. I have tried to please the world

I have tried to please the world
By smiling at the world.
Now I see that this
Is not the right way.
Therefore, I shall try another way:
From now on,
I shall try to please the world
By crying for the world.
I do hope that this way
Will be successful.

5339. Three old friends of mine

Three old friends of mine
Are still with me:
My mind’s sincerity,
My heart’s purity
My life’s gratitude.

5340. Your powerful nervousness

Your brave determination
May or may not enable you to conquer
Your powerful nervousness,
But your soulful oneness
With God the creation
Will definitely enable you to conquer
Your unthinkably torturing nervousness.

5341. He has implicit faith in himself

The outer world
Doubts his sincerity-mind.
The inner world
Doubts his purity-heart.
But he is not lost at all.
Do you know why?
Because he does not doubt himself.
As long as he has implicit faith in himself,
He need not worry
What the outer world thinks of him
Or what the inner world thinks of him.

5342. My soul powerfully celebrates

On earth
My heart soulfully celebrates
The victory of
God’s Compassion-Height.

In Heaven
My soul powerfully celebrates
The victory of
God’s Justice-Light.

5343. My heart's blue-gold hours

There was a time
When I liked my mind’s
Lamb-white days.
But now
I like my heart’s
Blue-gold hours
Infinitely better.

5344. My heart's sleepless complaint

My mind’s constant complaint:
This world is extremely imperfect.
My heart’s sleepless complaint:
Its own perfection
Is still a far cry.

5345. His heart is a cry

His mind is a cry
Of unsatisfied desire.
His heart is a cry
Of soulful and grateful aspiration.

5346. God does not mind

God does not mind
If my mind does not think of Him.
But my soul becomes extremely sad.

God does not mind
If my heart does not pray to Him.
But my soul becomes extremely and extremely

5347. God will give him another chance

When his ignorance-burden increases,
Man thinks that he is lost,
Totally lost.
But he does not know that God,
Out of His infinite Bounty,
Will give him another chance
To be good and to be perfect.

5348. Humanity's victory depends

Humanity’s victory depends on
Humanity’s gratitude and surrender.
Divinity’s Victory depends on
Divinity’s Compassion and Forgiveness.

5349. My life's first moment of freedom

I enjoyed the first moment of freedom
In my life
The day I was able to tell my mind,
“Mind, shut up and sit down!”
And to tell my heart,
“Heart, wake up and climb up!”

5350. God's quality of fulness

When my mind loves
The quality of freshness,
When my heart loves
The quality of soulfulness
And when my life loves
The quality of newness,
God immediately comes down
With His Quality of Fulness,
And this Fulness is all for me.

5351. When danger threatens you

When danger threatens you mercilessly,
Immediately use a completely new vision.
Feel that God, the Supreme Saviour,
Is fast approaching to rescue you.

5352. Your pride's ceaseless errors

Your pride’s ceaseless errors
Will compel you to enter
Into life’s abysmal abyss,
And there you will see
That you are nothing
But a useless creature,
Empty of hope.

5353. A pilgrim of inner beauty

If you soulfully and unreservedly become
A pilgrim of inner beauty,
Then you will without fail
Have an easy road to Heaven.

5354. Doomed to constant failure

You are doomed to constant failure.
Do you know why?
Because your mind is controlled
By ceaseless and fruitless greed.

5355. My reality-cries

My Beloved Supreme
Lovingly and unreservedly loves
My reality-cries during the day
And my dream-smiles during the night.

5356. If your heart has the strength

If your heart has the strength
To transcend and transcend and transcend,
Then the Lord Supreme
Will without fail grant you
His Eternity’s Length,
Infinity’s Length
And Immortality’s Length
To enjoy.

5357. When he realised God

When he realised God for himself,
God said to him,
“My son, I may use you
In the distant future.”

When he realised God for others,
God said to him,
“My son, I shall use you
In the near future.”

When he realised God for God,
God said to him,
“My son, I am using you
And I shall use you
Sleeplessly and eternally.”

5358. God loves my life

I cannot perfectly say
Whether I love God or not.
But I can unmistakably
And spontaneously say
That God loves my life.
Something more,
He has made my heart
A fit instrument of His,
So He can choose me.

5359. I serve the Vision-Eye

With my purity-heart
I love the Beauty-Face
Of my Beloved Supreme.

With my purity-body
I serve the Vision-Eye
Of my Beloved Supreme.

5360. God's Way is the only way

If your heart is always soulful,
Then you are ready to go
To the unaspiring souls
And inspire them
To follow your way,
For your way is God’s Way,
And God’s Way is the only way.

5361. Do grant me a heart of plenty

My Lord,
Early in the morning every day
Do grant me a heart of poverty
So that I can be humble.

My Lord,
In the evening every day
Do grant me a heart of plenty
So that I can be grateful
And perfect.

5362. Happiness will follow you

Happiness will follow you
If you follow the footsteps
Of the purity-sages
Who sing sleeplessly
For your heart’s illumination
And your life’s perfection.
Where do they sing?
They sing inside the silence-haunted heart
Of your unconscious universality.

5363. The market-noise of my mind

Only my purity-heart
Can and will silence
The market-noise of my mind.

5364. Man's unparalleled gift

Man’s unparalleled gift
To God
Is his daily gratitude-heart.

5365. A purity-heart is always hungry

A purity-heart is always hungry
Not for worldly possessions
But for Heavenly blessings.
And these blessings
Are God’s constant Compassion.

5366. A seeker's heart is blessed

A seeker’s heart is blessed
With the capacity
To smell the Fragrance
Of God’s Heart of Beauty
Any time it wants to.

5367. Everybody has a life of obedience

Everybody has a life of obedience.
This obedience-life you have to offer
Either to your ignorant, unlit
And limited mind
Or to your beautiful, soulful
And fruitful heart.

5368. A man of purity

A man of purity
Does not have to know
How to approach the world,
For his Lord Supreme
Approaches the world
In and through him.

5369. The peace of my Beloved Supreme

The Peace of my Beloved Supreme
Will eventually break the pride
Of my mind’s self-imposed turmoil.

5370. I need the freedom to adore

In the morning
I need the freedom to adore
The Beauty of God the creation.
In the evening
I need the freedom to adore
The Responsibility of God the Creator.

5371. My humility-life

My humility-life
Is my conscious oneness
With the illumining and fulfilling Universality
Of my Beloved Supreme.

5372. I shall surrender

I shall surrender to my Beloved Supreme
What I have:
An uncertain mind.

I shall surrender to my Beloved Supreme
What I am:
An insecure heart.

When I surrender
Both my uncertain mind and my insecure heart,
Then only shall I become
His choice instrument.

5373. The beauty of self-giving

The beauty of self-giving
Will eventually be transformed
Into the divinity of God-becoming.

5374. A gratitude-heart

A gratitude-heart
Has the message
Of God’s Manifestation here on earth
And is the fulfilment
Of God’s transcendental Promise to mankind.

5375. My life's only task

My life’s only task
Is to become inseparably one
With my soul’s task,
And this task is to consciously
And unconditionally
Manifest my Lord Supreme
At every moment here on earth.

5376. Spontaneous joy

My heart has to become
Spontaneous joy
Before my mind can see joy
In God’s entire creation.

5377. The endless breath

Only a humility-life
Can breathe in the endless breath
From Above
Which not only energises
The seeker’s limited world
But also radiates
Throughout God’s entire world.

5378. An experience and a realisation

To swim every day in the ocean
Of my Lord’s Heart of Delight,
I need only two things:
An experience and a realisation.
The experience is:
“I am for my Beloved Supreme,”
And the realisation is:
“I am of my Beloved Supreme.”

5379. I need only one courage

I need only one courage,
And that is the courage to tell the whole world
That I am for God, God alone,
Even if God wants to be for somebody else.
This is the only courage
That accelerates my own progress
And also humanity’s progress
In and through me.

5380. Easy to feel security

It is easy
To feel security inside the heart
When the mind enjoys clarity.

It is easier than the easiest
To feel security inside the heart
When the heart unconditionally follows
The soul’s dictates.

5381. Your Vision-Satisfaction-Smile

My Lord Supreme,
You have given me now
What You have brought for me:
Your Vision-Satisfaction-Smile.
And I am giving You
What at this moment I am:
My heart of gratitude-cry.

5382. When I establish conscious oneness

When I establish my conscious oneness
With my Beloved Supreme,
I see that my life has become all newness,
And I feel that my Lord’s Fulness
Is delightfully claiming me
As its very own.

5383. My oneness-heart

My oneness-heart is my fulness-life
And my Lord’s complete Satisfaction
In His own flowering Vision.

5384. The four great challenges

The four great challenges of a seeker-heart
Are to see beauty’s eyes,
Purity’s heart,
Humility’s life
Divinity’s head.

5385. Truth is always self-giving

The Japanese are helpful
Because they are surrounded by beauty.
Beauty is truth,
And truth is always self-giving.

5386. When we look at a flower

When we look at a flower,
We get the fragrance of the flower.
Lo, for a few seconds
Our consciousness ascends
And we become self-giving.

5387. My heart knows the truth

As long as my heart
Knows the complete truth,
I do not care whether my mind
Knows the truth
Or even cares
For the truth.

5388. I have failed because

I have failed,
Not because I have not attempted.
I have attempted time and again
Soulfully, even sleeplessly.
I have failed
Because I have not made even one attempt
At my Lord Supreme’s choice Hour.
What was I trying to accomplish?
I was trying to reach
The summit-height of Heaven.

5389. Faith in myself

Faith in myself
Awakens my heart.
Faith in God
Immortalises my life.

5390. God smiles at everything

God smiles at everything and everyone.
But His Smile is most beautiful
And most powerful
When He smiles at a purity-heart.

5391. God's inner Family

In God’s inner Family
There are three particular members
Who are very special to God:

5392. With my purity-soul

With my purity-soul
At every moment
I shall manifest God inside my heart.

With my purity-heart
At every moment
I shall live inside my mind.

With my purity-mind
At every moment
I shall energise my vital.

With my purity-vital
At every moment
I shall keep my body awake.

5393. The purity-key

I shall every day soulfully pray
To my Lord Supreme
To grant me the purity-key
Of my body, my vital and my mind
So that at any moment I can open up
My heart’s security-door.

5394. Your heart's determination-speed

When my Lord asked me
To enter into the world,
I asked Him only one thing:
“My Lord, what shall I do
And what can I do for You
To please You?”
My Lord said to me:
“My child, try to feed Me
At least once every day
With your heart’s adamantine
If you can do that,
I shall be pleased with you
Far beyond your imagination’s flight.”

5395. God's Vision in Reality

God’s Vision in Reality is beautiful.
God’s Reality in Vision is powerful.
God’s Vision-Reality is fruitful.
God’s Reality-Vision is always truthful
To the Creator in Him
And to the creation in Him.

5396. A security-heart

A security-heart
Is a beautiful flower,
And that beautiful flower
I now am.

A responsibility-life
Is a most energising fruit,
And that energising fruit
I shall before long become.

5397. A life of discipline

Only a life of discipline
Has the capacity to run
Faster than the fastest
To the Infinite.
A life of discipline
Simplifies all the seeker’s human problems
And expedites his Godward journey
Far beyond the seeker’s own imagination.

5398. Since You have given me

My Lord, since You have given me
A beauty-mind,
Can You not give me at every moment

My Lord, since You have given me
Can You not show me at every moment
Your Satisfaction-Eye?

My Lord, since You have given me
Your Satisfaction-Eye,
Can you not make my life
A perfection-gratitude
Worthy of Your Satisfaction-Eye?

5399. The Fragrance of his Faith-flower

When I came into the world
And breathed in for the first time,
My Lord Supreme granted me the boon
Of breathing in the Fragrance of His Faith-flower
Inside my heart.
Today He is smelling
The fragrance of my gratitude-flower.
I am happy
Not because He has given me something,
Not because I have given Him something,
But because I see that His Eyes
Are all Light
And feel that His Heart
Is all Delight.

5400. Miracles

The whole world is looking for miracles.
Every day it is dying to see miracles.
But can there be any miracle
More challenging, more illumining
And more fulfilling
Than to see and feel the infinite Beauty
Of my Beloved Supreme
Inside this tinier than the tiniest
Gratitude-heart of mine?

Editor's introduction to the first edition

This is the fifty-fourth 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 photo

Sri Chinmoy meets with H.E. Mr Gurbachan Singh, Ambassador of India to Switzerland, on 16 June 1980 in Geneva. The two discussed world peace and religion.

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