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Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, part 60
5901. I am desperately tryingI may not know
What God is doing for me now,
But I do know
That I am desperately trying to please God
In God’s own Way.
5902. I am in God's Forgiveness-BoatI may not know where God is now,
But I do know where I am.
I am now in His Forgiveness-Boat
Sailing towards His Satisfaction-Shore.
5903. God's CompassionI may not love God unconditionally,
But I do know what God’s Compassion
Is doing for my heart sleeplessly
And what God’s Forgiveness
Is doing for my life unconditionally.
5904. Only three swimmersOnly three swimmers are allowed
To swim in the sea of Peace:
5905. I see no differenceI see no difference
Between your thoughtless
And your soulless
5906. Your heart-plant is witheringBecause of your suspicion-mind,
Your poor heart-plant is withering
Before it can burst into flower.
5907. Your biography is already writtenO Truth-seeker, O God-lover,
You do not have to say
Anything about yourself.
Your whole biography is already written
In golden letters
On the Tablet of God’s own Heart.
5908. But I also haveI may have a dry mind,
But I also have a pure heart.
I may have a restless vital,
But I also have a fruitful soul.
5909. When are you going to stop?Earth, O earth,
When are you going to stop
Hoisting the banner
Of ridiculous helplessness?
Heaven, O Heaven,
When are you going to stop
Hoisting the banner
Of cruel indifference?
5910. Your aspiration's mountain-cryDo you know
What has conquered for you
Your vital’s volcano-pride?
Your aspiration’s mountain-cry.
5911. Heaven's golden sunshineThe dark forest
Of man’s desire-life
Can never bathe
In Heaven’s golden sunshine.
5912. What can you expect?Your mind is cherishing regrets.
Your heart is fearing misfortunes.
Such being the case,
What can you expect from your life?
5913. InvasionHis dreamless heart
Is now invaded
By impurity’s ignorance-sleep.
5914. A purity-heartA purity-heart
Not only has the necessity
But also is the capacity
To enlarge itself for God’s use.
5915. Nothing is more beautifulOn earth nothing is more beautiful
Than God’s Patience-Light.
In Heaven nothing is more beautiful
Than God’s Compassion-Light.
In me nothing is more beautiful
Than God’s Forgiveness-Light.
5916. Those choice childrenGod can play and will play
Only with those choice children of His
Who are always apt to deny themselves.
5917. An unoffered lifeAn unoffered life
Will always be doomed
To an unanswered prayer.
5918. A new message from HeavenSomething divine may be
Beyond your need today,
But it can never remain
Beyond your need forever.
For every day
A new message from Heaven
Is touching the earth-shore.
5919. Only God's CompassionOnly God’s Compassion
Is deeply interested in
And truly concerned with
The perpetual cry of man’s heart.
5920. The believer knowsThe doubter thinks
That he alone thinks of himself
Since God has no time to think of him.
The believer knows
That God always thinks of him
Even when he thinks of himself.
5921. Sincerity's sweetnessSincerity’s sweetness and
Are of paramount importance
In a seeker’s heavenward journey.
5922. What your mind hasWhat your mind has
Is a pygmy aim.
What your heart is
Is a brittle hope.
How, then, can you expect God
To smile at you,
Sing for you
Dance with you?
5923. A born dreamerBecause you are a born dreamer,
You have a special place
In God’s Heart-Garden.
5924. His sense of perfectionHis sense of perfection thunders
When he enters into
The vital world.
His sense of satisfaction whispers
When he enters into
The psychic world.
5925. No differenceI see no difference
Between your mind’s
And your life’s
5926. O man of silenceO man of silence,
My heart needs you desperately.
My heart painfully tells me
That even the best talker
Is the worst possible intruder.
5927. Present regrets, future fearsPresent regrets
Are killing his searching mind.
Are killing his aspiring heart.
Alas, how can he proceed
In his inner life of aspiration
And how can he succeed
In his outer life of dedication?
5928. The unconquerable hope-seedIf you can feed
The unconquerable hope-seed,
Then your success-height
Will not remain a far cry.
5929. When I touch my heartWhen I look at my mind,
I hear a painful cry.
When I touch my heart,
I hear a breathless sigh.
5930. My Lord's BeautyPerfection-poise
Is my Lord’s Beauty
Inside my heart.
Is my Lord’s Duty
Inside my life.
5931. Man's modern fruitsMan’s ancient roots:
His cries and smiles.
Man’s modern fruits:
His laughter and sighs.
5932. God's Perfection-Satisfaction-HomeIf you are ready
To live outside the reason-fort,
Then God will grant you
His own Perfection-Satisfaction-Home.
5933. Unpardonable attacksHis attacks
On self-styled earth-bound authorities
Are more than justifiable.
On God-ordained authorities
Are absolutely unpardonable.
5934. Your heart's orphan-criesIt is your heart’s orphan-cries
That will help you reach
The heights of God’s Beauty Supreme.
5935. Your forgotten EternityYour oneness-life
Is your forgotten Eternity.
Is your forgotten Infinity.
Is your forgotten Immortality.
5936. At long lastAt long last
My heart’s aspiration-cry
And my mind’s inspiration-smile
Are working together
To manifest the Immortal in me.
5937. Your silenceYour silence does not have to
Your silence will help man
Most precious in his own life.
5938. Himalayan satisfactionWhen dark doubts want to assail you,
If your resistance is persistent,
You will without fail
Be able to climb up
The heights of Himalayan Satisfaction.
5939. If you value timeIf you value time,
Then you must try to save time.
If you can save time,
Then you are definitely
Bringing to the fore constantly
The newness-reality of a fulness-dream.
5940. His life is all happinessHis life is all happiness
Because during the day
He walks along his surrender-bridge
And at night
He walks along his gratitude-bridge.
5941. Self-mastery meansSelf-mastery means
The joy of the heart’s
5942. Beauty is the dutyDuty is the purity
Of man’s crying heart.
Beauty is the duty
Of man’s smiling life.
5943. The illumination-combinationOnly the illumination-combination
Of a perfection-mind
And a satisfaction-heart
Can and will rouse
The sleeping world.
5944. No greater lossNo greater loss
Than to be ignored by God.
No greater gain
Than to be needed by God.
5945. God now owns himIgnorance has disowned him.
Therefore, his life is perfection.
God now owns him.
Therefore, his heart is satisfaction within
And satisfaction without.
5946. Unless his inner life is graciousTo me
The outer life of a seeker
Is not precious
Unless his inner life
5947. Two lordsMan’s body usually has two lords:
5948. God's Hospitality-InvitationDo not decline God’s Hospitality-Invitation.
He may invite others tomorrow.
He may not invite you any more.
5949. God will teach me to sailGod tells me
That He will teach me
How to sail my own life-boat
Only on two conditions:
My mind must not worry
My vital must not hurry.
5950. What will you do for me?My Lord Supreme,
What will You do for me
If I give You my heart’s blossoming faith?
I shall take away
Your mind’s brooding doubts.”
5951. The inner beautyThe outer beauty
Is an expensive frustration-sigh.
The inner beauty
Is an expansive satisfaction-sky.
5952. It is not too lateAs it is not too late for you to realise
That your mind is doing the wrong thing
By roaming inside a thick thought-forest,
Even so, it is not too late
For God to grant you
His Infinity’s ever-transcending Delight.
5953. Silence-songs of the BeyondYou are not allowing
Your soul to sing for you
Its silence-songs of the Beyond.
Therefore, your life is compelled
To dance the dance of utter futility.
5954. A man of prayerA man of prayer
Becomes the vision-light of a seer
Even without asking.
5955. The wish of my lifeThe dearest wish of my new-born life
Is to go and sit at the Feet
Of my hopeful Lord Supreme.
5956. Completely lostHe is completely lost
In between his mind’s
And his heart’s
5957. Blindness-gameYou know that you enjoy immensely
Why then do you find fault with God
When He plays His own
5958. Your guilty mindYou want your guilty mind to hide,
But God wants to bring
Your guilty mind to light
So that some day He can enjoy
5959. Now that you have surrenderedNow that you have surrendered,
Nothing that belongs to you is guilty.
No, not even your suspicion-enjoying mind.
5960. My heart has three comradesMy heart has three comrades:
A hopeful prayer,
A soulful meditation
A fruitful surrender.
5961. His is a contradiction-lifeHis is a contradiction-life:
His mind is a restless fly,
But his heart is a quenchless God-thirst.
5962. I poison my own life-breathI poison my own life-breath
When I callously criticise
My Lord’s endless Compassion-Length.
5963. A fervent prayerThis morning I offered a fervent prayer
To my Lord Supreme.
I prayed to Him to touch my mind
With His smiling and dancing Sincerity-Heart.
5964. With his heart's streaming tearsYesterday he lived
With his life’s blazing errors.
Today he is living
With his mind’s terrifying terrors.
Tomorrow he will live
With his heart’s streaming tears.
5965. If your mind clings to truthIf your mind clings to truth,
Your soul and heart
Will share with your mind
Their sea of perpetual delight.
5966. Who says?Who says that self-giving
Is an expensive pleasure
And not an expansive treasure?
5967. The Beauty of God's FaceThe Beauty of God’s Face
Entirely depends on the purity
Of my heart’s rays.
5968. An endless streak of patience-lightMy life’s stormy night
Needs nothing other than
An endless streak of patience-light
To see the smile-worlds
Of the Transcendence-Beyond.
5969. My reunion with GodMy union with God
Made my pure heart
My reunion with God
Is making my sure heart
5970. What the searching mind needsWhat the searching mind needs
Is a silver trance.
What the aspiring heart needs
Is a golden dance.
5971. A blessingful preparationHis heart feels
That his life is nothing but
A blessingful preparation
For God’s arrival.
5972. He is enjoying a feastHe is enjoying a feast
With his heart’s ascending sun
And his Lord’s descending Grace.
5973. Immortal friendsToday’s aspiration-man
And immortal friends.
5974. He has every hopeNow that his pride is imprisoned,
He has every hope of becoming
A soulful seeker
Of the Absolute Lord Supreme.
5975. One message of timeThere is only one message of Time:
First become the heart of Light
And then see the face of Truth.
5976. When God thinks of meWhen I think of God,
I think of many things
At the same time.
When God thinks of me,
He thinks only of my heart’s
5977. Impossible!How can my weak mind please God?
How can my pure heart displease God?
5978. Unchanging and changingGod is at once
My heart’s unchanging cry
And my life’s changing smile.
5979. God's two doorsHe who cries for perfection
At God’s outer Door
Will receive illumination
At God’s inner Door.
5980. Nothing is more worthwhileMy Lord Supreme,
Why do You love me
Since You know perfectly well
That I shall never be perfect?
“My child, I love you
Since I know perfectly well
That for Me nothing is more worthwhile
Than loving you.”
5981. My life of failure-sighsIndeed, I know many things,
But one thing I do not know.
I do not know how to replace
My life of failure-sighs.
5982. Inside a self-giving purity-heartInside a self-giving purity-heart
I see always
A thousand smiles shining brightly.
5983. Why?Why does God
Still need me?
Why do I
Still love God?
5984. Totally lostHe is totally lost
In between his mind’s
And his heart’s
5985. What I need todayWhat I need today
Is a liberated life.
What I shall need tomorrow
Is my Lord’s manifested Glory.
5986. My soul's deathless aspirationYesterday I was my mind’s
Today I am my heart’s
Tomorrow I shall be my soul’s
5987. The amazing and lightning speedMine is the life
That has the slow and steady speed
Of an earthly tortoise.
Mine is the heart
That has the amazing and lightning speed
Of a Heavenly deer.
5988. My practical God-lifeMy justice-light
Is my theoretical God-life.
Is my practical God-life.
5989. I do not knowI do not know
How to separate my mind
I do not know
How to unite my heart
5990. Each individual soulEach individual soul
Is a harbinger
Of God’s reality-manifesting
5991. My mind does not haveAlas, my mind does not have
A nourishing sky.
Alas, my heart does not have
A liberating sun.
5992. Belief tells usBelief tells us
That we have a soul-bird
Faith tells us
That the soul-bird flies and flies
In the illumination-firmament.
Promise tells us
That we are of God’s Divinity
And for God’s Immortality.
5993. Two complementary friendsAn unbinding love
An unattached service
Are Eternity’s two complementary friends.
5994. God's SatisfactionYour mind lives
For earth’s admiration.
Your heart lives
For God’s Love.
Your soul lives
For God’s Satisfaction.
5995. How can you see the sky?Since you are the impotence
Of your mind’s brutal rage,
How can you see the sky
Of God’s beautiful and beaming
5996. You are miserableYou are miserable.
Do you know why?
Because your mind refuses
To be with God
And your heart refuses
To be with man.
5997. Two failuresNeither you nor God is successful.
You are trying to succeed
In fascinating humanity.
God is trying to succeed
In liberating you from your stupidity.
5998. You are forced to sufferBecause you do not love
The warm heart of the Heavenly sun,
You are forced to suffer
From the cold touch of earthly years.
5999. The callousness of the heartThe callousness of the heart
Is completely blind.
The indifference of the mind
Is unthinkably cruel.
6000. I am going to GodGod came to me
Long before I knew
Who He was.
I am going to God
That He has given me the capacity
To become another God.
Editor's introduction to the first editionThis is the sixtieth 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 photoSri Chinmoy thanks Mr E. Owono Asagono, Equatorial Guinea’s Ambassador to the United Nations, for his participation in the Meditation Group’s fourth observance of International Thanksgiving at United Nations Headquarters on 20 November 1978.