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Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, part 61
6001. The same roadThe Road that my Lord Himself
Walked once upon a time
Is now right before me.
Who else is so divinely fortunate?
Who else has this chance
To be supremely perfect?
6002. One deplorable thingI most sincerely deplore
Only one thing:
My eternal Now
Still remains unexplored.
6003. The best answerMany, many times in his life
Silence has proved
Not only to be
The only answer
But also to be
Absolutely the best answer.
6004. I am able to offerFor the betterment of this world,
I am able to offer only three things:
My soul's promise,
My heart's hope
My life's service.
6005. Promise and prayPromise!
Eventually you will succeed.
Continuously you will proceed.
6006. Remind me, my LordRemind me, my Lord,
From time to time,
That You have taught me
How to love the world unconditionally.
6007. I need God's LoveOnce I was blinded by ignorance,
But now I can see
That I desperately need God,
Especially His Love,
Only His Love.
6008. Because your mind is slowBecause your mind is slow
To forgive your past,
God is also slow
To grant your mind
The overwhelming delight
Of the future.
6009. I believe in everything exceptAlas, I believe in everything
Except one thing:
My life's unlimited potential.
6010. Helplessness is enveloping meHelplessness is now
Enveloping my life
Because I have allowed hopelessness
To envelop my heart.
6011. Unfettered freedom-joyUnfettered freedom-joy
Abides only in
6012. Take everything from GodGod tells me,
"Take from Me whatever you want.
You do not have to bother the world
6013. Oversleeping in ignorance-nightYou will never see
The Face of God
In this lifetime
At the rate you have been
6014. He sinks and sinksHis mind schemes,
His life screams,
His heart dreams,
And he sinks and sinks.
6015. Patience does itImagination tells him
What he can do.
Patience does it for him.
6016. Entertaining doubt-lifeIf you entertain your doubt-life,
How can your faith-life
Enlighten your heart?
6017. Magnify and minimiseYou may magnify
But nobody is going to minimise
6018. I know whose I amTrue,
I do not know
Who I am,
But I do know
Whose I am.
6019. Two open secretsTwo secrets, but open ones:
God loves me infinitely more
Than He needs me.
I need God infinitely more
Than I love Him.
6020. A God-centred manA self-centred man
Thinks and dreams of a happy life.
A God-centred man
Lives and radiates a happy life.
6021. God made my lifeGod made my life
To grow lovingly and slowly.
God made my heart
To glow brightly and steadily.
6022. Doomed to barrennessYou are doomed
Because your mind does not
And your heart does not
6023. A perfected individualOnly a perfected individual
Can dare to dream
Of a perfect humanity.
6024. A sincere needMy Lord,
I have a sincere need.
I have an abundant supply."
6025. My self-cultivationWhat I call
God calls that very thing
His own Self-Revelation.
6026. May my life-boat plyMay my life-boat ply between
6027. Slow me downSlow me down, my Lord;
I am restless.
Show me quickly, my Lord;
I am doubtless.
6028. When I open my eyesWhen I open my eyes,
I see that I am
My fearful incapacity.
When I open my heart,
I see that I am
My Lord's powerful Capacity.
6029. The individualIf aspiration does not begin
With the individual,
Then it does not begin.
The same is true for realisation,
And also for manifestation.
6030. Human lifeAn immature man
Dealing with mature problems:
This is precisely what human life is.
6031. Incomparable tragedy"I do not need God."
This tragedy in human life
6032. Ultimate goalsThe ultimate in human goals
Is to reach the Himalayan heights.
The ultimate in divine goals
Is to become God's choicest instrument.
6033. My confidence-heightWhat is God's Compassion-Light
If not my own confidence-height
In the world of becoming and transcending
And transcending and becoming?
6034. My surroundingsThe Peace, Light and Bliss of Heaven
Surround my heart openly.
The fear, doubt and frustration of earth
Surround my mind secretly.
6035. Forgive the pastThe mind has to forgive the past
Before the heart
Can completely obliterate it.
6036. Counteraction and conversionMy Beloved Lord
Has counteracted my stupidity
And converted my impurity
6037. Between me and my past blundersBetween me and my past blunders
God the Compassion cries
God the Forgiveness smiles.
6038. My songsYesterday I sang the song
Today I am singing the song
Tomorrow I shall sing the song
And the day after I shall sing the song
Of God's complete Satisfaction.
6039. When I love GodWhen I soulfully and sleeplessly
Everything loves me,
Even my ruthless past.
6040. If you dare to believeYou can achieve everything in life
If you can dare to believe
That your soul is having a continual adventure
In the heart of God's
Evolving and transcending universe.
6041. A loving manI have a heart of love.
I needs must be
A loving man.
6042. ResponsibleA procrastination-mind is responsible
For a frustration-heart.
A frustration-heart is responsible
For a destruction-life.
6043. Unswerving as I climbThe bitterness of failure
And the sweetness of success
Shall find me unswerving
As I climb towards
6044. The capacity to determineAs my mind has the capacity
To determine my life,
Even so, my heart has the capacity
To determine my mind.
6045. He is so sadHe is so sad that his mind
Is running away from God.
He is so sad that his life
Is running away from his heart.
6046. Do give it againMy Lord Supreme,
You gave Realisation to Sri Krishna.
Do give it again — this time to me.
My Lord Supreme,
You gave Liberation to the Buddha.
Do give it again — this time to me.
My Lord Supreme,
You gave Salvation to the Christ.
Do give it again — this time to me.
6047. I belong to the God-LoverI belong not to the God-preacher
Who says that he has.
I belong to the God-lover
Who knows that he is.
6048. My life belongsMy life belongs
To humanity's hope.
My heart belongs
To divinity's promise.
6049. Sunset and sunriseDoubt and impurity are the sunset
Of a seeker's life.
Faith and purity are the sunrise
Of a seeker's heart.
6050. If the heart is receptiveHow can the life
If the heart
6051. A wise man knowsA wise man knows
What to tell,
How to tell
When to tell.
A clever man foolishly tells
More than he knows
Or less than what
He is supposed to tell.
6052. My heart was too slowBecause my heart was too slow
In loving God the creation,
God the Creator has withdrawn
His Beauty's Hope and Purity's Promise
From my heart.
6053. If your life is chainedIf your life is chained
To earthly possessions,
How can you expect your heart
To be a Heavenly satisfaction?
6054. Stab your ignorance-prideIf you can stab the heart
Of your ignorance-pride,
Then your life will not meet
With any failure.
6055. Science tells meScience tells me
What it can do for my life.
Spirituality tells me
What I can do for God's Heart.
6056. If I am availableIf I am available,
Then the Supreme is ready to send
The lovable cosmic gods
To play with me.
6057. A heart of beauty and purityA heart of beauty
And a heart of purity
Can soulfully fall in love
With God's ever-transcending Divinity.
6058. The lighthouseThe lighthouse of a self-giving life
Is a powerhouse of God's
Perfection-Vision and Satisfaction-Reality.
6059. Awareness is abilityAwareness is ability.
Ability is advancement,
In secrecy supreme,
In the inner world.
6060. The Concern-Hand of the BeyondThe pendulum that swings
Between man's tears and man's smiles
Is always guided
By the Concern-Hand of the Beyond.
6061. The race of lionsHis life may belong to
The race of timid cats,
But his heart definitely belongs to
The race of powerful lions.
6062. A lavish doubterIf you are a lavish doubter,
You will be compelled to become
A swimmer in life's confusion-sea.
6063. Only a born dreamerOnly a born dreamer
Has the rightful confidence
To announce the transformation-message
Of human life.
6064. You do not dareYour dry mind
Does not dare to cry.
Your timid heart
Does not dare to smile.
Do not dare to become
The song of self-offering.
6065. Love is at onceLove is at once
6066. They would like to knowMy heart would like to know
If God is pleased with it.
God would like to know
If my mind is pleased with Him.
6067. God blows His Victory-HornGod blows His Victory-Horn
The moment He sees
A climbing cry
A spreading smile.
6068. Your self-aggrandisement-songsIf you continuously sing
Then the world will force you
To enter your ready-made
6069. The mind enjoysThe mind enjoys
The heart enjoys
6070. The essence of excellenceThe perfect evolution
Is the essence of excellence.
6071. A small suggestionJust a small suggestion:
Do not allow your hope-joy
To act like a greedy fellow.
6072. As long as the stupid mindAs long as the stupid mind
The pure heart cannot acquire
6073. The faith of the mindThe faith of the mind
Starts its journey with uncertainty.
The faith of the heart
Speedily runs towards
Its destined goal.
6074. My fondness for GodAs I cannot imagine
God's Fondness for me,
Even so, my fondness for God
The world cannot imagine.
6075. To have or to beYesterday
I thought it was better
To have than to be.
I feel it is better
To be than to have.
I shall keep the same feeling
6076. No and yesWhen I want God,
I shall immediately say "No"
When God wants me,
I shall immediately say "Yes"
6077. God's personal propertyI am God's personal property.
If you really need me,
Then ask God
And see what He says.
6078. A very special messageI have received a very special message:
"God not only lives inside
But also sleeplessly cares for you."
6079. No miracles, pleaseI do not need miracles, please.
I do not even want
To see miracles, please.
I need and expect only
A crying heart and a smiling life.
6080. UnlessGod has no time for me
Unless He is
The only Way for me.
6081. No misuse of faithMy faith is something
That God has created for me
To use inside humanity's heart
Soulfully and carefully,
But never to use
Carelessly and extravagantly.
6082. Compassion-Bud and Satisfaction-FlowerI have to put
Inside my heart
If I want to see
Upon my face.
6083. Do not worryMy poor soul,
Do not worry.
I shall not fail you.
I shall not even disappoint you!
6084. Another nameMy concentration is another name
For my fearlessness.
My fearlessness is another name
For my cheerfulness.
My cheerfulness is another name
For my Lord's Closeness,
Fondness and Oneness.
6085. God's Promise and God's HopeMy soul belongs
To God's descending Promise.
My body belongs
To God's ascending Hope.
6086. The give-and-receive gameMy Lord says to me:
"My child, I wish to play
The give-and-receive game.
Can you not give Me
Your ever-increasing fears
And ever-multiplying doubts
And receive from Me
My all-conquering Power
And all-illumining Light?"
6087. Loss and gainMy mind's colossal loss
Will lead my life
To an amazing and permanent gain.
6088. My necessity-seeds and ecstasy-plantsMy prayers and meditations
Are only my necessity-seeds
That will become my ecstasy-plants
In the near future.
6089. Blessing and obedienceGod's Blessing-Waves
And my obedience-drops
Always live together
In stupendous satisfaction-delight.
6090. Forgiveness-seeds and hope-seedsGod is sleeplessly planting
The seeds of forgiveness
Inside my heart,
And I am continuously planting
The seeds of hope
Inside His Heart.
6091. I shall always try to travelI shall always try to travel
With a soulful heart
And a prayerful life.
6092. Where are we?I am inside
My Lord's Compassion-Book.
My Lord is inside
His own Vision-Look.
6093. Six wordsSix words have changed
My entire life:
"God loves me.
God wants me."
6094. Time took backUtterly disappointed,
Time took back from him
Its supreme compassion-gift.
6095. No and neverI will take "no" for an answer
I will take "no" for an answer
I will take not only "no"
But also "never" for an answer
From God, only from God.
6096. I talk to GodI talk to God
About His Generosity.
God talks to me
About my receptivity.
6097. Keep your eyes inside your heartIf you can keep your eyes
Inside your heart,
Then God will unreservedly grant you
His own Beauty's Heart.
6098. God-messengersAm I an out-and-out idiot
That I shall send
6099. An unconditional giftConstant aspiration
Is not a thing one can achieve
On the strength of one's own capacity.
It is an unconditional gift from Above.
6100. He will do everythingAm I doing all I can?
The human in me is telling me
That I am doing infinitely more
Than I can.
The divine in me is telling me
That I am doing as much
As I can.
The Supreme in me is telling me
That I have done nothing
And I can do nothing,
But that He has done
And will continue to do
Everything in and through me.
Editor's introduction to the first editionThis is the sixty-first 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 meditates with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Javier Perez de Cuellar, on 13 January 1983. Moved by the meditation, which took place in the private office of the Secretary-General, Mr Perez de Cuellar told Sri Chinmoy, "You concentrate on the truth and ideals which unite all mankind: the longing for peace, the need for compassion, the search for tolerance and understanding among men and women of all nations."