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Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, part 62
6101. Because your heart needs GodBecause your heart needs God,
God is calling you.
Because God is calling you,
You can rest assured
That He will make you feel
He loves you infinitely more
Than you love yourself
And His Concern for you
Will stay with you for all Eternity.
6102. Heaven-free timeEarth-bound time
Drives the desiring man backward
Fast, very fast.
Pilots the aspiring man forward
Faster than the tornado-speed.
6103. The oldest racePerfection-race
Is the old race on earth.
Is the older race on earth.
Is the oldest race on earth.
6104. The divine realisationThe human realisation
Sees no armour against fate.
The divine realisation
Sees that fate is nothing
But a man-made toy.
6105. Only an inch awayYour uncertain mind,
Your doubtful mind,
Your suspicious mind
Is only an inch away
From your total destruction-dance.
6106. God secretly hopesGod openly shows me
What He does for me:
God secretly hopes
For something from me:
6107. Immortality's Satisfaction-TreasureEternity’s Beauty-Cry
Are Immortality’s Satisfaction-Treasure.
6108. If your life needs beauty's speedIf your life needs beauty’s speed
And your heart needs purity’s speed,
Then the Goal of the Beyond
Cannot remain a far cry.
6109. Oblivion is challenging youOblivion is challenging you
Because you are not crying sleeplessly
For God’s God-Satisfaction
Inside your aspiration-life.
6110. Unless you become todayUnless you become today
How will you see tomorrow
6111. A dangerous vitalWhat he has
Is a dangerous vital.
No wonder he is craving
6112. Your constant supporterYou can expect God to be
Your constant supporter
Only after you have become
His sleepless lover.
6113. When faith is dryWhen my heart’s faith is dry,
My mind’s doubt proves
That life is a useless
And ceaseless cry.
6114. Why are you delaying?O seeker of the Absolute Truth,
You want your life to be
Fruitful of transcendental deeds.
Then why are you delaying
In smashing the shackles
Of your little “I”?
6115. Your suspicious mindPerhaps you do not know,
Perhaps you may never know,
That your suspicious mind
Has the capacity and is the potentiality
For your universal disaster.
6116. I saw myself forsakenI saw myself forsaken.
I knew not why.
God came to me and said
Unless I look for the way out
Of the forest of my desire-life,
I shall forever remain forsaken.
6117. Between evolution and perfectionA seeker’s life
Lives in between
The evolution of possibilities
And the perfection of necessities.
6118. He is drunk with lightIn the morning he is drunk
In the afternoon he is drunk
In the evening he is drunk
6119. Eternity's exileAt long last
He is determined to send
His mind’s curiosity
And his heart’s insecurity
Into Eternity’s exile.
6120. Renounce and announceThe aspiration of a soaring seeker
At once renounces
6121. Your unlit sound-lifeBecause of your unlit sound-life
You are denied
God’s sunlit Silence-Sky.
6122. At the eleventh hourAt the eleventh hour
His soul-bird flew down
And snatched away the inner victory
From the grasp of his outer failure-life.
6123. Man's suspicion-nightMan’s first suspicion-night
God does not exist.
Man’s last suspicion-night
God does not care for him.
6124. At the feet of truthNobody has to stumble
At the feet of Truth.
Everybody can sit and take shelter
At the feet of Truth.
6125. Each Heaven-descending messageEach Heaven-descending message
Marks the beginning
Of my self-discovery.
6126. Real and safe progressIf you want to make
Real and safe progress,
Then forcefully silence
Your outer noise-world.
6127. Earth's aspiration-ascentEarth’s aspiration-ascent
Is dutiful and beautiful.
Is powerful and fruitful.
6128. Surrender, surrender!Surrender, surrender!
During the day
You must surrender
Your fear of God’s Power.
During the night
You must surrender
Your fear of God’s Peace.
6129. My mind is completely lostMy mind is completely lost
Between my fruitless self-assertion
My hopeless desire-choice.
6130. Regain and rediscoverIf you can regain
You will eventually rediscover
6131. During the day I prayDuring the day I pray
To the illumination-increasing sun.
During the night I pray
To the compassion-flowing moon.
6132. Descent and ascentThe beauty of Heaven
When the purity of earth
6133. Two solutionsAs there are only two problems,
Birth and death,
Even so, there are only two solutions,
Surrender and smile.
6134. RegressionWhat the demanding vital
Sees as progress
May easily be a regression
In the heart’s aspiration-life.
6135. A heart of vision-delightBecause you have
A heart of vision-delight,
God is granting you
A death-challenging dart.
6136. Self-announcement-songBecause of your self-announcement-song,
God has withdrawn today
His yesterday’s unconditional Grace.
6137. Your stupidity's existence-realityYour stupidity’s existence-reality
Will never be able to discover
Inside your heart.
6138. My perfect gratitudeMy Eternity’s
Is my Immortality’s
6139. If yours is a life of prayerIf yours is a life of prayer
And a heart of meditation,
Then you will not try to cover
Your outer life
And you will not hesitate to offer
Your inner life
To your Inner Pilot.
6140. Convicted by conscience-lightBecause you have been convicted
By your conscience-light,
You have every chance to look
For a better day,
A brighter sun
And a more nourishing delight.
6141. God-ThoughtsIf you do not cancel
Your own ignorance-night,
Then God will be unwilling
To inundate your mind
With His own God-Thoughts.
6142. ExemptHumility is exempt
Purity is exempt
Nobility is exempt
6143. Constant somnolenceConstant somnolence
Is the source of humanity’s
Teeming incurable maladies.
6144. A useless tornado-motionO my mind,
You are always enjoying
A useless tornado-motion.
Do you not care for a promotion
From your long-lasting
6145. Spirituality wants to showIn me, science wants to show
Its amazing capacity.
In me, spirituality wants to show
My own ever-transcending capacity.
6146. He is now readyHe no longer gives himself
To noisy boasting.
Therefore, he is now ready
To partake of the concentrated
Wisdom of the ages.
6147. Not Lord but friendHe is not the Lord
Who demands obedience-flames.
He is the Friend
Who begs for oneness-sun.
6148. Renew your heart's beautyIf you renew your heart’s beauty
God will come to you
With His multiplying Divinity.
6149. This century's offeringEach century has
Something special to offer.
The special offering
Of the twentieth century
Is that despair shall not mark
Its journey’s close.
6150. Not born for deathTwo realities
Are not born for death:
6151. Do not foretell a hopeless battleDo not foretell a hopeless battle
Even if you have failed time and again
In the battlefield of your aspiration-life.
You are bound to eventually succeed.
What you always need
Is a mind of patience
And a heart of fortitude.
6152. My heart is pleased with meMy heart is pleased with me,
My soul is pleased with me
My Lord Supreme is pleased with me
Only when I water
My life’s gratitude-plant
With my streaming tears
Born and yet to be born.
6153. Paradise is the placeParadise is the place
Where my heart wants to grow.
Paradise is the place
Where my mind wants to know.
Paradise is the place
Where my soul wants to sow —
Sow the seed of perfection.
6154. When hope guides my stepsWhen hope guides my steps,
The vision of Eternity’s Reality
Comes running towards me.
6155. Your mind's commitmentIf you can intensify
Your mind’s commitment to God,
Then God will not only
Purify your mind
But also beautify your thoughts.
6156. Science tells meScience tells me
How I can be proud of myself.
Spirituality tells me
How I can make God proud of me.
6157. If you cannot make friendsIf you cannot make friends
With hope-light and promise-delight,
Then you will be forced to live
In the kingdom of perpetual night.
6158. They long to seeThe inner revolution
Longs to see
The Arm of God’s Power.
The outer resolution
Longs to see
The Eye of God’s Beauty.
6159. I spoke ill of GodI spoke ill of God.
God does not hesitate
To obliterate my hostile past.
6160. Each time I compromiseEach time I compromise
I kill the beauty and purity
Of my climbing heart-plant.
6161. No fablesMy heart’s heavenward history
And my soul’s intimate friendship
With God’s Vision-Light
Can never be fables.
6162. A votary of ignoranceIf you are a staunch votary
Will linger long
Inside your body-bound earth-life.
6163. A mind of curiosityYours is a mind of dangerous curiosity.
Destroy it sooner than at once!
Otherwise, the brooding forces
Of darkest night
Will envelop the real in you:
6164. Two sleeping secretsThere are two sleeping secrets
Inside my heart:
God loves me infinitely more
Than I can possibly love myself.
God needs me infinitely more
Than I can ever need myself.
6165. While others dreamWhile others dream,
He asks his mind
To climb far above the doubt-clouds,
And he asks his heart
To dine with the vastness
6166. A tiny gratitude-flameWhat my heart needs
Is a tiny gratitude-flame,
For this flame alone
Will show my entire life
6167. The cry of insufficiencyThe cry of insufficiency
Was not born with me.
I was born
Not only with my sufficiency-smile
But also with God’s Infinitude-Smile.
6168. God's Self-Amorous FluteIf you can become
Your heart’s surrender-light,
Then you can most soulfully play
On God’s Self-Amorous Flute.
6169. My humility-breathMy humility-breath
Is every day expanding
God’s Vision-Light for me.
6170. The mind-wallAs long as you keep the mind-wall
Of doubt and disbelief
In your aspiration-life,
You will always be carrying with you
A heap of useless ashes.
6171. Today's impossibility-peakJust beyond your thought-dominion
Is your today’s impossibility-peak:
God’s Perfection-Eye and Satisfaction-Heart.
6172. My heart's hope-birdsO my heart’s little hope-birds,
Every day you are inundating my life
With your beauty-making powers.
6173. The kingdom of self-doubtThe more you enjoy empty moments,
The nearer will you be
To the kingdom of self-doubt
6174. Your heart's selfless deedsIf you want to distinguish yourself
By your mind’s giant actions, you can.
But God is not going to grant you
His smiling Face.
If you want to distinguish yourself
By your heart’s selfless deeds,
Then God will grant you
Not only His smiling Face
But also His Vision-feeding Nest.
6175. Never enough timeYou never have enough time
For your conscious self-mastery.
But you always have unbounded time
For your unconscious self-mockery.
6176. I need affectionI do not need admiration
I do not need admiration
What I need is affection
From my Beloved Supreme.
6177. My credentialsWhat are my credentials?
My credentials are these:
My Lord Supreme sleeplessly cries
In me, through me and for me,
And I cheerfully and confidently dance
With His Vision-Light.
6178. Empty of hopeHis heart is empty of hope
And his life is a perfect stranger
For his mind’s sense
Of perfection and satisfaction
Is founded upon human love.
6179. It is God-plannedWho says that I am alone?
Am I not with the broken wings
Of my hopes
Inside the abyss of darkness?
Who says that tomorrow
I shall be alone again?
No, I shall not!
Tomorrow my entire earthly existence
Will swim in the sea of God-Delight.
I do not know.
But it is all God-planned
6180. Three boonsMy Lord Supreme,
Do grant me a boon.
“My child, I am giving you the boon
To come near Me selflessly.”
My Lord Supreme,
Do grant me another boon.
“My child, I am giving you another boon:
To see the world
The way I see the world.”
My Lord Supreme,
May I have one more boon,
A last boon, from You?
“Certainly, My child.
I shall make you
My perfect emissary on earth,
To become inseparably one
With earth’s excruciating pangs
And streaming tears
The way I have been doing
Throughout My entire Eternity.”
6181. When I free myselfWhen I free myself
From my ego-interference,
I really and truly appreciate
6182. God's Feet touchedGod’s Feet blessingfully touched
My surrendered head.
Lo, I have now touched the peak
Of my hope-perfection-mountain.
6183. The rapture of inspirationThe rapture of inspiration
Does not believe in
Either the intellectual climate
Or the ultramodern climate.
6184. The silence of our soulUnless we appreciate and admire
The most powerful silence
Of our soul,
Our doubtful mind will always create
An explosive noise.
6185. Your mind's procrastinationDo you not realise
That your mind’s perpetual procrastination
Is shamelessly useless
In your heart’s aspiration-life?
6186. Your heart's blindness-nightYour heart is timid.
It is always frozen with fear.
It does not look forward,
Upward and inward.
Its blindness-night is the root
Of all your ceaseless problems.
6187. His mind's doubt-warsBecause of his mind’s doubt-wars,
His heart is denied
His soul’s treasure-dream.
6188. Two warnings from GodTwo warnings from God:
I must not belittle myself.
I must not delay in inviting God
To enter into my heart-room.
6189. My desire for world-dominionAlas, my strong desire
Has overpowered not only
My reasoning mind
But also my Heaven-climbing heart.
Existence I need
To tell the world
How great God is.
Consciousness I need
To tell the world
How good God is.
Bliss I need
To tell the world
That God’s Greatness and Goodness
Are not only for me
But also for His entire universe.
6191. Can you not show God?What God has and is
All the time
Is Concern for you.
Can you not show God
Even on rare occasions
Your inner courage
And outer adamantine will?
6192. God will grant youIf you believe in God,
God will grant you His Beauty.
If you believe in God’s Compassion,
God will grant you His Smile.
If you believe in God’s Forgiveness,
God will grant you His Protection-Feet.
6193. To go beyond the bodyIf you want to go
Beyond the body,
Then try to remember
Only one thing:
Your Beloved Supreme
Is your Eternity’s Oneness-Companion.
6194. My Lord's DivinityIf I want my Lord’s Prosperity,
He will grant me His Prosperity.
But if I want my Lord’s Divinity,
He will grant me
Not only His Divinity
But also His Life of Immortality.
6195. Attention is preparationAttention is preparation.
Preparation is the beginning
Satisfaction is the culmination
6196. A self-giving seekerA sincere self-giving seeker
Feels and knows
That his life is at once
6197. The power to hopeGod has given man
The power to hope
Man has given himself
The power to grope
6198. You can best your enemyYou can best your enemy
Either by virtue of
Your unprecedented determination
Or on the strength of
Your unconditional love.
6199. Around and withinWar-mongers
Are around us.
Are within us.
6200. I am happyI am happy
Not because I have done
I am happy
Not because I have become
I am happy
Because inside my tiny little heart
God has sowed the seed
Of His Confidence-Light and Delight.
Editor's introduction to the first editionThis is the sixty-second 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 meets Mr Bradford Morse, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, at the United Nations on 13 January 1983. Mr Morse said, “It is my great honour to see you. I have watched your work; I have admired your work. I look forward to sharing with you privately one day the things that you believe in and that I believe in.”