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Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, part 73
7201. A Masterpiece Of DevotionThe more I think of Him
And the more I speak of Him,
The more my heart is transformed
Into a masterpiece of devotion.
7202. His Is The MindHis is the mind
That enjoys sleepless struggles.
His is the life
That enjoys useless unrest.
7203. TeachersMy soul taught my heart
How to fly.
My heart taught my mind
How to cry.
But my mind is now teaching my life
How to sigh.
7204. The Silence-God Of The BeyondThe Silence-God
Of the ever-transcending Beyond
Has opened my heart’s
And my life’s
7205. An Unappeasable HungerA desire-bound life
Is ruthlessly and inevitably seized
By the indomitable strength
Of an unappeasable hunger.
7206. You Cannot JudgeYour life can succeed
And your heart can proceed,
But you cannot be the judge
Of their success and progress.
7207. No Insignificant WorkThere is no such thing
As insignificant work.
Therefore, we must needs do everything
With our heart’s love
And our life’s respect.
7208. My Heart's Silence-TearsSweet are my heart’s silence-tears.
How I wish I could keep them
Safe inside the happiness-palace
Of my soul.
7209. His Mind Never ProceedsHis mind never proceeds
Further than his long-treasured
7210. Three Imperishable SorrowsAn impurity-mind,
And a futility-life:
These are his
Three imperishable sorrows.
7211. To Preserve Is To UnveilTo preserve my heart’s
Is to unveil my soul’s
7212. The Aimless ContoursAlas, my mind does not want
To stop following
The aimless contours
Of the confusion-shore.
7213. Fly Like Your SoulDo not encage your earthly minutes
If you want to fly
Like your soul
In the liberty-firmament.
7214. Liberal ImaginationsThe imaginations
Of the human mind
Are quite liberal.
Of the divine heart
Are quite conservative.
7215. The Panorama Of God's SweetnessIn a seeker’s gratitude-heart
God finds the panorama
Of His own transcendental Sweetness.
7216. If Your Faith WaversIf your mind’s faith wavers,
How can your heart breathe in
Adoration for your Lord Supreme?
7217. You Have DiscoveredMy Lord,
I came to You with empty hands,
But You have discovered
My empty heart too.
7218. Man's Undeniable NameIngratitude is man’s
All due to his excess
7219. A New SuccessEach time I long for
A new success
And get a new success,
What do I see?
The usual disillusionment.
7220. DepressionDepression exhausts me.
Depression blinds me.
Depression strangles me.
7221. Let Me Give CreditLet me give a little credit
To my life of outer sincerity.
Let me give a little more credit
To my life of inner purity.
Let me give all credit
To my Lord’s Compassion-Heart.
7222. An Unforgivable FantasyMy strong desire
To bind the heart of humanity
And blind the eye of humanity
Is unfortunately and unmistakably
An unforgivable fantasy.
7223. Heaven's Ecstasy-NestMy heart of unconditional oneness
With the Will of my Lord Supreme
Is Heaven’s ecstasy-nest.
7224. My DesiresMy desires make my vital ugly,
My mind lonely
My life unfriendly.
7225. A Self-Giving BreathMy Lord,
Your boundless Bounty
Has granted me breath.
Now I am praying to You
To grant me a willingly
7226. God's SecretsYesterday God taught me one secret:
How to transcend my mind.
Today God is teaching me another secret:
How to please Him
In His own Way.
7227. My Heart's Real HelplessnessMy heart’s real helplessness
Will reach God’s God-Ecstasy.
7228. He Expects God To Satisfy HimSince he satisfies God
In his dream-world,
He expects God to satisfy him
In the reality-world.
7229. Mother India CommandsMy Mother India commands me
To learn that there is no such thing
Everything in God’s creation
Is on the clear road
7230. Mother India AnnouncesMy Mother India announces
The synthesis between
Her mountain-high promises
And her ocean-vast hopes.
7231. Now My Heart Is CryingThere was a time
When my heart cried and cried
To find God.
Now my heart
Is crying and crying
Not to lose God.
7232. A Chosen Instrument Of GodA chosen instrument of God
Will undoubtedly become
An all-around excellent seeker.
7233. Man's IngratitudeGod’s Compassion-Eye
And God’s Forgiveness-Heart
Work even in the face
Of man’s inborn ingratitude.
7234. I Met GodThe other day I met God
Walking down the street.
To my extreme happiness
He said to me
That His Heart of Compassion-Ocean
Would wash away
All my teeming imperfections.
7235. Seek God's CompanionshipThis world will try to corrupt you.
Before it can do so,
Try to seek God’s Companionship.
Do it as soon as possible!
7236. Some Special RulesWhen great souls come down
They try to make some special rules
To better the consciousness
Of this eyeless and stone-deaf world.
7237. The Desire-RiverThe desire-river of our human vital
Finally enters into
And nowhere else.
7238. To See TomorrowI shall live on earth
To see tomorrow,
Not the way my vital desires
To see tomorrow
But the way my soul envisions
And tomorrow’s satisfaction.
7239. Be Patient With YourselfBe patient with yourself
In exactly the same way
That God is patient with you.
7240. A Universal ManA universal man
Does not have to claim anyone.
He is more than satisfied
That he has been claimed by everyone
And by everything.
7241. My Mind Says To My HeartMy mind, in a terrible rush,
Says to my heart,
“O heart, why are you so insecure
All the time?”
My heart quietly, very quietly,
Says to my mind,
“O mind, why are you so impure
All the time?”
7242. If You Want PerfectionIf you want perfection,
Then long for truth.
If you want satisfaction,
Then long for constant self-giving.
7243. Hunger For World-ApplauseHis hunger for world-applause
Does not allow him to live
Inside his own heart-poise.
7244. The Quest For TruthThe very quest for truth
Is not only challenging and gratifying
But also illumining and fulfilling.
7245. Two Supreme GiftsTwo supreme gifts
From the Absolute Supreme:
A heart of oneness-duty
And a life of fulness-purity.
7246. God-Lovers Surprise UsThe soulful purity of God-lovers
Surprises all human beings,
Especially the intellectual giants.
7247. Choose Your Thoughts CarefullyChoose your thoughts carefully
At every moment
If you want your life-boat
To sail in the sea
Of light and delight.
7248. We Still Have Not ForgottenYou and I are two human beings
Who are now on our way
One day we shall become perfect.
How is it that we still
Have not forgotten
Our animal life
And find it so hard
To appreciate each other?
7249. No Time To CriticiseThose who serve the world constantly
Do not have time
To criticise others,
While those who do not serve
Have endless time
To criticise the whole world.
7250. If You Think Of IgnoranceHow can you live
If you think always of the snares
7251. True Truth Tells MeFalsehood tells me
That I simply cannot do it.
True truth tells me
That I have already done it.
Since I have already done it,
I have not only become
But I am, eternally am.
7252. My Heart's GatesGod opens up my heart’s gates
Only to see them in the evening
Automatically plus firmly closed.
7253. No God-BecomingThere is no self-offering
Without universal oneness-revealing.
7254. The Message Of Human LifeThe eternal and uninterrupted message
Of human life:
Today’s cry is unknown;
7255. Your Foolish InsecurityGive up your foolish insecurity.
It is destroying your heart’s purity,
Your soul’s beauty
Your inborn liberty.
7256. Why Have You Postponed?My Lord, why have You postponed
Is it because I no longer
Have any special love for You?
Is it because You are tired of loving
The ingratitude-heart in me?
7257. Even The Unwilling SoulsA truth-seeker and God-lover
Has abundant capacity to awaken
Even the unwilling souls
From the world of lethargy.
7258. Consumed With PrideIf your mind is consumed
With disproportionate pride,
How can your heart be inundated
7259. I Have Already EnjoyedI have already enjoyed
My life’s ignorance-sleep.
Now I want to enjoy
Immortality’s infinite Deep.
7260. The Eternal SuffererMy soul is the eternal sufferer
Caught between my mind’s confusion
And my heart’s frustration.
7261. I Am Giving You BackMy sweet Lord,
I am giving You back
My soft heart.
Will You not give me back
Your strong Feet?
7262. God's Cherished FriendOn the road of self-giving
The seeker is most generously blessed
With God’s cherished Friend:
7263. Although You Are Roaming BlindlyDo not falsely and stupidly think
That God is not granting you
His Heart’s Compassion-Sky
Although you are roaming blindly
In the dark alleys of ignorance.
7264. Silence And FulfilSilence your endless
Fulfil your soulfully pure
7265. He Knows Who LovesHe knows
He is right
He is perfect
Who is God-revealing.
He is another God
Who is Truth-manifesting.
7266. His Revolt ContinuedAlthough he was forced
To kiss the humiliation-dust of defeat,
His blind-elephant-revolt continued
Against the Wisdom-King.
7267. A Life Of Self-SufficiencyA life of self-sufficiency
Will always remain
Beyond my imagination’s flight.
7268. BeautyBeauty tempts the weak.
Beauty inspires the strong.
Beauty gladdens the Supreme.
7269. I Think Of GodI think of God
So that I can immediately become good.
God thinks of me
So that I can eternally be perfect.
7270. Each Desire-Bound LifeEach desire-bound life,
In a spiritual sense,
Is not only mischievous
But also treacherous.
7271. Each Pure ThoughtEach pure thought
Is a perfection-builder
In man and for God.
7272. When I Am WeakWhen I am weak,
I think of others’ capacities.
When I am strong,
I think of my own
Yet unnoticed incapacities.
7273. Ambition Wants To Befriend HimAmbition cannot challenge him.
Ambition cannot even find him.
Yet ambition wants to befriend him.
7274. A Peerless BridgeMy faith is a peerless bridge
Between my heart’s soulful hope
And my Lord’s fruitful Self-Giving.
7275. Already Deeply AttachedHeaven is a place I cannot reach.
Why can’t I reach it?
Because my life does not want to.
Because I am already deeply attached
To the place where I am now:
7276. The Lamp Of The MindThe lamp of the mind
Thinks it is most powerful.
The lamb of God
Knows that God alone is most powerful
And most beautiful.
7277. The Secret Of ContentmentThe secret of contentment:
Give what you have,
Your mind’s poise,
And become aware of what you truly are,
A perfect choice and immortal voice
7278. Harsh WordsHarsh words
And delay everything.
7279. My Soul's Lustre-SurrenderIn my soul’s lustre-surrender
I give to God
What God Himself needs
For His own Self-Transcendence
And His own earth-Manifestation.
7280. The Fragrance Of A Purity-FlowerYou do not have to be
In any sacred book.
Just make your heart
The fragrance of a purity-flower.
Lo, God the Compassion-Satisfaction-Heart
Is fast approaching you.
7281. Rapture-RealisationRapture-realisation is not founded
Rapture-realisation is founded
Upon the oneness-manifestation
Of the aspiring heart.
7282. Three That Are OneA born sacrificer,
A God-lover and
These three are inseparably one
In the same body.
7283. Nobody But God HimselfNobody but God Himself
Encourages and energises me
To walk fast, very fast,
Along my realisation-road.
7284. A Surrender-HeartA surrender-heart
Is purity’s smile
And beauty’s dance.
7285. Man's CompanionsGod and His Satisfaction-Smile
Always accompany man
On his aspiration-journey.
7286. God's Compassion-ReadinessWhat can God’s Compassion-Readiness do
If my body wants to sleep
And my mind wants to daydream?
7287. When I Do Not AspireWhen I do not aspire,
I enjoy the world’s thunder-noise.
When I aspire,
I love God’s self-transcending
7288. Each Soul-Prayer Of MineEach soul-prayer of mine
Is my life’s heart-fragrance
Which pleases at once
Both Heaven and earth.
7289. Tremendous ConfidenceAs you have tremendous confidence
In your heart,
God has tremendous Love and Fondness
7290. Each Unfulfilled HopeEach unfulfilled hope
Is an unmanifested promise
7291. Your Heart-HotelHave you reserved
The most special room for God
In your heart-hotel?
If so, then God is definitely
And gladly going to take it
At your highest rate.
7292. My Heart's Ecstasy-PalaceMy heart’s ecstasy-palace
Is built upon the foundation of
7293. Forgotten How To SleepThe impurity-elephant
Has completely forgotten
How to sleep.
7294. Perpetual NecessityPerpetual necessity means
The perfect revelation
Of an inner inevitability.
7295. Trust Your Hope-DreamsTrust your hope-dreams;
They are harmless.
Trust your promise-realities;
They are peerless.
7296. God Wants To KnowGod does not want to know
Why I cry
But He does want to know
Why I do not smile.
7297. My Words Shall Live LongerMy words shall live longer
Than my deeds.
Therefore, my words have to be
At once cautious and precious.
7298. It Is Enough!Is my sincerity-mind enough?
Perhaps it is enough.
Is my surrender-life enough?
Definitely it is enough!
7299. Practising Self-ControlWhen I started practising self-control,
The animal in me frowned,
The human in me
Was totally dismayed
And the divine in me
Came to the fore to crown me.
7300. My Soul's Rainbow-SkyBreathlessly I cry
And selflessly I try
Only to see my soul’s
Editor's introduction to the first editionThis is the seventy-third 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 Pablo Casals at the Maestro’s home in Puerto Rico on 5 October 1972. After the meditation, Don Pablo said, “I am most grateful to you for granting me the most wonderful moment of my life. Bless you, bless you! Thank you, thank you!”
Editor's noteSome poems in this first edition were later selected by the author for a special collection of 207 Flower-Flames (FFP). The author also chose to revise some of his original poems for this anthology:
FF-7264: FFP 124 (revised version).