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Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, part 74
7301. Our Eternal FriendIn our inner life
Everyone and everything will fail us,
Except our meditation.
Meditation is our friend,
Our soul’s old friend,
Our Beloved Supreme’s eternal friend.
If this friend ever leaves us,
We shall have nobody to take care of us,
7302. Your Friendship With MeditationNo matter how many mistakes
No matter how useless
You feel yourself to be,
No matter how many weaknesses
You consciously and unconsciously cherish,
If you can maintain your friendship
With your ever-loving, ever-inspiring
And ever-illumining friend, meditation,
Then you will, without fail,
Discover the true meaning of your life.
7303. Your Soul's HeightsYou are a genuine seeker
Of the absolute Truth.
Therefore, the highest planes of consciousness
Will not and cannot forever remain
A far cry.
Continue walking along
The path of Eternity.
You will one day reach
Your soul’s glorious heights.
7304. A Lover Of MeditationYou are a lover of meditation.
That means you do believe
In an inner world,
For you have been there many, many times.
If you get joy from that world,
Your eagerness to meditate
Will carry you far, farther, farthest
Towards your destined goal.
7305. Failure Has Touched His LifeAbysmal failure has touched his life
Because he lives
Either inside his impulsive mind
Or inside his destructive vital.
7306. But I Must Also SayI admit
I have a weak heart.
But I must also say
I have a very pure heart.
7307. I Am Always DisturbedNo matter what I do or say,
I am always disturbed
By the unwanted presence
Of my doubting mind.
7308. I Allow MyselfI allow myself
To do everything else
Except introduce myself
To my Lord’s Satisfaction-Smile.
7309. My Heart, Stop CryingMy heart, stop crying.
You have cried enough.
Now start smiling.
7310. Every DayEvery day
My Lord approaches me
With His self-giving Compassion-Light.
I approach my Lord
With my self-giving gratitude-delight.
7311. Lethargy Is So UselessLethargy is so useless
That it always enjoys performing
The stupid nothingness-dance.
7312. I Have The RightI may not have the right
To think for you,
But I do have the right
To think of you.
7313. Your Aspiration-FlamesYour aspiration-flames must climb up
To the mountain-high throne of light.
Then only can you reach tomorrow’s
7314. A Life Of Constant SurrenderOnly a life of constant surrender
Can soulfully and smilingly walk
Along the sunlit road.
7315. To Cherish DoubtTo cherish doubt
Is a certain way
To achieve self-destruction.
7316. I Want To StandI want to stand at the start
And not at the start
7317. It Can Easily DestroyBe careful of your doubt-tiger.
It can easily destroy
Your tiny and tender faith-plant.
7318. A Shaky FoundationAn uncertain and unaspiring mind
Is the cause
Of a shaky spiritual foundation.
7319. Look Deep WithinDo not look around
To see if somebody else
Is making faster progress than you.
Just look deep within
And be grateful for whatever progress
You are making.
Just look high above
And be ready and eager
To make still faster progress.
7320. The Supreme ContributionThe great contribution
Of the human life:
Mind over matter.
The supreme contribution
Of the divine life:
Heart over mind.
7321. Be Practical WithinBe practical within.
You will immediately become
Earth’s perfect cry
And Heaven’s perfect smile.
7322. The Songs Of Beauty's LightNo life that yields
Can hear the songs
Of beauty’s light
And duty’s delight.
7323. You Rely Upon NothingYou rely upon nothing,
Yet you think
You are doing something great
And becoming someone good.
7324. I Want You To Be ProudMy heart,
I want you to be proud of me
Not because I am perfect,
But because I am all gratitude
To my Beloved Supreme.
7325. Carry On The StruggleCarry on the struggle.
You will eventually win.
Strive with vigour.
You will quite certainly win.
Depend entirely on God’s Grace.
You will immediately win.
7326. Two Deplorable FailuresMy unaspiring heart
And my doubting mind
Are deplorable failures:
So feels my ever-loving
And ever-illumining soul.
7327. What My Mind HasWhat my mind has
Is sheer stupidity.
What my mind is
Is God’s hidden Divinity.
7328. Each MomentEach moment
Of prayerful surrender
And soulful gratitude
7329. I Use My Curiosity-PowerI use my curiosity-power
To see the beauty of the outer world.
I use my sincerity-power
To see the purity of the inner world.
7330. Love Your Heart MoreIf you really value
Your pure heart,
Then love it infinitely more
Than you love anything else.
7331. God's Thundering Victory-DreamThe silence-light
Of my gratitude-heart
Is God’s thundering Victory-Dream.
7332. An Experienced Wisdom-RealityAlthough my mind
Is an experienced wisdom-reality,
It is nowhere near
7333. He Who Strangles YouRest assured,
He who strangles you
With fears and doubts
Will not be allowed to be with you
In the highest world.
7334. His Desire-Bound LifeHis desire-bound life
Is completely lost
Inside his absurd hopes
And grave fears.
7335. Liberation MeansLiberation means
To soulfully claim
God’s Cosmic Vision
And consciously disown
Man’s tempting illusion.
7336. What Is Wrong In Asking?Since you know
You cannot guide yourself,
What is wrong in asking
Your ever-ready Inner Pilot
To guide you?
7337. If You Are Painfully AwareIf you are painfully aware
Of your inner mistakes
But still maintain your eagerness
To do the right thing,
You will make far better progress
Than those who complacently fool themselves
By thinking they are already
7338. Do Not Cherish Unhealthy IdeasDo not cherish unhealthy ideas.
If you feel that the world
Thinks ill of you,
Perhaps you are unnecessarily torturing
Your life’s purity-heart.
7339. CompromiseCompromise begins
In useless stupidity
And ends in lifeless futility.
7340. The Purification Of The MindThe purification of the mind
The enlargement of the heart.
7341. Severe Psychic TreatmentSevere psychic treatment is needed
For serious doubt-sickness.
God the Doctor tells this
To his spiritually sick children.
7342. God Voraciously EatsEvery day God voraciously eats
And proudly tells the cosmic gods
All about you.
7343. A Death-Challenging WarriorYou are a dauntless,
That means you soulfully care for
God’s Satisfaction in you.
7344. The Song Of Satisfaction-SmileYour heart’s soulful readiness
And your life’s powerful fruitfulness
Sing the song
7345. Jealousy HidesJealousy hides
Only to be caught
For its eventual transformation.
7346. My Sound-LifeO my sound-life,
You may be insignificant,
But you are also powerful.
You have extinguished
My heart’s aspiration-flames.
7347. My Mind's Newness-DawnBeautiful is my mind’s
Soulful is my heart’s
Powerful is my soul’s
7348. One Aspiration-FlameOne aspiration-flame of my heart
Has illumined the road
That leads to my soul’s
7349. A Pure InstrumentYesterday’s unconditional Grace
And today’s dauntless determination
Are turning me into a pure instrument
Who treasures God’s Protection-Feet.
7350. An Amazing ImprovementAn amazing improvement:
My mind’s damaging frowns
Have now become
My mind’s lamenting sighs.
7351. The Capacity To PrayGod’s Compassion has given me
The capacity to pray.
God’s Forgiveness has given me
The capacity to aspire.
7352. If You Are Ready To PlayIf you are always ready to play
The self-giving surrender-game,
Is within your easy reach.
7353. The Pinch Of InsecurityIgnore the pinch of insecurity.
Lo, your mind’s brooding doubts
Have all disappeared.
7354. Utter Loneliness Awaited HimUtter loneliness awaited him
When he unmindfully stopped
His morning meditations
His evening prayers.
7355. The Throne Of HeavenFor a God-lover,
The time-honoured throne of Heaven
Is not something to look at and admire
But something to sit upon and enjoy.
7356. Your Mind's Serenity-SeedsI appreciate your mind’s serenity-seeds.
I admire your heart’s purity-plants.
I adore your life’s divinity-trees.
I love your soul’s Immortality-fruits.
7357. Be Faithful, Be PowerfulBe faithful to the fruitful:
Your loving soul.
Be powerful to the unfaithful:
Your doubting mind.
7358. Meditation And SatisfactionDeception and meditation
Do not go together.
Meditation and satisfaction
Can and do go together.
7359. My NeedsBeautiful emptiness
My mind needs.
My heart needs.
My life needs.
7360. Your Soulful FaceNot your winning race
But your soulful face
Has transported me to Heaven.
7361. One Dedication-DropOne dedication-drop from my life
Has destroyed ignorance
And won God
7362. My Silence-Life CreatesMy silence-life creates.
My sound-life destroys.
God’s Compassion-Heart revives.
7363. My Heart's Beauty-SkyMy heart’s beauty-sky:
I know not where it is.
My soul’s divinity-sun:
I know not if it even exists.
7364. Your Heart's InsecurityYour heart’s insecurity
Has concealed your soul’s
7365. Your Doubt-LifeYour doubt-life has destroyed
And your enthusiasm-boughs.
7366. Your Service-Flower-FragranceYour service-tree
May not be exceptionally tall,
But your service-flower-fragrance
Is extraordinarily beautiful.
7367. Every Man Is A BlundererToday every man is a blunderer,
But tomorrow every man will be
Of God’s ever-transcending Delight.
7368. Every Heart-CryEvery heart-cry
Awakens the sleeping world.
Nourishes the searching world.
7369. Every Soul-SmileEvery heart-cry
Purifies my mind.
Enlightens my life.
7370. Tomorrow's Perfection-FaceTomorrow’s perfection-face:
Is it my mental hallucination?
Is it my wishful thinking?
No, it is my promise-announcement.
7371. God's Compassion-FlamesGod’s Compassion-Flames
I do not deserve,
But I do deserve
7372. God's Eternal Compassion-FlameGod’s eternal Compassion-Flame
Has at last illumined
My mind’s age-old confusion-game.
7373. God Is Never In A HurryGod is never in a hurry.
If I long to be His choice instrument,
Then I must not be in a hurry either.
Today I imitate God;
Tomorrow I shall be as perfect
As God eternally is.
7374. A New RoleTake on a new role:
Play the role of a God-lover.
No more play the role
Of a man-hater.
7375. I Shall Not AllowI shall not allow my body
To delay me.
I shall not allow my vital
To torture me.
I shall not allow my mind
To deceive me.
I shall not allow my heart
To talk to ignorance.
7376. Learn Only From HimWith a prayerful heart
Learn only from Him
Who is your own Eternity’s
7377. Did You Say Hello To God?Did you say hello to God this morning?
“I did not remember.”
Did you thank God this morning?
“I did not remember.”
Did you criticise God this morning?
“Yes, I did, I did.”
7378. My Troubles Are BeginningMy teeming troubles
Are all beginning now
Because I no longer feed my heart
With soulful cries.
7379. I Breathed A Silent PrayerI breathed a silent prayer.
Now I see that my Lord
Will not forsake me
And that my world
Will not disappoint Him.
7380. Nothing Better To DoDo you think
God has nothing better to do
Than to tell you all the time
That He loves you
Infinitely more than you love Him?
7381. I Do Not KnowDays passed by;
Yet I do not know
Why I did not pray
At my Lord’s Feet
And why I did not meditate
On my Lord’s Heart.
7382. Two Miracles In One DayTwo miracles in one day
I can hardly believe:
I saw God’s Face,
And this evening
I am touching God’s Feet.
7383. The Altar Of AspirationYour mind will be infected
If you do not frequent
And sit at the altar
7384. No Exaggeration Can Be Too GreatNo exaggeration can be too great
When we try to describe
The self-transcending beauty
Of the Universal Soul.
7385. The Rules Of HeavenThe rules of Heaven
My mind does not want to learn
But my heart has already learnt:
7386. The Blending Of Old And NewThe blending of old and new we observe
When a doubting mind
And a loving heart
Are lost in each other.
7387. Two Indisputable FactsI am not departing even an inch
From the actual facts
When I say that I love God
More than I love myself
And that God has definitely told me
I shall soon be one of His choice instruments.
7388. The Right ThingYou are doing the right thing:
You should and you must value
Your heart’s breathless aspiration-cry.
7389. An Invisible WoundAn invisible wound I create
Inside my heart
Each time I become unmindful
Of my great promises
To the world.
7390. A Medley Of Smiles And TearsA medley of smiles and tears
Can never be the answer
To man’s birthless and deathless
7391. Two Broken PromisesYou have broken both your promises.
Now you neither want to sit
At God’s Feet
Nor want God to live
Inside your mind.
7392. Your Inner Sun Will ReappearYour mind-sky is overcast with doubts,
But their days are numbered.
Your inner sun will reappear,
For God has not sanctioned
And will never sanction
Doubt’s permanent rule.
7393. When The Veil Of Illusion Is TornWhen the veil of illusion is torn,
Each man sees that he loves
Only one Person,
God the Creator,
And serves only one Person,
God the creation.
7394. Meditate Here And NowIf you believe in God
And want to enjoy eternal oneness with Him,
Then meditate here and now.
Your present meditation will determine
Your future realisation.
7395. Let God Be Your CoachLet God be your inner Coach.
If you can correct any defects
That your inner Coach finds,
Then rest assured,
Your inner speed will immediately increase
And you will please God
Far beyond your imagination.
7396. Selfless ServiceSelfless service means thinking
Not of your little self
But of your largest Self, the Supreme.
Selfless service is undoubtedly
The great, greater and greatest opportunity
To make the fastest progress.
7397. If God Is DisgustedIf God is disgusted with you,
Then the story will end there.
But if God is simply disappointed,
It is not a hopeless case.
He will give you ample opportunity
To transform this disappointment
Into His true Satisfaction.
7398. The Only LifeFor a spiritual seeker
The inner life is not only
More important than the outer life,
But is actually the only life.
7399. Because It Gives Him JoyA child is ready and eager
To play all the time
Because it gives him joy.
A spiritual seeker should be ready and eager
To meditate all the time
Because it gives him joy.
7400. When I Speak To GodI fold my hands
When I speak to God.
God holds my hands
And caresses my eyes
When He speaks to me.
Editor's introduction to the first editionThis is the seventy-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 photoSri Chinmoy meditates with Leonard Bernstein at the composer’s home in New York on 21 March 1979, after they listened to a choral rendition of a song written by Sri Chinmoy about Mr Bernstein. Following the meditation the Master said, “You are the Himalayan musician and the supreme lover of music …. Inside your music-world the world of aspiration and dedication is constantly growing.” In gratitude, Leonard Bernstein later composed a musical piece with the words, “Thank you, thank you, Sri Chinmoy. You brought Leonard Bernstein joy.”