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Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, part 77
7601. God Touches My HeartGod touches my heart
So that I can fly on the wings
Of His ever-ascending Vision-Smile.
7602. Be Brave, Be SincereBe brave
Where your heart is concerned.
Where your mind is concerned.
Then you will see how easy it is
To live your life
In a supremely better consciousness.
7603. For God's SatisfactionMy will was made
For God’s Satisfaction.
God’s Will was made
For my perfection.
7604. Curb Your Negative FeelingsCurb your negative feelings.
Otherwise, before long,
You will have to retreat
From the world’s heart-garden.
7605. I Cry BecauseI cry because
I am so imperfect.
I smile because
My Lord tells me
That I am not a hopeless case.
7606. God The CompassionGod the Compassion
Is before my eyes.
God the Satisfaction
Is within my heart.
God the Perfection
Is inside my aspiration-cry.
7607. Always Willing To TryI must not forget
To tell Heaven
That poor earth
Is always willing to try.
7608. There Is No DifferenceThere is no difference
Between collecting and storing garbage
And identifying with the impure thoughts
Of the human mind.
7609. Look At Yourself SoulfullyLook at yourself soulfully sometimes
So that you do not exaggerate
7610. A Diplomatic DeathSince each thought
Is an atomic power,
You can give each thought
A diplomatic death.
7611. If My Heart Knows You WellIf my heart
Knows you well,
I shall not keep
My mouth shut
When the world does not value
7612. The Tug-Of-WarThe unaspiring human mind
Is forced to enjoy
Between strangling doubt
And embracing faith.
7613. No Matter What You SayNo matter what you say,
No matter what you do,
God will not discredit your talents,
For His Heart of Satisfaction
He has already placed inside you.
7614. My Aspiring Heart Is FamiliarMy aspiring heart is familiar
My undivine mind is familiar
7615. I Desperately Need YouMy Lord Supreme,
I desperately need You
Early in the morning
To tell me that my heart
Can be as pure
As Your Vision-Eye.
My Lord Supreme,
I desperately need You
Late in the evening
To tell me that my life
Can be as perfect
As Your Compassion-Heart.
7616. Simplification Is UnificationSimplification is nothing other
When I simplify my complex
And complicated mind,
I unify my earth-bound life
With my Lord’s eternally free Life.
7617. Citizenship In HeavenThere can be no iota of doubt
Inside your illumined mind.
Such being the case,
Your heart is now in a position
To enjoy citizenship in Heaven.
7618. Veil And UnveilIf you can cheerfully veil
Your spiritual greatness,
God will quickly unveil
Your spiritual goodness,
Plus tell the whole world
That you are His unparalleled instrument.
7619. God Dreams Of His SatisfactionGod is his life’s unwritten compassion.
God is his mind’s mystic inspiration.
God is his heart’s psychic aspiration.
God dreams of His own perfect Satisfaction
In and through him.
7620. Truth And FalsehoodWhat is the difference
Between falsehood and truth?
Falsehood is not afraid
Of earth’s ignorance-night,
But it is afraid
Of Heaven’s wisdom-light and delight.
Truth is not afraid
Of earth’s ignorance-night
Or of Heaven’s wisdom-light and delight.
Therefore the omnipotent Supreme,
And omnipresent Supreme
Loves truth and not falsehood.
7621. During His Sunset YearsEven during the sunset years
Of his life,
His heart longed for solid security
And his mind longed for bright hopes.
7622. His Days Die With Sombre SleepHis days die with sombre sleep.
His nights die with giant groans.
What can you expect
From such an ill-fated
And Heaven-denied man?
7623. We ImitateWe imitate a person
For our self-glorification.
We imitate God
For our life-liberation.
7624. Creativity-PowerJust because you have
You cannot say you are going to use
But if you have creativity-power,
You will discover
7625. Remain In Your Child-HeartIf you remain in your child-heart,
No matter how many mistakes you make,
You will try to rectify them
And not repeat them.
If you remain in your adult-mind,
You will not even try to rectify
You will only prepare yourself
For your coffin.
7626. When The Hour StrikesWhen the hour strikes,
Nobody is going to look for you.
You have to remain wide awake
And respond immediately.
7627. Silence SpeaksSilence speaks soulfully and powerfully.
Everybody loves to hear it speak,
And so do I.
Sound speaks loudly and foolishly.
Nobody understands a word it says.
And so do I.
7628. The Beauty Of HopeThe satisfaction of life
May not be ours,
But the beauty of hope
Is all ours.
7629. Where Is My Receptivity?God is more than willing
To grant me the beauty
But alas, where is my receptivity?
Where is it?
7630. My Heart's Silence-SkyWhere can I announce my Lord’s Victory?
Not inside my mind’s sound-sea,
But inside my heart’s silence-sky.
7631. No Sincere Heart-CriesNo sincere heart-cries
Will give birth
To devastating frustrations
And heart-breaking realisations.
7632. Shelter Me And MineMy Lord,
I pray to You to shelter me
And everything of mine,
Except two things which I have created:
My fearful vital and my doubtful mind.
7633. Two Ancient Universal QuestionsTwo ancient universal questions:
How can I realise God
Is unconditional surrender
7634. The Perils Of Your Temptation-LifeYou will be able to outlast
The perils of your temptation-life
If your aspiration is intense
And your dedication is immense.
7635. Because You Do Not BelieveBecause you do not believe
In the mind’s search,
Because you do not believe
In the heart’s cry,
Your joy is speeding
7636. A Long Stride Towards GodO chosen son of God,
Yours is not the life of empty hopes.
Therefore, for you
Every hour is a long stride
7637. The Silver MountainCherish not, even unconsciously,
The cave of despair.
Only then will you be able
To sing and dance
On the silver mountain
7638. His Heart's Light-Giving LampHis heart’s light-giving lamp
God lovingly takes
As His own unveiling
7639. Two Thoughts“I love God.”
This thought starts from my heart
And runs and runs towards God.
“I do not love God.”
This thought starts from my mind
And carries me away from God.
7640. Futile Human OpinionsSince you immensely enjoy
Dry intellectual jargon,
You are blessed with
A mercilessly perplexing labyrinth
Of futile human opinions.
7641. What Have I To Conceal?What have I to conceal?
No, I shall not conceal it.
The sooner I reveal it,
The sooner my Lord’s Compassion-Eye
Will be able to transform it
7642. God Laughs And LaughsGod laughs and laughs
When He sees that I am not at all anxious
To come out of my failure-night,
That on the contrary,
I am quite comfortably sleeping there.
7643. To See My Pride WeepNothing gives me greater joy
Than to see my exorbitant pride
7644. Soon You Will Hear God KnockingDedicate your life divinely
And dare to smile soulfully.
Soon you will hear
God knocking at your heart’s door.
Once He comes in,
He will stay there forever and forever.
7645. Walk Along The Inner RoadEvery day you can walk along
The inner road
With your life of prayer
And your heart of meditation.
7646. The Heaven-Born MusicPurity is the Heaven-born music,
And this Heaven-born music
Can be heard only by those
Who are spiritually strong.
7647. An Infinitely Superior GoalSilence was my goal.
But my Lord Supreme tells me
That He will take me far beyond silence
To an infinitely superior goal.
7648. The Same GodAs an individual
Often dresses in different clothes,
Even so, Krishna, the Buddha, the Christ
And many others
Are the same God
Clothed in different garb.
7649. His Truth-Life Has BegunIf you see a hungry heart
That means his truth-life
Has already begun.
7650. Lost Between Heaven And EarthHe is totally lost
Between his happy dream of Heaven
And his sad existence on earth.
7651. O My Mind's Suspicion-NightO my mind’s suspicion-night,
Do you not realise
That you are nothing other than
A joy-devouring beast?
7652. Among The ImmortalsMy gratitude-heart
And my surrender-life
Are already stationed
Among the immortals.
7653. God Has Promised MeEverything is imperfect.
Everyone is imperfect.
But God has promised me
That He will definitely make
His entire creation perfect,
And it will be done quite soon.
7654. Only One NecessityA seeker of the supreme Truth
Has only one necessity,
And that necessity is
And Heaven-manifesting God.
7655. The Correct AnswerDo you want to know
How close you are to God?
Then dive deep within,
To the inmost region of your inner life.
Only there will you find
The correct answer.
7656. Your Sweet Violin-HeartYour thunder-vital will never be able
To conquer the heart of the world.
It is your sweet violin-heart
That will conquer —
In fact, has already conquered —
The heart of the world.
7657. Because Of My Surrender-LightBecause of my surrender-light
My Lord Supreme has forgiven
My neglected aspiration of the past.
7658. Time Is IlluminingThe stupid mind thinks
That time is sleeping.
The wise heart knows
That time is perishing.
And I know
That time is illumining.
7659. The Frowns Of Dissolution-NightIf you cling desperately
To your desire-life,
You will never be able to deny
The stark frowns of dissolution-night.
7660. Your Heart Of Promise-LightNeglect not
Your heart of promise-light.
If you neglect it,
Yours will be, before long,
7661. You Want Your Mind To WitherYou want your mind to wither.
But how can it wither
As long as you allow it
To nourish itself with false imaginings?
7662. God's Unchanging DecisionMan speaks ill of God.
Man revolts against God.
Yet God does not change His decision
That man will be His chosen instrument
To manifest Him here on earth.
7663. Doubt Can Easily DestroyWhat can doubt do?
It can easily destroy
The beauty and purity
7664. If You Want EnlightenmentRemove resentment
From your entire being
If you want enlightenment
Within and without.
7665. How Can Your Heart Be Happy?Unless you sever yourself
From the obscurity
Of your suspicion-mind,
How can your heart
Ever be happy?
Will follow you
If your heart remains
Undisturbed by trifles.
7667. Man's First Disobedience-NightMan’s first disobedience-night
Heaven’s first indifference-torture
7668. A Truly Great SeekerAs a tree that has countless leaves,
Flowers and fruits
Bows down to offer them
To the world at large,
Even so, a truly great seeker
Humbly bows down
To offer the fruits of his inner life
7669. Unless We InvokeUnless we invoke today
The presence of tomorrow’s
Our life may sadly end
In a heart-breaking,
7670. First-Born ChildHeaven’s first-born child:
Earth’s first-born child:
7671. Your Monstrous AngerYour monstrous anger
Heralds the fast-approaching hour
Of your life’s
7672. The Forest Of Uncomely ThoughtsAlas, the forest of uncomely thoughts
In your mind
Is threatening and frightening
Your heart’s climbing cry.
7673. Blossoms Of EnlightenmentSoulfully try to accept
God’s timeless Compassion-Height.
Your heart-cries will be transformed
Into blossoms of enlightenment.
7674. To Feed A Seeker's HeartTo feed a seeker’s heart,
Heaven, in its infinite beauty,
Every day smilingly, lovingly
And compassionately descends.
7675. Your Craving For World PraiseYour constant craving
For world praise
Has forced your heart’s aspiration-cry
To cease speedily.
7676. A Loneliness-HeartA defective and contagious
7677. God's WhispersYour inner wound is deepening
And will continue to deepen
Unless you stop obeying
Your mind’s loud voice
And listen only to God’s
Secret and sacred Whispers.
7678. A Slave To Your FateIt is you who have allowed yourself
To become a slave
To your stark fate.
How then can you enter
Into the delight-palace
7679. A Succession Of CalamitiesA succession of calamities
Shall without fail
Mark the reign
Of your wild desire-life.
7680. Opportunity Is PreciousWe think that opportunity leads us
To something precious:
But opportunity not only leads us
To something precious.
Opportunity itself is precious.
7681. You Cannot EnjoyBecause your mind is a slave
To teeming doubts,
You cannot enjoy
The beauty and satisfaction
Of a perfect reality.
7682. The Crown Of My EffortsMy heart’s
Is the crown of my life’s
7683. Can You Believe?Can you believe that your mind
Is not missing God right now?
Can you believe that your heart
Is not loving God any more?
7684. That Is WhyGod needs manifestation.
That is why He is touching our feet.
We need realisation.
That is why we are breaking God’s Head.
7685. When He Was In HeavenWhen he was in Heaven,
His heart-flower opened
And he compassionately said:
“Let me go down and help
The suffering earth.”
Alas, when he came to earth,
He immediately said:
“Is there anybody in God’s universe
As stupid as I?
Let me go back to Heaven!”
7686. When Heaven And Earth Are UnitedA sense of incompleteness even God has.
He has divided Himself
Into two realities:
Heaven and earth.
These two realities need each other
And fulfil each other.
Only when Heaven and earth are united
Will God feel complete.
7687. Our Goal Is Not FixedOur goal is not fixed;
It is always transcending itself.
When we are about to reach
Our long-awaited goal,
We immediately see a new goal
In front of us.
To reach this new goal
Is not a one-inch journey.
It is also a very long distance away.
7688. Three GoalsOur first goal in meditation
Is not to have undivine, ordinary thoughts.
Our second goal
Is to have divine, progressive thoughts.
Our third goal
Is to have no thoughts at all.
Consciously or unconsciously,
We must always strive for a new goal.
7689. A New PromiseGod always keeps His Promises to man.
If He does not fulfil one of His Promises,
We have to know
That He will fulfil a new and better Promise.
7690. God Grabbed Your SoulYou were waiting for
A phone call from God.
But poor God was exhausted
And could not dial
His Heavenly telephone.
Instead, God just grabbed your soul
And fed it,
Giving it divine and supreme joy
Far beyond your expectations.
7691. A Mature SeekerAn immature seeker may believe
That the faster he chants the names
Of the cosmic gods and goddesses,
The faster will be
His inner progress.
A mature seeker knows
That the more soulfully
He prays and meditates,
The more fruitful will be
His inner progress.
7692. Beautiful God-DreamsSince during the day
He sings soulful God-songs,
At night God allows him
To have beautiful God-dreams.
7693. His Childlike ConsciousnessA true spiritual Master must shoulder
The countless responsibilities
Of his spiritual family.
But still he remains
In a childlike consciousness
To fill his seeker-children
With the joy and delight
Of God the eternal Child.
7694. If You Feel YoungIf you feel you are young,
Then you will see each moment
As an opportunity to grow.
If you feel you are old,
You may not be able to see
Any opportunities at all
In your life.
7695. Millions Of WaysOpportunities appear before us
In millions of ways.
To lose these opportunities
We have also found
Millions of ways.
7696. Light Is Never LostIf you are unable to reveal
The light you have received
During your meditation,
Do not worry.
You will not lose it.
It will only remain dormant
Until God’s Hour,
When you will have the inner wisdom
To use it in the right way
For the right purpose.
7697. A New MessageEvery new year
The Supreme gives us a new Message.
If we take His Message seriously,
Our progress can be great,
Greater and greatest.
7698. Never EnoughIn the inner world
You can never say
You have received enough.
While God’s Love is entering
Into your heart,
It is creating even more hunger
For His Love.
While God’s Compassion is descending
It is creating an even larger vessel
To hold His Compassion.
7699. Our Heavenly HungerOur earthly hunger can be fed
With a limited amount of earthly food
And then be satisfied.
Our Heavenly hunger can be fed
With Peace, Light and Delight
In infinite measure
And still cry for more.
7700. Three PrayersGive me, give me.
This was the prayer
I offered to God yesterday.
Receive me, receive me.
This is the prayer
I am offering to my Lord today.
Transform me, transform me
And make me Your very own.
This is the prayer
I shall offer to my Lord Supreme tomorrow.
Editor's introduction to the first editionThis is the seventy-seventh 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 soulfully dedicates this book to his beloved brother Chitta. The photo on the cover, taken more than 40 years ago in India, shows young Chinmoy with his dearest Chitta.