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Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, part 93
9201. Something Inside MeMy sweet Lord,
Something inside me is making me feel
That You are my journey’s start
And You are my journey’s only Goal.
9202. The Future-TreeThe future-tree is nothing but
Which is eternally blossoming
Right in front of you.
You have only to climb up
To satisfy your immortal hunger.
9203. A Special MessageThe Supreme has a special message
“Be happy and remain happy!”
9204. True HappinessTrue happiness comes
From your discipline-life
And not from your pleasure-life.
9205. Your Happiness-GiftOf all the gifts
You have offered to God,
He treasures most.
9206. To Fight HeroicallyDo you want to fight heroically
Against the ignorance-giant?
Then be happy!
9207. Work, Pray And Meditate SoulfullyWork, pray and meditate soulfully.
You are bound to remain happy
And make most satisfactory progress.
9208. The Happiness-Flower BlossomsFrom the discipline-life-bud
The happiness-flower blossoms
Into immediate progress.
9209. The Best JudgeNo one else has to tell you
When you have fallen
In your spiritual life.
Your own conscience
Is the best judge.
9210. When His Sincerity Pinched HimHe could not even fool himself.
When his sincerity pinched him,
He saw what he was
Once upon a time
And what he had now become.
9211. Just Stay In The BoatTo try to cross the ignorance-sea
Without a divine boat
Is an almost impossible task.
Therefore, if you have a boat
And a boatman,
Just stay in the boat
Until you reach the Golden Shore.
9212. A Beautiful, Fresh FlowerEvery day feel that you are
A most beautiful, fresh flower
And offer yourself to your Beloved Supreme.
Otherwise, as the years advance,
You will feel you are becoming
A dry, withered flower
That cannot even be placed on the shrine.
9213. To Keep Your Inner NewnessTo keep your inner newness
You need only one quality:
9214. Your Cheerfulness-ShieldWhen they see your cheerfulness-shield,
Frustration, depression, doubt,
Anxiety and worry
Will not dare to attack you.
9215. Obedience Is SalvationObedience is salvation.
Salvation is satisfaction.
Satisfaction is nothing other than
9216. A Good Student Of LifeTo be a good student of life
You must feel the necessity of going
Not only to the outer school
But also to the inner school.
9217. All Will Be FulfilledRight now the spiritual life
Is illumining and fulfilling
Only on the psychic plane.
But I assure you,
Eventually the physical, vital
And mental planes
Will also be illumined and fulfilled.
9218. God Expedites That HourEverybody has to realise God
But God Himself expedites
That golden Hour
For His chosen children.
9219. To Realise The Highest AbsoluteO seekers of the ultimate Truth,
You are God’s chosen children.
He is giving you the greatest opportunity
In every possible way
To walk, march and run
Along the spiritual road
To realise the Highest Absolute.
9220. A Lover Of All That LivesIf you become
A lover of all that lives
In God’s entire creation,
Then God the Supreme Chooser
Will, without fail, grant you
His Vision’s earth-transforming Voice.
9221. If You Make A MistakeIf you make a mistake
In spite of your best intentions,
Remember this mantra:
“The past is dust”.
9222. You Will Have Another ChanceIf your Himalayan blunders
Are torturing you,
“I am walking along Eternity’s Road.
Tomorrow I will have another chance
To do the right thing.”
9223. What Have I Done?I was supposed to be granted
God-Victory’s transcendental Glory.
Alas, what have I done?
I have allowed myself to be pierced
By the poison-arrow of self-doubt.
9224. Surmount Each ObstacleCourageously surmount each obstacle
On your spiritual journey,
And continue to walk, march and run
Along the sunlit path.
9225. You Are Not A Hopeless CaseAlthough you make deplorable mistakes
Time and again,
You are not a hopeless case.
You will be given
Opportunity after opportunity
To transcend and illumine your mistakes.
9226. No Longer A Spiritual InfantYour undivine life
Is a thing of the past.
You are no longer
The same spiritual infant
Who once enjoyed that childish life.
In you wisdom-light
Has finally dawned.
9227. Start Doing The Right Thing!Start doing the right thing!
Lo, you have made considerable progress
In your human life,
Not to speak of your divine life.
9228. Your Eternal Moon Of LoveO my soul,
If you want to come down,
Then come down with your
Eternal moon of love.
O my body,
If you want to go up,
Then go up with your
Eternal sun of strength.
9229. True Spiritual ServiceWork cheerfully, soulfully
With a spirit of oneness.
That is true spiritual service.
9230. A New OpportunityWhen each day dawns,
Meditate on what is most difficult
For you to achieve in your spiritual life,
For each day brings
A new opportunity
For you to achieve that very thing.
9231. Choose The Right MedicineChoose the right medicine:
9232. My Two Age-Old EnemiesAlas, my two age-old enemies,
Doubt and impurity,
Are destroying my hope
Of ever achieving conscious oneness
With my Beloved Supreme.
9233. See YourselfIf doubt enters your inner life,
See yourself as a little child
Who is all faith.
If impurity enters your inner life,
See yourself as a beautiful flower
Which is all purity.
9234. You Need Not WaitIn the Universal Consciousness
Of the Supreme,
Everybody has always existed,
Everybody always exists
And everybody will always exist.
Therefore, you need not wait for others
To accept the spiritual life.
Just run the fastest
Towards your destined goal.
9235. A Heart Larger Than The LargestBecause he has a heart
Larger than the largest,
The Supreme has given him
His own God-Wisdom to use.
9236. If You Want To Love GodIf you want to love God,
First you have to get that love
If you want to give joy to God,
First you have to get that joy
9237. Wait Only For ThoseOn your inner journey
Wait only for those
Who are just one step behind you.
9238. The Sacred BridgeYour Master is the sacred bridge
To help you cross the turbulent life-river
And reach your destined goal.
9239. Never Feel, Never AllowNever feel
That you have received everything
From your inner life.
Relaxation to be
Your inner or outer name.
9240. Practise Spirituality SoulfullyPractise spirituality soulfully:
It is your immeasurable inner gain.
Practise spirituality mechanically:
It is your inconceivable inner loss.
9241. Do Not Look BackwardsDo not look backwards
Or even sideways!
You will stumble
And slow your aspiration-pace.
With one-pointed concentration
Towards your destined goal.
9242. The Life Of Your ChoiceSpirituality is the life
Of your choice.
God-realisation will be the fruit
Of your hard work.
9243. Make Your Choice!Make your choice!
Choose conscious union with God
Or be forced to face
9244. Let Me Be Absolutely BlindI am a tiny drop.
At last I am ready
To throw myself into the ocean.
But let me not look around!
Let me be absolutely blind
Or I shall immediately see
That other drops are also
Ready to jump.
O my stupid insecurity!
9245. Your Ancient ScarsDo not remember
Your ancient scars.
Otherwise you will continue to meet
With ever-new disasters.
9246. To Fulfil God's Special PurposeOffer your heart’s gratitude
To the soul of your country.
Not by chance were you born there,
But to fulfil God’s special Purpose.
9247. I Pray To GodEvery morning I pray to God
To forgive my doubtful mind.
Every evening I pray to God
To forgive my ungrateful life.
9248. Your Inner SunOnce your inner sun
Comes to the fore,
Your spiritual life
Will be all sunshine.
9249. Many Suns Inside YouIn the sky you see only one sun,
But inside your being there are many suns.
The light from even one of these inner suns
Can easily illumine
The darkness of your lower self.
9250. I Just Keep SilentMy Lord Supreme,
What do You do with those
Who do not please You?
As long as they do not
Deliberately displease Me,
I just keep silent.”
9251. LonelinessLoneliness is not
A sign of greatness.
Loneliness is not
A sign of goodness.
Loneliness is your ignorance-life’s
9252. Try To Become BetterTrue, you are a good seeker,
But that does not mean
You should not sincerely and soulfully
Try to become better.
9253. Make A Desperate Effort!Make a desperate effort
To go beyond
What you have already
Received and achieved!
9254. An Unfrequented PathThe path of unconditional surrender
9255. Deposits And WithdrawalsAlthough he was an advanced seeker
With much inner wealth,
He regularly withdrew from his heart-bank
Until ultimately he became
Although she was a new seeker
With no inner wealth,
She regularly deposited
Into her heart-bank
Until eventually she became
9256. Continue Increasing Your CapacityHowever great your inner capacity may be,
Continue increasing it.
The Supreme will be
Much more pleased with you
Than with those who have
Even greater capacity
But are not using it.
9257. Visible Man, Invisible GodVisible man
With Eternity’s hunger.
With Infinity’s Feast.
9258. All-Conquering Compassion-WavesO concentration-weakening thoughts,
I shall conquer you and your pride
With my Lord’s all-conquering
9259. If The Supreme Is ConfidentIf the Supreme is confident
That you will not go back
To your life of doubt, insecurity
Then He will choose you
To come back into the world
To hold aloft His Victory-Banner.
9260. Only To Free ThemselvesThose who do not please the Supreme
Will come again and again
Into the world,
Not to manifest Him,
But only to free themselves
From the fetters of ignorance.
9261. My Life Has No JoyMy Lord Supreme,
My life has no joy
Because I am listening
To my earth-bound mind
And not to my Heaven-free heart.
Since your heart is so pure
And your mind is so impure,
Why do you care for your mind
More than you care for your heart?”
9262. To See The Birth Of TruthTo train your eye
So that it can see
The birth of Truth,
What you need first
Is God’s Compassion-Eye
Inside His Forgiveness-Heart.
9263. God's Compassion-MagnetGod’s Compassion-Magnet
Is always ready to draw
Both our good qualities
And our bad qualities.
9264. On The Strength Of Our SurrenderOn the strength of our surrender
We become happy.
When we are happy,
We become perfect.
This is our self-discovery
And our God-satisfaction.
9265. Ego Is Like A BalloonEgo is like a balloon.
How easy to burst a balloon!
Just grab it and break it.
Ego is like a firecracker.
It makes a dazzling display,
But how long does it last,
And why do we need it?
9266. God Is Waiting For UsGod is waiting for us.
Either we have to open ourselves
So that He can come in,
Or we have to empty ourselves
So that He can fill us.
9267. God's Devoted And Obedient DogA spiritual Master is not God,
But he is trying to be
God’s devoted and obedient dog.
9268. He Who Serves The SupremeHe who cheerfully and devotedly
Serves the Supreme
Instead of meditating
Can receive more inwardly
Than he who outwardly meditates for hours
While inwardly remaining fast asleep
9269. Destined But DelayedGod-realisation and God-manifestation
Are destined, true.
But how often the tempting earth-ignorance
Unnecessarily delays them!
9270. Everyone Has A Good SoulEveryone has a good soul,
But some souls, like unfortunate parents,
Have mind-children and vital-children
That will not listen to them.
9271. The Most Special LoveDo you know when I get
The most special Love from God?
Not when I have a fearful heart,
Not when I have tearful eyes,
But when I have a self-giving heart
And two smiling eyes.
9272. Life Is A Divine GameLife is a divine game.
Truth-seekers are the aspiration-team.
Their Captain, none other than
The Supreme Himself.
9273. The Only Real FreedomWhich kind of freedom is desirable?
The freedom that can declare:
“I am God’s
Supremely chosen child.
I am eternally His.
Sleeplessly I shall be
For Him alone.”
No other freedom is real
Save and except this one.
9274. Who Can Dream?Who can dream?
Who is dreaming?
Who will always dream?
Only the God-lover
In the seeker’s aspiration-heart.
9275. If Your Mind DoubtsIf your mind doubts
Will never take birth
Inside your life.
9276. Your Aspiration-LifeBecause you are consciously spiritual,
On each of your birthdays
Your soul comes to you to energise you,
Inspire you and give you additional strength
To go forward in your aspiration-life.
9277. The Best WeaponIndifference is the best weapon
For no matter how much
Kindness and forgiveness
You offer to a cynic,
You will not be able to change him.
9278. The Braver You AreThe braver you are
In telling the world
What you are and what you stand for,
The greater will be the world’s
Appreciation for you.
9279. Carry The Inspiration And LightNo matter where you go,
No matter what you do,
You can always carry with you
The inspiration and light you receive
From your inner life.
9280. The Very Nature Of KindnessThe very nature of kindness
Is to spread.
If you are kind to others,
Today they will be kind to you,
And tomorrow to somebody else.
9281. Two Questions Have Stung MeTwo questions have stung me:
Why have I not told God
The entire truth?
Is there anything
That I have learnt
Which it would not be better
If I unlearnt?
9282. A Single Blessingful SmileA single blessingful Smile
From his Beloved Supreme
Can make a sincere truth-seeker feel
That he has finally reached Heaven.
9283. Inspire And Be InspiredThere is not a single seeker
Who cannot inspire others.
There is not a single seeker
Who cannot be inspired by others.
9284. The Supreme Is All GratitudeYour Beloved Supreme
Is all gratitude to you
Because you have the courage
To show your inner faith
To the outer world.
9285. His Aggression-VitalHis aggression-vital came to the fore
To challenge the world.
But, alas, when the world
Accepted his challenge,
His coward-vital was frightened to death.
9286. Torch-Bearer Of A New CreationIt is not such a difficult task
To be the torch-bearer
Of a new creation.
Start right from this very moment
By intensifying your aspiration-life.
9287. Not In VainNot in vain
Did you enter the Boat
Of the Supreme.
Not in vain
Have you stayed in His Boat
For so many years.
Not in vain
Are you going to stay in His Boat
For all Eternity.
9288. Who Can Prevent You?If you really want to continue
Walking along Eternity’s Road,
Who can prevent you?
If you really want to make
The fastest progress,
Who can prevent you?
9289. He Is Always SuccessfulHe is always successful
Because beauty-blooms and purity-blooms
Have soulfully and powerfully starred
9290. Your Real DisgraceIncrease, always increase
If you allow your aspiration
It will be your real disgrace.
9291. An Unavoidable NecessityAn unavoidable necessity
Can quite often be
An unexpected opportunity.
9292. If You Do Not ValueIf you do not value
Your spiritual life,
How can you expect
To get much benefit from it?
9293. The Longer He FollowedThe longer he followed
The spiritual life,
The weaker became his aspiration
And the stronger became the disappointment
Of his Beloved Supreme.
9294. This Is All DeceptionYou feel you are always pleasing God
No matter what you do or say,
But this is all deception —
Not God-deception but self-deception.
9295. Friendly NeighboursThe heart and the soul
Are friendly neighbours.
Whenever the heart wants
To become one with God’s Light,
It just knocks at the soul’s door
9296. I Will Continue Pleasing YouThe prayer of a conditional seeker:
“My Lord Supreme,
I have pleased You
For quite a few years.
Is it not time
For You to please me?”
The prayer of an unconditional seeker:
“My Lord Supreme,
Through Your boundless Grace
I have been able to please You
For so many years.
If such is Your Will,
I will continue pleasing You forever.”
9297. He Chose To DescendWhen he ascended, he did not feel
According to his expectation.
Therefore, deliberately and vehemently
He chose to descend.
9298. His Inner Pilot Repeatedly Asked HimHis Inner Pilot repeatedly asked him
To pray more intensely,
To meditate more soulfully
And to serve more unconditionally.
Finally he listened
And became the perfect instrument
Of his Pilot’s choice.
9299. Now He Is Running FastHe started his inner journey
With no love,
No surrender —
Only sheer curiosity.
But now, years later,
He is running fast
Along his inner road
Of love, devotion and surrender.
9300. A Tiny IslandGod alone knows
When the Kingdom of Heaven
Will finally descend on earth.
In the meantime,
God is begging His aspiring children
To try to create
At least a tiny island
Which He can call Heaven on earth.
Editor's introduction to the first editionThis is the ninety-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 dedicates this book to his beloved sister Lily, whose picture appears on the cover. The photograph of the poet has been superimposed alongside it.