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Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, part 99
9801. A New Kind Of WinningDiscover a new kind of winning,
This time not for yourself
But for the entire world.
Consciously become what you eternally are:
9802. I Water My Life-Garden Every DayI water my life-garden every day
With my heart’s tears
So that I can soulfully sing
And powerfully dance
With my Lord Supreme
In His Vision-Transcendence-Light.
9803. Self-Dedication-LightTo permanently change his old habits,
Man needs an absolutely sincere wish
9804. A New SolutionI see a new solution
To my new problem.
My new problem is:
I do not know anything correctly.
My new solution is:
As long as I can love my Lord Supreme
Soulfully and devotedly,
I do not need anything more.
9805. My Heart's Unwavering FaithMy heart’s unwavering faith
Has given my mind’s meditation
The capacity to become
A silence-expander and delight-distributor.
Know how to wrangle and strangle.
Know how to grow and glow.
9807. Self-Styled CommitmentsAlthough he is tremendously confused
About who he is,
He enjoys the intoxication
Of self-styled commitments
To all those who are around him.
9808. The Tide Of Self-Giving LoveUnless you launch your Heaven-free heart
On the tide of self-giving love,
Your earth-bound mind
Can never become faultlessly pure.
9809. God's Secret Love-TouchLoneliness violently attacks the world
Yet the world survives.
Because God’s secret Love-Touch
9810. In The DustYour mind is in the dust,
But your heart is not of the dust
And your life is not for the dust.
9811. My Doubtful PastMy doubtful past cannot touch
My soulful present
And my fruitful future.
9812. A One-Man ShowIf your mind wants to enjoy
Being a one-man show,
Then be careful.
You may eventually find yourself
In a barren wasteland.
9813. The Message Of A BlessingThe message of a curse:
I cannot and I will not.
The message of a blessing:
I have and I already am.
9814. A Successful MovementEach movement need not be
A successful progress,
But each progress
Is a successful movement
Forward, upward and inward.
9815. Advantages And PossessionsHis advantages have made him
Slowly and secretly lethargic.
His possessions have made him
Quickly and openly useless.
9816. Hunger Does Not Find FaultAs intense outer hunger
Does not find fault
With the food-preparation,
Even so, sincere inner hunger
Does not find fault
With God’s Vision-Manifestation.
9817. Turbulence And SilenceThe turbulence of an intellectual mind
And the silence of a soulful heart
Do not care for each other,
Even in their resting hours.
9818. Changing And TranscendingThe animal in me has changed.
The human in me is changing.
The divine in me has transcended.
The Supreme in me is ever-transcending,
9819. I May Begin The JourneyI may at most begin the journey;
God’s boundless Bounty
Will have to complete
My heavenward progress-life.
9820. Ascend And TranscendSleep instead of sighing
If you are clever.
Sing instead of sighing
If you are wise.
Ascend and transcend instead of sighing
If you are perfect.
9821. Only One Inner TeacherI have only one inner teacher:
I have only one outer teacher:
9822. I Can Have SecurityI can have security
Only when I have implicit faith
In my Lord’s blessingful Message to me:
I shall replace your insecurity-life
If at least ten times daily
You can claim Me as your own,
9823. When I Want To Increase PurityWhen I want to increase
My own heart’s purity,
I repeat my Lord’s Name
As powerfully as possible.
When I want to increase
Purity in my dear ones,
I repeat my Lord’s Name
As slowly as possible
And as quietly as possible.
9824. The Only OneBecause of his unconditional surrender
To God’s Will,
He is the only one
Whom God has entrusted
With the opportunity and capacity
To celebrate His Perfection-Smile
And His Satisfaction-Cry
9825. Stronger Than LogicStupidity is stronger than logic:
A sincere mind may know it.
Impurity is stronger than aspiration:
No sincere heart will accept it.
9826. Even My Soul Is DisgustedI am half afraid to say
That even my loving
And illumining soul
Is totally disgusted
With my doubting mind.
9827. Your Mind Has A MonopolyYour mind has a monopoly
Your heart has a monopoly
9828. If You Are Out Of PracticeIf you are out of practice,
Then start praying to God
If you have been praying regularly,
Then start meditating on God
9829. Power Likes To Live ApartLove likes to remain in a group,
Accessible and available.
Power likes to live apart,
Inaccessible and unavailable.
9830. Ask Earth's Aspiration-HeartYou want to know
How you can become perfect?
Ask earth’s aspiration-heart
And Heaven’s illumination-eye
To answer this question.
9831. A Top SecretWhat I need from my Lord Supreme
I have told Him.
What He needs from me
He has told me.
We both have decided
That we shall keep our needs
A top secret from the world.
9832. God Is Waiting For YouCan you not see
That God is waiting for you
At His Table?
When will you eat His Food?
When will you drink His Nectar-Drink?
How long does poor God have to wait
Unnecessarily for you?
9833. How Can I Be Displeased?He criticises my mind,
But he loves my heart.
How can I be displeased with him,
Since he immediately compensates?
9834. In Defense Of EarthI speak in defense of earth:
It desperately tries to cry
I speak in defense of Heaven:
It definitely wants to smile
9835. An Immortal Song Of JoyWhen the soul cannot properly
Manifest the Supreme,
It sings the song of sorrow.
When the soul is able
To manifest the Supreme,
This song of sorrow is transformed
Into an immortal song of joy.
9836. The Question Of QuestionsMy morning awareness
Asks the question of questions:
Who is God?
My evening awareness
Asks the question of questions:
Who is not God?
9837. His Life Stands CrucifiedHis life stands crucified
Between his crying desire
And his smiling aspiration.
9838. Change Your MindChange your mind
If you do not want anybody
To bind your life.
9839. Running Like A RiverEach negative thought
Produced by my mind
Is running like a river
That enters into the sea of destruction
And adds to its destructive power.
Each immortal expression of will
Produced by my heart
Is running like a river
That enters into
God’s ever-increasing Silence-Peace
For the ever-increasing satisfaction
Of earth’s heart.
9840. The Golden BridgeGod the man was fascinated
When he saw man the God’s
Birthless and deathless Golden Bridge.
The Absolute Supreme,
Who is both God the man and man the God,
Is eagerly waiting for earth’s receptivity
To claim that Golden Bridge
As its own, very own.
9841. When The Divine Heart LosesWhen the human mind loses,
Even to God,
It immediately starts weeping.
When the divine heart loses,
Not only to God
But also to any divine being,
It immediately starts smiling.
9842. You Will Be PerfectYou are happy
Now that you are not carrying
The burden of scholarship.
You will be perfect
The day you emerge dauntlessly
From your mind’s battleship.
9843. My Prayer ChallengesMy morning prayer
Challenges the imperfection of my life.
My midday prayer
Challenges the uncertainty of my mind.
My evening prayer
Challenges the insecurity of my heart.
My nighttime prayer
Challenges the power of my own insufficiency.
9844. Your Battleground-ExperiencesAll your battleground-experiences
Must eventually be transformed
9845. The Life Of AusterityThe life of austerity
Is an old way.
This old way
Will not work any more.
9846. He Who Is WiseHe who is clever
Is useless in the spiritual life.
He who is earthly wise and divinely unwise
Is equally useless.
But he who is supremely wise
Is constantly perfect.
Who is supremely wise?
He who does not expect anything
From the ignorance-world,
His lower self,
But who expects everything from God,
His higher Self.
9847. Universal OnenessUniversal oneness
Is the divine necessity
Of the human life.
Is the supreme necessity
Of the divine life.
9848. One World Can Bind UsOne world can bind us:
One world can free us:
One world can place us on God’s Throne:
9849. My Heart's Climbing PreparationSince God is His own
I shall try to become my own heart’s
9850. You Have Revealed To MeMy heart,
You have revealed to me
Only one thing more do reveal:
Of your aspiration-cry.
9851. I May Not Know Many ThingsI may not know many things,
But I do know one thing well:
My Eternity’s only indispensable necessity
Is my Lord’s Compassion-flooded Heart.
9852. Because Your Life LivesBecause your life lives
In forgotten promises,
Your heart is forced to live
In forgotten hopes.
9853. If You Compete With YourselfIf you compete with yourself,
God will give you the capacity
To transcend yourself.
If you compete with others,
Yours will be a blundering mind
And a suffering heart.
9854. Cast Aside Half-TruthsCast aside half-truths
If you hope to climb up
The peace-crowned heights
Of God’s Immortality-fulfilled
9855. Sacred God-Loving ThoughtsIf your heart gives birth
To sacred God-loving thoughts,
Then only will your life
No longer remain a part
Of the universal aimlessness.
9856. The Temple Of Universal SilenceIn tomorrow’s world
Many things will illumine humanity.
But the thing that will illumine
Humanity’s inner and outer life most
Is the transcendental temple
Of universal silence.
9857. Your Own DoomYou do not have to approach
Your own doom.
Just let your aspiration-flower
Petal by petal.
9858. My Lord's Fulness-SmileEach time I see newness
In my thought-world,
I see my Lord’s Fulness-Smile
Nourishing not only my Heaven-free soul
But also my earth-bound body.
9859. My Mind Derives SatisfactionMy unlit mind derives satisfaction
My illumined mind derives satisfaction
From a gratitude-flower.
I become ingratitude-thorns
When I want to defeat the world.
I become a gratitude-flower
When I walk with the world
And for the world
In my Lord Supreme.
9860. Newness, Oneness And FulnessGod’s Vision-Eye
Loves God’s Newness.
Loves God’s Oneness.
Loves God’s Fulness
In His earth-bound Cry,
And self-transcending Song.
9861. Inexhaustible WillingnessThe fount of inexhaustible willingness
Is discovered only inside
The seeker’s heart of sleepless selflessness.
Selflessness in the inner world
Is God the Dreamer.
Selflessness in the outer world
Is God the Performer.
9862. My Heart's Sincerity-CryMy heart’s sincerity-cry
May not be appreciated
By earth’s ignorance-life,
But it is fondly treasured
By Heaven’s wisdom-flooded soul.
9863. When My Mind Is PureWhen my mind is pure,
My Lord Supreme smilingly tells me
That I am great.
When my heart is pure,
My Lord Supreme fondly tells me
That I am great.
When my life is pure,
My Lord Supreme smilingly, fondly
And proudly tells me
That I am not only great
But also perfect.
9864. My Soul's Supernatural CapacityO my mind,
It is high time for me to pierce
The fog of your confusion
With my soul’s supernatural capacity:
Its inseparable oneness
With my Lord Supreme.
9865. Identical And IndistinguishableThe Compassion-Eye and Forgiveness-Heart
Of my Beloved Lord Supreme
Are identical and indistinguishable.
9866. He And His Heart Every Day RunHe and his heart every day run
To reach the ultimate Goal:
The complete satisfaction of God
In His own Way.
While running, they never allow
Earthly emotions to join them.
9867. I Am Eager To HearMy Lord, I have glimpsed many times
The immensity of Your Heart’s Concern.
Now I am eager to hear
Just a few earth-illumining
And life-fulfilling words.
9868. The Vision-Eye Of A SaintThe vision-eye of a saint
Plays with the beauty
Of the visible world
And with the divinity
Of the invisible world.
9869. Try To Trust The WorldTry to trust the world
At every moment.
If you even secretly mistrust the world,
There shall come a time
When your heart may have to weep
A rain of sorrows.
9870. A Little Of Your Heart's SweetnessA little of your heart’s sweetness
Can easily and unmistakably kill
The bitterness of your frustration-vital.
9871. A Contrary ExperienceI am still inside the prison cell
Of the past.
I am totally blind
In my self-styled life.
My life is nothing but
A contrary experience
To my Lord’s Vision-Will.
9872. Something Unusual And RareYou may not know everything,
But you do know something
Unusual and rare:
How to cheerfully commune
With your mind’s melancholy thoughts.
9873. Under The Compassion-CanopyHis is the mind
That is now completely engulfed
His is the heart
That is now utterly shattered
Yet he does not want
His life to be sheltered
Under the Compassion-Canopy
Of the Absolute Supreme.
9874. Within Your Easy ReachIf you start serving your newness-heart
And stop serving your foolishness-mind,
Then God’s Oneness-Heart
Will be within your easy reach.
9875. The Evening Sunshine Of His LifeHis heart of gratitude
For God’s Compassion
And his life of surrender
To God’s Will
Became the evening sunshine of his life.
9876. To Give PleasureTo give pleasure to my Lord Supreme,
My soul and my heart
Must exert heavy pressure
On my mind of hesitation
9877. True Love Of GodTrue love of God
Grows in the soul,
Then glows in the heart
And finally flows through the body.
9878. A Man IsA man is
What he says to himself.
A man is
What he does for humanity.
A man is
What God thinks of him.
9879. To Bring God NearerYour heart’s soulful dream
And your life’s powerful promise
Can bring God nearer to you
In an unprecedented way.
9880. A Yawning GulfAlas, there is a yawning gulf
Between his soul’s will
And his life’s most tragic fate.
9881. The Fire Of Deathless HappinessIf your mind enjoys
The breathless silence
Of the Unknowable,
That means God has already kindled
The fire of deathless happiness
9882. Envy's Loud InvasionTrue, my Lord, I need You.
But I need Your Silence-Power more.
Because I want to silence
Envy’s loud invasion of my thoughts.
9883. Let Us Go And RestMy soul,
Since you and I have worked very hard,
Let us go and rest for a while.
Since you are always reluctant to work
And I cannot force you to work,
You can rest until God’s Justice-Light
Descends upon you.
9884. O My Himalayan HopesO my sacred and Himalayan hopes,
I am missing you more and more
Now that I have irretrievably lost
And my dedication-life.
9885. A Shattering ExperienceO my body,
Add not anything more
To your ignorance-sleep.
God’s choice Hour has already struck.
If you do not respond now,
Yours will be
A shattering experience.
9886. Just Go Your Own WayLet the whole world go its way.
You just go your own way.
Your way is to feel the divinity
In humanity’s heart
And to see the Immortality
In Divinity’s soul.
9887. My Love-ThoughtsYesterday I discovered something new:
These love-thoughts I shall broadcast
And my outer world I shall heal
With my soul-smiles.
9888. Where Is My Existence?Where is my existence?
It is standing between
My heart’s weeping tears
And my soul’s enlightening smiles.
9889. Let Us Try To ManifestO my soul,
Let us once more try to perfectly manifest
Our Beloved Supreme here on earth.
Are we not His chosen instruments,
Him to manifest,
Triumphantly and unprecedentedly,
In His own cosmic Way?
9890. HopeHope is not a momentary flicker.
Hope is Eternity’s slow, steady,
Illumining and fulfilling height.
9891. The Vision Of PowerThe vision of power
Is very limited
In the outer world.
The power of vision
Is always unlimited
In the inner world.
9892. The Illumining ResultsEvery day
Early in the morning
And late in the evening
I sing through my heart-tears.
This is indeed the illumining result
Of my Lord’s and my joint efforts.
9893. My Hope, My PromiseMy hope is
Heaven’s cheerful descent.
My promise is
Earth’s powerful ascent.
9894. I Never Dare To Think!I never dare to think!
If ever I think,
I immediately drink deep
The joy of an empty hope.
9895. Your Heart Can Radiate JoyBecause your mind is free
Your heart can now radiate joy
To all seekers
And even to non-seekers.
9896. If You Are PowerfulIf you are powerful,
Then ask your mind to be happy.
If you are soulful,
Then ask your life to be perfect.
If you are self-giving,
Then tell God that everything you claim
To be your own
You have surrendered to His choice Hour.
9897. If You Become SidetrackedIf you become sidetracked
In your meditation,
You and your life will be without
The blossoming God.
9898. Your Body ObeysYour body obeys
The law of inertia.
Your mind obeys
The law of doubt.
But your heart obeys
Only one pilot:
Your adamantine faith.
9899. My Blessingful BoonMy Lord,
You know that I am praying to You.
I shall not deny your prayer,
But you must develop a purity-mind.
This is what is delaying
My blessingful Boon.”
9900. I Want To Run With YouMy Lord,
I want to run with You
Sleeplessly and unconditionally,
But I cannot keep pace with You.
What can I do?
Your very eagerness to run with Me
Is more than I need.
Sleeplessly think of running with Me;
Unconditionally meditate on running with Me.
Lo, sooner than at once
You and I will be easily running
Editor's introduction to the first editionThis is the ninety-ninth 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 with Payton Jordan, a champion sprinter and one of America’s all-time great coaches, on 4 June 1982. “You are a river flowing continuously and carrying all … the champions in the making … to the sea,” Sri Chinmoy told the former Stanford University coach. “Everybody that does anything is a champion,” Jordan replied. “And when they can feel proud of what they do, that is the most important thing in our teaching.” In recent years, Payton Jordan has offered Sri Chinmoy invaluable suggestions and videotaped demonstrations on how to improve his running. Sri Chinmoy calls Payton Jordan his Himalayan coach.