Four hundred Gratitude-Flower-Hearts
Is a great help
When I am in trouble.
Is a great help
In keeping me out of trouble.
43.A great soul fights for
The decisive victory
In the battlefield of life.
44.A good soul unreservedly surrenders
To the Cosmic Will
Of the Absolute Supreme.
Frightens the human in us.
Strengthens the divine in us.
47.God hides His Face
Because He enjoys the Game:
48.Man hides his face
Because he fails to ignore
The ruthless torture
Of strangling humiliation.
49.My life is stationed
My tearful heart
My cheerful soul.
50.The poverty of a saint
Chastens and enlightens
51.The wealth of a multi-millionaire
Frightens and weakens
52.God is eager to help you
Do not reject His Help
53.The outer man strikes.
The inner man gets
54.God has challenged
On your behalf.
Can you not for a
Think and feel
That He has done it
Tearfully tells me
That my life has to proceed
From struggle to struggle.
Cheerfully tells me
That my life is proceeding
From strength to strength.
57.Suffering is undoubtedly
To learn and unlearn.
58.Why should I be angry with you
Since I know that I have the capacity
To love you
59.How do I dare to be angry with you
Since I have no power
To protect you?
60.What my soul's Heaven has
61.What my heart's earth is
62.Obedience is joy.
Joy is Heaven's
Joy is earth's
63.Believe, you will know.
Believe, you will grow.
Believe, you will become.
Indeed, you are NOW
God's chosen drum.
64.Do you want to know
Why your faith is not
Inspiring you anymore?
Here is the answer:
Your faith is either dying
Or completely dead
In the inner world.
65.Be affectionate and compassionate.
Remember only one thing:
Like you everybody
Is desperately fighting
In the battlefield of life.
66. ForgivenessMy Lord's Name is Forgiveness. My name is hope.
To forgive the outer world I need peace. To forgive the inner world I need perfection.
Forgiveness is the seeker's immeasurable accomplishment in both the world of self-giving and the world of God-becoming.
Forgiveness is man's happiness-house. Forgiveness is God's Oneness-Home.
If you are deplorably weak, then you will sleeplessly remember, strongly harbour and ceaselessly suffer. If you are soulfully brave, then you will immediately forgive, completely forget and unimaginably prosper.
Forget the injustice-world. Forgiveness-joy will be all yours.
Cry for the world. Look, forgiveness-light is within your easy reach. Smile at the world. Look, forgiveness-delight is preceding you and following you.
Forgive the world. The world will sit at your compassion-feet. Forgive yourself. God will be dancing inside your meditation-heart.
67. FaithfulnessFaithfulness means, "I am unconditionally for God."
Faithfulness is man's divine soulfulness, which completely satisfies God.
Faithfulness is the inner fulness, which does not need any outer help.
Faithfulness is God-satisfaction in man and man-perfection in God.
Faithfulness is the sunlit path. It most amazingly expedites our Heavenward journey.
Because of faithfulness there can be no ultimate failure here on earth, there in Heaven. This is the discovery, the infallible discovery, made by faithful seekers and soulful God-lovers.
God does not fail anybody. This is the most outstanding discovery of a faithful truth-seeker.
Faithfulness is ruthlessly challenged by difficulty. Faithfulness is unreservedly supported by necessity.
Faithfulness always succeeds and proceeds.
Faithfulness shines in our heart's aspiration-cry. Faithfulness shines in our life's dedication-smile.
Today faithfulness is my victory's goal. Tomorrow faithfulness shall be my self-giving role in man's heart, which will grow into the very image of God.
68. PurityA purity-heart is never empty.
A purity-heart does not worry. It does not hurry either. A purity-heart devotedly waits, soulfully watches and unmistakably acts.
Conviction's treasure-home: a purity-heart.
A purity-heart houses a very large amount of capacity. Therefore, it surmounts most of the difficulty-barriers in human life.
Purity is the life's achievement. Joy is the heart's commitment.
Purity's absence is the fast beginning of life's real bankruptcy.
Purity most rapidly increases in the seeker's inner obedience-life.
Rich in purity means rich in divinity. Rich in divinity means rich in perfection. Rich in perfection means rich in God-satisfaction.
A pure God-lover carries the crying earth up to Heaven in the morning and brings the smiling Heaven down to earth in the evening.
69. TimeWho has time? God. God has time to love me.
Who has time? I. I have time to perfect myself.
Time is the colleague of happiness and the fever of laziness.
The laziness in man usually hates the promptness of time. The divine in man sleeplessly loves the readiness, steadiness and promptness of time.
My failure-life is not the fault of my lack of time. My failure-life is the fault of my mind's lack of awareness, my heart's lack of wakefulness and my life's lack of soulfulness.
Every day time sings for me only one song — the same song — "pull and push." Time inspires me to pull Heaven down gently and push earth up powerfully.
While doing a little thing I smile at time. While doing a great thing I cry for time. While doing the right thing I love the unconditional arrival of time.
The heart of time embodies ceaseless industry. The eye of time reveals soundless eloquence.
Time touches the God-lover in me to inspire my slow body, my weak vital, my unconscious mind and my uncertain heart all at once.
70. PrideSome people are overqualified. Therefore, God cannot appoint them.
Pride can befriend only those who are short in their inner heights and inner depths.
A man of pride is an "I" specialist. A man of humility is an "I" perfectionist.
Preference and indifference are the obverse and reverse of the pride-coin.
You are admiring yourself to such an extent that you have made it clear that you do not need even God's Admiration.
You are full of yourself. Poor God sincerely tells the whole world that His Heart is too small for you.
Your excessive love of yourself destroys you not only beyond your realisation but also far beyond your imagination.
Your body is proud of its simplicity. Your vital is proud of its vitality. Your mind is proud of its majesty. Your heart is proud of its humility. Your soul is proud of its luminosity. And finally, your God is proud of His unity in multiplicity.
71. HumilityA humility-man is a God-satisfying life.
God forgot my name because I was disproportionately proud. God gave me not only His Name but also His God-capacities because I was sincerely humble.
A humble seeker-soul accepts both God's Compassion-Height and Justice-Light equally, happily, soulfully and unconditionally.
Humility-foundation holds the realisation-palace.
Excessive humility is impressive unreality and compulsive insincerity.
When you pray to God for humility, God grants you humility plus His own Appreciation-Heart.
Pride left him hurriedly and helplessly the day he realised God.
Humility has been living permanently with him and in him since the day he came to know that what he has is a tiny ant-capacity.
Because of my sincere incapacity, humility and its closest friend, divinity, have become my intimate friends.
72. GenerosityMy generosity is not self-aggrandisement. My generosity is my Lord's God-contentment.
My generosity is not an unavoidable responsibility. My generosity is an invaluable opportunity.
Generosity is the willing heart's capacity which conquers the unwilling mind's incapacity.
Generosity is at once man's loving promise to God and God's saving promise to man.
Generosity smilingly consumes selfishness-fire.
Only a generous heart does not rob or exploit the poverty-stricken humanity.
Some people trust God because they think that God can and will eventually grant them salvation. But they are not generous in trusting God with their wallets and pocketbooks, for they think that God may distribute the contents of their wallets and pocketbooks lavishly and unscrupulously!
Generosity is from the descending God, for the ascending man.
Generosity comes from the present God-Tree to the future God-Leaves.
A generous soul gives to mankind what he has and gets from God what He Himself is.
Generosity increases human capacity, strengthens divine Unity and satisfies the supreme Reality.
73. WorshipWorship is God-reaching aspiration within, God-manifesting devotion without.
The human in us secretly expects the worship of patronage-fulness. The divine in us sincerely waits for the right moment to expect fellowship-oneness.
Worship man. Imperfection-frustration will chase you. Worship God. Opposition-destruction will surrender to you.
We worship. Unconsciously we worship fear-torture. Consciously we worship courage-rapture.
We worship. Unconsciously we worship jealousy-seed. Consciously we worship friendliness-fruit.
We worship. Unconsciously we worship doubt-kingdom. Consciously we worship faith-freedom.
We worship. Unconsciously we worship ignorance-night around us. Consciously we worship wisdom-light within us.
74. I love youI love you
Your life is Eternity's
I love you
Your heart is Infinity's
Is usually shadowless.
Is amazingly faultless.
Is eternally priceless.
76. They say and I sayThey say: the morning is
I say: your blossoming
Eyes are infinitely
They say: the evening is
I say: your falling
Tears are infinitely
77. I am not afraidI am not afraid of
The blackness of darkness.
I am not afraid of
The blindness of darkness.
I am afraid of
The emptiness of darkness.
Man's need was an iota of
Man's need is a small
Man's need will be
79. WhenWhen slowly
Quickly and powerfully
80. Justice-sun and compassion-seaMy Lord Supreme
What I anticipated:
My Lord Supreme
Shall grant me
What I am hoping for:
Twelve prayers for 1979
81.My Lord Supreme, You blessed me with an inspiration-bird in the month of January. I am now offering You my gratitude-heart.
82.My Lord Supreme, in the month of February You blessed me with a flame of aspiration in the depth of my heart.
83.My Lord Supreme, in March You taught me how to be faithful, cheerful and soulful in my life of dedication.
84.My Lord Supreme, in April You took away from me my impurity-breath and my insecurity-life.
85.My Lord Supreme, in May I placed at Your Feet my entire ingratitude-world.
86.My Lord Supreme, out of Your infinite Compassion, in June You said to me: "My son, failure is not your name. Your name is constant attempt."
87.My Lord Supreme, in July You forced me to stop drinking doubt-poison and You helped me drink faith-nectar.
88.My Lord Supreme, in August You illumined me by saying that I must not miss any opportunity, either in the inner world or in the outer world.
You said to me, "To miss an opportunity, My child, is to be farther than the farthest from Me."
89.My Lord Supreme, if I have an iota of gratitude, then I place it at Your Compassion-Feet, for it is You who saved me from the utterly destructive month of September.
90.My Lord Supreme, in October You gave me the capacity to love You sincerely, to devote myself to You unreservedly and to surrender my life to You constantly.
91.My Lord Supreme, in November You said, "Don't think, My child. I shall think for you. Don't fight, My child. I shall fight for you. Only try to love Me more in your sleepless hours and in your sleeping hours."
92.My Lord Supreme, today is the first of December. Today You are blessing me with a unique message: "My child, each second in your life of aspiration and dedication is as precious as Heaven's descending Blessing and as precious as earth's ascending cry."
Editor's prefaceFor each of the books he has written since coming to the West in 1964, Sri Chinmoy identifies himself with his larger self and offers a gratitude-flower-heart to his Beloved Supreme, who is all the time creating in and through him. At the same time, these books form a garland of light which the Supreme Himself grants humanity in total satisfaction for its soulful acceptance of His divine Self-offering.
In this, Sri Chinmoy’s four hundredth book, the gratitude-flower-heart of humanity and the satisfaction-fruit-soul of Divinity become one. Thus, these inspiring aphorisms, energising essays, enlightening poems and fulfilling prayers stand as the Transcendental God’s immortal Gift to the Universal God: man. In return, the aspiring man’s gratitude-blossoms stand as a most significant gift to humanity’s perennial Source: God.