The Golden Boat, part 10

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1. Earth

It is my joy, my privilege,
To talk to you, earth.
My silver hope
And
My golden faith
Are centred inside the breath
Of your heart.
Heaven is God's Dream,
Nothing more.
You are God's Reality.
Something more:
You are God's own Progress.

2. A real Guru

Who is a real Guru?
A real Guru is he
Who does not call you stupid,
Undivine and useless.
A real Guru is he who says:
"You have knowledge,
But you need more knowledge.
Try, you certainly can!"

A real Guru is he who says:
"You are divine,
But you can be more divine.
Try, you certainly can!"

A real Guru is he who says:
"You are useful,
Infinitely more useful
Than you ever can imagine.
But you can be more useful.
Try, you certainly can!"

A real Guru is he who says:
"You are God's chosen instrument.
You are useful,
You are fruitful,
You are indispensable
To the divine Vision of God."

3. The builders

Don't forget,
You are the builders
Of tomorrow's world.
What do you have?
Inspiration-flood.
That is enough.
What else do you have?
Aspiration-blood.
That is more than enough.
God has a message for you:
Don't imitate,
But create something new
That will forever last.

4. Why do you suffer?

Why do you suffer?
You suffer
Because
You trust idle rumours.

Why do you suffer?
You suffer
Because
You do a lot of hasty thinking.

Why do you suffer?
You suffer
Because
You do not eschew clever opportunism.

Why do you suffer?
You suffer
Because
You ceaselessly expect popularity.

5. Don't you know?

Don't you know
That your doubtful mind
Is a big blot
On your soul's fair smile?

Don't you know
That your suspicious mind
Is a big blot
On your heart's deep cry?

Don't you know
That your argumentative mind
Is a big blot
On your God's Compassion?

Don't you know
That there is no difference
Between your doubtful mind
And your militaristic mind?

Don't you know
That there is no difference
Between your suspicious mind
And your imperialistic mind?

Don't you know
That there is no difference
Between your argumentative
And your unrealistic mind?

6. Because you are great

Your body loves you
Because
You are a great sleeper.

Your vital loves you
Because
You are a great warrior.

Your mind loves you
Because
You are a great debater.

Your heart loves you
Because
You are a great server.

Your soul loves you
Because
You are a great observer.

Your God loves you
Because
You are a great dreamer.

7. Don't speak ill of them

Don't speak ill of your poor body.
It regularly feeds itself;
You are just not aware of it.

Don't speak ill of your poor vital.
It regularly widens itself;
You are just not aware of it.

Don't speak ill of your poor mind.
It regularly empties itself;
You are just not aware of it.

Don't speak ill of your poor heart.
It regularly fills itself;
You are just not aware of it.

Don't speak ill of your poor God.
He regularly examines Himself;
You are just not aware of it.

8. Look!

You are not blind.
Look at your mind.
Your mind is a rich awakening.

You are not weak.
Look at your heart.
Your heart is a rich resolve.

You are not hopeless.
Look at your soul.
Your soul is a rich harvest.

You are not useless.
Look at your God.
Your God is all for you,
For you alone.

9. Remember one more thing

Ignorance-insincerity
Is the marked feature
Of your unlit mind.

Ignorance-insecurity
Is the marked feature
Of your unaspiring heart.

Remember, God needs your mind.
Remember, God needs your heart.
Remember one thing more:
What you call life-building..
.
I call that very thing
God-flowering.

10. I am sorry

Why don't you play,
Sing and dance?
Don't you believe in
God's universal Love
Of immortal Oneness?
If you fail to believe
I am sorry.
Your heart-life
Is nothing
But
A progressive poverty.

11. His happiness

In his animal life
He was happy
Because
There was no human observer.

In his human life
He is happy
Because
He is always at the Feet
Of God the constant Forgiver.

In his divine life
He will be happy
Because
He will always play
With God the unconditional Lover.

12. This will really make me happy

Lord, accept me
As a dreamer
In Your Heaven.
This will really make me happy.

Lord, accept me
As a striver
On Your earth.
This will really make me happy.

Lord, accept me
As a searcher
Outside Your Body.
This will really make me happy.

Lord, accept me
As a lover
Inside Your Heart.
This will really make me happy.

13. Why God is so pleased with you

Do you know
Why God is so pleased with you?
He is pleased with you
Because
You have realised
That there is no stranger
In the kingdom of humanity.

Do you know
Why God is so pleased with you?
He is pleased with you
Because
You have realised
That there is no intruder
In the country of Divinity.

14. You don't belong to yourself

You don't belong to yourself.
You belong to humanity's hope.

You don't belong to yourself.
You belong to Divinity's Dream.

You don't belong to yourself.
You belong to Infinity's Progress.

You don't belong to yourself.
You belong to Immortality's Life.

15. If you really want to see

Don't separate,
Don't divide;
Do unite,
Do reconcile
If you really want to see
God in man.

Don't hate,
Don't destroy;
Do love,
Do build
If you really want to see
Man in God.

16. Believe it or not!

Believe it or not..
.

The Kingdom of Heaven
Is not in paper-resolutions.

The Kingdom of Heaven
Is not in mind-solutions.

The Kingdom of Heaven
Is in heart-aspiration.

The Kingdom of Heaven
Is in life-dedication.

Believe it or not..
.

17. World-mission

Krishna's perfection for humanity
Was responsible for his world-mission.

Buddha's compassion for humanity
Was responsible for his world-mission.

Christ's dedication to humanity
Was responsible for his world-mission.

Your aspiration for humanity
Is responsible for your world-mission.

My resignation before humanity
Is responsible for my world-mission.

18. We can be eternally happy

I can be eternally happy
Only when
My silence-heart is filled
With God-cries.

God can be eternally happy
Only when
His Dream-Boat is filled
With man-smiles.

19. After he is sought

Love is not becoming,
Love is being.

Life is not hallucination,
Life is aspiration.

God is not taught,
God is caught.
Of course,
After He is sought.

20. I feel so sorry for you

O my unsafe life,
You suffer so much
From
The hurtful invasions of the vital.
I feel so sorry for you.

O my weak life,
You suffer so much
From
The doubtful invasions of the mind.
I feel so sorry for you.

O my poor life,
You suffer so much
From
The meaningful invasions of the soul.
I feel so sorry for you.

21. A new breath

When I think
Of my body,
I breathe a new breath
Of frustration.

When I think
Of my vital,
I breathe a new breath
Of destruction.

When I think
Of my mind,
I breathe a new breath
Of hallucination.

When I think
Of my heart,
I breathe a new breath
Of consolation.

22. I know not, I know

I do not know;
Therefore
Immortality-seed is for me,
Eternity-tree is for me,
Infinity-flower is for me,
Divinity-fruit is for me.

I know;
Therefore
Temptation-seed is not in me,
Depression-tree is not in me,
Frustration-flower is not in me
Destruction-fruit is not in me.

23. Before I act

Before I give
I think of God's Depth;
Therefore
My life is meaningful.

Before I receive
I think of God's Height;
Therefore
My life is fruitful.

Before I achieve
I think of God's Smile;
Therefore
My life is beautiful.

24. Present name, future name

Your aspiration's present name is
Uncertainty;
Its future name is
Realisation.

Your realisation's present name is
Uncertainty;
Its future name is
Revelation.

Your revelation's present name is
Uncertainty;
Its future name is
Manifestation.

Manifestation has two more names:
Perfection and Satisfaction.

25. Life is a quest

Life is a quest
And
Not a conquest.

Love is a conquest
And
Not a quest.

Earth is aspiration
And
Not illumination.

Heaven is illumination
And
Not aspiration.

God is a smile
And
Not a cry.

Man is a cry
And
Not a smile.

26. I keep sentinel

I keep sentinel
Over my loveless words;
Therefore
My heart is nearing
My Lord's Perfection-Door.

I keep sentinel
Over my black thoughts;
Therefore
My mind is nearing
My Lord's Perfection-Door.

I keep sentinel
Over my teeming desires;
Therefore
My vital is nearing
My Lord's Perfection-Door.

I keep sentinel
Over my Godless deeds;
Therefore
My body is nearing
My Lord's Perfection-Door.

27. God needs you

God needs you.
Why?
Because you have conquered
The sluggishness of your blind body.

God needs you.
Why?
Because you have perfected
The selfishness of your narrow vital.

God needs you.
Why?
Because you have silenced
The clamour of your unruly mind.

God needs you.
Why?
Because you have offered
The ignorance of your unaspiring heart.

28. You have freed yourself

You have freed yourself
From the din and roar
Of the exterior world;
Therefore
God is offering you
His Beauty's Height.

You have freed yourself
From the ruthless desire-invasion
Of the interior world;
Therefore
God is offering you
His Duty's Pride.

29. Every reason to rejoice

Because I do not live
In the unlit chamber of the mind,
I have every reason to rejoice;
And I constantly do so.

Because I do not breathe
In the unwidening cave of the heart,
I have every reason to rejoice;
And I constantly do so.

30. Two boons

No more hurdles
Between me and my Lord Supreme!
He has given me two supreme boons:
His lotus Feet belong to my heart;
The tyranny of my ego-life
From now on is His concern,
And not mine.

31. What he gave up

He gave up
The path of popularity
To follow the path of spirituality.
He is really great and sublime.

He gave up
Considering himself a spiritual orphan
To become the bridge between God and man.
He is really wise and divine.

32. Repeating God's Name

You repeated God's Name
With the clever tongue
Of your mind.
God was afraid of your dangerous deception;
Therefore
He did not dare to near you,
Let alone bless you.
But now
You repeat God's Name
With the loving adoration
Of your heart.
Look, God is not only embracing you,
But also claiming you,
You alone, as His very own.

33. Compassion lifts me up

My feet have slipped
And
I have not held out my arms;
Yet
The Compassion of my Lord Supreme
Lifts me up.

My life of aspiration
Has been lost in the world
Of hallucination and temptation
And
My heart is empty of cries and sorrow;
Yet
The Compassion of my Lord Supreme
Lifts me up.

34. My Lord says

I have just begun my long journey
With my first step.
Look,
My Lord says that
I have far advanced on the path.

I have just begun to meditate
In the early hours of the morning.
Look,
My Lord says that
My Goal no longer remains
A far cry.

35. Don't you worry!

True, your mind is a rebel.
But don't you worry!
God is determined
To convert your unruly mind
Into a perfectly disciplined child.

True, your life is ignorance-reality.
But don't you worry!
God is determined
To teach you to swim
Across the sea of Perfection-reality.

36. The indispensables

Silence is indispensable,
For silence is concentrated power.

Joy is indispensable,
For joy is meditative light.

Love is indispensable,
For love is contemplative oneness.

37. Perhaps they need it

Who needs a disciplined life?
Perhaps my body needs it.

Who needs a purified life?
Perhaps my vital needs it.

Who needs an expanded life?
Perhaps my mind needs it.

Who needs a surrendered life?
Perhaps my heart needs it.

38. Emotion

In the body
Emotion is self-indulgence.

In the vital
Emotion is self-temptation.

In the mind
Emotion is self-mortification.

In the heart
Emotion is self-expansion.

39. No happiness there

Don't be in love with machinery.
There is no happiness there.

Don't be in love with money.
There is no happiness there.

Be in love with your heart-life.
There, only there,
Is the flood of happiness.

40. You feel, you hear, you see

You feel.
What do you feel?
You feel God's Presence.

You hear.
What do you hear?
You hear God's Voice.

You see.
What do you see?
You see God's Face.

When you feel,
God is pleased with you.
When you hear,
God is proud of you.
When you see,
God is ready to garland you.

41. Who?

Who applauds you?
He who longs to imitate you.

Who stones you?
He who knows
That you are far beyond his imitation.

Who loves you?
He who wants to know you.

Who hates you?
He who wants you
To be ignorant of him.

42. Spirituality

Who told you
That spirituality
Is a compartment
Totally cut off
From the activity-flow?
Who told you
That spirituality
Is not life-blossoming?
I tell you
Once and for all:
Spirituality is activity-flow,
Spirituality is life-blossoming,
Plus
Spirituality is God-becoming.

43. Guru and disciple

What is a Guru?
A Guru is he who devours
The ignorance-sea of his disciple.

What is a disciple?
A disciple is he who swims
In the wisdom-sea of his Guru.

What is a Guru?
A Guru is he who finds himself
In the soul of his disciple.

What is a disciple?
A disciple is he who loses himself
In the heart of his Guru.

44. Arise in faith!

Arise in faith!
Earth will give you
All its love.

Arise in faith!
Heaven will give you
All its joy.

Arise in faith!
God will give you
All His Freedom.

Arise in faith!
You will realise
That you are not only in all,
Of all and for all,
But also
You are ALL.

45. You will be stronger

Fight injustice.
Your soul will be stronger.
Combat wrong.
Your heart will be stronger.
Oppose doubt.
Your mind will be stronger.
Abjure domination.
Your vital will be stronger.
Serve truth.
Your body will be stronger.

46. Your main obstacle

What was your main obstacle?
Your animal hunger.
What is your main obstacle?
Your human pride.
What will be your main obstacle?
Your fear of total surrender.

47. Your peerless treasure

What was your peerless treasure?
Your silver faith.
What is your peerless treasure?
Your golden love.
What will be your peerless treasure?
Your diamond oneness.

48. A man of principle

I was a man of ideas,
But my ideas were
Uncertain and vague.

I was a man of ideals,
But my ideals were
Blind and selfish.

Now that I have become
A man of principle,
My ideas faithfully serve me
And
My ideals soulfully elevate me.

49. God needs only you

Transform your desire-night
Into aspiration-light.
Do not desert your good God.
Remember, God needs only you,
And nobody else.

Transform your aspiration-light
Into Perfection-height.
Do not disappoint your good God.
Remember, God needs only you
And nobody else.

50. Perhaps we both are right

You say
He has a sharpened mind.
I say
He has a darkened mind.
Perhaps we both are right.

You say
His heart is all love for humanity.
I say
His heart is all love for Divinity.
Perhaps we both are right.

You say
His soul is of God.
I say
His soul is for God.
This time no "perhaps";
We both are unmistakably right.