My Race-Prayers, part 1

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My Lord,
My God-realisation-aspiration
Has been crying for centuries,
And yet I do not know
Where You are
Or where I am.

3 December 1999_
_Curitiba, Brazil


My Lord,
You are commanding me
To join You
In Your beginningless
Therefore, my heart is all gratitude
To You.

31 December 1999_
_Curitiba, Brazil


O Lord,
How beautiful is the morning
When I can see Your Beauty’s Eye
And Duty’s Hands and Legs
Circling the dreaming hopes
Of my life,
The streaming tears
Of my heart
And the blossoming smiles
Of my soul!

8 January 2000_
_Iguassu Falls, Brazil


My Lord Supreme,
My prayers cannot satisfy You.
My meditations cannot satisfy You.
What else, then, can I do for You
To satisfy You?

“My child,
How do you know
That your prayers and meditations
Are not satisfying Me?
They do satisfy Me.
But I want you to satisfy Me
Sleeplessly and breathlessly,
And infinitely more,
Infinitely more.”

12 January 2000_
_Iguassu Falls, Brazil


When I look into God’s Eye,
I see that He is Infinite and I am finite.
When I look into God’s Heart,
I clearly see and throbbingly feel
That I am His Eternity’s doll
And He is my Eternity’s All.

15 January 2000_
_Iguassu Falls, Brazil


My Lord, an unconditionally
God-surrendered seeker
And God-surrendered lover
Is the beauty
Of the ever-blossoming
Universal Consciousness
And the fragrance
Of the ever-heightening
Transcendental Consciousness.

19 January 2000_
_Asunción, Paraguay


My Lord, my Lord, my Lord!
My God-discovery has solved
Not only all intricate mysteries,
But also all insoluble problems,
Past, present and future.
My Lord, You have given me
And I have.

“My child, I have given you
And you are.”

22 January 2000_
_Asunción, Paraguay


My Lord Supreme
Voraciously devours
The beaming smiles
Of my soul.
My Lord Supreme
Voraciously devours
The streaming tears
Of my heart.

27 January 2000_
_Brasilia, Brazil


My Lord, my Lord,
The outer runner promises
On earth.
The inner runner fulfils
The promise.
The outer runner runs
For God.
The inner runner runs
With God.

5 February 2000_
_New York


Every morning I gladden
My Lord’s Heart immensely
By crying and flying
In my inner life,
And by smiling and running
In my outer life.

26 February 2000_
_New York


My Lord, my Lord, my Lord,
My running is the rose-beauty
And jasmine-fragrance
Of my God-blossoming heart.

4 March 2000_
_New York


My Lord, my Lord,
You are telling me that
A smiling heart-runner
Is the enjoyer supreme
Of Heaven’s infinite Beauty
And immortal Fragrance,
Specially when the runner runs
In inclement weather,
Unpleasant weather,
Uninspiring weather
And undivine weather.

11 March 2000_
_New York


My Lord, my Lord,
My implicit faith
In my God-surrender-run
Is speedily and safely
Taking me
To my God-Destination
Of the ever-blossoming
And ever-heightening Beyond.

18 March 2000_
_New York


My Lord, my Lord,
You are reminding me
Again and again
Of the undeniable fact
That a sleeplessly self-giving seeker
Is absolutely the fastest runner
In the worlds of aspiration
And dedication.

25 March 2000_
_New York


I am a morning runner.
God gives me His Beauty.
I am a midday runner.
God gives me His Power.
I am an afternoon runner.
God gives me His Charm.
I am an evening runner.
God gives me His Peace.
I am a midnight runner.
God gives me His Pride.

29 April 2000_
_New York


O our 3,100-mile-run runners,
My sleepless, prayerful, soulful, powerful
And proud gratitude-heart-throbs
I have discovered
In your aspiration-mountain-height
And in your dedication-fountain-delight.

O my Saturday two-mile-race runners,
Your running is challenging,
Yet charming and thrilling.

29 July 2000_
_New York


My Lord Beloved Supreme,
You have given
My finite gratitude-heart
The capacity
To bind Your Universal Life
And Transcendental Self
At the same time.

5 August 2000_
_New York


My Lord, my Lord, my Lord!
The Heaven-born fragrance
Of my inner running-soul
Becomes the earth-transforming beauty
Of my outer running-life.
My Lord, my Lord, my Lord!

26 August 2000_
_New York


My Lord, my Lord,
My morning run unites
My God-readiness-heart
With God’s absolute Fulness-Smile.

16 September 2000_
_New York


My Lord, my Lord,
When my body, my vital
And my mind walk,
My name becomes transformation.
When my heart runs,
My name becomes satisfaction.
When my soul flies,
My name becomes perfection,
And God tells me who I eternally am.

28 October 2000_
_New York


My Lord, my Lord,
My life is my patience.
My patience is God’s Satisfaction.
God’s Satisfaction is my All
In the inner world
Of my God-realisation
And in the outer world
Of my God-manifestation.

11 November 2000_
_New York


May every morning
My life become
The lotus-beauty-fragrance-petals
Of my God-oneness-heart.

2 December 2000_
_Ayutthaya, Thailand


This morning God asked my mind
If my mind sleeplessly loves Him.
Then God asked my heart
If my heart breathlessly needs Him.
My mind immediately said to God,
“I definitely love You sleeplessly.”
My heart prayerfully said to God,
“My Lord, please give me
A few years.
Right now I am quite uncertain.”
God said to my mind,
“My son, cultivate sincerity!”
God said to my heart,
“My child, develop speed!”

20 December 2000_
_Mandalay, Myanmar


Slowly, steadily and unerringly
My earth-life-tree grows,
Blossoms and glows
Under the Compassion-Vision-Eye
Of my Absolute Lord Supreme.

23 December 2000_
_Mandalay, Myanmar


The mind’s greatness-heights
Are perishable.
The heart’s goodness-depths
Are imperishable.

13 January 2001_
_Bali, Indonesia


My Lord,
With the beauty
Of my outer running
And with the fragrance
Of my inner running,
I shall make my God-manifestation
A must.

10 February 2001_
_New York


The outer run inspires me
To go and see God.
The inner run inspires me
To come and sit at God’s Feet.

17 February 2001_
_New York


My Lord,
To love running
In the morning
Is the beginning
Of my God-pleasing life.

24 February 2001_
_New York


My Lord,
Not with my earthly skill,
And not with my Heavenly will,
But with my Lord’s
Express Arrival-Thrill
I have completely transformed
My life.

10 March 2001_
_New York


In the morning
I am the blossoming beauty of God.
During the day
I am the unending duty of God.
At night
I am the dreaming melody of God.

17 March 2001_
_New York


God’s golden Touch
I love.
God’s golden Smiles
I treasure.
God’s golden Tears
I devour.

24 March 2001_
_New York


My Lord,
Not the streaming tears
Of the most deplorable defeats,
But the beaming smiles
Of the most laudable victories,
My life and I eternally are.

31 March 2001_
_New York


My Lord, I have won
Your Victory-Face
By running every day
Your morning Race.

7 April 2001_
_New York


My morning run
Shortens my goal.
So says my heart’s
Divine blue-gold soul.

10 April 2001_
_New York


Because I love God,
God exists.
Because I need God,
God smiles.
Because I sing God’s Victory-Song,
God proudly belongs to me.

21 April 2001_
_New York


My inner hunger cries;
My life of beauty flies.
My dreamboat-heart sails;
It never, never fails.

28 April 2001_
_New York


There is only one victory
In my inner life and outer life,
And that victory is
My self-transcendence
In God’s own Way.

12 May 2001_
_New York


My Lord,
Do shower wisdom-light
Upon me.
In the spiritual run,
Retirement is conscious

23 June 2001/
New York


Never say that the world is wrong,
But say that the world
Can be perfected
Slowly, steadily, unerringly
And unmistakably.

30 June 2001_
_New York


My Lord,
When I look at Your Feet,
You ask me to look at Your Face.
When I look at Your Face,
You ask me to look at Your Eye.
When I look at Your Eye,
You ask me to enter into Your Heart.
The moment I enter into Your Heart,
You blessingfully and proudly tell me,
“My child, now you can rest.”

7 July 2001_
_New York


Light, more light,
Abundant light and infinite light!
Every day
In our inner life of aspiration
May we observe our festival of lights.

14 July 2001_
_New York


Mornings come to me
With the sound-power
Of the Unknown.
Evenings come to me
With the silence-peace
Of the Unknowable.
My Lord Beloved Supreme
Comes to me both in the mornings
And in the evenings
With what He has and what He is:

21 July 2001_
_New York


To my greatest joy,
Today I have come to realise
That it is infinitely easier for me
To please my Lord Supreme
In His own Way
Than to please myself
In my own way.

4 August 2001_
_New York


My Lord,
I have enjoyed the beauty
Of the world.
I have enjoyed the fragrance
Of the world.
What more do I have to do, my Lord?

“My child,
I now want you to become
The streaming tears
And the bleeding hearts
Of the world
To become My most perfect instrument
On earth.”

11 August 2001_
_New York


The pride of the earthly race
And the joy of the Heavenly Race
Have the same goal:

25 May 2002_
_New York


Our Lord wants to hear everything
From our God-union-heart.
Our Lord does not want to hear
Even a single word
From our God-division-mind.

8 June 2002_
_New York


My Lord, my Lord,
Do keep me sleeplessly
Only with the God-necessity-seekers,
And never, never
With those who are self-sufficient.

13 July 2002_
_New York


My Lord, You want me to pray.
I pray for Your Compassion-Eye.
My Lord, You want me to meditate.
I meditate on Your Victory-Banner.
My Lord, do tell me
If I am supposed to do anything else.

“Yes, My child,
You have to do something more.
When you are in a bad mood,
Repeat and repeat and repeat,
‘My Lord, I am all for You.’
And when you are in a good mood,
Repeat and repeat and repeat,
‘My Lord, You are all for me,
All for me, all for me.’”

20 July 2002_
_New York


Love the world.
Frustration and renunciation
Shall be your two more names.
Love God.
God’s Grace and God’s Praise
Shall be your two more names.

27 July 2002_
_New York


Surrender, surrender, surrender!
I must surrender my life,
My heart and my very breath
To the Will of my Lord Beloved Supreme
At every moment.
If I succeed, only then will He claim me
As His own, very own.

10 August 2002_
_New York


My life will be
Of a very, very, very special significance
Here on earth
If I can be a constantly cheerful
To the Will of my Lord Beloved Supreme.

1 March 2003_
_New York


My Lord, can You not see
That my outer world
Is dark, darker, darkest?

“My child, can you not see
That I have kept your inner world
Bright, brighter, brightest,
Plus pure, purer, purest?”

22 March 2003_
_New York


I pray and pray and pray
When my life needs God.
I meditate, I meditate, I meditate
When my heart loves God.

5 April 2003_
_New York


No, no, the outer running is not fun.
It is our heart’s joy-invocation.
No, no, the outer running is not fun.
It is our soul’s Godful inspiration.

17 May 2003_
_New York


I love my Lord, I love my Lord!
Therefore I cry and cry.
I need my Lord, I need my Lord!
Therefore I try and try.

31 May 2003_
_New York


My Lord, may I say something to You?
“Yes, My child, yes.”
My Lord, I want to be near You.

“No, My child, I want you to say:
‘My Lord, I want to touch You.’
No, My child, I want you to say:
‘My Lord, I want to catch You.’
No, My child, I want you to say:
‘My Lord, I want to embrace You.’
No, My child, I want you to say:
‘My Lord, I want to fulfil You.’
No, My child, I want you to say:
‘My Lord, I want to surrender
My earth-existence to You.’
My child, then do it!”

My Lord, I am doing it.

“Heaven, look, look! Earth, look, look!
My child has made his unconditional
And complete surrender to Me.
My child, you have now become
The Heart of My Life
And the Breath of My Soul.”

7 June 2003_
_New York


Victory, Victory,
Our Lord’s supreme Victory,
We must proclaim and establish
Here on earth at every moment.

14 June 2003_
_New York


Alas, alas,
Our conscious and unconscious pride
Has completely destroyed
Our long-cherished God-oneness-joy.

14 June 2003_
_New York


Devotion, devotion,
Sleepless, breathless God-devotion!
No devotion —
No highest, no higher, no high

19 July 2003_
_New York


I do not want my God-hunger
Only to be a childish hobby.
I want my God-hunger
To win
God’s Satisfaction-Trophy.

26 July 2003_
_New York


My Lord, I have seen
The Beauty of Your Eye,
But I have not felt
The Power of Your Heart,
And I have not become
The dust of Your Feet —
Alas, alas, alas!

9 August 2003_
_New York


Alas, I cannot remember
The last time when
My heart most sincerely,
Most soulfully and most self-givingly
Said to God,
“My Lord Beloved Supreme,
I love You only,
And I need You only.”

11 October 2003_
_New York


In supreme Silence
The Absolute Lord Supreme
Says to the God-Realised souls,
“My supremely chosen children,
I bring you into the world
Not to defend yourselves
Under any circumstances,
But to love Me and serve Me
Unconditionally, sleeplessly
And breathlessly
In My own Way
In each human being
And also in each earth-planet-creation
Of Mine.
You must realise that as you claim Me
To be your All,
Even so, I claim you,
My Oneness-Vision-Reality-children,
To be My All.”

25 October 2003_
_New York


Is frustration-poison-drinking.
A constant self-giving
Is nectar-delight-drinking.

1 November 2003_
_New York


My Lord,
I wish to know from You personally
The differences that exist
Between You and me.

“My child,
There are countless differences
But I shall name only three:
Unlike Me, every day
You have a very tight schedule.
You have no time to write to Me.
You have no time to speak to Me.
You do not even have the time
To speak to me over your heart-phone.
I write to you every day.
I try to speak to you every day.
But alas, alas and alas,
I get no response from you.
Now the second difference is this:
I constantly make fun of myself.
Alas, you have not yet learnt
This particular art,
And I have no idea whether
You will ever be able to learn this art.
The third difference is this:
You think and you feel
That you are indispensable
There in Heaven and here on earth.
In My case, I am absolutely sure
That not only this world,
But also all the worlds
That are in existence,
Can live without Me.
In a sense, you are badly needed
Here, there and all-where.
In My case, nobody wants Me,
Nobody needs Me.
I am left all alone.”

8 November 2003_
_New York


Each God-seeker
Is the Beauty of God’s Heart,
The Divinity of God’s Breath
And the Immortality of God’s Dream.

15 November 2003_
_New York


God loves me
Not because I am a very good
God blesses me with His Compassion
Not because I am a very bad
God loves me and blesses me
Precisely because I am
His Eternity’s child-flower
His Infinity’s dream-fragrance.

22 November 2003_
_New York


The seeker’s spiritual life begins
Only when he sincerely feels
That he is only for God,
Only for God, only for God.

28 November 2003_


I must breathe in every Breath
Of my Lord Beloved Supreme
With a tremendous soulfulness,
Eagerness and intensity.

3 December 2003_
_Solo, Indonesia


I really love
My ever-blossoming
God-manifestation-tears and smiles,
I really do.

6 December 2003_
_Solo, Indonesia


Two kings: the inner and the outer.
The outer king prays to the inner King
For power, boundless power.
The inner King says to the outer king,
“My child, not power,
But light, light, light!”
The outer king says to the inner King,
“My Father Lord Supreme,
How can I be like You?”
The inner King says to the outer king,
“My child, love Me, pray to Me,
Surrender to Me and claim Me.
You are bound to realise that
Who I am and what I am
You already are in the inner world.”

10 December 2003_
_Solo, Indonesia


My morning running prayer
Is my heart’s

11 December 2003_
_Solo, Indonesia


Each new morning
Is a new opportunity for me
To sit in a new way
At my Lord’s Feet
And devour the dust
Of my Lord’s new Feet
In a new way.

12 December 2003/
Solo, Indonesia


My outer running shows me
The smiling Face of God.
My inner running brings me
The dancing Heart of God.

13 December 2003_
_Solo, Indonesia


We must not enjoy
Our comfortable way of thinking
About God.
We must enjoy only
Our self-giving willingness
To fulfil God’s Will.

17 December 2003_
_Yogyakarta, Indonesia


This morning
My Lord Supreme commanded me
To use His Mirror.
I immediately obeyed His Command.
To my widest astonishment,
I saw myself as a budding God.
I said to my Beloved Supreme,
“What about Your other children?
You have countless children.
What about them?”
Smilingly and blessingfully
He said to me,
“They are also the same, My child.
All your brothers and sisters
Are also budding Gods and Goddesses.”

18 December 2003_
_Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Today my life
Has a new name:

19 December 2003_
_Yogyakarta, Indonesia


My heart
Is my Master’s home,
Only home.
I must not roam,
I must not roam.

21 December 2003_
_Yogyakarta, Indonesia


God tells me
That if I try to hide
From His Compassion-Eye
And His Forgiveness-Heart,
Then He will deliberately forget
My outer name
And my inner home.

24 December 2003_
_Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Today I am in
The seventh Heaven of delight.
My heart’s devotion-tears
And my life’s surrender-smiles
Are playing hide-and-seek.

28 December 2003_
_Yogyakarta, Indonesia


The breath of the New Year
Has just entered into my heart
And has given me
Three spiritual names:
Excitement, enlightenment
And fulfilment.

31 December 2003_
_Yogyakarta, Indonesia


This morning
My heart was running
With the God-obedience-currents
And dancing
With the God-obedience-waves.

2 January 2004_
_Yogyakarta, Indonesia


My Lord,
What is more important,
Your Blessings or Your Love?

“My child,
Both are equally important.
My Blessings you need
To make yourself absolutely divine.
My Love you need
To become
A supremely choice instrument
Of My Transcendental Vision.”

7 January 2004_
_Bali, Indonesia


If you believe that
To please God in His own Way
Is essential in your life,
Then why not do it immediately?

14 January 2004_
_Bali, Indonesia


In spite of being
Shockingly undivine,
Human beings pray to God,
Love God and serve God.
This is, indeed,
The greatest miracle of all.

17 January 2004_
_Bali, Indonesia


My Lord,
You had to wait
Countless years
For me to come and see You.
How is it that I cannot wait
One single, solitary day
For You to come and see me?

“My child,
Awake, arise —
Arise, awake!”

21 January 2004_
_Bali, Indonesia


A seeker-runner’s life
Is made of
God’s Heart-Songs.

22 January 2004_
_Bali, Indonesia


When I start counting
My Lord’s Blessings
Upon my devoted head
And surrendered life,
In no time I fall asleep.
My Lord blesses me
With the sweetest dream.
In that dream I see and hear
God telling me,

“My child,
You do not have to count
My Blessings.
You just be happy and remain happy,
Be happy and remain happy.
Your happiness is all I want
From your inner life
And your outer life as well.”

23 January 2004_
_Bali, Indonesia


The outer world
Is time-bondage-imprisonment.
The inner world
Is Eternity’s

25 January 2004_
_Bali, Indonesia


Is extremely, extremely proud of

27 January 2004_
_Bali, Indonesia


When we pay any attention
To our doubting mind,
Our aspiring heart starves
And withdraws.

28 January 2004_
_Bali, Indonesia


My earthly hope says,
“I can.”
My Heavenly promise says,
“I already have done:
On the path.”

29 January 2004_
_Bali, Indonesia


The human life
Is for the God-hunger.
The divine life
Is for the universal feast.

31 January 2004_
_Bali, Indonesia


Run, run, run!
Spirituality needs both
The inner running
And the outer running.
Neither the inner running
Nor the outer running
Is a curiosity-invitation.
In the life of a genuine God-seeker
And God-lover,
Curiosity-indulgence is an inescapable
And inevitable self-destructive force.
Only when God’s unconditional
Forgiveness-Power descends,
Can the seeker make a fresh attempt
At spiritual progress.
Before we accept spirituality,
Curiosity may inspire a certain seeker
To enter into the spiritual life.
But once a seeker is spiritually
Is the most self-destructive force.

21 February 2004_
_New York


I am a God-dreamer-life.
I am a God-lover-heart.
I am a God-listener-mind.
I am a God-carrier-vital.
I am a God-server-body.
I am a God-treasurer-soul.
I am a God-whisperer-soul.
I am a God-drummer-soul.
I am a God-messenger-soul.
I am a God-harbinger-soul.

Commentary: How I wish all of you would learn this prayer by heart. It will definitely, definitely help you in your aspiration-life, so all of you kindly learn it by heart. This is a most special prayer. If you can memorise it, I will be so grateful to you.

28 February 2004_
_New York


No age will replace
Our Master’s tears
And our Master’s smiles.

No age will replace
My children’s love for me
And their faith in me.

No age will replace
My gratitude to their hearts
And their gratitude to my life.

6 March 2004_
_New York


Be brave, be brave, be brave!
Live not in fear-torture-cave.
Be brave, be brave, be brave,
The way to God’s Home to pave.

13 March 2004_
_New York


My prayerful and soulful service
To humanity
Is not my sacrifice.
It is the gigantic fulfilment
Of my Heaven-climbing
And God-fulfilling dream.

20 March 2004_
_New York


I must transcend my previous
Aspiration-heart-height, I must!
I must surpass my previous
Dedication-life-length, I must!
I must deepen my previous
Ecstasy-soul-depth, I must!

27 March 2004_
_New York


The real spiritual life means
Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly
And eternally
The victory of

3 April 2004_
_New York


Editor's note

These prayers were mostly offered by Sri Chinmoy at the conclusion of the weekly Saturday morning “Runners are smilers two-mile races” held in New York. In 2002 Sri Chinmoy renamed them “Self-Transcendence Races.” During Christmas trips to other countries, additional races are held on other days of the week over shorter or longer distances. Sri Chinmoy frequently participated in these races.

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