My Race-Prayers, part 2

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The outer weather challenges us;
The inner weather frightens us.
But our Lord’s infinite Compassion,
Affection, Love and Concern
Enable us to silence and smash
Their pride and torture.

6 April 2004
New York


A self-conquered
And God-surrendered seeker
Is absolutely the best
And the most perfect

9 April 2004
New York


Each time an unconditionally
God-surrendered seeker
Meets with God,
God tells him,
“My child, you are the beauty
Of My Soul’s
Transcendental Dream
And you are the duty
Of My Heart’s
Universal Reality.”

10 April 2004
New York


My Lord’s Compassion-Victory
And my life’s surrender-victory
We shall together celebrate.

17 April 2004
New York


My Lord Supreme,
May Thy Victory be proclaimed
In and through me
At every moment of my life.
My Lord Supreme,
My Lord Supreme,
My Lord Supreme!

24 April 2004
New York


The human life is
A confusion-dissatisfaction-jungle.
The divine life is
A beauty-fragrance-garden.
A God-seeker’s sleepless
God-surrender-life is
A God-Heartbeat-assimilation-

8 May 2004
New York


My Supreme,
My Lord Supreme,
My Beloved Supreme,
My heart, my life and I
Wish to learn only two things from You:
Do teach us how to cry for You,
Only for You,
And how to surrender ourselves
Entirely and completely to You,
Only to You.

15 May 2004
New York


Those who love God happily,
Cheerfully, self-givingly, unconditionally,
Sleeplessly and breathlessly
Will never, never, never believe
In God’s defeat-failures.
To them, every moment is God’s Victory,
God’s Supreme Victory,
Even though at times
Our wee human mind
Cannot understand the significance
Of God’s constant Victory,
Victory Transcendental
And Victory Universal.

22 May 2004
New York


My outer running
Is my body’s journey —
The destination is known.
My inner running
Is my soul’s journey —
The Goal is unknowable.

5 June 2004
New York


The life that does not believe in
God-loving and God-pleasing prayers
Will end in a most painful failure.
The life that believes in
God-loving and God-fulfilling prayers
Will unmistakably grow into
God’s brightest Smile and highest Pride.

12 June 2004
New York


My body unconsciously loves
Harmful silence-lethargy.
My heart consciously loves
Soulful silence-ecstasy.
I consciously plus self-givingly love
Godful silence-intimacy.

26 June 2004
New York


For God-realisation,
Needed: no outer skill.
Needed, needed, needed:
Only a God-crying thrill.

3 July 2004
New York


My Lord, my Lord, my Lord!
I am no more
A ‘give me’ beggar.
From now on I shall be
A ‘take me’ child —
Your child.

10 July 2004
New York


Learn more truth.
Earn more joy.
Be more perfect.
Be more perfect.
Earn more joy.
Learn more truth.
This message-light
Is for all.

17 July 2004
New York


I give my money-power to God.
God smiles at me.
I give my name, my fame,
My joy and my pride to God.
God smiles at me twice.
I give my oneness-heart
Unreservedly to God.
God smiles at me a million times
And embraces me a million times.
I give my cheerful, sleepless
And unconditional
Surrender-breath to God.
God smiles at me
And deliberately forgets to stop.
God embraces me
And deliberately forgets to stop.

24 July 2004
New York


The mind thinks
That God is unapproachable.
The heart knows and feels
That God is not only approachable
But also sleeplessly lovable
And breathlessly adorable.

31 July 2004
New York


Who is my hero?
No, not a good God-talker.
Who is my hero?
No, not a good God-dreamer.
Who is my hero?
No, not a good God-lover.
Who is my hero?
No, not a good God-server.
Who is my hero?
My hero, indeed:
A God-bleeding heart
And a God-blossoming life.

7 August 2004
New York


I am proud of myself
Because I think of God every day.
God is proud of Himself
Because He thinks of me
At every moment, at each hush gap.
I am proud of myself
Because I love God only.
God says to me,
“Is it so, My child?
Is it so, My child?
I do not think so, My child.
I do not think so, My child.”

14 August 2004
New York


I fly to please my soul.
I cry to please my heart.
I judge to please my mind.
I challenge to please my vital.
I rest to please my body.
I suffer to please my life.
I love, I serve, I serve, I love
To please my Lord Beloved Supreme.

21 August 2004
New York


Today’s marathon is a unique
God-invocation, God-revelation
And God-manifestation-journey
In the physical body-world.

25 August 2004
New York


Smiling and smiling,
Whispering and whispering,
Singing and singing,
Dancing and dancing,
Our birthdays descend
From the highest Height
Of Delight-flooded Heaven
And stand before us here on earth
To tell us that God wants us to be
His most powerful soldiers
And His choicest children.

28 August 2004
New York


Smiling and smiling,
Singing and singing,
God says to each and every
Genuine seeker,
“My child,
Nothing can ever equal
Your heart’s climbing cries
And your life’s blossoming tears.”

4 September 2004
New York


No minute detail
Can escape God’s Attention.
Alas, how can my constant
Be an exception?

11 September 2004
New York


Give me no freedom,
Give me no freedom,
My Lord Supreme.
If You really love me,
Then give me no freedom
Even for a fleeting moment.

18 September 2004
New York


Love God, serve God,
Sail your life-boat, sail!
If not, my mind,
You fool, wait and fail.

25 September 2004
New York


My soul is sailing
In God’s Pride-Boat.
My heart is sailing
In God’s Compassion-Boat.
My life is sailing
In God’s Forgiveness-Boat.
I am sailing
In God’s Dream-Boat.

9 October 2004
New York


I place my earthly thoughts
At God’s Feet.
I place my Heavenly will
Inside God’s Heart.
I place myself
In front of God’s Eye.

16 October 2004
New York


Today I shall break open
My life’s ignorance-prison-cell
And ring and ring, sleeplessly ring,
My Lord’s Summit-Victory-Bell.

30 October 2004
New York


When the morning begins,
I sing my Lord’s Victory-Song
Inside my heart.
When the evening sets in,
I strike my Lord’s Victory-Gong
Here, there and all-where
Around the world.

6 November 2004
New York


My Supreme, my Supreme, my Supreme,
Why do I refuse Your unconditional
Love, Affection, Sweetness and Fondness,
My Supreme, my Supreme, my Supreme,
Why do I not sleeplessly and breathlessly
Cry for You,
My Supreme, my Supreme, my Supreme,
Why do I not cheerfully give You
What I have and what I am,
“Because, because, because, My child,
You have made yourself
The absolute lord of your life.”

13 November 2004
New York


I tried to become great.
God laughed at me.
I tried to become good.
God laughed at me.
I tried to become perfect.
God laughed at me.
Finally I said to God,
“My Lord, I shall become
What You want me to become.”
My Lord smiled at me and said,
“My child, now you are truly Mine,
And I am all yours.”

20 November 2004
New York


The outer run
And the inner run
Are two complementary souls.
They help each other

13 December 2004
Xiamen, China


My Lord says to me,
“My child,
Be not a beggar
Of what I have.
Be a chooser
Of who I am.”

23 December 2004
Qingdao, China


Every morning
God wants my aspiration-heart
And my dedication-life
To run together,
Side by side,
Towards the self-same Goal.

26 December 2004
Qingdao, China


My Lord,
How I wish I could tell You
How much I love You!
“My child,
How I wish I could tell you
How much I need you!”

30 December 2004
Qingdao, China


My God-running legs
Have made my life
Very precious.
My God-running heart
Has made me
Very gracious.

2 January 2005
Qingdao, China


My Supreme has chosen
My heart’s streaming tears
To be His Eternity’s playmate.

9 January 2005
Qingdao, China


My Supreme, my Supreme, my Supreme,
I love You
Not because You love me infinitely more.
I love You
Because Your Feet are my only Treasures,
Your Eye is my only Delight
And Your Heart is my only All,
Only All, only All.
My Supreme, my Supreme, my Supreme!

19 February 2005
New York


My Lord, my Lord, my Lord,
I am happy, I am happier, I am happiest
Only when I feel that
I am Your bond-slave.

26 February 2005
New York


I think of You, God.
God says to me, “No good, no good.”
I pray to You, God.
God says to me, “No good, no good.”
I meditate on You, God.
God says to me, “No good, no good.”
I love You, God.
God says to me, “No good, no good.”
I serve You, God.
God says to me, “No good, no good.”
I surrender to You, God.
God says to me, “No good, no good.”
I am all gratitude to You, God.
God says to me, “No good, no good.”
I claim You, God, as my own, very own.
God, You claim me as Your own, very own.
God says to me, “Good, good, very good,
My child, My child!”

5 March 2005
New York


My Lord, my Lord, my Lord,
Never, never take a leave of absence.
My heart and I shall die, die, die

12 March 2005
New York


Sorrow, sorrow, sorrow, sorrow,
Every day my heart-field
You harrow.
But before my earth-life is done,
I shall devour God’s Nectar-Sun.

19 March 2005
New York


Hope, hope, my hope,
Do not desert me!
Continue to nurture
My life-tree.

26 March 2005
New York


Life and death,
Life and death,
Life and death.
Death and life,
Death and life,
Death and life.
Life conquers death
To sing and play and dance
With the ever-blossoming Beyond.
Death conquers life
Not to torture, but to treasure
The beauty of life’s heart
And the fragrance of life’s soul.

2 April 2005
New York


When God says yes,
My heart says yes.
When God says no,
My heart says no.
Only then my God-oneness-life
Blooms and blossoms,
And God claims me
As His own, own, own —
Very own.

9 April 2005
New York


My outer journey cries and smiles.
My inner journey blooms and blossoms.
And I am the hope-promise-journey
Of Eternity.

16 April 2005
New York


Every day I feed
My Inner Pilot
With my complete and constant
Surrender to His Will.

23 April 2005
New York


Before I start my running,
My Lord looks into my eyes
And smiles and smiles.
After I end my running,
I look at my Lord’s Feet
And smile and smile.

30 April 2005
New York


God the Flute-Heart
I love.
God the Thunder-Eye
I need.

30 April 2005
New York


I race, I race, I race, I race
To be my Supreme’s boundless Grace.
I race, I race, I race, I race
To see my Supreme’s golden Face.

6 May 2005
New York


God does not want anyone
To fall and roam.
He wants all His children
To live in His Heart-Home.

11 June 2005
New York


Do not give up hope,
Do not give up hope!
Hope will give you
A Heaven-climbing rope.

18 June 2005
New York


My life is full of God-Blessings.
My heart is full of God-Songs.
My mind is full of God-Stories.
My vital is full of God-Flames.
My body is full of God-Dreams.
My thoughts are made of God’s Will.
I am in thrill,
I am in thrill,
I am in thrill!

9 July 2005
New York


My Lord,
Your Sun-Fire-Eye
Frightens me,
Your Moon-Sweetness-Heart
Enlightens me
And Your Thunder-Kick-Feet
Liberate me
From the ignorance-world-night.

16 July 2005
New York


Peace I need to see the Face
Of my Absolute Lord Supreme.
Bliss I need to sail and fly with Him
And breathe and be His Dream.

23 July 2005
New York


Every morning
My devotion-heart offers
Streaming gratitude-tears
To my Lord Supreme
And devours the golden dust
Of His golden Feet.

30 July 2005
New York


My heart runs
The world’s longest race,
And not my mind.
My Lord runs ahead of me;
My breath runs behind.

6 August 2005
New York


Every morn and every eve
My heart and I sing
A new Golden Shore-song.
With twinkling eyes
And dancing heads,
The cosmic gods
And goddesses throng.

13 August 2005
New York


Let me be good.
Let me be self-giving and pure.
My Supreme Lord’s express Arrival
Shall then be sure.

20 August 2005
New York


My Lord Supreme, I am praying to You
To bless all the marathon runners
With Your sweet and fond Marathon-Love.
My Lord, they desperately need
Your Compassion.
My Lord, I am also praying to You
To bless our self-giving organisers.
Self-giving is the right word, my Lord.
They always serve You lovingly
And self-givingly,
And at times sleeplessly.
My Lord, I am also praying to You
To bless profusely the helpers
And also the well-wishers
Of this marathon.
May all the runners run
Smilingly and happily
While covering the entire distance.

25 August 2005
New York


O my rainbow-heart-sky,
In you I see
The beauty of the Unknowable,
In you I feel
The silence of the Unknowable.

28 August 2005
New York


The outer run has a destination.
The inner run knows no destination.
The inner run is a run of the Beyond,
For the ever-transcending Beyond.
The outer run asks me who I was.
My answer: I was a God-dreamer.
The inner run asks me who I am.
My answer: I am a God-lover.
Finally, God asks me who I would like to be.
My answer: My Lord, I would like to be
Your Eternity’s server-slave.
My Lord says, “No, not correct!
I would like you to be the co-pilot
Of My Eternity’s Golden Boat-Journey.”

3 September 2005
New York


My Lord, please forgive me.
Today I do not have any special prayer
To place at Your Feet.

“My child, tomorrow you must pray to Me
More than usual.”

My Lord, today I am unable to think of You.

“My child, tomorrow you must think of Me
Much more than usual.”

My Lord, today I am unable to love You.

“My child,
Tomorrow you must and must and must
Love Me infinitely more
Than you usually do.
My child, today I am forgiving you,
But you must not be negligent
In your prayers.
You must not be negligent
In thinking of Me.
You must not be negligent
In loving Me.
If you want to claim Me to be yours
And if I want to claim you to be Mine,
Then you must never, never, never
Forget your morning spiritual

24 September 2005
New York


No more my life will walk along
A God-empty road.
I am now blossoming
With a lifelong
I am now blossoming
With a lifelong
And I am now blossoming
With a lifelong

1 October 2005
New York


Not true:
God thinks of me only one time
During my entire life.
God thinks of me
All the time.

Not true:
God loves me only one time.
God loves me
All the time.

Not true:
God needs me only one time.
God needs me
All the time.

Not true:
God highly appreciates me
Only one time.
God highly appreciates me
All the time.

Not true:
God wants me to be another God
Only for a fleeting day.
God wants me to be another God
For Eternity.

22 October 2005
New York


My God-gratitude-heart
Blooms and blossoms
In my soul-beauty’s

29 October 2005
New York


My Lord,
You have given me Your own Eye
To see the world.
You have given me Your own Ears
To hear the world.
You have given me Your own Heart
To love the world.
You have given me all that You have
And all that You are
To give to the world.
My Lord,
Do give me one more thing.
Please, please give me Your own Feet
To worship You
Sleeplessly and breathlessly,
My Lord, my Lord.

5 November 2005
New York


Every morning God comes down
From His highest Heaven
To bless my climbing
With His Infinity’s

12 November 2005
New York


Every day a new morning angel
Wakes me up to celebrate
God’s Birthday
By clasping God’s Eye,
Embracing God’s Heart
And worshipping God’s Feet.

19 November 2005
New York


When I think of God,
God says to me,
“I am not fully satisfied with you.”
When I pray to God,
God says to me,
“I am not fully satisfied with you.”
When I meditate on God,
God says to me,
“I am not fully satisfied with you.”
When I say to God,
“My Lord, I love You only
And I need You only,”
God says to me,
“My child, come to Me
And be with Me
All the time, all the time.”

30 November 2005
Pangkor Island, Malaysia


My Supreme,
Out of Your infinite Compassion
You have bound Yourself
Tight, very tight, in the finite
So that we can love You,
Catch You, embrace You
And become Your choice instruments
Here on earth,
My Supreme!

3 December 2005
Pangkor Island, Malaysia


God loves me most dearly.
Therefore, He examines me,
He judges me
Constantly and severely.

7 December 2005
Pangkor Island, Malaysia


My Lord,
Be pleased to pour more and more
Your Wisdom-Light
Into the mind of the seekers —
To smile at the morning beauty’s sun
And continue smiling during the day
To please You in a very special way.

9 December 2005
Pangkor Island, Malaysia


The morning hope-beauty blesses
The morning runners.
The evening peace-fragrance blesses
The evening runners.
The outer morning runners
And the outer evening runners
Are helping considerably
Their inner runners’ aspiration,
Dedication and manifestation.

14 December 2005
Kuantan, Malaysia


My Lord,
This morning You are asking me
To join Nature
In her prayer to You:
“My Lord,
You have given me
Beauty infinite,
But You have not given me
My duty.”
“My child,
Your duty
Is to climb up incessantly
To clasp My Feet
And devour the golden dust
Of My Feet.”

17 December 2005
Kuantan, Malaysia


My Lord, my Lord!
In Your Compassion-flooded Eye
I have discovered my All.

21 December 2005
Kuantan, Malaysia


My Lord,
You want me to run every day.
Do You ever run?
“My child,
I run not only every day,
But also at every moment.
Do you know why?
I run constantly
From one end of My creation
To the other end.
If I do not run ceaselessly,
My creation will become inactive,
Inert and uselessly idle.
At every moment I run
To awaken and energise
My entire creation.”

24 December 2005
Kuantan, Malaysia


My Supreme,
I wish to see You
Either in my heart’s happiness
Or in my life’s soulfulness.
This is my most sincere prayer
To You, my Supreme!

28 December 2005
Kuantan, Malaysia


No more self-indulgence,
No more self-indulgence!
I shall run outwardly
To see Nature’s God.
I shall run inwardly
To see Heaven’s highest Height.
No more self-indulgence,
No more self-indulgence!

31 December 2005
Kuantan, Malaysia


Every kneeling prayer
Receives God’s

2 January 2006
Kuantan, Malaysia


I have given God what I have:
The tears of my heart.
God has given me what He has:
The Smiles of His Eye.
But alas,
One thing we have not been able
To give to each other:
Satisfaction, mutual satisfaction.

5 January 2006
Kijal, Malaysia


Today’s runners:
Brave you are,
Daring you are,
Weather-defying you are,
God-loving you are,
God-fulfilling you are.
Spirituality braves all obstacles
And then it receives
The Victory-Garland from God.

7 January 2006
Kijal, Malaysia


Early in the morning
When we offer
Our pure love to God,
We do the good thing.
And when we offer
Our pure devotion to God,
We do the better thing.
Finally, when we offer
Our pure surrender to God,
We do absolutely by far
The best thing.

11 January 2006
Kijal, Malaysia


The early morning running
Is the God-pleasing
And God-fulfilling dedication
Of the body, vital, mind and heart.

14 January 2006
Kijal, Malaysia


Human life is a series
Of inner and outer battles.
Running, jumping, throwing,
Sports and physical fitness
Help us win the outer battles.
Prayers, meditations
And our surrender to God’s Will
Help us win the inner battles.

18 January 2006
Kijal, Malaysia


I admire God the Dreamer.
I adore God the Smiler.
I love God the Runner.

21 January 2006
Kijal, Malaysia


Each time we prayerfully, soulfully
And self-givingly run,
We make a most serious commitment
To our God-manifestation-task.

1 February 2006
Penang, Malaysia


The celestial beauty and fragrance
Of the early morning
Adorn the hearts
Of all God-loving and God-serving

5 February 2006
Penang, Malaysia


My outer success gives my Lord
Immense joy.
My inner progress gives my Lord
Immeasurable joy.

8 February 2006
Penang, Malaysia


Every morning
God the Hope blesses my life,
God the Promise blesses my heart,
God the Will-Power blesses me.


Earth knows only one name:
Heaven knows only one name:
My soul knows only one name:
My heart knows only one Name:
My mind knows only one Name:
My life knows only one Name:
Pilot, my Inner Pilot.
And I know only one Name:
Supreme, my Absolute Supreme.

18 February 2006
Langkawi, Malaysia


My Lord,
Do give my heart the strength
To love You most intensely.
My Lord,
Do give my life the strength
To need You most sincerely.
My Lord,
Do give my legs the strength
To run most speedily.
My Lord,
Do give me the strength
To manifest You here on earth
Most unconditionally.

23 February 2006
Langkawi, Malaysia


With the smiles of my soul
And the tears of my heart,
I have made a most beautiful
And fragrant garland,
And I am now placing it
At the Feet of my Lord Supreme.

4 March 2006
New York


God says to my prayers,
“My children,
I love your sincerity and purity.”
God says to my meditations,
“My children,
I love your tranquillity and immensity.”
God says to me,
“My child,
I love your outer regularity
And your inner punctuality.”

11 March 2006
New York


Because of our teeming self-doubts,
The intense and immense joy
Of our morning hearts
Cannot come to the fore
And bloom and blossom.

18 March 2006
New York


Morning is the best time
To enter into my rose-garden-heart
To enjoy deeply
Its exquisite beauty and fragrance.

25 March 2006
New York


To talk about God
Is infinitely easier
Than to think of God.

To think of God
Is infinitely easier
Than to pray to God.

To pray to God
Is infinitely easier
Than to become one
With God’s Will.

1 April 2006
New York


My sleepless love for God
Is the beauty
Of my ascending heart
And the fragrance
Of my descending soul.

9 April 2006
New York


God’s ever-blossoming
Infinite Beauties
My soul can see.
But God’s ever-multiplying
Infinite Duties
Remain unknowable.

15 April 2006
New York


The tears of my heart
And the Smiles of my Lord
Play together and sing together

22 April 2006
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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