Poems from Sri Chinmoy's Heart-Garden

Featuring two aphorisms from each chapter.

Happiness

True inner joy is self-created.
It does not depend on outer circumstances
Or outer achievements.

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Judge nothing
You will be happy.
Forgive everything
You will be happier.
Love everything
You will be the happiest.

The Heart

Our differences disappear
The moment we come to realise
That all hearts are one.

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Happy is my heart,
Fulfilled is my life,
When I soulfully appreciate
The beauty of creation.

Hope

Hope is sweet.
Hope is illumining.
Hope is fulfilling.
Hope can be everlasting.
Therefore, do not give up hope,
Even in the sunset of your life.

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What is faith?
Faith is the unmistakable
Fulfiller of human hopes.

Inspiration

What is a challenge,
If not a friend
In disguise
To strengthen us?

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Not what happens to you
But how you accept it
Is of paramount importance.

Meditations

When you meditate,
Think of a morning flower
Smiling and smiling,
Radiating it's beauty and
Offering it's fragrance.
This is how you can make friends
With your soul
And fly with it infinitely higher
Than the confines of the mind.

I meditate
So that my mind
Cannot complicate
My life.

The Mind

Your mind's doubts
Create all problems for you,
But your heart's faith
Can offer you most adequate solutions.

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A heart of silence
Has the capacity
To deepen
The poise of the mind.

Reflections

Lasting peace must begin
Within the depths of the individual
And from there spread
In ever-widening circles
As a dynamic force
For a world change.

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To follow the crowd
Is to miss
The destination.

The Seeker

Our lives on earth
Last for a few years only,
But
Our hopes and promises on earth
We leave behind to last
Permanently.

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When the mind
Is clear
The dream
Is bright.

Self-Giving

To get happiness
Just look for it in the right place.
The right place,
Is your self-giving heart.

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Every self-giving effort
Of every human being
Is needed to change
The fate of the world.

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