- Emma's message is about this inner quality every seeker needs to
cross the life-river and I have just found some few words related at:
¨Without courage in the outer life we can still walk, but in the
inner life we cannot cover even one metre if we do not have courage.
Courage is of constant necessity to take one step ahead. Courage is
the divinity in us that can take us into the infinite realm of
silence, peace and bliss.¨
- Dear friends,
I am sure all seekers and aspirants throughout the ages have faced the
same enemies: doubt, pride, insecurity and so forth.
We are human, and as such prone to make mistakes.
For the last year I have had the following question in my mind:
Is it because we doubt ourselves that we make mistakes, or is it that
because we make mistakes, we doubt ourselves?
In our last Wednesday night meditation, Sri Chinmoy was reciting an
aphorism in which God told the seeker that it is a lack of faith in
oneself that leads to mistakes. Question answered!
Tonight I am inspired to share some of Sri Chinmoy's writings on
courage....when we are faced with our human limitations, courage and
poise are tremendous allies.
It has ben a pleasant surprise, while searching for poems and talks on
courage, to find that, in Sri Chinmoy's writings, courage is based on
faith, an implicit faith in oneself as a child of God, as an
instrument of God, as someone destined to realise God.
Here are the writings by Sri Chinmoy that I selected from the Sri
Chinmoy Library website (unofficial). enjoy!
Do not be afraid
Of your life's tragic stories.
In the course of time
These tragic stories
Will purify your mind
And strengthen your heart
Question: What is aspiration?
Sri Chinmoy: Aspiration is inner cry. Aspiration is inner courage.
What is inner courage? Inner courage is implicit faith in your own
divine Pilot. If you have inner courage, that means you have faith in
Question: What is aspiration?
Sri Chinmoy: Aspiration is the inner courage. And what is the
inner courage? The inner courage is called implicit faith in one's
To rise triumphant out of every trial, what you need is inner courage.
What is inner courage? Inner courage is the constant acceptance and
fulfilment of God's will.
The outer difficulties come
Eventually to go.
The inner courage comes
Permanently to stay.
Courage is the most devoted servant of one's own faith in oneself and God.
Timidity says, "God is forever unknowable." Courage says, "God is at
present unknown, but only for a while."
Cowardice is an extra load to carry in the march of your day-to-day life.
Courage is an ever-willing extra porter to carry your wealth, inner
and outer, according to your soul's volition.
Courage is perfection only when it springs from one's oneness with the
vision of God.
There is no other way to please your inner self than to be, yourself,
a perfect emblem of courage.
Enthusiasm in its purest expression is courage.
Against one's inner courage, death itself contends in vain.
Courage is God's successful inspiration in Man's body, mind, heart and
Without courage in the outer life we can still walk, but in the inner
life we cannot cover even one metre if we do not have courage. Courage
is of constant necessity to take one step ahead. Courage is the
divinity in us that can take us into the infinite realm of silence,
peace and bliss.
The significance of life is the constant presence of inner courage.
Without the inner courage,
There can be no satisfactory progress
In the spiritual life.
Inner courage is indispensable
To accept the challenge
Of grey days
In each human life.
Two of my long-lost companions
Have now come back:
My inner poise
And my outer courage.
Out of His infinite Bounty,
Has given me
The inner strength and courage
For any crisis.
God's fervent request to us
Is to muster all our courage,
Inner and outer,
To conquer our long-cherished
In one of the Upanishads, it says that the soul is not to be won by
the weakling. Courage is absolutely necessary in the spiritual life.
The very acceptance of the spiritual life demands enormous courage. It
is only a divinely courageous soul, only a divinely inspired soul,
that can swiftly reach the highest Goal.
This courage is not the courage of a haughty, rough person who will
strike others to assert his superiority; it is totally different. This
courage is our constant awareness of what we are entering into, of
what we are going to become, of what we are going to reveal. We have
to jump courageously into the ocean of spirituality, but we have to
know that we are not jumping into the sea of uncertainty. Uncertainty
and spirituality never go together. When we speak of courage, we have
to know that courage means certainty.
It is not by hook or by crook that we are going to have
God-realisation; it is through constant self-offering. Self-offering
is the most powerful weapon, for it is in self-offering that true
courage lies. When we know, feel and realise that God is ours and we
are God's, we get spontaneous courage streaming forth.
God and you are eternally one, each fulfilling the other. If you have
indomitable courage or the soul's Willpower, you can fulfil the
Supreme and the Supreme can fulfil you. This you feel on the strength
of your all-giving, all-sacrificing inner courage."
with gratitude, Kamalakanta
- dear friends,
Today I am inspired by the word "courage".
Sometimes, when I do musical arrangements of Sri Chinmoy's music,
I am looking for one word that inspires me at that particular moment. Before I play the first note, I know the title of the medley/arrangement I will make.
Last night, after our weekly Wednesday night meditation, I was inspired to do music. So I titled it "courage" and started working on it, choosing sounds and songs in intuitive fashion.
So I did one with two melodies, Khama Karo and Sab Abhiman.
It is a very calm, contemplative arrangement. You could literally have a baby sleep to this music.
Here is Sri Chinmoy's translation from Bengali for both songs:
Khama Karo Ei Shesh Bar
Forgive me, forgive me.
This is the last time, forgive me.
I shall offer to You at Your Feet
The garland of Victory.
I am the silent compassion of Your Infinity.
You are the Ocean, I am the tiniest drop.
This is my only identification.
Garden of Love-Light, Part 2 [song #32]
"O Compassionate Supreme,
Do destroy my sulking nature.
To establish Your Victory here on earth,
Let me not suffer from fear.
Give me a dauntless heart.
Your Victory is my victory indeed.
You are the life-breath of my life.
I know, when I fulfil You,
All my desires come to an end
In the twinkling of an eye."
Pole-Star Promise-Light, Part 2 [song #8]
I posted the arrangement on sendspace.com. Here is the download link: