Selections From Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, Part 35, 36, 39
- I like reading the poems of the many volumes of Ten Thousand Flower-Flames. Meanwhile I am almost half-way through. Whether it is the masters encouragement, humor, instruction or eye-opener, these poems can make you feel that someone not only knows your life better than you do, but also has the solutions to all of life's questions.
It's impossible to write down all the favorites but a few of them I selected for the sake of sharing...
3430 A SIMPLE HEART HAS THE BEAUTY
As certain as the dawn,
A simple heart has the beauty
That far outshines the glory
Of an intellectual giant
Or a philosopher-sovereign.
3461 ONLY ONE THING BEAUTIFUL
O seekers from all walks of life,
O seekers from all corners of the globe,
I am sure you know that
There is only one thing
Really beautiful and fruitful,
And that is your own self-giving.
3469 THE VASTNESS-BEAUTY OF THE SKY
My mind admires
The vastness-beauty of the sky.
My heart adores
The oneness-universality of the sun.
3512 DO NOT BE AFRAID OF SHADOWS
Do not be afraid of shadows.
Someday you are bound to reach
The permanent sunshine.
Therefore, be not afraid
Of the shadows
That follow you.
3551 WHY DO YOU HAVE TO FEEL HELPLESS?
Why do you have to feel helpless?
Why do you have to feel hopeless?
Why do you have to feel useless?
Is God's Compassion others' monopoly?
Is God's Satisfaction others' monopoly?
Is God's Oneness-Love others' monopoly?
If others claim God as their own,
Even so, you can claim God as your own,
Absolutely your own.
3568 YOUR OUTER SMILE
As the map is not the real country,
Even so, your outer smile
Is not your inner satisfaction.
3591 THE STRENGTH-TOWER OF SINCERITY
Sincerity can feel
The weakness-burden of insincerity.
But insincerity cannot see
The strength-tower of sincerity.
3814 WHEN I THINK AND THINK
When I continuously think and think,
God gives me the surges
Of His quantity-advice.
When I sleeplessly pray and pray,
God grants me the Himalayan peak
Of His quality-advice.
3843 I NEED GOD BADLY
I tell God,
"My Lord, I need You badly
To enlighten my mind."
God tells me,
"My child, I also need you badly
To entertain My Heart."
3852 A GRATEFUL SEEKER
A sincere seeker
Is a prince in the inner world.
A pure seeker
Is a king in the inner world.
A grateful seeker
Is an emperor in the inner world.
Who says that gentleness
Is not real strength?
Who says that strength
Is not oneness-satisfaction?
3946 TO LIVE IN THE ETERNAL NOW
To live in the Eternal Now
A seeker needs
The beauty of a child's heart,
The purity of a saint's mind,
The divinity of a yogi's eyes.
3962 A BLESSINGFUL GIFT
You are entitled to enjoy life
Only when you feel
That it is a blessingful gift from above,
And not a merited award.