Sri Chinmoy aphorism cards

At Sri Chinmoy Poetry, there is a new weekly blog offering a selection of quotes and poems by Sri Chinmoy. The quotes are embedded into beautiful photos, which have been taken from the Sri Chinmoy Gallery


The blog at Sri Chinmoy Poetry will offer new aphorism cards every week. Feel free to reproduce the images under a Creative Commons license.

Photographers include, Menaka, Sharani, Tejvan


photo in current page, Menaka.

Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees

Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees is a collection of short poems that Sri Chinmoy composed between 1998 and 2007. New books have been added to Sri Chinmoy Library, and the full set will be available soon.


I have a false boss
And a real boss.
My false boss is my ego-pride
And my real boss is my heart-delight.

Sri Chinmoy 1

Little by little,
My soul’s light
Is coming to the fore.

– Sri Chinmoy 2

God is every day looking
For more and more
Self-giving seekers.

– Sri Chinmoy 3

Photo, Tejvan, Sri Chinmoy Centre Galleries.


I always try to speak with my heart

  1. Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, # 49019, Part 50, Agni Press, 2009
  2. Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, # 49023 Part 50
  3. Sri Chinmoy, # 49043, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 50

The Power of Hope

Sri Chinmoy writes that “…Hope is the bridge between Heaven and earth…” (1)

Recently, the Governor of New York, David Paterson, quoted three short poems on hope during the 9/11 memorial service of 2010. The poems and  video are available here. – Poems on 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.


(1) Excerpt from Talk on Hope : What I Need From God

Photo: Unmesh, Sri Chinmoy Center Galleries

Most Recited Poem

As part of the Sri Chinmoy Poetry Festival, August 2010, an international team of individuals helped set a new Guinness World Record for translating a poem by Sri Chinmoy into the most number of languages (146).
Those reciting the poem included Olympic legend Carl Lewis, Guinness top record holder Ashrita Furman, UN Ambassadors and Consul Generals as well as people from a wide variety of different countries.

The poem was

Be like a child,
Act like a child.
Go from one flower to another
In your heart-garden
Until you find complete joy
And perfect satisfaction.

– Sri Chinmoy

The poem was from the new book “Jewels of Happiness” written by Sri Chinmoy. The 146 languages ranged from Bengali and Maori to Newari and Zulu, “Be Like a Child” was expressed with some of the most unusual and charming communication sounds in the globe.

Ashrita Furman has been setting Guinness World Records since 1979 and has broken 299 Guinness World Records on all seven continents.

An early poem by Sri Chinmoy

Her Face O earth! but once behold her Face,
Then all for you is sun-vast Grace.
Your brave despair, your hopeless cry,
Your prison of mortality
Her gaze of Power will break the maim
Into a thousand fragments of Her Name.

Sri Chinmoy first began writing poetry in earnest during his adolescence. First he began writing in his native Bengali, then later moved to writing poetry in English. His early poetry is much more structured and metricized than his current output, which mainly consists of short haiku-like aphorisms.

The above poem is a typical example dating from 1958, referring to the mother aspect of the Divine.

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Photo: Prabhakar Street on Sri Chinmoy Centre Galleries

Seventy Seven Thousand Service Trees

When the flowers sing
I feel a new dawn in my heart.


The children of happiness
Will create a new world.


Without speech
Is most powerful


The mind never takes advice
From the heart!


No enthusiasm,
No success or progress-
Either in our outer life
Or in our inner life.

By: Sri Chinmoy
From: Seventy Seven Thousand Service Trees

photo by: Richard, Sri Chinmoy Centre