LIKE a flame that burns in silence, like a perfume
that rises straight upward without wavering, my love goes to Thee;
and like the child who does not reason and has no care, I trust
myself to Thee that Thy Will may be done, that Thy Light may manifest,
Thy Peace radiate, Thy Love cover the world.
When Thou willest I shall be in Thee, Thyself, and there shall be
no more any distinction; I await that blessed hour without impatience
of any kind, letting myself flow irresistibly toward it as a peaceful
stream flows toward the boundless ocean.
Thy Peace is in me, and in that Peace I see Thee alone present in
everything, with the calm of Eternity.
by Sri Aurobindo
June 17, 1913
GRANT, O Lord, that I may be like a fire that illumines
and gives warmth, like a spring of water that quenches thirst, like
a tree that shelters and protects....Men are so unhappy and ignorant
and have so great a need of help.
My trust in Thee, the certitude within me grow deeper day by day;
and day by day too I feel Thy love more ardent within my heart,
Thy light more brilliant and yet also more sweet; and more and more
am I unable to distinguish Thy work from my life and my individual
being from the entire earth.
O Lord, Lord, Thy Splendour is infinite, marvellous is Thy Truth;
and Thy all-powerful Love shall save the world.
O LORD, inconceivable Splendour, may Thy Beauty spread
through all the earth, may Thy Love be kindled in every heart and
Thy Peace reign over all.
A deep and solemn chant, smiling and subtle, rises from my heart,
and I do not know whether this chant goes from me to Thee or comes
from Thee to me or whether Thou and I and the entire universe are
this marvellous chant of which I have just become conscious....Surely
there is no longer any Thou or I or any separate universe; only
an immense harmony is there, sublime and infinite, which is all
things and of which all things will one day grow aware. It is the
harmony of boundless Love, Love victorious over all suffering and
By this law of Love, Thy law, I want to live more and more integrally;
to it unreservedly I give myself.
And all my being exults in an inexpressible Peace.
August 16, 1913
O LOVE, Divine Love, Thou fillest my whole being and overflowest
on every side. I am Thyself even as Thou art I, and I see Thee in
each being, each thing, from the soft breath of the passing breeze
to the glorious sun which gives us light and is a symbol of Thee.
O Thou whom I cannot understand, in the silence of the purest devotion
I adore Thee.
December 16, 1913
PURE and disinterested love, Thy love in what we are able to perceive
and manifest of it, is the sole key that can open all hearts that
seek for Thee. Those who follow the path of the intellect may have
a very high and true conception; they may have all the information
about the true life, the life One with Thee, but they do not know
it; they have no inner experience of that life and are ignorant
of all contact with Thee. These men whose knowledge is intellectual
and whose action is confined to a construction which they believe
to be the best, are the most difficult of all to convert; it is
harder to awaken the consciousness of the Divine in them than in
any other person of goodwill. Love alone can work this miracle,
for love opens all doors, penetrates every wall, clears every obstacle.
And a little true love does more than the most beautiful speeches.
Lord, let this pure flower of love blossom in me, that it may give
its fragrance to all those who come near us, and that this fragrance
may sanctify them.
In this love lie peace and joy, the fount of all strength and all
realisation. It is the infallible healer, the supreme consoler;
it is the victor, the sovereign teacher.
O Lord, my sweet Master, Thou whom I adore in silence and to whom
I have entirely consecrated myself, Thou who governest my life,
kindle in my heart the flame of Thy pure love that it may burn like
a glowing brazier, consuming all imperfections and transforming
into a comforting warmth and radiating light the dead wood of egoism
and the black coals of ignorance.
O Lord, I turn towards Thee with a devotion at once joyful and solemn
and I implore Thee:
Let Thy love manifest,
Thy reign come.
May Thy peace govern the world.