Short Poems on Courage

 

I do not pray for a safe road.
I pray for infinitely more courage
Than I now have.

– Sri Chinmoy (1)

To speak ill of the world
Needs courage,
But fortunately or unfortunately
Everybody has that courage.

To love the world
As one’s own,
Very own,
Needs courage.
Unfortunately, most of us are wanting
In that courage.

The courage of the heart,
The courage of the soul
We badly need,
And not the courage
Of the unruly,
Aggressive,
Impure,
Demanding vital.

Sri Chinmoy (2)

The animal in me
Showed the animal courage
By fighting and strangling.

The human in me
Showed the human courage
By snubbing and belittling.

The divine in me
Shows the divine courage
In accepting and loving.

The Supreme in me
Shows the supreme courage
In transforming, widening, deepening
And finally transcending.

Sri Chinmoy (3)

Sources:

(1) Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 34 by Sri Chinmoy

(2) Excerpt from Union And Oneness by Sri Chinmoy

(3) Excerpt from The Wings Of Light, Part 11 by Sri Chinmoy