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Adversity is the Messenger of a Higher Love. Sunday's Inspiration 7


Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.



Greetings, my fellow Brothers/Sisters. Salaam! Namaste! The Light that dwells in me, bows and pays homage to the Light that dwells in you, for we are all one Spirit. I salute your joys and sorrows; your struggles against seemingly impossible odds … I am there with you in the darkness, as ignorance is nothing but our limited Knowledge … our foggy understanding of a Higher Love. Right now, Love deems it necessary for our wayfaring.

Sometimes the sediment settles at the bottom of the teapot, but when we strain through a filter, we are able to drink a most enjoyable cup. When the night is dark, we see only the blackness, but the full moon brings a sudden charm, as the rays of the cosmos springs a twinkle in the heavens.

You and I affect the world, by the vibrations that we offer to it. A drunk will see a drunk in the shadows, but the Saint will see a Lover, intoxicated with the Bliss of Paradise. The mother in labour knows only pain. “Push!” The midwife shouts. “Push!” With beads of perspiration … of tremendous effort on her face, she pushes and a ‘wee’ while later, she holds in her arms a most beautiful miracle from the Unknown.


Uniqueness in Adversity

Life is full of adversity, but we know that a dark tunnel will ultimately have an entrance, which is flooded with light. A thorn is the harbinger of wisdom and adversity is the messenger of a Higher Love … the hidden candle of the Divine. Sometimes life is full of impediments and the twilight brings only loneliness, but with patience and hope will come an awakening dawn.

We are all special, all a unique dream of Life. We have a lot to offer to humanity; to manifest Love’s Light. We begin with the child. Pampered with nappies, it gravitates naturally to mother’s milk; struggles to crawl, stand, walk … to live in the sacrament of the present moment. God has given it beauty, purity, innocence … identification and spontaneity, charm … to feed our souls.

This is the vision of the baby, so important for it! Yet you and I are engaged in rather different, higher ventures: our search for meaning – a quest for happiness for ourselves, our loved ones; for warmth, food, shelter … self-esteem needs.

A good man once said that we are all doing time. I do not know that it is the wish of Love’s Gardener, but She gives us choices. Freedom which we utilise, straying into the ways of Ignorance: imperfections, bondage, limitations … until we realise that even our so-called freedom is limited … that Love reins us in, so we can head into the mansions of effulgent Light.

I encourage hope or faith; of not giving up; of forward ever; backward never! There are no graves here; the Light becomes brighter when the day dawns.


Hope in a Stream of Living Water ... in Love

There is a stream of living water, which satiates the agony of longing and so we drink, so that our Spirit will never die. The fire of the Heart cannot be bound and an intensity of awakening, burns brightly in the soul.

Hope is the song-bird of the soul. Ever whispering her supernal songs … they remain in seed form, until we are sufficiently awakened – like daybreak – to envisage her call. What a great heralder of tomorrow, she is, constantly and patiently pruning the weeds of our garden, so that our fuchsias and petunias shine with glory.

Sometimes, as in certain countries, life brings up droughts, famines … pestilences, but we know that when the rain of mercy permeates the soil, we will eventually get a bumper harvest. So too the dark night of the soul is only embroiled by brittle chains, awaiting the messenger of incandescent Delight.

So, come, my friends. Today is a message of hope. Let us move forward! Our nafs, impediments … obstacles are only temporary shadows. The wise know that there is a lustre blossoming in Jordan, even when the shadows are dense. Give me your hands, for together we march, jog and run as a team. Let us be confident, with an abiding faith and an enduring Love. The Beloved is eagerly awaiting our arrival. Let us go Home.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 28th October, 2018.

~Awakening The Inner Light ~

Wisdom from the Master

No Such Thing

"I took a closer look.

There is no such thing as ignorance.

Ignorance is nothing but my limited knowledge.

I took a closer look.

There is no such thing as defeat.

Defeat is nothing but the inspirer

Of my increasing will.

I took a closer look.

There is no such thing as death.

Death is nothing

But my strengthening and dreaming rest." - Sri Chinmoy

Wisdom from the Master

We are all inner and outer candles of the one

© 2018 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on October 31, 2018:

Yes. Important. If we fail in the little things, sooner or later, we will fail when it truly matters. Thank you so much!!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on October 31, 2018:

I think, Manatita, it is because at the time I was reading your article, I was brewing a teapot of tea. It must have been anticipation of enjoying a nice cup of tea on this unusually chilly day that the tea metaphor was surprisingly inspirational. It's the little things in life that catch my attention. LOL!

manatita44 (author) from london on October 31, 2018:

Lol. I thought this was the weakest one. Yes, does make sense, I suppose. Much Love, Marlene. Glad you are well.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on October 31, 2018:

Spoken through you, His Highness has delivered a very inspirational message. I am touched by all of the metaphors and the one that spoke to me in a surprising way is the one about the sediments in the bottom of the teapot.

manatita44 (author) from london on October 31, 2018:

Indeed Dee.

Very important to know. Happy that you not only know but are offering so much to so many. Peace .

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 30, 2018:

So satisfying! "Unique in Adversity is very insightful. "We are all special, all a unique dream of Life." Thus we all have something unique to offer. Important to know.

manatita44 (author) from london on October 30, 2018:


I thank you. A most beautiful contribution. My gratitude to you. Hope is eternal!


Indeed! Let us continue to hope. Our feathers will grow and we will fly into the perennial sky. Om Shanti!

Rinita Sen on October 30, 2018:

Thank you, Manatita, for being here to write these beauttiful pieces. Loved all the metaphors, but most of all this - 'Light becomes brighter when the day dawns'. Here's to hope, and a brighter light.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 30, 2018:

There are many obstacles in life but hope reigns supreme. Some people seem to be tested more than others. Your words are always so inspiring. Thank you for this beautiful message of hope and love.

manatita44 (author) from london on October 30, 2018:

Ah, Alicia.

I'm glad that you have enjoyed it. This is a great compliment to me. Gratitude.


I see you moving in that direction with tremendous speed. So I feel that I tell you nothing new. Somehow the Heart already knows. You guys are all kindred spirits. Much Love.

.Ah, Dana,

You are so receptive … so receptive. Follow your Heart. Hugs xx

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 29, 2018:

Your article is beautiful as well as inspirational, Manatita. It's lovely to read it multiple times.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on October 29, 2018:

Brilliantly inspiring, manatita. Thank you for sharing the wisdom.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on October 29, 2018:

This was a gem and pleasure to read. The teachings of Sri Chimnoy are full of priceless wisdom.

manatita44 (author) from london on October 29, 2018:

Ah, my sweet Shauna.

This is a truly beautiful compliment! Gratitude ... much!


Sri Chinmoy was a remarkable visionary. I have covered a lot in my Magnum Opus My Guru Sri Chinmoy: Life and teachings. Available on Amazon

Linda L,

Yes.As well as Christ. Beautiful biblical sayings. Thank you so much!!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 29, 2018:

Manatita, the words of wisdom from the Master are exquisite as are your opening paragraphs. There is beauty and love in all if we are willing to open our eyes to it. Your hope in the stream of living water brings to mind the words of Revelation "For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”

Thank you for such a beautiful entry to the week.

Shaloo Walia from India on October 29, 2018:

My only introduction to Sri Chinmoy has been through your hubs. And I love the little nuggets of wisdom from the master you share here and there. I hope to read his books someday!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 29, 2018:

What inspiring words, Manatita! This is a pleasure to read. Certainly worth reading again and again or whenever life seems to get in the way. Very encouraging and beautifully stated!

manatita44 (author) from london on October 29, 2018:

Thank you, my Didi Ji.

A most charming contribution. Appreciated.

Good morning Shaloo. Appreciated. Glad you like the Master's offering also. How is the family? Om Shanti!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 29, 2018:

Thanks for sharing your wonderful thoughts. It provided me with much needed peace.

Thanks for sharing an absorbing article!

Shaloo Walia from India on October 28, 2018:

A very inspiring and uplifting hub! Sri Chinmoy's quote at the end is the icing on the cake.

manatita44 (author) from london on October 28, 2018:

Indeed. my Friend, Bill. More than enough. Just keep it up! Have a great Sunday evening.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 28, 2018:

The hate from the television and from social media continues to spill forth; all I can do to combat it is love! It will have to be enough, my friend.

manatita44 (author) from london on October 28, 2018:

… and thank you, Mary. So sweet. I admire your sense of worth and fortitude. Continue … continue … peace and Love.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 28, 2018:

Hope is the song bird of the soul. Yes, no defeat for me. I keep hoping as I know God never gives up on me. Thank you for this message of hope.

manatita44 (author) from london on October 28, 2018:


Ok Bro. What can I say? Peace!


Love to the family this weekend, my brother. Hope that all is good. I actually wrote a Saturday piece on the poetry of the mystic Hafiz, but the Hub Pages gods held it and are going through it.

When one is talking about the poetry of someone else, One has to use their work, but it seems they felt I used too much. So let's watch this gap. Meanwhile, I quickly wrote this one. A break from poetry. Glad you like it.

I'm giving a motivational talk tomorrow, Guru's Grace, to about 25 poets. Gratitude and love to all.

p.s. Yes, He is definitely holding mines. O Grace, sweet Grace!

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on October 28, 2018:

Yes, my Brother, let us remember that we never left Home, and the Beloved is holding already our hands! Thank you for the memories!

His Light, your Light!


Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on October 28, 2018:

I can see that my, brother, but what Paul was talking about is once the child has been stopped from questioning everything is what we are supposed to stop. He didn't mean stop the questioning because Jesus said "except we become as a little child we will no enter into the kingdom of heaven." So, which one will you accept, Jesus who supposedly came from God or the one sent by Jesus?

I know the belief is they are one but since Jesus also said "the kingdom of heaven is within" us that would make the voice an impostor especially when those who accompanied him also heard it. Putting things in perspective is very necessary for discerning the scripture's message.

manatita44 (author) from london on October 28, 2018:

My Brother,

The child is an example of so much more! That is why spiritual masters love them. For their innocence, purity, sweetness, spontaneity … todos. Suffer little children to come unto me ….

What I am saying, the spirit of it, is what Paul said in a different way. When I was a child, I behaved as a child, I did the things that the child did, but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

Nevertheless, the life of the child and its development is crucial. Look for the points that I'm trying to illustrate. Roles changes in this journey of self-transcendence. Peace, Bro.

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on October 28, 2018:

Except for one things, Manatita, I completely agree and appreciate your inspiring words.

You said "The child can only do so much, as it is clouded by nappies, a hunger for its mother’s milk; a struggle to crawl, stand, walk … to live in the sacrament of the present moment." If only the child could speak! I believe "the designed fault" that humanity is not to have the answers until we have fulfilled living every possible experience conceivable are we to "graduate into man" with minds able to comprehend all things.

Peace and thanks for sharing it.

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