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Divali: The Fire of Endless Love and Sacrifice

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

Wisdom from the Master

"When I say Light, I am speaking about illumination. This illumination will first take place in the realm of the God-manifesting soul. Next it will take place in the aspiring heart, then in the searching mind, then in the dynamic vital and, finally, in the wakeful body." --Sri Chinmoy

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Diwali is known as the Festival of Lights. For the past two years, I have been writing about it either in poetry form, prose or both.

There is another form of Light, or rather a Source from which Light springs:

“Let your Light so shine before men, so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father, which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Or as experienced in the awakening of another virgin dawn, or in the essence of the righteous:

“Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.” (Isaiah 58: 8)

Of course, the great Avatar Sri Krishna, (Direct Incarnation of God) was in fact talking about the same Light. Still, of all the divine qualities, even though Light is needed most, it is wanted least. Why is that so? We fear that it will expose us, that we are not yet ready for it, that it will take us into a river of uncertainty.

This is erroneous, as the poet Rumi says: ‘Both Light and shadow, are the dance of Love.” Fire burns brightly in the core of the downtrodden and in the lap of the magnate dining on caviar and vintage wine. All are made in Love’s image.

Light permeates in the soul of the mom giving her very last breath of sacrifice for her children and it continues to shine in the darkness, even when the shadows are dense. It is that illumination, that awakening or enlightenment, that urges the addict to throw away his large Havana cigar and most importantly, it is the same Light that causes him to pick it up.

We are all caught up in the diversity of Light and shadow, Love and hate, cold and hot. Now that Diwali is here, it is good that we celebrate, indeed Light pushes us in this direction, according to our flow of receptivity and Consciousness.

All is necessary and there is no one or nothing without purpose. God Himself is celebrating in and through us, a most beautiful dance! On this occasion, Sri Krishna is His Advocate and Krishna utilizes other instruments of this Higher Light.

I have chosen to highlight the sacrifice of the woman here, as a most beautiful, illumining and inspirational form of Light. May we all dance and play, in the all-nourishing Diwali Lights … the diyas or lamps of the divine. Happy Diwali, my Hubber-Friends.

Light in Sacrifice

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The Fire of Endless Sacrifice

Look at her poise, her dignity.

The Light of the Spirit kisses her face,

And the snow-white purity of Kailash,

Will never exude such fortitude.


Steeped in a river of endless sacrifice,

She carries her pearl of innocence.

Sitting on a basket of dream-filled hope,

Gazing into the void of the unknown.


Last night her Heart came weeping,

And Gratitude descended from the Beyond.

Carrying the fuel of an indomitable will;

Burning the fire of selflessness in her core.


Now life kisses a soul made resilient,

By the intimacy and bewilderment of Love.


-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 7th November, 2018.

Wisdom from the Master

"Although Light is the most needed spiritual quality of all, unfortunately it is the least wanted. Very often seekers invoke joy, peace or power, but very rarely do they aspire for Light. Instead of feeling that the divine Light will illumine them, they mistakenly identify with their own limitations and imperfections and feel that they are going to be exposed." - Sri Chinmoy

Wisdom from The Master

"Light embraces humanity with all its imperfections and tries to illumine human ignorance so the human life can be elevated into the divine life." -Sri Chinmoy

Forms of Light.

© 2018 manatita44

Comments

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

Thank you.

Im pleased to see you, don't worry about being late. Thank you so much!

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on November 28, 2018:

Enjoying your light-filled celebration of Divali manatita. I'm late, so thank you for leaving the light on.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 16, 2018:

Great. Send it to me. I won't change it, but send you pointers, only if necessary and return it to you then you can post your Hub. Sean has literally just done another. It's amazing!! Cool!

Note: Kailash is a sacred mountain, held in high esteem by many spiritual giants.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on November 16, 2018:

Oh I see now... hmmmmmm! That's a real challenge. I shall try it.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 16, 2018:

Ha ha. That's not what I'm asking. Do an Ioannis or a Venkatacharya M, that is to say, choose a poem and then analyse the entire poem having posted it as a Hub. Put the entire poem on Hub Pages with interpretations before and after the poem, or break it down line by line with additions such as you have just tried to do.

This poem is easy. It is a picture I used for Ode to Women, where I'm essentially talking about your fortitude, Love, selflessness, the power in your sacrifice.... women that is, although I added a maternal quality to it.

I took the same picture and did an entirely different poem this time with the focus being the picture itself and here I addressed the question of Light in all things, the mother's sacrifice being one of them. So there you are. Have a go.So far you are doing well.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on November 16, 2018:

OK Manatita, I accept your challenge to analyze one of your poems. Let me give this one, “The Fire of Endless Sacrifice” a try. First, let me say that when I first started reading this poem I was reminded of a song I sing a lot. The song is called, “Indescribable” by Chris Tomlin. The song is about our Lord who is the highest of highs, so powerful, so great it is unimaginable.

I believe this poem is about someone who is stoic and pure, someone who gives lovingly and endlessly. She desires to be in that place, unknown by any human; that place that is unimaginable; that place that is promised to those who seek and desire be; that place called heaven. Her longing brings forth a heavenly kiss from the love of life -- His Majesty Himself.

I wonder how I did with this interpretation. Am I even close?

manatita44 (author) from london on November 16, 2018:

Chitrangada, my didi ji,

I'm always very happy when people understand what I am trying to say. You have captured the Spirit so well!

Sri Krisha was quintessentially a God-man ... a direct descent of the Absolute Brahman and Light in all its fullness is the pinnacle of beauty. Thank you so much!!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 16, 2018:

Beautiful poem and you truly define the ‘Light’ or what the Festival of Lights, Diwali signifies.

The significance of lighting the lamp, infact means, to eliminate the darkness from within and to illuminate the soul or the consciousness. And this is true, not only on the auspicious occasion of Diwali, but always. Perhaps this is reason, why we light diyas or candles during prayers.

Your example of mother and child is beautiful indeed.

Thank You for sharing.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 14, 2018:

Marlene,

Why dont you have a go at analysing one of my poems? I will help if you get stuck. Try.

Thank you so much!!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on November 14, 2018:

The light is illuminating. It sees all and shows all. It can be frightening as it reveals the truth. At the same time, it can light up the soul. I enjoyed reading today's article and poem. They are truly enlightening.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 11, 2018:

Oh, so sorry, Dear. I didn't know. I heard that he was ill but not that bad. You have my prayers. So sorry to hear Mary. God bless and strengthen you at this special time

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 11, 2018:

You are right Manatita. Very rarely do we invoke Light except at Easter, maybe. I am now grieving with my husband's death but I will invoke the Light as I go through my sadness. Thank you.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 11, 2018:

Indeed! My Brother, Indeed! That is why I took a holistic approach in this one. Thank you. Peace.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 11, 2018:

Very inspiring write. Truly, we see light in so many different forms in our daily life and a mother's love is the highest form of light on this earth.

To achieve oneness with the Infinite Light though, our souls need to be illumined by the Infinite Light.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 10, 2018:

A very 'sweet' and wise sentiment indeed, my brother Elijah. Much appreciations.

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington, DC USA on November 10, 2018:

A magnificently written revelation of the "light that is a mother's love" expressing the length of the sacrifices mothers of every kind are making daily for whom they have begotten. Thank you for sharing it.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 10, 2018:

As I say, Sean

You are an incredibly fast learner. You seem to have surpassed me now. The good father always wants his son to do better than him. So if you call yourself my student, then please hold your head erect. I'm truly proud of you.

Still, we are all His. The Supreme is the only Guru. Peace, my friend.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on November 10, 2018:

Pray for the Light no matter what it may show to you! Amazing Hub, a true Festival of Light and your poem my Brother... You are a Heart-elevator! I wish every one of us to find the Mother within.

There is no sacrifice, only Elevation!

Sean

manatita44 (author) from london on November 10, 2018:

Thanks Alicia.

As you can see, this year I approached it differently. Thank you so much!!

Rinita,

Indeed, Rinita.

This time I chose to look at the Light in all its supernal glory. Much Love to you and yours this weekend.

HAPPY DIWALI TO YOU BOTH!!

Rinita Sen on November 10, 2018:

Beautiful poem expressing the mother's sacrifice. May the light be with each one of us, every Diwali, and every other day.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 09, 2018:

I think Diwali is a beautiful festival. Light is a powerful and inspirational symbol. Thank you for this lovely reminder, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 09, 2018:

Indeed, my Friend, Indeed. So many ways to see the one. Much Love.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on November 09, 2018:

Great work manatita. We need to see the light in so many different ways.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 09, 2018:

Yes, that is essentially what Light is, only we are already this Light but are yet to awaken to its reality. When the fog is thick, we see only the grey mist until it clears again, and so we eventually see the heavens.

We are all shining nuggets. Some are Conscious and some are not. Spiritual Teachers, like the Christ, Buddha or Sri Chinmoy, come to remind us of our true Self.

We express it though, as my Guru does. A sudden awakening, illumination, inspiration, enlightenment … realisation. When we are realised we come to know everything. That the Light in scriptures, is the same one Love or God. Always present, all pervading and omnipotent and that we are not only made in its image, we are that image.

Long answer. It is possible to read someone and not understand, Not anyone's fault, just that he or she says only so much at a time.

However, yogic teaching is that you are In fact God, Spirit or Consciousness … that this body is the Temple or instrument of Spirit and that you are on a journey to return home. That is how the mystic sees and experiences it. Isn't this wonderful? Glory be!

P.S. Home is literally inside your spiritual Heart, which is the Home of Consciousness … of the Absolute … of all that exists. Look within and all will be revealed in time.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on November 09, 2018:

Manatita, I have always thought of the Light (in the Bible) as meaning the revelation and understanding of all knowledge, truth, and purity, that we will achieve the Light when we enter the gates of Heaven.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 09, 2018:

Why not indeed? Father's love is precious too. We, on average, tend to value mother's unconditional love. Yet Father's love are coming more and more to the fore

Good point , although I can also include some more forms of Love or Light also. Peace, Bro. Salaam!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 09, 2018:

Another beautiful article. I do have a question here. I get the gist of the article I think but why would you not list a "Father's Love?" in the question.

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