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The Path by Manatita


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

The Path


A Flash-Fiction Story

I, a lonely wayfarer, walk along a dim-lit road, with the five cardinal vices sticking to me like leaches! Lust engages me like an undiminishing lamp of darkness, while avarice and ego, continue to throw stones at the horizon. I push forward!

It seemed only yesterday that Salome and I played together. She brought many friends and I was caught in an unending game of attachments and desires. I took my chances, played with the dice of wanton temptations, only to bleed five hundred autumns into the winds of time.

Go back five hundred springs and I guess I was treated badly in the mineral and plant kingdoms. So, by the time I had bludgeoned my way through the animal world and made it to the human arena, my awakened mind, carried with me the animal traits, once so necessary for survival.

No easy challenge, this Path. It seems to be paved with good intentions and the colours of resplendence glimmer in the distance. Yet my feet taste only the rugged slabs, which feel more like thorns than roses as I travel, along this dark night of the soul.

Now greed dances upon my inner poverty, while ego slices my heart like a machete does, cutting the ‘spoils’ that butcher’s sell. I live in a world of me and mines: separating, analyzing and dividing, carving out lands into segments to play my power games; eating caviar on benches in beautiful grass lawns with the bourgeoisie.


Yet I am unhappy as I walk, the breeze shedding tears beneath my feet. I’m attached to numerous bedfellows, all drinking from a seemingly endless Chalice of vintage wine, as we play golf on the neck-collars of the oppressed. The crisp ‘paper-note’ calls me incessantly, and I seem to be constantly checking my coffers!

I’m caught in a spider’s web of untold riches, women and fame. Opulence becomes my bosom friend, yet there is no inner peace for the taking. I soon find myself as enslaved, as the very ones I harmed so callously.

Push forward another five hundred summers and anger stabs me like a naked sword. I make friends with his sister ‘resentment’, his brother ‘racism’ and the sons and daughters called hypocrisy, doubt and jealousy, filling my mind with fake news and yellow tales on newspaper clippings.

Fear and loneliness sing sad songs, as insecurity knocks on my window, seeing a vessel so tarred by hate, that she feels she’ll have little trouble entering. Locked in struggle, I fail to see the green leaves and foliage; the lushness of the Light ahead.

Fast forward another five hundred winters and I cry out in the wilderness. Happiness has evaded me like the tail of a dog. I am in chains, and like in ‘the allegory of the cave’, I’m in desperate need for an enlightened Being to remove my fetters. At long last, Plato walks in through my dark cavern of despair. He is carrying a lighted lantern and beseeches me to follow, which I do.

The dark veil of shadows dissipates, as I move towards the Light, into the freedom of the vast Unknown. I’m free at last… free at last! Yet my Beloved wants me to bleed one more time. I turn around, walk back into the abyss, to offer the message of Light … the way of the cross to my fellow humans, so they too, can find their way home.

The last thing I say, is “Father forgive them!”, as they crucify me for my troubles.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 20th March, 2021

The long hard road of the soul


Wisdom from the Master

"Life's perfection-road is very long,

But the journey is richly rewarding."- Sri Chinmoy

"The determination in your heroic efforts,

Will permeate your heart and mind,

Long after your success or failure, has been forgotten. " - Sri Chinmoy

The Path

The Path

© 2021 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on March 22, 2021:

Happy you like it. One of my more powerful pieces. Salaam!

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on March 22, 2021:

What a beautiful way to convey your message. I really liked the story. Manatita, sometimes we can't figure out that what is right and wrong. In the meanwhile, if you find a guide who can clear the dust from your mind; This is your greatest blessing.

Thanks for sharing...

manatita44 (author) from london on March 22, 2021:

Haha.All of us can. No easy road. Thank you. Thankvyou. Thank you

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 22, 2021:

Speaks so eloquently of our journey towards enlightenment. I can easily identify with this path.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 20, 2021:

Sweet, that is the plan. For the Disciple, the blessing is always the Master ... always the Master. Can you see Ananda worrying at the feet of Buddha?

So happy you came! I asked my Guru to do what he could for my sister's life and if it was the Will of the Supreme that she had to leave, to at least let her see her 56th birthday. She went at midnight on her birthday. Grace ... grace. Grace is all in all.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 20, 2021:

Ha-ha. Creation is a Lila (Leela), a divine game. Sameness is rather like destruction. The game will not work. Variety and diversity is necessary. Without shadow, there will be no perception of Light, good is measured by the evil that exists. We need the night to sleep ... to recuperate and the stars to shine on the darkness. Heat will affect us if seasons never changed and as long as we have yin, we will have yang. The law of diversity or polarity work together. It is a precise Creation, yet ever-transcending ... not bound by rules. 'Nuff for now.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 20, 2021:

I like that...we are in different grades.

Too bad we all can't graduate together.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on March 20, 2021:

I have been there, my dear brother, and I have that mysterious notion that our paths have crossed before. I had been lost for many years in the boggy land of ego and lust, agonizing for the Light. And then a Lantern Carrier, like you, helped me to see that the Cave was me! That the Light already existed in me as a spark. This inner spark is now feeding by the Light of beautiful people like you and shows me the way back Home. Stories like this amazing one are the best maps for us. Thank you, my brother, for being a clear crystal for the Light! Gratitude!

Let me add this:

"Stop worrying about what you are not, and try to rejoice and improve what you are. So gradually, you will become much more than you've ever imagined you can be."

Sean Dragon

manatita44 (author) from london on March 20, 2021:

Thank you, Rosina.

Good to see you and sorry I'm late. Appreciate your loving sentiment.

Rosina S Khan on March 20, 2021:

What a dramatic story helping us all find the path to light! An interesting piece indeed! Thanks for sharing, Manatita!

manatita44 (author) from london on March 20, 2021:

Yes, Brenda. Earth is gross or dense, meaning human Consciousness. No ones fault, that's just how it us and so when the Saviours' come, we hurt them.

As the soul develops through experience, we begin to understand their wisdom and as such become better humans. More caring, self-giving. The 'bad' news - if you can call it that - is that like school, we are in different grades and do not all move together. I'm usually happy enough that God knows best. Thank you so much!!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 20, 2021:


This story unfolds the human nature of mankind to follow along with others. Sometimes feeling like he is caught in a spider web...life's pathways lead to many struggles leaving one feeling trapped.

The blessing of seeing the light releases all his problems.

Yet he must still sacrifice himself in the end to show others the pathway to the light.

Thus last part is sad...but his reward I suppose is great.

Just finding the light is a step in the right direction in this crazy maze we live within.

Good write

manatita44 (author) from london on March 20, 2021:

Thank you, my Didi Ji

Jai Sri Chinmoy ...jai Sri Ramakrishna, mere Prabhu, Jai Lord! Asamkhya Dhanyavaad!

Vanita Thakkar on March 20, 2021:

Another excellent craftsmanship of glowing inspiration from you, Brother Manatita. Feel delighted to read your works. Thanks. Blessings to you always.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 20, 2021:

Timeless, indeed, my Brother Bill.

Nothing is truly new. We have outgrown some rituals and myths, but the essential message is birthless and deathless; the Light continues to shine in the darkness. Thank you so much

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 20, 2021:

A timeless message, my friend, and a lesson so many find hard to accept. Let's hope more find the right path, stay on it, and show the way for others still.

Blessings always, my brother!

manatita44 (author) from london on March 20, 2021:


In the sense that it is designed to awaken longing, home-sickness and wakefulness, yes. Otherwise one can say, it is a different approach from one who is always saying the same thing: service, awakening, how to illumine or entice the Light ... to inspire; reach the Heart.

Thank you for coming. I think I'm familiar with you, just that I have not seen you for a while, perhaps. Much Love.

Patty Florence from Illinois on March 20, 2021:

A nostalgia peace! Thank you Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 20, 2021:

Yes, Peggy.

No easy road! What do they say? 'no free ride?' Ha-ha. Something like that. Have hope, though. Laugh, smile ... embrace the struggle. We beat it by being vigilant friends. Thank you so much!!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 20, 2021:

Yours is a powerful peace showing us the many temptations we face in life, and what should be our guiding light and goal at the end. Beautiful!

manatita44 (author) from london on March 20, 2021:

Igualmente. Allah te bendida y acompanye, inshal'lah!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on March 20, 2021:

Superbién, gracias. ¿Y usted?

It’s always a Pleasure to read something coming from you


manatita44 (author) from london on March 20, 2021:

Thanks Misbah.

Salaam! Always a joy to see you. Como estas?

Thanks for your loving contribution. Stay well and blessed. - Manatita

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on March 20, 2021:

A beautiful and motivational story

Thanks for spreading the message of light

Sooner or Later, in life, we realize that we should follow the right path

Seeking light is all what we can do good to ourselves and to others

Blessings always

manatita44 (author) from london on March 20, 2021:

Indeed Ann, indeed!

There's hope too. A City that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Thank you so much!!

Ann Carr from SW England on March 20, 2021:

A powerful story. Over the ages, man has succumbed but when he sees the light all beauty is revealed.


manatita44 (author) from london on March 20, 2021:

Thanks John.

Life is good over/under? Love to your wife and family. Hope you are much more settled now. I do appreciate your loving sentiment and I'll take 'brilliant.' Lol. Rather shamefully, I too, think it's a brilliant piece! (Sweet Chuckle) Much Love.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 20, 2021:

A brilliant piece manatita. I enjoyed the journey. We all need to follow the path that leads us towards enlightenment.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 20, 2021:

Harriet, I welcome you wholeheartedly, not only for reading my work, but in showing such a deep understanding at the first attempt. May the Beloved continue to bless your life with inner beauty and the mark of solace, like rain ... like the breeze. Muchisimas Gracias!!

Harriet Dionela from Taguig City, Philippines on March 20, 2021:

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to read your works. Your poetry is powerful. Your words deep and rich that while reading it I am touched by the message you're trying to convey.

Indeed, we indulged ourselves with too much earthly possessions that we forget the true meaning of living the life that God has given us.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 20, 2021:

Indeed, Pamela. Indeed!

Glad you liked it on this Saturday morning. It's probably my 800th Hub, so I will celebrate the next one. Thank you so much!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 20, 2021:

This is an very interesting story, Manatita. At first you walk with worldly desires, which can be a lonely path. Everything changes when you live in the light.

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