Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.
The human condition
We are Souls Isolated From the Divine
We are actually souls in isolation from God – our Source of Love. We have been sent here to manifest or glorify the Divine and we are consciously or unconsciously, striving, as sojourners, to find our way Home.
In the initial stages, we try to do what we perceive to be best for us, sometimes hurting others in the process. Yet we are sent by the Absolute, who silently witnesses all, guiding us through the pain, suffering … struggle.
“Listen to the story of the reed,” Says Rumi, the great Persian Seer.
“As it laments the pain of separation. Since they have cut me from my reed bed,
My wails bring tears to both woman and man. Those ripped away from their beloved
know my song. Having been cut from the Source, they long to return.” - Rumi
The Roots of Prejudice
Some say that the problems of prejudice are so deep-seated, that even we ourselves are that way inclined. They say that we can even ‘benefit’ by the colour of our skin. So, there’s a racial coding prevalent in some countries, creating a class structure, demeaning and unjust to many.
When I was home in the Caribbean, the fair-skinned used to be preferred, a practice which affected jobs, status and relationships. A similar thing happens in many countries and continents around the world, where one is victimized by one’s own ethnicity, simply for having darker skin. One may say that 600 years of colonisation and deception has worked well, but what is the root cause?
One of the first books I bought in England, might have been called The Roots of Prejudice. It shows that we are all inherently prejudiced and that this is an age-old problem. The Europeans were fighting amongst themselves, long before we came. Whether it was England against France or Spain or the Portuguese against another. There were also some ‘pockets’ in Roman times and even before.
Some Eastern Europeans were victimized when they first came to the UK, as people were insecure with them getting free housing and extra cash. The Press also didn't help.
Some of my fair-skinned friends in England, felt it necessary to marry fair-skinned or white girls and so racism is not only ingrained in our psyche, but a pandemic problem. It goes back to the Saxons and much further afield. So how do we change it? Why does it happen in the first case?
The Parable of the good Samaritan
Creating Meaningful Change
The Christ refused to listen to a well-intentioned Barabbas. He wanted to rise against Roman tyranny, but Christ said that was not why he came. Lord Buddha and many other God-souls, also used the message of Love and Compassion.
I once read a conversation between a philanthropist and a man of God. This altruistic fellow was so consumed with looking after the poor! Yet the Saint was insistent that one had to go to the Source first.
It seems that we must begin with spiritual practices and then act from the Light received in prayer and silence. Why? Because the problem is inside of humans, not outside. I was just reading an article on 'Courtesy' on Hub Pages. It is a beautiful article. But the more I read, the more I became convinced, that this kind of idealism, cannot exists, without Love, or at least kindness and empathy in the Heart. This comes from God.
Man is body and soul. We suffer and have always suffered, because we identify with the external, not knowing that we are souls... that we are all one in Spirit. Buddha said that suffering is as a result of desire or cravings: Greed, lust, ego, attachments, anger and their bye-products of fear, insecurity, loneliness and so forth.
The Light that speaks to the Heart
Racism is widespread and some do feel the need to protest, while others feel the need to kill, using a heart of anger, to fight the very evil they are supposed to abhor. Why? Everything takes me back to the fact that the emotions of the human psyche is not pure... that it still need to be touched by a Higher Light.
That is why the wise ones chose Love ... self-giving. They saw clearly, that it is a better way. The good news is that God will use the scavenger, the Queen, the politician for their roles, as He will use the activist for another. Our duty is to worship as best we can, God’s duty is to utilise us – in His own way – for the good of humanity, so that we can ultimately live peacefully side by side.
Whatever happens in Divine Providence, is ultimately for the best, as there is no alternative. Guruji’s teachings are that the Supreme either sanctions, approves or tolerates, whatever is taking place. Seen from the Highest plane of existence, God is the only Doer. Much Love.
-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 10th June, 2020
- Inspiring the Light Within -
Awake in the Rapture of Silence
I wish to Love without leaving traces; to
Sing like a bird, in the sanctum of souls.
Let my breath whisper to the withering
Flowers; blend with the rose to reborn anew.
Lost in the darkness, I was gripped in the
Jaws of my own shadows. Now I play on the
Lute of minstrels; waltz on the lap of Paradise.
I just wish to be like the Dao, touching each Heart
With supernal sweetness. Love has given me the
Joy that pierces heaven; the celestials weep my name.
Beyond the excellence of Andromeda, the stars doth
Twinkle and shimmer with Light. Each new moon
Comes dancing, praising our being together again. I lie at
The Portals of infinity’s Delight, awake in the rapture of Silence.
- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 9th June, 2020
External vs internal
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