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A Christmas Gift of Gratitude, Sunday's Inspiration 25, to my Loving Sister-Friend, Linda Lum


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

Wisdom of the Christ

"Blessed are the pure in Heart, for they shall see God." - Jesus, The Christ (Holy Bible) KJV

"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." - Jesus, The Christ

The Gift of Love and Gratitude


A Christmas Gift

I look to the perennial sky for answers,

Not knowing that life is a GPS, longing

To ride the Carousel of my soul’s brilliance.

I worry about big words like the ‘afterlife’,

But hope lies in my ability to ascend, in order

To arrive at the pinnacle-summit of Love’s mountain.

I quarrel about a label called ‘God.’, but isn’t my

Heart a beautiful vase, longing to shine with flowers?

Just this morning, my friend said that he was an atheist,

Yet he writes elegant letters to his daughter,

Whispering in the pages, of how much he loves her.

He writes inspirational poetry that brings solace to hundreds;

So, I say that what he has done with the eloquence of words, is

A victory for Peace and the beauty of a new and radiant dawn.

Beliefs, beliefs … beliefs. We deny both God and festivities,

Yet gratitude creeps into each Heart at ‘feel good’ moments.

Is it in extra hours at work,’ cause our friend has decided

To celebrate? Or is it in the jollity on buses and trains?

Is it in the amazing street lights and chiming bells, or

The sweet cuddle with family at home, that may otherwise

Not be possible. We look to the sky for answers, yet

Our Heart knows more than a thousand ways to worship!

I am a unique note on the chords of Love's symphony; bless me

Great Spirit! Send me Your pilot-flames, so I can find my way HOME.

– Manatita, 6th Dec, 2020.

A Heavenly Garden


Rumi's Teachings

“I searched for God and found only myself;

I searched for the ‘Self’ and found only God.” – Rumi

“I searched for God on the Christian cross,” says Rumi, but he was not there. I searched for Him in the old Jewish Synagogue, but He was not there also.

“I went to the ancient temples of idolatry; without success.
I entered the mountain cave of Hira and found Him not.
I directed my search to the Kaaba, He was not there either.
I enquired of the philosophers, but he was not within their range.
I fared no better, even in exalted palaces.
Finally, I looked into my own Heart and there I saw Him.”

– Paraphrased from the writings of the Mystic Jalal Uddin Mohammed Rumi


Celebration and the Heart

The Heart … the Heart is everything! Say the mystics. It is with me at Christmas and in the glow of the celestial grandeur, it is with me when Magi’s walk the Eastern Path to the sacred child, born in a stable in Bethlehem of Judea.

I see His inner beauty with my soul, His concern for mankind, His power of authority and sacrifice … but above all, I know that He loves me, because He sees that the same Light inside Him, dwells also in me … that I am a spiritual being; have a right to be here.

So, I celebrate. I celebrate His life and victory –the Path He paved for Love, mercy and goodness, bleeding with the Light of Paradise glowing within, to reveal a Truth, which so many refuses to acknowledge!

It is fine to believe in Buddha, Mohammed, Krishna and many more. Yet, it still begs the question: Is my Heart ready? Do I feel that Light when I kiss my kids, my wife or husband … my paramour? Am I courageous in the heat of Covid-19? Do I smell the fragrant roses and is my Heart so vast, that I never tire to serve my fellow brothers and sisters: mankind?

Daniel was thrown into a den of lions, but You entered the Lair, carrying the sceptre of a new Jerusalem. Joseph was thrown into a well, but Your light shone in his Heart and the Spirit directed his Path to a life of deliverance for others.

Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into a cauldron of fire, but You danced in the burning flames, delivering them from the shadow of death. What is impossible in a life of harmony and Love for You?

Christmas comes and carries the Light of the voice of Gratitude. I have a home, shelter, food and warmth, while some are dead or dying here and in foreign lands. It is right that I celebrate! Let me be grateful … to offer thankfulness to the Unseen who guides me with infinite compassion, forgiving my daily cobwebs, in order to give me the vibrancy and zeal of new life.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 6th December, 2020


Christmas and its meaning

Reciting the poem 'A Christmas Gift.'

Wisdom from the Master

"There's only one thing that was, is and ever shall be and that is Love.

The Love that creates, the Love that nourishes

And the Love that sustains God's Universe." - Sri Chinmoy

"Just one smile, immensely increases the beauty of the universe." - Sri Chinmoy

© 2020 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on December 09, 2020:

Good on ya. All the best. Merry Christmas!!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 09, 2020:

I'm good, busy at making a great Christmas even wit the lockdown. Thank you for asking.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 08, 2020:

Mary, my Sweet.

How are you? Is life good with you? Always a joy to see you. Happy Christmas!! Stay Safe!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 08, 2020:

As usual, there is so much depth in what you write. I do agree about gratitude. Sometimes, I forget to do so as I take for granted many things.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 07, 2020:

Thank you, Rosina. Sometimes I write without control. The ideas come and something tells me to write them down. Thank you.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 07, 2020:

My pleasure, Bro

Rosina S Khan on December 07, 2020:

Since we have already hit December, your article is timely for the Christmas spirit of light and gratitude. Thank you for the wonderful share, Manatita.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on December 07, 2020:

Thanks a lot, Manatita, for the tip to comment.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 06, 2020:

Thank you, Alicia.

Very happy that you enjoyed reading this article. Yes, It's a spiritual yet friendly piece. Thanks

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 06, 2020:

This is a lovely tribute to Linda. I enjoyed reading your article very much. You've shared many points that I agree with. Thank you, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 06, 2020:

Well, my sweet Linda L, what melodious words! Well, you seem close to heaven so you shouldn't need much prodding. I mean the inner Heaven. I 'm not saying you should go anywhere just yet, you're a young woman. Thank you for coming and for gracing my page.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 06, 2020:

True. Love is synonymous with Light and Light with Love. Guruji sees it and speaks of it all the time. Light awakens, illumines, transforms, enlightens ... and so forth. Again, Guruji teaches that of all the divine qualities, Light is needed most but wanted least, because humans are afraid of Light.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on December 06, 2020:

Manatita, you have warmed my heart; what a beautiful gift to open this day. I often feel unworthy of the blessings our God has bestowed on me, yet He continues to show me His love each and every day.

This life is an amazing, wondrous (and sometimes baffling) journey but love is there, always there, if we just open our hearts to receive it.

Thank you for this; your friendship is indeed a blessing to me.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on December 06, 2020:

George Fox of the Society of Friends often referred to "the light of God in every man". There is something that draws beauty and grace out of the bleakness of the world.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 06, 2020:

Glad you found it too, Peggy. Kudos to you and all the best to you and your family. Peace!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 06, 2020:

Thanks for writing this beautiful poem and the tribute to Linda Lum. I am glad that I caught this in the feed because it was too late to comment in any other manner.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 06, 2020:

Stay strong. It is a real Joy knowing that nothing happens without the Will of the Father in heaven. Even our very hairs are numbered. Our Lord gives us no more than we can carry and accelerates our growth. Thank you so much! - Lantern

manatita44 (author) from london on December 06, 2020:

Thank you, Pamela. You're always amazing, you know? Peace.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 06, 2020:

Thank you, my Didi,

You've said it so well! Awesome! Gratitude!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on December 06, 2020:


These are lovely. Inspiration that is needed at this time of year.

I wonder often if I am worthy. I find myself weak in the face of this Covid-19 not being as peaceful as God would desire my heart to be.

We are filled with sadness but we must celebrate.

May his love unite us all this year regardless of what religion we worship.

Take care my friend.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 06, 2020:

Everyhing in this article is a wonderful tribute to Linda, a person I really care about. Even Josh Groban's song is a treat. This is a wonderful time of year for love and giving. Your poetry is beautiful, Manatita. I think Christmas is all the things in your list.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 06, 2020:

This is wonderful. Beautiful thoughts in your well crafted poem, and a nice tribute to Linda Lum. The spirit of Christmas is beautifully expressed and loved the video as well.

Thank you for sharing.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 06, 2020:

Umesh, not so hard. You can do this through 'feed.' Open your Hubpages like so: manatita44@hubpages.com/ So perhaps yours is: Bhattuc@hubpages.com.

At the top of the page, you will see 'HUBPAGES' Clicking on this will take you to feed. so read the Hub in the usual way, but to comment you can only do so via 'feed.' You need to look for the Hub, of course. There are many hubs and comments in 'feed.'

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on December 06, 2020:

Great poetry. Well crafted conposition. Your poems move to niche sites very quickly. I am slow and not able to grab them for my comment. All the best for the coming Christmas.

manatita44 (author) from london on December 06, 2020:

Thank You, Bill.


Nithya, lovely comment from you! Appreciated!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on December 06, 2020:

Beautiful poetry and prose shining a light on Christmas and gratitude. Great Rumi’s teachings, thank you for sharing.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 06, 2020:

A dear friend whom I've actually met in person, Linda is a quality, loving human being, and deserves a tribute in her honor. So happy to see you write this for her, Manatita. Blessings to you both!

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