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A Mantle of Hope, Faith, Beauty and Light. Wednesday's Inspiration 5, Some Lofty Reflections to Rinita Sen.


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


The Way of Love

"He who Loves, never grows old.

God is a shining example."

"Just one smile immensely increases,

The beauty of the universe." -Sri Chinmoy

Dawn has always been the precursor of newness. Each moment is new, each moment is a renewal of the sunset of summer, into the magenta-rose of Autumnal leaves.

Again, we know that the immaculate purity of the snow, heralds the harsh cold of winter, just as the symphony of starlings; the merriment and laughter of lavenders; the fragrance of jasmines, reminds us of the birth of Spring.

Shadows never last, that is why we say that there is light at the end of the tunnel. The deep stillness of night, will give way to the indigo beauty of the moon. Thorns protects a plant, only to give us the sacrificial redolence of roses.

Love exists only because we do, along with all Its creations and will most certainly protect us. Bear in mind however, that it has three prominent aspects: creation, preservation and transformation. Much Love.

Celestial dawn


Dawn Smiles on Our Tomorrows

So today we are in deep reflection;

Faced with the mortality of this bodily garment,

We feel loneliness, remorse, insecurity and fear.

Be as calm as the breeze, my unfettered song-birds, for

The Alchemist who sends this invisible messenger, is the One

Continuing to mold us, into an ornament par excellence.

Light has involuted through centuries! Caressing the

Beauty of rugged rocks, She pushes upwards – nature’s scent

In the flora and fauna; waltzing in the splendour of daffodils.

The winds of Love may sometimes bring tornados;

Yet She becomes the breeze offering solace –

A mantle beneath the brilliance of the sun.

Last night the moon came dancing in my abyss, as dawn smiled

On my tomorrows. The song-bearing minstrels dined within my

Castle, Love nestling on my lap, bathing my doubts with sweetness.

Alone with the Alone, I wept God’s rain, grateful for Her deliverance.

We are the Light of the Heart, far greater than the Temple

Of the sun. Quintessentially that sweet Emptiness, in the

Realm of the celestials. So Come! Let us rise like Maya Angelou,

The Beloved awaits inside our shrines, to offer Her unspoken Silence.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 1st April, 2020


Wisdom from the Master

." There can be no fear, there cannot even be an iota of fear, when we live in the effulgence of our soul. -Sri Chinmoy

"The child runs to his father and does anything he wants. He can do this precisely because he has established an inner oneness with his father. When there is inner oneness, there can be no fear. A tiny drop is afraid of the mighty ocean as long as it retains its individuality and personality." - Sri Chinmoy

"...Let us start with the mental fear. You have fear in your mind precisely because you do not consciously want to expand your mind. This expansion of the mind does not mean an expansion of the intellectual capacity..."- Sri Chinmoy



"To live constantly in the divine effulgence of our soul,

Only one thing is needed, a conscious inner cry.

This inner cry is called aspiration,

The mounting flame deep within us.

When this flame rises up towards the Highest,

It illuminates everything around it." - Sri Chinmoy

Wisdom from the Master

"Darkness is transformed into Light, fear into strength, doubt into certainty, ignorance into wisdom and death into immortality." -Sri Chinmoy

"My morning begins,

And I tell my Lord Supreme

That I am prayerfully chained

To His Heart." - Sri Chinmoy

"None can deny the fact that every step of progress which the world has made has come from both the smiles of prosperity and the tears of adversity.

Adversity, like poverty, is no sin. One merit of adversity none can deny: It helps us to be stronger within. The stronger we are within, the brighter we are without." - Sri Chinmoy


Some aphorisms on Hope

Do you know what I want to be?

I want to be the rising sun of tomorrow’s hope. -Sri Chinmoy

Hope and faith are two intimate brothers; they always go together.
Hope nourishes faith and faith treasures hope. – Sri Chinmoy

Never give up hope!
Hope ultimately succeeds.

Hope is sweet.
Hope is illumining.
Hope is fulfilling.
Hope can be everlasting.
Therefore, do not give up hope
Even in the sunset of your life. – Sri Chinmoy

Hope, sweet hope

© 2020 manatita44


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

Love is the revelation of life and life is a manifestation of Love. It expresses itself in both the outer and inner opulence.

I'm glad you chose that one. Love drives the Heart where Love abides, which then expresses itself in myriad ways in humans, according to our receptivity. Your way is a beautiful way and it is Love that breathes in this extra charming smile of yours. Keep smiling!

Teresa Maru from Kenya on June 07, 2020:

All poems are really nice and touching or can relate to, but I love the walk in love and Hope the most because I was to redefine wealth it would be composed of love and hope.

manatita44 (author) from london on April 10, 2020:

Born again in Christianity, is like the words 'enlightened.' or 'illumined.' A sudden awakening into the Light by Grace.

A spiritual re-birth that can come in myriad ways. Mines was through reading a book. One great Saint had his by getting a scolding from his lover.

She told him off for taking risks for her. She said that if he gave God half as much attention as he gave her, then he would be realised. According to the story, a sudden realization dawned upon him and he left her, never to return. He became a famous Saint.

The great Yogi Ramana Maharshi, had his while he was dying ... only he didn't die, but awoke to the dimension of a new Consciousness. He was just 14 or 15 years old!

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. Put simply, it is Grace or sudden awakening to a higher reality, which is 'rebirth', both in the East and West.

Some atheists are more spiritually advanced than religious and some monks in robes, have much further to go than the God-seeker. There's no hard and fast rule. The Light dwells in the atheist as everyone else and will awake at God's Hour.

Thanks Bro. Your words are designed in such a way, they tend to give me an opportunity to explain.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 09, 2020:

"Darkness is transformed into Light, fear into strength, doubt into certainty, ignorance into wisdom and death into immortality." -Sri Chinmoy

Sometimes I wonder about the 3 R's and if this can come in the first level. I think perhaps in the Christian nomenclature we would say born again and then this may happen.

In a true sense can an atheist have hope.

manatita44 (author) from london on April 04, 2020:

You seem better now. Praise be!

Li-Jen Hew on April 04, 2020:

Haha. Thanks for your concern, Manatita. Why I'm not well though?

manatita44 (author) from london on April 04, 2020:

Good day, my Friend.

I'm worried about you. Are you ok? Better today?

Thank you so much! I wish you God's Love and the blessings of Siddhata Gautama Sakya Muni

Li-Jen Hew on April 04, 2020:

Hi Manatita, kind of you to inspire people during this crisis. I like how hard working and dedicated you are. A pat on the back for that! Thanks!

manatita44 (author) from london on April 04, 2020:


What sweet things to say! I am trying to inspire humans, yes. Much Gratitude.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 04, 2020:

manatita44 a lot is going on right now and the world is affected by it. You give us more hope and life from this poem. I am coping well and have faith in a new day I have and to be able to grow from that experience. Words such yours here makes me feel strength and love.

manatita44 (author) from london on April 03, 2020:

Sweettt! Thanks Brenda. Much love.

Namaste, my Bhaia Ji.

This is a very sweet sentiment. Hari Om!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 03, 2020:

Manatita44, your efforts to inculcate faith are praiseworthy. God bless you my brother.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 02, 2020:


Your work here is awesome.

I love the quotes.

We must keep our faith and keep moving forward.

Thanks for sharing.

manatita44 (author) from london on April 02, 2020:

Lovely to see you, my Dear.

Hope that you and your family stay safe. Much Love.


Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 02, 2020:

Beautiful and uplifting poem, much needed for everyone, especially during the present times, all around the World.

You have summed up the value of hope, faith and prayers through your wonderful poem. Very well written.

A deserving tribute to Rinita. Thanks for sharing.

manatita44 (author) from london on April 01, 2020:

Too true, my friend.

You understand anyway

Thank you so much!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 01, 2020:

Wise words from the master. All insecurities become insignificant when one has hope and faith in the Supreme Lord. Jai ho!

manatita44 (author) from london on April 01, 2020:


Thank you so much!

I really appreciate your input. Om Shanti!

manatita44 (author) from london on April 01, 2020:

Thank you, Ruby. You're a star. Stay safe!

Thank you, Rinita,


Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 01, 2020:

As long as we have hope we will survive this crisis. I love Sri Chinmoy's quotes.

Rinita Sen on April 01, 2020:

Yes, it's uncanny. I wrote my comment before reading Verlie's and I thought the same. I love bound sonnets yes, but whatever form (or not) you touch is always gold.

Rosina S Khan on April 01, 2020:

Why does the url of this hub have my name? It should also have the same person you have dedicated this hub. Other than this, the hub is a beautiful one full of Sri Chinmoy's quotes and your own sonnets and illustrations.

manatita44 (author) from london on April 01, 2020:

Thank you, Peggy.

Our American brothers and sisters are working a lot like me now and also many other ways, to share with humanity as a whole. We meet via various links, at least four times a day, to pray, sing, read ... worship (Spiritual practices)

Thank you so much! My being is a little hot! (Stressed) and I take some more rest from the Computer. More later or tomorrow.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2020:

Your words of encouragement and those of Sri Chinmoy are what we need to focus upon always. During this time of crisis, your posts hopefully bring comfort to many people worldwide.

manatita44 (author) from london on April 01, 2020:

Thank you, Mrs L.

It's good to see you. Let us all pray. Peace.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on April 01, 2020:

Peace and calm and hope--the world cannot have too much of these, especially now. Thank you for lifting us up today.

manatita44 (author) from london on April 01, 2020:


Kind of you, Verlie. Thanks.


I know I said you and Verlie are similar. But you're repeating what she said. How scary is that! Ha ha. I thought you said you liked Sonnets?

Good to know that you appreciate the free flowing creative pieces as well. Thank you so much for gracing my Hub here. Om Shanti!


I thank you. I really like her magnanimous spirit as well as her creative work. God gave her the ability to put resentments behind her ... to be more self-giving. No easy feat. I met her once.

Thank You, Pamela.

I'll see you guys later. I rest more now. A prayer from me for you and your country.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 01, 2020:

I so enjoy the quotes of Sri Chinmoy. Your poetry is so beautiful and uplifting. I enjoy each of your articles so much. Blessings to you Manatita.

Lorna Lamon on April 01, 2020:

I liked the various quotes on hope from Sri Chinmoy - peaceful. We need hope in our lives and your reference to Maya Angelou is testament to this. A beautiful piece.

Rinita Sen on April 01, 2020:

One of your best I feel. Thanks much for your kind thoughts.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on April 01, 2020:

Yes, I know it's longer, didn't want to post the whole poem.

manatita44 (author) from london on April 01, 2020:

To Verlie again:

Emily's poem is longer. You know that, right? The full poem is very beautiful!!

manatita44 (author) from london on April 01, 2020:

I almost used it. I didn't, because I have used it a few times. In the spiritual life, repetition is excellent, true, but I tend to lean more towards Rumi. Emily Dickinson I love very much as does my dearest friend Nellieanna Hay. Let us send her a prayer. I believe she is 88. God continue to bless you, Nellieanna.

Now Rinita liked my very recent ten-syllable structured Sonnet. I grew up with Sonnets and read Shakespeare at Advanced level. Yet this Hub is my way of showing her, that there's endless beauty in the non-formal; the unstructured as well. Plus she is a very sweet Didi Ji (Esteemed sister) who always say nice things on my Hubs.

Stay safe Dear. Thanks for this very special praise from an excellent poet. Yes, she likes you a lot! You are probably soul mates. Haha.

P.S. Occasionally, I deliberately make use of the topical, the current thing or trend. Somehow humans like these more. But my inner natural pushes me to the spiritual. I have little say.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on April 01, 2020:

Morning manatita, You know, I think (feel) that this is truly one of your best. Words fail me. And I can't think of a better person to dedicate to than our lovely loving poet/friend Rinita. Just want to add a quote (first lines) of the poem 'Hope' by Emily Dickinson that I found this morning:

“Hope” is the thing with feathers—

That perches in the soul—

And sings the tune without the words—

And never stops—at all—

Thank you!

manatita44 (author) from london on April 01, 2020:

Thanks a lot Bro. I hope things are improving in Australia. I tend to get more news of the majorly affected countries. Continue to remain safe. Much Love.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on April 01, 2020:

Some wonderfully wise quotes from Sri Chinmoy, and optimistic poetry from you. An excellent offering to Rinita Sen, who is very deserving.

manatita44 (author) from london on April 01, 2020:

Thank you Ann.

I must say that you look as young and radiant as a daisy. (Smile)

Glad you like the illustrations. I try. Continue to remain safe. Amen.

Ann Carr from SW England on April 01, 2020:

This is uplifting, as your poetry usually is, and just what we need at the moment. Your illustrations, too, are always beautiful.

Hope you and yours are keeping safe and well.


manatita44 (author) from london on April 01, 2020:

Chuckle. I need some too, Bill. Haha. Thanks bro and continue to stay safe. I hear that hydrocnloroquine is useful and your President is now mentioning it. Something to note. Peace.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 01, 2020:

Give us all the beauty and love you have in that wondrous brain of yours, my friend. We need it!

Blessings and love, Bro, today and always!

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