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Age: Youth VS Wisdom. Inspired by Brenda Arledge’s 21st Prompt, ‘Age.' To My Brother, Venkatacharya Ji

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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.

Sri Chinmoy

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Wisdom from the Master Plus Introduction

"He who loves, never grows old. God it a shining example." - Sri Chinmoy

"Yesterday I was clever, That is why I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, That is why I am changing myself." - Sri Chinmoy

"Every second a seeker can start over, For his life's mistakes Are initial drafts And not the final version." - Sri Chinmoy


Brenda’s prompt, No 21, is ‘Age.’ I have given a contrast between youth and seniority, interspersing them with aphorisms of Sri Chinmoy and a video to inspire hope, pointing towards beauty ... to Love.

Brenda needs no introduction, as she regularly and tirelessly encourages us, with prompts, either to try our hands at, or continue our creative writing efforts. She's an excellent poet and writer; a great motivator well known to the regular members of the Hubpages community. We applaud her as one singular Unit

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Age: Youth Vs Wisdom. Cantata One

Scolded at school, while I played online games,

I was a great fool, who prattled with mates.

The naughty prankster; great parties and dames,

Trousers on hips, as I tried to relate.


I danced till the dawn, as lilies unfurled,

I played with cell-phones; rode scooters for sport.

I sought out attractions and fancy curls,

At poorly dressed girls, I tended to gloat.


The prime of my youth, few cares or unease,

Drank liquor a plenty; tried a good smoke.

No cares about Covid, did as I please,

Puffed marihuana, inhaled a good ‘coke.’


Plummeted down a great slip-e-ry slope,

Till Marylin came and brought me some hope.

Albert Einstein

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Age: Youth Vs Wisdom. Cantata Two

Challenged and burnt on many occasions,

I’ve learnt to adjust; enrichen my pace.

Sixty long seasons and now prudence dawns,

My Heart is a child and wisdom my race.


Now I feel blessed, with lustre and beauty,

There’s plenty of perks and courtesy too.

They pay for my fuel, bus-pass is free,

While youngsters make room, on transport for me.


While some aches and pains will visit at times,

My strength diminished; less memories retained.

There’s merits a plenty; when the bell chimes,

Heaven will smile for the virtues I gained.


So, youth has its value, vibrancy; zest,

Yet ageing with wisdom, by far is best.


_ Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 18th July, 2021.


Growing old Gracefully

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Wisdom from the Master

"True inner joy is self-created. It does not depend on outer circumstances. A river is flowing in and through you carrying the message of joy. This divine joy is the sole purpose of life." - Sri Chinmoy

"Not what happens to you But how you accept it Is of paramount importance." - Sri Chinmoy

"God’s philosophy is simpler than the simplest: “Never give up, never give up!" - Sri Chinmoy

Ageing Gracefully

© 2021 manatita44

Comments

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

Indeed! Your sentiment is wisdom- filled! Cheers

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 22, 2021:

Beautiful poems, a wonderful tribute to Venkatacharya Ji, and a great response to Brenda's prompt. Youth is a stage of life filled with fun and frolic but as we age, we gain knowledge through our experiences. But we should be blessed to gain wisdom spiritually and choose the right path in life.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 21, 2021:

Sweet! You appear twice! I'm honoured!

manatita44 (author) from london on July 21, 2021:

Well done! So detailed! Thank you Brenda!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 21, 2021:

Manatita,

I love the way you begin your article with quotes from Sri Chinmoy.

My favorite one:

"Yesterday I was clever, That is why I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, That is why I am changing myself." - Sri Chinmoy

In this one, "Age: Youth Vs Wisdom. Cantata One" you tell us when you were young you were the life of the party kinda guy who had his eyes on the ladies who lived life without worry.

It wasn't long before you were headed down a slippery slope, but thankfully Marilyn came along bringing you hope.

In this part, "Age: Youth Vs Wisdom. Cantata Two" you tell us that after 60 years you have finally found peace. You have a heart like a child but carry much wisdom.

Enjoying those little perks that come with aging like when youngsters make room for you on the bus.

You've gained many virtues, and wait for the bell to chime as heaven opens it's gate.

Learning that aging with wisdom is by far the best.

Your article ends with a few more quotes from Sri Chinmoy.

You have touched upon the way we are so careless in our younger days but as we age we gain wisdom.

We can live our life enjoying the beauty and accepting our age as a wonderful gift giving us many virtues.

Great write.

I will post a link in the word prompt article.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 21, 2021:

Manatita,

I love the way you begin your article with quotes from Sri Chinmoy.

My favorite one:

"Yesterday I was clever, That is why I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, That is why I am changing myself." - Sri Chinmoy

In this one, "Age: Youth Vs Wisdom. Cantata One" you tell us when you were young you were the life of the party kinda guy who had his eyes on the ladies who lived life without worry.

It wasn't long before you were headed down a slippery slope, but thankfully Marilyn came along bringing you hope.

In this part, "Age: Youth Vs Wisdom. Cantata Two" you tell us that after 60 years you have finally found peace. You have a heart like a child but carry much wisdom.

Enjoying those little perks that come with aging like when youngsters make room for you on the bus.

You've gained many virtues, and wait for the bell to chime as heaven opens it's gate.

Learning that aging with wisdom is by far the best.

Your article ends with a few more quotes from Sri Chinmoy.

You have touched upon the way we are so careless in our younger days but as we age we gain wisdom.

We can live our life enjoying the beauty and accepting our age as a wonderful gift giving us many virtues.

Great write.

I will post a link in the word prompt article.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 21, 2021:

Good Evening, my Sweet. Sitting outside our Centre. We are back to normal from tonight.

A mighty fine sentiment from you! Thanks for the mention of my Guru ji. In the spiritual life there's no such thing as rest, so age is just another opportunity to

make progress ... to Love.

Thanks for the sentiment about Venkat ji ... about Guru Ji's work. Young folks can benefit from the book that Emge has reviewed, perhaps. Gratitude

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 21, 2021:

Oh Manatita, when we are young, we are invincible and all-knowing, right? May those who are young live long enough to learn from their mistakes.

The ancient cultures of Asia revere the elderly; not so in the Western civilizations. Your two poems highlight those truths so very well. Thank you for dedicating this to Venkatacharya Ji, a truly beautiful soul. And thank you for including the words of Sri Chinmoy.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 21, 2021:

Thank you, my esteemed Friend. Hope your family is well. Yes, you have noticed quite well how I weaved this piece. I used two regular Sonnets to do so. Much Gratitude ... much!

manatita44 (author) from london on July 21, 2021:

Yes, my Didi ji. Heading to our Temple soon. I tend to feel better afterwards. Much love.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 21, 2021:

Thanks Chrish. Wising you peace and blessings. Ameen.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 21, 2021:

Yes. God is always merciful. We can only try. You don't seem to be doing badly. Stay safe and blessed.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2021:

It is amazing how fast the years fly by the older we get. Hopefully, we keep gaining wisdom and sharing love with our fellow inhabitants of this small planet we call home.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on July 21, 2021:

Noted!

Sending love yous as well!!!!

Thanks a lot for the love!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 21, 2021:

An excellent response to the word prompt, Age, and a wonderful tribute to Venkatachari Ji. He deserves all the happiness.

Your poem touches some significant points of young age and old age, which I really enjoyed reading.

As always, thanks for sharing your words of wisdom.

Hope you are doing well. You mentioned in the comments that you are feeling tired- - -.

Wishing you good health. Take care, and have a blessed day. Thank you.

VIDYA D SAGAR on July 21, 2021:

Lovely poem Manatita. A good tribute to Venkatacharyaji. You have depicted both sides of aging wonderfully. I enjoyed reading it. The quotes and video of Sri Chinmoy are inspiring. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day

manatita44 (author) from london on July 21, 2021:

Stay bubbly! Cheerful, happy! These virtues are friends of the Spirit. Love you, Chrish!

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on July 21, 2021:

You always serve us ginormous wisdom to carry. Always always I'm a huge fan of your poetry's! All the lessons are noted. I personally thank you very much!!!

Have a wonderful day out there

Sending super power hugs and never ending love to you all out there!

manatita44 (author) from london on July 21, 2021:

Aww Bill. Me too!! Ha'ha.

Let us ask Dora for some secrets, Bro, or maybe Ruby. Until. Thanks.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 21, 2021:

Well, my friend, I do love, but I am growing older. lol What happened?

Lovely tribute to a lovely man, by a lovely man, for a lovely prompt. A whole lot of love going down, eh? And still I grow older. lol

manatita44 (author) from london on July 21, 2021:

Such Faith in me, mi Habibi! Admirable!

Your bhaia ji is very tired. Finding it had to recover. Will see a therapist on Friday, inshal'lah. VenKat ji is a noble soul indeed who has had to fight some of life's severe battles. Allah has been merciful to him and so his inner fortitude ... his resolve, has remained strong as he continues to endure ... to care for his family.

You chose some lovely lines! Thank you so much!

Dee, much Love to you.

I have tried to show both sides, as we go through both. Gratitude.

Pamela, so happy you love the video plus. I think Brenda has gone on to 22. Thanks for your loving sentiment.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 21, 2021:

This is a great response to Brenda's prompt. I really like the pose and the Sri Chinmoy quotes are excellent. The video is excellent as well. This is a terrific article, Manatita.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 21, 2021:

The language of your poetry I'd atich combination of youth and age. The content no less. Wonderful as usual.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on July 21, 2021:

Hola, mi Hermano, ¿Qué tal? I love to see your responses to Brenda's prompt with great twists, Bro. I enjoyed reading it thoroughly. I especially like this quote: "Not what happens to you But how you accept it Is of paramount importance." - Sri Chinmoy.

The following lines from your poem are so beautiful:

"While some aches and pains will visit at times,

My strength diminished; less memories retained.

There’s merits a plenty; when the bell chimes,

Heaven will smile for the virtues I gained."

Thank you for sharing it. This is a wonderful tribute to Venkatacharya Ji, I don't know the person but if you have paid a tribute I believe, he must be someone very nice. Blessings to both of you.

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