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Art, Music and Poetry: An Analysis of Manatita's Poetry. Monday's Inspiration 48

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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.

Wisdom from the Master

"...The work of a human artist very often expresses his individuality, his personality and his earthbound consciousness. The work of a divine artist expresses God the Beauty, God the Divinity and God the Reality ..." -Sri Chinmoy

"To be good to all

Is to hear God constantly playing

His own Music of Life

Inside your Heart." -Sri Chinmoy

Sri Chinmoy's Art

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Steeped in Heaven's Nectar-Bliss-Delight

This wonderful, exquisite and sublime Sonnet, expresses the poets direct experience of Love in the Sacrament of the Present Moment. No more the pain of suffering, he says, rather a fullness of joy in the Heart, as he becomes anchored in the wine of heaven … that ‘sweet’ place of ecstatic Bliss.

The poet remembers his past experiences, when his inner longing was ‘dulled by shades of night.’ He also remembers when the fire of sorrows was rampant. This is contrasted by an ending, showing only an effulgent Light and a deep or profound rhapsody in Paradise. Here is the poem:


Today my cup is full and runneth o’er,

Waves of gladness percolates my soul.

No more the poverty of darkness do’r,

I’ve seen one trillion lanterns of my Goal.


The cratered sun, a magnet for my smile,

Your lustered sweetness glimmers on my cheeks.

This Heart is full, my joy is boundless, while,

Love binds me with the wine of heavens ‘fix.’


I remember when my hope diminished,

The inner fire dulled by shades of night.

Aggressive winds of mourning once unleashed,

Boisterous raindrops in the shadowed Light.


But now my Sweetheart’s glowing ever bright,

I’m steeped in heaven’s Nectar-Bliss-Delight.


Manatita, The Lantern Carrier, 17th November, 2018

*Awakening The Inner Light*

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An Analysis

“Today my cup is full and runneth o’er,

Waves of gladness percolates my soul.”

Straight away the poet tells us of his fullness … the abundance of joyfulness in his soul. He describes his cup as running over. This can sometimes be too much for the inner vessel or vehicle of the seeker, rather like a pot with a little too much flame which needs tuning.

However, the poet gives no indication of this, rather the opposite, in fact, as ‘waves of gladness’ permeates his being. To continue:

No more the poverty of darkness do’r,

I’ve seen one trillion lanterns of my Goal.”

Gone is the darkness, now replaced by one ‘trillion lanterns’, from the Abode Supreme.


The cratered sun, a magnet for my smile,

Your lustered sweetness glimmers on my cheeks.”

Here the poet – as is customary of a Lantern Carrier – is giving very powerful images of Light: ‘the cratered sun’, ‘lustered’ and ‘glimmer’ which is responsible for and nourishes his smile, acting as a magnet to bring it to the fore.


This Heart is full, my joy is boundless, while,

Love binds me with the wine of heavens ‘fix.’”

His joy overflows … is unfathomable! He has become one with the heavenly Delight.


I remember when my hope diminished,

The inner fire dulled by shades of night.

Aggressive winds of mourning once unleashed,

Boisterous raindrops in the shadowed Light.”

This quatrain is in the full four lines. Note the images used to describe his past struggles: ‘shades of night.’, ‘aggressive winds of mourning once unleased.’, ‘boisterous raindrops in the shadowed night,’ The poet is then supremely positive, confident … steeped in the pinnacle-melody of the Beyond:


“But now my Sweetheart’s glowing ever bright,

I’m steeped in heaven’s Nectar-Bliss-Delight.”

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The Sonnet

This Sonnet has three quatrains and two couplets, like a Shakespearean Sonnet. Note the ten syllable lines and the rhyming sequence with the first and third line rhyming, as well as the second and fourth. AbAb, CdCd, DeDe, FF.

The quatrains (four lines, building upon each other, usually of ten syllables, although Shakespeare has also been known to use eleven), is followed by the couplet or heroic last two rhyming lines, summing up the experience. They assist or reinforce the metre, flow ... vibrancy of the piece, like a dynamic river.

Poetry is a melody of the infinite … a celestial music of the cosmos, experienced in the deep dimensions of the soul. Poetry is Art and Art is poetry – a divine Art, coming from the Absolute Itself. Life is an ecstatic melody, playing a divine tune, singing in the Hearts of aspiring Lovers and dancing with Supernal Love.

Wisdom from the Master

"There is a very common maxim that says: "Art for art's sake." But I wish to say that spiritual art cannot be just for art's sake. Spiritual art can be only for God's sake. When God manifestation can take place in abundant measure, spiritual art is consciously, soulfully and devotedly playing its role." -Sri Chinmoy


"You want to know where I live most of the time?

I live most of the time

In the silence-garden of my soul's music

Where no disharmony can ever eclipse

The sovereignty of my soul."

Wisdom from the Master

"Silence

Is the music of heaven.

Sound

Is the music of earth.

My unconditional God-surrender

Is the music of my Lord Supreme." -Sri Chinmoy

Art, Music and Poetry

© 2018 manatita44

Comments

manatita44 (author) from london on November 20, 2018:

Haha. Thank you, my brother. Jai to you and your wonderful five. Salaam!

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on November 20, 2018:

When poetry and art serve Love are direct expressions of God, and you, my dear Brother, are a worthy servant of this expression!

Jai Manatita! Jai Sri Chinmoy! Jai to the Absolute Supreme!

Sean

manatita44 (author) from london on November 19, 2018:

Indeed., Mary. We say that God is everything!Adversity is the thorn stripped of what will eventually be a most exquisite rose. Thank you so much!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 19, 2018:

God works differently in each of us. Sometimes, what we see as dark is God's hand doing the work. He is not finished yet and it may take longer but we have faith to keep us going.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 19, 2018:

Haha. They are both and interact, but yes, I like your sense of direction. Great for the boy too. Remind me, what's his name?

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 19, 2018:

Thanks Manatita -- yes indeed the pendulum of life. My son and I actually explored the concept of the physical pendulum. But in the end we spoke of our inner pendulum.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 19, 2018:

Goya did a lot of dark art. As poets we express our Consciousness ... our inner energy at any given moment. Sometimes it's dark as we are constantly swinging on the pendulum of life.

Thank you so much.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 19, 2018:

Very cool. I love good explanations of poetry. I get it I think.

I often wonder what of angry dark art? It seems so incongruant with an artists heart to me. Of course I do not include dark art to "report" on instances.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 19, 2018:

Thanks Rinita. Hope you are well.

Sweet comment from you. Appreciated.

Rinita Sen on November 19, 2018:

Ah! The classic sonnet! You, are the master poet. Shakespeare would have smiled for sure. What more can I say, except, life is art and art is life.