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Beauty, my Beauty: Happy Chinese New Year to Li-Jen Hew. Friday's Inspiration 3


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

Wisdom of Lao Tzu

“The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”
― Lao Tzu


Beauty, my Beauty, my Deathless Symphony

Beauty, my Beauty, my deathless symphony,

You who kiss my gaze with your resplendent hue.

Your pageantry of rainbows sparkle, ever anew,

Soaking my Heart with tears of joy, until my breath

Becomes your fragrances; my smile, your immaculate blossoms.

Shimmering your Lustre to lotus’s and grasshoppers alike,

You unfurl your petals like sails, soaring to infinitude.

Behold! You dance with the Light of Spring, blushing with

An innocence that stuns my soul; whispering lullabies

In silence, to the Temple of celestials.

Come, sweet Beauty, my enchanting friend, wipe my tears

Away, with thy paragon of grandeur. Stab my Heart with your

Sweet kaleidoscope of red, purple and white … a spectacle

Of lapis lazuli, to bathe my weary soul with your Love.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 24th January, 2020

The Year of The Rat


The Year of The Rat explained

The Chinese New Year, (xin nian (new year) kuai le (happy) in Mandarin) also called Lunar New Year and Spring Festival, (chun Jie) is tomorrow, 25th January, 2020, thus initiating the Year of the Rat. It happens on the first day of the Chinese calendar, between January 21st and February 20th.

This New Year festival is usually referred to as the Spring Festival in mainland China, and is one of several Lunar New Years in Asia. Celebrations take place, traditionally from the evening preceding the first day of the year to the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the year.

Chinese zodiac stories state that in the competition held by the Jade Emperor to decide the zodiac animals, the rat out-witted the diligent ox to take him on a ride to cross the river and jumped down before the ox crossed the finish line. This meant that the rat won the race and became the first of the zodiac animals.

Rats are said to be quick-witted, resourceful, and smart but not courageous. They are sharp in imaginations and observations, and consequently able to take advantage in various opportunities.

The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. A Rat year occurs every 12 years. In Chinese culture, rats represent working diligently and thriftiness, so people born in a Rat year are thought to be wealthy and prosperous.

Wikipedia; https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/rat.htm


Wisdom of Lao Tzu

"By the accident of fortune a man may rule the world for a time, but by virtue of love and kindness he may rule the world forever." - Lao Tse

“Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Chinese Zodiac animals as above

© 2020 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on January 27, 2020:

Thanks Asif,

I value your contribution. Appreciated!

Asif Jamal Marwat KPK from KPK Pakistan on January 27, 2020:

Amazing really you have share the basic information i am shocked that in this world today if present something in detail than i will mention your personality.. good job keep it up

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 26, 2020:

The imagery in your poetry is as beautiful as ever. A thoughtful observation of the Chinese New Year! Thanks for explaining the year of the rat.

manatita44 (author) from london on January 25, 2020:

Yes, Peggy

Our love to them and to a quick yet thorough understanding of the problem. May the citizens be well through His Grace.

Thank you for this empathethic contribution.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 25, 2020:

Your poetry is always inspirational. Beauty does lie in the journey, and often the most simple things are what is cherished most. Happy Chinese New Year to everyone who celebrates that milestone each year. Many planned trips have probably been canceled this year due to the viral outbreak originating in China. Hopefully, they will be able to find a cure or at least an antidote for it soon.

manatita44 (author) from london on January 25, 2020:

Ah Linda C.

You like dogs too? It seems to be a favourite pet for many. A faithful and devoted animal. Thank you so much!

Li- Jen,

Kung Hei Fat Choi! May Lao Tzu bless your beautiful Spirit. May the Buddha continues to guide your Heart.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 24, 2020:

Thank you for sharing the facts about the Lunar New Year. I love the idea of unfurling petals like sails that you've shared in your poem. I voted monkey, rooster, dog, and pig in your poll. I like all the other animals that you've listed, too, but I had to vote for the group that contained the dog.

Li-Jen Hew on January 24, 2020:

Hi Manatita, so thoughtful of you to dedicate this Chinese New Year (CNY) piece to me. Great choice of poem for CNY because it's about Beauty and its deathless symphony. The poem sounds graceful and magical. Thank you!

manatita44 (author) from london on January 24, 2020:

Thank you, Ruby.

You are a cat and dog lover, eh? like John. I have a dog poem here somewhere.

Thank you so much!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 24, 2020:

My favorite animal is a doggie, followed by a kitten. I am terribly afraid of rats and snakes and a spider is not my cup of tea either. Your poetry is beautiful. Thank you for explaining the Chinese New Year celebration.

manatita44 (author) from london on January 24, 2020:

'Kung Hei Fat Choi'. Amitabha!

So glad it helped. Bill seemed to like it too. We are similar in many ways. I heard a man say a few days ago, that even music is a spin-off, of many traditions and culture. We are borrowing from one another in this interconnected world. isn't this beautiful!

I sent you an e-mail just before seeing this Hub comment. Basically I can help with proof-reading should you need it, but tomorrow. Much Love.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 24, 2020:

Voted Rat.... Three close members of my family are the other ones there. Three sons are the Ox and my wife the tiger.

We say Chuc Mung Nam Moi. One my favorite go to for wisdom is Lao Tzu. If you look close you will see concepts of his in my "sermons", In a different way so close to Jesus.

That prose of yours is was/is a great start to my day.

manatita44 (author) from london on January 24, 2020:

Thank you so much, Devika.

You show real appreciation of my work. Much Gratitude.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 24, 2020:

My favorite animals voted as C because dog is my favorite pet. I like piglets they are cute and the rooster and monkey, well not to bad of a choice for a pet. The dedication to Li-Jen Hew is a thoughtful one and well expressed dedication.

manatita44 (author) from london on January 24, 2020:

Yes Bill,

That's a deep piece. Too many lack patience and wish for a quick fix, not knowing that the beauty is in the journey Itself, Love ya, Bro.

Ah, Rosina,

What a wonderful contribution. Thanks a mighty!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 24, 2020:

At one time I was an avid reader of Lao Tzu.....such simple and yet complicated wisdom. The journey and not the arrival...it took me a very long time to live that truth.

Blessings to you both

Rosina S Khan on January 24, 2020:

I loved all parts of your hub: wisdom quotes of Lao Tzu, the poem dedicated to Li-Jen Hew and the explanation of the Rat Year. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and contribution, Manatita.

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