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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.



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

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