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Sonnets: Channeling the Light.. Wednesday's Inspiration, 22, to Misbah Sheikh

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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 of the Master

"When I say Light, I am speaking about illumination. This illumination will first take place in the realm of the God-manifesting soul. Next it will take place in the aspiring heart, then in the searching mind, then in the dynamic vital and, finally, in the wakeful body..." - Excepts from a talk on Light by Sri Chinmoy

O Light, my Light!!

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Enduring Light. A Free-style Sonnet

Once the Spring of the heart awakens,

Flowers emerge without any scars.

Heaven will kiss your soul with its beauty,

While Andromeda dances with twinkling stars.


Tulips are not content just to bloom;

Will sooner or later emanate blossoms.

Within the darkness, lustre reposes, the

Dawn’s glowing holiness, will glimmer like roses.


We make of life’s trials, a bed for our sorrows,

Lost and asleep on the penury of pain. Yet the

Rain-soaked earth, welcomes the mud, as it knows

That its scenery, will be verdant again.


O Lantern, pleasure will lead to the dreariest night,

Yet the moon will continue, to channel the Light.


-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 17th August, 2021.

Wisdom from the Master

"Light embraces humanity with all its imperfections and tries to illumine human ignorance so the human life can be elevated into the divine life."- Sri Chinmoy

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Ambience in Beauty, A Regular Sonnet


Ambience in beauty -- a Lover’s kiss,

Sweet is the flavor of its character.

The awe of nature, a tenor for Peace,

The cadence of dawn, a joy forever.


The glow of the Heart is grandeur unseen,

Echoing in the eloquence of sounds.

Whispering to the soul of stars serene,

A twinkling paradise, where bliss abounds.


Rainbows and sunsets, belongs to the Bard,

His pen and canvas, great pearls of delight.

Like redolent roses; aromas of God;

Herons and butterflies, graceful in flight.


The aura of Love, a sight to behold,

With ambience-ecstasy-sparkling gold.

Lord Krishna and the Seeress Mirabhai

Meera (Mirabhai) was a devotee of unparalleled spirituality, among women Saints of India (Paraphrased from Sri Chinmoy's writings)

Meera (Mirabhai) was a devotee of unparalleled spirituality, among women Saints of India (Paraphrased from Sri Chinmoy's writings)

Ode to my Beloved One. A Regular 11-SyllableSonnet

Matchless are these diamonds of immortal time,

No clock can beat the cadences of Your chime.

Here insight, bliss; much depth of Light assured,

Alive the blissful portals, of Love’s abode.


An ever-effulgent rainbow is the sun,

Peeling of the layered structure of the dawn.

Which, like an unfolding flower’s tapestries,

Rise to delight in glorious majesties.


Your peerless rhythm each loving Heart imbibes,

Man, beast, firmament, flower or distant tribes.

Singing enchanting rhapsodies in the soul,

Each tiny vein, Your eternal breath unfolds.


Thy beat the rivers gush ‘midst the ocean’s red,

Flow not to deny, but sing Your praise instead.



The Seeress Mary, Mother of Jesus, The Christ

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Come, Come! My Blue-Eyed Damsel From Above. A Regular Sonnet

Come, Come! My blue-eyed damsel of the pond,

Do spin for me another wondrous yarn.

For I would fain but take Thy dainty hand;

Joy dances upon this glorious dawn.


My breath I give, to heed Thy life’s desire,

This Heart awaits to hear Thy ballads tell.

Do charm my core and set this soul on fire,

Your songs a stirring lyre of Thy spell.


I hear the tadpoles sing; the ripples roar,

The starlit grandeur shimmers on Thy locks.

Merrily blue-birds acquiesced to soar;

To praise Thy glories, way above the rocks.


So come, my blue-eyed Damsel from Above,

Do kiss this flame, enwrap me in Thy Love.

Wisdom from the Master

"Although Light is the most needed spiritual quality of all, unfortunately it is the least wanted. Very often seekers invoke joy, peace or power, but very rarely do they aspire for Light. Instead of feeling that the divine Light will illumine them, they mistakenly identify with their own limitations and imperfections and feel that they are going to be exposed." - Excepts from Sri Chinmoy's talk on Light.

Light

© 2021 manatita44

Comments

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

Great Mary. Nice hearing from you! Super!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on August 20, 2021:

You are so right about Light. I seldom ask for illumination, but now I will. Thank you.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 19, 2021:

Gratitude, Alicia, much!!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 18, 2021:

The pictures that you paint with your words are beautiful, Manatita. This is a kind tribute to a lovely person.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 18, 2021:

Succinct! Sukhran!

Amara from Pakistan on August 18, 2021:

What a lovely tribute to lovely Misbah.. Its superb.. Much love..

manatita44 (author) from london on August 18, 2021:

Yes, Vanita said. It is incredibly powerful as it is and he wrote a lot in English, like Aurobindo, like my Guru ji.

Thank you so much!!

manatita44 (author) from london on August 18, 2021:

Read The Deadly Mamba and a few more. Classic fiction that flows like a river. I'm actually better at the bad stuff, like Bill. I just like to elevate humans. Much Love.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 18, 2021:

But it is there, Peggy. In Christianity we say that when we don't see Him, He is actually carrying us on His shoulders. So we are still in the boat. We move faster if we oar, naturally, and we mostly sleep. But the Divine Mother never leaves us. You know all that stuff, you're a discerning soul.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 18, 2021:

Ha-ha. I laugh, but actually empathise. No joke! Guru ji used to push us so much! It was only after His Mahasamadhi, that we realised how much we missed Him, how much He meant to us.

In my book, MY Guru Sri Chinmoy: Life and Teachings, there is a Chapter all about work. In Guru ji's philosophy, it is a blessing, a joy. Just chatting with you, as I know it has it's difficulties.

I used to walk up and down the streets of New Zealand, serving, serving. I got so much joy! But yes, I'm not saying that we do not feel low or tired. Happens. Yet in the right place and with the right spirit, work helps us to grow.

Rizwanna Chowdhery (Bannya), is one of the current authorities on Tagore. She also sings Guru ji's songs. He has written 25,000 of which 16,000 are in Bengali. Much Love.

Vanita Thakkar on August 18, 2021:

I don’t think I can claim much authority on Rabindra Sangeet, though I truly love whatever little I could learn. My Rabindra Sangeet teacher was very insistent on my learning more of it, and I also sincerely wished so, but my schedules were very demanding during those days. I was commuting almost 150km to and fro for my job, spanning about 10 to 12 hours a day, depending on workloads and the condition of the ill-maintained bus we had to depend upon for travelling ....

True, I follow busy schedules .... have to cope :) :)

Best regards to you.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 18, 2021:

Another dedication to our sweet friend Misbah is always welcomed. You always make us think. In your response to Bill about there being a captain and the boat is moving, that is profound. Sometimes we move through life rudderless when we need that rudder!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on August 18, 2021:

I also like the dark and mysterious (fiction). But you don't do darkness, my friend.

Rosina S Khan on August 18, 2021:

This is another lovely tribute to Misbah. Light by Rabindranath Tagore is a song in Bangla that I like to play on my harmonium to this day. Thanks for sharing, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 18, 2021:

Yes, Shauna,

I remember. Ha-ha. You like stories of love too. A good creative writer can do most things. That is what I always say. So maybe I'll do some tender fiction for you. Chuckle. Watch this space. Thank you so much!!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on August 18, 2021:

Manatita, I love that these poems rhyme. To me, I have a better comprehension of the meaning when the rhythm of rhyme carries my mind.

These are all beautiful. I know Misbah feels touched by this tribute.

Nice job. I enjoyed the read.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 18, 2021:

Aww Bill, she tries ... she tries. Truly that's all we have to do. Guru ji used to say, that we didn't have to row if we didn't want too, or if we didn't have the capacity, but just stay in the boat.

Point is that there is a captain and the boat is moving. We'll get there eventually. Thank you for such a succinct and fine sentiment, embodying us both. Peace.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 18, 2021:

Both you, Manatita, and Misbah inspire me and fill me with gratitude. Blessings to you both, friends of mine and kindred spirits.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 18, 2021:

We are our own mirrors and we are the Light, mi dulce luna. What you see in my humble words, is a reflection of what you are within. Makes me filled with Divine pride.

Nothing is wrong with you. You are a strand on the lute of Love's music, playing your unique role, even while dancing with Allah. You are His fragrance and He, your very Breath of breaths, like Kabir says. Sail on the hope of tomorrows dawn, which never fails to shine.

All my Gratitude to you, Misbah ji. My spiritual sister. Jazak Allahu Khairan!

P.s I have not commented on your analysis in a direct way. I steered you in another direction. Nevertheless, you've done an amazing job of them!

John, I thank you, my Brother.

Much Love!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 18, 2021:

I always am appreciative of a good sonnet, manatita. Another dedication to our friend Misbah is always welcome also. Keep carrying that lantern.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on August 18, 2021:

Oh, dear brother, please accept my deepest gratitude for writing this another beautiful tribute to me. I am forever grateful. You are so kind. I wasn’t expecting it. You never fail to make me smile. I enjoyed reading this beautiful piece that is a lovely tribute to me.

I loved the quote by Sri Chinmoy, “when I say light..... wakeful body” that is so true and deep. I loved the free style sonnet and these words in the poetry are so motivational:

“ Tulips are not content just to bloom;

Will sooner or later emanate blossoms.

Within the darkness, lustre reposes, the

Dawn’s glowing holiness, will glimmer like roses.”

You have conveyed such a strong and beautiful message in such a wonderful way.

The next sonnet the regular one is filled with full of love and light. The ending lines are so beautiful

“Rainbows and sunsets, belongs to the Bard,

His pen and canvas, great pearls of delight.

Like redolent roses; aromas of God;

Herons and butterflies, graceful in flight.

The aura of Love, a sight to behold,

With ambience-ecstasy-sparkling gold.”

There aren't enough words to express my gratitude. You have a beautiful soul. You are just not my friend, You are my brother and a teacher too. I have learned a lot from you and I am willing to learn more. They say the friend who pushes you near to God is your best friend. Undoubtedly, you are the best friend. You have always pushed me near to God. You have taught me how to see light in darkness.

Thanks for being an inspiration in the path of Love and Light.

Every single word you write glows like a diamond.

“Your peerless rhythm each loving Heart imbibes,

Man, beast, firmament, flower or distant tribes.

Singing enchanting rhapsodies in the soul,

Each tiny vein, Your eternal breath unfolds.

Thy beat the rivers gush ‘midst the ocean’s red,

Flow not to deny, but sing Your praise instead.” Expressed so beautifully. Then in the last one I loved how you said

“Do charm my core and set this soul on fire,

Your songs a stirring lyre of Thy spell.”

Tin the end there’s a quote by your master Sri chinmoy it is so deep and true. I agreed to that, this was something I was saying to you other day and thanks for making me understand the perspective I was ignoring. You are someone who really deserves the praise. May God continue to bless you with everlasting happiness and joy. Amen!

I loved everything you’ve written. Much gratitude!! Stay safe and Take care.

Note: My heartfelt thanks to everyone for their kind and lovely comments, as well as to those who will continue to contribute here with their lovely responses.

Blessings to you and to everyone here.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 18, 2021:

Aww my Didi ji.

I see that you are an authority on Rabindranth Tagore. Guru ji used to sing quite a few of his songs. But I write a lot about Light and I have used this one before. So sublime!

Always a joy to read your comments. I thought you were snowed under with work. Coping? Dhanyvaad, Vanita

manatita44 (author) from london on August 18, 2021:

Sweett! Pamela,

I had forgotten that you're now excellent at rhyming too. Try a Sonnet. You need three quatrains and a couplet. Make each line 10 syllables and rhyme on the first and third and second and fourth lines of the quatrain. Of course the lyrical flow is important. There's more but that will do for now.

Yes, you captured the message of the first poem and the last is gentle, dainty ... tender. Thank you so much!!

Vanita Thakkar on August 18, 2021:

Beautiful beams of Light in your poems, Brother Manatita.

Excellent tributes to Misbah.

The pictures of Meerabai and Mother Mary are so soothing !!

The song by Rabindranath Tagore that is summarized in the video is a very beautiful one indeed - "Aalo Aamaar, Aalo O Go, Aalo Bhubon Bhora ...." I love that song and I have presented it quite a few times ....

Thanks for filling my evening with these beams of Light.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 18, 2021:

You have written such beautiful sonnets, Manatita. They are a lovely tribute to Misbah.

Sorrows do come into our lives, but most of the time they are not here to stay. I like that message in your first sonnet. The last sonnet paints a beautiful picture of love. It is so enjoyable so read your beautiful poetry.

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