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Dangers of Misunderstood Philosophy. Friday's Inspiration 20

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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.

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Dangers of Misunderstood Philosophy

He used a ‘C’ word in his poetry, which I did

Not need to understand, as the women found

It offensive. He was asked politely to apologize,

But instead extolled the virtues, of freedom of speech.


He said that in America, poetry was not censored,

And reminded them of his Amendment rights. An

Argument arose, during which the poet, still unyielding,

Stormed out of the Zoom room, never, to return.


He left with his inner peace in tatters, as well

As a bad vibration in the room of poets.

Was it worth it?



Zhou Zen was going down the mountain, when

The Abbot stopped him. “You must stay here,” he

Entreated, “to preserve Shaolin.” But Zhou Zen visited

The Grand Master in the old cave and asked: “What’s Shaolin?”


“Even the flying dust in the villages,” replied the old monk,

“Speaks of the Buddha’s wisdom.” Zhou Zen, was enlightened.

Bowing to the Master, he continued down the mountain.


“Wait!” Shouted the Abbot. “What is Zen?”

“Zen means myriad things to different people.”

Responded the humble Bhikku, quite astute for

His youthful looks. “To the Shaolin, its main focus is

The Dharma, but to the poor, hungry and malnourished

In the villages, it’s no more, than this stale piece of bread.”


The Jain monk preached non-violence to all beings, but

The Yogi said: “It is right that you do not have the eye of

Mystic vision, for you would not survive. Birth and

Death are taking place constantly, even on

This sacred ground on which you stand.


Zhou Zen once asked of the Grand Master:

“Which is greater, Love, or Wisdom?” “They

Are One.” Replied the old man. “Love is the

Source of the wisdom, which determines the

Course of the action to take. Be wise, my child,

Even while acting, from a position … of Love.


- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 29Th January, 2021.

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"You come to Love,

Not by finding the perfect person,

But by seeing an imperfect person, perfectly." - Sam Keen, from Meaningful Quotes.com

Religion and philosophy

Wisdom from the Master

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Comments

manatita44 (author) from london on February 02, 2021:

Yes, Dear. It is wisdom that ultimately dictates. But again, this comes from a life lived in prayer, forgiveness ... gratitude ... Love. Om Shanti!!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 02, 2021:

manatita44 Your insight of this topic is interesting and shows me a greater understanding from your side of it.

manatita44 (author) from london on January 30, 2021:

Thanks Peggy. Just come from my two mile walk and God's Grace, staying on top of things. Much Love.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 30, 2021:

Wisdom and love, when combined, make a powerful duo! We need more of it in our world today. I hope that you are enjoying your weekend and staying safe.

manatita44 (author) from london on January 30, 2021:

Indeed, Nithya. You understand my piece!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 30, 2021:

A great poem; I love how the poem flows with conversations—a great reminder to act with wisdom even from a position of love.

manatita44 (author) from london on January 30, 2021:

Aww, my Sweet Didi ji.

I've yet to get around to recording some songs for you. Perhaps you can beat me to it. I love hearing your voice and devotional singing.

A great contribution and sentiment from you. Highly appreciated.

Vanita Thakkar on January 30, 2021:

Love is one of the most misunderstood and most misused words / emotions and so it is with - religion ....

I loved the lines: “Which is greater, Love, or Wisdom?” “They are One.” ....

Perfection is good as a guiding factor for one's own progress .... - a good guide for inner journey. It turns into a miscreant when demanded or over-expected / over-sought - a bitter, biting tool, in many a cases.

Reminds me of Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta: Karma Yoga (Perfection), Gyana Yoga (Intelligence - purified intelligence leads to Wisdom) and Bhakti Yoga (Love - Devotion) .... has answers to all questions. As also, The Ramayana ....

Great work, Brother Manatitia!!

manatita44 (author) from london on January 30, 2021:

Thanks Peggy.

It's a beautiful quote? yes.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 29, 2021:

Many people study philosophy and yet can disagree. I loved this last quote: "You come to Love,

Not by finding the perfect person,

But by seeing an imperfect person, perfectly." - Sam Keen, from Meaningful Quotes.com

manatita44 (author) from london on January 29, 2021:

Yes, yes, my Sweet. Go for the Heart ... the Heart ... the Heart. A person of the Heart is childlike, benevolent, filled with simplicity and sweetness. Devotion and fidelity are treasures too. Invoke the sacrifice of Sita, Savitri and the ancient ideals of Indian womanhood.

Of course, you need to bend like the willow, not with human submission, but with the Light of the laden tree, offering its fruits and flowers to all. Softness and a temperate forgiving nature is necessary. Finally, who is not God? See Light in all! Exercise prudence! A lot here! Haha.

Now you say lovely things about my Hub, so thank you so much!! Jazak Allahu Khayran!

manatita44 (author) from london on January 29, 2021:

Thank you so much, Pamela. A wonderful and astute observation. Glory be!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 29, 2021:

Your poetry was was excellent and uniquely different today, Manatita. Misunderstood philsophy is a grand topic for today's inspiration.

I agree that love is the basis for philsophy and decisions we make each day. Acceptance is so important for true love as well.

Have a wonderful weekend, Manatita. Blessings to you!

manatita44 (author) from london on January 29, 2021:

Brenda ... and most beautifully said!! Kudos to the Light of your Spirit!!

manatita44 (author) from london on January 29, 2021:

Yes, yes, my Sweet. Go for the Heart ... the Heart ... the Heart. A person of the Heart is childlike, benevolent, filled with simplicity and sweetness. Devotion and fidelity are treasures too. Invoke the sacrifice of Sita, Savitri and the ancient ideals of Indian womanhood.

Of course, you need to bend like the willow, not with human submission, but with the Light of the laden tree, offering its fruits and flowers to all. Softness and a temperature forgiving nature is necessary. Finally, who is not God? See Light in all! Exercise prudence! A lot here! Haha.

Now you say lovely things about my Hub, so thank you so much!! Jazak Allahu Khayran!

Rosina S Khan on January 29, 2021:

Excellent poetry as always, Manatita. But I must say something about Sam Keen's quote. Maybe I didn't find my life partner yet because I couldn't see an imperfect person perfectly. Haha!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 29, 2021:

Manatita44,

It is with seeing one as perfect even though he is flawed that we truly love one another.

Accepting each other, looking past our imperfections.

Ferling love within our hearts can overcome vast differences.

Great poetry.

manatita44 (author) from london on January 29, 2021:

Bill, chuckle.

I know what you mean, yet there's a part of me that is protective of countries... tries to be impartial. It is truly a human problem, even though you guys seem to mirror it much more now for various reasons. I salute America! Thank you so much!!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 29, 2021:

From the Land of Misunderstood Philosophy, I wish you a brilliantly happy weekend, my friend!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on January 29, 2021:

Jodah you really did justice with your comment

And of course Manatita u wrote It in a beautiful way as always

Blessings

manatita44 (author) from london on January 29, 2021:

Haha.

Farah,

So pleased for you! You can now comment on my Hub. However, although it appears, I still have to click 'not spam.'

While it is good to be be vigilant though, Do not 'beat yourself up too much.' Drop me a line if you're worried. Thank you for being the first to read my poem or rather the first to comment here. Salaam!

Aww, John,

So sweet, so sweet!! A mighty fine sentiment and much appreciations ... much!!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 29, 2021:

Everything must be done with love as its basis. Intelligence may exist without love, but never wisdom. Unfortunately, philosophy can often be misunderstood or interpreted. Another article of great significance as always.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on January 29, 2021:

I loved this line Which is greater, Love, or Wisdom?

Most of us never understand throughout our lives

Blessings

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