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Happy 4th of July: The Soul of America Rejoices. Saturday's Inspiration 32, to my American Friends


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


Inspirational words from Sri Chinmoy

"O Dignity-Majesty-Divinity-Reality-flooded Soul of American Liberty! These are the good, better, best qualities of the real America, the America which is to raise the consciousness of the world, and why I came here.

This is the America I envisioned in India. “Beautiful” — the real Beauty of the Absolute Supreme, universal Beauty of the Supreme, America the country embodies." -Sri Chinmoy

Original Founding Fathers


The Soul of America Rejoices

A twilight evening, a new dawn beckons;

Hope blossoms in the Heart of man.

The soul of America rejoices,

As freedom suddenly sings its melody.

The Tao of dauntless courage,

Heralds yet another promising sunrise.

Rejoice, O my soul! Victory to the hour of God.

The minstrels dance from heaven;

As sweet trumpets sound with gusto.

The joyful tears of the Heart fill the skies.

Into a river of copious Love,

The Spirit of the Founding Fathers,

Floats on the crest of silvery wings,

Kissing the Light of the moon, in peerless bliss.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 3rd July, 2017


America in motion

Life, like Love, is spiritual evolution in progress ... self-transcendence. The Nameless One knows only how to project, to move ... to evolve.

In the process of evolution, it leaves the old behind and ceaselessly pushes forwards, upwards ... onwards, ever anew, to an ever-evolving Consciousness.

In that sense, America, as a young nation, has played a most significant role. Her pioneering Spirit, the zeal of her forefathers for equality, justice and the pursuit of happiness, has planted various dreams, which has indeed blossomed in many patriotic Hearts, as well as in the soul of America itself.

Life - as I said - is evolution in progress and as such society, nay the cosmos, is moving forward. Yet it sometimes grows in a spiral, because God Itself, has designed it this way. Do not fear.

Given the right conditions, the dry sand in the desert, will give us a most beautiful oasis. It may be very dark, but sooner or later, the illustrious moon will light up the sky!

So too, America, like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon, will continue to fly, advance and progress, carrying with it, the victory of the Lord Supreme. Jai America ... Jai Lord!

"Victory in the War of Independence is the foundation stone of American nationality. The average American cannot conceive of the idea of defeat anywhere. It goes ill with his national pride." - Sri Chinmoy

"America is wealth. America is heart.
America is sacrifice.
Before long in America hopefully
There will shine forth the world's collective soul."
- Sri Chinmoy

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier


New York, New York

She’s big, powerful, majestic … her pillars

Stretching across the city like neon lights.

Her body throbs vibrantly,

Pulsating kisses to distant lands.

Buzzing, buzzing … a rhythmic melody of sounds,

Emits from her numerous modes of actions.

Grandiose is the allure of her skyscrapers!

They say she never sleeps …

Her sonorous symphony, like Marley’s lyrics,

Echoing her eloquent notes in all directions;

Her parks and rivers bonded together,

By the stateliness of her bridges.

A sacred god, longing to be conquered,

A 'stature' of Liberty, still continuing to be explored.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 16th August, 2018

One of the finest tribute to New York by visionary Sri Chinmoy

Wisdom from the Seeress Mirabai and visionary Sri Chinmoy

"I planted the creeper of Love,

And silently watered it with my tears.

Now it has grown and overspread my dwelling." -Mirabai

"America is the land of hope, the land of promise. There will be countless Americans who will be able to bask in the sunshine of America’s divine reality. America means not only the West but entire globe..." - Sri Chinmoy

"America: the fairest child of freedom, the first to fight for the divine gift of freedom and win it for the New World. None has a keener perception of freedom's worth. America!" - Sri Chinmoy

Independence Day

Inspiring words of Sri Chinmoy

"The whole freedom-loving world salutes you. The holy flame that burned in your heart when you were smarting under the injustices of imperial domination is still alive in you. Your one single claim to Immortality is this flame."

"You live not for yourself alone. You live for freedom and for those who share your love for it. The years 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 bear shining witness to your heaven-kissing flame." - Sri Chinmoy

America is described by Sri Chinmoy as having a progressive Spirit, one striving towards perfection in everything and a divine blessing. She has participated magnanimously in many fields of international endeavours, for which the world has been more closely knitted together. (Paraphrased from Sri Chinmoy's writings.

Ref: https://us.srichinmoycentre.org/sri_chinmoy/sri_chinmoy_america

© 2020 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on July 08, 2020:

Yes, very. I may have even sent you a card also. Please forgive me if I have. I think I did for at least one other Canadian. I respect your country too.

Thanks for the loving sentiment.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 07, 2020:

You've created a lovely tribute to the United States. I'd like to visit New York one day. I think it would be an interesting city to explore.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 07, 2020:


Well, you have much more potential than I see. Even so is America and its people. We just need to tap into the spiritual flow. That is all. Thank you so much!!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 07, 2020:

Beautiful expressions from both you and Chinmoy in poetry and prose. What a difference it would make if Americans always lived up to the noble images you describe.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 06, 2020:

Thank you so much, Chitrangada Ji.

Always good to see you. Much Peace!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 06, 2020:

An inspiring article and a wonderful tribute to a great nation. My good wishes to all my American fellow writers on the occasion of their Independence Day celebrations.

Well done as always Manatita. Thanks for sharing.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 06, 2020:

Thank you, my Brother.

So much on this topic these days. Let us hope. Om Shanti!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 06, 2020:

A wonderful tribute to a great nation. Hope it lives up to the ideals of its founding fathers.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 06, 2020:

Yes. I came on in the last 20 mins and I noticed it. 6/7/20. Yes, you're beginning to understand. Ultimately whatever we do is guided by Spirit. If you look at history, you will see that conscious objection has always existed and has sometimes been great catalyst for change.

My theory is that words of Saviours and lesser folks like me, are always understood, but in different measures. It may propel one to become a monk, another an altruist, yet another to fight for social justice and one to run for President. It is God who gets the work done in diverse ways.

Who says there is no order. Chuckle. I will read your work soon. Peace.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 05, 2020:

Then, I suppose my soul was meant to speak. For that I did. I couldn't stand back any longer and see the selfish lame-hearted actions going on in my country without kicking some ass.

I've just posted my article.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 05, 2020:

Ha ha.

I remember my son in Maryland using a word. They use it a lot in America. I think it means 'healing,' but the word is different. My brain has gone! But black Americans and elsewhere, are still healing from hundreds of years of injustice. It is a systemic thing coming to the fore. It also comes in a crucible of fire: viral, global, social, economic and environmental pandemics/problems.

What you are seeing and experiencing is normal, in the sense that it is abnormal, purely because humans are not used to this degree of loneliness and isolation. We are social animals and so people were bound to break free sooner or later. It is ultimately a process of growth.

Just finished poetry and came back here. Do what feels right for Sha. It is the Spirit that moves us. I gave a radio interview which I was worried about, because I'm weary of the negative. But it went well. Ultimately, whatever happens in Divine Providence is either sanctioned, approved or tolerated from on High.

Truth is, did I do this? No. Whatever happens in Divine Providence, comes out of the inner dictates of a Higher and orderly Law. It may not make sense to us, but it is done for the progression and development of the soul. Even the night is a form of God's Light. Love you, Sha. Be brave!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 05, 2020:

Yes, manatita, they have to take root. Americans (certain of them) are not allowing that to happen.

Our current situation has prompted me to write a post that's far from what I usually do, but I feel I need to speak my peace.

Stay tuned, my enlightened friend.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 05, 2020:

What can I say?

Whatever is taking place in hearts and minds, now, past and future, seen from the Highest realm, is brought about by Consciousness. God is and has always been the sole Agent.

We are on the level of duality ... and as such separation reigns. My role, your role ... the role of all kindred Spirits, is to go beyond separation. Yet this takes time. The transformation of Consciousness is speeded up, whenever an Avatar touches the earth soil, and we see the darkness before the Light.

The seeds of Love are already planted, but they have to take root. Much Love.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 05, 2020:

Manatita, I hear you. The problem is today's unrest has nothing to do with spirituality, rather the lack of it.

I'm not a Trump supporter, but when he spoke at Mount Rushmore this week, he reiterated my feelings that history cannot be undone or erased. He vowed to not allow any statues that commemorate Civil War heroes to be removed or decimated. However, he's too late. It's already been done. What America seems to forget is the Civil War wasn't about slavery. It was originally called the War Between the North and South. It had to do with territory. Now it's become something else. Many - too many - Americans are looking for reasons to create vengeance and tear this country down. The result is we're moving backwards, not forward.

I wish us well, too, my friend. I'm part Cherokee and I'm a descendant of Stonewall Jackson. History has brought my life and body to this earth. For others to tear that down says I (and many others) don't exist.

That is NOT what our forefathers had in mind when they had visions of us being a free nation.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 05, 2020:


I hear you, Sha.

You would be surprised about how many Americans are bitter and divided (And I mean well) There is a saying among the Seers, that we get what we ask for ... something similar. The idea is that when there is unrest in a society, it is an unjust society. In other words, one cannot just blame Trump. Leadership helps, but humans go the way of the restless mind.

From a spiritual standpoint, America has a very strong inner cry. She has achieved more in 200 years than countries have done in lifetimes! She has also been blessed with many Seers and Jefferson was full of Light and vision. Vision takes time to manifest, but the seeds are already planted on American soil and in the soul of America.

God wants us to bring our own innate Spirituality to the fore. When this happens, we'll be fine! Last night I had 3 hours of prayer and some of the most soulful tributes and songs international, that I have heard about America. I went into deep meditation. Some of us wish her well!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 05, 2020:

Manatita, America needs to read this article. We are in such a state of turmoil and hate right now, it's sad and disheartening. We're even trying to erase much of our history and many towns and states are succeeding. How can anyone erase the past? Why misconstrue the past to put racism at the forefront?

If Sri Chinmoy were to see America today, the land that he so loved and had hope for, he would cry a river of tears.

We, the People, need to band together to celebrate America and remember her roots of hope and freedom. At the moment, we're regressing quickly. It breaks my heart.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2020:


Thank you so much. Welcome here.


Indeed! We go through the chaos to find the Light. Thank you so much!!

Lorna Lamon on July 04, 2020:

I felt the hope and joy weaving throughout this beautiful hub Manatita. I sense that America has to reach the center of the Labyrinth and emerge into the world again reborn. The birth of new life is only the beginning.

A wonderful tribute.

Farrah Young from Lagos, Nigeria on July 04, 2020:

Happy 4th of July to you all.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2020:

Indeed, Devika.

Thank you so much!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 04, 2020:

Happy 4th July to all of you. manatita44 you have created the perfect hub for this day. A hopeful and encouraging hub of the American history.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2020:

Thank you so much! Peggy, much respect!

My sincere wishes for a most peaceful day for you and your husband and family. Higher blessings.

Yes, yes, Mr Happy.

The mind is very messy indeed!

The Heart ... the Heart ... the spiritual Heart. It is like a child that is playing: innocent and sweet, charming ... wants us to be happy. Now, that is enough. You are Something else's child, do what makes you inwardly fulfilled, joyful, strong. Today is a beautiful day! The sky is blue; the grass is green for me. Much peace.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 04, 2020:

Your fourth choice in the poll is aspirational. We are still a work in progress, getting to the point where everyone will be dealt with equally and feel the joy of equality, freedom, and justice for all. Let us pray that we get there sooner rather than later. Thanks for the July 4th greetings. I wish you good health and happiness.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on July 04, 2020:

I can easily get roasted for this but I'll get into it because I already did in my email to You.

"What does 4th of July mean to you? - The genocide of Native Americans/indigenous people." - So, even though this is what 4th of July means for me, as well as Canada Day (July 1st), do I think this is a bad thing, or a good thing?

"Even the Seer is not worried. He/she sees only beauty." - Genocide is neither good, or bad because "God is not worried".

So ... if we fix on a specific Intent, like "all humans deserve to live in peace and harmony", then and only then, does "genocide" become "bad". You see? Am I making any sense?

Nothing is beautiful, or ugly, or good, or bad, or anything other than what that "thing" is in itself, outside of human judgement. Things just are but if we let the little monkeys run wild up there, things get messy indeed. Isn't that so?

Maybe it isn't. Haha!!

I wish You well! May Wakan Tanka always walk with You.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2020:


I empathize. It is very easy to see dark clouds when the shadows are dense. That which is difficult to endure, may be sweet to remember. Some bitter medicines are the best cure and in the same way, God uses the lesser Light to unveil moonlight.

We can only measure the beauty by the ugliness we know or assess Joy, because we have experienced pain. Such is the law of duality and the saying 'this too will pass.' is actually very real. Let us hope. Hope is the climbing aspiration to receive peace, light and bliss, in infinite measure.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2020:

NOTE: I have just noticed this second bit. You do have a point and with my very bad keyboard, I also wish that some would do what you suggest. Yet, humans can and have been very hostile both here and on other media.

Brother Happy, I am sure you will agree that we are a work in progress. But I always think with Love in the Heart. Happy 4th of July. I see endless possibilities now and in the future.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 04, 2020:

Many people came to America with little more than hope and they found a new life. Your picture with the Indians was very touching as they were treated badly.

America has founght many wars to stay free and it is possible to work hard and do well here. I really liked your article and your poetry, New York is not quite so majestic right now, but I hope the Constitution holds fast during this time of the pandemic and unrest that we see.

Blessing to you, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2020:

Well, you most certainly made me chuckle in the beginning. We need to be more light-hearted than anything else now. But yes, I did initially enjoy your style.

What you say towards the end are perhaps true, let us say. I could hide behind a mask and say it's not my forte, but yes, I'm familiar with some history.

I can speak of the native Americans and someone else would speak of something else and the mind takes it from one thing to the other. There's always a yes, but. Have you had conversations like that? I bet you have!

Orville and Wilber tried to fly a plane some few years ago and was revolutionary! Now we are exploring space with Apollos'. The Absolute does not feel like you and I, because His projection called Creation is not a finished product. He is in motion all the time. The words metaphysical and mystical exists because the human mind will take us so far.

God is not worried, I don't think. Even the Seer is not worried. He/she sees only beauty. Look down history and you will realize that man has always been volatile. It really is not new! We do have a choice to Love, though ... to bring the rainbow into reality. Let us try. Much Love, Bro.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on July 04, 2020:

Here's a personal note: the fact that You do not allow comments to appear as soon as they are written (why don't You?), deprives this creature from editing its comments LOL So, if the comments have spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and such, it is because I could not review my comment. Haha!!

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on July 04, 2020:

"The Nameless One knows only how to project, to move ... to evolve." - Does the nameless one know how to move a little faster and turn "da heat down" a tad? We're arguably in Dante's Inferno now.

"Dear lord, could you please tell Lucifer

Turn the heat down, feelin' the flames of hell

Underneath my feet now, the block is hot

I hear the street demons callin" - Spice 1, "Turn Da Heat Down"

"to an ever-evolving Consciousness" - And how many more thousands of years do we need to get there, through pain and agony? Haha!! Just curious. : )

"Do not fear." - "I am not afraid for God is with me. I was born for this!" - Jeanne d'Arc

"Before long in America hopefully

There will shine forth the world's collective soul" - Never "hope". "Hope" is powerless. "Hope" is the dying leaf on a Tree branch, waiting for the Wind to blow it whichever way it pleases. Wish! Wishes have Power and clear Intent behind them.

What does 4th of July mean to you? - The genocide of Native Americans/indigenous people. (You missed that important possible answer, in the choices given for answers.)

Thank You for the read. I appreciate it.

All the very best!

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2020:

Yes Eric,

You actually got it right. The struggle is always worth it. The chicken breaks the egg and the baby also pushes though, post struggle. What Joy! Out of the cocoon emerges a miracle called butterfly. So reverential! The mysteries of God!


I hear you, my Sweet. The more we develop spiritually, the more pain we feel, but God is not like that, according to Sri Chinmoy. After all, it is His own Creation. Whom can He blame? Perhaps patience and endless possibilities are His best virtues. Lol. No, my sweet. It is Love.

It is rather astonishing how Seers see the world. To you and me, it is very ugly. To them, it is all beauty. I suspect they see the inner foundation being built ... see the potential and the possible results. Cool, eh? Enjoy this day!! Wooaa! Chuckle.


The Indians are my doing, but Guruji speaks extremely highly of Pioneers, who ever they are. They pave the way in this onward march of evolution. The picture was also there and my Heart says its necessary to highlight their contributions. Whoever did this did it right. They appear as the Source and candle of a much Higher Light. Love you, Ruby. Enjoy this day!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 04, 2020:

We Americans are proud. We have fought many battles to stay free. I was glad to see the Indians above our forefathers, they were here first. God Bless America! Beautiful Manatita!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 04, 2020:

Thank you. There are two Americas--the one we see today, and the one that we want her to be.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 04, 2020:

A fine tribute to a fine day. This vast human development from shore to shore is much like a good hike. The struggle and journey is tough but worth it.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2020:


Indeed!! Let's hope. Higher blessings this very special day! More peace to you, Bro.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 04, 2020:

Very nice, my friend. Let's hope America lives up to its purpose in the future.

Blessings always

manatita44 (author) from london on July 04, 2020:

Thank you, Ann.


Ann Carr from SW England on July 04, 2020:

Happy Independence Day to all of you!


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