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I ... Am Grateful. Monday's Inspiration 74, to My Loving Friend Ruby Jean Richert --a Heart of Empathy for the Oppressed


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

Wisdom from the Master

"The most beautiful thing on earth, is man's gratitude to the Supreme ... to God, to the divinity in humanity. This is the beauty unparalelled, and it will remain so, throughout eternity." - Sri Chinmoy

"Gratitude is the life-breath of God." - Sri Chinmoy

Outer and inner abundance


Celebrating Thanksgiving, this Thursday 26th November

Thanksgiving reminds me, that I should not take things for granted. That I go to sleep daily, but there is no guarantee, like so many in impoverished countries, that I will awake the following day. It reminds me of the need for kindness, to smile; to see the interconnectedness of life, and that in spite of my undeniable strive, Love is as perennial as the heavens.

Thanksgiving reminds me, that life has always had struggle, that in spite of its many trials and tribulations, it is still a beautiful dream of God. It reminds me of spring and a meadow of flowers, of the twinkling stars and the radiance of the moon and sun.

Yet how can we have the Light without night? Where is the toil without adversity and how will we grow? Let us celebrate the cobwebs, as well as the festival of lights, for they mold and shape us and more importantly, everything is God's... it is still a beautiful world.

"The earth is the Lord's and they that dwell there in it." (Holy Bible)

"What! Know ye not that ye are the children of God, that God dwells in you and that you're not your own?" (Holy bible)


I ... am Grateful

I … am grateful.

I’m grateful to my Beloved, that You chose

An insignificant me, some 38 yrs ago,

To serve You in this field of Dharma.

I … am grateful.

I’m grateful for the darkness and the Light;

The heavens and the night. For You have taught

Me to dance, in the duality of both adversity and goodness.

I … am grateful.

I’m grateful for my parents … their

Nurturing care and self-giving life; to

Have learnt from my mother’s sacrifice;

Her selflessness, fortitude and concern.

I … am grateful.

Street kids in slums, sleep on unpaved

Roads, sometimes eat only left-over food;

Bathe only when the rain falls. They die,

Some orphaned and alone, in clothes

Coated with the residue of many summers.

Yet they still muster the courage to smile;

Their Hearts shine even through gaunt

Emaciated faces, and still they know the

Noble art of camaraderie, of sharing.


I, who have a roof over my head, warm bed and

Comfy pillows, not only feed myself, but enjoy

Leisure whenever I want to, what have I to complain about?

I … am grateful,

That You have given me the wings of

Aspiration and a Heart of Love, to serve

My brothers and sisters: mankind.

O Bird of Light, You have filled this soul

With tears of Joy and plenitude divine.

O Grace, my Grace! Amazing Grace!

What did I do to deserve You? You came

Like an effulgent flame, burning the shadows in

The agony of my Being, filling my core with blissful Delight.

I … am grateful.

I’m grateful for the dawn of birth and death’s dusk,

For I know they’re interwoven and one. In this

Universe, give me the chimera of all things ephemeral.

For out of a mirage of nothingness, You entered

Into this void of emptiness and gave me Life.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 23rd November, 2020

Manatita reads his poem on gratitude


Wisdom from the Master

"Gratitude carries the message of Immortality
And enters into God’s Heart
To see God’s universal Satisfaction-Smile." - Sri Chinmoy

"Gratitude is not a human achievement.
Gratitude is a divine treasure
Granted to us
By the inner Pilot within us,
The Absolute Supreme." - Sri Chinmoy

"A desiring man
Never gets tired of offering his gratitude
To his own efforts..."

"...A surrendered seeker
Never gets tired of offering his gratitude
To his Lord divine..." - Sri Chinmoy

© 2020 manatita44


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

Thanks mary. Good on you. Stay blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 24, 2020:

Thank you for reminding us of the many things we have in abundance. I like your videos.

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

Indeed and I feel that you know many of them and are indeed blessed. Stay well!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 24, 2020:

There are countless reasons to be thankful for. A fitting tribute to Ruby and as always, grateful to you for these wonderful thoughts.

Thank you for sharing. Have a blessed day.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 23, 2020:

Thank you Alicia. Appreciated

Happy Thanksgiving!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 23, 2020:

Despite our difficulties in life, many of us have a lot to be thankful for. Thank you very much for the reminder, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 23, 2020:

Thank you, Pamela. Happy Thanksgiving! Peace.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 23, 2020:

This is a wonderful article and I loved the gratitude poetry. I have much to be grateful for and this article spells out the benefits, Manatita. Enjoy your week.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 23, 2020:

A touching and heartfelt piece, Linda L. Thank you so much!!

Happy Thanksgiving and keep praying. All be be ultimately well!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on November 23, 2020:

I have much for which to be thankful. Security in a home filled with love, family, and too many friends to count. Thank you friend for this message and for all that you do for others.

manatita44 (author) from london on November 23, 2020:

So true and yes, we should offer gratitude daily and as soon as we rise with morning's dawn. I agree. Thank you, Peggy and may you and America, have a great Thanksgiving Day! Peace.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 23, 2020:

It is perfect timing to be reading this for the upcoming Thanksgiving Day, here in the U.S. Thanksgiving should be every day for many of the reasons you listed. We should never take our comforts for granted, because we could just as easily been born to different parents in totally different circumstances. Blessings to you, Ruby, and everyone reading this!

manatita44 (author) from london on November 23, 2020:

Eric, 'grateful for being grateful.' I like that! Lol. Have a great week too. Muchas Gracias!


Thanks a lot! All three of you have managed to make me laugh. Great way to spend my afternoon ... laughing from the Heart. Gratitude.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 23, 2020:

Yes gratitude is a gift from God. The more we show the more it grows. I am always grateful for being grateful. Wonderful message and poetry my friend. Have a thanks giving week.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 23, 2020:

I am grateful for Ruby, a jewel here on HP, and I am grateful for you, a miner of hearts, and a good friend. Blessings to you both!

manatita44 (author) from london on November 23, 2020:

Haha. Yes, Bro. The Mother of concern does not walk away from the messy child. God is infinitely superior. Have Faith! - Lantern

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on November 23, 2020:

It's not even weekend. Haha!! Did I mention I do not know the days of the week? Even when it clearly says: "Monday's Inspiration". Not sure even the Gods can help this One. Haha!!

manatita44 (author) from london on November 23, 2020:

Chuckle ...chuckle. You make me laugh out loud (Lol) You seem to be a touch of Bill and Eric combined. I thought of three people I could offer this Hub to. In fact four -I have increased it. You were one of them. For your Heart of goodness, of course.

Back to your strawberries. We eat rotten strawberries every day! That gives strength to Christ's "Forgive them o my Father, for they know not what they do.' Without forgiveness, I would have been long gone! So yes, use those 'rotten' strawberries as a metaphor for life.

About the poem, I told you recently, that it is not always wise to change the aphorisms of a Spiritual Master. Fortunately I'm not one, but still the very words you enclosed, are there for a deliberate reason. Otherwise you are correct, of course.

I love your answer. Good humour is a joy to the soul. Peace.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on November 23, 2020:

" That I go to sleep daily, but there is no guarantee, like so many in impoverished countries, that I will awake the following day." - Forget the "impoverished countries". One day, You will not wake up, whether in a rich country, or not. That goes for everyone, even incarnations of Gods so, ya: enjoy it while it lasts. Everything dies here.

"Yet how can we have the Light without night? Where is the toil without adversity and how will we grow?" - I was thinking yesterday about all You masochists who need pain, grief, disasters and the like: I can enjoy a delicious meal without a disgusting one. I was actually eating some really good strawberries. I made sure to get organic ones and they had such a nice perfume and sweet taste and I literally thought about this argument: do I really need to eat a rotten strawberry to enjoy a good strawberry? Well, my answer is: no. The good strawberry is delicious even without having a bad strawberry. Meh ... I do not think I am getting anywhere with all the masochistic spiritual people but one cannot say I have not tried LOL

"I … am grateful." - Moi aussi. Mersi.

It's good to be grateful. I am grateful for lessons but I cannot be grateful for assholes as a quick example. I can be grateful for knowing how to deal with assholes but again, I am not thankful for people acting like assholes. You see the difference? That's my two cents. I do not wish to be grateful for donkeyness because I do not wish to bring more around. Things I am grateful for I wish more of. So, no I do not wish more starving children for example, or more epidemics in the world but I am thankful for being able to volunteer at a homeless shelter to help feed people, or I am thankful for being able to deal with this epidemic situation. AM I grateful for it though and would I like more? Haha!! No, thank You.

Alrighty, You have yourself a lovely weekend. That dog love though, not human love for most humans do not know what love is.


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