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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

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