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I Am an Eternal Journey. Wednesday's Inspiration 20, to the Writer Ravi Rajan

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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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Wisdom from the Masters

"My physical death is not the end of my life.

I am an immortal journey." - Sri Chinmoy


"I am with you always,

Even unto the end of time." - Matthew 28:20


“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God,

and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” KJV. 1 Corinthians 3:16

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I am an Eternal Journey

When the light of dawn awakes; when the

Sunlight catches this soul, on the Elysian lap

Of Paradise, I pray my words echo in your core;

My Spirit whispers in the magna of your Being.


I am right here; have walked only through the sunrise,

To a realm that Heaven has made ready for my respite.

Yet will my grandeur enchants, like the scent of redolent

Roses; my laughter resonates in the hills and valleys afar.


The throne of the Beloved beckons and I must go;

Yet it’s no farewell, but an awakening, to the glories

Of Jerusalem. How can the sun not set when the day is

Waning; how will the willow waltz without the breeze?


We are together as Breath in breaths; the sound of

Silence in the midst of sleep; the soaring eagle, which

Will never dream that it can fly without feathers. Again, is its

Flight possible, without the lapis lazuli of the perennial heavens?


Love soars, like the Phoenix, a shimmering fire of

Longing - patient, like the sunset - knowing that each

Day will fade. The quintessence of Spirit, is like

Daybreak –a Light, a nameless Emptiness which

Permeate all things, filling them up with the Tao of Jannah.


Where am I not? The ray that dances in the horizon,

Manifests itself in the cuteness of a child’s smile. So

Too, you’ll see my face, hear my songs in the morning’s dew;

Feel my Essence, in the old photographs of pleasant memories.


Didn’t I agonise in the garden of Gethsemane? Yet I rose

Again, from an old rugged cross, ascended the darkness, even

As Orion merged with the twinkle in your Heart. The decay in my

Sepulchre, is not the end of this life, for I, am an eternal journey.


-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 14th April, 2021.

The Light is visible to some and invisible to many

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The Bhagavad Gita (The Song of the Transcendental Soul)

"Weapons cannot cleave the soul

Fire cannot burn the soul

Water cannot drench the soul

Wind cannot dry the soul. - Gita

A great message in these 4 minutes

The Here-after

© 2021 manatita44

Comments

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on April 16, 2021:

Ramadan Mubarak to you too, Manatita. There was a lot of fear. And when I wrote the article, I thought no one would believe me. And people will think that I'm mentally ill. LOL.

manatita44 (author) from london on April 16, 2021:

Thank you, thank you, Linda.

Much appreciation!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 15, 2021:

You’ve written a beautiful poem, Manatita. It’s yet another lovely tribute to a writer.

manatita44 (author) from london on April 15, 2021:

Funny! Ramadan Mubarak !

You remember the holiness, the virtuous acts, abstentions and so forth, right? (Sweet chuckle)

manatita44 (author) from london on April 15, 2021:

Thank you, thank you, Mary. Much gratitude

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 15, 2021:

I like the title very much. So apt for Ravi. The quotes are often inspiring.

Amara from Pakistan on April 15, 2021:

yes new look coz eid is coming. haha. Happy Ramadan..

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on April 15, 2021:

Salam,

I remember the first time you commented on one of my articles which was about fear. And that's when I realized you are a spiritual person.

But now, after reading your poetry, it has become clear that you are a good person with a positive mindset.

May Allah bless you.

manatita44 (author) from london on April 15, 2021:

Thank you, Ji.

One of the world's most lofty books indeed!! Gratitude!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 15, 2021:

A beautiful tribute to Raviji, through your wonderful poem, so well crafted!

The reference to Bhagwad Gita is soothing, uplifting with deep thoughts!

Thank you for sharing another wonderful piece of writing!

manatita44 (author) from london on April 15, 2021:

You too, my Dear. New look? Ramadan Mubarak! Jazak Allahu Khairan

Amara from Pakistan on April 15, 2021:

Beautifully written, as always Manatita..

Stay blessed and happy..

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 14, 2021:

Chris,

This is definitely food for thought.

I do wonder what the world will be like.

Sadly to say, I envision more focus on technology and less on the real concerns we face daily.

It seems to ba a money making machine & not that of humanity.

Interesting article.

manatita44 (author) from london on April 14, 2021:

Thanks Ann.

Yes, he's a good writer. Thank you so much!!

Ann Carr from SW England on April 14, 2021:

Beautiful poetry as always, and a lovely tribute to Ravi Rajan.

Ann

manatita44 (author) from london on April 14, 2021:

Indeed, but don't be in a hurry to go. (Sweet chuckle) We need you here. Gracias.

manatita44 (author) from london on April 14, 2021:

Thanks Mary. She's not saying anything new, but using new words. We are like that in Christianity. As Christ himself said: "Not all who say, Lord, Lord, will enter into the Kingdom.

All faiths have those that are devout and those that give lip-service. That is the essence of it. Not knew, I'm afraid.

I learnt a long time ago, that East or West, we are all trying to do or say the same thing. We just use different words. Again, separation is an act of the ego ... the analytical mind.

manatita44 (author) from london on April 14, 2021:

Thank you ... thank you! wa Iyyaki!

manatita44 (author) from london on April 14, 2021:

'Simply beautiful!! I'll take this beauty of a compliment, Peggy. Charming! Thank you so much!!

manatita44 (author) from london on April 14, 2021:

Great Brenda.

You've captured the essence here. Thank you so much! Peace.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 14, 2021:

Manatita44

A touching piece. Reminding us that our soul cannot wither away. It stands strong.

We can see God's beauty in all things so do not be weary.

Ravi is a good writer. I do enjoy his work.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 14, 2021:

I loved reading this about our eternal journey. Your poetry and the rest of this article are simply beautiful! Thank you!

Misbah from The Planet Earth on April 14, 2021:

So true, the video is beautiful, the message is wonderful. I saw it’s visible on discover. Only we can choose to raise ourselves or break ourselves. I choose to raise myself. Thanks for sharing this lovely message.

Jazak Allahu Khairan!!

Blessings and Peace

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 14, 2021:

So deep as always...Thank you for introducing me to Momin. This is the first time I have read about this.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 14, 2021:

This has so much depth. I like your picture of death as an awakening to new glories. It invites joy.

manatita44 (author) from london on April 14, 2021:

The poem is now on Discovery and I can see the video as I thought. Not the best way, though. Salaam!

manatita44 (author) from london on April 14, 2021:

Stay blessed. I'm sending you loving thoughts. Jazak Allahu Khairan!

Misbah from The Planet Earth on April 14, 2021:

No Problem, I will watch then. It’s my second fast today in Spain, In Pakistan and India, it’s first Ramadan today as it is according to lunar calendar. Ramadan Mubarak!!

Peace and Blessings always

manatita44 (author) from london on April 14, 2021:

Thank you.

It may turn up on Discovery or Letterpile soon. Ramadan Mubarak!

manatita44 (author) from london on April 14, 2021:

Thanks Bill.

Lovely idea of bringing the community together. Sweet!!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 14, 2021:

These tributes bring our HP community closer, and for that, as a member, I thank you very much. Lovely poetry, lovely words of love....they are a treat I look forward to weekly.

Thank you, sir, and blessings and love to you always.

Misbah from The Planet Earth on April 14, 2021:

No there's actually some problem in uploading videos. It was not appearing on my last hub as well. Problem from HP. I read a forum discussion on this topic 2 or 3 days before. The servers are down in UK and in Spain too. I don't know if others are also facing the same problem in any other country

Blessings!!

manatita44 (author) from london on April 14, 2021:

Chrish,

Just Manatita. Forget the 'Sir.'

Yes, Ravi is an excellent writer and a loving Spirit. I think adversity helped him in this life. Now he's been shaped by the Weaver and is a most beautiful vase. Much gratitude for your kind words.

manatita44 (author) from london on April 14, 2021:

I have had problems with the videos. I don't see them anymore, but they seem to re-surface with Discovery and Letter Pile. Very strange. There's a video with a quote from the Gita. So sorry. Check again, but also, if you understand the problem, then let me know. Cheers.

Misbah from The Planet Earth on April 14, 2021:

Which video Bro? I can't see any here on this article.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on April 14, 2021:

I just recently encountered Sir Ravi, and also personally loved his writings and him as a person, I really appreciate people who can ride our thoughts most specially like you guys who's older than us. Much respect. I so loved the tranquility you've paint in this poem Sir, my silent soul can feel it and thank you for it. Indeed He is an eternal journey. Pray and believed. So much thank you for the lessons Sir Manatita. Blessings!!!

manatita44 (author) from london on April 14, 2021:

Thanks you, Dee.

Keep smiling! Gratitude for your kind words.

Ravi Ji,

You chose some powerful words!!

You honour me with your visit and for this I feel very grateful. Thank you so much, my writing friend. Om Shanti!

manatita44 (author) from london on April 14, 2021:

Wow, my Didi ji! A lot here!

Books are books ...scriptures are scriptures, both East and West. People are also people and Religion is necessary for many!

We are like tender plants in a garden needing nurturing and each would respond in its own way. India has produced practically all of the worlds most powerful God-men, and yet the average Indian is like you and me and those in the West.

The enemy is inside us, like I always tell you. Deal with the resentment, the ego, greed, lust and attachments ... the anger. Yet these things are God designed for our growth both East and West and we cannot move forward without pain. This is how the law works.

If you die, what good is books to you? Being alive and in the stream of Consciousness, means that you are a unique gift of Allah, and life will be what you wish it to be, based on your level of awareness. Remember, one child is in Kindergarten and the other has a PhD. Allah Itself, has designed it that way. Do what you can and be gentle on yourself and others. Strive to Love. Check out the video. Salaam!

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on April 14, 2021:

Thanks Manatita I am really having no words to express seeing such a high compliment from you in the form of a poem. I loved your words and the emotions behind the words has nailed my life journey perfectly. Thanks again Manatita for your kind words. My life is summed up by these lines of yours.

Didn’t I agonise in the garden of Gethsemane? Yet I rose

Again, from an old rugged cross, ascended the darkness, even

As Orion merged with the twinkle in your Heart. The decay in my

Sepulchre, is not the end of this life, for I, am an eternal journey.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 14, 2021:

"Where am I not?" Thanks for reminding us in these beautiful verses that He is alive and always available wherever we are. An encouraging morning message. Thank you.

Misbah from The Planet Earth on April 14, 2021:

Beautiful as ever... as you said light is visible to some and invisible to many. So true and deep words. This is a beautiful tribute to Ravi. I know he will like it too. I love it all but these lines I like most

Love soars, like the Phoenix, a shimmering fire of

Longing - patient, like the sunset - knowing that each

Day will fade. The quintessence of Spirit, is like

Daybreak –a Light, a nameless Emptiness which

Permeate all things, filling them up with the Tao of Jannah.

Seeing the quote in picture on faith reminds me of my school teacher she used to teach me Islamiyat(Islamic studies) a compulsory subject in Pakistan and many other Muslim countries.

She used to say there is a difference in being a “Muslim” and being a “Momin”. A Muslim is he who believes In Allah and Momin is he, who do what Allah says in hardest times of life . It’s easy to believe but it’s hard to do what you asked to do— that’s the faith

Muslim is described as one who submits to Allah. He believes on the five pillars of Islam— that Allah is One; he offers his prayers and recites Holy Quran. He believes in Angels and in the Day of Judgment and fate(kismet)

Momin is the believer, who achieves a higher level of faith, he is a true believer in all respects and is above Muslim when it comes to faith because the degree of faith begins at Muslim but ends at momin. About momin or believer Allah says in Quran:

“The believers are only those, when Allah was mentioned, feel fear in their hearts and when His ayaat were recited unto them, they (i.e.) increase their faith; and they put their trust in their Lord (Alone)”

(surah Anfaal: 2)

As mentioned in Gita —

Weapons cannot cleave the soul

Fire cannot burn the soul

Water cannot drench the soul

Wind cannot dry the soul. — Muslim believes that soul is heavenly. Allah created the body from the dust of the earth

So its nourishment (food and drink) comes from the earth

Our soul (nafs, rooh) has come from Allah and the heavens

So too the nourishment of the soul comes from Allah and the heavens

So what is the nourishment of the soul?

It is the Holy Quran, words of Allah, spirituality, our connection with Allah and Ibadaat.

Thanks for this beautiful piece today.

Sorry, I make it so long. I enjoyed

Blessings and Peace

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