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Inner and Outer Beauty. Sunday's Inspiration 40, Welcoming the New Writer Srushti Gamit


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

Autumnal leaves


Autumn Leaves, a Sonnet

Now falling 'pon the breeze, my garments lay,

I waltz on dew-clad hill-tops as I sway.

Dance through the pines; create my sweet array,

Then drift, blue skies caress this Autumn's day.

Now on this cool dark mistiness, I lie,

No one to hear my searing lovelorn cry.

Upon a dawn which gently stroke my eye,

On verdant flora, lying down I sigh.

But hark! White-tailed deers, squirrels; foxes play,

Bring magic moments; joy around my way.

A golden hue; the fawns are merry; gay,

My gosh! 'Tis great! I'll have such fun today!

And now at dusk, I sing a merry tune,

Then view the stars, beyond the crescent moon.

- Manatita

The Great Seeress Ananda Mayi Ma


You, my Beloved. (Addressed to the Absolute ... to ALL at One with the Absolute)

You are in the shimmering moon, and the

Sweet veil of darkness answers Your call,

Even as the glistening stars whisper Your name.

I yearn to feel myself within You, breath

Kissing Breath, with lips converged, and

You, swallowing my uncomely darkness.

So many years I roamed this arid desert,

Searching for my oasis. If only I had found you

Then, I would not have experienced such loneliness.

Now that we can finally embrace, Your

Burning flame is a living balm, a fine wine

Of ecstasy, for my once sodden soul.

Why did it take so long to see Thy lustred rays?

Why couldn’t I find the golden key, to unlock

The immaculate secrets, of Your Hearts beauty?

I guess it was meant to be today, as my longing

Eyes gaze; my cheeks smile, even while the zephyrs

Soothe my Spirit, and camellias dance, to celebrate

The magnificent Light that gave them opulence.

I lean forward, heels ascending this sacred foliage,

The silhouette of Thy form, my ultimate Redeemer,

Quintessentially to burn the fire of my Love,

Entering Your deep ocean of unspoken sweetness.

Some images bewilder my core with their brilliance.

Now my Heart sobs, cascading Your grandeur, weeping

Into the effulgence of another glorious dawn.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier29th August, 2021.

A Glorious Dawn


Wisdom from the Master

"When Peace is multiplied, Truth is multiplied.

When Truth is multiplied, Love, is multiplied.

When Love, is multiplied, God, is multiplied." - Sri Chinmoy

"O Bible, the Saviour has taken away my sins,

Will you not take away,

My little, little worries, at least?" - Sri Chinmoy

Lotus Lights


My state at dawn

White clouds scatter the heavens, streaming a shimmering, descending Light. Silence whispers a Peace, carried by light zephyrs, messengers of Love, waltzing with the verdure of foliage below.

I sit in repose, my mind calm, serene, the body made still by the power of an inner sweetness, swimming in my soul. My breath spins in delight, readjusting to a new vintage wine supernal, blissfully singing in my being and laughing with God.

Worth listening to three minutes of the Seer Kabir's poetry

Inner and outer beauty

© 2021 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on September 08, 2021:

Chuckle. I can sing somewhat, but I have learnt to sing within. The Heart is where you feel the song most. Get the music or scenery right, and your Heart will sing infinitely sweeter than the nightingale. Gratitude.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 08, 2021:

Greetings Linda.

Love your Heart of beauty. Thank you!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 06, 2021:

This is a lovely welcome for a new writer. Thank you for creating it, Manatita.

Srushti Gamit on September 06, 2021:

I’m actually Gujarati. Unfortunately I can’t sing so well but I’m so found of music and I am a good listener too.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 06, 2021:

Yes. Fine. That seems cool! You're Bengali? Can you sing like Vanita does? Not comparing, just asking if you sing. Take care. Hari Om!

Srushti Gamit on September 05, 2021:

So my mother wanted to name me “Aradhana” at first which means To worship or an act of glorifying god. Because both the elder sisters of my mother had two boys. And everyone from my mother’s side want to have a girl child.

So when my mother had a boy for the first time, everyone thought that the second one would also be a boy. But then I was born and everyone was too happy.

My mom wanted to name me Aradhana because she reached out to god, worshiped and prayed for a girl child.

But my dad came up with the name “Srushti” which means The Universe or The creation.

The name “Srishti” and “Shrushti” is very much used in Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu. My dad loved the meaning of name but he also wants to make it a bit unique. So for Shrushti when you pronounce “Shru” and “Sru” it sounds exact same. So that’s how it is done.

Thanks a lot Chitrangada for your lovely words. I appreciate it.

Thanks a million Nithya for the warm welcome.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 05, 2021:

...and thank you Nithya, for welcoming Srushti. Great to see you and to know that all is well. Much love.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 05, 2021:

Beautifully expressed. Your poems are gentle and soulful, a joy to read. A wonderful tribute to Srushti! Welcome Srushti. Great quotes from Sri Chinmoy, thank you for sharing.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 05, 2021:

Srushti, I am happy and honoured that you like it ... even happier that you offer gratitude. Gratitude is the life-breath of Allah. I wanted to do something special for you ... snow-white and meaningful!

So glad you love the quotes! My prose is also healing sometimes. Much Love.

P.S Tell me the history and meaning of your name, why you use this variant in your spelling. Salaam!

manatita44 (author) from london on September 05, 2021:

Chitrangada ji, thank you, thank you!

Interestingly, I would spell Srushti's name like you, but she seems to spell it differently. It is a very beautiful name in Bengali, spelt your way. It is also Sanskrit. It has multiple meanings: Earth, nature, creation, universe, etc.

As she spells it, it is both boy and girl and can be intuitive, wise, pleasant and so on. Let's hear what she says. Ha-ha.

Yes, I'm nearly always addressing the Absolute. Like Rumi, I don't say it very much and some people think my poems are romantic. Some humans like roses, while others daffodils. As long as the need is met, it's ok. Yet Srushti is new and I needed to make it clear. Thank you so much!!

manatita44 (author) from london on September 05, 2021:

Yes, Brenda. Thank you so much!

The so called 'serene way of writing' is an apt description of my prose. It is deliberate and spontaneous but not a poem. There are two poems here: autumn leaves and You, my Beloved.

There are many prose poem writers, but I use only stanzas/verses. Yet you are not far wrong, as I sometimes enhance the work with spontaneous prose, with a deliberate attempt to make it poetic. This is very easy for me, God's Grace.

About the style, Misbah got it right. I sometimes write a positive poem by starting with the challenges and then summarising with the positive. I do this with Sonnets too. I also like good endings, but more importantly, while acknowledge the struggles, I'm also saying that they will pass, or I show that they have dissipated.

It is the nature of the soul to struggle. Everyone experiences it. So some of my poems are designed to reassure by offering solace in the darkness, and finally showing the Light. That's clear? Ha-ha.

The prose was designed to feel exactly like you felt it and the aphorisms were chosen for their impact. All Seers, including Jesus, the Christ and David, have this amazing knack of touching our souls, as they are in contact with the Source. Thank you so much! A lot from me!

manatita44 (author) from london on September 05, 2021:

Noted. Will respond to you guys later. Salaam!!

Srushti Gamit on September 05, 2021:

Manatita please accept my deepest thanks!!! You’re born to spread soulful words.

No one can deny that your way of powerful writings are very much interesting to read.

I really enjoyed reading Autumn leaves as well as the quotes of Sri Chinmoy.

At the end of the day I always think about at least 3 things I’m grateful for and I already got 1 now for this lovely tribute.

I totally agree with Mr. Bill, getting a tribute from such an amazing writer will always inspire you to do better.

Thanks a lot dear Misbah for always supporting me and showering me with your encouraging words. Lots of love to you.

Again thanks a million to each one you to make me feel warm over here.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 05, 2021:

Beautifully composed poem, and a nice tribute to Shrushti. She is a promising writer and my best wishes to her.

What a wonderful and exquisite poem, with delicately chosen words!

It's love in It's purest form, and I liked your reference to the dawn and dusk. Beautiful imagery, and nice video.

Thank you for sharing and good day!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 05, 2021:


First of all...Welcome Srushti Gamit.

We are happy to have you here with us on Hubpages.

First poem ~

autumn departs, you feel alone with no one else to hear your cries, but there is beauty and love in all things. Seize each moment then have gratitude as you gaze at the stars at night.

Second poem~

You spent so many years wandering alone, not touching the love the supreme being offered.

Now you have found your way. You see his love in everything. It refloects in your smiling gaze each moment.

You found love & it is deserving.

Last one ~

How at dawn you sit peacefully basking in the light shining down upon you from heaven.

Your heart full of joy as you sing.

Each piece of nature surrounding you brings you a calmness like a sweet wine.

You rejoice.

As always, I love your quotes & your peaceful serene way of writing.

It tells us so much while embracing us with love.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 05, 2021:

Chuckle. Thanks Bill.


Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 05, 2021:

Welcome to our new HP member. To have a tribute written about you by our esteemed Manatita means you have arrived as a respected member of our community.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 05, 2021:


I thought of saying that you are needed in the Forums, then I immediately chuckled. May not be the best move! But I guess I wanted to compliment your Heart of beauty, so evident in your comments. Thank you so much!! I'll visit you at some point today. I have a few engagements. Peace to you and yours.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 05, 2021:

Your beautiful words flow like honey. I agree with Pamela in also mentioning the quotes of Sri Chinmoy. God bless you and everyone in this world.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 05, 2021:


You truly care!

Also, my words resonate within. This can only happen because you recognise your own Light. My eternal Gratitude.

Yes. Have you ever seen a foundation not messy? Yet sooner or later, we get to marvel at the beauty of a Taj mahal

Good day, Pamela.

I will visit you all soon. A few hours. Thank you so much! I wanted to get some lovely thoughts in for Sunday as Eric has disappeared. God bless him

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 05, 2021:

You always paint such a beautiful picture your poems, Manatita, and these are no exception,. The words of Sri Chinmoy are always special as well. This is another lovely tribute.


Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on September 05, 2021:

As always, your work is stunning. Without a doubt, a very loving tribute to Srushti. She is a wonderful friend. I really like how you compare sorrows and sighs to dusk and then filled it with hope and happiness to another beautiful dawn. That is how life is.

There is always a light after the darkness. We tend to focus on what we've lost rather than what we've gained or what we can gain. Hard times comes to teach the best lessons.

I also enjoyed reading "My state at Dawn". Love is the key. I like the theme and had a great time reading it.

"Count on the light at the end of the tunnel. -Jeffrey R. Holland.

Take care and stay safe and healthy!!

Love and Blessings to both of you

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