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Inspirations. a Response to Brenda's Prompt, 20. Tuesday's Inspirations 20, to Brenda Arledge


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

Quotes from the Master

"Do not depend on
Earthly applause.
Depend only on
God’s Compassion-Smile." - Sri Chinmoy

"A Heart as white as snow
Can easily brave darkness-blow." - Sri Chinmoy

Sri Chinmoy

Sri Chinmoy


The following poem has been influenced by Brenda Arledge latest article below:

The prompt is 'Regret', but I have based my poem, rather on her theme of 'Inspirations' in her article, within the body of her work. As you will see, I've used a line to mention both 'mirror' and 'regret', but the poem is an inspirational one of a sublime and lofty relationship, with the Divine.

Brenda needs no introduction, as she regularly and tirelessly encourages us, with prompts, either to try our hands at, or continue our creative writing efforts. She's an excellent poet and writer; a great motivator well known to the regular members of the Hubpages community. We applaud her as one singular Unit.


The only Love glowing in my Heart, is You,

My Beloved. The only Light, Your effulgence

Of a thousand suns! The only song, that of Your

Inner nightingales, sublime and melodious, even as

The wind howls and the willow whispers to the moon.

All is of Your doing, my Love, and even if the

Lapis lazuli of Heaven paints an indigo blue across

Rainbows and horizons, what are these magical

Externals, compared to the bewilderment of Thy gaze?

I have found my passion –the one that keeps me

On my knees in obeisance --shedding ascending tears

Of Joy as Your smile adorn my nakedness, the sweet flame

Of Thy serene holiness, stabbing my soul with its Grandeur.

As a youth, I was always lost in wonder. Snatching at

Butterflies, pointing to the kites of heaven; shouting at the

Moon and stars to come and dance with me. Lost in expectations,

The child vanished and I grew up; went searching for mundane

Attractions, security, the pendulum of relationships; the vicissitudes of love.

Yet like a man walking across the earth, who returns after eons

To the starting point, now I see only You, my beautiful Shyama,

Only You. There are no regrets, as You hid in the life-lessons all along,

So necessary for my development, like milk to the infant child.

Now Your Light is a golden Orb and I am the mirror; I am the gold. You

Shine in the luminosity of heaven and You are my moon, You are my lustre.

- Manatita, the Lantern Carrier. 6th July, 2021.


Quotes from the Master

"Love grows in the soul

Glows in the Heart,

And finally flows through the body." - Sri Chinmoy

"At long last,
I am able to bury my mind-jungle
Inside my heart-garden." - Sri Chinmoy



Inspirations in everyday life

© 2021 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on July 07, 2021:

You too, my Didiji, you too.

Wa Iyakki

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 07, 2021:

Yes, not only friends, we are like sisters. Thank you for appreciating my comment. You have a beautiful soul, and I always learned the message of peace and love from your poems.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 07, 2021:

EK, I really admire you. You're a friend of Misbah? Love you both! Stay happy and blessed. may Allah continue to favour you with Its blessings. Jazak Allahu Khairan.

P.S You are one of the few who have done justice to this poem. To me, it's one of my best pieces. Sukhran my Habibi

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 07, 2021:

What can be more beautiful than your poem, Manatita. Each and every word of the poem is meaningful. I would say it a perfect inspirational piece. I didn't know about "Shyama" before and learned few new words as well. Thanks for sharing with us.

Stay safe and healthy...

manatita44 (author) from london on July 07, 2021:


What a detailed analysis! You remind me of my dear friend Ioannis (Sean). You're spot on. A real treasure here, your comment!

Yes. God is always merciful! Always in charge. The universe is not haphazard, not a crazy horse running amok. All you see is the work of the eternal

Be brave. Be happy. Hugs.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 06, 2021:


Thank you for your lovely words of kindness.

You begin your work with "Quotes from the Master, Sri Chinmoy" reminding us not to depend on the earth's applause & to know we can survive anything with a righteous heart.

In your poem, "Inspirations", you show us how one holds the radiant light from the divine inside his heart.

You tell how he struggled in life searching restlessly for the things of this earth to please him, only to return right back where his path had begun.

He holds no regrets for he realizes he needed to learn these lessons.

Now he holds the truth, the way, the light of the dawn in his life.

He basks in the glorious light reflecting in his soul.

Then you add more "Quotes from the Master"

Sri Chinmoy that remind us that with his love flowing through our body we can finally be at peace.

Ending your article with an image of white tulips.

These signify pure perfect love reminding us that sometimes we must have faith.

For a tulip endures alot of darkness before he finds the light.

My friend, this is an awesome piece of writing.

Thank you for lifting me up. Your words are truly appreciated.

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


I learnt embellishment from Guruji himself. They are quite beneficial in devotional plays and stories.

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

Thank you chitrangada ji. Appreciate your great contriburion

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 06, 2021:

Beautiful Inspirational poem, and words of wisdom. Nice response to the word prompts by Brenda. A great way to start my day.

Thank you for sharing this.

Vanita Thakkar on July 06, 2021:

Truly inspiring poem. Love the expanses of imagination in your writing - especially the ones mentioning constellations and stars Andromeda, Orion .... and the moon always around .... :) :) Thanks for sharing, Brother Manatita.

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

Aww Amara, you're so kind, so kind! You appreciate my work. When the tree is healthy and giving, this will reflect in the branches and leaves. Jai Ram! Hari Om Tat Sat! Sukriya!

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

Indeed Peggy. Just tired but well, God's Grace. remain Blessed!

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

Thank you, cute Kid. Like your hat. Appreciate your kind sentiment

Rozlin from UAE on July 06, 2021:

Lovely poem, manatita and quotes of Sri chinmoy are beautiful too. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful work. Stay safe and healthy always.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 06, 2021:

I enjoyed your thoughts about inspiration, plus the quotes. I hope that you are enjoying your week ahead.

Amara from Pakistan on July 06, 2021:

Beautiful words of wisdom by Sir Sri Chinmoy.. Lofty piece of poetry, as always Manatita.. God bless you eternally..

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

Thank you, my Didi ji. I know I can always rely on you. Happy that you're better. Stay safe and blessed. Love to all at home. Jazak Allahu Khairan.

Hi Rosina,

How are you, my dear? Good to see you and stay safe and blessed. Gratitude ... much!

Rosina S Khan on July 06, 2021:

I am glad you were inspired to write about inspirations using Brenda's prompt words mirror and great. Excellent poetry. Loved Sri Chinmoy's quotes, as always. Thanks for sharing, Manatita.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on July 06, 2021:

Beautiful poem, Bro. So much inspiration here. I love the opening especially

The only Love glowing in my Heart, is You,

My Beloved. The only Light, Your effulgence

Of a thousand suns! The only song, that of Your

Inner nightingales, sublime and melodious, even as

The wind howls and the willow whispers to the moon.

I also love the quotes from Sri Chinmoy.

“Love is the bridge between you and everything.” ~ Rumi

Thank you for sharing this lovely piece.

Blessings always!!

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

Chuckle. A beautiful thought! only online, as far as I remember. Actually, I saw them at Richmond Park, I think. Yes, I wanted to convey purity (White) and beauty... sublimity! Thank you so much, Marlene.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on July 06, 2021:

Beautiful! Have you ever seen the inside of a tulip? It is mesmerizing and as beautiful as your poem.

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


Gratitude, my friend. Lovely thoughts shared from one writer to another. Thank you so much!

Thank you, Pamela.

You're very kind. Thank you so much!!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 06, 2021:

This poem about inspiration is so beautiful, Manatita. I am glad you wrote this poem as I loved reading it. The quotes an inspiring as welder., Blessings to you.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 06, 2021:

manatita44, Beautiful an inspiration indeed!. I like that you write such amazing hubs. Brenda has a lot to offer from her well-written poems. Great expressions and I enjoy reading the word prompts. Gives a positive energy as you do in your work. Thank you for sharing thoughtful hub about one of the talented writers here.

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

Thanks Bill,

We are so alike, you know that. I was inspired to write about 'Inspirations.' Sweet chuckle. Thank you so much!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 06, 2021:

I'm glad you wrote about inspiration rather than regret. I don't like regrets. I've washed them from my mind. I concentrate on positive energy now, like the positive energy from this beautiful tribute. You really are a gem, my friend. Thank you for your positive energy. Peace and blessings to you always.

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