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Journey to Light. Monday's Inspiration 90. To My Esteemed Sister, Vanita Thakkar


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

Diwali Diyas. (Lamps) Symbols of Illumination


Journey to Light

I see you’re crying; your man has done wrong;

I see you’re sighing, no Light in his song.

I see you’re troubled, there’s no wrong and right,

All Divine Providence, journeys to Light.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 13th September, 2021

I pay homage to indigenous people everywhere!!


Blending Together Like Nights and Stars

Light zephyrs soothe my Spirit, me

Waltzing on ice, kissing the snowflakes as

They glide, on the white fluffy scenery of nature,

My soul flooded with the wine of peerless Bliss.

What is fate? Heaven has given me a boon,

And the doors of my inner Citadel, have opened

To the Light. I fly on the memories of rose-pink

Autumns, white butterflies flapping their wings, across

The serenity of rippling lakes, we once gazed at together.

Now my Heart dances as You smile, Your cheeks

Glimmering amidst brown eyes, whispering an

Intimacy and tenderness, deep into the pulse of my

Agony of ten thousand summers, searching for You, O Lover.

There are no more fires in my blood, but white and

Red roses, their wafts emerging without thorns, in

Synergy with Thy breath, beating the drums of harmony

And Oneness, we, slowly blending together, like nights and stars.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 12th September, 2021

Happy Ganeshshotsava!!


Cradled on Thy Lap of Perennial Beauty

Symphonies play endlessly, in a

Soul-bird constantly longing; like the

Mother’s heart for the new-born; like

The darkness for stars that never sleep.

This vessel has roamed, ‘cross centuries

Of destiny, yearning for the Light of the

Unknowable. Hope stands undying, steadying

The flickering candles of supernal Love.

Come, cute harp of the celestials! Your ceaseless

Music pushes me on, in search of the One I knew

So well; from whom I’m now, so painfully separated.

O my sweet Shyama, Come! This insomnia will cease,

Only after I kiss Thy cute cheeks, swooning in Your

Bewildering gaze; cradled on Thy lap of perennial beauty.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 11th September, 2021

The Great Avatar (God-man, Lord) Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa


Wisdom from the Master

"...the divine in us knows that Truth, Light and Divinity are everywhere. They are not the monopoly of any individual; everybody has deep within him Peace, Light and Bliss in infinite measure." - Sri Chinmoy

"The human in us constantly cries for success, more success, abundant success. But the divine in us wants progress, constant progress, inner and outer. This progress is founded entirely upon self giving, and self giving is the precursor of God-becoming." - Sri Chinmoy

Eternal Light

© 2021 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on September 13, 2021:

We're in harmony, like a magical lute. Thanks for the info. Chin up! Jai Ram!

Rinita Sen on September 13, 2021:

Ah! I've been writing some sad pieces haven't I? I do need to get back to writing about nature, aka, Haiku.

Yes, life happens and I do miss my friend. I suppose you meant Verlie. I checked on her and she's ok, just filled with despair like a lot of us in these times.

Nice of you to give me a nudge, always. Thank you!

manatita44 (author) from london on September 13, 2021:

Yes, she did, Peggy. I remember.

Hinduism, just for the benefit of others, believes in Sanatana Dharma, or let's say, The Eternal Religion or Truth is One. That which is without beginning or end, deathless, birthless and eternal.

I'm digressing here as Hinduism is often said to have many Gods. There is a triune, like us, but the word Brahman of Hinduism, refers to the 'God' or Christianity or the Allah of Islam. We call it the Absolute (Sat, Chit, Ananda) Existence, Consciousness, Bliss.

I suppose I'm saying that when we understand the Spirit of the thing, then we are all saying, even doing the same thing by different methods. Sorry to digress, just wanted to simplify for westerners. WE have lots of angels and arch-angels, they have gods. Yet Brahman is without a second. Peace.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 13, 2021:

You continually nudge us towards eternal light, and for that, I thank you! Vanita recently published an article about the meaning of the festivals and the different Hindu gods that are honored. I found it to be fascinating. My blessings to you both!

manatita44 (author) from london on September 13, 2021:

Indeed, do that. Each moment teaches us. Peace, Mary.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 13, 2021:

A great tribute to Vanita. Yes, we pine for success all the time and this is definitely not progress. Have to meditate on this.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 13, 2021:

Thank you, Bill.

And to you!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 13, 2021:

Blessings to you both!

manatita44 (author) from london on September 13, 2021:

Wa iyakki, habibti

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on September 13, 2021:

Bro, Jazak Allahu Khairan

Fi Aman Allah :)

manatita44 (author) from london on September 13, 2021:

Thank you, Pamela. Short and sweet, that one. maybe I'll add two quatrains and a couplet in the future. Thank you so much!!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 13, 2021:

Beautiful poetry, as always, Manatita. I think we all want to move toward the light, and your poetry enlightens us all. Your first poem is my favorite.

This is a lovely tribute to our sweet Vanita.

Blessings for you, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 13, 2021:

Profound! Chuckle

Why aren't you writing those beautiful poems and even Haiku, I think, that I know you for? Challenges of Life? Missing your friend? Thank you so much!

Rinita Sen on September 13, 2021:

Every experience is a part of journey towards the light. One step closer with your wonderful poems.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 13, 2021:

Mi Habibi,

prestas mucha atención a mi trabajo. Cómo desearía que todos hicieran eso. You have flown, like a bird in leaps and bounds, precisely because you pay so close attention.

My words are so deliberately chosen, one should not really speed- read, as they are deeply spiritual. Even when they appear stern. I thank you so much for your friendship!! You are a model student!! Muchisimas gracias! Jazak Allahu Khairan.

Yes, John, my Brother.

It says a lot, what they call 'packing a punch', I suppose. In this case a lofty punch. It is your own wisdom that sees this. Kudos to you. Thank you so much!!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 13, 2021:

Beautifully crafted poem, enlightening and insightful. Lovely tribute to Vanita, a multitalented person and a dear friend.

I truly appreciate your admiration and understanding of the Indian culture and traditions. Happy Ganeshotsav to you.

Thank you for sharing! Have a wonderful week ahead.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 13, 2021:

All excellent poetry and full of wisdom. The first "Journey to Light" is short but I like it a lot.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on September 13, 2021:

I loved and enjoyed reading this beautiful hub from the very first word to the very last. What a beautiful and wonderful tribute to Vanita. She is a very kind and beautiful soul. Happy Ganeshotsava to you, Vanita and to all my Hindu brothers and sisters.

The opening of this piece is so wonderful when I was reading it. I felt like someone is opening a door and welcoming me inside. This happens to me very rarely. But your poems are always so calming and soothing that they always relax my wandering mind and soothes my soul. Thank you so much for this beautiful read. May God continue to bless you with unlimited happiness, joy and success. Ameen!

Wishing you a joyful Monday and blessed week ahead.

Blessings and Love to you and Vanita.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 13, 2021:

Dee, Ha-ha. Monday today here!!

Trust that you are well. Stay blessed!! - Lantern Carrier

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 13, 2021:

My favorite is the message in Blending Together ... especially in the last verse, but as usual, all your poems infuse light. Thanks also for including Sri Chinmoy's quotes. Have a great week!

manatita44 (author) from london on September 13, 2021:


You're very quick! Chuckle. Thank you, thank you, my Indian Brother. Love you, much!!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 13, 2021:

Happy Ganeshotsava to you also. Very fine poetry. Well composed. Thanks.

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