Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.
My brother was in the American Army for many years, then worked for the American Government in surveillance. My Father was an American Citizen and worked on Wall Street. I also held a Green Card and lived there for a short while. - Manatita
Reflections of An American Soldier
I hope that one day, I can remove my mask;
Show you the real me. Not the many scars I
Carry from numerous wars, some of which were
Questionable, but the joys of a soul longing to live
Peacefully side by side, with his fellow kindred spirits.
I hope that one day, you’ll know how proud I am of the
Colours of red, white and blue, flying in a landscape of
Beauty, surrounded by a pageantry of breathtaking sunsets,
A precursor to the awakening of another radiant sunrise.
I hope that one day, I can share not only the immaculate
Pageantry of the military parades; of memories, but the
Wounds inflicted on both sides, with some paying a heavy
Price, either for being in the wrong place, or in having
A different colour, assets or viewpoints from my own.
I hope I’ll always remember the sacrifice, of the indigenous people:
The native Americans, the Caribs and Arawak’s; the Aborigines,
The richness of the Incas and Aztecs; the Maoris, who all contributed
To my enhanced life-style. My African ancestry and my American
Founding Fathers, who carved scrolls of Equality, Justice and Liberty for ALL.
I hope that one day, I can sing 'from sea to shining sea’, and
'Out of many, one people’, in a much larger sense, of course,
For this is what we are ... ALL sparks of the eternal, doing our
Bit as best we can, carving our own Path on this wayfaring stream
Of life's currents, reminiscent of the awakening, of dawn’s early sunrise.
The Founding Fathers
Yet we must celebrate; come together to give thanks
And praise for diversity; for courage, fortitude and
Endurance; for the Spirit of resilience, of sacrifice for a
More harmonious union... to see a larger vision of a global
Humanity; of Love, even as we remember the cost of sacrifices
In war, some of which still remain debatable.
Yet we can only use the tools before us; build
As best we can to celebrate when the time comes,
Just as it is good to have heroes -- a Washington, Jefferson,
Maya Angelou or Harriet Tubman... indeed our forefathers
Themselves --pioneers who carved the Path before us,
With the seeds of exemplary ideals of unbounded Love.
Don't sweat. Our eternal Mother is merciful and Her
Compassion rains upon us, even in the invisible. On this
Memorial Day, as we commemorate all military personnel
Who died in struggle, let us also look forward to the vision
Of tomorrow's glorious dawn ... of Love and the coming
Of a Oneness-Kingdom here on earth, as there is in Paradise.
May the blue Light of infinity bless us; may the red strands
Of the immortal, grant us Peace. – Manatita, 1st June, 2021
Quotes from the Master
"Victory means temporary peace,
But Peace is eternity's victory." - Sri Chinmoy
"It is only through inner peace,
That we can have true outer freedom." - Sri Chinmoy
"Peace does not mean the absence of war,
Peace means the presence of Love, harmony
Satisfaction and oneness.
Peace means a flood of Love in the world family. " - Sri Chinmoy
Contributions of the indigenous people
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