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Memorial Day: Reflections of an American Soldier. Tuesday's Inspiration 19

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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