Ode to the Illumining Light. Monday's Inspiration 34. An Offering to my Spiritual Brother Venkatachari Ji

Updated on April 23, 2018
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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

Divali Lights


O Light, my illumining Light,

You elevate my Spirit, into the plenitude of Love.

Aye! I see You, dancing in the mulberry trees;

Whispering in the breath-taking magic of the dawn.

Flooding my core with Your carousel of splendour,

Your candela of brilliance awakens my flame,

Kissing the crest of the rainbow,

In peerless symmetry.

O Light, my illumining Light,

I am bewildered by Your Grandeur.

Embracing my soul with Thy wondrous lustre,

You untangle my cobwebs of millennia,

Only to overpower my soul,

With a million rays of perennial Joy.

O Light, my illumining Light, Come!

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 16th April, 2018

The Lantern Carrier

Awakening The Inner Light

Mirabai, a 15th -16th Century Devotee-Seer, with unparalleled devotion among women to Sri Krishna


Wisdom-quote from The Master

" ...When I say Light, I am speaking about illumination. This illumination will first take place in the realm of the God-manifesting soul. Next it will take place in the aspiring heart, then in the searching mind, then in the dynamic vital and, finally, in the wakeful body...

Light embraces humanity with all its imperfections and tries to illumine human ignorance so the human life can be elevated into the divine life..." -Sri Chinmoy


"O Light, my beautiful Light,

Entering the dimensions of the soul,

You preen my Heart of ignorance,

Cascading a torrential downpour of infinite Bliss." -Manatita

Sweet elevating Light is all around us

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      manatita44 5 days ago from london

      Thank you my Dear Niki Ji.

      I left for a hot country but it's cool and sometimes rain. London's better but yes, tough for the kids. How old are they. You can write if you like. Ceeccil@hotmail.com gratitude.

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      Nikki Khan 5 days ago from London

      Good to know about your busy work over there but as far as you're enjoying it and teaching others, it's worth it. Vegetarian food is hard to get in some countries but if you buy fresh and cook it, would be healthy and easy to get.

      It's really hot in London, yesterday was 26 degrees, boiling but still love this weather.

      My family is good but complaining of bleeding hot, really hard for school kids.

      Carry on your good work brother, God bless you!

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      manatita44 5 days ago from london

      My Sweet Sister,

      So kind of you to ask! I have spoken to about 50 people at 5 Seminars or workshops on spiritual living and we are doing well. I visit the City and surrounding areas daily to put A3 posters up in Shopping Malls and Village Markets. I hand out flyers on the streets. It is noble work but sometimes a little tiring. I have some lovely people helping me and the City is bustling with life.

      Vegetarian food is hard to get here, but I manage by mixing things together. The weather is interestingly cool right now. Yes, Brahman is always merciful and yes, my Heart is full. Thank you for your kind attention to detail. How are the children and family? -Lantern

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      Nikki Khan 6 days ago from London

      An insightful tribute to a great man and author Vankatachari ji!

      Light of love is indeed surrounded the whole universe, loved the picture of dewali lights Manatita ji!

      How’s your work going on abroad?

      I hope you’re having very spiritual experience and time over there.I read about your routine there, glad to know that you’re enjoying being there.

      Bless you bro :)

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      manatita44 8 days ago from london

      Thank you so much, Gypsy. Appreciations.


      Such a loving sentiment. Thank you so much!!

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      manatita44 8 days ago from london


      Haha. They all come easy but some topics are more meaningful and so flow - I am told - as if every word counts. Thanks Bro.

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      Frank Atanacio 8 days ago from Shelton

      wow, this was simply amazing.. I think you are at your best when you make it seem easy.. awesome

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      Chitrangada Sharan 8 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful tribute to Venkatachari Ji !

      Diwali lamps are significant and symbolic, and the festival of Diwali is celebrated on the darkest night. You brought out the essence of illumination beautifully.

      As always a wonderful tribute and poem. Thanks for sharing!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 8 days ago from Riga, Latvia

      Most wonderful and inspirational tribute to Venkatachari Ji. May the light shine with blessings upon you both.

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      manatita44 8 days ago from london

      Ah, Linda,

      Thank you so much! Today I'm catching up. Coming to you soon. Yes, 'the crest of the rainbow' cute, eh? I love to create and do this in so many of my 500 poems! Peace.

      Venkatachari Ji,

      Our souls connected. I was thinking of you and exactly what you have just done. Some truly lovely people here. More Love to us all. Hari Om Tat Sat!

      Eric, I can't see my response to you. Know that you are remembered with much Love and your contribution is equally important. Peace.

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      Linda Crampton 8 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Light is a beautiful symbol and kissing the crest of the rainbow is a lovely idea. Your poetry is always interesting.

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      Venkatachari M 8 days ago from Hyderabad, India

      I am too much filled with joy seeing these comments, my Bro, Manatita and all you noble friends here. I simply wish for your blessings and love, nothing more.

      Thank you all and you particularly my elder sister Nellieanna.

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      manatita44 8 days ago from london


      I thank you Linda.

      He is a most wonderful human being. Gratitude.

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      Linda Lum 8 days ago from Washington State, USA

      Mr. Venkatachari has been a wonderful, supportive friend for many years on Hub Pages. His spirit radiates light and love. Thank you for creating these verses in his honor.

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      manatita44 9 days ago from london

      Yes, my Friend.

      You read my poetry fully and you see what I'm doing. This one is all Light for sure. Light everywhere and that's why I assisted Li-Jen.

      Some more poets here could see this.

      Today I wanted to stay with this amazing gift of God which really is an aspect of God's enduring Love.

      I am always encouraged by your kind words. Thank you so much!

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 9 days ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear brother, it might be one of the best Hubs I've ever seen!

      Divali lights, your poem, the amazing words of Master Sri Chinmoy about light, Tagore's poem! All are Light!This Hub is Pure Light!

      The best tribute to brother Vekantachari! I am so glad for him and for you.

      Thank you for the Light of your Soul!

      Hari Om!


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      manatita44 9 days ago from london

      Always a Joy to see you, my Dear Nellieanna... to know that you are well. Such a keen understanding too! I salute your loving and discerning Spirit and I know that you understand. My eternal Gratitude.


      I thank you so much. Two of my favourite ladies together. I tend to give all the credit to God and Guru. A way of keeping the ego at bay, I suppose. I'm always greatful for your kind words.

      Do you know I'm in Nairobi, Kenya? Lots of canvassing and classes. I have friends and at least it's temperate to hot. Higher blessings.

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      Nellieanna Hay 9 days ago from TEXAS

      Beautiful, my friend! But, what else would t be?

      ". . . Light . . . . illumination.. . ." Oh, yes!! Throughout the universe and in human hearts.

      Fitting tribute to dear Venkatachari M, too.

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      Dora Weithers 9 days ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for Chinmoy's quote explaining illumination. Of course your poetry consistently explains illumination applied.

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      Eric Dierker 9 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I just love the concepts of light/illumine. When we look we find. I surely do like Venkatachari.

      Thank you.

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      manatita44 9 days ago from london

      A good man Bill. We sure need more. Thank you so much!

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      manatita44 9 days ago from london

      No, Li Jen.

      A mistake. Sorry.

      Hi Venkatachari Ji.

      So happy that you came. Glad you noticed the Lights and Mirabai too. Yes. The quotes of any God- realised soul are always powerful. Love to your son. Om Shanti!

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      Bill Holland 9 days ago from Olympia, WA

      A good man he is, Manatita, and we need all of the good men we can find if we are all to make it through this journey called life. Peace be with you both.

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      Venkatachari M 9 days ago from Hyderabad, India

      A beautiful Ode, my Bro. I am much humbled by your offering. It's a testimony of our unmeasurable love for each other.

      You have wonderfully brought out the true meaning of light and illumination through your poetry and nice quotes from Chinmoy and through the lights of Divali.

      My blessings.

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      Li-Jen Hew 9 days ago

      Hi Manatita. Wow, you didn't give up on Love. I may know what's good but doesn't mean I always do good. Did u post the comments 5 times or must be some computer error...I accept your kind comment to pay you back. Haha. :)

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      manatita44 9 days ago from london

      The God_lover sees with the spiritual eye, Ji-Jen. You are a beautiful flame of Light Divine. You are a unique soul and have something special to offer to the world. I hope you believe this. Buddha bless you!

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      Li-Jen Hew 9 days ago

      Hi Manatita. Thanks for being understanding and taking time to explain the definition of Light and Divali. Oh you’re too kind. I think Frank already knows my true colours haha. X)

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      manatita44 9 days ago from london

      Hi Ji-Jen, be so kind as to allow me to explain.

      Light is synonymous with Love and Love with Light. The ever-effulgent ... ever-transcending Light is the One of which I speak. Divali or Diwali, in the most profound sense of the word, implies this perpetual and everlasting Light.

      It is that which awakens, transforms, illumines as Sri Chinmoy says ... reaches the Heart ... re-read his quote.

      You are a sweet, charming soul and I dare say manifesting the Light yourself. Amitabha!

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      Li-Jen Hew 9 days ago

      Hello Manatita. Nicely done Divali Light poem with a purposeful tone. Useful to know the meaning of Light, thank you for that. And thanks for sharing. :)