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Pray I Be Truly Ready When We Meet. Monday's Inspiration 43, to Li-Jen Hew


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

Wisdom From The Master

“I shall play with everyone on the day I play with You.
I shall blend in every Heart on the day I blend in You.” -Sri Chinmoy

Blending With the Light of Wisdom


A Regular Sonnet

Pray I be truly ready when we meet,

My scars were numerous; my thorns ran deep.

Life’s struggle-bows once pierced my tender feet,

For eons did I seek You in my sleep.

My Heart is thrilled, each strand a garland bright,

Pruned from the bitter wine of life’s demise.

My soul’s awake to Your perpetual Light,

For You alone, no more my earthly ties.

The moon has kissed me with its golden glow,

Love’s sacred flame burns deep within my frame.

The stars above, the beauty here below,

Encircles me, with Thy supernal name.

Pray I be truly ready when we meet,

My Spirit’s core, Your golden-septred Feet.


Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 17th September, 2018


The Fullness of an Ecstatic Emptiness in Silence. Free Verse

Petunias and dahlias coming together,

Serenade with wafts that’s not of rivalry.

Rather they blend as one bouquet,

To enhance the beauty of their intimacy.

Although the role of the moon and stars

Seem different, they both cradle an all-illumining

Synergy in the heavens;

Awakening a sweetness, in the Heart of Man.

One virgin dawn, a starling spoke sweet verses

To the nightingale and said: “O singer of songs, come!

Let us use our psalms and beatitudes, to elevate

The Spirit of those who seek Love.”

The nightingale responded with sublime eloquence,

Both filling the air with their symphonies.

Each Heart yearns to blend, like the song-bearers;

Spreading its fragrance, like a valley of lavenders.

Where is the form of which I was once proud?

Lantern says: There is only the fullness of Emptiness,

In this ecstatic Light of the Unknowable.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 22nd September, 2018

*Awakening The Inner Light*



Wisdom From The Master

"How sweet is the breath of the flower.

How illumining is the sacrifice of the fragrance." -Sri Chinmoy


© 2018 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on September 25, 2018:

Thank you, Alicia. Glad you liked the second. Different style but both effective, to me. Gratitude.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 25, 2018:

The second poem is lovely, but I think the sonnet is especially interesting. Thank you once again for sharing your creations, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 25, 2018:

Thank you Dora.

Unusual prayer in a Sonnet?

Shakespeare was not spiritual to my knowledge. Not to the eye of the mystic.

The mystics do use Sonnets to express Love or longing. Yes. There is sound in Silence, fullness in Emptiness.

Thank you so much!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 25, 2018:

Unusual but meaningful prayer in the sonnet. Certainly, the poet will be ready. The "fullness of emptiness" is a wise revelation.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 25, 2018:

My Brother Sean.

You think too highly of me. Nimmita matram bhava savvysachin. I am a mere instument of His.

Li-Jen as testified by some, is a special soul. Peace.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on September 25, 2018:

We meet every day, every moment, but most of the times and most of us we are not ready and lose the treasure! So I think we have an excellent poem to remind us. At the same time is an exceptional and suiting gift to a young lady who is seeking her Inner Light!

Oh! Lantern, my Lantern thank you for the Light!


manatita44 (author) from london on September 24, 2018:

Yes indeed, Mrs L.

I enjoy your lovely sentiment. God bless your noble Spirit.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on September 24, 2018:

Li-Jen, there is such a sweetness and innocence in her verses. You have captured those so well here. A lovely tribute to a beautiful soul. We are all a part of that universe of love and spirit.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 24, 2018:

Ha ha. Cool!

I hope that you continue the meditation. Feel free to ask about anything.

Regularity and discipline helps. Be punctual in your morning and evening stillness. Offer gratitude. A big one. Feel that God is the only Doer ... that you are His child. Throw away feelings of unworthiness and guilt.

You have not asked me, I know. Just trying to serve a kindred Spirit. Remain cheerful and cultivate the spirit of acceptance.

Remember, the outer life will affect the inner and vice versa. God speed, my brother.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 24, 2018:

I love Mondays. Get charged up in love day. I catch inspiration like right here and off I go to the land of bliss.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 24, 2018:

Stay sweet and have patience. God will send you the right one as long as you listen to the inner voice. You have my Love and best wishes.

Li-Jen Hew on September 24, 2018:

Haha..I'm not married! I'm single. Maybe in my poems, I talked about relationship too much haha... It's complicated.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 24, 2018:

Good to know. No. Don't be idle. Do some work. Chuckle. Better to burn out than to rust out, said Vivekananda. Ha ha. Be gentle, but diligent.

Hey! Aren't you married? You would be the first I know with not much to do. Lol. Enjoy!

Li-Jen Hew on September 24, 2018:

Haha... I am one of the newest workers so I go home earlier than my seniors cause I am not at their level of business yet. Been too relaxed at home which isn't good so I have to get the momentum going on and study for my next exam. It is or was off peak.. Meaning less busy at work nowadays. I am assigned to busier schedules which is soon. Thanks! :)

manatita44 (author) from london on September 24, 2018:

Thank you for coming, Li-Jen.

It is an admirable quality to acknowledge those who came here before you.

You seem to have more time these days. Job's less demanding? Hope that you and family are well. Much Love.

Li-Jen Hew on September 24, 2018:

Hey Manatita. Thank you for the tribute. So generous of you. A 'regular sonnet' but still shows nature at its best. There is harmony in the second poem. How the flowers, moon and stars, birds work together to bring out beauty.

To those who commented, thanks as well.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 24, 2018:

Ah my Sweet Sister Mary, (At one time in more ways than one, right?)

Yes. 'Form is form, emptiness is emptiness.

Form is emptiness; emptiness is form. -A Buddhist Sutra. Perhaps the Diamond Sutra, I believe.

Thank you so much!!

Ha ha Bill,

You and I, we'll be ready all right, but not yet. You have a birthday coming up, no?

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 24, 2018:

If I live my life in love, I will be ready. Seems so simple to me,my friend.

Love and peace always

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 24, 2018:

Just right for Li-Jen, a celebration of her chilslike simplicity. I like very much the line...there is only fulness in emptiness.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 24, 2018:

Thank you, my Brother.

I always think of the dawn when we correspond. I remember that some Americans and Canadians are still sleeping, but we are up, getting on with life.

Yes, Li-jen is a real beauty. How I wish I had such sweet simplicity and childlikeness in my own life! Thank you so much, my Brother!

Hi Rinita,

Another one or country which shares most of my waking hours, I believe.

Yes. I know that you like regular Sonnets. In that sense perhaps you are similar to some I know here. The mystic likes the form but also the 'free verse' approach. Like Emily Dickinson or Whitman, we love to create … to pull from the ether. We are not conventionalists, but rebels. Chuckle. Thank you so much!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on September 24, 2018:

Li-Jen is a worthy recipient of this lovely tribute. Well done, manatita.

Rinita Sen on September 24, 2018:

The concept of fullness in emptiness combined with the nightingale's song caught my breath. The first sonnet is soothing, and I like it better. But I will wait for Li-Jen to weigh in :)

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