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Regrets? Sunday's Inspiration 35, to the Esteemed Writer and Friend Amara Hassan. Prompt From Brenda Arledge.


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

"Regret is nothing but a waste;
Therefore, do not regret.
See the light, feel the light, become the light
Of today’s dawn
And try not, cry not
To see yesterday’s stars, moon and sun.
They are gone.
They should be buried in oblivion-night." - Sri Chinmoy

The following poem has been influenced by the works of the respected writer, Brenda Arledge latest article below:

The prompt, No 20, is 'Regret', for which I have chosen to give a positive spin. As you will see, the poem is an inspirational one of a sublime and lofty relationship, pointing towards beauty ... to Love.

Brenda needs no introduction, as she regularly and tirelessly encourages us, with prompts, either to try our hands at, or continue our creative writing efforts. She's an excellent poet and writer; a great motivator well known to the regular members of the Hubpages community. We applaud her as one singular Unit.

Forward to Jannah



Be as you are, live in your own Light! Do

Not challenge yourself, to walk in someone

Else’s shadow. Stride in your own beauty!

Love’s golden slippers, are never short of

Empathy. If we merge with the Dao laid out for us,

This wayfaring journey, will flow like a running brook.

Give yourself to Love, and this Universe will

Work with you. The opulence of a Queen

In motion cannot be hid, neither can the inner

Phoenix of a soul, carrying the banner of Love’s lustre.

I arose at the virgin dawn, kissed her yearning lips;

My soul travelled 3,000 miles with regret, thinking

Of how much more, we could have done together; the

Expectancy I may have left behind, as I walked in her shoes.

Now my eyes are fixed on the Golden shores of

The new Jerusalem. Letting go of all distractions, I,

A hero, marches along a glimmering Path, unwavering

In devotion, my gaze pointing to the infinite;

Leaving behind me this world of shadows.

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

No Looking Back (Regrets)


Wisdom from Hafiz

"One regret, dear world,

That I am determined not to

Have when I am lying on my death-bed,

Is that I did not kiss you enough." - Hafiz of Shiraz

Wisdom from the Master

"Free yourself as soon as possible
From the torture of endless regret
If you want to receive unfettered joy
From your illumination-soul." - Sri Chinmoy

Flow with the flowers in the love of beauty, and as the beauty of this Love. - Manatita



Wisdom from Hafiz

© 2021 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on July 12, 2021:

Thanks Linda. Clever of me, no? Appreciations!

manatita44 (author) from london on July 12, 2021:

Aww Devika. Thank you so much. Thousand thanks to you!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 12, 2021:

manatita44 You are full of surprises and this is no exception. I admire your beautiful words and and with such great thought. We nee just that positivity and smiles, love and painless moments. I enjoyed the read thank you

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 12, 2021:

Lovely and love-filled response to Brenda's prompt. You have masterfully taken a negative emotion and found the positive Light. Thank you friend for your guidance.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 12, 2021:

Thank you my Sweet!

You are very sharp in your observations. Salaam!

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 12, 2021:

The first three lines of your first poem are the gist of all your work, Manatita. And a beautiful tribute to Amara. Thanks for filling our hearts with positivity.

Stay safe and healthy...

manatita44 (author) from london on July 11, 2021:

Thanks Brenda.

Perhaps the best thing you've said here, is that Love will flow naturally. We cannot force it ... we cannot move faster than Grace. But if we 'seek first theKindom of Heaven', then everything else would be added: the service, the empathy, the Light or Love we need, would all be given to us in a very natural and spontaneous way. Thank you so much!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 11, 2021:


Thank you so much for your words of kindness. I am honored.

In your poem, "Forward to Jannah Regrets?" You tell us to be ourselves.

If we follow our path in life, love will flow naturally.

It will not be hidden. The glory will shine.

We often expect too much, which will cause us to be disappointed.

We need to let go and follow the divine light to find our true path in life.

In "No Looking Back (Regrets)

Wisdom from Hafiz" this quote encourages us to love life with no regrets.

Wisdom from the Master

Sri Chinmoy ~ tells us to feel joy from our soul we must not harbor regrets.

This is a wonderful piece of work.

It reminds us to let go of the past; to not harbor regrets in our hearts.

Once we let go...our soul can shine in the light of the divine.

Wonderful tribute also.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 11, 2021:

There are many videos about him. A REMARKABLE SOUL! Thank you Mary

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 11, 2021:

I have always wanted to read the poet Hafiz but have not gotten hold of a book yet, so thanks for including some of his lines here.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 11, 2021:


BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 11, 2021:

Try keeping it on the feed for me later today

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 11, 2021:


I haven't read this one yet, but I will read and comment later.

I've posted a link in the word prompt article.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 11, 2021:

Aww, Amara, you finally came. Sweet! Thank you for this honour. Thank you! Salaam!

manatita44 (author) from london on July 11, 2021:

Thanks Peace.

Happy you came and welcome here, my Friend. A touching sentiment! Gratitude.

Amara from Pakistan on July 11, 2021:

Aww Manatita you never fail to inspire me my dear friend.. You have honored me again.. Bundles of love n gratitude for u habibi.. ;-)

Thank you.. Thank you so much for this lovely dedication.. I loved it..

Peace Tobe Dike from Delta State, Nigeria. on July 11, 2021:

This is an amazing response to Brenda's prompt..so full of inspiration and positivity..I had a good read. Well done!

manatita44 (author) from london on July 11, 2021:

Sukriya my Esteemed Didi Ji.

You see the beauty in my work. Asamkhya Dhanyvaad!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 11, 2021:

Beautiful response to the word prompt, regret. It’s good to note, that you have done a positive poem and inspirational piece, on a negative emotion. As always, you spread love and peace through your well crafted poem.

A nice tribute to Amara. Thank you for sharing.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 11, 2021:

Aww Dee,

have you written one? I thought something came through but then found this. I will look again.

So happy you love the quotes and my 'strong messages' of Love and Light. I bow to your deep wisdom. Thanks Dee ... much!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 11, 2021:

As always, Sri Chinmoy quotes are super-powerful. You poem also carries a strong message of leaving regrets behind. "Wisdom from Hafiz" made me smile. Thanks for this Sunday inspiration.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 11, 2021:

Haha. Lol Bill. You're very wise and keep me happy and cheerful! Your contribution here is a sincere no nonsense piece and I appreciate it immensely. Pax Vorbiscum, My Brother.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 11, 2021:

It is always a pleasure to read the words of a true wordsmith, my friend. You are gifted, not only in your writing ability, but your ability to cut through the b.s. and deliver a bountiful, beautiful message which appeals to all who read it. Bravo, I say to you, and blessings always.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 11, 2021:


Chuckle ... chuckle. Our brother Eric is missing for one reason or another, so yes, you're probably right. Offering God's Light, according to my capacity, His Grace, is natural to me. Regret is a strange word. I'm sure it holds its lessons. Amen.

Thank you so much!!

Aww, Vanita, my Dear,

You understand! Of course I knew you would. Moondot said that she had to look it up. Chuckle. What else will I talk about? I'm at home talking about Love, about service to others ... to the Light within. Thank you so much, my Dear, dearer, dearest sister. Jai Sri Ramakrishna, Jai Sri Sarada Devi! Jai Ram!

Vanita Thakkar on July 11, 2021:

Nice, inspiring poems. Great response to Brenda’s word prompt and a lovely tribute to Amara.

Love the message - .... Live in your own Light ....

Thanks for sharing, Brother Manatita.

In two of your previous poems I remember having read the word .... Shyama .... being mentioned beautifully. I missed mentioning about them in my comments, but their echoes keep sparkling in memories.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 11, 2021:

I love your positive spin and message about leaving regrets behind and striding in our own shoes towards the light. Yours is an excellent Sunday sermon, Manatita! Be blessed!

manatita44 (author) from london on July 11, 2021:

Thank you Rozlin, how I love this baby. Ha-ha. Thank you for your kind sentiment!


Thank you and you seem to have awesome friends. God bless you both! Your contributions to my work are always noteworthy and I applaud your sweet and delicate Heart. Salaam!

Hi Paul, how are you Bro?

Good to re-connect! Yes, I share your views. In Sri Chinmoy's teachings, the past is dust. It has not given us what we wanted and the future is yet to come. All we ever have is the sacrament of the present moment ... the eternal NOW. Peace Bro. Thank you so much!!

Pamela, my Dear.

How's your health doing? Always a joy and a blessing to hear from you ... to read your 'sweet' words. Thank you so much!! - Lantern Carrier

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 11, 2021:

I really enjoyed reading your poem, Manatita. I fully agree with your message. I also liked the beautiful pictures and the videos. This is a wonderful response to Brenda's prompt.

Paul K Francis from east coast,USA on July 11, 2021:

Regrets can really hold us back. I enjoyed reading your article on this Sunday morning.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on July 11, 2021:

Bro, It's an excellent response to Brenda's challenge and a lovely tribute to Amara. She has a beautiful and kind soul. She's like a sister to me. I appreciate you dedicating this lovely piece of writing to her.

Beautiful poetry, and as you know, I adore the Master's wisdom. I enjoyed every single word you have written here. Thank you for sharing!!

Sending Blessings to both of you

Rozlin from UAE on July 11, 2021:

Beautiful dedicated to Amara and Wonderful response to Brenda's prompt, Manatita. The quotes are beautiful too. It was a good read. Thank you for sharing, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 11, 2021:

Aww, my sweet Rosina.

Thank you! Thank You! A very loving contribution from you, my dear Didi ji. Salaam!

Rosina S Khan on July 11, 2021:

This is a lovely esoteric poem where one eventually leaves a world of shadows and regrets and enters a domain of beauty and love. I really loved reading it. The quotes are eye-catching and beautiful too. Thank you for the superb article, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 11, 2021:

Thank you, John. I'm honoured. Not often you are the first to comment. You've beaten Bill to it. Haha. Thanks a mountain!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 11, 2021:

A beautiful article, poetry, inspirational quotes and videos. Excellent response to Brenda's prompt as well as dedication to Amara. Well done.

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