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Seeds of Inspiration. Thursday's Homily for the Devout 24, to my Habibi Misbah Sheikh

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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.

Temple of the Heart

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Wisdom from the Master

Awake, awake, O sun, O moon and stars,

Awake in my Heart Citadel

And wipe the flow of my tears." - Sri Chinmoy


"My heart longs to be dissolved In wings of air

And fly in the unhorizoned sky.

I long to open up all my heart-doors

In the delight of my liberation-life.

May my life begin with the breath of a new hope." - Sri Chinmoy

Come! Enter the Citadel of The Heart

Come! Enter the Citadel of the Heart

Where my Beloved dwells. Offer your bitter

Fruits; your grey mists of darkness; the toil

And strife you experience in this troubled world.


Give Her your phantoms; the dark clouds

That cling like webs to your raiment, stain

The Light of your soul with ink that runs red,

Across the snow-white purity of Love’s regal robes.


Come! Watch my Beloved, as She alchemize your

Uncomeliness, transmuting your pains; the sad drops

From weary eyes; the deep customary sighs of a

Breath too burdened by desires; longing for liberation.


Watch how She churns the anger into sweetness

Like good wine; resentments into the most glorious

Gold; turns fear and loneliness into a candescent Lustre.


My sweet angel, fireflies will dance in your glimmer,

You will grow wings and ascend to shooting stars;

Cradle the lap of Andromeda. But first, you must come!

Awaken Her Heart in sweet surrender. Let Her taste the tears;

Beat on the drums of your agony of longing, and all will be well.


Come! Enter the Citadel of the Heart where my Beloved dwells. Come!


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

Sky children of the Light

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Children of The Light. A Sonnet

When times are hard; things don’t seem right,

The fog is dense, and day seems night.

We’re insecure like thieves in flight,

The Path is tough; no love’s in sight.


When fear and sorrow, pierce your being,

Seemingly attacked by things unseen.

And times are dark, the way seems mean,

You feel your life is full of din.


When lack of hope doth reign supreme,

Replaced by fears and inner screams.

No faith is there, no soothing streams,

To calm the darkness of your dreams;


Hold on, somehow, you’ll get respite,

For we’re all children of the Light.


-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier 8th August, 2021.

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Seeds of Inspiration

Do not fret, my sweet kindred Spirits! East, West, white, black or other, Lantern says that you are naught but the Light of the soul, a spark of the Supreme Spirit.

Like me, you came here to glorify or manifest Its name. Sheep cowers in flocks when the Shepherd is missing, but you are more than sheep, for the Shepherd is your breath, ascending to the Light of Paradise (Jannah).

All is His, my friends. You and I, with our deliberately given egos, like one who is awake by day, thinks that we are separate. Yet in deep sleep, there’s an inner wakefulness, that nourishes life and sustains the frame. This field of Dharma (Righteousness, duty), is naught but the experiences that strengthen the soul.

Life, death, untimely demise, are all under Loves command and the varying cycles of evolution that trouble us, have always been here. Wasn’t the Romans, Moghul Emperors, Ming Dynasties, nay, even Neanderthal man, all subjected to strive and suffering? Pestilences, war, bigoty and greed, have always been here. Yet we must grow!

Nothing is new, save the constant wheel of evolution … the self-transcending Love, hiding and revealing Itself, through adversity and challenges. You are the immortal Spirit my dear ones. Do not weep!

Love came to me and said: “You are the instrument of my Higher Light. How else will I manifest my Lila, my sweet game Divine? You are the seed and I am your Gardener.

Since You are more than a mother’s child to me, then at the appointed time, I will send the rain, manure and fertile soil to ensure, that your harvest is bounteous … plentiful. O friend of the immortals, do not weep!

Orchids

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Seeds of Inspirations (Cont'd)

You are an illustrious beacon, no less than the sunsets and horizon and at the appointed time, I, Your Supreme Alchemist, will use you, my mariner, to steer other passengers to the golden shores of the Beyond.

For now, play as best you can on life’s harp, for this world is nothing but the Beloved’s music. Don’t you see rays at nights, and how the stars dance with moonlight?

Dawn awakes, each time more filled with wonders; a new promise to manifest a Higher Light. Each second is different and nothing is the same. For even as the nightingale sings, the daffodils rise and the petals of the jasmines offer their redolence to the swaying breeze at daybreak.

Spring awakes as the sunrise laughs merrily, nourishing and replenishing this magnificent season. Watch how you open to Love. If you notice the lustrous glimmer, you will not find the time to bemoan your scars, so necessary, as Love longs for us to be pure and loving, as forgiving and compassionate as She is.

Be silent, cup your hands in obeisance, offering gratitude to the One who is within and will never leave you. For Jannah (Paradise) is within, in the ascending realm of the Invisible.

Yet it is in the ocean and the moon and stars; in Andromeda and the dark clouds of war. For all is at the mercy of Loves’ doing. Do not fear, my crushed angels, for your potential is quintessentially a Light, even more powerful than that of the Seers of yore. Yet evolution is still in motion, and so far from perfect! Do not fear!

Inspiration

© 2021 manatita44

Comments

manatita44 (author) from london on August 13, 2021:

Wonderful response. Sukriya

manatita44 (author) from london on August 13, 2021:

Thank you, thank you.

Embrace her as a friend. She will value your knowledge. Also, send me some Bhajans with your voice singing. Dhanyavaad!

Vanita Thakkar on August 13, 2021:

Beautiful verses of love, peace and wisdom. I love the mentioning of Andromeda in your poems. Shyama also sparkles every now and then ....

Great tributes to Misbah. I am sure she will love this. Wishing her the best of health and happiness. Regards to both of you.

Vanita Thakkar on August 13, 2021:

Beautiful verses of love, peace and wisdom. I love the mentioning of Andromeda in your poems. Shyama also sparkles every now and then ....

Great tributes to Misbah. I am sure she will love this. Wishing her the best of health and happiness. Regards to both of you.

manatita44 (author) from london on August 13, 2021:

Thank you, Peggy

What a charming comment! Thank you so much!!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 13, 2021:

What lovely and inspiring words you have written in dedication to our sweet Misbah. You both share words of love, light, and eternity.

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

Hi Linda.

For whatever reason, I'm always happy when you visit my work. You miss one or two but it's very soothing to see you and to know you read your work. Thank you! Thank you! Distant hugs to your daughter as she's married now, of course

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

Manatita, what a beautiful way to begin my day, listening to you reading your uplifting verses. Misbah is such a sweet, loving soul. So thankful that God has brought healing to her and her family. We struggle in this life but you remind us that our troubles here and life on this earth are temporary.

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

Yes, yes, Brenda. The God-soul is humble, because he sees as clearly as drinking water, that you too, come from the Absolute. So what is there to be proud of?

"What! Know ye not that ye are the children of God, that God dwells in you and that you're not your own? (Holy Scripture, KJV)

"The earth is the Lords' and its fulness thereof, and all that dwell there in it." (Holy Scripture) JKV. Thank you so much. I respect your struggles and you bear them well. Peace.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 12, 2021:

Manatita44

You have outdone yourself on this one!

This is truly a touching write and wonderful tribute to our Misbah.

It is so hard when times of this world trouble our hearts.

Yet you tell us she waits to dry our tears.

This line "you are naught but the Light of the soul, a spark of the Supreme Spirit." shows us that we are all worthy of her love.

When we weep we will eventually see the light once more.

Wonderful words.

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

Wa iyakki!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on August 12, 2021:

God bless you, bro

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

Only a Heart of empathy could respond the way you did. Love yourself more. Avoid anything that makes you weak. Go to a Zhikr circle ... mix with Satsangis and do Kirtans. Vanita has a sublime voice!

Actually, I think there was a singer on Amaras piece doing the Tasbir. So heavenly! Gratitude, my Sweet!!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on August 12, 2021:

Thank you so much for this lovely dedication, dear brother. Your work always always conveys the beauty of Love. There’s always a message of Love in everything you write. Killing the ego and forgetting about the materialistic world, Love always reaches heights beyond the skies. This is a wonderful masterpiece of Light, Love and Beauty that will benefit all aspiring Hearts. God bless you always.. Amen!

I loved the following lines very much so much hope in there.

“When lack of hope doth reign supreme,

Replaced by fears and inner screams.

No faith is there, no soothing streams,

To calm the darkness of your dreams;

Hold on, somehow, you’ll get respite,

For we’re all children of the Light.”

The videos are also very lovely. I loved everything you have written. I am forever grateful.

Note: My heartfelt gratitude to all writers and friends who have contributed and will continue to contribute here, with such lovely compliments.

God Bless and Protect all of you.

Blessings and lots of Love

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

Amara, you're a great soul! Like I said before, write some spiritual pieces. Jazak Allahu Khairan

Rosina ji.

Sukhran... Dhanyvaad!

I really apprecite your love for my work. Salaam!

Rosina S Khan on August 12, 2021:

I loved your poem, the sonnet, and quotes from the Master. I love the message in them. I especially appreciate the last lines of your sonnet shown below:

Hold on, somehow, you’ll get respite,

For we’re all children of the Light.

A wonderful dedication to a wonderful soul, Misbah. Thanks for sharing.

Amara from Pakistan on August 12, 2021:

What a beautiful tribute to dear Misbah.. Its so lovely and a master piece. I just loved it..

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

Yes, Bill. Once you are in the mood, or should I say, have the time, then you always do my work justice. Love you, Bro. Gratitude ... much!!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 12, 2021:

Stunning! No other word, for me, will properly do. Simply stunning!

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

That's beautiful, Rodric. Then you won't go wrong. We love the Master and read his works. Finally, we strive to live in harmony with His teachings. Excellent!

Thank you for your loving sentiments and in gracing my Hub. Much Love.

Dora, You too. Stay safe and blessed. More soon. Peace!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 12, 2021:

Thanks for your poetic invitations to peace and light, plus your wonderful seeds of wisdom. Have a heavenly Thursday.

Rodric Anthony Johnson from Surprise, Arizona on August 12, 2021:

Love is the meaning of all existence! I enjoyed reading your positive messages but I don't always get a chance to read them. I am thankful this day that I was able to get to read some of the message. It is always enlightening to read the things that you have written. Also, if I have put words in this comment that seemed out of place I admit that I am using my phone and also voice recognition which sometimes does not capture everything that I need it to capture. My intentions are pure. Love is my great desire to have for all of God's creatures. I love Jesus Christ for setting the example of how to love others and serve others regardless of Life station or even beliefs. Jesus is the light bringer in my life.

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

Thank you, Pamela.

I like the word 'terrific.' A truly heart-felt comment. Gratitude!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 12, 2021:

This is a terrific article, Manatita. I love all the poetry, all your words and the videos of you, This is a lovely tribute to our sweet Misbah. We all think so highly of her. Beautifully done!

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

Thank you, my Friend.

Being my usual self, Ha-ha. Trust it helps some seekers of the Dao. Yes, I know you love gardening. Much Love

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 12, 2021:

Hello Manatita!

What a wonderful piece of writing! I liked your poems, with deep spiritual thoughts, and the meaningful quotations.

Your recitation in both the videos is superb.

I find my inspiration in Mother Nature, and it’s the love and support of my family and friends, which keeps me going.

A well deserved tribute to Misbah. I am happy to see her back. Wish her the best of health and happiness.

God bless both of you.

Thank you for spreading your beautiful words of wisdom.

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

Thank you Jodah.

Appreciations!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 12, 2021:

A beautiful dedication and very deserving dedication to Misbah. Great job, bro.

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