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The Bewildering Heart. Saturday's Inspiration 25. An offering of Love to Ioannis Arvanitis and his Beautiful Family


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

“The heart is a
The thousand-stringed instrument

That can only be tuned with
Love.” -Hafez

Beauty is the inner and outer expression of the soul. When we see beauty, such as in the innocent smile of a child, or a garden of spring-flowers, we are thrilled within and the Heart stirs in silence.

Swans gliding gracefully on a serene lake, or a fine beach of crystal-clear waters and smooth sand, enhance our inner beauty. Nature by virtue of its magnificence, also augments our inner cheerfulness and joy.

The Heart is the eternal realm of beauty. The Heart is the shrine and the soul is the deity within the shrine. When one is centered within, earth itself, becomes a field of beauty.


Let your fingers be Mines, My breath your breath,

Our music will sound so much sweeter this way.

Let our symphonies blend, let My lips be your lute,

Our Hearts will then dance, in the melody of Oneness.

My sweet angel, you have built so many walls around

Yourself, guarding your demons of loneliness and fear.

You have even hired shadows, to protect the delicate web,

Creating a tangle of suffering, on your beautiful spirit.

Meanwhile, the candescent moon, continues to shine,

For she knows that Love will never stop loving you.

The dark clouds will dissipate, as tomorrow’s dawn sets in,

Heralding the advent of a new beginning.

Your soul will sing with My Soul, rejoicing with marigolds in

A summer of harvest; you will give thanks for another beautiful morn.

Let your fingers be mines, My breath your breath,

Our music will sound so much sweeter this way.

Let our symphonies blend; let My lips be your lute,

Our Hearts will then dance, in the melody of Oneness.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 31st January, 2020

An Alchemy of Light

Ioannis, Fotini, his wife and their four children

Ioannis, Fotini, his wife and their four children

The Bewildering Heart

How sweet is the redolence of the jasmine,

How blessed the wafts, of the sacrifice of the rose.

To adorn Your fine robes of ultimate beauty, how do I start?

Where’s the gaze to hold, thy birthless Heart?

I am a pantheon of flames, in this diaspora of souls,

The mid-point of a circle, from which My wayfarers

Dance. I sing in the breath of the breath of

Silence; reveal Myself, in the brilliance of the moon and stars.

When the day breaks, it rides on the sacred dawn,

Humming My praises, like the nightingale, in the synchrony

Of Light, and I hide in this alchemy, igniting the fire of new life.

O man, where is the spark that ne’er departs?

You’re a diamond within -- a bewildering Heart.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 1st February, 2020


Wisdom of the Master

“Not loving is a letting go.
The terrain around here
Far too
That.” Hafiz


Wisdom from the Master

“Divine love does not mean an emotional exchange of human thoughts or ideas, but it means the fulfilment of oneness. .. Inside infinite Compassion, we shall feel the living breath of love. Again, inside the supreme Justice, we shall feel the living presence of love.” -Sri Chinmoy

Beauty all around me

© 2020 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on February 10, 2020:

Lots og Sukriya's today, my Nikki ji. Higher blessings to the family

Nikki Khan from London on February 10, 2020:

Happy 68th Birthday Manatit Ji!

May you have many many more, Bhaia Ji!

Many Blessings to you!

manatita44 (author) from london on February 10, 2020:

She was purity incarnate, yes, and spiritually very sublime and lofty. Thanks Bro.

Trooly on February 10, 2020:

Isn't mother Mary just beautiful? Nice hub my Man. Loved it.

Nikki Khan from London on February 07, 2020:

I found it, Sean Brother. Much Gratitude for such a considerable blessing.

Your Sister, Nikki Khan.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 07, 2020:

My Nikki Ji.

Point taken.

I was sending hugs to your young child. Sean has big ones. His gift is the fact that he has mentioned you in his penultimate Hub. The one on Gratitude.

You are in my heart always, my Didi ji. Om Shanti!

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on February 07, 2020:

Read my "Quotes of Gratitude for My Beautiful Friends!" and you'll find it, my dear Nikki!

Much Love!


Nikki Khan from London on February 06, 2020:

Where is my name, Manatita Ji!

You answered without writing my name. I don't know which one is for me. Lol.

Nikki Khan from London on February 06, 2020:

Its really good to know, Sean brother that she is improving by the grace of God. I am so glad to know.

What gift you are talking about?

manatita44 (author) from london on February 06, 2020:

As I suspected. Great to hear! Remain blessed my brother. Peace

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on February 06, 2020:

My dear sister, Nikki, thank you for your kind words and your wishes! Yes, my beloved Sunny is much better now, and she's getting better day by day! I wish you have read my "gift" to you!

Prayers for your family!


manatita44 (author) from london on February 06, 2020:

She should be fine, as far as I know. Isn't she well? Thank you so much, my friend. Love to all and special hugs to the 'young un' Hari Om Tat Sat!

Nikki Khan from London on February 06, 2020:

This is beautiful dedication to my brother Sean, and his family. I loved the picture. May his wife gets full recorvery and May God bless them always.

Thanks for sharing, Manatita Ji!

manatita44 (author) from london on February 04, 2020:


What a fine sentiment! A truly heart-felt piece! Praise be!

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on February 04, 2020:

My dear sister, Dora, my family salutes your beautiful and kind Heart! Your words are precious for us!

Prayers of gratitude for you!


Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on February 04, 2020:

My dear Devika, it needs a special Heart to see the good things in others! So, I thank your special Heart for your kind words!



Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 03, 2020:

The Ioannis Arvanitis family is truly beautiful and he has an honest, beautiful soul. I join you in saluting them. It is great to employ your art for such a worthy cause.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 03, 2020:

Gratitude ... gratitude ... love you Matlene, you are my true spuritual sister. Glad you are well.Glory be!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on February 03, 2020:

Your talent is amazing and unlimited. I always enjoy your work.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 03, 2020:

Thanks a lot, Devika. Appreciated.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 03, 2020:

manatita44 great words from your side to Ioannis Arvanitis and family. Thoughtful and worthy to such special people.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 02, 2020:


I even came up with Greek female Saints, but please forgive me the picture of the virgin showed more beauty, which I also wanted to convey. I believe that She is also in line with Greek Christianity.

Now before you crucify me, Seeress's are full of inner beauty everywhere, I'm only saying that from the visual standpoint of the pictures I had to choose, Mother Mary's was best.

Very happy that you've got some time as I know you have six people to look after … not to mention the children. So if I can add a tiny bit of inspiration - through His Grace - then that's all good. An embrace to you and general hugs all around. Peace.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 02, 2020:

Ah Peggy,

Thanks for your visit yet again and for such a sublime piece. Gratitude

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on February 02, 2020:

Oh, my beloved brother! What can I say? Today is my first Sunday without work for this new year. I come here again, after ages, I feel, to publish a piece of my Heart and a divine offer of Love, a gem of Light, is waiting for me! I know our Hearts are connected with many strings of Love and Light. I know because I feel you beside my Heart, giving me guidance and courage as I am trying to do my best serving young people. I think you can feel mine too, as I working hard these days, trying to manage new challenges coming out like Lernaean Hydra's heads. That's why your offering is an invaluable gift of strength right now. My Heart praises God for the gift of your presence! Gratitude and Love from the family too!

I also want to thank my fellow writers, for their kind words! My Love embraces you all!

Sometimes you need the Heart of a brother to recharge yours!


PS: I believe that you deliberately having used so many Greek words, and that's another sign of your talent! Eternal gratitude!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 02, 2020:

Ioannis Arvanitis should appreciate this dedication to him as well as his family. Beauty does surround us, even if there are thorns and other obstacles in the way. We must endure the darkness in order to better appreciate the light. Enjoy the rest of your day!

manatita44 (author) from london on February 02, 2020:

Only the best, Ruby. Ha ha. Good to see you this Sunday. Much Love.

P.S When is your birthday? ceeccil@hotmail.com

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 02, 2020:

Manatita, your poetic dedication to a lovely family is beautiful! The flowers are lovely too.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 02, 2020:


Your soul took you there. The Seers teach that the Heart … the psychic Heart, is the core of Existence. Thank you so much!

My Didi Ji, Salutations!

Thank you for your tribute to us both and especially for your kind words to Ioannis and family.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 02, 2020:

Just a second read. I centered my feeling on bewildering.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 02, 2020:

Beautiful sentiments of sacred love in your poems. As always, a wonderful tribute to a fellow writer, Loannis. My best wishes to his adorable family.

Appreciate both of you, for your wonderful writing. Thanks for sharing.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 02, 2020:

Yes, Linda C,

That's what psychology would say, I suppose. As a great scholar, you would have been taught about 'defense mechanisms' …. how we protect ourselves. In the same way, we protect the things that hurt us.

A fellow poet composed a poem three days ago. He was talking about the many scary warnings on cigarette boxes, yet he also said that he was addicted. He knew the dangers, but still bought the cigarettes. So too, consciously or unconsciously, we protect our limitations or cobwebs, due to the veil called ignorance.

I used the word 'policeman' and then I changed it to 'shadows.' Which do you like more for that stanza?

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 01, 2020:

The second verse of your first poem is very descriptive, especially the idea of hiring shadows. I think I'm going to remember that idea for some time.

manatita44 (author) from london on February 01, 2020:

Thank you, Asif. Appreciated

Asif Jamal Marwat KPK from KPK Pakistan on February 01, 2020:

good job keep it up....

manatita44 (author) from london on February 01, 2020:

Yes, yes there's beauty in the crying and the mother rushes to the child with Love in her Heart. A mighty fine sentiment, Eric, Bro. Thanks.

Ah, Rosina, you're so observant. God bless your Spirit. Gratituide.

Thanks Bill,

I'm glad that you found my Saturday useful. Higher blessings to the family

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 01, 2020:

My dose of Saturday inspiration has been received and I thank you for it. May this weekend be filled with love and blessings for you all.

Rosina S Khan on February 01, 2020:

I found the ending lines of both the poems intriguing which complete their themes on a pleasant note. Thank you, Manatita for sharing.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 01, 2020:

Wonderful my friend. Lately I find myself seeing beauty in places next to ugly. They seem to meld so often. Perhaps I need some glasses to more sharply see the difference. The baby cries and the mother is right there to feed. So I wonder if there is not beauty in the crying?

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