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The Love of All Loves, Abiding in This Silence. Sunday's Inspirations 5, To the Brilliant Poet, Jodah John Hansen


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

Wisdom quote from a Saint

"Since Love grows within you, so beauty grows!

For Love is the beauty of the soul." -St Augustine

Pink rose


The Love of all Loves, Abiding in This Silence

I would like to kiss You, but what

You ask, is beyond my expectations.

I want to feel Your breath against my cheeks,

Your Love stabbing my Heart with a thousand thrills!

I see … You wish me to come alone,

To leave all my pearls and lovers behind?

Good! The rose has given me her fragrant

Garment, to serenade Your Heart.

Immortality has become tangible and holds

My hands, my caravan of shadows, are now behind me.

Aye, the one called Christ, has entered my Temple,

The fire of Buddha, melts within my soul.

O Allah! You’re also here? Don’t confuse me!

My Beloved smiled and said: “O Lantern, you are

The Love of all Loves, abiding in this Silence.”

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 9th September, 2018

~Awakening The Inner Light ~


Wisdom-Quotes from the Master

"I see myself as I am.

God sees me, as what I can ultimately become."

"Every day I make it a point to practice soulfully,

The inner law of self-giving." _Sri Chinmoy

White Jasmines


More Love

4 1/2 Mins of Impacting Reflections.

© 2018 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on September 17, 2018:

Indeed! Ann, indeed! Thank you so much!

Ann Carr from SW England on September 17, 2018:

Great tribute to John Hansen. Poetry celebrates poetry!


manatita44 (author) from london on September 14, 2018:

Ha ha. Need more Love too, Bro. My last poem is all about being steeped in it. Out soon. Thank you so much!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 14, 2018:

I love it. But then again I love love. Can't get enough. This a well done tribute.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 11, 2018:

Thank you, Alicia.

A 'cool' title indeed! A Lover's dream. Ha ha.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 11, 2018:

I love the theme of your poem. "The Love of all Loves" is a beautiful thought. Your tribute to John is very kind, Manatita, as are all your tributes.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 11, 2018:

Ah, my brother Rajan,

Thank you so much!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 11, 2018:

Yes, we are endowed with the power to become what we can rather than what we are. Such a wise quote from the Master.

A very apt offering to a beautiful human being.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 10, 2018:

Thanks Shannon.

I'm always happy to hear from you. Knowing that you are well, gives me great joy. Shalom!

Shannon Henry from Texas on September 10, 2018:

Yes, the ending of the poem is definitely deep. I wouldn't expect less from you, though. You are quite often a deep thinker, at least in poetic thought. :)

manatita44 (author) from london on September 10, 2018:

Hi Dee.

Good to hear from you. Some sweet spices added to that one. Thanks a lot!

Yes, Shannon. Sri Chimoy's quote. Very sublime.

For a moment I thought you meant the ending of the poem. That's deep too. Much gratitude.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 10, 2018:

Impressive tribute to an impressively, brilliant poet. Sri Chinmoy's quote is also fitting since the best any writer can be is always ahead. The rose sharing it's fragrance is also very meaningful.

Shannon Henry from Texas on September 10, 2018:

I should also add that Jodah is one of my favorite poets here and elsewhere on the web. You, too, have a loving spirit to honor people through your writing.

Shannon Henry from Texas on September 10, 2018:

Eloquent, as always. Love is indeed a beautiful thing. I also particularly like your quote at the end about God seeing what we can become.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 10, 2018:

Well, travel! This world is so small! I have travelled over 300 times and gone to 45 countries. Australia just 8 hrs unfortunately.

Hope all is good for you. Higher blessings.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on September 09, 2018:

I doubt that we will ever meet in this life, but I feel a quiet dignity and selfless love in John. A beautiful soul; thank you for honoring him in this way.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 09, 2018:

Hello Dana, thank you so much! Hope that you and all are well. Higher blessings.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on September 09, 2018:

Exquisite! And John is so deserving of this beautiful tribute,

manatita44 (author) from london on September 09, 2018:

Thank you for honouring me with this visit. As you know, I have over 550 poems and jasmines and roses feature a lot! One for its sacrificial beauty - offerings and the other for its redolence.

Mary likes my Guruji's aphorism too, Makes me feel divinely proud.Self-giving and gratitude are extremely high up on the ladder of Spirituality.

So happy that you liked this poem. Much gratitude.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 09, 2018:

Thank you for this dedication within your beautiful words manatita. Once again I am humbled by the words of my illustrious peers. “The inner law of self-giving” sounds like one we should all strive for. The rose is one of my favourite flowers, but also the picture of the white jasmine is appropriate because it is sometimes known as “the poet’s” flower.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 09, 2018:

You are younger than me, true, but 55 hours is a long time. Then there is family time and another 5 at home. Be careful. Stay calm. Om Shanti!!

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on September 09, 2018:

Challenge gladly accepted Brother! I thought that “They Have Gone Deaf to the Melody of Oneness" would be the last one - “When I am Gone, Remember me” was the second -but now I think I have to make them four. I don't promise anything though, because I am starting tomorrow the classes for the new school season and I'll be over 55 hours per week in the classroom and so the time will be an issue, but I will try! It would be an excellent addition to the book we have talked about!

The family embraces you!


manatita44 (author) from london on September 09, 2018:

Well, Sean. Since our noble service is on temporary hold … since you eulogise this one so much, another analysis, perhaps? I too, absolutely Love this piece and made it very neat. Yet I still needed 15 lines, not fourteen.

When you find them, have a go. like 'when I am gone, remember me.' Was that your last piece?

As always, my brother, you have my Heart and you show a true and lofty appreciation of my poems. My Love to your four sons and dear wife. Peace!

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on September 09, 2018:

Absolutely magnificent! You have played with mastery between Mind, Heart and Soul and you've made them One in the last verse!

A great Spiritual poet is paying a higher tribute to another outstanding poet! As my brother Bill wrote in his comment, though I've never met John, I can feel that he is a noble Heart, a good man (how I love this phrase!). So I am happy for your kind offer to him. Thank you so much for making my new week brighter!



PS: You deserve it, John! Much Love brother.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 09, 2018:

Yes Bill.

And so are you ... and so are you. Peace be with you and family.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 09, 2018:

John is not only a good poet; he is a very good man...as are you,sir! Peace be with you both,always!

manatita44 (author) from london on September 09, 2018:

Mary, get hold of some of Sri Chinmoy's books, I think that you'll be inspired. I took this one either from the Wings of Joy or My Hope-Bird Soars. Both should be available on Amazon.

Self-giving is an inner law, yes, but an outer practice. You have served so much around the world and in your writings! Feel that you are doing it for the Supreme … that you are not attached to the results. Do not feel that you can help anyone. Only God can do this. Yet your duty is to try, surrendering the results to Him.

Continue with silence 5-10mins a.m and p.m, when it is tranquil and keep up the selfless service. Service expands the Heart and breaks down the ego. This in turn will make you receptive to the ever-present Grace or divine forces, raining down from above.

How are things at home? The mind should be free from turbulence and so some gentle breathing, as well as soulful music, may be of help. Glory be!


If you are not yet doing so, then read or re-read Kabir. His work is so meaningful! Hari Om Tat Sat!!

Rinita Sen on September 09, 2018:

Haha.. I happened to be at the right place, at the right time. Happy Sunday to you too.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 09, 2018:

The inner law of self-giving...this is what I try to live. I find it hard and I grumble at times.

manatita44 (author) from london on September 09, 2018:

You're very quick, Rinita. Were you waiting for this piece? Lol.

Happy Sunday and have a great day. Enjoy. Gratitude.

Rinita Sen on September 09, 2018:

This is so beautiful! I loved the idea of the rose providing the garment. The picture of the rose fits perefectly with the flow. To offer this to Jodah, a master poer, was genial.

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