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The Lamentations of the Soul. (Part2)

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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.

“I have experienced affliction, by the arrow of God’s Love.

In His Mercy, I have seen the dark night of the soul,

So that I can appreciate the Light;

My chains were like thorns, so that

I could appreciate the blossoming sunflowers.” –Manatita, 11th May 2018

Lamentations

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A Free Verse Sonnet

Awakened from the inebriation of my own folly,

Daybreak finds me in unchartered waters.

Lost and lamenting my unpleasant condition,

The agony of shame tortures my Heart.


I feel an unworthiness and lack of self-esteem,

Which now torments my forlorn soul.

My friends said: "Come! Make merry!

Inhale this 'sweet' high!" Now pleasure is the thorn

On the stem of the rose, which stole my joy.


O Love, my Queen! Forgive me!

I had forgotten this wisdom:

"I am the flame of the One,

Burning from isolation,

Striving with longing, to find my way HOME."


-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 11th May 2018.

~ Awakening the Inner Light ~


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Wisdom from Sri Chinmoy

"Adversity makes you dynamic. Adversity forces your eyes wide apart. Adversity teaches you the meaning of patience. Adversity endows you with faith in yourself...

Adversity, like poverty, is no sin. One merit of adversity none can deny: it helps us to be stronger within. The stronger we are within, the brighter we are without...

A problem increases when the heart hesitates and the mind calculates. A problem decreases when the heart braves the problem and the mind supports the heart. A problem diminishes when the mind uses its search-Light and the heart uses its illumination-Light..." -Sri Chinmoy

Adversity and Emptiness

© 2018 manatita44

Comments

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

Yes,

That is the inner message.Thank you so much!!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 17, 2018:

"The stronger we are within, the brighter we are without." Applicable to your message in the poem and to our lives. Thanks.

manatita44 (author) from london on May 13, 2018:

Li- Jen

You understand. Thank you so much!!

Li-Jen Hew on May 13, 2018:

Hey Manatita...Pleasure is the thorn, relatable. Yes! We need to seek out positivity in adversity and emptiness. Don't lack self-esteem and continue writing! :)

manatita44 (author) from london on May 13, 2018:

I pray our Lord will guide you always! Such noble work! The one who has found his calling is truly blessed. God continue to shower your heart of magnanimity with His Love.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on May 12, 2018:

Yes, my dear brother, it is a tough month like the last week was. Is the last month before the Nationa Exams and my students need me the most. So I have to be 12-14 hours in the classroom every day. And after lessons, many of my students come to speak with me because they need encouragement and positive energy. They need a good word from someone who loves them and not being their parent. This "work" is more significant than the lessons this moment, so I have to give a lot of my time to them. I am happy because I have a family that understands the importance of my "mission" and they support me. I love my students, every one of them, so though there is the body tiredness, giving love to them and offering positive energy is the most "refreshing" thing for my soul.

So I just "stole" a little time this Saturday evening (I work on Saturdays and some Sundays too) to translate some old stuff, to write a little and read some beautiful hubs I've missed.

My wife said: "You have to write to recharge!" Ha. Ha. I love her so much!

I am blessed, my brother, in so many ways! And you and this thoughtful community of hubbers are among these blessings!

Om Shanti!

Ο Θεός είναι Μεγάλος!

Sean

manatita44 (author) from london on May 12, 2018:

Ah, my brother.

I was worried about you. You are busy these days? Actually, it is very hard with a family of six. Even with His blessings and the family's love. Glad that you are o.k.Higher blessings.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on May 12, 2018:

"A problem increases when the heart hesitates and the mind calculates. A problem decreases when the heart braves the problem and the mind supports the heart. A problem diminishes when the mind uses its search-Light and the heart uses its illumination-Light..."

So deep, so wise, so TRUE!

You know, my brother, I am very proud of you, because I know that there is no luck. Therefore you met Sri Chinmoy Because you were ready for this blessing! I am so happy for you!

FEAR: Face Everything And Rise

Ha! I wrote it in my new Hub before I read this poem!

Love in the eternal now!

Sean

manatita44 (author) from london on May 12, 2018:

Oh!

Awesome dudes! Ha ha.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on May 12, 2018:

The Wayan Brothers.. In Living Color? They launched Jennifer Lopez's career.. LOL

manatita44 (author) from london on May 12, 2018:

He is a very 'catching' realistic one, looks like Jaimie Fox or Samuel Jackson. Who are the Wayans?

He fits well. Lol.

Thanks Nikki.

You truly appreciate my poetry. Thank you so much!

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on May 12, 2018:

Very good poetry my friend.. so you picked a Wayans Brother to do the crying LOL..

Nikki Khan from London on May 12, 2018:

Yes, I have seen the dark night of soul at different occasions, only light of love and firm determination can help you get over such sufferings.

Adorable poetry and I loved the wisdom from Sri Chinmoy.

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

Sorry for whatever the loss or issues that your personal deck deals out. It's good that you recognise it and will conquer in the end. Nice approach.

Linda L,

Kunti prayed for suffering so she could remember her Lord. This is one way. The other is the way of Love, Devotion and Surrender, the Way of the Heart. God knows best.

My Sweet Mother, this is your weekend, that the Lord has made. We shall rejoice and be glad in it.

Gratitude.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on May 11, 2018:

I am definitely feeling a sense of emptiness right now, but managing the pain by recognizing and dealing with it. This is a beautiful piece reminding me that it all makes me stronger in the end.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on May 11, 2018:

"We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." Romans 5:3-5.

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

Thank you Bill.

Yes, I guess it's a common experience for many. Now all is 'sweet' as they say. Appreciated.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 11, 2018:

"I have seen the dark night of the soul".....yes, yes, for sure, seen it, lived it,and found the light with love. :) Blessings to you always, my friend.