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The Lustre of Your Beauty. Tuesday's Inspiration 11, to my Bhaia Ji Devatva Tripathi


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

The Simplicity of Life

Life is very simple, so simple in fact, that we miss the little things of worth around it: the smell of roses, the spontaneity of our children ... trails and fauna of nature and above all, we forget to look within.

Instead, we argue over books and some seem to get malicious pleasure in doing so. The Light of the Heart is missing. We rush madly like bulls in a large grazing field, not knowing that the Supreme Farmer holds the rope.

Spirituality is of many kinds. Some wish to read minds; some wish to open their energy Centres and some - a worrying number post Covid-19 - wish to be Masters and not disciples. We are at the age where the individual who thinks he knows, is as equally convinced as the one who knows he knows.

A friend I know wanted to astral travel and when asked why? She said that she wanted to see the inside of an Egyptian Temple. Well, I can travel legally to do that. We have forgotten the tenants of scripture: of simplicity, honesty, gratitude, discipline, purity ... you know them all... prayer...

At work, I interact socially, go for drinks with my friends, hang out in pubs and take life for granted. Now that I'm forced to be in isolation for three months, what I encounter is loneliness and isolation, anxiety and depression and lots of insecurity. Alone with the Alone, I fall on my fear and stumble in the darkness.

Needn't be so. Love is calling me to Light Her lamp in the Hearts of all her children, to see the lustre of the moon and twinkling stars .... to rise each new day with another virgin dawn and pay homage to the Unknowable that gives us all.

I rise at daybreak, hear the singing of larks and do my ablutions, all the while praising in the stillness of the Heart. Beauty whispers in my ear and I hear the melody of sparrows and cicadas. The spring orchids call: come! Come! My breath swings in equipoise with Mother Gaia and I feel blessed.

Bhagwan (Lord) Ramakrishna, The great God-man of Dakshineshwar, India


Sometimes (Two). A free-style Sonnet

Sometimes, I hear You laughing with the willows.

I watch as the herd of antelopes’ graze,

Spontaneous in their habits, while I, pensively

Tugging at the light of tomorrows, embraces Your glee.

Sometimes, I’m stunned by a crescendo of

Emotive energy, delectable, like a home-made cake.

It is then that my Beloved’s Light illumines my despair,

Offering Herself in sacrifice, as the meal at my banquet.

My Heart spills joy; yet, like a never-ending Chalice,

You continue to pour this magically crimsoned wine

Down my Being, until this soul is inebriated and I, too,

Comprehend Your laughter with the willows.

O Joy, O Beauty, fill me with the Light quintessential

To meaning; show me the way to Your deathless sleep.

- Manatita, the Lantern Carrier. 13th July, 2020


The Lustre of Your Beauty

The Light of Your beauty, blends

With the lustre of moonlight, waltzing

On the glistening splendour of heaven.

Your lush gardens and verdant foliage,

Stuns me with their enchantment, as I pay

Obeisance to Your majesty and charisma.

My Sweet Shyama, my perennial Shangri-La;

Dreams of my celestial longing, come! My Heart

Weeps Joy, as Your cute gaze, floods the profundity

Of my soul, eyes shedding tears of Delight, as we

Merge, ever so tenderly and become One.

I picture Your garland of welcoming flowers, adorning my

Core with their redolence. Indigo skies blend with scattered

Clouds, a canopy across the heavens, breathing life to

The dense foliage; the lush pageantry of grandeur beneath.

The verdure of this stunning valley, is made all

The more bewildering by Your presence, my

Beloved Queen, kissing my Heart with Thy magic.

I drink deeply of Your golden smile, take in the

Effulgent tapestry of Your mystery, adorning the

Nakedness of heaven, shimmering with poise and

wonder, in this pinnacle of resplendent Light.

My Heart beats to the mellifluous charm of

Thy Silence, embracing the light chocolate of my

Delicate frame. My breath suspends, me walking on

Dawns; singing with the nightingales of tomorrows.

- Lantern Carrier. 11th July, 2020

The great Swami Vivekananda, who inspired at the first Parliament of World Religions over 100 years ago, in Chicago


Wisdom from the great God-man of India, Sri Ramakrishna

“A man is truly free, even here in this embodied state, if he knows that God is the true agent and he by himself is powerless to do anything."

"If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments: your little brain will otherwise be muddled."

- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa

Metaphysical poetry or those expressing an inner experience or longing for God

© 2020 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on August 05, 2020:

Umesh, thank you so much!

I'm taking a rest, or I would visit you. Much Love.=, my Bhaia Ji

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 04, 2020:

Amazing poetry. Enlightening.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 20, 2020:

Thank you, thank you, my Brother. Waheguru bless you ... always. Om Shanti!!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 19, 2020:

My heart soars to the heavens with the beautiful imagery you create with words as I read the poems. Thank you.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 16, 2020:

Thank you Devika. Truly appreciated.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 16, 2020:

manatita44 You take me into a safe and beautiful place through the great words of expression. A way to heal through positive meaning and a pleasant feel from your presentations in life.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 15, 2020:

Haha. A joy to have you!

You're shorter in your comments today? Lol. Much Love, Bro.

Now it's Wednesday, one of my official Centre days, so I'll be busy with online spiritual practices and meditation for the next two hours. Om Shanti! (I wish you God's Peace)

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on July 15, 2020:

"a worrying number post Covid-19 - wish to be Masters and not disciples" - "Too many Chiefs and not enough Indians" goes the saying but beware: this is not a politically correct saying for they were not Indians. Columbus' mistake with which we still battle today.

"She said that she wanted to see the inside of an Egyptian Temple. Well, I can travel legally to do that." - That's like the levitating thing. Sure, sit and meditate a week straight to levitate one foot off the ground. I'll just grab a chair and stand on it. It'll take me a few seconds.

"If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments: your little brain will otherwise be muddled." - Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa

"your little brain will be otherwise be muddled." - Haha!! Priceless!!!

Thank You for the shared knowledge. All the very best!

manatita44 (author) from london on July 15, 2020:

Aah, a popular one, Peggy.

Thank you so much!! Stay blessed!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 15, 2020:

I enjoyed reading your poem "Sometimes," but even more so, hearing it recited from your lips. Thanks for the uplifting thoughts today.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 15, 2020:

Bhavna, you are so sweeett!!

Thanks a million! Om Shanti!


if you can, try getting sayings of Sri Ramakrishna. To me, he is India's greatest God-man. Sri Krishna and Sri ram are far more popular simply because Ramakrishna was very recent. 19th century. Yet he was a simple man and a powerhouse of Spirituality. His quotes alone will help you.

By the way, life-coaches, motivators and so forth are great. They do help us, but Spiritual Masters embody God and are infinitely superior. They are, like Christ, God's Advocates. Peace

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 15, 2020:

It is a joy to read your beautiful poetry. I enjoyed reading your poetry and the words of Sri Ramakrishna.

Bhavna from India on July 15, 2020:

I love reading your poems, there's so much i. an learn from it. Wow you are amazing

manatita44 (author) from london on July 14, 2020:

So sweet, Linda.

You're very kind. I appreciate your

loving sentiment. Thank you.

Devatva, my esteemed brother.

You're up early. What do you do? Yes, in Sri Chinmoy's teaching's, exercise is important.

So happy that you like the piece and delighted that it inspires you. Much Love my friend. Jai Sri Krishna. Jai Ram!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 14, 2020:

You poetry is very expressive, Manatita. Thank you for sharing it. It's lovely to read.

Devatva Tripathi from LUCKNOW on July 14, 2020:

It is morning 0646 hours in india I am sitting on chair after coming from a intense workout....

After reading it I am feeling more relaxed, empowered, it motivated me ....it is like just what I was in need.

Thankyou manatita44, thanks a lot sir...its really huge

manatita44 (author) from london on July 14, 2020:

namaste, Shivangi,

Such a beautiful name!

Thank you so much for such a beautiful comment and contribution. Highly appreciated and welcome here. Om Shanti!

Shivangi Rani on July 14, 2020:

Wow.. Now that I read it.. I could feel the lines so deeply.. Such a spiritual poetry.. You really embellished this beautiful feeling with your words... Thank you so much for such a beautiful write up.. I feel as if I read this the moment I was seeking for such beautiful thoughts to seep in me... ( :

manatita44 (author) from london on July 14, 2020:

Hi Manuela, great to see you!

Let me visit you now. Thanks so much!

Manuela from Portugal on July 14, 2020:

Beautiful poetry, very deep, it touches my heart!

manatita44 (author) from london on July 14, 2020:

Ah, so sweet. Now I want to hear it again. Aah.

Thanks a thousand Lorna. Being receptive to the piece is a virtue in itself. Glory be!

Lorna Lamon on July 14, 2020:

I find a stillness in your writing which is serene and yet it awakens the reader. Your recitation of 'Sometimes' gives it such depth and meaning - music to my ears.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 14, 2020:

Thanks Rosina,

Always appreciate seeing you. Much Love.

Thanks Eric,

A great and inspirational journey indeed! That's what my What's App group are saying. Thank you so much!!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 14, 2020:

I liked this one today "My Heart spills joy; yet, like a never-ending Chalice,"

Lustre is so well laid out here. thanks for another spiriitual journey.

Rosina S Khan on July 14, 2020:

Beautiful spiritual poetry, Manatita, which certainly have a soothing effect on us. I also loved the quote by Swami Vivekananda. Thank you for sharing.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 14, 2020:

Thank you Ann.

A great sentiment from you. Peace.

Ann Carr from SW England on July 14, 2020:

You always transport us to another world whilst being in the present.


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