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The Poetry of the Esoteric Poet by Manatita. A Soulful Offering to Mitchell Marso


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

"To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour..." -From William Blake's Auguries of Innocence

Sri Chimoy, a sublime poet of the Supreme


The esoteric poet essentially draws from A Higher Source, manifesting the animate and inanimate, with all sentient beings. This is done via nature, people and ethereal or mystical images, using the language of metaphors, similes and the like, to present a vivid and vibrant image of the Divine.

The esoteric poet is first and foremost a servant of Love; a carrier of God’s Light. He/she receives from the ether, the golden messages of the soul’s moods, thus sharing with humanity at large. All esoteric poets receive from their inner Pilots and as such, a muse, however necessary for some, perhaps plays little in the life or pen of the esoteric, as he/she is a conscious vehicle or instrument of the Supreme.

The esoteric rarely has dry periods and in fact never does, as long as he/she is centered with an intense devotion and an unconquerable Faith in the Unseen.

This kind of poet receives in dreams, in the waking or twilight state, on buses and trains and ordinary conversations alike. So, for instance, the esoteric poet may hear something like, ‘the sun shines,’ in ordinary conversation. This draws his/her mind inwards and perhaps the flow might be, ‘and the Light of God permeates the heavens, blossoming upon the awakening dawn.’

In other words, he rarely uses what is heard, whether at poetry or elsewhere, but uses it as a catalyst for an entirely different creative expression of the Spirit.

The esoteric or mystical poet can also compose spontaneously, using the first or last line or both, as they appear in his consciousness, verbally working through the medium of speech, until he is fairly satisfied with a full draft of the work, some five or ten minutes later. All esoteric poets can do this. Such is the spontaneous capacity of the esoteric poets.

An ethereal and esoteric poet



These great souls, like Rumi, Hafiz, Sri Chinmoy, Meera (Mirabai) and others, easily paint sublime or lofty pictures of the human Spirit, reaching a profundity of expression, which is not easily understood in their life time. Again, more and indeed volumes can be gained in future readings of the same lines. Let us look at this piece from the Swami Vivekananda:

“Remember, not the soul for nature, but nature for the soul.” Or the most sublime piece by Robert Frost:

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep...” -Robert Frost ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.

Finally, two very short pieces but full of loftiness from the luminary Sri Chinmoy:

“I think of God, because He is the only thought.”

“He who loves never grows old, God is a shining example.”

The following poem was composed yesterday. It points man to the fact that change comes from within … that whatever we do, think or say, offers a vibration to the world, and so we need to be responsible … that outer peace is dependent on the inner reality of the Self within, the Interior Castle, where Peace abides.

Hope you find this useful. Om Shanti! (The Peace of God which passeth all the understanding of the ordinary mind, be with you and yours, now and for the life to come.)



O Lantern, be the Change You wish to See

“My sweet child,” said the Seeress,

“Why do you weep like copious rain?”

“My well runs dry, O Sage;

I seek change to replenish anew.”

“Look not for change, dear one,

For it’s on the breath of thy lips,

Woven on the bluebells of thine Heart;

Soulfully carved on the lantern of thy Spirit.

Would you blame the game-changers and puppeteers?

Cast no aspersions upon the clouds,

Press ‘delete’ on the ‘spam-stains’ of thy Temple,

The translucent rays of the sun will permeate its void.

Listen to the eloquent song-bird of the soul!

Does it not lament its separation from Love?

Majestic, like the effulgent moon,

Yet its tears burn with the fire of longing,

To kiss the perennial scent from Jordan.

Look not for change, O Lantern,

Be the change you wish to see.” –Manatita, The Lantern Carrier, 1st, May 2018.

Effulgent wisdom


Ethereal, aesthetic and esoteric poetry

© 2018 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on June 24, 2018:

Ha ha Maurice.

Now you know. Thank you and welcome here, my friend.

Maurice Glaude from Mobile on June 24, 2018:

A 5th-grade teacher always used to say we have miles to go before we sleep and she always said it twice. I never knew it was a poem.

manatita44 (author) from london on May 06, 2018:

Again, Rasma,

I thank you so much, my dear friend. Gratitude ... much!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on May 06, 2018:

Such wonderful poetry and inspirational enjoyed this.

manatita44 (author) from london on May 05, 2018:

No Li-Jen.

When you show such avid interest, how could they go to waste?

I think you are awesome with your creation and comments.

Li-Jen Hew on May 05, 2018:

Hello Manatita. To answer you..yes, your introduction of the esoteric poetry was useful to know! Efforts like these don't go to waste. Your esoteric poems have certainly given good impressions and encourages support for this genre and the messages they send. Thanks for sharing. :)

manatita44 (author) from london on May 04, 2018:


That is the secret. We do not think Love, but it flows, like service ... indeed it is the Source of service.

About Faith, to have that kind of Faith requires Love.

Our Path is the Path of Love, Devotion and Surrender. The way of the Heart. You have children. Their Faith in you is dependent on their Love for you. As we approach Mother's Day, continue to believe in your efforts ... your sweet sacrifice

How much more Love will the Saviour have for those who sacrifice for His glory! Yet in Love there is no such thing as sacrifice, only a sweet outpouring of a Heart bleeding and forgiving ... ever-compassionate and following its own nature, which is Love. In Love there are no expectations. First I speak of the mango, show it to you and then offer you a slice. 'Nuff said. - Manatita

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on May 04, 2018:

"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing." (I Corinthians 13:1-3)

You do all in love.

manatita44 (author) from london on May 04, 2018:

Thank you for your trust, my Dear Linda.

On a human level we do. On a higher level we don't. The trick is to see the universe as God' body and humans as instruments of the divine.

Also, never worry about things you cannot change. Feel that God or the Christ is the Master Planner and that nothing happens without His sanctioning, approval or simply toleration.

Acceptance is another big one and dispassion is even bigger. In life we should always do our duty, like Bill or Nikki or Eric or you. Just choosing random names I know. But we should leave the results in the hands of God.

Sometimes I say that I have been giving for 36 yrs and yet I do not lack abundance. Here in Kenya my American friends and my English friends are helping me, but I did not know this before I left. I only had a small sense of it.

Finally, it is worth it when even one or two people make your life beautiful. I cried a lot last night and again this morning. All joyful tears because a girl coming to my class, had texted me to say some of the most beautiful things I've heard.

Always look for the good in humans. They are your brothers and sisters made in the image of Spirit. Long answer. I feel humbled that you asked.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on May 04, 2018:

"The esoteric rarely has dry periods and in fact never does, as long as he/she is centered with an intense devotion and an unconquerable Faith in the Unseen." Your passion is evident, and I assume a process of learning that is never complete. Do you ever feel exhausted from seeing and hearing the world in a way that others do not, or exhilarating? I know I have much to learn.

Your words are full of peace and love.

manatita44 (author) from london on May 04, 2018:


Had 8 sessions in total. Still have a small group of about 12 regulars. They are all very nice. Last night we did some more techniques and showed a video of questions and answers by Guruji.

Awaiting my friend to go flyering. How are the kids?

Nikki Khan from London on May 04, 2018:

Well, loved the poetry and pictures are awesome.'Be the change you wish to see' this is a great message to awaken your soul and step forward to bring the change for good.

Bless you brother always!

And how's your trip goin' so far?

manatita44 (author) from london on May 03, 2018:


my sweet. It's me but in Tanzania. I am ģiving a speech which is ñot recorded here.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on May 03, 2018:

Oh... I am so sorry, Manatita. I thought for sure that was you in the photo.

manatita44 (author) from london on May 03, 2018:

Ha ha Dee.

I agree with you. A bit unusual. I have used the computer phrases for poetry 3 times before. But yes, this is a new one.

Thank you for a great contribution.

Thanks Marlene.

Im not reading any poem here. But yes, my pic is here. Appreciations.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on May 03, 2018:

You put words together so beautifully. And, when you read them out loud, they soothe the soul. I was looking at the photo you shared - the one with you reading the poem. Look at the gentleman in the suit... in total bliss.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 03, 2018:

Thanks for the enlightenment on esoteric poets. We here at HP know a good one. Your imagery is always a show stopper."Press ‘delete’ on the ‘spam-stains’ of thy Temple." Exceptional!

manatita44 (author) from london on May 03, 2018:


Food for thought indeed!

Thank you so much!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 03, 2018:

There is always food for thought and reflection in your writings,my friend. Beautiful tribute as always, delivered with love.

manatita44 (author) from london on May 02, 2018:

Ah Mitchell!

So beautiful! So sublime!

You are ahead of me, Bro. What an amazing piece! Infinite gratitude. Peace!

Mitchell Marso from Mankato, MN on May 02, 2018:

Much love and appreciation, Manatita!!!

Your soul shines brighter than the sun.

This is half of the song I am writing for you:

"Rain falls, early morning light

Zephyrs breathe their breath down my neck

Songbirds offer their enchantment

The goddess of the sun

Woven of radiant threads

Speaks to me with words

Of the changes to come

Charting through this darkness

My world has become

Eloquent skies above

Radiate the beauty

I've always loved

Shadows reflect the vastness of my eyes

Through the prisms of infinite skies..."

I'll record this one with professional studio equipment, though.

- To The Spirit of Creation, ;)

manatita44 (author) from london on May 02, 2018:



Entering the world of the mystic is a different world. We follow the Heart, the Spiritual Heart, which is higher ... vaster than the mind. So we live mostly in the realm of intuition, which comes from God.

As usual, you're very observant. Thank you so much.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 02, 2018:

The prose section of this article is very interesting, Manatita. You've given me some new things to think about. Your poem has some lovely imagery, as all your poems do.

manatita44 (author) from london on May 02, 2018:

When you put it like this, my spiritual brother Sean, I see the beauty in what' s written.

I sat down this morning and just wrote. Truth be told, i wrote the draft of the poem on a bus yesterday. But the esoteric prose and title, came to me last night and was written today.

Thank you so much!!

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on May 02, 2018:

"The esoteric poet is first and foremost a servant of Love; a carrier of God’s Light. He/she receives from the ether, the golden messages of the soul’s moods, thus sharing with humanity at large."

That is you too, my Spiritual Brother, Manatita! That is you too!

And this:

"... the fact that change comes from within … that whatever we do offers a vibration to the world, and so we need to be responsible … that outer peace is dependent on the inner reality of the Self within, the Interior Castle, where Peace abides."

is a higher truth so well given to be comprehensible to many...


Om Shanti!


manatita44 (author) from london on May 02, 2018:

Yes Bro.

There are many where I take the teaching mode. It is very useful but can equally be met with resentment.

I strive to be gentle by nature and my favourite genre in esoteric poetry is to express 'longing.' But yes, this style inspires introspection and as such can be very meaningful.

So happy that both Eric and my Bhaiya Ji can see this. Peace.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on May 02, 2018:

Thanks for this wonderful and inspiring hub on esoteric poetry. Your poem is very appealing and the quotes are also beautiful. Kabir's message is a great one.

I agree with Eric's message here also that an appealing post is that which we like to read again and again to understand it better at every another attempt.

manatita44 (author) from london on May 02, 2018:

Yes, Reynold.

I remember you.

You have always been kind to me. Thank you so much!!

Reynold Jay from Saginaw, Michigan on May 02, 2018:

I have been enjoying your HUB writing all year and thought I should leave a comment on your inspiring HUBS. Well done!

manatita44 (author) from london on May 02, 2018:

I feel the beauty of your Spirit shining through such a great contribution. We are all seekers and yes, i'm learning too.

Thank you so much!!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 02, 2018:

Manatita, I would rather be shown a different way to think, a blossoming of my faith and understanding, than be entertained. I find that the kind of writing that I most enjoy is that which draws me to read it again and find a different meaning as I change my perspective.

A wonderful piece my friend and blessed poetry.

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