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The Sublimity and Loftiness of Poetry. Friday's Inspiration 8, to Rinita Sen


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


From time immemorial, ancient Seers have left us a legacy of beautiful or sublime words, that sing or resonate in the soul. We find them in our hour of need and they prove to be of real solace or comfort to us, adding Light, awakening, illumination or Beauty to elevate our weary Spirit … to reach the Heart.

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.

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.

Poetry is the expression ... the voice of the soul manifesting its light in myriad ways, through words, various sceneries and forms of arts ... sharpening and preening us - like a gardener to flowers - to ultimately express Love.


You are the Lantern and You are the Light

A bow and arrow are useless, unless the

Quiver is pulled back and allowed flight.

So too, struggle is the result of a seed planted by

Cause, creating an effect, derived from the action or cause.

Pulled quivers are tools, manipulated by thoughts,

Running towards joy or sorrow, based on the energy

Invested in the project. We are sparks of Light; our

Thoughts simply mirrors, reflecting how we see ourselves.

Nothing is really good or bad, but simply experiences.

Shadows, like the darkness, are merely a lesser form of Light.

Dawn will always herald a new day, but doesn’t the night replenish

Us in sleep? The wise are always mindful, to the beauty of harmony.

Oh flame, burn not like the deer, seeking its own musk,

For you are the Lantern and You are the Light.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 26th May, 2020


Love has Blended the Flames of my Happiness-Delight

Whenever I see Your face, my Heart goes peacefully silent.

I don’t want what I desired; even my needs dissolve.

Drunk with the fire of Your beauty, I become lost;

Merging with a namelessness, which is entirely bewildering.

Love has crept in stealthily, tying the waves of my

Turbulence together. Now I’m like the bed of the ocean,

Awake only to the stillness that sustains me; Your golden

Robes adorn my sweet soul, with raindrops from heaven.

Just yesterday, I woke up empty and tired;

The din of the mundane echoed in my mind.

Poisoned by the restlessness of confusion-monkeys,

My life was ruled by chaos in my thoughts.

Here in Your hallowed presence, there’s no

Time for reminiscences of shadows. An awakened

Lover, I see only Thy cute gaze; for Love has crept in

Stealthily, blending the flames of my Happiness-Delight.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 29th May, 2020


An Ocean Of Sweetness, Which Is My Home

A pageantry of Light penetrated the heavens,

Its lustred rays, merging with the smile of my Beloved.

Her cute gaze; Her wine-coloured lips, emanates a sweetness,

So reminiscent of Love -- that wondrous blending of the Heart.

Her blue flute intoxicates me, as sparrows and nightingales

Awake, singing ballads to the illustrious dawn.

The radiant sun arises, quietly emerging amidst shadowy

Dunes and undulating hills … captivating my Spirit.

Beyond the eloquence of words, there’s a sugarcane region,

In which everything is contained; where the form dissolves, only

To return to its natural state of Emptiness. I walk along a pathway,

Where the shimmering tenderness of celestials, sends a stream

Of ecstasies awakening my soul. I push forward, become

Absorbed in an Ocean of supernal sweetness, which is my Home.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 10th May, 2020

Ecstatic and sublime poetry

The Lioness of Heaven Hugged my Heart

I once yearned for Light in a field of adversity,

With anxiety my mind and fear for my shadow.

Steeped in delusion, I held on to the fog

And missed the hue of heaven.

Love came laughing, on the lap of my afflictions;

While the willow whispered to my soul, "I Love you."

The moon came weeping through my window;

As the lioness of heaven hugged my Heart. - Manatita, 29th May, 2020

© 2020 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on June 08, 2020:

Indeed, My Didi Ji,

We seem more aware these days, of what we have always needed. Thank you so much!!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 08, 2020:

Beautiful poetic descriptions, having deep thoughts and emotions.

Love is the only way, love is the answer, and love is the ultimate blessing to humanity.

A wonderful tribute to Rinita. Thanks for sharing.

manatita44 (author) from london on May 30, 2020:


You chose a powerful piece. Vivekananda, the great Seer, used to say that he preferred to serve, until every dog was enlightened (Realised). My prayer is that all of us have a taste of this Bliss supreme.


Hi Bro. Any fool knows that when the Heart is happy, production on the plant increases. That is why some conglomerates are so successful. They treat their staff well.

Even more so with heaven. A pure Heart is a peerless manifestation of God's Divine reality, and a tireless worker, working for the divine on earth. Ask Paul (or a Sri Chinmoy disciple).

Some cultures have a disciplined and diligent approach to work and do produce well, but their focus is external. True joy is within and cannot come forth without empathy and kindness. Humour is a big help. See how children jump and dance with glee?

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 30, 2020:

Manatita through years of observation and much good travel I have observed that the Pacific Rim Asian cultures often associate hard work with a glum serious look. "If you are laughing you cannot be working hard". The interesting companion is that the concept of "no" is used instead of our "yes, however". I do not mean disrespect or suggest they are not happy but I see a bit of a dearth in joy.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 30, 2020:

These poems are beautiful. I love the way you write poetry. Of "ecstasies awakening my soul". is an example of the beautiful phrases that you write. God bless you, Manatita. Have a wonderful weekend.

manatita44 (author) from london on May 30, 2020:

Yes, Guruji used to say that all his problems vanished when disciples were happy. Many Yogis come from the East, teaching only Bhajans, but Guruji used to say that Westerners need more.

We ran, did plays and skits, told and listened to jokes, recited mantras and aphorisms, did international humanitarian work and Peace Runs. We gave musical concerts, organized races, exhibited paintings, gave meditation workshops ... we did much, much more.

Sri Chinmoy was a creative. We even had a circus, did street parades and swimming competitions, each and every one of them filled with Joy.

Through Guru's Grace, many of us climbed mountains and swam or attempted to swim the English Channel. No one died! Ha ha. I'm just saying that Sri Chinmoy was radically different in the way he taught disciples.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 30, 2020:

Manatita, my favorite Yogi used to tease in order to keep me from getting to serious - wow, like around 2005. Like a child he would say "haha Eric has a monkey mind."

I understand that many people think yoga and meditation need to be all serious. They need a new guru ;-)

manatita44 (author) from london on May 30, 2020:

Welcome again, my Friend. Assalamu Alaikum!

Good to see you and thanks for the kind sentiment. Eid Mubarak!

SAQIB from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN on May 30, 2020:

Each line has depth.

peace. salaam brother manatita

manatita44 (author) from london on May 30, 2020:

So sweet of You, Lorna. A Most wonderful sentiment indeed!!


Haha. In my restless mind, I have a lot of monkeys. Interestingly, practically all the Seers call them monkeys, but I suppose they could be horses to. Restless and noisy horses. Laugh.

One more image. Guruji teaches that the past and future, are like dead elephants sitting on our shoulders. Are you happy now? Lol. Elephants are bigger. Hey he. Keep laughing, Bro. Humour is awesome for the soul!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 30, 2020:

This makes me peaceful and thoughtful. I had not thought of my 12 white horses as monkey mind for some time. Thank you for the remembrance.

The ocean floor is a wonderful transcendental.

Peace be with you bro.

Lorna Lamon on May 30, 2020:

These beautiful poems take us on a journey of innocence, nature and love. Spoken from the heart and a wonderful tribute to Rinita.

manatita44 (author) from london on May 29, 2020:

Thanks a lot, Peggy. Appreciated. See you later today. Much Peace. Goodnight.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 29, 2020:

No matter what we are enduring at the moment, your words resonate with hopes for a better tomorrow. Of course, you express it much more eloquently. Enjoy your weekend, and continue to stay safe.

manatita44 (author) from london on May 29, 2020:

Wow! Sowspeaks, my Didi Ji.

You gave a doubly inspiring comment!! Kudos to us both for that. So glad it resonated with you! Honoured to have you here. You relate to my images extremely well! More Love later or manana. (Manyana) Om Shanti!!

sowspeaks from Bengaluru on May 29, 2020:

Hi Manatita, with a swish of your pen you took me both to the deep inner spaces inside of myself and also to the vast outer spaces. Such a feeling of oneness with all there is !

Whenever I see Your face, my Heart goes peacefully silent.

I don’t want what I desired; even my needs dissolve.

Isn’t this what we all feel when we meditate.Beautifully expressed!

Breathing deeply, bidding goodbye and thanking you for the journey to a space beyond words with your words......

sowspeaks from Bengaluru on May 29, 2020:

Hi Manatita, with just a whish of your pen you took me to many different parts of my own deeper inner self. For a little while I lost myself in the vastness and oneness of all there is. What a magical feeling that was!

But the words that I take me with are

Whenever I see Your face, my Heart goes peacefully silent.

I don’t want what I desired; even my needs dissolve.

This is exactly my state when I meditate.

Breathing deep and bidding bye and thanking you for the journey to the land beyond words.

manatita44 (author) from london on May 29, 2020:


Much Gratitude. Stay safe! Om Shanti!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 29, 2020:

You write for a sweet person and so interesting of your thoughts. Have an enjoyable weekend and hope you are keeping safe.

manatita44 (author) from london on May 29, 2020:

Thank You, Mary, my Dear.

Blessings from Him in my Heart, always. Stay well.


I thank you. It is a bit like seeing the beauty, innocence and purity in a child or God-man. One thinks it's theirs, whereas it is actually sitting in our Hearts. Much Love to you.


My sweet. I was thinking about you today and suddenly remembered that I had seen one of your comments on Bill's Hub. Jai to you! Long live! Stay well!

P.S I have a significant piece to do for my spiritual group, but will visit you guys later. More prayers to us all.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 29, 2020:

Your poetry is like a breath of Spring, filling my senses, feeling carefree, and loving life.

Rosina S Khan on May 29, 2020:

Great poetry, Manatita. Brings a sense of peace and calm to the mind and soul. Thanks for sharing.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 29, 2020:

There's so much depth in your poetry, Manatita. It's a joy to read and it is very uplifting.

manatita44 (author) from london on May 29, 2020:

Thank you, my Brother.

Let us continue ... let us continue. Love to Bev and family. Pax tecum!

manatita44 (author) from london on May 29, 2020:

Ah Verlie,

You know how to appreciate my 'awesome' lines. Ha ha. Mohammed Ali said: "How can I afford to be humble, when I am so beautiful!" Chuckle.

I bow to the beauty of your pen and the lustre of you Spirit. Om Shanti!


I know that you are in the Heart. May our Lord continues to bless your loving Spirit. Sukriya!


What an understanding!! You say it better than me! Haha. Love you for that. My prayers, as always, for you, family and India at this time. Mere Prabhu, Jai Sri Krishna

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 29, 2020:

A lovely image to begin our Friday with, a gift, from one talented writer to many others. Blessings to you always, my friend, and thank you!

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on May 29, 2020:

Morning manatita, appreciate the peacefulness and tranquility of these poems. Some lovely lines here:

"Love has crept in stealthily, tying the waves of my

Turbulence together. Now I’m like the bed of the ocean,

Awake only to the stillness that sustains me;"

Rinita Sen on May 29, 2020:

Thank you, manatita. While reading these sublime poems I felt as if I was standing on the horizon, not having seen what's beyond the line yet somehow having a perception. Nothing is good or bad, but truly are experiences, shadows are lesser forms of light and the night replenishing us are my favorite takeaways from this beautiful bouquet you've created.

Manju lata from Ambala City on May 29, 2020:

Sir you are the heart and soul of Hubpages. Your presence gives the fragrance of Rose flowers and the fragrance of garden in spring season. It seems that Spring season has returned through your poetry with you.

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