Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.
Quote from Sri Chinmoy
“If we live in our Oneness-Heart,
We will feel the essence of all religions,
Which is the Love of God?
Forgiveness, compassion, tolerance, brotherhood,
And the feeling of Oneness,
Are the signs of a true religion.” –Sri Chinmoy.
Rohini walked up to the prison door with a joyful Heart. For months she had written to Panchari, but either because of his guilt, insecurity, lack of remorsefulness or all three, he had refused to see her. Not today, she hoped.
She was so happy when the call came! The Prison Officer, acting on behalf of the prisoners, told her that Panchari was truly sorry, admitted that he had been on his cell phone when the truck hit Rohini, and that when he actually saw her in those split seconds, it was too late to stop. He was now full of remorse and pleading for forgiveness.
He had agreed to meet her, and now, flinging open those gates of the prison where he was still held six months later, she felt relieved, happy and with much peace within. She had suffered a broken leg, but felt, after all, that it could have been much worse. Going up to Panchari, who was now standing in anticipation at the Prison Officers side, she embraced him, gave him a great big hug, and told him that all was forgiven.
Tears flowed down his cheeks, and this now dishevelled, but once promising artist, could only offer Rohini his Heart, as the tears fell poignantly upon her shoulders. “Forgive me,” he whispered. “Gratitude … gratitude … much gratitude.” They both held on for some time, conveying to each other, the sweetness of heaven in their souls.
Finally, Panchari spoke. “Will you marry me?” He said softly, tenderly … affectionately. Rohini was taken aback. She was single and from a conservative Indian family. Kind-hearted, loyal and devotional, she was perhaps everything a man could hope for. Indian by birth, she was slim, medium height, 24 years old and as cute and beautiful as the Goddess Parvati herself.
She looked at Panchari and saw a slim to medium Indian of average height, by the look within his now dark and unkempt features. Yet she could see that he was mature, perhaps a little older, handsome, wise, maybe witty too and the prison – it would appear – had served its purpose in his life. He was now contrite, amicable, willing to make amends and before she forgot, yes, he wanted to marry her. “Let me speak to my mother,” she said.” “Let me speak to mum.”
By the time Rohini left nearly one hour later, both felt that the knots of their Hearts were now untied; both smiling, while walking in the opposite direction, with tears in their eyes and relief in their Spirits. Not to mention that the future looked bright and promising indeed!
“Practice the feeling of Oneness.
Do not try to get ahead of others.
You are bound to be supremely happy.” – Sri Chinmoy.
We are all one in Spirit. My weaknesses lie in your own weaknesses, and my strengths in your strengths. We are essentially one, and while one may follow the Path of loneliness and another the path of Love, we are essentially seeking the same beauty that resides in the secret alcove of the Soul.
I rise in the morning; wash my face; attend to my prayers and bathroom duties. Then I eat, if necessary, prepare or ready myself for the day ahead, and if working, I leave the house, shutting the door behind me as I go.
It is another new beginning; another virgin dawn, and I go forth to do my duty; to obtain some hard-earned cash, hoping to pay my bills; to put some food on the table for either myself, or a family together. Somewhere on the other side of Australia or Africa, many are mimicking what I do or something similar.
Red faces, white faces, brown, black or oriental, Hispanics …Catholics, Hindus, Buddhists’, Muslims, Jews …all trying to make ends meet in this beautiful but sometimes weary sojourn, which we call ‘Life.’
“No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee." – John Dunne.
John Dunne was not only an exceptionally gifted poet, but as gifted poets often are, he knew the bond of Eternal Oneness.
A symbolic state of blending and oneness from the Rainbow
We are all interconnected links, holding together in this perpetual plane of silence and sound; sound and silence. It is a birthless and deathless stream of Time. Sometimes, one or two stronger brothers or sisters break free, and by the Grace of the ever-compassionate; the Divine mercy, they return to share; to encourage; to inspire...
“Be kind, be all sympathy.
For each and every human being,
Is forced to fight against himself.” –Sri Chinmoy.
The beauty of life is seldom apparent and it is often difficult to see the field of roses. We struggle, feel pain, burn with fire until its intense heat feels like it’s pulling at our very Heart-beat --our pulse. And yet, with all its darkness, storms and vicissitudes, it is still a beautiful world. Many fears are borne out of loneliness, separation, painful experiences; gross cruelty by those who – for God’s own reasons – harbour the most atrocious consciousness.
Yet we can and do rise, singing the glory of resilience … of the tenacity of men and women, who light a path before them, showing that if we refuse to give up, to be broken, then ALL is possible!
As we move forwards, let us let go, accept, and forgive in the true traditional spirit of forgiveness. This allows the happiness and joy which is innately ours, to permeate our spirits, in joyful harmony with the Creation in all its quintessential wonder. Singing with the Seer this most profound and astute experience:
“Only two miracles are worth seeing:
The miracle of Loving,
And the miracle of forgiving.” – Sri Chinmoy
Today, on this glorious morning, in the Spirit of the ever-transcending splendour, I encourage you all my brothers and sisters in this oneness-world, to continue to move forward, to march, to run and fly towards our final destination. It may be a long haul of way-faring, but the end of the journey is filled with beauty, grandeur, and an ever-effulgent Light-Delight. Praise be!
“Life’s perfection-road is very long, but the journey is richly rewarding.” – Sri Chinmoy.
-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 16th December, 2015.
Look at the pageantry of the garden,
How the colours blend in symmetry,
Embracing the Light through which they are perceived.
Look closely at the stones that hold them.
These boulders speak of an unmatched foundation,
A synergy of verdant-crimson, through which
These blossoms and foliages come to rest.
The same Flame of heaven dancing in my Heart,
Casts its breath upon the redolence of jasmines
And daffodils, offering their aromas in sweet sacrifice,
For the Love of the entire garden.
Playing its part in this grand and magnificent vista,
Nature weaves its own tapestry, guided by cute kisses,
From the lips of the Artiste who gave her life. -Manatita, 9th JUne 2018
All life is one
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